Fading Fast

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Today’s giveaway is Southern Accents Architectural Antiques swag. Woot! Woot!

Hello, Dear Readers,

 

My little WordPress sign tells me that I only have 19 days left on http://www.thewritesteph.com.

I’ll miss my first little blog, but I’ve got a “new and improved” one over at www.sweetgumlife.com.

Be sure to move yourself on over there so I can reach my goal of 500 followers in 2017.

I’m doing bunches of giveaways to (hopefully) keep all of you faithful friends.

Hope to see you there!

Blessings,

Stephanie

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Beautiful Stoneridge Homes

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The Meadows, model home.

Yesterday I met and interviewed Jim and Kim Wright, owners and builders of some of the most beautiful homes in the Tennessee Valley.

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Great room.

I will be writing an article for them for one of my freelance writing jobs.

I got to tour one of their Stoneridge Homes in a planned community appropriately named The Meadows.

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Jim’s trim.

I thought you all may like to see some of the pictures that I took. What do you think of the trim work?  This is Jim’s specialty.

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Ducks at The Meadows.

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Construction site with mountain views.

Down the Architectural Rabbit Hole.

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Old Singer Sewing Machine.

Every first and third Saturday of the month, architectural treasure hunters can make their way down the creaky steps to the Harrison Brothers basement. There you’ll find all types of goodies to upcycle into art projects and home decor.

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I went last Saturday and found some old wood that I’m going to glue together to make a wall-hanging. (More of that on Friday’s post!)

Harrison Brothers is located on the courthouse square in downtown Huntsville, Alabama.

I’ve posted before about how you can find gifts made from local and regional artists.

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Harrison Brothers window display: You can also buy old-looking new stuff.

But bar-none, my favorite thing about the place is walking to the back of the store and down the steps to find what they’ve scavenged from old houses in the area. The place is run by the Historic Huntsville Foundation and opened from 10 a.m.- Noon. According to an article by Al.com, procedes from the sales go to education and preservation.

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“Secret” doorway to the basement. Feels like you’re about to enter a speak-easy!

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Down the rabbit hole!

I’d love to hear about similar, quirky places where you live? Got any to share?

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Old watering can, covered in plaster and paint.

Tinsel Trail, the Greene Street Market at Nativity, and Harrison Brothers


Baby, it’s cold outside, but a trip to downtown Huntsville to play with my Nikon was definitely worth getting out in the big freeze.

Yesterday I bundled up and went to take photos of Huntsville’s Tinsel Trail that Huntsville has hosted for the past 6 years. The trail is lined with beautiful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations in town. The organizers give the decorators specs on how they can decorate. For example, the ornaments and lights all have to be weather proof for the 30 days that they remain outside.

There are about 250 trees out there, or at least that’s how many they expected to host this year, according to their web site.

My favorite tree was the one that had the Grinch stuck halfway inside of the tree. I also really liked the one with the festive tree topper.

Afterwards, I went to the Greene Street Market at Nativity to warm up a bit. The market is located beside the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, which I like to photograph a lot.

The doors to the Episcopal Church of the Nativity.

The market features locally-grown food and gifts that are hand-crafted by artists. They have got so many cute gifts!

The market features locally-grown food and gifts that are hand-crafted by artists. They have got so many cute gifts!

I also visited one of my favorites, Harrison Brothers. It used to be a hardware store located on the courthouse square. Now you can find all sorts of gourmet foods, relishes, and jellies made by local artisans. There are gifts crafted by local and national artists that you just can’t find in a department store. And it’s pretty cool to walk on their old wooden floors that sqeak now and then and to see Mr. Harrison’s desk encased in glass at the back of the store. Every 1st and 3rd Saturday for a few hours, you can go buy architectural goodies in their basement, which is run by volunteers of the Historic Huntsville Foundation.

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I want these!

I want these, too!

Christmas Cat.

Tomorrow is Open House at Harrison Brothers! It’s the perfect time to go make your footprint on the floors that we only wish could tell their story!

From their web site:
Holiday Open House
Location: Harrison Brothers Hardware, Huntsville AL
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

“We will be offering free gift wrapping, hot cider, light snacks, and some exciting sales and deals.”

*** BTW, I received nothing for blogging about Harrison Brothers and the Greene Street Market at Nativity. I just love their stores!