Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Live Music "Questionable Characters" on Main Street, Old Town

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Meet Chef Nancy Waldeck Book Signing/Food Demonstration

Posted on Patch April 20, 2011

Meet Chef Nancy Waldeck, author of "Taste and Savor: Delicious Healthy Recipes And Tasty Wine Tips" at The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques from 1 pm to 3 pm Saturday, April 23rd.
As a chef and breast cancer survivor, Chef Waldeck believes food should be fast, fun, healthy and taste great!

Chef Waldeck will share tips on healthy cooking with a live demonstration on Saturday. Her book will be available for sale at the shop. Cost is $18.95. Her book is colorful and full of tips and ways to use ingedients in new and different ways.

She shares her cooking views at Cooks Warehouse, Piedmont Hospital, St. Joseph's, and various other spots around Atlanta.

A portion of every book sold is donated to cancer wellness.

The Lilburn Woman's Club is co-hosting this event. 30% of shop sales on the 23rd (excluding book and art exhibitors) will be donated to the Lilburn Woman's Club for the American Cancer Society Relay Rally on April 29th.

Daffodils will be on sale for the "Garden Of Hope" in the Lilburn City Park.
Enter to win a vintage Daffodil painting.

Light refreshments by Chef Waldeck and The Lilburn Woman's club. Visit Nancy Waldeck's web at 

A great event for an even greater cause!
The shop is open Thurs/Fri/Sat from 11 am to 5pm.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Stone Cat - A Story by Jesse Newton

Jesse Newton and the cat that inspired the story below!

Jesse shared his first story with us in a post on March 6th. He is nine years old and in the fourth grade and loves cats and loves to write. Jesse and his grandmother, Linda Newton, came by the shop April 2nd, to meet author Jane Harmon, who was signing her book "Pip", a young adult novel.

Jane and Jesse spent a good bit of time talking about life and writing!

When Jesse was ready to leave I noticed my stone cat caught his eye. The cat needed a good home, as his base is roly poly and could tip over easily in the shop and break. I asked Jesse to take care of the cat and made him the new owner. There was one catch...I wanted him to write another cat story! Jesse did. I love it and am sharing it with you. I am also posting the nice note Jesse wrote when he sent his story to me.

It is a true pleasure to know such a talented and charming young man!

Good morning, Ms Barbara! Thank you so very much for my wonderful stone cat! I have it sitting in the bucket, on top of my dresser. I always enjoy looking at it for inspiration for stories, or for anything else, really. I constantly think of Mia, Velvet, or my previous cat Mickie when I look at it. I have written my story on that gray cat, and I am very happy with both the story, and the cat. Once again, thank you!

                                                            Jesse Newton

Jesse's Story
     “Thank you so much! Goodbye!” I said as I walked out of the small shop. I had just been given a life-size stone cat. It had glowing red eyes, was all-gray, and would look great in my room. I knew just where to put it.
      That night, at about 12:00 (yes, midnight 12:00), I heard loud banging sounds from downstairs. I looked to the shelf that held my stone cat….. And realized that it was gone! I decided to go downstairs to see whatever I had heard downstairs. As soon as I got there, I saw a beautiful cream-colored cat with blue eyes, covered in pots and pans. I soon realized that this was my ‘stone’ cat. Sadly, after one hour, this beautiful cat changed back to stone.
     The next night, after many games of charades with this intelligent cat, I learned that it needed a special key to change back to the normal cat that it really was. I also interpreted that the key had only to be touched by this stone cat for it to be changed back to normal.
     After going back to the shop that I got my stone cat from, I asked the shopkeeper if she had any kind of antique key. Sure enough, the shopkeeper got out a bejeweled and gilded key. I went home and slipped the key under the cat’s paw. With a cloud of magical dust, she changed.

          I named that cat Mia, and loved my cat ever since.
Special thanks to photographer Richard L. Ferris for the photographs. Look for Richard at the shop June 4th for a month's display of his fantastic photos.

Terry Kay Book Signing At The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques

The new events center kicked off with Terry Kay's book signing and reception on April 9th. It was a grand day. The shop partnered with The Lilburn Woman's Club and 40% of all book sales went to their Relay Rally team for the American Cancer Society.

Here are some photos of the day!
Terry with the ladies from the Highland Ladies Social Club book club in Atlanta

Terry with author Jackie Lee Miles

Terry's book "Bogmeadow's Wish" sold out - two cases!

Group shots!

Read more about Terry on his web! "Bogmeadow's Wish" is an Irish romance. Terry is the author of eleven novels, including To Dance With The White Dog which was a Hallmark movie in the 1990s. He is an award winning writer and an inductee in the Georgia Writer's Hall of Fame.

It was a wonderful day for the shop! Terry raised $500 for the American Cancer Society!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Jane Harmon Book Signing, Author "Pip", April 2nd, 2011

Author Jane Harmon and Cole, the dog that inspired the character of "Pip"
Jane and Cole were a smash sensation at The Little Shop of Arts And Antiques on April 2nd. "Pip" is a young adult novel about a boy and his dog living in Tennesee during the "Trail Of Tears". Her book can be purchased on Amazon. Photos of the event taken by Lilburn photographer, Richard Ferris, who is seen below talking to Jane. (I took that photo!)

Photographer Richard Ferris and Jane and Cole

Jesse and Jane having a heart to heart!

Linda Newton and grandson Jesse with Jane's book. You may remember Jesse, his cat story was published on this blog a few weeks ago. He is an aspiring young writer!
Me and good friend and fellow antique dealer Cheryl!

Cole liked to pose for the camera!
It was a beautiful day for a book signing!

Peggy Sullens, Art Exhibit, Plein Air Painting, The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques, March 19, 2011

Peggy's work in progress. The yellow house on Main and First during snow.
Lilburn artist, Peggy Sullens, added a street plein air painting group to the shop's front yard! It was a marvelous day and the artists set up painting made a beautiful sight to see!

Peggy painting in front of the shop's events center!

Peggy's painting of the shops on Main Street and the print she had made of it.
Inside shop window
About Peggy

Peggy taught art classes at her home studio for several years and for the Gwinnett Community Schools. Her work has been shown in local galleries in Lilburn, GA., Monroe, GA. And the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse Exhibit in Lawrenceville, GA. Her series of nostalgic paintings of the quaint and historic town of Lilburn has graced the cover of three of the areas Community Phone Books. The first in the Old Town Lilburn series was chosen by the City of Lilburn to be printed on their Christmas Cards.

Peggy displays and sells her original oil paintings and limited edition lithographs and digital art prints in many art shows around the Southeast and has won numerous awards for her paintings. Her paintings grace the homes of many private collectors. She is also a member of art-exchange and her paintings can be viewed on their website,

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Reviewing Events! March 12th, Sally Toole Book Signing

I have been so busy getting my events center in order, I've forgotten to post the wonderful events we've had in the past month!

March 12th was the Sally Toole book signing for Souls of Norcross and Remembering Norcross. Her books on Norcross, Georgia include haunted and historic stories! Sally and her partner, Will Aymerich also give ghost tours of Norcross. Visit Sally on her web to learn more about her books and if you want to have a frightfully good time, take a ghost tour. Learn more about her tours on the ghost tour web.

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