Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Happy New Year!!  2014 sounds like something out of a science fiction movie!!
We hadn't intended to stay up till midnight last night. We watched the ball drop at 9:00 our time (midnight NY time), with our civilized neighbors, and didn't really think we needed to wait to see it again. So, off to bed we went.
Well, the other neighbors felt the need for a celebration, so a little while before midnight the fireworks and shotgun blasts began! 
I was concerned about our dog cuz she's a big weenie when it comes to noises like that. So I went out to peek and see if she was still in bed.  Didn't see her, so I guess she scooched back in her house and hid from the noise.  She was a basket case on the 4th of July!  She emerged none the worse for the wear this morning, so all is well!

So that's how I came to be awake to see the new year begin. Gotta tell you----other than a couple of fireworks blasts, it wasn't much to see! LOL!
There are still a few scattered pops and booms going on this morning. Some people just don't know when to let it go! LOL!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas Projects

I run across cute, quick projects while surfing thru blogs all the time and thought I'd just share a couple. These are Christmas themed, since it's almost too late to worry about fall, even though fall is officially still the current season. Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier every year!!

I thought this was a cute project and it looks pretty simple. Instructions and a template are included.

This next project requires a few tools, so it's a little more advanced. But I just LOVE it!  So I'm sharing and apologize if it's too difficult to attempt.

This one's simpler than simple! You just need a bunch of canning jar rings. A thrift shop would be a possible source. But I don't think they're terribly expensive to purchase new. Maybe you or your mom or grandma have a surplus of these that they don't use any longer!

OK, I hope one or more of these ideas inspires someone to create a msterpiece for your Christmas decorating.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Quick Thanksgiving Projects

Since I'm being a real dud about posting, I thought I'd share a couple of tutorialsl I found on-line. Some ideas that look quick and easy for fall, which is quickly turning into winter where I am!  I found this on a blog called "Happy Clippings".

And here's a tutorial for bubble wrap Indian corn! These would be fun projects for kids---or anyone! Looks like fun to me!
This came from a site called "Crafts For All Seasone"

Well, just a couple of quick and easy projects for last minute Thanksgiving and fall decorating. I know people will be dragging out the Christmas trees as soon as the table is cleared off from Thanksgiving dinner. Sorry to be so slow with these. Maybe something to keep in mind for next year!


Monday, August 12, 2013

Clayson Farms American Primitives Show

Last Saturday was the annual Clayson Farms American Primitives show outside of Naches, Wa. This is one that Tania and I attend every year---except I think Tania was sick last year and we missed it!  It's held on the beautiful grounds of an old farmstead.  I wonder how long it takes for the grass to recuperate from the pounding it takes from the thousands (or many, many hundreds) of visitors on this one day?!  

Every year we are hopeful that they'll allow a tour of the old house. From peeks thru windows, we can tell it would be an awesome tour!  But so far it hasn't happened. And who can blame them---would you want hundreds of people tromping thru your house?!

Everywhere you turn are intrigueing displays of treasures. 
 Not sure what this guy was doing!  You can be all ready to click and someone will wander into your line of sight. And what makes it more difficult is that the display on a digital camera is practically worthless in the bright sun. It's pretty much a crap shoot, what you'll end up with a picture of! LOL! I think I was going for just an over view of booths.
 This isn't a display, it's a vendor's work area and things people have purchased and left for them to hold while they continue shopping. The tall skinny basket on the left is mine!  YES! I actually bought something!! Tania was in shock---I bought several things before she did! Usually I leave empty handed, or close to it.
 The basket is to hide the huge bag of dog food that now decorates my main bathroom!   It's perfect--skinny enough to not be in the way, tall enough to accommodate the bag, and pleasantly distressed looking!
Below is a long shot of a central booth and lots more that line the perimeter of the yard. All around the edge of the lawn is a stream---probably irrigation run-off. And the landscaping around it is gorgeous. I'm afraid I didn't get a shot of it, except for a couple of photos on down further. I kept slipping my camera back in my purse while shopping and forgetting to get it back out!

 The vendor below was at the antique show we went to in Richland a couple of weeks ago. There were a couple of things I recognized, but mainly this interesting bucket with legs!  Don't think I've ever seen a bucket with legs! LOL!
 This is a shot of a marsh surrounding the stream that runs all around and thru the grounds. The greenery is so tall you can hardly tell there's water in the center. And If you click on the photo, you can glimpse a duck floating toward the back.
Here's a closer shot of the duck---a decoy!  Why not?!  We did see polliwogs scampering thru the water, so all the wildlife wasn't artificial!
I was intending to get a shot of all the cute chickens and didn't realize till I uploaded the pictures that I captured the guy in the mirror!  He'd be tickled, I'm sure!  See that cute chicken on the left with measuring spoons for tail feathers? Cute!
This booth had LOTS of stenciled signs and linens. Just thought this was in interesting grouping.
Below, see the large water trough turned on it's side as a display tool?  People get so creative with the way they display things and the things they use for displays! I know, from setting up for craft shows, that it's a challenge to get everything out where people can see and appreciate it. Most of these vendors do a fantastic job with that.
And here's a parting shot of a group of vintage flannel shirts and assorted pink toned clothing. that yellow/gold thing in the foreground is a HUGE dough bowl. Or trough maybe?  Not sure what it's intended for, but I'll bet someone had the perfect use for it.
We spent a couple of hours going thru and then going back thru to make sure we didn't miss anything we couldn't live without.  If I hadn't been wanting to get home to check on my dog and if it hand't been sooooo darned hot, we probably could have spent longer looking and probably spent more money! But it was time to leave. Tania got a few things and I think she'll be posting about them soon on her blog, if you want to go check it out.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Antiques in The Park

Tania and I went to an antique show in a park last Saturday, while we were out yard saling. This is an annual event and we usually find goodies. This time was no different.  I kind of forgot I had my camera with me till we were finishing up, but I did get a few pictures.

This painting on this old rusty painted car door is so similar to an old pick-up hood my husband's brother had painted for him. The wording is different, is all. 
This is ours. (My husband's nickname is Hedders.)

 I've developed an affection for old paint-by-number pictures. These horses were the only ones I saw and they wanted a little more for them than I was willing to part with :-(
 While we're talking horses, isn't this little guy adorable?
 This sign was in a booth called The Pink Tumbleweed. Such a cute name!  But they didn't have a tumbleweed in the whole booth!  Boo!  There's no shortage of them around here, so they kinda dropped the ball by not having one or two sitting around! They had lots of brightly painted furniture and bits and pieces.
 Next door we spotted these painted monkey pod wood bowls. Now, I've painted a LOT of bowls, but I always paint the inside and out because I put a design inside. But this is such a simple idea, I may have to try it. Without painting inside, they could actually be used for salad or nuts or something. I've never seen bowls with the scalloped edge that these have.
 Tania spotted this sign and got a big chuckle out of it!  Wouldn't it be cute at poolside?  The only pool we have is a 5 ft. plastic one for our dog!!  She is a lady, tho!  Maybe she needs a sign! LOL!
 We had been to this booth first thing and purchased several things. Tania got these 4 chairs for a song!  So we left them there while we continued shopping.  Here's Tania picking them up on our way to the truck. The girl's showing her how they fold.  Each one's a different color---too cute!  You can visit Tania's blog to see a better shot of them and see all of her finds.
 I actually bought a couple of things!  Usually she leaves these kind of events with arms full of packages and I'm empty handed.  I got a vintage child's sewing pattern, a wooden tray to paint something on and something else, but I can't remember what the heck it was!! LOL!
A parting shot on our way to the truck and to find more yard sales!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Farm Chicks Report

I'm only a week behind but what else is new? Last Saturday, Tania (daughter), Sydney (Granddaughter), and I went to Spokane to the Farm Chicks junquetique show at the fairgrounds.  We've been going to this every spring for several years. You wouldn't believe all the fabulous junque that's gathered together in one location!  You also wouldn't believe all the people gathered together to look at all the junque! It was a serious MOB!
 Sydney and Tania as we're preparing to enter the building. It's a HUGE building and it was jam packed full---with stuff and with people!
 Shopping---or maybe waiting for a path to clear so they could move!
 Tania grabbed the pillow in another color that was keeping the pink one company!
 Cute! It's an old school desk with the top that opens.
 Great play on words!  And very appropriate. People really do dig stuff out of barns to bring to this show!
 Cute "ceiling" treatment, with bedsprings, umbrellas and ballet shoes.
 Sydney clothes shopping! She also spent some time cowboy boot shopping, but they were just toooo expensive!
 It took me a minute to figure out what this was made from. It's book pages, rolled up and squished together.
 Sydney fell in love with a bunch of old school maps. She decided to continue shopping but we ended up back here, picking out the perfect one.
This cute old wringer washer has been transformed into a fountain!
Below: I love this subway/chalkboard "sign" painted on a wooden ironing board!
I took these pictures for my husband's benefit. Above is the front end of an old car (I think he was able to identify it, but don't remember what it was!) that's been transformed into a bar!  Who dreams these things up?!
And below is just an old car hood amongst other rusty goodness!
The picture below is also for hubby's benefit---or Grandpa's benefit--- as this is his granddaughter posing with the life sized flamingo. Reason being---Grandpa has a collection of flamingos!
   Lots of fun signs in this booth. These are just a few of them. Since Tania has an old trailer she's fixed up, I thought the "home is......" sign was fun.
One of the things Tania had on her list for this shopping trip was an old bench for her dining room table. There were benches of every size, shape, material and condition. We decided this one was an old school bus seat.
Below---Cute, but not long enough 
Cute again, but not sure......we wandered around for a while looking for more what she had in mind. But the more she thought about it, the more she liked it. Of course, the cover will be changed---probably to burlap or drop cloth fabric! And the green frame will probably be changed!  That's all!! LOL!
  This was at the entrance but there were too many people surrounding it when we went in, so I got a shot on the way out. An old Rambler, I think. They always have some interesting, large display in the entry way. Not sure why they chose the car for this year's display???
Hope everyone's having a great weekend---which is quickly winding down!