Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Anniversary and Patriotic Goodies

Hi, there. I wish I had tons of projects to show you that kept me from posting for over a week. Truth is, I didn't do much of anything. Just everyday busy stuff and ball games.

Today is DH and my anniversary. It has been 19 years!!! Wow, doesn't seem possible, but it is. I wanted to show you what he sent. This is after I told him not to do anything. He is so sweet.

He used to send a rose for each year. Somewhere after a dozen, it got a little pricey!!!

One of our farm landlords had an auction Saturday. There weren't alot of antiques, but a few. Of course, the things I was bidding on went higher than other things. I am just cursed with good taste. I did get a wooden bowl for $10. I didn't get a picture of it. It sold with a really neat butter paddle. The man next to me bought it. He knew I was bidding and offered me the bowl. He only wanted the paddle. Worked out great for both of us!!

Here are the other things we bought. I love this crock!!! It has a couple of tiny cracks in the back, but that is fine with me.

We also bought this jug. It is unusual because of how the glaze is messed up on the front. I liked it because of that.

I went to some garage sales Friday. A town close by was having their festival and lots of garage sales. That is so nice to not have to drive all over looking for them!! I found this crock for $3 at one. Perfect for the time of year!! I have it as part of a display on our kitchen table.

I picked up this old wheelbarrow also for $20. I had some flowers where it is, but I tore them out. They did nothing but flop over and look bad. Even with one of those grow through things on it. I would like to spray some water sealer on it to protect it a bit more.

Lastly, I made a few little flag fillers and stars. I had intentions of making more and listing them, but once again, time has gotten the better of me. Someday I will be more on top of things.

Well, that is all for today. I have several things with various stages of
paint and stain on them that I hope to finish soon. I will post them soon--I hope. Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Best Garage Sale Find~~~EVER~~~

Good morning everyone. I hope you are waking up to a beautiful day. It is warm and very muggy here. We fired up the old AC yesterday. I don't like the windows all closed up in the summer but when it is this muggy, something must be done.

I was cleaning in the attic yesterday. Trying to organize my TS and GS finds and straightening up everything else. I wanted to share with you the best garage sale find that I have ever come across.

I will set the scene. It was a couple of years ago when I was just starting to go to a few garage sales here and there.(Pre-addiction days.) I was just out doing some other errands when I saw a little sign pointing toward one. I followed it quite a while. Don't you just hate those signs that don't tell you how far or the ones no one takes down!!! Anyway, I finally found the place. Walking up to it, I just saw a lot of toys and kids clothes and figured there wouldn't be much else. I went further into the garage and there it was with a make offer sign. I couldn't believe it. I think I offered $40 and she took it right away. Darn, I should have started lower!!!! I paid quickly and got it loaded in the suburban before she changed her mind. Well, are you ready to see it?

It's a primitive cradle!!!

Isn't it so neat!!! I love the color especially. I have no idea how old it is or anything else about it. I would love to hear the story behind the chunks that were cut out of the end. I really don't have a place for it in the house right now so that is why it is residing in the attic. One of these days, I will move it in.

That got me thinking about the best garage sale item you have ever come across. I would love to hear your stories!! If you have time, post pictures on your blog. I'm sure others would love to see them as well.

Gotta run for now. I'm off to mix up some homemade ice cream for DH. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Kitty Pillow and A Sweet Treat

Hi. I just had a few minutes before we are off to the ballpark again. DD has a double header in another town and DS has a tourney game at home. We are staying close and watching him. I feel like I miss so much when we don't go to one. Nothing we can do about it!!

I finished a freebie from Primitive Bettys the other day and made a little pillow out of it. The backing is navy with tiny stars. Thanks Betty!!

I wanted to share a recipe for a sweet treat that we all enjoy. It is Caramel Puff Corn, and it is very easy to make and extremely addictive!!

Caramel Puff Corn

1 stick melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1-8 oz bag puff corn

Mix first three ingredients together. Boil for 5 minutes. Place corn in greased roasting pan and pour butter mixture over the top. Stir together. Bake for 1 hour at 250 degrees stirring every 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.


I listed a Liberty Primitive Dolly and Bag on eBay today. If you have time, please check her out. I've been working on a couple of other things so hopefully I can share those next time. Thanks for stopping by. Take care.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Olivia and Garage Sale Finds

Good afternoon. I hope you are all doing well. We just came home from my DS ball game. He was to have had a double header, but one team never showed up. I was bummed because I was looking forward to it. Now, since we are home, I feel like I actually have to do something. It was either do housework or read blogs. I guess you can see which one I chose!! His team won by the way. He pitched 3 innings and did a pretty good job. He has a tendency to pitch a couple of balls first and then come in with strikes. I tease him by telling him he wouldn't have to pitch so much if he did the strikes first. Guess it adds to the suspense.

I was able to get to go to a few garage sales yesterday. I came across a few things. The first was this little sled made from barn siding and twigs. It was only $1. It still had the tag on it, but the price was gone. It will look cute this winter with some greens on it. My kids were watching me from the car while I looked at it and debated for a while. They were all guessing it was expensive so when I got to the car they couldn't believe it too so long to decide on something so cheap. Guess I was trying to decide if I really wanted it. I think I'm getting more that way at least sometimes. The next thing was the little shepherd's hook with the witches hat. I will take the hat off and repaint it to use this fall in the house and use the hook in the garden. Next was the little angel. She was only 50cents but the kids all thought she was kinda ugly. But she was only 50 cents and she looks cute in my flower bed!!!! Lastly, I found seven packs of unpainted wooden pears. They will be ornaments on my Christmas tree. They were only 10 cents a pack--5 cents each. Can't beat that. Only $3.20 for everything. I was very pleased.

I was able to get a picture of our other little kitten, Olivia. She is still very timid compared to Husky. She didn't have a good evening last night. She got into a eave spout drain we no longer use. She was in it upside down. Luckily we had some friends over whose kids saw her go in. I was able to get her out. So far, I think she has used up a couple of lives.

Here she is with Husky.

Not too much else is happening. We have a graduation party later. Then maybe I will work on some started project. I will either be working on projects or scrapbooking at church tomorrow afternoon. I should scrapbook. I am sooooooo far behind.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great evening.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Projects and Husky

Hello, everyone. I'm like many of you wondering where in the world time goes. It has been way longer than I had planned in between posts, but life happens. Our three kids are in three different leagues of summer ball. This makes for at least one game a night--not always in the same location--or practices to be run to and from. I wouldn't trade watching them play, but it sure eats up a lot of time. I have been reading some blogs and trying to keep up. I just haven't taken time to post myself.

I have been working on some projects in between events. The first is this little dolly and bag from Primitive Stitchin'. The pattern has part of a sampler stitched on the bag which is very neat. I have a hard time getting those to look nice using the small count fabric, so I changed it a little. I have her listed on eBay and Etsy as well.

I also finished a sampler started quite some time ago. This one is from Country Rustic Primitives. I am going to put it in my bathroom because I have a border with cabins on it.

I finished painting the cabinet I was working on and we took it upstairs finally. The before pictures are on our laptop which won't allow me into my account. I just have been able to get it to the fix it shop to take care of the problem. It was painted white and very chippy. I had to strip it completely and remove maybe 4 layers of paint along the way. I was going to sand and then stain it, but there were some places where the original paint would not come off. I was afraid this might cause a problem so I just painted it. For some reason, it doesn't bother me to sand and stain little projects, but this big one scared me a bit also. Didn't know if I had the nerve to mess it up!! I don't have much on top yet. I would like to cover some paper mache boxes. I found a couple of fabrics so I will be giving that a shot.

I also stitched a Primitve Bettys pattern. I would like to make it into a little pillow. Stay tuned.

My last project is a new little kitten named Husky. He has had quite a week. I found in the the barn last Wednesday all by himself meowing. I brought him up to the house and my DD was watching him for a couple of minutes. In that time, one of the adult cats who isn't very nice, grabbed him and shook him. When I got out there, he was bleeding and couldn't move his head or front legs. I called the vet to take him in to be put to sleep because I thought that would be best. Well, until we got him in, he had begun to move around. So after a checkup and a couple of shots, she sent him home saying she wasn't sure how he would be. Well, needless to say, he has improved so much you would never know anything happened at all. He is a sweet little guy. When we came home today, this is where he was. Apparently he is ready to go to the game tonight.

I also found another one in the tree meowing. She has been much more timid so she is always with Husky. I couldn't get a good picture of her but will soon. Moral of this story is...I need to wear my ipod whenever I go outside. That way I won't hear the crying.

Well, I'm off. Thanks for stopping by to visit. Take care and have a wonderful night.