Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Awesome Finds

Hi.  Just wanted to pop on quick and share my awesome finds from today. I had to go to Lowe's for some barn paint and just took a minute to run into the GW.  I have never found my Pfaltzgraff dishes there, but today was different. I went in looking for some wood pieces to redo and was just walking out and there they were.   The soup tureen doesn't have a lid, but that's okay.  All together for  the 16 pieces was $16!!  I was so excited. 

Then, this afternoon, our girls had a youth group fundraiser at an auction.  If you liked lamps, you were in luck.  Hundreds of them.  They aren't for me, but they had a few jugs and crocks.  They put them all together for choice so I thought I would be in trouble.  Well, the bidding was over almost as fast as it started and guess what??  I won this beauty.  Now, it does have chips and some cracks, but all of those marks just tell a story and add character, right?  Besides, I don't think I could afford the perfect ones anyway.

The best news......only $13!!!   My pastor who was helping with the fundraiser told me I should feel guilty.  Do I??  Heck no!!  

Today is also our 20th anniversary and look what DH sent to me.  Twenty beautiful roses.  Isn't he sweet?  Wonder how long I will get a rose for each year? I love the orange and yellow ones...they look like fire. 

I have to leave you with this picture of some of our new spring kittens. They kept getting into my flower pots to sleep and ruining the flowers.  So, I took a bowl, filled it with dirt, and put it where the pots were.  I came out this morning to find them all (5) with momma squeezed into it.  Not too comfortable looking, but cute!!

Gotta run for now.  Remember, only 5 more followers and I will be having a giveaway.  I'm still thinking on what it might be.  I'll let you know soon. Take care and thanks for stopping by.


Monday, June 28, 2010

A Found Treasure and Upcoming Giveaway!!

Hello!!  Hope you all are having a great day. We are having a really nice, although warm day.  I'll take it cold weather.  Since my last post way back when, I have been working on cleaning out our attic and organizing for a garage sale.  I have taken many things from my "finds" pile and moved them over to the garage sale pile.  All the while thinking....why on earth did I buy that??  I'm sure some of you have had the same experience.  I am getting much more picky about what I buy to redo.  Live and learn I guess.  Anyway, while cleaning I came across a bag with something in it.  So I pulled it out and found these. 

 They are pewter votive cups.  I kinda forgot that I had them. The price tag was still on them.  Are you ready??  Only $1 for them all.  They need cleaned up because someone spilled paint on them at some point.  Hello, why do you have paint next to pewter???  For those who have pewter pieces, what is the best way to clean them up? 

Things are getting busy around here again.  Wheat harvest will begin in just a few days and the kids' sweet corn patch is growing like crazy.  I need to get out and make a new sign for along the road.  The one we have is kinda scary looking.  I made it spur of the moment a few years ago and kept forgetting to make a nicer one.  So that's what I am working on today.  That  and cleaning out craft supplies and old fabric to add to the garage sale pile.  We are having our sale during the US 127 Garage Sales in August.  The northern starting point is West Unity, OH.  My hometown.  We live about 5 miles south of town and just a little off US 127 so it makes a perfect time to have one.  We did well a couple of years ago when we had it.  Last year, I decided I wanted to go to the sales instead of having one. 

I am getting awfully close to 250 followers.  I think when I hit that magic number, I  will have a giveaway to celebrate.  Don't know yet what the might be, but I'll work on something.  Stay tuned and I will let you know when sign up time will be!! 

Hubby and I will be celebrating our 20 year anniversary on Wednesday.  Boy time sure does go.  Better go get busy.  Take care and thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, June 11, 2010

What I've Been Up To & Log Cabin Soaps

Hello.  I hope you are all having a great day so far.  I should be outside working on some yard work decided to stay inside the the air and share some of what I have been up to.  It has been crazy since the kids have been home and everyone adjusts to their summer schedules. I have had a little more time to craft since they are home and some of my daily work has become their chores.  (Yeah!!)  The first item I have done is this little cupboard I bought at GW.  At first, I just painted over it and then sanded.  Well.....I don't know what industrial type white paint they used, but it turned out awful!!!  So, out came the stripping gel and gloves.  I finally got it down to bare wood and then painted, sanded, and stained it. It was worth the extra effort!!


 I need to find something else to put into it, but this will work for now.  The next project was a set of wooden salad bowls I found last summer at a garage sale.  I just painted, sanded, and stained them. 

Here is where I put them both.  They are on top of an old blanket chest DH bought me before we were married.  I have never checked into the markings on the front, but we outbid an antique dealer for it so they must mean something. I wish I could store things in it, but it is very musty!!

The next thing I redid was this little table. I had a large crock in the corner of our  kitchen that I wanted to use for a hamper, so when I found this table I knew it would take the crock's place in the kitchen.  Here it is before.  Notice the same industrial white paint.  Again, it had to be stripped before it was painted.  I love the 20 gallon crock as a hamper too!!

  Here are a few little settings I have around the house for summer.

Lastly, I finally remembered to cut and dry my yarrow this year. I moved it a couple of years ago to a sunnier place, and it really had a lot of blooms this year.  I just filled an old crock with it.

I wanted to share a new website with you also.  My friend Lori has started making her own soaps. She and her husband live in an old log cabin they moved and reassembled.  Please stop over to Log Cabin Soaps and check out all they have to offer. 

That's all for tonight.  We have our town's parade tomorrow in which both our girls are in.  One is marching and the other riding in the royalty float.  She had to hand over her title of Jr. Miss last night. She has had a fun year and will miss it.   Hopefully after that,  I can get out and plant my broom corn and pumpkins.  It is very late, but we have had so much rain.  The tornadoes you may have heard about last weekend in Ohio were just about 30 minutes from us.  There were many homes and a school destroyed, and five people were killed.  It is hard when it is somewhere so close.  Keep those families in your prayers.    I also have some flax stared inside that I want to plant outside. Thought I would give that a shot this year. 

Take care and have a wonderful weekend.