Sunday, May 21, 2017

I've been working on...

my Americana Civil War Firewood Folks trio for a few months and finally finished them.

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Robert E. Lee, President Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant are all spoken for. But I wanted to share their photo.

Ulysses reminds me of a young Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. ((giggle))

We had a new log load dropped off so I plan on creating more Firewood Folks in the future. Man, I have such a blast creating them. But they take time to create.

Today I made a beeline to the Home Depot. They are having their Behr Memorial Day paint sale all week!
I've got my Benjamin Moore paint colors mixed and tomorrow I'll start painting my studio. Ooooh, I can't wait!!

Happy Sunday night, all!!

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fifty Shades Of...

WHITE! Actually, there's more than that.

Man, I cannot believe how many shades of white interior paint there are. It's truly mind boggling!

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As I mentioned I am turning our spare bedroom into my studio. I am determined to paint the walls (Benjamin Moore) Edgecomb Gray. I've been hanging onto that paint sample for well over a year and by gum I want that color on the walls somewhere.

The name is deceiving because it doesn't look gray. At least it doesn't look gray to me. It's a beautiful neutral which I'm really diggin' these days.



So next, I need a trim color. I want to stick with a white. Well... a bundle of color chips and 45 minutes (standing in the paint store like a dope) later, I have decided on "White Dove." At least that is the color for the time being. ((giggle))



I know white is tricky. A lot depends on your natural light and/or artificial light. Then there's the undertones. Is it green? Yellow? Pink? Blue?? Do I want a warm white? A bright white? A cool white?? C'mon man! I can barely decide on a lipstick color! Don't do this to me for cripe's sake!!

How about giving a choice of say... Five.
Five is a good number. You can count them all on one hand as you hold the color chips in the other. Perfect.
But no, that would be too easy. Instead there's Chantilly Lace, Simply White, Pure White, Cloud White, Super White, Cotton Balls, Frostine, Navajo White, Baby's Breath, Chalk White, Oyster... and that is just one paint company.

Ooooh, wouldn't it be fun to have the job of making up names for paint colors?? I could have a lot of fun with that! ((hee hee))

Well, that's it for today. Not sure when I'll get around to getting the paint and then painting the room but at least I've got half the battle done.

Happy Thursday, all!

P.S.
We have sunshine today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:> )

6:11pm UPDATE: Already changed my mind. I may do the reverse. Lighter walls. Darker trim. I painted our keeping room that way and love the look.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

I Couldn't Resist...

I went back for more copper.
Look at that teeny weeny strainer! Adorable!

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So glad I did because I didn't see that awesome copper oil lamp until today! One of the gals who worked the sale (and also eyeballed it) mentioned she was shocked no one grabbed it over these past three days. Heck, I would have but I didn't see it.
A good thing I didn't because today (last day of sale) everything was 50% off. Yippee!!!

I asked if the owners of the home are antique dealers and she said they were. I could tell by the stuff in the house. They decided to move to Florida and quite literally leaving it all behind them. Wow! That's impressive. Not sure that is something I could do.

So on this miserable, damp, rainy and cold Sunday, I've got a huge pot of homemade chicken soup on the stove. Going to try out my "new" Heritage soup bowls. ((giggle))

Happy Sunday, all.

:> )

P.S.
If anyone out there has sunshine and warm temperatures, PLEASE send them our way. We haven't seen the sun in weeks!
Ack!!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Happy Hoarder's House Sale...

The other day I went to a house sale that was PACKED with just about anything you can think of. Actually, it was even too overwhelming for me. But I managed to grab some wonderful goodies and got yet another fantastic deal on something I've been looking for for quite some time.

Since I'm into collecting copper I was able to find a few pieces to add to my copper stash.

Like this cute candle stick holder.

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Some wee molds.

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And this awesome old Revereware mixing bowl.
(My reflection is giving you a thumbs up)

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Then, tucked away in the back of the old attic was a box of what I've been looking for! At first I wasn't sure, so I reached over and grabbed a piece. Sure enough it was a box of Pfaltzgraff White Heritage dishes! I've been looking for more pieces to add to the set I have from my parents.

Needless to say, I jumped on the box like Daffy Duck did when he saw the pearl.



Even better, this setting for EIGHT was an older set (made in the U.S.A.) and in mint condition! The three boxes contained dinner plates, salad plates, cereal bowls, soup bowls, cups/saucers, salt & pepper shakers, gravy boat, a creamer/sugar bowl and veggie bowl. All for... Ready for this??
35 bucks!

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These classic white dishes are perfect for that country/farmhouse/cottage look. I remember as a kid back in the 70's how excited my mom was when she got her set. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Also in the boxes were these two pretty (made in Japan) vintage sugar bowls. Heck I no longer consume table sugar but I think I'm going to start collecting pretty, white sugar bowls.
The one is rather large for a sugar bowl. But it has the little opening in the lid like a sugar bowl. Who knows??

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After I left that place I thought to myself... The next time my sweet hubs complains about too much stuff in the ol' Countryfolk homestead, I will remind him of the "happy hoarder's house" and tell him to put a sock in it. ((giggle))

Happy Saturday, all!!

:> )

Sunday, April 30, 2017

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

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Unfortunately, my sewing machine has been giving me fits which has limited my stitching time to zilch. So I only have my Folk Art Whale offering.

BUT after some tinkering, I do believe she is back in working order and that means so am I.
What's even better... I decided to turn our spare bedroom into a larger studio to create in. Yippee!! There's lots of natural light, too!

Soooo when you have a moment, click on the banner below to go directly to the Early Work Mercantile site.

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You're whalecome.
Get it?? ((giggle))
I slay me.




Happy Sunday!!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To...

Man, I'm showing my age when I say stuff like that. But it's so true.

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I have my parents vintage Boston rocker. I love it!
I have a new rocker my sweet hubs bought for me and there is no comparison as far as comfort goes. The old one contours to the body so much better.
Insert "they don't make 'em like they used to" here.

Next, I needed to order a cushion set for it. I hopped on old faithful JCP site and found a set with just the color I was looking for. "Original" price stated 80 bucks but they were having a 40% of "sale." So I ordered the set.

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Well, the tufted cushions (especially the seat cushion) were so sparsely stuffed. It didn't feel cushiony at all. I hoped it would feel like I was sitting on a cloud. Instead it felt like I was sitting a sparsely stuffed cushion. What's even more frustrating the stock photos and the customer photos from a few years back looked fully stuffed.
Insert "They don't make 'em like they used to" here.

Oh well, I'm going to keep them anyway.

I guess the longer you've been on the planet, the more you complain about the way things used to be.
I totally get that now.

:> )


Happy Monday.






Saturday, April 22, 2017

As many "celebrate" today...



Sorry, but we don't need a special day.

Just some daily good old fashioned
common sense.



Enjoy nature.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Rainy Days and Wednesdays always gets me...

to move furniture all around."

Wait a minute. That's not how the song goes.

Anyway, that's just what I've been doing this rainy Wednesday afternoon.

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So I've got one wing back chair here in the keeping room and the other one in the living room with the plaid settee and sofa.

I'm still not convinced on a new sofa as much as my sweet hubs is. It is not necessary.

I just need to figure out a way to make the sofa we have more comfortable for him.
Maybe I need to throw some throw pillows at him to him and make it more cushy soft. ((giggle))

Stella doesn't care where she lays her precious little head. As long as she's not far from me.

I can hear her sing...

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"Funny, but it seems I always wind up here with you. Nice to know somebody loves me."



Happy Hump Day, all.

P.S.
Enjoy nature.
Go jump in a puddle.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!!!



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Saturday, April 15, 2017

It was fun while it lasted...

I knew it was just a matter of time before my sweet hubs would realize our last furniture purchase (especially the sofa) was too uncomfortable for him to sit on. But to his credit he "survived" sitting on them for almost two years. Truly a record for him! ((giggle))

As the wheels turned frantically in my head trying to figure out what I have to get rid of to keep the sofa or the two chairs somewhere in this old farmhouse, we decided to do some sofa shopping. We hit the usual national brand furniture stores but of course our idea of a sofa are worlds apart. He kept zeroing on oversized, man cave (too big for the actual room) furniture. Very similar to our "gigantic brown turd" sofa he previously picked out.

I was able to talk him into going back to the furniture store where we purchased the wonderful set we now have. Of course he was hesitant knowing most of the furniture is my taste and style. So I told him to wear a garlic necklace and carry a few silver bullets just in case. ((hee hee))

Well as we gave up all hope, there it was! A comfortable oversized sofa with a perfect farmhouse cottage look!! We both sat down on it at the same time... Ahhhhh. Perfect! He was happy with the puffy, wide cushions and I was happy with the esthetics. Jackpot! It's by Craftmaster.

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I made it a point to bring the fabric from the arm covers (from the furniture that I love) to see if one of their fabrics would match. I was thrilled to see there is a close enough match to them.

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The sales guy mentioned they are having their yearly store sale in May. A sale???!!!! Well, you all know my eyes got as big as saucers when I heard that! So we will wait until May to order it.

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Until the new sofa arrives, my sweet hubs will continue to sit on our living room floor and watch TV. (He can be so dramatic)


Happy Saturday, all!

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Ol' Betsy Got her Tat..

FINALLY!!! Man, I've been champin' at the bit to get this on her and today was the day!! Yippee!!

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I had it done in distressed "etched glass" vinyl and I am thrilled with the subtlety of it.
Just what I was looking for.

Here it is in the sunshine. Ooooooh...

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If you're looking for any type of vinyl decal, check out Vello's Vinyl. Brian can do pretty much anything you want.

Okay, that's it for now.

Happy Palm Sunday, all!!

:> )


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!!

This is all that's left of the snow!!

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Man!! This was like the winter that wouldn't end! But I think we're in the clear.
(Bet I just jinxed myself on that comment)

We're seeing lots of wildlife at the old Countryfolk homestead. Bunnies, birdies, fox, deer and woodchucks.
I FINALLY saw a beautiful eagle fly right over my head. This is a first for our area! You have no idea how thrilling that was for me!! I actually welled up. I know. I'm such a sap.

I'll definitely have to keep an eye to the sky when I have my girls outside. But I've always had to keep an eye on little Gracie since we have lots of hawks.
When she strays too far from me I break out into a Gloria Estefan song. But instead of singing "The rhythm is gonna get you" I sing "The chicken hawk's gonna get you." ((giggle))

Of course Ralph the Chipmunk is making himself known more and more everyday. He's got quite the "condo" in our lawn. I should start charging him HOA fees.

Happy Tuesday, all!!

:>)


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Happy April Fools!!!

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But this is no joke! We woke up to it snowing!! ACK!!!

When I walked outside to fill the bird feeder with seed, I heard crazy Ralph the chipmunk yelling, "You've gotta be sh*ttin' me!!!!"
I didn't realize chipmunks could curse. Who knew???

So even though spring has sprung and it's the first of April, it's still snowing here.
We'd better have any amazing summer...

Enjoy your weekend.

:> )




Friday, March 31, 2017

The Infamous Drop Ceiling Tiles...

It's no secret I'm not a fan of them. Okay, I really despise them. Too harsh? How about I strongly dislike them.

Sure, they serve a purpose. Especially when hiding massive plumbing like in one of our rooms. And boy was I grateful for those tiles last summer when the bathtub pipe blew. Hubs had easy access to replace it. Although I did almost mess my drawers when the saturated ceiling tiles fell to the floor. SPLAT!!

But man, unless you get the fancier high end tiles, they just don't look all that great.
And knowing me, I wasn't about to spend a fortune on ceiling tiles. No siree bob.

Another problem with the room is it's on the north side of the ol' Countryfolk farmhouse. So not only does it have a butt ugly drop ceiling, it has limited sunshine so it's always cold in there. Icky-poo-poo.

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So after 17 years (I still can't believe I waited this long), I decided it was time to give it a facelift. All I needed were a few cans of spray paint and new drop ceiling tiles.

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I was giddy when I found they offered a "smooth" surface tile instead of those crinkly ones. Heck, I have enough "crinkles" on my face and knees, I don't need to be seeing them on the ceiling, too.

First I spray painted the metal channels...

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Talk about a nightmare. I wrapped my head, face and mouth up tight. Had fans blowing outside and I was still woozy from the fumes.



Then hubs and I removed the old nasty tiles and replaced them with the new ones.
There were dead bugs and petrified critter turds all over those old ones.
Ahhhh... Country living at its best. ((giggle))

Then a few hours later...

Ta-dah!!!

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Yeah, I know. Nothing spectacular. But for only 130 bucks total, it works for me!!
Woo hoo!!!!

Oh and I have my Folk Art Polka Dot Hen listed on Early Work Mercantile tonight.
So if you want to scoot on over, click on the link below.

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Have a terrific weekend everyone!!

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Outdoor Creativity...

Still waiting for all the snow to melt. So for now, I've been clicking through Pinterest and enjoying all the photos of green grass.















"Brick Books" for your garden.

Happy Sunday, everyone!!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

May joy and peace surround you,


Contentment latch your door,

And happiness be with you now,

And bless you evermore.

– Irish Blessing

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We're all a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day!

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