Tuesday, August 29, 2017

TIME FLY'S!

Oh and does it ever....seems like only a year or so that Ms. Miranda was born and yesterday she went for her first day of Kindergarten.
They go to a Catholic school and I love that they wear uniforms...
love those little plaid skirts!

Our hearts melted when we saw this picture Darren and MaryAnn posted on FB...
look at that cheeky smile on her!!!!
Brother Aidan was there for her the whole time - very protective of that little girl.


The title Time Fly's is so appropriate for that part of my post and also for this part....
it is only 3-1/2 weeks until the Ohio show...it crept up so fast!
I have been working day and into early evening on merchandise.

I'm making a large assortment of items and different price points so it will appeal to everyone so that means lots of productivity.
I think I am finally drawing to an end except for the gourd and naturals garlands that we will make the week before the show as there just isn't any space left to store them.
Here's a peek at some of the items so far.





Thanks to a good friend Debra Gould, we are kept in dried Okra for some small garlands.... more is coming to me this week so I can make more of these..

This picture is hard to see but they are Shelly Bean hangings and Pumpkin garlands.
I need to restring the garlands as they are on white thread and looks silly - work ahead for me to do this as there are 9 of them, but the tan jute will look much better.

Here's information again on the show
The show is during Heritage Days Festival so a lot is happening around the farm


We will be in this barn on the back wall...come look for us!


Here's a partial list of vendors

RICK & STACEY McCLURE~Tattered-n-Torn Prims
handmade Wooden Wares & Cloth Handmades 

KAREN & DOUG MARTINSEN~KM Primitives
Primitive Handmades & Small Antiques

JULIE THORNTON~Crude Black Ewe
Antiques & Hooked Wares

CAROLYN THORNTON~Black Cat Primitives
Antiques & Primitives 

RON JONES~ Antiques 

KAREN BOWES~Brown Barn Door
Antiques & Collectibles 

ANITA HOOVER~Blue Barrel Antiques

JUDY LILLO~ Old Glory
Painted Wares & Antiques 

SANDRA MELERSKI~Farmhouse Mouse
Beautiful Handmades 

JACKIE MELERSKI~Gilmore Rudley
Handmade Wares 

KENT & JACKIE OSBORN
Antiques & Primitives 

CHERYL FREDERICK & IIA BANKS~ Junk & Disorderly
Vintage & Re-purposed Wares 

DAPHNE ROSS ~Just Enough Antiques
Antiques & Barn Finds 

ELLEN PERRY & GWEN WEBSTER
Antiques & Vintage Jewelry 

BOB & DIANA KEMMER
Antiques & Primitive Handmades 

BONNIE ELLIS
Antiques & Primitive Smalls

SANDY RISNER~ The Painted Chair
Antiques & Painted Wares 

LAURA WILLACKER
Vintage Wares 

ED & KATHY BRANDLE~Antiques At The Old Brick Church

STEPHANIE FOLEY~Rachel's Ladder
Prim-Farm Inspired & Rusy Antiques 

CINDI HURTT & ELAINE HATFIELD~Folk Art Stone
Handmade Jewelry & Primitive Handmades 

CAROL~Primitive Heart & Hand
Antiques & Primitive Handmades 

BITS & BOB 

MORE COMING SOON!

Thanks for visiting today!
Karen

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Busy Summer!

Things have been hopping here since my last post - the flood did some damage to our basement so for 3 weeks that's all we did was clean up water, bleach the floors and put up new paneling and paint - now the task of getting it all back in. Big job because we took everything to the garage or screen room so it's lots of up and down the basement stairs and we don't seem to have it in us anymore for that kind of exercise.
My brother came over for 2 days and he and Doug put up the paneling while I painted, then our son Brett came and helped put on the trim.  Looks nice and fresh now in the main storage area - now for my work room and the laundry room.  Probably won't get those rooms painted until after the show we are doing the end of September.





This lighter floor tile is the addition the family room that the previous owner added - 
so glad they put full basement...makes for lots of storage.


Our poor downtown was so flooded and all 4 bridges that cross the center of town were cut off because the water was rushing against the under side of the bridges so fast they were concerned about them being breached. See how close the water is to the bottom.
This was the last day anyone was allowed on the bridges or downtown.

National guard was here for a couple days making sure
no one crossed or went into the flooded area.

There was a mandatory cut off of power on Wednesday because the sub station was under water and they wanted to keep everyone safe - and then several 'We Eenergies' companies came in and put up 2 portable substations and we finally got power at 7 Friday night.

We were fortunate it was just water in the basement from so much rain it had
no place to go so it seeped in at the floor of the basement for days.
Downtown business and homes along the river and lake were not so lucky...
they are still cleaning up.
 Our bank got hit hard - they lost lots of money
in the vaults in the basement plus lots of documents.
 The dam is almost lost for the water coming over it -
normally you can see the rocks at the bottom.
It did reach top level at one point when it peaked.
These pictures are early on before it got REALLY bad.
 This is at the Veterans Terrace building -
the steps are covered along with the courtyard
where weddings are held.



Right in the middle of all of this we had some surprise guests for supper one night!!
Doug went on an errand and while he was out he saw an old fighter jet land at the airport - being he loves this kind of thing he went over to look -
saw the 2 fellas getting out of it and asked a few questions.  They were from Florida on their way to Oshkosh for the 'fly in' and stopped here to refuel.

They asked where a good place to 'walk to for something to eat' - he said there isn't any place close. He left to do the errand and thought he would go back and ask them if they
wanted to eat with us - they jumped at the chance so he called me
and said he was bringing home to pilots for supper LOL.

Good thing I had made our meal early that day - normally I don't start making supper until closer to the time we want to eat.  I must of had a premonition
about something to have a meal ready early!!
I made a big pot of goulash so we had that and a few other things I had on hand,
now mind you we didn't have power for almost 3 days so we didn't have much for food as we lost it all in the power outage and didn't have time to do a huge grocery run.

They couldn't have been happier or more polite and also funny -
some stories were told and we had lots of laughs.
We took them back after we ate and Doug got to get up in the cockpit - he was one happy man!!
 Scott and Keith
Such meager pickin's we had - goulash, fruit, bread w/jelly, pickles and olives...they sure did eat though!!!




Thanks Scott and Keith for a very memorable meeting - I think it was a 'God' thing - we all were in the right place at the right time...hope to see you again one day on your way though.

I must go now as I have lots to do for the upcoming show in Ohio - it is fast approaching and I already lost 3 weeks with the basement and then other commitments...
so it's nose to the grindstone for me.
There are only 6 weeks left!  Hope to see some of you there...Malabar Farms
is such a beautiful place and the scenery is gorgeous.



We will be set up in this barn along the back wall


Until next time!!!
Karen

Sunday, July 16, 2017

You've got to be kidding!!!

Well if this hasn't been the most fun week I'd be lying - Ops,  I'm lying!!!!!

Our sweet little town of 10,000+ was hit with historical rains on
Tuesday afternoon and into the night.
We had 12+ inches in less than 6 hours and the town flooded.
It came on so fast the town really was caught by surprise but I must say
they jumped into recovery mode fast.
Back in 2008 the dam crested at 12 ft. This time it was at 15 ft.!!

All of Wednesday we were able to use the shop vac and get water out of the basement -
well, not out, just tried to keep up with it until around 4:00 when they did a shutdown of the sub station...it was under water and they did it for safety reasons.
Our 4 bridges that run right in the middle of town were all closed -
the rushing water was incredible.

By early Thursday our town was full of Army National Guard standing at all intersections keeping people and cars from crossing plus there were search and rescue from 4 different cities plus WE-Energies from several cities to build 2 portable sub stations.
Power was restored around 7:30 Friday evening.

We were finally able to get back down to the basement to soak up the rest of the water and Sat. and today (Sun.) was bringing everything up to the garage so we can scrub down
the basement with bleach and then put up new paneling and paint...
it will be ongoing for a couple weeks I think.

But this town...how they pulled together was/is incredible!!!

Here's the dam on Wed. - by Thurs. there was no definition of water flowing over it.

A few people had cars under water

This is our bank from the back side

Here's the reason the bridges were closed - the water was rushing against them - and it's near the top in this picture...they feared they were breached but as of yesterday 3 were opened up and just one is closed yet for further inspection

Oh...I just now saw this fish was jumping! Didn't see it before

This is our new Veteran's Terrace building they had a whole lot of damage...the whole bottom level was totally flooded


The out door wedding/reception area at the Veteran's Terrace - there was a wedding scheduled for Friday evening. Not sure what they did about not being able to hold it here





I won't bore you with more pictures - there are so many that I took off of the Burlington
site but just wanted to share a few.

On a brighter note - we got to enjoy Miranda's 5th birthday party.
It was a Moana theme and she even had the outfit!




Besides a sundress and some toys we gave her this pool turtle and she loved it!

Last night there was another storm that was to roll through - it missed us but got Darren and MaryAnn's place. They had hail damage on the car, house, pool cover, gazebo and deck.


Hope you all have a great week - thanks for stopping by
Karen