Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Collections keep growing!

That’s right – I can’t seem to get away from buying Yellow Ware bowls and this past weekend Dan DiPaolo had his monthly open house at the barn and was selling lots of his collection.  We missed seeing most of them because we didn’t go out on Saturday so the picking was slim but I found a nice small one with a blue ring I didn’t have.  It’s probably a 1 quart size and I love the shape.

New blue stripe bowl 1

New blue stripe bowl 2

Dan’s ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ farm has Two more open house then his Christmas open house and then he’ll be closed for the winter:  ( http://dandipaolostudios.blogspot.com/ )
DiPaolo's open house schedule

Pineapple line artAnd….baby dresses/gowns…who doesn’t love them!
Friday my brother and his wife came over and we went to Mukwonago up to Deja Vu and I found a pair of long baby stockings to go with the other baby things in the guest room
Baby stockings 2

Baby stockings 1

I posted about this store before and will be adding it to my shops in Wisconsin tab shortly. Jody has a very eclectic kind of store with antiques, vintage and even some new items…a great place to spend a good hour browsing.
( http://www.dejavugoods.com/store.html )
Deja Vu picture 

After we left there we headed up the street to Fork In The Road restaurant for lunch…a crock of French Onion soup was the choice I made and a very good one at that…I recommend it if you ever get there: (  http://forkintheroadrestaurant.com/ )

When we got back to Burlington we stopped at an antique shop in the downtown area, The Shy Violet – this looks like a small store but it is packed with some wonderful treasures. (  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shy-Violet/114848642035790?sk=timeline )

shy violet logo

I found another baby gown and I will not look for anymore because there are only 3 pegs on the rack in the guest room and they are now full….whew…one collection completed!!
 New baby gown 2

New baby gown 1

Pineapple line artThere’s also a new shop that opened up a couple weeks ago in Waterford, just a couple miles up the road.
Run by yet ‘another’ Jodi….this is a cute little shop full of ‘country’ items – I’m hoping in time she will get more Primitive/Colonial items in but again she is still so new.
JODI’S COUNTRY CORNER and she also has a FB page:  ( https://www.facebook.com/jodiscountrycorner )
Jodis country corner

Pineapple line art I have been on the search of a wool cutter for some time now and through my friend Teresa Miller (Teresa’s primitive Treasures:  http://teresasprimtreasures.blogspot.com/ ) I was led to Linda from Grant Street Woolworks ( https://www.facebook.com/GrantStreetWoolworks/timeline ) whom I met at the retreat in June – well it so happened she had one she was selling for someone so I purchased it!!  I’m now able to cut straight strips…thank you both of you for your wonderful help.

It came in its own little case too…and it came with 7 blade sizes.
Wool case 

Wool cutter 1
I also purchased this yummy burgundy red wool – I never can have too much red wool…let alone WOOL!

When I was on the phone with Linda talking about purchasing this item Teresa happened to be in the store at that time so I got to chat with both of them and we got talking about needle punch and I was saying how much I detested putting my work in a hoop ring because it doesn’t stay tight and Linda said she had just the thing and explained it to me…well, it turns out it’s just like a rug hook frame but small and it even has a swivel base and the edges are rounded on the gripper! Oh, and as we were talking about it…Teresa purchased one as well!

Punch needle frame 1

Punch needle frame 3
This is SOOOOO worth the money spent!!

Pineapple line art

Last week I had some free time and spent it working on my Pumpkin rug – it is going to be made into a pillow when I get the brown or black muted background hooked on it.  I purchased this piece from Lauran (Rugs and Pugs blog: (  http://rugsandpugs.blogspot.com/ )

Pumpkin rug 2

I hope you enjoyed this long post AGAIN….Oh people I have good intentions to have a short post but as in person, I just can’t seem to keep it short.

Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you for continuing to support me by visiting and always being so sweet and kind with your comments…I honestly appreciate each and every one of you!   I am a bad blogger as for visiting you all…well, that’s not true, I do surf the blogs and read here and there but it seems by the time you get on the computer you find you have spent a couple hours and the morning has gone….it’s already 9:00 am and I’ve been at this post plus other computer things since 7 am…yikes! Time to close her down for a bit.

Karen

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A little of this a little of that!

Every had a birthday that just kept on giving – I said that in my last post and thought it had ended…NOT!
On Wednesday Doug’s cousins came over and surprised me with a birthday afternoon.  They brought snacks and we played cards then went downtown to Fred’s for burgers then back here for apple pie and ice cream…Perfect Day. Oh and a wonderful gift card for Kohl’s (guess what…it’s already spent. smiles-smiles-smiles!)

This group of gals are so fun and funny – never stop laughing when we are with them.
Before everyone left I set the camera on automatic and set it on the top of one of the  pie safes to get a group photo…well they thought I had it pointing at an angle so Gail said ‘tilt to the right’ and they all did LOL…
Girl cousins

Last week we finished up our little re-do of rooms…this time it was the bathroom that got it.  Not much but enough to look good.
Painted the cabinets, new hardware and new floor.

This is the old look…
Bathroom old

And the new look…
now it looks like the color is the same but believe me it’s much darker than the original color.  We used the same as in the family room. I like to keep the colors flowing in the house – not be drastic with changes.
New bathroom 1
New bathroom 2 
One more small addition to one of the guest rooms – we put up a wall shelf with pegs to put the antique baby clothing on. It’s one we had and thought it might work and sure enough…I really like it.  Now that is all we are putting on the walls. I want it simple.
 Wall shelf 1
Wall shelf 2
See this adorable child’s dish set…we bought that when Doug was working in England.  I was fortunate enough to go over there for a week while he was there.  We took a shopping trip one day and went to Harrods of London. I knew Peter Rabbit was an English story and so I was in search of something pertaining to it. We found this Wedgwood set for little Jesse (at the time he wasn’t born yet).
Peter Rabbit Dishes

This weekend was the town wide rummage sale so we went out browsing and found a few treasures we just had to have lol
But really I DID HAVE TO HAVE THIS…2 boxes of DMC all numbered and in order in plastic bags…the boxes are floss organizers.  Got the two boxes for $8.00.  I counted the bags and there are 285 – most bags have one skein but there are about 5 or 6 have several skeins.
DMC thread

Then this darling leather purse for .25
Black purse

What else did we HAVE to have…
A book of heirloom Embroidery for $1.00
Embroidery book

And 2 yards of Santa fabric for $1.00
Santa Fabric

Yesterday (Saturday) we went to my cousins 80th birthday party.
Got to enjoy seeing cousins I haven’t seen in a year and some even more.

My cousin Barb, Me and cousin Dave (they are brother and sister)

Donna Me Dave

Me with cousin Bev (another sister to the two above and the birthday girl)

 Me and Bev 2

That’s it for the fun things!!!

Been making a few things here and there to get ready for the Christmas show.
Trying to make some small things before I get working on Penny Rugs.
Large flower pins for coats

Large Coat Pins 

More strawberries…I made several awhile back and sold them all.
Strawberries in progress

And I will leave you with miss ‘Baby’ snoozing in the sunBaby in sun

Karen

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Family room finished – a couple other things

We finished the family room and what a great feeling!
Took awhile but after up and down on the ladder ( and falling off once – but no harm done ), bending to paint in places low and lots of aches and pains all is well!
The carpet was installed on Wednesday and it looks wonderful.  We went with a high/low loop pile that wears well for high traffic areas – something very different for us but sure do love it.
You may not see much of a difference in the pictures from before but for real it is a huge difference.

( click pictures to view larger )

Family room finished 1

I see a basket handle broke!!!  Guess that needs to come down!!
Fireplace closeup 1 

Carpet design
New carpet closeup

The den is finally back to normal with less furniture as well, not so crowded anymore with the love seat in there with it back in the family room where it belonged but had to be moved out because of the leather sofa – but the leather sofa sold last Monday! Yeahhhh!
Den finished 1

On Thursday we headed up to my brother/sister in-laws and then we all went to Wisconsin Rapids to Country Freckles because I wanted to pick up my products that I had consigned there and I needed to regroup and later send up some new items.  I was amazed at how much I sold in a years time.  Just a shopping bag of things left.
I did buy more wool and pattern for a hooked rug and a lamp shade for the screen room lamp – nothing exciting.

Tulip hooked rug 1 
Burlap shade

Then we headed on over to Whetstone’s Antiques and I found the lid to my green depression glass biscuit jar that we purchased at a rummage sale last year for $1.00 – Cal let me have the lid for $3.00!!  I see them sell at the flea markets from $25 to $45 complete. So $4 was a great deal.
Biscuit jare 1
Also found this smaller 8 inch Yellow Ware bowl with red rings.  Don’t have any with that color so it jumped right into my hands!
Small yellow and red bowl 

And when we got home yesterday I found these Sunflowers on the counter for me from Brett, Heather and the kids!
Sunflowers

And with such a busy day and a half neither of us wanted much for dinner last night so I made a home made pizza.
One of our favorite easy night meals.

pizza 1

 pizza 2

This afternoon it’s over to our son Brett’s place with our whole family for my birthday celebration – goodness this is the birthday that keeps on giving…turning 70 wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be!

Blessings to all

Karen

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I got to meet a blogger - And new items on my selling blog

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Oh yes, I got to meet Robin Schilpp from http://primitivehutch.blogspot.com/ 
She and her niece Niki took a 4 day shopping road trip and we met on Saturday and one of my favorite local shops Finder’s Keepers.
I saw Robins van….packed to the roof – well almost, they had to save room for the next day because they were going to the Elkhorn flea market and I just know how that went after seeing what they bought in just 2 days! lol

I met up with them Sat. afternoon at the shop and what a delight to meet Robin!  She’s so cute and so bubbly but I unfortunately was not my usual self because I was hurting but didn’t want to miss the chance to meet her.  I tried my best but hopefully she didn’t notice.  I did do some damage .

First off here’s Ms. Robin and myself
Me and Robin 1

And my purchase – a childs gown.  Not sure if it’s a night gown or a Christening gown.  There are a couple spots on it but I loved it and the price was right and the pin tucking down the front and sleeves is just beautiful.
Childs dress

I plan to have a peg rack shelf put in one of the guest rooms and hang my baby clothing from it and if I can find some baby shoes and a bonnet it would complete the wall.
Before saying goodbye Robin gifted me with a cute patriotic pin cushion/pillow tuck she made and a beautifully scented candle/tray.
Gift from Robin 
Thank you Robin – I hope we get to meet again one day and this time spend more time together.

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Oh we are living in a mess right now – actually the family room and screen room.
We are re-doing the family room and all the furniture has been removed to the screen room. Although at night we have to bring in the fabric chairs because it has done nothing but RAIN here and I don’t like them getting damp.
We went from light walls to a caramel colored wall.  At first I thought it might be a bit dark but the more I painted the more I loved it.  Sort of a Kraft bag color.
Here is the main reason we had to re-do. 
Bad wood on fp wall 1
The wall above the fireplace had a leak at some point (for a long time actually) before we had the new roof put on and the leak buckled and warped the wood.  Any picture we had up there had to be large enough to cover the area and that was basically one that would fit and I was getting mighty tired of looking at it for years.
Sunday a friend of my husbands was generous to give up his Sunday to replace the wall for us.
Fireplace wall 1
Now it’s fresh and all painted and we are ready to put the floor baseboards on today.
Then the carpet has been ordered and expected to here by end of next week and then our installer will put it in and hopefully we will be back in business.
Walls 1
Family Room done 1

Finished FB wall
FR painted

There are hardwood floors in this room but over the past 35 years with carpeting and the staples all over we just didn’t want to go through the process of having them refinished plus the room is drafty in the winter.
Family room redo 1

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Please visit my selling blog as I put some new items on there that I found a Market Square wholesale show last Monday,
You can find them on the ‘Prim Needs’ category:
http://kmprimitives.blogspot.com/p/prim-needs.html

Thanks to all my followers for sticking with me through my MIA on your blogs.
Life has a way of stopping one from doing EVERYTHING – by the time I get my e-mails answered and sometimes getting a post done here I’ve run out of steam plus things in general.
I do see what you post as I scroll through my bloglovin – I know you are all out there and continuing on better than I am.
But I do thank you and THANK YOU to my 4 new followers!  Amazing that some are still liking what I have to say! lol

 

Have a great rest of your week and a very happy and safe 4th of July

Karen

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