Tuesday, May 26, 2015


FIRST…I want to say that I don’t know why Blogger or Google+ doesn’t let some of you post a comment.
I have it open to ANYONE except ‘anonymous’.
And…some of you are getting a ‘no-reply’ and I’ve been seeing that more and more.
I’ve done all the ‘fixes’ I can think of.  So…if you can’t comment, just send me an email – I’d still love to hear from you!

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Oh what an experience – but you really need to go there to get the real feel…the pictures don’t do it justice…if there is ‘justice’ to a place like this…basically all I saw was ‘stuff’ but others might see ‘treasures’.
There are buildings and stuff everywhere, so one would think it’s chaos…but HIPPY TOM has it all in order according to him.

If you are not familiar with’ Hippy Tom’ he was on American Pickers quite awhile back and since then he has become even more popular


I went to his place about 30 years ago when it was just a large building and he sold lots of perennials and annuals and a little yard art. Goodness has it grown since.  Not sure why I haven’t been to his place since because it’s just the next town over!

Normally we see him at the Elkhorn flea market and he has some nice things to pick through but I didn’t really see one thing that caught my eye except for a stained glass window – oh how I would to have  brought it home but there’s no place to put it so it stayed.

Hippy Tom being over run with questions – and I’d like to say…he’s one of the nicest people I’ve met.  He lives with his wife in a beautiful old house on the property.
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This church was my favorite building
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Bicycles hanging in a tree!
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The “Buoy’ tree
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The ‘Christmas tree stand’ tree
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The barn with chairs everywhere…even hanging from the rafters.
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And that stained glass window I would have loved to have.
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There were so many things I could have taken pictures of but I like the buildings the best.

Hope you enjoyed your tour of Serendipity Farm – if you get in the area of his next show stop in and see what new things Hippy Tom has.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Prayers for one of our Blog friends

I'm writing this post to send out prayers 
to Kendra Burno's family of  Stone House Primitives.

She lost her husband of 20 years on the 14th of this month.
Prayers would be helpful for her family.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I scored!!!

Sunday was the first of the season flea market at the Elkhorn fair grounds.
I went alone because my husband is on his annual golf trip…now I loooove going places with him but for some reason I MADE TRACKS Sunday!
I was in and out of the spaces quickly – I scan the tables and the ground and if nothing peaks my interest on I go to the next one.  I made three trips around that area and if you have ever been there you know it’s huge.  It also sprinkled the entire time and very humid.  My hair was a fuzz ball – heat and humidity turns my hair into CURLS…I dislike it so much. But,
I did find a few items in spite of that ole rain that I’m very pleased with – and some of the fun was seeing 2 friends I hadn’t seen in ages.  Again…SCORE!

Nothing happening in my life right now to share – it’s kind of boring for that matter but it gives me the opportunity to get  my sewing done for my two orders that I have.  And I love working on them because they are my ‘traditional style runners’ – I love sewing just pennies for some reason.

Okay – again I digressed…have you noticed I do that a lot in my posts?

On with my treasures.
First are my wonderful tin items – bought them from the same booth…I couldn’t believe this Pineapple mold was still there as well as the Turkey cutter.
She had $8 on the mold and $5 on the cutter – gave them both to me for $10!!!  SCORE!
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And this beauty – it’s a bit unlevel but that can be taken care of easily enough.
It was $28 - got it for $25.
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And these bread boards – no mark down on them…she was firm with prices.  $12 and $8
I’m going to sand them down, paint and distress them to use for my punch needle.
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And this picture just helps to see  the actual size of everything.  Oh I love it all!!

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I also bought some fabric for my church ladies guild for their quilts.  There is quite a bit in each bundle so they should be able to add another color and get a complete quilt from it.
I was fortunate to find two pieces that went good together.

Bought a couple of large potted flowers this weekend  - I love how it fits in the laundry cart.
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Not sure where this one is going – wish I had another cart!!

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Son and daughter in-law brought this over for Mother’s Day
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This trellis had Bittersweet growing on it last year until the rabbits chewed them down to the base…no kidding. Not a  single piece of the Bittersweet was  left so this year the trellis is at the side of the garage – this would never have been my first choice of plant but it’s all that was available in our area. It’s a Honeysuckle.
Need to get more mulch for this area now.
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Made a wonderful cake this past week for Doug to take on his golf trip…Rhubarb cake is a tradition with the guys!!
It’s a buttery moist cake and you can put any kind of fruit in place of the rhubarb but I wouldn’t change it at all.
Hopefully I can get the recipe on my blog later today.
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Hope  you all are having a great start to your week – it was very warm and humid yesterday and today it is 50 and temps are dropping. Guess those plants will get covered tonight.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Anyone care to dye?

Oh I didn’t mean literally !!

I tried my hand at making a ‘natural’ dye.
It worked!!!

I got the idea off of Pinterest – you know that site that gets us on there and then KEEPS us there…
Seems I get on there and I can’t do much else until I have my fix.  I get going on it and all of a sudden I think of a new ‘board’ to make and then I’m off and running looking for great things to put on it.  There are few things on the internet that keep me entertained as much as Pinterest.
Okay – so I got off in another direction – back to what this post is about.
Making natural dye.
Now I’m not sure what I will use it on but I saw Cee Rufus use it on your videos and it made me want to use it on something.
Here’s how I made the dye.

After asking if I could do this, I scrounged through the onion bins at the grocery store for lots of skins – now mind you keep the yellow separate from the Red because they each make a different color.
I used Yellow onion skins
The skins filled the pot I was using – when I added hot water they squished down a lot as you can see from the 2nd picture.
Bring to a boil then turn to simmer for one hour.  I stirred them around now and then with a wooden spoon.
Now you need to drain / strain  them. I used my pasta insert.
I poured the liquid and skins into pasta insert that was in another pan – this made it easier to discard the used skins.
After it drained well I poured the liquid into pint jars and let cool before capping.
Store in refrigerator.

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This dye has a very reddish color – this picture is what I found and put on my Pnterest page
And the link:  

When I decide what it is I’m going to use it on I’ll post it – but for now at least I have it to use.  I do know that it will dye some of my wool for my rug hooking and Penny Rugs.
Onion skin dye samples 

I hope I kept your interest today – seems friends don’t come around anymore – maybe it’s lack of interest, maybe other things in life – but whatever the reason I hope you at least come by and read even if you don’t leave a comment.
I feel our blogging helps others with ideas and leads them to interests they may have not thought of on their own.
I know it has worked that way for me.

See you soon!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Are you where I’m at?

By that I mean a slump – don’t really know which way to turn in my creative thoughts.
I was working on punch needle and love doing that so much that I needed to STOP!  It is very addictive and hazardous to your housework!
I was fortunate enough though to sell the 4 punch needle projects that I did and I so thank the ladies who purchased them. Three I sold on the internet and one sold at the shop I took it to….the very next day.

The last one I did I put on a distressed painted board – I really like this pattern and may make another one.
I thank you Ellie for purchasing it.
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So that’s the end of my creativity!

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I did get a wholesale order for some of my Traditional Penny Rugs so that will be keeping me busy for quite awhile now.
I got the Osnaburg dyed and hung out to dry – I love when I don’t have to hang it in the basement or put it in the dryer – such a better Primitive look.
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I got the pennies cut for two of the diamond shape rugs – I counted up how many pennies I need to cut for all these rugs and it totaled 774 and I cut them by hand – I don’t want to use one of those machines that gets them perfectly round, as it is I think I do a pretty good job of getting them round just by hand.
Now mind you these are just ‘laid’ on the fabric – nothing is stitched so the pennies will not look like they are in place – I do that when I start pinning them together.
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All pennies have been cut for all of the ones she ordered so I certainly have been keeping busy.
But I like this kind of ‘busy’.

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Last Wednesday we had our church Spring Luncheon.
The ladies guild do such a great job of every event they put on – this one was no different…very well done.
There were tables reserved for the elderly and handicapped that attend all our functions and there was a guild lady assigned to  each of those tables.

I got these pictures before everything was set out but thought I had better before it got crowded with people.
I believe the pastor said they fed 183 people.
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Church dessert table

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The week before last we had dinner with Darren and MaryAnn for Aidan’s school.
A portion of the bill went to the school for proceeds from that evening.
So we met them there and had a very enjoyable time.
Aidan saw lots of his school buddies – and gal buddies so he had a constant smile on his face.

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Have you ever received something from someone you never met or knew?
Well a friend of mine knew of a lady who wanted to get rid of some wool so she told her about me – the lady messaged me and said I could have the wool for just the cost of shipping.  I was a bit skeptical but said yes.
Well the wool arrived….it was mostly ‘Black’ and some dark Reds – my colors.
The best part was I was NEEDING Black for my penny runners and didn’t want to order any.  I was saved by this angel !!!

Just look at all that Black!
The Black pieces are huge – not sure how much is there but at least 3 yards in each bundle.  And the strips (which are large stacks) are all ready sized to run through the wool cutter for rug hooking.
Thank you Joanne from Florida.
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Before I leave I want to share a fun picture of our granddaughter Emily and her prom date Drew. I smile when I look at this. She can’t remember what happened to make this picture.
Emily and Drew

That’s about it for this week – my posts are becoming fewer and far between.
Not a lot of exciting things going on I guess.
But I won’t give up blogging – and I hope you all won’t either.
I love this way of sharing way more than FB!

Blessings to all

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