Saturday, July 30, 2022

HAS IT REALLY BEEN 5 MONTHS???

I don't know about you all but time just gets away from me
and especially when I start making products for our show.
During this lull in posting we made
2 more floor cloths and lots of merchandise for the show.

It has also been a busy time with family. Our grandson Joe graduated from UW Steven's Point in June (as did his girlfriend Taylor), 2 great-grandchildren had birthday's, Miranda turned 1 and her brother Zayne 9 years old in June a week apart.

Then in July 2 grandchildren had birthdays a week apart. Aidan turned 14 and his sister Miranda 10 years old. Busy, fun and 'expensive' 😁
Joseph and his girlfriend Taylor

Aidan and Miranda

Kira

Zayne
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I'm so ready for a vacation but don't see that happening until mid October when the show is over. Not sure where we'll go but hoping for either Savannah, GA or Maine.
We have never been to Savannah but been to Maine 4 times and still would go again.
I guess we have time to figure it out.
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As I said at the beginning we made floor cloths and I think they turned out quite nice - hopefully they will sell at our show.
The lighting is not very good on them - in person the gold isn't as bright as it looks here.

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Back in March we ordered a brass lantern to replace the one in our courtyard area - I thought I liked our old one but this one is now a favorite!!  We ordered it from Irvin's Tin



(the old one is sitting behind it ready for the trash pickup)
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A couple weeks ago when it was so beastly hot for several days straight we had a visit from our neighborhood hawk.



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A couple weeks ago we were invited out to Dan DiPaolo's cabin for a cookout - we had some awesome burgers made from the meat of one of his beef cows....it was soooo good!!!  Plus we got to meet some of Dan's great friends. (and it was on my birthday so it was double fun).


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Here's a VERY SMALL SAMPLING of some of the products that we will have at our show.  There is just way too much to post pictures of.
Our show is Saturday, October 1st so it's coming up fast!!











Thank you so much for visiting today - hopefully it will be sooner than
5 months when I can post again!!
Karen




Tuesday, February 22, 2022

GOSH, I'M HERE SOONER THAN I THOUGHT!!

This months has flown by for me - maybe because
we had this big project to do.
So in the last post I showed that we were making our first ever painted floor cloth.
It's turning out just how we wanted it to.

3 coats of base color


Turning the hem - we used two sided carpet tape.
Tried the Gorilla glue but it didn't work.

Starting the border


Border finished

Made grids for the center designs

Ready to stencil designs - we were going to do
the one design in black but decided against it.

Stencil designs

Designs finished

Painting on antique glaze

Antique glaze wiped off - I like it!!!
Next step is 3 coats of latex polyurethane and then it is done!!!

Comparison - antique glaze is on the right.


A couple of my newest designs I made into patterns

Love Birds


Peacock


Fraktur vase of flowers

Designing punch needle patterns


The rest of these aren't my designs
but ones that will be for sale 'finished' at some point





This is about all I can add this post - all this has kept me/us busy.
Thanks for stopping by today!!
Karen

Friday, February 4, 2022

HAS IT REALLY BEEN THAT LONG??

Holy Moly I can't believe I haven't posted since August!
A lot has happened since then...we had another great In-Home show the first of October
and did a little mini vacation to PA and then up into NY to visit our grandson
who is working on a drilling team.  It was short but fun.

In November we went to IL to a few antique/primitive shows and found a few things.
Some for us some for our business.
And also saw a few friends from FB
(and one who lives near us)

Here's just a few items we found


Chalkware Santa



Wonderful old sled

Old metal skates


Wool roving to use for sheep and hair

Favorite purchase
Tin light from Carriage House Lighting

And we found a few more vintage ornaments

These note pads were hard to pass up so I bought 2!!

2 pieces of res/ivory wool and
and an army blanket

Small little blackened beeswax turkey

We met a great antique dealer "Joe Cardetti'
Friend from FB


Another FB friend Sally Strom Joller

Tina Nikkila who lives near us was there as well
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Look at this gorgeous turkey!
It looks like blackened beeswax doesn't it?
It's not though - made from some kind of resin
and I got it from Hobby Lobby!!


If you were bored with the first part of this post
I'm sorry - but it has been so long there's lots stored up.

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Jan. 14th my husband Doug celebrated his 80th birthday.
I threw him a birthday party for a few friends and relatives.
It was such a great day.
Our granddaughter wanted to contribute so she asked if she could
 make the cake...yes..for sure you can I said.
It was her first ever attempt at baking from scratch
and especially a birthday cake.
I told her to keep it simple and not fru-fru looking.
She did a great job. 
 



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Two weeks ago we saw a chair on FB Markeplace
in Illinois about 45 minute drive for us 
so we went to look at the chair and loved it.
We love having the Chair and a half instead of a 
single chair - we sold the one chair we had so this 
one would work...and we love it..
Now we have two Chair and a half
The picture isn't bright so I took a shot of the chair by itself
It shows the true colors and they work great with
our other furniture colors.
(they both have footstools but we stored them, it would be too cluttered with them)

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Oh one more thing...our winter project
We are trying our hand at making a floorcloth!

Doug making a large flat surface to work on

Canvas has been primed with two coats of primer

Need to put 2-3 coats of base color on
Next step will be stenciling the designs.
Stencils are being shipped today.
Then it will get an antique glaze to tone down the color.
Then the sealer.
Keep tuned!!!

Karen