"Life is amazingly good when it's simple and amazingly simple when it's good." ~ Terri Guillemets

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Tucked Away Shop

We drove by it and out of the corner of my eye, I saw it.
I told hubby, "We have to turn back."
It didn't look like much from the road, but I just knew.


Tucked way back off the road was this old, rustic building that looked like a junk shop. Our type of shop. 
I could see some good old rust and crust treasures outside of the shop. 
And once we entered the building, we could see that it was stuffed to the rafters with all types of vintage and antique goodness. 

The owner was as unique as the items he's collected over the years.
Big guy. Bib overalls. Long hair and a beard. And as smart and as nice as they come!
He knew his history and he knew the actual worth of all his items.
He was one serious collector and everything was for sale. Well, almost everything.

On the far end of that porch was a glider. A two seater. Rustic, yet cute as a button. 
Hmmm...I never seem to have enough seating in our backyard that overlooks the lake. 
"So how much for that little glider on the front porch?" I ask.
He says, "Sorry, but that belongs to my wife and she won't sell it. She still likes to sit on it in the evenings."

Well, that's disappointing. I was sure I heard that little glider calling my name. Oh, well! As long as someone still appreciates it. 
Maybe someday, another little glider will find me and want to go home with me. Someday.

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And here are some new items in the shop just waiting for a new home!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Is House Hunting a Hobby?

I grew up with my family always on the hunt for a house.
Not that we were in the market for a new home. Nope.
It was just the idea. It was just the possibility. 
Was it just a hobby,too? Somewhat, but we did do some moving here and there.
(Beautiful, yellow Victorian farmhouse)
As an adult, I prefer to find a house I like and stay put.
We've been in our current home for 22 years and the house before that was 12 years.
Why am I bringing this all up now? 
Well, I've been doing some house hunting and right now it is only a hobby. A fun hobby.
(Blue country farmhouse)

Realtor.com can become addictive. 
I am a former Realtor and used Realtor.com to list homes that I had for sale. 
And now I'm having fun using Realtor.com to look at homes across the U.S.

(White farmhouse cottage)
All you have to do is go to the site, type in an area and type in your criteria such as price range and how many bedrooms. 
Push view and have fun house hunting.
And me...I love farmhouses. Can ya tell?
And I enjoy the possibilities. Yes, all the possibilities.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sharing Some Snow...Surprise!


Everyone seems to be getting some snow lately.
And so did we...but it wasn't predicted or in the forecast.
Surprise! 


First we had some ice and then over 6 inches of snow.


It's beautiful, but causes plenty of problems when no one is prepared.


I took these photos early this morning. And I took the dogs for a walk.
They are both 10 years old, but they acted like little pups and had fun frolicking in the snow.


Me? I'm back in the house, sitting at the window that overlooks the lake.
I think I'll stay put for the rest of the day.
I like staying warm and being as snug as a bug in a rug!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

The Shop Owner is a Little Lax


She's neglecting what she says she loves.
Items in the shop are dwindling. 
Choices are at a minimum. 


And why?
Oh, the shop owner is lax due to her own personal agenda.
She's updating her home. Yep...and it may continue for months.
Now it's not a complete overhaul, but still some hands on.
Lots of dirty work with some aches and pain involved.


All these vintage items are waiting patiently. 
Waiting to go into the shop. Waiting for a new home.
A home where they don't feel neglected.


So this shop owner is making a commitment to give the shop a boost this weekend.
Cross your fingers! I can use all the help I can get.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Is It Spring, Yet?


I may be in a bit of a hurry, but...I want spring.
I'm a firm believer that we only need snow for Christmas. 
In fact, I could easily transition from the Christmas season right into spring.
Couldn't you?  



I'm so looking forward to working and playing in my garden.
I am doing some planning to hold me over and for now, I'll just have to be content drooling over my heirloom seed catalogs.


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Monday, January 19, 2015

My Colors


It was nice (in the 50's) this past weekend.
The lake out back is still somewhat frozen and is quite pretty.
After I took this picture, it reminded my of my new color choices for the living room.


I chose a gray paint with a blue undertone for the living room.
After I started painting, I discovered it was more of a blue due to the lighting than a gray. 
At first, I was disappointed...but it is definitely growing on me.

I will be painting all the woodwork white, just like the snow that drifted onto the lake.
And all those geese...I'll be using some dark wood and some brown accents.
So there I have it. The colors of nature.
So me!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Old Shop

I thought it would be fun to show you a shop that I owned way back when.
Back in 1982. When I was young and energetic!
Here it is in all it's glory.

It was an old, neglected house and needed a bit of work to make it into a shop.
See the sign? Yep, that's a headboard. We thought we were quite clever with that.
Funny, how that idea is still around after all these years later.
And here's a before shot of the house. The clean up was a family affair.


Here's the inside when we first walked in.


Yuck...we were crazy. Yes, we were!
The floor in the front room was so bad that hubby fell through it while replacing it. Ouch!
Here's my sweet, loving grandma doing her part cleaning that nasty stove in the kitchen.
Always a smile on her face. I miss her so. 


And then there is the story of the wagon I bought at an auction.
I wanted it to display in the yard to draw attention to the shop.


I had to call the hubby to bring his old truck to pull this wagon to the shop.
This wagon was old. It was rickety. It was not meant to travel any more.
Hubby hooked it up the best he could and we were off with me following behind.
We crawled at a snail's pace because of the wagon's poor condition.
The wagon swerved. It weaved. It moaned. It groaned. 
But we made it hours later after many stops and adjustments.
I have to laugh about it now. Where there's a will, there's a way.


And here I am behind the counter of the shop at Christmas time.
See that old post office piece behind me?
I bought that at the same auction where I bought the wagon.
It was sitting in the barn with the sheep.
And the sheep had chewed on one of the lower shelves. LOL!
I still have that post office unit. It's in my kitchen and I use it to store my dishes and cookbooks. 
And that shelf? I like the chewed up look and left it as is. It tells a story.

I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes in concerning my health.
I really appreciate it and I am almost at 100% again.
I have not had a chance to do some visiting with you all.
The internet has been down for awhile now.
 Just waiting for it to be repaired.

Hope you have a good weekend!

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Latest and greatest items in the shop...

Monday, January 12, 2015

Been Down and Out

I'm back.


I've been down in bed and out of commission due to a viral infection.
Let's just say it wasn't pretty. I'm just thankful it did not go into pneumonia. 
I'm back on my feet now, but what a way to start the new year.
Not a good start as I am totally behind on everything now. 

But...I need to look at all the positives and all the blessings in my life. And they do make me smile. 
And what's up with the sunflower you may ask? Well, it makes me smile, too.

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what the sunflowers do."
~Helen Keller


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