Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Fall Show set up has begun!

Here's just a peek as what's to come!

That's all for now... 
there's lot's more work to be done! 

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Zinnia's ... a summer favorite!

  Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Barn Wood Live On...

The old barn had served it's owners 
for over a 100 years!
(see previous post)

Here is a piece of the old barn siding
  before it was readied for furniture making.

The old barn siding lives on in this
  beautiful farm table my husband built
for an especially sweet Whistle Stop Customer.

Look at the detail... 

These pictures don't really do the table top
justice. The old barn wood has so much character.
The farm table now has a new home and the 
old barn wood will continue to serve...
... in a different place
... in a different way 

Who knows maybe it will
have another 100 years of stories to tell!

Monday, August 10, 2009

100 Year Old Barn...

... it's has served it's duty as a shelter to cows, pigs, tractors, 
barn swallows, wasps, frogs & barn cats... 
Now it's duty has come to an end
but, it's memories will live on with the 3rd generation family 
who so generously let us tear off as much wood as we wanted!

It will live on in primitive crafts & cupboards
 The Whistle Stop! 
Now if only we could get the boards to talk
& tell us stories of the past 100 years! 

Meet my DH & son Matt.
It's a boys dream... demolition!

The old barn had been covered in tin
in order to extend it's life. I think it single handedly 
kept the nail companies in business! 

The door to the hay loft... it was much bigger
 on the ground than it looked up in the rafters.

Meet Mark...  a friend of the family who owns
the farm. Thanks for all your help, the 
wonderful meal & comfy room & board!

Meet Fred...  
... the most awesome cat! 
He loves company!

Loved the old chicken waterer!
It's still being used... darn!

Cluck... Cluck... Cock-a-doodle-do!
The owners of the farm sent us home with
sweet corn & eggs! Yummy!

What's a farm without a tractor?
Loved this old red tractor... wish I could
haul it to the Bonanza with me!

Meet Mr. Spotted Frog... he hung out with us
as we tore down the barn wood.

Look at our stash!!! 
Two days of stripping the tin & boards...
A lot of work... for the guys... I mostly supervised! 
Thanks to our nephew for letting us 
borrow his truck &  trailer!

Meet... hmmm... what shall I call him?
I like Fred, but it's already taken.
How about Elmer? 
Yes, Elmer is his name.

Elmer was the first project made from the
old barn wood. He is a special order for 
a wonderful couple that visit the Whistle Stop
each and every show! 

Elmer is munching on my Zinnia patch!
I'm going to miss him, but hope he likes
his new home next to the garden shed.
I hope his new owners 
love Elmer as much as I do! 

Sunday, August 9, 2009

One thing off the list...

Yeah!!! No jury duty! Not that I don't want to do my civic duty... it's just that I start back to school (work) on Thursday. I still have a ton of things on my "to do" list! Our Fall show is 4 1/2 weeks away and it's only 5 weeks until we hit the road for the Bonanza! Oh my... to see that in print is a little scary! At least I can cross the jury duty off my never ending list! 

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Goin' on a JUNK HUNT...

Ever since we got the news that we were
going to be vendors at the Junk Bonanza we have
been on the hunt for lots of "JUNK"! 
I saw an ad on Craig's List that said...

"We are getting ready for a BULK trash pick up. Emptying the garage 
and basement. There will be old antique wooden chairs, old tables, 
old antique ironing boards, old tvs, old shelves, old step stools, 
and a bunch of scrap... some metal some wood. 
We will be there around 7:30pm putting out, if you wish to take please 
do so  ...if you do please try to keep some order to the piles. "

So, we headed over to IA a little early to find the house. 
We saw a few things laying inside the gate and thought... 
"do we hang around for an hour and a half?"... 
We went and ate dinner and went back to the house about 7:15...

We couldn't believe our eyes!!!

The curb was filling up with all kinds of 

We started piling things up by the car...
Oh, we wished we would of brought a truck!!
This house had been in the family forever and lot's of
treasures had been left behind. 
The granddaughter is going to move in to the house. 
I'm sure the house would be jumping up and down 
with joy if it could! They were such nice people. 
They were grateful we were taking 
stuff off their hands and we were grateful to get it! 

We had chairs tied to the roof!

The seats were laid down and it was 
packed to the brim.

Sweet little concrete bunnies...
... I'll share more of our lucky finds as we unpack
and get our treasures ready to sell.


Watch for another post coming on the 
little rusty wagon... it's too cute!