Monday, May 2, 2016

Spring Cleaning


Good evening sweet friends.
I did some major Spring cleaning
over the weekend.


Moved everything...
I should say Bob moved the heavy stuff.
Surgery is finally in a few weeks,
so I needed to get this done now.


Our chairs were moved away from the window.
My Ott lamp that Bob got me for Christmas one year.


This is the only area I left unchanged.


Bob and I moved the blue jelly cabinet here in the corner
and placed the red table back in its place.


Moved the jelly cabinet behind one of the chairs near our fireplace.


Love seat moved to the window.
Oops...looks like I left this blue corner cabinet in the same spot too. :-)
Also just realized we left the tv in the same spot too.




Close up of our Windsor chair.


View of our living room from the hall.


Trenchers on top of the jelly cabinet.
Added another smaller bowl with some faux artichokes.
Then tucked in my sweet spring tulip quilted pillow.

Do you move everything in your home when
Spring cleaning?

Spring Cleaning Blessings To All!
Janice

Saturday, April 30, 2016

One Under My Belt

Good morning sweet friends!
Well I finished my first rug.
WOOHOO!


I used colors that I love the most.


Browns, blue, mustard and red.
With a bit of green, black and gray mixed in.


I drew a big red tulip for Spring.


Around the vase I hooked in the ditch some blue/ red fabric.



Once completed, I tacked it on the wall.


In the corner of our living room.
I think I did pretty good for teaching myself.
It is actually fun.

Hope you all have a great weekend.
I am off to go shopping for my granddaughter Mikayla's birthday.
Having some quality time with my daughter Michele.

One Under My Belt Blessings To All!
Janice

Monday, April 25, 2016

April CupboardScape


Good evening sweet friends.
Yesterday I realized that I had not posted
this month's CupboardScape.
Lots on my mind.


This month is all about the shoes.
Did you notice I placed a suticase inside a suitcase?
The smaller one was my dad's.


With a few dolls tucked in.
My latest bisque one with fabric arms.


Then there is my wax doll.
Always keep this away from the windows.


My newest black child's shoes.
I am the Amelda Marcos of antiques shoes....
just kidding...but I do love them.



Tiny black and white one.


Can you inagine having to button up your shoes?


Then I recently purchased these adult black ones.


These are going to be my Halloween display shoes.


Can you picture a witch wearing these?

I want to say a big thank you
for everyone's well wishes for Bob.
We are still waiting for the surgeon for a surgery date.
It's driving me crazy...because the faster they go in,
the better chance he has of them getting the "C" word out.
Plus now they told us recovery time is 12 weeks,
instead of the 6 we were told before.
No Brimfield this year it seems.
It was going to be our fist year going.

Shoe Collection Blessings To All!
Janice

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I Finally Took The Leap

Good evening sweet friends.
Well I finally did it!
I decided to teach myself how to hook a rug.
WOOHOO!


I started off by purchasing some wool...
oh the decisions I had to make.
I think this may be my next obsession.
For those that already hook rugs,
do you find it hard to choose wools?
I wanted to buy them all!


 I started to hand cut my own loops.
It was actually fun!
See I started with creating my brown vase. 


I got so excited that I had to start the flowers
before I was done with the vase.

Then we were given bad news.
I apologize for not blogging for awhile.
The bad news was hard for me to cope with.
Please say a prayer for hubby Bob.
He has to undergo surgery soon and will be out
of commission for at least 12 weeks in therapy.
Bob is my rock and now I have to be the rock for a bit.
I consider myself the pebble in our relationship. LOL
When hardship and health issues happen,
it really makes you realize the importance of living your life
to the fullest you can 
EVERY DAY.

Thank you everyone for understanding...
you all are my true blogging friends!

I promise to start back to blogging regularly as soon as I am up to it.

Rug Hooking Blessings To All!
Janice

Thursday, March 24, 2016

March CupboardScape


Good evening sweet friends.
Thank you all for the sweet comments you left from my last post.
I so enjoy your visits.

This month's CupboardScape is all about the bunny.
The Easter Bunny.


Having grandparents who both owned dairy farms,
our holidays were always spent there.
I have fond memories of each farmhouse.


My dad always had the holidays off from work,
and my mom had an important job as a 
stay at home mom.


During the week at gramma B's
she would make mini donuts.
Made from scratch and fried in oil to a golden brown.
My sister and I loved the job we had.
With paper bags in hand...
full of cinnamon and sugar, and just sugar,
and then another bag full of powdered sugar.
Gramma would fry those mini dounts in batches...
and our job was to shake them in our bags.
We loved it!
We also loved to eat them warm with our fresh milk.


Then on the day before Easter
we would head over to gramma H's farmhouse.
It was about a 20 minute ride depending
on the weather and the dirt roads.
At gramm H's we always dyed our Easter eggs.
Pre Paas dye days, (try to say that 3 times) :-)
gramma used grape juice, raspberries, green apple peels,
chili powder and coffee.
We always did one color at a time.
Gramma would boil each item and then add vinegar.
She would then arm my sister and I with a dye mixture
poured into a small glass.
We used a tablespoon to dip our eggs...
let them sit a bit..take them out to look at the color...
dip back in..and repeat until we had our perfect color.
Once we had all of the colors complete,
then gramma would let us take
 half of the eggs
and create our own colors.


Simple times and simple fun!
Did you have any Easter traditions in your family?

The bunnies in my suitcase are 1940's paper mache ones.
The basket on the left is a funeral basket
in which I placed some faux irises into.

Easter Bunny Blessings To All!
Janice

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Rise And Shine


Good evening sweet friends
Hope this post finds you all well.
For those in that Spring Blizzard,
I say a prayer that all are safe and warm.
My mom is getting snow where she lives.
about 6 inches..to the South where we are
it is raining...may have some freezing rain tonight.


This primitive wood riser was one of my
latest purchases at the 
Early Homestead Show that Bob and I vended last Saturday.
I have a bucket list of antiques..and this had been 
on the list for many years.


Risers were the early form of a serving tray.
I purchased the riser the day before the show was to start.
Once back at the hotel we were staying at,
I kept thinking...now that you have this riser,
how are you going to display it?
It took awhile for me to remember I had noticed
this sweet round hooked chair pad at the show. 


The next morning I purchased it as well...so glad it was still there. 
The colors are muted and I love it!
Its the star of the show...see the star pattern?


It fits perfectly on our kitchen settle table don't you think?


The wood tone of the riser almost matches the table.
I added my tin kerosene lamp to the display.


I remember my dad telling me that he did his homework
at the kitchen table with a kerosene lamp.


Although I do not have any kerosene in this one,
I can imagine how my dad must have squinted to read
his books under this light as my gramma H had
a similar riser at her table.
She would only remove it when we played cards.
Unfortunately when my gramma H sold
her farm in 1975, she had a huge auction
and sold all of her furniture.
I wish I had some of it today :-(


One more piece to check this off my bucket list.
Do you have an antique bucket list?

Rise And Shine Blessings To All!
Janice


Monday, March 21, 2016

Fun Was Had By All


Good evening sweet blogging friends.
Well another fine primitive show is on the books.
It was a success for Bob and I,
but I must say the fun was had by all!

It was nice meeting new vendors
and catching up with old ones.



Mandy from Bittersweet Folkart


Janet from Olde Crow Primitives.


Earlene from Primitive Passion Decorating


Lynn from Crow Foot Hollow.
His wife Ruth and I go way back.
Ruth was out shopping when I took pictures


Bobbie from the Evening Stitcher.


Cheryl from Cabin In The woods.
For those who subscribe to a Simple Life magazine,
Cheryl is one of their editors

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One of our tables in our booth.


This cabinet sold.


Another side of one of our tables.


The next pics seem blurry,
however the sun was shining so bright


It gave off a glare.
The glare was so bad,
the last table in our booth the pics 
turned out so foggy, that even I could not tell what they were...
and I was there. LOL Oh well.

I was able to purchase a few goodies
and will show you all at a later date.

Early Homestead Show Blessings To All!
Janice