Monday, April 24, 2017

Easter, A Week Later


I have seen all the pics.
Perfectly dressed and coiffed children
under lovely spring blossoms...
not happening in this house. 
This is the best we get. 
If I get them all in the same frame
we have accomplished something major! 

 
Tyler, who informed me that I was not to get him
in any pictures. 
Apparently he is creating his own 
social media presence
and 
running around a yard with
a pink bucket 
does not fit his image. 

  
These two don't care, 
they are off to find the golden egg! 
Three of them scrambling for one of the prized golden eggs. 
 
Kamden using a mode of transportation
to find all of his. 
 
And how well my overgrown landscaping worked
to hide those eggs!  

I knew that, 
that's why i didn't clean out flower beds!  

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Feed Sack Find

First, let me start by saying
how much I have learned in the past two years. 
Antiques? 
I thought I knew SOME things. 
I knew NOTHING!  
But I keep learning. 
This was a huge lesson. 
I saw this box of fabric out at the local auction
and knew
that it was what I was looking for to 
make pillow covers for the camp. 

I had a friend buy it for me. 
I set a price that I would go for it. 
Just pretty fabric pieces. 

 
She buys them well within my price range.
(Did I mention I am pretty cheap?)
They are sitting in my family room 
and 
I decide to take the box to work and sort 
them in my free time. 

  
I start opening and refolding them 
and 
they are already sewn together
like pillowcases. 
Still no clue what I have. 
I keep unfolding
and refolding 
and about a third of the way 
through the box
the proverbial light bulb clicks on! 
These are 1930 and 1940 feed and flour sacks!
In mostly pristine condition! 
  
Still sewn into feed sacks
which after I research a little
I realize that they are worth more sewn together still. 
So, 
off to Ebay I go
to figure out some value. 

Needless to say, 
I started listing them last night on Ebay. 
I haven't sold there in years, 
but I have to say it was easier to list merchandise than
I remember it being years ago! 

Did I save any for myself?
Yes, although it was a tough decision what to keep. 

I don't have them all listed yet.   
You can see them here:





Saturday, April 22, 2017

Progress and More Great Finds

If you haven't been to a 
Habitat for Humanity 
ReStore,
you don't know what you are missing! 
JWS was not totally impressed. 
He had the same look and 
comments 
that my girls have had over the years.
It goes like this:
We pull into this place, 
some out of the way. 
They have heard my chatter about this place
for the last 20 - 40 - 150 miles or so. 
And they look at me, 
shake their heads,
and say, 
"The places you drag us to..."
That's why Time Works has been great 
therapy
well actually,
it may have created 
group of 
Junk Junkies! 
Friends nonetheless.
or 
Co-Conspirators
or 
Partners in Crime...
But they get it...
the need to dig through stuff for that FIND! 
Some of mine this week
have been the chair above
and the picture above it. 
Chair
$30
Picture
$5
 
And these lamps!  
Perfect for $30
Shades and all!  
Route 66 Bargain Barn is a great shopping experience
between New Bethlehem and Clarion! 
Another set of grapes
from a cute little shop in 
Leechburg, PA.
And you know, you can never have 
too many lucite grapes! 
As a matter of fact, 
I received a 
camp warming present 
of another set of 
beautiful blue 
lucite grapes last night.
  
This mirror from the ReStore
$5.
I think I will paint it white. 
  
Okay, 
it's not all decorating and camp. 
Logan represented 
Dayton Elementary 
at the Math 24 
competition this week. 
Was he ever proud of this medal! 
 
And last night a chair painting party 
ensued. 

They are looking fun! 
 
 
And this project is started. 
More on that later!  

  
Tyler's comment of last night. 
I have a Candyland game board hanging on the wall
in the kitchen. 
He is standing and staring at it. 
"Gramma, there is nothing NORMAL about this"
I say, 
"Tyler, look around, there is nothing NORMAL about any of this!"

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Four Year Old Wisdom.

 
This kid..
cracks me up. 
He always has a story to tell. 
Wednesdays with Kamden,
I show him my camp.
He says, 
" But where are you going to cook?"

Too much logic there. 
I need to go and deliver.
I tell him to load up. 
He doesn't want to go. 
He wants to stay with Papa and Aunt Jenn. 
I tell him there might be treats.
Papa tells him there might be treats. 
He says,
"You can go much faster without me,"
I think he has heard that before. 
Finally the daily ritual when it is nice. 
"let's go out and sit in the grass and snuggle and wait on my mom"
How can you turn that down? 

And that's when he tells me,
"the policeman stopped my mom and gave her a piece of paper"

I love these kids! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Paints, brushes and CHAIRS!

Love these souvenir pieces!   
I might see another collection starting...

  
I found this little girl at a yard sale
and 
have been waiting for the perfect place for her! 
The teapot was a shop find today. 
You just never know what you might find in your own shop! 
 
Brushes moved, 
curtains, uninspired...
but I have a thought! 

Paints moved.
What a huge undertaking to move
all of your craft supplies. 
I think it is going to take weeks! 
  
I have a vendor in the shop that "Casually" mentioned
he has over 100 chairs to sell for 
$5 each.
He brought me 10!  
See those bright colors on that shelf above?
Hopefully they will be all painted 
before the camp's first event! 
 
Today, 
Kamden
and
my last paint class until fall! 
So the chairs are going to wait for now. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Gypsy Curtains

Still trying to decorate 
with minimal purchasing, 
I find myself on Pinterest
lot.
I had these scarves, 
some from an auction 
and 
some had been 
my 
mother in law's.

Curtains! 
Gypsy Curtains! 


The quilt above was made for me by my grandmother, 
more than a few years ago. 
59 to be exact. 

The quilt below was made by my aunt
that passed away earlier this year. 

Since there will obviously be no cooking in this kitchen, 
a quilt will be fine! 

JWS, 
kindly offered to look for a stove for me....

Until I kindly explained that I really
don't use the stove that I have now, 
so why get another one. 

So camp for me will be stove less
and 
television free!  

  

One Week

Actually is was less than a week, 
when I took leave of my senses, 
got tons of visions of having a
studio
and 
perhaps somewhere along the line
my mind forgot my age
and 
sent me on a tailspin
that made every 
place in my body hurt. 

A place to work all my own.
A place where you can break 
all decorating rules,
and perhaps a few CLEANING rules, 
it is well worth the pain! 

 
Check out this throwaway cupboard. 
The first pic is the color I am headed for,
but the red needs touched up first. 
  
This will be my paint table
for the time being. 
I love the big window
and 
all the light! 

Still tweaking the living room.
That couch is just not comfortable
so I am trying just pillows on the back
instead of the cushions. 
I think it is helping.  

Now to cover the pillows. 

This workspace is going to be prepping and finishing
but right now it is still holding tools. 
  
And
the picture of the dining room disappeared. 
Why?
 
Some pennants in the entry way. 
I think I am going to paint this desk white
at some point. 

Less than a week, 
four rooms painted, most of the windows
and woodwork washed, 
I think I am ready to start moving paints and brushes!  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Annie Oakley meets Rainbow Brite

 
Shelby's words, not mine,
But they might be a pretty accurate!  
I think that the quilt is softening the purple, 
but maybe I am delusional! 

This cabinet/counter is almost in place, 
thanks to my son in law and his friend. 
Soon it will be full of paint supplies 
and ready for prepping and finishing
projects! 

It is always good to have strong backs around. 
My Easter family celebration 
is next week, 
so I might slip in some time 
working on this project today. 

 
I hope that you and your family
have a very Happy Easter
and 
remember that we serve a risen Lord! 

Personally, I had a huge answer to prayer in my life
this weekend. 
Emotional for me in that it has been an on-going 
struggle that I have never turned over to God 
until yesterday. 
And He answered, quickly
and I have peace.

James 4:2
You have not because you ask not. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Moving right along

 
Camp Two Doors Down 
is 
moving right along. 

I am not sure that this old body is keeping up though.
Every part of my body is screaming! 

It is screaming,
"You idiot, do you think you are 30 again?"

One more room to finish painting...for now
and 
then some scrubbing and decorating
and 
the big move of all my paints! 
and brushes
and supplies
and clutter.

Well, lets be honest,
borderline hoard. 




When I opened the shed, I found this beauty! 
It will be my basecoat and varnish station. 
Can't wait to get it moved. 


 

Found this mount in the upstairs bedroom,
because really, 
no camp in Pennsylvania is complete
without deer antlers. 

  
And this beauty is going to hang in the
purple hallway.
This is one of the first, if maybe not the first
quilt that my mother made. 
It was on my bed
more than a few years ago, 
Sewing rings for hanging on the back this morning,
can't wait to see it hanging there! 

And what is the rush to get this all done?
Or presentable?

Jennifer has booked a Mary Kay party at 
the camp!  

I have two weeks! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sometimes you need a little purple....

 
It came up suddenly,
on a whim,
crazy,
jump in with both feet,
don't take time to think
about it
decision.
Jennifer had this house to rent
and
we cut a deal.
I have needed a place to work.
For all the years that I have painted
and
crafted
and
sewed,
I have used spare bedrooms.
I have secretly coveted spaces those people
that have posted pictures of their
studios and craft spaces
on social media.
(although I secretly wonder about
the organization and
cleanliness of them)
 
I have toyed with an idea of a camp
for years,
a she shed,
a creative space.
 
I have pictured it my mind many times.
 
So, here I go!  
 
The purple?  
I have already  heard comments of
crack house,
meth lab,
whorehouse,
and one well-meaning niece who
thinks I am channeling my
1970's years
and honestly,
those are from friends and family
who love me!
 
The outside of this house is bland.
 
 I want the inside to scream
FUN AND CREATIVITY!
Anything but boring! 
 
So, I am off and running!
Want to follow along? 
Interested? 
If you live close, drop in!
If not, follow along,
more pics to come!
 
Spa Blue is going on the next room!
  

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mandala Tutorial






Simple Tools
Sketchbook or Paper
Dollar Store Drafting Tools
(although I am shopping for some better ones)
Pencil
Sharpie Pen
(or your favorite, that just happens to be mine)



Draw concentric circles
and divide them up.   
This one is at 30% increments
but you can choose, 
just so it is even. 
You will do this lightly with a pencil so that 
it can be erased later. 
Then you just start creating 
Don't worry about a ruler.
In the end the lines will look fine. 
This one is mostly simple straight lines. 
I never have an idea in mind, 
I just wait and see what happens. 
You will make a line and repeat the 
same line the whole way around. 
And remember, it is only paper.


Big rule of thumb with a sketchbook, 
never rip out a page, 
your mistakes could become 
masterpieces! 

I repeated that same idea in one of the bigger circles. 



Sometimes, I place dots where I want the next lines to go to.


Sometimes I just trace the circle lines. 







This one is one I really didn't like a few weeks ago.
Now I am tweaking it and starting to like it. 








And you can always color them! 
Try it! 
They are fun!