Tuesday, June 21, 2011

From The Floor Up

we've decided to go with concrete floor for the house, it's long lasting and cost effective
but in my hunt for ideas I've come across some many interesting ideas
this one is very whimsy, and i love the cordwood wall, we will be doing that between the bath and laundry room
 I would love a brick floor, but the old brick is very pricey these days, even in a town that has torn down half a dozen brick mills
love the spiral done in smaller tile
 pebbles as floor design, I like this one too, so many great ideas

Flea Market Finds

 we have a very early morning mid-week flea market in a town about an hour away, we try to go at least once a week
This is my recent find there, the star door knocker will be used on my front door and the other stars that go with it will be used in our home as well, not sure what I will do with them yet. Any ideas? shout em out.
these spoons, well ya'll have seen the garden stakes? I want to try em. the set of dishes was just lovely with pink roses, I was thinking good for a mosaic project. and the little pink glass candy dish I could just not pass up
of course we also bought boiled peanuts, cantaloupe, watermelon, peaches, potatoes, and plums. I just love small town flea markets where the produce is grown in peoples back yards, heck in the south we put em right out in the front yard too. :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Yard Sale Goodies

I had a late start Saturday and made it to three yard sales, one being at a friends house, which is always nice
The first one was what appeared to be leftovers from an antique store or similar. I picked up these cute pictures and the glassware to follow. 
The books in the back of the photo are both on dutch oven cooking, I have the oven and do use it, just not over an open fire, so this is on my to do list.

 I scored a paper sack full of vintage patterns and this cute cowgirl boot material along with a horse belt buckle.
 look more blue glass, it just seems to find me now, I love this little camp set. I called it enamel and confused the man when I tried to purchase it. Even the pretty sheet used as a back drop was a good find
This gorgeous breadbox was a great find of the day, the cute little embroidered sign has a pocket for special notes and the letter holder would be great for a chicken (rooster) lover

Baseball Flower Tutorial

 Ok, this is my first tutorial of sorts, I am a visual person for the most part, but this just seemed to explain itself, so I hope there is enough detail. You start with a baseball/softball, these are all softballs. Use a seam ripper to cut all the stitching and you will have pieces shown in the above picture.
 Next, stack three pieces together to get a flower shape, you could use more, baseballs might require it to fill in space. Then using a leather needle tool I added a decorative button and on this one a broken earring.
The second one I used a vintage shoe clip, your imagination is the limit, use anything to make a pretty center, these would be cute on a wall, added to a bulletin board or picture frame

linking up to The Brambleberry Cottage
Tip Junkie handmade projects

Friday, June 17, 2011


 I just love rodeo's, all the action, the animals, the people, the Kettle Corn

 The opening ceremonies were just beautiful, giving thanks to all our armed services, and our great country
There were some nice rides, luckily noone was badly hurt tonight. The last rodeo in this area took the life of a 12 year old girl when her horse landed on her, this rodeo was dedicated to her memory.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tiered CupCake Stand

 lately I have seen a bunch of these cupcake stands, and love the re-purpose of old plates. In pictures they are pretty self explainatory, but some of us are more visual then others so I looked up a few tutorials
I found there were many different ideas out there, the above are just a few I found

This is my finished piece, you could do just one tier or add a smaller one on the top, the look changes with different plates and candle holders used, or you could use flower vases

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Junkin

Ok, so my first day to myself after getting back from our trip, so what am I gonna do??
Go Junkin of course, Friday yardsales are not hot around here, but i'm gonna check at least one out
 I went to this yard sale and got a nice little collection of stuff, paid for it and put it in the truck when the lady mentioned she was also selling the tables, I had not even looked at those, but this one was oh so cute so I said I would take it.
 the details are just great, and it folds up, too cute
 this apron was is sweet in the blue
 see the metal train toy and lady bug in the corner?
 trivets, utensils, scale
 this little guy is going to be added to my bird trio set on etsy
 cute metal ladybug, pull it back and it rolls
 couple of nice trivets and this glass bowl has a sweet silver flower in the middle
 never seen this style trivet, silver trinket box
 collection of utensils, egg slicer, biscuit cutter, cheese graters, Ice prong
I had to adjust the scales, so they are spot on now, cute too
loved the look of this silver tray, would be nice on a dresser holding jewelry

Monday, June 6, 2011

Folk School~Home

 after breakfast in Murphy, we stopped in Brasstown to visit the Folk School
 The music Room
 The pond
 stone bench, with blacksmith forged legs
 the gift shop
 lots of pottery
 love the twig bench
 black smithed items, my fav
I've been wanting to take a blacksmith class here, or any class for that matter, they have a great listing
 twig arbor
 the gift shop outside

the fence was lined with articles made by past students
 scrap man, love it

a stop at Clays Corner
 look what the Hubby found
 these shirts were great, Opossum, the other white meat
 this man owned this bug for 30 years, he told us about all the cool local places to visit, off roading, fishing, hunting
 the opossum at Clays Corner

 our highway
 um, is this a bad sign

 yes it was, rain with no wipers and no top, not a good thing
 when the windshield comes to your forehead all the rain jumps off the top and hits you in the head, hard to see that way, and on the curvy road to boot
 oh look, a dam tractor trailer, luckily the rain let up
 we need a break after all that, so we stop behind Bridal Veil Falls
the rain cooled it down a bit, now maybe it will be a nice ride
 this is a view out my side of the car, I am so low I can see under the guard rails, a good drop off here. The joys of riding in a Cobra
  • you are closer to nature, the smell of honeysuckle, roadkill
  • you can enjoy the weather, wind in your hair, rain in your face
  • smaller vehicle means togetherness, but too noisy to talk
  • smaller vehicle means you pack light, no room to buy junk

 almost home
 curves? bring em'
 stopped at Strawberry Hill for some homemade ice cream
 love coke memorabilia
 they are getting awful commercialized, not the small town place it used to be, but they are the only ones that do homemade ice cream, I tried blackberry this time, love it
 picking strawberries
 see all the peaches, The Hubby hates to see the ones waste away on the ground