Sunday, October 15, 2017

In a bit of a pickle......

Well, I have gotten myself into a bit of a pickle.  You see, I have committed to sell at the Home for the Holidays craft show in a couple weeks...gulp...and I still have not hammered a single thing.
Thankfully I have quite a bit of old stock still on hand...and that I work well under pressure. So I will be feeling the pressure over the next few weeks!
What have I been doing instead? Well...enjoying my new shorter, commute to work and back home with all the beautiful back roads scenery. I get home lot earlier as well. And  I am still working away at the house, more going to Goodwill, lots of tweaking and refreshing. I am really happy with how things are coming along. We had to replace the kitchen floor AGAIN after yet another water line break in our fridge, so that sucked up a couple days as well.
I have managed to squeeze in a trip to the September Nashville Flea market and hit my favorite thrifts over the last few weeks.
I scored this beautiful Bavarian bowl and plate at Goodwill of all places!

And how about some French Limoges from Southern Thrift for 1.50?

I never leave an Anchor Hocking bowl behind, even the plain white ones, and especially when they are only .99!

A couple more fun scores from my favorite indoor flea market.
This sweet little swan.

And bowls...always bowls!

This one look familiar? I scored one in yellow this summer, sadly, it did not last. My son broke the yellow one. The risk you take when you actually like to use your vintage finds. This size makes the perfect popcorn bowl, and is exactly what my kids grab them for.

And we had to snatch up this Cherry Glasbake cup for my mom who loves her fruit dishes!

I really did not find much at the September Nashville Flea market, but my fascination with kids dishes seems to be lingering on!
Love the BC Fire King bowl for 3.00!
And I had to grab the two Hazel Atlas striped cups, 10.00 for both!

And this darling tiny chair for my daughter to sit on while she blow dries her hair in the mornings!
And I think that was it....not a lot at the Nashville Flea, but of course I have high hopes for October!
I love the month of October, and even though it has not yet felt very fall like, I have been enjoying the weeks coming up to Halloween by binge watching some of my favorite scary movies!
What? "Sudden Fear" is not a horror film? Hey, as far as I am concerned anything starring Joan Crawford or Jack Palance is terrifying. For the record, "Sudden Fear" is a rocking great Film Noir, I highly recommend you watch it!
And I have been reading Agatha Christie non stop. I have loved her books since I was 13, but I have not read them all.
Of course we started decorating for Halloween! Grabbed pumpkins, gourds and mums!
And I am having fun with our skeletons!
More to come on that for sure!
and I have been baking and cooking up a storm!
This Wheatberry Fall Salad is to DIE for!
Peanut butter cookies! And chocolate chip, and Molassas...lots of cookies have been baked the last few weeks.
And still more to bake in the coming weeks!
Hope you are enjoying this shift into Autumn!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Acorns and Feedsacks......

So ask me about all the hammering I have been doing and the crafting I have been working on in the last couple weeks....
No, please don't because I have not hammered a single solitary spoon.
But I have been busy. Still working on the living room, new pictures for the wall, recovering a chair to go with the desk and shelves. Trying to update my sons bedroom, and my bedroom...and baking....a lot. Even though the temps did not cool until yesterday,  I went into a fall baking frenzy last weekend, and I feel a soup frenzy coming on for tomorrow...ya, again it is still in the 80's.
I am apparently really ready for it to be fall.
In fact, I guess I want it to be fall so much that my "craft" was staining wooden acorns.

I am not totally thrilled with the outcome...I think I am going to go back over with a stain with more red tint in it to the nut part of the acorn.
And then I found the perfect feedsack to cover the chair that goes with my mother in laws desk. Ummm, ok, so the original cover was ah... lovely....ummmmm, ok, but not really my style.
This is more my style.

Love how the desk and chair look with the shelves.
Really happy with how this all came together. I ended up using the flip side to finish the second chair as well.
I actually really love this second chair.
So why have I not been hammering? I don't know, maybe because it got really hot again for a couple weeks, maybe because I have been busy at home and at the office...or maybe because I am a little burned out on hammering? I seem to be at a bit of a crossroads here. Do I keep up with the crafting biz? Or do I retire my hammer?
Not sure what I am going to do.
Maybe inspiration will strike and I will get hammering again? Maybe not.
I guess you will have to stay tuned and find out what happens next!
Until then, hope you are enjoying the (finally)  sort of fall temps and having a great weekend!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

I am in the Basement!

Very excited to join the ladies of "Ornamental" in their booth at "The Basement" in our own Mt. Juliet TN!

This is such a fun little store. A nice mix of antiques, crafts and some fun retail. The ladies of "Ornamental" make some of the cutest crafts! It is a fun booth and I think my stuff fits in pretty well!

I brought all of my "usual" stuff plus the fall themed wreaths and arrangements I put together over Labor Day weekend.

I would honestly not be upset if this button wreath does not sell, I really like it!

Such a fun booth! I am really excited to see how my stuff sells here! It is a great opportunity and I am really happy to have been asked to join in! It is going to be fun doing some Christmas crafts for the booth!
But this is not all I have been up to, I will be conducting spoon hammering demonstrations on October 7th at the Village Farmers Market. No set time yet, but I will let you know. I plan to bring some herb spoons along to sell as well, but the majority of the stock I am going to be hammering for is the "Home for the Holidays" show in November.  This will be my third year participating and I am really getting excited to see how much more it has grown this year!
I do really need to get hammering, I have been spending the last few weekends getting the new furniture settled in our house. I still need to have it all recovered, but I will do that piece by piece. I have been doing a lot of minor redecorating and really enjoying it. Nice to spend some time refreshing the home d├ęcor and making it cozy for winter.
Needless to say several trips to Hobby Lobby have been made in the last couple weeks. My Baby Love soap making friend Lisa found me this adorable pottery spoon crock. When I saw it, all I could think was how cool it would look with flowers, ya...another trip to Hobby Lobby.
Totally worth it!
Hope you are enjoying easing into fall!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day 2017....

I am taking Labor Day Weekend very literally this year.
Not that I have not done some relaxing and had some fun, but for the most part I have spent the weekend finishing projects, cleaning house and doing some room updates. All geared at making the house more comfortable for this winter.
I am kind of missing the lazy long weekend we usually do with lots of swimming, cooking out and movies outside, but after the remains of Harvey came through Nashville Thursday and Friday along with the drop in night time temps have made the pool pretty cold...and really dirty so today is probably the only day we will be able to enjoy the pool. And according to the Weather channel, probably the last weekend this year we will be able to get in. Night time temps in the 50's for the next  week means it will probably be too cold to enjoy after today.
But that is ok, time to move into fall!
So what was I working on this weekend?
Well, remember the humidor I purchased for my husband last year? He fixed the issues with the leg, but never refinished it. So, that was number one on the finish up list.
Number 2 on the finish up list is this chair my sister found at the Nashville flea market probably close to 20 years ago for a kitchen table set she had. I loved the shape of the chair so when she bought another dining room set I happily agreed to adopt the chair. My family has been pulling the kitchen table chairs into the living room to sit at the desk we brought home from my mother in laws home, so I decided it was time to put this chair to use again.  I am trying to strip the paint off down to the wood. I may or may not be successful, it may end up with another paint job, but we shall see!
This chair is surprisingly VERY comfortable to sit in! I am excited to bring it back to life again.
So off I go to try and knock out the rest of the list before hopefully slipping into the pool for a couple hours this afternoon. But I will be back next week with an update on my move into "The Basement" and some fun finds I managed to pick up when I did slip out for a little thrifting this weekend!
Hope you are having a much more relaxing Labor Day than I am!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Nashville Flea in August....

We are having such beautiful weather this last week! Just perfect! So perfect in fact that I decided I had to go to the Nashville Flea Market today. I think the temp was in the low 70's when we got there, could not ask for a more a more perfect morning to flea market. It was so lovely!
And I had a pretty good run of luck!
First find belonged to my Husband. His mothers maiden name was Franklin, so when he saw this initial that matched the "S" that we pulled off the screen doors of his Fathers family farm house, he had to grab it.
So cool.
And since I have a few craft projects to finish up this week, of course I grabbed a few spoons to hammer.
Not sure if I can choose a favorite find for the day, but the Horlicks Malted Milk bottle has got to be close to the top of the list, I just love it. Almost passed it up thinking it would be too expensive. Nope, 6.00. MINE! And the tiny drug store bottle, I just love how the sun shine makes them glow!
So pretty!
And how about a few Hazel Atlas Moderntone dessert cups? Love them!
No way I was passing up this sweet Jadeite bud vase.
And last, but certainly not least, a box.
A really freaking cool box!
That desperately needs a couple rabbits foot ferns sitting inside it.
So cool!
But where are the crafts I was working on this week you ask? Ummmmmmm, not done. The week did not quite go according to plan. Of course Eclipse day was fantastic and we spent our evening discussing all that was experienced, and oh it was SO cool! Not sure how I lost track of my Tuesday evening, then Wednesday evening I was on high alert watching my Pug who was not acting right, I was convinced he was ill...well I was close. I was up literally ALL night with my poor boo who's pain seemed to get worse as the night progressed. Needless to say I spent the night on the couch with him, trying to keep him quiet and calm while I googled symptoms of bloat, tumers, intestinal blockage and every other sort of terrible malady he may have been suffering from. Well, we were on the Vets doorstep when they opened at 8:00.
The diagnosis? Pulled muscle. He is on pain killers and anti inflammatories now but still in some pain. So he is being carried and pampered even more than usual. Poor baby. But needless to say it threw me off for both Thursday and Friday night.
I will be crafting my fingers to the bone tomorrow and the rest of next week.
Next week I will have some new crafts to show you! Promise!
Have a great week!!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Moving right along....

I may have been quiet lately, but I have not been idle!
A couple weeks back a friend of mine that runs the holiday craft show at our local community center each November and who was also one of the main organizers of the Farmisan Market, asked me to join her and a few other crafters in their booth at a new local shop called "The Basement" of course I agreed.
I have a lot of herb spoon stock already prepared, but only a few sentiment spoons. Which, I think I have decided is ok. I have decided to keep the herb spoons as my standard year round stock, but the sentiment spoons offered will be more seasonal, maybe a few of the best sellers will be out year round, but otherwise, I will stick to a more seasonal rotation.
One of the "newer" ways I have decided to use the sentiment spoons in a more seasonal format is by incorporating them into signs and wreaths. I don't know about you, but people around here love, and I do mean love their signs and wreaths.
So I figured out a way to blend what people want with what I make!
My button flowers are being attached to a cute hay wreath, and I will also attach a Fall theme sentiment spoon with a burlap to figure out what fall theme quote to hammer out.
That should not be too difficult.
So back to hammering and creating I go, hopefully taking lessons learned and curating my stock in a better way so I do not get so burned out again!
Finding new ways to present my stock has helped to revitalize my creative juices a bit!
Hope to have more than one finished project to show you next week!!
Have a great week and if you live in the path of tomorrows Eclipse, have fun, but be safe!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Knocking out that "to do" list.....

Life has been pretty busy this summer. But I have faith that things may be starting to settle down now that kids are back in school and the busy season at work is winding down. Now that everything else is slowing down, I guess it is time for me to kick back into gear.
First thing, back to that "to do" list!
I have been working on the "to do" list pretty much all year, but of course, things keep getting added. But at least they have been fun things.
First things first, my mother in law left me the coolest circa early 1960's chair from her living room. It was always my favorite chair to sit in when we visited her home and I am thrilled that I have it in my home now. It will be recovered as soon as I can find someone to do it, but I wanted something cool to hang over it.
What could be better than some of the old French post cards that my Grandfather brought back with him from WWII.
I love, LOVE these postcards and even more so because they were his. 
Apologies for the following poor pictures, my living room is DARK even mid day and turning on all the lights just makes things look yellow.
I wanted something to tie it in all together and I thought a clock would be a neat touch. A a quick run into Hobby Lobby and I found the perfect pocket watch that I thought did a great job of tying it all together. I think it looks great over the chair. Which will be re-covered in a sage green linen later this fall.
Bruno spends most of his inside time sprawled out on this chair, it has become is new favorite spot.

 Our next project, a trunk that my husbands Uncle used during his stint in military school back in the late 50's. Interestingly enough, the military school, Castle Heights, is located in the town just 10 minutes down the highway from where we live now in Lebanon TN.
 We wanted to use it as a coffee table, but it needed to be a bit higher. Not wanting to damage the trunk my husband made a base for it. Worked PERFECTLY! Looks like a real piece of furniture now.
 Love it!
We also brought a beautiful desk she had sitting in her foyer back as well and my husband built shelves to go over it, but I will have to show you that another time!
Getting the "to do" list knocked out feels great, but I will have to jump on my crafter list as well very, very soon!
Hope you are having a great summer!