Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I'M Still HERE!!!!


YES!!! I am still here!  I feel like I have fallen off the the radar.... So busy... Where are the days going??? LOL... everything is coming so fast! YIKES!! Labor Day this weekend... We are taking off to spend some time at the lake....Creating pumpkins, witches, and more!  Trying to put out touches of fall... I am SOOO ready....No wonder I have a head ache!LOL
Last week hubby and I met up with Karen and her hubby from My Colonial Home for lunch and to pick up my handmades that she took to her show in PA..  Thank you, Karen SOOO much for offering to do that and sell a few of my creations in PA!!!!

So here is just a quick peek of what I have started around the OLM homestead...so much more to do... It will have to wait... I have a  few orders for pumpkins that  I need to work on too....

 So I did get a new old canning crock!  This one is a big one! Tucked it on my ledge under the window in the family room.  Tucked all things fall in it!  LOVE IT!  Simple and just says fall, perfect until Thanksgiving!
 Close up of the crock.....
 Kinda dark here... Tucked a prim leaf vine in the Basket Pam created from Primitives n Baskets... again, simple, love!!! Pumpkin guy created by my gal pal Barb from the Primitive Oswald!
 Creating some pumpkin gourds in blue and white... It is my plan to do a big update when I get back home... All things fall & Halloween, working in witches right now!.....

Then there's this... the mess I pulled out over 2 weeks ago... to go through... thin less desirable stuff.... UGH  There it sits... what a mess... well, it will be waiting for me when I get home....
I so need some R & R!!!  Though talk about bad timing at the busy time for me...LOL...YUP... Taking some work with me... No worries, Knuckles will be well taken care of... Boys home some of the time and another friend moving in to he doesn't get too lonely! Off to varnish some prim fencing I got today... I want to seal it, so it holds up well outside!... No rest here! OLM

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Look What Came in the Mail Today & Early Work Update Tonight!

I wasn't looking for this today.... Such a fun surprise!!!  So, I have had a secret... Now I can share!!!  Four of my Goofy Jack Pumpkins are in the upcoming Sept. issue of PRIMS Magazine!!!!  I received my copy today!!!



 I haven't even had a real chance yet to look through it, can't wait to give it my undivided attention!... But first I needed to finish my update for www.earlyworkmercantile.com for later tonight..... So I thought I would share a picture of one latest creations that will be available tonight... I hope to update about 7pm, I hope you can stop by for a peek if you have a moment!
It is beginning to look a bit like fall around here... I have slowly been organizing my mess and bringing out hints of fall... I don't see it as rushing the season, but trying to extend my favorite time of year!  No Halloween, just fall colors.... so loving it! Enjoy! OLM

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I Have A Thought...I Said to Hubby......

VERY IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE!!! LOL!!! There is NOTHING pretty about these pictures!!!  Just the ugly truth! LOL

Now, the story..... I had a thought the other night....See since moving and rearranging the front gathering room after the Holiday's last year, I was never happy with it... Since then, I have had hubby move a couple things around... But I have struggled with this room....UNTIL... LOL... I had a thought... I am a visual person, I need to see things done in my head... and like a light bulb, I had a vision of what needed to be done!!!!
So, I thought it over in my head for a day, waited until Friday when Hubby was off and on our walk with Knuckle's..... I turned to him and said " I have a thought"!!!! LOL... His response, "OH NO!!"...Because it usually means one of two things... moving furniture, or I want to buy something...
Lucky for him, this time, just moving things around...sigh...
See I have struggled with this corner table... I have talked about it in the past.  Hubby loves it!  It was the first major purchase we made together as a married couple...It's a made in a America piece before the company went under called Bennington Pine... He WON'T let me paint it.... ugh... struggle, it's hard to work with....
Now... did I take a picture before we started moving things around, well that would of been the smart thing...

So I found this picture I took awhile back when I was torturing the "Queen" with her crow....nice piece... really not my style anymore, BUT, hubby doesn't ask for much, and boy I sure have moved A LOT of furniture out over the years for more of a prim look, so it has to stay.....
So I get him to agree to try my thought.... I was never happy with were we moved the farm table in the front gathering room... I have moved it 2xs since the Holidays...sigh.....I want it back under the big picture window.  Always like it there best....
NOW... the ugly truth.. I moved much slower these days because of that stupid back... so it will take all week to fix this up....
 But out comes the corner end table... it's going down stairs...Few prims are leaving the homestead all together... Lucky day for my GF Cindy, she has been "gifted" with one of them...
So on and off all day, as the back allows... I moved, played a wee bit... called hubby for more help... washed the windows and polished the wood floors...Spring cleaning in August!

 So this is where I am at today... Bit of a mess to still move around... and thin through too... See I have been in a bit of a funk... don't know what direction I want to go with the reselling of Antique smalls... sigh... I have such a  stock pile of goodies in this room & the garage... I am feeling overwhelmed a bit... and I want to thin just a WEE bit of my collections to my faves... NOT everything... I personally no matter how I try, like the bit of cluttered look...sigh..  LOVE, every one's simple prim looks... Just can't do it... or I do, and revert right back... so it's just my look....and when I love everything I have collected over the years, truly what do I part with? NOTHING!
 So what has been "gifted" to Cindy???  This big old butter churn....sigh, BUT yet truly it's a pain in the ass!  YUP said it... to display with...  The "queen" DUMPED this on me a couple of years ago... I know what she said behind my back, because she says it to me too...LOL... YOU'RE SO STUPID!!!  LOL... got me to take it... It's BIG, BULKY, Legs on the stand stick out...hubby has kicked them SEVERAL times... image those words! He has been on me to part with it... It really only works if you have a bigger home and bigger rooms, either of which I have.... Cindy stored this for me while we did all the construction/ remodel couple of years ago... She didn't want to give it back, I stupidly wanted it back.... so anyway, to make it all work, it is going to her, now her problem!!!  LOL... Now, I am saying with the most affection, She's so stupid! LOL
Then, my little child's wood school desk will leave... so I was able to stack my old boxes...
 Still needs cleaning and "tweaking" ...I would love to sell the baker's cabinet and get a step back.. BUT, I bought this from another GF, her dad had refinished it....don't know what to do...sigh... AND yes, I am bringing out some pumpkins while I am doing this, I just don't care anymore..... I don't feel I am rushing summer, just giving myself more time to enjoy what I love best.... No Halloween.... just some fall colors and pumpkins... Finished pictures.. to come later... So now you ask, where did the table move too?  Do you even care???
In between the big couch and my chair... Knuckle's even got caught playing with one of his toys...LOL... see his tail in motion....
So the bottom line, even in the mess, I am thrilled with how it is all taking shape!!!  I can visualize how the Christmas tree will look in a couple of months without too much moving of furniture... YUP, I said it and yes, I had been thinking about it....planning ahead...See my stupid brain never shuts off! sigh
So I need to get this all cleaned up, I have a early works update I need to finish up for next week too! Enjoy your Sunday! OLM

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I've Updated My Selling Blog....

Just wanting to let everyone know... if one might be interested.... I have just updated my selling blog with a few of my latest goofy Jacks and couple of extras... Like this child's vintage step-back cabinet...

If you have a moment... Click on the pumpkin on the right hand corner, it will take you right there... Have a great day... Stay cool... warm one AGAIN today..... OLM

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dog Days of Summer! Meeting Karen too!

YIKES! August 1st!  It's coming fast!  We all want fall after this HOT summer, it will be here before we know it!
I have been running, trying to play catch up after being gone just for a couple of days last week.!
Monday I finally met Karen from my Colonial Home blog! YEAH!  She is such a sweet heart! How lucky for me, getting to met two fellow bloggers in a week!

 We met at chili's in Crstal Lake.  The plan was Applebee's, but it is no longer there..... We had a great lunch and great conversation!  Boy I sure do take a crappy picture! LOL!  That is why I like to be the one taking the pictures! LOL
 Few gifts where exchanged!  Karen with one of the lil pumpkin I created!  She gave me this wonderful prim box she painted up for her upcoming craft show!

 Tucked in were some lantern candles, love them and pantry towel she made too! Love them! thanks so much Karen!
 I hung the towel off my tobacco stick in the gathering/family room!  See all of Knuckle's toys? He's NOT spoiled...LOL.... So I didn't plan it.. but the homestead need a bit of picking up... craft mess everywhere...THEN, I couldn't help it... Just.... a wee....bit..... OF???
 FALL!!
 YUP! I did it... barely a hint... few goodies that I have acquired... no reason to put them away.... So put away was my big Ms. Liberty doll.. for scarecrows and Gardening witch, Fancy Blackett... I created her from a Pineberry Ln. pattern... she stays out all year
 then here... well everything in this cabinet stays out all year... but I took down the Spring floral pick for a more fall looking one....
 THEN... Look at this bad boy! Oh my!!!  I saw this on line, called my GF Sandy that has a shop... said you NEED to order me one!  LOL!... they came in this week and I picked it up yesterday... LOVE THIS! PUMPKIN!  AND!  it's HUGE!  There is Lu Lu thinking really did you need one this BIG??? LOL  Once I do my fall decorating in a couple of weeks, I probably won't keep it here... but for now.....hehehehe

Then, Yes it's still summer....so around this HOT, HUMID, and DRY homestead... I spend lots of time watering...
 My flowers, look ok, really, not great.... with the back acting up on and off... and everything so dry, very little weed pulling is getting done... some of them are bigger then flowers now...UGH!.... BUT, can you see it???  it's not a weed... Sweet Annie growing up behind my chair.... a rouge plant!

Lastly... Love my new prim cabin!  I got this off face book... But, I think it's a bit to heavy for my welcome sign... One good wind and snap, it's all over... So I think I will have to find another place to hang it...

So I have been busy making pumpkins, shocking I know! LOL.... Though most have been divided up.. sent here... sent there... time for a new batch... I am planning on having a blog sale, along with a few other goodies sometime next week... Shooting for Tuseday or Wednesday... More details to come.

Tomorrow Alex has a interview finally!  YIPPEE!! For Lake County Sheriff for a corrections officer's.... Everyone, keep their fingers crossed for him!  Trying to become a police officer or in this case a correction's officer, in these times is very diffucult...Stay cool! OLM