Friday, January 25, 2013

Feel Like I Am Just Going Around In Circle!


Where is the time going?  I know one thing for sure, I am getting NOTHING done fast!  UGH!  It's been weeks.. and nothing is complete.  But there has been slow progress since my last post.  I feel like I am spring cleaning a wee bit early.  I have created piles, moved piles... displaced things, that is the biggest pain in this "thinning" quest I am on.... SIGH.....
Like I said there has been a wee bit of progress... so I thought I would share... I have dusted and cleaning up this pie safe, it's my favorite!  On top is my collection of pressed steal trucks.  The big one I got on my girls trip in October and I had said I would only have ONE...no new collection...OOPS!  Then I found the other 2 on eBay after Christmas... and I thought three is a good number and I like how they look together on top of the pie safe....Moved my biscuit advertising box under the pie safe and left out 3 of my favorite pumpkins. Since fall is my favorite time, I decided this year to leave a wee bit and I mean wee bit out all year to enjoy...My bears from Dru at Cinnamon Creek in my cradle....
 This week we have been FREEZING!!! No snow really... well today we finally got about a inch... That will bring our total for the season to 2 inches!  UGH!  I know many are jumping for joy, but after a drought all summer and now no snow, this is not going to be good for farmers in the area this year.....But in the freezing weather Knuckles still expects his walk...sigh... though we barely did half our normal distance all week....
 Here I am on Tuesday, Knuckles is pacing and it's like ZERO out!  UGH!  We walked six houses down and back...

I have moved my old country store wire basket a couple of times.. This is such a fun piece... I have a problem... LOL... I love Dru's dolls from Cinnamon Creek... Most of them are all tucked in here.... Why is it I don't keep anything I create... I rather have what others create!  Is anyone else like that?
 I've cleaned this pretty much all up!  I had piles on each flat surface as hubby said... I love my Terry Redlin print.. Great fall scene... but I have been thinking a BIG old Tobacco basket would look soo prim on that wall... Haven't said anything to hubby about my thought... Because I will hear, what will I do with the picture?  I have no idea.....sigh... want different wall sconces at some point too.... oh the rat is on the wheel!
 Couple of weeks ago my gal pal Cindy and I took off for sandwich IL for a little antiquing... remember I was looking for a little cabinet for some of my fabric, before I used what I had, which started the whole mess...Anyway, I did find this great old prim fly screen... I had told myself no more fly screens, but this one seemed like it needed a home?  I have one of Misi's beeswax  hearts from last year tucked in a old bowl....
On Monday of this week gal pals Sandy, Cally and I got together to celebrate my birthday a wee bit early.  We have decided to host a lunch for the birthday girl at each one of our homes... Monday we were at Sandy's... I should of taken my camera for pictures... sorry I forgot....
We all love prim and a few wonderfully prim gifts were given to me.  Now I am still playing and cleaning.. I will show more next time.  First gift to find a home was a wonderful old Christening gown from Cally.  Simple and Prim!  Love!  I received several wonderfully prim gifts from them!  I am a lucky gal!
 Not completely happy with the top of this pie safe... I left out just a wee bit of snowmen for the rest of our so called winter... for me this is simple... Love that bottle brush snowman, he is just so big compared to everything else... I think he needs to go....
Knuckles had radar for the Hot Dog Man today... Saw him come home from work, bolted for the back door until I let him out... Right to the fence he went...
Why?  he had a hamburg for him, that's way! LOL!  Click on the picture make it bigger, see Knuckles tongue? licking his chops after his hamburg that he ate in like one bite! 
 I was trying to  move pictures around as they kept getting out of order...sigh... then I deleted one... so I left them as is... Wanted to show you my 2 smaller children's wheel barrels I got for Christmas from my prim gal pal Cindy!  Love them!

Then lastly I moved my one light over on top of our hall seat.. Put it on a timer... I think??? I am happy with this move... it was on top of the pie safe with the toy trucks and it just didn't look right...
So there you have it, a whole lot of NOTHING!  No crafting getting done...cleaning and thinning going slowly... though there is one BIG bag for goodwill and another fun bag for my cousin, remember the one I converted to the "dark side of prims"!!! HEHE... She is just starting out and she is getting some of my cast offs... though still good stuff, but going to a good home!  Have a great weekend everyone....
PS... I am coming up on my 3 year blog-verasary.. WOW!!!  Hard to believe it's been almost 3 years.... It's been so long since I have done a giveaway... I think it's time... details to come!  OLM

Thursday, January 17, 2013

On My Selling Blog... Vintage Goodies

Popping in to let everyone know, I have updated my selling blog with some vintage goodies from my collections.. As I mentioned in my last post, I am "trying" to thin some goodies out... and my first batch of vintage goodies for sale is listed on my selling blog... Just click on the snowmen picture on the right and it will take you there... thanks for peeking! OLM

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sharing My "DIRTY" Little Secret!

It's Tuesday... Hubby is at work, (he is off on Monday's), boys at work.... It's just me and Knuckles and right now you would find him in Steven's bed!
So I thought I would do a quick post...tell everyone what I have been up to... and share my "dirty" little secret... come on in and see my MESS!  YUP!  going to share some of it...
After I put my sewing machine away around the 21st of December and put myself on "vacation", I thought I would get SOOOO much done!  YEAH, RIGHT!  Between having hubby home recovering from his surgery, that has gone very well by the way...the Holiday's, then taking everything down... Nothing I planned for got done...sigh... except for the three new gals finished up and listed on early works....

I wanted to clean out my pie safes, I have 2.  That did get done... cleaned, oiled and some thinning of collections I no longer wish to collect as my taste is oh so more prim.....
See since about late October I have been TRYING oh so hard to thin, clean, and de-clutter!  For me this is VERY HARD!  I love the simple prim look so many have, I just can't do it... I always move towards more of a cluttered look...sigh...just me...As I keep finding goodies I can't pass up... sigh...and love my "'stuff", what to part with is soo hard...BUT, I am trying to say "I don't need that"... Very hard for me, especially if I think it's at a good price... Though this weekend I went antiquing with my gal pal Cindy, we went to our favorite antique shop in Sandwich, I left without buying a thing!  I did it!!!  
So back to my story, I have lots of fabric, shocking right?  LOL... It's in piles here, there, everywhere... In my effort to clean things up... I wanted a small cabinet to hide a good part, well really small part of my fabric behind a door... So I have been saving a few pennies... and on the hunt I have gone... Now I have a very small space I felt this could work in... so this was no easy task.  I have found many wonderful cabinets... all to big...sigh....
So then this weekend I had a thought.... ugh... never good... well first I found a most wonderful small step back cupboard... OH I WANT! Again, 2 pie safes, a baker's cabinet, family heirloom cabinet.. all in our small home, I am full... and I love these pieces, so nothing can leave to make room... Oh how I tried though..... I measured... moved things... nope just not going to work, especially if I am trying so hard to clean things up and look less cluttered... So with that being said, no step back for me no matter how heart broken I am...
So everything here is all messed up... moved around  I have a mess, yet again....so come on in and see the progress or lack there of I am making... With my back, I have to wait until my boys come home to move heavy things around...but I have started in a direction I am liking....
 I have this adorable little dry sink... it's down in our family/gathering room... I had it up in my kitchen while this room was ripped apart being remodeled... I really liked it up there... but bought it for down here so moved it down here once we finished just over 2 years ago....Then as I say, the "rat" gets on the wheel, and things are moving around here.... So dry sink moved yesterday
 And my little farm table and chair down in it's place... love the look.. Time will tell if it works... see all of Knuckles toys (he's not spoiled at all!) this his little area, and his dog bed is usually right there too... so if he bumps it to much and knocks things over, I might have to re-think this a bit... See my little saw buck table? Love it... Great find it's a salesmen sample...
 Still needs some work... Just tossed together... Ms. Joey, our niece is going to love playing here... She loves that telephone!
Then... I did this just a little while back, stacked my old prim boxes.... nope all moved and the top one is probably going up for sale....

 So this is a mess! yikes, this girl has fabric!  I have a hoarding issue for sure.  I find great fabric then don't want to use it, afraid I won't find something as good!  Must get over this!  Too much money going to waste not use!  So I have "grounded" myself from buying fabric for a while, until some of this gets used up!
 OK, out of order and I don't know how to move pictures around...ugh, with the problems of uploading pictures on blogger lately... this is happening every time, uploading out of order...  My fake fireplace front... Simply with crocks, a light and the old milk can that hubby's family used on the farm in Albany, WI to bring in milk each day...I have gotten some black fabric to put in the opening... I should do that today...hmmm...
 OK, here I am trying to organize and put the fabric in nicely... I wonder how long it will stay this way.....
 UGH... again... wall with the dry sink still in it's old home... and all of knuckles toys... This room we live in the most...
 Now the dry sink moved back up into the kitchen dining area...( This is where the Jelly cabinet with the fabric was...)we added this on little over 3 years ago.  It's  only 10x10 but what a difference it made in our tiny tiny eating area of the kitchen we had....I will show you the old eating area another time... it's a mess too right now... image that?  I am thinking now I "need" a little wall cabinet to go above the dry sink..hehe... need to go looking again... darn!
SO, I still need to oil this up, I will do that today.. and put everything back.  Then go through everything hiding behind the door...yup more thinning... So what does that mean?  I am thinking I might be offer a wee bit of a sale of OLM goodies on my selling blog, hopefully sometime this week... I will keep you posted...

Then lastly what happens when everything gets moved around and loses it's place?
This happens!  Moving things around, displaced... no place for things to go... yes I have made a mess... hopefully a good mess, I will keep you posted on my process.. Then knowing me, once I get things "thinned a bit"  I will clutter it up all over again, and then I will have to start all over again... OLM
PS... in the end there was nothing quick about this post!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Early Works Update Tonight... Sneak Peek Now...


YIKES, January 14th already?  Wasn't it just Christmas?  Time is flying and so did my little mini vacation from creating.... 
I created three new gals for my www.earlyworkmercantile.com update tonight... 

Here is a little teaser... I will update between 6-7 tonight with their "stories"  I hope you will be able to peek. Hope everyone is staying warm... I know everyone is looking forward to Spring... Though we can't really complain here.. not even 2" of snow yet this season... usually at least a foot by now...  though it has finally turned cold here... we have been warm enough that some of my tulips and other perennials are coming up, not good in January!  anyway... Spring isn't far away..Hugs, . OLM

Sunday, January 6, 2013

FESTIVUS For The Rest Of US!!!

YEAH!!!  I can post pictures, what did I have to do?  Download a NEW browser! UGH!!!   See it's hard to teach this old dog new tricks, and it takes me FOREVER to catch on... LOL.... but this was a was "fix".

Last night was our neighborhood "festivus" party!  Hubby started this 4 years ago after the Seinfeld episode FESTIVUS..... It's been a big hit and lots of goofy fun..... We have several of the neighbors over for cocktails and dinner....
Here the Hot Dog man has just come in and Knuckle's is VERY excited!!!
 Busted!  Doesn't that look like a "guilty face"??!!!   Never mind I caught him at 9:30 in the morning giving Knuckles a hamburg over the fence.....

Then hubby shows everyone the wonderful box of surprises waiting for them...LOL... ( Now I hope no one is easily offended... I will show gifts at the end... some might be a wee bit in poor taste for some?  But all in good fun!)
 After dinner... and a cocktail or two begins the "airing of grievances"  Oh my... this can get ugly?  We all need to be careful we all live within egg throwing distance...  Well, except for my brother here... voicing his first grievance...  thankfully his is against the village... won't go into that ugly story,
 Jeff AKA the hot dog man, saying he good, doesn't have ANY... We are all so excited for him, after 2 LONG years, he finally has a job, sadly it's in WI... so they will be moving away... one of hubby's grievance's???  That they get to move to the "promise" land before him... Though they claim they will NEVER become Packer fans.....I wouldn't say that ANYWHERE in public in the state of Wisconsin....or wear that sweatshirt for that matter, unless you want your butt kicked hot dog man!!!
 He is John AKA the "King"  I don't know how it started, but John& hubby each call each other the "King".... So here he is reading the Miss's grievance's, sadly she was not feeling well and kept her cooties at home.....
 YIKES... several pages.... and many against OLM... and she not here to take her licks...
 His only grievance was that he needed to take off his glasses to read them...LOL
 The "General" also with many pages...sigh...LOL... and as it seemed many against the Morgan's..yikes no loyalty, we just feed all you guys! LOL
 OOPS...King still reading one,  a fun surprise for my brother!  HEHEHE... Got to love good neighbors!

Finally all has been aired out... and it's time for "feats of strength"......
 Table top bags....
 OOPS... out of order... don't know how that happened... Alex airing his grievance of a ticket to his buddy the "doctor" ...nickname from his time in the Navy.... They swapped cars, Doc to Alex's truck to school to move in... Alex's car got broken in and GPS stolen... AND... while driving Doc's Jeep... got a ticket for expired registration...OOPS!  See they are laughing, all is GOOD!
 Feats!  Hungry Hungry Hippos!!!
 Husband against wife Rock in Sock em Robots......
 Then I think the funniest game of the night... Ring around the Nosey... yes, they are games for little kids....Though image the conversions with the way these look...sigh... this is why this a adult only party....
 Wasn't going to show this one... yikes, I have put on a few pounds...sigh... but look at hubby right behind me.... I didn't even know this was happening...LOL
 Boys getting into the game!

 Two years running now... Mr. Alex is king of the ring around the nosey game... LOL

Then comes "prizes" for the winners... We collect a few "gag" gifts over the course of the year.....
 General excited to get a prize....
 This got many laughs... can't even say where this came from... had it in my closet for years... re-gifted it!
 Book light.... some were kinda nice....
 hubby bought this so long ago, he forget we had this t-shirt... so funny my SIL Michelle got it!!! giggles...
Lastly my brother with some VERY important reading... there is more I could share... but thought to spare you some of it... It's a great fun night... so many laughs!  I think a good time was had by all!

Sadly, all the decorations came down to have space cleaned up for playing of games and such... sigh... I always find it so dark and blah after the tree comes down... but soon will come Spring colors and new season to look forward too!  Thanks for peeking! OLM

HELP!?!?!

Is anyone one else having problems up loading pictures to blogger????... I did see a report of a issue on Friday about this on blogger... but... still not working.... Now I do everything through blogger, up load pictures, etc....I would get  my browser box to flip through my pictures uploaded on  my computer.......sigh... I am not getting the browser box so I can up load pictures... sigh.... nothing I do brings up the browser box....UGH!
Is anyone else having difficulty???  I know I should try live messenger, but it's like teaching a old dog new tricks... I know this well and Usually works fine for me....ugh....  OLM