There will not be a Meadowview Farm Barn Sale in 2014.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

little things

Anyone who has been to my home, seen my case at
the Hixton Antique Mall or attended one of our Barn Sales
know I have this affection for little vintage finds.

I love them...so much that they often are changed for each 
season & celebration.  They make me smile, just do!
Here are some little German made girls.

My ode to our farm's history as a dairy farm.

Bunnies that have yet to hop away since spring.  
These two are German candy containers.

I am drawn to smalls....so was delighted to attend an estate 
sale this past Friday with home owners with the same affinity.
I left with a box full of little finds, many that traveled to my 
case & booth at Hixton on Saturday.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

apple box storage

I had this blue metal shelf for sale at my last
October Barn Sale.  It didn't sell, so we took it 
to my booth at the Hixton Antique Mall.  I placed a
fruit box I had for sale on it and realized that this could be 
a fabulous storage shelf in our laundry room.  So I 
"bought" it from myself!

I left it at the mall for a few months with a "sold" on it.....
It added some nice color & display space.  We brought 
it home this past weekend & I gathered up all the fruit 
boxes around the house.  It fit perfectly where I had hoped
it would in our laundry room.  It now holds all our "smalls" 
for the antique mall and our pricing tool box.  We now have
a tidy area to store our items before they travel to be sold.

I love the color of the end labels on the apple & pear boxes...
and they hold a lot!  


This old shelving has the added bonus of folding 
up flat.  Dave & I figure if we ever become flea market
vendors, it will be perfect to sell from too!


Here it is looking quite happy!  The table at
the front is the work table in our laundry room.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

farm kitchen redone

I have this thing for blue & green....
And cows, tin, actually.....my list of likes is large!

So, on a stop at T.J. Maxx on Friday, of course 
the blue & green tablecloths caught my eye.  I have
learned that tablecloths or shower curtains are a much
cheaper mode of acquiring great fabric.

By combining a table runner & tablecloth in the same fabric,
I was able to quite easily make a new sink skirt for our original sink.
*The trick is to save/use as much of the hemmed edges in your work!

Although I am not one for matchy matchy, right at this moment
I like the matching tablecloth on our kitchen table.

All the fabric was about $25.00 ~ including the tablecloth.  And I 
know it will be happy in the washing machine too...as it was all 
meant for table use.

Another view of the table...the chairs are all painted
with scenes from our farm.  The large jelly cupboard in the
background is about the same mid-1850s vintage as our farm...
it is our kitchen pantry.  

And here is the sweet sink again, all dressed up with a new skirt.
I attach all my sink skirts via Velcro, so this can be swapped
out with the previous one when desired.


Close up of the fabric.  Will work nicely into Autumn!

How about you, what are your current "go to" colors?




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

clip clip here

Whenever I give my summer plants a "haircut", I
try to just toss the excess in my clipping bag.
But every time I do, I end up seeking out all the
little blossoms, untangling them from yard clippings...
And into the house they come.
Seeking a bit of morning light to capture these sweet pansies.
And what little nose is to the right?

My August Rose is always curious!

Sweet little faces!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

on letting go



I feel quite reflective...it was just about a year ago that
I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I will never
forget the haste my primary doctor used in scheduling
a mammogram & ultrasound at Mayo for the day after my
physical.  When they asked me to step in for a second 
ultrasound that day, I figured it was not a good sign.  I sat 
alone in a waiting room with a woman with a rich Russian accent.
I will always remember her saying, "don't cry".  Couldn't 
promise that, wasn't sure why I had chosen to go it alone
that day......the independent rebel in me I guess.  
Lesson one, letting go may require some support.



So there it is, this journey called "life".  I do believe one lesson we 
all face as part of our test is to let go.  As someone who likes a tad 
bit of control, letting go is a hard lesson to learn.  But I've done it...
we all do it.  Call it faith, hope or simply coping, we do it.

Through letting go as our children leave home.  Through letting go as our parents 
pass on.  Through letting go as age visits us and easy endeavors are 
less easy.  We learn this lesson over & over until we figure it out.....kind of.

As a teacher, I knew the importance of celebrating arrival & departure with my
kiddos.  We always had some routine that marked the start & end of 
our time together.   We needed to honor each "hello" and each "good bye". 
I would help them learn about making choices, doing it by themselves and 
how to move on to the next adventure.  I travel these same lessons to 
my parenting...and relish when my Ian still calls home for advise on starting
or ending an adventure.  

I always figure it takes a full year after a significant loss to begin to let go.  It
feels like we have to carry it through every season, introduce the change to
each ritual, to each holiday, to each month.  Testing how the change effects
us, similar to putting our toes in the water.  Once we get through the year, it
still remains with us, but perhaps in a new way...a life affirming way.  It can 
actually make us wiser, stronger, and ready for what awaits us next.

Letting go.  Living on a farm has also tested my resilience & calm fortitude.  When
you watch a storm build across the fields & head in your direction, you can only
"batten down so many hatches".  At some point you have to let go.  To know 
that this is bigger than you, out of your control and that you will get through it.

So, what are the lessons I feel have gotten me here, a year later....changed, but perhaps 
a bit stronger:

1.  Storms happen. 
2.  The only way through loss is  t h r o u g h  it.
3.  Letting go does not mean giving up control, just changing our perspective.
4.  Kindness matters.
5.  We make it.  We all will & do.  And it will change us.
6.  Finally, celebrate the journey, through each arrival & each departure.






Tuesday, July 1, 2014

little flag boy


                   adore this vintage picture....
             little guy on a crate in front of a flag!
             


                      Happy July!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

framed, I'm sure

In both our study & craft room,
are bulletin boards simply made with:
   1.  Vintage frame
   2.  Foam Core board (from craft store)
   3.  Fabric or wallpaper 


Easy to make: cut the foam core 
board to fit, cover with the fabric or
wallpaper & attach to the frame!


I always know what to do with 
those beautiful old frames I find!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

and summer is here...

Summer has arrived, like that special friend you have awaited.
And today is that long long day, when the sun seems to shine into the night.

Homages to sweet summer can be found through our home.
One of my favorites, a vintage suitcase packed with a flag & a pasture of sheep!

Other suitcases also reside in the living room, pale brown, with green to welcome summer.

Summer has indeed arrived, brimming with warm days, flea markets to attend, a local 
parade or two....and days that take a while to come to a close.  

Welcome home dear friend!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

suppose I might find another?

Always on the hunt.....you understand I am certain.
So if three constitutes a collection, I need just one more
of these sweet Majolica creamers.  Smaller than the pitchers,
I find these a tad harder to come by, especially in the 
colors I adore....softest of pale green, pink & brown.

For summer they live in my living room on the trunk that
works hard as a coffee table.  On a mirror that substitutes 
for a tray.


          Sweet~~~check!

       Charming~~~check!

        Adorable~~~check!

Always on the hunt, feel one is just waiting
to be found this summer!

How about you, what are you hunting for?




Friday, June 13, 2014

morning has broken


One of my favorite features of our farmhouse
are the floor to ceiling windows.  We have three 
such windows in our bedroom.  And living in
the country, curtains are just for framing the view.


We typically do not need an alarm to wake us,
daylight does the job quite well.  There is no better way
to greet a new day than sunlight streaming in.  
Now, mind you, a cup of coffee helps too!

Happy Friday!  Happy weekend!


Sunday, June 8, 2014

vintage finds



Dave & I traveled out in the pouring rain Saturday...
several citywide thrift sales on our agenda.
Many garages were closed up, just too wet ~~
but on we journeyed.  After lunch at a cafe in Bloomer,
we traveled back toward home. Typically I assume that 
by noon on Saturday, thrift sales are often picked over...
but that didn't keep us from stopping at one last sale.
Bingo!....several pieces of Ironstone were waiting. 
The vintage finds I am keeping: Ironstone bowl & pitcher &
butter pats, glass door knob and stacking heart boxes. (pictured)
All for about $10.00.  

Now a little note I feel I should make...
We spent the day out, soaked shoes, car miles, time.
Of course we loved every minute, but if I was to turn around
& resell any of these items ~ this all adds in, just does.  
The pitcher would easily be found at an antique mall, 
auction or even flea market at a price of $28.00 or more.
If I sold it, you would find that price on it, which would be fair.

I love finding treasures on my antique travels, but know that when
I add in travel & time costs, my price basis goes up.  As an Antique
Dealer, I track my mileage - which is pretty significant each year. This 
is why I always honor antique dealers & their prices.  This is why
I often scratch my head when Dave & I work at the Hixton Mall
and have a customer bring up a $10.00 item and offer us $5.00 for it.
Dave responds appropriately, "Tell you what, we will take $10.55 with tax for it."

Yes, it is always wonderful to "score".....get that great deal. For instance, my
Ironstone will always remind me of the fun day Dave & I had on Saturday...
jumping puddles, going through 20 garages until we find one with more than 
just baby clothes.  And, I will always say with some pride how I paid only $3 for
the sweet pitcher....but I also know that if I had paid $35 in Stillwater for that
same pitcher, it would still be a great vintage find at an appropriate price, I would 
just tell a different story about my day at the antique mall, & my feet would be dry!





Tuesday, June 3, 2014

sorting, organizing, prioritizing



As a kid, I honed my organizational skills by sorting out 
our lazy susan full of spices, dad's tackle box and mom's jewelry.
I loved that my parents were always O.K. with this.  
Didn't matter that they might not find the cinnamon or that favorite pin
in the spot they had placed it last.  Their Kari was redoing their order,
sorting & establishing a new placement~~a new system.
I think I learned to not even ask, unloading & reorganizing the outside
storeroom or the medicine cabinet when the mood struck.  I needed
to empty it all out then put it all back.  

Such is life, we sift through stuff all the time....setting this aside, letting
go of that, establishing new order.  
I have learned, with time, to be less tidy with my systems.  
Like a Magpie, gathering pretties to line my nest may feel more cluttered than orderly.
Yet it is always with intent: this here, that there. Keep, keep, keep, let go.
Such is life.




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

dirt under my nails = vacation!

I am on vacation...Yea!
First week off since last July,
unless you count medical leave, which I don't.

My goal is to take each day & let it just unfold.
Definitely some antiquing.
Definitely some rest & relaxation...picture me on my deck.
Definitely some gardening.

Watering cans & benches are a must have!
Rakes on barnboard with a trailing vine, 
day lilies....perfect.

Little concrete frog I found at a recent thrift sale for fifty cents,
forget-me-nots and other herbs return.

Hens & chicks in a chicken feeding trough & hosta.

Bird houses, milk cans, pansies are most welcome.

Today I head to a local nursery on a nearby Amish farm.
Will add some tomato plants, and a few annuals.
Sunflower & pumpkin seeds to plant.
The morning rain has moistened my gardens....
Here I come!

Monday, May 26, 2014

more, more, more

Rebooted my booth at the Hixton Schoolhouse Antique Mall!
Lots of vintage gardening and red, white & blue...

For all the details, pop over to the right, under "Chapters"!






Sunday, May 25, 2014

little finds

We traveled north on Saturday, following every thrift sale sign.
Such fun to travel back country roads, arriving at a garage with tables full.
A one & a half hour trip to our cabin took us half a day.

I found this sweet Ironstone pitcher for $2 and little blue book for several quarters.
Added to a yellow bench I could not leave a recent flea market without...
and several patriotic bottles I had tucked away, a little Memorial Day vignette unfolds.


Later today, I will tote a car full of vintage finds to the Hixton Antique Mall.
Seems a front entry display & case redo with a red, white & blue focus is in the stars.

Have a lovely weekend!

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