Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Prairie Chicks Show

My antique/creative mind is on overload thinking of the next show I'm participating in. The show is November 4 & 5, 2011. The Prairie Chicks Furniture Sale.

The chick hostess Shelly Greimann has created a lovely show place in what is a former country schoolhouse. The prairie site location is perfect! The schoolhouse is located at 35500 90th Street, Blue Earth, MN (follow the swimming pool road west out of Blue Earth city limits, follow that road until it curves to the south, continue south for approx. 1/2 a mile to 90th Street, turn right, travel approx. 1 mile). Many grain bins are also located at the corner you will turn right to go west on 90th street. The old country schoolhouse will be worth the trip into the Blue Earth countryside...

Once you arrive, the site promises an awesome mix of vintage primitive junk, re-purposed furniture, beautifully handcrafted pieces and accessories of all sorts...like Mama Peacock jewelry/pins! Something for every junker to enjoy...I'm enjoying the process of prepping.

I'm certain, beyond a doubt, you'll feel the love the minute you walk in. A perfectly styled country kitchen, fun & colorful displays, ....and look a the floor on the main level. Once the first floor tour is taken (and you've grabbed some snacks/cider), continue to the attic. My fav, the space suits me & my junk/primitive style. It's an open classic wood attic with so much charm....and a new stairway & bannister! I'll post a sneak peak so you can see for yourself next week.

Thanks Chicks!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Gotta love a school sale!


I absolutely love school sales. Lately, we've had a few in our area. When new schools get built or consolidated, the old is retired (so to say) and the extra items are sold. At the sale, the group of bidders moves room to room bidding on what's available in that area/room. It's really quite fun. The pace is fast, they're wasting no time & generally, items are sold in lots and grouped together which is also quite fun. Last weekend, I traveled to Algona (found it by watching one of an auctioneer website), sort of just lucked out for finding it at the last minute. It wasn't overly attended which also makes it fun because there was certainly an opportunity for all to buy.
There were so many of these cute little teacher tables. Drawer & pull out.


Maps were scarce. I did bid to get this lot of 3. 2 of them have multiples...sweet!


This little cupboard is cuter than it appears. The knobs got painted over so I'm gonna see what we might be able to do about that. I would also love to find a cute top for it. Note on the top of this the cute apothecary jar!

Now these are a project! Thinking enamel paint on wood handles & a floral recovering project for the winter! The aluminum lets are great!

On Monday we traveled back to Algona to pick up Jim's baby....a gorgeous roll-top desk. Everything is beautiful on it & he was elated at the find. Amazing what the new i-phone can do when hubby is working and I'm auctioning. Within minutes he was able to see & respond & I bought it for him based on this little photo
Desk home in one piece. Happy in it's new place! Hubby is too!



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Exciting News!

We're participating in the FIRST Prairie Chick Sale. More info. to come in the next few weeks! Here's the info so you can save the date! Check it out....


Friday, October 7, 2011

Thought Provoking...What I Know for Certain

I've been reading the October Oprah Magazine (Rosie O'Donnell sharing cover issue). My favorite article in the entire magazine is always in the very back of the magazine. It's the article that Oprah does regarding what she knows for certain. This month I found especially inspiring:

"If you watch the news and the images it bombards us with-politicians running amok, despair, all-around craziness-you might think there's nothing you can do to make this world better.
I know that's not true. The world is a reflection of our collective consciousness. When a concerted mass of us start thinking differently, we will start to see change.
It begins with your own awakening, your own desire for a life that's not just lived on the surface but is rich an deep and high and wide. For sure, that's how I want to live. So I'm going to keep learning until I take my last breath."

I felt moved by this message this week, too:

‎"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as crazy, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs

I find their messages extremely thought provoking, almost eerie. Both certainly giants in their own right. One writing with so much to share today while the other continued imparting wisdom during his departure, true legacy.

That's how I want to live.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Weekend Update!





Did a quick run to Fairmont early Saturday morning....wasn't there early enough to be in the first round of entries to get access to the sale....yikes! I was #20. I knew what I wanted based on the descriptions I had gotten ahead of time from the host and from the sale bill. When I finally did get to go (max wait was 5 minutes, not complaining truly) I went straight to the items. Below is my finest catch for the day. A lovely narrow but wide cupboard with evenly closing doors. Best of all, look at those Bakelite door handles...divine! Creamy white color, solid. The other pieces I got will be projects:

1. Rough box/crate cupboard, with shelves. Needs paint but also needs legs or knobs to stand on.
2. Embroidery hoops. With any of these projects in mind! Found at my new favorite website Pinterest!
3. A small shingled birdhouse, complete with a tree branch in the front yard base!
4. Mirror with wood swirl on top.
5. Pristine picnic basket with wood handles....super nice!
6. Aluminum drinking cups/glasses (what do you call an aluminum drinking device??!!)
7. Hamper and a few miscellaneous pieces
8. From the FREE zone: A Lampshade & some wood dowels perfect for upcoming projects....overall good day!

...contemplating a show in Des Moines called Junk Jubilee. It takes place April 27, 28 & 29. Talked with the gals that run it this week (Jan & Miccia). As I explained to them, I need to talk with the brawn (my husband) on if we want to give this a whirl....stay tuned!

Beautiful Fall Day, this lovely October 2nd!