Monday, May 28, 2018

Rust, White, and Blue - Our Rustic Gazebo Dressed Up for Summer!

Happy Memorial Day! May we never forget the sacrifice of so many for the freedom we have. 

This morning I decided to get out and decorate the gazebo for summer time! Some of my early spring flowers were already fading and it was time to straighten up the yard and replace a few plants. It's turned hot and dry, so I found a few more drought resistant (or so they claim) plants to fill in a few places. 

This rusty meat grinder has been attached to the gazebo rail for a long time. I'm not sure why or where it came from. Jeff may have put it there - I'm just not sure... Anyways, today I added a little succulent to it and now I'm wondering why I didn't do that a long time ago! 

 I recently picked up a big stack of buntings at a sale and dyed them to have a vintage and tea stained look. I hung one on the front of the gazebo and love the way it looks!   Rust, White, and Blue!
We are grilling tonight, so I'm fixing to go clip some of the herbs for a corn on the cob herb butter recipe!

P.S I'll have the several of the buntings at the Mineola Antique Fair next week, so you can get one in time for the Fourth of July or message me if you would like to order one to be shipped to you. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A Day in the Life of a Gypsy Farm Girl!

A day in the life of a gypsy farm girl.... 

At midnight I was sewing up my “gypsy sassy pants” (converting skirts to palazzo style pants.) They are so dang fun and cool to wear! I got stopped several times today and ask “is that pants?” “I love those!” 

Me: “Thanks, I made them!”

6:10-6:30 slapping the alarm clock. 

7:30 Packing up wedding orders to ship out. 

8:30 Meet up with Angea to go junkin, pickin’ and the post office, followed by a “board meeting”. 

These folks know how to host an epic garage sale! Great signs marking the way, everything priced, they brought us shopping baskets when they saw me snatching up the vintage lace and doilies, they had a tent, holding area for the big items we wanted, and even used a cash register to ring up purchases! 

11ish  Board meeting aka business lunch, aka what we do after Thursday morning pickin’. Some of our best ideas have came at the corner table at La Finca! Tea and green sauce, yes please! We’ve got visions for our Mineola Antique Fair space that are exciting! Can you make sense of the scribbles? 

12:30 A trip to the store for all the soaps - laundry, hair, and Jeff’s “old man soap” as he calls it and cat food. Got to keep the boss cat happy and everybody clean! 

Home again.

3:00 Hook up trailer and head to the farm. 

We dated in this truck, sold it 15 years ago and it came back home this weekend. ❤️ It just feels right in the red farm truck! 

The start of this blog post came, while Jeff drives to the farm. I’m typing on my phone, windows down, the air and ideas flowing through the truck. 

Farm chores

We got the cow herd up in the pens and sorted some heifers to take to market. I grabbed a light weight, long sleeve shirt, should’ve grabbed a hat too... gotta little sun on my face. 

That one in the center looks all sweet... Let me tell ya, that is one crazy heifer! Our herd is usually very calm, but this one was a wild one to pen and thankfully no one got ran over by her! 

Ronnie D Donkey kicked up his feet after he got turned out and he said “see ya” as we left out with our trailer load. 

7:45 Our calves were delivered and now we are home again. The dogs were ready for supper, their nightly run outside, and we had supper to fix.

Along the way, we’ve sold some candle stands, answered and read email, and handled some other business.

My jeans (and me) were splattered with cow poo, so baths and clothes washing also happened. I can usually load cattle without getting too dirty, but the heifers were a messy bunch today!

11:20 Finally finishing up my blog post and getting it to a computer to finally publish. There used to be a blogger app, but a few phone updates back, it disappeared, which makes it harder to blog on the go. 

Tomorrow we ship more items out and I plan to stay home and work most of the day! Weddings, sewing shirts, making tin signs, who knows what all the day will entail? No day is ever the same and I like it that way! 

I started out sewing and wearing my gypsy pants and ended it sitting with my girls (dogs) on the couch! I’d call it a great day!!! 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Exciting News: We are Joining the Mineola Antique Fair!

First off, in case you missed our earlier announcement this month, we decided to close our Uniques and Antiques booth in Mineola at the end of May. Everything in our booth is currently 1/2 off till we move out. 

Now, for the good news! When we decided to close our Uniques booth, we really didn't have an exact plan. Angea and I discussed Facebook sales, ramping up our vintage finds section of our etsy shop, and doing a few fall markets. Kinda take the summer and revamp, work on new stuff, and see how things went. Honestly, we were just going to wing it, until we got an invitation to join the Mineola Antique Fair last week! 

A few messages back and forth and a trip to check out the venue this weekend and we signed papers to move in for the June show!!! When one chippy vintage door closes, another one opens up, so now we've got to get busy! 

We got a new booth to build from the ground up. The fair is held in a 111 year old building and its about 12 foot to the rafters! Angea and I are sketching ideas and consulting our guys for help to build props and displays. Jeff is pretty excited about the project and we are happy to have his help! 

The Mineola Antique Fair is held the second Friday and Saturday of each month, with our first show being June 8-9, 2018. We will actually be working this booth, so we will be excited to see and visit with each of you! So mark your calendars now and make a plan to come out!

Check out some of the pictures that they posted on Facebook from the May Fair! Seriously lots of eye candy!

While you're in Mineola, you've also got to visit Farmhouse Fried Pies - that is one thing we were going to miss, when we decided to close our booth! We stopped to get some pies after we had signed our papers and checked in on our Uniques booth. We sat there to eat one and sketch out a few ideas. Of course, I get to talking with my hands, my mind running wild with ideas, and I nearly hit a woman when she walked past our table! Oops! Fun times are ahead! Everyone we visited with talked about how nice Joyce and Deanna (owners of the venue) and all of the vendors were. We are looking forward to joining the group! Now, excuse me, I've got to go get busy on weddings and preparing items for the show! We'll start sharing some sneak peeks closer to time and hope you'll come out to see us. 

Mineola Antique Fair
115 Lankford
Mineola, TX 75773
Behind the Sonic on Hwy 80
(just a few blocks off Hwy 69 and close to the depot / railroad tracks in downtown Mineola.)