Monday, May 23, 2016

Sunday Funday

SO on Sunday DD and me and her pal BJ went to the Ackerman Flea-Tique market!
 SO much great stuff there!  Look at this cute play refrigerator! It has a painted on icemaker!! What little kid wouldn't be thrilled with that!
We go to this show almost every year and this year was the biggest yet! SO many great antiques and crafts and junk! Here's the outdoor iron artist, wonderful stuff!
 This coffee table was really different! DD loves it!
 I like this one a lot better, I bet we could  do that.LOL..snort!!!!
 Here's the real gem though. This table with an iron register grate set into really beautiful wood. Selling for something like $350. LOVE IT!
 There were vendors inside the buildings at the Johnson County Fairgrounds and also a lot of stuff outdoors too. Rusty old stuff and new crafted stuff.
 Manly kind of things..... and really cute DIY ideas too!

 I bought this unusual pair of Wiss scissors. They are 7 1/2" Left handed but have this odd tab on the top handle. I thought they were manufactured with it, but maybe it was added on for some reason.
I've never seen anything quite like them. SO I will add them to my wall-only $3.
 Isn't it great when old things are so well preserved? Just think of all these kinds of things that were sent to the burn pile over the years. I guess that's why people will pay for them these days!
 It was a beautiful day too! Sunny and bright with just a tiny breeze.
 And just to make the day complete, the peonies are starting to bloom in the yard too!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Out & About

  SO Hubby and I loaded up and headed over towards Kalona Iowa for some shopping. Hubs likes to go to the Stringtown Market because they have unique spices and ingredients that are sold in repackaged containers at good prices. And he was also looking for a crank handle flour sifter....don't ask.

So DD and her pal BJ loaded up and met us there and we traveled to two more country stores in the area.
  Here we are at the
Community Country Store Annex. As you might guess, they sell almost everything you might need if you lived a simple life out in the country.
Including a crank handle four sifter.
I did a bad job getting this photo of the steel wheel tractor coming down the road outside the store. A lot of the Mennonite folks are allowed to use tractors with steel wheels, but not cars or vehicles that would be a pleasure to use, it all horse and buggy to get around for personal business.
They also don't use electricity at the store, Those are sky lights in the ceiling, and gas lights for when it gets dark.
 And if you need parts for your oil lamp, here ya go!
 Where else can you get hankies these days. At the Community Store Annex!
 We also stopped at the Community Country Store (no annex) HAHA!
They had a wide assortment of boots and shoes and clothing. Including those great hats. I couldn't resist. I bought one for Hubby-he needs to keep the sun off his skin in the summer!
Stainless steel bucket for milking and such, and suspenders too!

It was a nice drive in the country-even though the gravel road were crazy dusty! But the farmers are in the fields and the day was clear and bright.
Here's the "haul". We're stocked up now!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bootlegger's is Back!

SO, my favorite antique/junk store has finally reopened on our main street, Augusta Avenue in Oxford, Iowa. Bootlegger's is BACK!!!
 The owners lost their lease last year and then bought this building which required a TON of renovations. But look here, Theresa has so many  lovely things stocked into the space! Look at the original brick wall there.
 I love her sense of style. It's like walking into a living Pinterest page when you go in there. Look at that original wood floor, gorgeous!
 Bootlegger's prices are always very reasonable, and it's such fun to see all the unique things there.
 I just like to stop in to say hi and see what's new, I sure don't need anything I have to dust!LOL!
 Theresa says they are thinking about expanding into the upstairs space too. It would allow them more space for furniture items.
I'm just thrilled that we have a lovely business like this on our main street! Here's a link to their Facebook page.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Yard Sale Flip

 So, DD and me made the short drive over to Walford, Iowa for their community wide yard sales. I've been over there before and there is always a lot of people and a lot of traffic.
 I think we hit almost every single yard sale...except those that have more than 1 baby stroller out fron.
 We got this really nice cedar chest. It's a Lane. They were asking $20, I offered $10 and we settled for $15. I told DD that we are just like a contestant on Flea Market Flip!
 We headed home to do this project! The fabric cushion on the top was just awful. The foam was rotted and the fabric was just dirty and ugly.
 It took a while to pull it all off, but we got the job done! There was a ton of staples and that took the longest to get them all out.
 The n we auditioned a few fabrics that I had in my personal fabric store. .
This was a front runner, but we had to go to the fabric store for new foam and we decided to look while we were there. 
 DD wants to use this chest at the foot of her bed. She is not a fan of the Early American style and I'm pretty sure the right fabric and the right hardware will turn this project around!
 We bought new foam and new fabric and started stapling. It's not a tough job, but it took awhile to put in a ton of staples!
 Then it's time to screw the upholstered board back onto the lid. Easier said then done! SIL was over for a minute and helped us to put in new slightly longer screws to hold things together-we wouldn't have gotten it done with out him!.
 Then the hardware needed to go!
 So DD took the screwdriver to them!
 And now look! It's like a new chest! I love this fabric! It looks great!
 I think she will replace the handles with something a little bit more modern, but who knows!
It's done enough to go to her house and it's always a happy time to get a thing out of my garage!!
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Shopping and Rain Barrels

SO I get a puddle of cruddy muddy water in front of my garage pedestrian door every time it rains. This is because my gutter downspout lets water run into the driveway. I had a genius idea to install a rain barrel to collect the's an environmentally happy thing to do-rain barrels can alleviate erosion, provide gardeners with water, and lessen runoff from paved surfaces. See? SO I got me a drum from my work.
 And then I made a level spot on the hillside across from my current downspout.
 I dug out some of the hillside, thinking this would also be a little higher up and help out the gravity when I wanted to use some water. So I was happy with this idea and moved on to re routing the gutter downspout.
 Here it is on the North side of the garage-and it allows water to run right into the driveway and garage. It's impossible to keep the gutter that runs to the ground in place because when the lawn gets mowed the extension gets knock off or removed. It crosses the best place to walk to the backyard and is a trip hazard too.
 SO I un screwed the holders so I could re use them to hold the curved parts in place. See, I added the outlet going towards the place I made for the barrel. Looks good!
 Here's the temporary lay out.
I stuck a post in the ground to hold the gutter in about the right place for a nice slope-it looks pretty bad appearance wise, but I think I have the right idea. Now I need to go to town and get the faucet and fitting for the barrel. I won't go into the details of how frustrating it is to try to find something at Lowe's when the folks who work there have no idea what a rain barrel is. There's a reason I love on line shopping-no long line, no uneducated sales people, no out of stocks!  Let's just be aware that I ordered it on Amazon!
 So I got my package from Amazon on Tuesday! It came with the hole driller bit and the faucet along with the fittings I needed. It was about $16-free Prime shipping YES!
 So I chose the place I wanted to put the hole-I based this on the fact that it was all the further I could reach into the drum! I knew I would need to be able to reach inside there to fit it together!
 The hole was easy to drill with my handy power drill!
 See, here's the faucet and the fitting.
 I tightened the fitting-it's threaded backwards FYI, and then screwed in the faucet.
 Good to go there-I'm going to live dangerously and hope it doesn't leak.
 Now for the lid. I bought this flexible plastic downspout at Menard's, it was on sale for something like $6 I think. I traced the shape around and then drilled a hole to use my jigsaw to cut it out. Easy peasy. I wanted a good tight fit to keep bugs and crud out.
 Then I drilled one last hole near the top to serve as an overflow outlet. I might need to add some kind of spout to this but for now we'll see how this goes.
 And here's the final fit test in place.
 I added a bit of window screen in the space between the aluminum gutter and the plastic flexible downspout to catch twigs and crud. I don't want stuff to clog up the faucet on the drum.
 I've still got the temporary post holding it up. If it all works out well, then I'll build a nice trestle like trellis to hold it in place and look pretty.
The gutter is high enough so a person can walk under and the lawn mower can pass by with no problem. Now it looks like it's going to rain again today so I'm ready for the test!!