Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Grandma's Kitchen

There's something about vintage kitchenware...

Sometimes we get something in, and I have no idea what it is. Such was the case with the scissors like item in the front. Thanks to several followers on my Facebook page, I learned it is a meatball maker. Why didn't I think of that?

Love, love, love blue canning jars. Clear ones too, but blue? Be still my heart.

So pretty in pink, despite the crack. That just adds character.

I can almost smell the pies and cakes baking.

And the cookies.

The old metal utensils had so much more charm that our modern day plastic ones.

Ahh. Grandma's kitchen, a walk down memory lane.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Country Life = A February Ice Storm

It was a dark and stormy night day. Cold. Rain. Sleet. Fog.

It was supposed to warm up enough to turn to rain.

Yeah, yeah. That clearly didn't happen.

We don't get this much ice all that often. It was beautiful. And thankfully, our power never went off (though some folks in our area did lose theirs for several hours).

"What is that?", George just asked as he looked over my shoulder. It's a roll of electric fencing that hangs on one of our garden posts. Electric fencing coated in ice.

If it was outside, that was it's story. It's always interesting to walk through grass that is encased in ice. Every. Single. Blade.

We had the ice for a couple days, and then it warmed up enough to melt. And now it's raining. Again.
Maybe I should take a picture of the mud.

Nah. Nevermind.

Spring - we are patiently waiting on you!!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Modern Farmhouse Style

We have been busy adding lots of white farmhouse style pieces.

Such a clean, fresh look! 

I admit I'm a little late to the party of watching Chip & Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper. Customers kept telling me about them, but somehow I never managed to catch an episode.

But I have finally seen a few this winter, and of course, they (and their style) are all over the place online.

It fits in perfectly with our shop already. We have always described the vintage items in our shop as "farm style". When we go to auctions, we typically buy the stuff that came straight from a farmhouse kitchen. Or barn. Usually with the barn dirt intact. We have become quite proficient in water hose cleaning. 

So, we are just adding more white. And gray. I have learned a new word. 
Beige + Gray. Greige. 
Who knew? 

Not into so much white and gray? Don't worry. We are adding more, but it won't take over the shop completely by any stretch. We will still have black, red, and mustard for the primitive decorators. And other colors as well. I like a nice mix! 

I will say I am more than happy to add some white. Another admission: I was getting a little a lot tired of painting black! So white is a nice change of pace, especially going into spring.

I absolutely love how this photo came out. A happy accident. I was taking a picture of the mirror itself, and the bench photo bombed it perfectly. 

Our weather forecast is calling for a nasty mix of snow/sleet/freezing rain/back to snow mix tomorrow. So, my plan as of now is to close the shop tomorrow and stay home. 
So good to be home indeed.

I will be happy to do some more painting, right beside the wood stove.
Maybe I will catch another episode of Fixer Upper!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cold Winter. Very Cold Winter.

I've said this before, but I'll say it again... I promise to get back to regularly posting on my blog!
No excuses. Well, I do have some, but I won't bore you with them. Let's just get back to it!

What a winter! Not a huge amount of snow, but cold. As in COLD.

 A few weeks of single digit days and below 0 nights.

It did make for some pretty photos, though it was too cold to venture out and take very many.

We are very thankful for our wood stove, and the health to get in firewood. 

I've been kind of disappointed that most of the snow this winter has been so dry and fluffy. We need a decent snowman making snow! Maybe that will come in February.

We did finally get a January thaw. Check out this icicle that formed on the back of our shop during the snow melt. What a crazy angle! 

It's been a good winter to do what our new grandaughter is doing. Sleep! Ha!
At 2 months old, her favorite activities are eating, sleeping, and laying on the floor to wiggle.

And grinning.

She is getting quite good at melting Mimi and Pappy's hearts.

By the way, I see in my last post that I showed the broken display window at the shop. We got it fixed, and the guys did a great job on it.

This was it at Christmas. I need to get an updated one. Though I might need to wash the window first. And it's warmer, but not that warm!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Broken Window

It started with a crack in the glass. Never a good thing when you are talking about plate glass.

I called the window company, and when the guy came, he said, "I could press on it to make it finish it's run, but I'm afraid it will be too much weight on the break since the break is down low".

I agreed, and we we settled on taping the crack while he ordered new glass.

That was last Thursday. On Saturday afternoon, I heard a sound like someone had hit the glass. But there was no one around it. The sound was the glass cracking as it finished its run.


I called George, and he hurried into town. Naturally, we couldn't get hold of anyone at the glass company, because these things always happen on a weekend.

So, while I carefully got everything out of the window that had been on display, he made a lumberyard run, and we built a plywood covering.

The plan was to attach the framework to that white part just below the ceiling. He started to drill into it, and.....

Nothing. Nada. Nope.

It must be a metal beam underneath that white paint.

So, plan B.

We leaned bracing up against it, using concrete blocks as anchors.
Not ideal, but it worked.

Doesn't the front of the shop look lovely?

Yeah, not so much.

But it is what it is. So far, the glass is holding, and we hope it will continue to do so until the new glass arrives.

In the meantime....  

Let's just say new glass ain't cheap. 

I'm having a sale to raise some money to help pay for this unexpected expense.


It's always something.

For the record, we don't think anyone broke the window, we are pretty certain it's a stress crack.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fireworks and Holidays

Goodness gracious - where does time go? 
I had plans for WV Day posts, and that slid right past me.

At least I got some new barnwood signs made, I just didn't get them posted.

Then all at once it was the 4th of July. 
Happy Independence Day America!!!

George & I enjoyed 3 nights of fireworks. Three! 

The first night was in our hometown of Moundsville, WV.

We sat in the back of our pick up truck, and watched as the skies lit up over the fairgrounds. 
Not a great photo I know, but take my word for it, they were beautiful. 

The next night, we went to Oglebay Park outside of Wheeling, WV.

Huge crowds. HUGE! We were worried we wouldn't find a place to park, but finally did. Love Oglebay! See their website here. Better yet, visit for yourself if you are in the area. Our favorite times are during their Christmas light show, in the fall during Oglebayfest, and the 4th of July fireworks, which they always hold on the 3rd. We also like to attend the Music Under the Stars event, when the Wheeling Symphony plays - and it ends with... you guessed it - fireworks. Yay! 

Those 2 nights of fireworks were great, but then came the actual Independence Day, and the best ones yet: the fireworks at Heritage Port in Wheeling, WV.

Oh my.


HUGE!!! Note the Oglebay photo above - it's cropped down to fit. Now note this one from Wheeling. No need to crop, it filled the whole frame! Over, and over, and over again. 

LOUD!!! Feel it in your chest loud. 

Beyond cool.

The Wheeling Symphony was also playing before the fireworks, but we didn't walk up far enough to see them. We saw a good spot on the lawn when we first got there, and went ahead and grabbed it. We could hear the symphony, so we were happy. And our spot turned out to be a great one. Yay!

Just before dark, the sky itself celebrated the day.

Check out the red, white and blue that Mother Nature provided! 
Plus 3 nights of perfect fireworks weather.

Comfortable evenings, slight breezes, clear skies.

Three nights to remember always.

God bless America. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How to Peel Farm Fresh Hard Boiled Eggs

I just posted a tip for peeling our farm fresh eggs when you hardboil them on our Facebook page, and thought I'd share it here as well.

It's really quite easy, once you know the trick. Someone told my husband this tip, and I would give them credit, if only I remembered who it was. Whoever you are - thank you!!!

Bring your water to a boil BEFORE putting the eggs in. Once the pan of water is boiling, gently lower the eggs into it one at a time, using a slotted spoon. Once all the eggs are in the water, put the lid back on, then bring the water back to a boil if it has stopped. Turn off the heat, and let them sit on the warm burner for 15 minutes or so. Pour off the water, replace it with cold, and let sit for a few minutes until the eggs are cool enough to handle.

That's it! The key is having the water boiling first. 

No idea why it works, but I'm so glad it does!

A couple days ago, I boiled 14 eggs. 12 peeled perfectly, 2 stuck just a little. These were fresh eggs. REALLY FRESH. From the hen to the water within a few hours. Yep. FARM FRESH! 

I know there are other tips out there that may work just as well. But I have no desire to add salt, or vinegar, or anything else to the water when all I need to do is bring it to a boil first. 

We sell our eggs in our shop, so if you are local, keep us in mind when you go egg shopping.

Our girls eat grass, and bugs, and worms, as nature intended.
Their grain is non GMO. 

And their eggs? They are delicious!!!

Grandma's Kitchen

There's something about vintage kitchenware... Sometimes we get something in, and I have no idea what it...