Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wedding fun

I can't seem to get the time lately to take pictures, let alone upload them and write about them in a blog post. Maybe once the garden is in..........

In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy a couple wedding tidbits that make me smile every time I see them...

The first one I ran across on Pinterest. It cracks me up every time I see it:

Those guys nailed it in impersonating a bunch of girls, didn't they? Love it!!!

And the JK Wedding Entrance Dance? You've probably seen it before on YouTube, but it's worth another look. And if you haven't seen it, get ready for a real treat. I smile all the way through it...then when Jill makes her appearance....well....I choke up every time. 

Our son's wedding is coming up this summer, so weddings are definitely on my mind!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A week flies by

Wow, just realized it's been almost a week since my last post. What happened to the past week?

A new baby in the family! Welcome to the world Lydia! (our nephew's baby)

Buying 6 calves.

Digging out the garden, and turning it into raised beds.

Trying to find the flower gardens. Slow going....

Researching and buying a Sihlouette machine. See why here

Crafting any chance I got.

And no pictures yet of any of it! Too busy to aim a camera.

Oh, and I almost forgot - nursing poison ivy and hay fever. The joys of summer.

Got to go, the Sihlouette machine is calling.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Crocheted butterfly

Isn't she pretty?

I bought a box of doilies at an auction a couple years ago. When I went through them at home, I was excited to find this butterfly among them!

I wanted to frame her, but didn't have anything big enough. Every once in a while, I'd get a bigger frame, ane would try, but it was never quite right. Last week, I was going through some of the frames I had at the store for sale, and saw this one. Aha! Finally found it!

It's hard to get a good picture of something under glass at the store. I get more reflections of the lights than anything else. So, I decided to just take a picture of it in our yard. In real life, the butterfly doesn't have reflections of trees around it like you see here. Nice touch though, don't you think?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

My Word Association

4th of July...fireworks
My dad's birthday...watermelon
My mom's birthday...angel food cake

Mother's Day...


and Impatiens

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there.
And also to the many women who don't have children,
but who have taken an active part in a child's life.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Damage from a hit and run driver

The shop is closed on Monday & Tuesday, so after I left on Saturday, I wasn't back in till yesterday... Wednesday. This is what greeted me:

This is the back of our store building. The steps lead up to the second floor. The concrete wall is a fire wall between us and the bar next door.

As you can see, someone hit it from the bar side, knocking the concrete blocks over onto our stairs.

The bottom landing and the steps coming down from it are destroyed. We can see a little damage on the main steps, but we're hoping they are still stable. We won't know for sure till we get the blocks moved today.

The worst part? It was a hit and run. We have no idea who did it. Though we have a very good idea of where they came from.

The only people who park back there are people who go to the bar. It only holds a car or two, it's not a customer parking lot.

As the police officer who came said, "it never ends."

We think it happened Sunday night, judging on when a couple other people saw the damage.

What made the powers that be in Moundsville think it was a grand idea to have several bars in the main shopping district is beyond me. Granted, they were established years ago. I've heard that on the rare event one closes, they don't allow another to open. But they never seem to close completely down, they just change hands and keep on going.

I could recite many stories of the problems they have caused, as could the other shop owners on the Avenue. Stories that would make you sick to your stomach, so I won't recite them here.

I don't drink, so you can imagine how irritating all the bars are to me. Many of the shop owners do drink socially, but they too have had it up to here.

If only I had the money to buy all the bars on the Avenue (and the one on the street behind us too). We'd have several more shops, and a lot less trouble.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Country Life = Perfect timing

Katie's (our soon to be daughter-in-law) mother and sisters had a bridal shower for her in her hometown last weekend. We enjoyed getting a chance to know her family better, and seeing where she grew up.

They opened the shower by going around the room, and having all the ladies say who they were, and how they know Katie. A nice touch, especially for me and Jessica since we didn't know most of the ladies there.

The introductions went around the room, till it got to Katie.

She laughed and said, "I'm Katie, and I'm marrying Kevin".

And from out in the hallway we hear:

"And I'm Kevin."

And in he came, carrying a bouquet of flowers for his bride.

Say it all together now....."awwww".

You know how sometimes you see something, and you think "that had to be staged"?

It wasn't. He had the flowers, and was very nervous about how to walk in on a shower to surprise her with them. He had just got there, had walked down the hall, and heard what was going on. He waited a minute, and when he heard Katie's voice, he knew he had his moment.


Way to go Kevin!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Doors turned into coat hangers

One of these days, I'll remember to take before pictures. But this isn't one of those days.

After the 2 doors were finished, I did think to at least turn one over and show the back. That gives a good idea of what it looked like. The doors are the modern presswood - you know - the furniture that comes in a box with a handful of screws. Bookcases, entertainment centers, etc.

I picked the doors up on a junkin' trip, having no idea what I would do with them.

I still didn't know when I laid them out on sawhorses, but then it hit me.
Coat hangers.

The first one is barn red, with family and friends written out in what used to be the windows. I left the glass in, and mod podged wallpaper onto the glass.

On the second one, I used a garden theme wallpaper border. I think it would look great in a mudroom. Please excuse the blurry picture. I really need to get a new camera.

The hooks don't show up real well, but there are 3 coat hooks on each one. They are rather heavy since they still have the glass in them, and I don't have a spot in the store to hang them, thus they are just propped against the counter in the store for the photos.

I love how they came out! From modern junky presswood to distressed country!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

No photos - phooey

I tried to upload photos for a new post, and couldn't. Seems I'm out of free storage space for photos. Well....phooey.

I tried to purchase a storage plan, and couldn't. Seems there was a technical error. Probably has something to do with this veerrry slooowww hi-speed internet service we have at home. Costs us $107 a month, and is so slow it often won't process orders etc.

So, I'll have to order more storage space when I go into the store, where the hi-speed is actually hi-speed. At $65 a month.

Oh...if we could only get the hi-speed cable we have at the store in our home too! But, it's not available there.


I didn't get very much crafting done on my 3 days off. Usually 2 of those days are filled with crafting, but this time, they were filled with cleaning up outside and in our garage. Both were getting extremely out of hand. Both were beyond my control. Both were jobs that required George's help.

He had 2 days off, and he was in the mood to tackle the jobs. Hallelujah!

We got busy. We got dirty. We got lots done.

Lots still to do. But lots done.

I'm publicly thanking my wonderful husband for all his help.

I'll think I'll keep him.

Switching Gears to an Occasional Shop

For a loooooooooong time, I have wanted to switch our shop to an occasional shop. Until yesterday, we were open 5 ...