Saturday, September 27, 2008
The first meeting of the Daughter's of the American Revolution, Lt. George Farragut Chapter, for this year got off to a bang with a delicious luncheon at the famed Coeur d' Alene Resort. For you MaryJanesFarm followers, it is across the street from the CdA Resort Mall where MaryJanes new store is.
The desert we were served at the was a warm chocolate pudding filled brownie sided by vanilla ice cream, drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce. Very rich and filling. I think the ladies at my table thought I was a bit 'buggy' for taking a photo of my lunch...but you bloggers understand, right?
I was asked to decorate for our first DAR meeting of the year last week. So I used so old bedsprings, added paper cones and filled them with excelsior American flags, a bell, small pinecone, pepperberries, and a stick of cinnamon. They turned out quite fun, if I do say so myself.
I am not a huge fan of Halloween...but I do enjoy the vintage pieces as they remind me of my childhood...of which we did not celebrate Halloween. That may make no sense, but at school we did Halloween projects and crafts, then at home we did a Harvest celebration. My daddy being a preacher...he felt that Halloween, as many still do, was too pagan. So we had church events on Halloween night where people did dress up, ate caramel apples, bobbed for apples, maybe had a campfire, gunnysack races and more. Now, don't feel sorry for me as the parties were every bit as fun as trick or treating...now that I look back at it. I am not so sure I felt that way as a kid...my mom did let us go around to a few neighbors houses to get our candy before we left for the party. I am sure we begged her, so before dad came home she indulged us in the early evening and let us go for a bit. I still get a tad of excitement when this time of year comes around, as if I were eight again, by the thought of it all. Silly, huh?
Anyhoo...the doll under glass is a Nicole Sayre creation, the paper black cat was given to me by Melissa Neufeld (Country Living contributor). The felt penny styled decoration with cats and pumpkins was found at a country gift store and is not new, but has a very vintage feel to it. Normally I would make this myself, but it was only $10.00 and it would have taken me several hours to make it...so I just bought it. The book is vintage and is about two crows.
Yeah, the wood pieces in this enamelware pitcher are from an old trunk I tore apart. I am saving them to be used somewhere, someday. The flowers came into the thrift shop and I thought they looked very realistic and so they are now a part of my fall decor.
I had a huge bowl of cherry tomatoes that I knew we could not eat up, so I decided to get out the dehydrator and try drying them. They came out great! So I will be doing more of this. My tomato plants did not do that well this year, so we have been able to get just enough for salads and sandwiches for Tim and I. We got the cherry tomatoes at a neighbors who moved away and left them. I have never seen such a huge amount of cherry tomatoes on so few plants...they are in clusters like grapes!
Saturday, September 06, 2008
The line of people waiting to get in to the Vintage Barn Antique Sale went all the way down to the parking lot this AM. We were barraged with customers all morning...which was great. It was a beautiful day for an outdoor sale.
Geri saw this mannequin as it was being brought in the gate by a Montana vendor as we were setting up. She saw it right away and bought it on the spot. I did not see it until this morning at the beginning of the show. It is wonderfully old and oozes charm. I was trying to talk her out of it(buy it off of her)...but she did not go for it!
This has to be my favorite band...Prairie Flyer...the lead singer, Jim, (center) has the most amazing voice. It is so perfectly blue grass. To me he sounds like he is singing in some high mountain hallow in Kentucky. Reminds me of the singing I heard as a kid...of course most of that was gospel. I have six CD's of theirs and listen to them often in my truck.
They did some strolling around and played for people. I thought this was nice, as we were pretty much stuck in our booth all day. Our booth is to the right in this photo.
Thanks, Prairie Flyer...great job!
I whipped these up one day this last week. Many people 'ohhd' and 'ahhd' head over them, but I think I only sold two or three. No surprise, people were at the antique show to buy "antiques." I think they will sell as Christmas gifts this fall. I had a price of $5.00 on them. They are made from thin pieces of wood.