Thursday, January 31, 2013

Farmgirls for Old Glory


Ranch Farmgirl, Shery, has written a blog post that I find to be inspirational. Shery has a way with words that is exceptional. Please read her blog Ranch Farmgirl, Daughters of America. My heart is saddened by the path our great nation is taking, and she expressed it very well.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Vintage Birthday Cards




I am sharing these 3 cute cards with you. It is my birthday today. I'm not sure my parents were rejoicing 61 yrs ago...they probably wanted a boy. I was a red haired girl child, tiny at 5 lbs 6-8 oz, and not very pretty. I have always liked my name, and am happy to be a middle child. I treasure each day, and am happy for my life..here in the USA, an American. Hubby made my waffles and bacon for breakfast. I have practiced my ukulele, strumstick, and guitar today. I went junking. I had chocolate chip cookies! The weather is frightful...normal on this day of the year. Dreaming of the vintage travel trailer that I will find...and of glamping in the summer.

Granny Chic


I want this book! The blog Bluebird Notes posted about this book today. She made a pretty floor mat from the directions in the book. There are several ideas in the book that appeal to me. Here is a link to Bluebird Notes so that you may enjoy her post.

Here is a link to the authors Blog - Dottie Angel

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I purchased a Toyota 4Runner!

via Toyota website
I knew that I needed a different vehicle to tow a vintage travel trailer. My Highlander had towing ability, but only to 2500 lbs...not enough. The local Toyota dealer had a 2011 4Runner with only 15,000 miles. It was a Certified Used Toyota, and that mean that the warranty is better than a new vehicle...7 years and 100,000 miles bumper to bumper with roadside assistance. The towing capacity is 5000 lbs...enough for what I need. The end of the story is that I traded in my Highlander for the 4Runner. I have started my quest for a vintage trailer, and I have my eye on a 1963 Aloha (made in Oregon) that has been restored. The gal who owns it and I are setting a date to see it.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Full Wolf Moon Tonight


I just learned about the names given to each full moon. Tonight is the Full Wolf Moon, the January moon. The namesake is of course the hungry wolves howling centuries ago. I am glad that I don't have that experience here. Goodnight to all of you.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Just Looking At Boots




I was in Portland last week. We were near the boot store off Interstate 84 going east, and I was curious to see what they had in fun styles. Most of the cell phone photos were blurry, but here are two to show you. Just look at the Wow in the top photo, at about $250 they were the most expensive. The red ones were Ariat, and price about $150. The Ariat boots were the most comfortable. I was only trying on, and had no purchasing in mind. The next time I buy boots....maybe I will go there. BTW, there were many cute boots in the smaller sizes...I'm a 10.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Learning to Play the Ukulele


I am teaching myself to play a tiny soprano ukulele. It is hard to finger chords on the small neck. Tonight, the local ukulele club has their once a week meeting. Some or most of the people are really into this hobby. This I know for sure...I am the only person there playing a $10 uke. They all have high quality tenor ukulele's...read expensive. Boy, those ukes sound great, and sure are pretty! I learned really quickly, and the thing is the chords are completely different from a guitar. I messed up by reverting to the guitar fingerings, sometimes. You know what, they are really welcoming and I had fun. I know that this club is good for me.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Follow Your Heart


This lovely artwork is by Brave Girl Taryn Pyle. She is selling these on etsy. She has only 100 and the price is $10. I love her work, it is beautiful! Here is her listing -
Believe in Yourself

A Pretty Blue Ukulele

I have been looking for a ukulele at thrift stores for several months. I found one of these! For $10, a great deal. I tuned it, and now the teaching myself begins. There is a Ukulele group in my small town, and you know that I will be attending their gatherings once a week. This is a fun activity and I am happy to be able to join.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Wishing to go Glamping


I went to a home show today that featured Sisters on the Fly. Three gals had their vintage trailers on display and I was excited to see everything. I found out that there are many local gals that are active members and camp together several times each year. I also want to join the Farmgirls on the Loose, who do the same thing. I think that the community of like minded gals is a good thing for me.



The obstacle is a light trailer to use. Hubby and I own a large travel trailer - cabin on wheels. The trailer is large, very nice and heavy. It takes a large pickup to haul. BTW, hubby will not be separated from his Toyota Tundra. I want something light and just right for me. My SUV is outfitted with a towing package, so it has the capability. Hum...wish me luck. If you any of you are active members I would love to hear from you.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Vintage McCoy Pitcher


I was out junking again, my weakness.......I found this vintage 1930 - 1940 pottery pitcher. The price was too much, even at the thrift store. I like to get bargains, Yes, I like my collection to be reasonably priced. I went home and looked for this unmarked pitcher in my McCoy Pottery Book. I had a hunch about it....there were two sizes of this ball pitcher. Book value was about $40-$80. The thrift store put it on 1/2 off sale this week...and of course I got it for a good price. Yippy! A great addition to my USA Pottery collection, and it looks very pretty in the green corner cupboard with all the other colored pottery.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Reclining Loveseat for My Sitting Room - Flower Power!

Wow, shockingly fun!

Like a flower garden!

Big Flowers!
Today, I took hubby to the furniture store. It is high time to fix up the man cave. We needed 2 recliners, large enough for a man and a dog to share one. He liked a deep maroon fabric in the large recliners, and a small table to put between them. The mission was accomplished....very good. These are made by a famous recliner company. I have been considering a new loveseat for my sitting area off the kitchen. I like this style, and both sides recline independently. I like bright colors in that area of my home (there are many bright, primary colors there). I am thinking of these patterns of floral fabric. The extra price is not worth it....so I think that I like a dark red one...with some vibrant pillows. That is the more practical way to do it. BTW, the bottom photo shows my favorite one. Are you shocked? Are you too bored with tans, browns, etc?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Online Art Classes with Brave Girls Club

Melody Ross - the Teacher




Brave Girls Club starts a brand new, first time offered class, next week. I am excited to be starting the class. This class is called Wings...it is about making art of butterflies, winged things (think boots and hearts) and birds. There are 6 lessons, released every two weeks. The fun thing is that this class is very low priced at $99. I like that I can choose to do all the lessons or only the ones that I really like. This is something fun to do during the long winter here...and I can stay right here in my cozy studio. If you think that you might be interested, check it out Brave Girls Club Wing Sessions

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Listening for Your Wisdom

Brave Girls Club


Listen to your yourself, be gentle, kind, and take care of yourself.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Vintage California Hand Prints Tablecloth




Photos from Ebay Listing
Sis and I went on a small junking trip yesterday, we only went to 2 stores. I purchased this great tablecloth at Goodwill for $3.50. I have a love of vintage textiles, especially vintage print tablecloths. I  like bright colored ones. This one has a tag on it still. It is a California Hand Print. The age is probably 1950's, guessing from the design. I did a little research online. It is said to be hard to find...I don't know...really. It has a few spots to be removed and a tiny hole along the edge. I will use it for the Dutch Oven cooking potlucks, to put on a picnic table. I love it get compliments on these fun vintage finds.