Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vintage Thanksgiving Turkey Shakers

Today I got out my box of vintage ceramic turkey shakers, and some larger turkey figures. How many do I have? There are enough shakers to fill a large shoe box. I have been buying them at Goodwill for a number of years...I only find them with the thanksgiving stuff, this time of the year. The price is right...very inexpensive.

I used to decorate a very large table for Thanksgiving dinner, and all the turkeys fit nicely along the center...with candles and a floral display.

I managed to create a flock of turkeys onto a platter, and put the rest around the autumn themed living room.

I am going to reduce the decorations for fall, and Halloween. These are staying with me....after is just a shoe box full.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Vintage Kitchen Tools Wreath

The past week I have been thinking about doing something fun with my vast collection of vintage kitchen tools, and spice tins. I want something that is not seasonal, and shows off these thing in a unique way. I did a search on pinterest and found several ideas. I like this wreath! Now I have to look for a large square frame, twig wreath, grapevine wreath, ...or ?  Maybe something round that I could add chalkboard paint in the center, for a fun idea.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Old Scrapbook Cover Reused

I reused this old scrapbook cover for the cover of my Soul Book 2017. I cut it down to the size I wanted....I made sure to center this wonderful cover on the front. I have a few vintage scrapbooks on hand to upcycle into crafts. I also have a few old books with interesting covers to reuse. I even made a handcrafted book cover into a Kindle cover.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

My Soul Book 2017

I have been creating a new Soul Book with Brave Girls Club online and Facebook pages. I thought that I would share some of it with you.

I started with an old scrapbook cover, that I cut down to the right size. I followed the instructions and made the pages out of cardboard. I covered the pages with all kinds of papers, that I glued down with a glue stick. The edges were covered with strips of paper. Some tape was used for the binding areas.

I was a bit perplexed about starting to fill the pages. However, I have been cutting out ideas and saving them for this kind of book for a couple of years. I worked with my favorites, and had a book before I knew it. I am pleasantly surprised with my personal book.

Please enjoy looking at these pages.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I am camera shy...

I am camera shy. Why? Most all photos of me are terrible. I played around with my computer camera, and took this pic. I think that it is pretty good. I am surprised. Hum.... this is what 65 looks like. Not terrible...really. Next week I am going to allow my Dermatologist do a treatment on my face. I am an ongoing skin cancer patient. I had my first cancer, melanoma, very near my left eye...over 20 years ago. I see my derm every year, and always have cryo treatments on my face. She told me that this treatment would be very good for me. It will remove the tiny spots of future cancers and even out my skin tone. The recovery is going to be pretty long, there will be lingering red skin for up to two months. Wish me well.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

My foot pain

I finally went to my doctor to get a referral for physical therapy for my left foot. The Plantar Fasciistis is stubborn and I need help.  She suggested that I get one of these for icing my foot. It is a good device. My appointments are a week away, and my foot hurts terribly. I immediately got one of these and starting using it as prescribed. I am getting relief, my foot pain is less and the swelling is down. If you or someone you know has the same problem....this is highly  recommended by me.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Ideas for Vintage Planters

I am a thrifter, junker, and I am always thinking of ideas to use things in new ways. I do have a McCoy planter collection. I collect mostly this white color, the clay is a white color...and they used a clear glaze. The pieces will often have crazing, or crackling inside the planter. These are used for office items and storing of small things. I think that this is a good idea, business cards, paper clips, pens, pencils, and other items.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Daily Positive - Nov 1

I came across this website a few days ago. I like it, and wanted to share with everyone on my blog. This post of 10 powerful positive perspectives is very good.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Prairie Flower

Well, I sorta forgot that I didn't all the photos on the blog. Here is the last 2017 photo.  The bed area is difficult to photograph because it is a little dark inside. The area is both table and benches, and the bed. I decided to forgo the table and make a fabulous sleeping area. The bed is about a 3/4 full size...meaning it is really small for two people. That is OK, there is enough room for me and all these pillows. I made a duvet cover with the same fabric that the curtains are made from...(came with the trailer) and use a down alternative comforter. The foam bench cushions are not very comfortable, so I have two pillow toppers that are twin size stacked. I made the bed with vintage pink floral sheets that I found, they were still in the original packaging. The pillows are an eclectic mix that have down inserts. The upper bunk is used for storage, I have most anything that I might need inside the trailer. Note the two LED lanterns hanging above the bed...I don't bother with a battery, I use LED battery lights...or solar lights. The entire girly decor works for me...and it keeps the man from wanting to use it. The funny thing is that all his friends are curious and ask me if they can see the inside. It makes me smile when I show off my 1963 Aloha trailer.

The trailer is inside our shop building, and I have no worry about it getting wet and leaking. I put my chairs, coolers, umbrellas, and water jugs inside. They stay clean inside and I do keep track of my stuff that way. There is no water, and I don't need to worry about anything freezing. It is snug and secure, but if a place to sleep is wanted...there are many things to move inside the trailer. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

I Love Getting a Good Pedicure!

This topic seems so silly and trivial to be discussing on my blog. The truth is that since I started getting professional pedicures....I am addicted. There will be no more DIY unless it is desperately needed. I really love the foot massage. The place that I go has massage chairs too. 

I started getting Pedicures because 1. It is difficult to do myself. 2. My vision is pretty bad at that distance, even with glasses.

My left foot is giving me a bout of very painful Plantar Fasciistis. I am barely able to limp/walk on my left foot. It is very painful, on the bottom of the foot and heel, because the fascia tears. My home treatment is not it will be physical therapy for me.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Soul Book

Brave Girls Club is offering a free course where anyone can get the online class at no cost. There are downloads available, and video lessons. They have made the class very easy to follow and to make the experience great. Here is the link to the class.

I have my craft items together and will begin ASAP. I have an old scrapbook cover on hand and I will cut it down to create my covers. I already ran into a problem, I cannot cut the scrapbook covers...I think that it is going to call for a very sharp crafting knife, or chop saw.  The entire book will be uniquely my personal creation. 

The weather is really great here, and I am doing yard work...trimming back many plants to prepare for winter, and planting tulips for spring.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Is This You?

Absolutely Me!

I do not cuss, it is not ladylike.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Rain Chain

I finally got a rain chain for a downspout on the house. The area has been a long standing problem for us. The roof drains sometimes cannot handle the water flowing. The gutters run over frequently. We have tried to keep it cleaned out, but it is an ongoing situation. After several years of  talking with the man about changing to a rain chain....he finally gave in. I suggested that we try one for a month or so...and see if a rain chain will be a better situation...he decided to let me purchase one and give it a good chance to handle the water. I can return it in the event the chain does not work.

I got one that is like this one, and we installed it yesterday. Today and for several more days we are getting heavy rain. I want to say that it is working fine right now. I am thinking about the bottom of it should be anchored somehow, maybe with a rock to keep the wind from blowing it around. Maybe I could put a few small rocks in the last watering can?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Your Happiness needs No Excuses


And finally – you don’t owe anyone an explanation for following your heart and doing what brings you joy.
But if you do feel obligated to respond, your happiness is reason enough. You don’t need to explain yourself any further.
You are important, your feelings are important, and your dreams are important.
Remember that
It seems to me that doing and being the person who follows their heart is enough. Then......why do others want me to explain it?
Why do you play the ukulele?
Why do you enjoy the experiences of being alone?
Why don't you hangout with a group?
Why do you fill a room with the things that bring you joy?
Why do you like the Brave Girls Club, and attend their events?
Why don't you follow the man around like a third leg? 
The expectations of others is not the way I want to live. I want to live these years following my wishes, wants, and have happiness!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hull Pottery Pitcher and Shakers

Via Pinterest

I was out and about....junking is my hobby. I found this cute Hull pitcher....but not the shakers. I have not be able to find out much with my research. I think that these are 1950's era. They are a heavy pottery made with white clay. The pitcher joins my mid-century USA pottery collection...and is one of the few items with decorative hand painted flowers on them.

I have been planting tulips for next spring. I did get my garlic planted a few days ago. The patio umbrellas, rugs, chairs and decorative items are put away until next spring. The pool has been cleaned and prepped for the winter. There are more things to be done, pruning and removing dead foliage and plants.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Outdoor Ukulele for Me

This fine Outdoor Ukulele is the Tenor that I selected. Why should I try to impersonate a wood ukulele? Let everyone see that I am playing a plastic ukulele. Enjoy the uniqueness, and let others see it. I put the extra sticker on the body of the Uke. A light weight plastic green case goes well, and makes a nice light combination. The great thing is that this combination can take heat and cold. I can leave it inside Prairie Flower year-around, with no problems.

This is the Moonshine Nickel Tenor Outdoor Ukulele. 

This instrument sounds great and is easy and comfortable to play. I decided to get a low G string, because I really like the sound of the tuning. I think that I will make my own strap, it will be an easy craft project.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Prairie Flower Pics 2017 - #2

Well, OK, it is blurry, I am sorry about the poor quality of this photo. This is the kitchen area at the back of my 1963 Aloha. I love the birch paneling, not painting it ever! The door is on the left side and is open to let extra light inside. The right side is the closet door that you saw in the last post. The stove has an oven that does not work. I store stuff in there. I do have a turquoise stove in the shop to restore and it will look pretty in here.

There is a vintage red polka dot enamel tea kettle, several mugs, and floral bowl in this photo.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Prairie Flower Pics 2017 - #1

I know that many of you would like to get a tour of Prairie Flower. She is pretty plain on the outside. The interior is completely different...I have made the trailer into my personal retreat. I like a Retro, Boho, Gypsy, and Camping look. How does that combine? Please take a look...and remember I change things around frequently. I am a junker, and I find things to put to use in my trailer....

This is the back corner, and opposite the outside door. Kitchen area, and this is the door to the closet, storage, and porta potty area. I believe that the stove and mirror are the original 1963 fixtures.

More to come..............

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kelly Rae Roberts gets a new tiny studio

Kelly Rae posted about her new studio today. She built it in the backyard of her Portland Oregon home. It is about 8' x 10'...very small. If you are interested in her blog post with many photos and narrative, I recommend that you take a look. There are many ideas to see.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Outdoor Ukulele made in Bend, Oregon

I spent several days in the Bend Oregon area and met the couple who make these ukuleles themselves. I called them and asked if they would allow me to stop by their workshop (not store) and see their Ukuleles. They agreed to see me and possibly sell one of their ukes. 

She is holding a Soprano Ukulele.

Their workshop is attached to their home. It was fun to talk with them and have them show me the process they use to make their unique Ukulele.  They make only 2 sizes, Soprano and Tenor. The colors are Moonshine, Bottle Brown, and Forest Green. 

I tested the 2 sizes, both are nice. The plastic material is extremely well made and  sturdy. The plastic can handle outdoor weather, cold and heat. These can be left in a very cold or very hot auto with no problem. They can actually be cleaned in a dishwasher or shower. They are great for schools because they are cleaned easily. Hospitals allow patients to have them after a good cleaning in the dishwasher.

I thought that the sound is excellent. I like the Tenor size, because it is larger and the strings are slightly farther apart. I find it is easier to finger the chords.

Have you guessed if I bought one of their Ukuleles? Is a plastic, made in the USA Ukulele for me? Why would I want one? The ones that they had available were the ones that they use for photo shoots. More to come...

All these photos are from the website.

Monday, October 2, 2017

One is Silver and the Other Gold

I remember the Girl Scout song...Make new friends but keep the old, One is silver and the other gold.

Those golden friendship that have lasted a long time are the best. Friends that have known me since those college days are very special.

I do have the need for new friends, women who share my ideas, hobbies,
adventures,  and values...that live near me. Next step? Outreach! 

Queen of your own life

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Prairie Flower is taking a Trip

Here I am, on the road with Prairie Flower (this photo was taken July 2017). This road is the South Cascades Scenic Byway, about a one hour drive from my home. I drove over a mountain pass on Oregon Hwy 58, and the Central Oregon location is beautiful.

Now that the weather is going to be very nice...I am going out again This will be the last camping trip of 2017. I am meeting some friends at La Pine State Park. The campground is open with the electric hookups available. There are nice restrooms with showers.

I hope to have some nice photos to share and details about my few days of play next week. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Outlander by Gil Adamson

I just finished reading this book. I enjoyed this book enough to share it with you. The title was strange I thought, with the series of books called Outlander that are wildly popular and on TV now. It was interesting story and good to read...and hard to put down.

This book is written by a woman, Gil Adamson.

I read quite a lot, and don't often share the books with you. I give this one 2 thumbs up and 5 stars.

A Preview of the book-
In 1903 a mysterious young woman flees alone across the West, one heart-pounding step ahead of the law. At nineteen, Mary Boulton has just become a widow—and her husband's killer. As bloodhounds track her frantic race toward the mountains, she is tormented by mad visions and by the knowledge that her two ruthless brothers-in-law are in pursuit, determined to avenge their younger brother's death. Responding to little more than the primitive fight for life, the widow retreats ever deeper into the wilderness—and into the wilds of her own mind—encountering an unforgettable cast of eccentrics along the way. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Raining Today

from Pinterest
The University of Oregon is my school, so I couldn't resist this pic of the football stadium to show you.  The long, dry weather has finally changed to rain. It rained about 2 1/2" over a few days, here on the farm. This weather will slow down the wildfires around us. 

This rain may start the fall mushroom crop. I look forward to hunting and collecting the Chanterelle mushroom. This mushroom is very good fresh, and I dry them to use throughout the year.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Vintage Enamelware Again

I would think with all my junking, flea markets, antique store and fairs....that I would have found 2 plates like this one. I did get a mug about two years ago. The plates are a hard find, I am wanting 2 10" floral plates...meanwhile I have 2 plastic plates to use. I don't want to use any glass in Prairie Flower, rough rides do break things. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mini Electric Fireplace

from Juli Thorson

One of the Girl Camping women, Juli Thorson, shared her mini fireplace electric heater on facebook. It is a tiny fireplace that puts out enough heater for a small vintage travel trailer. It sits on the kitchen stove, decorated as you wish. They cost about $50 on-line. I would like to get one to use in Prairie Flower, when I have electricity in the fall, or cold spring. I imagine that sleeping with this glowing would be terrific. Cute!!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Under the Boardwalk

A fun little song to learn on the ukulele. Love!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Enamelware Bowl

Look at this great vintage bowl, it is 9" in diameter. The great thing is that it is perfect for Prairie Flower, my vintage 1963 Aloha trailer.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Air is Clean!

The sky is clean and good to breathe!  I am happy to be able to open windows and enjoy the outdoors. The fire danger is still extreme, so the lovely air may be only temporary. Love it right now!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Living in Smoke Part 2

It just rained 1/2 inch, but in terms of wildfire....that is not much. The forests probably just got a little damp, and that doesn't change the potential of fire very much.  However, right now I don't expect any fires for a few days...until next week when the high temperatures are back in the 90's.

I have a plan. I am hooking up my trailer to the 4-Runner. Prepping for the potential of a fire near here. There is enough space for some valuables, and important papers. I can fit in the stuff that I need, and for Radar (Lab). I will park the tractor and other car in an area near the barn, where there is nearly bare ground.

Next, I make a list of the things to put into a suitcase, insurance, computer, photos, jewelry, hand gun, etc. Most of the important stuff is in the gun safe.

Now that I have said this...the situation for my home is that it is well prepared in the event of a fire. The officials have been here (3 yrs ago) and evaluated the ability to defend the structures. The officials told us that our property was the best to defend of all they evaluated. That is a relief!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Living in Smoke

It has now been over a month that I have been living in thick, sickening, forest fire smoke. It will not be over until the fall rains begin in earnest. The air pollution is very is rated in the very unhealthy level. The visibility is sometimes so poor, it is hard to see more than 1/4 mile. I am at home taking care of the farm.  I stay indoors most of the time. The fire danger is extreme, it is so.... dry, and hot. 

There are fire fighters from all over the USA here and I wonder if they will be able to do much. When forest fires get this huge, the men and women are busy saving homes and structures. They protect communities and important places. 

I personally spent one summer as a fire fighter, it was very difficult work...I could not handle breathing the smoke. One time I spent 3 days in a row in thick smoke. It was terrible, and never again did I do any of that work. Yes, I had respiratory problems result and went to get medical care.

I am starting to feel the affects of smoke, it is like smoking cigarettes all the time according to my Doctor. I am beginning to cough and have throat issues.

I want to hang sheets outside, but they will just smell like a campfire. I have been doing things at home. I have been sorting my clothes for donation to a thrift store...I actually found a pair of shoes under my chest of drawers. The funny thing is that I don't remember them...surprise...into the donation pile.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Treadle Sewing Machine Base

Today's junking adventure was rewarding. I found an old cast iron treadle sewing machine base for cheap. I want to use it outdoors as a potting table. It is shorter than this one, so I think that a wood frame to add some height, and maybe I can find a thick chunk of wood for the top, or a big flat rock of some kind for the top. I want to be able to leave it outdoors year around. I will see what turns up...I will make something with this.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I Heart Sunflowers!

I went out to the garden today...I always check the garden to see if there is any problem to deal with. I saw that I have a heart shaped sunflower. I got a pic to share with you. It was extremely smokey from the forest fires near here. UGH.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

I have my solar eclipse glasses and I hope that the sky is clear so that it visible at the farm. We are having trouble with forest fire smoke.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Mowgli's - I'm Good (Lyric Video)

I'm Good

I love this song, it makes me happy to hear it and sing along. Here are the Ukelele chords for everyone. I am going to learn to play this song!

The Mowglis - I'm Good (Ukulele Chords)

capo 5 

Intro: C G D Em 

        C                            G 
I'm good, I'm good, I'm good, I'm good 
Living life just like I should 
Wouldn't change it if I could 
I'm good, I'm good, I'm good 

C                                G 
Trying to figure out who I am 
Or who I'm supposed to be 
Feel good about where I stand 
So I can make the most of me-I'm 
Coming back down from space 
A million miles away 
There's a lot of love in this place 
(Oh) And I'm just trying to say 


You only live once 

I'm good with myself 

I'm there for my friends 
Til the very end 

You only live once 

I'm good with myself 

I'm there for my friends 
Til the very end 

I wanna see another love revolution 
G                                   D 
Find a way to be a better person 
If we come together like we should 
We could all be good 


  C          G          D          Em                  
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  |||o       ||o|       ||||       ||o|     
  ||||       ||||       ||||       oo||     
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

SUNJOE - A new garden tool

I saw this battery operated garden tool in Country Gardens Magazine. I thought that this would be a good addition to my gardening tools. I searched online and at garden centers for a tool much like this one.  There just are not many to select from. I decided to buy this one because it doesn't weight as much as the other one.

I have been hand trimming the lavenders and other perennials, it is lengthy (time wise), and hand and wrist tiring situation. I needed some tool to make the situation better.

My new SUNJOE just arrived and I charged it yesterday. Today, I trimmed some plants.  I am impressed with the ease and handling of this tool. It has not had much hard use, so I hope that it will stand a test of time.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Navajo Cuff Bracelet

Do you like it?
Wow, it is beautiful and vintage. 
Would you wear it?

This beautiful vintage cuff bracelet is now mine, and I will wear it often, and enjoy the wonderful pleasure it brings me. I am a little quirky that way...

I had planned to go to a Vintage Faire at Brownsville Oregon....but it was just too hot. I went junking - antique(ing) instead, an interesting hobby.

The Pacific Northwest has been in the middle of a heat wave. It has been much hotter then normal (100 to 105), and is terrible. Forest fires are burning and growing very large, the smoke is bad.  The air is bad, so much smoke that I don't go outside much. The garden and patio plants are begging for water. I put out extra water for the honeybees. I put out a small water trough that is used for the baby calves....for deer and other wildlife that passes by.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

1927 Lynn Bouge Hunt Print

Lynn Bouge Hunt, 1927 print
 I have begun shopping for Christmas.  I have been finding this type of vintage art for Hubby. Mine is not the magazine cover, however I know that she did this painting by 1927. I may have a 90 year old print. The colors are not this intense in my print, my print is much clearer and is embossed adding dimension. This will be a great addition to the man cave. I happen to have a nice vintage frame to use with the print.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Vintage Fruit Chalkware Collection

I have been collecting the 1940-1950's fruit chalkware for about 15 years. What is chalkware? It is a plaster of paris material formed in molds, and painted by workers for inexpensive American decorating.  There are many subjects and forms of this art. It was often a fair game prize, or a cute little item at the 5 and dime store. 

I have been collecting them for about 15 years...I have not added to my collection for 3-4 years. I haven't seen any in good condition, and very few anyway. 

The collection started when I saw a huge garage sale, and saw one of these fruit plaques. It was new, still in the gift box...never used. That started the search for these things. I get them here and there, sometimes I get one as a gift, sometimes I run across one at a thrift store.

I found this pear plaque at the Salvation Army in Moscow, Idaho, for $1.89. This is an amazing price for an item like this...BTW, in Oregon the price would have been much higher. 

I have now completed the collection. There are about 30 fruit plaques decorating above my kitchen cabinets.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Catmint - I love it!

I wrote a blog post in May 2017, about Catmint, and that I planted several of these blue flowering mints. I have been enjoying the plants ever since. The deer have not eaten it, and it is flowering beautifully all summer. It is a keeper! The winter will be another test to see if the plants are still thriving next spring.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Yummy Fruit Dip!

I found this recipe in my email yesterday, and I am going to make it this week, when the extreme record breaking (110) heat hits the Pacific NW Oregon.

from Sugar Pie Farmhouse

The Yummiest & Easiest Fruit Dip!


One of my family’s favorite go-to party snack or dessert is a bowl of fresh strawberries with this classic fruit dip! It’s pure bliss! It tastes like cheesecake only creamier! It’s perfect for picnics, BBQ’s, family get-togethers or if you’ve got a sweet tooth and you want something fast.
The best part (besides tasting so scrumptious) is that it’s so easy to make! Just two ingredients!!

Just whip together with an electric mixer or food processor:
1 jar of Marshmallow Creme and 1 tub (12 oz.) of Cream Cheese!
That’s it!  Keep it chilled until ready to serve.
Here’s some extra ideas for you!
You can add orange zest to spice it up
You can use Strawberry Cream Cheese
If you want it sweeter you can add a tablespoon of powdered sugar

from -

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Vintage Bauer Pottery USA

Vintage Bauer Pottery, made in the USA, in S. California..... and they are still in business today.

I collect the Mid- Twentieth century pottery. I do like the bright, fun, and wonderful colors. Bauer is in my collection, although my knowledge is limited.
I found this little gem, a creamer, at my local thrift store for under $2. It has an old Bauer mark on the base. The creamers are useful...I serve salad dressings in them, and they are cute small gravy boats. They will hold the small serving bags of sugar.

Here is a useful bit of information, when shopping and collecting the pottery, check the weight...old pottery is usually heavier than newer items. I find that many items do not have a makers mark. If the item has USA on the is old. Modern items only have paper tags, or the standard ink type marker.

I also look at the color, there were only certain colors used at that time.