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Crazy Month of May, the First Chapter

I don’t even know where to begin. My daughter and I decided to have an Estate/Yard sale and for the entire month, we gathered, took pictures, priced, organized and prepared for the largest yard sale I’ve ever seen that was for one family. Of course, it was four generations of collections of one family, the Caldwells. It was a history of the Caldwell family that was taking up too much space and after watching my daughter dealing with my mother-in-laws estate and the clean-out of her house,  I decided I would not do that to my children after I’m gone.

We cleaned out my house, the Mansion, and the remains of what Heather and her Dad cleaned out of her grandmother’s “stuff” and had our sale on Saturday. It included, antiques from three or four generations ago, household items from our home, Heather’s home, my husband’s grandmother and aunt & uncle, and his grandfather and great-grandfather, tools, and we filled three entire rooms of the Mansion, the front  porch and the yard.

We advertised on Facebook, our personal email contacts and asked everyone to share the details. We did really well and I was blessed to see so many old friends and acquaintances including my Dad’s best friend, Bobby Rose.  What a treat to have him here on the farm.  There’s a wonderful family story behind this which I will share at a later date.

We worked the sale with the help of a very special friend, JoAnn, my granddaughter and one of her best friends.  We were too busy to take pictures during the day but I will share a few pictures of the treasures that left the farm.

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Wood cookstove in excellent  shape.

Wood cookstove in excellent shape.

Antique churn

Antique churn

Old toys

Old toys

quilts

quilts

Box after box of bottles, jars, insulators.

Box after box of bottles, jars, insulators.

Tool sharpener

Tool sharpener

Pottery

Pottery

Stoves of all sorts but we only sold two.  We still have propane, wood, wood/coal stoves.

Stoves of all sorts but we only sold two. We still have propane, wood, wood/coal stoves.

Bowl & pitcher

Bowl & pitcher

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This is just a teeny-tiny bit of what left the farm.  The rooms of the house were as full as we could get them.  It was a beautiful day and the cleanup has begun!!

Idea Book

I love to blog about things I make or decorate with and most of those ideas come from this book.

Journal of Ideas

Journal of Ideas

The book is almost three inches thick.

The book is almost three inches thick.

Indoor and outdoor projects.

Indoor and outdoor projects.

I started this one in October and it's almost full.

I started this one in October and it’s almost full.

Everything from decor, useful tools, and so much more.

Everything from decor, useful tools, and so much more.

There's enough ideas in this book to keep me busy the rest of my life and then some.

There’s enough ideas in this book to keep me busy the rest of my life and then some.

Ideas found on Facebook, Pinterest, and magazines I receive monthly.  I don't keep a lot of magazines anymore.  I copy the ideas I want to make and pass the magazines on to my daughter and she passes them on to her friends.

Ideas found on Facebook, Pinterest, and magazines I receive monthly. I don’t keep a lot of magazines anymore. I copy the ideas I want to make and pass the magazines on to my daughter and she passes them on to her friends.

Projects pasted into the journal.

Projects pasted into the journal.

Journal of Ideas #2

Journal of Ideas #2

Indoor and outdoor projects.

Indoor and outdoor projects.

My bookshelf is my keeping area for all of the project ideas.

My bookshelf is my keeping area for all of the project ideas.

As I pull ideas from the book I’ll post about them with details.  I sure hope this resolution proves to be beneficial to me and ideas for someone else.

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For several years I’ve been collecting dainty ladies hankerchiefs and my mom made sure I got some that belonged to my grandmother.  Some belonged to my husbands aunt and some I found at yard sales still in their original packaging.  I’m working on some ideas about using them in a quilt for my guest room.  This quilt would not be used a lot and the hankerchiefs will match the feminine decor in the guest room.  I may use some of them in a shadowbox as well.  I’ll probably continue collecting them for more future projects.DSCN5063

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The Man-Cave

I’ve made a few changes in our main living room.  A lot of our male friends that come to visit never go past the living room so I decided to make it more “male pleasing” with conversation pieces and moved all the frilly to our family room.  I wanted to keep it comfortable enough that anyone would enjoy sitting and talking without feeling like they were in a taxidermy shop.  Here’s what it looked like before:

 

Living room 3

Living room 3

Living room 2

Living room 2

Living room 1

Living room 1

 

It’s a small room but seats four comfortably and of course it has my crafty/country adornments.  I wanted to give the new look a more man-ly, outdoors look and to show off hubby’s trophy and pictures.  I started by taking out the “non-hunting” wall decor.

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The picture on the right is gone now too!  It’s hanging in the family room.

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN4681 I took all of the primitive dolls and floral piks away.

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DSCN4678I’ve decided now to wait until late spring to do any decorating in here so that I can paint the room a delicate ice blue to keep the room bright.  We also had a disaster with the woodstove and stove mat the night we finished the maple syrup.  Hubby’s last run to the sugar house produced about 6-8 more quarts of syrup so he emptied into a pot and filled the sugar pans with just clear water so the pans wouldn’t scorch.  He decided we would just let it cook off on the wood stove while we slept. At 4:00 a.m. I was awakened by the smell of burning sugar!!  Guess what??  It cooked into a rolling boil and out the pot it came, down on the top of the stove, down the sides of the stove and onto the stove mat when I found it.  Hubby was sound asleep from being up since 3:00 a.m. the previous morning so I let him sleep while I quickly carried the pot to the kitchen.  It took two rolls of paper towels to get it up and I ruined two metal spatulas scraping the burning syrup off of the stove.  The stove mat was ruined but I got all of the syrup off of the stove and think it will be polishable when I spring clean and paint.  I definitely have to get a new stove mat.

A new post will come as the “man-cave” makeover begins and ends.

My New Family Room

Now that the addition on the house is no longer a bedroom but a family room I’m working on creating a cozy family room.  It’s not a large space but it allows us to entertain in a cooler environment away from the wood stove in the main living area.    I want to keep it warm, friendly, country and “my style” and will turn the main living area into a man-cave type decor so that all of hubby’s friends that visit can sit around comfortably and admire his trophies and talk of old times.  The man really is a hunter first and farmer second.   The man-cave reveal will be in another post and today I’ll show what I have to work with and what I have completed so far.

It's a long narrow room with lots of light.

It’s a long narrow room with lots of light.

Exterior door that's not used much in the winter but open a lot in warm weather.

Exterior door that’s not used much in the winter but open a lot in warm weather.

This room is right off the kitchen with a large closet on the left that will store our winter coats and outer apparel of our guests.

This room is right off the kitchen with a large closet on the left that will store our winter coats and outer apparel of our guests.

There are two small windows on the south wall that let in lots of light.

There are two small windows on the south wall that let in lots of light.

Most all of that furniture has been removed and I’ve done the following arrangements for now.  I want to add lots of seating that’s easily arranged so that when little brother comes for weekend visits I can bring out a fold away bed or futon.

Clean walk through to kitchen.

Clean walk through to kitchen.

Entertainment center with lots of shelving and little nooks.

Entertainment center with lots of shelving and little nooks.

Seating for three so far.

Seating for three so far.

Shelving for our huge assortment of DVD's.

Shelving for our huge assortment of DVD’s.

Simple and warm but wait until I add my country touch to everything.

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View into room from kitchen.
View into room from kitchen.

 

Some rugs and wall decor makes a world of difference.  I want to add a futon or small sleep sofa and some hassocks because when the whole family is here, we need the seating.  Not too bad for  a country girl using hand me downs and years of family treasures!

 

Fabric eggs

I have a marvelous friend from Stockton Maryland that taught me how to do these pretty eggs.

Fabric eggs

Fabric eggs

I love using these for decorating for any season or just to be different decor.  They’re very easy to make and very inexpensive.

You need plastic, wood or styrofoam eggs,  white glue, brushes, scraps of fabric and wax paper lined tray or dish.  Take the fabric and snip into small pieces of fabric 1/2 – 1 inch in any shape you can cut.  I usually cut 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ strips but the smaller the pieces the easier it is to work with and won’t pucker.  Next, mix about a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of glue with enough water to make it easy to soak up in fabric.  Then you take a snip of fabric, lay it on the egg and brush with the glue mixture to soak good.  Lay the next piece of fabric on the egg and brush on more glue.  Continue doing this until the entire egg is covered.  Smooth out any bumps, wrinkle and blemishes and lay on waxed paper to dry.  Try not to soak the fabric with the glue or it’ll stick to the wax paper.  Think of a basket of pretty polka dot eggs, satin, stripes, endless choices.  Once they’re dry (I usually don’t move them for at least 24 -48 hours) place them in baskets, trays, whatever you want to use to decorate.  Simple and easy!!