Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Marriage Proposal

My son came home from college the end of July.  He planned to spent the next five months living at home and working to save money for his next year of schooling.  At college he had been dating a beautiful, sweet gal from Indiana.  By October he had decided to ask her for her hand in marriage, but he needed a special but cost efficient way to do so. 

He decided that the small green house that sits on the west side of the house could be just the perfect place.  

Cedar 4x4's were placed on the dirt for support.  He then purchased pine planks to screw down on the cedar posts making a sturdy walk-way and an area big enough for a small table and chairs.

After the floor was stained and dry, he and his younger brother raided my stash of vintage linens and hung them strategically, creating a romantic spot for a proposal.

He spent a couple of hours sanding and repainting the old vintage metal patio chairs.  Then rummaged through my material stash to find the right fabric to cover the original, old, ripped, blue vinyl chair seats.

Wanting to hang one of my vintage brass and crystal chandeliers, but deciding the roof wouldn't hold the weight, he attached this wall sconce instead.

A wonderful dinner was cooked and served by his younger brother all decked out in a tuxedo, and a sparkly silver sash and bow tie.

By the way she said, "YES" and we are so excited to add her to our family!

This summer we will hook on our 1965 Vintage Avion camp trailer and head cross country to Indiana for a wedding reception. I can hardly wait!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fall Art Festivals

I loaded up my vintage trailer, left instructions for the last of the year's CSA deliveries with my husband and boys, gathered up all my art supplies and hit the road for a wonderful couple of weeks spent hiking and painting in some of the most beautiful scenery available.  I attended 2 festivals, one in Escalante and the other in Moab.

I saw this old Chevy sitting in a yard in Torrey, Utah.  I stopped and quickly painted it in watercolor. Someone purchased it, I hope it was an old Farmer and it reminded him of one of his old trucks. 

One afternoon artists were invited to a beautiful yard owned by one of the art patrons.  I painted this waterfall.  Loved the bright blue pot.

Sitting in the parking lot of a local church, I quickly captured the majestic vista.  Using bold strokes and colors I was able to simplify the details.  This painting sold just 10 minutes after the art show opened.

One competition of the Moab festival is a downtown paint out.  The artists pick a spot and have a time frame of 2 hours to complete a painting.  One of my fellow artists across the road painted me, painting.


 Here is my quick painting inspired by some fellow window shopping.

I stopped at my friend DONNA'S booth at the local farmers market in Escalante.  We go way back, I first met her years ago when we both had booths in another market.

Some of Donna's beautiful, organic produce.

Of course I stopped in at the local thrift store!

Spending a couple of weeks in my 1965 vintage trailer, hiking and painting in the great outdoors is so wonderfully rejuvenating.

Thanks to all those who work so hard to make the Festivals a great success.  As always I had an amazing time!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Beautiful Reflections

This beautiful mirror resides on top of my old antique dresser.  I make them out of a 4 inch circular mirror you can purchase at a craft store, an old sterling silver knife, and a good epoxy glue.  Rummage through your jewelry box, antique or thrift stores to find bits and pieces of long forgotten jewelry, beads, or trinkets.  Simply glue the knife onto the back of the mirror and then add the jewelry.  Let glue dry completely before picking up! 

Add items that have meaning in your life.  I love horses, dragonflies, flowers, vintage lapel pins, butterflies, and gardening.  I hung an anchor on the handle in honor of my wonderful husband who is my anchor, keeping me grounded when necessary, but giving me freedom also.

The large green flowers came off a broken necklace I found at a thrift store.

Add vintage earrings, the clip-on style are especially well suited for this project.  Use a pair of pliers to remove the clip before gluing.  Long, pierced earrings make interesting "charms" added to the handle.

These mirrors make excellent gifts for brides, or for Mother's Day. 
 Make one or several for yourself!

Monday, October 3, 2016

A New Home

This past summer the rental we had been living in was put on the market for sale.  Fortunately we were able to find a beautiful little farm to rent.  An extra large garden spot, small green house, and several  covered out buildings are on the 3 acre parcel and home we are now renting.  The outbuildings will give winter protection for several of my vintage vehicles.

Hooked up little "Gypsy Rose" behind the Ford Flatbed and drove her to her new home.

I had to carefully back her in, needing to keep the trailer as close to the side as possible to allow room for the pick-up to be parked adjacent to the trailer.

"WHEW", that was almost too close!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Antique Brass Bed Frame

I have always wanted an ornate brass bed frame .  I have several of the old iron ones, but I continually kept my eye out for an ornate brass one.  I really would like to have one similar to what the Munsters have in their spiderweb filled bed-room, but those big ornate ones were just too much for my budget. Several years ago I found one that would do.

Everything pictured above was purchased in second hand thrift stores over the years.  

If you are familiar with antique beds, you realize that they are not made for a queen size mattress, so how do you address the dilemma of how to fit a queen sized mattress on a full size frame?

Well, sometimes you just have to improvise.

I suggested we take the cover off the box spring and put the frame together inside the springs.  Hubby used a saws-all and cut jigs in each corner to allow the curves of the bed frame to fit in snugly against the box spring.  We have always used old waterbed drawers under our bed to set the box- spring on so it was a matter of matching everything together before cutting the wood.

We were surprised that it actually went together as easily as it did.  O.k. it really wasn't that easy, but we finally got it together. ( Only breaking off a small piece of the frame.)


Thursday, August 18, 2016

All who wander are not lost

"All who wander are not lost" 
J.R.R. Tolkein

Early this spring a trip to see the new grand baby in Arizona was a good excuse to drag along my vintage trailer.  We spent a few days at Cedar Pockets on the Arizona strip.

new growth on a barrel cactus

Living in the arid southwest, I think cactus flowers are some of the most beautiful.

Simple meals of toasted olive bread, fresh mozerella cheese, drizzled with olive oil, and sunburst tomatoes were easy,quick, staple meals during our travels.  The ingredients keep well in a cooler.

a stack of comfy pillows for relaxing after hiking all day

stopped at the North rim of the Grand Canyon for a few days

rubbed his nose for good luck

Loved this book when I was a kid.  I will have to read it again this winter after the gardens are harvested.
Have you been anywhere exciting or adventurous this summer?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Vintage Market Place and BOHO Bazaar

For the past 5 years I have had my eccentric vintage items, antiques, one of a kind re purposed clothing and furniture at the Funky Junky Gypsy Mama's Emporium in Fort Duchesne, Utah.
I used to sell on consignment but the venue was recently  changed and I now rent a booth space.  As you come in the front door, I am located directly to your left.  My booth is stacked full of vintage glassware, a large selection of antique and vintage lamps, cowboy boots, BOHO items and clothing, antique furniture, crystal chandeliers, and so much more.  I would like to say Thank You to all those who have supported my "hunting for treasures obsession" over the years!
Y'all stop by and see the amazing selection of items provided by more than 25 vendors.

I currently have a beautiful Tiger Eye maple vanity for sale along with several refinished, painted dressers and nightstands.  Several brass bed frames and candlesticks are also available.
If you are looking for that one unique item, I am sure I have it floating around somewhere or can find it for you!
Hope to see you at the store.  
Check back here often for sale coupons.