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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cute Couple

See this cute couple? They are different from each other, but still the same. They go together. 

Can you guess which one is the 'he' and which one is the 'she'? 
They enjoy their time together overlooking the lake. They really know how to live a simple life!

When I found them at a flea market, I snatched them up. I intended to sell them, but that plan changed as soon as I took them home. I have decided to keep them so they can live happily ever after! 

Have a wonderful White Wednesday,

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Laundry Day Finds

Lately, my pickin' finds have all been 'laundry day' finds. What's with that? A natural theme emerged all on its own. Above is just a small collection of what I have hoarded, ummm...picked for the biz.

I found this folding Union hanger at an auction and immediately listed it in my Etsy shop.
Sold it Saturday.

And I listed an antique Ober iron and a primitive ironing sleeve board Saturday and they both sold.

Seems that laundry day items are in demand. Good thing...this is only a start. I have plenty more vintage laundry stock to sell in my Etsy shop and my new ArtFire shop. I said new...need to go stock those shelves before I can call it a shop. Well, enough said for now. Believe it or not, I've got laundry to do. Even though I'm into making my own detergent and hanging clothes on the line, I feel thankful that my 'laundry day' is really no big deal these days.

Have a pickin' cool Monday and make sure that laundry is done!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My Garden...

The bees and butterflies are doing their part. I know I'm doing mine. 
The garden is behind this year and just now showing some signs of coming to life. 
Harvest will not be as abundant as I had hoped, but I can always look forward to another year of trying. 

The good news...basil is providing the much loved pesto that we can't get enough of.
And the blackberries...nothing slow about them this year.
Plenty of jam and desserts to go around.

Thank goodness!

Have a berry pickin' good day,

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Prairie Style...

Don't ya just love this look?

It inspires me...the soft colors...the serene look & feel...the beauty of it all.
Pretty jewelry, tattered books, and old bottles.
And I must admit I'm very found of these blues, browns, and greys.

This prairie collage was styled on Etsy by MyBluePeacock.
Have fun checking out the items by clicking on them. I sure did. 

It's prairie time,

A Lake's Expression

A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature.  It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Here's hoping that you have a beautiful day,

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What's Happening

There's a warm summer breeze this morning. It will soon become another steamy afternoon, but for now I throw the windows wide open to welcome that sweet smelling air into my home. It beckons to me and as usual, I give in. I step outside to make my rounds to see what is happening in the natural world.

On one side of the yard, my rustic bench is positioned just right to overlook the lake...a good spot to take in the surroundings. It appears hazy this morning, a sure sign that the humidity will soon overtake us and make the day a bit uncomfortable.  

I see right before me a turtle laying her eggs in our yard. This occurs quite often at this time of year. Even though I am fortunate enough to see this, I am still waiting for the opportunity to actually see the baby turtles hatch and make their way down to the lake.

My garden is to my right and I marvel at how that one white flower has mysteriously appeared among the purples. I planted only purple years ago. And faithfully every year, the purples reappear. Now a lone white flower stands tall and proud. Makes one wonder.

As much as I enjoy being outside and experiencing nature, it's time to get some chores done. But before I do's hoping you have a summer breeze beckoning to you and you take the time to answer it.

Have a pickin' cool day,

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Independence Day

My patriotic heart beats red, white, and blue.  ~Author Unknown

Have a pickin' cool Independence Day,

Friday, July 1, 2011

Making Detergent Why has it taken me so long to getting around to actually doing it? When I finally decided to just go for it, it only took me minutes to do. How embarrassing! I really feel silly now since it's so easy!

I first purchased three ingredients - 20 Mule Team Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, and Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap. I decided not to do the liquid version of the recipe as it makes quite a lot and it is just the two of  us here at home. 

To make the detergent in powder form, I grated the bar soap with an old grater. The Fels-Naptha soap did have a strong soap smell and I'm sensitive to smells. I may use another soap next time such as Pure & Natural Ivory or Dr. Bronners just to experiment. Anyone out there who has tried this have any advice? I'm always willing to listen. Anyway, I then added 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda. That's it. See why I feel silly?

When doing a load of laundry, add two tablespoons of the powder. Easy peasy! 
My next project? Making a country cute container to hold my homemade detergent. Stay tuned!

Oh, and what really got me started on all of this was all of my vintage and antique pickins'
including irons, hangers, ironing board, and more that I found this week. Most of it will go up for sale soon. I'll have to show you my 'laundry room' goodies in another post. For now...

Have a pickin' cool day,

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