Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rustic Scare Crows

Following the East Fork of The Lewis River road, a beautiful sight with the water rushing down the river bed and the cascading waterfalls coming down the hill side. Climbing the winding roads to Dole Valley we arrive at 'Farm Girl at Heart' Erin's home. April 25, 2009.
With elegance of a tea party and a primitive woodsy theme we gathered to create rustic scare crows made from alder wood. Erin had all the log bodies, branches for the arms and noses, and twigs for button eyes all ready for us to create our garden scare crow.
Erin had prepared for us a tea luncheon with tea sandwiches and scones. The rest of us brought food to share for the feasting. Before lunch we shared our working apron stories and our journal pages from our last gathering. We definitely have a poetic one in our midst.
We gained confidence that we can all run a power drill, thanks to the confidence Erin had in us all. We adorned our scare crows with hats and scarfs.
We were sent home with treasures to cherish. Seeds to be planted, plants to go in the ground, signs to adorn our walls and yummys to eat. Also in our bundle were our pair of rustic scare crows to protect our gardens. Watch out all you creatures someone will be watching you.
The table was set with treasures to work with to create our rustic scare crows.
Here we are sharing our farm girl journal pages from our last gathering. Great job farm girls.
I loved this rose picture grouping that Erin had done.
The teddy bear is ready for her tea party I think. Don't you think so too?
The table was set all special, making us all feel very special.
Tea sandwiches and fresh hot scones with special jams and jellys were set before our feasting eyes.
Fresh fruit to share thank you Katy.
Our yummy veggie tray with hummus dip provided by Robin.
Peppermint patties from The Farm Chicks in The Kitchen Cook book along with the lemon tea cookies were our reward for all our hard work.
The log bodies are awaiting our creativity to come forward, Erin found these in a country living book.
Erin ran the drill with such confidence, we do however owe Mark a couple bits because we stripped them.
Robin's expression says it all, I had the very same sentiments about running a drill. Yow!
Katy was a real pro with the tools, she knew how to use them with confidence.
Erin guiding me along with the chisel to make mine have a smile on him.
Here is our family of scarecrows mine is on the left with his arms straight shouting yeah!
Here is close up view of our wonderful scarecrows, along with our sipping juice of Elderflower Presse I got at Cost Plus, thanks to the information from Heather Bullard
Here we are all lined up in front of our rustic scarecrows, they are standing on a table behind us. We will put them on a piece of re bar when we put them in our gardens.
These farm chick cookies were so yummy.
"Fresh Eggs" sign adorned the table with yellow wood violets in a small clay pot and a straw basket with gloves, handkerchief, and yummy farm chick cookies were waiting for us when we arrived.
Gloves to protect our hands, special seeds from the Butchart Gardens in Victoria Canada, a basil plant to go in the ground, however in my elevation I will have to baby it inside until the frost is safely gone.
A daisy bucket full of seeds, plant markers, a Mary Jane candy bar, notepad to keep little notes on and a sunflower soap to wash up with after being in the garden.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Spring Has Sprung at Queen Of Tarte Part I

The sign says it all. I love the old silo, the entrance was so inviting, you would walk into the magic of Queen of Tarte.
The setting for this sale is awesome, driving up out of Oregon City on the country roads is so refreshing. I also discovered my best friend from high school lives only about a half mile from Cindys sale.
A bed of spring awaited you as you entered the land of Tarte.
These lanterns and flowers looked so festive.
Customers wait for their turn to pay and take home their treasures. Cindy looked like a breath of fresh spring. Jermone and Joe from BarnHouse was there to help, they both always bring some fun to the shows. I also saw many other bloggers there, it is so much fun to put a real face to a name from the bloggin world, I introduced my self to Lisa and Isabel they both have a space at Monticello Antiques in Portland, Oregon. Also there exhibiting their goods was; Annie, Fannie and Abigail. There is a big sale this weekend starting at Monticello Antiques showing quest venders encluding many of my favorites Joy and a lot more.
Inside the land of Tarte. The lighting was perfect and the magic was there.
This so says country to me. The glass milk bottles and the layout of food was beautiful.
I loved this apron!
I love this primitive wood tray shelf, I have one similar but mine does not look that good.

Queen of Tarte Part II

Don't miss the next sale at Queen of Tarte.
A cool room off to the side of the barn had some great treasures in it.
Oh to get to go to France some day.
Some pretty shells and pretty glass.
I love these finials one came home with me.
I love this photo it turned out with the right amount of light for me. I am not a professional photographer, I just like to play around with my camera. I also grew up my high school years on a pear orchard in Hood River out in Odell Oregon.
Some pretty shells and paper in a wire dish drainer.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Montana Here We Come Again!

On our way to Montana to see our daughter Heather and her family we stopped in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to visit Mary Janes Farm Store. It is always a treat for me to go there. I always find some special treasure. Next stop Kallispell, Montana to spend a week with The Bishop's Heather's family. Easter was awesome, the church service was one of the best one's I have ever attended in my entire life.
This is a Tear Drop Trailer for camping that Mary Jane has put together, it was really cool! It was in the lobby of the shopping mall.
I found some treasures at Mary Janes Farm Store in Coeur d'Alene Idaho on our route to Montana. Titus and Talea were all decked out for Easter Sunday.
Titus is so handsome, check those eyelashes.
Talea is ready for the Easter Bunny, don't you think so?
Check out Talea's Bling on her dress. She is learning really early how cool that is.
Check out the back of Talea's dress she is only 6 months old and she is stylin.
Titus and Talea are always good sports about riding in the car so we can check out all the cool places to see in Montana.
I loved this sign it was for The Barn Antiques Shop in Bigfork, Montana. I have to tell you that our very own Fran Gillette's cookbooks are for sale there. I was pretty proud to say I knew Fran and that I have all cookbooks.
Just one of the displays at The Barn Antigues Shop in Bigfork Montana.
A really cool barn we saw on our way home from our ride to Big Fork, Montana.
I was very lucky on our way home from Montana our timing was right and we stopped in Pasco, Washington at Yokes Fresh Market where The Farm Chicks Teri and Serena were signing their cookbook. I really enjoyed my chance to get to see them again. They are two very special ladies. Don't miss their sale in June in Spokane, I will be there for sure.
Heather receives her Farm Chicks in the Kitchen cookbook and early birthday present. She has already tried two recipes in it.