Sunday, March 28, 2010

Metal Stamping Fun for The Farm Girls

Spring was definitely in the air inside and out for the farm girls gathering at my home on Saturday March 20th. We were in for some metal stamping fun. First however we shared our journal pages from our last gathering and our apron stories. Home made cookies were made by Katy to be shared, Erin brought us some gardening goodies along with some chocolates.
I just wanted to share this setting with you, these birds and bunnies liked hanging out with these pretty jars. Don't you think?
Don't you just love that pink metal phone? I got it for Talea to play with when she comes to visit. Those fat free meringue dollops were the perfect accent to this pink pedestal plate adorned with a cute bunny.
This little setting was perfect for this Chickie to feel the love radiating from this rose quartz candle.
Robin sharing this beautiful quilt that she has just finished, it is beautiful, she said it is for her husband Mark, a lucky guy for sure.
Katy sharing the quilt she has made, it was so beautiful, I am so proud of her.
Our lunch included Chicken Caesar salad, cherry scones, pecan grape wild rice, with pomegranate blackberry spritzer for our drink. A very festive spring table was prepared for these special farm girl friends.
The weather was perfect for working outside on our farm girl project, with snacks to share and plenty of supplies to work with.
Inside these paper brown boxes are metal stamps, my gift for my farm girl friends.
A pile of flattened spoons ready to be stamped. We all had so much fun, at one point I wondered what my neighbors were thinking about the noise coming from our property, now mind you I do live in the country on acreage, so it really shouldn't matter.
Erin aligning up her metal stamps for stamping on the silverware.
Robin showing her results off, great job Robin.
Some more of our end results of our labor of pounding, I love it , I love it.
A rare opportunity to get a photo of all four of us together, Katy, Florence, Erin and Robin. Thanks Roger.
This was our desert huckleberry pie in a cast iron skillet, talk about delicious, yummy, thanks Erin.
A time to cool down was accomplished with me giving each of the farm girls a ride in our dune buggy. This toy has not only been a hit with the grand kids, but the adults too. Can you tell?
Erin, Robin and Katy holding the mason bee houses that Robin's husband Mark made for all of us. Thank you Mark, I am hoping for some real good pollination from these bees.
Erin and I enjoying the sun on this beautiful sunshine day. A great way to end our gathering. Thanks to all my farm girl friends.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Baker's Come to the Country

A sunny afternoon brought our daughter Jennifer and the boys up for some out door fun in the country. Jeremy their dad and husband is in Arizona on a big job, so this was a nice diversion for the family. This is Jordan and Ashton having some fun in the dune buggy, only if they were old enough to drive it on their own. As you can see Jordan is digging on this, he has the most infectious smile ever.
Ashton was pretty serious here about what he was doing, I don't think his legs reach the foot pedal yet.
You can see here that PaPa Roger was the motor for this buggy ride, these two boys thought they were pretty big guys here.
Kevin likes to ride the riding lawn mower, he has that down pretty good now.
We ended our evening with a fire in the pit roasting marsh mellows letting the boys have smores as a special treat for eating all their dinner.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Beautiful Drive to see The Four Friends Sale

Saturday the 13th of March took me on an adventure south to Salem, then over to Silverton. GPS in hand or I should say on board I ventured down the road to check out the Four Friends Sale. First stop was in Salem at The Deepwood Estate, where Sammy Girl was saleing her goods. The weather was perfect for the drive and the friends to see were wonderful.
This nest caught my eye, especially with the feather lying in it. Feathers always seem to present themselves to me. Naturally I have an affinity to them.
There was a great selection of vintage clothing to choose from, as you can see.
Here is Bette aka Sammy girl and her friend, of whom I did not ask her name. I ended up buying a basket that was her grandmothers, who used it when she went on picnics. I felt very blessed to have gotten it. Thank you.
Second on my route was Vintage Trifles, not far from Sammy Girl's sale. I loved this setting, the pillows were very inviting, the next photo gives you the rest of the story.

Some more of Martha's great talent.
This apron was adorable.
Lots of eggs were available, I wish I had gotten there earlier. I still was grateful to get there any way.
This is at Molly Mo's the third stop on my route. These pansies greeted us at the door. I found some treasures here as well.
I loved this crystal light fixture, I just hope you can see it well in the picture. It was beautiful.
There were some great linens here, I came home with the lace you see above, along with some pink curtains.
I think this rooster had something to crow about, I think he was happy with all the people who came by.
I actually prefer the real thing, when it comes to chickens. Who knows maybe I will have some again. In the mean time Diane's chickens seemed quite content.
Last stop of the day was at Auntie Joy's sale. It was a perfect end to my day.
This whole space was so inviting, I know Joy had done a lot of moving things around to make this space so ready for us to look for those special treasures.
The shelves were all lined up and well organized for one to look for that special treasure.
Spring was definitely in the air with these ice cream pails used as vases for the tree blossoms.
The aprons were hung with the galvanized pails and chicken feeders all lined up below.
Great contrast of colors here with the dark boots on the top shelf and the turquoise jars and pots below.
This crown and the two below are just waiting for the next Queen to be. I wonder who that might be? Do you know? They had some beautiful adornments on them of flowers and bling.

With much needed rest, Joy takes advantage of the twin iron bed that was available for sale. I just want to thank you all for putting on a great gathering of friends, who are willing to share with us all.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Montana and Back 2010

Look at this little one, who could resist. She was styling complete with a turquoise and pink crinoline, blue jeans, and black boots. Our next farm chick, I am thinking. How about you? Every February I make the journey to Kalispell, Montana to visit Heather and her family. I usually go by myself, so I don't have to share her with anyone. When she comes home there are her sisters and friends and the rest of the family who want her to themselves, so this makes for a great opportunity to have her to myself. Great planning don't you think?
Talea was having so much fun in this little crinoline. You could tell she felt very special in it.
This is the scene from Heather's house, the snow has come many times this winter, as you can see the roads are bare, which makes for easier driving. I love how the mountain ridges in the back ground are filled with snow, surrounding the Flathead Valley.
This cow girl hat came with me from Aunt Jenny for Talea, Jennifer could not resist. It was so cute, she was not quite sure about it though as you will see below.
Does the hat go on this way? Hum.
Yes this Grandma did play soldiers and animals with Titus, trust me I raised girls so I only know how to play dollies and tea parties with dress up clothes. There were a few times that Titus would look at me in a funny way like" what are you doing Grandma?" At least I tried. Right? I promised Titus that I would bring PaPa Roger next time when I come. He smiled.
Titus is growing up so fast he will be 5 in May. Wow!
The tea party was set, along with these cloth paper dolls that we worked on as we watched the movie Julie and Julia. We both like to cook so that was a perfect movie for us to watch, I had told Heather that I remembered my mom watching Julia, I would never forget her voice and mannerism. Meryl Streep did a fantastic job in that movie.
We were cuddled on the couch working on our wool pouches and cloth paper dolls shown above.
One of our wool felted pouches we made while were together. Most of our creating was done while the children were napping or sleeping at bedtime.
This is a portion of Flathead Lake that was frozen over. Heather and I made a 2 hour trip to Missoula to visit her friend. While they were visiting I went to check out the Quilt shops.
Look at the expression on her face, mom what are you doing to my toes? Her first toe nail polish.
Talea is so photogenic I think, or am I a proud Grandma?
How precious is this picture? I think Grandma wore her out. Well maybe it was the other way around.