Stash Report


Last weekend there was a big garage/junk sale in Fredericksburg.  I’ve been going to the sale for years and years.  The lady who started it goes to auctions.  She’ll bid on something and then end up with a bunch of  things she doesn’t want.  She takes the unwanted things, collects them and then has a giant garage sale twice a year.  She had three daughters and now all of the daughters do the same thing and even several of the grand children to too….that’s why the sale gets bigger and bigger.

There is table, upon table, upon table of things….LOTS of things.  There is anything there from primitive pieces to a jar of marbles, to sewing notions, to old windows with panes, to old license plates to pyrex.  If it’s old or primitive, they likely have it.   I can’t even imagine how many truck loads of things come to the garage sale.  It is really, really big.

Years ago this lady did this too.  Back in the early 90′s she would buy cutter quilts for me and I’d make Santas and such out of the rotten quilts.  I’ve know her for quite a time.

This year I thought I wouldn’t go but Hubby wanted me to go.  He likes her sales but couldn’t get off work to go.  I ended up going.  I did snap a few picture of things I wondered if Hubby might be interested in…

Actually I sent the picture of this to Kalissa.  She has been wanting a dressing screen for her LuLaroe stuff.  This one she thought might be a little too small.

They had this one too.  This one she liked better but it had a problem too.  When I opened it there was a crack between the panels that was at least an inch wide.


I snapped a picture of this for Hubby….We thought to put a new top on it.  The idea was good but they wanted $10 for it.  There isn’t a huge profit margin to fix it up and sell it.


I didn’t know if he was looking for spindles so I snapped a picture of them too.


I liked this stool.  I have a stool obsession.  I passed it by though.


This table was cute…again, it need work.


This dresser was only $55.  Cute.garage-sale-6

Here was a bucket of horse equipment….Hubby has a couple projects in mind for some but these were the wrong pieces.


There was a top to a treadle sewing machine.  It was only $5….but we didn’t know what to do with it.

There were tables and tables of other goodies…I forgot to snap picture of that.

So curious minds…are you wondering what I ended up coming home with?   [Read more...]

Sewing Room Tour


So I had a “turn lemons into lemonade” day on Monday.  The previous week it all started with one of the little ones having a temperature.  From there is turned into a high temperature and from there it turned into Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.  Well it spread.  By Sunday we had two of my families with it and the third and fourth families are out on maternity leave so that left me with an unexpected day off.  I was sad the kiddos were sick but elated for a chance to get the sewing room together.

I started at 8:00 am and worked until 11:30.  Then I went to the chiropractor and did some errands.  I was back to cleaning and organizing by 2:30 pm.  I had called Kalissa to see if she would help me get the television set up.  Over the summer we thought we had been hit by lightening and we thought the television in the kitchen had died because of it.  I went to town and bought a new kitchen television.  We set in up and it wouldn’t work.  After playing around with the cord we realized it was the power strip that had fried, not the television.  The new television was now in place and working and the old one was on the counter.  Hubby ended up plugging in the old one and it worked.  Then we debated.  Take the new one back?  What a pain to package it all when I’ve been wanting a television in the sewing room.  I really don’t watch television but wanted it for the news and to watch Netflix from time to time…so the television went to the sewing room and there it sat.

Part of my mission with cleaning and organizing the sewing room was to get the television working…and we did.

So as you see the first movie I watched was Grease.  It will always be in my top ten of favorite movies.

I snapped some pictures thinking you might want to see the cleaned up version. [Read more...]

Quilt Festival Vendors and Demonstrators


I told you yesterday about the Festival or quilts but I didn’t tell you about the vendors and people demonstrating there.

I’m sad to say I didn’t get a picture of everyone.

First off here is Kelli writing a check at Katie from Quilter’s Garden in Cresco.  Yep..we bought a few things.


I loved the colors on the jelly roll…that’s mine.  The “I Ruff You” book Kelli bought and the Farm Fun charm pack too…


Next up was Doreen from Houston Minnesota.  She is an AMAZING talent.  You can find her here on her blog.


She take old vintage doilies then she layers them with fabric and machine quilts away…WOW!


She had several pieces that were a treat to look at.


Next up…(my phone phone battery was about shot)  Sorry no pictures…we came to Red Roxy’s booth.

Happily she had a second Farm Fun charm pack so now Kelli has two.  They had a great quilt shop in Decorah Iowa.  Find them on Facebook here.

From there we found a wool vendor.  She was happily working on a rug.  This stopped Kelli and I dead in our tracks.  Remember we’ve been wanting to hook?  We’ve really wanted to hook but have been afraid to dive in on our own.  We talked to Becky the vendor and she said that she has a room she works in out of her home in LaCrescent Minnesota.  Well after talking to her we asked if she might be willing to take us in under her wing and teach us.  Sometimes that’s the problem with a new hobby…we buy the stuff but don’t really know how to start.  Becky sounds fun and I think she’d be awesome.  It was so funny…she said, “I wasn’t formally educated as a rug hooker”.  I said, “We are formally educated as quilters either!!”  We don’t care a bit about that.  We saw her work…it looked great and she seemed helpful.  What more do we need??!!

The last spot we stopped at was Forest Mills in Postville Iowa’s booth.  You might remember these are the ladies we’ve worked with when we’ve had to have a quilt kitted with American Patchwork and Quilting.  The ladies are WONDERFUL!!

I couldn’t resist their cute-cute ABC panel.  Oh, I’m a sucker for ABC panels…but look at this one.  It’s boyish.  Completely boyish.


See the N is for Ninja.  I love it.  I keep thinking ah…I’ll make Carver this and I’ll make Carver that..then I think the poor kid doesn’t need to be drowned in quilts.  If I make him too many he’ll never get a favorite.


You can find Forest Mills on their website here.  I’m guessing there will be other of you Grandmas thinking you might need one of these for a grandson too.  Just give them a call and tell them you saw the panel on my blog and they’ll get you set up with one of your own…Hmmm…now to design something with this..can’t wait!

Kelli and I had lots of fun checking out the quilts and the vendors.  We don’t get out that often so this was a real treat for us!

Remember we’ll be at this location tomorrow…


Hope to see you all there!

Vacation..our way.


Hubby took time off work.  Can you believe it?  That never happens around here.

We started thinking about going on vacation last year at Christmas time.  Normally, we don’t go anywhere away for more than on day.  Hubby was game and even excited about it.  We were celebrating our 30th anniversary this year and he thought now was as good of a time as any.  We started talking about Mount Rushmore, Washington D.C. and other places….then came my 50th birthday in December and plans to do anything quickly faded away.

Medically for me it’s been an awful year.

After the thyroid removal and the thyroid cancer this spring and now the foot surgery, I’ve not been able to go on vacation.

Hubby decided we’d just do a stay-cation instead.  So Thursday through Sunday he took off.  Thursday was his “work around the house day”.  He got some fun stuff done.  I’m saving that report for another blog post.  Friday we had planned to go to the antique show in Oronocco, MN but it rained and rained.  Now we were stuck not knowing what we wanted to do.  The antique show was over the weekend too so we started to decided how to re-adjust plans.

There was an auction on Saturday and one on Sunday too.  We decided to attend the auction preview on Friday night of the Saturday auction.  Being we were going to Decorah, Hubby looked to see if there were any garage sales…yes.  There were two he wanted to attend.  So off we went.

First garage sale….we couldn’t find it.  The address must have been wrong.  Then we went to two of my thrift stores…nothing there.  Then we went to Waukon because there was suppose to be an estate sale there….again, bad address.  UGH.  The lack of finds and the bad weather was getting us down.  Next up…the auction preview.

I’ve told you before, antique furniture is my weakness.  Just look at all the goodies.


I loved this… [Read more...]