Uncommonplace–Hokah, Minnesota!


Last Friday, mom and I went up to her last surgeon appointment in LaCrosse.  This fall, I started my last semester of the nursing program at NICC in Calmar.  Because it’s a pretty rigorous program and I have clinic twice a week, 1 1/2 hours away, it’s been pretty busy, so I haven’t been able help out much.  When mom mentioned that she had an appointment on a Friday afternoon, I was pretty sure it would work.  After I checked my work schedule to make sure I didn’t have to work (til 10 that night) I was in!

Every time that we go up to LaCrosse, we go through this little town called Hokah and every time, I start yelling HOKAH! in the car as a joke.  Why?  I have no idea.  When we drive through, there’s a little shop that we have always talked about stopping at, but either don’t have time or it’s not open.  Well–This time it was open and we were determined to make time!

Hokah 1 (300x400)She had the neatest succulents outside.  I love succulents when they are in containers other than pots!

Hokah 3 (300x400)And then we spyed these super cute coffee cozies–Can you see the little owls on them?

Hokah 2 (300x400)When we stepped into the store?  OOFDA!  Wonderfulness overload!

Hokah  8 (400x300)Mom spied this little sewing machine right off the bat.  We think it was a kids version.  The owner told us that it only sews in a straight line, so it would probably have been a good basic starter machine for a little one just learning how to sew.

Hokah 5 (300x400)I of course, liked this stand.  It is a shade of green you know, so of course it’s up my alley!

Hokah 6 (300x400)This little quilt square was one of my favorites that I saw there!

Hokah 9 (300x400)And I loved this roll top desk!  Mom has one almost identical to it and I’d love to have one, but don’t really have the room.  I also love how it was all decorated–There was honestly nothing that I didn’t like!

Hokah 7 (300x400)We got talking with the owner and she’s such a sweet lady.  She was telling us of how she quilts too and handmakes a lot of the things that she sells in her shop.  And did I tell you there’s a basement too?  It was a wonderfully spectacular little stop!  You can check her out here on facebook.

You can bet your butt that I’m gonna be stopping in again when we have a bit more time to look some more, cause OOFDA!  I loved it all!









Decorah Antique Show


A post from Kelli–

This past weekend, I had every intention to go up to Decorah, about 20 miles away, and check out their antique show that they host annually at the fairgrounds.  I’ve gone up there previously and was pretty impressed with the stuff that I’ve found.  This year however, I had a wonderful distraction–CARVER!  He’s a wonderful little guy, so I didn’t mind missing out on the goods at the antique show.  I ended up going a bit later in the afternoon on Saturday, so I think I missed the super good stuff that the vendors probably had out in the morning.  I also think that I’m starting to get a bit spoiled and look for more of a “deal” than is often up for grabs at the “antique show.”  I’m sure that the prices that things are marked at is a fair price, it’s just not one that I’m willing to pay at this time.  I also kind of like the searching process or remembering the fun time that I had at the auction when I bought something.  I did find some pretty good finds though–

Dog cookie jar (300x400) Island (300x400) Lanterns (300x400) Plant stand (300x400) Red stool (300x400) Yellow Stool (300x400)I love stools!  I almost thought about buying this one until I looked a bit closer to see that the seat wasn’t in good shape and had been patched together with yellow duct tape.

Red stool (300x400)Then I saw this one and thought it would look perfect in my kitchen, but again not in the best shape for the price they were asking.

Plant stand (300x400)I really liked this little plant stand/end table and thought about getting it for my living room, but realized the reason I loved it was the green color and green would look extremely out of place in my living room.  But this was probably one of my favorites of the day!

Lanterns (300x400)I have always liked lanterns, but don’t quite know how to display them or make them look cool so I passed.  If you have any ideas, feel free to send them my way.  I’m a bit worried that I’m on the backside of the lantern trend though, so getting a real, authentic one might be a bit on the spendy side.

Island (300x400)I loved this!  I have a weakness for anything with beadboard or car siding.  I really liked the simplicity of this peice, however I can either have it or my butcher block and I picked butcher block–Plus–If Jason had to move that butcher block again, I think he’d kill me.  It ended up taking them three guys to get it in my house, so I don’t think it’s ever gonna leave.

Blue Shelf (300x400)This blue shelf caught my eye too!  I think that my favorite part was the worn shelving and the rings that you can see from being used.  I’m betting that this was in a basement somewhere, dragged out, and almost sent to the dump.  Usually, I’m not too big of a fan of blue, but I like this color as it’s a bit more bright, but not screaming bright blue.

Dog cookie jar (300x400)This was my favorite find of the day!  A dog cookie jar and if it would have been a beagle, it would have come home with me.  I’ve still got my eye out for a beagle cookie jar but haven’t found one quite yet.

Did I end up getting anything?  I bought two baskets for 50 cents each that I’ll use to store and transport parts and peices of quilts.  Nothing fancy, but sometimes that’s okay.  What was the best part of my weekend though?  Definitely meeting Mr. Carver!  Jason even went up to the hospital with me to meet him.  I would have to say I think these two are probably my favorite two guys!

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Antiques in the Park–The Kelli Edition


A post from Kelli–

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be able to tag along with Mom and Dad–and Buck– to Clear Lake for Antiques in the Park.  I have gone the last few years and loved it all.  Often times, I just go to look and get ideas.  I really like the exciting part of looking for a piece or trying to refinish or paint something myself rather than just buy it, so I really try to get cool ideas on how to make junk useful again.  By the end of this post, you’ll see that I really like cupboards and things that are a 1930′s color of green.  Here’s one of my faves–

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I really just love little cupboards!  I think they’re just so cute and I like this one that it looks worn.  One of my favorite thing about antiques is when they look worn.  It always gets me to thinking about how it was used or how it ended up to be where it’s at and that to me is sometimes the most interesting part.

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I also have been on the lookout for a drawer similar to this one, but with a tad bit bigger spaces.  I would love to hang it in my kitchen and use it to collect little momentos from places I’ve been or other special things.  I have one in my dining room right now that I keep my shot glasses in, but I’d love to add one to the kitchen too.

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Another thing that I’m in love with is containers!  And when there are many containers in one big container–HEAVEN!  I really like the industrial look of this piece too–I think that industrial quality is starting to sneak into my preferences slowly…

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Here’s the green that I was talking about.  Do you see it?  It’s like a pale green, but not too light either. I just call it 1930′s green.  I really like the chippyness of this stool too!
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Once again, a cupboard.  And this one even has green in it too!  I could think of a million ways that I could use this one!  It just looks so darned cute!  
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And again–more green!  The only problem that I have with all of this wonderfulness, is that there is no more space in my house!  When we bought our house, we bought the farm with it and I’m assuming that until we are unable to care for ourselves, Jason and I will be here, so what room I have now is likely the only room that I’ll have.  Slowly, I’ve been working on trying to get a room upstairs finished to turn into a spare bedroom, but most of the things I’m drawn to are the fun tables and cupboards that won’t quite fit into a bedroom.  Maybe I’ll just have to redecorate my whole house–That’d be fun!

Iowa State Fair–4-H Edition


A post from Kelli–

A while back I told you about when Jason and I went to the state fair.  When we were there, there was all kinds of stuff to see, but some of my favorite things were in the 4-H building.  For those of you that don’t know, 4-H is a youth program that encourages community service and personal development.  Throughout the year, clubs do educational and community service projects and then there is fair in the summer.  Kids are able to do projects, detail their process at completing the project, and then meet with a judge to discuss their project.  The judges ask questions about the process and what was learned.  The best projects in each county advance to the state fair.

I didn’t know for sure if I would be able to coax Jason away from the tractors to checkout the 4-H building, but was pretty happy when he agreed to check it out.

Quilts (300x400)When we first walked in, we were greeted by lots of quilts.  It seemed as though there were more quilts there than when I was ever in 4-H–definitely more t-shirt quilts.  They also had other projects that I thought were pretty neat like a rug made from 2 1/2″ or so squares.  I was really happy to see that sewing and quilting is still alive and well in the younger generation.

Mosaic (300x400)Close by, I saw this neat mosaic tile project.  I could only imagine the time that it took to complete that!  What a beauty!

Map (400x300)I loved this map!  When I was growing up, my Grandpa Johnson had this thin in one of the spare bedrooms (the one my cousins told me was haunted) that had the nails with different thread wrapped around it to make a picture.  This is the same concept.  I think this would be really neat to try, but I’m sure that it would take a wild amount of time to make…maybe a future project!??!

Fairy Garden (300x400)There also seemed to be a lot of fairy garden projects.  Some, like this one, used wagons, while others made use of pots and other outside materials.  I always love the fairy gardens as they are so individual, but so neat and unique!

Owl (300x400)This was one of the neatest projects that we saw.  It’s an owl that is made completely of silverware.  Obiviously you aren’t supposed to touch the projects, but this one looked like it probably weighed a ton and a half or so!  But is was sooo cool!  I don’t even know where the ideas for some of these projects come from.

Sewing Machine Stuff (400x300)I also really liked seeing the woodworking projects–especially the ones that focused on refinishing and repurposing items.  Of course these ones grabbed my attention right away.  I don’t know if the one in the middle has a machine in it, but either way, it was beautiful.  And the spool drawer too!  I’d love to take an old singer and make it into a little stand for my dining room.  I have a few things just hanging out that I’d love to display a bit better–Maybe this would be the solution!??!

Keep in mind that these are just a few of the things that I really loved.  There’s so much more, but I didn’t want to bog your internet down with loading all of the pictures.  If you happen to have a chance to visit your state fair–especially the Iowa State Fair–I definitely recommend it!

Thanks to US Cellular for the tickets so I could admire all of the hard work these kids put into their projects!