Category Archives: antiquing

Recording Family History

You all might remember the two paint-by-number pieces that I had framed recently.  They were painted by my husband when he was in fifth grade.  He had his appendix out and his Aunt Ann gave him a pint-by-number kit with the hopes that he would have something to entertain him and he’d sit still.


Neither is completely painted but mostly painted.  I love them partly because I love dogs but mostly because he did them.

The other day Kalissa said to me, “Mom, I wish you would somehow put a paper on the back of that so when you’re gone we’ll remember what it is and the story that goes with it.”

That’s a fair request.  I have Grandma Kramer’s secretary and I have often wished I remembered the story about it.  I think she bought it at an auction for $5…but I’m not sure.  Golly, I wish I knew.

So I tried to figure out how I could do this and then I happen to be on Facebook on a cross-stitch site.  One of the members was showing this for their cross-stitch pieces and how she records the information about them.

She recommended buying… Continue reading

About that Barn and My Other Goodies

You all might remember that I left you in the middle of my story about the barn I bought at the vintage store in Sumner, Iowa.

I know lots of you were upset that I didn’t show pictures of the barn.  There’s a reason I didn’t do that.  You see when I bought the barn…I bought it straight out of the window.  I saw what the outside was like but I didn’t really see it up close.  I really didn’t get to touch it and feel it so the next day when I went back to get it, it was so fun seeing it all over again.

So..here is the barn…


The top folds down for… Continue reading

Goodwill Find: Old Sewing Stand

I think this is going to be a fun blog post.  I know I sure had fun exploring.  Here’s the story:

I already told you that on Sunday I went to get my Covid shot.  I already told you that when I was in town I stopped at Goodwill.  I already told you that I found this…


It is an old sewing basket/stand.  I saw it and I have several of these already.  I didn’t need another.  I don’t even know if I have a place for one.  Ah…but what’s a girl to do when it’s only $10??

Then I opened it up and immediately, I knew I wanted to buy it.


The stand was stuffed to the brim with sewing treasures.  Here’s what I found… Continue reading

That Junk Sale

You might remember me telling you about a junk sale I always go to.  There is a pair of sisters who host a junk sale at their place a couple of times a year.  You might remember me redoing my sewing room with a few pieces of “junk” I bought from them.  If you missed my sewing room tour, you can find that HERE.

This dresser houses my batik fabrics.  I painted this dresser and Karl cleaned the handles.

The piece hanging on the wall I bought from them and Craig helped me hang it.

This metal cabinet in the corner also came from one of their sales.

Prices are reasonable at the sale, it’s close and I’ve never regretted going so when I see they have a sale coming up, I always try to go.

I’ll give you a little preview of the pictures I saw on their Facebook page promoting the sale… Continue reading