Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Do you just love these huge pine cones? Their brothers and sisters will be for sale at the barn sale next year!!!

Where do you get the inspiration for your favorite Christmas decorations? I know many of you this year are turning to Pinterest. If you haven't checked it out, you really should. I really can't give a good description of what Pinterest is, but as I understand it, it allows you to create inspiration boards, pinning pictures from all over the Internet to your boards. It's fun to see different interpretations of style. The pictures included in this post are my version of things my daughter, Melissa found on Pinterest. She created beautiful vignettes, I tweaked them to fit the materials I had, and now you see my version. Hope you are having fun with your decorating projects, and getting to the finish line soon! Have a great day!

Monday, December 12, 2011

What is it about fresh greenery that really elevates a Christmas vignette just a tad above one with artificial? I'm not sure, but one thing that makes it SSSOOOOO much more attractive to me is the ease with which it tucks into its spot. I guess my thrifty side tells me not to cut store-bought garlands and picks into the size I need, because next time I might need a larger piece. And the real stuff seems to lay just right, wherever you put it. Not to mention, it's free!!! I emptied all the stuffy, English china I inherited from my Godmother (It really is beautiful, but I was ready for a will go back in there one day!) out of my china cabinet the other day. Then I scoured the house for antique kitchen gadgets...they tend to get scattered, used for this display and that...

I filled that empty cabinet (um, amazing how dirty the dishes and cabinet shelves got, considering they were closed in behind glass doors) to the hilt with all things kitchen...

Tucked holly, pine and cedar here and there, and in a flash, it's done!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Christmas Spirit

How do you get into the Christmas spirit? Try this...have your four favorite nieces over. Plan to decorate the tree...they did a great job by the way, while I cleaned and re-arranged the family room...then decorate gingerbread men. These kits from Michaels are great. Eight naked gingerbread men (don't worry, not anatomically correct!), fondant that you roll out and cut with a knife or cookie cutters (what would make them want to cut out birds to decorate gingerbread men?), icing (pretty tasty, too), and a few decorations like beads and presents. And wow, let the fun begin!

I think they did a great job!

Have fun preparing, how ever you get into the spirit!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

So, are you all finished decorating for Christmas? I've been working at it, but still have a ways to go. Seems like I start decorating, then realize I need to clean this, rearrange that. I am seriously housecleaning my family room today. Santa brought an early Christmas gift a couple of weeks ago. Since our kids had WAAYYY newer, better TVs than we did, we finally decided to take the plunge. Our old one weighs approx. 500 pounds, I think. It sat in the middle of the floor for awhile, and we finally got help to move it late last week. So now I need to rearrange TV, new set-up, right?
We got the great idea on the last day of the sale that we should have been recording somehow what states people were visiting from. We knew we had some regulars from across the bay, but we really happy to see that we have customers from PA,

And the Empire State, New York...

And of course from Maryland...

We even had a guy from Florida visit the sale! I don't think he came all the way here just for the sale, but ya never know!!! Hope y'all have a great week. Get that Christmas decorating done now, ya hear?

Monday, November 21, 2011


What can I say but THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to our wonderful customers for making our barn sale so WORTH all the work we put into it. We love you! After the mad rush on Thursday evening, we were able to settle in and had a steady stream of shoppers for the entire sale. We have to thank all of you who so willingly donated money to Toys for Tots on Thursday for the Sneak Peek...and also those of you who gave up a $5 bill after Thursday night, just because you wanted to give to the cause. We are going to give them your money, plus all the stockings left over from the sale. Hopefully it well help make some Christmases a little bit merrier.

Keep checking back...we will be posting more pictures from the sale, and as the shopping starts for the spring sale (dates to follow SOON!) we will keep you posted about what to expect to see there. We are already tossing around alot of ideas for spring!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Multitask Much?

The barn sale starts today!!! Need I say more? I guess so. So, yesterday, since the barn was pretty much finished, and it was a rainy day, I planned to spend the day in the house. I love to bake, and was going to take my time, making all sorts of tasty treats for your enjoyment at the sale. Then around 7am, the panic set in. What if we sell out the first night? What if all the cool stuff goes in the first hour...and the rest of the sale is just average, 'cause all the best things are gone? Well, that is simply not going to happen. But, when you are getting ready for one of the most fun events of your whole year, sometimes you just don't think straight.

So, I spent the whole day in the shed. Got three more pieces of furniture ready, plus a few smalls. And, baking time.... sort of disappeared. I was determined to cook a good dinner, since I have been too busy to pay much attention to that task lately. And the rooster specifically asked, um, whats for dinner tonight since you have been home all day. So...I multitask!!! I simultaneously made dinner, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, and chocolate dipped pretzels. It was fun, sort of hectic, but reminded me of the days when we had kids in the house. There was always alot going on in those days. Homework, dinner preparations, games and Legos, practice of some sort...piano, was an awesome time. But before I get all nostalgic, I'm going to sign off. After lunch, I am going to take the few last pieces over (don't worry, Sharon...I will fit them in somewhere), them turn on a couple of small heaters and wait for y'all to get there!!!! YAY!!!!!! See you soon!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Little Bit

Out of character for us, I know. We have one of the stalls all dressed up in gray, gold, silver, and khaki. With so many individual areas, it was fun to dress them up (or down) in so many different ways. Seriously, this sale has something for everyone!

Don't worry, we still have LOADS of the regular country, primitive stuff we are known for! Oh, and Christmas decorations galore!

Can't wait to see you! The sale starts at 5pm sharp tomorrow evening with Santa's Sneak Peek. We will charge $5 per person, with all proceeds from admission going to Toys For Tots. Friday hours (free admission) are 9am until 9pm. And Saturday (free also) we are open from 9am until 5pm, with a special appearance by Santa from 10 until noon, so bring your camera and your tots!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thursday Night

That's right, the first ever glimpse of the new barn for all our wonderful customers is only 2 1/2 days away! Great time for me to leave my camera at the barn, huh? I will TRY to remember to bring it home tonight. We are really down to the last minor details, and let me tell you, you are going to love it! Tonight we will put up the last of the lights and check the parking lot for dark spots...don't want you to fall when you are RUNNING to the barn!
Have a great day!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We continue to make progress...the large area in the front of the downstairs, until last night, looked like this...and we now have it all CLEANED and arranged...can't WAIT for you to see the results of all our efforts. I think Sharon and I have cleaned more in the last month than we had in all our years previous...all for the benefit of the barn sale! Have a good weekend (yup, I know it is only Thursday...but I FINISHED CUTTING SOYBEANS yesterday, so it feels like weekend to me!)...and check back Monday...I will have pics of the weekend tasks, and final touches. A week from tonight, we will open with Santa's Sneak Peek, from 5 until 9. CAN'T WAIT!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Short and Sweet

Loads and loads of advertising/country store items...

I am keeping the actual words at a minimum this week since we are working hard to get the barn ready...and for some reason I can't think of anything to describe how awesome it is looking...but I am taking lots of pictures! Hope you have a good Wednesday!

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

So this post should be worth several thousand words. We started working in the barn at 9:30 yesterday and were still working in there wayyyy after dark last night. Things are really progressing...but there is still lots to do! The downstairs rooms are just starting to take shape. But we are so excited for you to see what we have done!!! Will post more pics later in the week. In the meantime, have a great Monday!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Okay, forget about tidbits...I couldn't resist showing you this cabinet in it's entirety because it is so beautiful. It will be filled with vintage quilts at the sale, but I have a feeling it won't last long, either. And, if it does happen to still be around when we close the doors on Saturday, I think I know a certain chick who will just take it home for her own house!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Okay, one of the Two Chicks Roosters has suggested that it is time to start being mysterious. To just give you tidbits of what is in store for you on the 17th (or 18th or 19th). So I am giving you a close up, today, of the top of that work table I was telling you about a couple weeks ago. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Better come Thursday night, though, if you want to see it. I have heard from quite a few of you who say you want to be there for the opening night excitement!

We got quite a bit of work done Saturday, even though the weather was really NOT cooperative! The cold rain and wind probably did make us work faster, though, since we spent most of the day sorting through boxes in the trailers. Had to get the little one cleaned out so we can finish getting our treasures from the "pick" last weekend.

I will try to post later in the week, with another tidbit. In the meantime, have a safe and happy Halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Just call us PICKER CHICKS!

Sharon got a call earlier this week asking us if we would like to come check out the contents of a farmhouse that contained 67 years of collecting. OMGOSH!!! We arrived before 10am and didn't leave until after 2pm...tired, dirty, hungry, HAPPY, and with a TOTALLY full truckload of wonderful antiques! AND...we still have to make 1 or 2 more trips BACK to bring home the rest of what we bought!!! IT WAS A FUN DAY AND WE MADE A LIFETIME MEMORY:-) AND...don't you just love these cute little buildings? I really WANT one (or two). A farm really should have little outbuildings, don't ya think?

Have a great day...looks like it is going to be beautiful!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Let the fun begin!!! Sharon and I spent a good part of today with these fabulous young men (my nephew and two of his friends), unloading the storage trailers. We got ALOT of work done, and we are really revved up to start moving furniture around and start decorating. AND...we have an appointment tomorrow morning to meet a friend of Sharon's to check out some things for sale at her elderly family member's house and shed. Stay tuned...we'll post pics if we get cool stuff!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happy Fall, Y'all!

I finally got around to decorating the mantle (shelf, really) in my kitchen yesterday. With the cooler temperatures, I am really getting in the mood to do some housecleaning and decorating. You know, nesting. If you are anything like me, the Christmas decorating books are now but a fingertip away, and you are planning where you'll put your tree (s!) and other Christmas finery. That's where the Barn Sale comes in! Be sure to plan spending quite a bit of time with us, as we will have the upstairs AND the downstairs dressed and ready for the season. We have quite a bit of primitive furniture, plus all the usual... painted, Briwaxed, refinished, chippy, you name it!

The sale days and hours are as follows:

Santa's sneak peek...Thursday evening, Nov. 17th from 5-9 There will be a $5 entry fee for the privilege of being among the first to get a glimpse of the new (to us) barn. All proceeds will be donated to Toys For Tots. Don't worry, you WILL be able to make purchases that evening, too...would we let you see and not buy? NO!

Friday the 18th, we will be open from 9 am until 9pm. There is no admission charge on Friday.

Saturday the 19th we will be open from 9am until 5 pm. No charge then, either.

Stay tuned for more pictures...we WILL make progress this weekend!!!