Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Coming soon to a computer near you!

I have decided to create another website for my aprons rather than keep them stored in a box all winter waiting for the next craft fair to start. But, in the mean time, here's a preview of what's to come.

On occasion, I get my hands on some vintage fabric.

This one is for someone with a wild side.

This one has little pictures of various herbs.

This one is just a pretty pink floral.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Our New Outpost on Wheels

A friend of my hubby's just bought a bigger, newer camper and wanted to unload this one in a hurry and offered it to us. It's a 1976 Wilderness. I don't really care how old it is. It's in such great shape. It's obvious he took really good care of it. Nothing is banged up on the inside or outside. The upholstery is in perfect shape. The table and counters don't even have a scratch on them. It almost looks like he never used it. This is a view of the back. He had put that black cage thing on the back to hold a dirt bike, but it could be used for a variety of other things.

The view from the front. I haven't opened the storm cover yet.
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This is the bed with another bunk above it meant for young kids, he said. He even left the comforter on the bed.

This is the kitchen area. Isn't that a cute little stove and sink? I'm not a big fan of yellow and orange, so I'll be making new curtains for it. Maybe lace! Or some pretty fabric with lace embellishments! Oh, the ideas going through my head right now!

The dining area is in absolute mint condition. You would think that with use, the cushions would be worn or the table scratched up, but they are just perfect. Except for the color! New curtains for this section, too. What to do to the table? I'm not sure what will work for that other than to keep a table cloth on it. The table and benches make into another double bed and another bunk above, again for small kids. Maybe we'll take the kids and grands camping next year!

This is the shower curtain in the cutest little bathroom. Blue butterflies. I actually like the shower curtain, although it's a bit too long and makes it bunch up instead of hanging straight. But I can easily just trim off the bottom as it's just a plastic curtain.

Here is the cute little sink and counter in the bathroom. It even has a window in it! Our bathroom in the house doesn't even have a window.

Maybe this is tacky, but I just thought this little throne was cute, too! I think I"ll make a seat cover for it.

It even has a cute little fridge!

Everything about this camper is so cute. Can you tell I've never had one before? I've only stepped into a few that other folks owned. I just think it's adorable and can hardly wait to play with the decorating part. I'm almost done with my weekend project of cleaning out the back room. When I finish that I'll start looking around the house for stuff to take out there. I'm so glad this is a 3 day weekend!

It's already been winterized (coolant run through the plumbing) so we won't be taking it anywhere this year or we'd have to winterize it all over again. But next year, we plan to take it and the dogs up to our hunting area and not come home for 10 days! Oh, we'll be able to take it to farm fair, too! Oh, and while it sits here, the kids can stay in it when they come to visit and they'll have privacy that way. Oh, and on our anniversaries, we won't have to pay for a hotel room anymore. We can take our home AND our dogs with us! This is going to be so much fun! Oh, and dh says that if the sh-- hits the fan, we'll just hook up and head deeper into the mountains! haha

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Muley's October Festival

Here I am, 13 degrees outside with some of my chef-style aprons. My denim-butt aprons are hanging behind and beside me, but the lighting is bad under the tent. I had my baskets on the other side that you can't see. I sewed ties onto 3 king size sheets to tie up for walls to block the wind. It helped a lot.

This poor lady was so cold. She was selling calendars.

This cute little guy was the model for doggie blankets that his mom had made. She was also selling hand made tote bags and patchwork chef-style aprons. They were all very pretty.

These aprons were made by another lady. She had some great camo aprons, some with lace. The one apron in the middle has shiny pumpkins all over it. It was really cute.

The tea towels were really nice and were made by the camo lady's friend.

The Cowboy Fast Draw Association was there conducting a competition. The little gal in the white hat had recently won the state championship. She was pretty fast.

Now, these guys are quite the crack-ups. They offered to give me free advertising by wearing my aprons. Aren't they cute? They are both shooters in the competition. The big guy on the left is the dad of that state championship gal.

They even competed while wearing them. You should have heard the other cowboys giving them guff over it! It was all in fun and everybody was laughing.

Muley's was selling his coffee, tea, breakfast burritos and muffins. Diamond Lil's was there selling bbq chicken and bbq pork sandwiches and beer. Another local was there with his premium hotdogs. Three bands were there to play in the big army tent that was right behind me. I didn't sell a thing, but it was fun anyway.

Friday, October 10, 2008

So much for Autumn!

Remember the pictures I took yesterday of the fallen leaves? Well, it appears that we only get one day of Autumn this year because this is the scene today! It started snowing at 3pm today and as of 6pm we have about an inch with more expected tonight and tomorrow. It's only October 10! Just a touch earlier than we're used to. There are still a lot of folks who aren't done getting their firewood in yet. I think they'll be stepping up their pace a bit now.

This is the front yard. I took all these pictures after work today.

There's my garden, which just 5 days ago still had tomatoes and peppers in it. Good thing I pulled them up when I did! My poor plum tree is totally weighed down. It kind of looks like a spirea with all the snow on it.

My new cherry tree still hasn't even dropped it's leaves yet.

Cody just couldn't wait to go out in it. He so loves the snow!
Well, fall is here. While we have had several frosts since August, we haven't had many leaves falling. Yesterday morning I woke to 19 degrees; the coldest yet. When I went to work, there was a leaf here and there, but nothing worth getting the rake out for. When I came home for lunch, the big ash tree had just DUMPED! Not a blade of grass to be seen. Most of the leaves that fell are still green. It's as if the tree said "Here! You can have them; I'm going to bed!".

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Empty Nest sucks (so far)

I so miss my little girl. I know she's not really a little girl anymore and I know that going off to college is how it's supposed to work and she'll do well. Even though she's only an 8 hour drive away, it's just not the same as having her here. Mornings aren't the same, dinner's not the same. Weekends aren't the same. At times, I feel lost. Especially when I get home from work. I'm feeling very selfish and just don't want to give her up to the world.

It's funny, I used to get a little annoyed at how she just couldn't wait for me to get in the door and would meet me in the driveway or even walk to my work to catch me on my way home just to tell me about her day. Now, I miss it. She's such a Chatty Kathy and would tell me everything and ANYthing. Well, actually she still does, but phone calls and emails just aren't the same. You know what I mean?

Sometimes she tells me things I don't want to hear but I just listen and do my best not to let on that I'm shocked or embarrassed by the conversation. I felt that was important to keep the communication going through her teens. I wanted a better relationship with my daughter than I had with my mom. While her topics sometimes caught me off guard, I never let on. As a result, I think, I never once got the one word answers typical of most teenagers when asked about their day at school.

Since she left for college, I have totally delved into everything to keep busy. I've been canning, gardening, cleaning, sewing. Totally busy all the time. I'm told that once I get past this Empty Nest Syndrome, I'll actually enjoy having no kids at home. I'm wondering how long that takes?