Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Repurposed Failure

I don't know about you, but sometimes the ideas I come up with in my head don't turn out the way I'm picturing them - Do you know what I mean?  Case in point...   Over the weekend I bought a couple of wooden cutting boards at an estate sale with lofty repurposing dreams floating around in my head.

I took the 2 boards that I found here and sanded them clean of all the paint.  I especially liked the large round one because it's super heavy and sturdy.  After I washed it really good and let it dry in the sun for a few hours I brought it into the house, excited to start on my project.  It cleaned up nice, didn't it?



First I grabbed the bacon press that I found a couple of weeks ago at an estate sale.  It's the cutest thing with a pig on it....



Then I placed it into one of my cast iron pans and cranked up the heat until that baby was smoking.  And no, I was not makin' bacon under there either, altho a BLT sounds good right about now.  Hmmm, crisp apple smoked bacon, juicy ripe tomato, crisp green lettuce on 2 slices of toasted sourdough bread, slathered with mayo.....  Sorry, I digress.  Anyway....


I had the brainy idea that I was going to burn the pig image onto the wooden board using it like a branding iron.  I mean, that would be pretty cool looking, wouldn't it?


I pushed down on that bacon press with all my strength and then let it sit on the cutting board for about 5 minutes.  My husband kept lurking around in the background, telling me that this wasn't going to work.  He was like a 3 year old because he kept asking me to lift the press and see what happened.  Finally I lifted it, and lo and behold.....  nothing.... nada..... not a single burn mark.  I think my husband may have smirked.

I was not to be deterred however, so I took the bacon press, placed it directly onto the burner and really fired that thing up.  I mean, the heat was rolling off of it.  Once it was good and hot I put it on top of the cutting board and tried again.



This is what I got for my efforts.  Kind of disappointing, huh?   I think Louie felt bad for me because he came over and showed me how the pig design doesn't protrude out as far as the outer edge of the bacon press does, and it was preventing it from making good contact on the board.  I really, really hate it when he's right.


So that's my latest repurposed failure and I'm back to square one.  I still want that piggy design on that board.  I'm headed over to go search Pinterest to find a way to transfer the design and then maybe I can just burn it with my wood burning tool.  I'm thinking maybe with wax paper and a pencil.  I don't know.  If you know how to transfer stuff like that, give me a tip, would ya?

What ideas have you had that didn't work out?

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Vintage Inspiration Party 10-21-14 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Estate Sale Finds Oct. 20, 2014

The estate sales and garage sales are really trickling down to almost nothing now.  We did manage to find one small garage sale on Saturday and then on Sunday we hit an estate sale, but by that time it was already the 2nd day and it had been pretty picked over.  On the up side however, everything was half price, which is always nice.

Chablis picked up the adorable Christmas tray.  I chose the awesome Stanley thermos in purple -   Brand new, never used and the purple color is too cool.  I also grabbed the 2 painted cutting boards and I wasn't home 10 minutes before I already had taken my electric sander to both of them.   The smaller one is destined to become a key holder and I have an experiment I'm wanting to try on the round one.  Hopefully I'll get to that this week.  I'll let you know.


Chablis also got the brand new Nutcracker for her Christmas decorations, a new grater and the wooden hanger.  We always like those because of the advertising on them.   I took the red handled whisk and the little angel is actually a bell.  I may sell the whisk, maybe not.  It's in pretty decent shape and I'm always using whisks.  The bell may be incorporated into something or added to a string of bells I have hanging in my bedroom in Kentucky.  Undecided....



This large wooden cutting board was caked with grease and slice marks.  I mean caked.  Ick.  But once I sanded off the top few layers of wood, you will not believe the gorgeous warm red tone this wood has.  It's fab.  It cleaned up beautifully.  Now I have to decide if I want to take my wood burning tool to it.  I'm telling you, the color is beautiful.   The rectangular wooden box slides open.  Somebody named Linda scribbled her name all over it in pencil.  I took it because it's perfect for a geocache I want to make.


And my favorite find of the weekend was the Schweppes crate.  I rarely see these and the price was right.  The woman who was selling it at the garage sale was really giving me her hard sell on it...  "Oh, that's such a nice sturdy crate.  I've had it for years.  It's been sitting in my living room for forever.   I almost hate to give it up."   LOL...  Ok lady, I sincerely hope it was not sitting in your living room because it was extremely filthy and had huge cobwebs and dead bugs all over it, not to mention the years of dirt embedded in every crevice.  Whatever.  I didn't even try to talk her down on the price because it was that cheap and I really wanted it.
 


PLUS.......  It says Chicago, ILL. on the side.  Score!!


What did you find this week?

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Kicking Up my Justin's

I recently read a blog post by Kathy over at Petticoat Junktion (don't you just love her blog name?) where she was pondering whether or not she was too old to buy a pair of cowboy boots.   To which I give a resounding "Hell no, you are never too old to wear cowboy boots!"  Case in point....


I've been a fan of cowboy boots since the late 1970's when the television show Dallas exploded all over America and I ran out and bought real cowboy boots and an honest to goodness, made in Texas, cowboy hat.  Over the years I've bought a couple of different pairs of boots, including these gorgeous, pointy toed ones with turquoise beading.....



I've had a pair of turquoise (can you tell I'm addicted to turquoise?) Justin Gypsy boots bookmarked on Pinterest for ages and for my birthday in August my kids surprised me with a pair.  Do I have the best kids or what???  Picture me 2 stepping around the room....


The stitching is incredible and even the soles look awesome....





The box is too pretty to throw out.  On the rare occasions that I'm not wearing my boots, I keep them in their box, all safe and sound.....


 
But these are wearing boots, not "keep them in the box and only wear on special occasion" boots.  You can go to Justin's website to read up on the specifics like their grip-on demand feature, stabilization technology, flexible comfort and waterproofing.  Once I slipped into my Justin's, I immediately knew they were a great boot.  They are by far the most comfortable boots I've ever worn.  They are a perfect fit and the leather is sturdy, yet pliable.  There was no need for a "break-in" period - I experienced no foot tenderness or blisters.  From a women's point of view I think they are the ideal combination of kick-ass tough and "ain't I pretty?" 
 
So where have I been wearing my Justin's?  The easier question is probably where haven't I been wearing them, because I rarely take them off.  I wear them in Chicago and I wear them in Kentucky at the lake.  I've been geocaching all over 3 states with them on.  Grocery shopping?  No problem.  When I wore them to the dentist, she oohed and aahed over them.  I dressed them up with a cute outfit and some turquoise jewelry for a business dinner and didn't look out of place at all.  But my favorite place to wear my Justin's is at concerts!  In fact, they got properly introduced to country music at a Miranda Lambert concert just days after my birthday....
 

 
We toe tapped and danced to an excellent concert that also featured Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett.  Miranda is one of the best writers and singers in Nashville and her show did not disappoint.  My boots got a good work out at her show!
 


She is one multi-talented and gorgeous lady - go check out her music.  She has a heart of gold and a "take no shit" attitude.  She is by far my favorite female country singer. 

 

Two weeks later we went to see Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Cole Swindell at Soldier Field in Chicago.  Chablis and I were both rocking our Justin's....


It was a perfect night for an outdoor concert and we spent almost the entire time on our feet, dancing and swaying to the music.  These boys know how to entertain a crowd....


.... and Luke had everyone in tears when he performed my favorite song "Drink a beer"  where he remembers loved ones who have passed on.  If you've not heard the song, look it up on U tube.  Have a handkerchief ready.


So Kathy, in answer to your question - "No you are not too old to get cowboy boots."  Giddy-up on over to your nearest store and pick up a pair.  I know you're in Nashville a lot.  I can highly recommend the Justin brand for durability and sheer comfort.  And when you get your boots, I want to see a picture of you wearing them.  Go rock them at a concert!


Who else out there wears cowboy boots??

(I am in no way associated with the Justin brand.  This is not a review of their product, just merely a post in response to Kathy's question about cowboy boots)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Geocaching in Missouri

Usually on Monday I post my garage sale finds, but we didn't hit one single sale in the past week.  But I have a really good reason for that.  It was our 29th wedding anniversary yesterday so we went to the lake for a few days and when my husband asked me what I wanted to do for our anniversary, I had only one answer - go geocaching.... in Missouri.

The lake house is less than an hour's drive from the Missouri border and we didn't have any caches in Missouri yet.  So we got up and hit the road by 6 am.  My plan was to find geocaches in 3 states - Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois, and be back at the lake house in time for the noon football game.  Not a bad plan, right?  I had a list of 15 geocaches..... 2 in Kentucky, 10 in Missouri and 3 in southwestern Illinois.  The ones in Kentucky were quick and easy.  One was a new cache at the entrance to Wickliffe Mounds, where we've been before....


Then we had to cross the Ohio River and the Mississippi River.  Let me tell you something - they have extremely narrow bridges here.  My goodness, they were the most narrow bridges I think we've ever seen....



Our first Missouri cache was one placed in honor of the Scouts, which I loved and thought was appropriate since I grew up as a Girl Scout....

 
 



The next cache was next to a little goldfish pond and I liked this small plague because it was from Chicago.



This cache was a travel bug hotel and I picked up a TB to move along.  I thought the horses were cute and this was outside of a huge fireworks store.  Hence the very appropriate name Boomland.



Check out those gas prices!!!   We haven't seen prices as low as $ 2.99 a gallon in Chicago for years.  We filled up our tank while we were here and took advantage of it.  Thanks Missouri!


This next geocache was the best of the day and I gave it a favorite point.  It was in someone's front yard and it's called The Enchanted TB Village....


How cute is this??

It was just charming and I liked it so much because of all the creative work that went into it.  It's a must do cache if you're ever in the area....



Can you spot the geocache here?


The next cache was hidden in front of a restaurant called Lambert's Café.    Have you ever heard of it?   They weren't open while we were there because it was too early in the day, but I've already told my mom to plan on doing a road trip the next time they are visiting us at the lake so we can go back and eat here.  They throw dinner rolls are you - how fun is that?  Plus their menu sounds fabulous!


The geocache was hidden out in front.  The whole place was cute and I can't wait to go back.




While we were driving around from cache to cache we kept looking for a nice little country café to stop and have an anniversary breakfast.  Sadly, southeastern Missouri is not a hot spot for little cafe's.  We finally ended up stopping at McDonald's and grabbing a McBiscuit to eat in the car.  Talk about a romantic anniversary breakfast!  I am so low maintenance, aren't I?

We ended up finding 9 of the Missouri caches and had to take a DNF on one, so we headed back towards the border, figuring we'd slip into Illinois and grab the 3 earth caches that are located at Ft. Defiance.  But first we had to cross one of those narrow bridges and check out the car towing the trailer in front of us....


 Narrow, narrow bridges....


We pulled into Ft. Defiance and were greeted by locked gates and this sign....  Closed for Clean-up.  Who cleans a fort???? Ugh.....  All thoughts of finding geocaches in 3 states just flew out the window.

Plus I felt bad because I'm a huge fan of the history of Lewis and Clark and they visited this area and I wanted to see it....

 






So we ended up getting 11 geocaches in 2 states and we were still home in time for the noon kick-off.  In between games we made chicken fajita's and cleaned up my pontoon boat and put it away for the winter.  Last up for the day was a huge piece of anniversary cheesecake.  Sorry, no pictures of that - I was too busy eating it.  For me, it was the perfect way to spend our anniversary.  It's the little things that matter.  I don't really care if we're eating Egg McMuffins or dining at a 5 star restaurant, as long as Louie and I are doing it together and laughing at something, then I'm happy.

Note to Mom and Dad - we have a road trip already planned for next time you're here and we will be doing caches in 3 states that day and eating at a cool restaurant.  And that's a fact!!
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