Friday, January 29, 2010

Party in the Castle

Opps did I say castle? 

I meant the Barn, in the Land of Tarte that is!

This Saturday

January 30th, 2010

Special time...12 noon - 5pm

20131 South End Road

Oregon City, OR 97045

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I’ll see you there, I’ll be supplying The Crown Jewels! 

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Quick Trip to Eugene

I needed to take care of some business down south yesterday.  I have been wanting to visit my friend Kathy at her shop Colby Cottage  in Eugene since she opened in September, yesterday was the day!

I have been a long time admirer of Kathy.  She has a work ethic that is unlike any I have ever known.  She gets things done, priced and displayed while some of us are still trying to figure out what we are going to work on next.  She always has a kind word and smile.  I hope if you are in Eugene you will go find her and her wonderful shop on River Road.    

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Not only will you find great items to buy. But you will also have adorable in store customer service.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Do you need a good laugh?

I didn’t realize until a few years ago that I sometimes laugh louder than most people.  That could be because while I have learned to use my inside voice, I still haven’t mastered my inside laugh.  Or perhaps I think some things are so funny you can’t help yourself… Any way, right before my niece left to go back to Michigan after Christmas, we all ended up at Borders Bookstore with the kids.

I’m off looking at magazines and I hear the kids laughing,

Dave (The Saint) is with the kids, did they find a funny book?

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I don’t think a book can be this funny?

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Sam, what are you doing to make her laugh like this?

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He is also not using his inside laugh… 



Guess what they have for sale at Border’s?



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I’m thinking they may want to rethink their merchandise if they don’t want some serious laughing going on!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

That was Certainly Fun!


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I am so glad for the new year, the chance to get going again!  I had so much fun doing the Clark County Show.  I was delighted to be invited to stay with the BH Boys or Barn Boys as Dave calls them.

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Here is the picture on their blog banner,which is a good indicator of  the beauty they create.  I’m still not sure which of them took the photo’s, but none the less they are both incredibly talented. Not just talented but smart too! 

I’m sure you have heard of Google Reader.  I didn’t know exactly how it worked and why I would want too.  Jermonne showed me how it worked, how much faster it was to read the blogs you keep up with, none of the clicking back and forth, waiting for the loading and downloading, not really knowing if you have read the most recent post or not, amazingly cool.

Much like the speed reading class I once took, only better!! You will want to try it.

As a side note have you seen this recent Sommerset copy?


The most talented Robin Laws, aka Bird Tweets, has a beautiful article and photos taken at a Barn House Event. This is one of her pictures that wasn’t in the article, but on her blog.  I totally love her photography she always seems to catch the spirit as well as the image of her subjects.

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Not only do I think Google Reader is a wonderful time saver.  I would like to once again tell you that I love doing my postings in

Windows Live Writer 

a free download.  This makes it soooo much simpler and faster than Blogger.  The pictures go where you put them without messing with HTML and you can write the post off line and then post it when you have internet access. I had been telling Lisa for months she needed to switch and  when she finally did she had to call and tell me how much easier it was!

It was an especially fun time this weekend, because Miss Cindy

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was also staying at BH, helping me at the show and generally just sprinkling inspiration in all directions.

Do you remember Robin’s article this summer

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You will want to join me

Saturday, January 30th at the Barn in Oregon City

I will be there to see what kind of magic the Queen has conjured up for her first show of the new year.

It was great fun being with The Queen and the BH Boys, but I also had a wonderful time visiting with my customers, fellow bloggers and other vendors all weekend. 

I enjoy the shopping, gathering the merchandise. I tolerate getting things ready for sale, I grit my teeth while Dave loads it, delivers it and helps me get it set up.  But the best part, the reason I love this business is the interaction with all of you.  Thank you so much for your continued support and for your friendship

you are the best of the best!


Monday, January 11, 2010

Pulling Myself Together

Only 10 days into the New Year, the one I was planning to ENJOY, and look at me…

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I’m a mess I have fallen apart and I need help!  I must pull myself together, I have a show this weekend!  I have lots to do and I am a mess!   I just wanted to get a new look for a new year, Okay I guess I wanted a total body transformation and now what??

Look at my fingers. 

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Here is a better view,

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I know what your thinking, GROSS!!

She really needs to pull it together! 

Thankfully I have help, you remember St. David?  He not only can change a tire in the worst imaginable conditions, he can figure out a puzzle better than anyone I know.

He will have this ole girl together before you know it!

And that’s a good thing since Thursday we will be heading out for the first show of the year!

January 16 & 17, 2010
Clark County Washington Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall

Show Hours & Admission
There will be 400 booths FILLED to overflowing with GREAT items!

Show Hours are the same for every Palmer/Wirfs Antique show.
Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Adult Admission to the Show: $6.00
Children 12 - 17: $3.00
Under 12: Free

For additional information look here.

Well look at me!!  I’m already feeling better!

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If I could only get that glue off my fingers…


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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year


The first day of the new year is almost over.  I’ve spent the day with

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My New Year’s resolution is to spend more time doing that.

My word, for the year is ENJOY.

Here is the definition I found


To take pleasure or satisfaction in the possession or experience of; to feel or perceive with pleasure; to be delighted with; as, to enjoy the dainties of a feast; to enjoy conversation.
To have, possess, and use with satisfaction; to occupy or have the benefit of, as a good or profitable thing, or as something desirable; as, to enjoy a free constitution and religious liberty
To take satisfaction; to live in happiness.

I recently read Luluz, post about her Christmas Day.

She ended the post with

P.S. these children are not my biological grand children, nor am I really related to their moms, but love is such a wide open field and I am so proud of their moms I would be ecstatic if they all sprung from my family tree.

If you have read this blog before, I am sure you know I love my family and my extended family with a passion beyond measure.

I treasure my friends and their families as well. I love reading about your adventures and the stories you share about those you care about, your friends, your babies all the ones you hold dear.

One day this week I got a letter from the sister of a special customer I met at Expo a couple of years ago.  She came to my Open House a few weeks ago with her mother and sisters.   Sheila and I knew as soon as we saw her, she was very sick.  The letter was to let me know she passed away just a week after she was here. 

The next day I got a phone call from a friend, letting me know that a mutual friend had suddenly died.  Her husband came home to find her unconscious, and was unable to revive her.  I was with her and her husband on their first date.  Her children are the same age as mine.  I guess all this to say, we never know.

I’m pretty sure whenever I have a choice I am going to choose to