July 26, 2016

100 Days Away!!!!

Hey Y'all- guess what......

Mark your calendars, call your friends, get the girls together, make a date with your honey... get your Christmas lists ready!

Be at the Barn--- JB Wells Showbarn
                           Gonzales, Texas 78629
                           Friday night 4p-8p
                           Saturday 9a- 4p

see you in 100 days!!!!

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July 22, 2016

18 Colors of Paint

Does that sound like too many colors to choose from?  18- Road Tested Colors as my friends the Junk Gypsies like to call them!

In case you haven't heard, Rusted Gingham is a retailer for the Junk Gypsy Chalk and Clay paint!  We have every color at our booth at Main Street Marketplace  in downtown Gonzales, Texas!

 We still have a booth upstairs with our Junky, REmadE, HandMadE GoOds--- but we were fortunate to get a Primo, Perfect, Slim little spot for the Junk Gypsy Paints after we took down our window display.....  This was what it looked like when we first saw it----

Then we took out the cabinet that was screwed to the wall- and the shelves... and we were left with this peach of a color.... So we asked our Insta and FAcebook followers to shout out some ideas- and they did!  Donna Koehler was the winner of an 8oz jar of paint- her choice for playing along with us!  In the end we chose- Happy Camper!  What a great subtle color to use as the back drop for all 18 colors!!   My youngest had to get in on the painting....

In between paint projects I took some time to bake some goods and create a space at our local Farmers Market!  What a great morning- I think next spring I would like to make a habit of this....
Toasted Pecan Banana Bread and Onion Zucchini bread were quick sellers- oh and some sugar cookies- which kind of disappeared rather quickly..... Grandma's tomato, cucumber, onion 'salad' was  a treat for many who said their Grandma used to make it!   

This bread is Delish- but doesn't use up near enough zucchini....

And toasting the pecans makes a world of a difference when it comes to baking- especially in this banana bread!
The shoppers were all so sweet- and excited to have things locally grown and hand made!
 I made some bouquets from everything that was flowering in our yard, fresh picked tomatoes, eggs from the younger's chickens, earrings from the older, potted Aloe Vera and even some ground beef from Cattleman- so I was representing the entire family!!!

For those of you that know me- you know I can't do just a table and my GoOds.... it had to look pretty and good enough to eat- and I will say that it did!

This little piece here has sat in the house for a few years- yes all scratched up!  I loved the barn reddish color of it- but since I'm in this 'brightening' things up mode.... I decided it was time to give it a little sprucing up. Mind you- I have to leave some of it scratched up.

In comes the Junk Gypsy Wanderlust for outside and insides, topped off with Buttermilk biscuit!  I left the shelves their natural color- they are going to be filled with family photo albums/scrapbooks.... 
In case you are getting geared up to pain and want a good sampling of all the colors we have to choose from....
 Buttermilk Biscuit, Gypsy Prom, Dreamcatcher
 Dirtroad Dreamer, Happy Camper, Wild Oats

Hippie Highway, Free Range, Wild Blue Yonder
 Landlocked Mermaid, Faded Jeans, Free Spirit
 Wanderlust, American Dream, Rebel Child
Flower Child, Granny's Cornbread, Singin' the Texas Blues

And what about that booth space that we painted.. well take a look here and see ---- click below
 our booth at Main Street Marketplace

Happy Painting!!!

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June 28, 2016

A slight re-cap

Hey there- the calendar is flipping to July- Really..... I cannot believe that.  In this case that means that the best Barn Sale south of I-10 is happening in 4 months- 4 months, Oh my goodness!  I cannot believe those numbers just came out..... Eeek! Hope you have it on your calendar!!!!

Here is a little peek at what we've been up to around here....

Yep- those are applications... laid out in the shape of a heart because, well- y'all we Love our vendors! If it weren't for them this Barn Sale would not be what it is!!!!  We've go the 'map' of the barn planned out.... It's full of Awesome!  So be sure and certain that you have your calendar filled in for....
Recently we had the honor of meeting Chet Garner, aka, The Daytripper!  He spoke at our Gonzales Area Development Corporation Luncheon- the theme was- 'What's YOUR piece of the puzzle?'
Chet being the cool-special guy he is was gifted a puzzle piece sugar cookie.... from, well- you know from who!  Sweet girl won a door prize- hence the cap I put on for the Pic!  He gave a very engaging speech that kept all our ears perked!  He highlighted the 'things in our backyard' and encouraged us to see them and invite others to do so! I am so glad to be part of Rusted Gingham and that the Barn Sale helps draw people to our historic Texas town every November!

Speaking of 'drawing' people to Gonzales.... Oh my- our city has been fortunate to host the Jr High Rodeo finals for at least the last 8 years- every year the staff and some volunteers of JB Wells park meet up and 'stuff' buckets to be handed out to the more than 400 contestants!  Talk about a draw to Gonzales!!! The JB Wells park turns into a full blown neighborhood for the last week in May- it is the coolest thing to watch!  Our city explodes with people from across the state coming to cheer on their kids, grand kids, family, friends, neighbors- it is such a rush to see all the excitement at the arena! Rusted Gingham dropped a Save the Date card in --every--single--bucket!  Hoping to see some of those sweet rodeo families at the 9th annual Barn Sale!

Speaking of Barns.... this just happened.  Instead of just one kid showing calves- we now have 2!  My oh my--- little brother has been watching for the past several years- and now it is his turn to join in the ring!  These two make a good pair doing chores together!

We have had some exciting things happen at the Chicken Coop- I have a few other 'Chicken' pics of sorts... those will come soon!

Recently sweet girl had a delivery to make in Round Top with the ever sweet Tara the Pie Queen of  Royers' Pie Haven and since she can't drive yet I had the honor of taking her!  So I took some cookies to Tara- you know she is around P-I-E ALL Day L.o.n.g and well- sometimes you just need a sugar cookie!  

Speaking of P-I-E.... sometimes a friend calls you and tells you to clear your calendar- and oh by the way, bake a pie...... What?  Um, Ok.  So, I clear my calendar and show up to meet up with some other cool friends- all toting pies too!  Let's just say we had a little pie-down throw-down.... Mine are those 'cutie pies' in the front... Tart Cherry pie- just in time for 4th of July!!!!

Sometimes I try projects on Pinterest- do you ever do that?  (insert laugh here......)  Well, this is a pinterest 'fail' that I think is absolutely Perfect!!!!  You cannot see this up close- but there are issues with it.  However, I cannot help but put it in perspective.... my short 'fail' here at pinterest perfection is
n-o-t-h-i-n-g when it comes to my Forever! 
I've said it before and I will say it again- if you don't know where you are spending eternity it's time to figure it out.  I'd be glad to visit with you if you don't know that there is an eternity- there are two choices for it.  One is perfect, the other- misery. 
This saying really hit me today- I've recently had some family members get some unexpected news. It is not up to us to understand The Master's plans- only to live out our lives according to His plan as best as we can - every-single-day.  We are never promised a length of days when we are born- we don't choose when we are born, we don't choose to be a boy or a girl when we are born.... all that is already planned.  Enjoy the plan He has for you- and if you don't know what that plan is, ask Him.  It's pretty cool when you talk to Him a lot, he talks back!  You might be one conversation away from getting your answer.......

We are taking summer day by day- and the days are flying by- even though we have more daylight! Enjoy your summer- get outside, go to a park, play a game with kids/family/friends/neighbors  (recently we were out to eat and had a deck of cards with us- it was shocking to everyone else in the place that we were playing cards- with each other, not playing on our 'smart devices!' -- we were not gambling), watch and old movie together, clean out closets (I know that isn't fun) put up garden treasures with a group of family or friends (isn't everything more fun with family & friends!?)
My momma gifted me this book since she knows I like to carry on the tradition of canning like my Grandma did..... I attempted spicy pickled okra for my first time ever!!!  We can eat some pickled okra in this house, so I am really hoping this recipe works.... ask me in about 2 weeks when we crank the first one open!
And then- with summer comes crock pot- What?  Shocking.... I know- but some days I just don't want to turn the oven or stove on, so the beautiful crock pot gets used!
Who can deny (insert hubby cattleman here, and a few of his friends) a crock pot full of soft chicken breasts so tender they can be shredded with a fork..... Super easy peasy and it lasts this little family for several meals! 

I'm off to make cookie dough for some friends- which means I do have to turn the oven on! 

Treats to you....

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April 04, 2016

Live and in Color: Vendor Applications!

As April rolls around, it can only mean one thing: applications for the 2016 Barn Sale are now LiVE!

In November (the 4th and 5th to be exact), we'll take this empty barn,

add a hand-selected group of highly talented vendors,

gather the GoOds,

and have the best Barn Sale yet!

So, mark those calendars, tell all your friends, and make sure you find your way to Gonzales, Texas, November 4th and 5th! 

If you want to be one of our hand-selected, highly talented purveyors of the finest junk in south Texas, please fill out an application and get it to us sooner than later! Click here for the application.

See you in November! 

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March 10, 2016

Farmville City Limit

Hey y'all- Happy March!  The year is 'marchin' right on!!!!

I recently was asked to take a personality test by a sweet friend- something that I gladly did!  I always think it's fun to see where I come out and if any of my tendencies have changed since college..... I tested out as an 'Entertainer' - Spontaneous, energetic and enthusiastic.... life is never boring around an entertainer! Utterly social, Entertainers enjoy the simplest things, and there's no greater joy for them than just having fun with a good group of friends. (Yep) Entertainers have the strongest aesthetic sense of any personality type- outfits to a well appointed home (that is the goal) know what is attractive when they see it (champagne taste on a Mogan David budget- at least me... not all entertainers are limited in their spending), and aren't afraid to change their surroundings to reflect their personal style (YEP!)

This is where today's story comes in..... Weekly we host families in our home to fellowship together.  They never know what to expect - the decor in the Sexton home is constantly revolving!  Some people decorate for the Holidays.... this gal decorates for 'seasons' in a unique way.  So when I read that my personality type likes to change their surroundings to reflect their style- I knew that part had me nailed!  It's interesting that as often as I change things, sometimes one little thing is what people will notice.

I'm going to invite you in to a few of my 'areas' as they are right now.  I traditionally have a few vintage items up for Valentines for a few short weeks- right after Valentines (day after) I like to transition to a Farm or Ranch theme depending on the year. The reason I choose these themes is that during this time of year we are in 'Stock Show Season' which means we hit major stock shows in Texas along with a few close to home ones....It starts in January, but I leave up the l.o.v.e till midnight Valentines..... So Right now- our home is all about the Farm!

Last fall was my and sweet girls first ever trip to Marburger for the Antique show (we have been to a Winter Prom with the Junk Gypsies  there- but not shopping) and a few vendors met or exceeded my expectations!  This sign- albeit looks small in the photo it is not... 4ft wide by 20" tall.... was a splurge at a vendor from Waco.  I knew as soon as I saw it that it belonged in our home.  I've been waiting 4.5 months to put it up!   After quick research it seems that there is a Farmville in Virginia and another in North Carolina... as well as our Home!

 I created this verse canvas right after Valentines- it was speaking to me.  God has given us this land to dwell in- We are cultivating faithfulness in our marriage, in our children and in the lives of those we mentor.  The promise in this is that by trusting in the Lord (good times and crazy times) we Will enjoy Safe Pasture- everyone's pasture may look different, however God will protect us.  His word fills our home and brings a joyful peace even in the most unique situations.

 All about Farm Fresh.... beef, bacon and eggs.... speaking of eggs- this was made by the kiddos yesterday- and yes it was Delicious..... the half eaten was for us- the other for some friends going through a challenging situation. I found it on Pinterest Mommas Egg Custard Pie is what she called it.  My Momma made one when we stayed with her recently during the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo and sweet girl loved it!  So, little chicken farmer has A LOT of eggs on hand right now and we thought this would be a 'sweet' way for them to use a few! That, and a dozen stuffed (deviled) eggs to take to Houston Livestock Show.... Stuffed eggs are not just for Easter lunch!  The difference between our recipe and the link above is that we used a homemade pie crust- do what works for you!

Speaking of eggs--- I decided to bring in and hang some of my vintage Purina Feed sacks!  This one is absolutely precious-  We don't have any chicks around here yet.... but when we do- Startena is the way to go!

The bottom of this Pig Startena still has the address from the General Offices- Checkerboard Square, St Louis, Missouri.  That is some serious 'brand image' there - Checkerboard Square.  So one of the guys that comes weekly for our fellowship time showed up last week with a mini checkerboard from Purina- he works for a company where they get little perks/give away goodies and he knew I would love it- super thoughtful- It is just the right size to be a magnet on our fridge! He knew I would love it because he is always noticing how I've arranged or redecorated (the whole Entertainer thing....)

 Speaking of Pig Startena...
This was several months ago when we introduced Lady and Sir Stinker to our place- and our Corgi introduced himself too! Sweet times watching these two grow larger while on our farm.

This vignette houses a disc stand which we sell at Barn Sale every year, cotton bulbs, a very vintage feed scoop (given to sweet girl by a neighbor when they were cleaning out an old shed on their place), and a cute sign that only needs the sheep traded for a hog!  The sign gives a definition for Farm- 1. A place occupied by a Farmer: A plot of land where produce is planted and cultivated
           2. A place where farm animals (ie. cows, sheep, chickens) are bred and raised.
The sign came with a plain frame- so I had to touch it up with some Junk Gypsy American Dream paint!  The Hereford is perfect as that is Cattleman's breed of choice- and what sweet girl shows.  Trade out the sheep for a hog- and leave the chicken on top!  I loved that it did not give a 'size' to label a farm.  My Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary (that I've had since long before college) says; Farm- A tract of land forming a single property and devoted to agriculture.
So, there you have it- we are farmers.  From fruit trees to vegetables, cows to chickens- we cultivate and produce agricultural products.
Sweet girl uses a scoop very similar to the one above everyday when feeding her calves.  The cotton reminds me of an uncle who raised cotton outside Lubbock (New Home actually) many years ago. And the disc stand- for all my uncles who spend more time on tractor seats than they do on couch seats!

An old window frame holds letters from a former Fertilizer Company sign and an assortment of vintage hoe wheels (I am missing one from here.... wonder who has it) all in colors that I love.

Below the disc stand are two currently functional items for the farm (and one for cakes/decorating) and two that were from 'back in the day.' The hay hooks are functional for what I used them for growing up- and what our kids can use them for now... throwing square hay bales!  (However, I've also been known to use them to hang on a wall as a hook for vintage dresses.....)  The other two items according to my chicken farmer work well attached to the back of his tractors as disc harrows (even if they are the wrong direction- it's all in the imagination) however, when Cattleman was growing up these were curry combs. We have some other vintage combs, but they are still in use at the barn!

Some of you know (especially if you've been in our home) that I am an avid collector hoarder of neat books--- relating to; farming, Texas, anything 'old school' (literally since I teach I mean old school vintage children's reader books) barns, and a few others.  (This has obviously rubbed off onto one of my children who has a mini library in their room) This particular book that is opened on the table right now is: Feeds and Feeding A Handbook for the Student and Stockman 20th Edition 1948. The first to ninth editions are by the late Professor W.A. Henry (1850-1932), who was one of the most eminent agricultural scientist of his period and was also recognized as one of the great leaders in the development of the American system of agricultural colleges and experiment stations. I graduated from a great Agricultural College that still today has many beneficial Experiment Stations in production/research.  The pages I have this book open to talk about Bedding and fertility in relation to using manure as a fertilizer--still great practical reading even after 60 years.

Speaking of Reading- We do A LOT of that in our home.... This is my new 'go to' spot for reading.  Early morning Bible reading, lunch read aloud time (currently we are reading Corrie Ten Boom- Keeper of the Angels' Den- yes we are studying WWII), evening newspaper reading.... It's become my favorite spot. 
This is the vignette above- I was at a friends house a while back and she had lights strung around family photos- I enjoy lights... year round!  I think it has something to do with us needing to 'be the light of the world!' Lights are always festive- and I want our home to be festive (there is that Entertainer thing again) The shelves are made from the floor boards that were in the barn where my Cattleman grew up- Yes- 2" thick wooden floor boards! We salvaged them many many years ago and these shelves have seen many a different decoration on them over the years. The FARM OFFICE sign was a Warrenton find many years ago that I gave Cattleman as a gift. The Beef Cuts Chart was a recent gift to Cattleman- we like beef and we cannot lie!
Speaking of beef- One last goodie that was a gift to Cattlemen as well (Yes- I buy things 'for him' and then use them to decorate) is a perfect Polka Dot Range Meal feed sack with none other than an iconic Hereford Bull for it's image! 

So there you have a 'peek' into some of the vignettes gracing our home right now. In about a month or two it will be totally different...... It's just the way I am.  We have many other vintage farm ephemera around here--- they just didn't all make the photo shoot.  Speaking of photos- I'm sure you can tell- I am no April Pizana  or Lori Raabe .... just a quick snap with the camera or phone for now!

We have more 'Stock Show Season' to go- but it is winding down.... Next post I'll try to show you some pics of the JB Wells Showbarn  being used for our local Stockshow!

Till then...... From our Farmville to yours- Enjoy your Pasture wherever it may be!

Suzanne @ Rusted Gingham

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