August 13, 2015

15 year Dream comes to fruition

 We have been on our property for over 15 years--- and from the time we bought it I've had a dream of owning my own chickens.  You see I grew up with chickens in a pen out behind one of our barns.  Then when I was old enough for 4-H I raised broiler chickens and turkeys (at separate times) along with the laying hens in our pen.  We always had a supply of eggs- Always!  And to this day anytime my Dad comes to visit he brings no less than an 18 pack of eggs for his girl (me) and sometimes more!

My cattlemen husband has always known of my love for yard birds/hen layers/feathered friends/cluckers or whatever name you might know them by...... but you see, he grew up with a father that despised the things (much unlike my Dad) who has continued to keep them. When hubbies parents bought the home place in Iowa the first thing- and I repeat first thing his dad did--- Tear down the Chicken shed......Yep- you read that right.  I of course was appalled the first time I heard this story (and the many times since) as I am reminded about it from his family anytime we visit or I mention my feathered friend dream.

Over the past several years anytime the kids have asked what sort of gift I want for a holiday (Christmas, Mother's Day, Birthday) my response has been - Chickens!  They got to the point where they would ask but say it 'Mom- we know you want Chickens- but what else?' Otherwise read as- you aren't getting them so give us another idea of something you might like......

Several years ago my parents cleaned out part of their barn and hauled over my old feeders from bygone 4-H days.... They have been stored here just waiting for a time they could be used.....

I always said if I had chickens they would eat in style.... so out come my paint colors.... I have my trusty turquoise, a chalk paint red, and a Brand Spanking new can of Junk Gypsy paint in Cornbread.  Why am I painting feeders if I have NO chickens???

Well......Cattlemen decided this was the year to make it happen for my birthday-- Y*E*S!!!!!  I immediately start thinking of cute factor and he starts measuring and calculating how many supplies we will need.  First things first- Clean Out Old Shed..... 15+ years of 'stuff'/'projects'/things waiting to happen = large burn pile.

 This stuff was in the shed- moved out to find new homes.
Don't scream at me- Most of what you see left in this picture did not get burned- especially the nice wood gate or the old whiskey barrel slats..... Most of the wood/super junky junk was on burn pile by now (with exception of old shelving unit and a worktable-they went on quickly) and things were starting to progress.

With helpers like this things can get moving pretty fast- awesome work ethic and work well together.  This is pretty much 'cleaned out' by now.  The kids thought we would have it done in a day- meaning cleaned and pens built inside.....um- not quite.


 Replacing a few rotten front posts was the first part to be accomplished- and then there is always a string line on any project we do. Might I say I am always impressed with Cattlemen's talents. Old rotted 4x4 post had to come out and holes dug to insert new ones in correct places for pen spacing. Mind you- this was the first weekend we were hitting triple digits- go figure.









Day 2- Invite Brother over.... ;-)  Extra drill, two extra hands = a lot of help!!!  Walls went up for the 3 pen areas.
 I of course contemplated painting them- but chose not to.
After wall braces we added the wire separating the pens.


 
 Day 3- This shows up!  I have them 'drop' it as close to the pens as possible since I would be the one hauling it in the pens.



 Good golly- this picture makes it look like a small mound of sand- It really started around 4/5' tall.... I shoveled and wheel barrowed into each pen filling with several inches of sand (that was my workout for the day!) and smoothing out just enough. We weren't expecting quite that much- but we will surely find other uses for it (garden beds maybe?) and haul it where it needs to go.










 Next - part of the 'cute' factor.... Cattlemen was all set to build doors for each pen- made from 1x6's-- they would have been stout to say the least.  Well, I've had a certain screen door in a shed a few years .... and I just knew I wanted it to be a door to one of the pens.  So I brought it out- he said yes and I opened some paint..... Then he asked me to find 2 more screen doors... Well, being the hoarder junker that I am- I Delivered!  woot woo- hoarding for years on end can have it's benefits...
Door 1- White Pen


















Door 2- the First one I brought out-
The Red Pen

This door was on the house I grew up in and when my parents re-modeled this creamy colored screen door came off and was stored in this shed. It now serves a new purpose and has a new color!

 Door 3- The turquoise Pen.  This screen was given to me by a sweet friend last year after the barn sale- it was a greyish/blue with the white screen on it- again- out comes the paint!










Remember those galvanized little feeders I had been holding onto?  Well..... they have to match their pens is why I chose the paints that I did!  The Cornbread yellow is for the 'white' pen- which will have yellow accents!

 Delivery Day....... This is one of the sweetest men I know (no- it's not my Dad even though some may think so- he is keeping his chickens!) who delivered the ordered birds to us.  *Note- the good lookin guy in the back is Cattlemen and has a Giant smile on his face..... I'm sure my m.i.l. will give him a hard time about that!

 move in time for the new birds- each kid grabbed a crate and carried them in... then had to coax them out!
 One happy boy holding his German Bielfelder little hen.
 Huge smiles holding the Blue Black Splash Orpington- these ladies will get big!

 Sweet girl showing off the Bielefelders.
 Getting used to their new home.

Next comes another part of the 'cute' factor.... I've been saving a few nesters back for the time that we had chickens on this place.....If you've ever been to the Barn Sale or have seen photos from it then you know I paint these with cute sayings.  I have always said the chicks could eat and sleep in style- Well, I have them painted to coordinate with their pen- but I'm stuck!  I cannot come up with the sayings for my own chick roost! That being said- feel free to send me some ideas!

Last year we visited my friend Linda at Texas Trash and Treasurers and I could not resist the cute arrow signs- at the time I had no idea where I would hang them.... Low and behold I found the perfect place....
Within the first 5 minutes of getting the birds my son says- 'Mom, they are already pooping'- Boys pay attention to those kinds of details!!!

And last but not least- when we visited the sweet man (photo above) to see his chickens pre us getting ours he had something I wanted and knew we would need one.  A scale to weigh eggs- a Vintage Scale to weigh the eggs.
My cattlemen and kiddos were listening when I oohed and ahhed over his scale- so guess what this girl found in a birthday gift bag????  Yes- my very own- in my fav colors to boot!  We cannot wait to start getting eggs from our girls!  The plan is to have a few more that are strictly for laying hens (I use eggs constantly for baking orders) and use these 'fancy' breeds to hatch and let the kiddos sell the chicks to raise money for various projects.

So there you have it- a 15 year dream that came to fruition in a very short amount of time and one very happy birthday girl- along with some kiddos that are loving it too!!

This little guy- well- he isn't so sure of the new neighbors.... hoping he will adjust soon! In the meantime he will still smile at us!!!


More chicken adventures to come.....
Suzanne






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July 29, 2015

Photos Galore--and MORE!

If you're not on Facebook, you may not have seen all the wonderful (amazing, beautiful, creative) shots Lori Raabe captured during the 2014 Barn Sale. We have been uploading them in batches (that ol' country internet takes a while sometimes) and you can find them here.


Also, we are just 99 (NINETY-NINE!) days away from the 2015 Barn Sale! We can't wait to see you there! Call a friend, forward them this post, or send 'em a smoke signal and let 'em know they can't miss this year's GoOds!







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April 25, 2015

It feels like Christmas Card time around here

 Typically right after Thanksgiving mailboxes start filling up with Christmas cards- family and friends wishing each other a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year- updates with happenings of family members over the past year.....
 

Yes, I know it's April. Around here, April is similar to December in that our mailbox has a few sweet envelopes in it everyday!  For about a month and a half the box has applications for Barn Sale coming in - Daily! The applications are like the cards in that they tell us what vendors have been up to during the year (what other shows they attend), pictures (albeit not typically of family- but of Junky/crafty/vintage goodness) and their wishes for fall 2015. 

This would be just a small sampling of what has arrived already..... Let me tell you- What we've gotten so far is GoOd!  App time is always so challenging --- trying to make just the right selections to fill the Barn!!!!

It is just over 6 Months from the Barn Sale!  That means- 27 Fridays.... Which means- It will be here before we know it!!!!

If you have not marked your calendar yet- Please do so- We would love to see you at the Barn!







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April 10, 2015

Vendor Applications up and available....

Would you or someone you know like to be one of these????  What are these.......


These are the 75+ amazing vendors that make the Barn Sale so unique!!!  If so, now is the time to apply. The applications flood in every year and it is truly the hardest part of this job... selecting just the right combinations that make the Barn Sale what it is. We take time viewing photos, reading descriptions, looking at blogs, Facebook and Instagram to see who has just what the Barn needs!

Applications are live! The Barn Sale is one of The Best Vintage Markets south of I-10. Will you be with us this Nov 6th and 7th at the JB Wells Showbarn in Gonzales, Texas?



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April 06, 2015

We Walked and Walked in Warrenton!

Warrenton has come and gone... all too quickly!  I was only able to make two trips- but made both of them worth while!

The first trip was with a group of dear friends after church on a Sunday afternoon- We stopped for lunch in La Grange and picked up some sweets to snack on for the afternoon- then we shopped till the tents closed.





 This was a fun group of ladies to spend time with- One had only been her first time for a few hours the day before- she loved Every minute of it! This oversized red couch had us all laughing.

Jill Suzanne was the background for this shirt promoting 'It's all about the JUNK- No New Stuff' and Next Stop.... Barn Sale!   Jill Suzanne has this nice permanent show house on the hill in Warrenton- you can normally smell her signature scented wax melts before you get in the door.... I had to stock up to last me till October!

I took this picture to appease my Dad- He always calls me Sanford!  Cracks me up- as I tell him that I had to learn it from somewhere........

I was Delighted to see my friends Laurie and Stacy from Two Bar West with an Awesome set up by Zapp.  I have enjoyed my packs and purses from them since the beginning of their business- quality Texas made Goods!

Sweet Janet couldn't believe this was really an outhouse- so she had to pick up the lid to check...Thank goodness Jolie and Amie make it look cute since their Junk Gypsies tent is right next to it!

We didn't even fill up the vehicle- with 5 ladies I was Shocked!!!

Onward now to the second trip.....
What you cannot see in this photo is the line of cars in front of us and the line behind us!  This was Thursday morning around 10ish..... traffic was moving- slow.  But alas we made it!

This photo shows us ready to go- you can see the line of cars in the back.  Note the footwear options- comfy flats, well worn boots and flip flops.  These are also friends from church - they had prior commitments on Sunday so chose Thursday to make a day of it!
Models we are not- but we do enjoy promoting the Barn Sale!!!  Nov 6-7th JB Wells Park, Gonzales Texas!  Also- if you are interested in one of these shirts we hope to place another order (these were all special order) by September.  Email us from the link on the website and let us know!  I purchased a beautiful pink petunia from this booth at the end of the day.


Linda's smile cracks me up- her work is always creative and she uses whatever her and Richard can come up with... I was so tickled by the Party Poopers sign at the Barn Sale I had to get in on it at Warrenton.   Texas Trash and Treasures is a great business and we are glad to be friends with them!  20 + years in the junk business and still going... keep it up!!!!

Old school desks- swoon..... Now the story. The girls were looking at these and the vendor tells them they came out of a school in Gonzales- Yep- We stopped in our tracks!  Neither one of them had a place for one, I could have used 2, Two years ago.... So we started racking our brains.... Then we see a sticker that has a name K. Ehrig - We all three recognize it as the initial for a teacher that is now retired from GISD.  The neat part is that one of my friends with me has that last name.  Then I thought about a darling friend that is pregnant and is married to an Ehrig and lives in the house of the former teacher listed Ehrig... so thank goodness my texted picture finally went through to her. She said 'buy it' and the deal was done!  It will now be in their home for their little one to enjoy through the years.  I LOVE being a personal shopper for all things Junky- and meaningful in this regard!

Old school clocks- another swoon!  I purchased a fabulous wood framed one years ago from Teresa at Garden Antqs Vintage. I was tickled by this display- and how amusing it was that the times were so different!  (I know it's not great quality.. I did not tote my camera with me) You can view Tokyo, Round Top, London and New York- I've been to 3 of the 4 and the thought of being on 'Round Top Time' made me smile!

Now to the above.... It was about 5:45 when we loaded the car to start making our stops at the vendors where we needed to pick up items. We were all surprised daylight could be seen out the back window! As we were pulling out one of the ladies says- 'Hey, We didn't make it over there!' (I would really hate for her to know just how big the WHOLE place is....) I said- 'Nope we didn't'
Then it hit me- It was Thursday- not just any Thursday... PROM Thursday!  Junk Gypsy always hosts Prom on the last Thursday of the show and the Bubble Lounge at Zapp is hopping so I told them we could pick up the rest of our Goods and come back for late night shopping if they were up for it. As you could guess- they were.

This was one of the first things I saw when we started shopping on 'Round 2'- I literally Laughed out Loud and hoped she had one in my size- a favored color combo and a perfect saying- it was a win win!  You cannot see it in the picture but the elephant is loaded down with Goods.  This is funny to me as well since I used to travel to State Fairs and County Fairs all over the U.S- not with the Carnies though!!!!

This neon made me smile- we don't eat much 'Junk Food' around here- but the Junk part we can handle... The colors were right up my alley- however, it would not fit in the vehicle...so I left it and the Texas Taco Co sign seen in the back for someone else to purchase.


Said no cowgirl ever, 'Boots, I have too many.' You surely will not hear those words come out of my mouth.... I am Always scouting for another pair of boots! There were boots all over the place. Unfortunately- none came home with me.

We truly Walked and Walked in Warrenton- from the South side to the North side.... We smiled, laughed, walked, ate, drank, walked, shopped pulling a wagon all day (thank goodness!) and did I say walked?  It was a wonderful time- both trips!


Here was the clock when we got back to Gonzales Thursday night- I could not believe it! I had not shopped a day like that in a l-o-n-g time!  This was after finding out that ALL eating establishments in LaGrange are closed by 10pm with the exception of the EXXON gas station that Thankfully had 3 pieces of pizza left for 3 very hungry shoppers!  It was near midnight by the time I made it home- What a Day of Walkin in Warrenton!  Thanks for taking a tour with me!

Don't forget- if you are interested in ordering one of the 'It's All About the Junk- No New Stuff' shirts to give us an email!!!

As I'm finishing up I look at the date and realize it is officially 7 months until the Best Barn Sale south of I-10 happens in Gonzales, Texas!

Be Back Soon.......

It's All About the Junk- no new stuff-
Suzanne



































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