July 03, 2014

Happy Birthday, America!

I took a little trip to Round Top today to visit with old friends and meet some new ones at Royer's Round Top Cafe, and it also took me on a little trip down memory lane.

See, a couple of years ago, The Girls headed to Round Top with a shiny maroon truck and parade aspirations. They came home with a first place ribbon from the oldest running Fourth of July Parade.

For all you folks out there that love small town Texas and especially small town Texas parades, you'll love this story. Here's how it all happened - the parade - THE TRUCK - the blue ribbon! (continue reading

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April 10, 2014

Application Time!

Ahem, ahem! Attention, please!

This is for all of you wonderful Barn Sale shoppers that have ever told us, “We just love
this place and want to have a booth at this show!” Or maybe you have just thought it. Or possibly you know just the person that needs to be a vendor at our show. Or... you have heard from other vendors that you need to be a vendor at this show.

If you fall into any of the above, NOW is your TiMe!!!!

That’s right! You read it: NOW is the TiMe!!!!

Applications are posted on our site (just click HERE) and it’s time for you to fill one out--or share it with a friend! We have previous vendors already filling the mailbox! I am loving opening to such wonderful goodness each day! (Yes, we love them and give them a few days heads up--or try to if their email doesn’t boot us out!)

Remember, we are vintage-loving, antique-admiring, recycling-relishing, handmade-honoring, and all-around unique! So if you fit any of those, we would lOvE to hear from you!!!

Make your plans NOW for November 7th and 8th, 2014, the best is yet to come! We have some fun stuff in the works!

Look at all these happy, happy, happy 2013 vendors! That could be you this November!

Come see us at JB Wells Park in Historic Gonzales, Texas.

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March 04, 2014

Yes Virginia, It really is a Showbarn

It is always amusing to me when I tell people that our annual Barn sale is held in a show barn. A good percentage of those people (some potential vendors) aren't real sure what I'm talking about. So, when I explain that they have Stock Shows there and horse stalls for rodeos, they typically get the idea.... I decided to 'bring to life' what a stock show is like in the barn!

 This past weekend was our local show, held at the JB Wells showbarn. Above is the daughter of one of my sweet friends.  She was super excited about her Reserve goat! Behind her is the 'entrance' door where all of our wonderful shoppers come in for the Barn Sale. 

Big smiles at the auction- such a fun time for families, friends, and the community to come together in support of 4-H and FFA kids that have worked so hard with their projects!

 Here a really special little girl gets a last bit of encouragement with her steer 'Friendly' from her Daddy, whom I am pretty smitten with.

The top of the top in the hog drive. Such anticipation and determination!  I am always impressed with how well hogs do in a show ring- you can Really tell the ones that have been worked with for the past few months!

 Here, the same special little girl gets heifers ready to go in the ring (she cannot hold both at once, so Daddy is assisting during the wait). They are standing right one the edge of the dirt floor. The section of poles just past them is where the asphalt starts for those of you vendors that are on the hard back surface of the barn. During the stock show it is mainly covered with sand and shavings for all the different livestock being shown!  I really give credit to the crew at JB Wells for always having the barn clean for us!  They do a great job!

 Same sweet little girl with the Champion heifer- Yes- I was one excited Mom!!  This is looking to the back of the barn- very different feel when there aren't 70 plus booths set up in it!
And then there is this little guy, with one of his friends- doing what he normally does at the Barn Sale; roping a dummy calf and playing in the dirt (some things never change)!
 These three boys figured out they could run the bucking chutes in the big arena since there wasn't a rodeo going on- One giant place F-U-L-L of dirt = heaven on earth for these three!
And, getting to man the roping chute in the warm up arena= happy, happy, happy! During the Barn Sale the warm up arena has always been full of kids warming up their horses for their events- We sure hope it is that way this year too!  We Love our Region 6 Rodeo families!!!

And my main crew- at the end of a very busy weekend- still all smiles.... just like at the end of the Barn Sale!  Sweet girl has on her new buckle and vintage boots, little guys roping rope right behind us (it was coiled right after the photo!) and we are standing where the middle isle is for the barn sale.

So, hope you appreciate all the changes that take place when we bring you the Barn Sale- I know I do! 

See you at the Barn- Nov 7-8, 2014!!!!!

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February 12, 2014

Love is...

1 John 4:18 says 'There is no fear In LOVE'

I have to say that is totally true!  When you love someone or something you have no fear of it!  As Valentine's approaches- may you Love without Fear!

Over the past 30 years or so the word Love has been tossed about as if it is a toy that can be used and then tossed away.  Around here we teach the word Love is a strong feeling, not something that is going to go away tomorrow.  We want our kids to understand the meaning of Love. I guess that is partly why we chose to allow them to join us on our celebration of 15 years of marriage!  Some of you are saying- 'What?'

 Yes- we took them with us to celebrate our Anniversary- at least for part of the night! Our kids are always so excited when we go through downtown San Antonio and watch for the blinking light of the elevator taking people to the deck of the Tower of the Americas! We decided it would be a treat for hubby and I as we have both been there- but never together- and the kids would love it too!  If you have never heard of this Tower it is unique in that the outer dining area is encased in glass and rotates a full turn in 60 minutes. We enjoyed it close to Christmas as we could see lights all throughout parts of San Antonio! 
If you are ever in the area and have something special to celebrate I highly recommend it!  The food is good and the view is amazing!  My company that night is what made it the best!!!

God has richly blessed us in our 15 years married.  Has it been roses every Valentine Day- absolutely not!  Valentine's always falls in the midst of my Cattleman's busiest time of year.....it took me some time, but I am slowly starting to get used to it. Besides, why do we need just one day to celebrate our love with all the hoopla from stores??  Back to my point- marriage isn't easy. When you are dating that feeling you get when you see them stirs emotions in you and over the years those emotions change based on our circumstances- but what keeps that going is deep Christ like Love.  Having Christ in our marriage has been the number one reason we are who we are!  Before we were married we took several marriage counseling classes- yes before we were married!  These helped us to learn a lot about each other, you know those questions you might not normally ask someone...thinking oh, we can just work that out when we get to it. (I do NOT suggest that method!)  One of those things was-'What is you opinion of divorce?' I sat there- how are you supposed to answer that to a preacher? The textbook answer or the heartfelt one?  My fiancee didn't pause long- his response, 'It's not an option' Oh my Gosh!  That totally goes against what America says- is this guy for real????  Yes, he is!  That has run through my head so many times over the years (not for myself) but for others close to us. When those first feelings and emotions ran out, they ran away...... I don't suggest that either.  When I was struggling with my role in our marriage we ran to a marriage conference- The best thing we could have done!!  ( I highly suggest that!) 

This is what we have for sticking with it- two wonderful kids with hearts for God. Learning how to Love one another. We all have ways of showing that Love. When we realize what those closest to us respond to best - you will have no fear in Loving them!  The 5 Love Languages is an awesome book that I highly recommend- it will give you insight to all the relationships around you. There is even one for kids!

This is what else we get for sticking with it- a relationship. One that God joined together- who are we to try and put it asunder?  No thank you- We enjoy our laughs with each other, our time together, learning about each other (still....we change you know!), and our time with our kids.  This is what makes us who we are.
For all of you that have encouraged and supported us in our relationship over the years- Thank You! 

This photo is so cool- If you spend all your relationship at the peak, you can't appreciate the view from down below.  If you spend all your relationship in the valley, you forget to look up. If you are always in the middle then you are not growing and changing.  I will take the peaks and valleys- it makes you appreciate the views from both sides!

Love is patient, Love is Kind, Love does not envy or boast, It is not rude or self seeking, It is not easily angered, It keeps no record of wrongs (a personal favorite of mine), Love does not delight in evil (great to explain to siblings...), Love rejoices in truth (great to teach kids), It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always endures, Love never Fails.  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

If you haven't heard of the book of 1 Corinthians just comment on this with your email- I' ll be glad to let you know where you can find it!

So as we come upon Valentine's I hope you delight in Love and have no fear of it. Whatever that may be in your life right now.  Some people have different things to celebrate their love for; their church, their job, their spouse, their parents, their kids, their friends, their things that matter.  The things that you truly feel as though if you lost them you could not live- That is when you know you Love something! 

Around here- we will be spending the day as a family, that is what matters to us!  WE give Thanks to God for his never ending Love!

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January 27, 2014

It takes a Village

You have heard the saying, 'It takes a Village to raise a child.' Well, around here- It takes a Village to create an Amazing Barn Sale!  The Barn Sale is in the planning stages for months and months- just one of the reasons why it is only held once a year right now!  I thought it might be fun to share with you a bit of an 'inside scoop' on the makings of the sale

 - For starters- this year we took a plunge and did a segment on Great Day SA- some of you saw us..... The SA being San Antonio!  It was their morning show and we took a 'few' of our Goods that we would have at the barn! This was an after photo with some huge supporters of the Barn Sale- my Mom and my kiddos! 

That show was just a bit of the advertising we did for the sale. There were Newspaper articles, ads, radio ads, postcards, fliers, blog posts, Facebook posts, Pinterest posts- we tried it all! And, our vendors post too!  They share information about the sale with their customers, family, friends...you get the picture!

There is so much to do ahead of time- and I wish I had photos of it all- mainly for myself so I can remember from year to year!  The hands, hearts and minds that help collaborate for this event are truly amazing!  So- these are just some of the photos that were taken pre barn sale- Come take a little tour!
I have a pretty amazing guy that puts signs wherever requested- so here we go.....

My friend Marisa came over and helped me with these- once we got started I just kept painting!  It was a beautiful day to work on these tin signs!

We had several of these ready to go- all pointing to the field where shoppers were to park, however, heavy rains just before the sale put a stop to that!  Thank goodness there is enough parking in other areas of JB Wells park!

Into the Barn We go......
Early Early on- This place looks HUGE!  Well, it is.... We just think by adding over 70 handpicked vendors that it feels a little more cozy once all of you arrive! We are so fortunate to have this facility here in Gonzales- it has been a great location for the Rusted Gingham Barn Sale the past 3 years!

Here she is- the iconic rusty truck!  A few weeks before we hosted the Barn Sale at JB Wells for the first time we were invited to a wedding reception there- Yes- in the showbarn!  It was very unique!  I was able to create the cake for the bride- her decorating taste is awesome so I was delighted to be part of their day!  The barn had a rustic elegant feel for their celebration. And this truck, well, it was the bar!  They used the back end to serve drinks from!  I loved it!  I asked the family if the truck could be used for the barn sale and they graciously agreed.  So, now 3 years later- I call- and here she comes!

Hard working bunch here- the two on each side of me had been working cattle all day trying to keep them away from river bottoms- remember I had said we had some heavy rains the days before the sale...... However, they were still all smiles as we started unloading trucks and trailers at the barn!  Gracious doesn't even begin to describe all the helpers that make the Barn Sale what it is. When I see friends like this show up, my face lights into a smile.  As people offer to help I realize, it will all get done, this will happen, it will all be ok!

And there is this sweet lady- Katie from Bluebonnet Smile. She kept me in line for months! Her and my Momma both!  Katie would tell me- 'Don't worry girl, we got this!' Best part, I knew she meant it!  I could not have survived without her skill and talent!  And on the day before the sale- her sweet husband even got in on the fun by helping mark off booth spaces!!!

The junk un load starts..... Trailer by trailer they come!  For us, we have a trailer full of just things to 'set up' with!  Then there are the Goods to be sold! I know we look like we are only having fun- but we really are working!  We just like to combine laughter and love with the work! Family and Friends behind the scenes helping with kids and meals makes the time so much more enjoyable and less stressful.  Even after a long day to come home to a prepared meal- after everyone has been working- WOW- I cannot pass out enough hugs and smiles- you know who you are and I love you for it!

A little glimpse into one of the trailers- crates, cowboy hats, extension cords, feathers, fake trees, suitcases, gourds, bougainvilleas, mums, and fresh cut foliage. Just another load for a Barn Sale!

Getting the entrance ready.... We cannot have just a plain entrance- it has to be inviting!!!  I adore these wooden planters every year.  Thanks to Ellen for the pumpkin and flowering delivery!  You brightened our day!! This is just the start!  Thanks so much to friends who take off from normally scheduled activities to help put all this together- Melissa & Tammy were in charge of this side of the entrance and the front.  Ladies did a great job!

Mr. Ploetz- the sweet owner of this fully restored 1952 Ford truck.  He has graciously driven this centerpiece to every sale!  I get so excited every time he drives in!  I think it is so cool to have the bright shiny truck out front, and the rusty one in the barn!  Just like what we do- bring something 'old' or vintage to life in a new way!

As vendors came in there was a special place for them to go....Thanks to Cheryl and Annie for manning that table and Janet from Scott Dierlam State Farm Insurance for hosting the Vendor check in booth with snacks and drinks!

Thanks to sweet Megan from Salvaged for these awesome vendor tags.  I had a little idea for tags- but she had a great one!  Loved seeing the roofing caps along with canning lids come to life as chalk signs for vendors to write their names on!

 Vendors and friends alike jumped in just before sale time to get last bits of decorating finished!

Getting the FEED sign up was highly important!  Shoppers must know where they can get fed!  The best part- using old feed sacks to make the sign!

Yards and yards of burlap........  Melissa and Becky were finishing with paper fans to blow in the wind. It looks like a festive fall party at the front- Just what I was hoping for!

 The entrance..... I almost cried when I saw the finished product all together!  This was a vision I gave sweet Kate of Lucky 1300.  She took it and ran with it- and pulled in our friend Darcy as well.  Girls- this is Just the vision I had!  The sign should say by: Rusted Gingham & friends!  I couldn't do it without them (have I mentioned that yet.......).

The two that did so much.... Kate and Katie- you will never know what your support and help meant to me!

And here are Tracy and I- the ground work on the web and technical stuff all started because of her many talents, time and skills!  Thank you will never be enough.......

 The following three were smiling workers greeting each of you at the front- there were one or two more that we didn't get a pic of- but you were still smiling!  Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!  I love going places and being greeted with a smile- each of you were chosen because of your smiles and kind manners. I know shoppers appreciate being greeted with a smile- even if the line is long!

The owners of the rusty truck- as hard of a time as Mr. Neitsch gives me about junk- he still loves to come and look around!  And, his girls have really good taste when it comes to re-purposing junk...so he gets to help with projects year round. Notice how he is standing 'away' from all us girls?? He loves us (well not me- but the other three!)

And then there is Jolie- she is the 'keeper of the computer' in my mind.  I am limited (some say challenged) in the area of technology....so she allowed me to call with questions and concerns multiple times......Thanks for answering questions and 'handling it'- for so many things.

 So while family, friends and myself are working to get it looking good for all of you....Vendors are working too!  This picture below is hours after the empty barn photo- you can see what the vendors did in that time!


Ready and waiting.....Lori Raabe took as many pictures as she could- and I love this one!  It is a very different look than the empty one of the barn!  I see so many little details when I look at a photo like this and think of more people that helped that never made it in a photograph.  It is these that you see in pictures and so many others that make this weekend so special for so many!  All of you know anytime you are at a 'production' that there have been many hands involved to pull it all off!  That is definitely the case here.  I could never express my gratitude enough to each of you that make the Barn Sale the special thing that it is!  It would take me another paragraph to list all the names- names that are Highly Important to me!  I will keep this list to myself- as they know who they are- and why they are special!

Last picture for now..... This guy means so much to me.  Who knew that his cattle trailers would one day be filled with junk GoOds to go to shows..... (I have to check his schedule before I book any shows to make sure his trailer is available!)  So often words are not spoken, but for those of you who have an understanding and supportive spouse you know what I'm talking about.  For some reason, I think most of our vendors and volunteers fall in this category!  It's just the way couples are supposed to work! He makes time to get me through this weekend. I can never thank him enough!

So from Rusted Gingham headquarters to your home- Hope you enjoyed your tour before the Barn opens.....
Next post will have more pics from the Barn Sale....
(Yes, I do realize the sale was in November and we are now at the end of January.....let's just say I've been swamped since the last trailer was unloaded.  So, please be understanding as to the tardiness)  And, feel free to find us on   Facebook  for more wonderful pictures from the barn sale! 

Thank you to each of you that comes to be part of the sale- If it weren't for you- All that work wouldn't mean a thing!!!!!



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