August 15, 2016

Hey y'all- It's a Paint Party!

For us school is 1 week away- 1, uno, un, and I'm trying to get my mindset prepared as well as the schoolroom!  Yikes- how does summer always go so fast???? ( And yes-  I Know some of you have started back already! )

So in preparation of school starting and thinking that Moms, friends, teachers could have one last 'hurrah' before the constant daily schedule begins.......

Rusted Gingham is hosting a Mason Jar Painting Class at our fabulous local craft store called Craft Crossing

 Pam at Craft Crossing has brought a mini Hobby Lobby to our town- and she is closed on Sunday too! ;-) If there is a craft product that we need in 'little ole Gonzales' Pam typically has it!! She has fabric of all sorts and often hosts sewing/quilting classes too! She has a better selection of scrapbook paper than any other store I've been in, has stamps out the wazoo, a huge selection of die cuts, ink, glues/tapes, baking supplies, general craft supplies and a whole room of fabric and sewing notions- Gonzales is Fortunate that she chose to open her store here!!!

We have 14 spots available for this cute Mason Jar painting class using our Junk Gypsy Paints!  The fun part will be sharing the time with friends!  So, call a few and call Craft Crossing at 830-203-5303 to book your space for this Saturday August 20th at 6:30pm!!!

The jar length is 19" and 11" wide. Cost for the class is $30.

This would make a great teacher gift, Christmas gift- or your own gift!  (You can customize the saying if you like.... or use an initial for a door/classroom!)

Hope to see you Saturday!!!

Suzanne @Rusted Gingham

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July 29, 2016

Those little chicks

So last summer at this time we had cleaned out an old shed read all about it....
 It had to do with something I had been hoping and dreaming about....

These pretty 'reds' as we call them were a gift to little chicken farmer-

And since they were established laying hens when he received them- he was Pretty Excited the first time he found one of these.....

Now a year later from the 'big project' -----One of our Blue Black Splash Orpintons decided to take note of this nester... she went 'broody' on us!  Little chicken farmer was so excited to stop collecting eggs from her clutch of them----- we started counting and had a decent 'estimate' of when some little chicks might appear........

He texted me a pic from Cattleman's phone of a 'surprise' as he said--- This darling little thing!!!!  Oh how cute the little fuzzy looking things were! 
 That was #1- then two more followed in the next 3 days.... Wow- he is really a chicken farmer now! ;-)

This is the only pen to have a rooster- therefore the only ones that can hatch..... Our Biofelder Rooster passed away a few months back and recently little Chicken Farmer was able to purchase a new young one.... so we may have other chicks in a few months!

Seriously--- cute!!!  And peeped for days!!

Then a super sweet friend called and told me her incubator 'exploded' - not literally...... Meaning almost every single egg she had put in it hatched!  And to her youngest sons complete disliking she offered some of the chicks to my Chicken Farmer!  So, this is the 'nursery' in the pens.... Remember last summer when I said it was a good thing I had hoarded kept all those doors all those years.... Well, this 'gating' if you will- was a hand me down from one of the sweetest neighbors e-v-e-r!  She had used it with all her kids (4 to be exact that are all teenagers now) then we used it to protect ours from our wood burning stove in the winter.  Then it got put in our little storage thing.... and now- voila- back to use!! I texted her this pic to say 'you never know what your hand me downs will get used for here at Sexton farms.....'
 You can see how big our 3 Orpingtons have gotten-  The ones that were newly gifted are mainly 'Tophats' and you will see why below.....

With the exception of the black topped one (we don't know what it came from) all the new ones have the little feathers that look like mohawks on top of their heads!  We are enjoying watching this change almost daily!  In a few short months they are going to have crazy funny looking feathers on their heads!  I've always said I wanted some of these- so I'm very thankful to my chicken farming friends for blessing my little guy with these!

Now..... to build in one more pen!  We had left one section 'open' for 'growth' and nows the time for that!  So this weekend and next week in evenings Cattleman and little Chicken Farmer have some work to do!
Until then- this is what Chicken Farmers daily gathering looks like---
Farm Fresh-- $3 per dozen.  This is one Happy Mama here..... I truly LoVe having Fresh Eggs!!!!

I am pretty sure that Cattleman is thankful for all the labor of love from last summer- we have a very functional, useful, productive area now- and it gives little guy more responsibilities....

I will post pics of Tophats and Orpingtons sometime this fall when they've grown a bit more!!!  Hope you enjoy reading of these Chicken Adventures!!!

Till next time,

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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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