Friday, August 21, 2015

August: A Month of Change

Hello Dear Friends,
   I have been busy dragging out all the new fall items for the shop. I have fallen in love with this wreath so I am going to hang one of them on my front porch! I am wondering why I didn't order more than two of them! I have had so many boxes to open and sort that some times it is just exhausting! I am resting today since I had such a big day yesterday because tonight is date night with hubby and I want to be rested for it!
This is not even half of the boxes that I have in the shed....Christmas is shipping!

  August is such a hard month. This is the month that I lost my Mother, the month she entered the gates of Heaven.  I know she was ready and happy to go but our lives are so changed forever. I do not believe the grieving ever leaves, it hasn't for me. But it changes who you are and how you look at things, how you listen to people, how you watch events happen. Everything changes. I believe I am a better person than I was, I want my parents to be proud of the the legacy they gave me and of my choices. I know that they are just in a different dimension but are ever present in my heart and thoughts. I work very hard at my business because I want it to represent who they raised me to be. I want my kids to be proud of me as their parent and of the changes I have made to my life!
   Grief is a tool of change, it is uncomfortable and difficult. If you haven't been through it you don't understand it. There are choices that you make that changes your life! I miss my Mom every day. I have tears when I think about calling her and remember that she is gone. This week I had that feeling that I was waiting for her so I could tell her something and later realized that I can no longer wait ...she is waiting on me...she will be there to greet me and I have tears of joy when I think of that...heartbreaking tears of loneliness...oh how I miss her. We will meet again, we will be together again...but the longing remains. Those days when I feel her so close. The dreams of have of her handing me something. The butterflies that remind me of her and her love for her beautiful gardens...the gardens she planted for me. Yes, her spirit is in Heaven but her love remains here. I will go on because that is what we do. We long for Heaven but we work to make each day the best it can be. 
  August is a hard month.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Thoughts from the Heart!

As I am sitting on my porch this morning I was looking at this beautiful tree in my front yard. It has grown into such a beauty! In the fall it is a brilliant gold and becomes so stunning that it is hard not to just gaze at it!
   August is a difficult month for me and as I looked at this tree this morning I was thinking how lonely it looks standing there until I noticed the corn field be hind it and the blue sky with the puffy sky and then I realized it wasn't alone at all! 
  One of the worst things about losing my parents is the loneliness. They were at my home almost every day and the adjustment to that loss has been slow and painful! So I realized today that I am not alone, they are there waiting for me. The celebration will begin once I meet them in Heaven. So today I sit on my porch swing before I begin my day and I gaze at our tree in wonder, the beauty, the enjoyment.... And this is nothing compared to what is to come! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

New Cabinet Make-Over

Wow, seems like it has been a long time since I updated my little blog. I have so much I could share about our business but today I want to share a make-over in my home. I found this china hutch at an estate sale and I fell in love with the curved glass and the glints of gold in the glass. But the dark wood would never work in my home so I set out to put a coat of paint on it.
It could not have turned out any better. After a couple of coats it was complete. I normally distress but so far I have not on this piece. I did use a satin finish so there is a small shine but I love that about it.
I quickly filled it with touches of gold and it suited it!
Yes, you do see a little pumpkin, I just couldn't resist.
  My sister loves it...she saw the cabinet before I painted it and she wondered if I was changing my no just needed a coat of paint and then it took on a new look.
   I have so many pieces of furniture to paint, some I have stared and some are waiting. Either way, time is growing short with autumn approaching! Good to be back.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Well Dear Friends,
   I have to say it has been a whirlwind here. I did get a change to decorate my porch. I am happy with it for now. I usually leave the flag out until after the 4th of July!
This is a wide view of the porch!
I am finding peace sitting on the porch looking across the fields and enjoying the view. This is where I dream of the next phase for Vyntage Barn. This is where I think about the changes we will make to the house, this is where I think about what is to be.
My Dad was in the Korean War so I am a very patriotic and this old flag was given to me by my Aunt. I sit on the swing and I think about how Dad climbed up and caulked the ceiling boards while Mom and I painted the spindles. It took up about all afternoon but we laughed and talked and the time pasted quickly.
  This old porch has many memories but it hold many dreams. I have plans swirling around in my head. Ideas that I would like to try at my business and A dream to have a Christmas Open House in my home this year. So much to plan yet so much to be thankful for! Today I was was a good day.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

9 Days and counting

Hello Dear Friends, I have been crazy busy and nearly forgot to share what we are up to! We are 9 days from opening and we are preparing for our dear customers to return. We have had a few take a little look and we are pleased to say that we have had a good review.
We have been working on our porches and I will share those pictures in another post.
I am happy with all the work we have done and the way the shop has turned out this year.  I am so proud of the way my girls have taken such an interest in our family business and I thank the Lord for my Hubby who puts in long hours for me. If you are in the area please find your way over and take a look for yourself. Mother's Day weekend...9-6 both days (friday and saturday) find us on facebook Vyntage Barn

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Projects Continue!

This week we finally got a break in the weather so the workers set into motion our remaining projects. We still have more cement to pour and porches to complete.
We also had a dumpster delivered so we could make quick work of the mess. I can tell you I am tired already!!!! Before long the worst of it will be over but right now it is muddy and yucky.
But when you see the finished product it is so worth it all.
But, more to come.
And it turned out great as well. I am resting today to first praise, then rest and then reflect.
We finished a few unexpected projects as would have been much easier had the offender told us he hit and cut our tile but we found it and fixed it ourselves. I am hoping this is the last of the big projects. Almost time to start spreading some stone and getting the mud all covered up. Once Mother's Day weekend is over I think things will slow down a little. When I get things cleaned up I will share more pictures.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Furniture Finish

Hello Dear Friends,
  Today I was working on a little stand that I brought into the foyer. I painted it with Sweet Pickins milk paint. This is my first experience with milk paint so I mixed it up and gave it a try. I did a lot of stirring and then gave it a try. It was a little too watery so I added more paint and then it was better. I painted the top with chalk paint. I liked the milk paint and it covered the base paint very well. I was not happy when I saw the color, I guess I had ordered a different color than I had remembered. But in the end I do like the color once I got use to it. I have a few more colors to try out but in the end I am happy with the milk paint and I am hoping it sells at the art show.