Saturday, August 23, 2008

Trash to Treasure Auction 08

It was a beastly hot and muggy day, with the skies and the weatherman threatening rain -- far from ideal for an auction. Without a brisk wind we would have been miserable.

By early morning the decision had been made to keep all the auction items inside the tent instead of on the lawn as in previous years. Luckily, this year Sharon had ordered a larger tent. Good thinking, Sharon!

Despite the heat and humidity, we once again had an awesome crowd. Jan Nessler from Good Sport Liquor provided a nice selection of wines for all to taste. Good food, good wine and a good crowd -- the right ingredients for a lively auction to raise money for breast cancer research.

The Bandanas -- Rosie, Bev and Barb -- were on hand again this year to entertain during the wine tasting social hour. Their music and wit are always a treat.

A small group of local breast cancer survivors gathered for a picture.

Most of the trash to treasure projects have been made and donated by area women. This wrought iron plant stand was made by a local man from an aquarium stand and miscellaneous other parts.

Another local gentleman found two shutters in the dumpster at a local church. He cut out shapes and painted them. This one is headed for a cabin "up north" to become a headboard for a bed. (The Pfarkel's polka dot desk and bench are oh so cute, too!) Thanks George and Leland!!!

Thunder rumbled a few times during the course of the auction, but the rain held off until all the bidders had taken home their new treasures. We couldn't ask for more.

Thank you all for donating completed projects or "raw materials" that were repurposed by the Women in Business. And thanks also for coming to socialize and of course for bidding and buying! It seems we always have a bidding war or two break out and this year was no exception. Kris Slavin and Curt Vreeman went head to head a few times, entertaining the rest of us with their competition. At one point Kris told Curt to go home. Unfortunately for her, he was home. The big white tent is in his yard!

I haven't heard the final tally on how much we raised for breast cancer research, but for a 2 hour 15 minutes auction, it will be good!

This isn't everything, but here are more pictures for your browsing pleasure.

Marge, the tired Gran

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Trash to Treasure Auction is Friday!

Wow, time flies and it's Gladiolus Days once again!! That means the 5th Annual Trash to Treasure Charity Auction and Wine Tasting Event is just 3 days away! I have a few projects ready to go and am still working on a couple of others.

It is always challenging to take a picture of a mirror! This vanity used to be a blond.

Here is the bench sitting on my kitchen island. It was an easy place to recover the bench.

This memo center is made from a three-paned window. One section has clips for hanging memos, pictures, etc.; the center is a cork bulletin board covered with the same toile as the bench and the third section is a pink chalk board!! There are also two porcelain door knobs for hanging things.

The sheet music decoupaged onto this tray is "A Perfect Day" dated 1909. Let's hope Friday is a perfect day for an outdoor social hour and auction to raise money for breast cancer research!

These are bottles from last year's wine tasting. We drilled a hole and added a string of teeny lights. I painted a few of them and just decorated the rest.

This burgundy bottle is the one on the tray in the picture of the vanity.

I love this one with the pocket watch. It says, "It's Five O'clock Somewhere." This will make a good souvenir of the event for some lucky bidder.

Grab your friends, your checkbook and your friends' checkbooks and join the St. Charles Women in Business for their 5th annual event on the south lawn of the Victorian Lace Inn on Whitewater Avenue in St. Charles. Wine tasting and appetizers start at 4:30 with live music by the Bandanas. The auction starts at 6:00. Each year has been bigger and better than the last. Be prepared to bid aggressively to get what you want and remember it is all for a good cause.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Gold Rush Times Two!

What a beautiful day for Gold Rush! A little hot but still a beautiful, sunshiny day. The town of Oronoco was packed full of vendors as it always is during Gold Rush Days.

These pictures were taken this morning. By mid afternoon the shoppers were out in droves. I did manage to score a couple of good bargains that will be tweaked a bit for the Junk Bonanza.

After Oronoco, we headed to Rochester to check out the Gold Rush Antique Show and Market. Good crowds there, too! A lot of vendors were still setting up as they don't officially open until tomorrow but that didn't prevent my sister and I plus a lot of other shoppers from finding all kinds of good stuff. Don't you just love camera phones? Too bad I didn't remember to use mine in Rochester!

From the Heart Boutique opened this morning and has been hoppin' all day. Woo-hoo!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Today's Finds

My completed projects were taking up way too much space in the garage, so I took two carloads to the storage building today. I'm not sure which things I will take to the Trash to Treasure auction and which I will save for Junk Bonanza. I'll have to decide soon as the auction is a week from Friday!

The bad news is that I forgot to take pictures of everything before I took them to storage. Oh well, maybe later.

I needed a little lace for a pin cushion project, so on the way home from the storage building I made a little detour to the local thrift shop. I didn't find any lace but they had just gotten these sweet hankies
and these size zero shoes. Love 'em!
I've had these school books in my 'library' for quite a while (I love books and have a hard time parting with any of them -- even the bad paperbacks!). They will be part of a vignette at the Junk Bonanza.

Tomorrow I am getting a whole bunch of that gorgeous red pottery that sold so well in my shop. It's part of what I am selling at my friend Barb's shop, From the Heart Boutique, that opens on Friday. This boutique has been running for about 14 years and it is open Friday - Sunday just three times a year. It runs for four weekends before Easter, for four weekends before Labor Day and again for six weekends before Christmas. This is my first time participating so I am excited. Barb's shop has become a real shoppers' destination because of its limited days open. Many gals from out of town make it a 'girls day out' event and shop the rest of the stores in St. Charles, too. I will be working a few days at From the Heart and am looking forward to seeing the customers -- many of them used to shop at Emma's Nook & Granny, too, (in large part due to Barb sending them to me!).


PS Happy first anniversary Spencer and Abby! We wish you many, more years of wedded bliss!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

A Little More from Our Trip

There's nothing like a good night's sleep in your own bed!

Here are a few more photos from our trip then it's back to work. The Trash to Treasure Auction, Junk Bonanza and fall barn sales are just around the corner.

Friday, August 8, 2008

We're home!

And after only 3,611.2 miles!

It is always so much fun to take a vacation but oh soooo nice to be home. After 9 nights in motels, I am sitting here in our comfy living room, enjoying my favorite chair, connected to a reliable internet and hey -- the Minnesota Vikings game is on TV. Life is good.

the Gran

Monday, August 4, 2008

Glacier National Park and Going to the Sun

We left Cut Bank MT this morning and entered Glacier National Park from the east entrance at St. Mary where we took the Going to the Sun road through the most majestic mountains. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous. Tonight we are in Kalispell MT. If one picture is worth a thousand words, here are about 44,000 words for you.


Sunday, August 3, 2008

Destination: Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada

Wednesday morning bright and early (7:45 is bright and early enough for us) we set out from home in SE Minnesota for the Hutton family reunion near Maple Creek, Sask.

I am famous for taking pictures out the car window and have been doing so for years. I’ve taken great shots of Lake Superior and the harbor in Duluth. I have a nice variety of barns in Kentucky. And now I have landscapes in North Dakota and Saskatchewan. See?

Talk about flat! We were in the middle of North Dakota and could see darn near all the way to the Black Hills!

We spent the first night in Jamestown, North Dakota where we found the world’s largest buffalo in a pioneer village.

Not far from the Dairy Queen we stumbled onto a thrift store with this oh-so-cute typewriter. That DQ really need lessons on how to make a good blizzard. There is a gal in Winona MN that I named the Blizzard Queen a couple years ago. She really knew her stuff. And a few weeks ago we discovered the Blizzard Princess in Stewartville, MN. Either one of these gals could teach the Jamestown people a whole lot about making a good blizzard.

Day two showed us acres of sunflowers outside of Minot. Can you see the yellow flowers?

Oil derricks. Reminds me of our trip to Yellowstone when son Spencer was about 8. Just to backtrack a bit, Spencer had built something out of Lincoln Logs one day while we were visiting my mom. She thought his creation was so cute, she took a picture of it. After returning home from the Yellowstone trip, Spencer built an oil derrick out of Legos. He wanted me to take a picture of it, but I said something like, "Don't be silly. I'm not taking a picture of that." With a sad look on his sweet little face, he looked up at me and said, “Grandma would.” I’ll scan and post the picture of his Lego oil derrick when we get home.

I had to ask someone what all this white stuff was. These apparently are inland salt water lakes. I was so enthralled with the huge ones and the mountainous piles of salt at the place where they do whatever it is they do with this salt, that I forgot to take pictures. These little lakes are all I have. Notice the bug remains on the windshield.

We stayed in Moose Jaw on our second night. I wish we would have had more time to explore because it is such an interesting city. There is a beautiful historic downtown where we wandered for a bit, but most everything was closed by the time we got there. We found a postcard but none of the places that sold stamps knew how much postage was needed to send a postcard to the US. We had to go to an actual post office the next day. It cost $1.01 in case you need to know. The postcard was 87 cents.

Before leaving Moose Jaw we visited a huge antique and junk place. Twelve buildings of really nice old stuff and lots of good junk but priced way too high for me. Well, too high to buy and resell or to use in a T2T project. I guess if I were buying something for myself to keep, the prices would have been okay. We had fun looking at everything and I mean everything! This place had it all. My only purchase was an elementary school reading book in mint condition. It’s a Dick and Jane type book only the Canadian version!

On the road again the next morning (Friday) which was the day we were scheduled to arrive at the resort for the Hutton reunion. Came across an oil tanker that had rolled at an intersection and burned. There were cops and fire trucks and another oil truck that would pump out the one that tipped over. I shot one quick pic out the window as we drove through the intersection. That's the underside of the truck that rolled.

Finally, about 3 p.m. we made it to the beautiful Cypress Hills Resort Inn located in Cypress Hills Provincial Park. If you are ever looking for a place to vacation, consider this park. Motel, cabins, pool, restaurant, camping, lake, ball fields, tennis court, mini golf, gas station, grocery and gift store, pizza place, ice cream and not crowded because it is so huge.

We spent Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday with extended family on the Hutton side. We had people from Alaska, Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, Minnesota, Montana, Arizona, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and maybe some more that I missed. The reunion officially is over on Monday.

We left the reunion this afternoon (Sunday) for Cut Bank, Montana. Good to be back in the states where speed limits are 60 and 70 instead of 100 and 110. The gal at the border crossing when we entered Montana asked us what we had been doing in Canada. We said a family reunion. Wish I would have taken a picture out my window of the face she made!! Apparently she doesn’t get a lot of people from Minnesota that have just come from a family reunion in Saskatchewan. Tomorrow we are off to Glacier Park and the Going to the Sun road. To be continued!