Monday, October 26, 2009

Boo to You, Too!

It's a BOO Party!

The air is cool, the season is fall,
Soon Halloween will come to all.
Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore...
Tricky witches at your door.
The spooks are after things to do,
In fact, a spook brought this "BOO" to you.
The excitement comes when friends like you,
Copy this note and make it two.
We'll all have smiles on our faces,
When we see who Boo'd who's places.

I was boo'd by Noreen aka Junker Midge of Havin' Fun with Junk. And I'm passing on the BOO to these four:

This BOO party was started by Toni at the Tattered Cottage.

Please keep the fun going by following these instructions:

1. You have 24 hours to work your spell.
2. Copy and post the Halloween Boo Poem with the instructions for playing.
3. Pick 4 blogs you enjoying visiting and tell why you enjoy visiting them, with a link to their blog and remember to link back to me.
4. Go to the original BOO party post at the Tattered Cottage and add your MckLinky.
5. Let's see how fast and far this spreads between now and Halloween.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Gathering Dust - A Tag Sale Event

My friend Laura and I are having a sale!!  She is the owner of Gatherings & Gifts in St. Charles and is the friend that helped me get started with Emma's Nook & Granny.  My shop was just across the street from hers.  Anyway, we are having a BIG sale! 

While scrounging around in my storage area not long ago, I discovered a box of new items from my shop.  Oops.  That stuff should have been sold before I closed.  I also have a stash of trash to treasure type goodies and a lot of pieces and parts just waiting to be turned into treasures.  Do you ever get the urge to purge?  I don't very often - it is against my pack rat nature - but I'm doing it now and the result of my purging - and Laura's too -  is a wonderful sale!  You can find us in the back room of Gatherings and Gifts.  Just come around to the back door.

To give you an idea of what to expect, here is a short list.

Wood step ladders - wicker rocker - wood folding chair - apple crates - wood folding bookcase - crib rails - tool box - Christmas wreaths, trees and miscellaneous decorations - wood shelves - doors - windows - galvanized wash tubs, watering cans and pails - painted solid core doors - wood boxes - wire shelves - candles - treadle sewing machine wine bar (you've got to see this one!) - and more things I can't even think of at the moment.

Do come and check us out.  Tell your friends and bring them along for a fun day of shopping.  We will have pink ribbon bagels from Panera, too!

See you there!!


Monday, October 12, 2009

Autumn at Our Front Door

I love autumn -- the colors, the scents, the crisp air.  And now that we have had a hard frost, no bugs!!  



Of all the beautiful autumn days, October 12 is my favorite.   October 12 is the real Columbus Day.  Some years ago, Columbus Day morphed into one of those Monday holidays. But this year, October 12 falls on a Monday, so the official holiday is the real Columbus Day.  How cool!  But that's not why I love October 12.  I love it because it is Ron and Marge Day.  Okay, I realize this is the 517th Columbus Day and this is only the 35th Ron and Marge Day.  So we have a few years to go.   We'll get there.
Happy 35th anniversary, hon.


Sunday, October 4, 2009

I Have a Prescription for That

Feeling sick?  Pain in your side?  Tickle in your throat?  Headache and dizzy?

I have a prescription for that.  In fact, I have a lot of prescriptions.  I may just have a prescription for whatever it is that ails you.  Just give me a minute to locate one with the correct dosage.  It's here somewhere in this box -----

or this other box -----

or maybe it's one of these boxes

or in this special box for narcotics.
There are eight  - count 'em  - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - that's  EIGHT boxes of prescriptions.

Numbered sequentially in each box.  The oldest box is 1905.  There are a couple in 1916-17, another in 1927-28 and several with dates 1948-1951.  Each box holds about 1000 prescriptions.  What is interesting is the length of time it took to fill one box -- anywhere from 2 months to 12 months.  These are all from pharmacies in Chatfield, Minnesota, with a variety of druggist and doctors.  Even a few from the Mayo Clinic.  If none are missing (did the narcs always go in a different box?), there are about 7,000 prescriptions without counting the box for narcotics!  So it may take me just a little while to locate the proper script for that pain in your ...  ah, neck, ya, that's it, the pain in your neck.

So what do I do with all this?  They'd be cute for get well cards and scrapbooking / collage / altered art projects.  But I can't possibly use all of them myself.  I'm leaning towards opening an Etsy store.  Any thoughts for me?  I have a lot of things I could sell on Etsy.  Vintage photos, sewing notions, lace, buttons, sheet music, books, that sort of stuff.  An ephemera-lover's delight.  None of it is from family, so I can part with it easily.  It's just stuff I have picked up here and there.  Ideas and suggestions appreciated!

Uff da.  Now I've got a headache.


Friday, October 2, 2009

Junk Bonanza Was Awesome!

Where has the time gone?  Here it is October already and I haven't posted since mid September.  For shame!

Actually, I've been obsessed occupied with genealogy since I was contacted by a "new" cousin a few weeks ago.  We haven't met in person yet (we are only 25 miles apart!!), but we've been trading family info, pictures and great stories.  Such fun!!


Junk Bonanza was awesome, just as I expected it to be.  I wasn't a vendor this year - life got in the way of that idea - but I did go to shop on Thursday.  I power shopped though.  Nothing in my hands - no purse, no tote.  Everything I needed was in my pockets or my power pouch.  A power pouch is a must because I don't always have pockets.  More on pouches later!!  Even though there was room for my camera, I opted to leave it home and just enjoy myself gawking at the eye candy everywhere.  The vendors did not disappoint.

The best part of the Junk Bonanza was getting to see friends -- old ones and new ones.  Some were vendors and some were shoppers.  We had a great time at Ki's meet and greet blog party.   Check these blogs for posts and pictures of the Bonanza. 

Gretchen at Mimi-Toria's Designs
Lani at Cottage Elements
Amy at WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie
Margo at Margo's Junkin' Journal
Ki at Junk Camp
Janelle at The Farmer's Wife
Cammie at Daffadowndillys
JunkerMidge at Refunction Junction