Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Folk Branches Book Signing!!!

Hi Everyone!

This coming Saturday is a day you won't want to miss.  JoAnn Mullaly's new book "Folk Branches" will be in the store and JoAnn will be here from 10 until 12 signing your copies!  I haven't seen the actual book yet, but I've seen most of the projects in the book and they are wonderful.  JoAnn will be introducing the book at Quilt Market next week and then the rest of the world will have it.  We are so lucky to get it first!!!  Come get your copy!!!  All the antiques from our road trip will be here too, all priced and ready for you to pick through!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Boxes, boxes & more boxes!!

It's a new day in Kansas and hopefully a good day for picking.  We have some friends who own this farm coming up and they usually have some treasures for us to rummage through. 

Hmmm, nothing there, in fact no one around at all :( . . . . . . so we're back on that road again.

Thank goodness for our box man.  John Arford has come through for us again!!!  He had stacks of beautiful boxes . . . . . . . what a very talented craftsman.

They are finished so wonderfully,  I can just see them stuffed with all that gorgeous wool I picked up!

John has had a bad winter healthwise so we might be looking at our last load of boxes :(
Breathing all the fumes from his refinishing materials has taken a toll on his lungs.

If that is the case, we wish him the best because we sure have enjoyed what we have been buying from him all these years.  We love you John!!!

Well, after shopping at John's, we finally filled our truck.  I think we have found a whole lot of fun things for you to pick through.  Hopefully there will be something for everyone!!!

Just the sight of those beautiful Rocky Mountains tells me we are on our way home.

We can't travel the long days like we used to (that's doctor's orders) so it's going to take us a little longer getting there.

Thanks for joining us on our travels . . . .we'll see you soon!!!

                    Joe & Sharon

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Kansas in Springtime

Crossing the wide Missouri is a good sign because now we are heading west.  Hopefully Kansas holds more antiques to help fill this truck!

This is pretty much what the road looks like for the next 600 miles.  We take the occasional turn off for a small town, but then right back on it. 

It looks pretty boring but it's actually not.  Kansas in the spring is so different than in the summer or fall.  Instead of amber waves of grain, the new wheat is just coming in and all the fields are an emerald green.

The landscape is dotted with cows and farms.  Whenever you see a stand of trees there is usually a barn and farmhouse right there too. 

There are still some of the old barns and silos out there, but most have converted to the new metal buildings.

Our first stop is Seneca, Kansas. This wonderful little town has beautiful victorian houses and great old buildings on their main street.

Right now they are taking up the old brick streets, laying down a sub base and then putting the old brick back down.  I'm so glad they are restoring it instead of just paving with asphalt!

We know some people here, Mike and Tresa Jones, who have buildings full of antiques.  This is where we found that beautiful hexagonal bolt cabinet that Cindy Taylor now has in her sewing room!

 We did score here!  This is the top to a beautiful old stepback . . . .yes we got the bottom too.

Mike, who's real job is a veterinarian (the farm animal type), was able to come by and help us load, so I didn't want to waste his time while I took a lot of pictures.  Any help that is offered we are so glad to have these days.

 I do wish I had gotten a picture of his sidekick though . . an adorable English bulldog named Harvey who was right on his heels the whole time we were there!  Of course you know the real reason I wasn't taking pictures . . . . .Harvey had all my attention!

And, Tresa is a quilter, the beautiful hand applique baltimore album type quilter!  Her work is so beautiful, I remember it from the last time we were here . . .incredible!  Mike & Tresa are coming to San Diego for a vet conference this summer.  We volunteered to be their tour guides . . . . it will be fun!!!

So this stop had all my favorite things . . . .antiques, quilting and a VERY cute dog!  Oh, and the pie safe on the left we picked up here too!

Here is a picture I just had to get as we were leaving town.  Not something you see too often at home!

Thankfully our weather on this trip has been pretty good so far :)

Well, a lot more cows, barns and farmhouses, but no more finds today.  Tomorrow we head toward our box man so if we don't find anything before we get to him, I know he has boxes for us . . . .YEA!!!