Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Backroads of Kansas

Just a few miles down this dirt road in Kansas we came to the last stop on our 2200 mile excursion.

And a very fine stop it was . . . . .

Remember our box man who several years ago told us he was done with the refinishing business, and we were all so sad?

Well, he's back!!!  John called us early this spring and told us he had a few boxes for us . . . . . . We were so excited!

His health is better which is the best news of all and we get the benefit of his excellent craftsmanship at least one more time.

Now this is John's idea of a "few" boxes . . . . . . Wow!!!  And each one is different and so beautifully refinished.

Plus, John let us rummage through his old barns and sheds where he keeps all his hidden treasures!

We could see many years worth of refinishing possibilities for John so we left most of that for him . . . . .

However, we were able to add a few items to our pile like the wonderful white posts on the top of the stack to the left . . . . . .

We also found some great porch posts, a few windows and of course some garden gates that we just couldn't pass up. . . . . Just in time to add to your spring gardens!

Thank you so much John & Ada!
It was a really fun day and we sincerely appreciate all your hard work!!

The road back home is a long one . . .

We will try our best to have most of these wonderful finds in the store by this coming Saturday.

Because of the weather, you only got to see a small portion of what we are bringing back, so we hope you get to drop by in the near future to see it all!!

See you soon,
Joe & Sharon

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Day of SUNSHINE!!! in Missouri

We woke up to blue skies yesterday (Yea!!!) in this cute little midwest town.  I just love the old buildings!

Our first stop of the day was just outside of town at this great farm.  We just met these people several years ago, but when I called, they said they had collected a few things for us.

And sure enough they did!  A great old jelly cupboard and some more of our favorite things!!!

Our next stop was at an unexpected barn sale along the way . . . . . I love when that happens!!

Not as great as I had hoped, but we picked up a few things that were on the want list!

And, driving through the next small town we came upon a block of yard sales where we gathered up a few treasures at really great prices!!

Heading into Kansas tomorrow we will make the last stop of our trip and hopefully it will be one of the best . . . . be sure to stay tuned.

Tonight, just like with these cows, we are going to be hitting the hay early . . . . . it's been a very long day.

Sweet dreams,
Joe & Sharon

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Splashing through the midwest!

Soooo. . . . . . I know many of you have been waiting for pictures, but this has been a very different trip!  We needed a boat instead of a truck!

This was the first day pulling up to our friends' barn where they usually have a pile of treasures for us.

And they did again!!!  But it was pouring so hard that it was all we could do to get it into the truck . . . . so sorry, no pictures.

On our second day, in a small Amish community in northern Missouri, we were able to pick up a few more things from some friends we have been buying from for 29 years.  But again, I'm sorry it was just pouring too much to get any pictures.

I did get this one picture on the way out of town.  We traveled quite a ways behind these two Amish buggies.  The rain was so hard and the road too hilly and winding to pass them.

After a full day of driving, the fourth day was the day of our favorite Barn Sale and sure enough, the rain kept coming!!

Joe was able to snap this one shot of the first load we carried out, but after that, we were under water again!!!

You will have to take my word for it that we got some great things here!

Today was another long day of driving with the wind and rain keeping us company all the way!

One good thing about all this rain . . . the new crops look green and healthy!

As we turn west at the end of the day, we're hoping this beautiful sunset means clearer skies tomorrow.

Hopefully we'll be able to show you some pictures from our next stops!

Thanks for joining us,
Joe & Sharon

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Happy Spring"

We're filling up our shelves with some great finds! 

From Antiques to Pre-cuts.

Drop by and see what's new in the kitchen.

We had an abundance of Bunny's at our new Garden Club this month.

Sandra Lee has brought us so much fun with her new club. Thanks, Sandra!

Coming in May... Sandra will teach us how to make her adorable "Blooming Birds"

Call or come in to sign up.

Joe and Sharon are on the road. Sharon will be checking in on the blog to share their antique finds! I have a feeling we'll see a picture of a cow or two!

Beginning in May we will be Closed on Monday's. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5.

Thanks for stopping by today...
~From all of us at The Country Loft~

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


 We're filling up the kitchen with the cutest new things. 
We're having so much fun!

     Tonee White's sample has arrived! It's on a textured cotton background with wool appliques.

     Come take the class on Saturday, May 17th from 10-3. Class fee is $25.00 

     Beginning in May, The Loft will be closed on Mondays. We will continue to be open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 to 5.

     Save the date for the "Sew for the Cure" quilt sale. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 7th from 10-5.

     Here is a sneak peek of one of the amazing quilts still in progress. Join us for a fun day!

     Stay tuned to the blog to see Joe & Sharon's Adventure to the Midwest, hunting down more wonderful antiques for the shop.
      Come and get them on May 3rd!!!

Thanks for stopping by today...
~ From all of us at The Country Loft ~

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Arriving Daily"

     Our shelves are filling up with new "Pre-Cuts"
     We have gorgeous cottons from... French General ~ Laundry Basket ~ Kansas Troubles ~ Barbara Brackman & Blackbird Designs.
     You'll find them in Jelly Rolls, Fat 1/8 Bundles, Layer Cakes, Charm Packs and Mini Charms!
     We have the coordinating fabrics to go with them.
     Our new bedroom is shaping up nicely!

     As promised... it's being decorated daily with beautiful curtains, soft inviting throws & pillows. Romantic wall mirrors with flowers along the top.
     Other wonderful items you will find in the new bedroom are, floor lamps & table lamps. We have some great new stationary too!
     We even have some very nice primitive style jewelry on display... by Honey and Me, Inc. 
     Our photo shows a variety of Stacy West's Trunk Show projects. 
     It's never to soon to think about those Christmas projects!!! 

    We love this one titled, "My Wool Crazy Year" by Stacy Gross West of "Buttermilk Basin".
     Each one is so charming and made from wool. What a great way to practice your embroidery stitches!

We had such a wonderful time with Stacy West!

     What a great gal and artist. We had lots of visitor's join us and view Stacy's Trunk Show.
     We were so lucky to have designer, Jo Ann Mullay, Stacy West and Cheri Payne in our shop! It doesn't get much better than that!
     Thanks to everyone for turning out, and a Big Thank You to Stacy. We hope you will visit us again... soon! We loved having you.
     If you need more inspiration to use up your stash... Colleen Loucas can help you with that!
     Colleen's "Stash Challenge" class is each month. Next class is Friday, April 25th from 10-1. Class fee is $10.00.
    "Needleworks Club" with teacher Deby Wickham is coming up soon on, Thursday, April 24th from 10-1. Class fee is $10.00.
     Deby will be teaching a new Punch Needle design. 
     Call or come in to sign up for classes... it's always a fun day!
     Note: "Vintage Club" with Tonee White has a new date. Change your calendars to May 17th.

Thanks for stopping by today... come visit us soon!
From all of us at The Country Loft


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

 Want to have a good time and support a wonderful cause?

 Mark your calendar's for our last "Sew for the Cure Sale" coming Saturday, June 7th from 10-5

     We have revised the us more time to prepare for a great day. We love & welcome donations of small quilts, large quilts, pillows, pincushions & dolls. More info to follow.

     Okay, I know this looks like a lonely little room... but it's just waiting to be filled with all kinds of pretty new things!

     Just imagine a bedroom of lovely linens, pillows, throws and curtains. Imagine a desk full of fine looking stationary. There will be floor lamps and table lamps to choose from. 

     You will be surprised and happy to see new jewelry that you will love, and want to wear. 

     This room is on it's way to looking great! Stay tuned...

"Buttermilk Basin Trunk Show"
Join us Saturday, April 5th from 1-4 and enjoy the talent of Stacy Gross West.
     Pictured is one of Stacy's Mug Rugs. We love Stacy's project's, and you'll see many of her patterns around The Loft. She will be sharing her new patterns for Spring... you won't want to miss it!

"Wool Crazy" is going strong! 

     We just keep having fun with beautiful wool, threads & each other. There is a cross section of projects going on... all with lots of stitching and many ideas shared.
     Kay, Marlene and Carol show off what they have been working on. Nice!

     Wool Crazy classes continue to grow... and we love it. 
     The creativity never stops and neither does the laughter and friendships.

     Welcome Rayma and Linda, looking good. Nancy is filling hers up with lots of wonderful wool appliques and fancy stitches!

The Country Loft has many great classes to choose from... come join us!

Thank you for stopping by today.
Kathy ~ Tina ~ Susy