Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Take it Easy on Mom

I lost my voice yesterday.  I love it!  After the frustration of trying to get people to listen I gave up and just went about my own stuff.  Everyone around me was quiet since  I was quiet, and I didn't have to talk on the phone or talk to everyone at school.  I have been sick for 3 days now which is really strange for me.  I can't remember the last time I was sick.  Not that I haven't felt bad, but I haven't been sick, in bed, can't get up.   Well this time I was like that for half a day, but mom's can't really take time to be sick.  I just told my husband that my throat hurt and I can't get comfortable and he told me to get out of bed then.  I told him I felt exhausted at 9am and now it is 7pm and I just got in bed.  GRRRRRR  He is so worried that he is going to get it.  I have been working on all the cottage decor projects I have been collecting.  I have finished at least one a day and they have been getting tons of views on my etsy site and selling also.  I will post a couple from the last few days. 

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Productive Sale Day

I love fridays and visiting garage sales and meeting people at them!  This week I had the truck so many new treasures to come.  I am going to make this short so I can get to sanding and painting.  I finished my quickbooks last night so that is a huge goal checked off the list and weight off my shoulders.  Onward and upward now!  John is working in Arkansas and has 15 trees to finish today.  He has climbed 8 already this morning.  I miss him and worry about him.   I listed this antique fireplace mantle/shelf and have had a lot of views, so it is interesting to note how vintage furniture does on my etsy site.  More to come.  I seem to work on projects in spurts; furniture, gourds, knitting..... may be the A.D.D.  lol  

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Where to Find it!

I'm not sure if I can handle blogging in more than one place so please check out my blog at  It is updated fairly regularly and contains info on my hand painted gourds, vintage finds, cottage decor, life with 6 kids and my husband the tree climber and everything that happens in between.  Oh, and my favorite artisans that I can't help but brag about.  Thanks for checking in.  Jennifer


Jennifer Goode

Certified Arborist and Tree Hugger, Hugger

Monday, April 20, 2009

My New Favorite Shoes

The email I sent to lepiedleger on etsy  There you are front and center! I can't tell you how much I love mine! I am 35 with 6 kids and they make me feel like I am still 20 years old, barefoot, living in the rocky mountains with a sundress, a jeep and not much of a job! Except now I can feel that way and go in public in Kansas City (a much more close minded place) and have my hippy, grass missing feet still covered, but totally feel barefoot. My youngest daughter, who we call "mini me" wants a pair. She is size 2 in childrens and loves Pink. But she is still an outdoor girl so maybe just a little pink added to them so they don't look dirty all the time. Lol see I am an adult now and worry about those things. It is no hurry and if you want me to pay 1st so you can get materials and not be stuck with a childs size just put a reserved up for me and convo me and I will pay for them. I am so happy for you and I think I am going to put this link on my blog and brag about you some more. *Hugs* Jennifer

What a talented Etsian and when I wear her shoes I feel like I am being environmentally responsible. I saw a pair in a gift feature and ordered pair number 3.  Just last night I saw her in another gift gallery so I checked her site and she has just sold pair number 44.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Pinch Me, I'm in Garage Sale Heaven

Friday I had to go do a bid in Kansas city so I mapped out the garage sales up there from craigs list.  I then got lost but found my heaven in Independence.  I think this woman had been collecting antiques for 40 years!  I then ran home with a few purchases and had to drop off some things and pick up some meat from Grandma.  I had to pee so bad that I stopped in the shop instead of going home because it was 1/2 a mile closer.  The shop had been closed up all winter so as I was unzipping I smiled at the artistry of the mice to the roll of toilet paper.  So as I was sitting there with my pants to my ankles I grabbed the roll on the back of the stool that was untouched by the mice.  As I tore off my piece a spider fell out of the middle and into my pants.  I then preceded to strip and dance around wildly to find the spider.  After all this happened I headed back up to Independence to pick up the very cool metal lawn chairs I had paid for but didn't have room for.  I drove around for 2 hours and couldn't find it and couldn't find her phone number because when I was trying to get the spider out I shook the paper with her number out of my pocket.  I went home defeated, but started fresh Saturday afternoon and found the number, found the house and found some new friends.  I picked up my chairs and a truckload of other treasures and talked to Joe and Shirley for at least an hour.  As I was loading up Joe told me not to run off and brought out an old bowling ball bag and in it the yard art bowling ball he had made with dragon tears and teal paint.  It is sooo neat!  Check out the pictures o the goodies and the new paint job on my chairs.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Post

I know, really creative title.  That might sum up my mood today though.  Usually these are very quick and all about the crafts, however I am so mad at my kids and I hate taxes.  I am having a hard time understanding why kids don't have the sense of pride in their home that their mom has.  Why would you throw your muddy shoe up against the side of the house?  In the Front!  Maybe the same reason Dad pulls the old couch outside the garage on Monday to go to the trash man that comes on Friday.  Why am I having a rash of "I didn't do it's" coming from their mouths?  Why is it so hard to pick up your towel from the floor?  Why do I have to do the business taxes?  I don't know how to do them, I have always had a job with a payroll and you go to the tax man and it takes 30 minutes and I get a return or make a payment.  Why do I have to be the evil stepmom?  Their mom never has to deal with bad attitudes or bad manners, or bad hair days when she is only around 4 days a month.  At the most!  Is it me or have all the kids gone crazy and what do I do to fix it.  Or is it because John was home for a long weekend and so anything I say or a schedule that we usually have is completely out the window?  I guess if I accomplish something today I will feel better, but it is only 8am and I have already gone to 2 schools, cleaned the kitchen, showered, makeup, picked up trash in the yard, blogged, and cleaned my room.  Don't these things count for accomplishing something?  Not in my life, or a mom's life I guess.  I'll let you know how it goes. Today, a picture of my puppy; Aspen, because he makes me happy, except all the trash in the garage he pulled out yesterday!    

Friday, April 10, 2009

Playing Catch Up

It has been crazy!  Spring Break, kids out of school, Easter Break, kids out of school, working in Arkansas..... But I got a chance to list some vintage items today.  I have some fun new finds on 

Also, I was featured on a handmade website.  I am excited.  You'll have to check it out..... Now it is a few days later and I am still trying to finish this post.  Easter was nice.  John and I took all the kids to his parents and John actually relaxed and stayed all day.  The kids were wonderful and had great manners!  Oh, and I just got an email that I am on a handmade challenge.  Here is the link.