Monday, September 20, 2010

Door envy

the English sure know how to make a statement with a door. 

 (I photographed all of the following on my trip to England in June.)

"The Door" by Charles Tomlinson.....

Too little
has been said
of the door, its one
face turned to the night's
downpour and its other
to the shift and glisten of firelight.

For doors
are both frame and monument
to our spent time,
and too little
has been said
of our coming through and leaving by them.

I would love to peek inside each one of these

Happy Almost Tuesday!  ~Kay

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In Loving Memory...

In loving memory of my father-in-law, Carl Knee
January 5, 1927-August 30, 2010

"When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room
Why cry for a soul set free!

Miss me a little-but not too long
And not with head bowed low
Remember the love we once shared
Miss me- but let me go.

For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone
It's all a part of the Master's plan
A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds
Miss me...but let me go."

Thank you "Dad" for every single one of the 35+ years I have known you.  We will miss you every day.  God bless ~Kay

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My boys

There are just some times when I really really miss my 2 boys.  Today is just one of those days.

 One is away at college

One is in the Marines

They are so different from each other
but they each have such great qualities that this Mom LOVES.

Inner Strength
Good morals
Handsome (oh yes, very handsome!)

A list that could go on and on....

Love you both!

( daughter will get equal time soon : )


Monday, August 23, 2010


It was a glorious 7 days at the beach last week.

The clouds over Neahkanie mountain would change every 5 minutes.


We took a new path to the ocean, here at the south end of Manzanita.


We planted crocosmias.  Couldn't have done it without Lucy's help : ) 
 You don't need a shovel when she's around!


Had our picnic at Arcadia park, not far from Arch Cape.


There were breathtaking sunsets......

(I'm really the one that took those pictures!!  I'm amazed how great they turned out!)

How can you not believe that an awesome God created all of this??


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Do you ever get that "funny" look?

I loooove mirrors!  Especially old, chippy, slightly faded, odd shaped ones.

I hate looking in them though: )

They always sell really well, they add a great dimension to your space, and I can usually find them pretty inexpensively.

I found ALL of these at one estate sale a couple of weekends ago.  But I got those "funny" looks from people that day.....

They're thinking....
"Why would she buy something like that?"
"It has all those silvery marks on it, it's not even a good mirror."
"Why in the world would someone need so many mirrors?"
"The back is broken off, it's no good anymore."

That's OK, it leaves more for me to buy!!

Happy Wednesday!  ~Kay

Monday, August 9, 2010


Sigh.....there's just not many things better than finding really great treasures. Things that, in my eye anyway!, are just beautiful, whimsical, one-of-a-kind, well loved goodies. Just makes me smile looking at them.  My inner voice is saying "I really want that".....

I'm just so glad I found some things that aren't "big".  It's no exaggeration that our shop next to our house is jam packed/overflowing/stuffed to the brim with (as some people would say) junk. 

 But it's all good junk......really.

  For a long time, I would buy fixer uppers.  I'm cheap : )  And those ones that I bought when Steve and I first started doing this 6 years ago are still sitting in that shop,
waiting to be sanded, painted, fixed, cleaned, adjusted, embellished.....

And, of course, they're all BIG. Bummer.  But I just can't let go of them. (I know, get over it!)

But I have to say I DO plan on selling them all.  I'm not a pack rat. A bit disorganized and messy maybe.  With a longer "to-do" list than the average person.

But that's all beside the point!

I wanted to share what cool things I found at a few estate sales and at the Brownsville Antique Fair this weekend.

(The very top picture has some great 40's majorette batons! a graniteware "nursing " cup (gotta look that one up!), and the best wicker sewing cabinet)
I've been drawn to all kinds of chalkware lately!


I love these candlesticks!  From Portugal.  And a fantastic flow blue platter


A great metal basket, the best vintage purse with a beautiful long silver clasp, a metal "note" pad cover, and
the prettiest purple transferware plate.

Love these old breadboxes, classic pink and black!

Oh, my favorite.  It's a tea box (apparently!).  A papered outside with a metal inside.  Nice and big.  Something really great to save for Farm Chicks next year!

Thanks for reading this loooong post!  ~Kay

Friday, August 6, 2010

Did you see it??

OH WOW.....
I got up early to get organized to hit some estate sales. 

This is what was outside our front door....

Oh what a glorious way to start the day!!

Have a good one! ~Kay

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"I Do"

I've been collecting brides and grooms for a bit now.  When my mom gave me her cake topper bride and groom, I was so thrilled!  It's from 1944.


I've bought some at antique shows........This couple is so dang cute!

This is one I just bought at the July Portland Expo from Sue (and Joe!).  I had seen both of them at many estate sales, but had never really chatted with them until last weekend.  What truly nice people!  Sue's blog is here.  I love my latest acquisition from them.

Another darling couple!

These silly stick pins I purchased in Denmark a few years ago.  Not valuable, but funky!!

Weddings are on my daughter and son-in-law will have been married 2 years on Monday.  Woo hoo!!  Here's to 50 more :) !!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Dog parents....And Expo too!

Happy Birthday Lucy!!!  She's 11 years old (well, as of yesterday....I'm a bit behind...) She LOVES running after her frisbee, especially at the beach.  But she loves dirt clods even better!  You only have to say "dirt clod"  and she gets frantic trying to find one. 

She is a well loved dog and the sweetest pet you could ever have.  We celebrated with a McDonald's hamburger (plain) as we have for the last 10 years.  And, of course, we sang to her too :)

And it wouldn't be summer unless she was jumping in the pool retrieving that same frisbee.  She just wears herself out some days.

Wish I had time to sit by the pool, especially with the beautiful, HOT weather coming!!!

BUT, it's EXPO time!!

Since we missed the Farm Chicks show (still crying over that one!!!),
we have some great merchandise to bring to the Portland Expo. 
See below for more info!

Hi Collectors!

This coming weekend is the Portland Expo on July 10th & 11th for the big Palmer/Wirfs show. (You can locate my booth by looking me up in the Program Guide, which you can pick up at any of the entrances.....look under Surprised by Joy, O (for outside) 178 and 179.)
This show is the largest Antique & Collectible Show in the country with 1,400 booths both inside and out.

In addition to offering more vintage items for sale than any other show, there are several exhibits that you may enjoy: In the outside selling area, there is a collection of Tear Drop Trailers, those adorable '40's era camping trailers.

In the lobby of Hall E, Mr. Daniel Leas, an expert in vintage leather will present his exhibit of crafted leather items from the arts and crafts era.

In Hall E, booths G-10,11 & 42,43, is an amazing exhibit entitled 'A History Of Communication' which consists of one of the very best collections of vintage telephones. The collector who is sharing this collection is bringing material very comparable to what the Smithsonian has in this category.

Evaluations and identifications are offered all weekend in the Hall E lobby. The show's experts will examine your item and give you a verbal market evaluation for $5.00 per object, which all proceeds going to the Portland Police's Food Bank, The Sunshine Division.

And lastly, for several hours each day, live bluegrass music will played out on the plaza between Halls E and D.

The hours on Saturday are 9am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The Expo is located in Portland, Oregon and to get there take exit 306B off I-5 north or south. Adult admission is $7.00 for Saturday and is good for both days. If you wish to come as an Early Admission buyer, that cost is $30 and you are admitted during exhibitor set-up on Friday, the 9th. Outside exhibitors start setting up at 8am and the inside opens at 9am.

Parking at the Expo is $7.00 or at Portland Meadows Horse Race Track for $5.00 (Shuttle provided).

There is food and beverage available but bring your favorite walking shoes. This is a show worth spending some time at. You never know what treasure you'll end up taking home with you!

See you at the show!


It will be blast! Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mmmm, smells so good....

Take a deep whiff.....such perfume........ fills your senses........ so incredibly beautiful.
It's holding it's secrets inside.

Mmmm, somewhat fruity.....luscious.....perfect.

Such aroma....take time to enjoy.

I could look at these all day.

They are all from gardens I saw in England.  Can't wait to go back.

Enjoy!  ~Kay

Friday, May 28, 2010

Good bye Farm Chicks---Hope you have a wonderful show!

Sometimes, things just don't work out. 
And sometimes you don't find out why.
I'm hoping I will this time around, but....

Heading on a plane Sunday to hug my husband and try not to ever let him go again (!)
He's in a foreign country, had emergency surgery.
Such a crazy, scary, overwhelming few days.
But looking for blue sky
kisses : )
hand holding
just being together
"You don't know what you've got till its gone....."
Love you Steve!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Today is a day for trusting in the Lord.  Circumstances can change in an instant.  What we strive so hard for in our work, hobbies, and activities can become so insignificant on certain occasions.
My life verse.......

I lift my eyes up to the hills-
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip-
he who watches over you will not slumber
Psalm 121:1-3

And in this I rest my hope, and my future.
No matter what that future holds.
Which is a bit tenuous right now.
More when I can....~Kay

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Map for Farm Chicks Show

We got the map for the Farm Chicks show.....yea! same place as last year.  We love being on the corner (you can spread out a bit, you know..!).  But what's even better is seeing that some of our favorite people next to us are coming back too!

Rebecca from Peace Within (Space 148).  She sells the coolest t-shirts and hats, and is such a kind, funny girl! Can't wait to see her again.
And the couple from Anoka Farms (Space 93)....the BEST peanut brittle EVER!! They are so sweet (get it?!  oh, bad one... they really are sweet though :) and so upbeat and positive.
And next to us will be Melayne (Space 146).  She is amazing, makes all of her clothes racks, salad tongs, cutting boards herself.  What a woman! (And a joy to talk to!)
So blessed with the greatest neighbors.  That's part of what makes Farm Chicks such a fun show to be a vendor at....fantastic people.
Did I mention the shoppers?  They truly are a unique group of happy people!  They are so excited to be there, and have a blast buying their treasures.  And they appreciate the cool things the vendors bring.

It's nice to be appreciated :)

Below is just a few more peeks.