Sunday, April 3, 2011

Moving Day...Thrifty finds...Emma

Happy Sunday afternoon!!! It is sunny and windy with a temperature of 90 degrees.  Wow!!! Tomorrow is supposed to be cold again. Supposed to be 37 in the morning. This weather just can't seem to make up its mind.

Last week was busy and this week promises much of the same.  Headed to the office later this evening to work so thought I might try to update my blog this afternoon.

Ginger and I spent all day Saturday moving our booth at the antique mall to the front window. It is about 2 1/2 feet larger with more light and more customer exposure.  We must have had more stuff in our original space than we thought, 'cause just when it seemed we were done, more would appear.  Danny, Ginger's hubby, helped us move the big stuff and set it back up in our new spot.

He helped hang our new sign, too. Of course, he had to hang it twice 'cause I thought I could just stitch the letters on the quilt piece with it hanging. Not was hard to do standing on a ladder that did not seem very sturdy... so I gave in. He took it down..Ginger and I stitched the letters on and he hung it back up. 

He is such a good guy. He spent all day with us arranging and rearranging. He even bought us lunch and then came back in the afternoon for more moving. We finally finished at 6:30. Here are pictures of our new booth. We really, really like our new space!!!!!!!

 Last Wednesday I took my Mom to the airport and before heading back to work I went to the thrift store close to the office.  Here are some cool things I found. Only one thing was over a dollar. Some of my treasures will be used in the fall, but I couldn't pass them up for 99 cents or less.

 I also received a package in the mail last week from Joanne .  She had read in one of my blog posts about looking for army blankets. She sent me a green wool army blanket, a large blue wool piece, popcorn and the some granola thins with dark chocolate. Well, I ate one package of the granola thins immediately. It was so good. She said she got them at Costco, but no Costco here so will have to look elsewhere. It was such a pleasant surprise. She and the other women in our group, An American Primitive Gathering, are always sending RAKs. (Random Acts of Kindness). It always brings a smile knowing someone was thinking of you.
As you know, I also take care of Emma during the week. She is 8 months old  and quite a handful. She is crawling everywhere and pulls up to stand wherever she can. She has been practicing her balance, so before long she will probably be taking that first step. Then the fun begins. She is hard keeping up with now while crawling. Imagine I will need to put my running shoes on from then on. She dislikes being put in her car seat to go somewhere, but insists on it being on the floor to play in.

 She does fall asleep in it occasionally, but usually only about 10 minutes.

  She is trying new foods now too. She will munch on raw broccoli and carrots. Bananas and apples. I was eating a mandarin orange and she wanted a bite. She managed to break the skin and get a little of the pulp. 
 I did finally finish a hooked rug that I started at the Star of Texas Rug Camp in Tyler, Texas last May.  "Old Thyme House" is a pattern from Star Rug Company. Maria Barton was the teacher and I learned some new techniques and had a great time. I'm not able to go this May, but hope to go next year. I have not put the binding on it yet, but at least the main rug is finished.
I also finished a cross stitch freebie from Betty of Primitive Bettys. I had never cross stitched over 2 threads, so when I went to the Lenexa hook-in in February, Betty was kind enough to give me a lesson. I will have to practice more because I am sure I missed one or two on this, but I still like the way it turned out. I stained it with walnut ink crystals and put it in a frame I found at the thrift store for 49 cents.  It came with its own little easel.
 I am working on a rug for Emma for Easter, It's the Peter Rabbit rug that Ginger hooked and showed on her blog awhile back. 

Well guess I better finish this up and do a little housework. Wishing everyone a great week and hope the spring weather is just around the corner. 



  1. Well the move was well worth it in the end!

    Miss Emma is getting so big and yes you better find those running shoes I have a feeling your going to be needing them and soon.

    Awesome goodies from Joanne! How thoughtful of her to send them your way.

    Great job on the rug and cross stitch!!!!

  2. Patijane your and Ginger's booth looks awesome so does all your "product" - you girls are amazing with your work - i'm sure you will wow the street traffic! Best of Luck - that Emma is a cutie pie - the pics are so cute! Great thrift finds too!

  3. The booth looks very inviting and I know many will stop in at the antique mall to take a closer look and buy some of your items. What a day of hard work that must have been...good to have a "man" to help with the lifting and bring you lunch!! Emma is just a little doll. Starting her right for a healthy diet with the veggies and fruit. Enjoyed seeing all the pics you and Ginger posted.

  4. Y'all's shop is fabulous and I imagine that the owner of the craft mall is delighted to have your booth in the front window. So many items that would make one want to come in and look closer. Good going Paticake N Gingersnap! hope you'll stop by my blog for the wool strips giveaway.

    Love, love, love the way Old Thyme House turned out! Wish I could go to camp again this year! Hope we are able to attend camp together again some time, had so much fun with you and Ginger.

    Emma is really growing, and you are right you'll need track shoes before long. I remember Livvie lurching along the deck with me waddling behind her. lol Thankfully those days pass quickly. Before you know it those tentative steps turn into running and galloping. :)♥

  5. Paticake and Gingersnap!!!! I LOVE it!!! The whole booth looks fabulous... is that a radio you gals have in your front window? Little Emma is so sweet! Really workin' up the camera! lol! Your rug and cross stitch finished up beautifully... the frame on the easel was a great find! Joanne is always listening for ways she can help folks! Great gal! Good to know all is well with you! :-)

  6. Your booth looks wonderful. How nice to get more exposure. Danny is a great guy for helping you both out like that :)
    You've been really busy. All those finds and taking care of Emma. She is too sweet! Also love your hooked rug and stitching piece. I'm working on that one too! they look wonderful!

  7. You and Ginger are having to much fun. Ginger's husband looks to be a great help.
    You alls booth looks great I'd love to shop it.
    Take care of that Emma I bet she is great company.

  8. Everything looks so wonderful! I love the name of your booth. How cute!

    Emma's rosy lil' cheeks are just too sweet!! :)

    Your rug & cross stitch are wonderful too. Hmmm... now I need to find a way to get down there to see you & the shop!!



  9. Hi Patijane, I simply love the saltbox rug and you did your booth up proud! My hubby and I own an antique store and we love our prims too. I dabble in crafts myself and mix some in seasonally with the antiques. I am new to this blogging world, but meeting many new friends with similar interests. Keep up the great work. Janice

  10. Oh your booth is wonderful! Good thing you're in Ok or I'd go for broke. I love your saltbox rug and Little Emma is adorable.