Thursday, April 21, 2016

Loading up... Visits and Flea Market Bound and..... Sweet Life Photos

Hello everyone..
Just a quick post this morning as 
we  pack up our 15 passenger van and trailer 
to pull out on Friday morning.
It's been pretty hectic trying to get ready to go!
But the loose ends always come together as we all work as a team
to pack, clean and load up all the while thinking 
of the adventure and reunions that are ahead!

It's hard to leave home but I told Jeff the other day
that someday I'm going to be very glad for  
making the 3600 mile trip to make those special memories.
My life is mostly about the people in it. 
I want them to know that I love them and 
that they're special to me.

This is my FAVORITE travel quote.
Victoria Erickson (FB: VictoriaEricksonwriter )  I remember many Sunday road trips in my early married years...wonderful.  :):
Spring is often the time of year that we travel back east.
My siblings are there and it's where I grew up.
I've posted about our Sugartree place before.
It's a wonderful little amish barn tucked back in the rolling hills
of  farm country in SE Ohio. I will leave this Friday to spend about
a month of treasured time with family and friends. 

So I will be checking in and out on my phone and laptop.

We'll be doing some thrifting and visiting the 
Washington Courthouse Flea in Ohio.
Here's a link if you want to read about it.
We've not ever been to one but the Junk Gypsies say it's
one of the best in the country!
It seems like a long way to go but we're going anyway
and the dates actually work for us.
And honestly a big plus to traveling there is the
prices are much more reasonable and there's so
much more available.

It's the first time we've taken our trailer.  
I'm nervous and excited at the same time.

We're pretty new at this so I've been doing 
research online. According to many,
 making a list is needful because it's so easy to
get caught up in all of the excitement and forget 
what you're there for.
That would be me!
I have been doing some research online
and here are some of the other suggestions that
folks make.

Such as..

*get there early
*bring a bag on wheels
*bring water/food
*carry cash
*make a list
*check items for damage
*make sure you really want the item by marking it up in your head
*wear layers and sunscreen
* don't haggle too much
(people have worked hard to get there)
I'm not good at that anyway.
I always feel badly about asking to pay less.
It isn't always about money.

I made up a little quote a few years back: 

Money talks but it shouldn't have the last say.

It's good to be sensitive.
(any suggestions on that subject?)

I do try to bundle a little though.
(Grouping things together for a total price which 
usually means a little bit of a discount. 
And most people are happy to do that for you.)

Maybe you have some other ideas that you would like to share.
I'd be grateful for any tips!

Here's what we'll be looking for:
*Vintage glassware for display to brighten up my dark kitchen.
*Unusual items pertaining to movies and theatre 
(We have a 30 year old Friday night movie tradition)
*Industrial pieces
*Corbels, decorative trim
*Urns, statutes,  
*Old rugs
*Items for re-purposing/re-loving to sell

What're some things that you would like to look for?

Here are some photos of my life in the past few months.

A birthday bouquet..

pinks and blues with cheerful splashes of green~

Out for a smoothie and a walk with three of my sweet, beautiful girls.
How I do love them and we have SO much fun together!

Making cupcakes and memories with sweet cakelets!

Their creations..
Oh my the hundreds and millions all over the floor! 

A place where hopes and dreams are swirling all around.
I'll share more about this later!

I've been playing some music.
Guess who wants in?
My little pal.  Sweet, Miss Liberty :) 

An early morning visitor.
It makes getting up early so exciting!
I DO love seeing them.
But unfortunately, she and her family are so destructive.

Awwwww... what a beauty.
I just want to pet her and let her stay forever.
I do love country living!


I will miss being in touch on a regular basis.
But I will be checking in as often as I can!
Lovely lovely wishes to you
and thank you for your visit!


Another favorite John Denver song that we sing~
and appropriate for our trip.

Take Me Home Country Roads


Roosterhead Designs said...

Hi Tamara~
Am so glad I checked blogland before leaving work for the week-end.
Congrats on a trip to OH; I wish I could sneak into your trailer and hitch a ride! lol But some of my OH fam will be coming here in July~ Yea! Loved your post! And was glad to see a pic w/you and some of your special girls : ) You all look like sisters to me~
And what a great time in the kitchen! Spreading a little love, frosting, and Lots of sprinkles. Don't be surprised if you find some in the corners; months from now! lol (been there:)
Enjoyed the outdoor scene's too. Yes those deer can be destructive.) Beauty with a bit of a price . . .: J
Enjoy your trip! I know you will friend~ Flea markets are such a fave for me, and OH is the cream of the crop.
Prayers and blessings to you Tamara, Karen O

Junkchiccottage said...

Your daughters are beautiful like Mom. Sounds like some great times ahead for you. Safe travels my friend. Enjoy every minute with family and friends.

handmade by amalia said...

I'm so excited for you, Tamara. I hope you have a wonderful time.

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

I hope you're having a wonderful trip and making many more special memories with family and friends. Good luck on the flea markets, etc. - sounds like fun!!

Jeff LeFevre said...

I love the quote! As always the pictures are awesome!