Monday, March 9, 2015


Something to think about...

SChinese Word for Luck!
Good Luck Bad Luck!
There is a Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer's neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?" A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, "Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?"
Then, when the farmer's son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?"
Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck?
Who knows?
Everything that seems on the surface to be an evil may be a good in disguise. And everything that seems good on the surface may really be an evil. So we are wise when we leave it to God to decide what is good fortune and what misfortune, and thank him that all things turn out for good with those who love him.

  Have a great week!

Monday, March 2, 2015


Another Estate Sale and an Auction! Here are the newest finds...

Cobalt blue pottery...

Antique top...

Old metal tool box...

Two candle holders made from old spoons and thimbles...

An old tool apron...

A real Mink vintage fur hat...

And an antique iron chair with wood handles and seat that needs a little TLC...

Which is YOUR favorite?


Today I'm just going to share a little "Advice From A Squirrel" for you to contemplate while you relax with your Java...

Look Both Ways When You Cross the Road

Plan Ahead

Stay Active

Eat Plenty of Fiber

Spend Time in the Woods

Go Out On a Limb

It's OK To Be a Little Nuts!
                                                Ilan Shamir

And I'll add another...

Practice Balancing

I think that covers it!         Have a great week!

Thursday, February 26, 2015


I am really liking the Farmhouse style these days. And while I don't live in an actual Farmhouse, I'm trying to incorporate some elements that give me the "look" I want. I discovered my " current style" by going through some steps that I shared in 5 posts beginning here. Check it out to discover your current individual style. I say "current" because  you may, like me, change your style from time to time.

And because I am liking that style right now, Farmhouse-style "finds" jump out at me more when I'm shopping for our Hob Nobber sales. But don't worry if you're not into "farmhouse style", because I'm collecting all kinds of treasures in all the styles you love. And Renee and Karen ( the other Hob Nobbers) have their individual interests also!

So what does Farmhouse style mean to me? For different people it can mean different things. But for my purposes in finding Farmhouse treasures I look for these kinds of items:

Stoneware, Ironstone and Pottery

Antique wooden tools

Natural elements like Cotton and Lavender

Vintage furniture pieces


Grainsack and all cotton linens

And other interesting and hard to find treasures

 Of course that's not all! There are a lot more treasures that could give my home the Farmhouse look I love. Check out my Pinterest Board, "My Style" for more ideas on my Farmhouse Style.You can just click on the red Pinterest button on the right sidebar.

And if this is a style that you love, you can get the look by shopping our Memorial Weekend Hob Nobber sale! Some of the above will be for sale while a few of the items are in my home.

If you are looking for a particular item in this style, let me know and I'll look for it for you!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Yeah, it's really really cold up here in Minnesota but this is how we make the best of it:




These are just things my family has done recently but there is also ice fishing, building snowmen, skating, skiing, polar plunges, and more! And then after all THAT, there is THIS:

And lots of THIS:

 Mostly though it is bundling up in layer upon layer of winter gear like THIS:

  and then running from a warm house to your car! Oh yeah, and getting bragging rights for braving the coldest weather!   So it's really not so bad!

Monday, February 23, 2015


Good Morning! Or Afternoon or whenever you read this! ; )   I like to share tidbits of information that can help you to be calmer, less stressed, and happier on Mondays. So here we are, another COLD Monday! Warm yourself with a cup of your favorite beverage! Mine is coffee!

I sometimes feel like the above statement! Just like a computer when it has too many tabs open, it slows everything down. When I feel this way my brain says to me, "too much information...will not compute, will not compute!" So I have to sit down, take a deep breath, and close the "tabs in my brain".

Despite the popular idea of multitasking, studies have shown that the brain can only focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking is essentially impossible. What really happens is that our minds flit from one task to the other. That is why there are so many accidents when people try to text while driving. It only takes a second of taking your mind off your driving to get into an accident!

This week focus on one thing at a time. Don't let your mind get distracted! It will help you stay calmer, less stressed, and more intentional when you don't have so many thoughts trying to compete for your mind's attention.

Enjoy the week! And stay warm!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Still finding some interesting treasures for the Hob Nobber Memorial Day sale! Here are just a few of them...

This guy has some discoloration and crazing due to aging but don't we all! I love the look!

No lid with this gal but plop some red geraniums  in and she's perfecto!

Lovely Red Wing plate!

If you love beautiful collectibles you will want this little "in perfect condition" Hull pitcher for your collection!

Above and below is a 23 piece set of rare vintage Vernon Kilns Pottery. I found the set in one of three boxes of dishes I bought at an auction that were auctioned off together. I really bought the boxes because of another set of dishes I wanted. This just happened to come along with it. Not knowing anything about this particular collection I inquired about them from a couple who specializes in this pottery. Though they specialize in only this pottery they had never seen this pattern before. Upon checking further for us they found out it dates back to 1938. No chips or cracks and in perfect condition! They told us it was a "great find!". That was a pretty fun discovery! You never know what you are going to find!

Look at the interesting "downward" handles on this sugar bowl

And here is something I couldn't pass up! Not sure whether to keep this guy or give him as a white elephant gift when our Bible Study's annual White Elephant Christmas  party comes around.

                                    He makes a very sickly squacking noise when squeezed.

And to leave this post on a "nicer note" and prettier photo, here are some tulips my husband gave me for Valentine's Day!

                                                              Have a great week!

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Les and I have just a couple of favorite auctions we attend for "picking" purposes. We had avoided auctions for quite a while as they take a lot of time and have added costs incurred, not including the extra gas and meal expense. But we found two auctions that were fun to attend and we were able to find a few treasures that we could then turn around and offer for sale at reasonable prices.

Many bidders are there to bid for themselves so they win the bidding more often  unlike those of us who have to buy at "wholesale" in order to offer it in vintage sales.

Having said that, if you attend our events and have something in mind that you are looking for, let us know and we can be looking for specific treasures just for you. We would also need to know what you are willing to spend on the item. We would be happy to do that for you. We would be your own personal "picker". In case you haven't heard the term "picker", it is a person who hunts for treasures to resell. So if you're interested, leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Here are a few items we "picked" at the last auction. There is much more than this and some neat pieces of furniture that I am refinishing.

This is a three piece dessert set of four, including four each of cup, saucer, and dessert plate. The pattern is similar to Royal Copenhagen but the markings do not match this pattern so I don't know what brand these dishes are. If you know, I'd love to find out. Below are the markings...

The photo above and below are of Red Wing oyster dishes. I have seven of them plus lots more Red Wing pottery. I love the color on these!

Giant stoneware striped bowl for mixing, popcorn, display or adding to your collection.

MORE big bowls...

And MORE bowls...

And  another great bowl!

Wooden mortar and pestle, and humidor

Vintage glass jar for kitchen, bathroom, baby's room, or craft storage.

Some Scandinavian treasures above and below...

This is a Royal Copenhagen

If you are into folk art we have that also....See below

Of course, there will be more coming so stay tuned...
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