Monday, November 10, 2014

Inspiration

This weekend marked the beginning of the craft show season for us. You might think that means things start to get hectic.

You would be wrong.

Things got hectic weeks ago as we began planning for this show.

On top of trying to keep up with online orders, wholesale orders and deals, we have to squeeze in time for creating new items that we sell exclusively at shows.  It's challenging and fun and sometimes makes us want to pull our hair out.  If you see us, and we have dark circles under our eyes, and some patchy baldness, you'll know why.

For someone in my position - the empty nester with no other job - all of this can make me nuts, but I can pretty much plan things out and know that I'll be able to complete my tasks with few interruptions. For Jess, with two kids under three at home, that is not the case. Honestly, I don't know how she does it!  I know how tired I am after twelve or more hours on my feet or at the computer, but if I did all that I do, plus chased after two littles and got up with them at night and everything else, well, I'd probably collapse.

This is just one of the reasons why I admire my daughter so much. She is an amazing woman and I am blessed to be her Mom. Our time spent together on craft show weekends is incredibly precious to me. She makes me laugh, makes me think, and inspires me beyond measure.

So here's to Jess. You rock my socks!

P.S. If we meet at a craft show, and she's nodding off, let her sleep. She needs it.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Post-Season Fever

Here in St. Louis, we're cheering on our Cardinals, but many of us are also cheering for another team, the Kansas City Royals.

Why such divided loyalty from a fan base that calls itself "Cardinals Nation?" Because many of us remember what it was like 29 years ago, the last time these two teams met in World Series competition.

As a native of the east side of the state, who was uprooted from a brief stint in Oklahoma only to be plopped down on the west side of the state in the spring of 1985, I had no idea that history was about to be made.

Our St. Louis Cardinals had won their last World Series Championship just three years previous - 1982 - the year I graduated high school. Those were the years of Whiteyball, Ozzie Smith and an amazing club that kept things about as exciting as they can get. We enjoyed the run up to the playoffs, and were thrilled when it came down to the two Missouri teams in the final seven games of the season. Of course, as Cardinals fans, we wanted a different outcome in game 7, but it was not to be.

In the years since then, the Cardinals have picked up two more World Championships, and made it to the playoffs several times. The poor Royals, however, never even got close. Until this year.

As I write this, the Royals need two more wins, and the Cardinals need three to set up a rematch that's been in the works for almost three decades. Ironically, about 75% of the current players were not even alive when these two clubs last met in World Series play. Lucky for them, those of us who were around have not forgotten the excitement or the heartbreak.

We will continue to cheer on the The Cardinals and The Royals
until the two meet, which we really hope they will. If it happens, our allegiance will be all Redbirds. Here's to a different outcome between our two Missouri teams!

For information on ordering either of our Missouri Home pallet signs, please visit our Etsy shop, here:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/PovertyBarn

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Front Porch Fall Makeover


 My husband will argue that Fall is still officially a week away, and he's right.  But with the cooler temperatures, evenings by the fire pit and the pool to cool for a swim, I have to say that for all intents and purposes, we're already there.

Our front porch was disgustingly dirty, which is what happens when sawdust from the garage workshop piles up for months on end. Today was the day to wipe down the cobwebs and wash off all the dust before getting a my autumn on.

It all started with the old screen door that we picked a couple of summers ago. My dear hubby braved a dark and wasp-filled barn loft to snag this beauty.  I absolutely love it and all of its chippy charm. Standing behind the pallet wood table, it is the perfect place to hang a wreath and welcome everyone to our home.

For the overall look, I mostly just re-arranged what I already had on hand, added a ribbon to the wash tub and scattered some mums all around.  This look will keep me warm and content until the snow flies and it's time to change things up again.

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful weekend too!

God bless,
Valerie

Friday, August 29, 2014

Love Spoke-n Here



It's hard to believe that summer comes to an unofficial end this weekend, isn't it? Just because the calendar says "Labor Day" doesn't mean that all that the party's over!  Bring outdoor fun inside with our newest canvas print design.

This one is called "Love Spoke" and it measures 14 x 11-inches. It is photographed on a Turner Yellow background with white lettering. You, however, can mix up the colors to fit your decor! Take a look at our Etsy shop to see lots of new canvas pieces, and many new colors added to our line-up.

For a preview of all of our colors, follow this link:  http://www.povertybarn.net/p/poverty-barn-colors-styles.html

Have a safe and happy weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

If you haven't visited our sister site lately, what are you waiting for? This the home of all of our great racing-themed products. We have wood signs, canvas, burlap prints and we just released our very first t-shirt design!  4LeftTurns.net is a great place to find the perfect gift for the race fan on your list!


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Everything Old is New Again

Last Sunday after church, and lunch, we made our usual stop at Jo-Ann Fabric. I'm always running in to grab more paint, or something else to keep this little business going.

While I was deciding between colors of chalk paint, my hubby was looking at garden containers. He found this fabulous aluminum box that immediately reminded us of a milk cooler. In case you're not as old as us, at one time, one didn't have to run to the grocery or local dairy store for dairy products. They would be delivered right to your door and left in a nice little insulated metal cooler on your front porch if you weren't home.

Our local dairy was St. Charles Dairy Company and yes, I still remember getting deliveries. I also remember going to their store where they scooped up the best mint chip ice cream I've ever had.  The company went out of business more than twenty years ago, but we have a lot of items with their logo around our house, including one of the milk coolers.

We decided to buy the planter and stencil a St. Charles Dairy Company logo on it using vinyl. The only real challenge was getting a good logo to trace.  While I have many pieces of memorabilia here, very few are flat and scanner-friendly.  I first tried a metal stamp, which is an actual piece of typeset from an old newspaper. I couldn't get a sharp enough image, so I went in search of something else.

It came down to pulling a lighted sign down off the top of the cabinet, or trying to make a flat-sided milk bottle work. I opted to try the bottle first. In order to get a clean image, I put a piece of printer paper inside, laid it on my scanner and, voila! I decent enough image.

Next, I imported it into my Silhouette Design Studio software, where I did a trace, which came out amazingly well. The only thing I really had to fix were the words "Dairy Co." in the glyph or tail of the "y."

I cut the image out, did a reverse-weed and then applied to to the side of the box.  Since my hubby is way better with a spray paint can than I am, he did the next part. He applied several coats of bright red paint, then allowed it to dry thoroughly.  We removed the vinyl, and you can see the final results.

We really like the way it turned out. We have a mix of red geraniums, grass and vine that will be planted in it, hopefully tomorrow.  After that, it will have a spot of honor on our front porch.




Monday, May 12, 2014

Pinteresting Mother's Day Gifts

Pinterest.  It can be a major inspiration, or a huge waste of time. It all depends on if you actually make or do some of the things you see, or if you just pin and dream.

I tend to do a bit of both. Of course, I am much more successful at making crafty projects than cooking the recipes I find. I am not ashamed to admit that I am the most undomesticated person I know.  Cooking is not my forte. Looking at our house right now, you would assume that I am also vacuum-challenged, and you would be right.

Fortunately, when God opted to spare me the domesticity gene, he replaced it with the crafty gene, and I would much rather have that one so I'll exploit it to no end.

On one of my recent Pinterest breaks, I found a fun tutorial for painting canning jars with chalk paint, then sealing them with a wax sealer.  In the blog, they also filled them with dirt and planted succulents.  Apparently, chalk paint and succulents are two really "in" things right now, so I feel super sly knowing that I'm on that bandwagon.

I decided these would make fun Mother's Day gifts so I fixed up a half dozen and gave them away to my Moms, my daughter and a couple of other special ladies in my life. I also made my own cards, using a burlap print that I had created the week before.  The combinations were a hit, and here's how it all turned out:

I added the burlap "ribbon" for an extra rustic touch.








I had a few plants leftover, so I potted them in these blue insulators, which fit perfectly in this scrap from one of the many pallets in our stock pile.


I used this printed burlap piece (available in our Etsy shop), reduced it, and adhered it to the front of a folded piece of card stock to create the "perfect" Mother's Day card.
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