Thursday, October 30, 2014

Craig Morgan "Wake Up Lovin' You" Official Music Video HD

Blue.

Liz... Miss. Scarlett... and I.... cleaned house, today.
It wasn't the worst.... it's ever been....
but...
It was in Need.
: )
I have been running so hard.... the last many weeks....
there was no way....
I could 'keep'.... the house....
the way... it So...Deserves.... to be. 
I...sat down... this afternoon... for a break...
and noticed the old... Iron Front.... I had dragged home.....
when John was putting the 'addition' together.
: )
He thought to put a light behind it.... 
{He incorporated it.... for the Cold Air Intake }
We have had it lit... with every color....
The last, many years.... it's been white....
John's Favorite Color.... was Blue.
I asked Liz... to run.... and get a Blue.... Bulb.
: )
oh my....
She switched them out....
and....
It's Perfect.
Perfect.
: )
The below...images are of Miss. Scarlett.
Yesterday.... she attended her Dance Class.... Halloween Party.
I looked at her Costume.... It was Darling....
: )
She had Fairy Wings... to go with her little red dress....: )
She reminded me...so... of Liz.
I mentioned.... when Liz was 5.... she had worn a similar Dress....
but...
with... little 'horns'... : )
I dressed her as a Little devil....
for Halloween...
{yes... I was Incorrect... 22 years ago... as well. : ) } 
and...still had the little horns... in the hall closet...
{that Liz, after hearing this... Had... to Unearth! : ) }
but... don't read anything into this. 
When I was in my Teens.... I had a Problem... with The Charlie Daniel's Band....and....
 The Song...
'The devil went down to Georgia'
because ... a line... in the lyrics... had something to do... with 'giving the devil his due'...
I, knew.... even then.... 
We Owe... the devil.. Nothing. }
period.
After her Dance Party...
Miss. Scarlett, came here... to stay with me.
: )
{Liz is working... a few nights a week. }
oh my....
What a Gift....Miss. Scarlett Is.
: )
I.... am... Blessed.
I have stayed in this house... alone.... 
for many months....
{Thank God... for my Beloved...Polly... <3 I Couldn't have done it... without her. <3 }
It's not about being 'alone'.... 
{I... know all about that... from when I was young. }
This... is Different.
'Alone'... is one thing...
'Lost'... is...another.
Having Miss. Scarlett... 'with me'...
was such a Gift....
well...
I hope...
you never know....
how Much... of a Gift....
she was...
and is. 
I...Truly... Don't.
Love, to ya....
Barb C.






Monday, October 27, 2014

The Midwest Booth. Empire and Victorian.... Love.

Well....
All...is Well. : )
The Midwest and Collector's Eye Shows...were Beautiful....
as Always!
It was so Great...seeing everyone. : )
The Kids helped...haul.... and set the walls....
Bless Their Hearts!!!
Even Miss. Scarlett... helped...during set up.... 
Paula and Cathy... {Promoter's}... befriended Miss. Scarlett.... and they strolled through the Show.... and had Much Fun...together. <3 <3 <3 for hours... : ) }
I worked... and got the Fall Booth... pulled together.
: )
It...turned out pretty good. : )
I...wish...I had taken more smalls....
but...
did the best I could. : )
There is simply... not enough time... in a day.
: )
It was a hit...with Folks... and they seemed to like it. : )
That was good. : ) 
I was told over and over.... I should create Theater Stages. : ) 
yes... that would be Fun. : )
So many of these pieces... are Perfect.... for Theater... or, Photography....
Perfect.
I Loved... Everything in the booth.... it was Fun...to play with the Old Gnarliness!
I especially Love... the 1830's Settee...{fragment} that is on the table, in the background.
It was in a pile... when I bought it..on Friday.
{stood next to it... for an hour... at the auction..so I wouldn't miss it! : ) }
All of the parts, they had saved...were tied to it.
I was going to throw them away... or use what was decorative, for something else.
I Just LOVED The Massive...Hand Carved.... Hairy Paw Feet!!!

This... makes my knees weak. : )
oh my...
The Early Empire Furniture... along with the Mid 1800's Victorian Furniture.... is so... dismissed.
Good for us.... : )
We have furnished much of our Home... with it... <3 <3 <3 { for a pittance... }
To have this piece made, today.... IF you could find a Craftsman  with enough knowledge to create it....
{or the other Beautiful Settee... and chairs...} would cost ... maybe...Thousands.
{and.. it would be... new. You can't recreate 'Soulfulness'...for any amount of money.}
That's all about the 'Journey'....
: )
These One of a Kind... pieces... are priced for a few hundred dollars.
a few... tanks of gas.....
a couple of trips...to the grocery store.
a fraction.... of a mass produced .... 'something'... anyone can get... new, then...found at a garage sale... in a year...
{if... it should last long enough... to make it to a 'garage sale'... : ) oh my. : ) }
I Scratch My Head.... why folks buy.... what they do.... : )
{and pay....so Much...money for it. : ) }
oh well... : )
of course....
there are those... who will scratch their heads.... at what we have.
That's what makes the World go Round!
{and they... are who I Love...to Buy From..... Bless Their Hearts! <3 }

I thought,.. if I just put a top...of some sort... on the base with the legs... it would make a Great Coffee Table!
They sold Marble... at the auction, Friday.....too.
I bought the biggest piece.... and   it fit pretty well.... : )
Then... when we were cleaning it up... Saturday Morning....
Liz and I noticed.... there were nearly enough pieces, to put the arms on....
We scrounged... and found some wood... and a couple barn hinges....
then... we put it back together... again. : )
{no glue.... in case someone... someday.... should want to restore this.
 It's very possible.... to be put back... }
It Is....SWEET!
The cool thing, was.... 
It was 'Noticed'... and 'Admired', by the Hard Core... Antique People....
that Really....Really... Know Their Stuff!!!
 It's Bones... and carvings were so... amazing...and Early... 
{1810-1830}
and... it is such an unusual size.
 Small.... : )
Yet... there were those... who had no idea, of it's 'History'... and were drawn to it.... and Loved it....as well... : )
Yet... it came home. 
: )
It's on the Ford.... and... until the next show... I'm putting it in the house, so I can Love It... for awhile. 
: )
and be Graced.... by It's...
'Presence'... 
: ) : ) : ) 
Thanks to Everyone...who came...and Supported us...at The Midwest Show. : )
Thanks to the Great Promoters... : ) and Neighbors...who are always... so much Fun. : )
and...  put up with the Straw...strewn....all about!. : )
Love to ya...
Barb C.









Friday, October 24, 2014

This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line ft Luke Bryan


yeah.... This Is How...We Roll. : ) simply... iowa. : )

The Ford and I were up...and runnin' at 4:30 this Morn....
Drove through...Blinding Fog....
to get to an Auction....
Early...Early...Early..
oh my....
We... got a Load... : )
a...Most...Wonderful...Load...
{some... will be at The Midwest Show... this Sunday....
some... will be... at The Rabbit Hole.. : ) }
Cool.... Stuff....
: )
I was soooo... Proud... of all of the Folks... just like... me....
who Loaded...
Racked...
and Stacked....
at This...Amazing Auction.
{It made me feel... so good.... that I'm not the only... Insane... person...
 when it comes to...
 The Love... of Old. : ) }
The Auctioneers.... were Awesome....
The other Bidders... were Awesome...
{so....Friendly... : ) }
There was an older Gent, loading his mini van, next to the Ford and I.... : )
after the Auction.
He said... to me, as he was cramming a Dozen old chairs, into his van....
"Ya know, my Wife says I'm 'Crazy'...." : )
I leaned into his window, and whispered....
"She's right, you know. : )
But, then... all of The Best People Are! <3 : ) : ) : ) "
{Special Thanks... to Cheryl... : )... The Brockmeyers...  The Kind....Wisconsin Fellow... : ) 
{and... Don.... : ) }
This... was quite a day. : ) 
{again...}
Thanks...So Much... to The Brockmeyers...
who Helped Load... The Ford.... tonight. 
{it was a bit... of a 'Trick...' : ) }
oh my...
{after they had loaded their Trucks.... <3 }
and...
it was so... Wonderful... visiting with Verle.... : ) {The Owner...}
He worked with my Sister, Chery... in the 60's.... 
She sold... much... to Verle... over the years... : )
Chery refinished... Dozens of Round Oak Tables... and Chairs... for Verle....
This is a Closing Out Sale....
for Banowetz Antiques....
Their Auction runs... 2... more... days.
I Thought our Davenport Sale....
was The Sale... of the Century...
oh my...
This One...
will...
Drop ya.
oh.... my. : )
Love to ya...
and... Hope to See Ya...
at The Rabbit Hole...
this weekend...
and...
The Midwest Show!
Barb C.


The Brockmeyer Family....
Love Them. : )

There were over 1500 chairs... at this Auction.....
The Ford and I.... came home.... with none.
That's O.K.
{I didn't even look at them....}
I Knew... we'd need the room for 'other'...
'Treasures'...
: )
There were.... Hundreds.... of Round Oak Table Tops.....
and Bases....
oh my.

The Twins.
: )
I bought these Amazing..... Early... Iron... Corn Choppers!!!
LOVE THEM!!!!
They Spin!
They Twirl...!
They Have Gears!!!
FARM! FARM! FARM!
IRON! IRON! IRON!!!!
yeah....
it doesn't get better... than this. : )
{and... they are Heavy... : )
Gotta Love 'em!!! }
except....
when it comes to Gnarly....
Vintage...
Heavily Tufted...
Mid...
1800's...
SOULFULNESS!!!!
Yes...
These Beauties...
and...
The Corn Choppers...
are on the Ford...
along with So Much...
More...
Vintage... Gnarliness....
: )
Insane...
: )
Totally...
Insane.
yes...
tonight....
I am..
Junk...
Drunk.
: )

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wheelin'...and Dealin'... : )

The Load of Gnarly Concrete...
is History....
: )
I did a little Wheelin' and Dealin'...
Loaded the Ford... with all Sorts... of Old...Soulfulness...
and put a little money...in my pocket.... in Trade. : )
{I'll take all of that... I can get. : ) }
{there is More... much More... than these images....
Some will be in The Shop... this weekend...
Some...
will be at The Midwest Show... This Sunday. }
This... Little Lady....
is a Vintage Store Display....
She is... Darling...
and seemed Perfect... for Fall... and The Show... on Sunday.
Beside her, are two.... mid 1800's Floorcloths...
The one... with the Ribbon on it... was a Beautiful Gift... from Dear Friends... Lois, and Sherry....
It will be used for Display... at The Midwest Show... <3
The Other... is also... Incredible...
I...Love the Feel... Texture... and Color... of these...
That one.. will be for sale... at The Show. : )
Older Than Dirt....
and...
Sweeter Than... Pie. : )
This Mid 1800's Iowa Jelly Cupboard....
Has Plank Doors...
Is all...Square Nailed...
The Old Hand Carved...Turn Knobs... are so Beautifully Worn....
: )
but...
it was the teeny... tiny... drawer.... on the top...
That Stole my Heart Away!
This Old Darling.... will be in the Shop... Saturday.
Open...11 'til 4. : )

I'm still cleaning...on These Beauties... : )
They came from The World Theater... in Cedar Rapids, Iowa....
They are... very Old... and Wonderful.
There are two pair...
and hinged... to swing open....
Lovely...
The Color.... is perfect...for Fall....
The Backs... are painted Old...Lavender...
: )
Perfect... for Spring!
These will be at The Midwest Show... this Sunday....
{Along with a Whole... Bunch... More!!! }
See ya There!
Love... to Ya...
Barb C.
{you can also find me... on 'Muchnuss'... the home page... at the top right. }

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gathering....Gathering...Gathering. : )

Picked up... a Soulful... Load....
of Vintage Concrete... Statuary...this afternoon...
{New...Old Stock...}
oh my....
as my Dear Friend... and Creator... of this... Beautiful...ness....
loaded it...on the bed...of The Ford...
{I'm... no help.... my right arm... is useless... still. }
I stood... and studied... the detail... on these pieces...
oh my...
There is a Heavy Load... many pieces.... 
some... will be headed to The Midwest Show....
and... some... will be here... at the rabbit hole.
There are only two... 'Mary'...
{and, there will be...no more. : ( }
One... is about 4 feet tall...
the other... is slightly smaller...
The detail.... of their robes.... and faces...hands and feet... are... amazing...
They are not painted... and... I love them.... exactly... this way.
Simply...
Soulful.
: )
Love... to Ya...
Barb C.






Friday, October 17, 2014

Midwest Show!!! oh my... : ) and...a 'Flip' down the rabbit hole!!! Next Weekend!!! {I'll... be Working... Both!!! }

oh my!
It's True... : )
I will be having a 'Nesting Time'...Open House... down the rabbit hole...
I'm Giving It a Flip... : )
Saturday, October 25th
and..
Sunday, October 26th...
from 11 'til 4 Daily!
{I'll be working in the shop...Friday...the 24th... all day... pop in...!!!
I..may... just Put Ya...To Work!!! : )}
{Just... Just... Just... got in.... some very...Fun Stuff... for... The Rabbit Hole!!!}
And...
I'll be set up... at The OVER The TOP...
Gift... to this Area...
Midwest Show!!!
at Hawkeye Downs... Fairgrounds Expo Center
4400 6th Street S.W.
{just off of highway 30 }
Cedar Rapids, Ia.
52404
held on 
Sunday, October 26th!!!
{my booth will be next to the concessions stand! }
{One Day Show... along with the Collector's Eye 
Two Shows... in One!!! }
8.00 admission.... and Worth Every Penny!!! }
When you visit me.... at 'The Midwest Show'...
I'll give you a 20% off card... for any regular priced item... 
Sunday... only...
from... 11 'til 4!
down...the rabbit... hole. 
{only 7 highway minutes... from The Two Great Shows!!! and... on your way... 
To More Great Antiquing...in The Amana Colonies!!! 
The Colonies... are a Straight Shot... from the rabbit hole... only... 11 miles... South of our Door! : ) 
{Take Highway 30 West, from the Shows... a few miles to the 'Fairfax' exit... then...exit on 80th Street...{left} to 151 {right}South... 
I'm less than a mile... from 80th street... On 151 {look for the '49 Ford Panel Truck...on the Curve!}
{ 101 Williams Blvd. {151} 
Fairfax, Iowa 52228 }
: ) : ) : )
oh... my.... 
: )

I'll have Many... Gnarly... Old...Surprises....
Next Weekend!!!
: )
See Ya... Then!!!
Love...to ya!
Barb C.
{check out.... my home page... ' Muchnuss' { above right... } for the song... for this... post...
oh my...
: )
perfect. : )



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Old Cupboards.... Gotta...Gotta...Gotta... Love 'em!

I'll be having an Open House....
October 24th, 25th and 26th....
{coincides with the Midwest and Collector's Eye Shows. 
at  Hawkeye Downs Fairgrounds, in Cedar Rapids, on the 26th!
The rabbit hole...is only 5 minutes...from those Amazing Shows! }
I am reworking the shop...for Fall.... and will be showcasing...
'Nesting Time'...
: )
This Wonderful Old..Old... Cupboard... is...my Inspiration....
Fall... is such a Reflective...time of year...
It's...sad...to see the first Frost... yet... there is something...so very wonderful.... about settling down....
Turning... inward... to what comforts us....
: )
This Old Cupboard... has such a 'warmth'... about it... 
I...think... that is what drew me to it... this last May. 
Perfect... to Feather one's Nest..with. <3
{Love...Love... Love.... the unusual... 'Details'..... 
Pie Safe on the Bottom... and Beautiful... Scrolled Spice Shelf...inside...top. : ) }
I will have dimensions... later...
 It is a  two piece... with lots... and...lots... of 
Charm.
You may call for price... or e-mail.
{319-241-1348  www.simplyiowa@yahoo.com }
Delivery...is available... : )
Love...to ya...
Barb C. 
{ I am also posting... on the 'Muchnuss' blog... you can click oh the link...above right. : ) }





Monday, October 13, 2014

split....

I will be writing on a blog I had begun...
three years ago....
'Simply Iowa'...
will now be for ...
Rabbit Hole...
writings. 
Events...
New Arrivals...
Soulfulness...
and... 
the Love... Passion....
of 
'Old'. 
<3
my 'Home Page'...
will be 
Love to ya....
Barb C.