Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Luckett's Spring Market

I went to the spring market at Luckett's Store, in Virginia yesterday with a couple of my friends and we had a great time.

Check out the objects of my desire:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Opening Doors

Life is funny.

It has it's own schedule.

I didn't walk through a new door for a really long time.

And now I'm cracking open another one, taking a peek inside.

Should I close it, walk quietly away, or burst through to the other side?

How do you decide?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Thank You

I woke up this morning bright and early so I could take my sons, a Boy Scout and a Cub Scout, to our local Veteran's Cemetery. We joined a couple of hundred other scouts and their families to honor the men and women who served our country to ensure our freedom. My friend, Brian, a Vietnam War veteran, and his son, Adam, also a scout, joined us in placing American flags on the headstones of the 16,000 veterans laid to rest there.

It was an honor to pay tribute to them in a small way. This weekend and everyday I thank them for their service.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McRae
1872 - 1918

In Flanders Fields was written during World War I by Lt. Colonel John McRae on May 3, 1915, after he witnessed the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, only 22 years old, the day before.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Counting My Blessings

It's the morning of The Barn Show's one day sale and I'm already in tears. I woke up this morning and read an e-mail from a friend concerning our friendship that made me cry. Big fat, sobbing tears! But not the kind that are caused by bad news or profound grief. Joyful tears.

The kind of tears that come from that deep place in your soul where the joy is so strong and alive it's just busting to get out. How blessed I am to to have a loving supportive family, friends who care about me, a strong faith to sustain me and the knowledge that I am truly "living the dream". And I am so thankful.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

We're Having a One Day Barn Show!

Fellow barn girl, Pam, and I were out bright and early Friday morning searching for inventory for the next barn show. We also met up with my friend Molly (Have you checked out Molly's Etsy shop yet?)

We had a great day and found lots of treasures. The best part is they'll all be available at the barn, this Wednesday, May 20th! So, fill up the gas tank, book your flight, do whatever you have to do to get to our one day sale this Wednesday!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Time for a Field Trip!

Two of my favorite places to shop for vintage furniture, antiques and repurposed pieces are holding their monthly sales this weekend. So, I'm heading out bright and early Friday morning to see what I can find.

My first stop will be in Buckeystown, Maryland to see Virginia of Chartreuse and Company and the other dealers she has in her fabulous barn and three outbuildings. The first time I walked through the green door and into her barn (in photo) I was just in awe because the space is fabulous! I also had the chance to hang out with Virginia, the owner, and Robin, one of her dealers at my favorite weekly auction last week on Maryland's eastern shore. So I can't wait to see what they have in store for their customers this month.

On Saturday morning, I'll be getting up even earlier than Friday morning to drive about an hour south to The Vintage Source, which also happens to be LuLu's favorite place to shop. Michelle, Joy, Cathy and Sheryl offer furniture, mirrors, slip covered chairs, funky pieces, etc., for the home. They're also having a flea market this weekend so it should be a great day of shopping!

Another shot of Chartreuse and Company's barn:

Saturday, May 9, 2009


I'm so honored and thrilled to announce I was named Mother of the Year! Click on the link to see the news coverage the announcement is getting:

Breaking News......This just in......The Kramer Angle named "MOTHER OF THE YEAR"!

Please don't stop here though - read about my friend Molly below:

Say Hello to Molly!

One of the things I've loved about being a barn girl and a blogger is the incredible amount of support everyone has given me. You all encouraged me to follow my dream and welcomed me to the blogging world with open arms.

Well one of my friends, Molly, has just jumped into the blogging world. She paints original art and creates graphically produced pieces that are really unique and very affordable. Molly has been working for years on a local level by painting commissioned pieces and her art has been featured in area shops. I'm so excited for her because she just started her own blog and has also opened an Etsy site.

Please help me welcome Molly to the blogging world by stopping by her blog, Molly Susan Strong and her Etsy shop to say hello! You're going to love her!

Molly's original art:

A graphically produced piece:

Thursday, May 7, 2009

For Mother's Day - The Job Description

My husband seems to think I should start thinking about a career at this point in my life. Apparently he's a little concerned about what I'm going to do with my life once the kids are off to college and living their own lives. Maybe he doesn't realize I started a career 13 years ago when I gave birth to our first child. Perhaps the following job description my friend sent me will help him see I already have the best "job" anyone could ever want. Sure, the pay is lousy but the benefits are priceless:


Long-term team players needed for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment.
Candidate must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24-hour shifts on call.
Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

For the rest of your life - must be willing to be hated at least temporarily, until someone needs $5 for the pool snackbar. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat, just in case this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.
Must handle assembly and safety testing of a million cheap, plastic toys and battery-operated devices.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.
Responsibilities include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

None required, unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

You pay them, offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. Reverse-salary scheme is actually enjoyable to most applicants and you wish you could do more.

While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered, job supplies limitless. Opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

Okay, you tell me, what career could I possibly start now that would bring me greater joy than the one I'm already living?

Monday, May 4, 2009

My Latest Obsession

Somebody help me, please! Is there a 12 step program to kick a Craig's List obsession? Despite last week's disappointment over losing out on the Lane Venture wicker set I posted about below, I continue to spend way too much time (and money!) perusing the furniture ads on Craig's List. Check out my latest find - two slipcovered toile chairs! They are so stinkin' cute! I think I'll keep one for my guest room and sell the other one at the next barn show.