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    Re-Purposed Burlap Gift Bags

    During the holidays, our business receives numerous gifts from vendors and customers. We received several burlap bags with peanuts.  Well, with our employees, the peanuts didn’t last long, but the leftover bags were just too cute to toss. Sooooo, I took the bags, grabbed some mason jars, and stenciled on some numbers with black paint. Added some candles, stuck them on my mantel….and there ya go! I keep lots of candles on hand, and of course, mason jars for my famous dill pickles.  Not bad for…well…um…FREE! Linking up with Craft-O-Maniac                             Rasing Oranges                             Homemaker On A Dime

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    Small Town Snowstorm

    Last month we had a snowstorm.  A big one. I posted some of the pictures from around the ranch, but here are some I took in our small town. This is a shot in front of our business. This snow allowed me to have a snow day at home.  Cause the roads were closed. And our vehicles were stuck. I love a snow day. And here is the view down our Main Street. And here’s what Main Street looked like when they finally opened up the highway. This, my friends, is the preferred method of transportation for the locals.  He came in our store for tow ropes, then headed directly to…

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    Vintage Believe Sign

    Over the weekend, I went out to the barn and rummaged through some of our scrap lumber.  I came out with an almost perfect 1×4.  Using a router made the edges have a little more character, but it’s not totally necessary. It’s just my preference. I know there are many ways to make a vintage looking sign, but for me, it’s all about keeping it simple, man. A base coat of black paint.  Then a coat of ivory paint.  A little sandpaper action around all the edges, and bada-bing, it’s all done but the cryin inspirational word.  I chose Believe, because for me it’s a pretty powerful word. Because I pretty much…

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    About Me

    Once in awhile, I think it’s fun to find out facts about other bloggers.  You know, stuff we don’t always type on the screen. Here are some things you may, or may not know about me. 1.  In 1995, I rented a small space, and opened a children’s clothing boutique.  I had never worked in      retail, or been to “market”, and had ZERO experience in this type of business.  Yea, I’m weird like      that.      This little business was not only successful, it was a blast!  I would still be there, but in 2000, I         took  my place in our 50 yr. old family business, along with my dad and two older…

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    Small Bathroom Remodel

    When I used “Small” in this title, I meant…it’s a small bathroom. And it’s a small remodel. But, none the less, it looks totally different, and that’s what I was going for. And it was cheap.  Like only $40.00. Here’s the before… This plaid wallpaper was not horrible.  In fact, I thought it was pretty cute and fit in quite well with our house out here in the boonies. But, it was just a tad busy for me.  Of our three bathrooms, this was the only one with wallpaper, and man, I was ready to take it down. Until we actually started taking it down. Then, I was ready to…

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    Nine Days

    For the past nine days, I have not had internet service at the ranch. There have been brief moments of service, then……..BOOM.  No service. It’s off before I can finish a post.  A comment.  An email. Mind you, during this painful nine day period, we were actually gone to Oklahoma for a couple of days.  In Oklahoma, they have internet service. I am going to move there. But, while we were visiting family there, I never took advantage of using my mother-in-law’s computer. I could have, but we were busy having too much fun.  I figured we would be home soon and I could get my internet fix then. HOWEVER…I had no…