Monday, November 22, 2010

Craft Fair, Merry Makers, Antiquing and Grandpa’s Wingback

What a busy weekend I had! Saturday two of my friends and I went shopping!

xmastree First we hit up the Aladdin Shrine Temple Christmas Gift Fair in Columbus. It was…. so so. I was not impressed. It was mostly glass and modern art-ish things and I’m not into either of those at all. But there were a couple good country prim booths I got a few things at. I got a bunch of tiny ornaments, a little snowman and a little sheep. Pics later when I get to my Christmas decor!
curvemNext… we headed to Springfield for the Merry Makers Folk Art Show. Oh. My. Gosh. It was great. The talent at this show was unbelievable! Unfortunately, and I mean absolutely no offense, but said talented artisans knew how great their talent was and overpriced accordingly. :( I do wonder how many of them sold anything. We are talking $50.00 or more standard at every booth for a tiny 2” pin-keep. Or $75.00 for a tiny 3” paper mache’ bird. I just do not comprehend. :( I was disappointed to say the least. They are beautiful to look at but I can not afford those prices. Not to say I don’t WISH I could… but it’s just not feasible. I’m middle class and so is my decorating budget. ;) I ended up buying only a cute mouse doll and a crow with Santa hat at the only reasonable booth there. Again… pics with my Christmas decor!
We were done with that show by 2pm and decided to go ahead and hit up all 3 of the BIG antique malls in Springfield. That was fun!!!!! And I got some more Christmas shopping done! YAY!
Sunday was a lazy day around the house. I made a huge crock pot of chili for dinner and freezing and did laundry. Not very exciting! LOL! But the chili was delish!
I am not the greatest cook, nor do I enjoy cooking, but I love making up big crock pots of stuff and then freezing it for later. Homemade is always the way to go and then you always have something wholesome and fresh to eat even when you don’t want to cook. Which is pretty much me everyday. lol! The last few weeks I’ve done Vegi soup, Spaghetti and Meatballs and Chili so far for the freezer. Not sure what I’ll make next!
Now on to a fun Goodwill find from a few weeks ago!
I came across a matching chair to the chair we already have in the living room. It’s a Sofa Express oversized wingback and it is SOOO comfortable. I love the one we already have and I snuggle up in it all the time!
It was, of course, at the Goodwill and at first I passed it up. I liked it but the fabric doesn’t match ours and I wasn’t sure I wanted to take on resolving that issue.
Here is a very bad pic of our chair in the living room already. Same chair different fabrics.
I thought about until the next day and I went back and it was still there. I bought it and I’m going to replace this old overstuffed chair (the one covered in blankets) with the new wingback.
Side bar. This is Gizzy on the ugly cat ottoman… and it will stay in this house until it’s shredded to bits. It’s ugly as sin but it is the only piece of human furniture the cats claw and we let them. All of our cats have claws, front and back, because I don’t believe that  amputation of a cats digits at the first knuckle just so you can have a pretty couch is acceptable in any way. It’s a horrible mutilating procedure that lands way to many cats in shelters. ;( Cats can be trained not to claw, our home is PROOF of that. Let them have a few things to scratch and express their natural need and instinct to mark with their scent glands in their paws… and they will leave your good stuff alone. We have two huge cat trees and this ottoman for them to kill and everything else is fine! Please don’t declaw. Please. I’m begging you! Off my cat soap box now! ;)
So back to the chairs, I guess I’m going to slip cover both wingbacks. And except for the fact that I can’t sew a lick… it should be fine. HA! 

Until next time…
Carmen and the Primcats


Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Isn't disappointing to see things you love and find they are just so expensive? I appreciate fine handwork but at the same time, who can spend that much for something so small?

I did the same thing yesterday...made chili for dinner and to freeze. Today I am cooking a ham and then will freeze several baggies for meals and the bone and scraps will go into the crock pot and make a great broth. Once I defat that, I add lotsmof lentils, diced carrots, celery and onion and a little more ham and we'll have lentil soup in the freezer too. After Thanksgiving there will be turkey soup to freeze as well. Those are all my idea of fast food!!

Good luck covering gut chairs. Where there is a will, there is a way??

Linda ★ Parker's General said...

Does look like a comfy chair....Just throw a blanket over the chair, pin where it needs to be sewn, pull it off, sew and put it back. I've seen it done on HGTV all the time.
Mike and I have put alot of food in our pantry and freezer. There are rumors about things getting bad, as if they aren't bad enough.
Prices are out of control. Personally, I think prices on prims are too high, but I wait for sales or Goodwill. ;)
Happy holidays!

~Madalynne~ said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. And on the declawing . . . I only have one cat right now, but have had as many as five at one time. Whenever a piece of furniture or carpet is targeted for clawing, I take a piece of packing tape and roll it with the sticky part out and put it on the spot they want to claw. Within a couple of days they avoid the spot and I remove the tape. Declawing IS NOT necessary!

acorn hollow said...

Good find on the chair. I think you can buy white cotton chair covers pretty cheaply. I would google it. I like the white cotton becaue if they get really dirty you can bleach them. It must be a chili kind of season. I am so looking forward to a bowl of chili soon. I guess I will get cooking. Prices of the primitives I know are a lot. I rug hook and if I was to sell them it would be a lot so i don't.
I do not believe in declawing either, and my furniture shows it, From one little cat.
thank you for your visit and comment. I love those curtains too and they are very old but they are not faded and I always go back to them no matter what I buy to put up there.