Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Old mirror holds surprise!


Last month I found this mirror at a barn sale in Vermont with several other goodies. You can see that post here.
Eclectic Red Barn: Old mirror gets cleaned up and fix Mirror is dated March 21, 1919..

The mirror was so dirty you could not tell what kind of wood it was. The people who had the barn sale, said the mirror was in the house when they  bought the farm. Not sure how old the house was. In addition to being dirty, it needed some work.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Wild life in my driveway?


We are up at our house in Eustis, FL and when I opened the door to go into the garage,  I was surprised to see these Sandhill cranes outside the door. We see them often as we are driving, but never in our yard.
Eclectic Red Barn: Sandhill cranes as seen through the garage

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mexican Hot Dish


We love Mexican food and when it is easy, that makes it even better. This is a one pan meal. Dump everything into your pan and bake. I also like recipes that are versatile - add ingredients that you like. It is not spicy however.
Eclectic Red Barn: Mexican Hot Dish
This is not your "I need a quick 30 minute meal", but make it on a night when you have more time or the weekend since it takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes to bake. Every time I serve this, they ask for the recipe.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Trashy Children's Cabinets


How I love bulk pick up week. Do you have something like that where you live? Once a month, people put out "trash" for bulk pick up. Now it is not really a week, only a day, but people can start putting out "trash" a week ahead.  The hard part is competing with the "truckers". These are individuals that ride through the neighbors looking for stuff. Mostly they want items that they can scrap. They can get money for scrap metal - usually by the pound. Most of the time, they beat me to any metal items.

Most of my collecting is done within my neighborhood.  Last month my neighbor put out these children's cabinets. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vermont Treasures


Our vacation has ended, but we have so many memories, some good and some not so good, and some treasures as reminders.   Once we arrived home, my husband began laying all of our treasures on the ground.
Eclectic Red Barn: Vermont Treasures
Many items that I collected where from my sons farm. The big iron wheel and the small ones were down by an old lean-to. That's were I also got some barn boards.
Eclectic Red Barn: Vermont boards and wheels
I found several Gulf Live Stock containers in the woods, but this was in the best shape. While we were having fun hiking in the woods, we found tons of rocks. I just love these Vermont blue stone. I just had to bring some home. My husband just rolled his eyes as I put things in a pile to take home.
Eclectic Red Barn: Vermont stone
My son and my husband were cutting down trees and one very large maple had barbed wire wrapped on it so I decided to gather it up. Turned out there was quite a lot of it there. Still so much left. My son is going to save it for me.
Eclectic Red Barn: Vermont barbed wire

The vintage sled and old mirror came from a barn sale. The lady who had the sled told me it was hers when she was little and then pushed her kids in it when they lived in town. Now that they live in the country, there is no place to push the grand kids. I loved the sled and because she told me her story, it made it even more special.
Eclectic Red Barn:Vintage sled
The mirror was in the old house when the people who had the barn sale moved it. I also bought the planter, ice skates and Christmas lights from her. I got a few other odds and ends.

While we were at our cabin in the mountains, we stopped at an antique store. I found the post card printing set. I fell in love with it. It is so heavy that I can hardly lift it. I hope I can get it to work. If not, I can do lots of stamping.
Eclectic Red Barn:Vintage printing press
Look at all those letters! How cool are they?

I also brought back a boot scrapper. We have had it the mountains for years and I wanted it in my garden. It is one piece of heavy metal.
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I had so much fun collecting all of my treasures. What treasures have you found lately?

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