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.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

God Only Knows What I'd Be Without You by BBC The Impossible Orchestra


The Fall Sales.... have Officially ended. oh my.... Thanks...to Everyone... who popped in. : ) : ) : )

These last few weeks... have been... 'grueling'.... to say the least.
oh my....
: )
We will be working all week... sorting... rearranging... loading for other events....
and... re doing the rabbit hole.
The weather... was tuff... but... we still... were Blessed... by so many... wonderful Folks.
: )
Thank You... to each and every one of you... who came... and shopped.
Thanks...to Everyone... who brought treasures....
: )
This has been quite a journey....
when...I said it was going to be a 'soulful'... sale....
I didn't know...how much... it would pull on my... heart strings.
: )
I...didn't get the shop...done...
but, did all I could do... and Thanks to Katie, and Liz... it worked.
Mark...was such a trooper... and helped...so much....
It was so wonderful seeing... some friends... I hadn't seen... for such a long time....
oh my....
oh my.
Ones... who...helped so much... earlier this year....
oh my.
God Only Knows... what I'd be without them.....
I sat down... last night, and sent a Thank You... to some friends, who dropped off treasures... yesterday....
I saw the above song... on her fb....after I messaged her.... and Flipped.
Mark and I... had just visited with my friend, Stan... who is a 'Lighting' director for the most Major Music Artists... throughout the World.
Stan, is...incredible....
He told us... of some of the amazing shows he has been involved in... in Europe... recently...
When I saw this video... I thought of him.... immediately....
wow....
It's so over the top....
it is exactly... how I envision....
'Heaven'...
{John...Dad....Mom....Family...Friends....Critters... and... Beautiful Music....of all kinds....enjoying it all..... with Our Lord... <3 }
It also made me think... how very blessed I am... to have such wonderful people... in my life.
Make no mistake.... this journey... is a ruff one.
: )
I cry... every morning... and every night.
can't help it....
: )
sometimes... I break down....so hard....
it's like nothing... I have ever experienced... in my life....
by body... collapses....with grief...
I... am... breathless....
breathless...
but...
Thanks... to so many Beautiful People.....{Angels....} who just 'happen'... to cross my path....
I.... can make it through the 'days'...
The above song.... says everything.... it's another 'wink'....
right down to the little feather... at the end...
John...picked up feathers.... everywhere..... they were his... 'Wink'... <3
As I listened to the song... I realized...
God...only knows... what I will be without John....
I... haven't figured that out yet....
I am Blessed... with... Winks.... to 'keep' me...
Like the little old...pail... I had turned upside down...the other day....
then.... when I was so exhausted.... at the end of a long...long day.....
when...I finally sat down... put my feet up....
under John's Beloved... Old Oak.....
looked across the yard....
my eyes... fell upon...
another 'wink'...
looking right at me.
oh my.
<3
{no... that pail is no longer for sale... : )
who would think... a beat up... old pail.... could be 'priceless'... to someone. ? }
We had things coming in... every day.... as things went out.....
I ran down to Southern Iowa... and picked up a Load... Thursday night....
Thanks so Much... to Nancy... for the call.
She and I busted our Fannies.... loading...the heavy old... pieces... in the dark... and through mud.....
but... we both...laughed a lot... too. : )
The Old...Corner Cupboard... was one thing... I have had a problem with....
I...could have sold it... 10 times.... Friday morning...from the moment we pulled it off the Ford.
but... I couldn't price it.
As each person asked about it....
they would go on... about how they would 'fix'... it....
Paint it... Stain it.... Re Work...it....take the old wallpaper out.... strip it down.....
I...sat there... with it... staring at it... again...and again....
I had Promised Nancy.... I would find... the perfect Home.... for her Dad's... Old Corner Cupboard....
oh my....
I never did price it....
when it began to rain... this afternoon....
Mark ... {and a very nice Customer}... helped me put it in the breezeway of the house.
There is no room.... in the house for it....
{trust me... I have thought of every angle.... }
yet....
I... simply.... couldn't let it go.
A Cute Little Cupboard...was brought to the door... yesterday...
Garth and Ginger...had thought of me... on this...while Garth was at an Auction, yesterday....
I had been looking for one... like this for Justin and Katie....
it was perfect....
I can't wait to see it... in their Home. <3
{sorry...to everyone... who inquired about it.... we didn't know if it would fit... it does... with only an inch to spare...
Perfect. }
Much.... found Homes....
for...that...I am very Thankful...
I...am very Thankful... for Everything. <3
and...
Everyone.
God...only knows... what I'd be... without you.
May God...Bless.... You.
Love to ya...
Barb C.
{I... reluctantly.... need to address... something.... and...I won't mention it... again....
hopefully.... I will never need to.
Seems... I need to make this perfectly....clear.
There was only One... Man... in my Life.....
One... True...Love...
I have many...dear... friends... that are like Brothers...Family... to me...
 I Love Them.... with all of my Heart... so did John.... : )
There will be... only One...Man...in my life... that...was John.
: )
I have always...known that.
always....
: )
I...also know.... had John and I never met.... I would have been single... my entire life. 
I was...Blessed. <3
The above song.... says...it...all. : )

"I may not always Love you...
but... as long as there are Stars above you...
You'll never need to 'doubt' it....
I'll make you so...'Sure'... about it..." 
: )
That.... is where the 'winks'... come in. : ) : ) : ) <3
They.... speak... loudly... : )
They... are a 'Sure'... thing.....
I...am never alone....
: )
None of us are. <3 }





Wink... Wink....Wink!



Thanks to Garth and Ginger... for Thinking of Us!

waiting.... waiting...waiting....

The Hen House.....

Doors....and Corn...
yes... it's.... Fall.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sale Opens in The Morn! 9 Bells!

Oh my....
Just pulled in... with this...Amazing Load... for the Sale....
Ran a couple hundred miles... to gather this... Gnarliness tonight!
{Mark and others... have been bringing things all day... : ) }
Thanks...so Much... to Nancy... for the call.... 
She and I...Pushed... Pulled... and Dragged....
from all of the Old...Dwellings...
what a ride... : ) 
There will be things coming in... all weekend. 
Last Outdoor Sale... of the Season...!
Hope to See Ya!
Love...to ya...
Barb C.
{Love.... the Old...Old... Walnut Corner Cupboard... and the Massive... Old...Secretary....
The Lockers...are... Fun... and the old Hanging Cupboard... well... I 'feel'... that one... all over my body... tonight....
It was a 'trick'.... getting it pulled off the wall... with no tools....
Like Ernie Ford sang....
"Muscle and Blood"....
yeah....
: ) }