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....
: ) }

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Encore!!! Encore!!!

Encore!!! Encore!!!
We are 
Piling Much More In...
for this...
 'Beautiful'...
Weekend!
Open... 
Friday thru Sunday...
9 'til 5ish!!!
Come Dig!!!
{see details on The Calender of Events! }



Monday, October 6, 2014

Still Standin'! : ) and Gettin' Ready... for Round..Two!!! { Thanks... So Much... To Everyone who Stood...With Us!!! }


Oh.... my...my...my....
This has been quite a weekend.
: )
{well...pulling the sale together... was quite an undertaking...as well... oh my. : ) }
We had intended to have several more Folks....come.... and, some began to... then....
I put the brakes on... when I saw the weather...
Cold... is fine... Rain... for a day...or two... well... is unfortunate... but... we can get through that....
Strong Wind... for days.... 
hmmmm....
You put all three of them together....
not a good thing.
{I would have postponed it...all together... but the ads were run... some Folks... were coming from a long...distance.... I couldn't let them down. }
We set up... on a smaller scale... and under cover...
We fought... the elements...every day.... 
yet... had a Very...Good....Sale.
Not the best... not the worst....
Thanks... So Much.... to Everyone... who came... and Helped.... set up.... 
{Katie...Liz...Miss. Scarlett... Little 'J' ....Brandon... Justin... and Mark... : )
Thanks... to all... who shopped... {Bless You! } and visited... : ) 
You...are My Streams... in the Desert!
I had intended, this Fall... to move the Fall Harvest Sale...to the 2nd weekend in October. 
Then...I saw it was Homecoming... for the Hawkeyes... and... stayed on the first....
From here on out...we'll simply... have to share that weekend... 
: )
Beginning with this coming weekend.
Yup! I'm Runnin' 'er...One...More...Week!!!!!
I told the Folks...that I had cautioned... who had wanted to bring things... for last weekend....
we'd carry the Sale... through the 10th, 11th and 12th!
So... Here We Go!
I'm going to pull more.... from the storage areas... {that I couldn't get undercover....}
 as is Mark... and Several other Folks...
This week...looks...Great!
{The Big Doors... Farm Sink and Bobsled... are Sold... but... wait 'til ya see what isn't... : ) }
I sold some things... on line.... and will be doing that again....
We are going to run it...for three days...only... but... I will be in and out...all week. 
It was So Great....seeing Everyone....
: )
The Little Missouri Girls... <3 <3 <3
My Little... 'Lace Girls'... <3 <3 <3
The 'Queen of Hearts'... 
Kris...and Wanda...  <3 <3 <3
oh my.... : )
Tommie... Polly Ann...
Lynn and Lea... <3 <3 <3
{Thanks to Dale and Mark...for Holding down the Fort... while I...was Holding Scout! }
 and My Sweet Friends... who Love... The 'Gnarliest' of Things.... : )
The Girls... from Up North.... : ) <3....
Joey.... <3 ... and Pattie... oh my....
and... Miss. Sandy. <3
Thanks... to Everyone... 
Yes... Little Brave Hearts.... <3
I was so.... Frozen... by the end....of every day.... all I could do... was sit... with an Old.. Lap Robe... around me.
{I was so tired...and hurting... before the sale...began... I wasn't movin' very fast... period. : ) }
I'm Looking Forward.... to a Beautiful Week...and Weekend. <3
I feel.... Energized... this Morning! 
{The Sun...is Shinning.... and... I'm Ready! }
Maybe... I'll cook up a Big...Batch of Chili... for Saturday...
See if Katie... will make some of her Amazing Treats....
get some Cider...simmerin'...
and have..... a little... more... laid back... Autumn... gathering. 
It's so hard... to pull everything together... so fast.....
{especially... when the weather...is so volatile...} 
there is MUCH.... to do... before the doors open.
Now... that things are set.....
all we have to do... is...
 Fill! Fill! Fill!!!: )
and we... have Plenty...to do that with.
: )
I'll be posting images... later in the week... of the
 'New Arrivals'.
Thanks....so Much... Again... to Everyone.
Love...Love...Love...
 You.
: )
Barb C.









Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fall Harvest Sale... Opens at 8 Bells... Sunday Morn!

We have been Movin' and Shakin'... 
Shiverin'... 
and Holdin' On...
Tight!
What a Weekend!
: )
{sigh... : ) } 
Come Visit. 
Open from 8 a.m. 'til Dusk....
Sunday!
We have Sold... Much...
but... we have brought...
Much New In...
as well. : )
Yup...
Movin'...and Shakin'!
Love to ya...
Barb C.


It's.... always.... always... an Adventure.... 'round the Rabbit Hole...
at 'Sale Time'....
Today... Scout... broke through the fence... next to the old...Apple Tree....
Then... Pranced throughout the Neighborhood.
oh...dear.
{Thanks so Much... to our Dear Neighbor... Bob... for coming to get me.
 I was so busy... I may have never known.}
Thankfully... Scout... Loves... Sweet Feed... as much as Apples...
 and I didn't have too...difficult of a time... catching him.
What a Pistol!