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A casual blog highlighting my life with kids, grandkids and kitties...Also an avenue to show some items from my etsy shops.

**Please note..The other half of my life is dovoted to helping feral and free roaming cats in Walnut and the surrounding areas. You can learn more and follow our activites there at Walnut Iowa's Feral Cat Program! **

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

End of Year Bonanza Sale at KatsFabricsNmore !!

KatsFabricsNmore is on the end of the year clearance bandwagon too!  Check out the shop for 50% off more than 50 items!   Gearing up to list a TON of new things.  After this sale, all items in this shop will be fabric, or fabric/sewing related.  You will need to go to VintageKats for all vintage items.  Im looking forward to a new and exciting year for my etsy shops, so I hope you will come along with me!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


It's the end of the year and there are sales and clearances EVERYWHERE!!! Including my VintageKats shop on etsy...  All items in my shop are priced at 30% off!  Trying to clean house so I can list a ton of new things....   This is the time to pick up that piece you have had your eye on...Also please share with your friends by posting this site on your facebook page!

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Wonderful Christmas!

Larry and I spent ten days in LasVegas with my sister Kris, and her husband, John.  It was wonderful to get away for a few days, escape our normal routine and spend time with family!  But now Im back home and ready to start working again! 

I revamped my sewing/ etsy/ computer room today, so Im ready to go!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Just checking....

Just checking to see how this new tool works on blogger...These are my sweet kitties who I am right now missing very much, since I am NOT HOME!  BTW..they would never fit in this basket now, this is an old pic!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Nothing Where A House Once Stood...

This is the site where my cousin and her husband's house stood on Monday and actually stood for decades before they moved there seven years ago. A cute little farm house that Susan had made her own. Complete with the vintage look she loves and the many cats that make it home.

Here it is today...I don't think Ive ever seen a house so consumed by fire. It brings a new vision to my mind when people use the phrase "burned to the ground". It truly was burned to the ground.

There is nothing left. They have lost everything, including 7 beautiful, wonderful kitties. Susan has been able to retrieve one of her outdoor cats, Spooky. He is resting comfortably at the Avoca Medical Clinic until Susan and Rich decide their next step.
There is a donation savings account started for Rich and Susan Prince at Rolling Hills Bank in Walnut this point, the only way to help is to give them a shoulder to cry on, or donate. They are currently in a motel room, so food and clothing would be a storage problem. I personally thank anyone and everyone that will pray for them. Pray for direction and comfort.
Its amazing to me how a small community comes together during times like this. Total strangers have given money to help, and many, many are offering assistance in any form. When the trees began burning and they had to come down, people just appeared with tractors and equipment to get the job done.

An interesting bit of information: This upturned block, is located within the foundation of the house, under where the front porch was...this is the block where my kitty, Possum was trapped for days...only a few weeks old, she could not get out and we found her right there! What a memory! We had to saw apart the porch and remove foundation blocks to get to this piece of concrete! Why it was inside the foundation, under the porch , in the corner, upturned, I will never know! A trap waiting for a small kitty to fall in! I will ask if I can have that block!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Its Coming in 4 days!!

This is Teddy! He is one of the owners and operators of LeMarche in Countryside Village.
He will be at our next Occasional Sale Event to be held there this coming Saturday there!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ha! Yummy food and fun was had by all at our Thanksgiving feast on Sunday. Nice faces, huh?
You would think they didnt like having their pictures taken. Whatever! We missed Jeff but he was there in our hearts and ofcourse we missed Brian and his family as well. We are grateful for so many things!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nice to take a Day off...

Looking at these faces make me remember the joy of childhood. The wonder of new friendships and how thankful I am that I can witness the simple things in life, like Grandparent's Day at school!

Such fun to join Kaden at his 2nd grade class to spend a couple hours watching what he does during his day and to meet his friends and his teacher. It is so clear to me how important family is to little ones. Not only did Kaden have me there, but he had his "Ga-ga" too. Thankful today to be a big part of this little boys life!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

First Snow of the Season!

We got the first dusting of snow for the winter of 2010. Just a little wet stuff that mostly made the pretty colored leaves fall off all the trees. Not a particularly pretty snow, nor anything that stayed around any longer than a day. But it forced me into accepting that winter is indeed here. I spent Saturday doing my annual switch-a-roo in my closet. Taking out summer light weights and adding winter heavy gear. Sad, but true, the days of wearing a light blouse and capris are over for a while.

Pam, Cheryl and I are getting ready for our next Ocassional Sale which will be Dec 4th in Omaha at LeMarche' (countryside village) I have 30 more tie baggage tags ready to sew and a shoebox full of tie cuffs to complete. Ive packed up boxes of many "smalls" to cart to Omaha on Tuesday morning. We get st start setting up! Im so excited. We are praying this location will work out for more sales, but for now we will concentrate on this one!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Le Marche' and Vintage Market A'ffaire Combine Resources!

Cheryl, Pam and I had the opportunity to visit with the gals from Le Marche' in Omaha on Tuesday morning. What a unique and beautiful shop in Countryside Village, Omaha, NE. They have given us the opportunity to use their lower level for our occasional sale! We visited at length and hammered out the details and as of today, it looks like we will be having our next sale there on December 4th!!! Mark your calendars now...the last "flea market" they had the ladies were standing in line waiting to get in! We are very excited to be able to bring this sale to you and hope we can now offer our Vintage Market A'ffaire four times a year! You can visit their website by clicking here.... LE MARCHE'

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Love my New Rag Rug and Lauren's New kitty!

There is nothing like a little kitten to melt your heart and make you happy!

This is Jax! Lauren and Kaden's new baby. He is a rescue cat and is going to make the best pet ever! He is cuddly and lovable and exactly what Kaden needs. Jax will allow Kaden to haul him around and loves to be snuggled!

This is Possum approving my newly completed rag rug. How fun! I ordered the pattern from my sister's website, Fabric ala Carte and couldnt wait to see one done. Im working on getting strips ready now so that I can watch the NE game this afternoon and work on another one! If you have lots of extra fabric and some sheets that you no longer use, get started on these! This project got me going through my fabric again and you will see some new pieces listed at katsfabricsnmore!
Now that our ocassional sale is over for a few months, its time to focus on my shops again. Look for LOTS of new listings next week.
Today I finally got Jeff's birthday gift ordered. He bought himself a kindle and so I got a gift card that will be delivered on his birthday. is an awesome place. He will be able to download some reading material! So hard to send something to a kid on a ship that has no storage space. I did get a box sent with a few goodies and a card. I will be so happy when he is home for a birthday. This marks the 4th birthday he has been away.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

No Cat in the Hat, but every where ELSE!!

Lucy kitty was in the center of ALL set up! She "posed" all day...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Our First A'ffaire was a True Success!

Our very first Ocassional Sale "Vintage Market A'ffaire" was a huge success!
Kaden was able to spend the day "helping" !

He had a great time and really was a help to us.

There were times sales were very "brisk"! We had a perfect day!

Im having trouble with blogspot's download of pics but will load more when they work out their bug!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Preparing for the A'ffaire!

Eyeglass cases!

Get Ready Get Set ... GO!


There will be something for everyone! Kitchen Items!

Re purposed old ties...into baggage tags!....

and vintage gloves....

There will be furniture and milk glass and oh so much more...

even fabric for our quilting friends!

Outdoor items and if the weather permits, even some flowers!

One week from today will be our very first Vintage Market A'ffaire! I'm so excited about it. It's one of those things where you wonder "will anyone show up?" I think we have done our homework though, so it wont be for not trying.

We've done our homework...


outdoor banner to draw your attention

much "picking" so you have a lot to choose from

Hours are 10am-5pm

No early shopping.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Short Trip to Colorado!

Taking a couple days to go to the Rockies to see the aspens in their golden splendor was just the ticket for Larry and I. The weather was beautiful and we had an awesome time.

This is a very big week for me! Our Quilt show is on Saturday, so unless this cold thing gets me down, I will be very busy Friday and Saturday.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Im Sad Today and a little Scared!

This is my beloved Lucy Cat. She is the sweetest and softest fur-baby ever! Quiet and serene, most of the time. The only thing that gets her going is the vet! I have to trick her into the crate for her annual visit and heaven forbid you have to be around her anytime soon after said visit. She displays the true definition of a "hissy-fit"to people and her kitty siblings alike! But I love her and I'm praying today that she will be OK.

About two months ago, I noticed an area right by her right know the part that has a little less hair and the hair it does have isnt near as soft as the rest? It looked as if she had been scratching it. I checked for ear mites and gave a new dose of Frontline for fleas..hoping this would remedy the situation. The area did not heal though. Actually it has gotten worse, not better. I've had her to the vet twice already and have had several more conversations with the Dr as well. She has been treated with topical cortisone cream, antibiotic ointment, injectable steroids and is now an an oral antibiotic. We've even just left it totally alone for a couple weeks to see if it would heal itself. To no avail. Now the Vet is wondering if it could be Pemphigus Vulgaris. What? Some kind of nasty skin immune disease that doesn't have the greatest outcome. For now I will keep treating with the antibiotic and pray this disappears...truth is its getting bigger and worse. :( I'm feeling a bit paralyzed today.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

So excited for our very first "Occasional Sale"! I spent the whole day going through items purchased over the last months that I haven't had time to put on etsy. If you are able to come you will most certainly see the "Spirited Blend of the Olde the New and the uniqely interesting'! And yes, the kitty is real! That's Tara, Sow-a-Seed's Courtyard's little stray mama cat. :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

PC and Laptop Horrors!

Sorry Ive been so lax in getting a new blog post up! Its been a terrible few weeks.
First my laptop burned up! I have no idea what happened, but its deader than a doornail! So Ive been using my old PC, which is slower than molasses in January...and guess what? Yesterday it died too!
Im down to my ipod, which I cannot access my etsy shops with for some dumb reason and borrowing a laptop from my friend or from my hubby when he doesnt need his to work on. I hate it!
So now, its going to be lap top shopping and that is nearly as bad to me as trying to untangle a skein of yarn. So many choices and things to ponder. Ive talked my hubby into doing all the research and choosing one for me. It makes me clausterphobic! Is that possible?
There is lots going on in my little world of Walnut, Iowa...I will try to update you in the next few days if I have a computer to use!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Day Trippin'

Kathy and Julie!
My Favorite, Bryce Canyon!

Ok, so maybe not DAY trippin' but tripping halfway across the country in very few days! A whirlwind trip it was too! Some very special friends of mine were moving from Californina to Colorado Springs. Put all their 2 stuff in a "POD", stuffed their cars with the leftovers and planned the drive. I was blessed to be asked and able to fly out there to help them drive back. What a job! Driving through the California Mohave Desert, eating yummy Mexican Food in LasVegas, getting to have a short visit with my sister and brother in law, experiencing Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, eating Dairy Queen, In and Out and tasting my first Chick Filet Sandwich. Tough stuff, Im telling you! Oh! then once we got to Colorado Springs...seeing the mountains and experience the most lovely hidden gardens at the home of the couple we stayed with. Its so hidden even Bambi lives there. :) He stayed hidden and I didnt get to see him, but I sure tried!
All this in four days! Ha! It was so fun that Larry and I are going back to Colorado the end of September to see the aspens!
Back to work now. Tomorrow I will be posting many new things in my Etsy shop! Til then...

Friday, August 6, 2010

Foxes Find a New Home...

Totally in Love with this !!!
Once in a while you enter the thrift shop and you hear yourself let out an audible that makes others take a look over at you and wonder if you are OK. This happened to my friend Cheryl this week. She entered one of our thrift shops and saw this beautiful piece of artwork. Knowing how I love foxes, she grabbed it up and purchased it and then presented to me as a gift! It's signed and dated and appears to be colored pencil sketching. I am so happy with it and I love it dearly. I didn't wait even a day to yank down a different picture from my living room wall and put this one up in its place. I don't know what it is about it, other than there is so much "life: in the faces of these animals. Is it a mama fox with her baby? Maybe sisters? Brothers? I'm going to build my own fairy tale around this one and say its a daddy "fox" loving and protecting his little girl "kidlet". My fairy tale. Thank you soooo much Cheryl! I'm sorry, but you wont be seeing this one for sale in my shops.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Legacies are More or Less What Someone is Rememberd For

I've been think a lot lately about Legacies. About what it is. Today I looked it up and this is what I found:

"In historical terms, a legacy is something that is handed down from one period of time to another period of time. A historical legacy can be a positive thing or a negative thing. For example, the invention of the wheel (for carts, as a pottery wheel, as a grinding wheel to help turn grain into flour, and as an early water wheel) in Mesopotamia can be seen as something positive. The development of slavery was a negative legacy.
Sometimes countries or civilizations can leave a legacy. In Athens, in Ancient Greece, people voted on their leaders. They created an early form of democracy. Greece, and later, Ancient Rome voted for their leaders for many generations.
Some families pass objects and ideas down from generation to generation. These objects and ideas can also be called legacies. It may have to do with a person or many people. Individuals can leave a historical legacy. More than 2000 years ago the Greek Mathematician, Euclid of Alexandria, collected and wrote down ideas about geometry and measurement in a text called Elements. Students still use these ideas when they learn about mathematics.
Legacies are more or less what someone is remembered for."

Over the last couple of years Ive contemplated making a Baltimore Album quilt as my "legacy". Ive pondered the blocks I would make. Something about cats, something about my love for Jesus, my family, flowers...I ran out of ideas before I ran out of blocks that I would need to make an album quilt. I also ran out of energy just thinking about all the work involved and the fact that I would most likely have to design my own quilt blocks to get what I really wanted. The other factor was, who would I leave it to without hurting feelings? Worse yet, maybe no one would even want it and it would end up in a garage sale. I ditched the Baltimore Album Quilt idea.
But the idea of a legacy has been simmering in my brain. The last ten days though, have brought it to the top of the "stew" and here I am looking it right in the face.
My revelation is that we don't "make' a legacy...our life is a legacy. Positive or Negative, what we do, what we think and how we live is leaving behind a legacy that will affect those around us and behind us. We don't choose to leave something we slaved over and created behind and call it a legacy...
I'm sure this isn't a new concept for most people. Not even for me. Its something I know, but it never hit home, so to speak. Maybe its because Ive turned 60 in February and in two days my hubby will turn the same age. Maybe its because in the last ten days, I have watched two families who are very dear to me loss their mothers. Maybe its because I'm looking around myself and realizing that to put up with unnecessary drama in life is stupid and a waste of time. For whatever the reason, I'm examining my life and hoping that the legacy I leave will have nothing to do with fabric and thread, but everything to do with my Faith in Jesus, my love for my family and friends, and the pursuit of helping other people.
My dear friend Kathy S. lost her mother, Jan last week to a short but brutal battle with cancer. Yesterday was the beautiful and loving celebration of her life. Kathy's 11 year old niece wrote a tribute to her grandmother that included a bible verse that she said reminded her of who her grandmother was. " Duet 6:5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." This little girl is Eleven...and this verse is the legacy that Mrs. S left for her grandchild. It's what she will be remembered for.
Its worth thinking about. Its worth pondering. Its worth wondering. What is the legacy I am leaving for mine? Will it be worth cherishing or will it be garage sale material?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Feeling a Bit like a Cartoon Character...

The group of first cousins that attended the funeral of my Aunt Martha Matilda Staben! We were only missing 3!
My grandson Kaden turned 7 on July 2nd, we attended a fun party to celebrate on Sunday!

Yep! My life lately has been feeling a bit like a know the kind...where the feet don't touch the ground and all you see is a cloud of dust as the character races by! And because of the heat and humidity lately, a lot of sweat flying off. Getting the picture? The roadrunner comes to mind. Ha!

That's sort of the way Ive been feeling lately. Running from one event or task to another in a whirlwind of activity and energy.

Today, other than finishing the two never-ending barn quilts (that I feel like Ive been working on forEVER), I am going to stay home and work in my etsy shops. It might sound strange but that relaxes me.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I Now Know Im Addicted!

Got to take a trip to a secret little "source" for my inventory on Tuesday. Got a good box full of goodies only to return yesterday. A good friend came out for day visit and we decided we should go back out for another little look-see. Yep, I ended up with another TWO boxes full. I see the treasures and I cannot leave them on the shelf. I have to bring them home so that I can offer them up to my wonderful customers. So its off the the kitchen sink this morning to get them all shined up for listing. Keep watching for the fun!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Jam or Syrup???

I actually dusted off (and washed out) my old canning kettle and made some sour cherry jam today! I'm looking at it and wondering if I really made jam, or maybe its syrup...whichever, it will be yummy. I know cuz I licked the pan when they were done cooking. YUM! It took both me and Larry to get the jars out of the water. I cant find my tongs....I keep wondering if maybe I pitched them thinking I never do any canning anymore (never say never) and I'm done with hot dogs...ya think??? I'm always nervous about if it will gel or not. The jars did all seal though. I love the "ping" "ping" "ping" sound of the lids sealing themselves after their boiling hot water bath. I only have the six jars, so why am I making such a big deal out of this?. There was a day that I spent days in the kitchen about this time of year, canning pickles, tomatoes, and was a hot job! Maybe I did throw away my tongs!
You can find the recipe for my cherry jam here this is a fun blog I found and will follow.
Thanks to some local farmers I got half of my cherries. The other half came from our wonderful neighbor, Jo. Thanks so much!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Row, Row, Row your Boat...

Wednesday morning I will be heading to eastern Iowa with my mother in law for a two day cruise up and down the Mississippi...(do you sing it too when you write it? m-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i, it's engraved on our brain!)

Those of you who know me well, know this is the trip that was supposed to be last September, but we ended up arriving a day late! Not one of my prettier moments. I think that as I stood at the Holiday Inn check in counter and was informed that the boat had left that morning, that all the blood in the upper half of my body pooled in my feet waiting for the rest of my self to join it. The worst part was having to call my hubby and tell him of my frau paux. He actually was very good about the whole thing. "Mom" and I made the best of a bad situation. We enjoyed the hotel room, and made a leisurely drive back home the next day, stopping at fun roadside shops and sites.

So wish me well as I spend Wednesday through Friday on the Twilight River Boat Cruise with little goal is to convince her to make an appointment to get her hearing checked (huh?) and of course to have a great time eagle watching and shopping!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Etsy is Busy!

Royal Sealy Coffee Set which includes Server, 2 mugs, cream and covered sugar! $15.00

I spotted this vintage Milk Glass Lamp on the dusty top shelf of an Omaha Thrift Shop!

Here are a couple of what will be my newest listings in VintageKats Etsy Shop. Etsy has been busy and I need to get some new things in to replace the holes caused by sales! Thanks to all of my customers, I'm having a ball finding and listing fun things for you.

A busy day planned! I will be working each Thursday now at Cheryl's shop, Sow-a-Seed/Prior Attire.
She needs time off to pick, clean and run errands. Since she is good enough to allow me to sell items in her shop, the least I can do is give her four hours a week. The frosting on the cake is that she now has wireless in her shop and I can work on her etsy shop while Im there.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Here we go Again!

My Newest obsession is a little cuff made from the skinny end of a man's necktie. Cheryl and I purchased one while at "Market" in Desmoines and have fashioned our own "spin" on the idea. We are using ribbon, old clothing and vintge buttons on some. I wore the one we bought over the Father's Day AmVets Antique Walk and got so many requests for one, we decided to make them and put them in the shop! Here are the ones I have in process right now.... Its been fun finding the ties and the fabrics to use for the flowers. Please note the pink and peach colored rose on the right. These were the roses from the original cuff. I cannot figure out how she made them. I took one apart, check online patterns and youtube tutorials and cant find the method. I like the roses I make almost better, but her's are a bit different and I would like the variety. If you know how, would you share?

Miss Dolly is my tie holder. We are using the fat end of the tie to make eyeglass cases...(a blog for another day!) My workspace has grown to consume the whole house right now. Today (after an early morning run to the thrift store) my goal is to herd it all back to where it belongs!
I wanted multiple colors of tulle for my tie cuffs, but only had white... So....

I dyed some! Just used hot water with food coloring and vinegar! It worked great and now I don't have to buy any. I may try the same thing with organza.

Possum just says..."OH we go again!"

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