Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hot chocolate and snow: Our Spring Break Adventure PART I

This Spring Break was highly anticipated. Mr. Man's been working ridiculous hours, and we were looking forward to some much needed family time. Monday morning, we left for Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth, GA. 
 Why camping? You may ask. Well, we chose camping for several reasons.
  1. With our family of 6, camping is the cheapest way to travel. Most state parks are between $15-$25 per day, we can cook our own food, and the wilderness is free.
  2. We love the outdoors.
  3. Camping vacations force you as a family to spend time together & really talk  
  4. We're trying to pay down debt, and didn't want to spend a lot for a get-away.
Here are some shots from our drive

I'm a pretty tough cookie. Few things rattle me, however, I get very woozy when driving over bridges or windy roads. Notice the sign about steep grades the "next 22 miles"? Mr. Man said, "See that mountain? We're going all of the way up." We were in the excursion, towing the camper, and I thought I was going to have a panic attack. Most of the mountain roads were very narrow, and had no shoulder. Guard rails were scarce, and the road kept winding and winding.

You get the picture. We finally arrived to Fort Mountain State Park, and came upon deer right by the bath house! It was a great welcome!

 The first night we arrived, it was cold and windy. I had anticipated colder nights on the mountain, but nothing like this. I convinced Mr. Man that we need to head back down the mountain and get some gloves and hats. The weather channel was calling for snow. No exactly how I had envisioned our Spring Break trip. We ventured back down the mountain and found a Dollar General. We stocked up on snacks, hot cocoa and cap guns for the boys. The closest thing we found for gloves were men's X-LG work gloves. Luckily, we rummaged through the excursion, aka "the Beast" and found gloves for all of the boys. In the morning, we woke up to this:

A big part of me wanted to pout and cry. It was snowing, the wind was cutting, and it was bitterly cold outside. I tried not to be envious of our friends who were at the beach with their toes in the sand. Mr. Man and the boys went outside and tried to start a fire. I watched them from the window, rosey cheeked and laughing. It was at that moment that I decided when life gives you poop, make poop juice, or hot chocolate in our case. We bundled up and took a hike around the lake. We played outside and watched the snow fall. The boys stuck twigs in the fire, and tried to burn each other. The highest the temperature got that day was 26 degrees. At breakfast and after dinner, we read the Bible together. We stopped after each verse and discussed what they meant. We turned on Air One and had it playing most of the day.  By mid afternoon, I dug out some road trip game we had never played, which was followed by 5 rounds of "20 Questions." By 5th round and 5th cartoon character as the "who" I suggested that we go start a fire. 

Mr. Man can do all most anything, except build fires. I must admit, I could not stop laughing watching him. The wind was blowing hard, and it was snowing on and off. Mr. Man didn't seem to have a real strategy except for throwing more and more wood on the dwindling fire. He built the fire to the side of the pit. When he DID manage to get some real flames, they were spitting off sparks and he all most caught his jeans on fire. Then, there was the smoke. I asked him if he was making "SOS" signals. He left to go get some more wood, and I may or may not have "helped" his little fire along. By the time he returned, the fire was steady, and Mr. Man brought out the big guns. "I've had this wood for 2 years. It is dry to the bone." (Technically, we were supposed to use our own wood to make a fire, something about bringing in worms or bugs or something harmful to the trees, but I wasn't going to say anything.) Two hours later, we finally had fire. 
 When it got dark, the boys went outside and played with their cap guns. I'm not really sure what kind of game it was OR what the rules were OR how they determined who won. Mr. Man would load up their guns, he'd count, they'd scatter, and then shoot each other, and someone would declare himself a "winner."

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

For Sale: My entire primitive country collection!

Another way to incorporate the decorative plates and house!
PRICING, let's get this out of the way 1st! =)

We have a saying in our house "pigs get fatter, hogs get slaughtered." It means, don't be greedy. All of my listings are EXTREMELY well priced. I've been purchasing and selling Primitive Country Items for 7 years. These are extremely fair priced.

Example: The 2 sconce, 2 printed pictures, 2 quilted pillow set for $45? 

  • Each painting was purchased for $45 each
  •  Each pillow was $30 each
  • Sconces were $12 each, plus the berries, plus the candles
Total= Over $175 + shipping costs
I challenge you to go decorate a room for this amount. Moving on... 
I've been meaning to take pictures for a while of my "for sale" items. We are now on week 6 of the flu. Our last child to get it fell ill Monday. Last night and this morning, he has seemed to make a miraculous recovery. He's only running a low grade fever, and his energy is back to 110%.
I apologize for the quality (or lack thereof) of the pictures.
I our digital camera is dead, and despite the 50 cords Mr. Man has, I couldn't find the one for the camera, thus, the grainy phone pictures. I have a passion for decorating! I love the whole country theme, but decided to switch things up, so I'm selling 6 years worth of collecting. I put a lot of thought and love into these items, and hope you all love them as much as I have. Something about a country home just feels welcoming and warm! You don't have to use the items as I have placed them. Switch them up! Put some on your mantel! They are very interchangable!

Curtains make the room! This set was originally hundreds of $$$$ dollars from Country curtains:
It Includes:

  • 4 panels (84 inches long)
  •  2 striped valances
  • 2 scalloped coordinating valences  total:$100 for set
You can layer. I've had the striped valences w/ 1 panel pulled with a tie back, or do the valance alone, or 2 panels by themselves. These curtains are quality material org. purchased at, you CANNOT buy this quality for this low! Here are just a few ways you can hang them! (Pardon the decor, this was our first 3 mths in the house!)
One way you can hang these curtains!
Option 2, layer 1 valance w/ 1 panel, and pull panel back

Option 3, 2 panels pulled back w/ hook at top

4 84 inch long floral panels
2 Scalloped valances with floral and stripes
2 Striped panel valances

$75  Large custom framed and matted picture featuring a country house and hillside, sorry, sconces are SOLD!

Double candle star sconces<SOLD>

Shelves and decor on shelves sold only as sets, will only sell both shelves together.

$40, for everything in picture, including shelf. 2 Primitive house decorative plates, 1 star basket, 1 "simplify" basket, mini black chair w/ "inspire pillow" also for sale, burgundy shelf

$30 for everything in picture, including shelf: 2 stacking boxes, 3 stars, 1 decorative plate "May our home always be too small to hold all of our friends", 1 framed picture "How do people make it through life without a SISTER?"
 Here are a few pictures of how we hung the sconces & pictures in our dining room! (Notice the ladder and Mr. Man, he was re-hanging the curtains after we painted!)

2 Star black sconces <SOLD>, 2 primitive house paintings in black frame (All from the
$35 for 2 primitive paintings, & 2 quilted pillows,  (Bench, not included) This is a phenominal deal. Each painting, was $45 per piece + shipping! <SORRY, SCONCES SOLD>
$15 for decorative items, ROOSTER not for sale!!!!!
$30 for everything in the picture including all signs, stars, star wreath, & star garland, willing to separate set!!!!!!

$25 for everything in picture: Winter Welcome Sled, small Let It Snow sign, matching Winter Welcome Garland
$5 for: burgundy bucket, just add berries or flowers! <SORRY, house is sold!>

$5 berry bucket
$8 Apple Quilt:"No matter how far are seeds are thrown, are hearts are drawn to home" Gorgeous Country quilt w/ mustard yellows and reds. Display on a wall with quilt hooks, throw over a bench, or use as a throw.

Close up of quilt

I'll be pricing everything out for a bundle price! As of now, I have several buyers, however, I will allow the first buyer who contacted me last week preference. Will be going through and adding suggested prices within the next hour. We can bundle. I'm open to offers! Happy Shopping! =) <3 Suzzy