Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Going Local-Maiden Fall Festival

We recently participated in the Maiden Fall Festival.
It's a yearly event that takes place at the Maiden Community Center. 
Maiden is a small town between Hickory and Mooresville 
in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.

The weather was cool and overcast
and we set up our daisy tote booth along with about 20 other vendors.
The outdoor event was from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine.
A number of craft and food vendors displayed their wares.

This was one of the more unique handmade items being showcased.
Pops Cornhole Boards and Bags is a family-owned business.
This game is quite popular up here and these boards were works of art!
What a great idea for the holidays!
If you are looking for a special gift, 
you can reach them at popscornboards@aol.com.
Tell 'em daisy sent you!

An array of vintage cars and trucks came out to strut their stuff.

The men swarmed around these beauties like bees to honey.

 A large play area for kids was available and at no charge.

 Something akin to a tractor-pull,
this event used lawn tractors to do the heavy work.

 There was no shortage of spectators enjoying the action.

We're hoping to do a few more craft shows before the season winds down.
We did well at this festival,
despite the intermittent rain and eventual downpour
that had us packing up an hour earlier than anticipated.

When you are doing what you love, nothing can dampen your spirits.

Going Local Posts:
 New Library
Hardware Upgrade
Memory Lane Museum
Troutman Farmers' Market
Mooresville Farmers' Market
The Mundy House
The Davidson Farmers' Market
Mount Holly Farmers' Market 
Mount Holly Community Garden
Grier Truck Museum

Friday, October 13, 2017

Garden Friday

It's Garden Friday once again.
The weather has been summer-like and we even got a dose of much needed rain this week!
Here's what's going on in the garden in this second week of October.

The peppers are turning red,
so I will harvest them and make red pepper flakes.
I'll be using this method.
I don't use a lot of peppers,
but red pepper flakes are used in my homemade gravy 
and other dishes to give them a little kick.

The Brussels Sprouts are doing well.
This looks so much like broccoli at this stage
that it could easily be mistaken for it.
I'm hoping the cooler weather coming next week
will give this a boost.

The broccoli really seemed to enjoy the rain.
I had fertilized all the pots on this side of the garden last week,
and it seems they appreciated it.

Another 6-pack of broccoli is doing well (5/6 germinated)
and will be transplanted into pots in a few weeks.

The Vates kale continues to thrive.
I'm letting it get a bit bigger before I start harvesting.
The dino kale hasn't fared so well.
It will be reseeded once again over the weekend,
along with some of the crops in the straw bale garden that never came up.

The leeks are nestled in for the duration of the season.
These take upwards of 9 months to reach full size,
but they are well worth the wait.

The straw bale garden has a lot of kale germinating,
as well as some sugar snap peas.
A couple of the bales show no growth,
and I think that the seeds may have been displaced
because I had to water using a watering can.
I've rectified the situation by lengthening the watering hose,
so that now I can give each bale a gentle shower with the wand.
I'll be reseeding anything that hasn't yet come up.
I'm thinking I might want to add lettuce seeds to the sides of the bales,
just to see if it'll grow there.

My order of shallets from Sow True Seed
should be here anyday now.
Those will be going in ASAP.
I'm also planning on buying some organic garlic
from the grocery store tomorrow and planting that.
It's the perfect time for sowing all those crops
that add so much flavor to our dishes.

We still have ample color in the garden.
The butterflies and other pollinators are out in droves.

This bush is always covered with bees.
It's going to be relocated to another part of the garden in the spring,
as it is too tall for the front of the house.
Placing it closer to the veggie garden would ensure lots of helpful activity.

 Who doesn't love a Gerbera daisy?
They are so cheerful.
The color screams autumn, but the memory of summer still lingers.

Yes, the bees are still busy here in mid-October.
We appreciate all they do
and hope to incorporate more food sources for them in the near future.
What a blessing Mother Nature is.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Desk Top Project

It seems like there is always another project
when one moves into a new house.
We have been working on our home,
one room at a time.
The office has been the object of our attention 
for the past couple of months.
It was first painted to match the living area,
 then beadboard was added to the space.
 This project was relatively quick and made a big difference in the feel of the room.

Sister had left these boards here, knowing we could do something with them.
She was right.
As soon as I saw them, I knew they could be repurposed into a table top for our computer.

I like the natural elements of the wood and steel together.
A work space was set up out on the driveway and I got to it.

Knowing that I wanted to do some kind of finish,
a good sanding was in order,
making sure to go with the grain.
After sanding, I simply wiped down the boards,
to eliminate any leftover dust.

Within 10 minutes, I had both boards completed.

The grain of the wood was too sweet to cover,
so I decided to white wash the boards instead.
I used some leftover interior white paint,
and mixed it half-and-half with water.
A small paintbrush was used to apply it,
again, being sure to work with the grain.

As I applied the paint, I periodically wiped it off with a rag.
This step was necessary to make sure that the paint wasn't covering the wood too much.

The paint dried fairly quickly, so it was imperative to work in a small area at a time.

After applying one coat,
I decided I wanted it a bit darker,
so I used an additional coat of the same ratio of white wash.
If you know from the outset how dark you want it,
you could add less water to your paint before beginning the project to make it darker.
Since this is the first time I've ever white washed,
it was best to err on the side of caution.

I'm glad I did.
The second coat was exactly what I was looking for.
I then used a water-based sealer to give it a glossy sheen.

Big K went to pick up what we needed for the legs.
He found all of the materials in the hardware department.
These pieces were screwed in to the underside of the board.

Buying the correct depth screw is important,
so that they don't come up through the top of the wood.

He bought several galvanized pipes from the plumbing department,
and had the store cut them to the proper length.
We found plastic feet with cork bottoms to ensure the floor stays scratch-free.

It's made a fabulous work space.
Everything we need fits on the desk
and the tower for the computer tucks nicely underneath.

We're really happy with the way the finish turned out.
You can be sure white washing will be repeated.
I'm already thinking about doing some picture frames.

These curtains really helped bring the room together.
It was one long panel that I split in two,
and they fit the window perfectly. 
The simple pattern keeps the desired sleek look in mind.

It's a bit more streamlined than before,
which is exactly what we were going for.
Our final alteration to this room
is to find a simple eating table,
as the one we have is a bit too bulky for the space.
A few more pictures on the wall,
and this room will be complete!
We've had to adapt to this smaller nest house,
but it feels good knowing that we can make it work using what we have.

New House Series:
Moving Toward Bliss 
A Fresh Look 
Under the Spell of IKEA 
Closet Project 
Bad to the Bone Beadboard

What projects are you working on?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Going Local-Grier Truck Museum

As part of our ongoing series,
we enjoy featuring local historical sites.
Today we are introducing you to the 
C. Grier Beam Truck Museum in Cherryville, NC.
(To visit their website, click on the highlighted text.)

We'd been wanting to visit this place since before we moved to North Carolina.
Museums are always a great source of local history
and we sure do love the old stuff!
This museum is housed in the gas station used at one time
by Carolina Freight, one of the most successful trucking companies in the world.

As you enter the double doors,
you'll find a wonderful display of vintage photographs and memorabilia.

The desk and office furnishings are all original.

Our guide pointed out that the telephone had a three-digit number.

A timeline just inside the main building
aides visitors in understanding the impact that this company had on the region,
as well as the rest of the country.
From humble beginnings and a lot of hard work,
Mr. Grier took his company from one truck to a whole fleet,
which became known as Carolina Freight.

These vehicles were a sight to see.
Each one has been lovingly restored to its original glory.

This long-distance hauler has a unique component.

At the front of the trailer lies a sleeping compartment.
This allowed one driver to sleep while the other drove,
or allowed a single driver to pull over and have a place to rest.
There was no heat or air conditioning, not even a light.
Talk about roughin' it!

The trucks all look pristine and it is easy to see that they have been well cared for.

The wooden spokes on the tires of this beauty were an uncommon feature.

The simplicity of the interiors is so appealing.
Nothing to distract a driver from getting the job done.
Some youngsters of today may not even know how to operate the crank windows.

This early model was one of my favorites.
The windshield was split horizontally, as a form of early air conditioning.
Another feature was the windshield wipers that had to be operated by hand.
The lever on the upper section of the windshield
allowed the driver to move the wipers from the inside of the truck.

Look at this roomy cab!

We're so glad we finally got to see this fascinating place.
If you're every near Cherryville,
I hope you'll stop by.
Tell 'em daisy sent you!