The Pig Had to GO!


The Pig Had to GO!



Hello everyone its Connie!

If anyone knows me I have a 100 projects going on at 1 time. But the project I would like to share with you today was a gift I received from my sister Cheryl. She gave me an antique table that she bought for $5.00 at an antique shop in Huntley, IL. She used it for all her craft projects, but when she moved she left it behind, when she went to pick it up her grand kids had painted all over the table. So when I was visiting her she asked if I would like to take on a project and refinish it.

Well I did, see for you, what came to be of this table.

My sister Cheryl invited me down for a weekend and sent this table home with me hoping I could save it.

Apparently her grandchildren had gotten a hold of her antique farm table, and went crazy with the paint.  Yes, I love piggy’s, but I’ve never heard of “chuby the pig”,


First, I removed the rusty hardware, and soaked it in rust remover.

Then I went to town scraping, then use paint remover, and then scraped some more, finally I sanded the heck out of this table.

Some of the white paint still shows through on the legs and the top,

but I think it give it that vintage look.

 Finally, after months, it’s as Doneas it’s ever going to be. (I need two pieces of hardware to finish the legs.)

What do you think, Miss Cheryl? Do you like the color?

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting!


Hello everyone its Cheryl!

I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do with this table. I knew I didn’t want to give it up! I mean I only paid $5.00 for it and it did what I needed it to do. So I stored it until I saw Connie was refinishing antique’s and asked her if there was any hope for this table. As you can see for yourself my sister did a great job!

LOVE IT! Thank you so much for fixing my table sister!



John Deere


John Deere


Hello everyone it’s Leslie!

I would like to share with you a gift I made my husband Chris. He always said he wanted something to cover up his John Deere Tractor, so I designed, and created a one of a kind John Deere Tractor Cover, just for him.


My son in-law Brandon and I set out at Christmas looking for a cover for my husband Chris’s 1952 John Deere B Tractor.

Well if you know anything about tractors they don’t make them for sell.

So I decided to make one for him instead.


I got out my measuring tape, paper and pencil and went out and measured the tractor , then came In and drew out the pattern.

Have to say it’s the first time I worked with such a large pattern. The biggest thing to do with this whole project was keeping it away from my husband, Chris.


He kept trying to see what it look like.


I put it together so there are no seams, they would just catch and over time ware and tear.

I decided to use a lite weight material and when I was all done I was able to put it in a bag 11×13 inch bag.


My next project is to do one for my son in-law Brandon, he has a farm all H .


Thanks for catching up. Leslie

Happy Birthday Chris!

The Abandoned Doll House


“The Abandoned Doll House”


Hello everyone its Cheryl!

Today I would like to share how I found in the burn pile at Tower Hill Stables an abandoned doll house that someone at the farm threw away, unfinished. I wasn’t sure if I could do anything with it, but I took it home and said that I will try. The more I looked at it; I decided to make a Beach house for my granddaughter.

This is what it looked like when I brought it home and clearing it up I started to picture if I lived there what would I want to see.  I jumped in and started this FUN,FUN, project.

Taking one room at a time. I started in the living room, I started making the chairs and table and then I build to fireplace. I was really getting into this project. I even made a small sail boat to put on the mantel.

Then I painted the house tan and builded stone wall for the front of the house. I decided to make the front room into a Bait Shop for JOJO, so I named it Jojo’s Bait Shop.

I had so much fun looking on line for pictures and signs to put on the wall, in to bait shop. I LOVED that I found old signs of “Lake Geneva” since I grew up around they, and added them to the walls.

Then I started in the bedroom, I was able to pick up some fabric from Wal-mart for .98 and some paint Acapulco, so this whole project only cost me $5.00 to transform into this Beautiful Bait Shop, Beach home for my granddaughter.

This is the finish project of the

“The Abandoned Doll House”

I hope that she likes it, I know I have had so much fun putting it together for her.


I added the roof- still dying!





Love you, JOJO!


Durand, IL Garage Sales


“Durand Garage Sales”


Hello everyone it’s Cheryl!

My project this weekend was to help my mom and sister’s at the town of Durand ,Il. Garage Sale. I believe there were 17 homes in and around town that opened there garages up to the public. Many of the people that stop knew my mom and stop for coffee.

Where is Durand, Il. and why would anyone want to go to this small town in the middle of no where.

Durand, Il City wide Garage Sales 2016

A little History on Durand, IL.

Its township’s beginnings initiated originally in a no longer existing settlement called Elton, an area South of Durand and including parts of the Pecatonica and Rock Run townships and settled in 1835 by Nelson Salisbury, Harvey Lower, and Scott Robb. They and nine other families settled the Southwest portion of modern Durand, Pecatonica, and Rock Run area. Durand gave birth to Illinois’ first tax-supported volunteer fire department. Since its settlement, Durand has been prone to devastating fires. Durand’s early flourishings were closely linked to the development of the Racine-Mississippi Railroad later absorbed into Western Union. The line reached Durand in 1857, en route to Freeport, paving the shift from the Elton community into modern Durand and deriving its name from the railroad’s first president, H.S. Durand. At this time, Durand saw the beginning of its prosperity which entailed the demise of the Elton settlement.


A little history on the town of Durand and why people settled in this small town.

My grandpa had a milk farm right out of town and my mother, her sisters and brothers went to school here. Many of the kids that grew up in this small town didn’t move far.



After John died she moved back to this small town where she grew up and knowing much of the people in town.



But this weekend  everyone got together, Connie, Leslie, Mom. Aunt June and ME! My sister Connie set up everything for this great weekend, prices everything friends and family drop off for only $.25. Everything at the garage sale was $.25.

What a DEAL!


Connie and Leslie

Connie had fun talking and meeting all the people that showed up, some would ask for mom and she would invite them in for coffee. So from my point of view sitting back and watching everyone was having a good time. I was surprised on how many men showed up, and not asking for tools. But buying things women would buy. Plus the husbands that came with they wifes would just stand there and watch the women shop.


Most of the things given from friends and family

This was suppose to be a sister’s weekend selling, my  one sister Connie had everything under control, Leslie showed up for MOORE support.

Now when we saw the weather report for Saturday it didn’t look like the weather was going to let this work out for us! And it didn’t are doors were open by 8 a.m. and closed by 10 a.m. This rains took over.


This man was telling me about those were the days…

I have to say a lot of people did show up on Friday and we did pretty good.

Thank you Durand, IL.

See you next year!