Sunday, October 20, 2013

Some of my finds

I haven't been posting much as of late.  I've been pretty busy with ebay and gearing up for the holiday season.  Rummage sales, yard sales, everyone selling their crap before winter hits here has produced some cool finds.  Some of the things are cool enough that I'm tempted to keep them for my own use:

These are just awesome!  I picked them up at a rummage sale for .25 a piece.  I have these ones some Atlas ones, and some of the whole fruit half pint ones:

I love jars like this.  The sky is the limit with what you decide to put in them.  Space savers as well.  

This is a vintage German cookie/pastry roller.  The company that made them was called Monopol.  Kind of hard to find metal ones out there in this good condition.  I think I may keep this one as well.  I hate having to stamp out cookies.  This cuts the guess work out and has around 4 or 5 different shapes.  No space lost.  

I love this platter as well.  The only problem is I have no use for it.  This one is going up for sale.  It's awesome though.  Copper by the Laguna Beach Craftsmen.  I paid more than I would usually pay for things like this, but it was hand made, and it is huge.  

Well, that is it for now.  So long folks!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Olde Silo Farm, Free Shell Bean and Corn Stalk Give Away--One Of My Favorite Local Businesses!

I stopped in at The Olde Silo Farm based on word of mouth from some of the locals living in the Conesus and Livonia area.  I love local produce.  You can't beat the taste or the freshness. It isn't driven over 1000 miles in the back of a truck, and you have the opportunity to ask about how your food is actually grown. 

 The Olde Silo is more than just a produce stand.  Its a place to come for a conversation about gardening, its a place to find out who can help you in our local area with just about any problem you can think of.  Keith and Debbie Tucker have invested in our community, giving healthy affordable options to all of us.  They take pride in their work and they offer an amazing opportunity for us all to live a healthier lifestyle by offering us fresh produce free of questionable chemicals that our grocery stores have imported in from other states and countries.  To my surprise, this is what I saw when I drove up.  I was expecting a regular produce stand with a box to leave your money and take your produce home.

  Keith and Debbie Tucker, the owners of The Olde Silo.  They are always more than happy to have conversations with me each time I have stopped by for some produce.  Whether it's how to handle a particular critter problem without chemicals, a good way to start plants early, or even how to make a cob house,  I have found them both to be a wealth of information.  

The Olde Silo has started a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture for our area.  So far it has been a great success.  There are varying levels of membership which involve either working or not working on the farm for some of your produce.  Debbie explained that some people work for the social aspect, while others do it for family activities, and not to mention, the benefits of being able to put that work toward your CSA membership.  Debbie has created a rather unique way of keeping track of the status of your membership.  Food vouchers that you can use at any time between June and November. You can call them (585) 752-9047 for more information.  

In addition to all of this, you can also cut the cost of your produce by picking it yourself!  Raspberries seem to be a favorite at just 4.00 a quart to pick them yourself.  The U-Pick lasts until the produce is gone.  Right now Debbie and Keith are having a couple of freebies that they are offering.  Shell beans, 9 different varieties and corn stalks.  You can come and pick the beans and cut the corn stalks and take them for free!  Visit their Facebook page  to see what is being offered!  I encourage you to like their page and take the short trip out to see them.  They are located at 5488 South Livonia Road (Route 15), they are good people who have really invested in our community.  

Here are some more pictures of the Olde Silo Farm:

What Debbie calls "The Aviary"

A Dove's Nest

I had to add these two pics!  Debbie says that this has turned into an aviary with many birds living here.  She points to a small nest that anyone else would have walked by and told me about the family of birds that lived there.  Its this kind of attention to detail and pride in what you do that deserves our local support.



Thursday, September 19, 2013

Old Wooden Bowl Rescue!

I heard her calling to me for help.  I looked down and saw a pretty banged up wooden bowl staring back at me with the eyes of a lost puppy.  I saw her there on the shelf, a pitiful throw away of a bygone time.  She looked pretty rough.  I could swear I could almost hear her cry:

I could see the potential.  I picked her up, slowly turning her this way and that to assess the damage.  scratches, lots and lots of them and a really bad coat of varnish.  I wasn't putting her back down.   "Ok, I'll take you home."  I swear there was an excited "YAY!" from the bowl as I picked it up.  A lady glanced over at my soon to be purchase with an eye of distaste.  "Pay no mind to her," I said to my new friend, "I shall make you beautiful once again."

The first sand down was with 60 grit sandpaper.  I sanded, and sanded...and sanded... needless to say it took a while.  I could have tried something more mechanical, but I just felt like working with my hands. There were some spots that really needed a good sand down.  I followed with the 100 grit to buff it some and make it smooth.

Not bad at all once I got the majority of it off.  I did go back with the 60 immediately followed by the 100 for some scratches that were pretty persistent.  In the end, I left a few of them added to the bowl's character, and my arm felt like it just had a tetanus shot.   I could tell Anna was feeling much better.

Later that night I was pondering what I was going to do regarding stain and protection.  I like items to be functional and beautiful, so any kind of commercial stain and poly wouldn't do.  I did an experiment earlier on in the week and made some black walnut stain out of some of the black walnuts I picked.  I boiled them in a pot over an open fire, put a lid on and let it go for the rest of the night on the coals.  I then strained it and put it in some mason jars for future use.  It took quite a few coats.  I first used a sponge brush but then gave up and used a rag.  It went a lot faster after that.

Since the stain is water based, it will dry like this, but it does even out so don't panic if you are attempting this.

With that settled, I then decided I wanted food grade wood protection.  I wanted something all natural.  A quick Google Search led me to a few articles that all seemed to say the same thing, but I liked this one the best. 5 to 6 parts mineral oil to 1 part beeswax.  Nothing harmful in either one of these, so I put the double boiler on and made the paste.  I used a 1 oz bar of beeswax (which is about 29 ml) to 100 ml of mineral oil.

Here are the final pics.  I'm really quite happy with the results:

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