9/18/2014

Urban Chic & Farmhouse Frocks Vintage Sale in Amish Country


Oh! What a week this has been:) Filled with paint, pain, and a pimped-out garage.


My Friend Barb and I are have a Vintage sale in her Garage in Berlin, Ohio.
We are crazy and fabulous--that's pretty much all I have to say.


I'm going to keep the words short and sweet and just show you through pictures what we have to offer.

My new line of cottage-style clothing is going to be released at this Vintage Show.


Farmhouse Frocks offers one-of-a-kind women's clothing in sizes small to 3X.


We've also prepared many pieces of hand-painted furniture...


...along with lots of white ironstone.


The girls had way too much fun with the chicken feathers today.


This amazing upcycled chandelier's true beauty only comes out when you behold it with your own eyes.


So much work! But all worth the sacrifice.


So many treasures for everyone!


I'd have to say the upcycled whisk lamp is probably my favorite.


 My friend Alyssa from lyssaannportraits.com did a great job on the chalk signs.


Bam! We are ready to open shop!!!
Aren't those feather wings amazing?


One from Cali and one from Florida. I like to have things I love myself at the sale.


Here I am wondering if I have enough. One always second guesses!


The nice thing about Farmhouse Frocks is you can just add to the wardrobe you already have or build outfits by using the pieces.


This gal in the denim jacket is Gigi. She finally earned my trust after being mentored by Lola for a couple of weeks. She came to us with a Detroit swag and soon gained enough confidence to embrace the allure of the hips.


Here's my motto "Have more faith than fear."


Oh, Syd. What would I do without your neverending help and using your photographic skills while your mama stresses over details.


Everyone has to start somewhere, right? I had no idea this would be my new line of shabby chic clothing six weeks ago. I feel very emotional and blessed as we are already in one store, Rust & Found. We are also working with two other stores right now.  I'll keep you posted. 


Will we see you at the Vintage Sale at 5320 Hummingbird Lane in Berlin, Ohio this weekend?


I sure hope so!


As I drove back over to my friend's house this evening, I captured yet another beautiful sunset.


It bade me to be still and enjoy the moment.


I hope you are inspired to embrace the season and enjoy every moment of the ride in this thing called life! 

9/16/2014

Country Living Fair In Columbus 2014



This past Friday, my friend Barb and I headed to the city in hopes of getting inspired by the talented vendors at the Country Living Fair.


As we headed out beyond the the hills of Holmes County, we were excited for what the day might hold.


When we arrived at the fair on opening morning, the lines were long and there were happy women as far as the eye could see.


We soon saw the familiar face of my new friend Becky from Rust & Found. She's the first store to be carrying my new clothing line, Farmhouse Frocks.


We loved all the neat displays of the vendors.


CUTE & TRUE!


I love the urn I picked up at my new friend Bessie's booth that's called Besserina.


It gave me a big confidence boost for my confidence about my new clothing line that several people stopped me to ask where I bought my outfit.

 

Isn't this glamping vintage sheet that the Sisters On The Fly had displayed adorable?


I was so happy to see my friend Q from Philadelphia. She got to come to Amish Country and spend a couple of days with me after the fair.
She is so talented and you can visit her on the web here at Q Created


This industrial headboard inspired me.



I lusted after this barrel of wooden shoe forms. 

 

The all-white ironstone was also a big eye-catcher.

 

This painted cow chair was fun and would look wonderful in an old farmhouse.


 

My friend Summer from Summerthyme Chic Boutique always has amazing displays.


Brilliant!

 

I loved the all-white displays.

 

One can never have enough ironstone...

 

or vintage suitcases.


 

My friend loved the bracelets she treated herself to. I liked the saying on them.




 

Barb held these up and said, "Lena, these look like your Farmhouse Frocks!"
The only disappointment of the day was that when I arrived at the Country Living Fair and was ready to take the first picture, I discovered I was missing the SD card in the camera. So you had to see the unclear phone pictures I took, instead.


We played hard, now its time to work hard as we get ready for our big Vintage Sale and Farmhouse Frocks launch that will be held at my friend Barb's house here in Amish Country this weekend.


Will we see you there? I hope so, because we will have many treasures ready for you, like this cool, upcycled industrial whisk that's made into a lamp!

I hope you enjoy your day, make new friends, and find inspiration in the things around you! 

9/10/2014

Canning Tomato Soup and Pizza Sauce With Mom



Yesterday, my mom and I canned tomato soup and pizza sauce for both of us in the canning kitchen that's in her garage. We used the tomatoes she and I had grown, and we added an extra bushel we had picked up at my favorite Amish produce stand, Blessing Acres.


My mom's an early riser and informed me the night before that we would start at 7am. I grabbed my coffee and walked to her house, capturing this beautiful sunrise along the way and wondering how many of these I've missed by laying in bed.


We cut up the tomatoes to cook for juice for our recipes.

These were the heirloom roma tomatoes from my garden.


It was one of those days where nothing seemed to jive. I set up her electric Victoria strainer three times and we still couldn't get it to work for us.


So I went and got my good, old-fashioned, faithful one. Soon we had lots of juice flowing and waiting to be made into delicious canned goods.


We did the juicing on her back patio so we could just hose down the mess afterwards.


If only we could have done that to the canning kitchen. I guess you will never know if these onions ended up in the soup! No worries!


I laughed as she and I had a little cook off to see who made their own pizza sauce better. Since she won't be reading this blog I'll just say that I won. 
Here's the recipe:

PIZZA SAUCE
quarts tomato juice (1/2 bushel of tomatoes cooked down)

3 large green peppers, chopped
2 cups of oil
¾ tsp red pepper
4 Tbl basil
5 Tbl oregano
1 cup sugar
½ cup salt
1 gal tomato paste
2 packs of pizza spice (I recommend Mrs. Wages)
1 container Parmesan cheese
Thicken with 1 ¼ cup Perma Flo (a cornstarch-based thickener) and 2 cups water

Begin by cooking down ½ bushel tomatoes, straining to a juice. Mix remaining ingredients (with the exception of the Perma Flo and water) with the tomato juice in a large kettle and simmer together. Mix Perma Flo and water in a separate bowl. Simmer pizza sauce for half an hour. Fill quart-sized canning jars and seal with canning lids. Soak the jars in a hot water bath for 20 minutes. The buttons on the lids will pop as the jars seal. Use Caution!

“This is a family favorite! We use it as a marinara sauce, pizza sauce, and spaghetti sauce. I hope your household enjoys as much as we do.”


After a couple more spills, we were ready to make the tomato soup that my family loves.


TOMATO SOUP

10 quarts tomato juice
1/2 cup chopped onion
5 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons black pepper
3 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons celery salt
2 cups butter

Put all of this in a big kettle and bring to boil. Then take 2 cups flour and 2 cups water and whisk together. Add to boiling soup and stir until mixed.

Put in jars and put jars in kettle and cover with water. Bring water to boil and let boil for 20 minutes.

Enjoy this soup on a cold winter night or for a quick dinner party served with grilled cheese.

I am enjoying this season of my life. I feel blessed for my mother and also for my Amish heritage.
I hope you're not intimidated to can. Its not as hard as it appears. If I can do it, so can you.