Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Date night?

It seems that a lot of you folks out here in blogland enjoy the occasional "date night" with your sweetie.

I guess we have one too.  Every Friday night we go out to dinner, usually burgers, sometimes pizza.  Last night it was burgers.  Then a stop at....

one of our regular spots.  Maybe you recognize it.

Enjoy the weekend,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

Friday, October 29, 2010

The old sentinel

At Red Gate Farm,

we have the privilege of having a walnut tree. 

A tree that is 60 or more years old. 

One of those things that money can't buy, is irreplaceable. 

I find old trees fascinating,

silent sentinels, from another era.  

And....  it gives us plenty of these, to use and to share, even with the squirrels.

Enjoy the weekend,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

Monday, October 25, 2010

Let there be light...

So, how many generations of Bouchard men does it take to hang one dining room light fixture?

Obviously, the answer is three.

My son, my father-in-law, and my husband.

Oh, by the way Mr. Red Gate Farm, I think it may be a tad low for the dining table ....

Enjoy the week,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fairhaven, Washington

Every 3 to 4 months I get my hair cut and highlighted, gotta cover those pesky gray ones, at a salon in Fairhaven.  Yesterday was that day.

Fairhaven was once it's own city.  It has been part of Bellingham, WA for many, many years when multiple cities all merged.  It's a quirky little part of town that has suffered through the ups and downs of development for as long as I can remember.  Back in the 70's, the 1970's, a developer tried to turn an old building into a multi store place to shop and dine .  Most of the project was never finished.  The shops and restaurants seemed to come and go.

The last ten to fifteen years has finally brought growth to Fairhaven.  Most of the new buildings try to emulate the old brick building.  There's flower shops, garden stores, an independent bookstore, pottery stores, gift stores, shoe stores, toy stores, yarn stores and lots and lots of restaurants.  The Alaska Ferry stops at the ferry terminal in Fairhaven bringing tourists to the area regularly.

In the summer there is a public square where there is a weekly farmers market.  The square is also where outdoor movies are shown on warm Friday evenings, byob style, bring your own blanket that is.

There's a new cupcake store, yummy.

This old double decker bus serves up fish and chips.

This is one of my favorite buildings in Fairhaven, an old bank, it now has a gift store... a very expensive store that is.

Fairhaven is the kind of place to go to when you want to find something unusual, not something "cookie cutter" that you find at all of the mall stores.

Plus it was a fabulous fall day.

Enjoy the start to a new week,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

Friday, October 22, 2010

Renovation Reality

Does anyone watch the show Renovation Reality?? On HGTV or DIY??  Needless to say, lately I feel like I may be trapped in the "mini series" of the show.  They never seem to finish on time or on budget.  Now I'm seeing a little bit of what they must go through, well except for the TV camera aspect.  Fortunately for me, there is no TV camera... I'm not always looking my best!

kitchen before

Last night we stopped by the Peach Palace to get a couple of items completed.  One was to paint the hinges for the kitchen cabinets... and the screws that went with them.  Five screws for every hinge, two hinges for every door, 35 doors - if my math is correct that is approximately 350 screws.  The best way to paint screws is to poke them into cardboard, my thumb is still sore.  It took quite awhile even with two of us, to poke all those screws into the cardboard.  Of course it only took about fifteen seconds to spray them!

kitchen during

We're gearing up for a FULL day tomorrow, with a long list (of course) of things to get done.  I'm ready.

ENJOY your weekend,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Happy Halloween

Here's hoping you all have a safe and happy Halloween.

Chris at Red Gate Farm

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How do collections start?

Are you a collector? Of anything?

To me, it seems like collecting starts innocently enough.  You see a magazine article, a segment on TV, an item catches your eye at a store, a flea market.  Maybe you watch American Pickers or The Antique Roadshow.  Or maybe, just maybe it's a family heirloom or item of sentimental value.  Whatever the beginning, the idea, the desire grows.  You find your first piece and then you're off to the races, the hunt.  Searching thrift stores, antiques stores, Etsy, EBay.  You're hooked. Line. And. Sinker.

As a child, I collected stuffed animals.  Not sure where it started but I remember, every night lining them up and down my bed on each side of me.  I was afraid of the dark and more so of whatever might be lurking under my bed, just waiting for a foot or a hand to get too close to the edge.  My stuffed animal collection protected me.  Nothing could get past my trusty lions, dogs, cats, rabbits or babies.

I think nostalgia plays a large part in the start of a collection.  One of my first "adult" collections was, and still is, jadite.  Back in the day when Martha was only on PBS or her magazine was still just 10 issues a year, well she got me hooked on that lovely shade of green glass.  My first ever purchase on EBay was a large, bowl type measuring cup in jadite.  I think I was drawn to it because I had a white Fire King one that had been my grandmother's bowl.  It was the first item in my growing collection.

Nowadays, the things I'm on the hunt for is an ever growing list.  I especially like...

milk glass vases, found cheaply at thrift stores - vintage Gurley candles like my mom used to have

vintage party goods, cake decorations or wrapping paper

vintage holiday items, especially Christmas

old galvanized items for the garden

vintage/old silverplate

To name just a few.

So do you?  Do you collect?

Enjoying the halfway point of the week,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Finds on my fabulous Friday

Last Friday, I spent the day with my mom.   One of our stops was an antique and craft fair.  There were so many things to see, and sadly, I forgot to take any pictures!

I did find a few fun things.

Two of my favorites were this really fantastic, homemde bias tape.  Not sure what I'll do with it but it had my name ALL. OVER. IT.

At the same vendor I found this cute mousepad.  Our computer sits in a corner of the kitchen so I thought this was a perfect fit!

Hope today finds you all well,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

Monday, October 18, 2010

An extra hour or two

Right now, with a full-time job, a 20 acre farm, a 90 year old house and now the Peach Palace (an even older house)... time seems very precious.

So my question to you all is...

If you had an extra hour or two added to your standard twenty-four, what would you do with it?

Right now, I'm thinking...


Enjoy the start to a new week.
Chris at Red Gate Farm

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fabulous Fall Friday

Today I had the day off, from everything.  While I waited to meet my mom, I noticed what a beautiful Autumn day it was.

The trees are starting to change, the sky is a beautiful blue.

We were heading to an antique and craft fair, where I was so enthralled with everything that I totally forgot to take a picture of anything.

Then we were off to my favorite thrift store, where I found some vintage Christmas wrapping paper for .49 cents.

Then it was Chinese for lunch.  My fortune was already coming "true".

To the ReStore for remnant vinyl flooring; many, many feet of vintage wood molding and a bathroom towel rack... all for under $41.00!  All of these fantastic, salvaged deals are for the Peach Palace.

After going through a quilt/fabric store, we stopped for a little pick me up.

Another quick stop for the BEST apple cider, made here, from Honeycrisp apples.  If you could drink an apple, it would taste like their cider.

To another, larger farm that specializes in pumpkins, apples, gourds and a little later Christmas trees.

We headed into the little bake shop.

Of course we didn't leave empty handed, apple cider doughnuts, fresh and WARM.   Yummo.

Finally, back to where we started in Lynden, to my favorite antique store.

I really loved this little truck trailer in the window.  Chris is actually my middle name, my first name is Ruth, so I have a "thing" for Baby Ruth items.

A view from the upstairs bargain room.

It was a nice way to spend a beautiful day.

Happy fabulous fall Friday to all,
Chris at Red Gate Farm