Monday, January 2, 2017


You know how you just feel like you're in limbo?  Not sure what you're doing or where you're going?  I'm pretty sure I've been on that ride for the past couple of years and never realized it until recently.  If I was really honest with myself, I'd say more than a couple of years.

I've been cruising through life at lightning speed.  Everyone smile big... let's get that photo to document what we've done and let's get moved on to the next.  

I'd say it's past time to slow this life down and actually enjoy it... the bad along with the awesome.  I'd say it's time for some overhauling to commence.

But... where to start?  Overwhelming it is.  So many areas of my life need this.  Decluttering.  Tonight I started with social media.  It felt so freeing to let go of things and people that wear me out, bring me down.  

A good start.  A very long way to go.  But... I am determined.  And you don't stand in my way when I'm determined.  

My wardrobe.  Why do I feel the pressure from family and friends to stay on top of the trends?  That's not me and never has been.  Comfort... that's what I am all about.  My favorite outfit at this time is cropped jeans, faded red Pops shirt, flannel, and converse.  That is where I feel the most like me, comfortable and that's the direction my closet will be going.

Our home.  It will see many changes come its way.   I've loved the dark primitive colors for many, many years and never saw myself changing.  Not white.  Definitely no white in this home.  Yet... something is drawing me to that chippy white farmhouse look.  When I think too long about it, or look around my home... it almost scares me to think of such change.  At those times, I go to Pinterest for inspiration.  Those dark and muted barn reds, mustards, and blacks are giving way to aqua, red, and white.  

The journey.  A Vintage Journey... how appropriate for my business name that I created in 2015.  I was searching back then but going in circles.  It is most definitely a journey I am on.  A mission.  

I am not one to make resolutions or even set goals.  When I finally decide in my head and in my heart what I want, then I work on fulfilling those desires.  But there is just something freeing, uncontested about a new year... new ideas and new plans to birth.

And it starts now.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Old Wagon Planter

Better late than never, right?  Finally having time to play around in the yard.  Rich was pulling metal out of the shed to scrap and came across this old broken wagon that was left behind when we moved in 10 years ago.  

I planted pink SunPatiens and white Impatiens in it.

  He is actually the one that said hey, let's save that and plant flowers in it.  Glad he did, it sure makes a cute planter to stand in front of the bird feeder stand.

It's officially summer!  Have fun playing in the sun and make some fabulous summer memories!

  ~ Enjoy your journey ~ 

Monday, April 4, 2016

10 Years of Blogging

a snowy day in spring

Ten years ago today... this was my very first blog post.  Boy have I come a long way, lol!  I had just bought my first dslr camera and I wanted to share my pictures.  So I started my blog 'Ramblings From A Grateful Heart'.  Actually back then, blog titles weren't needed.  It was just pictures I took with a catchy (ha!) caption.  I started getting a little braver and shared more... to the point of me when you meet me in real life.  So I named my blog.  Yes, it's true.  I am a rambler.  Not that I need to hear myself talk, I actually don't like that.  It's just that I always have a lot to say.  It's when I'm quiet that you better watch out, lol!  So I spent years blogging about my family and life in general.

Then in 2010, I discovered the prim blog community and really fell in love with blogging!  So I started a new blog called 'Berry Homespun Primitives'.  I met some incredible women and we all shared the same love of primitives.  My family couldn't (and still can't) understand how I had so many online friends that I've never met.  Even though a lot has changed in the prim blog community, I still think about my old prim friends and wonder how they are doing.  
And even I have changed.

Last year, I made a new business venture move and started yet another blog.  Which brings us current with 'A Vintage Journey'.  A lot has changed in my own personal life with kids growing up, and with me having a seasonal job... I am now able to get back to "me" and doing what I love to do.  In this new season of my life, it is a new journey for me.  What better time to start anew, fresh; right?  It's just so weird to start over again with very few followers, lol!  But we always have to start somewhere.

So, for those of you who have befriended me in the past ten years, THANK YOU for being a friend and thank you for sticking with me  =]   I'm excited to see where this new journey takes me and looking forward to making many more new friends along the way.

~ Enjoy your journey ~

Friday, January 15, 2016

Tea Dyeing

I've been tea dyeing.

I bought a bunch of old flash cards at garage sales and most of them were stained.

We all tea dye for different reasons.  I like the warm, antique look of something that has been dyed.

But the main reason I do it is because it's wonderful at masking those stains.

So at 3:15 am yesterday, I was baking tea dyed flash cards in the oven on 200 degrees for about 5 minutes, just long enough for the heat to dry them so the wet cards would not mildew.

Once I started, I had to keep going till I got to the end of the stacks.  It was like an assembly line so it went pretty fast.

The edges like to curl up a little.

So that's when the heavy crock came in handy.

I normally leave the whole stack under this crock; then separate them individually and put them at the back of heavy books.  Linens are so much easier because all that is involved is throwing them in the dryer, then iron.

This is a large lace tablecloth that I bought at a yard sale for only $1 because it was stained.  I think it will be a nice enhancement to my booth table as I drape it over a tea dyed sheet that is used as a table covering.  I let it set overnight and it became a little darker.

It's funny.  I've been tea dying since the 80's and I still do it differently each time.  I never measure.  I fill my 25 cent yard sale stock pot up with what looks like a good amount of water then I start plopping in bags of Dollar Tree tea bags.  Sometimes I throw in some instant coffee.  Most times I add splashes of vanilla.  Every once in awhile I'll add dashes of cinnamon.  Kinda like Grandma Goins taught me to cook.

While I do enjoy tea dying, I don't do it very often.  I stockpile all kinds of things that need a good staining.  Then make a day of it... or in this case a night of it.  I didn't quite make it to the booth tags, only about a dozen.  So they will be up tomorrow.

I was disappointed in how light the tags were when I pulled them out but once I put the new tags by it... they don't seem so light.  And the tea dye always darkens as it dries.

If you haven't dabbled in tea dyeing, I suggest you start.  It gives a beautiful and warm antique patina.  I have saved so many linens that were destined to the trash because of stubborn stains that just will not come out.  The tea dye really does mask those stains.

My first show is less than 2 months away.  These flashcards will be displayed in wire baskets with 3 for $1.00 signs clipped to the sides.

Will be moving on to the next project once the tags are ready to go.  Thank you kindly for stopping in for a visit.

~ Enjoy your journey ~

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Junk Ranch ~ Twine and Washi Organizers

I visited the Junk Ranch in Prairie Grove, AR Saturday.  It's a fun barn sale with all kinds of neat junk!  It's probably a good thing that it's only held twice a year.

I bought myself some small ironstone bowls that are so adorable but everything else that I bought is for shows.  I went to the barn sale with intentions of finding some medium sized pieces to set on a table to use as a display for my smalls.  Needless to say, I was not disappointed and came home with my trunk literally stuffed AND the best part of all?  I barely spent $30!  I would say that was a success.  I loved this booth... well I loved all of them.

I've been working in my creating room, getting it organized so I can accomplish something.  My daughter didn't want this shelf in her room anymore.  I knew it would be perfect for my baker's twine.  It's great to finally be able to see all the colors now.  I was buying the sugar shaker jars at Dollar Tree but there isn't a store close to me.  It was quite a surprise to see that Walmart carried the exact shaker for 97 cents.  Since there is one just down the road from me, I picked up a shaker each time I was there for grocery shopping.

This is a 5 Tier Swing Arm Trouser Hanger from Bed, Bath, & Beyond.  It is $6.99 but I used my 20% coupon and paid $5.59 for it.  Perfect to hold washi tape!  Each arm swings open.  I can get around 25 rolls on each arm.  Just this one rack alone can hold up to 100 rolls of tape.  I've been looking for some kind of container to store it in but this works great!  Now that I have a place to store washi tape and see it all, I think it's time to buy some more ;) 

It's always nice to find cheap ways to store crafting supplies... especially when the supplies themselves can get quite costly.

I use regular string tags from Walmart for my price tags.  But I don't do white well so I tea stain them.  My friend has been selling Stampin' Up for 10 years now and forces me to buy when she places her quarterly order (hahaha, ok she doesn't have to twist my arm too hard).  SU has some really neat old world and vintage map stamps that I fell in love with.  I am incorporating them into my business and it's been fun to play.  My favorite way to stamp is randomly because if I try to get it just right, it never happens and frustration ensues.  Random placement looks like you did it that way on purpose... works great for me.

It's a busy time of year around the Berry homestead... football games and both boys have birthdays this month.  Throw in the fun things... fall festivals, pumpkin patches, bonfires, homecoming-- and there's lots of memories to be made.  On the business front, we have finally settled on our first shirt design!  When you work as a husband/wife team, that is quite an accomplishment lol!  Shirts have been ordered, Rich is getting the screen and ink ready, and I am super excited!

Thank you for following along on this journey with me.  I appreciate your support so very much!

~ Enjoy your journey ~

Saturday, September 19, 2015

A New Journey...

Hi all, and welcome to my new venture, my new blog!  I am so happy that you are here  =]

I started blogging in April 2006 with a personal blog, Ramblings from a grateful heart.  Then in December 2009 I added a crafting and decorating blog, Berry Homespun Primitives .  Here I am in September 2015, starting my third blog.  I do treasure blogging and the wonderful friendships that are made!  I have integrated my other 2 blogs into this new blog to keep the posts going.  I have also kept both of the other 2 blogs open.

After all the years that I've been crafting, I have finally started and registered a business with the state of OK.  I am SO proud!  Back in my high school/college days, my business was named "Homespun Treasures".  This past decade, my crafting business was named "Berry Homespun Primitives".  Now here I am on a new venture with a new name "A Vintage Journey".  And what a journey it has been-- I've been creating and crafting sometimes a little and sometimes a lot over the past 30 years... but only as a hobby.

Here I will share with you projects as I'm working on them, pictures of my booth set up, boutique-style shirts that my husband will be printing, and eventually the fun vintage shows & barn sales that I will be attending!  Thanks for your friendship... be it old or new.  I adore you all!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

National Park Map Canvas Prints

While antiquing with my daughter one day, we came across some old maps.  I loved this one of the National Parks.

On the back of this United States map was maps of the individual National Parks.  They were REALLY neat and I instantly knew that I wanted to put them on canvas.  I bought a bunch of these gold & silver canvases from Michael's when they were on sale for 70% off, then I used a coupon on top of that.  The 4-pack cost $2.29.

I used the silver ones. I started by painting the backs with an ivory acrylic paint because I wanted all of the silver covered.

Because the map was going to be centered on the canvas, I only painted a strip around the front of the canvas.

To give it a little character and an aged look, I went around the edges with brown ink.

I tore all the individual maps apart which was very easy to do because of the creases.

And because I am still totally in love with my vintage paper trimmer that I bought at The Junk Ranch Country Barn Sale in Prairie Grove, AR, I use it as much as possible!  To give the edges a worn look, I tore them with the paper trimmer.

Next, I used trusty 'ol Mod Podge as a glue to adhere the map to the canvas.

Then another coat of Mod Podge on top to seal the map.

These were a lot of fun to make, I really enjoyed creating them!  I made 11 of them in one afternoon.  And here are a couple in my booth at Homeward Bound in Claremore, OK.

It's been great fun to be back to creating again!  I'm grateful that I have a little more extra time now to do something I love to do.  Getting paid for it is even better.  =]  

Thanks for stopping by friends!  I'm still reading through my blog roll, trying to catch up with you all.  I have missed out on so much and have missed YOU!

Have a delightful week~

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Turquoise & Burlap Vases

Hi friends!  Funny thing happened... the next day after my last post, my laptop died.  No saving it but it was time for it to go.  I was so disappointed though because I was ready to get back to blogging.  It's really, really hard to blog on a cell phone so another break from blogging was my only option.  I have a new laptop (thanks sweet hubby!) and back in business again.

I've been doing a little upcycling on some pieces for my booth.  I had a couple of left over vases from a garage sale that I had awhile back.  So I decided to pretty them up rather than send them off to goodwill.  Here is the before:

Turquoise and burlap are popular right now so I added a touch of each to create this:

Another before:

The after (which already sold, I was surprised at how quick it went):

The kids went back to school last week.  It's time to finally do some deep cleaning around the home as it's been put off for a couple of years.  But the best part of all is that I'm back to creating and blogging.  I'm grateful for the time I had to focus on my family and thankful to be back doing what I love so much!  Thanks for stopping by, have a delightful week~

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Remember Me?!

Hi friends, remember me?  I've been hit and miss for the past couple of years and MISSING you all like crazy!  I've been cleaning up my blog this week.  Got rid of the Feedly reader, that thing was more of a headache than it helped.  I see that some of my blog friends have closed their blogs or have been absent for a long time like I was.  It saddens me, but I'm VERY grateful for you that are still here.

I've had to take an unintentional break to tend to my family.  Family first always.  After just a few weeks of my youngest's 2nd grade year in 2013, we had to pull him with issues we had with the school. We've been homeschooling him for 2nd and 3rd grade.  That elementary school was only for those two grades so he moves on to a new elementary school for 4th grade.  I met with the principal recently and he's set to go back to public school for 4th grade.  I'm pretty excited about it because I get my life back and the little guy is excited to be with his friends again.  I APPLAUD you homeschooling moms.  Whew, this is time consuming stuff.  I'm just not patient enough for this but when it comes to your kids, you do what needs to be done.  My older two kids went to these same schools (there are 5 total in our district) for all their lives so I'm confident in putting Robbie back into public school.  It ended up being a blessing in disguise though because I was able to work with him so much to get his reading back to where he should be (actually above grade level now, thank you Jesus!).

My oldest son has been home from Army training for 3 months now.  He's been getting back to civilian life.  Ryan is a chaplain's assistant which works well with what he wants to do... youth ministry and sports chaplain.  No job yet but he is doing some networking with some area youth pastors and getting his resume out.  Once he gets a job and gets established, he's planning on moving out.  His Guard pay alone is not enough to move out yet.  I told him that he needs to make sure he is ready to move out because once he's gone, rooms are being arranged, and I will finally have a crafting room again!  Haha!  If you follow me on Pinterest, I've been pinning room ideas like crazy and already organizing my things.

Well, I wasn't planning on a family update but might as well finish off with the middle child.  Amariah just turned 16 but she took driver's ed at school which put her behind on getting her license on her actual birthday.  She'll be getting it next month.  My babies are growing up!

Anyway... crafting and creating has taken a back seat for the past couple of years.  It has always been my way to relax.  No wonder I'm so uptight, lol!  I rented a booth with a friend at The Grapevine in Claremore, OK last year.  It was hard to keep up with it though while working part time at the Lodge, homeschooling, football, basketball, and golf was going on.  We just pulled out last week but it was a neat place and a fun time.  This picture was taken when I first moved in, my friend wasn't in here yet.

I'm going back to Claremore towards the end of summer to get another booth.  My Etsy has taken a break also so I'm planning on opening it back up.  I have seriously missed crafting so very much!  My dslr camera is broke so I have only been taking pictures with my phone.  They're decent but it sure is hard to blog without pictures.  =/ 

It sure felt good to get back to blogging.  I have always loved it.  Even when others were leaving to go to facebook, I knew I'd always be here.  I might have to take some leaves of absences, haha, but I will always come back.  If you still follow me, THANK YOU so MUCH for staying with me while I was gone!  Looking forward to getting around to everyone's blog and seeing what you've been up to these past couple of years.  I'm grateful for our friendships that God has blessed me with~ 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Hey ya'll, hope you are enjoying what's left of this fabulous fall!  It has been a nice, enjoyable, relaxing one for me.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the prayers and well wishes on my surgeries.  Finally getting back to normal... kinda.  Still having to slow down and sit down every once in awhile.  My body is constantly reminding me that it's not that young anymore, hehe!  But God has blessed me with a wonderful family that took amazing care of me and never complained... well to my face anyway.  ;) 

With this forced relaxation time, I have been catching up on my pile of the past 2 year's worth of magazines, coming back to blogland, and watching a little HGTV... sure miss the good ol' shows but I do enjoy the Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan.

Attended an estate sale down the road from me that I never even realized was there but I found it in the last hour.  So all of this was originally $40 but with the last hour discount, I only had to pay $5... vintage linens, old books.  The dictionary is old, yellowed and falling apart but will be perfect for the many book page ideas I have been seeing on Pinterest.  I also picked up an old Bible that is ripped and falling apart.  There are more pages here than I can craft in my lifetime so if anyone is interested in some pages to craft with, shoot me an email and I'll gladly share with you!  berryhomespunprimitives (at) gmail (dot) com.  

I'm not supposed to be sharing this on social media because of the ISIS threats that are targeting military and their families... darn it, why does the world have to be so cruel?  But I just can't help it.  I know my God is our protector and He has already won all victories for us!  We attended my son's basic training graduation during fall break and it was wonderful to watch the ceremonies, seeing the soldiers march through clouds of green, blue, and yellow smoke as they sang their cadences, and just spending time with our son since he's been gone for the past 10 weeks.  Here is his graduation picture.  Love this kid, so proud of him... 

Happy Veteran's Day and THANK YOU to all who sacrifice their lives to keep ours safe!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dining Room Shelf

I was able to get a small project done this year.  I forgot to take a before picture (and I just LOVE looking at other's before and afters).  But here's an in-the-process photo.  I bought this nice sturdy wooden shelf at a garage sale for $3.  Robbie is always my helper, no matter what I'm doing he finds me and asks to help.  I let him put the first black coat on since it's going to be painted over a couple more times.

A close up of the red undercoat followed by another coat of black on top..

I finished it off with black Bri-wax and loaded it up with a few prims.  It's a nice addition to my dining room, especially with all the natural wood...

Best of all, I love how it only cost me $3, a little paint, and an afternoon of fun with my little guy.  Oh, and look at the tiny butter mold I found, barely 1 1/4"... I was SO excited!  It's the little round wood piece on the lower shelf, it has an acorn design... adorable!

Thank you friends, for your prayers and sweet words of encouragement on my last post.  I'm grateful that I can come here to express my feelings and be showered with love when I need it the most.  I've been staying busy since Ryan left.  We're cleaning out bedrooms, getting ready for a garage sale next month... lots of kids clothes and toys to pass on.

Thanks for stopping by, wishing you a grand week~

Saturday, August 2, 2014

My year...

I've been a little occupied this year friends, and quite honestly I'm having a hard time.  This kid here..

went and did this in February...

and this in May...

So here I sit a crying mess because Tuesday morning I send Ryan off to Ft. Jackson for boot camp.  Then he will have training to be a chaplain's assistant in the National Guard.  He is my oldest and the first to leave home.  I've been on an emotional roller coaster this year... so proud of him, yet so selfish and want to keep him safe at home.  What keeps me going though is to see his excitement when he talks about it.  This kid is ready to do something with his life and this momma is having a rough time with it.  His influential years at home have come to an end and from here on out I have to trust God that He will watch over Ryan and keep him safe.  I've heard moms talk about this time in their lives; but I never thought I would feel this heartache with there being 2 other kids still at home.  So if you would, Ryan and I would appreciate your prayers.  Thank you my friends!

It probably doesn't help my emotional level that I found out 2 weeks ago that I have an enlarged uterus with fibroids.  I am scheduled for a hysteroscopy on Aug 22, followed by a robotic partial hysterectomy on Sept 5.  Doctor reassured me that it's not cancerous and nothing to worry about.  Enough about me...

Not much going on around the homestead to blog about because I have been wrapped up in my family and our last few months with Ryan, but I have spent some time outside.  I went a little petunia crazy this year... well I should say Amariah did.  We have pots of red and pots of striped red & white in the backyard by the pool.  She picked these beauties out, love the color combination she chose...

The Twilight Viola was really pretty this year.  It looks like pastel pansy.

Something new I tried this year is Lantana.  Oh my I love these pretty flowers and beautiful leaves!  They look so good in the old whiskey barrels.  Wish they were perennial.

The pink double knock out roses bloomed out beautifully as always, along with the single knock out yellow roses (oops... should have deadheaded and cleaned up around the mulch before the pic, hehe).

I transplanted the hosta to the back yard and must say she is loving her new home... look at the lushness of those leaves!

I just realized all of my flower shots are close and don't show the overall picture.  But here is one little vignette that will greet you on the front porch.  I love how the red of the double begonias complements the red and white enamel pot that it's sitting in. The cute fence piece was a Christmas present from my sweet mother-in-law.

I think it's bedtime friends.  My little mind is an emotional wreck but coming here and putting my thoughts and feelings in writing is good therapy for sure.  I have not actually talked to anyone about my feelings so this has been good for me.  Thank you for being the best blog friends ever.  I appreciate you and your prayers!

I'm grateful for the time that I've had with my son and very thankful that God chose me to raise him!  Sure, I can look back at all the if's and where I went wrong but I choose to live in today and try my best from here on out.

Thanks for stopping by friends, miss you TONS!  Have a delightful week ahead~