Archive for the ‘Wood’ Category

I hate August… and Gremlins

Monday, October 3rd, 2016


Do you ever feel like there are forces out in the world conspiring against you? Messing stuff up every which way you turn. Maybe it’s Gremlins. Like the pointy eared, green, scaly, don’t-feed-after-midnight kind. If that’s the case and Gremlins actually do exist they were out in full force during the month of August. Which is why I made that bold statement in the above headline. And it’s also why I’m currently sitting here still looking at the above pile of junk. It’s fun junk of course, but it’s been sitting in the middle of my living room for going on two weeks.


Mission: Possible (Code Name: Hampton Inn)

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Wednesday, Dec. 09, 2015, 09:53 hours: Mayday distress call received from South Dakota via text message.

Transmission is as follows: I have an emergency request to have someone put the attached words on a board. I won’t be in Henderson until a week from tomorrow and our Friesen Christmas is on the 19th. My son is shipping the board he made from Austin, I should have it Friday here in South Dakota. Is this something you can fit in?


Fall Comes To Willow Station…. Again

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015


I think I first smelled Fall in the air three weeks ago. We were experiencing a week of unseasonably cool weather for Nebraska in August and I remember walking out the back door of the YNT (that would be the newspaper that I work at) and stopping in the middle of the parking lot and just taking in a deep breath. There it was. Fall. It was in the air. That cold, crisp smell tinged with a bit of smoke. The smoke was surely the result of someone grilling steaks for a summer cookout but I decided to pretend it was someone in the neighborhood firing up their fireplace.


Hello Spring Prep

Thursday, April 9th, 2015


It may appear that I have either A: Abandoned craft projects and this blog all together or B: Am still on the road headed home from Texas. Neither is actually true, but the first one seems kind of true. The truth is I was in “prep mode”. And “prep mode” is a stressful mode to be in therefore blogging once again fell by the wayside.

You see our first Spring sale at Willow Station (the awesome little seasonal pop up shop I’m involved in) was held two weeks ago so my every waking hour was spent painting, glueing and panicing.


Harvest Market Days

Thursday, November 27th, 2014


Hey there it’s me, still alive a kickin’ but just barely. The last two months have been a bit crazy and don’t look to slow down anytime soon, especially since “The Holiday Season” has officially hit. I say it’s officially “The Holiday Season” because I’m writing this post on Thanksgiving Eve, is that a thing? Thanksgiving Eve? I say it is and I guess it doesn’t really matter since it will be Thanksgiving Day by the time I’m done writing. And since in my mind Thanksgiving still falls under the “Fall” category I can sneak this post in under the wire about our Harvest Market Days Sale.

If you remember from one of my last posts (a long, long time ago) I promised to give you all a peek inside my new endeavor, Willow Station.


I’m baaacckkk

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


EEK! I haven’t posted for over a month and a half! That’s ridiculous! I mean my last post was on my birthday and I am well into my 44th year (Believe me, I feel all 44 of those years every morning when I get up). So here I am again, making up excuses for disappearing on you, but this time I have a really good excuse. Really I do.

You see I’ve had a little side project brewing in the background for a few years now. It started percolating back when JoAnn, Andrea and I redecorated the Youth Room at my church. The seed was planted at the final meeting of our Youth Room Committee. JoAnn mentioned that she and her husband Mike had been toying around with constructing a building on their farm. A building that would make JoAnn’s dream of becoming a shop owner come true. She wanted to know what we thought of the idea and Andrea and I both immediately said we were on board. If she was going to build a store we wanted to be a part of it.


Brought To You By The Letter ‘F’ (No It’s Not A ‘G’)

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Penciled F

Well we’ve come to the Wedding Shower portion of “The Perfect Crafting Storm”. And this post is brought to you by the letter ‘F’. ‘F’ would be for ‘Friesen’ the last name of my friend JoAnn who was getting ready to throw a wedding shower for her soon-to-be daughter-in-law Rachel. Now if you all think I dive whole-hog into decorating for showers and the like, then you’ve never seen JoAnn’s work. Whew… I don’t hold a candle to her, I always tell her that her style is the classy version of my own.



Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Smiling Sidney

This is my little cousin Sidney, or Sinee as I like to call her thanks to her younger sister Camryn never having the time to pronounce that “D”, especially when Sidney did something to annoy her.



Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Marc on the pile

It was an ordinary Monday night in late August when I took one more step toward my life-long goal of becoming an “American Picker”. The tip had come from my sister Kelli several months earlier. She was in the process of being a dutiful farm wife (chuckle, chuckle, I can just see my brother-in-law rolling his eyes at my decision to use the word “dutiful” in describing Kelli) by helping Marc move irrigation pipe in one of his fields down by the creek. It was then that she spied an old wooden barn door laying along the creek bank. Apparently an area farmer was using this secluded part of the creek to dispose of unwanted wood from his outbuildings.


Leftover Letters

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Had some leftover letters so I actually made myself a sign.

leftover letters