Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Daffadowndilly's - The Shop --

I thought you may be interested in getting a peek inside of the Daffadowndilly's shop. My shop is open by appointment only, the population of the town it is in is 600.

The building use to be an old Farmers Union. The building to the east of me use to be connected to mine by a doorway, but has since been closed. The building to the east was the creamery and the building I'm in was the dried goods part of the Farmers Union.

I originally got this building so I had a place to store things as they were starting to take over every empty space in my home, including my chicken house! There were no chickens in it but there was alot of great junk.

Welcome, to the shop. There is alot of really cool junk in here!

This is from the back of the shop, you can hardly see to the front!

More junk .........
and more ..........
Chippy, garden, summer stuff......
Clocks ............
More things................
Frogs .................
More junk.................
The east side of the shop..............
Restaurant dishes .....................
Kitchen stuff ...................
More restaurant dishes.................
Empty frames ........
White stuff and skis..................


Globes .........

That gives you an idea of how much great stuff I have in Daffadowndilly's. Someday I'll take you into the back room or as we call it the "ruff" room. You might have to bring your hip waders though.

Let me know if you see anything you may need.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hunting For Sheds????

I know your saying that doesn't look like a shed, you know the kind you keep your excess junk, and all those treasures that haven't found a place in your home yet. This is a different kind of "shed".

A couple of days ago my son, grandson and I went shed hunting. Sheds are the antlers that fall off of the deer every spring. We spent an afternoon and found about six sheds. It's kind of like mushroom hunting, you have to train your eye to see them, so it's kind of like a treasure hunt.
Look at the texture of the antlers. It even kind of looks like a morel. There is a guy who carves these to look like mushrooms and if you didn't know, it would be hard to tell until you picked it up!

Here is a couple of sheds, these are not a pair but did come from two different deer. You would call this one a 4 x 5 deer if they came from the same deer because there are four points on one side and five points on the other side.

Another close up, the deer will shed their antlers every spring and by fall they have grown back and will have another spike by fall time. You do have to get out and search right away because the rodents will start eating them for the minerals. Some of the antlers we found already had tiny little teeth marks on them.

We went down to the Missouri River area to hunt, the deer are just thick in this area.
It was a hard day of shed hunting. All he needed was a sucker, a ride in the car and it was lights out!


Thursday, March 19, 2009


A few weeks ago on Junk Revolution message boards I posted a picture of these old cold cream jars. I bought a whole box of them for cheap and asked everyone to give some suggestions for a new purpose for them.

This was my inspiration for the project. This is a vase made of old greeting cards, pipe cleaners, and some old trim.

I used some old diner dishes that I had at the shop, and some cute glasses with flowers on them for spring, which by the way will be on my garage sale on Sunday on my blog along with some other cool stuff for spring.

Wrapped a wire around the top of the cold cream jar and twirled the end to make a place for a name card to be placed in and put a few flowers in the jar and there you have it.

Cute little jars that you can use for place card holders on your Easter table!

Here is my pretty vase! It is made of paper so you have to put a glass inside of the vase so it doesn't ruin your paper vase. Check out the cool flowers, I got them at The Plantation in Laurel, Nebraska. They are adding on a greenhouse and more display area, so stop and check it out this spring, its gonna be awesome!!


Monday, March 16, 2009


Guess what? I've been awarded the fab blog award! Since I am really green in the blog department I'm feeling really special to have been choosen. Thank you so much to LuvMyGarden!!!

So now I must reveal my five addictions. Let's see ........

1. Rain --- I love the rain, the sound of the rain is soothing to me, the smell is cleansing and refreshing, it makes things grow, and settles the dust.

2. Walking --- I recently started walking 4 miles a day and now I don't know why I didn't start a long time ago. It's good for you, it relieves stress, and it makes you feel good. I lost 20 pounds since I started!!

3. Photography --- I bought a nice new camera that I can do almost anything with and I am loving it. I take it with me where ever I go so I have it handy when I need it. Pop bottle caps for making my belts with.

This is one of the most beautiful trees I have ever seen. Good thing I had my camera!!!

4. Flowers and Junk --- mixed together. I love this time of year because it's that time when you can start your gardening and creating your new creations in the garden. Mixing the junk with the flowers is what makes it so much more fun and every year can be different.

5. Family and Friends --- without the support of my family and friends I wouldn't be able to do what I do. They all tolerate my love for junking, they let me stop at any new junk places I discover when we travel, and they encourage me to be passionate about what I love.

Ok, now I must pass this award on to five worthy bloggers, let's see --- hummmm ----

1. Junk Camp
2. Margo's Junkin Journal
3. Junk Dreams
4. Barn House
5. Iowa Junk Gypsies

Congrats to all of you!!! Thanks again to LuvMyGarden for checking out my blog.


Monday, March 9, 2009

"The Shed" At Rural Dixon, Nebraska

Past the pond, that's taking a long winter's nap, preparing to awake when old man winter decides to head south,

Over the railroad tracks, don't forget to stop and check the tracks for trains,

No trains in the distance, proceed with caution.

And finally , the lane. Karen Anderson is the proprietor of "The Shed". She has been in business here for 6 years but had previously been in the antique business for more than 10 years before that. Her husband has been a farmer for 40 years.

Here is the the sign that is awaiting spring visitors.

Meet Pertty, (pretty - but turn the r and e around) she is always the first one to greet you when you arrive. She is 84 years old in dog years!!!!!

This is first shed she started the business in before adding the loft of the barn. Now both buildings have good old junk in them.

Karen and Maddy in front of the entrance to the walk-out- loft barn which was built in 1911.

Ladders, ladders, and more ladders leaning on the outside wall.

Inside the barn is filled with anything from dishes, furniture, mirrors, doors, baskets, lamps, you name it she has it. All inside the loft of the old barn.

A bird's eye view through the rafters of the barn.

This is Hooter the orange cat. He is a barn cat so was not willing to get to close, close enough for a photo but that was as far as he was going.

More good junk.

Maddy had to go over to the tree swing and take a spin before we left. There are two, so check it out next time you visit, let your child-like inter self take flight.

The end of the day, the sun is about to go down but the wind is still blowing making the windmill spin even as darkness approaches.

Karen is open by appointment only, so just give her a call at 402-584-2288 if you'd like to stop by. Don't forget to say hi to Pertty!