Monday, May 20, 2013

Canton TX First Monday Trade Days

You would think that living in the state that has one of the largest flea markets in the united states would mean that you go there as often as possible--wouldn't you?!  Well, it ain't necessarily so!!!  I've lived here since I was three yrs. old (a very, very long time) and I went there for the first time just a few months ago!!

The Canton 'First Monday' Flea Market is absolutely HUGH--acres and acres of nothing but 'treasures'!  It is a pickin' paradise.  My son Jonathan and I plus my sweet grandson Brayden went there a few months ago and had the best of times!  Even Brayden got in on the fun---he shopped and shopped with us until he just couldn't shop anymore.  He was such a little trooper--and didn't even get fussy until he fell and hurt his nose.  Poor baby--but it didn't take him long to get over it and shop some more!

If you ever find yourself wanting to take a pickin' trip, consider going to Canton, Tx's First Monday Trade Show--I quarantee you'll enjoy yourself AND come away with lots and lots of goodies!!

We saw this imitation 'Mater' on the way to Canton--really cool

Jonathan showing Brayden how to spot a good deal

Jonathan taking a second to pose in front of  one of the thousands of vendor booths

Me trying to shop till I drop--I had been sick the week before we went and was still not  well

'STOP, I think I see something I want"!!

"Hey, is that a vintage Mickey Mouse Club Hat"?!

'You know I'd look good in that'!

Uncle Jonathan is a good teacher

This is a really cool seat from an old bowling alley--wish I'd had room in my van!

Guess we have to go now--no more room!

Trying to stay hydrated!

"I think I'm ready to go now, grandma"!

AND he's out!!!!

We had soooo much fun and we can't wait to go back soon---but not till after the summer heat----this is Texas after all!!!

God Bless All and Any who read this,
Pat, A Remade Life

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Introducing My New Logo!

My new logo is here!  As you can see, I've posted it as my header.  I really, really love this logo---it's been several yrs in the making!

'Back in the day', I studied in college to become a graphic designer.  I loved creating/designing/drawing and  hoped to make that my goal in life.  But things change, marriage happened, three children came and then divorce, things that redirected my life down a different path.  Creating was forgotten as I struggled to raise and take care of 3-children by myself.  It wasn't easy.  All thoughts of doing ANYTHING creative were lost to the daily grind of just making a living.

But my Heavenly Father is a good Father and He began placing in me the need, the desire to begin creating again.  And so, my business "A Remade Life" was born, a testimony to God's love for us and His ability to 'give new life to gently used items'.  But the process has been hard.  Unused for soooooo long, my creativity is slow in coming----ideas don't readily pop into my head as they used to, my 'creative' vision doesn't see like it did so many years ago.  But again, my Father God is good and I am learning all over again to be patient and listen with my heart to His voice, to have Faith in this area of my life as I must in all things!

And to remember that God's plans for me are higher than anything I could ever image---"For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope..."  Jeremiah 29:11

I love my logo--have I already said that?!  It's simplicity reminds me to slow down, stop making life so complicated, to let the love of God bloom fresh in my life everyday.  I'm sure I'll be tweeking my logo here and there over time, just like God is 'tweeking' me--- but the joy of this budding, new creative life is awesome!!  I will look forward to each day as a new beginning, a new 'dawn'---I hope you will come with me on this exciting journey!!

God Bless all and any who read this,
Pat, A Remade Life

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Another one bites the dust!!

Well, the Winnie May show is now done and over with.  It was a very difficult one, one that was once again  not very profitable!  The weather was terrible the first day and the crowds were sluggish, even after the sun came out.  My son and I are now left with making the decision of giving up our shop or hanging in and renting out part of it.  Not a pleasant decision and not one made quickly, however, we can't keep working so hard for such little return.  Please pray that God will direction us to the right path to take!

We would so hate to leave Winnie---we have soooooooo many great customers and visitors to our shop.  There are many who will stop in just to say hello or to let us know the latest happenings in their lives.  We are so honored to know them all.  It is our hope that we will be able to stay in Winnie, but only time will tell.  We are very thankful for the many friends we have made there and pray God's blessings on each and every one of them!  We will, of course, let everyone know as soon as we decide.

In the meantime,  here are a few pictures I thought you might enjoy--hope all the moms out there had a wonderful mother's day!!

                     My mom, Goldie Marie Shockley and her great-grandson, my grandson Brayden

                                                 Mom, Brayden and my son Jonathan

I'll be posting again soon with some new ideas and possible plans for the future!!

God Bless all and any who read this,

Pat, A Remade Life

Monday, May 6, 2013

New Logo in the works!!

I'm so excited about my new logo!  I've been wanting to have my own special trademark but just haven't taken the time to really move on it--I just let it float around in my head (a scary place!) for a while.  Well, I finally took control and went to a friend who has a print shop and asked for his help.  We talked it over and one of his graphic designers went to work on it.  He was a great guy and presented me with numerous options based on what I had asked for, all of them very nice-----however, nothing was 'clicking' with me.  I wasn't trying to be picky but the image in my head (remember, a scary place!) just didn't look like the computer generated logos he had created for me.  I wanted something more organic, more natural, more ME!!  Sooooooooo, I said a prayer, set to work, and my new logo was born!  I took it to the print shop to get it ready for my business cards, etc. and all I have to do now is pick the color of the card stock----I am just so TOTALLY stoked about this!!  Can't hardly wait to show it off--hopefully will have it back from the printers in a few days and ya'll will be some of the first to see it--sweet!!!

In the meantime, here are some more pictures of my shop in Winnie---I know you are getting tired of seeing them, but I'm doing ANOTHER reset so what you are seeing is a 'shop in the making'!

                             My son Jonathan's spot is really looking good--more to come!

                                  This is the front of the shop--still trying to come up with an eye-catcher

                            My ladies section--the bike doesn't go there permanently

                     My linen section is still needing work but it's getting there--this bike also doesn't belong here

                            I'll really loving my 'travel' section--lots of good luggage to choose from

This is the horse that's in my header above--it's handmade and really cool--there is also a vintage sled on the shelf above the horse

    Still working on the kitchen/houseware section but loving the big mirror on top!

                                                   Lots of vintage dollies to choose from!!

                                   A great portable artist easel--almost kept this one!!

Well, that's it for now but I promise to debut my new logo as soon as possible--hope you will like it too!!

God Bless all and any who read this,
Pat, A Remade Life

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Good Stuff!!

Last weekend was great---when to a church sale first thing in the morning and then found another one right in my own neighborhood!!  Then went to work on my shop in Winnie on Sunday and stopped to visit with an old friend on the way back home.  She told me about a great estate sale right down the road and, even though it was very late in the afternoon, I took a chance and went to see if they were still open, and they WERE!  Picked up this great, handmade rocking horse and a few other great items.  Can't figure out why the word 'GAS' is painted on the side of the horse---anyone got any suggestions?

I think this is an old wooden flour bin--cool right!?

A wooden drawer liner and a vintage frame

What a cool, handmade rocking horse


These cool items are going to my shop in Winnie this weekend.  The next show will be the following weekend, May 10th-12th.  If you don't have anything to do that weekend and find yourself in the mood for some really good shopping, make your way out to Winnie Texas to the Winnie Trade Days---- and be sure to come by and say Hello!

God Bless all and any who read this,

Pat, A Remade Life