Blackberry Junction September 10th to 13th

This is a picture of my space last year at Blackberry Junction.

This is a picture of my space last year at Blackberry Junction.

I’m afraid I have been to busy working to spend much time sharing pictures of things I’ve bee making. I just sent in my money for this year’s Blackberry Junction Craft and Antique show. These are a couple of pictures of my booth last year.

This year at Blackberry Junction I will have four booths! I think I might be a little crazy. We be rent a 20 foot u-haul to get it all there I’m sure.

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Blackberry Junction will be held at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany Oregon.

Preview night is Thursday September 10th 4pm to 8pm. Cost for preview night is $15 at the door and includes door prizes, and yummy treats. This show is a very popular and can get super busy opening morning. If you don’t like waiting in a long line to pay and don’t want to fight crowds I really recommend shopping during preview. The $15 admission is higher than most shows but it also keeps the show from getting too busy. I always think of it as a premium experience and for me it’s worth it.

The show rest of the show hours are:

Friday September 11th 10am to 7pm

Saturday September 12th 10 am to 7pm

Sunday September 13th 10am to 4pm

These three days have free admission and free parking.

Here are a couple more pictures of the show from last year (not my booth)

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Carol's soaps and quilts

Carol’s soaps and quilts

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bj149This is only a very small sampling  of some of the other great vendors that can be found at this show. Be sure to mark your calendars!

 

More Primitive handmades finished!

I’ve managed to finish up a couple more projects – with just a couple more to go! I also found a van plus load of treasures this past weekend garage saleing. The weather was wonderful and so were the treasures! But that also means I have a bunch more to paint (one day I will get all caught up). Most of what I found will be at Blackberry Junction this fall.

Handmade Happiness Pillow by Primitives and Polka Dots

Handmade Happiness Pillow by Primitives and Polka Dots

Several weeks ago I stitched this and framed it – this time I thought it would be fun as a prim pillow. This pillow will be for sale at May’s Funky Farm Girl in Woodburn.

Handmade Life is Better Pillow by Primitives and Polka Dots

Handmade Life is Better Pillow by Primitives and Polka Dots

Here is another pillow made by me – it also will be at May’s Funky Farm Girl.

Primitive Crow on Pumpkin stitchery on antique screen stitched by Primitives and Polka Dots

Primitive Crow on Pumpkin stitchery on antique screen stitched by Primitives and Polka Dots

I love how this stitchery came out on this antique screen. I wish I had a bunch more screens like this one. I purchased last fall at Blackberry Junction from one of my favorite vendors there – Missy. The stitchery pattern is by one of my favorite designers – Chestnut Junction. You can find her patterns on Etsy.

Handmade nesting boxes by Primitives and Polka Dots

Handmade nesting boxes by Primitives and Polka Dots

I also finally finished up these two nesting boxes my dad made for me. I think he made them last year. They have been in my craft room for a while anyway. Love how they turned out. I’ll have 3 at Blackberry Junction.

Handmade Primitive Snowmen in a rustic basket made by Primitives and Polka Dots

Handmade Primitive Snowmen in a rustic basket made by Primitives and Polka Dots

I really love how these guys turned out. I also made them from a Chestnut Junction pattern (did I mention she is one of my favorite designers?). I also found this great basket out picking this weekend. It will be for sale sometime this fall. I made up several signs this week as well. I think the Believe sign looks great on this basket.

Close up of primitive snowmen in rustic basket by Primitives and Polka Dots

Close up of primitive snowmen in rustic basket by Primitives and Polka Dots

Tomorrow I’m going to the Country Chicks show in Washington with my mom and two wonderful friends. Hopefully I’ll take lost

Primitive Dolls and Primitive Dresses

I’ve managed to finish up a couple of things the last couple of days despite some bad migraine attacks and working on about 8 projects at once. Which means I don’t have a lot to show now, but I did manage to finish up these two projects.

Little Prim Dollies…

Three Prim dolls made from a great Chestnut Junction pattern.

Three Prim dolls made from a great Chestnut Junction pattern.

 

Prim dolls from Chestnut Junction patternI actually made 27 of these fun little dolls. They are just right for a prim little shelf or tucked in a bowl. I made these dolls from a Chestnut Junction pattern. You can find her patterns on Etsy under the user name Chestnut Junction. Some of these dolls will be at the May Funky Farm Girl sale and some will be at Blackberry Junction in September.

I was also busy making some more of my primitive hanging dresses.

Primitive hanging dresses by Primitives and Polka Dots

Primitive hanging dresses by Primitives and Polka Dots

These dresses are made from one of my first tutorials. I took the five I made to the first Funky Farm Girl sale of the year and they sold pretty quickly. A very sweet friend of mine really wanted one with an apron so I made some red ones up just for her.

Primitive hanging dresses by Primitives and Polka Dots.

Primitive hanging dresses by Primitives and Polka Dots.

I also made some aprons using antique quilt squares, table clothes, salt and sugar sacks. The one pictured above with the star is an antique sugar sack with no writing. It looked a little plain so I added a wool star.

Primitive hanging dresses with pockets by Primitives and Polka Dots

Primitive hanging dresses with pockets by Primitives and Polka Dots

I also made up a couple of dresses with pockets filled with Sweet Annie. Six of these prim dresses will be at the May Funky Farm Girl sale and eight will be at Blackberry Junction in September.

2 primitive dresses by Primitives and Polka Dots

2 primitive dresses by Primitives and Polka Dots

Primitive Dresses by Primitives and Polka Dots

Primitive Dresses by Primitives and Polka Dots

If you haven’t made these dresses yet for your shows and/or booths – give it a try! This is a quick and easy project, and a great chance to play with your fabric collection.

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Mom’s Best Ever Snack Mix !

My mom makes a different snack mix each time she has a party. I can’t tell you how many ones she has made over the years but it has to be close to 40 or 50. This last December it was her turn to host bunco for our bunco group and she made this snack mix. It was the biggest hit. We couldn’t get enough! She was even nice enough to bring some to my Prim Polka Dots Show for our customers to snack on  – it was a huge hit.

 

 

Moms best snack mix 1I will warn you that this is a very large mix. If your party is less than 12 people you might want to half the recipe – though it keeps nicely in an air tight container. This recipe is not low-fat or low-calorie – and it’s addictive as crack – so consider yourself warned. The recipe is listed below and as you can see it has quite a few ingredients. I think the popcorn oil is the secret to this recipe’s yumminess.

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You want to begin by dumping the entire bag of Wheat Thins Toasted Chips and the Ritz Toasted Chips in a very large bowl and break them up so they are closer to bite sized. I borrowed this awesome bowl from my mom. It’s perfect for this recipe and it’s about the size of my entire kitchen! Then dump in two 7.5oz bags of Bugles, one 6.6oz of Goldfish Crackers, 12.4 oz box of cheese crackers and 2 cups of mixed nuts. Mix everything together.

moms best snack mix 3I also had some pretzels left from another recipe so I added those too. Now add the two ranch dressing packets and the popcorn oil together and pour over the mix – stir to make sure everything is well coated.

 

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Separate in two large roasting pans. I did not have two roasting pans large enough so I used two 9×11 pans and they worked great. Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes. Cool on paper towels. Enjoy – store in an airtight container.

 

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Mom’s Best Snack Mix ever!

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Wheat Thins Toasted Chips
  • 1 bag Ritz toasted Chips
  • 2 7.5 oz bags of Bugles
  • 1 12.4 oz box cheese crackers
  • 1 6.6 oz bag of Goldfish
  • 2 cups mixed nuts
  • 12 oz bottle popcorn oil
  • 2 envelopes ranch dressing mix

Instructions

  • Break up Wheat Thins Toasted Chips and Ritz Toasted Chips in large bowl.
  • Add 2 bags of Bugles, entire box of cheese crackers, all of the Goldfish, and 2 cups of mixed nuts. Mix well.
  • In a separate bowl mix the ranch dressing mix and popcorn oil together then pour over snack mix.
  • Stir until well blended.
  • Separate mix into 2 large roasting pans and bake for 45 min at 250, stirring every 15 min.
  • Cool on paper towels and store in air tight container.
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Blackberry Junction Spring 2015

Blackberry Junction in  Albany Oregon is one of my favorite shows! Sometimes I’m lucky enough to be a vendor, but I’m always a customer! Blackberry Junction takes place in April of every year, in September and November. The spring show just happened this last weekend and it did not disappoint!

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I chose to go to the Pre-sale on Thursday night. I was planning on posting these pictures on Friday but time got away from me. Pre-sale does cost $15 at the door but it is so worth it! This show has such a strong following and even though there are several registers the lines can get a little long. Paying for the pre-sale allows me the luxury of shopping with ease. No waiting to get into booths and no waiting to pay. Plus I get first dibs on everything!

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During the rest of the show there is no admission charged and no fee for parking ever! It is located at the Albany Fairgrounds right off of I-5.

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Each vendor at Blackberry Junction sets up their own booth, but pay at one central place. You can pay with a credit card, by check and of course cash. You can find so many wonderful treasures at this show!

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Carol always has the most wonderful handmade quilts, aprons, table runners, soaps and whatever else catches her fancy. She always has her product match the season. This is her booth pictured above. In the fall she makes the most wonderful fall / primitive quilts! I own several and they are so well made. Look how fun her booth is for spring.

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As you can see from all of the pictures I’m sharing you can find a great selection of redone furniture as well.

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The vendors at Blackberry Junction carry rustic finds, handmade items, vintage and redone treasures, great gift items and so much more. Don’t you just want to crawl into the pictures and shop?

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This is a nice sized show with quality goods at fair prices. If you are a vintage /handmade vendor looking for a great show or want more information on the next show you can contact Marlene on Facebook.

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The next Blackberry Junction will be on September 11th – 13th with the pre-sale on September 10th. I will have a nice large booth there filled with my vintage finds and handmade goods (many of which you will find pictured here through out the year).

I think I might have to do the spring show next year. I really missed being a vendor at this one.