Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ralston Creek!

Reminder! Labor Day is Ralston Creek Flea Market in downtown Iowa City from 8am to 3pm (and maybe later). We'll be there! Our booth is somewhere in the middle. Look for our "Simply Rooted Boutique" sign.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Little Prairie Girl

So excited to be accepted to Little Prairie Girl! We have a space in the hay mound - I pretty much fell in love when I found out that's where our booth would be --eternal smile--

Come and check out her sale! There are so many talented vendors there!

P.S. Holland is just west of Waterloo...
Also, check out her blog: http://littleprairiegirl.wordpress.com/

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ball Jar Love

Mason Jars are the new thing. Who knew that young mainstream culture would embrace relics?
I'm totally into it. With our economy tanking, it is high time we all grouped together to savor the objects of old.

My embracing of the ball jar started in preparation for my wedding. The Ball jar is an old-fashioned decor that is easy to come by in rural Iowa. I started collecting the "blue-green-ish" colored ones -- because they're beautiful. And, after getting a hold of enough, I found that some of the jars had no lip at the top under the lid, and had thicker glass and air bubbles in the glass. Turns out, those are the older antique jars that dated before 1910! Who knew? Bob Clay knew. He wrote a paper on the history of the Ball company. Check it out here:

And here's his reference guide to date the jars according to the emblem style. How handy. Thank you Bob.