Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Flannels For everyone!

Flannels are timeless. Though they may flourish in popularity and come and go as the "it" piece of fashion they are always a must have in the closet. I was a teen in the 90's when flannel was a huge fashion statement and I for one have never been able to let it go. Now, I find it to be a more functional piece of clothing, but functional and fashionable can go hand in hand. Duluth Trading Co. has done just that. They have in my opinion created the perfect line of flannels. A fit for everyone.
Let me begin at the beginning. I met some people from Duluth at a DIY Blogger event called Haven. Some of the kindest, most informative people you'll ever meet. The were handing out their Longer LongTail T' Shirts. So, of course I snagged one with no idea that this little baby would be my new favorite piece of apparel. These shirts are amazing. They are 2" longer than ordinary T's so with all the bending, crouching, squatting, and reaching I do its nice to have a shirt that keeps me covered. If you're a mother running kids, a DIYer getting things done, a horseman, a farmer, or a fashionista, looking for quality & comfort combined with fashion friendly, this is a must have for your wardrobe. I think what I love most is the longevity of this top. In my opinion this is a season-less shirt. I've since ordered several more and not only were they great during spring, summer, and fall, they are awesome to throw under your flannel for extra warmth in the winter months. For more details, colors and prices check out Duluth Trading Co.
This however brings me back to how I found the flannels. After one of my Longer Long tail T purchases I received a catalog from Duluth while looking through it and drooling over all the awesome clothing and leather bags, I came across their flannels. So, I gave my friends at Duluth a call. I told them how much I enjoyed my other shirts and that I'd love to try the flannels. They kindly and generously offered to send myself and my husband one to try out. OMG!  We haven't taken them off! This isn't your average flannel. It's special!!! It's for the fashion conscious and the rough and tough worker. The Built in Duluthflex allows you to move freely with out constrictions. This is a big deal to me. When I'm working on my house or rounding up horses I need comfort and the ease and ability to move around. It is super light yet keeps you warm on those cold breezy days. There are so many styles to choose from it would take more than one blog post to fill you in. So you must visit Duluth Trading Co. online store and check out all the various options and choose which one is best suits you.
I wouldn't write a post on flannels if I didn't truly believe this is one of the best pieces of clothing I've ever owned. When I purchase something like this I expect it to look good after a thousand washes and hold up against extreme work conditions and this flannel has done that. I've worked my horses in it, Rehabbed my house in it (for details visit www.rehabbingshacklett.com), torn down a barn in it, and then I've worn it on family outings. I believe in the quality of Duluth and I will be going back for more and you should too! Below are a few pictures of our adventures in our Duluth Trading Co. Flannels. Thank You Duluth! #I️MyDuluth

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In This House Sign

This week was my moms birthday. I had to come up with a gift. I remembered a sign she saw back in June that she told me she really liked and being the craft lover that I am I decided to make my own version. You've all seen them, they are everywhere. In This House We.... fill in 5 to however many sayings. Well mom saw one she really liked. The colors were all wrong for her decor so I decided to once again go rouge and here is what I did.

I started by trimming up a few pieces of scrap pine boards I had to my desired lengths, I sometimes use pallet or old barn wood for these types of projects but I wanted this one to be a bit cleaner and less rustic so the pine board was perfect.
I cut them to size, sanded them, and staggered them to my preference.

Then  I flipped it over and added two more slats vertically. I used my Ryobi Airstriker to nail the slats in place. I felt after this that the boards seemed a bit loose still so a good idea would be to use wood glue on the vertical slats before nailing them into place.

After the slats were all attached I painted the wood white with Annie Sloan Old White. I only used one coat because when I sanded I wanted it to be slightly distressed. I then selected the words I wanted to  and using word I printed them out in my chosen fonts on scrap book paper. I used different patterns for each one, but they were all in the same color family. I tore each one out. I tore because I wanted that tattered look you cant get with scissors.

I glued the words down with Modge Podge and the went back with a stencil and added some feathery looking stencils to the edges with some left over sample paint I had. After everything was dry and in place I lightly (very lightly) went back over the entire thing with some light brown Briwax. I used a paint brush and made sure to hit corners and edges a little extra, I loved this because it gave off an almost burnt look to the edges.

Pictured below are all the products and tools I used for this project.

I added a little wire to the back for hanging. Just a bit of wire and a staple gun and voila!

Finally for a little something extra I added a gold bow to the corner. Just took a little hot glue and voila! All finished.

Monday, August 25, 2014

How to survive 18 years of marriage, the ultimate DIY project!

 Photo taken by mclellanstyle.com
10 Year wedding Anniversary

This will not be a typical NoBull Vintage post. I would say marriage is the ultimate DIY project. So, in honor of my upcoming 18 year wedding anniversary. I would like to answer the most often asked question I get. 
"How do you do it?"
Adam and I will celebrate 18 years of marriage this weekend. It has been an absolutely incredible 18 years.

 We've celebrated the highest of highs (I believe we'd agree that the birth of three beautiful and healthy children top that list), and endured some very lows. But, no matter what we face we always face it together. Things are not always blissful or easy. I think what helps us stay strong is that we have always chosen to wait out the storms and hold on to those blissful moments during hard times. We don't make impulsive decisions about our relationship or our family. We have chosen forgiveness over harboring anger. We have chosen to wrap our arms around each other instead of pointing fingers. There have been tough times and I'm not too naive to believe there won't be any more. I also know there are a stellar amount of good moments to be had.

age 16
I appreciate that when my own children ask me who my first love was I can honestly and easily look across the room and say he's right there. We lean on our faith during times of weakness and we lean on each other. We spend more time together than apart. We still hold hands and kiss. We give compliments and say thank you. Of course, we get angry and disagree and it has taken many years to grow up enough to walk away. We've seen so many failed marriages and we do our best to listen and learn from others experiences. We try and surround ourselves with people who are supportive of our marriage. It can be very difficult when you have negative influences pulling you apart. We make an effort to do things the other enjoys, while also allowing one another to have personal time. Parenting can also put a lot of pressure on a marriage. We try to discuss everything between the two of us before talking with the children so that we are on the same page. We are very supportive of each other and we have worked very hard to be where we are today. We are both very proud of all we've been through and how we've managed to make it this far. Who knew 18 years later we'd be happier as a couple than we've ever been. So, I suppose my simple answer to the question "how do you do it?" would be Endurance, Forgiveness, Love,  & Affection. Still with all that said there is no magic answer. We feel so blessed to have made it this far and can only pray that our marriage is strong enough to stand the test of time. We are grateful to all who have stood beside us and supported us through the years. Happy anniversary to us and cheers to many more!!!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Fall Barn Sale/ Market Season

Well friends the fall barn sale/market season is fast approaching. So if your looking for unique, one of a kind, artisan gifts, jewelry, art, clothing or home decor, it is time! There are so many of these sales out there now. I wanted to give a personal testament to a few of my favorites. The most logical way to begin seems to be by date.

The first on my faves list is The Strawberry Patch which will be held on September 4-6. The Strawberry Patch or "TSP" as it's come to be called takes place on the beautiful 200 acre Starlite farm in Hartsville, TN. It is said to be the first of it's kind in the world of barn sales. While I can't be absolutely certain of that, I can tell you it is definitely one of the most unique and beautiful. Though I have never been a vendor myself, I have been a shopper on several occasions and the vendors are always top notch. Hand selected by the host Christie Jo, these talented artisans are always a pleasure to see. The setting is as amazing as the goods. So this is one shopping trip you should gather up some friends and head out to experience.

The second on my list of faves is oh so near and dear to my heart♥. Sweet Tea & Shopping will be having their Fall Frenzy September 19th & 20th. This over the top barn sale and market place is where NoBull Vintage started as a "barn sale" vendor. I was blessed beyond words with this event. Sweet Tea & Shopping is always so much more than shopping, it is a family friendly event. It is by far my favorite location of all the sales I've ever shopped or participated in. It is all held at Bottom View farm in Portland, TN. Bottom View farm has a wide range of family activities from ziplines, to a petting zoo of farm animals, fishing, pedal tractors and playgrounds. When you participate in this sale you feel like you're part of a family and there are no better parents than Julia & Micheal. The phenomenal duo are hosts of this massive affair. They do a stellar job putting on this event in what I consider "the little town" on Bottom View Farm. There is always entertainment, food galore, and vendors that are always bringing the latest and greatest in unique high quality, hand made, re-purposed, artisan items. You'll find a massive selection of soaps, clothing, snacks, furniture, home decor, art, and so much more. My entire family LOVES this event and I guarantee you won't leave wanting.

The third on my list is The Hayloft at Port Royal bringing you their fall sale October 2nd - 4th. This sale is always a shoppers paradise. This is not just a great sale for shoppers but for vendors as well. I've actually had people say to me "wow your're doing the Hayloft?" "You're in the big leagues now!" That's a huge compliment to Mrs. Shirley the fabulous, kind, & gracious, host of this spectacular sale. This barn sale is located in Shirley's very own barn in Clarkville, TN and yes some of the vendors are actually located up in the hayloft. This barn is two levels of beautifully stocked and decorated booths. The choice of vendors is always an eclectic & gifted mix of artists and crafters with high quality items to offer. Now, don't eat before you come either. Just come grab a seat at the picnic table and enjoy some good eats while taking in a little musical entertainment. This event is always stocked with talent, food and music. It is a must do this fall! So, load up the car with friends but save some room because you most definitely won't come home empty handed from The Hayloft at Port Royal.

Last on my list but most certainly not least is Sweet Ila Mae's. This sale overlaps with Haylofts weekend but goes on through Sunday so it's October 3rd - 5th. What a great excuse to make this a shopping weekend in October! I love it. This sale was a diamond in the rough for me. It is in Quebeck, TN. Well, if you ain't from there you certainly won't know where it is. When we first arrived I thought "oh me, oh my, what have I gotten in to". Well, I'll tell ya what, pure awesomeness, that's what. Rolling hills of country side, the most tantalizing southern fare, and unique, hand crafted, one of a kind items galore. Sweet Ila Mae's is hosted by two of the sweetest gals you'll ever meet. Rachel & Megan who happen to be sisters to boot. These ladies are the epitome of down home southern hospitality. This barn sale may be a day trip for you as it was for me but I highly recommend you make the trip. I'd even hitch up those trailers because even if you're a window shopper you're sure to find more than one thing you can't live without at Sweet Ila Mae's Barn Sale.

So, even though there are many more excellent sales for you to add to your list these are simply some of my favorites! Sometime the draw for me is the food, sometime the entertainment, sometimes it's location, but It's always the friends I make when visiting any one of these events. If you want more information on other sales in and around Tennessee please feel free to message me of follow me on facebook www.facebook.com/NoBullVintage and www.facebook.com/AnArtisanAffair. We are always posting about local events in the area. Including our very own An Artisan Affair held in June in Murfreesboro, TN. Mark your calendars for these events and don't forget to tell 'em NoBull Vintage sent cha!

Happy shopping ya'll

Friday, August 15, 2014


Have you ever heard of EnduroShield?
If you haven't you should. 
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and read about how this product changed my view of stainless steel and more!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Easy family meal. Mamas Cornbread Fixins

Okay so I have no idea where I came up with this. It had been a very long day. The family was hungry and I did not want to get back out and go to the grocery. I went to the pantry gathered some things together and what do you know!? The family Loved It! They insisted I share it with you and I think I shall.
We'll start with ingredients:
2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix
1 can Lucks great Northern Beans
1 can Lucks mixed white beans
1 value size jar Heinz home style roasted turkey gravy
1 4oz package cubed roasted Pancetta
1lb ground turkey
Dried chopped onions
Old bay seasoning
Chopped roasted garlic
This recipe fed our family of five with a serving left over. 

Start by mixing the two boxes of jiffy mix according to box directions. (But cook in a 9x13 pan)
Next put about a half a teaspoon of your roasted garlic in a skillet. I used our cast iron for this. As you see the garlic start to lightly brown add your ground turkey. Cook until cooked through. Then add your pancetta.
After about 5 mins of cooking pancetta and turkey I added salt, pepper and old bay. I did not measure just did it to taste.
    Let simmer with seasonings 2 to 3 minutes. 

Strain your beans and add them to your meat.
   Then stir in gravy. Let simmer for 5 to 7 minutes or until it thickens to your likeness. Remember     to stir occasionally.
Remove corn bread from oven.
Cut into squares. 
Place on plate, slice down center so it lays open on the plate and add your bean and meat mix on top.
You have just made Mamas cornbread fixins. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine did!

Chat with ya'll soon,

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Thirsty much?

Hi ya'll
Just wanted to share a quick post about my latest favorite thing. I'm trying so hard to drink water as often as possible. I like water, I truly enjoy it. My drink of choice at resturaunts is even water with lemon. Somehow I still know I don't drink enough. So the other day while cleaning out the weeks left overs from the fridge I noticed we had quite a bit of fruit that needed to be used ASAP. There was half a honey dew melon, half a basket of blueberries, a few strawberries, and a handful of blackberries. I thought what will I do with all this. The family was over all of it and there wasn't enough really for any baking recipes I had. Then it hit me! Flavored water! YUMMY!
I've purchased stuff to do this before but I've never used the left over fruits we already had before. The last few strawberries or blueberries always just went to waste. Never Again! I through a few strawberries in a mason jar added ice and shook it up to muddle and used a tiny bit of lemon to keep it fresh. I put it in the fridge and the next day it was delicious!!! I used the honey dew, and all the berries seperately and they were all great. This is just a great way to use things in the fride that would normally go to waste and it keeps the taste buds entertained as well! I'm drinking more water than ever. Oh and the kids are too!! Now how's that for awesome. That's my latest favorite thing!

I hope y'all all try this and enjoy it!
Chat with y'all soon,

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How long has it been?

Hey y'all,
Just wondering how long has it been since you've checked out our home rehab project. If it's been a while or maybe your just now hearing about it please pop on over to www.RehabbingShacklett.wordpress.com and check it out. Since visiting the Haven conference we have a new found inspiration to get back to work on the house. It will be a slow process but it will be fun and hopefully educational. We will also be reviewing new products here at www.NoBullVintage.com as well as at www.RehabbingShacklett.wordpress.com we look forward to your questions and feedback.

Chat with y'all soon

Friday, July 18, 2014

Haven 2014

A week after Haven 2014 I'm just now beginning to go through all the swag I brought home. 

I am so excited to reach out to all the contacts I made. It's amazing to me all the knowledge that can be gained not only from the educational sessions provided by Haven but also the fellow bloggers. I so enjoyed my late night conversations and cherish them most of all. Each class I took put me one step closer to taking my blogging to the next level. For me blogging began in 2004 as a way to keep out of town family in touch with what was going on in my life. Then came MySpace and Facebook and my blogging became non existent. I began blogging again when we bought an old 50's farm house that was in serious need of rehabbing. With that www.RehabbingShacklett.wordpress.com was born as a way for me to document the start to finish process of rehabbing our home. To add to that, I also added this blog to share all that I do as NoBull Vintage.

 Whether it be a barn sale or craft fair, the rehabbing and reinventing of vintage and antique furniture, or the hosting of our cancer charity event An Artisan Affair you can find it here at www.NoBullVintage.com.
Next years event will take place at the beautiful Oakland Historic House and Museum http://oaklandsmuseum.org/ the second weekend in June 2015.
So as you can see blogging is just something I haven't been able to get away from and after Haven conference I am inspired and motivated to take to a whole new level! 
If you want to visit a local barn sale, antique show, or craft fair you're at the right place at www.NoBullVintage.com. Maybe you are just looking for someone to redo a piece of furniture you already own or a tutorial on how to bring a vintage piece back to life yourself well, this is the place. 
Now, if your looking to redo a kitchen or bath and need some ideas or tutorials then maybe you should check out www.RehabbingShacklett.com for a complete home remodel indoors and out. Either way we hope you will follow and enjoy as we DIY our way through life. 
I like to give a big shout out to Haven as well as all the vendors who participated. I thoroughly enjoyed all the knowledge, products and inspiration you all provided.
 Ryobi tools make life so much easier when doing any DIY project!
Did I mention I got to meet Mike Holmes!!!
Kreg the only Jig you'll ever need

I am so excited to use Modern Masters paint to redo all the doors on my house.
Haven was such a wonderful experience. I can't wait to attend next year after applying all I've learned this year. Follow along and don't miss out as I implement all I've learned.

Chat with ya'll later 😊