Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Look Who’s Peeking Out From Under the Chair

Good morning friends!
I have a new friend who has come to live with us.  Sadly,  most of my family think that I am crazy to have brought him home.
And, since everyone has not quite warmed up completely to my new friend, I am keeping him sort of hidden.  Not completely hidden, but not just in their faces quite yet.
I do give my sweet family credit though because they have happily allowed me to make tables out of old doors, hang old windows and old window screens on the walls, use 100 year old ceiling tins for artwork and have pillows that used to hold garden seeds and cow feed on our couches. 
Thanks family for indulging your mama!
So are you wondering who my new friend is?
I would like for you to meet Herley, my new bull…
1st cow
Can you see him back there?
Look closer…
cow 1
Now can you see him better?
Poor Herley has to peek out from underneath this little chair just to be able to look around.
cow 2
You know that I have to tell you why I named him Herley.
His name is Herley because I have two wonderful grandfathers who are both now with the Lord and their names are Herman and Leon.  Cattle were a huge part of both of these men’s lives.  One was a cattle farmer and showed cows and the other was a livestock dealer. 
See why the name fits this bull so well.
Now, I have to tell you where I found Herley.
cow 4
I found him at the Goodwill Outlet in Nashville, Tennessee, in a big bin, just waiting for me to snatch him up.
  I have told you about the GW Outlet before.  There are huge bins all around the store, no racks, no hangers, no shelves, only bins and people.  Lots and lots of people.  Most of these people are wearing big old work gloves because they are going to be digging in these bins that are full of everything you can possibly imagine.  Lots of times there is broken glass, so I guess the gloves are for protection.  I can tell you that I don’t think I will ever be serious enough about my Goodwill digging to wear gloves.  Hmmm…never say never though, right?
cow 5
There you have it, this is where Herley is hanging out for now.  Actually, he is not even hanging,  he is propped against the wall.    Remember that this home is hopefully a temporary home and the family will warm up to him soon and he can come out of hiding just a little bit.
This is what he looks like when he is not hidden under a chair…
cow 7
He was painted in 1981 by a lady named Christa Oaks.  I would love to know why, what I think is a beautiful painting, ended up at Goodwill in Nashville and why someone in her family didn’t want it.
Okay, maybe you don’t think it’s as pretty as I do, but remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder,  and I just see strength and beauty in this picture.
Hopefully my family will warm up to my new friend soon like they have warmed up to all of my other treasures I have brought home lately.
I know my posts are a little scare now, but with my son fixing to graduate from our home school, softball starting up for my two daughters, and keeping up with my new Etsy shop, I am a busy lady.  No busier than all of you, I know, but I am trying to make sure to keep my life balanced.  My little one thinks I have a job now that I have opened my Etsy shop and honestly, she is not very happy about it. 
Got to make everybody happy, you know.  Smile  Mainly, I want to make sure that I stay in God’s will so He will continue to bless what I am doing.
I did go to the flea market this weekend in Nashville and picked up some great things for the shop.  I will be getting them online later on this afternoon if you are interested in taking a look.
EDITED...Etsy shop now updated with some new items!!

Partying over at:
All Thingz Related for her Tuesday party


Al said...

He is too cute! I can see why you brought him home, enjoy :)

Krista@TheGatheringPlaceDesign said...

I like Herly! I love that you rescued someones art out a bin and that it has meaning to you because of your Grandfathers... Very cool:) Good luck with your Etsy shop and all you have going on...such a busy time of year with kids!

Becky C said...

Yep, he's a keeper :) All handsome in his vignette of farmhouse goodies. I really like his name, what a creative one. He does look nice propped up there. I'm sure it won't take long and everyone will want to give him a more prominent spot in the house...maybe.
Can't wait to see more of your goodies. Glad you had fun shopping.
And hey, you are a busy gal, but you do it all very well my friend. Keep up the good work. Talk to you soon

Mandy @ Creekside Creations said...

My dad raised cows in the pastures surrounding our house. Cows were a big part of my life growing up, so I can appreciate Herley!

I'd hate to think my family would drop off something I painted at Goodwill!

Hope things don't get overwhelming for you - it is a busy time of year, for sure!

sissie said...

Hi Amy,
I like Herley, he's got a lot of character!
And, he's perfect in your vingette.

Great find.


Emily said...

I really like Herley...he is quite cute! I think it was a great purchase. Your family is sure to warm up to the idea of having him around.

Blondie's Journal said...

I love it! And I am sure your family will come around!

This Goodwill sounds fabulous!


Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my goodness, Herley is beautiful! What a sweet name, I love cattle, what a great find! I can't believe anyone would get rid of such a painting, lucky you!

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A Vintage Vine said...

Love that painting...so weird someone did not want it!?

Debbie said...

I think he's wonderful and the artist was very talented. He is a wonderful bull and a wonderful piece of folk art. I like sheep and chickens,I'd even like a bull or cow. Keep him and watch GW for a great frame.

Heaven's Walk said...

I'm so glad that Herley has a new home now, Amy! :) It always make you wonder where these treasures came from and why they were given up, doesn't it? The history is all part of the love of repurposing, I think! Well, he is just adorable, anyway....and I think that your family will accept him as time goes by. lol! Hugs!

xoxo laurie

Lou said...

I love Herley! Treasures like this always mean more when you make a connection. The detail like the halter tells me she showed cattle as well. Growing up on a farm, I'm partial to anything I find holstein related, especially if it is old. Hard to pass up. Good find.

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Herley has found a good home. I like the meaning behind his name. I'm sure the family will warm up to him soon :) I think he looks cute in your vignette! I like decorating with unexpected things to add character.
Happy to hear you're still finding great treasures for your Etsy shop, too! I'm sure just the people you meet along the way have been a blessing.
Have a super week, Amy!

Debbie said...

I'm oftten surprised at things that are beautiful, at least to me, that end up at a thrift store. I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder.

I actually like the way you have Herley displayed right now. He looks cute kind of peeking out the way he is.

I do understand the busyness. It's a blessing when it's such GOOD busyness.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

He is a handsome fellow! I can see how you were drawn to him. Love his name, very fitting! Trying to find balance is always hard. Still trying here too :)

A Cottage Muse said...

Love that painting and love the name!
What a great find!
So happy you are having fun with your successful Etsy shop!
Have a great day!!

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

Amy, I love Herley! What a great rescue. ~Blessings~

Jen Kershner said...

I think he's gorgeous but if you can't get your family used to him and he needs a new home...just let me know!

Kolein said...

You are so sweet to take Herley and make him a new home! I LOVE him. And I'm sure your family will love him real soon!!!!

Going to check out your goods!

I haven't been blogging much either.


Pam said...

I think Herley is great! I love how creative you were to even name him! :)

I'm glad you're giving him a new home. Hopefully everyone in your house will come to love him as much as you do.

Have a great night.

Restoration House said...

Luv pics of cows and bulls. Herley is lovely lol.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I LOVE it!!!! I am looking at white cow paintings on Etsy all the time trying to find one that I like. If you ever decide to sell it PLEASE let me know before you put it in your shop. I want first dibs! ;)