Monday, October 31, 2011

A Halloween Haunt

My friend Amanda and I have been planning a fun Halloween road trip for several weeks now. A couple of months ago a customer stopped in at Ella Mae's Barn and told me some spine tingling stories of living in this remodeled schoolhouse from the 1800's. Her stories were so intriguing that we wanted to go and check it out for ourselves. She told us that she had lived there while her house was being built behind it and it had been vacant for the past 10 years since she'd moved. It was in foreclosure at the time and the door was always open. Not wanting to trespass-but just to peek in the windows, we traveled to see it for ourselves.

She had experienced a lady and a man several times in the house. She told several stories including the lady laying next to her in bed, all the ornaments on the Christmas tree being off the tree, a bread wreath flying across the room and her visitors(family and friends) seeing the ghosts and vowing never to return. After she moved out, a man rented the building only to stay a few days. When we got there yesterday, we discovered it had been bought the month before-I wonder if the new owners know about the ghosts?

Since we didn't get to experience any ghost , I took Amanda by a few abandoned houses-very sad but spooky!

Down this shaded lane lies a little cemetery named St. Omer. In it is a tombstone with a witch's tale. St. Omer Cemetery is home to an unusual family monument that some say looks like a crystal ball on top a pyre. According to local lore, Caroline Barnes, one of four people buried under the massive stone, was put to death for practicing witchcraft. It is said that no pictures can be taken of her monument, and that it glows on moonless nights. The only evidence for the legend seems to be the gravestone’s dramatic design, the way local citizens grow nervous whenever the story is mentioned, and most strikingly, Caroline’s impossible date of death chiseled in the granite: February 31. The monument also faces north and south, while most headstones are oriented east-west. There is no historical or documentary evidence supporting the notion that Caroline Barnes was accused of witchcraft, but never-the-less, the legend has persisted.
Our spotlight this month is a special one – an issue from the old Legends and Lore of Coles County! Download the entire issue for free, with more details about St. Omer Cemetery, the legend of the witch’s grave, and the nearby ghost town:
Legends and Lore of Coles County Issue Vol 1 Issue 3

Buried Feb 31, 1882

Barnes-4 people buried here

The other side

Lastly, I took my friend to some smaller roadside graveyard out in the county near where we live. There's even one in the middle of a cornfield.

We had a very spooky afternoon and evening -Happy Halloween!

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Carving the Pumpkins

What a great place to carve some pumkins-at the campground~ My nephew was acting like a girl and didn't want to touch the stuff inside

But my oldest niece just stuck her hand right inside and got to work!

My brother in law carving out the design the kids wanted

Two of the three got finished!

Happy Pumpkin Carving!

More Bathroom Inspiration

Still gathering ideas for the bathroom-love this shower A throne fit for a king-ha ha

This is definetely my style-ornate!

Wanting to put a pull-chain toilet in

Another one that looks like a chair

and an ornate toilet

Still looking for ideas!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

More Bathroom Ideas

Friday, October 28, 2011

Antique Bathroom Inspiration

We are finally going to get our bathroom redone!!!!!!!! Our one and only bathroom I have hated for the past 18 years. So in trying to keep with the rest of the house(built in 1850-I know-there was no indoor plumbing!), I've been collecting some ideas for the past few years. Do you know of any good websites out there? Love this shower! Wish I could find one like it!

I'm definetely going to do this one-I just need to decide on what dresser/washstand to use!

Very unusual toilet-but I like it!

My husband would like this one-all enclosed in wood!

This is the perfect solution for a shower/tub combo. We have to have both-I'm a tub girl and of course-he likes showers.

I'll be back with more tomorrow!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Refrigerator Dishes

I've been searching for some of these in pink, but when I found them in this soft aqua color I couldn't pass them up. The big ones missing a lid-but other thatn that-they're in great shape!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ring Holder

One of my hands in my collection-probably to hold rings on a vanity! I'm joining Rednesday at

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

White Scale

I just love these little dolls sitting on a white scale I have in my dining room. The scale is heavy and has prisms hanging off it! I'm joining White Wednesday at

Monday, October 24, 2011

Spider Web Sweater

I bought this sweater several years ago where I work and only wear it once a year. The front is rather plain, but the back.... Can you see it? The outline of a spider web? I've put a few of my spider pins on it to just accent the sweater. One of my favorite things to wear at Halloween! What do you wear that's fun at Halloween?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Headless Man

I haven't felt much into the Halloween holiday this year, but I did drag this coffin out for my friend Rachel's Birthday party. We didn't end up using it-so I thought I would just prop it up next to the garage. Can't believe it's only about a week away from Halloween! I'm joining Spooky Monday at

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall Bonfire

Sitting around the bonfire! My nieces

A beautiful evening! Hope you all are having a great weekend!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Maggie's Halloween Sweater

Well, it's not been a very good day. I was all hooked-up and ready to go camping and then didn't get to go. After laying around for a while, I decided to take my little Maggie Mae to town for a drive and a walk. I haven't felt much in the mood for Halloween this year(which is definetely not me), but thought I should dress Maggie in a sweater. I bought this last year after Halloween and it fit her perfectly. She cheered my day a little.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Antique File Cabinet

My husband's Great grandfather's cabinet. I'm joining Vintage Thingie Thursday at

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


The fields are almost cleared -this is from behind our house looking at the neighbor's farm. My husband still has a little corn to harvest but it's been raining for the last few days and it will have to clear up some. Everything looks so weird for a while with all the crops gone-barren and ready for winter-but I'm not ready yet!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vintage Kitchen Wallpaper

I found this rummaging last Friday(the other rolls on the Shabby Pink Blog-I love that one!). This roll is a little larger and in better shape. Don't know what I'll do with this one. It might be a roll I will sell-can't keep everything! I'm joining Rednesday at And White Wednesday at

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pumpkins in the loft

Yesterday was the last day in the barn for the year so I added just a little touch of halloween with some light up pumpkins in the barn!

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