Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Happy 4th of July from Campagne Maison

Bonjour and Happy 4th of July from
Campagne Maison.....
Family fun and festivities have begun as the first of our family arrived yesterday to begin our 2nd Annual 4th of July Gillentine Family Reunion at the farm this weekend.
Hope everyone is having a great week and wishing all a very happy 4th of July.
Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit today. We love having company!
Au Revoir

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Paul the "Trophy Man"

Bonjour from Campagne Maison,

My Tennessee nephew introduced us to it at our family reunion last year and it was more fun than a barrel of monkeys! Please tell me that I am not the only person that has never heard of the game!

Cornhole or Corntoss, however you want to say it, is the official game of the state of Kentucky. The annual World Championship of Cornhole is held in South Webster, Ohio. There is an official website, http://www.cornhole.com/ and an official store. Cornhole enthusiast’s custom design their game boards and bags and many carry the game on into the night by “lighting up their hole” with the addition of “bag-o-Lanterns, available through http://www.bag-o-lantern.com/. As you can see, some folks get “serious” about the game--including all us new Arkansas converts. That is how I met Paul, the Trophy Man.

In order to stimulate a little more fun at our family reunion, a couple of us decided to begin our own annual Corntoss Competition complete with a trophy and ribbon awards. I “googled” and met Paul, the Trophy Man. He gave me insight into the game, suggested several trophy options, and fashioned this beautiful trophy.

If you should ever need a trophy, please give Paul a call at 606-784-2191 or visit him online at http://www.trophiesnow.com/
His ideas are limitless and he provides fast service and produces excellent workmanship. I can’t say enough about how he worked with me to ensure that this trophy was perfect for our needs. Someone in my family is certainly going to happy to obtain “braggin’rights” to this beauty. Talk about a conversation starter!!

Thank you Paul for all that you did to educate me on the game too! It was so much fun talking with you. You will always be my "Trophy Man".

You can also find out more about the game, at http://www.cornhole.com/ , visit their store, purchase apparel and accessories, and obtain free board building plans and Cornhole Rules.

Listen up family….. "GAME IS ON" …....

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit today. We just love having company.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Throwing the Bouquet

"Throwing the bouquet"

Today my husband and I celebrate our 42nd Wedding Anniversary!

I know. I was a child bride--married at age 16. He was 21 ½. It was June 16, 1967.

My mother and my sister, Patricia, made all the wedding plans--every detail from the dress, to the flowers, to the reception. I kept my promise to my family to finish high school.

My husband likes to tell the story of how "when he first saw me he told his friend that I was the girl that he was gonna marry. He says "it was love at first sight". He had a motorcycle and I had a thing for older guys that had motorcycles. He asked me if I would like to take a ride with him and I've been riding ever since. It was the 60's. It was the best of times!

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse to visit today. We just love having company!

Au revoir,

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Bonjour from Campagne Maison
A.W.O.L. ...well, not exactly. I haven’t skipped the country for a little R&R…I’m still BUSY. I had a list of unfinished projects that I wanted to complete before our annual 4th of July reunion. The problem is, one finished project seems to lead to another “unfinished” project, so I can’t find a stopping point.

* Braving the elements of heat/rain/humidity, I have finished two flowerbeds--more on that story later
*Have completed construction of bed canopy for my Hyde Park crocheted cover—more on that story later
* Ordered the Corntoss trophy for our championship tournament--more on that story later
* Got all the supplies for the cupcakes and my mother’s Birthday Cake for the 4th--more on that story later
* Taken down my laundry room/office blinds and washed them AND the windows
* Found out I won another Pay It Forward gift—yippee--more on that story later
* Had 2 new visitors to Campagne Maison—double yippee—adding them to my list of faves

And a thousand other things that I cannot remember as of now…It is not that I am at a loss of words...it is that I am at a loss for TIME!

Today it is a shopping trip to Lowe’s to pick out some floor tile. See--one thing leads to another. And, the DH just put in his order for a Red Velvet cake! It’s all in a day’s work here at Campagne Maison.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today. We love having company!

Au revoir,

Thursday, June 4, 2009

"Too Many Irons in the Fire"

Bonjour from Campagne Maison

I am trying to finish up a few of the MANY projects that I am working on, so I have been away from my blog this week. As my mother would say, "Jacque...you've got too many irons in the fire" and like all mothers, she would be RIGHT!

Hope everyone is having a pleasant week! Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit. We love having company.

Au revoir,

Monday, June 1, 2009

A Pair of Kings

Bonjour from Campagne Maison

This is just one of the MANY projects that I have been working on lately. I will eventually attach some trim to the bottom of the covers but with 3 kittens in the house that are in that “overactive curious stage”, that would be a rather silly thing for me to do right now.

These chair back covers were made from the toile and duck material I purchased a couple weeks ago. The addition of a simple crown motif and a few jewels (well, an assortment of odd buttons), was all it took to “frou-frou” up the cold vinyl. They are easily slipped on and off for laundering. They are two sided so I have several placement options. I prefer both crowns on the back so the buttons are always visible.

I have also completed my “Wall of Frames”. That project took me longer than I originally thought! As a grandmother, it is just too difficult to edit your “granchillin’s” pictures. I found myself having to separate special occasions, i.e. birthday, Christmas, Halloween, Easter, etc. etc. etc. Now I will have to edit those or either just give up and cover the entire walls with pictures—hummm… NOW there’s an idea!

With all the rain the past couple of months, yard work has taken a back seat to other projects. At the rate I am progressing, maybe they will be ready for the fall planting season. I am still digging the flower gardens at the front entrance to the house. I haven’t found any more Ike dollar coins but did find a white bobby pin that I thought to be quite interesting. It appeared to be fairly new.

Hopefully, by the end of this week a few more remodeling projects will be put to bed.

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse today. We love company!

Au revoir,