I am a lover of all things old. Rusty things, vintage things, broken old things, found things, thrift store buys, anything I remember from my childhood, and things I saw at my Gran's house when I was little. I love using them in old ways as they were intended or sometimes new altered and mosaic ways, as long as they are not thrown away. I am a country living and loving woman. I love Jesus, my husband, my kids, my grandkids, my family, my dogs, my cats and my chickens, ducks, and rabbit. Gardening is my summer love and long summer days in the yard under the shade tree with my sisters and the breeze blowing. Ahhhh. Life is good.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus. Have a wonderful holiday.

Carla Rae

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merry Christmas

I just wanted to pop in to tell everybody Merry Christmas before it gets any more crazy. It has been a hectic year and I plan on working on this blog big time after the first of the year. Big plans are brewing. Oh, and I am now on pinterest too, so come on ever there too. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with love.

I am adding a few pictures of things I am working on which I have on Etsy, but I will see you all in a new way after the new year.

Carla Rae

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cooler Weather

Can you feel fall in the air yet? OK so I am not ready to give summer up completely but I do feel it in the cool morning air. So to remind myself that I am not giving it up I decided to post a few of my summer garden pictures. Happy Gardens to you all.

Impatiens fill an old washtub.

Another old washtub with hosta and yes they will survive the winter like this.

Early summer rust and decor in the garden. I LOVE RUST.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Summer Fades

Summer is fading somewhat here in Western Kentucky. A few cooler nights but still warm days. I am really not a fall or winter person but I am looking forward to a little cooler weather. Today is the last day of August so I guess I better be ready for summers end. lol

Vintage is selling ok for me on Etsy but I am itching to do some handmade crafting using some of the bits and pieces of vintage I have been saving. I am cleaning my craft room and I am WORN out. The piles are slowly going down. At this rate maybe I will see daylight next week. lol

I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and come see me on facebook too.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

It's HOT

This has been one of the hottest summers in a long long time. Or maybe it's just me? No everybody says so. But we have had lots of rain so at least the garden is still thriving. The swimming pool has been used alot and the AC too. I hope you all are gardening even in the heat and remember to buy VINTAGE.
Oh and here are a few pics too.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Where O Where Has Carla Rae Been?

Yes I have been absent from my blog. Please forgive me but IT'S SUMMER. That for me means outdoors and yard time and pool time. So please don't hate me when I forget to post all the time.  Sometimes I just can't fit everything into the day. And when it is nice outside I just can't bear to spend the day indoors on the computer. So to make up here are some more of my garden pictures for now.

Rescued birdbath and reused statue and rocks.

Recycled pieces for a birdbath

Monday, June 20, 2011

Missed Me? New Garden Pictures

beautiful in bloom

Been busy, but here are a few new garden pictures for all my friends. Have a great week. Garden till you drop and enjoy the sunshine.

views of side garden
old tractor seat on a stump
hosta in an old canner pot

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summer Daze & Swimming Pool

It's summer all right. HOT. I have been doing my best the past few days to open our pool but it's a real big job. I am about to have to go shopping instead. Ha Ha.  We went right from spring on into hot summer time and even though I like that I am not into the sweating. Pool chemicals cost a small fortune too. I just can't bear to give the pool up. We have had it since my kids were small and now all but the smallest grandbaby has learned to swim in it. Plus I still really enjoy it too. OK...I will quit complaining about it to everybody and just be thankful we have it.

But it's a JOB. A BIG job.

Friday, May 27, 2011

New Handmade Garden Solar Lights

I have been working on a few new additions for my etsy shop, and here are a few preview pics. I make these from recycled glassware and solar lights like everybody has in their yards. I like the look of the unusual glass sculpture in my yard. Sometimes I make them 2 feet tall or more. Plus when they glow at night the glass reflects the light. Pretty.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Flower Garden Pictures

Roses above the fish pond waterfall.


Hosta growing in a pot.
Tropicana Rose in Bloom

Sedum in the rocks.

A few of my favorite things in my garden this week.
Spring to Summer something new every day.
Can't wait to see what's next.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Views At My House

Birdhouse handmade from vintage scraps.

A few pics of simple things at our house these days.

Glass Plate Flower

Sasha's Flowerbed

Another vintage pieced birdhouse.
Our rooster and his girls

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Never Enough Time in a Day.

I am a bit overwhelmed lately. Seems as if I don't have enough hours in a day to get all I want done finished. Today was a beautiful day and I wanted to spend time outside working on my yard and gardens. My poor flower beds needed some serious weeding. But I still had work I needed to be doing inside too. So I did some of both and not all of either. Now I am worn out and have found a few muscles I had forgotten about. I think my brain is getting mushy I am so tired. So hello for now, tell somebody you love them and I will try to post some new pics quickly in the next few days.

Monday, May 2, 2011


Just a quick note to let you know I am back from vacation, more to come.

Friday, April 22, 2011


OK I am off on vacation for a week so please carry on without me and have a good week. I will be back next weekend and I will see you all then. Remember Jesus loves you.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mowing, Chicken Backup and Roof Cat Fights

OK so today I mowed the yard again. Maybe a few places did not need mowing but a lot of places really needed it. I let the chickens out of the pen today while I mowed because they like to chase around behind the mower and look for bugs I guess. It's kind of funny the way they act. It looks like they are running backup for me. My tomcats had a huge fight last night on top of our shop building of all places. The wisteria arbor is right next to the shop and they go up the posts to the top but a knock down drag out fight on the roof is a first. Cats are STRANGE. Ha Ha. All in all a nice day with lots of beautiful sunshine and a visit with my sisters ("hen party") in the afternoon.

Johnny Jump Ups in a Pot

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

After the Rain Garden Pictures

As I said yesterday I am posting some new garden pictures. It rained and was cloudy but I sometimes think this is a great time to take pictures. As you know I love vintage so you will see lots of vintage rust and junk in my garden and I would not have it any other way.
Heart Rock and Vase Solar Light
Rain Soaked Lilac and Birdbath
Salvaged Birdbath

Put Together Birdbath
Recycled Wheelbarrow

Mosaic Bowling Ball
Baby Tears and Hens & Chicks in a Old Pot

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Treasury At Etsy

Come see my new made treasury at my Carla Rae Vintage on Etsy. I have included things that remind me of my childhood. My Momma was a glamour girl housewife. She was always pretty and always "Momma".

I Believe In Family and Sunshine

Had beautiful days for the past 2 days. Above average temps and plenty of sunshine after a few showers. Had time to work on my yard yesterday and spring is looking up in the garden. We all had a nice visit with family that was here from out of town on Saturday night and that is always great, plus it was so nice we got to sit outside until after dark. I miss my out of town family and wish we could run back and forth more often. I was going to post a few pics this morning but got up to rain so I will hold off till tomorrow and get some fresh spring garden pics to put here. Have a great day. Jesus loves you.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Rain Rain Rain

It has rained all day which makes it seem all the more like a real Monday.  I could do without the storms though. Yesterday one of my etsy items, a set of blue flower mugs, was featured in another etsy sellers treasury which was very flattering.
You can see it here, Etsy Treasury.
I spent the whole morning crafting and then running errands so now is computer time. Do you ever wonder where all the time in a day goes? I think my day slips away and I still have so much I want to do.
And here is my little calico kitten sitting in a flowerpot. What joy country life is.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Been Crafting

Been working on a mixed media collage done on a vintage plate, and I think it turned out pretty good.
To see more pics of this or more go to Carla Rae Vintage on Etsy

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Yuck Cold, Hope My Eggs Don't Bust, & Possum Too

Well it was spring for a week and now it's winter again. I quess it's redbud winter since our trees are blooming. I have left 6 eggs each in two nests in the chicken house since early last week and now it has turned cold and I sure do hope they stay warm enough not to freeze and bust. I have my heart set on new baby chicks.  And on another note, we keep having a possum visitor at night who comes to eat our cat food, but guess what...I opened the door the other morning and guess who was visiting in broad daylight for breakfast. Yep, Mr. Possum... or Miss? It even stayed around long enough for a picture and a few more bites. And while it was eating there were 2 of my cats napping in a chair on the porch not 5 feet from the possum. Here's a pic of Mr/Miss Possum too.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Etsy Work Time

I have been working on my etsy store tonight and I hope it will all be worth it someday. I have a hard time making time to be on the computer when it is so pretty outside like it was today. I just wanted to be outside in the sunshine and the last thing I wanted to do was go inside and get on the computer, so I put it off all day until just a few minutes ago. I hope to do some more tonight if I don't give out. Here is my newest listing.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Sunshine

Today was a beautiful spring day here. Spring is a beautiful season that means a rebirth to the earth and I can just smell the new in the air. I am in love with Spring and all it brings. I am alive again. I sat in the sun with my pant legs rolled up and my sleeves pushed up my arms to my shoulders and I turned my face up to the sun and felt its warmth and I was so happy and so content. God is so good. You may have winters in your life but have no fear... Spring is coming. I have added a picture of a recycled window that I mosaiced that hangs on my porch. The light is so pretty shining thru it. Happy Spring.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Crazy Egg

Ok so ever once in a while we get a really strange looking egg from our laying hens. Now is one of those times. I always get such a kick out of it. I think it is really a very neat thing. And YES I have included pictures. I put one of their regular shaped eggs next to the strange egg. This time it was elongated. Once we had one that looked like it had a waistline tied up in the middle. It has rained ALL DAY, so maybe our hens were not to happy to lay today. I don't blame them.

Ha Ha "The long and short of it"......oh and by the way the background in these pictures is my mosaic coffee table that I made.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Etsy Today, Couponing Tomorrow

Hi all, spent this cold day indoors working on my etsy shop which is at http://www.CarlaRaeVintage.etsy.com/ 
and I  am reworking some of the shop after reading some really good advice on the We Love Vintage Team blog. Etsy is a wonderful group which is helping us newcomers out so much. Love It!!!
And my plans for tomorrow include some extreme couponing. I LOVE saving money and am now involved in the big time couponing movement. Check out
We Use Coupons
and look for me there, I go by username carlarae. Lots of great people there and I have learned so much about how to coupon there. Oh and by the way Extreme Couponing is a new series which will start airing on TLC in April.  I saved $344 in my first month of doing coupons.
Check my spots out, see you there or see you here soon.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Clean Yard, Cold Sunday

We had some nice days this past week, warmer temps and sunshine so I have been cleaning out my flower beds of the winter leaves and dead stuff. The green is starting to show, my easter flowers are up good and today when hubby and I went for a ride I actually saw some blooming...but.. it was cloudy all day and never got over 40 degrees. YUK!!! I am wishing for lots of sunshine tomorrow. And since I am dreaming of a summer garden I am posting a few of my last summer garden pics. COME ON SPRING.

Near my fishpond

Big hostas under the pool deck

Hosta growing in a pot under a shade tree