Art Prize 2017

We are so excited to be a part of Art Prize 9 this year. Our table is located at  Park Congregational  Church at 10 E Park Place SE. The venue has been so kind to us and it’s been great to meet new people. If you followed us here after seeing our table there, thank you. We want you to know that our entry there is actually looking for a permanent home and therefore is for sale. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing it. We also would like you to know that we are able to build a similar table for you if this one is too big, too dark, too anything. By changing the table top material and keeping our signature tree legs, you can have the table that fits your unique tastes and space. Please contact us if you are interested in exploring that! Again, thank you for visiting!

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goodpasturefarm’s signature table design

IMG_9383IMG_9394Our signature design piece is the tree trunk table with matching benches. The table can be constructed out a range of woods but is shown here in beautiful solid walnut with a debarked live edge and hand rubbed oil finish with a clear low sheen protective sealer. Choice of wood effects the price of the table allowing us to offer this table at prices which match a store’s customer base. Benches can be optional.

The base of the table and benches are our unique tree root design which gives the illusion that the table has grown up out of the ground. The legs are made from 1/4″ plate steel which are also fabricated by a local vendor who we work with closely. All of the feet are adjustable at all contact points for easy leveling.

The table and benches disassembles for transport.

Although the pictures display it in an outdoor setting this is an indoor piece.

DETAILS

Dimensions: Both the table and benches are 8′ long. The table dimensions are: 
37.5ʺW × 96.0ʺD × 30.0ʺH

We are anxious to work with retailers to design a specific product line which matches your customer base. Please contact us for more details.

Little Touches – Not Much Money

I am a thrifty person. Always have been, always will be.  It’s not really that much of a choice anymore, it’s just part of who I am. I can remember when our money was REALLY tight versus just tight and there just wasn’t any extra money to be had. At times it got really frustrating and I would just want something “new”. I would make a trip to the local dollar store or a garage sale and somehow $5.00 spent there on a few new items would help me release the tension and hold me for awhile.

Today, I love the dollar bin (now mostly $1.50 bin) at Michael’s. It can have the same positive effect on my mood. While Christmas shopping this year I saw some great little metal clip on letters at a specialty shop. There were similar to these:letter_e_round_metal_christmas_ornament-rd50c0472a64e46a187a521e4987c9828_x7s2s_8byvr_324

 

but even cuter. They were all metal and had a clip on them so you could fold them over a string or card. I thought they would look great as a banner. They were .90 each which is not much unless you want to buy multiple letters to make several words. So, I passed on them.

Last week at Michael’s I found some fun letters in the $1.50 bin and combined them with black and white twisted string and some small clothespins I had on hand and created my own banner. Including all the materials, I spent about $6.00 and I can change the banner anytime the mood strikes me!

I tied the banner to our metal bed. It looks like this:

Kiss Me

On my next post, I will share the curtain tie backs I made from the “dollar bin”.

 

Walnut & Steel Table Taking Shape

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The dust has landed from our store closing and moving our stock into Lost and Found on Century SW . I have to tell you it feels great to not be a “storekeeper”. It has freed up time to create. The working part of the business is set up in the “barn” with lots of natural lighting flooding in. This week has been warm and sunny and awesome! There is something so refreshing about working outdoors in September.

I have had these slabs of about 2″ thick black walnut for about three years. When we had the store  a lot of people inquired about them, wanting to know if they were for sale or what they were going to become. I know that I told many of you what my plan for them was. Finally. there has been progress. I have a ways to go yet but the project is starting to show some promise. The bark has been removed and the shaping and sanding process has begun.

By working with Shawn at Cutting Edge we have designed and fabricated quarter inch thick steel plate legs which make this table look like it is growing out of the ground or floor on which it stands.  Shawn truly has an amazing talent and I am looking forward to continued collaboration with him.The table and benches are eight feet long. When finished the wood will have that rich walnut character  and the legs will be finished to compliment the wood.  Already wondering who’s space it will live in down the line!

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New Beginnings….

It’s been an interesting and challenging year on the farm and today we find ourselves at the crossroads of change once again. Last September, after about 15 years of being vendors in three different venues in Grand Rapids, we decided to take a leap of faith and open our own store. For the past 10 months we have been operating Vintage on Lake Drive at 1503 Lake Drive SE where we offered our always unique furniture and home accessories. Summarizing a year’s worth of retail experience into one blog entry would be a daunting and unnecessary task. It would be like explaining a roller coaster ride second by second to someone else. They might be willing to listen to it but it would still not really give them the full experience. Besides, if they really wanted to go on a roller coaster ride, they would buy a ticket and go themselves. As the year drew to a close on our lease, we had to make a decision whether to stay or go and for a variety of reasons have chosen to go. Choosing to go is not the same as quitting, however. It just means we have decided to start again in a different way. Our little store will no longer be open it’s regular hours. Our lease doesn’t end until August 31 so we will be in and out bringing closure to that chapter but our regular business hours have ended. In the next few weeks we will be moving our furniture pieces over to Lost and Found at 445 Century SW. We will also continue to be a part of the Vintage Market the second Sunday of each month through September. We will be looking for more markets and art shows to participate in. We love the energy of those venues! We will also be working on our “online presence” which means a lot of new learning for us. As I write this blog the workshop if FULL of great pieces that are ready to be developed and it is exciting to know that closing the store is going to open up a lot of time for the creative process to occur. As we close the Vintage on Lake Drive chapter and return to goodpasturefarm it seems appropriate to at least give you a summary of some of what we learned even if you have never considered riding the roller coaster yourself:

You can do much more than you think you can.

There are some really amazing & wonderful people out there who you will never meet if you don’t mix your life up a bit!

People who own their own stores are some of the bravest people you could ever meet, support them if you can.

It’s okay to admit you don’t really like the way things are going & make a change, that is not failure.

That thing about finding out who your true friends are when you are in tough spot, that’s actually true.

We have amazing and wonderful children all of whom have supported us in their own way.

Without the support of Audrey and Josh Noorman none of this would have been possible for us and we adore them!

So here we go, another new beginning and a brand new day!

Chrissy’s Tables

When we first opened our doors back in October we had a chance to visit with a new friend, Chrissy. She shared her vision with us for a unique table for her living room. Bruce and she talked over her idea and he carefully put together the supplies needed to bring Chrissy’s dream to fruition. She picked that table up a few months ago. Just last week we heard from Chrissy again and she shared her vision for a matching sofa table. I hope she does not mind that we are posting her beautiful tables before she even has them in her home but they are just too great to not share. So, here they are, Chrissy’s tables. How about you? What would you like to design for your home? We can help! IMG_6089 IMG_6091 IMG_6709 IMG_6711

Our store was featured on WZZM during Shop Hop!

On one of our very first days we met Bridget when she bought a lamp from us to put on her new dresser. Last night, Bridget stopped by representing WZZM and filmed an interview with us and took several great shots of our store during the busy Shop Hop. We think we had about 600 people in the store throughout the night. It was awesome!

 

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The Ultimate Cowgirl Accessory – A Dresser and Vanity Set

This set was originally produced by Virginia House furniture most likely in the 1940’s when cowboys ruled the movies. We have paired this already cool retro piece with some rusty tin from a barn in Northern Michigan to give it an updated look. Still fully functional as a dresser and vanity this piece has had metal added to the sides and to the seat of the vanity and a black lacquer finish to the tops of the pieces. Price for the set is $625.00. IMG_5697

We’ve been open on Lake Drive for one month!

It’s beeIMG_5771n a great month and a nice start to our adventure. Only a month in and the store is packed with our great furniture line by goodpasturefarm and so many beautiful wedding items from Sweet Pea Hill. We’ve met so many welcoming neighbors and new friends. We got to hand out candy to trick or treaters for the first time in many, many years. We have run the gamut emotionally from joy to fear and back again. We got to go over and see some old friends at Lost & Found and be reminded what hard work can lead to. As we head into the holiday season, we are excited to see what will happen next. We will start gearing up for Shop Hop and the article about us in the Grand Rapids Magazine. Our biggest goals for the coming months include increasing our internet presence, increase our networking with other professionals, begin building our rental stock and develop a consignment program for our wedding and event business.

Vintage on Lake Drive, Sweet Pea Hill and goodpasturefarm are highlighted in the Rapid Growth Media Article

Development News

Eastown’s Vintage on Lake Drive gives sneak peek before official October opening

When it comes to weddings, Sweet Pea Hill’s Carrie Koster knows first-hand how difficult in can be to achieve the perfect décor.

She’s been in charge of aesthetics for two family weddings in the past two years and says while do-it-yourself decorating is something she enjoys, it can be time consuming and difficult to find those vintage-inspired items currently trending in wedding décor.

“We have done a lot of our own work for those weddings and really enjoyed it, but also saw the challenge of coming up with those items that you would like to style your wedding without having to run all over to every garage sale in town looking for 10 metal water buckets or whatever,” she says.

So Koster has teamed up with her daughter, Audrey Noorman, to focus her 15 years of resale and antique experience into one place: Vintage on Lake Drive, a family-run business. Vintage on Lake Drive will bring together the wedding resale business she and her daughter run, Sweet Pea Hill, with her husband Bruce’s furniture rehab business, Good Pasture Farm.

While Sweet Pea Hill focuses on wedding resale and consignment, her husband’s Good Pasture Farms specializes in up cycling and repurposing of industrial and farm-style furniture. Bruce will also give consultations on custom rehab projects for customers who have an inherited antique item, have purchased an item they want customized, or have an antique they can’t use in its current form. For example, she says, he’s able to take a porcelain stove and turn it into a wet bar.

“Many people are up cycling and repurposing things but there aren’t a whole lot of people you can go to with your dream and say, ‘Can you help me with this?’” she says.

Vintage on Lake Drive briefly opened its doors to customers for walk-throughs only during the recent Eastown Streetfair, but Koster says she doesn’t anticipate opening the 1,100-square-foot space at 1503 Lake Drive officially until the first week of October.

In the meantime, she hopes to receive more funding to purchase additional resale items through the organization Start Garden, which uses an online voting system to invest in area startups. Though voting closes today at noon on Sweet Pea Hill’s online application, she plans on reapplying if she doesn’t get enough endorsements the first time around.

“You want that particular style or you want to create an environment for your events, but you don’t necessarily want to own those things forever,” she says.

Written by Anya Zentmeyer
Images courtesy of Vintage on Lake Drive

Fairy Garden

Summer 2013 008Last summer on goodpasturefarm I created my first ever fairy garden. The inspiration came from a sweet visit to the Amana Colonies in Iowa with my mom and daughter. Having never heard of this type of miniature garden I was fascinated and instantly inspired to create one for myself. The proprietor had a vintage child’s cast iron bathtub for sale which I purchased without much hesitation. But in true frugal farmer style, passed over the opportunity to purchase much in the way of props and furniture thinking I could surely come up with these for much less on my own, and I was right.  I started by filling the bathtub with some mulch purchased for other landscaping projects and then added a good solid layer of potting soil. I filled the garden with small plants purchased at a local shop which was the most expensive part of the project. I chose mostly groundcover plants but also a few taller plants so that I could create the illusion of trees and scrubs. Paths were created using small stones and mulch. An old miniature bird house which had already survived several summers here in Michigan became a cottage. I love to thrift shop and over the summer found some great accessory pieces to complete the garden including a miniature bird bath, leprechaun and angels. A lantern style solar light was used as a street light. Late summer trips to flea markets and garage sales netted me a porch swing on which my fairies could swing. It was an enjoyable project and grew lush and more beautiful throughout the summer. On those deliciously warm summer nights I was able to enjoy this new little world late into the evening thanks to that light. Fall found me wondering if there was a place inside the house where my fairies might pass the long, dark winter months and although I would have loved to save it, that was not practical. So a beautiful pink begonia given to me on Mother’s Day came in and the fairies stayed outside. I am looking forward to Spring and the time when I can again create this little world in a bathtub! Next year’s garden will most certainly look a little bit different but will still be a most peaceful place for the forest folk to live.

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Fall on the Farm

We don’t give up on summer very easily here on the farm. Summer is always a favorite around here because he it means hours and hours each day of sunlight in which to work and create and have fun. But there is no denying that fall is coming. The walnut tree is raining down it’s leaves and there is rustle when you open the backdoor of leaves that have given up this season on the maple tree. We have added some great pieces to the inventory this past month or so and are starting to dream of the projects we will do in our cozy shop on long winter nights.

Work in progress…….organizing station

It was a bright and sunny March day and we were able to work outside. Started on this great organizational piece. Supported by a pair of iron sewing machine legs this unit will be six feet long when done and have 12 cubbies. Will make a nice companion piece to the Clerk’s Station. As we work we wonder who’s home or office it will go to and how it will be used…..

Repurposed Warehouse Clerk’s Organizer

In every warehouse during the industrial age, there was always a place for the clerk to keep track of the workings of the factory to maximize efficiency. Your home or office is really no different today. Using a antique china cabinet and adding metal dividers and grids along with an old solid oak door, we have created the utilmate organizing station for you. The top has a metal grid in three sections where you can use magnets or hooks to post important memos, calendars and notes. There is a fully functional drawer for hidden storage and then 9 cubbies for viewable storage. Great for the home or an office setting! Priced at $425.00. This item has been sold!