Sunday, January 29, 2012

What Is It? any ideas?

Hi everyone, I need some opinions on this item.  My mother in law acquired this item probably in the 70's ( not sure where) but hubby remembers her throwing a quilt over it.  It is narrow on the top though and not really a quilt rack I don't think.  I think it is a handmade walker for an elderly person as the middle piece is very smooth as if worn by hands holding it for a long time. The bottom of the legs are rounded and smooth too. It is barely wide enough though for two hands to hold, but it is too tall for a baby walker.  I am not sure what to do with it or how to display it, but it is unique and I like it. Any ideas on what it is and how you would use it in your homes?  It has been in the attic for a long time and it's a shame because it's a neat piece of hand made folk art I feel.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Rainy Day Prim Reads

Happy Friday!  Today was rather a gloomy day.  The temps were in the 50's, but the rain was coming down in buckets.  It was the perfect day for laying on the couch with a few of my favorite prim reads.  I know most of you are probably familiar with these magazines! From left to right- " A Primitive Place, Mercantile Gatherings, A Simple Life and Passion for Primitives.  I love them all for different reasons. All are filled with great room ideas and plenty of prim eye candy, plus great stories!  I just started my subscription to " A Simple Life" and I love it so much that I am trying to acquire all the back issues.  I have had some luck on Ebay and only need 3 more to have them all!  
   Passion for Primitives is a great coffee table book and is filled to the brim with gorgeous pictures.  I am taking my time going through the book because I don't want it to end! I know some of you have noticed my wallpaper that is in the kitchen. I gripe about it all the time and how we are going to paint in here soon. I know my mother in law loved it when she put it up back in the uh...errrr.....70's?  Can you believe it?  It still actually looks good if you like wallpaper.  But I digress...  In the Passion for primitives book, there is a picture of a beautiful prim bedroom with the same wallpaper.  It looks blueish in the picture and my camera lighting, but it is the same paper.  I suddenly am liking it a bit better, ( hey it's good enough for a beautiful book)  but yeah- it's going bye bye and soon! So, if by any chance you have not had the opportunity to enjoy these magazines and book, I recommend them highly! Have a great weekend!
my kitchen below:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hello on a Chilly Sunday Morning!

There is a pot of chili simmering on the stove, the coffee is on and snow has finally made its appearance in our neck of the woods.  We got about 8 inches total from 2 separate snowfalls the past few days. It does look pretty out my back window for sure!
    I don't do a lot of Valentines Day decorating, but I did add a few prim hearts to the trencher on the kitchen table. Today is computer/sewing room closet cleaning day.  I have put off doing this for many months and it is BAD.  One thing about living in an older home is the closets, or lack of them. This one is narrow and deep, with 3 shelves at the very back. I am not even sure what is on those shelves because they are behind everything else.  Maybe there could be treasures! ( I doubt it)  The floor of the closet is covered and deep with candle making supplies, craft material, and heaven only knows what else, so that is the project today. I want to make a batch of candles this week.  Have a great Sunday!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Some Winter Decorating

Hi everyone,  I have been doing a bit of tweaking of displays this week.  After the holidays the house just seemed so blah.  I wanted to go with some simple prim displays for the rest of the winter months. This is what I did on the kitchen bay window. I filled the old dough box with an old trencher, wooden rolling pins and paddles and filled it with some stoneware crocks and a stoneware milk pan.  I added some berries and assorted drieds to one of the crocks and put a few paddles in there amongst them.  I kept my shorebird out, ( he always stays on the window because I adore him). A few crocheted snowflakes on the windows round it out.  The weather has been about the real snow just rain today and a lot of mud.  The animals have been in and out and the floor needs a good mopping, all I see is muddy paw prints,  but that will have to wait till tomorrow. 
One of the biggest culprits!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

What a Difference a Year Makes!

This was the backyard last year at this time! We had over a foot of snow on the ground and icy temperatures.  This year we have had not more than a stray flurry since a weird storm in October and it is already January.  The temperatures have been for the most part in the 40's and 50's.  I keep thinking we are in for a biggie soon, but it just doesn't seem to be in our future ( for the next week anyway).  I guess I should be grateful, but I do love seeing the snow on the ground. I love sitting at the kitchen table and looking out across the river and seeing the Canadian geese with a snowy backdrop.  I love the bright red of the cardinals against the pure white getting their seeds from the feeders.  Hubby and I are thinking about taking a ride out to a an antique/prim shop we have never been to before this weekend.  It's about an hour drive, but since the weather is so favorable, I figure we might as well do it while we can.  I hope you have a great weekend!