I know I already made one lengthy post this morning but I just have to make another one.
Back in January on one of those online yard sale sites on Facebook someone posted that they had a large old trencher bowl for sale in perfect condition. She was offering it at a good price. She did not post a photo but said you could see the bowl if you looked at her Facebook photos. I went through all her Facebook photos & saw only 1 picture of 1 trencher bowl & it was breathtaking. The wood was a rich brown color & it shone like the sun. I saw no cracks, no chips, etc. I immediately wrote to her & said I was interested in it. I also asked her what I thought was probably a dumb questions ... is the trencher you are selling the one you have pictured in the photo with the green trunk? When she responded she didn't answer my question so I figured she thought it was dumb too since again that's the only photo she had in her albums of a trencher.
Apparently I was the first person who actually said "I want the trencher" & so it was mine. The thing is, she was living in the mountains of West Virginia & I was living here in central Kentucky. I checked on Mapquest & found it would be about a 6 hour drive from here to her house. In January. Through the mountains. And back again. I thought "no problem" ... especially since she mentioned that she was downsizing & getting rid of a lot of other primitive things. I was giddy fantasizing about the van load of wonderful prims I would be bringing home.
John insisted on coming with me & driving which of course was fine. We got up early & drove the 6 hours to her home which was way back in the country & rather difficult to get to but we made it on time. I knocked at the door. No answer. Cars were in the driveway & I could hear voices inside. I knocked again ... no answer. I then tried the door which was unlocked. I opened it a crack & called out "hello?" Then a little girl came to the door to let me in.
As I walked from the entryway through the kitchen & into the dining/family room I was in awe of all the wonderful prims this woman had & wondering just which ones she wanted to part with! She came to greet me & we talked for a while & then she said "Here's your trencher!" I looked at it & my heart sank. I thought "that's not the trencher I saw in the picture." It was not a rich brown color at all. It did not shine like the sun. It was, in fact, pretty beat up. However, I didn't make waves. I figured (1) if I walk out of this house without a trencher after driving all the way here & back to get it John won't be happy, & (2) she has all these other wonderful prims that she won't sell to me if I make a fuss. Turns out she didn't have much to sell at all. All the wonderful things I saw she was keeping. What she was parting with was a few old jars (nothing special), some old candy tins (not prim), a couple old kitchen utensils, & a broken trunk. She acted as though they were special treasures. Talk about disappointment.
She was going on & on about how she could've sold 10 of these trenchers if she had them. She told me to take good care of it by rubbing it down with vegetable oil every couple months.
I decided I was happy to have the trencher anyway, beat up or not. I posted a photo of it on the Country Sampler forum & mentioned her instructions to wipe it down with vegetable oil. I immediately got a comment to my post saying no-no-no! Don't use vegetable oil! It builds up on the wood & isn't good for it at all. This person told me to scrub the trencher with a good dish soap (like Dawn) to remove as much of the vegetable oil as possible, put the trencher in the sun to dry thoroughly, & then rub it down with mineral oil.
Here it is, 5 months later, & today I decided (while the landscapers are here) to scrub the trencher. I literally scrubbed it over & over & over again with rough sponges, hot water & Dawn. I even used an old hairbrush to scrub away at it. The sponges were turning black time & time again. The hairbrush was chipping away at the oil build up. It was disgusting. I scrubbed away for 2 hours & just couldn't scrub anymore even though my sponges & drying rags were still turning black in some places. I will go at it again another day. It reminded me of scrubbing the kitchen cabinets when we moved into this house. The woman who lived here literally did not clean anything for the entire 2-1/2 years she lived here. I ended up having to use a single edge razor blade to scrape the grease off all the cabinets in order to wash them down. Can't do that with the trencher : (
So the moral of the story is (1) Don't buy something if it's not what you were led to believe it was ... even if you drive 6 hours there to get it & 6 hours back home again, & (2) Never, ever, ever wipe down wood with vegetable oil.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
I know I already made one lengthy post this morning but I just have to make another one.
Posted by Shirlee at 4:03 PM
As promised, here are photos of the goodies I brought home on Monday. Please forgive my photography ... sometimes it works but sometimes it doesn't : (
The first store I visited was the big junk shop over in the next town. I didn't find anything I hoped to find there but I did find some things of interest. These first 3 photos show an old oak chair I bought to use with my treadle sewing machine. I had been using a dining table chair so the table looked rather odd without it : ) Please take a look at the second & third photos & tell me if you've ever seen a chair with this type of metalwork. There were 2 of these chairs at the store & both had this same metalwork. It wasn't added afterward to shore up the chair because as you see in the third photo the outer corners of the legs have one of these metal pieces coming through it from the bottom of the chair, corner to corner, & then it's sort of bent down to follow the lines of the corner. The big screw in the center of the metalwork looks as if it was used to tighten & pull this corner metalwork in toward the center. ???
These are the other goodies I bought at the junk store ... a grey graniteware pan, an old sifter which I am planning to use in a crafting project, & an old child's snow shovel. The cobalt glass canisters are a birthday gift for my favorite aunt : )
I really liked this little prim fence & thought it would look nice maybe somewhere in the foundation garden or even in my butterfly garden.
I've been looking for a nice big enamel wash basin to hang in my bathroom. This one would've been perfect except the bottom side is really in bad shape. I decided to get it anyway to use outside as a planter. There's another old sifter for an intended craft project, a nice little crock, a cookie cutter, 2 small gray graniteware bowls for craft projects, & hooray! A watering can! Someone (sorry, I can't remember who) just posted a bunch of photos the other day of all her watering cans & I jokingly commented that I have been looking for them & haven't found any & now I know why ... she's bought them all! Well, she didn't get this one ... lol!
I really thought this picture was nice. It reads "Happy moments ... priase God. Difficult moments ... seek God. Quiet moments ... worship God. Painful moments ... trust God. Every moment ... thank God." I thought it was such a nice picture & such a beautiful sentiment. The print is by Donna Atkins. Just what I needed ... another picture. You'll see why in a bit : )
These items were really neat. The stitchery on the left reads "Remember me" on the top but it got cut off in the photo. Next is an old child's metal cake pan with a blackened beeswax "cake" inside. I fell in love with the old scoop made out to be like a little shelf with the prim black cat & mini gourd on it. The pipberry ring I bought to put around the candle I showed you all the other day. Unfortunately it hides about half the candle ... lol! If I use it for that purpose I'll have to put something under the candle to raise it a bit : )
I'm really a sucker for trees. I walked in the door & saw this primitive patriotic tree & asked "is this for sale?" Becky, the owner, said "you want the whole tree?" & I said "yes" so she gave me a good price : ) Unfortunately on the way home it got a bit roughed up so I took it all apart & re-did it. I'll leave it up for the rest of the summer. Now I'm thinking I'll have to make or find me a fall tree : )
I was really excited to see this old push mower!!! The Americana banner was hanging on it & I figured I'd take that too ... something to decorate the mower for the season : )
Posted by Shirlee at 11:03 AM
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Before I post anything else, I want to thank everyone who made such kind comments about my quilts. I really appreciate them : )
I'm barely making this post under the wire! Seems one Wednesday passes & another one is here before I know it. I can't believe I've been
starving myself eating a healthy diet (with very limited choices) for 6 weeks already! I dropped 3-1/2 pounds this past week. I must admit that once in a while I feel kind of tired of eating the same stuff all the time. I don't really crave anything in particular but I sure wish I could eat some of my favorite things. Nothing "crazy" like chips or cakes or pies or candy or ice cream ... just wonderfully delicious things like cheese, rice, Italian food, perogies, meatloaf, a sandwich, etc. I tell myself to be patient ... it's not like I can never eat these things again but sometimes the end of this diet seems awfully far away.
On Monday I mentioned maybe going to this huge junk place over in the next town. I did. John really didn't feel like going out so I was on my own. I decided to not only go there but to check out the local peddlers mall & my favorite prim shop as well. First I went & picked up my revised bifocals. As soon as I put them on I told the owner of the shop that I couldn't see very well at all. Once again I'm having that bowing effect when I look at the computer or try to read a book. I can't really see much of anything clearly out of them. I feel like I'm looking through someone else's glasses. They are worse than the first pair I had! The owner said to wear them for a week ... I should get used to them by then. I've tried wearing them for 2 days now but something has got to be terribly wrong here. I mean, I should see something clearly, shouldn't I? She's telling me I'll probably have to bend my head at different angles to look at different things or move my glasses up & down my nose to find good angles when I view different things. I told her I would wear them for a week but if I didn't see an improvement I was bringing them back to exchange them for a pair of readers. She said that she would give me readers if I couldn't wear them after a week. Anyway, I did go to those shops & found some goodies! I'll post some photos tomorrow. I also found out at the last shop I visited that there were several other shops I could've checked out near the first one I had visited so I'm planning to make a trip to those in the not-too-distant future : )
John & I had to go to Louisville today & when we came home there was a message on the answering machine from the landscaper saying he & his guys will be here tomorrow morning to edge, plant, put down some mulch, & then they'll have to come back with more mulch at another time. I asked what happened to pretreating the soil like he had mentioned doing & he said that it would take too long to do that. He was also supposed to replace our bad dirt with some good topsoil. From the way it sounds they're going to come here, edge the beds, then dig holes & plant things amongst the grass & weeds & then pack mulch around everything. When he mulched around our trees & bushes he said that he didn't have to remove the grass & weeds around them because covering it with the mulch would make it die. I wonder what I've gotten myself into here. I'm also wondering what he's planning to plant! I know we talked about certain bushes for out front but in back there's going to be a perennial garden & we have no idea which perennials we want to plant. Hopefully he isn't just bringing a bunch from his nursery to put there. Tomorrow should be an interesting day.
Posted by Shirlee at 10:30 PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Misi's display chain today focuses on quilts ... anything quilts.
My love affair with quilts began when I was a child. No one in my family made quilts & I am guessing that my love for them came from seeing them in picture books. To me a quilt represents love, comfort, & home.
I made my first quilt in 1990 when we were living in Tennessee. I went to a quilt shop in a small town & saw that they were offering a beginners quilting class. I immediately signed up & picked my fabrics ... a horrid 90's color palate of white, pink, & blue calico. I remember the ladies at the store were busy with another customer that day. I assume she was "somebody" because they couldn't do enough to help her out. Finally one of them came over to me & grudgingly took my bolts of fabric, cut the necessary yardage & signed me up for the class. On the first day of class I sat at a table in a small room. There were about a dozen of us in the class each with our own little table. The instructor then taught us how to make templates from cardboard, trace around them, & cut them out. She then said it was time to sew them together. I expected her to lead us to another room filled with sewing machines for our use, but as I looked around the room I saw all the other ladies threading their needles & beginning to stitch their pieces by hand! Hand piecing! Hand piecing a queen size sampler quilt! Everyone got a good laugh when they found out I thought we were using machines. The instructor said "A quilt isn't a quilt unless it's hand pieced." I didn't agree with that but I had paid my money so went about hand piecing my top. I missed the last 2 classes because I ended up in the hospital with a blood clot in my leg but I did finish my quilt top. I had not realized the class did not follow through with actually quilting the quilt ... just making the top. I didn't like the way the top turned out (really hated those colors together) so I held onto the top for a few years & then sold it to someone for $90. She eventually sent it away to have it machine quilted & was quite happy with it.
I never took another quilt class but I did amass a great many books & watched a lot of quilting shows on TV so basically learned to piece a quilt on a machine on my own. I've made quite a few over the years & I hope you will enjoy looking at the photos.
This quilt is the first one I made by machine. The pattern is called Mock Log Cabin. I hand quilted it. It is made from all the fabrics my husband bought me one Christmas. First you will see a picture of me with all the fabrics, then a picture of the finished quilt : )
Posted by Shirlee at 9:27 AM
Monday, June 27, 2011
Apparently God does not want me to mow. I was all set to go on Friday but the winds were so strong that it made it impossible for me to do the mowing because the clippings would've been blowing back at me most of the time. On Saturday I got on my mowing clothes, revved up my iPod & went out to the garage to get on the mower & found it had a flat tire. Who knew how difficult it would be to figure out how to fix it. By the time we searched the manual (no help at all), called the extended protection plan line (no help), called the Husqvarna help line (not open on weekends), called Lowes (no idea what to do but they would try to find out & yes, they did sell replacement tires), then went to Lowes to buy a new tire & get second-hand information on how to remove & replace the blown one, then came back home, & then sat for I don't know how long trying to follow their directions which were not as cut & dried as they sounded & resulted in 2 more phone calls to the store & quite a gash in John's finger ... it was too late to start mowing so we did some planting & weeding instead. Yesterday morning I woke up at 6 a.m. to lightning, thunder, & quite a downpour so that ended any chance of mowing ... & this morning I'm sitting here reading the blogs that I follow & suddenly I could barely see the end of the driveway because the rain was pouring down so hard. It has stopped now but I can hear thunder approaching. Okay Lord ... I'll hold off on the mowing & go clean the upstairs bathroom instead : )
I am somewhat proud of myself. As I have mentioned, probably too many times, my husband & I were not sure when we moved here that we were going to stay & therefore we have a lot (A LOT) of moving boxes still packed & stuck here & there waiting for us to make a decision. The thought was "why unpack them & then turn around & have to pack them again?" The move here was so excruciatingly painful in so many ways that there is still a part of me that can not/will not say "we have decided to stay." We haven't really made that decision but I kind of think the decision is being made for us? I'm sort of thinking that we may as well settle in & make ourselves at home & then if 6 months from now we decide to move then so be it. This thought just came to me within the past 2 months or so & therefore I kind of don't know what to do with it ... lol! Anyway, I was doing some more decluttering of my craft room upstairs yesterday in preparation for the treadmill to be set up. I took some unwanted/unnecessary things out to the garage (which sort of looks like Fibber McGee's closet even though I spent a couple days cleaning it last month) & then went to the hall closet where I have boxes of heaven knows what stored although I knew exactly what the 3 tall skinny boxes held. Two of them held hearth brooms (which I bought to place near the fireplace in our next house ... always looking ahead, that's me) & the other held a candle thing that I bought 2-1/2 years ago when we were looking around to move to what turned out to be this house. I opened the 2 boxes that held the hearth brooms & of course it was like Christmas since I had forgotten what they looked like ... & it was especially exciting because one of them held 2 brooms! I had totally forgotten that I had purchased a whisk broom along with one of the hearth brooms! Then I opened the box with the candle thing. It has a metal hanging thing (the way I describe stuff is awe-inspiring, isn't it ... lol!) that you hang over a cupboard door & then you place this hand painted grubby battery operated candle on it. Well, I don't have any cupboard doors to hang it on so I have kind of balanced it on the side of my kitchen cabinets which doesn't really look all that great but I had to put it somewhere. It probably needs some kind of pipberry thingie for the candle to sit on & I probably need to either move it to another area or get that little shutter off the wall that is next to it. What do you think? (Please overlook the mess that is visible here & there.)
It's stopped raining now. Maybe this is it & the ground will dry up enough to do some more planting later. I really don't feel like going upstairs to clean that bathroom but it won't take very long ... & then maybe I'll talk myself into going to this huge junk place that is over in the next town, not too far from here. I've only been there once before but it's like 2 or 3 huge buildings all together filled with old beat up rusty stuff. Be still my heart ... lol! Just what I need to do ... go out & bring home more stuff to try to find a place for : ) If I go & get anything, I'll post about it here : )
Have a wonderful blessed day! Thanks for stopping by ... I always appreciate your visits & comments : )
Posted by Shirlee at 10:11 AM
Sunday, June 26, 2011
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Saturday, June 25, 2011
I am wondering if it is possible to key in something somewhere that I'm interested in & have a list of blogs centering around that particular interest be displayed? I would love to find some blog friends who enjoy making items from beeswax, other wax crafts, making braided rugs from wool, etc.
Since I didn't get out to mow yesterday I will be doing it today. Whereas yesterday we had major winds that prevented me from mowing it looks as though there isn't a bit of wind at all today. Not good for the heat factor but good for mowing. Perhaps the landscapers will show up today & do some work. I hope so. They are taking their good old time doing anything. How long has it been now since I contracted with them to do this work? Seems like it's been at least 2 weeks. The foundation hasn't even been touched. One of them came one day & put some mulch around about 2/3 of our trees & bushes & needs to come back to finish the rest. On another day he came & moved a small Japanese maple to the back of our property & in its place planted a blue spruce. That's been the extent of it. I must say that I'm getting a bit annoyed, especially since we have those huge willow bushes that are starting to overgrow their second repotting. If the landscapers don't show up this weekend I'll have to call on Monday & see what's going on. They had informed me that after they edge the beds around the foundation they will need to pretreat them & then wait 10 days until they can plant anything in them. At the rate they are going it will be October before it all gets done!
Last night I worked some more upstairs trying to make a space for the treadmill & trying to put boxes & things in a semblance of order. It feels like a losing game. I need a LOT of space for the treadmill so it pretty much overshadows the entire room. This is the room that is supposed to be my craft room. I had envisioned building cabinets along one side of the wall, having a table in the center for me to work on ... a nice primitive space. Alas, that's not going to happen. There's nowhere else to put the treadmill so I'm stuck. As I moved boxes & tried to find more space in closets to put things it really saddened me. I've mentioned before that when we moved into this house things were so bad that we wanted to sell it & leave right away. We have never "settled in" because the thought has always been that we are going to leave. Now we aren't so sure. I've never unpacked a lot of moving boxes, most of which have my crafting things, prim decor, etc. I picked up a box to move last night that was not sealed & saw it was something I bought months ago ... actually several things like prim ditty bags filled with Sweet Annie, prim wax-dipped battery candles, prim dolls, cupboard tucks, etc. How sad to have them hiding in boxes but such is life right now.
I'm sorry ... this is really bordering on a downer post, isn't it! Sorry ... my ponderings have run amuck ... lol! JOY! Gotta remember my blog friend Trace's quest for JOY! Okay ... what JOY can I find in all this stuff I've been rambling on about? I guess that would be that come October I should have a pretty nice looking foundation ... lol! And one of these days I will experience an overload of JOY when I get to unpack all these boxes & find all the goodies that are inside of them : )
I wish you a very blessed day filled with accomplishment &, of course, JOY! Thanks so much for stopping by ... I always appreciate your visits : )
Posted by Shirlee at 8:50 AM
Friday, June 24, 2011
I have this old walking wheel & really have no room for it. It's from the mid to late 1800s. It's not in the best condition ... the wood is dry & faded & there is a bit of cracking/splitting in some places, the front (back?) leg needs a little shim to make it stay put (I have the shim), & there is a part missing (I believe it's the spindle). I live in central Kentucky so you'd have to come get it ... but I am planning to make a little jaunt to Indiana in another week or two & will be heading to Pennsylvania sometime in September I think so I could always deliver it or meet you somewhere if you live in one of those places or along the way.
I never put it together when I brought it home last year but I took a photo anyway so you'd have an idea what it looks like. I never bothered to put on the front (back?) leg but you can see it there on the right windowsill : )
Posted by Shirlee at 9:36 PM
I woke up this morning to a very cloudy sky. It certainly looked as though the rain was going to start pouring down at any moment. I was thinking to myself "Oh boy ... another lazy day!" (I know ... shame on me ... lol!) However, after getting up, making myself a cup of Hot Cinnamon Sunset tea, & sitting down at the computer to check Weather.com, I got the "bad news" that it's just going to be cloudy today ... no chance of rain in sight ... so it looks like I'll be taking care of the mowing instead of lazing around daydreaming about all the things I'd like to do but doing nothing : ) I really don't mind mowing. It's nice to be out on the mower all by myself ... just looking at the sky & the clouds & all the things growing here & there, watching the birds swoop down to the newly mown areas to see what goodies have been unearthed for them to eat ... marveling at the work of God's hands. It's a good time to think & to pray. I just wanted to be lazy today ... lol!
Posted by Shirlee at 9:39 AM
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Heather over at BitterSweetAndPrim is having a surprise giveaway which ends on July 14th!
Posted by Shirlee at 8:57 AM
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I'm getting a late start on my blog today. John & I had to run a few errands this morning & time just got away from me.
I am pleased to report that my weight loss amounted to 5 pounds this past week! What's even more surprising to me is I am completing week #5 of my diet today! I thought it was week #6! In total thus far I have lost 30-1/2 pounds! Once again I don't really look any different but my clothes are looser (not so loose that I have to go down a size though) & I feel better. I had to laugh while standing in the checkout line at Walmart this morning. You know how they have those tabloid papers on display as you stand in line. The headlines are sure good for a laugh sometimes. Anyway, I actually reached over & took one of the magazines out of the display because it showed a picture of a celebrity wearing a bikini & the caption read "(celebrity's name) Sheds 30 Pounds!" I showed it to John & said "Look at this! I've lost 30 pounds & I don't look like this!" He very thoughtfully said "Oh honey, you know how they airbrush the photos in those magazines!" Yep ... he's a keeper : )
I've been spending the past couple days cleaning the house & straightening it up a bit. I also did some planting & yard work yesterday for a few hours because the predicted rain passed us by. It doesn't look like much but I did get my other 3 bittersweets planted so I now have a group of 5 ...
Posted by Shirlee at 5:33 PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
This is my first time joining in on the display chain although I always check out the postings when Misi does one of these : )
This one & only photo I am sharing was taken of me & my husband back in November 2008.
Posted by Shirlee at 8:12 PM
Sunday, June 19, 2011
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Saturday, June 18, 2011
Robin at The Primitive Hutch is giving away a beautiful handmade doll, a Blue MooN begiNNiNgs Design, to celebrate her 1-year blog anniversary which was on the 16th & also her birthday which was on the 17th! Congratulations & best wishes Robin!!!
Posted by Shirlee at 9:39 AM
Friday, June 17, 2011
Terri at Thistle House Primitives is having her first giveaway & it's a wonderful patriotic penny rug! I really admire people who can make penny rugs. I'm a total washout at it. Head on over to visit her blog & to enter to win this fabulous penny rug ... but hurry! The giveaway closes at midnight, June 18 : )
Posted by Shirlee at 7:09 PM
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Worked hard on the butterfly garden today. I can't say I'm totally pleased with it yet. I really don't like how the zinnias look there. My plan is to remove them, put them in a smaller garden near the walkway, & replace them with a perennial ... a Black-Eyed Susan perhaps?
Posted by Shirlee at 9:03 PM