Friday, July 31, 2009

Great Finds from the Antique Malls

Hello everyone!

Who loves going to Antique Malls? I do! Me me me! I can't get enough of it! Here are some finds I've picked up recently.

1) box made of mahogany, primly painted

2) short dark brown crock

3) red-trimmed white enamel ware cup

4) strawberry baskets

5) old wooden spoons

6) tin molds

If anyone can tell me what this box is for, I'd sure appreciate it! Here is a little-known fact about me. I love wood!!! LOL O.K. I know, I know, but really. This is made of mahogany, a very rich looking wood. Its very well made, dovetailed corners. And if you know mahogany, its heavy, warp-proof and smooth. My husband suggested it was a tissue box holder, but don't those usually have a slit in the top and fit over the box? hmm I will be, of course, using it any ole way I want to.
The possibilities are endless what can be done with these! A little birdie told me I will shortly be inheriting a crock pitcher and a ceramic chicken cookie jar, both items old! I've admired these 2 items every time I go to my mil's and shes thinning down some of her kitchen things right now. Guess who benefits?! Moi! *giggle*

Close-up! Look how perfect those spoons are! I had been cultivating some old spoons. I guess dh decided they looked too yucky to use anymore and threw them out. Took me awhile to notice, but once again, I explained the primitive process to him! Ack! He'll never get it! LOLYou might not be able to see the chippy-ness on the enamel ware cup, but its perfect, too! The molds are perfectly primitive, too! They are old ones. I can make some pin cushions or make-dos.

Isn't this little basket sweet? It looks like a mini laundry basket I used, when I was a girl, to hang out my granny's linens! Couldn't resist this! The wooden spools were a must have, too! I'm beginning to amass quite the collection of old sewies! See the needle packages? Very cool! Of course, when I see old trimmings like crochet lace, I grab it quick! LOL These 3 lengths are so gorgeous!

Check out my long john basket! What a coup! Its darker in person. That is 2 flower picks in it, red and white. I had to stretch up on tippy toes to hang it on the S hook, so the flowers didn't get fluffed. I'm too short! HA! Tall-boy, as I sometimes call my youngest son, was off somewhere and I didn't want to wait for him to get back to get these pics!
Now, to get busy and get my kitchen remodelling done so I can start decorating it up! Then, I'll start on my family room. Pray for my husband... he's gonna need it! bwahahahhaha!!
Cya later!
Mary Jo

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

I've been gone too long, So Sorry Blog Friends!!

Well, Hello Everybody! Remember me?? I've been a wayyyyyy bad blogger! But, I have excuses! Ever feel like drop-kicking your 'puter? Hum! I have! I just haven't had the patience to deal with it! In the midst of remodelling the kitchen, it was the last thing I wanted to do: play nice to my 'puter so it'd do what I wanted! LOL

Anyway! On the sidebar you'll see a slideshow I'd promised you ages ago! Its of some of the pinnies I've made for pinnie swaps in the International Primitive Dollmaker group I belong to. Aren't they all gorgeous!? I made some for myself and some I've made for others in other swaps.

Also, I wanted to show you a couple tablecloths I found while on a brief antiquing trip last weekend. This first beauty with the yellow roses is my favourite!

Here is a closeup of it so you can see the flowers better! Don't you just love it? I have some yellow flowered china that looks great with it!

And here is the blue one! It is incredibly soft! I'm not sure what you call this type, but it reminds me of cut-work embroidery.

See what I mean? Here is a closeup of the pattern.

Baby blue! You can see the honey oak of my antique table underneath!

My passion for tablecloths sees me buying too many, so I'm thinking about posting some for sale. Eeeek! Can I really do that? We'll see! Have a great day everyone! Huggies!

Mary Jo
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Belindy working on her quilt blocks!

Belindy is working on her quilt blocks. She is making a quilt for those nippy fall nights to come. She's always looking ahead! Sitting in front of the fire in her folk art stencil painted rush seat chair, stitching away. She's got a big grin on her face!
Mammys, Belindys, whatever! I love the Prim folk art dolls. Belindy is 32" long and has wool felted hair. Her eyes, nose and mouth are wool felt and stitched on using black crochet thread. Her dress and "unmentionables" are made from homespun I picked up at an antique shop. She's been grungied all over, including her clothes. Her little shawl is 4" wide eyelet lace ruffle that has been tea-stained and adorned with a vintage white pearl button.
Belindy was made from a pattern. Thanks for visiting with Belindy and me! Now we've got to get back to sewing! LOL Bye!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Summer-time Prims from last Summer!

This was on a table last summer in the living room. They say "Summer" to me. The table runner I sewed using a panel from a Debbie Mumm fabric. Its a reversible as you can see, showing in the pic was the other side!
Garden Gathering Annie and her veggies is a Dirty Crow Inn pattern, but the website is now. She also, of course, sells her patterns at PatternMart, too. The fabric for her dress was another vintage fabric find (and no, I'm not telling you where! I'm too greedy!). I just love her little veggies! My friend Heather made a holder like a hammock, hmmm, not sure what they're called! If anyone knows, let me know! It hangs around her Annie's neck she made and carries the veggies. I'd really like to make my Annie 1! Heather's blog is and you can see her Gardening Annie there. I just love how different people using the same pattern can make something so unique to themselves.
Belinda and her Bee Necklace is 1 of the Threadbare Primitives patterns I have. I've been meaning to make the bee critter doll. Mark that on my to-do list! *snicker* I have a real obsession with anything bees!! Which brings me to the bee I made. Can you see it? Its on the handle of the watering can! Can't recall what pattern the bee came from! Hmm! It sure is a cute lil critter, though! Sometimes I find it in places it wasn't placed by me. Like, sayyyyy, the kitchen table! Or on the toaster! Or on a candle! LOL Who knows who is doing this, but the dog, Solomon, and he isn't talkin'!!
My cheese box is full of cone flowers, watermelon chunks, crows and old grasses. These Spring Bowl Fillers are from a pattern by Wilma's Wimzees. Her pattern came from Patternmart; I couldn't find it on her site, She has a blog You should visit her, too! She has this Americana Wall Pocket w/ Eagle for sale on the sidebar and its gorgeous! This is something you can have up year-round! Very nice. Oh, I almost forgot to mention this. I made a bouquet of the coneflowers, ungrungied, and put them in a canning jar. I used paint and painted the inside of the jar, tied some homespun around the top into a bow, and made a tag. What do you think?

Soon I'll be making up some more primitives. You can bet it will include some bees!

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