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Simple Ramblings From A Prim Cottage

Monday, February 28, 2011

Busy Weekend and yes I'm a little nuts!

Good monday! It's pouring down rain here today so a perfect day to rest a bit after a super busy weekend...This is a long and picture filled post so you might want to grab a warm cup of tea and enjoy the visit.Thursday I saw a sign while out running errands.So friday morning I was out the door at 6:40 am on my way to a Garage Sale.Yes I'm nuts I know especially since there was snow still on the ground and it was pouring rain,cold and still slightly dark..... Here's a pic through the truck window so you can see the rain....
It showed promise and I was excited but it was a let down all tools.I did buy a metal feed scoop but that was it.....So later that day hubby took me to the antique mall I spent .50 there nothing that caught me....Saturday I decided to surprise dad and go to his auction..He had already picked out a neat unusual nutmeg grinder he planned to buy me..He showed it to me and of course I loved it so he gave it to me later that day....You lift the wood knob,the nutmeg goes in the hole and the grinder slides back and forth.It's dated 1886 He also bought me a slice of Yummy cherry cream pie the church ladies made...
I usually stay out back for the box lots.That's were my dad is, then when the box lots are over I go out to the front room and hubby stays out back to bid on the other stuff..My friend Cathy was there so we hung out at the front of the room so we could see what was going on.Let me tell you it was nice to have someone to chat with through all the boring glassware....There was a few things we both wanted but if I just wanted it to resell I left her bid and she did the same for me..Hubby got mad a few times he thought I was being cheap and letting things I wanted go.Which sometimes I am cheap.He couldn't understand why if I wanted a firkin and it was only $35 why I didn't get it.Especially since I know what things are worth.I explained I didn't need it since I already had 5 at home and I was saving my money for things I really wanted.He doesn't realize how things add up.I did get the main thing I wanted a old wood dough riser box which I don't have a pic for yet but will post in a few days..We ended up buying alot of stuff mostly stuff to sell at fleamarket over the summer but a few things for us too.Here are a some of the things.....Antique Farmer Picture.He's a little spooky to me.I like babies but the old frame is nice...Hubby bought him he liked it.
Worn old suitcase...
Tin tea biscuit box with advertising,wood cigar box with nice litho,antique apothecary bottle with hometown drug store label and a giant tin tea or spice ball.. Old wood advertising boxes the bottom one has a eagle and a thrasher wheel...
Hand carved wood double oxen yoke.This is a rare style..Ignore the clutter in the background these were taken on the sun porch..
I bought a few crocks none for me but this fat squatty one was neat..
Antique checkers and Antique Tetley Tea tin with elephant litho...
Antique tin string holder These will go in my etsy when I get time...
Old red one panel cupboard.Hubby is refinishing this for me.I think I paid a little to much for it and not sure why I wanted it.We'll see once it's refinished.If not I'll sell it but I know I'll have to take a slight loss on it if I do that..
Here is some other things we got for fill ins for fleamarket..Old milk boxes,wood drying rack,crocks,galvanized tub,watering can,griswold cast pot,metal boxes,old wood tool carier and some other "stuff"..
Then sunday was spent at Grandma's farmhouse.It was a nice day warmer temps but sooo muddy..I made a pistachio cake with cream cheese frosting I seen on Prairie Flowers Farm blog.I told the girls it was leprechaun cake since it was green..Always a nice day spending sundays with my family...Here's a few pics...Brianna doing projects....
The chickens were out of the chicken house enjoying the warmer temps....
We usually play cards and chit chat around the table after lunch in the winter..This pic didn't come out well with the window but that's my cousin Heidi in the corner she stayed alot with us when she was younger..My grandma by the door.Love her so much and am thankful to still be able to see her.She is still in good health and takes care of the farm chores on her own.Today would have been Pappy's birthday it's been almost 2 years since he passed...

Well thanks for visiting today! Stop by and sign up for my giveaway if you haven't got a chance yet.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Spring Giveaway!!

I'm over 200 followers now.So honored that so many are interested in my thoughts,musings and of course decorating.I've met so many kindred spirits.Some of you are truely my dear friends..Always there for the good and bad.Your comments,emails and snail mail always mean so much...To all my new followers Welcome take some time look around and get to know me a little..Ok now that I told you how wonderful you are onto the giveaway.I know we are all longing for spring and wanted to make you something Prim so here's what you get....A Spring Gathering... Old wood bowl I like the weathered painted look so I painted it and antiqued it some more so it would be prim perfect.It's slightly oval and I did it in a nutral color so it would match anyones decor.........
I filled it with some natural prairie grass..A fabric prim egg and two of my spice rubbed beeswax bunny tarts/fillers..Turned out really sweet should of made two so I could display one.I think most crafters don't have much of there own stuff always to busy making things for other people...You can click on my pics for a better veiw...So the rules are simple Be a follower new followers welcome...Must live in the USA or Canada...If you are the lucky winner you must contact me within 48 hours or another name will be picked..Two Chances to win leave a comment letting me know your favorite thing about spring...For the second chance post to your blog you can copy my top pic.Winner will be drawn march 9th...Warm Blessings!~Amy

Friday, February 25, 2011

Photo Friday ~ Crocks


I'm participating for the first time with The Primitive Pantry Photo Friday. Go here http://theprimitivepantryblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/photo-fridays-crocks.html to see who all displayed their prims this week.The theme this week is crocks.I picked just a few to share.We have them up to 30 Gallons.I like my crocks in good shape without cracks and blue decorated...Here is a stack my hubby did while he was bored yesterday...Bottom is 25 gallons huge...Yellow Ware Jug...

Some of my blue decorated..Would love some info on the indian head if anyone has some history..
This old blue Pitcher is one of my favorites..
Very old redware with blue decoration.A few tiny chips but found this one for a steal at a barn sale years ago..

This one I found last week...
Apothecary Morter with Pestal.....
Cider Jug from England....

Love this 3 gallon crock the blue is imperfect and it is out of round.They didn't throw out the defects over 100 years ago..
Hubby's Butter Churn Crock..The spout was to drain the buttermilk....
Love the ones with the bee sting design..

Hope you enjoyed some of my collection.I finally got the giveaway ready to post and it will be posted this afternoon or tomorrow at the latest.We are going to the antique mall this afternoon.It's cold and rainy so I'm a little stir crazy and hubby is off and offered so I couldn't say no.LoL....Warm Blessings!~Amy

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday Display Chain ~ Bowls

Oh I'm not feeling good at all this morning.Have a terrible tummy ache but I love Tuesday's Display Chain and bowls was our theme.Bowls are pretty self explanitory so decided instead of history or chit chat I'd just share lots of pics of some of my old bowls....Enjoy!!











Now hop on over to our host Misi's http://1890gablehousemusings.blogspot.com/ and check out everyones displays.If I feel better tomorrow I'll post the Giveaway..Thanks for visiting.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy President's Day!!

Happy President's Day! No it's not a big deal to me but thought it would be a great chance to show off my favorite George Washington stuff..LoL...

I make the blackened beeswax filler/tucks with a antique mold....

I love George Washington! Talked Hubby into taking me on the day trip antiquing today but didn't find much that caught me which was a dissapointment because I had a little extra to spend.I wanted a new trencher or cupboard but didn't find any I liked that I thought were worth the money.So I bought a putz sheep or goat with horns he was pretty rough but I'll try to fix him because he was only $1,I also bought a older magazine it was Mary Emmerling and had lots of primitives and a old baby larger portrait.Oh and bee smoker with neat graphics...We went to TGIF for lunch.Now we're expecting 6+ inches of snow tonight.Hubby is making steak for dinner and I'm going to cozy up in my pj's with my new judy condon book.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I was teased by Old Man Winter

Thursday and Friday were just beautiful days here in Pennsylvania.We had temps in the mid 60's.Sun was shining.Dogs got extra long walks..I opened the windows and got some cleaning done..Which got me in the mood for tweaking and putting some of my new stuff out..But old man winter tricked us because Saturday was 50 mph winds our electric went out like 5 times.The rest of the week is supposed to be cold with snow and rain..Friday I had to go run errands and decided to stop at a local country shop to look around.When I got home there was a box from my sister in law Jean http://primcrafts.blogspot.com/ We've been swapping prim goodies.If you're Reading Jean Happy Birthday!!! I had bought a few things at the shop and with the goodies she sent I decided to go ahead and get my spring stuff out.So it may still be winter outside but it's warm and cozy inside...... Beeskeep and old wire garden carrier...They'll stay out till fall....I have wool stuck inside the pots and some eggs,rooster and chick...
The sweet prim bunny and carrots in the basket were from the swap with Jean...I love the prim bunny she out did herself on him! The blue bonnet I bought from my friend Lecia http://farmhouseprims.blogspot.com/ behind the angel is a gift she sent recently a prim ditty bag.....

Antique chalkboard gets changed out each season....

I bought the new mat for under the bowl on my trip friday.....
Little beeswax bunny I made...
I needed something for the front door so I bought this friday too..Old shutter with burlap and pretty flowers.I liked this because it can be left out all summer and it won't hurt to get a little dirt...

And last but not least I found this wonderful antique 3 gallon crock.I love the wreath around the 3 and that it has handles.It was in great shape with no cracks or chips.I paid $40 for it which I thought was a steal since it is blue decorated...

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! I noticed I'm over 200 followers.Welcome to all my new friends! I'll be doing a giveaway hope to get it posted wednesday.I'm making the goodies for it now and should be ready to post by then. Hoping to talk hubby into taking me to maryland this afternoon for a little antiquing.The twins are at girl scout camp today so mom and the girls won't be out Grandma's my sis and nephew won't make it and my cousins have to work so I might not go out today,especially if I can talk hubby into a little day trip.Warm Blessings!~Amy