Thursday, April 22, 2010


I went to my first garage sales of the 2010 season. It was freezing this past Sat but I braved the weather looking for that elusive treasure.I did find a couple of treasures (at least I think they are)

Here's for you Lisa

I found a yard of plaid wool for 50 cents that will felt up nicely. It's blue and cream and I already can see something patriotic in a penny rug for summer.

The thread is a find because I always prefer to use old for a couple reasons.....First it's Made in the USA, second the colors and quality are better,and when making reproductions I think the older looking the better.

The little red book has great patina but I will probably recover it in fabric and prim it up. It's the perfect size for the shelf in my living room.

Do you have traditions that can't be broken?? My youngest daughter Emily is a stickler for tradition. I love that memories we built while they were little stay with her. For instance i didn't have the time or the energy to decorate for Easter this year. I got the Easter bin down and she did it all by herself. She wanted it decorated for our company.

These are the traditional napkin rings I made years ago. Not very prim are they?? But she loves them and insisted we use them. They are made from a piece of miniature fence I cut apart and just wired to the size I wanted. I then hot glued on miniature Easter characters. They were so quick and so fun.

Of course we have 2 traditional tablecloths I made also. We use the larger egg one for everyday and the jelly bean one for Easter Sunday. No real rhyme or reason except that we have 12 purple napkins that look better with the jelly bean tablecloth.

I know the Easter pictures are a little late but I was fixing some of the miniatures tonight to finish packing it away for next year and I couldn't resist sharing them. It was neat for me to think about all Emily did to get ready for Easter this year and reflect on the person my "little" girl is becoming. Tradition will always play a big part in her life I'm sure. I will treasure these times.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Primitive Candle Holder

This tutorial was posted by Kris the Project Coordinator on " A Primitive Place" Prim forum. I started it a few weeks ago and finally finished them today. Her instructions were very user friendly. I couldn't decide which color I wanted to make so I made two. The first one is a mustard over black.

The second one is barn red over black.

It was one of my first projects in wood. I can't wait to do some more. There is something rewarding about conquering power tools. Or maybe it's just the feeling of working with "power" tools... LOL.

I have lots of pictures to post of some new things around The Olde Stone House. One is in the pictures above underneath the tray of fruit. It is an honest to goodness antique Penny Rug. My friend Lisa and I went to an antique show a few weekends ago and found it. We made instant friends with the dealers and the rest is history. They were both great to deal with. I gave the rug owner all the cash I had with me and he gave me the rug with the understanding I would send the rest "within a week or 2". We couldn't believe it. I have become used to the feel and look of vintage penny rugs. The old wool feels different than the felted wool of today. This one is backed in burlap too which is also traditional. It is on a foundation piece of a muslin like fabric. i just love it!!!!

Isn't it wonderful. Even though I love to make my own I consider myself lucky to have an antique one.

On Saturday the girls and I went to a wedding shower for a close family friend. We had a wonderful time reconnecting with family and friends. I hated to leave. But we'll see everyone again at the wedding next month. I had picked my mom up for the shower and when we returned to her house she told me to take the "old crock" sitting on the patio if I wanted. "If I wanted??" I couldn't get it in the car fat enough. I wanted a big one for a garbage can in the kitchen. Can't wait to find someone to make me a lid for it. And for FREE no less.

Better go finish some "chores" now. It can't be all fun.