I’ve been slacking so much on my blog!!! I finally finished and mailed my swap item.. a few days ago.. so I can’t use that excuse any more! LOL
I thought I’d share a few of my favourite things with you. You may have seen this in other posts.. my Hoosier (actually made by the Hoosier company, who was the first company to add the flour sifter). I think this one was made in the 1920’s but I couldn’t find a date on it. I have a fabulous wooden swan on the top that I coveted from a store called Crate Designs.. not sure if you have them in the US, I just know this swan was really expensive. Finally got it several years ago, I just love it! Next to the swan is a great checkerboard I bought at an outdoor festival a number of years ago.. again it was very expensive but I HAD to have it! Then there is the snowlady and her chair that I had sitting on the floor beside my Christmas tree (the real one).. a Christmas stocking stitchery that stays up all year and a little wooden light with a silicone bulb.
Here is a close-up of the “countertop”. I just moved a few things around today, added a piece of burlap as a runner and moved the round braided mat from the kitchen. The saltbox sitting under the flour bin is one of the unfinished paper mache ones I got a couple months back at Hobby Lobby in Michigan on one of my cross-border shopping trips. I painted the roof and base black and the house rust red. I know it should have a light in it, haven’t gotten around to it yet :) .. in front of it is a mason jar with a candle holder that sits on the lip of the jar and holds a tealight. In front is an old metal tray found at a yard sale that I painted black and added some spices to for texture. I’ve added several small homespun rag balls and some cinnamon heart bowl fillers plus a larger crackled ball; I made all of these :D. At the back, I added a dowelled frame that I found at a yard sale last year with two little pieces of homepun hanging on. Next to that, I have a great prim towel that I purchased months ago from a talented coworker. She stitched on a cute Raggedy Ann plus some hearts and added a border of homespun. Love it!! It’s hanging on a built-in towel rack.. what an ingenious idea! I’ve also moved my little wooden paddle and pantry cake that I received in a swap with my friend Sandy back in November.. I think it looks cute here in front of my candlestick lamp. Hanging from one of the upper cupboards is a cute grungy Annie.
Beside the Hoosier is another of my favourite things, my one-room schoolhouse desk. I love this piece!!! My house is very small so it was a challenge finding room for these two items. Since I cut a hole in the wall between the kitchen and living room (see that here), I lost a solid wall that would have been perfect for the Hoosier .. the other wall has a random window in it and the other two have cabinets and appliances.... oh well, I like it in the living room!! I don’t have a whole lot on it, some dolls on the seat, a wooden teacher doll on top, a wooden apple in the inkwell as well as a little stack of wooden books. I also have a silver tray with a brush, comb and mirror set sitting on top.. can’t see these but they are sitting at the base of my little light that I also got from Sandy :)
Another of my favourite things are old windows. These ones were bought at a yard sale for $5 each.. I was trying to get them for a lot less but she wouldn’t budge! They are still sitting in the shed, haven’t decided what to do with them but windows with this many panes are hard to come by so I’m not giving them up anytime soon!
I also love this one that I have hanging over my head.. this one’s been following me for a while :D I also LOVE this paint colour. I had a lovely green that I used in this room and my last 2 bedrooms and it was time for a change. This one is called Caramel Apple from Benjamin Moore’s classic line (assuming I’m remembering correctly.. lol). It is quite dark but really pretty. Woo.. I’m brave ! :D
Now just a few little things… my favourite drink (not a coffee or tea drinker!):
My favourite chocolate bar (yes that’s what we call them up here… lol). If you’ve never had these, you are missing out!! These are waaaaaaaay better than M&M plain!!! I promise!
My favourite chips:
Favourite chick flicks (and I am NOT a huge fan of chick flicks!).. Bridget Jones’ Diary.. both of them!
Thanks for stopping by!