Monday, October 4, 2010

A dry sink!!

I am so excited!!  After many years of desperately wanting a dry sink, I finally have one.  My Facebook friend and fellow blogger Rochelle (see previous post) found it on Craigslist, contacted the vendor and negotiated a lower price, then went to pick it up for me.  This transaction took place over the course of a couple of weeks…. I really admire and appreciate Rochelle’s dedication!

On Sat. she brought it to me in Ontario, Canada, from her home near Pt. Huron, Michigan, I think the drive is about 1.5 hours in total, one-way.. and of course having to deal with Customs both ways isn’t exactly a fun prospect!  What a generous thing for her to do, I really appreciate her bringing this to me, but it makes me wish that I had a van!  She had to be home by early afternoon so we went out quickly to pick up some Briwax then off for a nice lunch.  I really had a blast chatting with her and I look forward to having a new friend to visit and go shopping with when I cross the border.

Now what would an awesome prim purchase be without pics??  Before pics:


There’s a lot of varnish on this and lots of dings and nicks..  nothing a ton of sanding can’t fix!   :D


This is exactly what I’ve always wanted, the actual sink part plus a small counter with a drawer underneath.  I also love the shelf on top.. any extra display space is always a good thing!


These pics were all taken by the vendor for his ad.  He said he had purchased it in 1971 and it wasn’t new at the time, so the age is questionable but it’s at least 40 years old.

After pics:


Before tweaking..  nice shot of my butter churn!!


Moved a few things around, added a few things plus fall decor


Close-up of the top..


I put this one in to show the knob.. replaced the white porcelain with the glass one that matches the one on the shelf above.  The dry sink is now in my kitchen, but originally I wanted to put it beside my front door.  Despite measuring before I got it, the space by the front door is actually too small.. LOL.. so I moved a few things around and it’s in my kitchen.  I love it!


Since Rochelle wouldn’t take money for gas or her time, I gave her this Valor kerosene heater as a thank-you.  I have another one so I was happy to give my extra heater to someone who loves it as much as I do.  Thanks Rochelle!!! <3

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Meeting prim friends!

I’m back, trying to catch up on some posts! 

On Sept. 18 I went to Holly, MI to meet some prim friends from a forum I joined called A Primitive Journey Community.  Since I live in Canada, about an hour from Port Huron, MI, I joined the Detroit and Lower Michigan chapter.    They have chapters all over the US so check your area - A Primitive Journey Community.

Unfortunately I wasn’t snap-happy with my camera that day :(  .. so I’ll just have to tell you that we shopped in all the cute little stores which included Holly Hills Primitives (if you remember from a previous post, I went there in July with my friend Janet), so I got to see Dawn again.. what a sweetheart she is!    We also went into a few antique stores.  In one, I found a potato masher for $5 so I thought I should grab it.  I found a potato ricer for $4 in another but my find of the day is this crock butter churn which I got for $39!!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen one for under $75 so I grabbed it really quickly!  There is a chip out of the lid but it’s not a fresh one, and other than that it’s in perfect condition.


I had such a fun day meeting so many prim friends, there were 8 of us in total and the director of our chapter is Rochelle, who has a blog called Prairie House.  Rochelle lives just outside Port Huron so it’s a double bonus for me, as I can go shopping with her when I get over to Michigan.  Actually, I have to do a post but have a piece of furniture to refinish first.. and it involved Rochelle so I will do a post when I have it completed.

As I always do, I went shopping at one of my favourite stores before I went home, Christmas Tree Shops.  I found a small bench with an ugly “prim” saying painted on top, stripped off the paint as best I could then painted it a nice mustard colour and topped with some Briwax.  It’s small enough to sit on my countertop so that’s where it is!  Here’s a pic… (sorry, no “before” but trust me, it was not pretty.. but it is wood!)


I put the potato masher on top and the ricer underneath… also propped an old muffin tin on top.  The little quilted square was a find in a shop in Holly.  I think it’s a Boyds Bears accessory which I got for $1.50.. it fits perfectly here!


A bit of fall decorating, I don’t really go over the top.  I rearranged my countertops and moved this bin back over to the counter beside my sink, I like it better in this spot.  See the fire extinguisher?  Got it at an estate sale… which I thought I posted about, but haven’t!  Ok, well I can add a few pics …


Got to go to the estate sale the night before and I was allowed to poke around in the basement.. which was going to be off-limits the day of the sale… and this is what I found!  I’ve since sanded off the outside finish and used some Rustic Pine Briwax to give it a nice glow.  I don’t have an “after” pic .. but it turned out nicely; since my house is small and this is a big piece, it’s currently sitting in the laundry room on top of an old drop-leave table. 


More stuff.. an old galvanized washtub, a chenille blanket (in perfect condition so I don’t think I’m cutting this up), a flannel blanket (unopened), a watering can, gas can, the fire extinguisher and a bow saw.


Yet more stuff… the owner’s son found these old medicine bottles (two still have drugs in them!), an old coffee pot, jars and a coffee grinder.


Jars, a chicken candy dish, enamel pitcher & flour sifter.


Old coffee grinder.. it can be mounted but the bolts on the back make that difficult.

Can you guess what I paid for all this??  NO?  $40!!  Yes, that’s it for all the estate sale items.  I was very happy with this!!

Ok, that’s it for a few days, I do have more things to post about but still working on them.. so till then.. :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

I’m still here!!

Hello everyone!

I didn’t disappear off the face of the earth!  Just had a lot going on.  August and September flew by so fast, I can hardly believe it.  In August my daughter and I went to Orlando.  Initially I wanted to go to Pennsylvia, to the Lancaster area and maybe on into West Virginia but I never did get things organized.  Maybe I just don’t consider it a “real” vacation unless there’s a full-body scan involved.. LOL.  I would prefer Pa. to be a long weekend type of trip so I’ll save it for that.

Here are a few pics of our trip, although I’m sure most people reading this have been there!


Orlando Airport.. so pretty!!


The smartest thing I did was rent a car!  This is a cool red HHR, what a fun car!  I was so happy to have some freedom, we were able to take a couple of side trips while we were in Orlando. 

This is our room (in the album), a 2-bed. unit with a full kitchen, 2 bathrooms (check out my Miami Vice-inspired tile.. LOL), washer & dryer, and a screened-in patio.

Having already been to WDW, we decided to go to Universal Studios.. we were there mainly for the new Harry Potter attraction.. what a cool place, but the lineups were crazy, even for getting into the stores! 

We also used the car to go to West Palm Beach, but chose Sunday, not knowing the whole town shuts plus it ended up raining!  


See the rain?  LOL.. it was coming down in sheets!


What a cool tree, it was such a pretty place!


A few days later we went to Cocoa Beach, which was much better!



The sand was powdery closer to the water.. loved it!

Well that’s it for now, I spent a lot of time digging up my front yard so I could get a sidewalk poured.  I have a bit more to do to clean it up then I’ll post pics.. thanks for coming back!