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.. :)