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Friday, December 23, 2011
MORE CHRISTMAS AROUND THE HOUSE ~ ~
The fireplace looks well used ~ but actually not very often ~ although we have used it to cook our whole holiday meal in the past! The wool applique piece over the mantel was stitched by Joyce Sherk ~ we did shows together many years ago and occasionally I run into her now at rug hooking events! I've always loved that piece and every year it resides right there ~ wonder if Joyce reads my blog and remembers her little work of art?
This was Sonny's grandmother's dry sink ~ we bought it at her auction many years ago. To the left there are two butter churns that also came from that same auction! I love these lighted sticks in with the live pine ~ and the two little reproduction Santas in the tin salt box.
For many years, we would go to Yankee Peddler ~ a large folk art craft show here in Ohio. We would buy a salt glaze Santa every year from a potter from Pennsylvania ~ they're still some of my favorites.
This is the back door area ~ antique blue homespun aprons and bonnets ~ a laundry bag with redwork stitching ~ and some painted pieces from Maude Chiardi. We did shows with her for many years, too and I always bought a piece of her hand-painted Christmas. The Santa in the middle is an old chimney flue cover ~ anybody remember those?
Over the nearly 30 years that Sonny and I have been together, we've built a nice collection of antiques and folk art ~ I always wonder if any of our kids will value it and enjoy it as much as we do! I hope you enjoy looking at it and if you're one of our friends who comes to visit, we love to share it with you all! I have to tell you the other night, I made this fabulous pineapple upside down cake from the website smittenkitchen ~ it was scrumptious! By the way, don't type in smittenkitten like I just did as I was trying to find the link ~ you'll get more than you bargained for!!!!! Anyway ~ I found it by Googling for the recipe and they have wonderful looking things there that are tested by the blog author. We had friends in for dinner and it made a sweet ending to our meal!
Well, I'm off now ~ busy day ahead ~ it's kind of cold and rainy here ~ not very Christmasy looking ~ but I'm finally getting in the spirit of things!!! Woo hoo!!!!!!
Have a good day wherever you are!