Sunday, August 28, 2016
Big Update on shipping and insurance! All prices for antiques and accessories will include insurance AND free domestic shipping on all items. Larger items will be shipped parcel post except for antiques and accessories like lanterns that have glass inserts unless you would rather have me ship priority mail. I will include a 'priority mail shipping option' for all items over 5 lbs that will appear in the shopping cart feature that can be added to your invoice. All items will be packed with either crumpled paper, air pockets, or styrofoam peanuts for safe shipping. International shipping will be discounted so everyone can benefit from my decision to offer free domestic shipping.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Some of the dried goods that will be added to my website starting with the August Update at the end of this month. I hope to start adding bulk packages of pre-mixed potpourri and oils too! http://www.winterberryfarmprimitives.com/
My August update will be on August 31, 2016 at 3 pm EST. I used to send out emails to all of those on my email update list with pictures and information on some of the featured antiques in the update but I will be now using this blog to feature those antiques. Included in this post are just a few of the antiques that I found for you this month. They include a wonderful set of 18th century leather bound books from 1773 that would look wonderful in your home or add to your collection of early books. Next is a 19th century shoulder yoke in the most wonderful original blue paint. I have hung it on the side of an early grain painted cupboard that makes that blue color pop and look great. Next is a pair of Civil War era sunglasses with green lenses, turn pin style frames and solid beaver tail ends. These are not prescription lenses but were used to keep the sun out of the soldiers' eyes on the battlefields, were considered soothing, and were also supposed to soothe upset stomaches and ulcers. Their original case is included and they were made in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Next is a mid 18th century deer hide small trunk or document box that has its original hinges, beautiful lock box, and the complete interior paper covering. The covering is covered in religious sermons and then a flowery vine was added over the sermons. It was made by Dudley Johnson who was a trunk maker in London, England and his advertisement is complete and inside the top of the trunk. For my early lighting fans out there, this is a circa 1800 tin double crusie fat lamp that would have been filled with animal fat for a smoky and not very bright light. These tin crusies were made well into the early part of the 19th century as inexpensive lighting. Finally, is this wonderful, amazing, small personal water pail or 'canteen' from New England in its original green paint. It has a top spout made of pewter with its original wood plug and the initials of the owner in black paint on the front of the canteen. It has a metal handle with those rounded 'ears' at the top and it very well may be a Shaker piece. Not shown in this post are a red painted Shaker covered milk pail with a hinged top and a many other wonderful offerings that will be available at http://www.winterberryfarmprimitives.com/ on August 31st at 3pm EST. Starting with this update, all items will be sold with free domestic shipping. I will be shipping most items either priority mail or first class through the USPS. Insurance will be added to those items valued over $50.00 and a small handling fee will be added to each item's price. This will cover the cost of packing materials and, in some instances, the cost of the box.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Hello and welcome to Winterberry Farm Primitives' shop blog! I have spent the last 3 weeks changing host sites, updating, and improving my website. If you are not on my newsletter update list - you can email me at email@example.com to add your name and email address. Once a month, I will send out my new Update Newsletter where I will show you some of the new antiques and accessories that will be in the monthly update along with some fun facts and information.
It has been a while since I have had time to sit down and add to my blog but today is a cold and blustery day in February so time to update my blog and add some pics. I have been busy since my last blog painting and stenciling and getting my home ready for Christmas 2015. Yes, I know! It is now February 2016 but what a great time to take some time to hopefully inspire you to paint and stencil your home!
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Good morning everyone! I have been busy lately painting rooms and repainting other rooms in my home. I have visited several historic homes this year with the idea of trying to make my home look more 'colonial' instead of 'primitive' and guess what I found? The colonists loved bright and vibrant colors on their walls to help brighten up their rooms so when we see the dull whitewashed walls or subdued colors in early homes - these are what they look like today 200 or so years after they were built. Williamsburg has a great take on all of this color controversy with their new finds on what colors were actually used back in its heyday with some great information and it is an eye-opener! So! here are just a few pics of my ongoing projects for this fall and winter.The large TV in my orange/salmon painted family room has many wires and cords that need to be disguised so some of the paintable cord covers are on their way and we are planning on adding a chandelier to get rid of the cheap floor lamps that are taking up much needed floor space (I'm always looking for ways to add more antiques!) and I have much more to add to the walls in there. I am also thinking about stenciling that back wall to make it more of a focal point and, of course, we need to add crown molding to the room. More pics will be coming of the family room as I finish it in the next month or so. None are complete yet with the orange/salmon walls in my family room inspired by the late 18th century six-board chest with its snipe hinges and original blue paint and the dark red color of my foyer inspired by one of my favorite Williamsburg colors - Nicholson Store Red. I am also stenciling in the foyer using two colors that are favorites of mine - green and mustard. I cut my own stencils and use waxed stencil paper for ease of cutting and use. I am using the stencils found in the book: "Early American Wall Stencils In Color" by Alice Bancroft Fjelstul and Patricia Brown Schad with Barbara Marhoefer, published in 1982. I am thinking of making that long wall with the painting as my 'focal wall' and hope to figure out a 'wallpaper' pattern using these early stencils. It may take me a while as I like to stencil a pattern and then take some time to 'live' with it before continuing to stencil. That's all for now on these two rooms and I will leave you with just a few pics of my living room and some of the changes in there! Have a great Halloween everyone and I'll be back soon!!!
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
It has been a crazy busy summer here at 'The Farm' with trying to work around all the rain we have had this year. Just keeping up with the weeding has been almost impossible and now that we are in the process of painting what is now our second guest room...we are exhausted! I do try and spend some time 'playing' and setting up little vignettes around my home as we paint and stencil and move things around. I am still working on making my great room into a tavern room so I have moved in another table to that room - which makes four tables in there now - with the addition of my mid 18th century tavern table. This very early table has at least five coats of paint on it and I have left remnants of all of the colors on it while still allowing the original mustard color to shine through the other layers. www.winterberryfarmprimitives.com under my 'Early Antiques' button www.winterberryfarmprimitives.com/store/WsDefault.asp?Cat=PrimitiveAntiques On family farms, milk bowls were kept in 'milk rooms' that were usually built in onto the northern sides of barns to keep them cool. These rooms had whitewashed plaster walls and stone floors because it was easy to scrub and clean the stone floors and lime-washed walls in these rooms. The milk bowls were placed on clean and scrubbed wooden shelves or benches and then filled with raw milk. Milk was allowed to stand at least over night in these bowls to allow the cream to rise to the top of the milk. A small elongated redware, treen, or pottery plate was then used to scrape off the layer of cream from each milk bowl, collected into a 'butter bucket' and then when enough cream was collected, it was poured into a butter churn to make butter. A good 15 to 20 minutes of rapid 'churning' would change the sound of the cream in the butter churn and once it started to 'thump' you could be assured that it was almost to the point of turning into butter. www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1ERDYjsHBg and Tales From the Green Valley www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxtbCufq58U Watch them if you can, you will become hooked! That is it for now! We are heading to New England next week on a buying trip to find more goodies for my shop Winterberry Farm Primitives so keep reading and remember to watch the English Historic Farm series until my next blog!