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!
Friday, June 19, 2015
What a title for this blog! What else to you call it when you move around your antiques to make new little settings in your home? There are times when it is hot outside or it's raining - actually pouring down rain for a couple of days - and you just don't feel like cleaning or baking, right? So...what to do, what to do? I think it is so much fun to rearrange your rooms for a brand new look! I am so very lucky that we have not only antique accessories but we have many pieces of antique furniture in our collections so I can play around all day! Last week as I was getting ready for my June Update and was taking pictures of the antiques that I was adding to my website this month, I looked around my great room and thought it looked boring with everything in 'its place' so I decided to move things around. Now, I have three tables in my great room so when I host family dinners at the holidays we can all sit around antique tables and still all be together. I have to add that there are about 25 family members that usually come to these dinners so sitting around one table just doesn't work for us. I used to use three long 'catering' tables that you can buy at Big Box stores for these dinners and I would position them in a horseshoe so we could all eat at the same table. The amount of jockeying by family members to sit in certain seats around that table was crazy! So I had to do something and using three early tables - one sawbuck, one dropleaf, and one scrubtop table became my tables for the family dinners. When they were not being used for dinners, I would just push the two smallest ones against walls in the room. But! last week I decided to move things around and create some little vignettes and here are some of the results...
Thursday, March 12, 2015
I have been working on my Etsy shop for the last few weeks and I have added a few new pieces to my inventory. I have always loved early ephemera and books because they give us a view into our past. Late last month, I found a 1795 deed from Lancaster County, PA on early paper not sheepskin or vellum. As I was looking it over before completing my purchase, I saw the signature of a Michael Hubley on the deed.https://www.etsy.com/listing/222021983/vintage-antique-1795-lancaster-county-pa?ref=shop_home_active_17
Friday, February 20, 2015
Today at 2pm I will be opening my February 2015 Update with a mixture of early German Bibles, some very nice painted antiques, and a whole host of other items. I love early leather bound books and this month I have found some that are absolutely wonderful.
Friday, February 6, 2015
I have decided to move my stock of ephemera and Civil War era items to my Etsy shop that is called Plantdeva. I started this shop 6 years ago to showcase vintage items that would not fit in with my early antiques and leather books that are in my Winterberry Farm Primitives shop and it will showcase early American ephemera and Civil War antiques. I have almost finished transferring all of my ephemera to Etsy and you can visit that shop by clicking on the link at the top right of this Shop Blog. I will include information on the new additions to my Etsy shop when I send out my Winterberry Farm Primitives monthly update emails but you can always check it out since I add antique ephemera and Civil War items as I find them and won't be having distinct monthly updates. Here is the banner for my Etsy shop - so come on over and take a look at what I have for sale!
Saturday, January 31, 2015
2015 is here and it has already been a very cold year! I am writing this post as I sit in front of my hearth enjoying the crackle and pop of the fire. and finally, a few pictures of the living room with the red paint on the walls. Until next time! Keep warm and be sure to click on a picture to start the slideshow!