Sunday, April 11, 2010

Saturday Treasures And a Fraktur to Share

I hope everyone is having a warm and beautiful spring weekend. I started out early yesterday and went to a couple of local garage sales. We had a cool down Thursday and Friday after having temps in the 80's and it was cool and crisp Saturday morning at 6:00 AM but it was just the perfect morning. It was so refreshing and getting started early and being out in the cool spring morning air was just what I needed after a long week of being stuck in the office each day. I found some great treasures that I want to share with you along with my first ever Fraktur type drawing. I've done folk art painting quite a bit but I've never tried to draw. I know it seems strange that a soul could paint and not draw but that is the truth. Anyway a while back I decided I'd try my hand at drawing. I ended up with this little fellow.

I honestly didn't know what to do with him after I sketched him but then I decided to try some water color and ink and this what I ended up with.
I drew him on parchment and then stained it all up after I painted it.
I had this old frame which is a favorite of mine because I love the carving on it so here he is. The frame shows better in the next picture.


I've been really hooked on drawing since I tried it and I have some others in the making. It is just a comfort for the soul. I love sewing and crafting but with the time that I spend at work each week and the never ending work required here in this old house I don't get much time to do the things I enjoy most but I'm starting to get back in the swing of it now and hopefully I will be posting more of my craft as the weeks pass.
Now back to the treasure hunting! As most of you know I am a primitive lover but my Saturday finds were to please my primitive and my chic side. I found some lovely hankies, and a pair of beautiful  Madeira towels embroidered in the shades of spring. (I told you it was a magical morning)

And then there was lavendar! Yep, a never opened box of lavendar soaps by Laura Ashley and at another sale I found two bars of the sweetest homemade lavendar soap. 

I took the plastic cover off the Laura Ashley soaps and sat them on the table in the keeping room and everytime I go in there the room is just so fresh and sweet with the scent. I will enjoy these. I found a pretty vintage wicker dressing table last week that I didn't get a picture of but these soaps will be finding a home on that table soon.

Next I found for my primitive side two fantastic wash boards. These are made of glass instead of metal and were made for washing your unmentionables. I guess that would be your petticoats, chemies and step-ins as my grandmother would have called them.

I also found two great vintage baskets.

These are a few of my finds and at my last stop I bought a set of Pfaltzgraff stoneware. There were eight place settings and a set of blue glass anchor hocking bowls. As I said it was a great morning and I was only gone an hour and a half so with so much excitement and being totaly refreshed I had a quite productive day. I managed to get lots done in the old house and some gardening done. That being said since my collections are running over and I'm constantly changing things around in the old house I've been thinking about opening an Etsey shop. I'm often finding glassware and sweet chic dishes and linens that I sometimes pass up because I don't have any space for them. I'm really needing to pass along somethings from my own collections as well and since I'm back to crafting maybe I could add a few of my own designs. Let me know what you think.

Oh! I also had a great visit to the farmers market. I'll post about that on another day. I hope you all are having a pleasant Sunday afternoon. Now I'm off to blogland to visit all my favorites. Take care and bright blessings to all. 


  1. ooooh boy!!!
    I LOVe all of your finds!
    wow!!! can I come shopping with you??

    Great stuff there Girlie!!

  2. You had a great day!!! I have my MIL's old washing board like that, everyone loves to see it. I love primitive items also. Your drawing turned out great.




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