What's so cool about blogging is that I have found soooo many people who love old stuff. We see the beauty of what it was and what it still can be.
Let me confess though...I didn't always love old. My mother tried for years to get me to appreciate the beauty and value of age and patina and of the memory that something holds.
Now that I am "older", I have truly learned to appreciate exactly what she was always trying to teach me.
Better late than never, I now would rather have antiques, fancy junque, not so fancy junk, refurbished, aged, even broken pieces in my house than things that are from a department store. Really, I would.
So, today when I saw that Donna at Funky Junk Interiors was hosting and "Old" party, I knew I was in. Even if I didn't have anything to post, I would still be looking at what everyone else is showing.
This is our party, friends, to look at beautiful, wonderful, unique "OLD STUFF". I can't wait! Make sure you go check it out also.
Let me share with you just a few of my favorites.
This will be complete randomness in what I picked.
The old shoes belonged to my husband. There were actually two sets of these since my husband is a twin. I love the little scuff marks on them. Sweeeet!!!
The pocket watch belonged to my husband's grandfather who worked on the railroad. Because my husband was the first born of the twin boys, he got the watch.
The little lock and key was my grandfather's. It has a YF on it which was for Yearwood Farms. He worked for Yearwood Farms for years.
This beauiful chair was my grandmother's and was given to me when she passed away. I remember sitting in it growing up and thinking it was like a queen's chair. I always thought it was so fancy.
These three random pieces were bought because I love the patina on them. And look at all those great swirls. I love swirls. Have I told you that? The copper wire I found in a box for like .50. I love everything about it.
So, there you go. These are just a few of my favorites. I have like 9,999 more that I could show you.
Have a great weekend and be sure to head over to Donna's.
We planted a garden this year with plans to do a lot of canning and freezing. I really wanted to get some fruit and veggies put away for the winter when we couldn't get what we wanted.
I have tried to start buying as much as I can from local farmers and growing the few things that we could grow. This years garden had tomatoes, okra, bell peppers, jalepeno peppers, and several things that didn't make it. Our squash and zuchinni all died. Got some good advice from an old farmer here in town so hopefully next years garden will be even better. Lessons to be learned...
I also picked and bought lots of blueberries this year and picked blackberries that I made jam out of and also put in the freezer. I also bought a bunch of peaches that I made peach preserves with. Delish...
My last canning the other night was tomatoes and blueberry jam. My next thing to do is hopefully to pick apples from a grower down the road from me and make apple butter.
Now, I want to make sure it doesn't sound like I am boasting or bragging about what I am doing. I just wanted to let you know what has taken up a lot of my time and what I am doing to prepare for winter.
This has been a busy yet very productive summer. I feel very good about what I have accomplished for my family. I can't wait to pull blueberries out of the freezer in December and think about the day the kids and I went blueberry picking in July.
Blueberry jam made with some of the best blueberries I have ever eaten. They were organic and locally grown.
We go through jams and jellies very quickly. We love toast, bagels, and english muffins with jelly.
We did green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, salsa and spaghetti sauce.
My freezer is full of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, corn on the cob, fried corn, okra, squash, and peppers. It's also stockpiled with other foods that I find on sale at great prices. (mainly breads, bagels and such that I get at good prices and stock up on) I have also started making a breakfast casserole that I put in the freezer so that I can use up some of the many many many eggs that we have.
There you have it. My summer job in a nutshell. I feel like the ant who was getting ready for the winter. The difference is that I have lots of help from my three kiddos.
Do you can any of your foods? What about freezing? I would love to hear about some of the things you are putting away for winter.
Can I just say one more thing? My nanny would be so proud. She canned everything that she could possibly can. Her shelves were always stocked with food they had grown and preserved. I am thrilled to be following in her footsteps even just a little.
Tell me some of your preparations. I would love to hear about them.
Linking up over at The DIY Showoff. It's not a craft but I did do it myself.
This little stool is another one of my endless yardale finds.
I know, it's awful.
I couldn't get the fabric off of it quick enough.
I mean before it even went into my van, I declothed it.
This is what she looked like necked (what we say in the south)
I didn't have any foam to make it real tall and fluffy, but I did have some pillow stuffing.
So with just a little stuffing and a burlap bag I had picked up at the yardsales also, I got this.
Nothing sensational, I know, but so much better than before.
The guy who sold me the stool for $2 whole dollars told me it was made by a mom and pop furniture company called Doss Furniture out of Tennessee. Never heard of it and didn't find anything online about it. Who knows for sure?
Have a great weekend, my friends! Blessings to you all.
I found a treasure trove of old recipes today that belonged to my grandmother. I knew I had them, but they were tucked way back in a cabinet and I had sort of forgotten about them.
I haven't had a chance to look through them all, but I can tell you it is full of every recipe you can imagine. So many of them are in my nanny's handwriting, which makes them all the more special.
Take a quick look...
This box is full of her recipes. I can't wait to look at them closer.
Can you see the recipe at the top of this next photo?
It says "To Herman" (that's my grandfather) and the recipe is for Better Than Sex Cake.
Nanny...I am shocked...but pleasantly so.
Isn't that fun!!
Another jewel I have from her is this children's cookbook...It is obviously old.
I framed it because of the note that she wrote at the top...
"To Amy when she wants to cook"
Can I just tell you how much I love this?
My nanny has been gone a lot of years, but my memories of her never will. She was a wonderful lady who loved her family. One of the ways she showed her love was through the meals she prepared and the desserts she fixed. With these recipes, I can carry on some of her special traditions.
I am home safe and sound. Thank you, Lord, for safe travel.
Left out early Friday morning and got back home late last night after traveling about 150 miles altogether and hitting so many yardsales and seeing so much of the same thing that I finally got tired of it. Like really tired of seeing "fancy junque", as I like to sometimes call it, and just plain ole junk. It was soooo HOT! It was so crowded. There was so much traffic. It was so fun!!! I am so tired.
I want to show you a few pictures I took of the sales and will show you later a few things that I bought.
This man had tables full of everything you can imagine. It seems that salt and pepper shakers are all the rage. I have never seen so much glassware in my whole life. Every vendor had loads of it. Good grief, I would hate to have to pack that stuff back up.
This was a camera crew following these two ladies around. There was lots of filming going on around the Crossville, Tn, area, which is very close to where this sale originated.
This is what you saw on both sides of the roads for miles.
Need a bike? They had them...
This was one of my favorite booths. Loved all of the white.
Funny story...my son and I had split up for a few minutes and he was looking for me. He told me he started looking for "white" and saw this booth and knew I would be there.
Another really awesome thing about this booth was who walked in while I was looking around.
How totally cool is that?
Kim Myles from Myles of Styles walked into the booth and began filming for her show.
She was so friendly and so sweet. I actually got my picture made with her but, friends, it was the worst picture ever, so it is for my eyes only. Just imagine me standing beside her a couple of inches taller and us looking like the best of friends.
I told her I did a blog and she smiled real big and said she did a blog and that I should send her mine so she could take a look at it. FOR REAL!!! Okay, let me just say that I know my blog is nothing great and she would probably be very unimpressed with my "decorating skills", BUT, I am totally excited just to think that she might see my little All Things Home blog and that something, just something might make her smile.
If any of you want to go to her blog, just go to http://www.kimmyles.com/, and tell her the girl from Tennessee sent you over. Just kidding...don't tell her that or she will think you have lost your mind.
So, to sum it all up...it was a wonderful trip. I found the things I went looking for and a few extras. Most of all, I had a blast with my son. He is a real trooper to go along with me and keep me on the right road.
I'll be back with pictures of my found treasures as soon as I get them all together.
Hope you all had a great weekend and a wonderful Sunday.
Before we know it, the flowers we have used on our front porches to welcome our guests, will be just a memory. They will be replaced by pumpkins and leaves, and then snowmen and pinecones. But for now, the flowers still take their place of prominence and show their beauty to all who step up onto our porches and into our homes.
Have a blessed day, my friends.
I will check in when I get back from my Endless Yardsaling...
675 miles of treasures just lying in wait for me to ponder over.
I am so excited!!
No, I won't be going from start to finish, but I will be hitting a lot of it.
My son, who is my official navigator, and I went last year. This year, he can't go the first day but will meet up with me the second day. So, for the beginning, I will be going it alone. I don't mind though. I seem to get along pretty well with myself and never have to debate on what to do next or where to eat. I can also listen to my music for awhile.
I will be going for two full days of endless yardsaling. Can it get any better than this? It would probably be better if it wasn't so terribly hot, but I will not complain.
Have any of you ever gone to The Endless Yardsale? Did you love it?
Check out the places it runs through because it may be near you and I promise it would be worth your time.
If any of you think about me over the weekend, you can offer up a prayer of safety. The traffic is horrible and last year I was hit from the back and ended up with a totaled van. Not so fun part, but God protected us from any physical harm.
I will look forward to sharing about my trip and what goodies I find next week.
Wish you could all go with me...Really, wouldn't that be fun?
I found a great coffee pot at Goodwill the other day.
The only thing about my coffee pot was that it had no lid.
So, what do you do when something has no lid, but really needs one to make it look complete?
First, you pick a beautiful hydranga bloom off of a hotel bush as you are leaving the parking lot. Then you drive five hours home and hope it doesn't get smushed between your luggage. Next, you place it in the top of the unlidded little beauty and viola, problem solved.
The love of vintage and farmhouse design runs deep in my heritage and I am passionate about breathing life back into once loved vintage treasures. I dream of someday living in a grand old farmhouse. Until then, I spend my days bringing that farmhouse character and charm into our traditional home on our small “hobby farm” in Tennessee. I am a stylist, stager, and designer, but most of all, I am a wife, mother, and child of the King.