A blog about country living, DIYing, crafts, antiques and gardening.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Thrift Store Finds

Hi there, I thought I would share some thrift store finds from some recent shopping trips.  I have so much fun going to thrift stores, you get to experience the thrill of the hunt and you never know what treasure you're going to find. 

This platter was made by Johnson Brothers in England, Ironstone 103, Sunflower Hayman pattern.  It was made in the 1970's.  Although it isn't old (as I love antiques) I fell in love with the Autumn design, it's also my favourite season.  Yellow and brown are definitely two of my favourite decorating colours.  I can see myself using these for Thanksgiving dinner and maybe for Autumn dishes in general.  I paid $2.99 for the platter.  





This wooden spoon was purchased for 50 cents, I thought the flower design was a nice touch.  I have no idea if it would be considered vintage or not as I can't find any information on it.  I may use the spoon for a craft, possibly engraving something into the spoon itself.  Does anyone have any crafty ideas on what I could do with it?




This is a serving bowl which I also bought for $2.99.  The store had a few matching dinner plates but I didn't purchase these as there were too many scratches in the design.
 


This is a vintage Wm. Adams & Sons Micratex Ironstone pitcher that my hubby picked up at the thrift store for $2.00.  There is a small chip at the bottom but I'm okay with it, I'm thrilled just to add it to my very small collection.  It was a really nice surprise when he gave it to me.  After seeing my new obsession with Ironstone, he has joined in on the hunt.  He thinks it fits in perfectly with the design style I'm trying to achieve.  This one appears to be from the 1950's.



I believe these knives belonged to my Grandmother.  My Mom passed them on to me a few years ago.


I picked up this cozy blanket for $4.00, I'm not sure if it's wool or not.  It ties in perfectly with my beige/brown design.  My photo doesn't show it's true colour, it's actually a little richer than it appears.


This is a vintage aluminum silent butler by Nasco, made in Italy.  It appears to have been made in the 1940's or 1950's.  I had no idea what it was when I decided to buy it, luckily the cashier knew and was able to share the information with me.  I just thought it was cute lol!!  I purchased it for $2.00.  I haven't decided yet whether to hang it, use it for storage for something small or use it for the purpose for which it was made.

What is a silent butler?  It was used for sweeping up crumbs from a table or ashes.





This little creamer was purchased for 50 cents.  I actually purchased it for a craft but may keep it the way it is.


I believe this is a sugar bowl.  I purchased it for 50 cents without a lid.  This also was purchased for the same crafting idea.


This little creamer was also purchased for 50 cents and "ditto" (purchased for the same crafting idea).




 I purchased this set of handkerchiefs (at least I think that's what they are) for 50 cents, they have a "Made in Switzerland" label on them.  I have no idea if they're vintage or new, I haven't found any information on them yet.  I thought they were quite pretty and will probably use them in my crafts. 



Thanks for visiting, until next time...

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Did Someone Say Spring?

Did someone say Spring?  I was hoping for tulips and daffodils but instead we had a winter storm that brought lots of ice.  It was a Colorado Low that hit us.  First we received snow, then freezing rain, then ice pellets, then rain, then freezing rain...you get the point (and boy did those ice pellets hurt).  The road coming home yesterday was a little bit nasty so it was really nice to be home safe and sound, you really enjoy home on those nasty days.  Thousands of people (100,000+ I last heard) have lost their electricity due to downed wires and tree limbs.  Our power flickered in the night but so far we've been good.  I'm so thankful for that.

As I walked around my property today to take photos, I thought it would have been better to do it on ice skates lol!  We first received the snow and then the freezing rain.  I basically slid along as I went as the surface was solid, it was like a skating rink.

This is a close up of a bush.  I wish I had a really good camera to really capture the ice formation on the branches.





The winds must have been gusting when this poor pine tree was hit with the freezing rain.  All the needles are pointing in one direction.



The piece of culvert at the bottom of the picture was left here by previous owners, it's used for storing the boat that was left in the pond when we purchased the property.  OOPS!!!  The boat is still in the pond.  I love rusty metal things so it works for me.  I'm surprised we haven't had a wild animal residing in there as it would make a good shelter.



This is a mini marsh near the back of our property.  I call it The Frog Pond.  Although we have the bull frogs in the large pond, this is where the Peepers hang out in the Spring.  I'm looking forward to hearing them.



With all the snow and ice we received, I was surprised to see some melting snow.  This marshy area drains into the large pond in the Spring.  Eventually, there will be a division between the ponds, just more grass to cut lol!!



The main pond.  The ice and snow had finally melted but it looks like we have a fine layer of ice back on it.  Temperatures are supposed to start warming up again tomorrow so it shouldn't last long.







I'm hoping this tree limb is only touching the water due to the weight of the ice.  Otherwise, I'm sending my hubby in because I have no idea how we'll get to it.  (Pssst...he doesn't know this yet).

We did have 3 Common Merganser Ducks in the pond this week.





The formation of ice on the pond is interesting, I'm assuming the wind created the design.



Another fence post - oh how I love them!








The ice on our cedar bush.






I love how each blade of grass is also covered in ice.


Even the bird feeder is completely covered with ice.  The sun finally came out and you can see a few little spots of the ice glistening.


This is the side of the house, I thought these mini icicles were cute.


As I was writing this post, we could hear the ice sliding off of our metal roof.  My hubby was outside and he said as the ice hit the ground, it sounded like glass shattering.

Thank you to everyone for dropping by.  I hope each and everyone of you has a blessed Easter.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Inglis Falls

Hi friends, I thought I would introduce you to Inglis Falls in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.  It's so nice to have such beautiful falls within about 20 minutes from home.  This is definitely a tourist attraction for the area.  The changing of the seasons adds to the beauty of the falls, to me the most beautiful times to visit are Autumn and Winter when the snow is still on the ground.


This is the view from the top of the falls.  In the Autumn it is exceptionally beautiful as all of these trees are in beautiful shades of red, yellow, orange, etc.



This view is looking down from the bridge that leads you to the old grist mill, the water is just churning.  It is right before it goes over the falls.


This photo is above the falls looking in the other direction.


The grist mill.



There are lots of hiking trails past the grist mill.




One of the millstones.  These are quite large.


There is the boardwalk that leads you down to the base of the falls.  There are a few viewing points along the way.


Looking toward the top of the falls.  The current is quite strong today.




This is one of the viewing points going down the boardwalk.  You can see the grist mill at the top of the falls.


Here you can see the river below.




The trees and bushes are covered with frozen mist from the falls.  There was a lot of mist today and boy was it cold.  We had some snow on the ground this morning but most of it was gone by the afternoon.



There are a lot of very large rocks at the base of the falls.


I hope you enjoyed your visit to Inglis Falls.  I will take you for another visit when the seasons have changed.  For more information on Inglis Falls, click here.