Saturday, January 27, 2018

Saturday Morning Finds at the Springfield Garage Sale

Sometimes a gal just needs to cut loose and have a little fun ..and well that's just what Abbey and I did today .. 

I've been working so hard lately sewing our new Farm Girl Fancies Upcycled Flannels and filling custom order for other items that beyond heading to the local thrift for some clothing finds it's been all work and no play and I hear that can make you a dull person .. LOL ! 

Last year Abbey and I went to our local indoor garage sale which is held at the fair grounds .. and needless to say we had a lot of fun and came home with some fun finds .. So when the ad for it rolled through on my FB page in December I was so excited.. truth be known I had forgot all about it till I saw that ad. Well since then I was counting the days and today finally arrived

We were in line early .. and it's a good thing we were cause I couldn't even see the end of the line I think it was miles long .. 

At the garage sale its varied from people selling household items, new clothing, blankets, signs, and a mix of old and new junk .. just whatever you've got to sell you throw it out on some tables or display it nice and pretty ... 

of Course Abbey and I are the antique,vintage and rustic lovin' gals so our eagle eyes are on the lookout for some scrumptious vintagey goodness ..

Well this years sale didn't dissapoint at all  we shopped for about 2-1/2 hours  then went and had lunch and then headed back for a few of the larger pieces we needed to pick up after emptying the car, laying down the seats and rearranging everything and literally we were left with not an inch to spare .. we know how to shop right LOL!

Well here are a few of the fun things we found today ..

Victorian Era net lace dress and vintage petticoats and old floral millinery hat..

Ooodles of vintage lace cause seriously I am obsessed with antique and vintage lace and was thrilled to find all this .. I collect old sewing notions so the wood bobbins of thread were a must and that big one at the top .. its like 4 or 5 inches tall .. I LOVE IT !  and of course I'm swooning over the vintage cloth tape measure.. yep I collect em .. that is old tape measures .. being a seamstress that's probably a no brainer .. but I love them and started collection about oh 10 yrs or so back and filling up an antique glass pickle jar with them ..

On the more rustic side of things are these old cow bells .. with their leather straps still attached .. I love them .. I just wanna pick em all up and ring em at the same time .. wow that would be loud I may need some ear plugs along with the rest the fam and old Flossie dog would be scared to death from the noise so as much as I would like to these cuties are going to be fairly silent except the odd clank or two when moving them .. I was thinking wouldn't these make cute tie back for curtains ... I sure think so.

well I guess I better EXIT for now .. we filled the car with many other fun vintage and antique pieces which will be headed to our shop at Camp Flea .. photographed for our Etsy shop and a few pieces we will keep... 

It was a nice day to be away from sewing .. to get out in warmth and sunshine of a beautiful day .. as another round of cold weather is headed our way next week ..

Hope you all have an amazing weekend ..

Farmhouse Blessings

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Have a beautiful and blessed week..

Have a Beautiful and Blessed Week..
Because you are beautifully Made 

By An Awesome Creator ! 
Our God is an Awesome God !

Farmhouse Blessings

Sunday, January 21, 2018

A sneek peek at some of our newest Vintage Goodness ..

Just a quick Hello this beautiful Sunday day ...
and a quick sneek peek at some of the new vintage goodness just added
you our Etsy shop HERE

Enjoy !

Friday, January 19, 2018

Hey Y'all .. hope this posts finds you all warm and cozy in your home sweet homes be from the cold of winter or just the enjoyment of curling up in a good soft blanket and watching a favorite movie ..

Speaking of cold ..Winter found it's way to the Ozarks once again and like much of the north, midwest, south and east coast .. we too had a bit of snow.

I'm one of those gals that loves winter, loves the cold and loves snow.... so I always enjoy a good snowstorm that moves in. I admit I'm the one that stays up til 1 or 2 in the morning waiting for those first beautiful snowflakes to fall .. and then I wander to bed for a short sleep and wake up so excited to see the beautiful white blanket that's fallen upon everything.. 

I always find it amazing how the snow brings such a quiet to the earth .. sounds are muffled and a quiet that stills the soul surrounds you. 

And I love getting out to take a drive (once it's safe) to take in the picturesque beauty .. just like those old fashioned wintery snow laden post cards of days gone by.  Roof tops for as far as the eye can see covered in white with bits of smoke billowing out of the chimneys ,, while rolls of hay line fields all with white blankets upon them .. trees and their branches trimmed in glistening white .. and all sizes of icicles hanging from rooftops ... to me these are all a beautiful sight to behold. 

After our snowfall this last weekend .. my family and I got out for a fun snow day drive .. we headed west and then south through the small quaint town of Hurley .. then a quick stop in Crane to walk through a few shops .. Stopped for Homemade pie at the Classey Corner .. and then wound our way further south for a trip to the Y bridge in Galena ... .. 

It was a fun and beautiful day full of lots of tummy and eye candy .. 
Enjoy these beautiful winter photos of the James River and Y Bridge ..

Loved the suns reflection in the river below..

When we arrived there were a few set of deer tracks in the snow and one set of humans .. 



 Lots of tracks in the snow from my fun loving Flossie dog that had the best time playing in the snow.


The Beautiful Y Bridge

 Me and my Sweet Flossie... having a whole lot of fun playing in the snow ..

Well the snow is all but melted the weather is warming the sun is out shining and rain is on it's way .. another favorite of mine .. I guess you could just say that I love all sorts of weather .. 

Now it's back to work .. and instead of running in the snow .. we'll be splashing in the rain puddles in the next few days ..
Until Next Time..

Wishing you all
Warm Winter Blessings 


Monday, December 18, 2017

The Charming History of Chenille Bedspreads .. Peacock Alley

A few days back I was scrolling through Facebook posts and happened on one that I found so intriguing and ever so charming. It sparked my interest when It was about vintage Chenille bedspreads ... I don't know about you but I have always loved old Chenilles and even many of the newer ones that have made a resurgence in the last years..

In years past I found myself curious as to how they were made but never took the time to research it..

Thanks to the Old Marietta FB page who posts historical info about Marietta, GA and surrounding areas .. I'm not from GA myself but just a hop, skip and jump west of there but still in the south .. 

I think the original post from the OM FB page tells the history beautifully so here is their original post on the history of Chenille Bedspreads: ...

The World Capital for "Chenille Bedspreads"

Imagine: you’ve piled the family into the car and are driving south for a Florida vacation. You’re traveling along U.S. Highway 41 "Dixie Highway" in northwest Georgia, when suddenly both sides of the road become flanked by row after row of clotheslines chock full of stunning chenille bedspreads. Congratulations! You’re in the thick of “Peacock Alley.” And most likely you’re between Dalton and Marietta, GA.

1930s travelers often stopped and bought these bedspreads, and of the many designs adorning the spreads, the most popular among tourists was the peacock. Hence the nickname.

Sometimes the bedspread buyers believed their purchases to be examples of authentic American folk crafts, when in fact by that decade a well organized industry had formed around the tufted beauties.

Catherine Evans (later Catherine Evans Whitener) revived the handcraft technique of tufting in the 1890s near Dalton. Tufted bedspreads consisted of cotton sheeting to which Evans and (later) others would apply designs with raised “tufts” of thick yarn. These tufted bedspreads were often referred to as chenille products. Chenille, the French word for “caterpillar,” is generally used to describe fabrics that have a thick pile (raised yarn ends) protruding all around at right angles.

By the 1920s merchants had organized a vast “putting out” system to fill the growing demand. They established “spread houses,” usually small warehouses (or homes) where patterns were stamped onto sheets. Men called haulers would deliver the stamped sheets and yarn to thousands of rural homes in north Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. Families then sewed in the patterns. The hauler would make another round of visits to pick up the spreads, pay the tufters (or “turfers,” as they sometimes called themselves), and return the products to the spread houses for finishing. Finishing involved washing the spreads in hot water to shrink them and lock in the yarn tufts. The tufted spreads could also be dyed in a variety of colors.

The participation of farm families in this industry provided badly needed cash incomes and helped these families weather the Great Depression. It also produced fortunes for some. Dalton’s B. J. Bandy (aided by his wife, Dicksie Bradley Bandy) was reputedly the first man to make $1 million in the bedspread business by the late 1930s, but many others followed.

Also in the 1930s such companies as Cabin Crafts began to bring the handwork from the farms into factories. The bedspread manufacturers sought greater productivity and control over the work process and were also encouraged to pursue centralized production by the wage and hour provisions of the National Recovery Administration’s tufted bedspread code. These new firms also began mechanizing the industry by adapting sewing machines to the task of inserting raised yarn tufts.



1934. Mrs. Ralph Haney poses for a photograph in her kimono. The peacock design was made of chenille.


I hope you enjoyed learning about the History of the Chenille Bedspread as much as I did .. and if you are in or Near or from GA ... be sure and hop over to the Old Marietta, FB page HERE and be sure to like or follow their page.  

I would have loved to see all those Chenille Bedspreads flapping in the breeze on clotheslines heading down the Dixie Hwy... Wow what a sight that must have been and every wife and mom must have pleaded for the hubby to stop if for no more to see, touch and  dream of owning one and for those that could take one home I'm sure it was absolutely treasured .. I think that's why we find so many wonderful pieces of the past such as chenille bedspreads in such amazingly good condition.. that era wasn't a throw away society and their earnings when spent on a special items meant they took care of it and treasured it ..

Here's to treasuring Beautiful Pieces of the Past ..

Farmhouse Blessings ..