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 .. 






Winter


Fall




 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 

Sara


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.

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

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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 .. 
Sara

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Looking for a fun One of a Kind Christmas Gift ?

Merry Christmas Y'all .. 

I can't believe we're only a few weeks away from Christmas I'll tell you the older I get the days and weeks and months just fly by .. I think I've heard that a time or two from my older family members as well .. By Golly they sure were right .. !

Well if you haven't found that special gift for that special someone .. I just though I would share some of our newest Farm Girl Fancies Upcycled Flannel Shirt / Jackets  just in case it might fit that certain someone you've been looking for just the right gift ... 
We have a variety of sizes and colors and each piece we design is a true One of a Kind .. with special attention to the details .. so here's a few sneak peeks .. 



























For more detailed photos and sizes be sure and visit our Etsy shop HERE


Warm Winter Blessings ..
Sara



Saturday, December 9, 2017

New Farm Girl Fancies ...


Coming to our Etsy shop tomorrow Sunday December 10th .. 

We will be listing all new Farm Girl Fancies Upcycled Flannel Shirt/Jackets

We have had requests for sizes XL - 3X .. we will have 6 available in those sizes as well as sizes Sm through Lg...




Have a Beautiful Evening 
and
Merry Christmas 
from
Sweet Magnolias Farm !

Monday, December 4, 2017

New Additions and a quick revamp to the shop

It was a busy Monday for us .. how about you all ? 

Today we spent the better part of the afternoon at our shop space. We took in all sorts of new vintage goodness and did a little revamping to our shop displays that were looking a little bedraggled after items have sold and left either empty spots or left the display lacking .. 

And as I said adding more vintage goodness to the shop space ..Here's a bunch of photos for you all to enjoy and if you're local be sure and hop on down and visit our shop space or run or drive or take the bus .. LOL .. whatever makes you happy and bring a few friends while you're at it !
 
 
 
 
 we recently sold out of our Pendelton, Irish Wool and Plaid Throws ... so I was thrilled to find a few more .. along with a vintage green and cream floral bed blanket with original tags .. A vintage Montgomery wards Western Field Stainless Thermos .. The cutest Plaid Flannel Purse .. a cool Western snap front Pendelton shirt and so much more !
 
 
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If you love Kitchy and Colorful .. we have some fun pieces .. 






I'm Loving one of our newer pieces .. the Apple Jack 5Cent Candy Box ..



And we are getting down to the last few of our Biddies Valley Eggs Boxes .. original never used from the 1950's ..



Our Vintage Buffett got a whole new look today ... it's full of vintage Whites .. We have a beautiful 8 pc place setting of vintage white Scalloped Restaurantware ..  and some gorgeous vintage white pitchers.. or if you've been looking for those hard to find Ruffled Milk Glass Cake Plates .. we have a new one into the shop today !









And .. Some fun Christmasy Goodness

















And Lastly .. new to the shop today is this stunning cocoa brown suede leather duster Coat with Ruffled trim ... size Med..  and in pristine condition ! Would make an amazing Christmas gift !




Or come check out our Farm Girl Fancies Upcycled Flannel Shirt .. We have a nice variety of color and will be adding more this weekend !



Well that's a walk through our shop space hope you all enjoyed it .. be sure if you're local or passing through Ozark, MO on your way to or from Branson, MO to stop in at Camp Flea Antique mall just off the Jackson Street Exit and come see us Space #777 ...

Until next time..
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and 
Sweet Farmhouse Blessings 
Sara