Thursday, January 20, 2011

My favorite purchases and an apology.

First, I have to give an apology.  For all these months, I didn't think anyone was commenting on my posts.  I must admit, I was a little disappointed, but it really wasn't a biggie.  However, as I was going to create this new post, I stumbled on the fact that I had 42 comments waiting for 'moderation'.  I didn't even realize I had that setting set up.  Now I get to go back and read through them all!!!  It's like Christmas all over again.  And I have the blog set up so that the comments show up automatically now.

I don't have any new crafts on the go, because I have to finish the refinishing of the pieces I am doing for my mom.  Just priming them up a bit, but it seems to be taking me a lot longer than it really should.  Hopefully by next week mom! (I know she's reading. LOL)  So I thought I'd share a few pictures of some goodies I've purchased in the last few months.

I bought this rake at an antique store, for much less than I was really willing to pay.  I'm torn on whether to hang anything(s) from the pegs.  Would you?  I'm open to suggestions.

This is an orchard ladder that I bought at an antique barn is Shipshewana, IN. on our road trip in November.  During the holidays, I used it to display my Christmas Cards.  It worked perfectly.

Now that the Christmas decorations are put away, although I'm still running across things I've forgotten to pack up, I'm redecorating the mantel.  When we moved into this house, the previous owners left behind a dozen or so, old ball canning jars!  The gourd is from my Mother In-laws farm.  I've got 12 more drying in the garage! I've got this set up on one end of the mantel.  The rest is empty. It's a work in progress.

I bought a big bunch of Sweet Annie on our road trip as well.  It smells so good!  I'm looking into growing some this year.

And last, but not least, the bin I had posted here.  I cleaned it up and left it as is.  I do believe it is a feed bin.  I am not using it as a blanket box.  I was unsuccessful at getting all the newspaper removed from inside and I got tired of trying.  The lantern on top was a gift from my mother for Christmas and the pantry cake I made myself.


  1. Hey Lori, love the new pictures, the house looks great! That rake is a fantastic find, I think you should hang a few things from it, really not sure what but I think it would complete that section. Great Job!

  2. Hi, Lori
    Your pics are wonderful!
    So many prim perfect displays!
    I love the old racks!
    The ladder display have to say is my fav, so very pretty, love your fireplace!
    So I hope you can read the comments!
    Your blog is wonderful!!!!!
    Hey,come visit me on mine!
    enjoy the evening

  3. Perfect display of everything...
    love the rack... Lori great job...
    Enjoy /Blessings..

  4. Thanks girls. I can now see the comments. YAY!!! LOL Teresa, I'm on my way over!

  5. Good morning Lori,
    I just found your blog through your cousin's blog 'Bittersweet and Prim' - she became one of my followers and so after reading all her posts I checked out her blog list and I am at yours.

    For some reason I think I've been here before but haven't been following...WELL I AM NOW!

    Very interesting blog Lori...I'm enjoying myself here.


  6. Hello Karen,
    Thanks so much for becoming a follower. I am glad your enjoying my blog as well as my cousins. I have been a follower of you Popular selling blog, but didn't realize you had another one as well. And I am now a follower of that one too. My cousin directed me your way. We both love your blog.

  7. Hi find the neatest things...that rake is awesome...I wouldnt want to cover it up...maybe just hang a bundle of sweet annie from it...this way you can still see the beautiful rake itself!!

    Your ladder looks great as does the simple gathering on your mantel!!

    Glad you can read the posts now and I look forward to seeing more of yours myself!!


  8. Hi Lori! I too found your wonderful blog thru Heather's blog! The rake is wonderful as is the ladder!
    Looking forward to following you!

  9. Love the rake! Honestly, I don't think I would hang much from it if anything at all. I love the simple look of it.

    The orchard ladder is wonderful! I found 3 old ladders at an antique store but didn't buy any and I've been kicking myself ever since. I really want one for my dining room and can't find one. I love the design and old look that yours has.

    How awesome to come across old jars that were left at your house! I love them and collect all colors, but especially that color. Love your candle light inside, neat idea!

    You have some wonderful displays in your home, Lori!


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