Fireboards and Memory Lane

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While on my day trip a few weeks ago to New Oxford, search I took this photo in one of the antique shops we visited. In the description, unhealthy it didn’t say what it was, ed just that it was “hand carved curtains”. I think it might be a fireboard. Are you familiar with them? Fireboards were used the in 18th century, placed in front of the fireplace opening, when not in use. It also helped to keep animals out. When I was in my late 20′s, early 30′s, I had a few businesses. You might have read this in my bio.

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Back in the day, there was a lovely upscale furniture store in Wilmington, DE. I made custum fireboards and floorcloths for them, Hunt Country Furniture and Ethan Allen Furniture Store too. These photos are very old, but I am glad I still have them. It brings back wonderful memories for me. I loved my little business.

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These are two of the fireboards. I am thinking of making one for my fireplace, but I’m not sure yet. I love seeing the opening. If I do make one, it will have to be very plain, I don’t want it to take away from that wonderful hooked rug.

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In my 30′s I made “country plaques”, I called them, or “country store signs”. I made so many different kinds, I couldn’t tell you how many, but alot! They look so “cutesy” to me know, but back then, they were popular. In the late 70′s and 80′s, there were lots of country stores. Country was just getting popular and it was just the right time for me to be in that business.

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This was my little kitchen. Oh, I loved my little house, it was my first one.

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I loved stenciling too. Gee, I seem to have gotten a little carried away. I guess seeing these photos got me thinking of how much fun I had and how much I enjoyed decorating and making things, back then too. I think I just took you down “memory lane” with me, hope you enjoyed it.
Happy day.
Carole

7 Responses to “Fireboards and Memory Lane”

  1. Christine Crocker Says:

    oh Carole, your fireboards and country store signs are wonderful.
    That’s a pretty wonderful carved fireboard, I’ve never seen anything like it.

    I know what you mean about how things that we made in the 70′s and 80′s are a little funny to us now, but back then, they were very popular.

    Like you, I loved my little business, making my things and selling them.
    I recently found something I had made in 1974 in an antiques shop! I had to laugh, my little tag was still sewn onto it and they were selling it as an antique!
    I love your pictures this morning.
    xo,Christe’

  2. Carole Says:

    Good morning. I too, found one of my plaques in an antique shop! Talk about feeling old! LOL
    Thank you, Christe’
    Carole

  3. Lisa Says:

    I love this trip down memory lane. We should do more of those!!!

  4. Gen Says:

    I enjoyed the trip down memory lane! Ya know I love the stenciling and mr kitty sittin on the stairs ;) Thank you for sharing with us.

  5. louise Says:

    Hi Carole,
    Your little house was so charming!
    You have always had such a great eye for decorating!
    Love all your creations!
    Louise

  6. Carole Says:

    Thank you Louise. So nice hearing from you.
    Carole

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