Archive for November, 2008

Old Yellowware

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

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There are so many wonderful things to collect for your country home. This is one of my favorites, clinic Yellowware. Over the last decade it has become increasing popular with collectors and prices have really gone up. Yellowware is difficult to date, buy and hard to place it’s origin because the majority of pieces have no markings. Well, some pieces do, but they are harder to find and usually cost three times as much. Yellowware was commonly used for food preparation from the early 19th century into the early 20th century. Made by firing yellow clay from the Ohio Valley, it ranges in color from pale yellow to a dark mustard color, the most favored and collectable color. Because the glaze on yellowware contains some lead, chipped pieces should not be used for food preparation. For me, setting it in a cupboard, is the best way to enjoy it, and I love the seeing all the pieces sitting together on a shelf.

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I have a beautiful, large yellowware bowl in Caroles Country Store. It’s a nice big one. It does have two very old chips, so if you like things perfect, this one is not for you. Personally I don’t mind if there are some chips. For me it’s just the history of the bowl, and I like that. I like thinking about the woman that owned it. Where did she live, and what did she use it for. How did it chip, and was she upset that it happened to her beautiful yellow bowl. There is also a mark on the inside. This was made by the kiln stilts, in the process of the making of the bowl. If you love yellowware, this is a great piece, at a great price for a bowl this size.

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Time to get ready to visit St. Michaels, in Maryland. Maybe I’ll find for goodies for the store. I’m hoping. Until our next visit-
Happy day!
Carole

Sewing Clamps

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

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If you are a sewer, stuff you have probably heard of sewing clamps. Sewing clamps were used the 18th and 19th century to attach one end of a piece of cloth firmly to a table to enable a seamstress to hold her sewing taut with one hand while stitching with the other. Before the invention of the sewing machine clothing, sheets and other household items were sewn by hand. Early clamps can be traced to the late 17th century. This one will be for sale in Carole’s Country Store before the end of the day. It’s 19th century and it does have a repair, but the clamp is still very strong. If you are a sewer or even if you aren’t, like me, you will love the way it looks. It just gives a room that early look that we love.
Before I go this morning, I want to thank everyone that visits my blog. I appreciate it so much and love knowing that you enjoy it. I will be driving to Virginia with my family, to be with my son for Thanksgiving. Over the weekend, I will be in historic St. Michaels, MD. for the weekend with some friends. After that, back to normal and I look forward to posting again. Until then, I am wishing all of you a very safe and blessed Thanksgiving Day.
Happy day
Carole

Antique Sleigh Bells

Monday, November 24th, 2008

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Saturday was freezing cold, buy we even had some snow, but that didn’t stop Janet and I from antiquing over the weekend. We stopped at several small towns along the way. One of the things I bought for Carole’s Country Store, are these gorgeous old sleigh bells. These are larger in size then most I have seen, so they have a different sound. As you can see in the photo below, there is a number 300, but I don’t know what it means. Did you know that horse bells have been found by archaeologists in England, dating back to the Roman Empire?

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Single bells were called “crotals”, and were mounted on Knight’s war horses in Medieval times. They were used for show, and as a symbol of wealth. Soon horse bells came to be viewed as a source of good luck, and as protection from evil and disease. Many believed that such bells would attract wealth or other good fortune.

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As time went on horse bells became regular ornaments for wagons and sleighs, while traveling in the countryside. Because sleighs are more difficult to stop then wagons, bells became practical, warning pedestrians and other drivers on narrow roadways. In some places laws were put into place, saying that all sleighs have bells. Today, in some places in Canada, they still have those laws on the books. In the early 1800′s there was a thriving sleigh bell industry in East Hampton Conn. During this time of their popularity, James Pierpont wrote the song Jingle Bells in the early 1800′s, and later had it published in 1857. Today it has been translated into many languages, and is a popular winter song worldwide.
Ooops, almost forgot. Do you want to hear Frank Sinatra sing Jingle Bells. Just click here.
Happy day
Carole

Old Glass Jars

Friday, November 21st, 2008

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When I woke up this morning, decease we had snow. What a surprise. Maybe I should pay more attention to the weather forcast. As I sit here with my laptop, remedy looking out the window, case it has started again. I took this picture, looking out of my kitchen window. I love old glass jars. I love the look of it and the feel of the old glass. The three jars on the left, are old jelly jars. The glass is beautifully etched and slightly frosted, and they have tin lids. I don’t know how old they are, but they are beautiful to me. I purchased them from an older Amish woman, who told me they belonged to her grandmother.

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Whenever I buy clothes and they have an extra button, I put them in jars. The small one on the right has some bubbles in it, the lid says, Schlorers Delicatesson Company. The large one is an old mustard jar. Maybe you think I’m crazy, but I just like them.
Happy day
Carole

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

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There are a few things I want to mention this morning. So many of you emailed me about getting more pewter in my website store. Soon I will have some, store so be on the lookout for them in the next few days. I will be antiquing this weekend, viagra and visiting some of my very favorite shops. I hope I come home with lots to offer you, doctor but even if I get just a couple of things, it will make the trip worth it. Yesterday I spent the day with a couple of girlfriends, Carole and Louise. It was at Louise’s house. She made such a nice lunch. I loved the dessert she made. She emailed me the recipe, so I thought I would post it this morning. It tastes like gingerbread, but better, and it has raisins and nuts in it. Darn, it didn’t work, so I can’t post it. If you would like me to email it to you, just let me know, or maybe later I can figure out what I did wrong, and post it tomorrow.

Don miss watching this. It will make you think, and hopefully, do.
Take good care and always have a-
Happy day
Carole

Looking Through Some of My Books

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

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Last night I was looking through some of my favorite books, help while sitting by the fire. It’s fun to look through the ones I haven’t visited for so long. I came across this picture of some tomato pincushions, sovaldi and I thought I would share it with you today. I bought a vintage one the other day, ed for my store.

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One of the reasons it appealed to me so much, was because it was in the sweetest little tin pale. The little pale is only 3 3/4 inches wide and about 2 3/4 inches high. The tomato pincushion comes out easily, if you want to add the pincushion to you collection. A basket full of them looks very charming. Many people put them in tall glass containers, with all shapes and sizes.

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These whimsical sewing-box staples are just as sweet as garden-grown-tomatoes, and you don’t have to wait until Summer to enjoy them. Did you know that pincushions were once set on mantels in new homes to bring occupants prosperity? If you know someone that just moved into a new home, this would make a very unique housewarming gift, or start your own collection today. It’s fun, and inexpensive. This one is waiting in Caroles Country Store.
Happy day
Carole

Antiquing in Southern Delaware

Monday, November 17th, 2008

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I went antiquing in Southern Delaware this weekend. There is a small town called Milton on the way to Rehoboth. I usually stop to see what I can find, cialis but I didn’t see anything this time. That’s always disappointing. I had one more stop, a few miles down the road, at Heritage Antiques in Lewis, DE. I know that some of you love the old fruit baskets, so I bought more. This one is a real beauty, and very unusual. It’s from the Eastern Shore in Maryland. It’s a nice size too, 15 inches wide and almost 15 inches high.

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I bought it, and a few small ones, including a couple of little 1/2 pint strawberry baskets. I’ll put them in my store soon, so let me know if you have any interest. By the way, have you noticed how much the gas has come down. It sure makes it a lot more pleasurable driving, when you not thinking about using up a $70. tank of gas!
Happy day
Carole

Headin’ to Rehoboth Today

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

Bill and I will be heading to Rehoboth today. We’re going to have dinner with some friends. I am looking forward to it. On the way down, sickness I will be stopping at some of the antique shops I like to visit in the area. I’ll be looking for more pewter. So many of you emailed me and requested I get more. I am on a mission, so I am hoping I can find some nice pieces for the store. I wanted to thank everyone that also emailed me about the Arnold Print Works animals. The cat and the pugs sold, but I do have this very rare monkey. He is also dated 1892. If you would like to read more about him, you can find him in Caroles Country Store. All of these animals look wonderful in a basket, very primitive and charming.

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I have a small collection of APW cats. They sit on my desk, in a little basket. I don’t know what it is about them, but they just make me happy when I look at them.

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I have an original 1892 pattern that I am going to sell in my store soon. If you have any interest in it, let me know, as these cats are very popular and when I have them, they seem to sell very quickly.

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As I write this post, it’s kind of weird outside. Looks like hail, and I can hear thunder in the distance. It’s really a good day to stay inside, but it’s more fun antiquing. Off I go. I’ll tell you all about my day, and hopefully I have some pictures to show you. So until our next visit-
Happy day everyone, make it a good one!
Carole

Decorating Ideas

Friday, November 14th, 2008

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I bought these old scissors, decease and have them for sale in my store. They are about 125 years old, look maybe older. The other day I was looking in my “idea” book, treatment and came across this idea. I thought it was such a unique way to keep string, twine, even ribbon for the holidays, and I thought I would share it with you.

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Most of us are familiar with Arnold Print Works animals, especially those wonderful cats, and pugs. I have a few of them in my home, sitting in an old basket. If you have a country home, these are a must have. I have this little guy for sale in my store. He is not an old one, but he he is reasonably priced and is anxious to find a home.

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The Arnold Print Works pugs are hard to find, especially in perfect condition.

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I have an original pattern from 1892 of a pug in my store. It has never been cut and in perfect condition, another unique gift for the person that has everything, and loves primitives. So that’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed our visit. Until tomorrow-
Happy day
Carole

Deerfield Garlic Has Sprouted

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

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We have had several warm days, salve here in Wilmington, troche DE. The other day I went outside to feel the warm sunshine. Guess what. The Deerfield Farm, garlic has sprouted. Can you see the little green sprout on the left? I just thought you might like to see. I can not wait until next Spring, to see the plants that sprout. Thanks, Christe’!