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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Auction Goodes & Dressing the Farmhouse for Autumn

Good Wednesday Morning Friends & Folk ~

 here are a few snaps of what {who} 
I brought home from the auction on Monday…

this beautifully over-loved rocking horse!
{{ the moment I saw him I knew he'd come home with me }} 



this is his 'good' side, but before I cleaned him up a bit…



and this is his 'not-so-good' side:
{with Minew inspecting, of course…}

his excelsior {wood shavings} are there, nice & firmly held into place with old cordage…
but his once-silky mohair coat has been ravaged by time.
{ and I'm sure a few mousels & moths too}




one of his rocker stretchers was busted…



so I got out my trusty wire & fixed him up good.
{Peter uses duct tape for everything, I prefer rusty wire!}




after blowing him off good with my leaf blower, 
~ then taking a soft bristle-brush to his mohair…
I began the arduous task of pinning his fur back into place best-I-could.

{You'll see his 'after' further along in this post}



and here is the other goodie that came home with me..
yes, another quilt.
like kittens & potato chips,
ya just can't have 
only one.

this one incorporates wools, homespun & cotton fabrics.
looks more 'pink' in the photo, but it's not ~ it's very neutral with browns & blues…




we dug our potato patch yesterday ~ well only a small portion we dug…
but, it yielded us tender red & white potatoes that went right into the pot for supper!




we also harvested the last of our Indian corn…
here it is drying in the sun on a dryer rack that Peter made me last year…

I will tie some together and hang them,
... others I will save the kernels and plant again next spring.




so, would you like to come in for a cup of tea?
I've decorated this old farmhouse in her Autumnal finery…
I just couldn't wait any longer…




here is the front of the Keeping Room ~
the 'cheddar' quilt on the back of the couch was another auction win!

I love to decorate in folk art style & colors…
...some drab, some poison but all primitive!
it all works together if you love it :)




here is a close-up of my blue tulip cupboard:
it holds all kinds of crazy things that I collect…mummified toad, cat skull…
mohair & wool squirrel from Lori Ann Corelis ~ a painted box from Misi Axel, 
...another box from Susan & Dorrie with a Jack on top, a small witch's house made by friend Lois…
a small wool appliqué by my hands…and another box made by Stacy Bear…
the 'cauldron' is actually a coffee-cup that Hannah brought me home from Disney, along with a genuine authentic wand {in cauldron} which is an exact replica of Professor McGonagall's!!
{I have her hat too!}
oh, and a tiny salesman-sample of a painted Hitchcock chair from Riverton, CT.




and here is the back of the Keeping Room…
can you see him?




there,
high atop my cupboard is my most-handsome steed…




He is all spiffy & clean now, wearing a wreath of bittersweet 'round his neck ~
when I started working with his fur, I didn't know his mane & tail were tucked up under the mohair…
I gently coaxed it out and fluffed it up a bit.
I love him and I feel as though he's happy again :)




next to that cupboard is my 'W O W' {a.k.a. Wall Of Wool} hooked rugs, that is!
these have been collected over the years from various artisans…
Sherry Kristoff, Lori Rippey, Bonnie Stahl…to name a few.



and here are a few more hooked rugs below ~
along with some Netty LaCroix tombstone angels that I dearly love.




Below is a photo of that entire wall shown above…
our flat screen television is hung above the blue mantle ~ Peter is making another,
 but bigger swinging arm crane for us which will hold yet another old quilt to hide the TV!
{I'd better head back to that auction then soon! ha!}




I'm sure you've noticed my many {many} dolls throughout the farmhouse…
there are at least 6 in each room ~
I have gathered them for many moons…I especially love the pumpkin and witch dolls ;)





my dolls were created by many different artisans as well ~
Becky Carney made this pumpkin folk below…
but I have dolls made by Wendy Stys-Van Eimeren, Norma Schneeman, Netty Lacroix…
Tina Lewonski & Tammy Speicher.
I am always on the lookout for new ones!




a couple of cross stitched pillows rest in an old gathering basket below…
these were stitched by friend Susan Hoover ~ the one on the left is my designed by Tina Woltman,
... the one on the right is my own design.




here is our Dining Room ~ below
...a small, but charming little room that I love to decorate!

the Bonnet Hutch was purchased last year right here by me
 from a dealer at our Gathering of Primitive Friends Show… 
{ it's awesome to be able to shop in your own front yard!}

the silk & beaded lamp was Peter's anniversary gift to me for our 25th a couple of yrs ago…
it too was purchased from a dealer at our own show :)




our hand-carved H O M E sign, created by our brother-in-law Thomas Parziale,
hangs proudly in this room…it reminds us of the most important thing in life
…a happy home & family.

more witch dolls, an old oil painting of pansies {love purple}, a small warren of rabbits made by Wendy Stys-Van Eimeren & Sherry Kristoff…old feed sacks hide one very small portion of my magazine & book hoard  ….ummm, collection.

and lots of early children's shoes too!
on the shelf and in the Mason's Black Shoe Polish box…
I can't control myself if I see a pair or even an abandoned lone shoe ~ I must give it a home!




the basket on top of my Bonnet Hutch was found under a barn here in VA ~
it was flat as a pancake when I pulled it out from under that barn.
I was told to soak it, then work it back into shape and let it dry…
~ it worked beautifully and it's original Indigo Blue dye is so pretty.
it hold quilts that are stored away...
{ya think?}
ha!

the tin & wooden toleware was collected piece by piece, 
with the small fragile toleware tray underneath given to me 
by my dear friend Joan Spalding as a birthday gift.
I now blame her for my toleware obsession…
thanks a lot.
:)



more Witch Sisters below sitting on a deacons bench from…
the auction!

far left, made by me.  middle & far right, Deena Warner.




Below,
my feather-tree stays up all year…
it is housed in an old 40 cup grey graniteware coffeepot, 
with a grey graniteware funnel for a topper.

right now it holds glass owl ornaments from my sister Louisea Parziale, and other assorted ornies collected over time…tiny little rice-lights stay on perpetually for a soft glow to this corner.




in a basket on the Bonnet Hutch is a collection of pocket-watches…
I nestled them on some raw flax and an abandoned birds nest.
then I tucked in some old string on winders, some beeswax & a flicker candle
and an early {ca. 1902} copy of 'Witchcraft in Salem Village" by John Fiske, 
who was a direct descendent of John Fiske who was a pastor in Salem Village during the Witch Trials.

guess where I cot my copy?
{yup! the auction}




here is the view from Dining Room into Kitchen ~



more hooked wool mats by Lori Rippey & Bonnie Stahl…
a clutch of Hens on Nests on a shelf built by Peter, an old blue time-clock cabinet,
and our Old Goat weathervane ~ 
this was a gift to me from a very dear friend, Priscilla…
we'll meet again one day sweet Ladye.

you can find reproductions of this weathervane (or similar ones) on the market today.
This one was taken down from her home in Gulford, CT which was built in the 1700's ~
… it was original to the home.




well, there you go ~ 
a small tour of the humble place we call home…sorry it was so long-winded!
I know that when I see other folks' homes, I want to know details ;)

I hope you enjoyed your visit ~
come by again soon & Blessed be…





… we'll leave a light on for you!!


~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

37 comments:

Prairie Primitives Folk Art said...

Lori, thank you sew much for the home tour!

Prior to, and since, my recent move and downsizing, I've been letting stuff go. Now I enjoy online home tours even more. Thanks again!

Barbara said...

Awesome!!

Sharon Laufer said...

What a fabulous tour. Love it all!

janie said...

Thanks for sharing. I just love your farm house and your new treasures!!!

Enjoy, Janie

Kathy L. said...

I love seeing your home. It always looks so cozy and wonderfully prim!

Kathy

Linda Ann Evans said...

Love, Love, Love your cozy farmhouse !!!! She looks beautiful all dressed for fall !!!! and, omg, that horse is awesome, so glad it went to a good home !

Fran Caswell said...

Your posts can never be too long. I look forward to each and every one. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home. .

Nancy D. said...

Lori, thank you for graciously inviting us into your home. It is charming, bewitching, magical, and very homelike (that's a word from an old fairy tale that I just love). The list of similarities between us is startling! But I guess there are many kindred spirits out there…we just aren't lucky enough to meet them all. Your rocking horse is a champion once again, and you have found just the right place for him! I will be heading to Salem next week…maybe I'll find an old book, too!

Jacqueline said...

Thanks for sharing and all the info... I love seeing how others decorate.

Maria said...

Lovely! Maria

mrsduncanmahogany said...

How so very lovely - you have a beautiful home! Such a cozy feel to it...

polly said...

Thanks for sharing! Beautiful Home!

Penny said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful farmhouse in her autumn finery! I love seeing all of your collections and decorations. It seems like such a warm and cozy home, where one could curl up with a warm quilt (I must have a quilt on me even in the summer months!) and a cup of coffee... and just be. Love it!

Penny said...

Also, I forgot to say that I absolutely love the horse!

Martha Doe said...

Thanks, Lori, for all the wonderful Fall decorating pictures...be still my heart! I filled a whole pinterest folder with them! I live vicariously through your and other prim friends decor! My son has his own style of decorating!
Love the rocing horse!

Martha

Orange Sink said...

Lori it's always a treat to see your wonderful farm house and the fabulous collections! I love the stories and hearing who made them! I think the old rocker horse must be thinking he died and went to heaven!
Thank you for so graciously sharing your home! A labor of love and creativity!
Hugs!!
Cathy G

Silent Stitches said...

Good afternoon Lori,
Thank you for inviting us into your cozy farmhouse. Beautifully decorated. The rocking horse looks right-at-home guarding his post on the cupboard. I enjoyed the visit & the cyber-tea was divine. Have a wonderful afternoon. ~C

Mugwump Woolies said...

Oooh...aaah...what a fun tour! I love when folks share their goodies and who made them! There are so many talented ladies...and gents...out there. You home is warm and inviting, and filled with wondrous things! I hope your noble steed will be getting a name once he's settled in and feeling like a member of the family! Hope you are feeling 110% good these days :)
Robyn

HomeSpunPrims said...

Oh Lori....I LOVE your new finds and they look just perfect where you have them displayed!! Loved all of your pictures too. Everything looks wonderful and you've given us so much inspiration. I wish I COULD come and have a cup of tea with you and take in all the lovelies in your special farmhouse in person! Autumn Hugs, Lori

jean edmonds said...

Thanks for the wonderful house tour! Love all your dolls! I have a small collection of bears and other assorted pets. Have been thinking of adding a few dolls too.

Ranae said...

Very cool! My little eye spies lots of goodies

woolwoman said...

The fall farmhouse tour was FABbulous ! you have some great collections. It's always fun to change the season and fall is one of my favorites. Being so sick makes you appreciate your stuff all the more. Enjoy every day ! Mel

NMK said...

Your Rocking Horse is Beautiful !!! What am amazing find !!! Your house is wonderful. I have lots of treasures & collections of neat things, so it is heart warming to see yours displayed so neatly & pretty. I just can't down size & need more neat things ! Thank you for the fun tour & hope you keep finding neat treasures to fill your home !!!!

Constance said...


Your home and your autumn decorations are beautiful.. I love, love, love the horse. He has so much soul and well loved pieces will always share their good energy and love with you and your family. As always I have enjoyed my visit to home and farm.

karen said...

What a wonderful place to call home! Thank you for the tour.

Janet said...

What a wonderful autumn house you gave created. Thank you for sharing it .....

Janet said...

What a wonderful autumn house you gave created. Thank you for sharing it .....

Janet said...

What a wonderful autumn house you gave created. Thank you for sharing it .....

Cheryl Reeves said...

I so love your rocking horse..I would have rescued him too..hes a beauty.
Your house is so cozy and inviting.
Thank you for sharing

Robin Hager said...

Lori, your home reflects who you are. Warm and lovely. Thanks for sharing with us!

Nancy said...

Thank You for the pictures of your house. It is so warm. You did a great job on the rocking horse and he has a wonderful house to live in and be loved. Nancy P.

Jane said...

What am I always saying about Notforgotten Farm,,,,MAGICAL!!
Can't wait 'til next Saturday!

Jackie said...

Thank you for the tour of your lovely home!

Krissy B. said...

Lori, You should do a book like 7 Gates Farm did. Photographs throughout the seasons in hardcover. It would be so well received and would be one that no one would part with. PLEASE!!!! Mark is determined to plan a trip to your place. He is smitten to say the least and so impressed with all that you and Peter create. He's been mapping out a route but I'm sure we'd have to fly. It would take many days to get there by car. We look forward to meeting you in Ohio. I'm so excited for that event! Thank you for sharing Krissy B.

Rebecca Franks said...

a really fabulous home tour... I scrolled through this late last night and thought about all your decorations throughout today. I am totally inspired to bring out the Fall now!!! thank you for the wonderful post

moosecraft said...

Absolutely gorgeous and peaceful! :-)

Jeanne said...

Very nice....love everything about your farmhouse....and that horse is wonderful.