Thursday, February 10, 2011

Can you see what I see...???

I have been a bit slack (well okay a LOT slack) on the BLOG front of late but have been finding myself a bit busy and therefore short of time (but hey what else is new...lol).

This being said I decided it was well past time for a blog post. Hmmm....but now I have found some time to post I am faced with my next problem.... what to write about???

Well..... this lead me to wander aimlessly around my home and started me thinking about some of the things I love that I have surrounding me on a daily basis. For a change I am not going to talk about family or friends..... this time it's more so the things that I love that I have collected over the years. The old, vintage and pre-loved items that surround me in my day to day life...

When I look at these items I see more than just their physical prescence... often I am lead to imagine the history behind them... their previous owners... their uses... I imagine this is why I am drawn to them in the first place!

Anyways....I guess this is my long-winded way of easing into my post for today....I thought I would share with you a few pictures of some old treasures I have collected and what I see when I look at them....so let's see if you can see what I can see???....lol


an old basket....
practical for gatherings, berries, fruit, yet to be finished craft projects, wool, eggs, filled with gifts for a visit to a friends home...Easter eggs, picnic sandwhiches
...but also I see it filled with fruitful gifts for a settlers family, damper or fresh crusty homemade bread freshly baked for the pending Sunday picnic on the carriage ride home from town after the Sunday church service ...maybe even a fresh baked apple pie that layed cooling on the windowsill only earlier that morning and some freshly squeezed lemonade in old mason jars as well....

an old sewing basket...
aside  from the obvious sewing memorabilia I see..mending the hole in a pair of Sunday best stockings after they were caught on a tree after a game of hide and seek, lovingly stitched homespun dresses and matching bonnets made from the material of one of ma's old dresses, patient sewing lessons by the open fire, samplers and hand me down heirloom quilts...added to and repaired from generation to generation...

an old larder cupboard...
here I see prairie cakes, fresh baked apple and blackberry pies made from fresh eggs collected daily from the chicken coop and produce lovingly and painstakingly preserved and jarred for the long cold winter...I see a family sitting around a scrubbed timber table sharing the tasty delights prepared from the fresh produce gathered by the family from their own farm ...
an old timber butter churn...
milk collected from "bessie" in an old timber pail...cream separated and painstakingly churned into butter which is then "patted" and stored in the old icehouse for use on handmade loaves of crusty bread....but not every day...just on special occasions and Sunday dinners...

old baking collection...
cooking lessons with ma by the old fuel stove, recipes handed down from generation to generation and of course licking the bowl and the old timber spoon clean....

old coat...
although worn from years of use and being handed down from sibling to sibling this is Sunday's best coat...off to church with ma and pa in the wagon with the other siblings, on it goes...paired with Sundays calico's, mended best stockings (because the hole mentioned before)...hair in braids, tied back with best blue hair ribbons blowing in the wind on the trip there...

Well thats about it for now...maybe I can share some more with you at a later date.

I hope you enjoyed my pictures and were able to see just a little of what I see.....

Until next time.....


6 comments:

  1. I soooooo love your collection :) Best wishes, Jenny

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  2. Once again your imagination has taken us back in time. Not sure we could 'see' everything you can but then none of us have a brain that works quite like yours (I'm being nice here, really!!!) Love having a peek at some of your amazing collection. xxx

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  3. Jenny... Thanks so much for popping in xxx

    Jackie...Now you SAY you're being nice but are you REALLY???...lol. Oh well at least the brain is functioning in one way or another... as everything else seems to be falling apart these days (or heading south...lol)...enjoy your break xxx

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  4. Lovely Chris, and what an imagination!! and what a collection, I think we as collectors all wonder about the who the how the wherefore and the why of a particular treasure, it's nice to imagine that a special something had a lovely story to tell.
    xx

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  5. Hi Chris, What beautiful Prim items! I agree, it's interesting to think about the history of such special pieces. Enjoy your lovely collections and the special stories behind them. Barb :)

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