Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Perfectly Primitive Weekend

This weekend has been a blast!

In addition to starting a new Maggie Bonanomi design (above), I visited my parents in central Illinois and together we attend not one, but three perfectly primitive antique shows.

The first to open was Homesteaders on the Prairie in Arthur IL. They did a lovely job with the entrance and the anticipation climbed!

Once inside the entry tent, you were greeted by these wonderful flags and sweet bluegrass music...

I was thrilled to get to meet Lizzie Arakelian of Lizzie's Cabin. She writes the wonderful "A Simple Woman's Diary" in "A Simple Life" magazine. Everytime an issue arrives in my mailbox, the first thing that I do is flip to her diary and read it immediately!
I was hoping to meet Jill Peterson, who I admire so, but she was unable to attend. My mother and I each made some purchases and then it was on to our next show - Country Spirit in Arcola IL.

Here it was such a joy to meet Kristine Berg Doss, Jeremy Doss and Dan Weaver of "A Primitive Place" magazine. I felt like I knew them from their blogs and forums... How fun!
The evening was coming to a close, but I knew that there was more coming...
The next morning we attended The Gathering on the Prairie in Arthur IL

As soon as we walked in the show, a piece from across the room absolutely took my breath away:
I had to go look at it right away! Isn't this hooked rug absolutely stunning! The form and colors are out of this world! It was sold, although even if it wasn't I would not have been able to purchase it as the cost was astronomical. But I was so happy to be able to view it and the dealer was so kind to allow me to photograph it.
My absolute favorite booth was ___ (darn, of course now I have misplaced his card... As soon as I locate it I will add the name.)
Oh how I wish that I could have purchased everything in his booth!

The silhouettes, frakturs and calligraphy were simply stunning and he was so kind to allow photos.
My mom made a few purchases at the shows:

This beautiful antique basket is in beautiful shape and her new wooden bowl looks just great here.
I picked up a few coverlet pieces and my mind is whirling with ideas...
I also picked up a few baskets:
Can't wait to put the handled basket in an Easter vignette. And the tiny berry basket will be perfect for some antique strawberry emeries that I picked up...
I've collected sock darners for a while and have never seen one with printing on it before... The needles store inside the handle and can be shaken out through the tiny hole. Some day I'll have to share photos of some of my favorite sock darners...

I also couldn't resist this antique primitive wooden box and a few pieces of folk art. Two chicks and an egg from great old hemp fabric, a folk art bird and a chalkware rabbit.

Now the fun part ~ finding just the right place for each of my treasures. It snowed all the way home and the roads were pretty slick, but at least it is spring time in my heart and in my new treasures...
Things have been so hectic at home and work lately. This little getaway was just what I needed to recharge and get ready to face another hectic week.
I hope that each of you had a perfectly primitive weekend as well!
Blessings, Patti


Dan said...


It was so nice to meet you over the weekend!

I am so glad that you enjoyed all three shows. They all looked wonderful! I, like you, would have loved to have purchased everything in Arcola. Maybe I should start playing the lottery...LOL!

I hope you have a great week!


Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

I so wish I could have been there with a kristine and the APP gang.

You got some wonderful goodies!!

Carla said...

Patti, I agree the shows were wonderful. I wish I had gotten a chance to meet you. It was so nice meeting everyone in person. I love your purchases. I bought one of the coverlet pieces from that booth, too. I remember your favorite booth well. He had beautiful things. I was in awe! Now, I can look forward to the fall show. We stopped for lunch at Yoder's Kitchen. I was very impressed. The food was delicious! Enjoy your new spring treasures.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a fun way to spend a day! Love all the pics and the goodies you got are just wonderful. Love the sock darner!

Vonna said...

Looks lik you had a great good time!

Mindy/Raymond Homestead said...

Looks like you had an awesome time! Love your purchases especially the baskets! Can't wait to see your finished Maggie project!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Thanks for the tour of your enjoyable outing.
Glad you got to meet some of the magazine/forum people...oh how I wish I had been there.

You sure purchased some wonderful goodies.


Joanne said...

Looks like a wonderful weekend - all those treasures - wow!

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Hi Patti!
looks like you had a great time...wish I lived closer to attend those shows! ~ love your pics and your goodies...thanks for sharing your fun with us!

Lana said...

Wow Patti! I bet you were in primitive heaven! :)

Thanks for sharing all those booths. I wish there were some shows like that going on near me.

p.s. The guy's name that you couldn't think of wouldn't happen to be Steve oe Steven, would it?

Jean said...

Oh wow - fabulous finds!

A Fine Farmhouse said...

Love it all ! I just found your blog.... I like it very much... I must do some more exploring.... I had a big ol' smile on my face when I saw the pic of Lizzie ! She did our show when we had it...and have had the pleasure of doing other shows with her I love her ! and so many other vendors at that show... We enjoyed the Homesteaders show the first year they had it. Hope to go back someday. Very nice to "meet" you.. I love forward to reading and seeing more from you.

Roberta said...

I'm envious! What a great way to spend the weekend and I'm glad you found some special pieces to remind you of the fair.