I'm so excited to share my purchases from the central Illinois primitive antique shows that I attended.
I may be sick of winter and snow, but I simply couldn't pass up this wonderful single ice skate :)
I will happily pack it away to discover again next winter :)
At one point it was painted silver, which has mostly faded away, but I loved how it adds to the patina.
And who can resist a few pieces of reasonably priced ticking! You can never have too much ticking!
I was so thrilled to find this wonderful tin quilt template!
It was a dangerous weapon to carry through the show as it kept poking holes through the bag.
My plan is to hang it in a window, but I haven't quite gotten that far yet.
It is a nice size - about a foot across or so.
This autograph book is not in the best shape as the covers are falling off, but the treasures were inside...
"Carrie" had friends and family sign this book from 1870 - 1890.
She added poignant notes as time passed.
(Note the addition of "deceased" near the binding.)
The hand writing and sentiments are lovely. She also included a few newspaper birth and wedding announcements as well as obituaries next to the applicable signatures.
I'm sure I will share more as I spend some time reading through it...
And I simply can't attend a show without looking for sewing necessities...
Do you recall the photos from Jacque Bradford's booth?
Well, I found this wonderful velvet carrot emery in her lovely booth.
I also couldn't resist another well aged and used velvet pincushion along with the best patriotic needle case.
Inside is an advertisement for C. D. Kenny Co., a coffee and tea proprietor who arrived in Baltimore in 1872.
I also couldn't resist this tiny German bunny.
I had to photograph him with the pincushions and emery so that you can see how tiny he is :)
I love his fragile little wooden legs.
I also added two new pieces of folk art to my collection:
An original painting from the phenomenal Anne Child and a tiny pin box by the talented Steve Shelton.
I fell in love with a few of Anne's paintings (actually all of them), but Adam & Eve in Sunflowers won out for the wonderful antique frame. Especially when I realized the frame was from Florence, Italy where my husband and I vacationed many years ago...
You can see photos of Anne's lovely home in Jill Peterson's wonderful book, The Settlement.
I was thrilled to see Steve Shelton at the show again as I love the painting that I bought from him at the last show. This tiny little pin box spoke to me - the painting and drawings could pass for an old wallpaper box.
Well, thank you for letting me share my new treasures,
I am enjoying them so!
Is it wrong to say that I can't wait for the November shows? lol!
"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness."