Sunday, November 13, 2011

A weekend well spent...

This weekend my sister and I traveled to central Illinois to visit our parents and attend not one, but four fantastic primitive shows!
First we attended Homesteaders on the Prairie where I was so fortunate to meet Ben Ashby & Heath Stiltner of FOLK magazine. I can't say enough about this exciting and innovative new magazine! They are both as kind and patient in person as they appear in the magazine. They had a sweet little booth selling the new Christmas issue (with a 2 page TDIPT Mercantile feature of which I am a part) and items from their new FOLK label private collection.
At Homesteaders, I also had the sweet pleasure of meeting Roberta of Cottonwood Lane Primitives. We've followed each others blogs and it was so special to meet such a lovely person inside and out :) I only wish that we had more time to visit. Be sure to stop by her blog to see lovely photos of the booths at the shows. I was too busy shopping and being overwhelmed with the selection to take photos lol.
It was so fun to see another familiar face! Marsha Albrecht of Kindred Spirits was a roomie of ours in the Second Story at Boxwood & Berries 2010. What a surprise to see her with a stunning booth!
We also attended the Country Spirit show, A Gathering on the Prairie show and A Rural Life show! WoW! It is amazing what you can pack in to 36 hours!
I came home with lots of goodies:
a piece of ticking, 3 pieces of coverlet, the latest issue of FOLK, a Distelfink (bird) by Woodland Primitives (FOLK private label), a framed spencerian calligraphy of two birds and a nest, 5 wonderful engraved sleigh bells, a treen ware needlecase, a notecard of Adam & Eve by Anne Childs, and do you see my treasure next to the needlecase? A lovely leather acorn by Marsha!
I also added to my collection of primitive wood boxes:
A wonderful bluish green box with original paint. The natural wooden box had it's treasure inside...
Covered in early wallpaper, it's a lap desk with lots of compartments, some hidden under panels covered in black silk. The paper is stored in the lid behind a silk covered panel.
The bottom compartment features a flowered label that I think might have been added later...
The green box also has compartments inside.
It was a weekend well spent and even more enjoyable since I spent it with my sister and parents.
Please be sure to stop by TDIPT Mercantile tonight! The 15th of the month artists are updating their offerings and the Open House giveaways are continuing...
And it isn't too late to enter my giveaway on the post below...
Blessings, Patti


bayrayschild said...

Oh Patti, it sounds as if you had a blast!
I sure wish there were something like that here in Savannah.
There is nothing here to feed my need for primitives=(
I end up shopping on line most of the time.

I just love all of your treasures!
Hugs, Audrey

TheCrankyCrow said...

Good thing we don't shop together...we'd get to squabbling real quick over who saw what first! I absolutely adore each one of your treasures...oh so not fair that you got to go to not only one, but FOUR amazing shows like that - and all in one weekend....we have nothing of the sort in these parts. Especially love your boxes...I have a real thing for them - especially painted ones - and they're getting harder and harder to find. Happy Tuesday Patti! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

marly said...

Oh you lucky girl! FOUR shows! We only have a very small one and it has moved further away. You made great purchases - love love the boxes. And your header.

Handworkt said...

There is nothing comparable to primitive antiquing in the Midwest. I love all your treasures - especially the boxes!How special to get to go with family too!

Rabbit Hill ~ Handmades by Jenn Tavoletti said...

We have such similar tastes...I would have bought EVERYTHING you came home with!!! It looks like you had a blast. Have a happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to you and your family! Jenn xo