Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Best.Estate Sale.Ever Part 2 and a little giveaway...

I forgot to mention in the last post that the photos that I shared were from and were taken before the sale began. (although believe it or not about 50% of those items were still there!) is a national website that allows you to subscribe to an email update showing you the estate sales in your area. I have subscribed to it for a few years now, but had my email updates set for within 5 miles of my house. You can be sure that I have expanded my area now! LOL!
I have to say that I am a true collector - having one item is never enough ;) it's always better to have a few. And once you start collecting an item you start searching for better more unusual items in that category. I learned from the best - both my parents are collectors as well. I really appreciated this woman's wonderful collections and thought about how she must have felt as she amassed such an incredible collection of treasures.
I was thinking that it might be fun once every other week or so to share with you some of my many collections...
Anyway~ here are my purchases from the sale:
I have been having fun changing the greenery in this neat old lantern for the seasons - I took this photo in the winter.
Yes, I bought not one, not two, but three punched tin lanterns! How greedy am I?!
Each one was so unique and when you held them up to the light the intricate designs were mesmerizing. The one on the far right had her original purchased price tag on it - "Early pierced tin lantern with rare regional history" Oh how I wish that I knew what that "rare regional history" was...
This tiny little lantern was the first thing I picked up and just couldn't put it back down.
The fish scale piercings are so neat and it appears to have remnants of old red paint. It measures a mere 6 inches tall and has its original hook and bellow. I just need to find the right place to hang it.
I think that I am now a collector of lanterns :) I've put timer candles in each of them and love how they glow at night. 
And my most treasured find and my most precious antique (right now ;)
My Noah's Ark

This wonderful hand painted ark is hollow with a little wire latch.
Inside were 29 animals, one bird and 2 men and 2 women.
The details on the carving and painting are wonderful. The little pigs snout, the deers white chest, the cows spots. I love how the animals aren't to scale (the pigs are bigger than the deers, etc) I can imagine a child playing with it on a Sunday afternoon after church... I've put a timer candle on this shelf as well, so that I can still admire it in the dark as I walk by :)
Well, I put together a little giveaway if anyone might be interested:

Staying with an antiques theme: A few favorite magazines for reading about antiques, two old quilt squares, an old piece of ticking, an old wooden hoop, an antique key and a few old mother of pearl buttons.
As always, my giveaway is open to everyone. If you don't blog, just drop me an email at with "Antiques" in the subject line. And tell me in your comment or email - what one antique do you hope to own one day?
I will pick a winner on Friday, June 7th.
And I will be back here on June 1 with a few handmade offerings that I have been working on...
"By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!"
~Romans 5: 1 - 5
Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Best.Estate Sale.Ever!

Do you know Rhonda of Kattywhompus Primitives?
She has two lovely Etsy shops and is an artist on Early Work Mercantile.
She also is a writer for Mercantile Gatherings Magazine and last winter wrote an incredible article about our favorite shop, Country Sampler in Spring Green, Wisconsin. I had the pleasure of meeting Rhonda at Boxwood & Berries at Country Sampler two year ago and it was a joy!
This past fall, I received an email from Rhonda. She wanted to let me know about an incredible estate sale that she had heard about and thought was near my home. It was about 40 minutes away and it was an incredibly busy weekend, but after I saw the photos I knew that I had to get there some way, some how! Between commitments, I figured out that I could go to the Estate sale on the final day, but could only stay for about 40 minutes and would have to run. I took my small budget, hopped in the car with my gps and headed out.
There was a line of about 12 people ahead of me and time was ticking. Seeing the treasures they were coming out with I started hyperventilating! All the good stuff was going out! The house was teeny and tiny and as one person left, one could go in. I waited as patiently as I could...

The woman that had lived there was an incredible collector of primitives - no junk here. She didn't have just one of anything, each type of item was an entire collection!  Her home was bursting to the brim and each and every item was the best quality available - no reproductions.

I can't imagine how long it took her to amass her collections.

But just looking at everything brought me such joy!

Time was ticking and I had to make some decisions.
(Those that know me know that I am not good at making spur of the moment decisions :) I must ponder and agonize over every purchase LOL! So my 30 minutes flew by in the blink of an eye!

 If only my budget had a few extra zeros after it!
The prices were fair retail antique shop prices, but
I was fortunate enough to be there on the final day, so everything was half off!
Even so a bigger budget would definitely have helped with the decisions!

 This was the room I spent the most time in... agonizing!
I have always wanted a punched tin lantern, but oh my stars! How do you make a decision with card tables stacked on top of each other filled with punched tin lanterns??!
I have always been mesmerized by toy Noah's Arks, I had a plastic one as a child that I adored and treasured. I had never seen an antique one in real life, just online or in books and here was an entire fleet. This was the only decision that I was able to make in a snap!
After my half hour was over and I was heading home, I had to call my parents on the phone to tell them all about it. I think it took a few minutes before they could understand what I was saying, I was babbling so!
Don't you love all these antique painted baskets piled up in the bathtub!
Thank you ever so much Rhonda for taking the time to tell me about this incredible sale!
(I told  her so with a little treasure that I found for her there :) 

It was a half hour that I will never ever forget!
In my next post I will share my purchases.
And if I can get myself together I will have a little giveaway of some sort...
Blessings, Patti

Friday, May 17, 2013


"Is it Spring Yet?
Design by Maggie Bonanomi
for Blackberry Primitives
Butternut Days Club

Taking pictures at night, it is hard to do a piece justice.
(Ignore my foot in the shot as well :)
Is it better without a flash.
Or with a flash?
I love this wonderful design and wanted to finish it before spring is over...
I haven't worked on a wool piece for myself in a while, but this one inspired me to do so :)
I usually back all of my mats, but for some reason the torn frayed edge really appeals to me.
If I back it, the edge looks more finished.
What do you think? Should I consider it finished? Or should I back it?
The kit included a piece of Blackberry Primitives new hand-dyed velvet.
So I used it for the middle egg.
It has been sometime since I have had a giveaway. My crafting time has been limited, so I might think of something else for a giveaway soon.
Wishing you a lovely weekend doing what you love!
Blessings, Patti

Monday, May 13, 2013

The World of Small Club Kit #1

"World of Small Club Needlebook"
design by nikyscreations

What a treat it is to receive a little package from Niky with such a sweet little kit in it ~ coming all the way from Italy!
I have finished kit #1 just in time as kit #2 has now arrived.
The top photo shows the front of the needlebook. (Don't tell anyone, but I made a mistake when centering it, so I added the three tiny mother of pearl buttons so that it isn't so obvious. shh...)
The bird is the back of the needlebook.
And here is the inside:

I love the tiny print cordouroy.
You can find Niky's blog here.
And her lovely Etsy shop here.

On Mother's Day, my husband, sons and I went down to historic Prairie Avenue to see the wonderful old mansions where Chicago's elite lived in the late 1800's. Only about 20 still remain standing. The neighborhood sat in incredible neglect and despair for almost 90 years, but in the past 25 years has seen a wonderful rebirth.

The Glessner House, designed by H.H. Richardson, is now a museum. We went on a walking tour, but photos are not allowed inside. Almost all of the furnishing and artwork are originals from the house ~ truly a wonderful example of the Arts and Crafts movement. Beautiful William Morris wallcoverings and textiles and lots of quartersawn oak.
You can read more about it on their blog:
After our walking tour, we had dinner in a lovely little Italian restaurant near my son's dorm.
I received these beautiful yellow tulips and a handmade card - my favorite!
I also received two tickets to see the Goat Rodeo Sessions featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile at Ravinia this summer! I cannot wait!
Lest you think my family is too perfect, I asked who would be going to the concert with me. The response, they will draw straws and the short straw will come with :) 
Nonetheless - I am blessed!
I have to share my favorite Goat Rodeo Sessions song with you here.
"because of your father’s God, who helps you,
because of the Almighty, who blesses you
with blessings of the skies above,
blessings of the deep springs below"
~Genesis 49:25
Blessings to you, Patti

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Found Stitchery Now Finished

"Simple Bounty Cupboard Sampler"
design by Heartstring Samplery
Do you remember the lost pattern that actually resulted in finding the completed stitching?
Well it is now finished and hanging!
What a quick stitch! LOL!
You can find Beth's sweet blog here.
And you can purchase her lovely patterns here.
When I was searching for this pattern, I also located another stitched Heartstring Samplery design that I hope to put together soon. Will share when I do!
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 
Blessings, Patti

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Offerings...

“Key to the Garden of Eden”
 This Adam & Eve key fob was created with hand-dyed floss and backed with matching hand dyed wool. It is based on a Primitive Jewel design. It is filled with crushed walnut shells for weight and measures approximately 2.5 by 4 inches. The antique skeleton key can be removed if you prefer to attach it to your favorite sewing scissors.
“Key to the Garden of Eden” is offered at $24 plus shipping.

"Large Antique Coverlet Sewing Box"
 I made an antique coverlet sewing box a few months ago and loved it so much, that I decided to make another. This is a large Sewing Box measuring approximately 7.5 inches across and 3 inches tall. While I envision it as a sewing box to keep your scissors and thread close at hand, it can be used for a multitude of treasures. The antique coverlet covers the box inside and out and the bottom of the box is covered with a vintage cream wool. *Antiques pictured are not included.*
Antique Coverlet Large Sewing Box is offered at $44 plus shipping.
~*Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

"May Basket Pillow"
 I couldn’t let May Day go by without creating a basket full of flowers! This pillow is based on a Buttermilk Basin design and is backed with a soft flannel. It measures 9 by 9 inches. Offered at $29 plus shipping.

"A Harvest of Blessings "
Stitched in 2003, this Bright Needle design has been professionally framed and has a sawtooth hanger on the back. It measures approximately 8 by 8 inches.
Offered at $40 plus shipping.
~*Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~ 
If you are interested in any of the items above, please send me an email at
I accept paypal, checks and money orders.
Blessings, Patti