~Where the Past is Always Present~

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Beautiful Historic Town of Zoar Ohio

The Beautiful Town of Zoar Ohio 
August 4th 2012 

The Harvest Festival and Antique Show and Sale 
Thought I would share some of the photos I took of this wonderful quaint little historic town 
 The Bimeler Cabin
circa 1817
The Garden House in the background and Gardens
Zeeb's Cabin
circa 1817

The Zoar Hotel
circa 1833
 The Keeping Room Bed and Breakfast
& Antiques in The Wash House
The Cider Mill of Zoar
Gift Shop and Bed and Breakfast
circa 1863
Cute Sheep inside The Cider Mill
Private Residence
circa 1820's
The Bauer Haus
Private Residence and Antique Shop
Outside of the Bauer Haus
The School  House in Zoar
circa 1868
Some antiques for sale inside the school house
The Zoar School
The first School in Zoar
circa 1830
The village of Zoar was founded in 1817 by German religious dissenters as a communal society and represents “an exceptional historic way of life.” Few such settlements in the U.S. are as well preserved as Zoar and have such distinctive architectural and historic features. It is of exceptional value in illustrating the heritage of our nation. Zoar is a national treasure enjoyed by thousands of Americans every year.

Historic Village of Zoar Placed on Endangered Historic Site List... 

It is #11 on America's Most Endangered Historic Places 

see link below to learn more:


and here is a link to The Zoar Community Association :

.....and finally here is a photo of the pie safe along with the butter churn on top that we bought at The Cider Mill of Zoar while we were visiting :)

Summer will soon be coming to a close-Looking forward to a beautiful Autumn
~Thanks for visiting~


Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Sampling of Samplers

~A Collection of Samplers~

Some old, some new, 
some I've sold.
Some reproduced on paper and others proudly stitched
"With a Silken Thread So Fine
This Is How I Spend My Time
Needle Poised, Fabric Taut
Stitching Samplers
Deftly Wrought"
**I Love Samplers**


Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy New Year

Just stopping by to say "Hi" and a Happy New Year. Hoping everyone survived the holidays???? 
For me they  came and went by so super fast and I just love Christmastime!
Large Primitive Jelly Cupboard
Had to show off my Christmas present I got myself!!! 
I find that buying your own present usually assures that you won't be disappointed!!! lol 
But it's true!!!
I found this old jewel at The Berlin Village Antique Mall in Berlin Ohio while doing some shopping before Christmas. I had not been to this shop for quite awhile. I remember this cupboard was there about a year ago and was amazed it was still there and priced very modest...............Oh well maybe I have weird tastes???
I told the man working there that I could not believe it was still there and he said the dealer was thinking about taking it and painting it and I was shocked.  Nooooooooo please leave it in it's original condition!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well I could not let anything bad happen to this prim piece so by Christmas it was mine!!!!
I am using it as my craft and sewing cupboard!  

Oh and here is the cover my husband made me to cover up my sewing machine when not in use.
I really like it and think it is a beautiful cover-up!!! 

Well enough of my exciting finds!!!
I am trying to enjoy this winter weather and enjoying the simple pleasures of the season.
Such as........
Perfect Little Snowflakes
 Perfectly shaped starry snowflakes (or more like snow pellets) and no bigger than a speck!!!
Amazing to me :)  
Found them on my back doorstep!
~Great Primitives~ 
Please Read Below........
For  all those who have the chance to visit Ohio and love awesome primitives this is a must...........Seville Antiques!!! I had never been there before and drove there after Christmas. It was not to far  from home.........just about an hour and half away.The items there will have you slobbering, well that is if you are into great old and original primitives. 
The shop is located in Seville Ohio and here is a link to it's website.  Even the photo gallery on the site will have you slobbering!!!
Take a peak 8)
Everything there was just beautiful.
I ended up buying an 1800's  coverlet and an old dough board. Just gorgeous stuff!!!
Sorry I do not have photos of the two items but may have to do another post????

Our Booth at The Berlin Craft Mall
Lastly got to the craft booth today and took a few new (old) items there. An old firkin, some crockery bowls and an old slip with a beautiful crocheted lace edging!

~~~and again my wish for you...............


Thursday, December 2, 2010

~Happy Holidays To All~

Just stopping to say "Hi" to my prim pals and hope you all are enjoying the season. This is my most favorite holiday of the year :)

~Holiday Pics around the Homestead~

Bailey under the Christmas tree in the living room which is decorated with vintage glass ornaments. 
Bailey loves lying under the trees!!! :)
If you click on picture and enlarge you can see she is already there right after put up and before I could even sweep up the sheds..........artificial tree and still messy!!!

~The Twiggy Tree~
I am in the process of decorating the twiggy tree in the sun room which was purchased this past Summer on a yard sale junkin' adventure for $20. The tree was intially going to be displayed at our craft booth but there is really not enough room there! 
So here it is and I am in the process of decorating it.............right now it has some homemade prim snow guys on it and a few vintage kitchen utensils.
I am hoping to make some homespun garland for it???

~A few new prim items~

This is a bread board gotten this past Summer that my husband added legs onto it to make it a table riser!!!
Old 2 gallon jug bought at Spies Farms Antiques.

 Also purchased at Spies Farms an old free standing ladder........not sure but I think it was used to dry herbs. I have used it to hang some kitchen linens upon it.
Got this old cupboard also at Spies Farms Antiques. When I first brought it home my husband said it would make good firewood and I almost believed him...........it was very dirty and needed a good cleaning. After cleaning up and dragging it into my sun room......I placed the grapevine tree atop of it and well I just love it :)
Right now there is an old basket on the bottom but my plan is to place some of my old quilts below but not sure???..........It used to have a door on it but over time it disappeared and all that is left is just some of the old hardware.
I really wish there was more time to sit here at my computer and visit with all my prim pals but always so much going on! So if I don't get the chance I wanted to wish.............

~Happy Holidays to All~

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Transformations

It's been awhile since I've blogged and I miss being here and seeing what everyone is up to.........but just been a busy-busy Summer and now that Autumn is here it seems to prove the same!!! My husband has been creating a lot of wooden wares to sell but I begged and pleaded with him to PLEASE make us a new computer cupboard to make our kitchen area look much better and keep my favorite PRIMITIVE continuity throughout the homestead. He created a beautiful cupboard that when closed is well.......BEAUTIFUL!!!
Here is a before photo of the computer mess-I am almost ashamed to post it:
 Pretty Ugly-Right???
Admit it!!!

 The carpenter hard at work!!!

 All it needs is paint and distressing!!!

 Sanding and distressing after the paint has dried.

 Opened up still kind of ugly (talking about the inside stuff) but much better than before!!!

 Ta Da!!!.............so much better
Love it!!!

We also had some other transformations in our life. My son Ryan decided to help some Monarch Butterflies get their start. Here are some photos of their awesome transformation process or metamorphosis!!!
Hungry caterpillars eating their favorite milkweed leaves.
They are eating and pooping machines!!!

Here they are in their beautiful jade green chrysalis. Can you see the shiny gold ring on the chrysalis in the fore front and the shiny gold spots? 
"Chrysalis" means 'object of gold. This is actually how the Monarch got their name.  American colonists noticed this adornment, which looked like the crown of a king.  I have read that nobody knows the function of  these gold spots???
They are beautiful!
I feel bad because I didn't snap a photo of the caterpillar hanging  in it's pre-chrysalis "J" shape before turning into the jade green chrysalis.

Here is a photo of the chrysalis before the butterfly emerges. The chrysalis turns clear and you can see the Monarch Butterfly squeezed inside. No wonder it wants to come out. And then suddenly................

A Monarch is Born!!!
See the jade green chrysalis in the background and the clear empty ones that have already hatched out their beautiful butterflies!!!

Ryan says.......
"Time to fly South beautiful butterfly and continue your life cycle!!!"

Hope I didn't bore you???
Wishing you an Awesome Autumn!!!


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