Monday, August 18, 2008

More on this Month's Giftaway and a Candle-lier Redo

Not too far from here is a little old farmhouse that has been abandoned for several years. The exterior shows obvious signs of neglect. The wood planks that make up the front porch have curled up in areas like a perm gone bad; much of the paint has been beaten off by the weather and the roof - well, the roof looks like you would expect the tin roof of an old abandoned place to look.
Still, the house holds some form of mystery for me. It's in an area of town where one would not expect an empty house to sit for years on end. The lawn stays mowed, yet the house remains unoccupied.
Now, imagine me driving my van past the house today, past a small sign in the yard that reads, "Yard Sale". Yard sale??? Now, imagine how quickly I found a place in the road wide enough to negotiate a U-turn.
I was greeted by a sweet elderly couple who was obviously happy to share a story, their story - anybody's story, actually - to anyone willing to listen. They had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last week. She was 77 years old; he was 84. The best anniversary gift, she told me, was the one the doctor gave them yesterday when he told her husband he would no longer need cancer treatments. He was cancer free. She clasped her tiny hands as she gave praises to God. Her excitement was contagious and I had to hug this sweet stranger.
They told me that they had purchased this house four years ago. He was much more spry then than he is now, her husband told me. The repairs would probably take him awhile to do. The people who used to live there were "really old" when they died, she explained. I had to wonder how old "really old" was to this 77 year old youngster. She told me matter-of-factly the house had been in that family for years, until everyone got old and died. All except for the son, who had promised them that, if he ever wanted to sell the place, he would give them first dibbs. The house came with all that was in it. Although I didn't see a lot of furniture, there were piles of books, window coverings, Christmas ornaments and items that had been handmade by the unnamed lady of the house. She had obviously been skilled in crochet, knitting and sewing. Piles of handwoven place mats, old but never used, were spread across a dining room table. It was in the midst of these place mats that I found these aprons.
Well, to make a long story not quite so long, the aprons made it home with me. And why am I telling you this story? Because it affects YOU, if you choose to get in on this month's Giftaway. In addition to the items I've already told you will be included, the winner will get to choose one of these sweet vintage aprons (I'm guessing they were made in the 40's or early 50's) as part of their prize. Apron Selection - August Giftaway
And all you have to do to be eligible is comment!
I've had this black iron hanging candle rack drifting around in the shops for almost two years. I finally decided it needed a facelift, a whole new look. So, I brought it home, hung it in the tree and thanks to magic fairy dust in the form of white spray paint, Phase One was about to begin. (Okay, call it Phase Two if you want to count Phase One as covering up the copper flame protectors.) The final stage was to sew sleeves to cover the chains, slip them into place and add candles. Oh, and to add a strand of little bubble-bauble things...
It's probably hard for you to get the full idea of this little changeover, as I took the picture this morning after hanging it in the shop.
What do you think? Tell me the truth, I can take it. Actually, I probably couldn't take it if the truth is that it looked better before. But then, it did hang in the shop for almost two years... Okay, tell me the truth. Really.


Judy said...

I love it. It looks so much better now. What wonderful timing on the yard sale. I love the aprons. I probably would have walked off with the whole house of things. What a wonderful story. I wish the "young couple" lots of happy memories in their new home.

Catherine said...

That farmhouse is lovely. Haven`t seen a great place like that since I left Pennsylvania. And the aprons are lovely. I adore homemade aprons. There is always a story.

Nice blog!

countrygirl3031 said...

Mornin Sher...I absolutely love the chandie better this adorable!

OMG, I would have bought everything they had...what a lovely story!


Judy R. said...

What a lovely story about that house and how lucky you are to meet this couple. I bet you go back to visit, I know I sure would. I'd probably adopt them!! I'd even go help them 'fix' probably.
I love the aprons, especially the plaid ones, something you dont see often.
I'm marking your blog, I really like the cottage look and feel it has.

Joanne Kennedy said...

Well your giveaway just keeps getting better and better. I can't believe how wonderful the things are you giving away.

I love the redo! I think it looks so much better in white. You did a great job.


Anonymous said...

So glad I came across your blog!!! I love what you do with old things- my what an inspiration!!! Looking forward to seeing more of your artistic things as I read your blog! And I love aprons!

:) mary

misselaineous said...

What a great story!! Old homes such as that are few and far between in Florida...and what a sweet couple!! LOVE the aprons...especially the 1st one with the cute scalloped border...I've always been a sucker for old textiles...the prints, the handwork, the soft muted colors. Can't seem to stop collecting them even though I'm certain I have enough! ;o}... *elaine*


Hi Sher,
That old couple sounds so sweet. I can't figure out how to see the aprons :( click thingy won't work. I do Like the make over of the candle-lier..much better :) Take care. Hugs, Deb

LINDA said...

How sweet!
And how gorgeous are those aprons? I'm sure glad I'm signed up!!!!


Oh, Sher, I you make those sweet pillow in pretty blue colors?? I really like them and was wondering if you had any in blues.That's the color of my guest bedroom that I'm working on.Thanks, Deb

Sher said...

Deb, let me look through my fabric stash and see what kind of blues I have! I'm sewing pillows now; I'll make some blues and email the photos to you to see whether any would fit your needs. Thanks for asking!


pegtn said...

I loved your story, it was such a blessing reading about it, I'm sure you got a blessing from meeting them. I love the aprons, they are beautiful.

Sher said...

Thank you, Peg, and thanks for stopping by! said...

That nice lady reminds me of my husband's grandma. She worked at the nursing home in her small town into her 70s. She used to say she was going in to help the "old people"