As I listen to the wind rattling the windows in my old house while the prairie blizzard rages outside, I envy others who live in more temperate climates. I can imagine the beautiful blue hydrangeas starting to bloom at the west coast, a lasting impression from my first visit. It will be weeks before these giant drifts of snow will allow my crocuses and tulips to awake from their wintry bed. I thank goodness for the flowers in my home that make the wait for spring blossoms more bearable on this stormy first day of spring in Saskatchewan.
Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.
Thus the little minutes,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
-Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
My "Little Things" can be found on:
www.ebay.ca seller: martca8
www.etsy.com seller: peggystrove
Pink peonies on chippy blue chair
Every prairie farmhouse has at least one peony bush. In July, these beautiful flowers burst open announcing the onset of summer holidays. Try as I may to bring them indoors to enjoy, the ants remind me that the peonies belong to them.
I always take a bouquet in my travels but they remain out on the deck or on a picnic table. I shall have to be satisfied with the peonies in the barkcloth covering my slipper chair and leave the live flowers where they were intended to be, with the ants. Please visit my website www.prairiefarmhouseprimitives.com for many nature-inspired treasures.
For years I have collected barkcloth. The vibrant floral panels are too wonderful not to share so follow me for a glimpse into my barkcloth cupboard.
Barkcloth was originally made by the beating of sodden strips of the fibrous inner bark of trees.
Presently, barkcloth is a thick textured fabric with a rough, nubby surface similar to tree bark.
Usually made from densely woven cotton fibre, barkcloth is recognized by tropical patterns, atomic prints & large floral bouquets.
Popular from the 1930's
to the 1960's, barkcloth
was used for draperies & upholstery.
My barkcloth cupboard is too full so I will be parting with some of my precious collection.
You will see it on eBay (seller: chenillechintz) as well as my newly published website. Enjoy!
"God gave us memories... and fine china... so that we may have roses in winter." This beautiful tea rose was a year-end gift from Kyle, one of my students who I will be reminded of every time I see it. As I spent today adding more vintage treasures to www.prairiefarmhouseprimitives.com, I could not help but notice how so much of my china & linen happen to have roses.
As my school year winds down I am thankful for another year of Grade 4 memories and am looking forward to summer travels & treasure hunting. And of course, more roses.
And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to bloom...
For over thirty years I have encouraged my students to take risks. A
perennial latebloomer, I have finally decided to take my own risks and pursue my
passion, collecting and sharing vintage treasures with others who appreciate
their beauty. Enjoy!