Hi Everyone! Sure hope your week is going well. . . .
I've been on the road this week off and on. . . .Was I ever thrilled to see the Queen Anne's Lace blooming alongside the highways! . . .One of my absolute favorite wild flowers to dry. . . .They look so pretty in crocks. . . .Well, they look wonderful in anything!
I'd already promised myself that I'd cut and dry a few bunches this year. . . .missed out on it last year. . . .I came home excited--but knowing that I'd have to squeeze cleaning up the potting shed in between errands and making ready for a Christmas In June show this weekend. . . .The potting shed is the best place for drying the delicate beauties. . . .I've developed a technique over the years. . . .needed the table, as well as places to hang them.
I ventured out to the shed one morning at 5:30--that's a.m., ladies. . . .I'd hardly peeked inside all Spring. . . .I knew what faced me. . . .It was full of yard and garden items stored over the winter. . . .Along with the clutter was a half inch of dirt on everything. . . .We've had at least 3 or 4 dust storms lately, so bad that I couldn't see across the road. . . .You can imagine how much had accumulated in the sheds. . . .
First, I let out a huge sigh. . . .then I gathered up my strength and dug in. . . .
While I was at it, I did a thorough discard. . . .things I no longer cared about. . . .as well as just pure-d-old-junk. . . .You know it had to be REAL junk if I tossed it. . . .
What treasures I discovered, too! . . .Like the rusted door knobs, once used here at the farm. . . .Large glass jars for storing--anything. . . .Even found a bird's nest. . . .There's no telling how long it's been there. . . .We stopped the birds from nesting inside the shed a couple of years ago. . . .It was tucked in a broken crock on the shelf, way up high. . . .
I did add several pieces without holes or rust. . . .We have tons of it in our store museum. . . .Enamelware is a mainstay of a farmhouse. . . .I was fairly shocked lately at how the prices are going up. . . .Several ladies at the 100 mile yard sale told me it had been the hot-est item they'd sold. . . .A couple of years ago, I could pick them up for as little as $1. . . .sometimes 25c. . . .Not these days. . . .Good thing I bought as many as I saw then. . . I also had a good supply from my Mom and Aunts. . . .
They'll be such fun in the potting shed this summer. . . .I thought I'd use the coffee pot like a small watering can. . . .John found the red drawer in some else's trash. . . .I grabbed it up before he could hide it!
The gallon jars are ready to be filled. . . .the vintage tools? Rusty and crusty, too. . . .but totally useable.
Do you recognize the little chair below. . . .Bought it at the 100 mile yard sale. . . .Looks so much better painted white. . . .Just a touch of whimsy. . . .
Buried under all the clutter were three red wagons. . . .One regular size, one medium size, and this doll size. . . .They'd been buried for years. . . .The two larger ones headed for the store museum. . . .I kept the smallest. . . .another bit of whimsy. . . .I like things that make me smile. . . .little red wagons do just that. . . .
No potting shed is complete without a water dipper. . . .and lots and lots of baskets. . . .They are another item I've bought in the past that are becoming scarce. . . .
You might want to stock up on a few for your farmhouse before the prices sky rocket. . . .
A painted sign found under the barn tied everything together. . . .
The end result. . . .two mornings of discard. . . .move out. . . .hose down. . . .scrub. . . .move in. . . .I was so filthy, all you could see were the whites of my eyes. . . .Was it worth it?
Now, what was the reason I started all this?. . . .Oh, yeah. . . .the Queen Anne's Lace!
Well, that will have to wait til next week. . . .I'll share my technique for drying with you later. . . .It's fairly simple and very old fashioned. . . .but it works! . . .I learned it from my Grandmother. . . .
Time now to get busy packing up for the Christmas in June show. . . .
Have a wonderful weekend, Everyone!
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .