Monday, August 15, 2011

Barn Hop #24

Good Monday morning, friends! Welcome to the Homestead Barn Hop. We're in our last month of summer, squeezing in some vacations while the garden is growing and waiting on it to produce a few goodies. Like I've mentioned before, our season is short and late compared to most. So while some of you saw your last home grown tomato in June, I'm still waiting on mine!

While I was over at the coast camping, I popped in a couple of antique shops and found a few little goodies...

Since switching to cloth napkins, I've kept an eye out for nice additions to our stash. Found four large high quality napkins for around $5 in perfect condition, too! Next was the flatware for 50 cents each. They were a bit tarnished, but cleaned up easily. I collect mismatched pieces for dining outdoors (and sometimes in doors!).

Here are the knives I've found so far. I've picked them up at flea markets and thrift stores as well. 

Next, I picked up this butter bell for 1/3 of it's retail price. Not an antique, but very cute and something I needed.

I thought I was all done and headed to the check out when I spied this darling apron! In the antique store, no less!  The fabric was darling and I loved the overalls on top, so, it came home with me at the last moment.

So much for being good. But... I did stick to my philosophy of only purchasing USEFUL items that were also beautiful! Hope that counts for something.

I spent some time this week going over ideas for a shed or mini barn for the new goats, but I'm having a hard time finding the right size barn for the footprint while still meeting all my requirements: stall space, an area for a small milking parlor, a bit of alfalfa storage, my husband's lawn mower (the riding size), and some gardening tools. I don't want building all over the property, so I'm trying to get it all in one. Whew! Not easy for my location unless I want to spend some major money and move a lot of dirt.

The barn I would LIKE to have!
The best news of my summer? My daughter arrives home tomorrow from her 2.5 months overseas!! Oh, the joy in my heart! I can hardly wait to get to the airport and hug on her. I'll be wearing that apron all day Monday getting the house clean before she arrives. And treating her room to a deep cleaning so it's all nice and ready for her.

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  1. Oh my! What a gorgeous apron. I *love* it! I certainly don't blame you for any of your purchases - they look wonderful.
    Love that your daughter is on her way home..... Oh, such excitement for you :)
    I don't think I have a post to link to you today - my Saturday post was more of a ramble!
    Love reading yours though, and may drop by and visit some of you link-ups (though you *do* know it's Monday morning and I have LOADS to do!!)
    Anne x

  2. You got some great deals! :) Praying your daughter gets in safely. What a sweet mom to have things so fresh when she comes home!

  3. I collect mismatched flatware, too. My mom and I had lunch at a wonderful place, Goat Cafe in Petaluma, a couple of years ago and they used mismatched pieces and it looked darling. I decided then and there to do the same thing. I love it...

    And I need to keep my eyes open for a butter bell, too...I neeeeeeed one. :)

  4. Great finds at the market, especially that butter bell. I've wanted one for quite a while now. I'll have to keep my eyes open at the flea markets a little better. Oh, and we call that flatware pattern the Snowflake pattern. No two pieces are alike! Love the post and glad you had a great vacation!

  5. I too love to pick up older kitchen items from thrift stores and the like. So many of the older items were just made so much better. Your apron is darling. Do glad you get to "hug on" your daughter.

  6. I have been looking for a butter bell for about a month. We were using a cow butter dish that our daughter made as a 4H entry in 8th grade. I decided that it should go home with her and use it with her family. That was one old cow! So now I need a butter bell and the search continues.

    Enjoy your daughter!

  7. I like the apron too and the barn is very sweet. We have a barn that is about 125 years old and needs a lot of work. I often find I have barn envy. :D

  8. The knife all the way to the right, brought back fond memories of my grandmother. THat was her silverware when I was growing up.

    Awesome finds!!!

  9. Amy your blog is simply a pleasure to visit at any time! I love the flat ware you picked out and what a great idea! They are really beautiful and functional pieces. The butter bell is a great tool to have on any kitchen table. We have one we bought at Epcot that was made in France and we love it! The apron you discovered is the best find yet! I sew and I would love to make one of those too. The jean material is so durable. It could be something useful in the garden as well. Keep up the amazing work on your blog! You are such a blessing!

  10. I so nice to see people make a difference here!

  11. What great finds! I would love to find a butter crock. I use mismatched flatware all the time. I'm not sure where my flatware goes but somehow it disappears.

    Thanks for the Barn Hop, I love seeing what others are doing on their homesteads each week.


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