Saturday, June 5, 2010

Crocks, Friends & A Reveal

Well, if you like crocks then this will be the post for you.  I decided on the spur of the moment to take my Mom to Amish Country for an early birthday gift.  We left Thursday morning around 7:30 and got home yesterday around 3:00.  I must say that we had an unbelievably great time.  I had the opportunity to meet up with a dear friend and fellow blogger Kris from Simply Prim.  It is always nice to meet other prim bloggers and this was no different.  Kris was just as sweet as could be and she fit right in with my Mom and I.  Yep, I think she can hang with us prim gals any day of the week (lol).  Anyway, we are planning another trip in late summer or early fall and I think we are going to try to get together with her again.  She said that she would have more time since her daughter would be out of school at that time so that will be fun.  Here is the picture that my Mom took of Kris and I.  We were standing right out front of Country Gatherings in Berlin, Ohio.

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Kris had told me about an antique shop that she just recently found.  I was not aware of it since it is kinda off the beaten path, but it was easy to find and full of lots of goodies.  Kris mentioned that if we like crocks then it was the place to go.  Well, I am getting more and more into crocks every time I go shopping.  This shop was jam packed full of them.  Of course I found lots of them that were priced high, but probably worth every penny…… they were gorgeous!!  I found some others that were just as pretty and priced lower and more in my price range.  Here are a few that I found at that shop.

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This one is my FAVORITE

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Here are a few other crocks that I found at other antique shops. 

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I picked up a few other things while shopping in Amish Country.  I needed some pillows for my bed and once I got them home… I was glad that I did it.  They look fabulous on my bed.

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I think I am going to purchase some table squares next time I am in town and then see if my MIL will sew them for me.  I thought the linen/linen would look great on my hubby’s bookcase.  It would be prim and cover up his books all at the same time.  Gotta love that!!

I also picked up this old feed sack for dirt cheap.  I love it and thought it would look great somewhere in my home, but I am just not sure where to put it now that I have it (lol).  Here is what it looks like.

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Any suggestions?  Here are a few other items that I picked up while in Amish Country.  I found another witches hat punched tin light, but I picked one that was rusty this time and love it.  My hubby just hung it for me tonight in the upstairs hallway.  It looks great!!

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You all probably thought that I forgot about the BIG  reveal of that cupboard.  Well, I didn’t and I thought I would share that picture with you tonight.  I guess the reason why I haven’t been so quick to share it is because I am not at all pleased with the way it turned out.  It is totally dry now, but it is dull, splotchy and just not what I had pictured when it was finished.  So, it remains in the garage until I decide what to do with it.  I have another idea up my sleeve, but I am not sure if I even have the energy to work on it anymore.  Yep, it was that big of a hassle to say the least.

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I purchased the paint and it was mixed wrong so when I started to paint it…… it was a pepto bismol pink and it was NOT getting any darker as it dried.  I thought that maybe I didn’t shake it enough so I placed the lid on it, was interrupted by Cameron, went back to shake the paint and forgot that my lid was not down.  Yep, it was a flipping mess!!!!  I had paint all over me (arms, hands, legs) and all over the garage floor.  I tried cleaning it up and I just smeared it everywhere.  Oh, what a mess I had.  I then tried to sand my cupboard after it dried and it was not sanding the way that I had liked.  It was just one mess after another and it didn’t stop there.  The staining was not working and then when it dried……yep, you guessed it ~ it was splotchy!!  UGHHH………. you are kidding me!!  I went through all of that and it still didn’t turn out!?!  So, that is where it stands and that is where is stays or at least until I can stomach working on it again.  LOL.  I wasn’t going to put the doors back on because I thought that I could put some coffee stained cloth on the front of it and it would look just as prim.  Hopefully I will have enough nerve to work on it again, but until then it remains in the garage.

Hope you all are doing well.  I have been so busy working outside.  I weed one day and my beds are attacked with more weeds so you will find me outside more now then in the past.  As for other projects ~ I think I am taking a little bit of a break.  I might work on something here or there, but right now I am just taking it easy and enjoying it.

Until Next Time ~ Blessings, Lisa

15 comments:

simple~needs said...

sounds like you all had a wonderful time!!!!oh, i love all the crocks!! are you going to share where the shop is at?? pretty please??!!! lol the rest of us ohio gals may have to make a visit too. :) i love the first jug ( the cream colored one) i have been searching for one of them. i did the same thing with paint last summer. thank goodness i shook it ( while lid was loose) outside. still, it was all over me. i was a mess!! black paint in red hair does not look good!!! i ended up starting my project all over...
have a great weekend!!! kim

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

What a fun time you all had....isn't it fun meeting blogging/forum friends in person?

Love the jugs you bought - I have a few but would love more but just don't know where I'd put them.

Hope you get the look you are after with the cupboard...it's on its way!!!

Hugs, Karen

LeeHillPrimitives said...

Hi Lisa, Sounds like you had an amazing time with your mom and Kris. Great, great items. Love everything! Can't wait to see the final look of your cupboard

Linda* ~ TheKeepingroom said...

Hi Lisa...
It sounds like you and your Mom had a wonderful day in Amish country.
You really need to stop in at my place and say hi one day,I'd love to meet you.
I'm not that far from Amish country....only about 20 minutes from Sara's place
I have crocks too....:)
Love all your new goodies and I hope you get that cupboard fixed up.
Have a great day,
Linda*

Sandy said...

What a great time you had :) And I have to say, you are one lucky duck to get ALL those wonderful crocks! They are all prim perfect!

I think I would of cried but yet lauged with the paint situation. What's a person to do. I know you have been working so hard on it also.

I love everything else you got also. What fun to be out shopping and even better when you and your mom share the same love of decor.

Sandy

Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

Love your new goodies and your crocks!!
Glad you had a wonderful time on your trip.

LOL!! Oh, No!! about your paint. Sounds like something I would do.

I hope you get your cupboard the way you want it.

Thanks for sharing.
Have a wonderful Sunday,
Tam

Spice Junction Treasures said...

Wow that must have been lots of fun. Those are some really nice crocks that you found. I love that feed sack. What about framing it. If you had some old barnboards I think that would make a great frame for the feed sack.
Becky

janet said...

The crocks you bought are very nice..I have a few and use them all through my house..Your cupboard is looking good and maybe you just need to take a break from it for a day or two..It will come to you on how you want to finish it..As for the weeds..I just had this conversation with my husband yesterday about weeds..They never seem to ever completely go away..Now wouldn't that be great if weeds suddenly vanished..LOL..Have a great week..

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

What fun to meet Kris! Souds like a great time. What did your Mom buy?

And wow, I love crocks! Crocks were my first prim purchases many years ago.

About your cupboard, don't you dare let bad paint cheat you out of something you want! Allow yourself a break, but then show that piece who's boss! I know you can make it work! Hang in there!

Have a blessed week!

Barbara said...

It sounds like a fantastic day to me, and meeting other bloggers is such a neat thing. have a blessed day, Barbara

Stacey said...

How awesome that you got to meet Kris! It sounds like you had an awesome day with a great friend. What a lucky girl. :)

Crocks! I love them and the ones that you got! Gonna have to check out that antique shop someday. :)

I agree with Carolyn ~ don't let the paint get the best of you. Come back to it later and I am sure that it will turn out.

Sending you lots of hugs and blessings ~ Stacey

blessed country girl said...

Lisa, so great to hear you had a wonderful trip! Don't get discouraged with the paint, you might be getting some old bleed through from oil in the wood. If you can try again, just sand the splotches, with thr grain of the wood, 1st rough paper, then med., then, fine, to very fine, work for an even satiny finish. Then prime the whole thing with Kiltz 2, primer, a couple of coats, sanding between, make sure you have good ventilation. Repaint, use the pink, or get a red you like better, darken with a black rub down. Lightly sanding between each layer is the key to a good finish. You'll be amazed how great your cupboard will look. Just don't give up, you can do it.

the primitive country bug said...

How fun that you got to meet Kris and go to Amish country. I love all the crocks you showed!!
Sorry to hear that the cabinet didn't turn out as you'd hoped it would. Maybe after a good break and you'll feel like tackling it again.

Merrie. said...

I am so with you about the cabinet and paint; been there, done that! My remedy is a nice couple of cans of spray paint in black!!! LOL; Quick and covers up a multitude of sins; they have it in flat. Also I recommend Old Century Colors; they are smooth and coat well and they are acrylic. I love this paint; a bit pricey, but well worth it! I hope it gets better; Im in the middle of painting stuff too and somedays!!! Well I have to throw a hissy fit once in a while. Here's to better days for you:) Merrie

Proper Prim said...

Just found your blog and I am so glad I did... you do great work on your prims... a girl after my own heart.

Don't fret about your cupboard... take the sander to it and distress it and it will come back to it's true form... I can see it looking amazing. I find when I have pieces like that they always wind up being my favourite in the end.

Loving your crocks also... I have them in every shape and size all over my house.

Hope you have a great day...

Hugs, Deb