Friday, August 22, 2014

~ Antique Gatherings & Country Roadsides ~

Hello dear friends and needleworkers.
Wow, it's hard to believe it's Friday already!

As promised on Monday, today I'll be posting the rest of 
pictures taken from over the weekend.

I'll be starting with my antique purchases from
Gold Rush and Country Sampler...

~ Strawberry Pincushion, Bee Skep Tape Measure, and
Bee Skep Thread Waxer ~

This Strawberry pincushion is in excellent condition, and the
 handle is stamped Sterling Silver.

Oh how I've wanted to add one of these to my collection, and
now I finally found one!

Next, is a marvelous little Beehive Skep Tape Measure....

This is such a sweet little tape measure, and in excellent 
condition for its age. 

It has Ivory feet, a little bee hole,
 and the little nob on top that turns to wind up 
the tape measure.

The tape measure is made of silk, and is very fragile and
faded from age.

What a SWEET find....this has found a very good
new home in my collection!

I WISH that $10.00 was the price I paid....must have been
from years ago!


This must have been my lucky day for Bee Skeps.....

 This is what's called a 'Thread Waxer'.

It actually has Beeswax in the center, and you would
just pull your thread over it.

It is made out of Vegetable Ivory, and is in mint condition 
with NO cracks or repairs!

Just LOVELY...hope you agree!


Next, is a wonderful old sewing box signed and dated....

I love sewing items that are signed and awesome!

~ Josephine S. Allen ~ 1881 ~ 
This box is 133 years old!!

It had a small key at one time, perhaps I'll be able to find
one that fits.

The hinges still work, there are no bad odors when you open 
it up.  There is a neat ink stain, which tells me she 
probably used this for letter writing.

The previous owner taped this little note to the inside lid.

I wonder what Josephine Allen looked like?


This was also my weekend for neat sewing boxes...

I was drawn to this box because it looks so primitive with
crown looking curves, and little round nobs!

I need to do a little touching up on this piece with some 
dark color wood stain.

This box is handmade out of old Cigar boxes....

The bottom of the drawers all have neat old labels on them.

Some of them have stamped advertising on the sides.


I also found a nice old hand blown Apothecary Chemistry
medicine jar....

I've added some of my Grandmother's old buttons.  


Those were my purchases from Gold Rush.

 I didn't really
buy too much at Country Sampler....because I 
spent too much at Gold Rush!

I did however, find some pretty new fabrics to add to my stash!

Also, found a great new Christmas book....

Lovely book, I'll do a review on it later next week.

I also picked up a jar of Walnut Ink Crystals, and 
a great smelling candle for my Studio, the scent is called
BROOMSTICK....great harvest smell!


The next part of this post will feature special country
roadside scenery.......

I just had to pull over and take some pictures of this neat
old log cabin.

How primitive can you get?

What a neat old door!

It's right off the main highway, and is nicely mowed.  
The log cabin is surrounded by trees, bushes and flowers.

Even a huge Thistle plant!


Next, is my FAVORITE picture.....

This old barn is completely overgrown with ivy!
On the far right side is actually a small attached silo, but all
you see is ivy. If you look real closely on the far left
is the attached milk house, again completed 

While taking this roadside picture a young Amish girl
carrying school books was walking down the highway.  I waited
for her to pass and only took a picture of her from
behind, because the Amish don't like having their picture

The log cabin, and barn pictures were taken between 
Viroqua and Richland Center, Wisconsin.


This next group of pictures were taken in Spring Green....

This was taken at an apartment complex building.  All the
lovely Sunflowers caught my eye!

Sunflowers are just SO pretty!


Next, is a little garden park area were I parked my car to walk
down to the Country Sampler....

A peaceful little garden park to sit and relax.

My Grandma and I used to always plant lots of Zinnia' 
these have always been my favorite flower!

I love that big iron Coneflower!

Such lovely bright colors!

Sweet smelling Lavender, there were so many bees buzzing I 
had to be really careful not to get stung! 


The last picture was taken in Madison in the parking lot of 
another shop I stopped at called 'Stitcher's Crossing'....

 Check out the ivy all tightly wrapped around this 
business sign!

I really love Ivy, but someone really NEEDS to cut back the 
Ivy around these doors and windows....yes, there are
actually windows under all that Ivy!

So this is the end of my weekend road trip...hope you enjoyed
the pictures.

Before I close there are a couple of announcements.

First, my Sweet Abby......

 would like to invite you to come back on see
her recent video!  

Second, I will be sharing an update and 
sneak peek of my Halloween pattern that I hope to 
release the first week of September!


Enjoy a fun stitch filled weekend!

Blessings from the Studio of Scattered Seed Samplers,

~ Kindly, Tammy & Abby ~


  1. Beautiful treasures you acquired to add to your collection! Just love the pictures of the barn, & flowers so gorgeous what a great trip you had! Blessings for a wonderful weekend can't wait to see your new pattern.....

  2. Beautiful photos. I'm looking forward to a trip to Country Sampler in October!