One of the things I always rember sitting on the mantle in our living room as a kid was an old fashioned iron. It is one of those items that never moved form its spot in my childhood home. I dusted it more than once as a kid. It was one of those quirky things I wanted when we were clearing out my childhood home for sale.
I really have not had a use for it other than sitting on a bookshelf. It too has not moved much in my home. However, I was at the local antique show this summer and came across something that goes along with the iron. I initially bought this as a trivet for the kitchen. The seller told me it was a stand for a hot iron. Well I had one of those in my house!
Stand for a hot iron
I was pleasantly surprised when I brought home my trivet that it fit my old iron perfectly. These two pieces were together again. So now I need to look for another trivet. I cannot bear to keep these two antiques apart.
I love all old things.. and I love a project. I recently went to the local annual antique show at the end of August and found a few projects. I have been refinishing old furniture for twenty years. There are a few reasons I do so.
Reason 1: I love old things and history.
Reason 2: Necessity of finding cheap furniture to furnish my apartment in college . When I stated you could find a nice oak dresser for $35 and easily refinish to look like new. And then I was hooked.
Reason 3: A great way to spend quality time with my father as we looked over a new find and discussed how to refinish the piece to be useable.
and more …
Well, I found a wonderful Martha Washington Sewing Stand that would be fantastic to hold my yarn and embroidery tools. I have a dog who loves to unravel yarn and thread so I wanted a nice hiding place.
The stand had its original finish but it was damaged from years of use and storage but structurally it was perfect condition and had the insert to hold spools of thread.
Sewing thread spool holder
The piece was super easy to refinish to my delight. Ammonia and steel wool to get the old finish off. I rubbed in a walnut stain to cover the water marks on the top . A few coats of finish that I sanded between coats and rubbed on with a rag for the last coat. This is my secret method that leaves a nice sheen but not clumpy.
My finished product with my ancestors Easter cactus
I am still slogging through boxes of photos that I inherited over the winter. Of course many don’t have dates or names and I am trying to match up the pictures with what I do know. Funny is when I was comparing some pictures I found one that I had been told years ago by a relative was my great great grandparents William Toborg and Annie Grabber was really my great great grandparents Jessie Kennedy and Alexander Yuill. These two really interested me.With further inspections and a really smart Granmda who labeled the pictures, I found that who I thought was my Torborg line was really my Yuill’s.
Couple in Question..
Jessie Kennedy Yuill
It has been too long since I posted but I have been busy in the garden both vegetable and flower. I will do a fast post now of some of my summer blooms. Upstate New York has had a wonderful summer ..a little rainy but great for the plants. I love being surrounded by such pretty things after a long cold New York Winter. Most of these blooms were in Late June and July. I promise to be better about posting now that gardening weather is slowing down.
Lemon Drop Lily
Weigela Wine and Roses
Old Red Poppy
Old Red Peony