My Home~ Primitive & Vintage Decor.

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Here is a little tour, of the Sampler Maker's Farmhouse~
Primitive dough bowl.
Old jars, primitive sampler pin keep, gourds and a bee skep.
Primitive/ vintage cow on board, whisk broom, rod  iron cloche.

Ironstone pitcher, lavender and old soap.I love old soap!
This particular one comes from the middle east. I collect soap from all over~
Wonderful mirror pin keep by Christine of the 1871 Farmhouse- my favorite Artist.
Primitive garden stitchery.
Grungy olde bee skep, and rusty egg wire egg basket.

Homemade chalk board, made with barn wood. Often used as a reminder board.
Primitive strawberries, and a faux chicken wire pantry door.

This cross stitch is a free pattern that I am offering on my free stuff page.

I stain boxes to look old using watered down tan & black acrylic paint. 
I print all my tags on brown paper lunch bags, to look old instantly~
I am always on the look out for interesting items at thrift shops and garage sales.
I try to keep my eye on the shape of things.....because almost everything can be painted.
I so enjoy triple pockets.
Bedroom- old board cabinet. Yes. This is a dumpster dive, one of my best hauls.
I used a bristle brush to speckle eggs, a fun craft.Each one is unique.
I rarely sew my farmhouse towels. I just make a cut to start out with, and then rip-em.
No-sew. I attach around a hook using a saftey pin.
My dining room table.
I added beadboard to make my kitchen look more country.
I added patches to pillows to make them look more interesting. I find linen all the time, in the tablecloth aisle 
of the thrift shop. 
Glass dryer.
I make my pillows flat and heavy by stuffing them with kiln dried/disinfected  soft wood shavings.
You can find it at the pet store, in the hamster aisle. I only buy the good brand though.
I love enamelware.
Big chunks of old soap in a vintage "terrarium" jar.

I love printing my own pillows. I also love making holes and tears in them!
Sometimes a "repair" is part of the art of the piece. You can Google 'antique grainsack repair'
to get some nifty patching ideas.
I decorate in white, grey and dull browns...but purple is my favorite.
Paint rags dyed in walnut ink. Look for these rags in the paint aisle of Walmart!
They are called "chameeze" I believe.

Well, I see everyone tearing the covers off of books these days.
I didn't "get it". That was until I ripped the cover off a book, and exposed antique typography
on the binding that had been hidden for a hundred years. Pretty neat it got to see the light of day again.

I make my prints by dabbing the paper heavily staining with a tea bag. 
Then I put a pillowcase over it and iron it flat quickly.
After I print on it, I crumple it.
Then I finish off staining it with charcoal and khaki green EYE SHADOW.
Yes. eye shadow. The non sparkly kind.
What else would mimic soot and grime so well? It comes out a beautiful antique color.
I make cupboards out of crates, and nail them right onto the wall into the studs. DONE.
I found space lacking on shelves and whatnot, so I took a HUGE barn board, screwed it to the wall, 
and used antique nails for the hooks. A great place to store my favorite things.I also find that things that 
hang downward get less dusty- or maybe it's just me.
I always scratch up my paint jobs on purpose.

30 years later, I found my childhood chair( with distinctive markings) at a thrift shop.
I could not believe my eyes. It was an awful color, so I stained it so I can display it always
and appreciate it anew, but the left the underseat unpainted, so I can always remember what
it looked like. Now I enjoy it everyday.
I make cloches out of chicken wire. It takes a lot of patience to snip out sections and rewire the 
chicken wire circles back together as I gather and graduate it to the top. Wear gloves, 
because you will scratch up your hands.
Every so often, I dye something with walnut ink and it comes out to dark.
Much to my surprise I used the wrong side out side, and it was the perfect faded brown.
18th century pewter. The plate has a heart someone hand carved into it. It had a story to tell.

I make my own faux hatpins. I use wire and glue a bead on.
Then i paint the beads with nailpolish.

My pantry.
My farmhouse kitchen.
I painted a large cork board, frame cork and all, then stretched chicken wire over it.
It is staple gunned in the back.
Sometimes I like the underneath of ironstone dishes instead of the top. I display them backwards.
I hammer my antique silver spoons(plant markers) on the sidewalk. They come out nice and flat.
I like decorating with galvanized things.
Nailpolished faux handmade hat pins. They look black, but they are actually a very dark wine.
I glue grain sack prints to old benches.
I see decorators put faux pears in vases, thought I would give it a try.
I grunge up my pots by gluing on fresh cat littler. I also did my bee skep this way.

I love mecantile prints~

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  1. Hi Pamela, i love your 'new' blog.. it's so you! Your home decor is beautiful and welcoming. Delightful goodes & nooks.. i must go back and take another look.
    Thanks for sharing :)) Marian x

  2. Your home is lovely, thanks for sharing. Lecia

  3. Charming and comforting. Your photo's remind me of my family homestead. Thank you.

  4. There is SO much to love in your pictures! Thank you for the inspiration. Have fun with your new blog!

  5. Love it all Pamela~~ It's just Perfect!!
    Smile's Birdy~

  6. Good Luck with your "new home". It's as inspiring as always. Your real home is a prim lover's dream. Hoping you still have all your tutorials and projects available as there are still many on my to do list. You're the most sharing and talented person out here. ☺sunshine

  7. I love looking at your pictures. Beautiful pieces and I love how you group your things together. Love the colors clean and fresh.

  8. Beautiful:). Looking forward to see your works on your new blog.

  9. You are SO talented and have such beautiful things. So excited to see your new blog and all the things you will be sharing. Love every.single.piece. of your decorating. Bravo!

  10. Wow! Awesome! Thanks for the tour of All your gorgeous decorative prims! So many great ideas.
    You just have that special talent for making it look so old and well loved! I will be back for more. Thanks again! Hugs and have a great week....Marg.

  11. I could look at photos of your home all day. Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. Hi!!! I see the bee skeep!!!! Omg, I've been trying to find the right cat litter for this, after the thit's try, I finally found it, and luckily my neighbor uses non scoop cat litter, but I had the tutorial bookmarked, and it's gone!! Lol! I thought, just my luck! Lol! But, I have the new blog bookmarked and hoping you'll Reposted the tutorial for using the clay cat litter, I tried it on my own, but I don't know what I'm doing, and it looked like I stuck rocks onto a clay pot, LOL!!! Not what I remembered yours looking like!! Hahahaaaa!!!! But, Thanks for all the wonderful tutorials and sharing in the fun and your unending talent!! Looking forward to reading and seeing more of your fun, unique goods! Oh, and I searched for a tutorial on the cat litter and grunging... nothing, so apparently your the only one to have figured this out! Lol! So, so crafty!!! :)