Hope everyone is doing well.
When planning out my kitchen,
I knew that I was going to lose two chairs,
and add my bench.
The brick is the back of our fireplace.
Our table is really a settee bench.
These were used near fireplaces
for the hearth was the heart of the home
in early times.
To change into a bench we take out the pegs,
turn the top on its side and re-position the pegs.
The chairs I removed were not from the 1800's.
Now the remaining chairs and bench are.
I also changed out our oriental rug,
for this new rag rug.
True color is in the last pic.
Gramma B always had rag rugs everywhere
in her farmhouse.
It was a yearly job...
one which I enjoyed...
to rip old clothes into strips and then
make piles of different colors.
Once gramma had enough color piles,
she would gather them up,
and we would take them to a lady she knew who
created any size rag rug you wanted.
Gramma would mend and sew for her,
in exchange she would make rag rugs for gramma.
Next I purchased this French grain sack.
Both grammas had grain sacks on their farms,
but I wanted a French blue to be incorporated
into my blue and white kitchen.
I have another one that is red and blue stripe
that I put out for my patriotic displays.
I also have a gold stripe one for Autumn.
They make great runners!
Next I placed my wood riser back on the table.
Oh yeah, another quilt on the back of the bench.
Gramma H used cloches in her garden.
It protected her seedlings.
Oh how I wish I had even one of her cloches.
These are reproductions I purchased at Hobby Lobby.
The large one holds a faux pot of French lavender.
Again a nod to my paternal French heritage.
The small one has an antique iron bunny.
The medium one has a pitcher of faux rosemary.
My Great Gramma H's first name was Rosemary,
so a nod to her.
She actually was born in France.
Well this is my first table display
since kitchen reno.
The grands actually liked sitting at the bench
when they came over for dinner before
we all went to the fireworks.
It has a large pillow on the seat.
Will need to show in another post.
9 days and I start the Halloween Displays
for our store.
Am feverishly trying to finish all of
the many projects that still need to be completed.
On the other hand,
every one of my suppliers is now charging
an additional 5 -10% freight fee.
I was sent emails from them all,
because of the rising gas prices...
which is due to the
keystone pipeline being shut down.
The cost of fuel has gone up significantly.
Even our small town went from
$2.50 a gallon to $3.29 now.
I feel for those pipeline
workers who lost their jobs
through no fault of their own.
Bob and I work hard each day
at our small businesses.
I am fortunate to work from home right now,
but most days after I am done with
that job, I spend a few more hours at our gift shop.
I just hope we will still be in business a year from now.
because I will have to pass the fees on to my customers,
else we wont make any money.
This all sucks!
I also feel bad for those on fixed incomes.
Even food costs have gone up.
I changed my mind on retiring now,
and will keep on working.
We have lost our Canadian customers due
to the pandemic because they cannot cross
our river to shop,
yet illegal immigrants
can cross into our country every day.
Wear a mask, dont wear a mask,
wear a double mask.
I am so tired of all of this....
Well enough of my rant.
O hope everyone has a great weekend.
Please support your small mom and pop stores.
They are the heart of all small towns.
Heart Of The Home Blessings To All!