Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Foray Into Farm Country

We took the opportunity of the long weekend to visit family in farm country, and of course we always try to make time to poke around the countryside for whatever is out there waiting for us.

This time around it was a wonderful old seed sack with the shipping labels still attached found inside a little roadside shop in the hills that had a sign out front saying "We're Open When We're Open." (And we brake for junk shops!)

Nice and clean, and a much lower price than expected.

These two medium sized pitchers I actually found locally at a great price before we left.

Pitchers and jugs seem just made for displaying together don't they? The old large jug was a thrill to find a little father afield.

I also nabbed a handful of varied old wood and wire hangers, but this is my favorite. Seems like someone needed a souvenir from Surrey quite awhile ago! 

This little wire handled jar was the going rate, but holds lots of charm for me.

But here is my prizewinner of the weekend! An English caneware jug. I'm still learning about caneware, but I love the look.  

Invented by Wedgewood, caneware  has a chalky exterior glaze on the outside, and a smooth one inside. It often has a cane motif like this bamboo one, and shares nature themes like more highly glazed and colorful majolica. This sample has a grapevine handle design, with leaves and grapes on the body. It's often found tan and soiled looking from heavy use. I already cleaned off the light soil that I found on this jug.

But a new batch of old pegs pleases me as much as anything! Haha!

So I'm starting off the short week feeling a little like I've been lolling in the English countryside all weekend (I wish). Isn't it funny how you find a few fun things and all you want to do is go find some more!? Ah, but it's back to business for me. 

I hope you're off to a great start too!
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Amy at love made my home said...

That coathanger would have originally come from near where my husband grew up!! It is a smaller world than you think isn't it. I wonder how it got all the way to NM from England!! xx

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH! I love EVERY.SINGLE.THING. Beautiful finds, Jacqueline!

Sarah said...

Beautiful finds, Jacqueline. If that caneware pitcher is going into your shop, please let me know. I'd love to add it to my little group. ~ Sarah

living from glory to glory said...

I think having a vintage jar or in my case an enamel bowl filled with clothes pins, are just country cozy!
I am looking forward to a treasure hunt back east soon.
Blessings, Roxy

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Ahhhh! The thrill of the hunt~~The anticipation of going again!! What wonderful finds, love the pegs with wire and the little jar with the bail handle.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic finds! Love the pitchers! I haven't been out for vintage finds in so long, I must get out there.


Debra Oliver said...

OK, this is a new one for me, I've never seen caneware before, but I'm smitten, just gorgeous!

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

oh I L O V E your pitcher with the vine handle ~ perfect in every way! Lots of treasures you found!

chateau chic said...

Looks and sounds like you had such a delightful weekend, Jacqueline. So many wonderful finds too.
Mary Alice

SizzleandZoom said...

I have long looked for those clothes pins to now avail. I am old enough to remember seeing those used. Wow that's old. Have a great week.

Pat Cantwell said...

Gorgeous finds, dear friend!!!
There's just something inspiring about taking a "road trip" to unknown places and the excitement of finding new treasures along the way!
Perhaps, it is in the "break" of routine, allowing the creative mind some rest.
No "road trip" here today, but I did take a mind rest from work and did a challenging re~arrange. I'll share a post soon!!!
The change in my path of creativity made all the difference in my world.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

What great finds! The caneware is very pretty. I am wondering why that type of clothespin has metal on them, because today's pegs don't.

Pamela Gordon said...

What beautiful things you have found! I love the old pitchers and hadn't seen the cane ware style before. Enjoy the rest of the week.

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Well Jacqueline there were a lot of English words and things here Love them all xx

Lululiz said...

I couldn't help myself, I had to check out that hotel. And here it is -
I love the beautiful jugs you found.

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Gorgeous treasures love them all

Cynthia said...

I love all of yours find the sac and that jug are just perfect. A bit of envy going on here, LOL!! Happy you had a great time.


Remember me, Remember when... said...

As always...I just love the pieces you find and the way you put them together!!!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Love those beautiful old jugs and especially the 'Caneware'! I have never heard of it before, but it is wonderful. The old wooden pegs and hangers look so nice with the white jugs and those feed sacks are a great find. Looks like you had a great weekend in farm country! xo Karen

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Such beautiful finds, and a very unique one, to boot! Caneware is lovely, I'd never heard of it before. Now I'll have to be on the lookout:) Your photos are gorgeous as well. Found you over at Timewashed, and I'm now a new follower!

Bella said...

Hi J,
You have been a busy gatherer!! A big bunch of new goodies! I have never heard of caneware... very ornate, I am sure I will be seeing more on your blog soon! Fantastic new clothes pins... Do you know what the wires are for? As a girl I made many clothes pin dolls, these have that perfect dolly shape :-)
Happy short week to you :-)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You found some great pieces. Love grain sacks and I love when ironstone is crazed.

Haworth said...

The caneware pitcher is gorgeous, Jacqueline. I love the "faux bois" handle. But my real favorites in your latest haul are the grain sacks, the clothes pins and that lovely glass jar with the wire holder. Be still my heart! Enjoy all your booty!

Shabby soul said...

Beautiful finds Jaqueline, but moreover i love that old clothespins. I would like so much we have something like that here in Italy... !

Ivy and Elephants said...

Great finds, Jackie. I'm not able to find much ironstone around any more.
You found some really lovely pieces.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Oh My, I love white pitchers and all of yours are beautiful. I love them all grouped together like that, so
pretty. Grain sacks were neat too,
and that caneware pitcher is so
different.......never seen one like that before, lovely. All your vignettes are so pretty.
Thanks for sharing them with us,
blessings, Nellie

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

What great finds, and all so pretty together!

Tonita said...

I don't know how I have not seen your wonderful blog before now. I am going to sift through your beautiful pictures and posts to make up for lost time.


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Deborah Montgomery said...

Beautiful finds! Love the old clothespins and the white pitchers.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Simply stunning. I love it all.

Custom Comforts said...

You have an amazing talent for finding the most beautiful items and then displaying them like art.
How is the shop going?

The Charm of Home said...

What great finds. I love the creamwear piece, so much texture.

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