April 01, 2015

Spring on the Front Porch

..........and then a miracle happened.  Just as it does every year, it turned to Spring.
We have been busy around here.  Already hubby has mowed, thatched, mowed again, fertilized and watered the lawn (twice).  We have cleared out the garden plot, planted sunflowers, pulled out bushes, relocated ornamental grasses, and repainted the front door.  
I have redone displays around the house in fresh soft colors and flowers.  The new scent for the season is my favorite.  Lemon Pound Cake scentsy fills the house this time of year.
Mother Nature is also hard at work flowering our trees and bushes with pretty buds.
The girls have been riding bikes and scooters, playing at the park, blowing bubbles and jumping on their new trampoline.  Hubby has had the boat out and has been fishing already.
It's a great time of year at Front Porch Primitives.

Happiest of Springs to you.

March 11, 2015

Antique Wooden Tool Box~ Patience is a Virtue

For 8 long years I quietly waited.  I kept it a secret, but in my heart I coveted this very tool box that now sits in my entry way (for now).  It was my Grandfather's and it sat in my Mother's house driving me crazy because I knew I wanted it so badly.  
Long story short, she recently moved into a new home and gifted it to me.
Hooray!  Day of all days.  I took it home and washed the old wood.  I can tell you from a few experiences that wet, old, wood really stinks.  I cleaned out all the rusty screws and unknowns and then tenderly rubbed coconut oil into the wood to bring out the grain and the patina.  
Oh, joy!
Patience is a Virtue.

 A perfect place to organize my scentsy wax melts. 
Scent of the month- Gain fabric softener.  Yup, they make wax melts too.

January 10, 2015

A Sweet Cabin on Bear Lake

We've passed this cabin over a dozen of times throughout the years, but have never taken the the time to stop until now.  I have to say, it's one of my favorites.  It has so much character with the roof redone in the back with tin.  I also like how the back end sits just a bit higher up on the hill.  My favorite thing though, is how the house is done in dove tail but under where the roof pitches on the left side and along the front it is done with up and down boards. 

As I was walking the perimeter of the house, I came across this cute little cup laying where the front yard would have been.  I feel only slightly guilty for picking it up and taking it home, but it needed a cute place in the guest bathroom. 

It occupies my mind to think of how the cup came to be in the yard, who had it last, and where it came from.  I daydream about the family that traveled to that side of the lake,  how they decided that the plot of land was just perfect for them, and who helped build the home.  I think of the wife picking flowers for her wooden table and sweeping the packed dirt floor with a crude broom.  Then I wonder about the kids, and did they love to run to the edge of the lake which is just down from the front yard to swim everyday.  I can just see the wagon and horses parked out front with chickens running about.  Then I feel sad when I think of how the end came.  How the family had to pack up their belongings, leave their beloved cabin and lake view, to head for the city where a job and real money could be secured.

December 24, 2014

Christmas Corners

This year we put a sagebrush tree (grows plentiful in Idaho) in the front entry.  Hubby flocked it and decorated it.  When he was little they had one every year.  

Merry Christmas

November 24, 2014

Golden Thanksgiving

Looks like a picture from an 1860's frontiers woman's Thanksgiving table. 
Hubby did a great job smoking our turkey this year.

September 20, 2014

Fall on the Front Porch

Joyously welcoming the Fall season filled with Autumn colors and smells of sweet cinnamon and pumpkin.

Happy Fall from our home to yours

August 11, 2014

Country Dairy's and a Long Awaited Hand Me Down

On Saturday we took a little joy ride through some country we have never been through before.  Idaho has a ton of countryside farms and dairy's so it is a lot of fun to roll the windows down on a cool evening and go for a relaxing drive.  The smells of the fresh cut hay, the alfalfa, and the Russian Olive trees are amazing.  We get to see so many neat birds and occasionally a fox or coyote.  What I really love though is the old barns and houses that are left behind by early settlers.  There aren't many left, but when we find one, I can't resist a picture or two.

My Mother has a few prized antique pieces in her house that were scouted from my Grandmother's basement when she passed away.  She has had this washboard sitting in her laundry room for years.  I have secretly had my eye on it for just as long, patiently waiting for the day she decided to pass it to me. 
She and my Dad just decided it was time to move to a smaller home and so she was cleaning out and the blessed day came.  I got the washboard!  It was in bad shape when I received it.  Both sides were broken in half and held together with masking tape.  The wood was very dry and had paint spilled on it.  
I fixed the sides with Gorilla Glue, hydrated the wood with Coconut Oil, and used a putty knife to carefully remove the paint and soap scum.  It is now absolutely beautiful.

Along with the washboard came an unopened mint condition box of starch.  I think it is so cool that Grandma saved this stuff for so long.  She had no idea of it's value later on.  She was just saving stuff because it was what she was taught to do in the depression. It's like me saving a bottle of liquid Tide for 50 years.  

Things have been quite interesting around here this summer.  I still feel like I am living in a dream and soon I will wake up to the day it was before Oldest was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  
But, it never happens and life goes on.  I have the pictures to prove life has been happening. I have blog posts of our family adventures this summer.  School is starting in a couple of weeks so I know time has been moving.  I just feel so disconnected from it all.
I am thankful for the camera lens.  So I can go back and remember all the fun times we have had.