My daily run out to the mailbox to check to see if today will finally be the day that my issue of Prims arrives has finally ended – it’s here! The Spring 2011 issue of Prims magazine is just packed full of artists whose work I have long admired – and collected. I feel extremely privileged to have two of my primitive dolls, Laura and Rebecca, featured in such amazing company.
This is the house that I grew up in. It was a 1771 farmhouse – the entire single-story section on the right was a huge country kitchen with a woodburning stove inside. That section also had a saltbox style roof, which you can see in the second photo below. The historical society told us that the front room on the left side of the house was once a midwife’s birthing room. The house is painted white in these photos, which is the color it was when my parents first bought it. I remember the house being the dark blue color pictured here that my Dad later painted it to.
Below is the back view of the house. That’s a grape vine in the foreground. The white door led into what later became the bathroom, so that wound up getting sealed shut and the steps were removed. In 1771, there of course were no bathrooms, just the outhouse, which was still standing on the property. When my parents first moved in, the bathroom contained only a toilet. There was no hot water or heating system in the house either. An elderly woman was living in the kitchen with the woodstove and a space heater.
Below is a side view of the back of the house. The barrel collected rain water that fell from the gutter.
Photos of the outbuildings will be in my next post.
Sarah-Lambert Cook is the creative force behind Tuckoo and Moo Cow. With a shop name that adorable, can you resist taking a peek? I have recently had the pleasure of getting to know Sarah-Lambert via Etsy, and she is just as sweet as she is talented! She creates hand painted jewelry – each of the items that you see above contains a hand painted original miniature watercolor painting, permanently sealed and protected with clear resin. These are not prints, or mass produced items. Each one is painstakingly hand painted, one at a time.
I really enjoy the serenity and charm that Sarah-Lambert’s work exudes. Much of it gives you the feeling of being swept away to the country or a quiet moment in the woods when you look at it. I’m a huge fan of her product photography as well.
Stop by for a visit with Tuckoo and Moo Cow in her Etsy shop: Tuckoo and Moo Cow – Hand Painted Miniature Art and on her blog: Tuckoo and Moo Cow – an artist’s journal.
… it was normal for children to go outside and play with a stick?
I feel very fortunate to have grown up during those times.
I have been scanning some photos from my parents’ old photo albums of the first house I grew up in – our 1771 farmhouse (that’s me in front of it in the photo above), the barns, and the outhouse. The photos are all that remain to remember them by now, as all of the buildings are now gone. I will share more of them in the coming weeks here.