Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Collections keep growing!

That’s right – I can’t seem to get away from buying Yellow Ware bowls and this past weekend Dan DiPaolo had his monthly open house at the barn and was selling lots of his collection.  We missed seeing most of them because we didn’t go out on Saturday so the picking was slim but I found a nice small one with a blue ring I didn’t have.  It’s probably a 1 quart size and I love the shape.

New blue stripe bowl 1

New blue stripe bowl 2

Dan’s ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ farm has Two more open house then his Christmas open house and then he’ll be closed for the winter:  ( http://dandipaolostudios.blogspot.com/ )
DiPaolo's open house schedule

Pineapple line artAnd….baby dresses/gowns…who doesn’t love them!
Friday my brother and his wife came over and we went to Mukwonago up to Deja Vu and I found a pair of long baby stockings to go with the other baby things in the guest room
Baby stockings 2

Baby stockings 1

I posted about this store before and will be adding it to my shops in Wisconsin tab shortly. Jody has a very eclectic kind of store with antiques, vintage and even some new items…a great place to spend a good hour browsing.
( http://www.dejavugoods.com/store.html )
Deja Vu picture 

After we left there we headed up the street to Fork In The Road restaurant for lunch…a crock of French Onion soup was the choice I made and a very good one at that…I recommend it if you ever get there: (  http://forkintheroadrestaurant.com/ )

When we got back to Burlington we stopped at an antique shop in the downtown area, The Shy Violet – this looks like a small store but it is packed with some wonderful treasures. (  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shy-Violet/114848642035790?sk=timeline )

shy violet logo

I found another baby gown and I will not look for anymore because there are only 3 pegs on the rack in the guest room and they are now full….whew…one collection completed!!
 New baby gown 2

New baby gown 1

Pineapple line artThere’s also a new shop that opened up a couple weeks ago in Waterford, just a couple miles up the road.
Run by yet ‘another’ Jodi….this is a cute little shop full of ‘country’ items – I’m hoping in time she will get more Primitive/Colonial items in but again she is still so new.
JODI’S COUNTRY CORNER and she also has a FB page:  ( https://www.facebook.com/jodiscountrycorner )
Jodis country corner

Pineapple line art I have been on the search of a wool cutter for some time now and through my friend Teresa Miller (Teresa’s primitive Treasures:  http://teresasprimtreasures.blogspot.com/ ) I was led to Linda from Grant Street Woolworks ( https://www.facebook.com/GrantStreetWoolworks/timeline ) whom I met at the retreat in June – well it so happened she had one she was selling for someone so I purchased it!!  I’m now able to cut straight strips…thank you both of you for your wonderful help.

It came in its own little case too…and it came with 7 blade sizes.
Wool case 

Wool cutter 1
I also purchased this yummy burgundy red wool – I never can have too much red wool…let alone WOOL!

When I was on the phone with Linda talking about purchasing this item Teresa happened to be in the store at that time so I got to chat with both of them and we got talking about needle punch and I was saying how much I detested putting my work in a hoop ring because it doesn’t stay tight and Linda said she had just the thing and explained it to me…well, it turns out it’s just like a rug hook frame but small and it even has a swivel base and the edges are rounded on the gripper! Oh, and as we were talking about it…Teresa purchased one as well!

Punch needle frame 1

Punch needle frame 3
This is SOOOOO worth the money spent!!

Pineapple line art

Last week I had some free time and spent it working on my Pumpkin rug – it is going to be made into a pillow when I get the brown or black muted background hooked on it.  I purchased this piece from Lauran (Rugs and Pugs blog: (  http://rugsandpugs.blogspot.com/ )

Pumpkin rug 2

I hope you enjoyed this long post AGAIN….Oh people I have good intentions to have a short post but as in person, I just can’t seem to keep it short.

Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you for continuing to support me by visiting and always being so sweet and kind with your comments…I honestly appreciate each and every one of you!   I am a bad blogger as for visiting you all…well, that’s not true, I do surf the blogs and read here and there but it seems by the time you get on the computer you find you have spent a couple hours and the morning has gone….it’s already 9:00 am and I’ve been at this post plus other computer things since 7 am…yikes! Time to close her down for a bit.



  1. Wonderful finds Karen! ... and a Fraser wool cutter with 7 blades, great! ... can't go wrong with a gripper frame. I make covers for the gripper frames so you don't get stuck. Enjoy your new treasures!!


  2. Nice finds! I only buy the small yellow ware bowls because I have no room for the larger ones anymore. The really small ones are hard to find and can have a high price tag. Many years ago I passed up salesman samples of two tiny yellow ware bowls. Oh how I wished I hadn't but I was young and had no money to spend.

  3. That baby gown is just beautiful. So simple and precious. Sounds like you always find a place to go and always find a treasure. I haven't started punching yet - will check into the gripper.

  4. Collection finished....never! Come on Karen we all know that true primitive/antique lovers never, ever finish any collection. LOL! I love the bowl and have really enjoyed Dan's art work for a few years. Wish I could attend his open houses just to drool over everything.
    I bought my first hooking project yesterday and can't wait to get started. I've owned many rug hooking books for the last 10 years but always been afraid to jump into the craft. This year is all about overcoming my insecurities so I'm gonna learn to hook.

  5. Hi Karen, wonderful yellowware bowls, they are my favorite bowls and I love yours.
    Love your baby gown and baby socks. You are doing great on your rug hooking, that is on my bucket list of things to learn. Sounds like you are having a wonderful summer. hugs, Lecia

  6. Do you have any info to share about the punch needle gripper frame you purchased. I have seen quite a few, but yours appears more straight-forward than most, especially in that it can turn and not be at an angle. Also wondering about the dimensions. I cannot imagine how you can use grippers to punch from the wrong side if the pattern is larger than the grippers; won't the grippers pull out or damage the already punched work?

  7. Hi Karen. I love your bowls. Looks like you have been having a great summer.

  8. Karen, your blogs are never too long, you have so much interesting info and since I live in your area posting about new (or new to me) shops is great! Have a great week!

  9. Hi Karen, I love love yellowware...your wide blu band one is awesome. I tried to email you back on the Buster Brown wagon, but for some reason, you commented as a no reply commenter. The wagon is appraised at $700 and the only one we could find was in a museum. We are going to sell it for
    $500 Janice

  10. Oh, that hooked pumpkin is going to be great! You are always having so much fun! Keep it up!


  11. I too love collections and yellow-ware bowls! It always feels good to add to or finish a collection! Love your new wool cutter! I know you will too! Enjoy your day Karen!

  12. Your little yellow ware bowl is darling...you were so lucky to find it! Gosh, Karen, you sure do get around. I am hoping for some free time soon, too, so I can go out and check out the shops. We have several that are only open 1 weekend a month so you really have to plan ahead. Are you going to PA soon? {{HUGS}} Joy

  13. I LoVe your yellow ware bowls! You got some great finds there! Love these lazy hazy days of summer! Hugs Marg.

  14. Great finds Ms. Karen!!! One can never have enough bowls!!! Love the rug!!!! OLM


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