Folk Art Fantasy

A lovely Folk Art country scene

Take a look at this serene countryside. Does it look tranquil to you?

I loved it the moment I laid eyes on it last Saturday. I had been driving up and down back roads in Groton and Townsend, looking for treasures. It had been a good day already. The front seat on the passenger side was filled with crockery jugs and lamps and it wasn’t even 10:30 yet.

I pulled up to this house in Townsend where a yard sale was taking place, and at the end of the driveway was a small old dresser that someone had given a second lease on life by using it as a canvas for her folk art scene. It caught my eye when I walked into the yard, but I tend to look over everything before I commit to a single item.

The detail on this piece is amazing, it has people and livestock too.

I paid for a couple of smalls and was walking towards the car when I stopped to look more closely at the Folk Art dresser. It had a price on it that was reasonable, but more than I wanted to pay. I don’t mind haggling over prices, but I don’t like to insult sellers with a lowball. The price she had marked on the item was fair. The craftsmanship was certainly worth it, I just wasn’t up to paying that much for the piece because I didn’t think it left me with enough room to flip the item.

As I made my way to my car, the lady said, “If you’re really interested in the dresser, I’ll make you a deal. Twenty dollars and it’s yours.” I tried to keep a poker face, as I handed her $20. She even offered to put it in the car for me. As she lifted it, we heard rattling in the drawer. We opened it and there were a half-dozen old Drug Store bottles. The nice woman said, “I don’t want those, if you want them they’re yours.”

Saturday was certainly a nice day to travel the back roads of Townsend. The car was half-full when I got home. Now where can I put this stuff?


Cottage Cubism

Suzanne and Picasso view Cubism differently

I love to play with shapes and collections. If you look around the cottage you will see collections everywhere. These include crockery, balls & spheres, game boards and rolling pins, just for a start.

This box itself is a collection of boxes. It is old pine and it is really beat up. It has a lot of character. When I saw it at the old Bernat Mill a long time ago, I knew exactly how I wanted to use it at home. I would use it for a collection of “smalls”. Since each cube is only fives inches square internally, they are small “smalls”.

The items are fun things like little pocket games from the thirties, old pipes like my grandfather used to smoke, croquet balls, eyeglasses from back in the day when glasses were made from glass, etc. Well that’s what’s in the cubes today, God only knows what will be there in July.


The Cinder Block Sofa

Honey, go sleep on the couch! Ouch!

On Saturday Charles drove me to the grand opening of Mill City Antiques in Manchester, New Hampshire. The shop is located in a renovated mill building on the Merrimack River. The building is magnificent and the shop is wonderful. For some nice pics of their shop peruse their Facebook page.

We live in Massachusetts, an hour south of Manchester, yet the first booth I walked into I was greeted with a hug by a lady I know from another Manchester shop on Elm Street. I was in my element. Old friends and old treasures surrounded me.

When we entered the shop, this Cinder Block Sofa was by the door. Charles was quite fascinated with it. He imagined how cool it would be in the garden, with every hole stuffed with soil and plants. He is pondering the viability of building one at our cottage. The challenge – our narrow lot. We live on a long and narrow lot with no room for even a lawn tractor on either side of the cottage.

If Charles is nice maybe one of the neighbors would permit him to back his truck down to the backyard on their lawn. Otherwise every block has to be carried 150 feet to the back. After lugging all this material that far, perhaps Charles will be tired enough that he could take a nap Рeven on a cement couch.