Monday, September 24, 2012

Is It a Time-worn Treasure or a Twisted Tool of Torture?

Just in time for a ghoulish Halloween display, the rusty metal spikes on the device above conjure all sorts of interesting decorating ideas. Cobwebs and hanging spiders or a nice dried arrangement. It does, after all, look a bit like a giant spiked flower frog. Or, for the truly twisted mind, perhaps an impaled scarecrow or Freddie Krueger doll.

This interesting tool is an antique flax comb. The comb itself is about 8 inches across and the spikes are about two inches long. Wicked-looking device, but it would look great mounted above a doorway along with other primitives.

I spied the flax comb this past weekend at Primitive Pickins, a charming, little show featuring primitives and rustic items and at  the home of one of the show's organizers.  It was a smaller show, but had a nice selection furniture and rustic antiques. Take a look at some of the goodies.

The tea-dyed cheesecloth on the front of this antique dresser is a different and interesting look. The lower drawers of the piece have been removed to create open storage behind the cheesecloth curtain.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Julie, who picks most of the primitives on display. Three other friends collect the furniture pieces and one of them paints both furniture and some of the accessories.

Julie and her friends host one of these shows about four times a year, rotating host houses for each show. Now that I've discovered them, I'm looking forward to their next event in November.

I came home with this wonderful pie safe door. The rusty patina is just perfect. I'm planning to use it as a fireplace screen for our very outdated-looking fireplace. The plan is to position it on the andirons at  the fireplace opening--after I paint the andirons, which are now brass.

We don't use the fireplace, but have it filled with white twinkle lights which should look mah-velous twinkling through the pie safe's pinholes.

Next weekend, a friend and I are off to the annual Nebraska Junk Jaunt. Advertised as "everything from thimbles to combines," the Junk Jaunt is more than 300 miles of yard sales in more than 20 towns  in three days. Whoo-hoo!

Stay tuned  . . . should be lots of goodies to share with you all.

Make it a great day!
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  1. Looks like a great sale! I LOVE the pie safe door you found!

  2. What a great show/sale!
    I was listening to the CBC this morning and heard that many people do not know what flax is anymore. They believe it is just a seed for putting in bread and boxed cereal and have no idea that it is the source of linen.

  3. Wow, it looks like so much fun! Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I am so glad you did! I love your blog, and am your newest follower. :)

  4. This may be an old treasure but it could certainly do some damage if one should decide to use it as a torture device! (Wish there was a way to insert a wicked laugh!!)
    I am off to check out your fb and pinterest! Thank you.

  5. Looks like a really great show - can't wait to see what you do with the pie safe door!

  6. Ann, how I wish I could go with you on your junking jaunt!!! Love the pie safe door you picked up can't wait to see it in front of your fireplace, sounds like it will be a perfect fit! Have fun on your treasure hunt, Laura

  7. Can't wait to see the "old & improved" fireplace screen. Enjoy your adventures - don't forget your camera.

  8. Your booth looks amazing! I love all your primitives! I think you will have a wonderful project for that door :)

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

  9. What a fun sale this must have been, and that flax comb--wow! It looks to me like a giant flower arranging frog. Thank you for stopping by my blog today and for the follow--I appreciate it very much!


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