Our life living off the land in our log cabin, breathing fresh mountain air, and getting back to basics.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Treasures...Old & New

We spent this morning in Franklin, taking care of things on our "to do" list, and then moseying through thrift and antique stores just for fun. Even though we were just browsing, I came across some great finds!

I have been looking for a cast iron kettle to put on my wood burning stove with water in it (this is to infuse steam into the cabin, which is quickly becoming dry as winter approaches...I will put different herbs and spices into the pot as the mood or need suits me...cinnamon and clove during the holidays, eucalyptus to sooth the lungs, whatever else might sound like a good idea or come from old timer recommendations!).  I found this Lithgow kettle in excellent condition!  I've tried finding it on the internet, but can't come across one just like it..does anyone know anything about these kettles?

I've also been keeping my eye out for a canister set for our kitchen (yes, I actually want to use them to store things!) and came across this Treasure-Craft set and a matching cookie jar...I figured I was getting a good deal as I negotiated the price with the sales person, but when I got home and researched Treasure-Craft on the internet, I discovered I got a really good deal.  The set is in excellent condition, though the lid handles can use a little shining up.  I do believe I can accomplish that:)

I haven't been looking for anything like this, but when I saw it, I really wanted to have it.  My mom used to have a set of big pots with glass lids that were similar to this, though I am not sure they were the same Guardian hammered aluminum.  I got a good deal on this too, but it was totally a sentimental purchase.

Then we discovered this new treasure, Art & Soul, that is next door to a thrift store we stopped at.  It's a shop that sells handmade items made by local artists.
We chatted for quite some time with the Proprietors Eric (in the background) and Tom (one the right).  We spoke with them about a wide variety of things, including my blog and Johny's photo art and the possibility of his becoming one of the artists exhibiting there. 
 The place has a lot of beautiful, interesting and unique items, some of which were created by Eric and Tom. 
It was a really nice to meet them and we are sure we will be back!

We both enjoyed the day thoroughly.  As we settled down, we wanted to see what PBS might have to offer this evening (we only get 3 stations on our TV through our antenna, all PBS stations) and found a show honoring good 'ol time music, including some incredible renditions of Appalachian ballads.  A perfect ending to a great day.  Sometimes, it's good to just let the day bring you what it may!  You never know what treasures you might find:)

Thanks for reading my blog, you are the best f/f/r/s/f's, see you tomorrow,


Dad/Pepere said...

Yes, mom had the Guardian set used previously by "memere" Carreau. Memere did all her roasting, and her famous dish that contained chicken, meat balls and pigs feet! Remember how "ma tante" Rosa would just eat all the "good" stuff on the pigs feet? Not sure who has some of the Guardian pots now. Hugs!

Lise said...

Ha ha, I do remember that dad! We all used to gross out when Ma tante Rosa did that! Hugs back:)!