Nov 24, 2011

TOBACCO STICK CHAIR

Tobacco Stick Chair

Here's a cute, primitive tobacco stick chair my husband made after I drew it out. I wanted something to just sit out in the yard to hold a flower pot for decoration.
Tobacco Stick Chair

With lots of extra tobacco sticks laying around, I've found a few decorative uses for them.
A bunch of old, weathered tobacco sticks I keep in a trash can ready for crafts.
Here is some tobacco sticks I just laid out in the shape of stars.

Looking for the 
I made, (my husband nailed it, as I said where to, lol) this cute tobacco stick chair.
For this one in the top photo, I put a flower pot in it and some grapevine twig garland wrapped at top for decoration. And a piece of homespun tied to it.

It's gonna sit by the entry and hold a sign to welcome guests. I just love it.

Here it is all plain again so you can see it:
 The top really needed another bar across it, but I'm not sure why we didn't add one?
 Oh well, I hung decorations on it.
I also brushed on some streaks of black paint to prim it up a tad. And attached a bit of grapevine along with a hand painted welcome sign to get it ready for sale in the winter month.


UPDATE:
Since many people ask me what tobacco sticks are, I thought I'd add this.
Sorry, I grew up in KY and just thought everyone knew of them.
These old tobacco sticks were used in the fields when growing tobacco, and were speared through the tops of the stalks. 

They were essential for "hanging" the tobacco in the barns to cure. 
A lot of stalks of tobacco could be slid onto one tobacco stick. And then they were then hung up on the rafters in the barn to cure. 

The tobacco looks like this in a bunch:
Photo: By Me of a bunch of real tobacco
Finding a use for old tobacco sticks is pretty challenging. Yet I love the look of them indoors, so I like a challenge. They are a perfect touch for a cute country or prim styled home. The first thing I made turned out looking like a tree of some kind. So I call it my tobacco stick tree. I decorate it with homemade rag ropes and lights of the season.

I ended up putting this in my Peddlers Mall Booth #555, for $19.99. 
SOLD
THANK YOU!

It'd be a great welcome to any guest at your home. 
You can change out the hanging sign to fit your mood or holiday!
I just love it.

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Looking for the 
Here is my first try at making a tobacco stick tree:
Since first making this one, I've started making them way slimmer and about 5ft tall and some even shorter, table top versions.
Here's a link:

Primitive Tobacco Stick Grapevine Tree

And here is my second try at making a tobacco stick tree: 




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PRIMITIVE TUCK PILLOWS

I just started trying my hand at sewing over the past weekend.
And to my amazement, I really enjoy it.

By no means am I good at it, but I do like it.
I'm liking doing little pillows so far. And really like stitching on cute little sayings to make them stand out.

This batch, I choose to stitch the word "Believe" on it, and they are on black and cream homespun material.
 And then I toyed with the words "FAITH" and "LOVE."
It turns out that it is not really that hard as long as you don't try to keep them perfect.
Which I cannot do at all. lol
But little things here and there tend to make them more prim anyways.

Larger hand stitched tuck pillows are only $4.99 in my Booth#555
SOLD
THANK YOU

PRIMITIVE ORNAMENTS "Ornies"


I've been spending a lot of evening making some new little primitive looking ornies.

I simply cut some left over fabric into little squares and got them ready.  I then took some dark thread colors and free handed some stitching on the one side.
Some I stitched a simple candy cane, star or a simple snowman.  On one I just sewed on a button.  And on another, (top right,) I used an ink stamp of an old crow and just stamped it on.  This fabric took the ink great.

Then I stuffed them and hand sewed up the edges and then poked some rusty wire through to make a simple hanger.  I added a few rusty stars to the hangers also to make them more prim looking.

And that was all there was to it.

These look great tucked in a bowl with other similar fillers or hanging on a prim tree!


Price: Only $1.99 each in my BOOTH#555
(limited quantities)
Sold Out 
THANK YOU

Nov 21, 2011

Peddlers Mall, Morehead, KY



One of my favorite places to shop is at the Peddlers Mall. That's where my Booth#555 originated (at the Morehead Peddlers Mall.) Now Booth555 is located online for easier shopping on eBay.  

What is a Peddlers Mall?
If you are not familiar with a Peddlers Mall it is basically an old building, usually an out of date Wal-Mart building, that has been revamped into a flea market type store. Within the last 11 years they have grown to 20 retail locations  mostly which are within Kentucky and Indiana.

This store is very unique and different from a flea market because each vendor does not need to stay with their booth in order for sales to occur. Customers roam the store, make their selections and pay for their entire order all at the front counters. Each item in the store is marked separately by each vendors' tag. And so the cashiers take extra care, reading each tag and so on, to ensure sales are correct.

Then vendors are paid once a month for their booth sales, minus the booth rent, which is usually around $120 each, and a mere 4% sales fee. I believe. I'll have to recheck that.

A Look Inside the Store
The store itself is very unique. Every ten feet or so, you are presented with booths of various vendors. You see, each booth is rented out separately, so everyone's items vary in detail greatly. You never know what you will find. One vendor may offer antiques while the booth next to it may offer Nascar items. You just never know what you will find. The categories are endless.



Peddlers Mall in Morehead, KY
Our local Peddlers Mall is wonderful. It is located in Morehead, KY. I've been to a lot of them, but this particular one is awesome. I even have my own booth in which I sell the primitive furniture and decorating accessories I make. If you've been connected to me here, I'm sure you've seen some of my posts about re-doing furniture in the primitive style. Look close in the pic. See the red checkerboard (left) on the wall, left of the black shelf? Well, here's a link to my post where I made that. I love re-purposing old items or furniture pieces.



The aisles are always clean. The individual booths, most of them (99%), are very well kept.


The workers are very friendly and accommodating. Overall, it is just a wonderful, thrifty shopping experience. Makes the hunt for treasures all the more fun. Not to mention how much money you save rather than shopping retail!


And here is some various photos of my Booth#555, from time to time. Keep in mind, that we've rented a total of 4 booths at a time in one Peddlers Mall and 1 booth in another. Then we go back down to just one, when the traffic flow ceases. But I've had the same Booth #555 for almost 4 years now. So along with my crafts, I buy and resell anything I can to fill the spaces.
But the hand crafted items and re-purposed furniture is my most favorite!
























Keep in mind, it changes looks on a weekly basis. Most every item within' my booth has a price tag. So I never know what will be here today or gone tomorrow.

And here I am shopping in a booth ran by another vendor:

And here's my Aunt Marlene also doing some shopping:



Do you have a Peddlers Mall close to you?




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