I wanted to share a photo of this wonderful shelf with you today. I've changed my blog title picture so I can see this now. I saw this shelf in Country Sampler a few years ago, I loved the gals house, perfectly prim to my taste. My husband made this one for me based on the photograph. I only had to tell him how long I wanted it and to draw out the shape of the ends. The hooks were hand forged by a local blacksmith, they have a twisted shank, very unique. The only problem with them for my perfectionist woodworking husband was that they were all slightly different lengths. He is "working on" his prim style. Everything has to be just so and he doesn't understand my desire to rough up his perfectly made items!
A few of my favorite crocks make their home on the shelf. All those on the left are antiques, my favorite being the first one in. The marking on it says "C. Hart & Son, Sherburne". This is the town that I grew up in, so it's very special to me. The second one in I purchased at an auction. My husband's Aunt and Uncle were downsizing and auctioned off a lot of "stuff". That one's special because I always think of Aunt Rosie when I see it.
All the crocks/bowls on the right are new. The first one in on the right side is from the potters at Conner Prairie, a living history museum in Indiana. The second one from the right was made by the potter at Sauder Village, a living history museum here in Ohio. It is one of the first items fired in his new wood ash kiln a couple of years ago. The third one in is a birthday present from my friend Melissa at Farm Field Primitives.
Of course there has to be a star mixed in, this one was made from tobacco crate slats. Don't you love the doll chair? I was going to have my husband fix the back rung but decided that I like it the way it is. I purchased it at an auction for $2.00