Saturday, August 1, 2015

Historic Mooresville, Alabama

I got to visit Mooresville, Alabama in June.  I had read about this quiet and tiny place in north Alabama and was delighted to visit in person.  Come along and visit this picturesque town with me on this hot Alabama afternoon from the cool of your own home.
Mooresville is one of the oldest incorporated towns in Alabama (November 16, 1818) and the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  
This lovely church was completed in 1830.
 There was a wedding scheduled at the church later in the day.
  Let's take a peek inside.


I don't know if I would have noticed this detail on
 my own, but I had read about this
special steeple. Instead of a
 traditional cross, there is a
finger pointing the way to heaven. 
  I'm glad I didn't miss that!
There are 53 residents in Mooresville and
 they live in beautiful homes.  

Picket fences are popular and so are American flags.
 Some of the homes are modest cottages. 
 Some are hidden in the lush plantings that surround them.
Can't you imagine yourself on your daily walk
 or a bike ride past these lovely sites?  
I think I could get rid of a few
 extra pounds this way and say it was a real pleasure!
There are lovely flower gardens.  A treat for the eye!
There is another little church.
There is also a Post Office--it is the oldest
 Post Office in continuous use in the state of Alabama.

I found this home to be very appealing. 
 I wonder what it looks like at Christmas?  
I know they have some special events
 in Mooresville during the Christmas season.
I love the red door!

This little cottage is so sweet.
Thank you for joining me on my visit to Mooresville. 
 It was a delight to drive down it's quiet streets
 and enjoy the beauty of this small town.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Printer's Ink

A few months ago, I decided I was looking for a small change in my kitchen dining area.  I had a lovely framed print on the wall, but wanted something a little different.  I thought I might like a piece of subway-type art but most of the pieces that I saw in our local stores were almost all vertical.  I needed a piece that was horizontal.  So I looked, over the next several months, but  I came back empty handed each time. I wasn't discouraged.  I just kinda put the idea on the back burner.  

Then, I found the perfect piece for my dining area.

Yes, it's the real deal.  A printer's type tray.  No, it wasn't the deal of the day on a website.  It wasn't an amazing find at a flea market or an antique store. The tray was in storage and a piece from our local small-town newspaper that my family used to own.  When I picked up the tray with my SIL, we also picked up an old shoe box. 

So, here's what was in the box...

It was a box full of old wooden printer's type. 
 This was the real deal, too.  

So I sorted all the type out---alphabetically, of course.  
I brushed it off with a brush to clean the pieces
 up a bit.  I only wet one piece and the water
 was bluish black from ink--
 from many years of use so many years ago.
There were several different fonts
 and there were a few numerals, too.


I'm happy to share my vintage treasures with you today-
I hope you enjoyed seeing these relics from my past.
And, I hope you're having a great week and staying cool!
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Industrial Cart Coffee Table

 It's always good to speak up! Right?? Don't you think so???    Like last fall when I stopped by my brother's house to say hello and a guy pulled up in his truck with an item that immediately caught my eye.....SO I SPOKE UP......and I said....
So this is what I got....

It's been having a few touches* done to it here and there and now, it has a place in front of our outdoor fireplace.
The wheels are perfect and heavy.
Two large ones on the longer sides
 and two smaller ones on the ends.
Old paint and stains from the nails.

And, while you're reading this post, please notice my vintage galvanized tool caddy that I got a couple of years ago.  I love it.  I just love, love a tool caddy....don't ask why--I don't know.

The name, JAKES, is on both sides of the cart. 
 I believe that this was a railroad cart and it 
was manufactured in Nashville, Tennessee.
So now when we're outside, we prop our heels up
 on our wonderful industrial cart.
How about coming over for a visit and
 joining us when it gets a bit cooler?  We're outside now, but I'd hate to invite you over when it's so hot here in Alabama.


***Several coats of Thompson's Water Seal were applied to the wood, the iron wheels were sealed so they wouldn't leave rust marks on our patio and the smaller wheels on the ends were extended so the cart sits PERFECTLY flat without tipping...Thank you Eddie!!

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