Creating the Farmer’s Wife Vignette was like telling a story. Who would read a vintage McCall’s Garden Book or Irma Rombauer’s iconic Joy of Cooking? A farmer’s wife, of course. Truth be told, I’ve always wanted to be the farmer’s wife; sort of. I don’t want to do any of the dirty stuff though. I would love to skip about the farm wearing a Sound of Music dress, scattering chicken feed while singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Afterwards I could whip up some strawberry preserves, then make plans to have a pumpkin patch available for the local school children in the fall. At least I can live out my fantasies through my decor.
The bedrock of the Farmer’s Wife Vignette is an antique brown transferware platter made by Edge Malkin Pottery.
At the top of my maple china cabinet, I placed a round wreath made from chicken feathers, a washboard painted with acrylics in 1999, and a blue- patina flower pot painted by my 11 year-old daughter.
The sheep platter was made in Nova Scotia, and has “Catfish Moon” written in black on the back. I love the droll expression on the faces of the sheep.
The Hand-Painted Easter Egg Garden that I made last year looked pretty in my McCoy Canyon Mesa Soup Bowl. I would love to find more Canyon Mesa pieces “in the wild.”
I bought the “Happy Hens Lay More Eggs” sign at Paula Deen’s Family Restaurant in Myrtle Beach last year. You can read about our trip here.
The blue and yellow chicken teapot was made by Herman Dodge and Son. The hand-painted details are gorgeous.
The Corningware Cornflower percolator is filled with flowers from my back yard. Corningware and Corelle (and many other potteries) have taken some heat lately regarding levels of iron in the pottery glaze. Before you throw the baby out with the bath water, read this article from Smithsonian Magazine. Interestingly, this percolator was recalled, but not because of the glaze. Read The Perilous Percolator to find out why.
The Bella Casa (which means beautiful house) Ganz Pottery Pitcher could be used by an Italian farmer’s wife, in between her frolics among the grapes and olives.
The amazing books were purchased at my local thrift store. This wanna be farmer’s wife will be perusing both books this spring.
off to the side, you can see my DIY Rain Go Away Umbrella Holder.
I hope you enjoyed my Farmer’s Wife Vignette!
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