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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Thrifty Treasures --- A little of this and that





This is my vintage cherry pitter and I found it at a garage sale several years ago. Pitting cherries by hand is not fun but the cherry pitter whittles a tedious process into a few minutes with just a turn of the crank!

The vintage pitter is a simple tool to use. You do need two bowls, one to catch the pits and one bowl to catch the fruit. Just fill the hopper with cherries and then start turning the crank. The cherries move down the shoot and somehow the large disk separates the fruit from the pit. The fruit comes out as the disk turns and the pits continue down the spout and finally are expelled at the end. It's simple and effective and saves hours of time! Whenever I need to pit a large amount of cherries, I'm so glad I have it!


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I love vintage linens and have quite a collection. I picked up these small tablecloths are the flea market. All were less then $5 each.


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This is my Pincushion Doll and she has sat on my sewing desk for almost 20 years now. I bought her years ago at a small antique shop for $11. She's a little bent and her gown is becoming faded and discolored, but she is very precious to me.






Fall is coming so quickly here in Northern IL. This week we've had chilly, rainy days and cold nights. I'm sorry to see summer go but cooler weather just reminds me of how much fun this fall is going to be!


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Thrifty Treasures is hosted by Rhoda of Southern Hospitality. Please visit Rhoda's site to find some super treasures all for a bargain price!


Side Bar: My computer is the shop until tomorrow so it's been a rough few days. I'm now working off my old computer which is so slow and has limited resources. Hopefully, I will pick up my repaired computer on Monday! YES!!



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13 comments:

Deanna said...

Aweeeee...I love your post today!

Fall is coming early.
The tableclothes are sweet and I really like this picture you have of them hanging on a clothesline wavin' in the breeze. They are so pretty and cheery.

God richly bless you,
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Calming Scents said...

I"m in Wisconsin so I know what you mean about Fall coming..you can feel it. I'm kinda sad..it takes me awhile to bounce out of the summery mode.

thanks for the smile with the skeleton--he is the cutest dang thing!

Cheryl B. said...

We live in mid west MI, so we too have had the cooler weather and cold rains the last couple of weeks. Yesterday while driving home from K-zoo, I noticed several trees with leaves starting to change color.
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, what with all of it's spectaular beauty showing off God's handiwork. And yet so far this year, I'm not too thrilled about it. While pondering this on my drive yesterday, the only deduction I came up with was connected with what comes after fall. And just how dark, and cold, and long, and DARK that particular season was last year :-( While I am not a fan of extra hot weather, and have thourally enjoyed how we havn't had much of it this particular summer; I have enjoyed the wonderous amount of sunshine we have been blessed with!!! I'm not one to sit out trying to sun tan, but just the sun coming through the window brightening a room does wonders for my spirit!!! :-D
Where did you take the picture of the skelton in the bathtub at?!? ;-p Delightful!!! So tongue in cheek!!! :-p
I too have a thing for tablecloths, and I too buy them either off of EXTREME clearance bins, or at 'mission type stores'. That way, I feel free to use them, at home or when we are doing the food for some function. And should they somehow get ruined - not a huge loss :-}.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

WOW, love that cherry pitter. Need to keep an eye out for one. There's something about seeing linens on a clothes line that is so nostalgic. I Love linens too. :)

RJ Flamingo said...

Of course, I'm immediately drawn to the skeleton in the "bubble" bath! :-) What a hoot! :-D

Tarva said...

Just found your blog - came by from Rhoda's. Love the picture of the farmhouse at the top. Love to see linens hanging on the line. Feels like I'm a child again at my grandmothers.

Lori E said...

Well I have been showing my Santa collection all week so I guess it isn't too early for a skeleton. So you have a bathroom fixture store?
The display is really fun.

Leanne said...

I love your tablecloths! They're so beautiful hanging on the line, waving in the breeze. Good buys.

Shauna said...

I just love vintage linens!! That cherry pitter is pretty cool too!

Wendy said...

love the linens! so pretty!

Jan said...

Stopping by from Rhoda's. My Mom would have appreciated that cherry pitter back in the day! And I LOVE the linens! Beautiful!
I am originally from Central IL and am missing those cold late summer nights like crazy! It's still getting up to 100 and higher here in AZ! Blagh.

soanywaytoday said...

Stopping over from Rhoda's. I love the idea of the cherry pitter, I will have to keep my eyes out for one. Of course, the only cherries I buy are the Ranier Cherries. What with their cost, I have seen as high as 5.99/lb around her (I am a bit north of you, think bucky badger)I don't have a LOT of cherries to pit. :)

I was in your neck of the woods today, my dad took us out on the chain of lakes. .. speaking of unseasonally cold, just a bit north of me they actually had temps fall below freezing!

CMC said...

would love to have a cherry and olive pitter. That's why I clicked on this page...Then to my surprise, I saw your cat. We have a new one that showed up about a month ago here at the farm. I call him Mr. Greenie as he is solid black with eyes like grass. He loves lying on the chair with a cushion on the front porch, too.