We are celebrating another lovely Autumn weekend here in the Midwest! The leaves are just beginning to show their colors. The next two weekends should be prime time for leaf peeping in our area. Midwesterners are making the most of our nice weather.
Perhaps you can guess why we left home very early on a chilly Saturday morning to drive out to the countryside…
As long as I can remember, one of my very favorite pastimes has been antiquing. I have such sweet childhood memories of tagging along with my parents at outdoor antique fairs, learning about the fascinating things that were part of daily life for our ancestors. As I grew, so did my love for the old ways and the simple things that make a ‘Home Sweet Home.’
Now at a vintage age myself, I still love the anticipation of the hunt and the thrill of learning more about old, well-worn treasures. You just never know when you will find something that sparks joy! It’s always a treat to find inspiration for new ways to use my own antiques. From time to time, a tiny treasure or two might even come home with us!
On Saturday, we visited the last 3 French Hens French Country Market of the year, held in the small town of Morris, Illinois. Over 140 vendors set up their booths in Canalport Park, along the banks of the historic I & M Shipping Canal. I practically danced into the park! There is always so much inspiration here… I could just feel it in the air!
especially signs made from old barn wood, vintage doors, or tobacco lath.
I always take time to admire the fonts, the time-worn wood, and the sayings on each piece.
Some were turned into chalkboards. Others held chicken wire and clothespins to create display boards.
While growing up, I played at a small, wooden, roll top desk that was passed down through our family.
The red handled rolling pin looks just like the one in my kitchen today.
I can remember a Charles Chips cookie tin at our house, too.
It’s always a happy stroll down Memory Lane!
Old doors were definitely trending here!
They were repurposed into hall trees with bench seats, book shelves, coffee tables, and chalkboards.
I was thankful to see the original hardware preserved on each door.
Bittersweet bundles were cut from roadside plants in Indiana.
Farmers brought their fruits, vegetables, and honey.
always leads us to Anderson Pumpkins.
These expert growers harvest over 102 varieties on their
farm in nearby Newark, Illinois.
We learned that pumpkins will be more scarce this season
due to our cool, very wet June.
(Insider tip straight from the grower ~
“If you buy canned pumpkin for Thanksgiving baking,
it’s a good idea to buy it extra early this year. Supplies could be short!)
were everywhere we looked at the
Beautiful chrysanthemums, long bundles of dried wheat,
bales of hay, and bouquets of bright, orange Chinese Lanterns
were a celebration of Autumn in the Midwest.
A few bits
of holiday magic
were sprinkled in, too!
is just around the corner!
There were little treasures that
sparked joy ~
a small, silverplated ‘Bride Basket’ plate (made in England) for holiday tea parties,
a bar of handmade ‘Ocean Sunrise’ soap, scented with peppermint, lemon, and eucalyptus,
and small pumpkins and gourds to create Autumn centerpieces.
Best of all, my heart is filled with inspiration!
We bought delicious fare for
our picnic lunch
and headed off
further into the countryside
to our afternoon destination…
This beautiful place is really old!
It’s an original ‘antique’
Can’t wait to share… next time!
I’m so grateful that you made time to stop and visit today.
Wishing everyone bright, colorful Autumn (or Springtime!) days ahead!
Sending warm Thanksgiving Blessings to our friends in Canada!
P.S. What Autumn activities have you been enjoying lately?