Friday, November 12, 2010

Getting ready for the holidays - Multitasking again.

This is a Harvest Safe. It's somewhat similar to a pie safe but bigger. I got it years ago in Jamesport at an antique shop. I didn't know what it was but I liked the way it looked. My neighbor Georgie(who was born in the farmhouse next door) knew exactly what it was. We live in a farming community. At harvest time, the men would go from farm to farm to bring in the harvest. The women would go with them and early in the morning start cooking to feed them all at noon. The food was put in big harvest safes that were covered with screen - to keep food aired so it wouldn't get soggy and to keep the flies off. After the men ate and went back to the fields, the women cleaned up and got the quilting frames out. Harvest was hard work for everyone but a great time for community.


Obviously we don't use it as a Harvest Safe but it stores all of Pep's cookbook collection , odds and ends and a lot of our holiday glassware. The good crystal stays in the hutch but the rest goes in here. Unfortunately the screen does let in dust so 2 or 3 times a year, the whole thing gets cleaned out and all of the glasses washed. I always do it before Easter and Thanksgiving.

The rest of the glasses are in the dishwasher but these are too long and get knocked around. I'm afraid they'll break so I always do them by hand. In between cleaning and letting things dry I get to sit and stitch. I'm working on my Holiday Project so can't show it to you yet but here's a sneak peek at the fabrics I'm using.


And today is Kathy Schmitz day on the blog hop. I just love her project.


This is a Moda Hankie from Market signed by all of the designers. Hop on over to Kathy's blog and come back and tell me in the comments section what her project says. We'll have a drawing Monday from the comments and send the winner the hankie.
Good luck and have a good weekend.

16 comments:

  1. Joy...what a fun little project (the banner - not the washing wine glasses!)

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  2. Love your Harvest safe and the color is just beautiful:)

    Enjoy your projects and have a great weekend!

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  3. Joy - neat no sew project. Love the harvest safe. It is so big.

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  4. It says JOY!
    I love her project, something fun to decorate with.

    Debbie

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  5. A very cute banner saying "joy". I love the simple project.

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  6. Her project says "joy"....very cute

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  7. JOY! Joy to see your lovely old harvest safe, more joy in anticipation of your latest giveaway. Thank you for continuing to design primitive fabrics and quilts.

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  8. Getting ready for Christmas and anticipating grandkids in a few years.

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  9. The Joy Holiday Banner says "Joy" of course. Enjoy reading your blog.
    Kay in Arkansas

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  10. Kathy's banner says "JOY" - the feeling I am getting from the wonderful BLOG HOP. Can't wait to see yours, Jan! (I think I have a few bits of homespun as pictured in your photo!)

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  11. I just love this Christmas blog hop and have been looking forward every Tuesday and Friday for the new postings. Kathy's cute project said Joy. So far everyones projects have been so cute and pretty quick and easy. Great for getting some Christmas gifts done. Thanks for the chance to win one of Moda's hankies. My Mom used to have a blue quilted silk box that she used to keep her pretty hankies in. I remember as a kid going into her room and pulling out that box in her sock drawer and admiring her hankies. It's funny how we see things that reminds us of things in our past. Thank you, Karen M

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  12. Kathy's banner says Joy. I think your harvest safe works great with the cookbooks. I have 2 pie safes that I use for my pantry and I enjoy looking at the tin fronts every day.

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  13. What a cool Joy banner!! Enjoy your blog. Keep up the great work.

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  14. Kathy's banner spells out JOY. It's lovely.

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  15. Good stuff keep your site more aggressive and powerful

    Pegasos World

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  16. Hi Jan. Years ago I took a rug hooking class by you in Centerville, Utah. I have remained a fan and have made several quilts andd wall hangings from your patterns. Please enter me in your quilt kit contest. Merry Christmas!

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