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Friday, September 17, 2010

Autumn Is Finally Here !

Wow, this month is flying by and this week is jam backed with all kinds of things going on! Monday started the Vintage Alphabet Party at Etsy Cottage Style. Wednesday is the first day of Fall...Yay! And, if it's Wednesday, that means it's Rednesday over at It's A Very Cherry World! Since the end of the week is going to be so hectic, with the 2 day Craft Show, I decided I'd better 
combine all the posts.

Etsy Cottage Style is having it's monthly Vintage Alphabet Party.
This months letters are P, Q, and R. The first part of my post covers a Quaint Place
The last weekend of September is the beginning of the Fall Craft Shows in the Cincinnati area. I'm excited about the shows this year. There are some really fun events in conjuction with the shows. Today I'll show you the where first Craft Show. is taking place.........................
 The Heritage Village
This is quite a large village area taking up many acres along a sleepy creek, in a tranquil valley, that runs through the park. It is a living museum . There are  museum  interpreters and re-enactors all dressed in period attire that lead groups around the village! There are many  period homes and outbuildings,

The Kemper Log House, below, is a two-story, double pen log house, built in 1804 by the Reverend James Kemper in Walnut Hills and occupied by members of his family until 1897. It is one of the oldest houses built in Cincinnati that is still standing. The house was moved in 1912 to the Cincinnati Zoo.

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Ohio assumed responsibility for it in 1951. The Ohio Society oversaw a second move in 1981, as the house was disassembled and relocated at Heritage Village in Sharon Woods. Its operation is coordinated with Historic Southwest Ohio, which maintains the village.
The log house is significant, not only because it represents one of the earliest architectural styles for this region, but also because of James Kemper's prominence as an early educator and clergyman.
The adjacent Stone kitchen provides educational opportunities with open hearth cooking demonstrations which delight visitors of all ages. A fenced period garden just off the kitchen will provide fruits and vegetables for the kitchen. - NSCDA Museum Properties


The Elklick House, also pictured below, is a  mid-century country farmhouse is from the Elk Lick Valley. The east fork of the Little Miami River in Clermont County formed the valley. Several different owners lived in the home and eventually Mrs. Mary Smith built on the front portion.

The two sections of the Elk Lick House have distinctive differences.The original two-room, 1818 cottage in the back had simple lines on the outside and basic woodwork on the inside. The front section is more ornate and speaks of mild affluance.
In time the structure was to be demolished to make way for the East Fork Reservoir. The Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation rescued the building by purchasing it from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1969. The Association rebuilt the house on a plot near the park stream similar to its original site along the East Fork.
Today guests may tour the entire house and glimpse into what life may have been like for the 19th century home owners. The house is fully furnished in time period furniture and accessories. Recently the front portion of the house was redecorated in the fashion of middle class 1800’s life style.- Heritage Village Museum

The Elklick also has a wonderful Smokehouse, Hen House, and 3 seater Outhouse that has a beautiful arbor leading to it. There is also a small garden and laundry lines in the side yard

The Vorhes House

It is assumed that this home was built between 1820 and 1830. The actual date of construction is unknown. It is an 1820s Federal style farmhouse that was located on Cornell Road near Kenwood Road in Blue Ash. It is a substantial and well-built home, yet the family who lived in this home had to work hard to produce what they needed 
-Heritage Village Museum

This picture shows the Cider Press going in the back of the house. Inside a Roast and bread are cooking on the hearth. It smelled soooo good.

The Haynor House

The Hayner House was once located in Warren County Ohio, along the Little Miami River near South Lebanon. In 1862 John Hayner purchased the property the house sat upon along with several other local farms. Hayner made his living by raising and drying corn, later by canning it. In a partnership with several others the business flourished. When there was no longer a demand for dried corn he converted his drying barn to a cannery.
The Hayner House is an example of Greek Revival. It features fluted columns with Ionic capitals, bilateral wings, and seven fireplaces on the first floor and two in the basement. The house was originally built in about 1852. -Heritage Village Museum
This grand old lady houses the Museum Gift Shop, a Victorian Parlor, and Headquarters for the HSO offices. They also host many weddings on that porch and you should see a bride coming down the grand staircase inside.

The Gatch Barn is locaterd right behind. It hosts petting zoos, blacksmith's, farm implement demos and other farm related activities.

The Village is completed, so far, by a Doctor's residence and office, a workman's cottage,a printing shop, merchantile, church (they rent out for weddings), a train station, and a new old one room school house. I'm amazed at how many don't know it's its been a work in progress since 1972.

The scenery and peaceful beauty of this village is draw enough, but here is more info on what is going on at the village this coming weekend! 
Heritage Village Museum presents
Fall Harvest Festival
Featuring Annie Oakley and Company
& our 2nd Annual Craft Show
September 25 & 26, 2010
Saturday 10a-5p
Sunday 1p-5p

Daily performances by
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
Saturday Noon-3p and Sunday 1:30 and 3p

Enjoy the sights and sounds of autumn in the historic Village as you watch
demonstrations on apple butter making, hearth cooking, candle-dipping, and cider pressing.

Crafters will be set up throughout the Village 

Adults:   $5.00
Children: (5-11): $3.00
Children under 4 and Members : No Charge

If you'd like to see more pictures of this Quaint Place go to The Heritage Village

The next letter is of the vintage alphabet is R..............
R is for my Religious Collection. I have a few prayer books that have wonderfully inspiring and spirit lifting prayers. I  have some beautifully designed prayer cards from the 40's-60's that I keep in those books and bibles too.
I have some vases.....................

This is one from the 40's
And some ornements...............

This is also from the 40's. It's hand-blown glass with a glass glitter paper bottom.
My favorite pieces in my collection are my Rosaries. I have several but these are 3 favs.

The wooden one is from Italy with aluminum that a Nun would keep. The red beaded one is a reproduction from the 1800's, and the man's all metal one is from the 1930-40's.  The craftmanship of the crosses and medals are beautiful


Today is Rednesday...WooHoo!
I figured since I've been so busy finishing up designs for this weeks craft show, I'd give you a preview of a couple of my newest.

This is a vintage inspired red gingham apron.

I created hand-embroidered appliques from reproduction vintage cherry fabic and applied one on the waist band

and one on the pocket. If you look closely the two little leaves are off-set above the cherry bunch...when you open the pocket they are attatched separately to the apron itself.

I attatched one more on the hem of the apron and you can see the embellishments of rick-rack and stitches on white and black.
I'm hoping to have more of these aprons soon.
If you'd like to order one let me know. They will come with a vintage cookbook as always. The completed set will be $29.99

I've also created a new line of  placemats for the table. I call them Tablescape Place Setters
 I've combined hand-embroidered medallions with paper frames. They are vinyl sealed and waterproof...thanks Kim..;)

The top placemat is a small 9" round with a dinnerware motif. The center medallion is denim with a vintage 1940's transfer..there are 4 different designed medallions....The paper cut-out frame border has a  mix of food, flowers, and various graphic designs. The 4 placemats all have the same frame border.

This placemat set is a little definately fancier. The medallion was created by using a 1950-60 bridgetable cloth in a duck and marsh motif that I hand-embroidered. I used a paper border with a vintage feel and embellished that with co-ordinated round cut-outs.

These Tablescape Place Setters will be available in a  variety of designs

Well, this is my post for the Vintage Alphabet and Rednesday. Hopefully Monday I'll have more pics to share of the weekend.
 I'm glad you stopped by. Come with me and we'll see what other vintage collections and red letter finds
are at these two get-togethers. Let's go on over to Etsy Cottage Style here  and we'll visit Sue and everyone at
It's A Very Cherry World


Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Melody, what a GREAT post!! I loved reading about the history of these old farms! I want to wish you a wonderful time with your show and I hope you sell tons!! I'll miss your next week's post though.... Have a great trip!!

georgiamarbles said...

OH!!WOW!!! What a great post!!!and to think this is all only about an hour and 1/2 away from me!!Good Luck at your show!!! georgia

Antiques Galore Gal said...

Interesting post! How fitting for this week's blog hop!

Cinderella Moments said...

That is so nice! I love going to those types of villages. II know you're show will be a hit. Have fun!!


Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Now that would be a fun place to go for a craft show. You would be getting so much for your money...crafts, food and history. I wish I lived closer!

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Melody, WOW!! what an incredible post. I love all the history and info about the old farms.
Love the pics of your rosaries too. They are gorgeous!!
Good Luck with your show. Have fun and enjoy.

Thank you for stopping by. It is always so great to see you. Also thank you for all that you do for the monthly alphabet party.

Hugs and Blessings, Celestina Marie

Debbi said...

Great post Melody--would love to visit those old farms.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Love your Quaint place! Its been awhile since I've been there...I really need to go this fall season.
Such a lovely place!


Anonymous said...

Melody, that looks like a place I could spend days touring! We go to one in NY state called Genesee Country Museum in Mumford that we just love. Being transported back in time for just a day is so soothing for us.
Thank you for sharing this,

~~Carol~~ said...

That Heritage Village is my kind of place! I could probably spend hours there. I love all of your aprons and the placemats too. I feel so lazy compared to you! I haven't made anything in ages. Once the gardens are put to bed, I can finally get back to crafting!
Happy REDnesday!

Anonymous said...

What a neat post!

Love your placemats you created too!

Self Sagacity said...

What a cute apron, and thanks for the information on the village. It is wonderful to learn about the history.

Anonymous said...

beautiful post, I lake it!
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