Thursday, September 12, 2013

Two Cool New Purchases!

I found a beautiful 1900s calico dress and bought it on installments.  It is scheduled to arrive tomorrow!  I can't wait to see it in person and get a good look at the fabric.  I want to someday get a dress form and display this beauty in my bedroom.

This is my other treasure I found on ebay.. Its an 1800s powder horn.  Even has initials carved in the bottom.  I want to get a canteen and hunting bag too some day and hang them on the wall. 

Its funny a year ago I would have never thought of wanting a powder horn! They are quite interesting so many beautiful ones with scrimshawing.. I just love to have a piece of history! 


Friday, August 30, 2013

My Two Early Calico Dresses

I have seen some lovely displays of antique fabric.. I love the early blue calico clothing, but the prices are too much for my budget.  I recently came across these black calicos.. I love them and can't wait to display them.  They are from the late 1800s.

I am pretty sure the black calicos were for mourning, but I love them just the same..  when I look at these old pieces of history I wonder about the women or young ladies who wore them, and what their lives were like.. 

I would love to have a dress form to display a dress on,  but if not I will put them on a peg rack in my bedroom.  

I feel honored to own such lovely pieces of history.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

House Pics

It's been a while since I posted.. thought I would share some pics of the house and my decorating.  I haven't really made alot of exciting changes I have added to my collections.  Its hard to know what to collect, for instance alot of people collect pewter.  Its lovely but I am not sure it fits with who I am.  I think I am better focusing on collecting wooden items like old wood bowls and the like.. wooden bowls are sure expensive on ebay.. I was delighted to find a huge wooden bowl with beautiful large rag balls for 7.99 last weekend.  I am convinced it was nothing short than a blessing from God.  It may sound silly but I have been really trying to understand God's love and it has been hard for me to understand his love.  I understand his righteousness but his love is something that I am trying to understand.  I think He delights in giving us things we enjoy.  Here are my rag balls..

I have been focusing on collecting some early blue calico.  I have been fortunate to collect some beautiful dolls by Alecia Maynard.  Here they are.. I love the early blues and the meticulous hand stitching.  Alecia is a lovely person too!

This is one of my favorites! She is a big girl she sits in a prim child's chair..

see her lovely face?

Here she is holding another of my Alecia dolls..

This one is Sarah Kate isn't she lovely?  She has a gusseted head she is quite special..

And now my cabin dolls... This is my big girl she is about 16" tall I think.. 

and the little ones.. all made of early fabric and hand stitching!

Now some updated pics of my Grandparents' cupboard that was rescued from the farmhouse before it burned..

Natural lighting.. see my pumpkin hooked rug?  Its by Jodi Parkes of FatHenFarm Primitives I love him because he has such a sweet look on his face - not one for mean look jack-o-lanterns lol

More Alecia dolls with my favorite brown bowls.. pinkeep by Debra Peterson and sweet log house by Traci Stoddard of York Mountain Primitives

played with the lighting here..

see my ditty bags? They are hanging on the door they are early blue also.. made by Alecia Maynard as well.. I love them!

I guess I get carried away with the early calico.. I decided to overhaul this candlestick light..

 I have been painting signs and selling various things on ebay - decluttering which enables me to replace old things with new.. I have been able to finally buy an Heirloom Weavers blanket and pillow shams.  I want to get a coverlet but I need to save alot of pennies!  When I finally get everything situated I will snap a pic!

Thank you for looking at my pics I had alot this time..

Monday, May 27, 2013

I have been migrating toward lightening and neutralizing in my living room.. I favor blues but it is difficult to incorporate blue in the color scheme.. I have a red fireplace that originally had a "screaming white" mantle.  I have been working on painting all my woodwork a soft mustard shade.. Here are some pics of the room in progress.  I painted my prairie sign this weekend not sure if I like it better.. and I also repainted my grandparents cabinet interior back to aged white from the blue..

Do you think its too colorless/monochromatic? The walls aren't white but buff actually..

This cabinet is quite a treasure to me - my folks keep after me to redo the base but I like the chippy paint.. it was my grandparents from the farm house Dad was born in - it is now burned down and I scarcely got the cabinet out before it was destroyed.  Dad repaired the base and he and I worked hard at saving the top.  The middle shelves were married in, built by Dad for me for helping him put stockade fence up :) great trade I'd say..

Friday, May 17, 2013

My latest work..

Here are two of my most recent designs.. I have long admired the pretty printing on the antique Ivory soap labels.. this sign is a variation of the old soap packaging.. perfect for the bathroom!  Hand painted in Ivory with dark navy lettering.. and primitively distressed!

The sign below was a custom sign made for a good friend, Traci of York Mountain Primitives.
 It was done in black with antique white lettering ..

Feel free to drop me an email if you would like a special request/custom sign at

Thank you for reading my blog, I appreciate it alot! :)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Welcome to my Blog!

Primitive Welcome! So glad you stopped by my blog!  I am Andrea of Etters Farmhouse Primitives.  I handpaint OOAK primitive signs that are nostalgic inspired.  I also do custom work if there is something you would like created.. I have painted signs for primitive shops so if you need a sign for your booth I am your girl!   I sell my signs on Etsy, facebook and once in a while on ebay :)   Recently my work was featured in the May 2013 issue of Country Sampler - Cora Townsend's home in Washington.  My "Star Biscuit" sign was featured hanging above her sink in her beautiful kitchen.

Please come by often and check back to see what I am up to..