Hello AGAIN! It feels SO good to be back trying to post again! Today I am super excited to share my latest! If my post is a little scattered, it is because I am multitasking. As I wait for my machines to finish (for my product line) I am posting. It is also 5AM. My day started 2 hours ago. Yes...I am up before dawn for two reasons. One...the Cowboy had to leave super early to travel to work. Two...It is supposed to be another hot hot hot day here and I will be using heat presses, ovens and irons again today, so I like to work when it's cool outside and in. Here in Alberta, air conditioning is a waste of money. We don't generally have HOT weather for more than a day or two at a time.(except this year where it's been nothing but HOT lol) Bare with me. By the afternoon I should be exhausted!
Lets get on with it. You guys are about to see what makes a girl like me swoon...I am SO excited.
The other day I was running a few errands with my "Miss Busy" (AKA Ashlyn) who is now a 16 year old girl who on occasion will go shopping with her mother, but in general she prefers the company of other 16 year old girls...and boys...and they REALLY like to drive around endlessly. (insert eyeroll here)
Anyway...I ended up in a little store owned by one of my friends. She ALWAYS has what the Cowboy and I call 'the good stuff'. Her dad has a fairly good stash of antiques and what we consider REALLY good junk that he will on occasion bring into Angie's shop to sell. When I know he's added new stuff, I rush over to check it out and I rarely am disappointed. Angie often laughs at my excitement over what she considers ridiculous junk. Did I mention Angie's daughter is also 16 and is Miss Busy's best friend?
A few days ago I got the tip off that she had new stuff...and I dropped everything, grabbed Miss Busy and we headed over to the shop. I wasn't in there 2 minutes and I was squealing with excitement!
I did not know Japanese oranges came in wooden boxes! The Cowboy is only a few months older than I am and he said he remembers this...I do not. So...I am enjoying this one!
anyway...back to the good stuff....
Angie told me what she knew of these pieces. When he was a young man, her grandfather started a grocery store in Hudsons Bay Saskatchewan. These boxes were saved when he received shipments. They have been around for decades. The grocery store business was good to the family. Eventually, Angie's dad took over for his dad, and then Angie and her husband kept the business in the family and own it to this day. The barrel, grape box, orange box and cheese box were on display in the store for years. They have done some changes and no longer needed as many so here I am! Playing up a storm.
Round cheese boxes were first used in 1890 to ship cheese from Europe. These boxes were typically made of maple, ash, or hickory sides which were nailed to pine wood pieces on the top and bottom. The wood was usually printed with the name of the farm or factory and the type of cheese. The box helped protect the cheese from tipping over during transport.
...And now it's MINE MINE MINE!
Did I mention all the eye rolling Miss Busy did when her mother was excitedly rushing to the till with her treasures? Oh yes...she was...and still is. (She was texting Angie's daughter probably looking for someone to rescue her)
I adore this piece and can't wait to find the perfect location in my house to show it off. I did consider placing it in the Cowboy's office, but decided that it just didn't mesh with all of the taxidermy and trophy heads he has hanging all over the place in there. (ya...I am not overly crazy about all the dead things he has in there...but I love that man, and he doesn't complain that my little business takes up a lot of space in our house, so he can have them. And... as long as I don't have to touch any of them...I'm a happy girl)
The lid removes easily, and it is clean and odor free...I can't wait for
inspiration to hit and the perfect spot to reveal itself! It's quite large...I could put one of my bigger sergers in it to store...or a huge silk flower arrangement...I just can't decide.
That's it for me today! I'm off to get some work done! I am making some fabulous new giftware pieces to add to my line today!
Do you have any round cheese boxes? What did you use them for? Inspire me!!!
Until Next Time...Happy Junkin!
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