Monday, October 19, 2009

Salvaging the Past


I grew up on a farm in rural Ontario, Canada. Washing and hanging out clothes was a regular activity. Below you see the house, and to the right, my mom... as she reached out the 'Wash Window' and hung up the clothes.

A year ago, the house was demolished, which is really sad, as it was a beautiful century-old home. While I was visiting my folks, and prior to the actual tearing down, I went back to the farm with a high school buddy, a crow bar, hammer, screw driver, and some determination. I was able to get some hardware, an old door, door nobs, molding, gingerbread trim, part of the porch, and of course... the old wash window. My parents thought I was crazy. This in part, because I live nearly 3000 miles away.

Determination is a great thing. I have managed to get all things here to San Diego area. ... and slowly, I am building creative projects with them.

Here is the bulletin board friends helped me create, using the window as a frame. Thanks to Ed and Shirley... they work great things with my old wood.

Below.. a closeup of the old door handle, and the cool air vents at the bottom of the window.


It's time to fill up the bulletin board with creative inspirations.

3 comments:

Kathi said...

What a wonderful use of the window and what a wonderful memory. I love it!

KnitKnut said...

Good for you, Susan, doing some rescuing of some old Canadiana. We had a box of old door knobs when we bought our house but my husband put them in a yard sale!!!

Carolyn

SusanLazear said...

I have a project planned for the door knobs... and when it is complete, I shall post images.

Love the history.

My greatest feat thus far, is getting the Windmill Tail here.. First getting it off the windmill, and then getting it cross-country.