Thursday, August 30, 2018

~B is for Bowl~

Hello, dear friends, and Happy Thursday!!

Today is my daughter Janelle's Birthday and we will be 
celebrating it later with
steaks on the grill and chocolate cake,
all made by her "cook extraordinaire" hubby, Austin!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sweetie!!!  Can't wait!!!


My Picture Trail is back to normal again and though I still don't know what happened
I'm glad it is now working, at least to visit!!
  Someone did try to sign my Guest book and it was not 
cooperating!!!  Hope it will start playing nice, soon!! 
Thanks so much for your patience and understanding!!!


The title of my post today reflects a love I have for bowls
and I decided to share some photos of bowls
around my home and how I use them!!

Large black bowl filled with pieces of Stone fruit
that sits on my kitchen table!

Tiny little Yellow ware bowl filled with dried orange slices!
Anytime I eat an orange I save and dry the slices!
They smell AND look wonderful!!!

Large trencher that holds a number of my old bobbins and spools!
Love the handles on this beauty!

Another old trencher that is home to old butter presses and paddles!
Love the patina of the old wood, don't you?

This very large Yellow ware bowl has a practical use
in my kitchen as it holds potatoes!!

This is my grand dog Charlotte's favorite bowl
as it is home to her doggie treats!!

A Birthday gift this past year and it is very heavy wood
called a Burl bowl!
It it the perfect home for some Stone fruit!

This is perhaps my favorite wood bowl!
and holds my dried pomegranates
quince and dried pumpkin stems!!

My favorite Yellow ware bowl is also 
very large and filled with dried
potpourri and oranges!
A spicy candle nestles in the middle!

Yet another bowl filled with old tin cutters,
another thing I love to collect!!

Bowls even look beautiful just stacked up 
ready and waiting to be used!!

Or how about a Bowl rack?
Three old bowls make a wonderful statement
all by themselves!!

Or filled to overflowing with 
fabric strawberries
in this old trencher with make do repairs!


As you can see, I REALLY DO LOVE BOWLS and 
enjoy all the many ways to use them,
whether they are filled with special treasures or collections,
are stacked up, or even empty!!

They are wonderful to collect, not only for their practical and functional use
but also because they are beautiful!!

Just keep your eye out for them at Thrift stores and garage sales!!  You never know where you might find one, just waiting for you!!!  I have found most of mine that way and am always looking!!!

Do YOU love bowls, and do you collect them?  I would so love to hear about it and also about your favorite bowl, too, if you have one!!  

As always, thank you SO MUCH for stopping by and visiting with me today!!!  

It is a Joy to hear from YOU!!!

Wishing you a "Bowl Full" of Blessings, my friends~

Julie xo


Saundra said...

Your collections look like pieces of art and very orderly. In my house they look like dust collectors.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Saundra,
Truthfully, mine do too, but a little bit of dusting before the picture sure helps!!! Thanks so much for making me smile and stopping by today for a visit!
Hope it cools down for you soon!! Still hot here in AZ, too!
Enjoy the holiday weekend!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

Prims By The Water said...

I still drool over your trencher filled with those juicy strawberries..but now I am drooling over your butter paddle & stamp collection! Hope your daughter has a great birthday and I know you will enjoy your dinner tonight. Have a great weekend my friend! Janice

kelley said...

I have an accidental bowl NC sister loves the gorgeous salt glaze pottery from her state...I can only imagine how many bowls she has as I have about 3 dozen...almost all contain blue...because I inherited mom's bowls they are everywhere...I switch them out for collecting wool snippets when I hook...I will try to photograph my favorites and share...

Rugs and Pugs said...

Happy birthday to Janelle :)
I love all your old bowls but most of all the trencher filled with strawberries. It's even more beautiful in person. I have a thing about wooden bowls/tranchers, too. Have many filled with stone fruit, one of my favorite things.
Thanks for sharing!


What a wonderful collection of bowls ... Especially love the way you have put them to good use. Happy for you that 'picture trail' is once again cooperating.
Enjoy the Happy Birthday to Janelle celebrations. It is another great way to bring families together...Have FUN.
Peace & Blessings for all, Barb

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Janice, Kelley, Lauren, and Barb,
So very happy to hear from each of you and hope you are all doing great!

Janice, I know you have shared with me before that you love my trencher with the strawberries and I have to say that I love it, too! I just keep adding more berries to it and it is now almost overflowing!! The trencher with the butter stamps/paddles is another favorite of mine as well! Guess I have TOO MANY FAVORITES!! That's why we have collections though, yes? I know we share a love of many of the same things!!!

Kelley, Sometimes that is how collections start and then before you know it, you have them everywhere!! I didn't share all my bowls but do have more stacks of them and use them for so many things, just like you!! Your sister's collection of stoneware sounds lovely and I have several crocks with blue as well, which I love! Would really love to see all your bowls sometime!! I'm sure you also fill them with milk for all of your Sock Cats!!

Lauren, We had a nice Birthday with Janelle and the cake was fantastic!! Just happy I don't have it around as it would be hard to resist and I have been good for over a year now! I know you really loved seeing the trencher with strawberries and I just love keeping that out all year!! It is really full now and I probably need a bigger trencher! Bowls are so good for stone fruit, too, and love seeing your collection when you share it!

Barb, Bowls are an easy thing to collect and I really have been fortunate to find them for pennies sometimes, and feel so happy when I see one that needs to be adopted!! Plus, as a crafter/folk artist, they are PERFECT to hold all our threads and projects! We did have a nice time and everything was great, but especially the homemade from scratch chocolate cake!! YUMMM!

Many thanks to all of you for your visit and lovely comments and I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday weekend!!! Keep cool and Be Creative, my friends!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

kathiquilts said...

Julie -
Love your beautiful bowls and the gorgeous collections they hold. Very inspiring to see such creative use of a "common object" elevated to something so special. Thanks for sharing your beauties and heir contents

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Kathi,
Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your sweet comment!! I am so happy when I hear that what I shared has been an inspiration to someone and hope you got some great ideas!! Bowls are certainly little "work horses" and can really create a statement with simple things!!
Thanks again so much and hope you visit again!!
Have a great holiday weekend!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

Kurt Schindler said...


Thanks for sharing your collection of bowls. I love them all and what is in them -great collections.

I am between decorating for the seasons. I took all my patriotic decor down the other day. I have taken out my autumn quilts but not all the fall "stuff". I do have one bowl filled with a spiced candle and pumpkin pods.

I was wondering if you dried the pumpkins stems or did you buy them already dried. Thanks.

Happy Fall,

Always look forward to your posts.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Charlotte,
I'm so happy you enjoyed my post about my love of bowls!! I actually have even more that I could have shared and they are such fun display pieces! Do you collect bowls? I love stacking them, too!
We are still very hot here but think I will get my fall/Halloween things out very soon! It will at least look like fall, even if it doesn't feel like it!
The pumpkin stems are from some pumpkins I bought last year! After decorating for the season, I gave them to my SIL to use for his dog and asked if he would just save the stems for me when he cut them up! The stems were already pretty dry by then and I just saved them!! Love how they look in the bowl with the dried poms, too!
Thanks again so much for your sweet comment and visit!! Always love to hear from you!
Heart Hugs and Happy Fall~
Julie xo

Mugwump Woolies said...

Love all the lovelies in your bowls, Julie. I love the strawberry bowl! I am trying to "edit" my goodies and it is slow going. It seems this time of year is conducive to filling bowls. I use a lot of my redware platters as bowls, as well as my redware bowls.
Enjoyed seeing all your magic, my sweet friend!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Robin,
Always so nice to have a visit from you and thank you so much for your sweet words!! Seems you are not the only one who loves the strawberry bowl! Any time I make a new fabric strawberry, it goes in with the others!! Bowls are such a great decorating staple and I find myself always using them for something!
Hope you all are well and enjoying some cooler weather, too! It is finally starting to cool down here and I am loving it!
Take care, dear friend, and thanks for stopping by!
Sending Big Heart Hugs to you and Annie~

Winnie Nielsen said...

HI Julie~ I am late here checking in this time!! Your old bowls are just beautiful and I love how you have them each filled with special things. I too love old bowls and have one real one and two bought treenware. Those old beauties, to me, just speak of family and yummy things coming out of kitchens! Like you, I tend to use my bowls for different things at different times of year. The fun is switching things around and enjoying seasonal fillers in them!

I hope all is well out your way and that some early signs of Fall are showing up! If we can just get out of the 90s everyday, I would be grateful!! The local weather reporter says that 2018 September has been the warmest on record so far! Not an achievement I am excited about!! LOL!!! Thankfully grocery stores are starting to get orders of pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn etc in stock. It is always such a welcomed sight for me!!

Take care!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Winnie,
Always so nice to hear from you!!! So nice to hear you love bowls, too, and use them for changing out seasonal displays!! I am always using mine for one thing or another and love to keep them out all year, or stacked up, when not in use!! They are so portable and easy to use, plus they look so primitive!!
We are finally getting some cooler weather and this is the time of year I love the most! We have had our share of heat just like you and the cooler weather will be MOST WELCOME!!! I saw a big display of pumpkins at our local grocery store yesterday and felt like doing a happy dance!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful week and thanks so much for your visit and sweet words!!
Heart Hugs~