Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Montgomery Wards 1953 Range....


Here's another piece, from those properties. We opted to run gas lines are some point and we need appliances to match the philco refrigerator and youngstown kitchens double sink farm house sink that was already in the parsonage. 


As you can see I may have bitten off more then I can chew, it is like a mini version of the church property and needs everything!

I was working on de rusting with vinegar in the kitchen but it has gotten to cold for even that! So this is another on the back burner project lol

Digging up the past!!

Why yes, I am still digging up bottles!! So many bottles!! Most of these are coming from the slope at the rear of the property, I am attempting to dig this all up and lay all the broken concrete/plaster/rubble in the bottom and top with dirt. Its hard to do as there is so much in that slope!


The main majority is medicine bottles, but there is marbles, buttons, doll heads, metal pieces, shoes, soda name it! I just keep filling up buckets with all the stuff.

One creepie thing I found! My shovel hit a skull!! With this being a church, one knows there may be a grave or two and I thought oh boy! I found one! I carefully dug around, looking for a clue that it wasn't and I assumed it wasn't but I still wasn't positive. Thankfully I had a confirmation that it was a sheep! whew!

When ever we get all this done here, all these bottles n "stuff" will be cleaned and we will sort as best we can into age groups. It will make a great display and history lesson!

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Landscaping, plants, more plants and hardscapping!!

Can't go and call the place St Luke's Garden with out a garden right? 

I have been planting so much stuff this fall that I can't even remember what is where! The first picture shows the privacy garden that goes around the rear property line by the parsonage. Here it shows crape myrtle and daylilly. Since then, I have added daffodils, irises, shasta daisy, peony, amaryllis and sure I am missing some! The second photo shows a line of dinner plate hibiscus.

This shows the entrance to the new vegetable garden. These are also from the salvage job, we saved a really old grape vine and the trellis from there. Since this photo, I have dug up the area around it to continue the privacy garden. In that area I planted, Irises, peony, tulips, daffodils, crocus, carnation, catnip, asters, lilacs and a few I am forgetting!

That salvage job netted us a mound of Irises, grape vine, rose, hostas, lilac, rose of sharon. I have been randomly planting those around the entire property. I have also planted more spring bulbs, perennials, shrubs and all sorts! I am really striving to get rid of 95% of the grass/weeds and just have tons of color. It is hard though, as we still need so much work to the structures that I don't want the plant life to get damaged. 

Before the leaves started to fall, we also got to work on the recycled concrete landing before you will step up onto the wood porch. Plans are to get it all filled in with broken concrete and then find a nice ground cover to blend it all in. The top part landing will also be broken concrete. Thinking of carrying this design all the way over to the church. The thought is to get something solid enough that one could push a wheel chair around with easy but not such a hardscape like solid concrete. 

Right before the snow, I also managed to get the blackberry canes that I pruned down moved over and will hopefully get me a good little crop. I also relocated a black raspberry bush that a bird planted for us by one of the trees. Plans are to train these up on some sort of support to give a good harvest, of course bird netting will be need I am sure! 

 We also did some ditch burning, which I may have enjoyed a bit to much lol I have given up on getting the city to clean out the ditches. I figured the fast way would be to burn all the build up of everything.

You might have caught a glimpse of these asters in some previous photos. These are also on the bucket list, to divided! We brought them from Arizona and the absolutely went nuts! They also provided a ton of food for insects, I plan to divide them and get them all over the property. Great for late season color and need no maintenance.

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We also had the opportunity to do a but of salvage, until the mayor personally asked me to not take anything else from the property but others still can? Yes the demographics of a property can still remain with it for many years to come. So I sad "okay" you know if it makes the feel better hauling it all to the dump so be it....

This is what start it all! Well technically it was all the irises on the property that I wanted to save that started it all, but this is what we got a call about! We are good friends with our neighbor, who's mother works for the city and she was told the property was open to take what ever. I had told her daughter I am looking for a claw foot tub. I got a text saying there was on and the next day we went over!

The property was a home to a former nursery, so not only was there three houses of "stuff" there was the remnants of the nursery plus plants!!

Now I couldn't leave the farmhouse sink now could I? Everything was built around it and it had been there since the 1920's. I struggled for hours with it but I got it!!

This poor old girl is where I got most of my stuff from, it had that Victorian glam.

I debated about all the Victorian trim, it didn't match anything on the church property but it was to nice to leave and so I spent the many hours pulling it all. I then decided I will use it in the bathroom of the parsonage and possible the kitchen. Plans are to make all the renovations/modern updates blend into the property. What better then Victorian trim. I also grabbed some more four panel doors. There was a kitchen with a lot of bead board and I grabbed some I wanted to go back for more but it may not happen :( None of the windows would work here either but.....I could well enough leave antique glass to get smashed :(

Three is three greenhouses on the property and though they are all in poor shape, they are all full of pots, terracotta, grow pots, name it...all destined for the landfill :( I wanted to save all the terracotta but it was so time consuming to get it all out, into the car, and then home that I just took one car full :(  


 The property was also home to a florist as well, that little property had a ton of history attached to it but all soon will be gone in favor of an empty lot :( I am happy I was able to reuse some of the stuff and I wish I could get more but since I am upsetting to many "locals" this hippie will keep away....maybe....

We also lugged home some new stairs! This is a big improvement over the broken concrete steps, plus I wouldn't have to worry about visitors injuring themselves. These will stay here, until we rip the front of the parsonage off again, rebuild it all and start adding a period front porch.

Around this same time, I also scored another featherweight and some really moldy dressers but...

The one dresser turned out to be a stunner! These were made by the McCoy Couch Furniture Manufacturing Company.

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