Winterberry Farm Primitives

This blog is now devoted to gardening with native plants with a focus on those species native to the east coast of the United States. With an MS in Agricultural Science from the University of Delaware and my love of native plants, I hope to help folks see the beauty and necessity of using native plants in your garden instead of exotic plants. Did you know that our native song birds and native insects are disappearing as our local environments continue to change?
For those who come to this page to see my 'Winterberry Farm Primitives' blog can now be found at where I will post new additions to my online antiques shop at and discuss various subjects about primitive antiques.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Welcoming the Christmas Season!

Hi everyone! The Christmas season is well underway and we are having our first snowfall of the winter! The weather people are saying that we could get either a dusting or up to 4 inches! I have started a fire in the fireplace and will be snuggling down with a good book as soon as I finish this posting. The great smell of burning wood and the warmth of a big fire always attracts our Maya and she will soon be settling down in front of the fire. My grandson is trying to figure out how to roast marshmallows and has found an old toasting fork that he is holding over the flame to burn off any dust or dirt so he can stick marshmallows on the end of the fork. It's funny to watch him walk in and out of the fireplace and piling on the logs to keep the fire high and hot.
We went to the Rockwood Mansion here in Delaware last night for their Christmas Open House and even though we were not able to take pictures inside the house, I WAS able to get pictures of the lights outside the house. They are a little fuzzy because it was a very dark and cold night. We have a lot of museums here in Delaware and a lot of them are from the Dupont family including Hagley
Museum and Library and Longwood Gardens, just over the PA border in Kennett Square. We had a great time last night and will be hitting some of the other great Christmas sights as the month progresses.
I went hunting for treasures for my December 10th update the other day and found some great vintage Christmas items and some really great primitive antiques! I won't be doing a door prize this time but I will be putting the items on the website by Sunday night as a little sneak peek! I will add the prices on Tuesday morning and will then open the update that evening. I had a hard time not keeping everything this time and I am adding a few pictures here to show you some of the things I found! All of those wonderful things on the table - including the great Amish lap board (!) will be in the update - there are a couple of putz turkeys - yes, turkeys! - very rare - in the update! This is just a sampling of what I have found in my travels - there is at least one old bucket/measure in great attic surface and another old much repaired rectangular bowl that has a lot of wonderful character. The old red color on the big box is amazing and so is its original handle. Most everything I found this time is from the Amish country in Pennsylvania and would look great in your primitive home! Check out my website tomorrow as I set up the sneak peek!


  1. I can't wait, Susan. Everything sounds awesome. I love the putz sheep & sifter box I got from you last time. Have a great evening.

  2. Sounds like some wonderful goodies will be up for sale this week!!

  3. sounds like you had fun. isure miss delaware. i grew up in sussex county.

  4. Susan could you post your e-mail for me?
    You had something in your November offerings I'm interested in.
    Thanks so much.