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Monday, April 2, 2012

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What's It Wednesday #19

There is something romantic about an antique cast iron stove. Even Benjamin Franklin found these utilitarian works of art interesting. In the Mid-1700s, he decided to improve upon the stove design of the day and created the "Pennsylvania Fireplace". 

This Sheffield cast iron stove is my personal favorite. It once belonged to my grandmother and now resides, lovingly, in my Dad's kitchen. 

This HCI wood-burning cast iron stove is kept in Dad's kitchen as well. This stove was used to keep you nice and toasty on a cold day. 

My mother's dear friend Sandy is one of my idols and mentors for many reasons. She and her husband have been blessed with the opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, The Everglades. Living in such a magnificent place not only gives you the opportunity interact with nature, but also to acquire all kinds of amazing antiques that people either leave behind, give away, or sell cheaply. This stove is truly a beautiful piece of art  from the Atlanta Stove Works of Atlanta, Georgia.

The Atlanta Stove Works went out of business in the 1890s and was replaced by the Birmingham Stove Works and later the Birmingham Stove and Range Company.

When I grow up, I want a beautiful antique stove that I can put in my garden. This piece adds such grace and character to one of Sandy's gorgeous gardens.

How about this beautiful cast iron stove as a planter and an art piece on your deck or porch? 
The one thing I do know is that these beautiful antique stoves found a great home to be featured in. 

Tell us about a beautiful stove in your fondest memory.

Happy Easter Everyone!!!

Thank you all for participating in our
 "What's It Wednesday"  linky party!
Don't forget to grab a feature button.

Ivy and Elephants

Here are this week's awesome features

Get ready to be amazed by the design genius of Rosemary over at Villabarnes

Audrey's got the Blues over at Elegant Economies

This beautiful Easter Tablescape  is simple and rustic at French & Sparrow

Shabby Art Boutique gives an old girl a gorgeous new look.

If you love vintage suitcases as much as we do, stop by Olive Out

Do you know what you get when you mix Fiesta, Dollar Store, & Walmart? A gorgeous Woodland Spring tablescape at JBigg's Little Pieces


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What great antique stoves Paula and I love the story behind them. Thanks so much for hosting!


Oh, I adore those antique stoves. I remember one that my Mil had in her country home and it worked! I love the story about them too. Thank you for sharing. Pretty features, I specially love Rosemary's lovely things. Thank you for hostessing and having me. HAPPY EASTER ladies!

Our Hopeful Home said...

Hey ladies, love the stove stories. I remember one that some good friends had in their family room/basement where we would all huddle up and feel the warmth during those cold Pennsylvania country winters. (I'm from PA, bet you didn't know that!) Anyway, I think wood burning stoves are a wonderful blast from the past. Love the ones you've shared!


Jeannie Marie said...

A stove in the garden would be heavenly! Maybe someday. :-)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wonderful old stoves and their stories.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

LOVE those vintage stoves! If I had a large Kitchen, I would love to have one in it!!


Mimi said...

Yur families old stove is quite an addition to any kitchen.

NanaDiana said...

Paula- I loved this post. I grew up with a big old cast iron stove in our kitchen that my mother used to cook every day meals on. Looking back I don't know how she did it and did all the baking she did with a wood stove. What a fun post here today. xo Diana

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Thanks for sharing all your knowledge of antique stoves. I always thought these were such beautiful pieces of art...just as they are. I love the idea of using it in the garden.
Thank you so much for hosting:-)

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I had no idea that cast iron stoves came in so many styles and varieties. I love the idea of using one outside in the garden.

Karena said...

Paula the stoves are so interesting!! Also the images from our friends!!

I hope you will Come and enter my amazing Cross Bottle Guy Giveaway!You will love it!

Art by Karena

Cottage and Broome said...

I love the idea of one of those stoves in the garden. One can only hope that happens. Thanks for hosting again this week, Laura

Susan Freeman said...

Hi Paula! What precious stoves! I can't decide which one I love the most. A vintage stove tucked into the garden would be perfect. Thanks for a lovely party. Happy Easter!!

Susan and Bentley

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a nostalgic post for me! For 28 years out of the 30 we lived in the mountains at 5,000 feet, we had cast iron stoves and cut our own firewood. They are so very country! Thanks for sharing, hosting and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Happy Easter!

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
The antique stoves are beautiful. Thanks so much for hosting your linky party.
Happy Easter ladies.

GardenOfDaisies said...

What wonderful old wood burning stoves! I remember the one my grandparents had in their cabin, how you had to take the poker and lift the plate up to control the heat. We girls were always warned not to touch it, but I wanted to so bad. (I was so naughty!)

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi, love all of the vintage stoves. So fun to hear a bit about them. I have an old stove in my garden and it is my favorite piece of yard art. It is so heavy that I almost hated to ask my hubby to bring it up to our new home. He and the boys delivered it for me and I am so happy. I sure would have missed that old thing. Thanks for hosting. Great features also.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Paula & Patty,
those stoves are glorious. They add a warm and comfy feeling to every room. We had similar fireplaces in the house for a long time. Nothing is better than heating with true wood. But its much more comfy with a gas heating. Anyway, the stoves make a great decoration.
Best greetings, Johanna

Blessed Serendipity said...

I love the charm of those antique stoves. They sure do put out the heat, are practical and beautiful too. Thank you for hosting the party.


SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Lovely old stoves - so much history :) Thanks for hosting!

Easter greetings from Australia♥

andrea@townandprairie said...

Just found your blog! Love your beautiful old vintage photos featured on the sides. I will be back for sure. Thanks for hosting- I'm going to link up! Regards, Andrea

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Such a beautiful antique stove! You always have the most amazing treasure to share with us... I love the inspiration! Thanks for the party,Paula. Happy Easter!Hugs,Poppy

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Oh how I love this post! I'm not sure if you ever looked at the "tour" of the outside of my home on one of my earlier blogs, but I have my great- grandmother's cast iron coal stove in my garden and it looks beautiful. It has also become home to the most gorgeous birds as it rests near one of 4 lilac trees planted by my great grandmother, 80 plus years ago. I have inherited my grandparent's beautiful Victorian, and the grounds are just beautiful. Over the past few years I've added my special touches to the gardens and this is one of my favorite pieces.
Your posts always take me back to such wonderful memories, Patti. We share so many of the same passions, with such a strong sense of family and just how important it relates to our lives today... I always leave here with such an incredible feeling of joy. Your posts not only inspire, but they are a gentle reminder of what REALLY matters in our life: family.
God Bless and may you and your family have a beautiful Easter. xo

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love the stoves, but they are soooooo heavy!

Kim @ French Country Antiques said...

What an informative article about antique stoves. There are some really nice examples. Thanks for hosting this fun party.

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh, such memories these stoves bring back into my mind, Paula! Many many many years ago I had a Ben Franklin fireplace in my very first little home I bought. I loved spending cold winter nights in front of it keeping toasty warm with my glass of wine! :)

xoxo laurie

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

My great grandmother had a big cast iron stove. This post brought back such sweet memories.
Thanks for inviting me over... I'm now off to visit the others!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful post!

I remember my grandparents' wood cook stove in the kitchen and the wood stove in the front room of their home. That was the only heat in the two story house. I remember many a frosty morning standing beside that stove trying to get warm enough to get ready for school.:-)

Thanks so much for coming by. I've added my link and will link back.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely stove! Your stories are always amazing! I enjoy reading these! Thanks for hosting another great link party! Your features are very deserving and wonderful!

All That Glitters said...

Thank you for inviting me over!

Have a good week!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful stoves...I love the story about your family stove...I had a small one I kept in a corner used it as a plant stand...when we moved, I sold it and now have seller's was a beauty like the ones you featured..

Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful Easter!

Sue said...

Back home in NM, the smell of piñon wood burning in these old stoves is just phenomenal! The one in my childhood home is still being used. :-)

Heirloom treasures said...

I just am in awe of all those gorgeous stoves in your family. I love them.
My brother has an old Kukaburra stove he uses all the time. You know the green ones on legs with the warming rack over the top. Looks really good and he says it cooks beautifully. It is gas though. Wood burning ones are so comforting.

The Porcelain Rose said...

What a wonderful idea to put a vintage stove in the garden! How fun.... reading your post and the blogger comments. Funny how we can all relate.
Thank you for inviting me to join the linky party!
Thanks for hosting.
Happy Easter!

Amanda said...

I love reading your antique posts! You always feature the most unique and fascinating items and have such great history to go along with them! Thank you for hosting your fun party!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Gals, there's nothing like a wonderful wood stove, not only for warming a cold backside, but keeping a kettle going for a nice cup of tea. Thanks for hosting, just linked up!

Sandy said...

Paula, thank you so much
for your visit to my blog
and for your sweet comments.
I'm joining your party and
wanted you to know how much
I enjoyed your post on the
old wood stoves.. love them!
Happy Spring

Gail said...

What a great story behind the beautiful antique stoves! Great features this week and Thanks for hosting, Gail

Anonymous said...

always a treat to read your descriptive blog. You have made me appreciate my wood stove more than I do. I do find it hard to decorate around though. I do like your suggestion of putting it in the garden. :) Have a wonderful day xo Lynn

Brandi said...

Thank you for inviting me over!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

The Sheffield is my favorite! To me it looks just like a lady wearing a corset!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Thanks so much for the invite to join your party! ...and for the kind comments left on my post! I also signed on as your newest follower!

Wonderful stoves in your family's collection! It's always such a treasure when items have a history we are connected to, isn't it! :) And the one in the garden is a super cute idea!

Faye said...

Thanks for the invite and the nice comments! I like the old stoves, we're trying to find a small one to use in a cabin. I found some pieces of an old stove and I plan to use them in my garden, the base as a planter and the door just propped up someplace.

Elegant Economies said...

Thank you for featuring my post! You are so kind!!! Loved your stories and pics about wood stoves...we still use one!

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

We installed a pot belly stove in our first home. The only time I remember lighting it, it filled the entire house with smoke! After that, I used it to showcase my collection of vintage red kitchen ware. Thanks for hosting! Blessings, Tammy

Diann said...

Thank you for hosting and I hope you ladies and your families have a very happy and blessed Easter!

Laurel Stephens said...

What a wonderful idea to have a cast iron stove in the garden. I was lucky to stay in a cabin once whose only heat came from the cooking stove and breakfast was prepared there the next morning. It was a fun experience! Thanks for hosting today's party.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Happy Easter....I love all the old stoves...I hope you get one some day...when you grow up!!

The Charm of Home said...

I love these stoves! My Dad was in the area in KY that lost power during that ice storm a few years ago and for 17 days their stove was awesome! They cooked all their food on it and it kept them warm. The rest of the year they use their heat and air. Thanks for hosting!

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

The stoves are really neat!

Thanks for hosting,


Clara said...

When i was a child growing up in Tennessee, we had a pot bellied stove to keep us warm. i remember sitting by it on a cold morning before going to school. Thank you for the memory and thanks for hosting today.

Julie Marie said...

Hi Paula... (and Patti!)... loved seeing all of the beautiful vintage stoves... thanks so much for sharing another fabulous collection... Happy Easter to you!... xoxo Julie Marie

Doni said...

Awesome post!! LOVE those wonderful stoves. I've always wanted to have one of those big kitchen stoves...all cast iron, or one of the porcelain ones..maybe in a wonderful vintage color.
These examples are lovely!
thanks so much for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday on my blog!
I'm so glad you came by!
Blessings, Doni

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

These old stoves do tell a story. Our neighbor had one converted to electric and it looked quite charming in her kitchen. Thanks for hosting as always.

Kristi said...

Paula, thank you for your very sweet words and inviting me here!! I just linked up! I LOVE these stoves. And actually the fireplace in my keeping room isn't a fireplace, it's a woodstove that looks like a fireplace and we LOVE it! :)
Can't wait to look around some more here! Happy Easter!

Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista said...

I'm leaving a comment, not being shy! I love the old stove with the blue pitcher on it, it just spoke to me.


Anne said...

LOVE your blog.So glad I found you.I am your newest follower.Thank you for visiting white lace cottage.
I WANT that stove.I guess I can dream.

Rebecca said...

Thank you for hosting! I love old stoves, my aunt has an old fireplace and since I was a child I've wanted one of my own. Maybe someday.

Kim~madeinaday said...

Thank you for inviting me!! I am all linked up and following! What a beautiful blog! Love the vintage pics! I would love it if you would link up to my Blog Hop Social going on now and then again on Thursdays for my Craft & Recipe linky!

Biljana said...

Beautiful blog, I love your antique pics:-) I am your newest follower too.
Happy Easter! Hugs, Biljana

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

HI!! I am happy to join the party again this week, even if I am a little late:) Beautiful features too. We are moving, building a new home and there are not enough hours in the day right now. It is funny you spoke about wood stoves. We have one that we only used for 3 winters and have to get rid of it. I am praying we find someone, if not it will go to an auction. I wish you were nearby and could have it:) Thanks for hosting! XO, Pinky

Anonymous said...

I love these old stoves!! I had a small miniature one that my mother gave me when she was breaking up house when my parents divorced. It never made it home with me as someone broke into the house and took all the things that were remaining- which happened to be my things as I was out of town. Still on the hunt for another to replace it-

Thanks for reminding me about your lovely party!

bee blessed

Unknown said...

These are so neat. I would love to have one or two in my garden. I bet they did keep you nice and warm too! Very interesting!

mapleandmagnolia said...

Hi Paula, just linked up...thanks for inviting me...great party! :)

Http:// said...

Thanks so much for the invite! I linked up with your party and I am your newest follower :)
Make it a great day!!

Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe said...

Again, thank you, Paula!

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks for hosting.

- The Tablescaper

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks for hosting.

- The Tablescaper

agreenearth said...

Thanks for calling over. Love your blog and have added your blog party to my blog parties page.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

My husband has an old cast iron stove on the back porch and he even keeps an old porcelain coffee pot on it. Thanks for the invite to the party!

Cristina Garay said...

Thanks for the invite! I just linked up. Very pretty stoves!

Denise said...

Thank you so much for hosting! I am the newest follower!

Anonymous said...

I am always on the lookout for unique and vintage pieces to use in an unusual way, like those stoves in the garden and on the deck for planters! What a cool idea! Gotta find one!
Thanks for hosting- your blog is sweet :)
Sheila swirlygirldreamsndecor

Karen said...

I love your pictures and all of the history that you write about. So my cup of tea!
Thank you for visiting me today and your sweet comments, plus the invitation to join in for "What's It Wednesday".
Have a wonderful Easter!
Ladybug Creek

Elaine said...

I totally agree that there is something romantic about antique stoves. Must be those graceful lines and toasty warmth! I've never owned one, but I have had clients who did. Thanks for sharing these beauties!

Happy Easter!

Christine @ Park House Love said...

Thanks for stopping by and hosting this party. I love antique stoves..

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hi Paula, my grandmother had one of those four burner wood burning stoves in her kitchen. We used to run from the bedroom (no heat) to the kitchen where it would be warm with that stove burning wood. We loved to watcher her stoke the fire. Brings back "warm" memories :) Linda

Curtains in My Tree said...

I use to have one of those old iron stoves in my family room , years ago
they are so charming, just think that use to be the only way to cook or have heat in your house

it'a amazing when you think about it
Back in the day , as they say

Michele Oliver said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving your comment, and then inviting me to join your party. I have done that and have become a follower of your blog. Love your stoves. Thanks for hosting the party and I will be visiting some of the other blogs for sure

savvycityfarmer said...

I will be joining this party EVERY WEEK!!!

thanks for the lovely comment about my zinc tub tuffet

come on over on thursdays
for thrift'n on a thursday!

nice to officially meet you!

Barbara F. said...

Thanks so much for inviting me to join your party!! I am happy to attend. Your antique stoves are wonderful. Have a wonderful Easter, and I hope to join in again. xo

Unknown said...

Hi Paula! Thank you for inviting me to join your party. I love your Blog name. I have visited you before this! Your posts are so interesting. Happy Easter! Dianna

Debi at Life Currents said...

Thanks for the invite! And, thanks for hosting. I love the antique cast iron stove. I had a miniature one as a kid. It's probably still in my mom's attic. Have a great week! :)

JOY @ said...

Thank-you for asking me to share my "Weaved Circle Pillow." I enJOY Linky parties. Glad you are hosting. I also enJOY the antiques and designs folks are sharing.

Lee Caroline - A World of Inspiration said...

Thank you so much for inviting me to your link party. You have lots of lovely ideas on here, I must pop back and look for some to share on Lee Caroline as I am all about "inspiration".

I have linked up as you requested to the Shabby chic interior I featured, I have also linked up with some last minute Easter Ideas


Palomasea said...

Fascinating as always, dear friends!
I love the idea of a stove in the garden! :)
Don't have any personal memories, but I love visiting a historic park in town...the homes on the property all have these fabulous stoves, they are so beautifully made.
- Irina

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

Love the stoves! I remember my great-grandmother having one of these in her kitchen. I was 10yrs, there was a blizzard outside in Wisconsin and I was sitting around the kitchen table with my younger sister and cousins drinking hot cocoa while the women were quilting. Haven't thought about that in a long time; thanks for the memory. : ) Thank you for the party invite also; all linked up.

Amy Chalmers said...

Interesting post about the old stoves! I loved learning more...thanks Paula!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for inviting me to your lovely party! Love you blog!!!!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

These old stoves really are very special and beautiful.

So many wonderful and creative linkers to go and visit!

Happy Easter wishes!

Diann said...

Love the story behind the stove! Thank you for sharing with us at TTF. I hope you and your family have a happy and blessed Easter!

Donna, The Decorated House said...

Hey Ladies~ The old stoves are amazing! Happy Easter to You~


True treasures! Thanks for sharing and hosting! Also - Thanks for stopping by my blog, and the invite to join your awesome party!

xo Lynda

d e l i g h t said...

Thank you for hosting. I love these old stoves...reminds me of my grandparents home which I loved.
Happy Easter

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Your tablescape is beautiful sweetie as are all your pictures.

While cleanin' out the old homestead after MIL moved to assisted livin' we found an old cast iron cook stove in excellent condition tucked back under the stairs. I've lived on the Ponderosa 39+ years and never knew it was there.

God bless ya and have a magnificent Easter weekend sweetie!!! :o)

john said...

Fabulous post ! Happy Easter ! Gail x

Babs said...

The wood burning stoves remind me of my grandmother who used one for many years. She baked the best pies and cakes and fried the best chicken on it. I'll never know how, since I don't think the heat is easy to regulate on wood burners.
Thanks for the memory.
Happy Easter,

Linda M. said...

Wishing you a blessed Easter. Thanks for sharing and hosting. Joyous Wishes, Linda

Katherines Corner said...

Happy Easter wishes, thank you for the linky too Thank you for joining in the hop and for your bloggy friendship xo

Sherry said...

That antique stove is gorgeous! Thanks for hosting.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Love old stoves too Paula.
I have my grandmother's iron toy stove in my kitchen. I loved playing with it when I was little.

Happy Easter to you and yours!

Palomasea said...

Sending blessings on Easter Day, dear friends!
Love and light,
- Irina

Rhissanna said...

You wonderful ladies give the BEST linky parties!

I love those stoves and yes, I really want a little one to sit around, when I finally get my Steampunk Study finished (yes, I think stoves can be Steampunk!)

Pamela said...

You ladies always find the neatest things! Thanx for coming to the party!


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