Thursday, December 3, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
The Burt Stark House is proud to announce that the 2015 BSH Christmas ornament is available for a ten dollar or more donation. All donations will help fund the restoration and improvements to the flower beds and the grounds here at the Burt Stark House. Ornaments are only available at the Burt Stark House. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays 1:30 - 4:30, and will also be available at the Business After Hours Christmas celebration December 7th from 5:30 - 7:30pm.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Around the grounds several camellias have begun to flower. This early in the year the camellia sasanqua are the first to bloom.
Friday, November 6, 2015
This is the near end product. The "Mrs. Mary" tree will be filled with many different elements one of which needed to be globes to represent the travels the Stark families took. Lack of mini globes lead to creating globe ornaments.
Pinterest showed an ornament covered in gift wrap paper, that lead to this idea. Glass ornaments were sprayed to match the background color of this antique world map. Shiny cap for the globes were even sprayed to match this subdued color scheme.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Now that Fall is here and garden chores are few and far between the time has come to begin crafting for the Christmas Decorations at the BSH. The idea was proposed that each board member create and decorate a Christmas tree for somewhere in the house.
This idea is to build a "Mrs. Mary" themed tree. Fine ladies hats and hat boxes, matching ladies shoes, top hats and a hat box for Dr. Thomas Lyles Davis, passports, globes, cameras, etc. all reflect an image of Mrs. Mary as a glamourous world traveler.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
South Carolina recently had a tropical storm flood much of the state with weeks or months worth of rain in a day or two. Here in the upstate we were fine but we did have a casuality. The Dipper Gourds were blown over in the heavy winds and rain. The vines snapped and died. Six gourds were harvested and were hung up to dry out over the winter. Next year a much stronger support system will be needed for these vigorous vines.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Would you be willing to donate to our garden fund in exchange for a cured gourd? The gourds may be offered this winter to those who tour the house and grounds.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015
The final step to finishing the restored urn was to build the small
plinth to raise it up and make it permanent and more visible.
The hole for the base was dug
The concrete base was poured, leveled, and smoothed.
Early one morning construction began on a six tier column.
The bricks were scrubbed and the restored urn has a permanent home.
A new symbol for our garden restorations.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
This summer we decided to clean and update the 1900's kitchen addition. The room has only one original detail so historical accuracy is really not an issue. In the late 1950's or early 1960's the kitchen was given the "dutch blue" kiss.
The ladies had already pulled most of the wallpaper. Everything that was painted blue needed to be painted white - it took a minimum of four coats on all surfaces! The walls were unprimed wall board, so they had to be patched, primed, and painted. The ceiling and baseboards were painted - and the windows had to be repaired and then painted which took 2 weeks.
Before - refrigerator wall
Before - oven wall
This photo shows the one original cabinet (now painted black) with its original marble countertop.
Hope you like the end result as much as we do. This room was not original it just needed to be freshened up and cleaned.