9 responses to 5 Things Decorating The Walls Of Amish Homes
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    Terry from Wisc
    Comment on I'm thinking (August 7th, 2015 at 07:47)

    I'm thinking

    This request has me wondering. I’m trying to remember if I’ve seen something other than what’s on your list. As far as clocks go most of our friends have one that you wind. If you have church don’t they wait for the clock to chime 9:00 for services to begin? Granted the clock might have a battery in it and still chime.

    A friend of ours who is ex-Amish has made the comment that not having family photos of his growing up years with 12 siblings is the pits. You’ll never see a wall of family pictures in an Amish home. For many of us English our old photo’s of family members is a reminder of who we came from, and we have them hanging on our walls. And then there’s the subject of the grand kids, but we won’t go there!

    As Maudie says in the Budget; Make it a good day

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      Mark – Holmes Co.
      Comment on 5 Things Decorating The Walls Of Amish Homes (August 7th, 2015 at 08:43)

      Terry, I don’t know about every community or even district within a community, but we usually “silence” our chiming clock when we have church at our home so the chiming won’t disturb. Since church starts at 8:30 AM in our community, the 9:00 chime would hit right when we are singing.

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        Terry from Wisc
        Comment on The clock (August 8th, 2015 at 22:41)

        The clock

        On a visit to my wife’s sister in New Hampshire, we attended a United Methodist Church that was old, quaint, New England-ish with small pained windows, and white painted pews. In the sanctuary there was a cock that ticked, and that was a first for us! During the time of silent prayer you could hear the clock ticking away, and I thought how “peaceful”. The clock didn’t strike the time, which didn’t matter. In our house there are five clocks that tick and strike and I love them all!

        In our kitchen we have an Amish built Ashland cook stove with a tea kettle on it, and a wall clock that ticks and strikes the time. Often times if I’m feeling nostalgic and there is a fire in the stove, I shut the radio or tv off and just sit and listen. The stove will snap or a chunk of wood will fall down, the tea kettle will sing, and clock ticks away, and it truly is peaceful.

        It is a time to reflect on the blessings God has bestowed upon us, away from all the hustle and bustle around us. A step back in time so to say.

        Tomorrow I won’t hear that clock ticking in our church, and that’s ok. Life is full of memories and so often it’s the simple ones that stay with us. The worship service in NH is forever one of mine.

        See you in church, Terry from Wisc

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    Mark – Holmes Co.
    Comment on 5 Things Decorating The Walls Of Amish Homes (August 7th, 2015 at 09:03)

    In this area we see a LOT of P. Graham Dunn art-work in Amish homes. I’m sure they have a website. They have a lot of beautiful pieces and most, if not all of it, is inspirational. My all time favorite is that of a cowboy in a snow-storm carrying a calf in his arms and a lantern. It brought tears to my eyes to think of how just like the cowboy sought and rescued the calf in the storm, God was there to rescue me.
    Another thing we see a lot of around here are the vinyl adhesives that stick on a wall, often a scripture verse, but sometimes something like “Faith, hope, love…” or the like.
    And what about bulletin boards & chalkboards? This time of year there are likely to be several wedding invitations stuck on the bulletin board and our kitchen chalkboard is important for us in keeping track of what all is going on and to-do lists, shopping lists, etc.

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    Comment on artwork from commercial calendars (August 7th, 2015 at 17:19)

    artwork from commercial calendars

    The Amish are very creative and crafty.
    I wonder though, directed particularly at the Amish folks who frequent and help Amish America, have you seen your Amish friends receive a scenic photo/print calendar and use it for the year and then cut up the calendar to hang the images, particularly if they like the images in it, or if one catches their eye in particular… is this a thing among the Amish?

    Into the future I want to do this, I think its smart, especially if something strikes my own fancy

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      Elva Bontrager
      Comment on Old Calendars were Fancier (August 8th, 2015 at 16:17)

      Old Calendars were Fancier

      Evidently in the past calendars were fancier and probably more expensive to produce.

      I remember at least two that my Amish parents kept. Both were framed and glass-fronted and displayed a scenic picture. Both of the calendars, by the time I came along, had only the month of December remaining, attached at the bottom of the picture. My mother kept them in a drawer, not on display, but obviously prized them.

      The pictures were, I think, probably 10 inches high and 8 inches wide while the calendar part was only about 4″ x 3″.

      Does anyone else remember these? If I recall correctly, the years were from the 1920s.

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      Amish Girl-Rebecca
      Comment on 5 Things Decorating The Walls Of Amish Homes (August 11th, 2015 at 14:02)

      SHOM, I haven’t noticed that much in homes here, but I do use calender pics a lot for the students’ art work.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on 5 Things Decorating The Walls Of Amish Homes (August 8th, 2015 at 21:11)

    In the Swartzentruber Amish homes I’ve been in, the wall decorations are very limited. Come to think about it, I don’t think they would call them decorations. They seem to limit them to clocks, calendars, hooks, and maybe a small wooden box that holds letters or receipts/bills. All things hung on the wall in these homes seem to have a function other than decoration. I enjoyed the picture in your number 5 “Hooks”. It shows a beauty in simplicity and plainness.

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