Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I guess Fall has arrived

Fall is here but last week the temperatures have said different….but this week…FALL.  Crisp in the morning but sunny and then it warms up a bit by noon and the rest of the day.

Well – I first want to say thank  you to all those that purchased my Sweet Potato garlands and Gourd garlands.  The minute I posted it on FB they went!!!!
I only wish I had more supplies to make more but I guess that will wait until I go to PA again to buy more gourds.

So on with Fall – the decorating here is minimal – but I guess I have come to like it that way. Inside the house there are little touches here and there – just looking around a room it is subtle, it doesn’t jump out.
I think my Christmas decorating is going to be that way as well this year.

My husband did the outside this year. I talked him into buying us a bale of straw for in front of the screen room and he actually said yes!
I think he did an excellent job of placing things.

Front of screen room

We did some things to the back door bench but it’s not finished yet.  Still need some Mums and Pumpkins.

Back bench

Here are a few of the inside.
Trencher 1

Gourds 2

Gourds 1

Bowls on island 2

Bowl on island

Basket on counter

Kitchen table 1

Blue pie safe 1

Basket under pie safe

Old cupboard

Pewter table 1

Fireplace hearth 2015

Clipper box 1

Side table 1

Blue table 1

Bath cabinet

Brown pumpkin

Wall in den 1

Side of pantry 1

Table in screen room

And that’s all she wrote!
Thanks for stopping by and hope you come back for my next post.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Simply Fall!

Oh yes – Fall is finally here and I am in my glory.
The days are what I call PERFECT for here in the Midwest – typical temps are in the mid 70’s. I doesn’t get much better than that for me.

This past weekend was a busy one.
We left Friday for Michigan to a Primitive/Antique show - Harvest At The Mill .  It was hosted by Dawn and Dick Rossell from Holly Hills Primitives blog:

We got to meet some friends as well as help another friend get her booth organized.  Had so much fun but totally worn out and hurt from too much bending and standing/walking – but the end results were worth it.

We got to see Marie Morgan from: 
She always has such cute Pumpkins and Jacks as well as her Primitive dolls.
We found a sweet little pumpkin to go with all the other ones we have purchased from her.
Karen and Marie

Isn’t that the most innocent face for a pumpkin?

Pumpkin from Marie

Sweet friend Earlene Landis - and Earlene 1

Huge bunches of Bittersweet from Earlene’s booth.
Bittersweet 2

Bittersweet 1 

And our friends Teri and Joe Merle from Carriage:

Karen, Teri, Joe Merle

A few of the purchases
Bittersweet sign

  Candle molds 2

Candle mold 1

 Corn and Gourds

Large gold bowl 1

 Pumpkin from Dawn 2

Rug from Linda S

 Tall Bear 1

And Two Teresa Kogut punch needles
Santa pattern 1

 Santa pattern 2

And a gorgeous stack of wool from Never Enough Wool.
Fabric 2

Sunday and Monday we did a bit of Fall decorating – not much though.
I mostly use Bittersweet , Pumpkins and gourds.
The dining room looks like a pumpkin patch!

I’ll put a couple pictures on but the rest will be in another post later this week.
Pumpkins on table 1

Mitten box

Top of blue pie safe


Happy Fall and thanks for stopping by


Sunday, August 23, 2015


No…not the end of blogging…but the end of the vacation posts.
I am only going to share bits and pieces of the trip.
And it seems like that trip was months and months ago…so sad how fast time goes by isn’t it?

I started composing this post on Friday and it was a perfect Fall feeling kind of day – I only wish it was Fall for real - it can’t come soon enough for me.
I so want to get my Fall decor out but think it’s just a tad early.  Will have to wait until after Labor Day at least.

I first want to let you all know I put 2 new punch needle on my other blog
 Framed sheep 1

And as I was typing up this blog post and adding this picture an email popped up and IT SOLD!!!
Thanks Linda!

 Birds on old board 2

Pineapple line art

So – I have a purchase to share with you from the Brimfield antique show when on vacation.
I already showed you the butter churn from a shop in Maine, but this is from the antique show.
It’s an 1800’s 1 gallon cream crock by D. P. Shenfelder of Reading, PA.
It was our biggest purchase and with the butter churn, were the only purchases on this trip.
Cream Crock 2

Pineapple line art

While we were in Sturbridge, Mass. we went into the Yankee Peddler shop and sitting on a shelf were some of my designs!
It was kind of surreal seeing them there.
I like the round one – they really changed out that design when they
reproduced it – I never made one with Pineapples all in a circle.

Pineapple line art

Well I haven’t shown you any vacation pictures have I?
There really aren’t many left that are interesting…but I’ll post a couple.

I’m kind of getting thing out of order  but I guess that won’t hurt anything.
So…lets back up to Lancaster, PA …
Before we left there to head north east we stopped at a gourd farm – last Fall we went to a different one and both are so wonderful and so many gourds it was hard to choose.

Gourd Farm 2

Gourd Farm 1

  Gourd Farm 3
I’m going to make some gourd garlands to sell on my site and/or take them to the shop I consign at….either way they will be for sale.
Gourds 2

Lots of nice tiny ones to work with…I think these will be strung on a garland for a mini-tree.
Gourds 1

These larger ones will be used in displays
Gourds 3 
Doug got all the holes drilled in them and also cut my Indian corn into chunks to use.
I have been looking for  whole walnuts, lemon leaves and bay leaves to string with them but no one has them around here so I may have to order on line.
I guess I never thought about it but ‘whole walnuts’ can not be found until near the holidays – who knew.
All the grocery stores we went to said they don’t get them in until Fall. 
Pricing the garlands will be the trick – but then again pricing anything one ‘makes’ is hard to do isn’t it?

Pineapple line art

And also on our way home from the trip we stopped back in Lancaster because it was opening day of A.T. Imports in their new location.
Not sure why they opened when they did because it was LESS than half stocked.  Very little to choose from but I did actually find some of the ‘supplies’ I was needing.
When fully stocked their new location will be wonderful compared to what they did have in the old warehouse across the street.

AT Imports

Pineapple line art

So here I am jumping around again – I can’t seem to find a good flow…lol
We’re back at the Brimfield antique show and who was there signing autographs but Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) from the Munsters.
He has not changed…just got older.
Felt kind of bad for him though – there wasn’t a whole lot of people clamoring to get his autograph.

Butch Patrick 2

Butch Patrick 1

Pineapple line art

I think I will leave you now with just those photos…I am going to do a ‘page’ at the top of my blog with pictures of OLD STURDBRIDGE VILLAGE.
There are so many wonderful pictures and it would be too much to put into a post.
So when I get this posted I will try and get that ‘page’ going.

Thanks again everyone for your sweet and so kind response to my last post.
I seriously think I was having a bad day when I posted it.
I’m staying with blogging as it’s a release for me so thank you all who visit!