Friday, August 31, 2018


That's right...we're having another one of our
We hope if you live close enough you can join us...
even if it's to window shop.
We will have lots and lots of wonderful treasures
for every style of decorating.

I have been busy the last few months creating but it has been so much fun!

Our gourd garlands are back as well - 
plus many other type of garlands.
We laid them out on sheets until we found a place to hang them until the show - but this group has grown since this picture!!
I have to thank my very special friend Debra Gould and her husband Michael for growing and drying Okra for us...they have really supplied us with tons!

Other than crafting I don't have a whole lot to post about.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Oh what treasures!!

For the first time in absolutely ages there was a
good estate sale by us.
There were many wonderful antiques and lots of smalls.
We were fortunate to get this wonderful huge crock. It is dated on the front and were told by a crock collector that this is the date it was made. Wish there was a potter's mark on it so we can search it. We were also told to compare designs to ones on the internet to see similar ones then maybe we can get a potters name.  But we honestly don't care that much...
we just love the crock regardless of knowing.
It was quite dirty but cleaned up nicely.
We bought it on the second day of the estate sale
when they had 25% off

See how nice it is cleaning...

There is a small crack but that's the only real damage on it.
Used the cup to show how large this really is!
Think it is a 4 or 5 gal.

We also found a 'cream whipper'.

We have a smaller one like it - hadn't seen a large one before.
We use ours for utensils.

....the next day things were at half off so we went back to hopefully see if the cradle was still there that we saw and it it came home with us.
The finish had been stripped off so not sure what we will do with it...possibly clean it up a bit and then put tung oil on it just to give it a patina, otherwise possibly a maple stain.

There is a crack along the bottom but the frame and rockers will hold it together just fine - possibly some wood putty will hide it.

Will probably put an antique quilt in it but not sure yet. 

We will be having a return of our IN-HOME show the first part of October and then hopefully one again the week before Thanksgiving. I'll keep you all updated as time goes. I am working fast and furious on making things along with wish me luck in getting things made.

Oh, I did get my new batch of carrots made.
Last week I started out with 23 pks. and am down to 10.
$12 per pk. of 3so if you want some email me. 

Thanks for stopping by - have a wonderful and safe 4th!!


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Wow, time got away from me!

I didn't realize I haven't done a post since April 23!!!
Not so sure much of anything' interesting' has happened since but I'll try and get a post done here or you all will forget I'm here!!!

After we finished the bathroom remodel it felt like we were searching for things to do - we loved being busy, strange right? But we both love projects.
Two weeks ago a friend from NC came here for 4 days and just as soon as he left we were out of the house an hour later on our way to Pennsylvania.
We decided that we are having another IN-HOME SHOW in October and then hopefully one again in November, like we did back in 2006-07-08 and 09.
We shopped at the wholesale places looking for HAND-MADE items to go along with things that we will make and we did find a few things.
Monday is the wholesale cash & carry show and hopefully we will find a few more hand-made's to add to what we have.
We want mostly our items though so shopping is very selective.

We stayed at the Clarion Strasburg Inn in Strasburg, PA and enjoyed it so much there - our room overlooked the parking lot but also just  beyond that was beautiful countryside.
So lovely this time of year. 

The food at the Fireside Tavern was exceptional!!
One reason we went when we did was because we had always wanted to go to a Mud Sale and there was one that very next day after we got there at the firehouse in Kinzer's, PA - just a few miles east of Lancaster.
We really didn't know how one operated and were surprised that so many auctions went on at the same time from tools to antiques to quilts to flowers and soooo much more.
We did get a case (12) of Kraft Marshmallow Fluff at .25 per jar LOL
But that's good - I use a lot at Christmas making fudge.

We did get permission for some pictures so please don't think we don't know proper etiquette with the Amish.
We took most of these photos early on like when it first started - it got quite packed by noon.

Crafts and quilts were in this building 

The flowers were gorgeous and went for so little...made me sad we couldn't get some to bring back home.
These here are the small ones. There were huge pots with several types of flowers in them going for $35!

We met up again with Lisa and Jerry Thrush - friends from Lancaster and Mattie and Lydia the two Amish sisters we met when we were there in Feb.
We went back to the sister's house after eating and had another wonderful visit.
I guess we can now say we have some wonderful Amish friends.
One thing for sure in Lancaster is we never hurt for food...
no matter where we went the portions were huge and delicious!
Our favorite place to eat is the Rt. 30 Diner
but you must go in hungry because the portions
are huge and home made.

This chopped steak was over a pound!!

I had the Patty Melt...

This was the only food photo from the Inn - Nacho's!!!
And I didn't even get 1/4 of it eaten - I wasn't feeling all that well and nothing sounded good but they were very good.

We did get a new supply of gourds while we were out there for our gourd garlands.
We are making them earlier this season because we are having the In-Home show and need to have them made ahead.

Our sweet little great-grandson Zayne's 5th birthday was last Saturday and tomorrow is our grandson Aidan's 10th birthday - a busy birthday month here at the Martinsen's.

Check out my selling site to see the finished items I posted for sale.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 23, 2018


FINALLY the bathroom remodel is is NOT Primitive and just shy of Colonial - we had a rather dark bathroom before and didn't want another one if we were going to go through all the work. We kept it light but tried to keep some Colonial influence.
The color palate is white, light gray and aqua - colors I never thought we'd have in our home...these are in my opinion a farmhouse palate but it works!
I do need to make some white curtains though. Made the gray but we don't like them but they are there for now until I can get some white ones made. I really want ruffle edge like Country Curtains had when they were in business....we have them in our family room and den but I've looked on line and just can't find any similar.
We hadn't intended to do anything with the tub/shower because of the horrid tile and it would have meant tearing out all the drywall on walls and ceiling and we weren't sure if we wanted that kind of mess right now. So I said I was painting it with an enamel paint and I didn't care if it peeled monthly, I would repaint it as I needed BUT we found and epoxy tub and tile paint and so I painted it last week and we are sooooo happy with it.
There are before and after for each view.

That's all I have this time around....
thanks for stopping by!