Friday, May 29, 2009


I have missed each and everyone of you the past 2 weeks! I've checked now and then on blogs but haven't had much computer time.

I thought my orders were slowing down because there were none for about 5 me time to catch up and see the last of the orders but this week they came in heavy again so it's has been sewing for me. And YES, I love it but I sure do miss posting here and commenting on your blogs.
And because of my sewing I've had nothing exciting to post about.

Did your week go by as fast for you as it did for me - seems like just a couple days ago it was Friday heading into the long weekend.
Our son and grandson stopped here before work this afternoon and our Grandson said his 1 year review is coming up next week and he said how fast time goes by anymore...and he's 20!!!! LOL. He said when he was in school you gauged your time by school and then summer it just flys by. Sometimes the young learn

I had a special order for a smaller Sheep runner because she's putting it across a sheep so I had a large sheep and put it on and I love it so now I'll make them in different seasons and holidays...what do you think?
Also, does anyone know where I can find some of these large sheep. It's about 14 inches high and about 18 inches long.
Isn't it cute????

A friend of my husbands went to Oregon a while back to the College basketball playoffs and went to this popular restaruant called Ottos and who was in there but Guy Fieri (center) from the food network doing a taping...afterwards he came over and talked to Mike (left) and his brother Pat (right). Cool huh???

On Tuesday the 2nd we're heading for Lancaster, PA for a week to our cousin's daughters graduation party and a bit of shopping and I'm also meeting some great girls from A Primitive Place forum. We're meeting on Thursday morning for breakfast and chatting and getting to know each other...should be a great day and I'm soooo anxious.
Plus I'm going to try and finalize some plans for THE GATHERING OF FRIENDS trip in August.
But I'll check in nightly to see what's going on in blogland.

Well that's about it for this poor sole - real interesting huh?
I tried to scrape something up but this is all I could

Hugs, Karen

Tuesday, May 19, 2009



I started a PictureTrail this weekend with all my favorite things I love to look at:
Now if you go to it you'll not see a link back to the albums...not sure how to fix that. Anyone know????

But if you go there, there are 6 different albums. So here's just a small peek at what doesn't show in some of the pictures I post and what doesn't show in the magazine article.

I have also been very busy with orders - they still are coming in and I'm grateful for that....and I'm still not tired of all that sewing. On days when I'm not sewing my mind keeps saying 'get back to it' that's just not right - my mind doesn't even take a break.

Oh the mess outside! The city is tearing up the street from our corner and up the hill - there are huge pieces of machinery everywhere.
So now that the temps are in the 70's and my dining room - right there in the front - is all new and clean I can't even open the windows for nice fresh clean air and this will be going on for a at least a good week!!! Next comes the wonderful smell of tar!!!!! Uhg!
But here's the strange thing....I LOVE IT! I really love seeing all sorts of activity and progress. I love hearing the lawn mowers, hammers on roofs, sometimes, not always....dogs barking if it's in the distance....I just love knowing life goes on....the quite is peaceful, but it's also a lonely sound.

I had a giggle when I saw this guy cleaning his windows and I asked myself 'Why????" LOl Can you see him???

Hope you are enjoying yourself this early Spring day and that the weather is great where you are and you can have alllllll your windows open!!!
Thanks for being with me today.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


I know, I just posted about this room already, but today I went in and switched out the two cupboards you see on the left wall and put the accessories in different places - now I like it and it's going to stay!
Do you have any idea how easy it is to move these large pieces around on that floor especially with the felt pads on the bottom....I can do it myself now and don't even need to empty them out to do it! Power!!!

I also put up some of my Salt Glaze Pottery - I kept it to just the larger crocks on the front wall and the pitchers on the side wall and it's not as crowded and junky's going to stay this way as well!

So this is all I'm going to post about this has been over thought, over posted and I'm calling it quits - on to something else now.....see ya!!!

Friday, May 15, 2009


Good evening my dear blogging friends - needless to say I didn't end up going to Pennsylvania - long story but won't bore you with it -it will happen sometime soon though...just not this time.

I had a few free minutes today so I put up my new Tobacco Cloth panels on the windows.
I bought them from Family Heirloom Weavers in Red Lion, Pennsylvania this past Feb. and I tried putting them up a couple weeks ago on the two side windows but didn't like how they took away the natural light but I thought about it some more and tried them again and now I like them so they'll stay.

I took a couple pictures with the flash off so you can see how sheer they actually are....I think they're very Colonial looking and am loving it.

I'm still not sure if my cupboards and pie safes are staying where they are - I was used to the other arrangement so we'll see.

I also went to the garden center and bought 2 large potted plants for the's so difficult finding plants for shade that have pretty color but I think I did pretty good. I had to bring them into the house tonight because they just came from being inside the greenhouse and it's rather cool tonight plus it wants to rain.
Part of my Mother's Day gift from our son and his family was used to purchase these pretties.

But before we went for the flowers we stopped at an estate sale and look what I got....2 14 inch Pewter plates and a large 18 inch charger plus a creamer and sugar set....all for $11.00!!!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I thought I'd share this recipe with you - it's rhubarb season and I'm so happy ours is finally producing!
I sent almost half the cake home with our son yesterday so ours is almost gone but hopefully when I get back from PA there will be larger stalks for me to pull and make another one.
Rhubarb Cake
This is a heavy moist cake and just delicious!

Oven 350
9 x 13 cake pan

2-1/2 cups rhubarb - cut into ½ inch cubes
1/2 cup sugar
Mix this sugar with the rhubarb - let sit while mixing cake
1/2 cup margarine or butter - soft
1-1/2 cups sugar
Cream these two together till creamy
3 eggs - add this to the creamed mixture

Now add
2 cups flour
1 teasp. Vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teasp. baking soda
1/2 teasp. baking powder
Dash of salt

Mix all together as you would any other cake, beat about 2 minutes
Add rhubarb - fold into cake batter
Put in buttered/floured cake pan
Sprinkle top with cinnamon and sugar
Bake 40 minutes (insert knife in center - if it comes out clean it’s done)
Serve with whip cream, cool whip or ice cream

I have used apples cut up in place of the rhubarb and it’s just as delicious.
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This week I had a request for 'Just Pennies' on a table mat so this is what I came up with and she approved it and loved it! I'm happy!
So now I have put it on my site as of today. It measures 14" square and had alternating Penny stacks of Black, Bronze and Brick Red.


Please know that I am still here!

I have been so busy finishing up orders so I can head for Pennsylvania tomorrow (Thursday).

I want to do some wholesale shopping for some particular items and on Saturday I'm meeting a huge group of gals from PRIM MART community forum - they have their annual convention going on in Harrisburg and on Sat. they are all heading for Lancaster and I'm meeting up with them for a day of huh????

The weather here has been beautiful but now today we woke up to rain!
Yesterday Doug and I spent the day running errands and I also baked a Rhubarb Cake - we finally have some usable Rhubarb from our patch out back...the last few years it has been tiny stalks and the leaves shrivel up before we can even harvest it......and we finally found out that there is a BLACK WALNUT tree about 50 feet away in a neighbors yard and they are poison to Rhubarb, Tomatoes and many different flowers....WHO KNEW!!!!

I will try and keep posting on the blogs while I'm away but probably won't get anything interesting posted here....I haven't even got my dining room back in order yet....WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME! Oh, it's all back in - just not where I want it yet so when it happens I'll take pictures.

I have the cupboards and pie safes in a different arrangement and I'm not sure if I like it so you just may see pictures of THE OLD ARRANGEMENT when I do figure it out - but at least you will see it all with the new floor - which I am still very happy with.
Now I'm thinking I would love it in my kitchen as well.

I sent out an update to the GATHERING OF FRIENDS to those that have responded to me.
If you want to consider joining us there's lots of time left to decide - just got to the link on the right side at the top of my sidebar to go to the post.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


We had our son and daughter in-law and Aidan over for dinner last night - it has been a couple months since we've seen Aidan...seems schedules get in the way but we got our Aidan fix!!!!

He has grown so much in the 2 months that we've seen him and doing so many things. He'll be 11 months on the 20th - a big boy already.

Here he is with Grandma and Grandpa

And with mom and dad
I fixed a pot roast with potatoes and carotts, and some corn and that was it....a simple weeknight dinner that cooked itself so we could play with Aidan. A good evening was had by all.

I'll even get to see them on Mother's Day because they invited us out to brunch. Doug can't make it because he'll be on a vehicle delivery heading for California - although sometimes these deliveries get cancelled at the last minute so 'maybe' he might join us...we'll see when Friday comes.

I'm getting closer to the bottom of the order pile - I can see daylight I
So with that to look forward to next Thursday I might head for Lancaster on a shopping outing and on that Saturday the 16th meet up with the girls from Prim Mart forum - they are having their convention in Harrisburg for 3 days and they're going to Lancaster on Saturday. I'm planning on being with them that day. They're meeting at IN GRANDMA'S ATTIC for the sart of the day. It should be fun!
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Now if this isn't relaxed I don't know what is...and look how perfectly Baby fits into the chair (well, she's huge actually!) But I thought her snuggling with the pillow was too cute.
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Isn't this Serviceberry bush gets these delicate white flowers and then a bud comes out and a beautiful red berry about the size of and M&M which the birds just adore! If one can salvage enough of them before the birds get them you can make jam from them....but it's wayyyy too much work plucking that bush! We have two of them actually - the other one is on the other side of the driveway but smaller, it's just a baby yet - you can see it behind the picket fence.

I must get back to my needle and wool but have a wonderful day and see around the blogs.
Hugs, Karen