Monday, October 10, 2022


OH YES....FALL, been a long time coming!!!
I'm not one of those warm weather fans, anyone who knows me knows this. Fall could come and STAY!

I have news about my business - I FINALLY decided to stop doing shows.  It's just getting way to hard to do the set up and take down. A show off property is hard enough but when it's in your home it really takes a whole lot of effort.  This is the first year we asked for help taking furniture and things out and shop displays and products up from the basement. When it gets to that point then it's time to stop what is taking you down.  But once the decision was made I felt a relief come over me.
I LOVE doing the show, making the products and seeing my wonderful faithful generous customers - oh my customers....they were so surprised at this revaluation but so agreed.

But that being said, YES, I will still make things as I go along.  Just when I feel like it...sell it...move on to something else.  I want to concentrate on making more of my Civil War era penny rugs and designing punch needle (they have taken a back seat lately).  SO ONWARD I WILL GO and happy about it.

We are trying now to get a vacation in the books.  Nothing big, nothing fancy - just go someplace we've put off for quite awhile.  Thinking it might be the New England states.  It makes us feel so comfortable going that route, seeing nature, antique shops, prim shops...oh what fun is ahead!!!!

This past Saturday was our last show.  We had a fantastic turnout and the weather was perfect Fall weather!!!
Looking at the pictures they aren't that great and it looks like stuff just put anywhere but in person it worked!!!
We had things in the family room, den, kitchen, bath and dining room and all the garlands and dried items were in our E-Z UP  tent. Plus some of the garden items were by the courtyard.

The pictures were taken right after finishing setup - then it was tweaking time...move this here and that there. 

LOL, I see the last remnants of my donut on the counter - and Doug still needed to put the Open flag out.

A friend of ours lets us come out to their place in the country and forge in their acreage for whatever we can find.  We love dried things!!!  We found tons of wild Rose Hips that I de-thorn and remove the leaves, then I bundle them up with kraft tissue paper and tie with twine.

Rose Hips all tied up

Doug is always in charge of the outside and I think he did a great job 'again'!!!
A dear dear friend always give us his dried grungy sunflowers...I LOVE THEM in displays.

Dividing up the cornstalks for all the fence corners

Bundling them up!!!

Corn all tied up for the fences

One thing I did different this year with the gourds was to dye some.
I used Mahogany leather dye, then Briwax....they turned out just beautiful.
A few I did with an undercoat of red then the Mahogany!
Depending on the natural color and patina of the gourd it made the colors come out all different.

So I don't really have a more to chat about because we have been so busy with the show prep this past summer.
I think blogging will get better now that I'm not tying myself down.

Happy Fall
Karen and Doug


  1. So happy to see your post! Looks like you had a wonderful sale! I can't believe I've never been to one of yours since I was so close by - I know I would have loved it! We moved out of the area last year to Kentucky to be near our daughter, sil & grandson. Setting up sales at your house is a labor of love , but oh boy the labor! In the mid/late 90's, I was part of the Christmas In the Village in Waterford and sold out of my house. I loved the event and the customers, but gave it up when we built a new house. I hope you find a wonderful vacation spot and have a great, relaxing time.

  2. So many beautiful things to see! I love how you put the corn on the fence. Enjoy your "slow down" and have a great vacation!

  3. EVERYYHING looks wonderful!!! I cannot even begin to imagine how much work it was. Happy to hear you are "retiring"!!!

  4. So glad the weather was nice, everything looks wonderful. I have always loved your creations and house. Very pretty as always.

  5. Karen Zimmerman ChaudoinNovember 16, 2022 at 7:27 AM

    Absolutely beautiful. I love everything you have done! The lighter
    Color trim color in the stenciled room is lovely. Can you share the color. And the stenciling is delightful!

    1. Karen, if you can email me your email address I will send you the information.
      Thanks for the sweet comment.

  6. Sorry to see you aren't blogging Your blog has a lot of charm
    Prayers all is well


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