Christmas gatherings

Christmas gatherings

I have recipes in these six Gooseberry Patch cookbooks

I have recipes in these six Gooseberry Patch cookbooks
I have recipes in these six "Gooseberry Patch" cookbooks

farmhouse Jan.

wrap around portch

Monday, September 30, 2013

October Early Work Mercantile Updates

I would like for you to check out my October update for  "Early Work Mercantile"

Here is a quick peek of what I have listed.








Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wonderful Fall Swap!!!

I participated in Amy "Bumble Bee Lane Cottage"  fall swap. Amy holds the most wonderful swaps.

I was really thrilled to find out my partner was Wendy, "Ravenwood Whimzies"  .

I have admired Wendy's talent for a long time. While talking to each other though emails,

it was amazing how we like many of the same things.

  Wendy sure went out of her way to spoil me! When I opened the box, I just looked at

how lovely everything was. Now to show off my wonderful goodies.

Thank you Wendy, I love, love everything. Your talent is awesome, It has been such

a joy getting to know you better and having you for a swap partner.

Oh My, Santa came early this year!!!

Look how everything is wrapped so lovely!

Love the fall banner, indian corn,stacking pumpkin &crow, journal, pods, yummy!

Lovely basket full of goodies, fabric covered canister full of candy, beautiful  towels, and braided table mat,

My favorite of all, the cutest pumpkin girl holding a Happy Fall banner,she is adorable.









Monday, September 23, 2013

The Secret Keeper

I decided  to contact "Bethany House" about being a book reviewer. I was accepted, and to my

delight my first book is by Beverly Lewis "The Secret Keeper". I love Beverly Lewis and met

her last year in Lancaster Pa. I admire the Amish way of life and like reading about them.

The "Secret Keeper", is the forth book in her "Hickory Hollow" series.

  I don't know if any of you have read the "Shunning" or saw the movie but I sure you were

like me and wondered what ever happen to dear Katie Lapp after her shunning. Well you

can read this book to find out.

 The main character of this book is a young lady Jenny Burns, she comes from a well to do

English family. She has never been satisfied with her family's way of life, so commercial

and everything having to be the best. Even from a small child she yearned for the  more simple

things of life. Then as a teen she met a sweet amish girl on a visit to Lancaster Co. Pa.

They exchanged letters for years. Jenny admired her friends way of life and decided to

be a Seeker. That is what they call an Englisher wanting to become Amish.

 She stays with an amish family Rebecca and Samuel Lapp. She has to go through a time

of proving. She learns so much about the amish culture, more hard work and disipline than

she ever imagined.

She also learns a secret. She is torn about whether to betray the people she has learned to love,

or come clean with the secret she knows that she must, to be accepted into proving her new faith.

  I loved this book, I felt like I was right there learning about and working with the amish people.

I  recommend this book highly. The "Secret Keeper", is a must read for the amish book lover!



Sunday, September 22, 2013

Wonderful Winnings

I was thrilled to find out that I was the winner of "Twin Creek Primitives"  wonderful giveaway.

And wow did she have a giveaway. She gave away two of the most beautiful table runners,

one Halloween and one fall. Also included was 4 little stitchery pillows. Tammy's work is

amazing. I know she put her heart into these items, you can tell by the beauty and

workmanship  of each and every item. You can tell that it was truly made from the heart.

 I have a weakness for table runners so I was quite tickled, and can just see those pillow tucks displayed

in a wooden bowl.  I recently took a beginners quilting class, so Tammy was able

to give me some wonderful information  on quilting that I really appreciate.

Check out her blog, she has so many talents. She designs templates, and graphics for blogs and

other things. Thank you Tammy for hosting such a wonderful giveaway!!!!!

Now to show off the beautiful items.




Friday, September 20, 2013

Pumpkins for Sale

I am listing 3 pumpkin girls that I have made to sell. I used a "Sweetmeadows Farm" pattern.

Each pumpkin girl is approx. 16" long. They are each holding their own little candy corn.

I have also attached a vintage Halloween postcard apron to their dresses. They are wearing pantiloons

and have been grunged for that primitive look. Asking $32.00 plus shipping for each doll.

Please email me with any questions or to purchase. Farmhouse Prims



Sold , thank you Sophie

Doll number 2

Doll number 3


This apron is a vintage magazine cover.

These aprons are vintage postcards

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Wonderful Swap Goodies!

My wonderful friend Tammy "NC Primitives From the Past"  and I recently did a swap. Tammy was

the very first person that I ever did a swap with. Her and I do at least 2 swaps a year. We met

through blogging and have become very good friends. We are hoping to meet one day.

 Tammy has been such an inspiration to me in crafting, always encouraging me and giving me

hints to help with my crafting. When we first met, I don't think I even did any crafting. She encouraged

me to make prairie bonnets and stitcheries, and then other things. She is always there to answer

any questions that I have. She makes wonderful prims and sells her things to several shops.

I love, love all of my wonderful items from Tammy, but more than that I cherish our friendship!

Thank you Tammy, you are a wonderful crafter and a wonderful friend!!!






Thursday, September 12, 2013

Look what arrived at my house today!

I was thrilled to find out that I was a winner  of  Carol "Firecracker Kid" awesome giveaway.

Not only did Carol  give away one of her beautiful rolling pin cabinets, but she gave away three.

And I happened to be one of the lucky winners. She even let us choose our own color.

  I am saddened to hear that her and her husband are giving up their woodcrafting business,

but I know they have worked so hard and just need a break. So I am especially thrilled to

have some of Carol and Tim's creations.  I didn't have any wall space left in  my kitchen, so I thought

who says I have to put it in my kitchen. I put the cabinet in my Living Room and totally love it there,

( the rolling pin cover was also made by Carol,) I had gotten it at an earlier time.

Thank you Carol for hosting such a wonderful giveaway, I will forever cherish my cabinets

from you and Tim. Your woodworking talent will be missed, but I understand and wish you

the best!!!  Now to show off my cabinet, Isn't it lovely!!!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Prayers needed for a blogging friend!

I am asking all my blogger friends to please remember a dear sweet blogger friend in your prayers.

Margie "Hungry Hook Primitives"   She has been ill for so long. Pain is a terrible thing and I

know Margie gets so tired of not feeling well. Please lift her up in your prayers for a miracle,

for the Doctor's to find a way to help her.  She has a lovely blog and makes beautiful hooked rugs,

she also dyes wool and sells it. This is what she loves to do, but has been feeling so bad that

she can't even do this. Please pray for Margie!!! She is so sweet and just wants to feel good and

do the things in life that she enjoys. Also pray for the doors to open for her husband to

get  a job.   Please let Margie know that we love her and care.

Here is a photo of some of her awesome work.






Monday, September 9, 2013

Tribute fo a fellow crafter!

I was honored to know a wonderful lady Sandy Schmidt, her blog was "The Olde Country Cupboard"

She had the most wonderful blog, and if you went to the bottom of her blog she had several

patterns to download and giveaway. She was so willing to share her talent and was so giving.

  Her web site was "The Olde Country Cupboard"

Sandy had a long battle with cancer and passed away last week. She was one of the most talented ladies

I have ever known in crafting. But she was so down to earth. I remember years ago buying a pattern from

her and she had made me several things over the years. I love prairie things and she had a talent for

making prairie things, I had bought an old dresser drawer display with prairie dolls in it, a prairie bag

holder doll and Hannah a prairie Christmas doll. I will cherish these items from Sandy.

  She would give me pointers and help me if I had any questions in my crafting adventure. Please

remember Sandy's family as she is laid to rest tomorrow.

I found a wonderful article about Sandy that I want to share, Please click on the link to

read an interview she gave  "Interview with Sandy"

She was a twin and her sister Cyndy does crafts also. She is talented like Sandy and I own some of her

creations. Please remember all of the family as they go through this difficult time. Sandy leaves behind

her husband, daughter, granddaughter, sister, mom and so many friends that loved her.

She made the world a much better place and was beautiful inside and out, she will be

missed greatly. I am so honored and humbled to have known her!!! RIP sweet Sandy.


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Riley's Birthday Party

Riley's Birthday Party
Me, Ron, Riley and Cole

Me and baby Jake

Me and baby Jake
"Just what I ordered"! Rem. everytime a baby is born so is a Grandma!!

Family

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Mom, dad and my three beautiful sisters

Daughter Steph, Mat, Riley and Cole

Daughter Steph, Mat, Riley and Cole
What a beautiful family!

Celebrating parents 50th. Wedding anniversary

Celebrating parents 50th. Wedding anniversary
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Son with Applachian trail blanket

Son with Applachian trail blanket
Luke hiked the entire AT 2007, he's the man!

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I have been married to my sweetheart Ronnie for 30 years.We live in the beautiful shenandoah valley of Va. We have 2 beautiful children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. I am a christian, and am blessed with two wonderful jobs. I am a hairdresser and also a nurse, I am proud of my nursing degree which I got at age 47. I give the Lord much praise for this. I also enjoy primitive crafts, antiquing, cooking, reading and gardening. My husband and I bought an old farmhouse in WV five years ago and it was ancient, floor rotted out in the kitchen, no bathroom, bats flying around, mice. Scary, well now five years later we have most of it completed, working now on a roof for the wrap around porch.We sand blasted some of the walls so they would be original, we also took all the old weatherboarding off of the outside of the house, planed it and put it back on some of the inside walls. We also have added a wrap around porch. Since we have remodled the old farmhouse, that is how I came up with my blog name.