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

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Until Harvest, A must read!

I am a book reviewer for Bethany House, my only requirement is that I read the book and give
an honest review.
 A while back I read the first book in the "Appalachian Blessings" series "Miracle in a Dry Season",
and I knew when the second book came out that I would have to read it also.
 The author Sarah Loudin Thomas is just wonderful, one of the best authors I have found
in a long time. She makes you feel like you are right there with the characters. This book was awesome, I just couldn't put it down.
 The story takes place in 1975 in Wise, WV. That got my attention right from the start, since
I grew up in WV and we now have a farmhouse there. I also graduated from high school in 1976, so
that was my era. he he
 Another thing that really touched my heart is that one of the main characters is a type 1 insulin diabetic. I know first hand what the struggles are with that,  having a daughter that is a diabetic.
 The book centers around Henry Phillips and his family. Two of the other main characters are a young
girl named Margaret and her diabetic sister. Margaret is Henry Phillips grandmother's caregiver.
 A tragedy happens in the Phillips family that turns Henry's world upside down. It takes Henry
a while to realize that he isn't the only person around that has trials and heartaches.
 It is a story about tragedy, but also of hope, family bonds and healing.
 I recommend this book highly and know you won't be disappointed.


Friday, May 22, 2015

New Prairie dolls and bonnets

I don't have time to craft like I would like. But I do want to show you my latest creations.

I especially love to make prairie dolls and bonnets. I recently made two prairie dolls and

four bonnets. I am offering these for your consideration. The bonnets are $22.99 each plus shipping

and the standing prairie dolls are $45.00 each plus shipping. Please contact me "Farmhouse Prims" to purchase or

for any questions. I accept MO or paypal only, thanks.





Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wonderful Swap

I don't blog like I used too, but I can say that I have made so many wonderful friendships through blogging. And I know some of those friends will be a friend for life. One of those friends is Tammy Wellman "North Carolina Primitives From the Past". We usually do a swap or two every year,
we recently did a swap and I want to show you the wonderful goodies that I received from Tammy.
I am hoping that one day soon, Tammy and I can meet in person, that is on my bucket list and I know it will come true one day. Now to show you my wonderful swap goodies.

Is this Christmas or what, even us big kids like gifts.

Love this mammy in a can, wool, bowl, burlap flower, tin candle holder, 2 mini bread boards

Wonderful standing prairie doll and standing gingerbread doll set, Love this!

Wonderful civil war soldier and tarts

Big prairie girl, love her. She is wearing the cutest apron, look at her fingers.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Finished Pinkeep and gardening

It has taken me a while but I finally finished a pinkeep that I have been working on.
The pattern is by "The Blue Attic", you can find her patterns on etsy. It is a large pinkeep approx.
9"x9". She has an entire series of cross stitch patterns with a "Little House on the Prairie" theme.
I just loved this pattern.
 I also planted some flowers and this year my husband, my son and I are going to try gardening.
We have planted lettuce, radishes, onions, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes and green beans.
I am so excited about our garden to have fresh vegetables. If it does well I am going to even
try my hand at home canning. I am a practical person and like useful things for gifts, my
husband asked me what I wanted for Mother's Day and I said a pressure canner, I just
hope I am able to use it enough to pay for it. he he
I also want to share a photo of our May Christmas gift from Cole and Riley.
 Hope everyone is having a beautiful Spring!!!




I love my garden flags

Love planting flowers in old things.


My window box

Love planting flowers in old coal buckets


Love my Americana decor on my front porch

Our garden

an eraser, coin, cross, letter, drawing and photo's

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Love Letters

I am a book reviewer for Bethany House. I am given a book to read and my only requirement is that
I give an honest review of the book. As you know I love amish books and am especially fond of Beverely Lewis. I read her book, "The Love Letters". What an awesome book, it was one of those books that I was unable to put down and didn't want to end.
 The story takes place in 1966. Marlena Wenger is a young Old Order Mennonite girl who
goes to spend the summer with her recently widowed grandmother. Shortly after arriving she
learns that her sister, (who had broken away from the amish faith), was in a car and her husband
is away at war.
 The couple have a baby girl and someone is needed to take care of the little girl until her mom is well, Marlena thinks that this will probably only be for a few weeks at the most.
Marlena also is miles away from her Old Order Amish Mennonite beau and hopes to return to him shortly.
 The story also centers around Marlena's Grandmothers neighbors who are Amish. They have
a handicap son who becomes friends with a homeless man who has dementia.
The homeless man treats "Little Jay" with respect and overlooks his handicap. They develop
a bond with each other that will touch your heart.
 This book is one of those books that you never want to put down. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. I recommend this book highly! A must read for the Amish lover!!!!


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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

Family
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
Me and my favorite granddaugher ( I only have one granddaughter!)]

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.