Farm Chores

Farm Chores

I have recipes in these seven Gooseberry Patch cookbooks

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

My Hoosier Cabinet

My Hoosier Cabinet
I love decorating my hoosier for the different seasons.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

New July Listings for Early Work Mercantile

I will be updating my listings for Early Work Mercantile later this evening, Please stop by and take a peek.
Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!

"Early Work Mercantile"

Friday, June 28, 2013

"Little Samplings" and "Gooseberry Patch"!!!!

I am so thrilled to find out that some pictures of the old farmhouse that we are remodeling in WV and
a few pictures of my decor here in my Va. home are going to be featured in Barbara Rice's new book "Little Samplings" . I am so excited and so humbled to be a part of this wonderful book. There will be 22
featured homes in this book. Barbara is also the author of several books and the "Olden Days magazine".
Reserve your copy now, as there will only be a limited no.of these books published.

I also received my copy of this years Gooseberry Patch Christmas book that I  have a recipe featured in,
this will be my fifth cookbook from Gooseberry Patch that I have a recipe in! And I am thrilled about this as well. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, besides having yummy recipes they have the most beautiful covers, I think that is one reason that I love them so much!!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tote that I made''

 There are so many things that I want to learn to do. I especially want to learn how to quilt, even if I never
make a quilt, I would be thrilled to know how to make wall hangings and quilted table runners.
 My one sister and I took a class last week to make a tote. It is supposed to be a simple tote, but
to me it was hard. I am not into making precise crafts. With prims the grubbier the better, and if it isn't perfect, that just makes it more prim.
 The class was an all day class, it was alot of fun though and I am quite proud of my tote, and it
was a way for my sister and I to spend some time together.
  In a few weeks I am planning on taking a beginners quilting class and making a table runner.
 There is so much I want to learn needle punch, cross stitching, rug hooking, basket making,
so this is the beginning of my bucket list of things to do.

I decided to go all out and use beautiful quilt fabic for my tote.

A view of the inside lining and yes a pocket with a ZIPPER.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Awesome Swap!

I am not quite sure how long I have been blogging but it has been a few years now. My very first swap ever was with  Tammy "North Carolina Primitives from the Past" since then we have become very good friends and do a swap with each other at least once a year. Tammy has been such an inspiration to me, and was
always encouraging me and helping me with my crafting. I feel like I probably wouldn't have ever
tried making a bonnet without Tammy backing me up and being my cheerleader. Then I started branching
out and making more things.
Tammy is so talented and constantly spoils me with her primitive creations! One of the things I have planned
 on my bucket list is to meet Tammy in person one day! The first thing I want to do is give her a big hug!
Now I will share pictures of the wonderful goodies that Tammy made me. Thank you Tammy, I love everything so much, but most of all I cherish our friendship!!!

Look how Tammy has everything wrapped so lovely!

Wonderful beeskep, watermelon/crow, School daze doll, hook and pods

Wonderful Civil War Sam!, he is really awesome!!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

We have a Winner!!!!

I want to thank each one of you who entered my giveaway for one of my bonnets. I picked the winnner
the old fashioned way this morning, I put all the names into a basket, and drew a name.
The winner is Amy "Bumble Bee Lane". congratulations Amy.
Please email me your address and the bonnet that you would like!!! And I will get that right out to you!
I cherish and appreciate all of my blogger friends so much. Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Easy Trail Mix

This week my church is having Bible school and I am in charge of the snacks. I still remember going to bible school when I was growing up. I loved it so much, I can still remember some of the little songs and Bible stories that I learned in Bible school. And one of my favorite parts was the crafts, then it was the things
that were poured in ceramic molds and we would paint them or either things made out of popcicle sticks.
I always enjoyed it so much and now it is my time to help with it and make memories for the little boys and girls growing up now.
  I am in charge of the snacks, I can handle that. One of the snacks that we are having is a very simple trail mix,
It only takes 4 ingredients. You get a snack or sandwich bag, for each bag you add 1/4 cup of raisins,
1/4 cup of miniature marshallows, 1/4 cup of pretzels, and 2 Tablespoons of M&M's. Just mix it all together,
and you have a wonderful trail mix, good enough for an adult too.

And just a reminder if you haven't signed up for my giveaway, the drawing will be this Sat.,
please go to the prior post to sign up for that.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Farmhouse Prims Giveaway!

I almost have 350 followers so I think it is time for a giveaway. I have been wanting to do a giveaway for awhile but
 have never seemed to get around to it. This giveaway will be for one of my quilted brim bonnets.
I am going to do something different this time, I am going to let the winner pick out the bonnet of their choice,
but it must be one that I already have made.( I will give you several choices).You must be a follower of my blog , new followers are welcome.
I am asking you to leave a comment on this post only telling me where you will display the bonnet if you are the winner.  If you post the giveaway to your sidebar you will be entered twice, just be sure to let me know that you have done this. I will draw the winner next Sat. June 22nd. This giveaway will be for US and Canada residents only. Thank you for being a follower of my blog, I cherish each and every friendship that
I have made through blogging.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Spam, Spam and more Spam!

I don't know if it is happening to other bloggers or not, but every day I am receiving anonymous comments  on my blog, Yesterday it was over 30. And they have nothing to do with my posts. I keep deleting them
as spam. Is anyone else having any problems. And is there anything we can do to stop them?
I just think it has to be someone who is really bored and needs a job! They must have a boring life. Just
my thoughts.
Does it seem to you that blogger has slowed down and that everyone is going to Facebook. It seems like people who used to post on their blogs now are posting on FB. FB is alright, but it seems like I have a
special friendship with you my friends that I have met through blogging. And I know many of you will be
my friends for life. I appreciate each and every friendship so much.
I do want to share a few picture of my grandson Cole and his 7th. Birthday Party. He was the man of the hour, and soooo excited. It was a joy to see him have so much fun.
I also wanted to share a picture of my son and the beautiful lady that he does gigs with. That is what they call
them. He is a very talented musician. Luke and Kelly are playing music somewhere every week.
They are booked for weddings, parties etc. In this photo they are playing at a graduation party.
 Luke has been playing the guitar since he was probably 7.
I want to show a picture of my little dog Bo. We were keeping him for my BIL, he wasn't allowed to have pets. I wouldn't let myself get attached or close to Bo, since I was afraid of getting hurt and had just lost my lab Lilly. My BIL saw how much Bo liked us and gave him to us.. He is my dog now and I love him! Also I wanted to show a picture of a basket that one of my hair customers made me, He made it and gave it to me for Mothers day! I love it!!!

Happy Birthday Cole!

His sweet sister Riley

Oh my what am I going to wish for??

Look I blowed  all the candle out!
My son Luke and Kelly May Brown
My little Bo, and my husband teaching him a trick with a treat on his nose, he won't eat it until my husband says OK
The lovely basket one of my customers gave me!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

New Bonnets

I just recently made some new bonnets, I made them from homespun check and tickling.
They would look lovely hanging on a display rack side by side, example the three mustard ones hanging together
or the two tickling ones hanging together. Or by themselves hanging on a cabinet door.
There are many possibilities.

The bonnets are approx. 26" long and are inspired by a "Drakestone Primitives" pattern.
I am asking $20.99 each plus traveling fee. Please email me
with any questions or to purchase.
 Wishing you a beautiful day!

Bonnet no. 1 mustard/tan tickling

Bonnet no. 2 burgundy/tan tickling

Bonnet no. 3 mustard/tan checked

Bonnet no. 4 mustard/tan/black and burgundy checked

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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!!


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.