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.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

"Little Samplings"

I received my book today "Little Samplings", written by Barbara Rice. "Little Samplings"
 She writes the Olden Days magazine plus other books. I am thrilled to be a part of the book "Little Samplings", it has a few photo's of my fall decor, plus a few photo's from our WV farmhouse. The book features 21 homes of various primitive homes.
I haven't had time to look at it all, but it looks like a really good book.

Don't forget to stop by "Early Work Mercantile" and take a look at my September offerings.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New Bonnets

I am asked alot for bonnets made with drab fabrics, browns and blues seem to be the most popular.
I am having trouble finding reasonable priced fabric for my bonnets.  Well I hit the jackpot and found some beautiful fabrics. I love, love these bonnets, the colors are just gorgeous!
These bonnets are approx. 26" long and inspired by a " Drakestone Primitive"  pattern that I have
made longer and did some changing to my liking.
I am asking $22.99 each plus $4.00 traveling fee.
Email me if you are interested in any of these bonnets

Bonnet number 1

Bonnet number 2

Bonnet number 3

Bonnet number 4

Bonnet number 5

Bonnet number 6

Bonnet number 7

Saturday, August 17, 2013

My finished Table Runner

My two sisters and I finished our beginners quilting class. We had such a wonderful instructor,
she had so much patience and explained everything in detail. I know my runner isn't perfect, but I am
quite pleased with how it turned out. And it was so much fun doing this with my sisters.
The fabric I used was a civil war reproduction fabric, by Marcus brothers. I love their fabric.

  I want to make a quilt one day, but think I will make a few table runners and table squares for now.

The finished table runner.

Close up

Love the fabric for the backing

My little Grandson Jake turned 4 on Aug. 13th. He is such a joy  and so special. I want to share a few
pictures from his party. He is really into Spiderman and Superman, he was just overjoyed with his cake.
It was so cute, Cole was reading Jake his cards, it was so precious.My how time flies seems like
yesterday I was going to the hospital in anticipation of his births.Happy Birthday Jake!!!!

Oh my, a "Spiderman" cake!!!

I just couldn't help it and had to stick my finger in the cake.

Thank you Cole for reading my cards

Yipee a Superman suit

Look Cole and Riley, wow!

Check this out!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Beginners Quilting Class

I have always wanted to learn how to quilt. I would be happy knowing how to make quilted table runners and wall hangings and maybe one day making a quilt. My two sisters and I decided to take a beginners quilting class. This is a beginners quilting class and it is a two week session. Our first class was this week,
we learned the proper way to use the rotary cutter and the cutting mat. We cut out our squares and the various pattern pieces. We sewed the top of our table runners, next week we learn how to quilt the runner, add the backing and the binding. It was so much fun and so information.
Here are the beginning pictures, hopfully next week I will have a picture of the finished product.

 I also wanted to show you the new penny rug that I finished, I love how it turned out.

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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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About Me

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.