Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It's that time.....get ready for our ~SIZZING SUMMER GIVE A WAY!!!

It`s that time of year again...and so beginning JUNE 1st. We`ll be starting our `SIZZLING SUMMER GIVEAWAY which will continue until AUGUST 30! Here's just a peek at what you might win! Check out my website for all the details.


Entering is easy! You`ll be entered every time you shop!

Each time you place an order of $75.00 or more, your name will be added to the pot. So the more you shop...the higher your chances of winning! THE PRIZES

(1) Grand prize will be awarded consisting of (1)#952 Primitive Anderson House Chandelier .(a $340 value)

(1) First place prize will be awarded consisting of (1)#1232 Stove Board Cover in your choice of color.(a $110 value)

(1) Second place prize will be awarded consisting of (1)#865 New England Sconce-wall mount (a $52.00 value)

The more times you shop, the better your chances are! Lay a way orders can be entered as long as each lay a way order is $75.00 or more, and the final payment will be received on or before Aug. 30th.

The list of winners will be posted to my blog.

Good luck!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Memorial Day To You!

Hello my friends...I hope everyone is having a safe and happy weekend. Summer has finally arrived with it's warmer temps...what a joy to FINALLY get outside and feel that warm sun on your face. Ofcourse with shorts on I'm as white as a ghost. Hubby says I glow! I don't think it's that bad...and if I do, then so be it. You'd better put on your sunglasses then cuz I'm not changing!
I took a few pics of some of my favorite things that are blooming right now....I LOVE this time of year!!

Chives are one of my most favorite little herb. I LOVE the blooms they give in the Spring, which I cut and dry. It's very easy. I use an old screened window that I have hung in the attic. I simply put the chive stem right through the top of the screen...all the chives heads are resting on the top of the screen...and usually they are nice and dry in a couple of weeks. They are perfect then for flavored vinegars.

The old birdhouse is one that I've had for MANY years....bought it out West 15 years ago from a wonderful 85 year old man that enjoyed building them...and sold them for $20.00. The work is awesome with great detail..and as you can see has aged really well. Sadly, a bird family has never called it home...I think the hole is to large. But I do have another smaller one up front that has held many a family of birds. It took the house about 6 years before any birds would live in it. Don't know why...but through all the moves, every year now Sparrows and wrens raise little ones all Spring & Summer.

My favorite flower of all time are Peonies. In all of the places we've lived, I've never had any to grow, so when we moved here, I was happy as a clam to see 2 sides of the garage covered in Peonies! Gorgeous Pinks, Dark Maroon and White blossoms for many weeks...and then sadly there done. But I did just find a great way of enjoying their blooms all Summer long.

Simple cut the flower stems just as they are opening. You must be able to see a bit of the flower color...or they won't open. You then put them in a baggy...don't close it up... and stash them in the back of the fridge. When you want to use them, simple take them out, trim off the end about 2" and put them in water as usual. Now, I've not tried it yet as I heard this last Winter...so I am pretty excited to see if this works because I can never get enough Peonies in the house before they are finished blooming, or a heavy rain damages them. If you do decide to try this, please let me know how it works for you.

Our peonies are still in small bud right now...but when they do open..I'll have photos to show you.

Well friends, I hope you all a wonderful day today. Stay safe....I just lost a long time friend yesterday in a car crash...so please be careful....you never know.

Till next time, cook up some ribs and whip up a batch of potato salad and just take in the beauty all around you.

Many hugs,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

WINDY HERE.....did I say WINDY!!!!

I tried to get a photo of the girls and boys.....it's SO windy here that the poor darlin's are hiding where ever possible just to stay out of the wind. This good looking chap is my rooster 'Rocky' (see the similarities??)...He HATES the wind most of all. When his saddle feathers blow up around his head, he does a wild Indian dance to get them to lay down. Pretty funny to watch.

I even tried hanging out laundry today...towels...folded over the lines...3 clothespins. By the time I finished the 2nd line...all of the towels from the first line where blowing across the yard....needless to say, I picked them all up and put them in the dryer. So much for being green today.

Grandbaby even wanted to go outside, but it's so windy I'm afraid the poor thing would blow away! So, instead I caught him doing this.
With pen in one hand, and Grandpa's glasses in the other he had dragged out my gardening mags and some of my rooster books as well....with all this reading, maybe he'll be a great little gardener someday!


We are working on doing some new updates to the website. Time for a change I think...a bit more simpler and as always...easy for you to use. So hopefully we'll have that finished in a few days. We hope you'll like the new layout. Comments are always welcome.

With our new look will come a *NEW giveaway*! Something we haven't done in a while...and I figured it was about time. We will also be doing a weekly special....and ofcourse if your on my emailing list, you'll get all the information first. So please do sign up....I try to have a 'customer appreciation ' sale once a year...and that's ONLY for my newsletter friends.

So my friends, till next time stay out of the heat with a good book. My new favorite is 'Seasons at Seven Gates Farm'. I want my home to look just like this!!

I do have an extra hardcover issue that I'd love to sell if your interested in it. $12.00 includes the shipping to you. Just email me if your interested. :o)

Take care!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Feels like a life time ago....

I know, I know.....where have I been? Well dear friends, lets just say that my health was an issue....and I needed to address it. Thank you to all who have emailed and sent cards....your the best! So..I'm now on the road to recovery...a slow road it is, but one that is getting shorter everyday. So, on to all the great stuff that's going on here!

Our oldest daughter moved in last month....and with her came our grandbaby! WOOHOO! Seeing him everyday is just the best joy I could ever ask for. I get to tuck him in at night and kiss him good morning. What a pure blessing he is.

Look at that face....isn't he an angel?

The baby chicks have grown huge while I've been gone. With the warmer weather, they have been moved to a pen that can be inside or out depending on the weather. They do enjoy the warm sunshine and the fresh grass when they are out. I've not introduced them to the older flock yet. Granted, they were just hatched when I received them, but just in case either flock has something contagious...I don't want the other to catch it. Not that any of the chickens have been sick, on the contrary, the older girls are back to playing 'hide the egg and you go find it' game which seems to amuse them to no end. Yesterday I was out on the bench enjoying the day when one of the girls came to share the day with me. When she left, after much chatter, I found a beautiful blue egg by my feet. What a great gift she gave me.

The biggest news is that our sweet youngest daughter's boyfriend came today and asked for our blessing to marry our daughter! Ofcourse after picking myself up off the floor, I gave my approval as did hubby. Alex is a very nice young man and I can honestly say that I've not seen my daughter as happy as she is with him, in a very long time. They are both going to collage and have no plans of quitting......
He plans on proposing next week...I can't wait! He says he's planning something very romantic. Ofcourse I'd expect nothing less from a boy that asked the parents first!

My cup runnith over my friends!

As for store news...our update will be on Thursday. Many primitive antiques will be added...even a few furniture pieces so please do mark your calendar. We will also be marking down a bunch of our antiques to make room for our new goods....so make sure you pick up that something you've been eying before it's gone!


I'm just so tickled to announce that I've also been asked to be featured in the 'Mercantile Gatherings' magazine. What an honor for me. I shall keep you posted as to when....

Well dears....that's just about all the news I have for now. So, till next time pick up the new issue of 'Mother Earth' mag. It's a great read!

Big hugs,