Friday, September 30, 2011

New Book

Just In.......................Judy Condon's latest book. Holidays At A Country Home is all about Christmas. LOTS of great decorating ideas for the holidays............get a jump start!!
The book retails for $24.95

Monday, September 26, 2011

Homecoming at Buena Vista University

Saturday we took a short trip to visit Natalie at Buena Vista University. We left at 7 a.m. and arrived shortly after 10:30 a.m. We had a great lunch just outside the football field and then headed to the game. The Beavers won and some of us actually got sunburned! Natalie made the Buena Vista Cheerleading squad but is not quite ready to cheer. We will be making another trip to see her perform. She will be one of their "fliers"...............yes, that would be the one that gets tossed in the air!?! I didn't get any pictures of Natalie..........those will come later. I thought that I would share this "lovely" picture of the men in our family.............don't they all looked thrilled to be there?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

#*!#*@*# DOG

Look at that face. Does that look like the face of a dog that would destroy anything?

Let me give you a little history about this dog named Cooper. A couple years back the girls and I were visiting the mall and came upon a pen of puppies. Natalie wanted one soooooooooooo badly. Dad said, "NO" and Mom said, "If you use your own money." Well, that didn't work out so good............we came home with the puppy.

The "perfect" dog that we already had wouldn't even be on the same floor as the "new" dog. That should have been my first clue!!

I can't even tell you how many things this dog has destroyed. He seems to have a fetish for my underwear, yes, he has eaten too many pairs to even count!

This morning I came down stairs at 5 a.m. to find a special surprise.

Last night I sat and hooked while listening to Jenny play volleyball. I was very proud of myself that I actually worked instead of just sitting.

I found my most favorite hook laying on the floor.............NOT where I had put it when I was done hooking!!!!

YES, he ATE my hook! I couldn't believe my eyes. There were actually splinters laying on the floor beside the hook. If I could kill this dog AND get by with it he would be GONE!!

Drinking a cup of coffee................(I seriously thought about something stronger) I wondered what I was going to do.

So, I think I am going to sand it and use it the way it is UNTIL I can get another one that hasn't been eaten by a dog named COOPER!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It's Here................Folk Magazine

Well, the much anticipated magazine is finally here. I am not sure how I found out about this magazine but I thought it would be great for our shop. The magazine is published, written and edited by college students...............yes, college students. By the way, they are very proud of the University of Kentucky Wildcats!!

It is the FIRST ever issue and has sold out of all copies that were printed. They love the primitive, simple style of the country life. Most of them grew up with families who cherished the simple pleasures in life.

Now, I don't usually admit my faults in public but when it comes to magazines I am a "picture looker-ater." However, I have read several articles and I haven't finished "looking" through the magazine. I can't really explain it other than it's different from your "usual" magazine. I sat with my laptop and looked up web sites, drooled over the cake recipes by Aunt June and thought of ways to make it to all of these places!!

I am ready to make the Pea Picking Cake and the Witch doll that comes in the magazine. Now, if you are like me and like to look at the pictures.............they are fabulous to say the least.

We have already placed our order for the next issue...............Christmas
The magazine retails for $6.95 an issue and we have 10 left..........YES, of course, we took one for ourselves!?!
Let me know if you would like to have a personal copy.

Friday, September 16, 2011

You know it cool weather when.....................

It's time. Yesterday we had a good frost and it was a little chilly in the house. I was standing in the kitchen and turned around and there was Sam wearing his hat. He looked at me and said, "It's time for the hat". Sam wears this hat from early fall to early spring. We usually spend 15-20 minutes looking for it every morning as he can't remember where he left it last! It has even taken a couple of rides on the bus. The hat was a gift from his sister TWO years ago. She never dreamed that he would wear it this much!!
Here's to the hat!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's here!

Yes, it arrived this afternoon. We watched as the postman loaded the package into the mailbox...........aren't we terrible? We would hate to be too anxious!? I haven't even had a chance to flip through the pages yet but it looks good. It talks about the history of Magdalene and how her rugs came to be.
The book is a softcover and retails for $24.95
Call or email for your copy.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Threads That Bind

On our way to Warsaw, Missouri we took in a few stops. We had a couple of favorite antique shops that we stopped at along with a few new ones. A few treasures were bought and even used in our booth!! On the way home we stopped in Macon, Missouri to see the new home of Threads That Bind. Words cannot describe this place. It is an old building located in downtown Macon. I only took a few pictures because it isn't "officially" ready yet. There are wood floors through out the main area and they are beautiful. Tin ceilings cover the entire first floor and they are in mint condition. We were so excited just looking at it that we chatted all the way home about it. Shawn will do amazing things with this place. We will be sure and let you know when the retail store is up and running!!

Pennies by the pound? Believe it or not these two pieces of furniture were bought about 10 years apart! I was with Shawn when she bought the top cubby............I wanted it too but she saw it first!! The paint is identical and it is a match made in heaven! Shawn plans to put different size pennies for customers to purchase by the pound. The scale is sitting to the right. What fun...........I am sure that I will need some!?
Note the wood was laid on the diagonal. Don't you ever wonder how some things survive 100's of years and others don't?

This is a picture of one of the store front windows. It is displaying some of Shawn's wonderful creations. I took a picture of the other window but it didn't turn out as well. To keep the displays from fading there are black and white awnings that can be hand cranked.

Just a closer look. You all would be soooooooooooo jealous if you saw it in person! Shawn is a dear friend and we are very excited for her. I have been trying to come up with excuses to go back down and visit but so far none have panned out!! We even offered to be live models in her window!!!

Warsaw Missouri Hook-In

Warsaw community center is where the hook-in was held and where we vended. The scenery was BEAUTIFUL!!

Patty's helpers dressed like lambs and sang a song to Beach Boys Barbara was very entertaining!!

A view of the water. It was so peaceful there. I had to laugh......when we checked into the hotel there was a sign that read "Please do not clean fish in your room" We got a good chuckle out of that.

Pictures of our booth

We had a fun time and met LOTS of new people and a few old friends. The rug hooking world is full of such wonderful, caring people!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

IT'S HERE........................Maggie's latest book Buttonwood Farm. The projects are WONDERFUL and make you want to get started on a project right away. Wool applique, rug hooking, bed cover, strawberries, crewel pillow................even a quilt!!
Retails for $24.95.
Email or call to get your copy!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

Jenny's biggest fans!!

Jenny and one of her roommates/teammates

I would hate to be on the other side of the net!

Can't you tell where she gets her height?! :)

Well, let's just put it this way......................102 degrees outside and 100 + inside the gym that had NO air conditioning!! We sweat and didn't even play!!

Early in the morning................don't they look "fresh"?

Little brother got to miss school and come along and no he didn't want his picture taken. Despite the 8 hour drive and ALL the cherry pies that Mom ate we had a great trip and it was good to she Jenny again!

Good things are coming..............

We have several new books, magazines that are on their way and should be arriving within the next 2 weeks.
First, Maggie B's new book should arrive this Friday. It is enroute as I post this blog. The book is titled Buttonwood Farm. There is rug hooking, wool applique, bed rugs, pillows and more. Maggie uses blue and white as her theme. The blue is the old indigo color from the past. The book retails for $24.95

Second, we are anxiously waiting the arrival of a book about Magdalena Briner and her rugs. The cover looks fabulous and I can't wait for them to arrive!! I believe the book retails for $24.95. If you love primitive rugs then you MUST have this book in your library.

Third, we are waiting for a NEW magazine to arrive. The magazine is called "FOLK". I believe that the first ever issue was shipped out today. The magazine will retail for $6.95. I could tell you more but I want to hold you in suspense.

Fourth, we will be receiving TWO new books by Jill Peterson. Tis The Season Christmas Eve with James Cramer and Simple Cooking for a Simple Life will be coming the first part of October.

Lots of new things coming your way. If you would like to reserve your copy of any of these books/magazines please feel free to email us and when the book/magazine arrives we will ship it out to you. I will also post a picture as soon as it officially arrives in the shop.

50 YEARS and still speaking............................

Well, it's pretty sad but I don't seem to have a picture of my parents standing side by side. Memorial day weekend we drove to Indianapolis, Indiana to watch my daughter Jenny play in her first collegiate volleyball tournament. On Saturday, September 3 my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Yes, 50 years!! I tried to make a post from my Ipad but it wouldn't let me so this is a little belated to say the least.
Two Cherry pies from McDonalds and a box of Hostess Ding Dongs helped celebrate the day!!
Congratulations to the both of you and thanks for being such wonderful examples!! Love You!