Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Well things have been pretty hectic around here the last week. We had 9 ½ inches of rain in just a couple of days so needless to say our house and area are sitting in a lake! Thanks goodness that when we built the house we elevated it so the water is just in the crawl space. The water just won’t go away. We have large ditches next to our road and all the water filled up the ditches and since the water was running out of the fields from our area and all around us they filled up fast. Now the big problem is down road. I live in a new subdivision and have new roads….the houses down the road don’t and they have no drainage at all…..get the scenario????? Yep, the water all dammed back up on me!!


We can’t get rid of the water in the fields until this water moves on. We called the county to see if they can help move this water and they came to look at it. They will try to think of something they said so that tells us they have more important things to worry about. We have water everywhere. We thought for sure it was going to go in the garage and my husband’s shop so we put everything up on tables including all of his tools. It came within millimeters of getting into it, but thank the Lord it didn’t.

So we have been running pumps in the crawl space 24 hours for 10 days now to keep the water down in there and keep praying for no more rain. The water is going down a little bit each day, but now our concern is winter is coming and all this water will freeze and when spring break up comes along that water will not have anywhere to go but on me again. Yep you got it right…..hubby is off to the hardware store to get a bigger pump!

So that has been my fun this week. I did get some sewing done in-between watching the pumps and trying to figure out how to get rid of this water. I will show you what I was working on next posting. Hope next week is better.
Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the new recipe. Sounds good on these crisp fall days. J



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy Tuesday everyone. Well my summer markets are all done for the year. Actually they really went well. We had a good number of tourist and they love the Alaska themed items we have so they gobbled them up! Now it is off to getting ready for the Christmas shows. Yikes...they are in 8 weeks and I don't have very much stuff done. That means I have to hit the sewing machines pretty hot and heavy!

Well as you all know "fall is in the air". Well at least around here and maybe with some of you also. It is time to start to do your outside autumn decorating and one of the focal points is the front door so here is an article I read about how to "Make a Grand Entrance" into your home. I know some people really go all out in decorating. They all do a really nice job.


Your front door is the first thing your guests see when they arrive to your home. It should be warm and inviting, and should give your guests a little preview of what they will see once they get inside.

Add color:

Make a grand statement by painting your door a rich color such as dark red. Hang a basket full of flowers, a wreath, or a colonial door box on your door; change it out with the seasons.

Add character:

Architectural accents will give your home additional interest. Antique doors, columns, wood shutters, corbels, brackets and hardware will add character to your home. Scour local antique shops for unique and unusual architectural antiques that you can incorporate into your home, both inside and out.

Symmetry vs Asymmetry:

Now it is time to decorate your entrance. Will you use symmetry or asymmetry in your display? Symmetry is pleasing to the eye and the overall look is easy to achieve,but asymmetry can also be used by utilizing like items. All objects should be related in some way so that they complement each other.

Make a grand entrance this season and welcome your guests to your home by using the tips above to give your home character and curb appeal.

                                                                                                                                             Printed by permission The Country Register of Minnesota
Now everyone can get busy decorating! J
I posted a new recipe for banana blueberry pudding pie . Blueberries should be ripe and ready to pick so you can use them in this recipe.


Thanks for visiting and have a great day! J

Monday, September 10, 2012


Just wanted to let you know about the team promotion we are having with the Old Farmhouse Gathering (OFG) team on Etsy. It is that time of year and all the kiddies are back to school and finally Moms can give a sigh of relief and go…….SHOPPING!! The OFG team is a group of wonderful and talented artists that create products from Primitive and Folk Art to Whimsical and Cottage. A d├ęcor for everyone. There are many, many wonderful things to see and oh what great gifts are available.
Participating members are offering 10% off all purchases beginning September 9th through September 16th! Simply use coupon code: OFGWELCOME upon check out. To discover which shops are participating, type OFGwelcome into the Etsy search bar.


So if you want to start your holiday shopping or see some really wonderful fall/autumn “goodies” come on over to the OFG team on Etsy to shop.


Thanks for checking us out and supporting our great team! J



Wednesday, September 5, 2012


 Well the local market only has one more Saturday and I must say I am glad it will be over. It was a great season, but most of the tourists are gone and it is getting mighty cold sitting there all day. I know most of you have been baking in the heat this year so talking about cold is not in your vocabulary. Up here it is like the calendar says it is August 31st so when you flip the calendar to September the summer goes with it. We are in fall now and the air temperature says so……….brrrrrrr. Was walking yesterday and had to have my sweatshirt and yes……lightweight gloves on!! OH NO….where did summer go!!

 Now that the market is about over I have had a little time to start sewing some different stuff now. I haven’t been able to make anything new since May and I have spent every day replenishing my stock for the markets which is more running my embroidery machine than sewing so I am happy to be able to sew again.  Although I am very grateful for the summer market.  J

 I am starting to gear up on making products for the fall and Christmas shows and I think I am going to make a variety of tote bag and hand bags to go with scarves and lots of other items. Of course, hubby will do his cutting boards.

These are two of the shoulder bags that I made this week. I can put them out pretty fast so I thought I would start with them. What do you think?


 I also have listed quite a few Fall/Autumn pot holders on my websites. I just LOVE fall!! All the colors are just magnificent!! Here are a couple of them:

 So now that I am not so busy with the markets I am going to be posting more often and I am going to be doing Tuesday’s Treasuries (finally figured out how to do it!) and some other fun stuff. I have lots of fall recipes to share with you and some neat decorating articles also. So stay tuned.


Be sure to check out the new recipe I have posted for you. J






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