Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Well all my faithful followers it has been one year since I started this blog and I must say it has been a wonderful experience. Was a little bumpy at first trying to figure out how all the "techy" stuff worked, but with the help of some very nice "cyber" friends it got off the ground. I am still adding and tweaking as I go, but it is fun.

So in celebration of my first anniversary I am going to do a giveaway! I have been working on making some new mug rugs for the upcoming local market season and thought maybe one of you would like one also. So I am giving this mug rug to one lucky winner.

mug rug
The rules are simple:

Be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post.

New followers are always welcome.

Leave a way for me to contact you if you are a no-reply blog or do not have a blog.

I would appreciate it if you would like to share this giveaway.

Giveaway will run through May 1st with the winner

announced on May 2nd.

Due to the high cost of shipping this giveaway is open to US and Canada only. Sorry. L

Good luck to all and thanks for joining me in celebrating my anniversary.

Everyone have a wonderful day! :)


Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Well I did the first market of the season. It was a spring market and the first of its kind around here. The Chamber of Commerce was doing it and it was by invitation.

vendor display

I was so happy to be invited to do this, but unfortunately it was a flop. :(  Not very many people came and the sales were really bad. I don't think it was advertised very well as so many of the people said they didn't hear about it and only saw the sign out front as they were driving by. And the bad thing is that sign was made by one of the vendors that he did overnight to get people in the next day. Like we always say "you have to let the people know you are there!"


Anyway I did have a good time visiting with people again and some of the vendors are my summer market "market buddies" that I hadn't seen all winter so it was good to see them again and visit with them. We are all getting anxious for the summer market to start. Hopefully it will be as good as last year was.

I took some of my new items to this show and my coffee cozies did well so I am thinking they may do good this summer. Actually need to make more so I can fill the basket back up!

coffee cozies

Also took a couple of my new mug rugs that I am working on. Had comments on how nice they were so I am hoping the summer crowd will like them too. Also had lots of comments on how pretty my tote bags are. Hoping I can whittle them down too.

mug rug
I am going to do a "Women's Shopping Expo" in a couple of weeks at the high school so I hope that goes well. First time I have done that one so maybe since I will be new they might like to see new items. Even if I don't do that well it is always fun to visit with people. That is why I like doing the summer market so much as you get to visit with people from all over the world!
Also on a weather note.......I know that I complain about the weather up here all the time as usually it is pretty crummy, but I thought I would let all of you know that we are getting close to 3 weeks of blue clear skies everyday!!!! That is unheard of around these parts!!!!! Of course that means it is 10 degrees below our normal temps so the snow isn't melting, but the sun is just wonderful. I can actually sit on my back porch in the sun and not have to have my coat on. YEA!! :)
Well need to get busy finishing up some sewing projects for the summer. Oh to make more coffee cozies. :)
Also wanted to tell you I am going to be doing a giveaway for my one year blog anniversary next week so stay tuned for that! And as always checkout the new recipe I have for you. :) Thanks for stopping by. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013


Well so far so snow yet. Suppose to snow 7 inches today, but right now we are still partly cloudy. Holding our breathe it won't come.

Since I am thinking spring let's do a treasury of them. Springtime brings out all the animals at the farm and at the Old Farmhouse Gathering team we have lots of animals at the farm. Here are a few of them and you can see more here. Come see all the goodies from this team.



Primitive stitchery pil...

Primitive Country Rusti...

Hog Wash Advertising Pi...

2013 Primitive Nook Des...

Primitive Patchwork Roo...

Sale Primitive Sheep B...

Hand Painted Decorative...

Primitive Horse Weather...

Summer Soap "Bunny...

Primitive sheep and Bun...

Easter Sign, Primitive ...

Rabbits, French Country...

Rug Hooked Chick Mat OF...

Vintage Look Crows Cros...

Farmhouse Chic Hand App...

Set of 3 Hand Stitched ...
 So what is the weather like where you are at?  Spring or still winter? Enjoy your weekend and if you have sun get out and enjoy it!!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Do you spring clean? I do to an extent I guess. I have good intentions, but then the spring gets away from me and it is summer time and then that is play time, so needless to say the “spring” cleaning doesn’t get done. According to the top three areas people clean is the kitchen, bathroom and floors. There are several good tips and I am sure most of you already know them, but there are a couple of new one’s. I thought you might like to read them.
As one of the busiest rooms in the house, the kitchen gets cleaned frequently, but there are some areas that may need a little more TLC.
kitchen cleaning

To clean the inside of the microwave, bring two cups of water to a boil in the microwave. Keep the door closed and let the water sit for a few minutes. The steam will loosen dried on food particles making it easier to wipe them away. For a fresh scent drop a slice or two of lemon in the water before boiling.
Keeping the sink, counters and appliances clean and sanitized is fast and easy with a product such as Kitchen Windex Touch-Up Cleaner. Put on paper towel or sponge and you can wipe away 99.9 percent of common household bacteria. When you clean the sink, make sure to get behind the faucet and around the seals using an old toothbrush.
Don’t forget to clean the outside of the refrigerator and freezer. And keep the inside of the refrigerator smelling fresh with an open box of baking soda.
From make-up spills and toothpaste smudges to mildew and everything in-between, the bathroom needs touching-up on a daily basis.
bathroom cleaning

To keep the counter clean of little messes and smudges, use an antibacterial product and dab the cleaner onto a rag and wipe down the counter, faucet and any other hard, non-porous surfaces to clean and sanitize quickly.
To get rid of soap scum, clean the tub and shower with a foaming cleanser that does most of the work for you and simply rinse it off. Wash shower curtains and liners according to label instructions. To help prevent soap scum buildup in the future, try switching to a liquid shower gel. Bar soaps have binders that are a primary cause of soapy residue.
Combination mold and mildew cleaners can make fast work of those deep messes. Spray where needed and rinse off. Be sure the bathroom is well ventilated before spraying them. To discourage mildew be sure to use the bathroom fan during shower and 30 minutes after.
I liked the advice about using gel soap instead of bar soap. I didn’t know that bar soap was the cause of the scum. Hmmmm….learn something new every day.
Floors are always such a mess in my house with two dogs running in and out of the house all the time. I always feel so much better when they are all scrubbed and clean. Here are some cleaning tips for floors. I am sure we all know what we should do, but how many of us actually do this…….NOT ME. :)

If you have the time and money to rent and use a carpet cleaner, spring cleaning is the time to do it. If not, target stains with a carpet cleaner and give all your carpets a good vacuuming. Sprinkle baking soda on carpets and rugs to absorb odors.
Steam mops are a great way to quickly clean multiple flooring surfaces without a mop and bucket. You can do a whole room in just a few minutes.
A lot of dirt and dust in a home is brought inside on the soles of your shoes. To keep carpets and flooring clean, place doormats inside and outside each entrance and always take your shoes off when coming in the house.
Wiping floorboards of dust and dirt is often overlooked and makes a big difference in the appearance of your home.
So now that all of us know what we “should” be doing in our spring cleaning how many of us are going to rush right into getting all of this done.
So the question is…….are you going to spring clean this year?  I will start………..probably not to this extent……too busy thinking about getting the garden going. J

Have fun in your spring cleaning!!  Don't forget to check out the new recipe. Thanks for joining me. :)

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