October 29, 2008
in it are tractor implements
that he also purchased
from the same woman he bought the wagon...
decorated of course, for the Seasons ~
you can bet that we'll be giving plenty of Hayrides
here in the fields for our
customers and Friends!!
We're beginning to get the new bolts of fabric here in the shop,
beautiful reproduction 1800's prints, feedsack prints, primitive florals...
along with more & more supplies for needlefelting,
new patterns from terrific primitive designers & such ~
I'm also in the midst of UN-decorating for Hallowe'en
and getting the shop ready for a
I love Christmastyme...
the sounds, sights & smells...I can't wait to start harvesting the fresh pine...
& did I tell you that we have real
growing in the tops of our trees???
do you know how we get it out of the tops of the trees?
we SHOOT it out with a .22 rifle!!!
(i'm a pretty darn good shot...
my great-great aunt, Elizabeth Couffer (from Pennsylvania)
was an award winning sharpshooter...
that was quite a title
back in the 1800's for a Lady, no?)
I love to drape the fresh pines on my cupboards
and the mistletoe in my old baskets around the house & shop...
oh boy...now I've got the itch....
tell me, when do you start to decorate?
or should I ask
when do you get the itch to start your Holiday decorating?
Enjoy this cold, almost-end-of-October day...
spend it cozy-ing up your humble little home...
light a pine-scented candle,
& create something wonderful with your Hands...
Blessed be, my sweet Friends,
October 27, 2008
leaving us an abundance of fruit this year.
it has fed generations of families here at this old Homeplace.
it's twisting, winding branches are laden with the bittersweet fruit,
now ready for me to make into a tangy jam ~
as all 3 can fit into the palm of one of my hands!
and a nice
piping hot corn muffin
October 25, 2008
Folk Cat Sewing Huswife (above)
I love to wake up to the sound
of the raindrops
on the farmhouse's tin roof...
it creeps into my morning dreams
& lulls me into a wonderful, peaceful state...
...what a way to start the day!
while the woodstove warms my feet
and a cat or two warm my lap...
...working on my models for my upcoming book,
"Pocketful of Primitive"
not only because I love to create them,
but because I love to share them with you,
(Best Loved Early Stytches in Tyme Buddies)
to contribute pictures of their pockets for the book too...
I'm hoping that I'll be able to share lots of them with you...
I've also asked them to send me links to their blogs/picturetrails/websites,
so that I can include them in the book...
each member of my BLESTB group has talented hands & creative minds,
each has a warm Heart...
I'm Blessed to know each one of them
and gratefully call them my Friends...
I'll be starting their auctions at 6:00 this evening~
and don't forget your sewing basket!
October 23, 2008
I've received quite a few (12 !!!) emails regarding my Beef Stew recipe that I posted yesterday...some said that they thought that 2 cups of red wine was too much..
I say NEVER enough! HA!
No. really, as wine cooks the alcohol evaporates,
so no worries about feeding it to your children...
also, i was asked what type of wine...
I like an Australian Merlot (Yellow Tail).
Hope this helps, and if you'll be making the recipe, please let me know how you like it!
Enjoy this Beautiful Autumn day & Blessed be!
October 22, 2008
...clear blue skies, crunchy leaves underfoot.
...the old farmhouse smells heavenly!
(I prefer cubed sirloin)
(wine is optional, but it sure does tenderize the beef)
1/2 cup flour
into a nice sized pot with tight fitting led...
cook till bubbly, then pour flour mixture into pot along with other ingredients...
check to see that meat is cooked and tender before serving.
but i promise you that they are all
simply and beautifully primitive...
and a nice big bowl of steaming Beef Stew!!!
October 20, 2008
...snugly warmed by a woodstove and the love from a family within....
Outside, faithful Friends ready to greet us with a wag ,
or a sweet & gentle baaa...
...a needle & thread,
a loaf of fresh-baked bread...
Family and Friends.
What more could you be Thankful for??
October 15, 2008
adapted by Kris Miller of Spruce Ridge Studios
by Shelly Auen
and many more to come!
(roving, needles, mats, & patterns)
(Cameo Needles, DMC Floss, patterns)
(Hooks, Hoops, Patterns on Linen and
beautiful, hand-dyed woolens from
(Threads, linen, aida cloth & patterns)
(Fabrics, Wool, patterns for applique' and pieced)
(muslins, fabrics, raw wools for hair and stuffing)
served with Hot Apple Cider
and our Down Home Hospitality...
full of wonderful needlefuls for Needlework!!!
(fill out ticket in the shop, no need to be present to win, name will be drawn 11/16/2008 and winner notified))
~ Hope to see my old friends & make new ~
October 14, 2008
here at the Farm...
so you can see what the finished class projects will be~
if you would like more info, please email me at email@example.com
or you may call the shop anytime 434-263-6508
Saturday, November 8th 2008
taught by Lori
No Class December
Saturday, January 17th 2009
Saturday, February 21st 2009
Saturday, March 21st 2009
Beginner Needle Punch
Saturday, May 9th 2009
Beginner Cross Stitch
No Classes June, July, August
October 13, 2008
and they are humongous!!!
(this Yankee girl couldn't be happier
with the thought of some snow in her forcast) ~
the others will be sold off to make black walnut dye...
a staple in the lives of primitive crafters and artisans alike...
although Lazy, our black Lab
still isn't happy about sharing us with him...
Buddy loves Lazy though, and follows him everywhere,
...much to Lazy's chagrin...
yup, he's still a 'puppy'...
taking anything & everything (everyone!)
down with him
Buddy likes to carry the bucket in his mouth
and walk along side me...
Lazy likes to watch us.
October 09, 2008
she wasn't wealthy, but we always seemed to have enough of whatever was needed at the time....
andI guess being the youngest of 5 also has something to do with being able to be happy with what I've been given.
the one thing that we do spend money on is Healthcare, because if that were lost, we'd go under.
~ look for foods that will be going out of date soon (usually these are on a 'cart' in the grocery aisle.
box up some of your un-needed/un-used craft supplies and swap with a friend...
(if you're like me, you have to try everything new under the sun, and if you don't like it, then you're stuck with all of those new supplies...not any more!!!! someone else may be looking for just the thing you don't want/need anymore!!)
Mothers, Wives, Aunts, Cousins, Neices, Sisters....
The state of our Nation starts inside our own homes....
with our own ways of thinking and acting.
October 07, 2008
October 06, 2008
If you ever get the chance to visit Virginia in October, please make sure to bookmark a stop in at the annual Fall Fiber Festival, held right acrossed the road from historic Montpelier , the home of James Madison (http://www.montpelier.org/)...
right outsdie of Charlottesville, Va ~ Hannah & I packed up early in the morning & headed out.
(Pete stayed home, because he wasn't finished working on the woodstove)
we had to get a sample of that, for sure!
~ Hannah got hot fudge, and I got hot butterscotch...
loaded with fresh whipped cream and camalized walnuts...
oh my stars!!!!
clean the rollers, etc...
I was in my glory~
(did you know that male stud-bunnies are called bucks?...me neither)
the Lady selling him was knitting the tiniest,
softest baby-booties from his angora fur...
and I'll tell ya,
I have to admit that I taught Hannah well...
at 13, she's an experienced loot-picking-treasure-hunter/collector-of-many-things!!!!
she spotted a Nightmare Before Christmas tin Lunchbox that of course we had to have,
she even brought her lunch to
HA! my fearless girl!!!!
if there is a fair or festival in your area, please go.
don't miss out on rural life...
there are lessons learned at every turn and pleasant people to meet.
October 03, 2008
217 North Main Street
Findley, Ohio 45840
Elda Elizabeth Geiste Smith
who turned 78yrs. young in June...
please respect my creative abilities by not 'borrowing' the design for your self...
Now I'm off to find a big box to ship all of this stuff in!
Have a *SPARKLING* Autumn Day filled with hot cocoa and popcorn!
Go for a relaxing walk in the woods, collect acorns & leaves,
watch a good movie or sit & stitch a while!!!
October 01, 2008
I am beginning to see signs of slight changes in the Seasons...
and the thoughts of wearing boots & sweaters
tickles me to pieces!!!
Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment today ~
the wind blows,
and the farm country
sheds her summer cottons
for a cloak of winter wools...
even if something's left undone,
everyone must take time to sit still
and watch the leaves turn...
a few last monarch's look for a drop of sweet nectar...
corn and grain, corn and grain, all that falls... shall rise again!!