Thursday, September 27, 2012


Just wanted to give you the heads-up that Brenda of THE RUSTY THIMBLE is sponsoring a big Christmas themed giveaway that will begin on October 1st  through the 21st.  I am excited to be  participating in this fun event and donating  Granny Sweets.  She is wanting a new home for the with a big kitchen so she can do lots of baking. (lol)    Be sure to watch for more details and good luck to everyone.

Holiday hugs!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I just LOVE these new jar toppers that I purchased recently from KM PRIMITIVES and wanted to share some pics of them and my idea for their use.  They're  just so darn cute and will fit either a pint or a quart size jar.  I decided to attach them to antique pint canning jars and fill them with my favorite halloween candy for gift giving to some of my family members.  What a cute and inexpensive gift that can be used year after year.  You could fill with any number of fall goodies and tie off with raffia for a little extra added zing if you are not a candy lover.

If you have not had the pleasure to meet, Karen of MY COLONIAL HOME, you are really missing out.  She is an amazing crafter and a wonderful person and I feel blessed to know her.  Not only did I get these adorable jar toppers from her but she sent along a few PREZZIES in the box as well.  And goodness....who among us doesn't like to receive a prezzie or two...heehee!  And you ask "Why the prezzies?"  Well, just because....just because she is such a sweet person with a generous heart.  Here is a picture of the Christmas print she sent along with a couple of great smelling tart melts in sweet ditty bags.  The tarts are one of my favorite....Grandma's Sugar Cookie.  So yummy smelling.  Makes my mouth water.


And, last but not least, here are a few pics of my Fall/Halloween decorating around the farm.......

This is a pic of my antique wooden ironing board with someof my favorite things.

My centerpiece on my antique drop leaf table in my diningroom.

Witches shoes (made using a pattern from OLD ROAD PRIMITIVES and keepsake box sitting on antique radio.

Another fun Halloween keepsake box with what else than a witchy mouser...ha!

My antique drawer/ make-do wall box with more of my favorite Fall goodies.

My reproduction dry sink with more Fall/halloween goodies.

And last, my kitchen bench.

WHEW!!!  Have you made it this far without yawning.......then be the first to leave me a sweet comment and tell me what your favorite halloween candy is and win a SURPRISE Fall goodie from the farm.  A hint......the goodie is in one of the pictures in this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by and HAPPY BLESSED FALL!!!

hugs and smiles,

Monday, September 10, 2012


Last week was a dream come true for me.   I finally got to meet my blogging friend, Mary, of MARMMIES MAMMYS AND MORE.  Left to right:  Myself and Mary.

Here we are with our Mr. Wonderfuls:  Mary's fiance, Mark and my hubby Jerry.

Anywho....she and Mark made the trip to Indiana and met up with Jerry and I at the McKinley House in Middlebury.  Let me start by telling you that Mary is every bit as sweet as her emails and more.  She is such a kind, gentle soul.  I had such a great time getting to know her better.

We both made goodies for each other to share at our meeting and here is what Mary brought for me:  The witch is adorable!  She has a little pouch that carries her little kitty.  Mary's work is just to die for!

This witch is just amazing!!!  I don't think my picture does her enough justice.  And here is another picture of the pumpkin couple that she also brought to me.  They are adorable, don't you think?  And this is Mary's own original pattern.  If you get the chance to check out some of Mary's handiwork, trust me when I say that you won't be disappointed.

Here is a picture of the McKinley House where we stayed for two and a half days.  Such a beautiful bed and breakfast.  Very quiet and secluded and only minutes away from Shipshewana in beautiful Amish country.  It was the perfect place to meet and relax.

We did lots of sightseeing, ate at great restaurants , shopped at quaint little stores, at more, shopped more, get the idea...heehee!  I think we did more eating than anything else, but how can you pass up all the homemade Amish goodes (and samples.)  ha!

Here is a picture of my favorite primitive store in Shipshewana, "A Thankful Heart", owned by my good friend, Sue.   It is full of wonderful eye candy.  If you go in to take a peek, you won't come out empty handed.  I think it is Mary's favorite store now, too...heehee!

And last, one of the buggies parked at the General store.

Well, after a short 2 1/2 day visit, we finally went our separate ways and headed home.  I already miss Mary but know my life is richer having met her.  Mary is very fond of the Amish and their way of life. If you share her enthusiasm, be sure to watch for her post.  I am sure it will be picture heavy.

AND MY WISH FOR THE FUTURE.....well to make this an annual visit, of course.

Thanks for popping in and have a great week!

hugs and smiles,

Friday, September 7, 2012


Just wanted to pop in for a bit and tell all of you about a giveaway going on right now over to THE BEAR' BLOG.  Joyce is giving away some really cute goodies, including my favorite....some darling gingers.  I would love to add them to my personal collection...heehee!

Make sure to stop by and check it out, get signed up, and be sure to tell her I sent ya!  The giveaway ends on Sept. 20th and the drawing will be on the 21st.  While you are there, check out her Christmas shop that opens on Sept. 10th.  She has some of the cutest cookie cutter critters for sale.    This is also a great time for you to get aquainted with Prudence...the cutest little bear you ever did see.

hugs to you!