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Monday, April 21, 2014

My swap with Amy, Our little trip and Easter Pics of the kiddos!

Good morning everyone!
I hope you had a blessed Easter!
It was absolutely beautiful here yesterday and we had a lovely day. 

I have so much to tell you about today, so I will keep the chit chat to a minimum and get on with it.

First up is a LONG overdue thank you to Amy!  She was  my partner in her latest swap.  I received her package about a week and a half ago, but with our little trip, visiting relatives and then Easter preparations, I am just now getting around to thanking her.
Here is what Amy sent me.

little chick pillow and a bunny air freshener

cute little bucket with burlap label and egg nestled inside

This bunny and chicken were perfect - I love them!  They will be staying out all year long.

sweet picture...and some candy...which I have to say disappeared too quickly to get pictures of.

THANK YOU AMY!  Amy's swaps are always such fun!

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Our  little trip to the Divine Mercy Shrine was very nice, despite the weather.  During our drive over, we followed a cold front, which poured rain on us the entire way there.  The weather didn't dampen our spirits too much though, until the next morning when we woke up to snow on the ground....brrrr....the wind was very cold!
We stayed at a nice B & B in Lenox for two nights.  Each room was named after a former first lady.  We slept in the Abigail Adams room.   It was a spacious room with canopy bed, fireplace, etc.  Our hosts provided a crackling fire for us each night in the parlor, and offered us homemade cookies, candy and port or sherry for sipping by the fire.  We enjoyed being pampered.  
We spent all of Wednesday in Stockbridge, Mass, where the shrine is.  Stockbridge is also famous for the Red Lion Inn...

 and the Country Curtains shop.  We had coffee to warm ourselves in a quaint little cafe along the main street, and poked in a few shops...then it was on to the Shrine.  

We spent time praying at the chapel and attended Mass, then we walked around a pathway on the grounds of shrine.  Along the path, there were life-size depictions of Christ's journey to the Cross...they were a moving reminder of all He did for us...here are just a few pictures...
 Inside the chapel of the shrine - it was much more beautiful than this picture shows, with hand-painted murals on the walls and ceiling.
Chapel

Nabbed a picture of Chris on the walk.

Chapel from the pathway.
 This area of Massachusetts was the summer playground of the wealthy in the late 1800s.  These well to do families came to the area around Stockbridge and Lenox and built themselves 'cottages' for vacationing in the Summer.  These cottages were not cottages at all, but mansions of wonderful splendor...some even bordering on being called castles.  Many of these lovely homes still exist in the area and are so gorgeous.  We enjoyed riding around looking at these wonderful reminders of days gone by.  Here is a  picture of just one such cottage...

Chris & I had a very nice little get-away, and drove home with sunny skies leading the way. 

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Yes, all those pictures are wonderful, but....NOTHING compares to these!






Drew, Maria and Peter

Scott, Steph & Allie


Have a blessed week everyone!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Off on a little adventure

Morning prim pals!

Hope you have had a good week so far.  We've been working outside...it's been so lovely here the last few days.  I actually got quite a bit on my To-Do list completed, so I am feeling pretty good, although a bit old, achy and tired!

Hubby and I are taking off today for a little adventure.  We'll be gone for two days and Scott & Steph will 'hold down the fort' while we are gone.  With all the girls and the dog to take care of, we couldn't go without their help.

We are headed on a pilgrimage of sorts...a thanksgiving for all the blessings God has bestowed on us, and for his comfort while Chris was going through his surgery and chemo.  We are heading to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Massachusetts and spending a couple days at a B & B...should be such fun and we are looking  forward to it.

I promise to take pictures and share our trip with you...of course...we'll do a little antiquing on the way there and back! 
 Have a great week everyone!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Friday!

 Good morning Prim Peeps!

I've been meaning to write a blog post all week...but life has a way of getting in the way.  The last week has been an eventful one, so I'll bring you up to date.

Last Friday, Scott & Steph went house hunting...and the place that Scott thought he would like the least, ended up being their dream home!  There was an open house on Sunday at the same home, and they decided to go over once again to view the house.  Well, they accidently got there 1/2 hour earlier than the open house started and the owners were there.  The retired couple was thrilled to personally show them around the place, and that was all it took...they made an offer on Sunday afternoon and it was accepted.
Now, as the crow flies, it is about 5 miles from us, across the lake.  But anyone familiar with the Finger Lakes realizes that it isn't as easy as that!  The lakes are long and narrow, and 5 miles as the crow flies, turns into 20+ minutes, because we have to go around the bottom of the lake.  I told Scott we will just have to send up smoke signals!  They are very, very exited and closing is set for the beginning of June.

Last weekend, Chris &  our other son, Drew, went on the Men's Retreat at Notre Dame retreat house. Now Maria was a bit sad to think of being away from Drew for the entire weekend....but I know this girl...and all I had to say was ROAD TRIP and PRIM SHOPS and she was all on board for some girly fun!  She came over early Saturday morning and we traveled to western NY, with our shop map in hand.  We browsed and browsed, oohed and ahhed...and had a really nice time.  The only problem was, that Peter starting not feeling well, and by Saturday night, when we stopped at my parents to stay over night, he had a fever of 102.7.  Needless to say, neither of us got much sleep, but luckily Petie didn't wake my parents.  He ate and drank a little on Sunday morning, and we took him  to Mass and met the guys at the retreat house.  He had some juice and a bit of a donut there, and was walking around a little, but you could tell he just wasn't feeling well still.  We stopped at one more antique place on the way home, with a quick stop again at my parents to pick up our things, then headed on home.  Monday poor Peter took a turn for the worse, and he still had a fever, but could barely walk, was whiney and very lethargic and did not want anything to eat.  Off to the doctor he went, with a case of roseola to boot.  He was pretty down and out, and I was worried he may be dehydrated.   Tuesday I went to their home, and helped Maria with Petie.  I also did some housework and rocked him while she got a few things done.  Wednesday I headed over again, because Maria had an ultra-sound scheduled, and they didn't want Petie dragged out again.  By Wednesday afternoon, Peter was eating and drinking more, and actually walking around with a smile, so we knew the worst was behind us...but oh so scary.
Feeling better now!

Yesterday was absolutely LOVELY out and I spent most of the day working in the yard.  The girls were out, and I set up a little pen for the chicks too, so they could peck at the grass and enjoy the sunshine.  Allie rode her pony on the porch while I cleaned it up and put out Spring decors, and she also rode her pony on the patio and driveway while I raked.  She loves her little Rockin' Rider pony we got her for Christmas, and could spend hours on it.

Today I will be mailing out an order and a swap package for Amy, the it is out to dinner with my sweet hubby and friends for a fish fry.  We have the whole weekend to ourselves, as Scott  & Steph are traveling to Delaware to visit family.  Chris and I are planning a little get-away for Tuesday through Thursday next week.

It looks like a beautiful weekend ahead, and I plan to work out and enjoy it as much as possible.  It is so good for my soul to work hard outside....makes me feel so happy!   Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Friday, April 4, 2014

New creations

Even though Spring has barely made an appearance, I just finished up these Summery selections.

Lady Liberty (21") - priced at $40 plus shipping
Crow & Watermelon Make-do (16") - priced at $23.95 plus shipping

Uncle Sam & elephant (12") cupboard tuck - priced at $18 plus shipping
If you are interested in purchasing any of these cuties, just comment below and I'll get back to you.  I won't be listing them in my Etsy shop until Monday, as I'm taking a fun little trip this weekend....more on that come Monday!

Have a blessed weekend!
Sunset on Wednesday on the way back from Hubby's Dr. appt.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

OFG Celebration!

The Old Farmhouse Gathering Team has been at it again…
  we have a wonderful celebration coming up!

A New Raggedy Creation just in time for Spring



I haven't made a raggedy in a few years, but I decided to create my own design and just finished up Miss Sophie Springtime - She holds a nest with a sweet bunny tucked inside and a pretty basket with prim flowers. She's 27" tall and her bunny, with his SPRING tag, is 8" tall. What a lovely way to welcome Spring!


Priced at $56 plus shipping. If you are interested in Sophie, email me at rwprimcrafts@aol.com.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Here...chick, chick, chick...and a RAK from Misi

Good morning Prim Peeps!

It is cloudy and dark this morning, with drizzle, but I am so thankful it is not snowing.  Maybe Spring is on the way finally!

My chicks are growing fast...they are a month old and so cute.  Thought I would take a few of them for a photo shoot the other day.  Not an easy task to grab a few, keep them still, and prevent dogs and cats from being too curious...and of course...the phone rang right in the middle of it all - lol.



Cheep Cheep

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In February I was browsing around FB and saw my friend, Misi, of 1890 Gable House Musings offering for sale the cutest bunny in a fabric covered box
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  I fell in love and told Misi I would like to order it....but that sweet and generous gal sent me one and wouldn't let me pay for it!  When I offered again to send her something, she just asked that I post pictures of my chickens, so, Misi...I hope the above pictures will do for now...until the weather gets better and I can shoot some of the big girls.  Misi lives just a couple hours away, so she has been experiencing the same weather we have, if not worse, since she is closer to Lake Ontario.
THANK YOU SO MUCH MISI - I love my bunny box and will treasure it for years to come.

I hope you have a fun-filled and blessed weekend everyone!
 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SPRING BUNNY SALE

Just hoppin' by to let you know that I am having a

SPRING BUNNY SALE
in my

Save 20% off all remaining rabbits 
(this sale in on buns only)
 

Could it be.................

...that snow is just another blessing from God?





"Thus he makes the snow like wool, and spreads the frost like ash"
~ Pslam 147:16


It is food for thought on this 16 degree morning......

Monday, March 24, 2014

My Pin Keep Swaps from Kendra and Heather!

Good morning Prim Peeps!

I hope you had an enjoyable weekend.  Ours was very busy, which is why I am a little late in posting a big THANK YOU for my pin keeps.

Friday we attended our local school musical, Beauty & the Beast..and once again it was a great show.  Saturday, our son, Scott & I took off for a hike in the state forest nearby.  We figured we tramped through the snow for 4 miles...and I was still tired yesterday...dang...I hate getting old!  But, it was a fun time and it was wonderful to be outside for an extended period of time.  Following our hike, we went to Mass, then a church dinner immediately following, where our priest spoke about his life's journey.  Sunday, everyone was here for the day, and we made 5 homemade pizzas and a dessert pizza, and feasted (way too much)...the guys did taxes and Maria & I worked on needle-work projects.

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Okay..enough babbling...you want to see my Pin Keeps!

First up is my package from Kendra at The Stone House Primitives
Now, Kendra and I both started raising fowl at about the same time...she got ducks and, of course, I got chickens.  Kendra and I have swapped a few times before, and she knows me well, so she created a swap package with chickens in mind...and I couldn't be more thrilled.

First up is this sweet woolie chicken pin keep.
Isn't it adorable!
Kendra continued the fun by wrapping up this wonderful framed chicken redwork...it is already hanging in my kitchen.
 She completed the package with a chickie note pad, sweet vintage-look chick card and a nest with a blue painted spoon egg...she's so creative!
Thank you so much Kendra - your creativity touched my little chickie heart!
Kendra posted about my swap to her, so hop on over to her page to see what I sent her.
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Next up is my Pin Keep swap from Heather at The Country School Marm.  Sweet Heather sent me not one, but two wonderful Pin Keeps.
First was this cute bunny pin keep...I love the material she used!  My sewing room is painted in a Cavern Moss color, so it blends perfectly with the color!
Heather put so many details in the bunny, be sure to click on the picture to enlarge it.
As if that wasn't enough...look at the adorable little strawberry pin keep she included!  Too cute!

She spoiled me even more with a beautiful woolie pin keep, a lovely spring bird note pad....
a potted plant wrapped in burlap...love it...
a lovely smelling candle wrapped up in cheesecloth...and oh my...some decadent chocolates...of which I confess to promptly eating one of them...the salted caramel was calling my name....yummmm.....

Thank you so much Heather for your wonderful swap package - love everything!
Check back on Heather's blog to see what I sent her...she's a school teacher and it is a very busy time of year, so give her a few days to post...I'd love for you to see what I sent her...UPDATE - you can read Heather's hilarious and touching post HERE.

I always enjoy these pin keep swaps.  I don't know of anyone else that does pin keep swaps, so it makes it extra special to see the talent and creativity of each participant. 
Thank you to all who joined in this Spring swap - if there is enough interest, we'll do another one in the Fall.

Have a blessed day everyone!
I leave you with a little Lenten contemplation....

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