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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


While driving home yesterday afternoon, I stopped up the road to take this picture of the impending storm bearing down on us.
While the storm just barely missed us to the north, it went on over the lake and from there intensified, prompting tornado warnings.  Sadly it caused 4 fatalities when homes were destroyed about an hour away from here.  It went on to wreck havoc for over 100 miles.  Storm reports are still coming in.  Praying for all those affected by the storms and for the families of those 4 people who lost their lives.  
The weather here in central NY rarely gets so severe.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

My Farmhouse Summer Swap goodies from Tiff!

OOOh...I cannot wait to show you all the wonderful goodies I received from Tiffaney of Folded Gingham!  We were partners in Amy's latest swap and Tiff spoiled me so.

 Tiffany included so many wonderful goodies in my package.
An adorable sheep on barnwood with a star blanket.
A wonderful bird pin keep - the base is clear and is filled with buttons...it's really quite lovely and full of details.
She included two nice big dishtowels, a berry basket with room spray and the most wonderful smelling soap...mmmmm...can't wait to use it.
Tiff also included a vintage cow creamer - She collects vintage cows, so I know it must have been difficult for her to part with it...but she knew from chatting via email that I collected cow creamers and was such a dear to send me one.
As if these wonderful goodies weren't enough - there was still more in my package!!!
A cute crow on a spindle, which I simply adore.
A couple of prim 13 star flags (love them)...
and a beautiful vintage cake pan!  The graphic on the side of the pan didn't show in this picture, but I am so happy to have this wonderful old piece to add to my collection of vintage kitchen items.

I cannot thank you enough Tiffaney for your generosity!  I've been deeply touched by all the thought and care you took to make my swap package so personalized.  You are such a blessing to me!

If you haven't visited Tiff's beautiful blog, please hurry on over.  Her home is so pretty!  I know you will enjoy your visit.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Musings....

Good morning Prim Peeps!

I hope you had a glorious weekend!  It's been fairly hot here, and will continue to be hotter at least until midweek...we may even hit 90 tomorrow!

My hubby, Chris, is taking the week off to get a few projects done.  We need to finalize plans for a chicken coop addition (yup...ours is too small now since chicken fever hit in the Spring, and the girls are growing big)...then there are trees to cut down and prepare for firewood, as well as all the little odds and ends.

Yesterday we celebrated our 'day of rest' and we all went kayaking.  It was Peter's first kayak experience and he was as good as gold...he even took a nap while we paddled away.
I snapped this picture of him from my kayak...he's got his cute sunhat on and was full of smiles.  

Chris will be having his 3 month testing on Wednesday...so could I please ask for your prayers that all the tests come back negative with no signs of cancer.

Have a wonderful week everyone.  I will try to pop in to say hi and check out your blog posts.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Are you having problems with Blogger?

I'm wondering if anyone else is having newsfeed problems with Blogger.  I tried last night to view my newsfeed, and only one item showed...same thing this morning.  If I click on "view more", it doesn't load any more than the one.  I am missing your posts and hope this is just a glitch that everyone is experiencing.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Spring Gardening Angel Challenge Photos!

Sorry for the delay in posting the pictures from my

2014 Gardening Angel Challenge.

It's a busy time of year and I have been waiting for submissions.  Here is what I have received so far, and the girls did a fantastic job!  I know there are at least a couple more gals working on their dolls still, and if they send me photos, I will be more than happy to post about them!

This sweet little angel was created by Danice of Homespun Hannah.  Isn't she lovely!  She even has a bonnet and carries a wooden cross.  The colors say Spring garden to me!

Here is Cynthia's version of the Spring Gardening Angel.  I love the apron!  She's adorable.

Diane of Lavender Dreams created this wonderful seaside doll.  The colors she used reflect the summertime in sunny Florida, where Diane lives.  She is beautiful!

These sweet gardening twins were created by Di of QuiltingIsBlissful.  Love the flower pots...they are a fine pair!  Great job Di!  I believe one of these dolls is for sale, so head on over to Di's blog if you are interested.
Anne of Annies Handmade Decor created two gardening angels!  They are very different from each other, but Anne did a great job on them both!


Here is my gardening angel!

I opted to use grapevine for her wings, and added a rusty watering can and prim flower.  Her hair is sheep's wool tied with stained cheesecloth and I gave her bloomers as well.  She is for sale, and will be listed in my Etsy shop soon, but if you are interested in purchasing her, just jot me a note.

THANK YOU to all who joined in the challenge!  It was lots of fun!

Have a blessed weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fun in the Sewing Room and a decorating project

Good morning my friends!

First off, I want to assure you that I haven't forgotten about the Spring Doll Challenge pictures.  I haven't received several pictures yet, and have been waiting for them.  If I don't receive them today, I will be posting the ones I do get...so...gals....please send in your pictures!

OK...with that out of the way...I just HAD to share these pictures with you.
Maria & Petie came over yesterday so that we could begin work on one of the many projects we have been talking about for a long time.  We started making a prim/folk art wall hanging for Fall.  Allie & Peter were playing in the room next to my sewing room (recently vacated when Scott & Steph moved out last weekend).  Peter is one busy boy, and was walking back and forth between the rooms.  He decided to get into the crafting spirit and made his own fun....
First he pulled half of the stuffing out of my new box

....then he crawled into the box....

...then he starting pulling the stuffing back in on top of himself.....

....barely visible......


Crawling in and out

Oh gosh...look at that face!

I sure love this little guy!  :-)


 Now that Scott & Steph have moved to their own home again...I get to decorate this upstairs extra bedroom.  I'm so anxious to get started and have been browsing Pinterest for just the right inspiration!

Here is my before picture!
(Yes, pardon the mess...they are still moving some of their things...but the bed, bench and cabinet are mine.)
The walls are in need of repair and the windows will be replaced in July.  We figure this used to be the 'servant quarters' in our big old house, because of the narrow, steep stairs that lead to the kitchen below...you can see where they go down just to the left of the old brick chimney.  The hardwood floors are in wonderful condition and on the floor I have a wool rug in reds, creams and navy.  I'm not sure the rug will be staying, as I think I would like another color scheme in this room.  I will paint the trim cream to match the new windows, and that will give me more options for wall color.  I am also contemplating wallpaper or wainscotting on the walls...unsure yet.  If you would like to help me with ideas, I'm all ears!!  I'm looking for a light, bright, airy feel, with a touch of prairie farmhouse style.  I'm fond of greens, warm tans.....I'm open to new ideas!  I want this to be a cozy, welcoming retreat for our guests.  Send me pictures of some inspiring rooms that you like!
Thanks for your help!

A picture I took the other night before severe storms came through.  
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19: 1 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Spring Doll Challenge Pictures

I'll be working on creating a collage of the pictures I have received for the Spring Doll Challenge...so, if you haven't done so already, please snap a picture of your creation and email it to me at

Thank you!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Father's Day

Wising all Dads a very blessed Father's Day...and a special wish for my own Dad...may God bless you today and always!  You have been our rock, our adviser, our teacher and our guide.  We love you so much!

Without you...none of this would be possible!
This picture is from last year at Allie's baptism.  Hoping to get a new picture tomorrow.  
Nephew, Jake
Son, Scott
My Great Dad
Husband, Chris
Petie...oh so tiny in this picture
Son, Drew

Happy Father's Day everyone!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Bake a Better Muffin!

Like so many others, we are trying to eat healthier, and include more whole grains in our meals.  I've been searching around for a nice muffin recipe....oh....I loved my old recipe, but with white flour and lots of white sugar and oil...I wanted to find something better and just as tasty.

I have tweaked a couple of recipes and come up with this one. We love the nutty taste and texture of these muffins, and the addition of blueberries make them even healthier!   I hope you enjoy it them as much as we do.

Whole Wheat Oat Blueberry Muffins

1 cup old-fashioned or quick oats

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup brown sugar (I use a bit less)

2 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp salt
 (I usually omit the salt, since hubby has high blood pressure-we don't miss it)

3/4 c skim milk

2 eggs

1/4 cup canola oil

1 tsp vanilla extract 

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
 (when using frozen berries, I like to chop them up a bit before adding to the batter.  I find that the batter cooks more evenly when the frozen berries are in smaller pieces.)

Mix together dry ingredients.  In separate bowl, combine the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  Add this wet mixture to the dry and stir until blended. Fold in the blueberries.

Fill GREASED muffins tins (or use muffin papers) about 2/3 full.  Bake at 400 for 15-17 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.

Makes one dozen.

Grab a cuppa joe and enjoy your muffin!


This weekend is looking very busy.  Scott & Steph will be moving to their new home and Father's Day is Sunday....lots of activities around Ravenwood the next few days!

Have a blessed weekend.

 Fear not, for I am with you;  be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
 Isaiah 41:10


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Busy in the kitchen!

Good afternoon friends!

Well...I haven't exactly been busy in the kitchen, but busy with KITCHEN themed goodies for the Thursday auction on Maureen's Sweet Meadow Farms Barn Sale on Facebook.  Every week she had a different theme for Thursday auctions...and at first I thought...oh no...what could I possibly make for the FROM THE KITCHEN theme....then...my mind got busy, and I came up with

Miss Mazie Mouse

and this cute bunch of onions to hang in the pantry!

You can join in the fun of Maureen's page by clicking on this link and asking to be part of the page


I HAVE been cooking lately, and tomorrow I will share a recipe for some


I tried this week...see you tomorrow!

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