Wishing you and your family a Very Blessed Easter Day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Whatcha working on Wednesday.

I am THRILLED to report that Spring is finally here....there is just a smidgen of snow left in a couple of shady areas.  Yippee - never thought the day would come!
 Sunday was a gorgeous day - with highs near 70.  We took a 5 mile walk, sat in the sun, chatted and enjoyed watching Petie and the chickens run around the yard.  Monday we even lovelier.  I was watching Allie, so we puttered around outside. I cleaned the garden around the pond, and drained it down, so I could clean it well before putting clean water back in.  I was soooo ready for the fish to be back in there and out of the tanks in the house.
Tuesday was a bit chillier, cloudy and windy, but I manged to finish up the pond and get the fish out there.  I also raked and cleaned out the beds around our stone patio.  I always like to do that first so we can get out our patio furniture.
I'm also doing a little extra cleaning to prepare for a visit on Monday from my sweet blogging friend, Theresa of Dulaney Woods! I'm so looking forward to her coming for lunch!

I've been working on a few orders here and there and creating some things for my Etsy shop.



What have you been up to?

Have a lovely day everyone.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waiting for Spring....

Well, as I sit here writing this post, I have the great pleasure of listening to the first thunderstorm of the season.  It's just a mild rumbler, but welcome none-the-less.  No matter that it comes while we still have snow on the ground...it is a sure sign that the weather is changing.  We've had a few very nice days and that has helped to melt much of the snow.

While I've been waiting for Spring to come, we decided that this year we would try our hand at collecting sap and making maple syrup.   I ordered 10 splines and tubes, drilled holes in my milk and orange juice cartons, and then into the trees.  I read up on the hows and whens...I was ready...all the weather needed to do was start being warm during the day with cold nights...so we waited...and waited..and finally the warmth came and the sap started to flow.  Wow, it looked just like water.  We lugged our full containers to the extra fridge in the back room until we had enough to start boiling.

But first...we needed a good place outside to do the boiling...so back I went to the internet...looking at DIY evaporators that we could quickly build.  I found a picture...pulled up the Lowes website, and ordered what i needed.  After picking up the cinder blocks, the building went rather quickly.   I also bought a large pan at the restaurant supply store nearby...and we were all set for our first experience maple syruping!

Here's the evaporator I built.
 And here is the all the syrup I have made in the last month and a half.
It tastes amazing!

While I was sitting outside finishing the last batch, I took this picture of Jack, our dog, having fun.  You can see some of the 'girls' having fun free-ranging too.
and last but not least...

Here's the newest members of the family!
These two cuties will be joining the big girls once they have grown up a bit.  They are safe and happy in the little brooder we made last year.  I still need to figure out some names for them...any suggestions?

Hope you are having a great week!

Monday, April 6, 2015

My giveaway win from Vicky!

Hello Prim Peeps!
So happy you have stopped by, because I just have to show you the wonderful giveaway I won from Vicky at Vicky's Art.  She held a giveaway recently, and drew a winner....and it WASN'T ME.....but luck was on my side, because the first winner didn't claim her prize and I was drawn next to receive this beautiful box filled with goodies!
Now, I expected Vicky would fill the box with some goodies, but that generous gal did much more than that!  She filled a BIG box full of goodies, and I am just blown away by her lovely gifts!
 Inside this lovely box (which will go perfectly in our parlor), Vicky tucked these treasures:

A pretty dish towel that just yells SPRING!  A pink big clothes pin, a yummy smelling soy tart...and an adorable chick egg....

Here is a close up of the egg....which I simply adore!  I have always loved the vintage images for holidays, and this chick is so sweet.

Next was a bottle of soft and silky hand lotion (Sea Island)...a big packet of wildflower seeds, and a cute tin wrapped up with yummy candy inside!

Close up of the tin once I unwrapped it.
Now all of these things are so special...but Vicky wasn't done being sweet yet!
She also included these goodies!
Yummy Turtles candy - one of my favorites

A garden mug (perfect for me as I'm an avid gardener), a sweet painted bunny that is oh-so cute, a lovely fabric egg and a cute purple (my favorite color) hand-painted basket - it is so cute!

Here is a picture of all my goodies! 
Isn't Vicky generous!?
Thank you so much Vicky - I'm so thankful to you for this wonderful box of goodies.  It was like Christmas opening everything.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I'm Having A Giveaway!

Good Morning Prim Peeps!

I have a lot of catching up to do, but will save that for another post later this week.  In the meantime, I  wanted to let you know that I am having a Giveaway over on my Facebook page!
I've decided to have a little fun each and every month, by giving away one of my handmade goodies to my loyal followers and customers.

So, without further ado.....
 Hop on over to my 
and learn how you can win!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy Birthday Allie and an urgent prayer request

Wishing our sweet grand-daughter a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We Love you Allie Bug!
 As we celebrate Allie's 2nd birthday today, we also would like to ask for prayers for my aunt.  She was taken to ICU yesterday and it looks like she has had a significant heart attack.  We'll find out more information today, but the prognosis isn't good.  May I please ask for prayers for her....she's had a life full of suffering and could really use some peace and comfort.

God bless you all.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I'm having a sale!

I'm having a
in my Etsy shop 

From now until March 15th - all bunnies are 20% off!
Hop on over to adopt one today!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Stitchin' the winter away.....and a Lenten sharing.

Happy Thursday Prim Peeps!

Thought I would pop in to show you my latest woolie work.  I plan to finish it off into a pillow for our bed.
I started a new wool sampler project yesterday by All Through the Night.
I keep hoping to get back to learning needle-punching, but there are so many projects I want to do, it's hard to chose which one to work on next!

I was laying in bed this morning thinking up new Summer-time creations as well....once my mind gets workin', it's hard to turn it off.  Since going back to sleep was not going to happen, I decided to get up very early and make the hubby a nice breakfast.  He was surprised when he came in from clearing snow from the driveway to find eggs, bacon and an english muffin waiting for him.

Last night we finally made it to the bible study group at church.  We've been trying to go for months now, especially since Lent started, but either travel for work, sickness or yucky weather has prevented it each week.  There is a new young priest now assigned to our church to help, and he's such a personable, young man....and so full of knowledge...I am sure we will learn much from the group.  
Speaking of religion and Lent...many people try to give up something or do something special for Lent.  It's the small sacrifices and retraining of our mind or body, that help to make us better people.  I'm attempting to cut back on the time wasted online.  It's amazing to me how addicted we can become to checking the latest feed, our email, etc.  We really don't NEED to check things so often, but with the new smart phones it is simply too easy to do.
I mentioned to you last week that I would share a fellow blogger's thoughts on Lent.  This link is to a blog, written by a friend of our son & DIL.  We first met this lovely, young family a couple of years ago.  I found Emily's recent blog post quite interesting, so I felt the need to share.  I hope you will take a few minutes to hop on over to her blog, Finding Former Glory, and read her post entitled "stop worshiping the god of technology".

Well, enough technology for me this morning!  LOL....Time to get busy on baking some bread and crafting away.
Have a blessed day friends.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Just another day in the life....

....of me!  Yup...I have not written much lately because I am sure I would bore you with the same old things....the cold, the snow and the need for some sign of Spring!

Hubby was away for a week recently, surprising his Mom for her 90th birthday.  She had no idea he was flying all the way across the country to surprise her...she said she 'nearly fainted' when he walked in.  I stayed home because there are always critters to tend, and with the frigid temps, the girls needed their water changed quite often....and besides...I'm not a real fan of flying anyway.  Here is  a picture (gosh - why aren't they smiling) of most of the kids with Mom.

I have been using the time I am stuck inside to get a few projects completed.  I painted and revamped out downstairs bathroom, rechalked the shower upstairs, worked on orders, fought a terrible cold, played with grand-kiddos, tapped our maple trees, and all sorts of other exciting things - lol. This is the first year we have tried tapping, so if you have any tips you could share, I know we would appreciate them!

We've been hoping to get started on our last room to redo, but it is a major renovation, and we need some masonry/chimney work and ceiling work completed before we can move forward.  It's been difficult to find a mason around, but I think we finally have, and we are hoping to turn the terrible chimney work and stained ceiling into something beautiful...and all before working outside weather comes.
We'll be adding a huge new window where there is only one tiny one...this will let in so much more light and bring the beautiful view we have into the room where we gather the most.  We will also taking down a quirky loft, that is taking up precious room and is a falling danger for the little grandbabies.  
I will certainly share pictures along the way.

I've got a few more bunnies in my Etsy shop who need homes.  Because they haven't sold yet, I have put off making more, but my prim chicks have been a big hit, and I've had many orders for them.

 Time to go put the finished touches on my homemade chicken soup, and whip up some biscuits for dinner.  Nothing like homemade goodies to warm the soul.
I hope to share with you soon, a post from a friend, who has a great take on Lent and social media.  And, I know I still owe you an artisan bread tutorial!  See, I haven't forgotten!

Have a blessed day!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Yes, we really have had THAT much snow.....

OKAY FOLKS - You've heard all the complaints...but you probably think....oh...they haven't gotten THAT much snow....but this should prove it to you! 
An amish shop owner got creative outside of his store in Auburn, NY.   We drove past it this morning and Mr. Snowman gave us a BIG chuckle! It's nice to have a little (big) humor amongst all this snow! Feel free to share - maybe Mr. Snowman will go viral! LOL

Sunday, February 15, 2015


I'm now holding a 
President's Day Sale in my Etsy shop!
This coupon is valid until Monday at midnight.

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