Friday, April 18, 2014


It's Good Friday and just wanted to let everyone know we will be closed for Easter. Hope to post some new items real soon!

Saturday, April 5, 2014


You saw my messy kitchen table a couple posts ago ... now here's what that mess rendered.

These are 12" pillows, made of lined burlap. We sell with or without the pillow form inside. $9.99 or $17.50 accordingly. Will ship for extra cost.


After hemming and hawing for quite some time, we've decided to bring back an old favorite candle line of mine. McCall's Country Candles. Long burning, heavily scented & simply fabulous! Have various scents. Please inquire if you are looking for something in particular.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Boy oh boy, do I need a dedicated workspace! This is my kitchen table. :(  I used to use another building on our farm, but now it's used for storage for projects for our store and soon to store my in-laws' belongings for a time. So what's a messy crafter to do????? Is it any wonder that I can't concentrate and get things done?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

In Need of New Sign - Before & After

We have a rear entrance to our store and often send our customers there for picking up furniture pieces they have purchased and give verbal details how to find it since it's not been marked. Also, we will be having this entrance for a handicapped entrance to the store. So, what do we really need? A sign!

It must have been nearly two years ago we came across this sign for a former bed & breakfast. It's made of this expensive outdoor wood product that will last just about forever without rotting. The top portion is grooved into the wood, then painted, and the lettering below were made of vinyl. We were holding onto it, thinking we should use it. Finally, it struck us how to update it for our use. So here's the "BEFORE" photo, as it was originally made for a bed & breakfast here in Ohio.

So, with lots of paint, vinyl lettering I made with my machine, elbow grease & time, here's the result:

I think it will do. What do you think?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


We are considering something new for the store! Yes, it's exciting! While I cannot reveal the details of company names, I can discuss in general terms what we are comparing for consideration. I'm looking for your response for what you think you'd prefer. Please pick #1 or #2.

  1. A paint line that will work just like a famous name paint that's HOT right now, only the price point is right about 1/2 the price of the "famous" maker. Hmmmm ... how do I explain? Well, it's similar to a chalky paint line. OK...enough said. This company offers lower pricing AND you can also purchase 4 oz., 8 oz., 16 oz. and quart sizes. (The big name has only quarts and gallons.) We will hold classes and sell items for projects, as well as painting items to sell in this paint. Great plus is you don't have to sand or prep your project other than to make sure it's clean. Will stick to just about anything but high gloss ceramics.
  2. A finish & paint line together. This line actually offers several choices, One line is lumpy, very old looking finish along with the paint, so it's not just a paint, it's a finish. You would probably consider it more "primitive". You can also have slightly distressed, not distressed, etc. depending on the individual product line you pick from. However, you can also make your items look like they are from the 1700s and very cool if you'd like! Yes, we'd still have classes with this line. Prices, though, are higher than #1. It's a totally different product line from #1 and actually there's more selections of things to work with.  Also can be applied without sanding or prepping, just cleaning, as above. There is also a product you can use to refinish your kitchen or bathroom counter tops. Pretty cool! The average kitchen can be updated (cabinets & counter tops) for about $200.
OK ... so without namedropping, we really would love to hear from you. Even if you think you know what I'm talking about, please do not namedrop. 

We believe adding one of these will greatly complement our store since we already sell painted furniture and takes it to the next level for the DIY people as well.

OK folks, post a comment and tell us your thoughts. Thanks!

Will the weather today prove to be an April Fools joke?

While it's not clear that spring has truly arrived for good, the weatherman says no fooling, today will REALLY be like spring! Seriously? It just snowed a couple inches Sunday! However, this has me thinking about summer & flowers. It's my goal to plant some beautiful blue hydrangeas this year, along with some rhododendren in front of our house between the pine trees for privacy. Sure hope I get these done. Who am I kidding .... it will be my hubby doing all the work since my back has a bad disc, but I won't mind taking credit for them! :) Let the "HONEY DO" list for summer officially begin!