Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Saturday, October 30, 2010

SIMPLY PRIMITIVES UPDATE!


Simply Primitives will be updating on November 1st, so I wanted to share a little "sneak peek" of my offerings!! I have been extremely busy creating lots of new goodies for the upcoming holidays and I hope to be posting pictures of them on my blog and picture trail as well, so please keep checking back!! Thank you for your kind visit and know I so appreciate all your lovely encouraging comments!!

Blessings and Thanks~~

Julie

Monday, October 25, 2010

We Have A Winner!!!


Good Morning to you!! Today is the day we pick the winner of my Primitive Heart Makedo!!

I feel like there are so many things to do to get ready for the special moment......choosing the proper setting is SO IMPORTANT!! I found a quilt that I thought would be pretty for setting off the heart to it's best advantage, a lovely old crock I got recently (it has a crack but I don't care as it is still beautiful) a little battery operated light that added just the right amount of ambiance, and finally, all my little folded pieces of paper with the names of all who left comments!!













After stirring them around and around, my faithful helper (Mr. My Primitive Heart) reached in a pulled out the winning slip of paper!! I couldn't resist showing you his arm to add authenticity to the moment!!! And the winner is..............

Rhonda of Kattywhompus Primitives!!!

Congratulations to you Rhonda, and please send me an email with your address so I can mail this to you!!

I want to thank all of you that participated and let you know how much I enjoyed reading what blogging has meant to you personally!! Believe me when I say I wish I could have chosen each one of your names as I know how wonderful it is to receive a gift in the mail, but sadly, there can only be one winner this time!! There are SO MANY WONDERFUL GIVEAWAYS out there and I encourage you to keep blogging, and following and signing up for them!! Even when you don't win the actual prize, you gain so much in just participating and commenting and the one who is hosting it gains encouragement and joy in the giving!! It is a WIN WIN for everyone!!!

Blessings for a WINNING day~~

Julie

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

One Year Anniversary Giveaway!!


Can it really be one year ago that I started this blogging journey?? My, how the time has just flown by!! I can still remember my husband Jeff asking me if I wanted to start my own blog, and my response to that question!!! I had several, as a matter of fact! "Why would I want to have a blog? What would I write about? Who would read it???" And then the biggest obstacle in my mind was that I just didn't know HOW!!! I was afraid to step out and try something that seemed scary and unfamiliar.....after all, what if I FAILED???? Jeff patiently listened to my fears and hesitations, and reminded me that I had LOVED writing in school, was a creative and interesting person and that even if only my family read it, it would be a great way to challenge myself to grow!! Finally, he told me to JUST HAVE FUN, BE YOURSELF, and WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU LOVE !! Great Advice!!! And guess what??? I HAVE!!!

Originally, I figured that my family members and some close friends would begin to follow, because they wanted to encourage me, and initially, that is what happened. Then I began to follow other blogs and met so many amazing women who shared personal stories, wonderful pictures and tremendous talents and I have been so encouraged and blessed by them. I have learned many things this past year about myself, but also about all the special women out there, women who are passionate and creative, who are generous and loving, who are strong and gentle, who are funny and kind!!! Women like you, who are reading this post!!!

On this one year Anniversary, I want to say Thank You for impacting my life with yours....for offering friendship, kindness, encouragement, and prayers, and most of all for BEING YOU!!!

My Giveaway gift is very special to me as it really symbolizes all that I am trying to express from my heart!! What better way to do that than to give a PRIMITIVE HEART!!!

This heart is made from a well-loved pattern called "TATTERED HEARTS" by my friend Chris, better known as WALNUT RIDGE PRIMITIVES, and is a very special design that I have loved making!! The heart is quite large, measuring in at 15" H x 6" W and is mounted on an old textile bobbin, embellished with lot of rusty pins, an old skeleton key, MOP buttons, and 2 vintage doily pieces. One is hand stitched to the back, and then all wrapped with old store string. I love the simplicity of it and feel it will grace any home with a beautiful reminder of how important love is!!
To enter, please leave a comment on THIS POST, sharing something special about blogging! You do not have to be a follower (but are kindly invited to) and you do not have to post this on your sidebar (but if you would like to, that would be fine as well). The deadline for entering will be 10:00 PM (Pacific Time) Sunday Oct. 24th, and the winner will be chosen Monday, Oct. 25th.

Good luck to each one who enters and thank you again for taking part in this special time!!

Blessings Dear Friends~~

Julie

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Another Amazing Giveaway Win!!


I honestly NEVER win anything, but in the past several weeks I have won 2 Giveaways!!! Someone I know mentioned that this might be a good time for me to consider buying some lottery tickets!!!

The Giveaway I just won was hosted by Catherine Mahone of THE PRIMITIVE HEART!! She is a very talented folk artist who has wonderful patterns (I have most of them and LOVE them all) and a lovely blog and if you have not visited her, I would encourage you to do so!! I know she would love for you to stop by and say "Hi"!!

The package arrived yesterday while I was at work, so I did not know it was there till I got home!!! She had everything wrapped so nicely and the anticipation was building as I opened each piece!! What treasures awaited me!!! The first was a flicker light, that looks like a flame when you turn on your lamp. It gives off a warm orange glow...perfect for this time of year! Love it!! The next one was a small hanging pumpkin by Bethany Lowe, with the tiniest little blinking light to go inside! I have not seen one of these before.....so cute!!!!

Then all these wonderful coffees.....pumpkin spice, maple, caramel apple, autumn spice, and apple cobbler ! They are made by a family owned company called DOOR COUNTY Gourmet Coffee! I'm sure Catherine would be happy to tell you about them if you are interested!!

The next package was a darling coffee pot shaped lamp with a pierced tin shade....THAT was what the flicker bulb was for!!! It is really adorable and ended up on some stacked boxes on my mantel. I have a very small kitchen and the 2 places where I wanted to put it had NO outlets, but I love where it found a home!! The final item was one of her handmade pincushions, made from yummy smelling wax, orange and black cheesecloth, and filled with rusty pins and a wax pumpkin pin on the top!! I LOVE pincushions of all kinds and am so happy to add one of her HANDMADE ones to my collection!! Thank you so much Catherine for this special handmade creation, as well as for all the other gifts....all so lovely and know I will treasure each one!!

I wish each of you sunny Autumn days, filled with Special Blessings!

With a Grateful Heart~

Julie

Sunday, October 3, 2010

AN APPLE PANCAKE and A RESTFUL DAY!

In my last post I talked about our annual Autumn Evening and I am happy to report the following:

It was a HUGE Success!
We had LOTS of happy customers and LOTS of sales!
We had AMAZING CHOCOLATE BROWNIES and HOT APPLE CIDER!!! Yum!!
There were dancing scarecrows everywhere!
It was a LONG, fun-filled day from 10am-9pm! and most importantly.....
IT IS OVER!!!

In all seriousness, it is one of my favorite events of the year and it is so much fun to see old friends who have not been in for a while, but it is a very tiring night and I was really happy to get home and rest my poor, tired feet...and legs...and back.....and...well, you get the idea!!! My bed never felt SO GOOD!!!

This morning, after a somewhat restful night of slumber, my WH, (which stands for Wonderful Husband!) asked me how I was feeling and then said the 7 most magical words I could hope for......."How would you like an apple pancake?? Suddenly, my pains were gone and I was making a beeline for the ladies room to get ready!! I couldn't get ready fast enough!!!

All this fuss for an apple pancake,you ask?? Oh, but this is not just any ordinary pancake, this is THE BEST APPLE PANCAKE I have EVER eaten!!! EVER!! It is served at of all places, The Pancake House, naturally, and is a marvelous conglomeration of puffed dough, oozing with juicy, tart apples, dripping in buttery cinnamon glaze!!! You have to wait 20 minutes for one, but when it comes.......Oh My Goodness!!! It is a DELIGHT!! So the tiredness of yesterday was completely forgotten as I had my first LARGE forkful!!! DELICIOUS, DELIGHTFUL, DE LOVELY!!!
Now that I have shown you this culinary wonder I hope you all can find a place to help you meet this new craving you now have!! Maybe some of you even have a recipe for this and if you do, PLEASE SHARE IT with us!!!

After eating this fantastic breakfast, which also included scrambled eggs, home fries and bacon (I guess I worked up an appetite after my long work day) we stopped at a local store to pick up a favorite magazine I wanted, and I got to spend the day, just reading and enjoying the silence!! It doesn't get any better than that, does it??

Blessings and Apple Pancakes~

Julie

Friday, October 1, 2010

Autumn Evening!!


Things have been pretty hectic of late as I have been frantically getting ready for our annual event at New England Saltbox, called AUTUMN EVENING! It always happens the first weekend in October, and the shop gets decked out in all her finery for the start of the holiday shopping! Even though this has happened every year I have worked there, and is even marked on the calendar AND in my datebook, for some strange reason, it totally surprised me this year!! One minute it seemed like we were weeks away, and all of a sudden I realized it was happening THIS WEEKEND, or more correctly, TOMORROW!!! Oh my goodness!!!


Because of that, I found myself going in 3 different directions, and when that happens, SOMETHING just doesn't get done!!! Sadly, I was late on my Simply Primitives Update (and still don't know what I am sending to Sharon!!!!) Hopefully, I can get that off to her today! It is my first time being late and I feel like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland!!!


The other things I needed to do were to help get the shop decorated for the event, AND to get some of my handmades MADE!!! Both equally important and both demanding time, which we did not have a lot of!! So, the first part of the week was spent stitching, stuffing, stitching, painting, sanding, staining, and tag making and the last 2 days were spent Decorating and Display making, and thankfully, MOST of it got done!! I am also happy to say that I was able to complete some things too and was happy with what I got done!! Phew!!


So without further adieu, thanks to my wonderful photographer/husband Jeff, here are some pictures of what our customers will see when they come for their visit tomorrow!! I wish all of you reading this could come, but hopefully you will catch the Autumn Spirit and may it inspire you to create and decorate to your heart's content!!


Autumn Blessings~

Julie