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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Now offering e-patterns!

I have promoted myself from being doll maker to doll designer! :-) I am now pleased to be able to offer patterns and e-patterns of my original creations I designed to my customers to enjoy.

You may purchase an e-pattern from my webshoppe just as you would any other product. Once your payment is processed, I will email you the pattern as an attachment so that you may download it onto your computer and print out. I email your pattern within 24 hours of your payment, and that means you don't have to wait to start your project! You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5.0 or greater in order to view your e-patterns. This is a free download and you can either Google it or visit my webshoppe for more details.

Also, I will soon be offering paper patterns. This way, if you prefer to have the packet right in front of you without having to download anything, you can purchase one already printed up. These will be available in about 2 weeks.

Don't want to wait at all? Visit Patternmart.com and search under Fine Country Living Primitives as the designer and you will find my patterns there as well......the difference? These are INSTANT downloadable patterns. That means you pay, you get the download link, and within MINUTES, you are ready to start the project! I just love modern technology!

I also just came back from a great mini vacation with my sisters and loaded up on some great new products in Lancaster County, PA. Be sure to check them out!

Blessings!

Mary Jo

Thursday, March 1, 2007

What are Pantry Cakes????

Okay, so I am addicted to making pantry cakes now. Many of you may be wondering what the heck a pantry cake is, and I didn't know either until a short time ago.

Pantry cakes are made of a salt dough mixture, sort of, with tons of other ingredients included such as coffee grinds, vanilla, spices, etc. This dough is made and then placed into molds or shaped such as cutting with a cookie cutter, to create a primitive looking cake that is all natural, but not edible. Yes, these yummy looking (and smelling) cakes are for decoration only. Once in the molds, they are baked in a low temp oven, sometimes all day, until hard and dark. There are no sugars used in making these, so these should last quite awhile without rotting or decay. There have been stories of dogs getting to them and happily eating them while their masters were away, but shouldn't be harmful, so I hear!

A similar type of pantry cake was made in Colonial times and when the West was being settled. Women chose ingredients carefully knowing that, in certain conditions, pests and climate conditions would quickly rot or spoil food. They were careful not to use sugars in order to preserve the food.

These days the pantry cakes are just a nice little prim touch to our kitchens. I love displaying the small bundt style ones on my treen breadboard with a strip of grungy homespun tied around it. I also have the larger one offered in my Grandma Rosie's old pie tin nestled in some rosehips.

These make great conversation pieces and bring back wonderful memories of days gone by!