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Monday, July 23, 2007

New Christmas Doll Pattern "Black St. Nick"

I have released a new pattern for the upcoming Holiday Season! He is a large 31" Black Santa named "St. Nick" (original name, huh?).

He has three dimensional facial features and a pear shaped head, I just love his jowels! His fingers are individually sewn and his skin is painted in a several step process that leaves him looking like leather!

I love Black Santas, but not all customers want a "grubby" black Santa Claus, and that's all that seemed to be out there, so I thought I would try this out and I love it!

You can purchase the e-pattern from my website by going to www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com or look on the right side of my blog and you can purchase it here and instantly download it and start on St. Nick in minutes!

The finished St. Nick is available for sale on www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com.

Enjoy and blessings to you!

Mary Jo

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Amish Flowers

This past Tuesday I went on a day trip to Lancaster County to stock up on goodies for my shoppe and my sisters came along for the ride. On the way to one of the wholesalers, we passed a roadside stand where an Amish family was selling beautiful bouquets of flowers from their cutting garden and we made a mental note to stop on the way home.

When we stopped later that evening, there was only one bouquet left. When we pulled into their driveway, one of the girls came out from behind the house and my sister, Wendy, asked her if there was enough for all of us. She asked us to return in a little while since they were eating dinner on the back porch.

After a little ride around the countryside, we came back to the house. We pulled into the driveway and was greeted by five beautiful children....4 girls and one curious boy.....and they had three stunning bouquets for us cut fresh from their flower garden! This obviously is the girls' "business" and they were delighted that we asked to have more made for us and were very proud of their work! The mother looked on from the back porch holding her infant daughter and waving (yes, that makes 6 children!) and the father even came out and gave us a friendly wave and a smile! They were so kind to us, to their children and obviously proud of them as well!

When my sister paid for the flowers, she gave the girls a tip; afterall, we had interrupted their dinner and they had done such a wonderful job. They were excited and grateful for the little extra income and probably had already began thinking of what they were going to treat themselves to the next time they rode into town!

This is one of those little moments in life that I will never forget! Such simple experiences can be memories that last a lifetime.

I want you to enjoy the flowers as well, so here is a picture. They placed them in a mason jar and wrapped the jar with fabric. Didn't they do a wonderful job with the arrangement? Enjoy!

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Blessings,
Mary Jo

Friday, July 20, 2007

Cucumber and Onion Salad

It's a great way to use up all of those extra cucumbers that are literally growing out of our ears this time of year! What is it with men, they always plant TOO MANY PLANTS in the garden! ROFL! This is great for picnics and just regular dinner at home. It's easy to double the recipe or cut in half if need be!

This is for 4-6 servings

2 medium cucumbers
2 medium onions
2-3 TBSP Mayonnaise
1 TBSP Sugar
1 TBSP Vinegar
Salt

1. Peel cucumbers and slice thin. Layer in a shallow dish and sprinkle each layer with salt. Let sit overnight. (this "sweats" the excess water out of them)

2. In the morning, drain cucumbers and rinse. Let them dry on paper towels.

3. Slice onions thin and mix gently with the dried cucumber slices.

4. Beat together the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar until nice and creamy. Stir into the mixed cucumbers and onions.

The dressing should be plentiful so that the salad is creamy. Increase each of the amounts of dressing ingredients if you need more dressing.

Mom also used to stir in a touch of dill and pepper.

Enjoy!

Blessings,
Mary Jo

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Prim Talk Radio Segment ~auctions~

Hi everyone! I did a segment on PrimTalkRadio.com about auctions for July 13th's show. I was sooooooo nervous and probably went too fast! LOL! Here are some of the highlights if you missed it because of my rambling! :-)

~ Look for auctions in your area by visiting www.auctionzip.com. Simply search by zip code and it will find one near you! Also, check the classified section of your local newspaper or flyer.

~ Watch dealers at auctions. If they bid on an item, they usually only go up to about 50% of the retail value. For instance, a table retailing in a shoppe for $100 may go for about $50. This is a great way of learning about antiques!

~ Here's a tip that wasn't in my segment: get to know the dealers! I know one that will only bid on glassware that is good, I mean REALLY GOOD! If she's bidding on it, it's worth something and I watch and learn!!

~ Keep your ears open, listen to what the people around you are saying about the items. Do they think it's a reproduction, and why? Is it damaged? Can it be repaired? This is also how you learn!

~ Attend the previews. This is where you get to really look over the items. If it is a few days prior to the auction, you have time to research it on the internet, so take notes! You may find your retirement plan! LOL!

~ Until you are used to bidding, use your number to bid and don't be shy! Wave it high and get noticed when you are bidding. Pay close attention when not bidding in case the auctioneer mistakes your waving at your friend as a bid!

~ Remember, if you let the bidding price fall too low, many times everyone decides to get in on the bidding because it's so cheap. If you really want an item and can't live without it, bid on it at or near your highest bid! Once people taste competition, they will keep bidding just to win even if they don't want the item....strange, but true!

~ When you win an item, load it into your vehicle. It's a fact, sometimes people will walk off with YOUR item, either by mistake or on purpose, so just be safe!

~ Watch shows like Cash in the Attic on BBC or here in the US to get the feel of auctions before you attend one in person!

~ Have fun, save money, make lifelong friendships.....doesn't get any better than that!

To listen to my segment and the entire show, visit www.primtalkradio.com. I guarantee you will love it!

Blessings,
Mary Jo

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

New Doll and New Pattern~

I am so excited to offer my newest creation, Nellie and her Babby Etta! Nellie has a three dimensional face and hand drawn eyes.

You may purchase and instantly download this pattern by looking at the right side of my blog---------------------->

The set of dolls is also available for purchase on my webshoppe, www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com

I hope that you enjoy them, I loved creating them!

Blessings,
Mary Jo

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Anniversary Contest!

I've decided to hold a simple contest to celebrate Fine County Living Primitives First Anniversary!

Simply make any purchase during the month of July, and be entered into a drawing to win a set of my Colonial Sawdust Pillows! The winner will be chosen at random by one of my boys on July 31. Good Luck!




Also, all QUILTS are on sale this week, so think ahead for the holidays, a nice cozy quilt or wall hanging would be the perfect gift for someone you love!

Blessings,
Mary Jo

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

My One Year Anniversary is coming soon!

Wow, I was just sitting here thinking about the how far my webshoppe has come, and realized that the end of this month is my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! I almost forgot! Well, we are going to have to do something special!

I'm going to think about this for a few days, then I will let everyone know what it is. Maybe a contest? How about a random drawing? hmmmmm....I want to make it special!

I'll let you know what I decide, but I promise you it will be worth it!

Blessings,
Mary Jo