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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Bonnets and Aprons are so Popular!

Since I started making these for my website, they have literally been flying off the peg racks and I find it hard to keep up with demand!

Here is a picture of one of my aprons, two bonnets, and some other primitives hung on my pegrack in my very own kitchen just as you come in the door from my front porch. Doesn't it make a primitive statement? Not only that, it is something different in the kitchen than your typical kitchen decor, I just love that!

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These bonnets are for decoration, but I've tried them on and they can be worn and fit me quite nicely! They are long too, and fall to about the middle of my back. I make these in a variety of colored calicos and heavily stain them to give them a time-worn and aged appearance. They feature two sets of ties, one that goes around the back and one set that hangs along the sides. The brim of these hats are topstitched for great detailing and can be left straight or, as I have done, folded up and hung on the pegrack.

One thing I want to stress with primitives such as these, and in fact, all primitives.....don't get hung up on the colors! If you see one in green, but you primarily decorate in blues or neutrals, add a green one for variety or a bit of color! Remember, prairie women and Colonial women used what they had on hand or left over, so they had a variety of scrap fabrics or remnants and that means even they had a variety of colored objects around the house. It would be too boring if you just had all blue items, or all black, so don't be afraid to mix and match your pieces and collections!

The aprons have also been very popular. These are the long aprons that you would see women working around the house in. They tie at the waist and go nearly all the way to the floor to protect their skirts while they were doing chores. I just love these hung on a pegrack next to my long john basket, some tallow candles and my bonnets! I usually add a pocket and try to make each one different....one apron may have a pocket full of clothespins, others may have a pocket with Sweet Annie or a candle. I heavily stain these as well and love how primitive and unique they are!

Thanks to Primfolks for the design of these items, and I truly enjoy making them because they are not only fun, but take me back to a more simple time in our country's history. I hope that you enjoy them as well!

Blessings,
Mary Jo

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Snow, Snow and more Snow!

I just wanted to quickly share two pictures with you all who are dreaming of a White Christmas! This was one (of the many) recent storms we've received here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

This first picture is of our Shoppe. In case you were all wondering on the progress, we have heat now! (yippee!) Now Russ can paint the walls and the downstairs will be 100% complete! Hmmmm....guess I better get sewing those curtain, huh? :-) Anyhow, doesn't it look pretty in the snow? That front porch is going to be perfect for displaying those outdoor goodies I plan to sell this Spring and Summer!

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This second picture is of our other barn, the one we call the "Chicken Barn". This barn dates back to when the house was built in 1827, and we just love the cupola on top with our weathervane. This barn now houses our two pet rabbits, Tiny and Cutie, and one wild rabbit which we haven't named yet. We are planning on getting chickens again this Spring, I miss having them too much to go without them much longer! They make wonderful pets and you can't beat fresh eggs every day! Seth and Sam are having fun and were really trying to get their little John Deere Gator to drive in the snow, but it didn't work out too well for them!

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I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year! May this year bring you all Peace in your own homes and Peace throughout the entire world!

Blessings,
Mary Jo

Friday, December 7, 2007

What a wonderful year this has been.....

I know it's a little early yet to begin reflecting on the year past, but it seems like this has been on my mind the last few days, so I thought I would just jot things down while I'm thinking of them.

Remember that old cigarette ad from the 70's....We've come a long way baby! Well, we sure have! Our online shop has grown more than I could have ever dreamed, and now here we are getting ready to open a brick and mortar store. I have all of my great customers to thank for this.

I have made so many friends this year through my online business and what a joy that has been. I am still amazed at how many of you have connections to my little corner of the world! Two dear friends in particular are Pam and Laura, and I'd like to thank you both especially for not only your continued patronage, but your support and friendship as well! Both of you have cheered me on and given me great ideas, you have both shared your own lives with me and some laughs as well! Thank you both so much!

I have also made another friend all the way over in Italy! Ylenia is such a joy to speak with, although our emails have really quirky translations sometimes! LOL! In the end, we always seem to understand each other and have shared many happy emails this year, and I thank you so much for your friendship as well!

Speaking of international customers, here are the countries I've shipped to this year: France, Belgium, Germany, Australia, Canada, Japan, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and of course to Italy! The love of primitives and time-worn items has spread all over the globe, isn't it amazing? It just goes to show that all of us, no matter where we live or how diverse our cultures are, we can all find a common thread that binds us all together, and that's something that I have learned from all of my international customers this year, and thank you so much for that insite.

May God bless us all, near and far, this holiday season. May this also be a Happy New Year for everyone and may this year be, finally, the year of Peace.

Blessings to you all,
Mary Jo