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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Working on our home

Our 1827 farmhouse has been a work in progress since we bought it 6 1/2 years ago. Now, most of that work was done by my husband and with two little guys running around or in playpens.

Our boys are now in school and there is more time, so hubby has moved on to the upstairs. Wall color is Harvest Brown by Behr paint, the same color as most of our downstairs which is a warm neutral, looks great with white trim and is AWESOME with primitives!

The front sitting room upstairs is now the boys bedroom (or will be when we get furntiture moved) and he's moving onto painting our bedroom. My new theme is going to be my own invention of a Primitive Amish. Silly, I know, but I love my new Amish quilt I bought this Spring and I have some wonderful Amish pictures. I also collect prayer caps, cape dresses and straw hats and plan on hanging them on peg racks in the bedroom. The primitives come in when I need to add a few things here and there such as lighting, but we live simply and there won't be much more.

After our bedroom, we only have two smaller bedrooms upstairs and the second floor will be complete. We have two other upstairs bedrooms and our third bath on the other side of the second floor (we call them our attic bedrooms) but they are currently filled with primitives for all of you ;-) We'll finish them sometime down the road, no hurry there (besides, if you have too many spare rooms, suddenly family appears out of nowhere to visit!). Did I just say that out loud? Shhhhh, it's our secret.

Anyhow, that's what's going on. We figure that by the time we get to the end of renovating the house, it will be time to start from square one with maintenance work. Always something going on to keep this girl in tip top shape, but these old houses are so worth it!

We'll post pics when ready!!!!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Saturday, October 24, 2009

No wonder we've been busy.....

Just realized that we set a new record for unique visitors and hits on our website this week! WooHoo!

Some international hits included Pakistan, Bucharest and of course the usual Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Italy and more!

Isn't the internet amazing, so many people with similar interests all over the world.....

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

The Christmas Rush is On!

Wow, what a busy two days at the shoppe! When I send a newsletter telling you all what's new, you really do respond! We were so busy even today on such a rainy day.....it poured and poured, yet you all still stopped in, thank you!

This year we have our Vienna Twig Christmas Trees available, but we are nearly sold out, so if this is something that you were interested in, please be sure to get in next weekend before the final ones are sold! And remember folks, once our Christmas inventory in the shoppe is sold, that's it.....we won't be restocking later in the season, so get it while the gettin's good!

We have also been shipping items non-stop and I do enjoy my online business. It's a treat to package up goodies knowing that someone on the other end is anxiously awaiting something new for their own home or to give as a gift....what joy that brings to myself, and I hope it brings you just as much joy in receiving your package! We took several van loads of packages over to our little post office this week....hey, gotta keep Joe out of trouble you know! (he's our postmaster!)

So thank you all for continued patronage and support. We are successful because of YOU, each customer is important to us and you are not just a number, I think of each of you individually, on a personal level, each time I send a package along or you leave our shoppe. That's what small town hospitality is all about, and we thank you for your business!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fall Decor 50% off this week!

Just a quick announcement...

All Fall Decor is 50% off online starting now and in the shoppe next weekend.

Let's make room for Christmas!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Friday, October 16, 2009

I've been shopping.....

I went on a shopping trip Tuesday and Wednesday to what I call Heaven on Earth.....LANCASTER!

I picked up a van full, and here on Friday, I am still unloading boxes from my van and trying to get my new primitives into the shoppe. I'm hoping to start adding new products to the website next week, but with also setting up the shoppe for Christmas, I may be a few days behind on that promise...sorry! It's time consuming but oh, so worth the wait!

Want to know what the newbies are? How about the silicone tipped battery operated taper candles in black and we restocked red! I know the red will go quickly with Christmas just around the corner, and they are beautiful for sure and for certain! I also have new battery operated taper candles with a primitive silicone star bulb....very prim and grubby and dirty, just the way I like them, and I know you do too.

I also brought back a new primitive Santa doll and other Christmas goodies I can't remember (it was a big trip!), battery operated pillar candles, primitive stitcheries, and some incredible Early American Colonial treats that are so hard to resist, even for me!

I restocked some oldies but goodies like our shoo-fly domed screen covers, glitter candy canes, silicone bulbs, tea light holders, and more handmades.

In the shoppe we are gearing up for Christmas and are decorating the upstairs and will move to the downstairs in the next week or so. Everything looks so great, I love the changing of the seasons!

Both online and in the shoppe, our Fall Decor is still on sale, so check out the savings!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Friday, October 9, 2009

Fall Foliage at it's best!

Happy Columbus Day Weekend! The fall foliage in Northeastern PA is simply beautiful and we had many customers in the shoppe today from all over the area. This weekend is the Susq. County Artist's Open House Tour and the Susq. County Antique Tour as well. We welcome everyone who comes into the area for these tours and hope they are enjoying the great art and antiques and enjoying the changing of the leaves.

As I said, it was a busy day! Our remaining Fall merchandise is marked down to 15% off this weekend only here at the shoppe and for our online customers as well. We need to make room for our Christmas primitives, and the sale is working with many Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving primitives moving quickly out the door today.

Handmades are really popular this year, and I'm amazed that, regardless of how early I put out my handmade Christmas and Winter primitives, they sell, sell, sell! With this being our busy season, it's a great idea to shop early because we have been very busy online and that means less time to create my handmade goodes, and I may not have the chance to make more as we hit our busy time here in the shoppe as well.

I do know this.....I love my job and I appreciate the kind comments about our merchandise and how everyone enjoys the shoppe. I also appreciate your business, especially when you all have other choices both online and in our local area. Thank you for continuing to support our small business, I enjoy being able to share my love of primitives and handcrafted folk art with everyone!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Friday, October 2, 2009

It's that time of year....

We've been enjoying our fireplaces and fired up the pellet stove yesterday which means Fall has arrived here in Springville!

We love Fall, the coolness of the air, the crisp, falling leaves and believe it or not, the starkness of the landscape is sometimes soothing to me. I love flowers, but being quite a plain girl, I also like the barren flower beds as well. I'm a true believer that less is more, and I enjoy simplistic beauty of our home without all of the "stuff" around it.

That's another one of my favorite decorating tips. Yes, I sell home decor and would LOVE to sell you everything in my shoppe or on my website, but sometimes, less is more! My kitchen is chocked full of prim goodies, but my sitting room and living room both have bare spots on the walls, and I love the simplicity of it. It helps that the walls are painted a mustard-like tan. If they were white, it would look stark, but with the warmth of the walls, we can use less decor and enjoy the quietness of the room. And if you are wondering, it's called Harvest Brown by Behr paints. We even painted the walls of the shoppe and the primitives really "pop" against this color!

So, love what you have, have what you love. Less is more, and enjoy the simple things in life....that's what primitives, to me, are all about!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo