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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It's amazing how you are led........

For some reason, today I felt the incredible urge to make dolls. Not just any dolls, but ones that I have not made in some time.

I set to making a few of my "Goin' to Meeting" Quaker dolls today and joyfully so. It felt good to be sewing and creating again, even if just for a little while. It seems that during these holidays and even here, all the way into the end of January, I just can't keep up with my retail and online business (that's a good thing, by the way), but I sure did miss making things with my hands.

So as I said, I made some Quaker dolls today. Finished two, and two almost finished.

As I'm sitting back this evening surfing the web, I picked up one of my favorite decorating books and opened it to the page of the Shaker Legacy. And this is what I read as the very first sentence:

"Put your hands to work and your hearts to God".

Wow, the words of Mother Ann, founder of the Shaker sect, really hit home for me today. Isn't that something how I felt the need to create, then picked up a book (a decorating book, at that), and read that very sentence! I don't know much about the Shakers, but now I think they are pretty cool!

Just something to think about, eh?

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Over 45 New Primitives added online!

I've finally added the last of the over 45 new primitives on my website, www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com! Whew, am I tired! It was fun though, and I hope you enjoy the results.

Here are just a few...if you like what you see, just head on over to www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com and shop away!

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Remember folks, this is just a sampling! And for my local customers, wait until you see all of the Spring goodies I brought back for you! Stop in and visit Fridays and Saturdays, 10-5 or anytime by appointment! 965-0985.

Many Blessings!

Mary Jo

Friday, January 16, 2009

Top Sellers for 2008

I was just looking through my numbers from the last year, and here are the top sellers on my website for 2008.

1. Silicone tipped Christmas tree lights. These are not only big sellers during the holiday season, but all year long! I use them in the shoppe and in my own home in many ways including on top of cupboards and on my year long "Christmas" tree.

2. Battery operated taper lights. You all just can't get enough of these! I admit, I own a few myself, and love them, love them, LOVE THEM! They really do last a long time, am I right?

3. Coverlets and Blankets. Yes, these were a HUGE hit this year! I may not have sold as many as the lights and tapers, but my goodness, I can't keep them in stock! Remember folks, woven one at a time right here in Pennsylvania on large looms, just like in Colonial times! Machine washable, reversable, and you can use them and enjoy them for generations to come!

4. Cardinal and Candle clip ornaments for Christmas. These beauties sold out super fast and I can't wait to bring them in again next holiday!

5. Sweet Annie bouquets. I personally use these everywhere. I use them in my folk art and crafts, hanging from peg racks and fluffed out in old primitive bowls. How do you use YOUR Annie?

6. Tart warmers. These scent throwers are incredible! We've carried the punched tin style and the mason jar styles, and can't keep either in stock. Enjoy the safe alternative to having home warming scents throughout your own home!

Top Sellers in the Shoppe for 2008 are:

1. Silicone tipped Christmas tree lights. So many of you never even seen these before, so glad I was able to introduce you to them!

2. Those little Christmas mice. My goodness, I can't even recall how many I sold! Weren't they just adorable? Definitely a "bring back" for next year!

3. Vienna Twig Christmas trees. Sold out, what more can I say? LOL! So happy you all loved them! (hint, I leave my 6 foot and 4 1/2 foot up all year long, why not!)

4. Battery operated lights....tapers, tealights and pillars. Flicker without the flame, gotta love these! Everyone loved how I displayed these inside our primitive cupboards, which leads me to number 5............

5. Primitive Amish made cupboards. You all know great quality workmanship at an affordable price! Made from reclaimed barnwood, these fit into Colonial, Primitive, Country and Shabby Chic home decors. A "new" antique that will be enjoyed for generations to come!

6. Punched tin night lights. The barn star and the Paul Revere styles were a hit! I've sold out twice, and trust me, I bought A LOT!

7. Decorative plates from the Hearthside Collection. Customers tell us our selection and prices just can't be beat, and I thank you for the compliment!

So there you have it, and feel free to comment here on our blog on what was YOUR favorite product in 2008 from Fine Country Living Primitives!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Products coming soon!

Well, this has been a crazy busy January so far, here it is, the 14th already! It's bitter cold here in Northeastern PA, nothing like they had out in the Northwest or the Midwest, but cold all the same, and I truly do not care for it at all!

I went on a shopping trip to Lancaster, PA, Monday and stayed overnight for a rare treat. I was amazed at how little snow there was in Bethel, then none at all just North of Lititz! I am soooooo jealous!

Monday morning I made sure I was dressed to stay warm....turtleneck sweater, my new ski parka (I don't ski, just buy them for the warmth!) and my boot socks with my Mammoth Crocs. By the time I came out of the first wholesaler, I was actually too warm! It was a sunny day, no snow on the ground, and I became continously annoyed when everyone was telling me how they were disappointed that they hardly had any snow this year! LOL! Isn't it something how just being three hours North, in the same state, can be so drastically different with weather? I just gotta move there.........

Anyhow, I'll tell you more about my trip on another post, but I just wanted to put the word out there that I will be adding some new products onto my website shortly. I'm still unpacking and need to take pictures and all, so look for them in the next week.

I also brought back some great new primitives for my shoppe customers, including a great Amish made hall cupboard made from an antique door....the windows were turned into mirrors, and it has great storage too! I'm happily unpacking great Spring florals, so if you have the Winter blues, just head on into the shoppe this weekend and Think Spring!

Many blessings,
Mary Jo

Monday, January 5, 2009

Inventory Reduction Sale!

I absolutely dislike doing inventory, so I've moved many of my holiday items to the Clearance Category and marked down others, so be sure to take a look at www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com for some super bargains! Remember everyone, with many Winter items, snowmen especially, feel free to leave them out the entire Winter season and enjoy!

I am hoping to go on a shopping trip soon, weather permitting, and bring back some exciting new primitives for my website and the retail shoppe! It's been a busy holiday season for us here at Fine Country Living Primitives (thank you!) and we are really needing some new goodies!

Happy New Year to you all and many blessings,
Mary Jo