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Saturday, August 29, 2009

As promised, new arrivals!

Just a quick post so you can see two of my favorite new items that arrived the other day!

The first one are battery operated tea lights that BLOW on and off, just like a real candle! And they are only $2.50 each! Amazing, right?

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And here is one of our new tealight holders (we have several, and even MORE are on their way). This holds 5 tealights (not included) but at only $11.00, it's super affordable and looks incredible in the shoppe surrounded by pip berry vines...could you imagine this on a shelf or a mantle? LOVE IT!


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We have many new items including Colonial taper candle holders that you slide onto books for your battery operated taper candles, and so much more. I'm going shopping again this week, so who knows what else I'll find!

Just visit Fine Country Living Primitives and have fun browsing our new wares!

Enjoy, and many blessings!
Mary Jo

Monday, August 24, 2009

A surprise at my door.....

We decided to take one last evening as a family before school starts to go on a country ride. We love exploring our little part of the world, there are so many back roads that we still have not been on and we've lived in Springville for 6 years already! We love looking at the old farms and enjoy the beautiful countryside that we are surrounded with.

When we returned there were several boxes waiting for me on the porch by the door. My new arrival of Hearthside Collection goodies are in! Oh, I just had so much fun opening each and every box within a box and seeing the lovely things I ordered for you all....I am soooooooo pleased with the selections I made and I absolutely, positively, cannot wait to get them listed later this week!

Tomorrow I'm going to enjoy one last day of summer vacation with my boys, then on Wednesday, I'll be taking pictures and Thursday, hopefully listing my new primitive wares for you all!

Here's a hint....very Colonial, a hint of seasonal, and get ready to blow the lights out!

Many blessings,
Mary Jo

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Here's a tip for container gardens

Do you have hanging baskets or containers of flowers that look old and tired toward the end of summer? The girl I purchase my hanging baskets from each year told me this trick. You may need someone to help you depending on the size of the container.

Tip your hanging basket upside out and wiggle it out of the pot. While someone else holds it, loosen up the roots at the bottom or completely cut about 1" from the bottom of your root ball....soil and all!

Add some new soil in your pot and have your helper plop the flowers back over and into the pot. Soak really well, better yet, use your favorite liquid feed.

In a week or so you will begin to see new growth coming from your containers and/or baskets. This worked great, I couldn't believe it! My hanging baskets of petunias went through a battle with aphids and white flies this summer (4500 live ladybugs I had shipped in and release ate those suckers up!). This gave them their beauty back, and I'm sure it will work for you!

Just thought I'd share!

Many Blessings to you all,
Mary Jo

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Who the heck am I buying from????

Have you ever asked yourself that very question when placing an order online? Quite honestly, I've given it little thought.

I received a call the other day from a lovely customer in San Antonio, TX. She wanted to place a phone order and was thrilled that I actually had a phone number to call. Again, until she mentioned this, I gave it little thought.

She just recently began shopping online and as she found websites she would like to order from, she bookmarked them as her favorites. When she decided on exactly what and where to order from, she went through them and found that hardly ANY had phone numbers to call. She quickly removed them from her favorites, and gave us a call and placed a phone order. We had a great conversation and discussed our love of primitives and our love for our families.

This is something to really consider. Just who are you buying from? I've been randomly doing Google and Yahoo searches for primitives, and found that most do not have a phone number. In fact, I found several that didn't even have an email or a Contact Us button. So what do you do if you have a question, a concern, or just wish to place a phone order?

Then another thought came to mind, there aren't any names, or where they are located. Here at Fine Country Living Primitives, we love to share our lives with our customers. Keep in mind, it's nothing grand or fancy, but we enjoy sharing where we live, the history of our home, why we love primitives, how fast our boys are growing up, and what it means to live simply.

We tell you where we are from and I sign my blog posts and emails with my REAL name. In fact, my email address for our business has my first name in it, so you always know who I am.

Until that phone call from our new customer, I never gave it a thought. So many websites don't tell you who they are, or where they are. So, who the heck are you buying from?????

Even though my life is scattered on Twitter, Facebook, my blog, my website, my brochures, and many other websites for the entire world to see, allow me to take this time to share just who I am!

I am Mary Jo Elliott, and am the proud mother of two boys, Seth and Sam. I am also the proud wife of the greatest husband and father, Russ Elliott.

We live in the little town of Springville, PA, which is located in Susquehanna County, in the Northeastern region of Pennsylvania. Our home was built in 1827 and is a great place to raise our boys, and you can read more about it on our About Me page on our website and even take a virtual tour.

My husband and I love primitives and lead a simple life. We sell what we love, and simplicity is a way of life with us. We are Quakers, dress Plain, and love our faith and our family.

We follow the business practices of early (and current) Friends and have fair prices and are honest.

If you want to know anything else, you can even call me at (570) 965-0985 and talk to a real human being! ;-)

Now YOU know just who the heck you are buying from when you shop online or in our retail store here at Fine Country Living Primitives!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo