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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

November Country Sampler Magazine is out!

The Christmas issue of Country Sampler magazine is out to subscribers and our product ad is already getting noticed! I think it's a beautiful picture of our Colonial woven throw and I'm sure it will sell out quickly!

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Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Monday, September 21, 2009

What's in store for you Fall, 2009

Here's a few pictures of our shoppe and offerings this Fall. We've opened up one corner of the shoppe as our Christmas Corner, offering you a glimpse of what you can expect this Christmas season here at Fine Country Living Primitives, Springville.

Online customers...if you see something you just can't live without, email me and we can get it to you, simple as that!

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Many Blessings, Mary Jo

Saturday, September 12, 2009

We don't just sell it, we live it!

I've had these thoughts swirling around in my head and just needed to share.

As many of you know, it states on our website that Simplicity is a way of life, not a trend. That's so true! We really do live this lifestyle, and we really do have a passion for Early American, Country, Colonial, and Primitive Home Decor.

Yesterday we had a mother and daughter stop into the shoppe, and was pleased to find out that they used to own our house about 35 years ago! What a special treat it was, and we invited them into the house to take a look at what's changed and pick their brain for many mysteries of "what used to be there, how did this look, is this how it was when you owned it, etc.". I bet they never expected it to turn into an inquisition! LOL! But I think they enjoyed it.

They commented that our house is just like our shoppe, REALLY primitive! And it's so true. We have our shoppe decorated and merchandise displayed like it would be in your own home. So many customers have said time and time again that they get great ideas this way, and many "never would have thought of that!"

Our online shoppe is the same way. We invite you into our home, our hearts and our lives. Our products are hand chosen, and I don't buy things "just because they will sell", I only bring in items that I would personally enjoy in my very own home. And I make sure that they are items that we all can afford....no crazy mark-ups will be found at Fine Country Living Primitives....only fair prices (and no mysteriously increased prices before sales, none of that here)!

Now, we all know that anyone can just open a storefront or start a website and start selling primitives or whatnot just because it sells. I've heard people do that, I've seen people do that. But you can always read between the lines and truly find those of us who have an actual passion for primitives, for things that are time worn and well loved. I have many online networks that I stroll through and so many of my dear friends online live, eat, sleep, breathe, primitives! You can just tell, you can hear it in their product descriptions and they aren't just canned phrases. You hear the excitement as they describe their latest creation or newfound treasure and brag about it like it was their own flesh and blood. THAT is what it's all about, friends! Truly inspiring primitive lovers who bring their love and passion for primitives to their stores or websites to share with others. It's always about spreading the love, not always about making the money.

So, next time you are websurfing or window shopping, or out to find that new, one of a kind piece that you just can't live without, take a look around. Listen to their voice. Ask questions and listen to the answers. Read the descriptions and between the lines....can you hear that love, that passion? Or are they just jumping on the bandwagon because they think they can make a few bucks selling things online. You can tell, you can always tell, the true primitive lover!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Thursday, September 10, 2009

NEW Hand Dipped Grubby Scented String Lights

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These extremely primitive string lights were hand dipped right here at Fine Country Living!

I took a 20 count strand of mini lights on a brown cord and individually dipped each little light in a mixture of silicone and my prim mix to give them an Early, extreme primitive appearance. The best part....I added oil to give them a yummy delicious smell! You have your choice of Cinnamon or Amish Friendship Bread.

These are great for winding through your berry pip garlands or around a grapevine wreath. I like to add them to shelves where I have gatherings displayed and wind them around my prims for added charm.

The strand is about 8 feet long and there is only one plug on one end. You can still plug two strands together, but the plugs will be in the middle of the strand. this will give you fullness especially on a shelf or within a grouping, but may not necessarily give you a longer strand.

You'll find these Early lights on our website and you can go directly to their page by clicking on the picture of the lights!

Enjoy, and many blessings!

Mary Jo

Monday, September 7, 2009

Wow, this is #202

I can't believe that this is post #202! What a milestone, but of course, I do like to post nearly everything going on here at Fine Country Living Primitives.

It's been pretty busy here lately, so I haven't been posting nearly as often as I should. School started a week and a half ago, and my baby is now in full day kindergarten!

I've been making new items for the upcoming holiday season, and I know that many of my local customers are already asking when will they be in the shoppe for sale! My online customers usually get first dibs at my new handcrafted items because, well, they usually buy them right up! Not only that, my online customers have been with me for years, and they really love TRUE primitives!

Be sure to check out our New Arrivals category continuously because you never know what will show up there from day to day. I just finished some incredible hand dipped grubby string lights. Yes, I individually dipped each tiny little bulb into a special silicone primitive mixture with super prim scents of cinnamon and Amish Friendship Bread! They are flying out the door, hope you all enjoy them and I'm preparing to make some more to re-stock.

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo