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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Shoppe Winter Hours.....

I know that about 95% of my customers already know that we will be closing for the Winter, but I wanted to post here on our blog just in case.

We will be open each Friday and Saturday (including this coming Black Friday) from 10-5. The last weekend that we will be open is the weekend before Christmas, December 18 & 19.

The week of Christmas we will open by appointment if possible. It's a very busy house with two little guys and a big family gathering on Christmas day in our old farmhouse, so we do ask that you call ahead to make arrangements if you wish to stop by, 965-0985

We will reopen the shoppe in the Spring, and plan on the first weekend in May to reopen. We may open a bit earlier, but that is dependent on the weather, but I will be sure to send out an email to our newsletter subscribers and advertise it in the Mulligan's and Pennysaver issues.

I'm planning on using this Winter to work on a few projects here at home, and also plan on expanding our main business, our online shoppe. Our website has continued to grow since we first started a few years back, and this year was no exception, even with the challenges all of us small businesses faced. I'm looking forward to continuing to bring my online customers new and exciting products including many more handmade items from myself and carrying a larger inventory of customer's favorites. I will also be working off of my wish lists that customers have sent me, so yes, I do listen!

We have some great things planned for 2010, and the Winter months will give me the extra time to continue to grow our business and share our love of primitives with all of our fabulous customers all over the world.

And local customers, when we return, we'll have fresh and fun primitives for your home, so it will be worth the wait!

Thank you for all of your support!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Now here's a flashback...

I grew up in the country, born in 1970 (yeah, not afraid to tell my age!) and lived with what we called "party lines".

For those who were fortunate to have your own telephone line, this should give you a good chuckle.

We had our own phone number, but had to share the telephone line with a few other neighbors. Hard to imagine in this age of multiple phone lines/numbers per household, and even folks giving up their "landlines" for using their cell phones exclusively.

We shared our party line with our next door neighbor, Mrs. Raub. She was a sweet old lady who lived next door, and loved to chat with our other neighbor, Mrs. Conrad. Sometimes, they would chat for hours on end, not talking about much, but basically passing the time. They lived next door to each other too, but remember, next door where we live is a field away.

We could always tell when Mrs. Raub would get a call, and I guess she could tell when we got a call too. Faintly, you could hear her phone ringing without even picking up our phone and listening.

Just imagine this.....I was teen in the 80's, and we still had party lines, still shared with sweet Mrs. Raub. I had a boyfriend (or two, maybe three) during that time, and it drove this teen crazy just knowing that the love of my life (for the moment) may be trying to call me, but Mrs. Raub was chatting with Mrs. Conrad next door, talking about what they were making for dinner, or who had been visiting whom, or goodness knows what else. Couldn't they hear me picking up and sighing loudly into the phone every five minutes, trying to get the hint across that they should wrap it up! Desperation would set in, I would beg my mother to pick up the phone and try to reason with these little old ladies that my social life was depending on their ending their conversation about laundry!

*sigh* Party lines. What would kids these days think of that?

Now some of our neighbors had it worse off yet! The farm over the hill and through the woods behind us would share the same line with their neighbors, but it rang into everyone's house that shared the line....this included the barn phone too! So if you wanted to call Phil, you would dial the number, and the phone would ring into Phil's house, the neighbors farmhouse and the barn too. How do you know to pick up if it's for you? Phil's may have been several quick and short rings in a row, so the barn and the farmhouse knew not to pick up, it was for Phil. The barn phone may have been long rings, so the farmhouse and Phil knew it was not for them, and so on and so on.

Yeah, we've come a long way baby!

Oh, and we didn't have cable in our house until 1993. That was only about two months before I moved out. Yep, all those years with rabbit ears and an antennae just to get a few fuzzy local channels, then the cable company decided we were worthy of cable, and it was time for me to move out. Figures!

Feel free to share this story with your kids when they complain about their cell phone service, and remember to tell them about walking 2 miles to school, all uphill, both ways, in the snow!

Many blessings,
Mary Jo

My sleeping angel.....

Thought you might enjoy seeing my youngest who fell fast asleep on the couch last night. He's wearing his new Christmas pj's (just couldn't wait until Christmas to wear them!) and holding Teddy tight.

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He woke up this morning and told me that he was very tired last night. He rolled his eyes and said how he had a hard, long day in school and tomorrow's only going to be harder....they're putting up a teepee in their classroom!

I love this age, wish they stayed this way forever!

So when you call to place an order with us, chances are it's this little guy or my 7 year old (or both) you'll hear in the background!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pre-Holiday Sale!

It has been very busy for us here at Fine Country Living Primitives! We've been shipping every day and to all parts of the world. We are truly thankful and appreciate our customers continued support and patronage!

It donned on me this evening that I have not had a sale in quite some time. This is always a great way to show my appreciation to my customers, so just a few moments ago, I set up a 10% off sale on my online shoppe.

This is our Pre-Holiday Sale....you know next week will be busy preparing for Turkey Day. I'll be at the school Monday helping with the Kindergarten's feast, and I'm sure all of you will be doing the same, or at least preparing to travel, to cook or to start your holiday shopping. The following week kicks of the major shopping season, so I figured a Pre-Holiday Sale would be suitable at this time, and I hope you enjoy it!

So thank you, thank you to all of you who have been with me from (literally) day one, and for those that are just ordering from us for the first time. We have formed many lasting relationships with all of you, and we truly appreciate that! This sale is just my way of saying thanks, and we also hope you enjoy the new goodies I just brought back!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Eternal Love Coverlets Sold Out...

We sold our two final Eternal Love coverlets this morning here at Fine Country Living Primitives. These were one of our best sellers and we were sad to hear that the company decided to discontinue this popular pattern, but that only means that they will design a new one soon!

We are pleased that we do still have a few of our Double Whig woven throws that we advertised in the Christmas issue of Country Sampler this year. We have them in both black and tan, and also burgundy and tan. The popular black and tan sold out once already, but we were able to get one more final shipment in before this is discontinued at the end of this year. They are machine wash and dry, reversable, and with the price of $60 which includes FREE USPS Priority Mail shipping within the USA, they make great gifts!

We will be getting some new woven products in during the first part of 2010, so be sure to keep checking back for your favorite (and mine) textiles that are made right here in Pennsylvania!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's the simple things in life....

It's the simple things in life that make us the most happy. Here are just a few in my own life these past few days that make me smile.....

My seven year old Seth telling me what he hopes to dream of that night while asleep.

My five year old Sam sweetly smiling up at me from his bed after his fever broke.

Our dog trying to climb into bed with Sam while he's sick to comfort him.

Seth smiling wide and proudly showing that his front tooth fell out. He whistles when he talks now....

My cat batting at me as I round the corner to go upstairs, she's just asking for a moment of my time for a little petting...

My husband telling me how what a great job I'm doing with my business.

Hearing my chickens clucking and running to the fence for scraps. I know there are pretty blue eggs waiting for us in the hen house....

A customer offerring thanks for a special order.

I'm thankful for my handy husband who can fix just about anything, and knows enough to admit when he can't.

That quiet, still Voice within that tells me it's going to be okay.

The thoughtfulness of Friends who care.

Someone today told me they thought my gray hair was just beautiful. (thank you)

The smooth hum of my new sewing machine.

Our neighbors bringing special bags of Halloween candy because they missed our boys Halloween night.

A simple returned wave and smile from a gas company worker....hey, they are far away from family, they appreciate a gentle smile from us.

Warm weather in November.

We have more than so many, even though we don't have it all.

Seth happy to see us when he gets off the school bus and tells us he loves his family.

I love what I do and do what I love.

Our home, how far we've come with very little, how we did it together, and did it on our own.

That's just a few of the things that made me happy this week. I know I missed most of them, but there's more to come.

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Thursday, November 5, 2009

If you love rag quilts....

You must check out http://www.autumncomforts.com if you love primitive rag quilts! Her colors are amazing and they look very comfy and inviting! Just wanted to share, and she's one of my facebook friends as well!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Shoppe Update....

I know that many of you missed out on our Vienna Twig (also called German Twig) Christmas trees last year here at the shoppe.

Even though it's early yet, we are already down to limited quantities. We have one 7 foot tree and one 4 1/2 foot tree available.

We have the silicone tipped Christmas tree lights again this year and still have a fair amount on hand even though they have been selling quickly.

With the Elk Lake Craft Show this coming weekend, I wanted to also let you know that we hope you stop in either before or after attending because we have many of our handmades here at the shoppe. I've been busy creating Christmas primitives for my customers and want to remind you that we don't mass produce our handmades. Each item is handcrafted one at a time, each one different in their own way, from my heart and hands to your home. Our prices are affordable too, so it may be worth stopping in before going to the craft show just to compare prices. Our large handcrafted snowman sits atop a rusty bed spring surrounded by primitive greenery and is only $18, we have red ticking mittens filled with glittery candy canes and rusty stars for only $12 and our cutter quilt Christmas trees with a frosty Christmas wreath for a base are only $34 (they make a fabulous centerpiece and are created using an antique quilt!).

We're becoming well known for our huge selection of quality, handpicked items at affordable prices, and it shows. We've been very busy the last few weeks with early Holiday shoppers, and hope you have the time to stop in for the best selection because it certainly goes fast!

And just a reminder that we will be closing for our Winter Break from Christmas through the first weekend of May. With Christmas falling on a Friday this year, please note that our last regular shoppe hours will be the Friday and Saturday before Christmas, and we will gladly open by appointment if possible Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Christmas week.

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Another thank you!

A short and sweet blog post today....

Thank you!

Thank you to my online customers for making October 2009 our biggest and best month of sales in the history of our online business!

We love what we do, we care about our customers, and we appreciate your continued support!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo