Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmastime Around the ol' Countryfolk Keepsakes Homestead...

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The peanut gallery watches as I bake Christmas cookies...

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That's it for now...
Remember to be merry and bright!

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!!

We sure did! My dear niece and her hubby put on a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner!!
Family, good food and thankful hearts.... Can't ask for any more than that.

I've added a Folk Art Dachshund and a Folk Art Polka Dot Rooster to my website. So when you have a moment, click on the "Critters" button below to see them!

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Now I'm off to start my Christmas decorating!! Yippee!!
Wishing everyone a terrific rest of the weekend!!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Man, I have been busy!!

I've been kicking around the idea of wanting our vintage round dining tabletop back in our kitchen. But I REALLY disliked the dark stain on the old pine table. It reminded me of the dark stain on those 1970's waterbeds. Remember?! Yikes! Not my cup of tea.

So I decided it was time to tackle the refinishing project. What started out in the barn ended up coming into the ol' Countryfolk farmhouse because of the snow and cold. I finished it in the dining room.

The table opens up to 9 feet. Knowing we will never need or have the room for a 9 foot dining table, I had my sweet hubs remove the extra legs and bracket supports near the base of the legs. You have no idea how thrilled I am to have those gone! Now I can sweep without having to move the table. Yes, it's all about the simple things in life! ((hee hee))

I snapped some photos to share. I find refinishing furniture very rewarding.
As much as I cursed while doing it, I felt a great sense of accomplishment.
I ended up using Minwax stain in "Provincial" and Zar's oil based polyurethane in their "clear antique flat" finish.

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As usual, Stella supervised...

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These are the things that had to go.

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It was a lot of hard work and elbow grease. But it was definitely worth all my cursing!

That's it for now. I'm working on more critters to offer soon on my selling site.

Wishing everyone a terrific and happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

A New Use For An Old Door...

It's no secret I absolutely love French doors!
When we moved in, the front door was a French door.
Although I must admit as beautiful as it looked, a very old, drafty French door isn't quite appropriate for a front door.
So when we replaced it, I was determined to use it somewhere else in the ol' Countryfolk homestead. The problem was the size. It was too large to use as an interior door. It needed to be cut down. I'm not one to shy from power tools, but I was hesitant for fear of ruining the beautiful old door.

After all these years its finally been cut down to size. My dear friend's sweet husband (Thank you, Dan!!) not only cut it down, he plugged the holes from the dead bolt and original knob placement as well. YIPPEE!!!!!!

They brought it back over the weekend. I still need to sand, prime and repaint it. But for now it is leaning near the doorway it will eventually hang.

Now... Who would put a French door in the main bathroom, you might ask??!!!
**waving my arms wildly** that would be me!!!

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For the record, I do plan on putting a curtain on it. I may be crazy, but I'm also quite modest.((giggle))

Happy Thursday, all!!

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

Since my Give Thanks Centerpiece sold so quickly, I decided to create another one.

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And to get into the Christmas spirit a little early, I am offering Sweet Gingerelle the Gingerbread and my Folk Art Nativity.

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If you'd like, you can click on the banner below to go directly to my sales page.

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Hope to see you there!!!

Wishing everyone a fun Halloween night!!! Eat some chocolate for me, preferably a Milky Way!! ((giggle))

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Just finished...

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a wonderful Thanksgiving folk art vignette.
You can click on the "seasons" button below to go directly to my Countryfolk Keepsakes selling site.

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I've been busy working on more offerings!!
I'll keep you posted...

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

I will continue to pray...

for those and their families affected by this heinous act.

I will also continue to pray for our country.

I can't help but be reminded of a wonderful quote by the one and only Mr. Rogers.

Yes there is evil in the world. There will always be evil in the world.

But please remember... there is always more good than evil.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

Here's a little sneak peek at my Dream offering...

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If you'd like, click on the banner below to go directly to my sales page.

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Hope to see you there!!!

Man, September was a busy month!! Sorry I've been MIA. I am really looking forward to a more relaxing October and posting on my blog.

Wishing everyone a terrific weekend!!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Our Somber Anniversary...

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

Folk Art Owlyn the Owl.

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Firewood Folk Drac.

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Click on the banner below to go directly to my EWM page.

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Hope to see you there!!

Autumn is right around the corner!! Yippee!!!!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"A perfect summer day is...

when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken." ~James Dent

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Happy August, all!! Get outside and enjoy it!!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

Little Hallo-wee-ones.

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Click on the banner below to go directly to my EWM page.

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Hope to see you there!!

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Sunday, July 23, 2017


My sweet hubs and I have been hitting lots of sales lately. I've been searching for yet another Windsor fan back armchair. This time for my studio.

Most of you know I have an obsession with these chairs. Not only do I find them beautiful, they are comfortable, too!

We stopped at an estate sale. It was at a lovely Victorian near Colgate University. The place was wall to wall people. My guess would be mostly antique dealers. Man, we could barely move. I finally worked my way into one of the many gorgeous rooms in this home and there it was! A vintage maple fan back w/ brace back! Actually there were two. But one had a cracked seat. Needless to say, this chair was coming home with me.

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I hope the previous owner (whoever that may be) will be happy knowing their chair will be very well loved and taken care of for as long as I'm around.

Happy Sunday, all!
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I just finished up another Little Betsy Ross...

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To see more of her, just click on the "Extreme & Rustic" button below.

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Happy Wednesday, all!!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Tis the season...

Summertime here in Central New York means lots of barn, house, garage, estate and yard sales!! Yippee!!! You know I love a good bargain!!

I've been on the hunt for another Windsor fan back arm chair. So far, nothing. But I won't give up.

I did however find an old ironstone water pitcher. No basin. But I prefer to wash up in the bathroom. So I'm not going to use it for that anyway. ((giggle))

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Also, I've been wanting a small tabletop ironing board for my studio. But I found something better! A vintage sleeve ironing board! Perfect for my wee Americana Firewood Folks clothes I make. Just have to re-cover it with some cotton batting and fabric.

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So that's about it. I hope everyone has a fantastic week!! Remember life is short.
Get outside. Visit a farmers market. Play with your dog. Sing along to The Jackson Five's "Dancing Machine" at the top of your lungs with the Jeep top off as you drive around.
Ummm. Wait a minute... That was my morning.

Happy Monday!!
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

They are plain words, these four...

Remember it's the pursuit of happiness.

Wishing everyone a

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Monday, July 3, 2017

The Unsung Heroes...

This past Saturday our area was hit with massive torrential rain like we've never seen before. Local creek waters rose and rose. Areas including our tiny hamlet were hit hard with flash flooding. Central New York is not a flood zone. So this was devastating to our area.

This post is to remind everyone about our unsung heroes. The men and women who come to our aid. No matter what they're doing. Where they are. They come to our aid when called. I especially want to bring to everyone's attention many of these unsung heroes are volunteers. They are not paid. They do this because they want to help. Many times risking their own lives to help save ours.

Not only did the flash flood waters damage homes, it eroded numerous roads.

Amid all the emergency calls regarding the flooding, there were other emergency calls to deal with like injuries from a fall, difficultly breathing and drug overdoses.

About a month ago, a garbage truck lost its brakes coming down a hill in the center of our tiny hamlet. Unable to stop, the men jumped out of the truck. The driverless truck continued through the intersection, hitting an SUV, slicing telephone poles until it plowed into someone's home. Thank the good Lord above no one was seriously hurt. Although the little old timer pug inside the home was quite shook up and rightly so.

So the next time your local fire/EMT department and/or police department are asking for donations, (especially volunteer fire and rescue) please support them by donating what you can. Someday you may be the one needing their help.

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