Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My Sister

Sigh... I have talked many times about my sister the fruit loop...sigh.... She was a very troubled soul and battled many things..  I wouldn't go into any of it... there just isn't any point... BUT she lost her battle with all these demons last night... she was only 41 and has left behind 3 boys...
I ask you pray for those boys who lost their Grandmother 2 1/2 years ago, she was a mother to them and now their mom.  They are going to need so much help.. And my dad who has to bury his child...sigh...
thank you! OLM

Friday, March 22, 2013

A Change, A Giveaway, FINALLY, And Where Is Spring?

WOW!  it's the middle of March!?  Wasn't it just a holidays a couple of weeks ago?  I will say, 2013 has been a world -wind... I am exhausted already.... It's been a long stressful couple of months, I won't go into all of it... It is what it is, and it's called life...sigh...sometimes it seems to hit one all at one time... I haven't been feeling well for a while... I am hoping Spring, if it ever comes, and less stress will help this.  
Dad is home, settled into his "old" routine...sigh... but doing well enough... the rest. I will spare you! 

I am trying to get my crafting mojo back.  I am getting a few things done and keep your fingers crossed... I won't share now, but a few hopeful things in the works too... 

Yesterday was my baby Alex's birthday... I didn't post a picture...bad mom...LOL... he turned 25...double sigh, how is it possible that I am the mother of a 25 year, when I am BARELY older then that myself? LOL, I wish....

Anyway.... For awhile now, I have wanted to change out the Terry Redlin print I have in my front room... I wasn't sure if hubby would agree to that... After all it did cost a few pennies when we got it... But it's just not my taste as much anymore... I envisioned a big old tobacco basket on the wall...
When we where at the Arthur shows, couple of weeks ago, I saw one, great shape... Told hubby what I would like to do... He didn't think it would work in the space, I did... anyway, we didn't get it, but I knew where TO get it...HEHE..
So, when we got home, I emailed the dealer that I have become friendly with... Sweet Peas Primitives and Such in Sandwich IL, asked her to measure...
Yup it was going to work... Then Alex spoke up and said how much he likes that print and he would take it with him when he moves out!  YEAH!  A home for the print!
Off I went to Sandwich couple of weeks ago to get the basket then...
 So here is the before... I know, I know.. .the sconces need to go... sigh... I will at some point.. Since this picture I have put smaller yellow ware bowls on them.  Works for now...
 After... Oh much better!  Oh so much more prim, at least I think so!

This is what I originally got when I asked hubby to hang the basket up for me...sigh I forgot to mention, hang it on the wall... So, when I went into the room to him and Steven laughing, that should of been my first clue, they didn't do what I wanted or meant... Yes, I am surrounded by smarty pants!
 Oh, in the mist of all the craziness the last couple of months, I had my 3 year blog-versary at the end of January.  It was my plan to do something then, but dad fell..my crafting mojo went MIA, and other things too...  So I was thinking of a "theme"... What to do... Then I came across Poor Mis-Matched Florence.  I created her last year and she never found a home... So I thought I would offer her here today as a my gift to you my followers for simply reading my blog!

So here is my thoughts... All you have to do is be a follower of my blog, new followers welcome, leave a comment here that you will like to be entered and it's done!  That simple...  I will pick the winner on my son Steven's birthday April 5th.
I will have this open to US and Canada followers, because of the shipping cost.

So as in my past giveaways... You know I like you to work for it... IF you would like a 2nd chance to win Florence, all you have to do is a POST on your blog about what is the first thing you will do once the grip of winter really FINALLY breaks and we all can get outside... What is the first thing/ things you want to do?  Do you have plans?  What are they?
If you are like me, it's been cold late in the season with late season snows that has left us inside longer then normal.  We are all going a little stir crazy...SO once we can FINALLY go out and play what will you do?
THEN, after your post, you HAVE TO come back to this post and leave me a 2nd comment that you did it!  That simple!  If you don't leave a 2nd comment HERE, then it doesn't count...  mis-matched Florence is a OLM OOAK design!
 Here's the teaser and /or the kicker, this time last year we had  over a week of 80+ days.. which broke records everyday... It was way to early for that... BUT
This is what happened then... My weeping cherry tree bloomed WEEKS early!  It sure was pretty!  Not even a hint of a bloom right now... still have snow in parts of the yard and it's been FREEZING cold here this week!  

So I can't wait to see what every one's plans are for Spring!  I hope everyone wants to play along with my giveaway!  Have a great weekend! OLM

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sneak PEEK!


Around 6 PM tonight I will be updating my early work page after taking last month off.  

Here is a sneak peek at big brother HERB that will be listed along with several other Spring creations.  I am finally back to work and have so many ideas cooking in  my little head!  I hope you can take a moment to take a look at my latest creations! OLM
www.earlyworkmercantile.com , you can click on the picture in the upper left corner and it will take you there too!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My Road Trip With Hubby To Homesteaders On The Prairie and More!

Time for a little much needed R & R!!!  Hubby and I wanted to get away couple of weeks ago, but until dad was on the mend, I really didn't want to leave...
Then I mentioned to hub's about the primitive shows in Arthur and surrounding towns and always wanted to go.
So we made plans and off we went... OH MY! The primitive eye candy... I wish I could of bought one of everything...sigh... and a bigger home to put it all in...  
Away all the pictures have showed up out of order...please forgive.. seems whenever I try to "fix" it, I delete pictures... So I am leaving them this time...
I have to say it was overwhelming, so much to see, that it was either look or take pictures.. So, not as many pictures as I would of liked...but here is what I took...
 Spirit of Country in Arcola....


 I met Barb Rice the publisher of Olden Days Magazine... Such a sweetheart!

 Arthur has many Amish families... Here is a buggy coming towards us...
 
 There is 4 shows in 6 locations in 3 towns... BUT, the most prim and my favorite has to be Homesteaders On The Prairie!  When we walked in, even hubby said " oh you are in your element"!  Great prims and handmade's!!!
 Love their banners....
Then, thought this was a hoot... won't see a sign like this around our town....
 Some pictures from Homesteaders....

 Here is the entrance going into Homesteaders... Love it...
 Here... OOPS I got soo excited I wet myself...LOL... not really, I think it was a candle wax spill.

 Just love this wall painting in Arcola... Oh broom corn!


 So of course I did not come away empty handed... LOL

 Got this gem of a cabinet at Homesteaders... Love... Still playing cleaning...moving yet again... It never ends in the prim home does it?
 Love this... I got this at Spirit of Country show.. Great Child's step back... still has the key, believe to be dated to late 1800's.....
 OOPS.... Snow day today!  We went almost all season with barely any snow and in the last 4 weeks it keeps coming...melting and then starts all over again.. No schools today I am told... Steven worked from home...

 So when Alex came home they went out and cleaned things up...but since I took these...probably another inch on the ground and still coming....
 But 46 by Sunday, so it's going to melt.... Love March snow... doesn't stick around..... LOL

Back to the goodies...Oh the pantry boxes at these shows.. oh my... Love them all, couldn't afford but these two... how they were still there when we found them I don't know.. I got both of these for $60... Most I picked up with color and handles...$ 200+ each time....
 Got another little hand made step back.  Came from a estate sale I was told... Signed on the back made for Mercy by Uncle Bob.. no date sadly, but love that it has that bit of history...
 Met Twigs from Mercantile Gatherings!  She's a hoot!
 Lastly I got these great dried little pumpkins...oh love them soo!  Going to try to do this myself this fall!
Thanks Misi for telling me how to!
Felt great to get away for 2 days... Not long enough... But it will do for sure!  Great time with the hubby.  I know he was a little bored while I drooled all over myself, but he was a good sport!

I am happy to report dad is home from rehab... not without some drama...sigh... but it wouldn't be my family if there wasn't some...
I am hoping later this week or weekend to FINALLY have a little spring/bunny update!  I have a few things done... few more to finish up, I will keep you post.  Have a great night! OLM