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These lighted houses are brand new and I LOVE them. Three prim houses in rustic colors all together with a star and wreath. BUT.. I got the last two, they are not going to make any more.. and I am really wanting one for myself. Knowing  how well these will sell for us I put out my lip and pouted a bit.. but they told me they didn’t love me that much. So, if you like them as well as I do, get in here and take one home before they are gone.. or I take one.

These wood wall sconces are also a brand new item from these crafters. We have them paired with coordinating candle rings and a Grungy Battery Operated Taper. We  have already sold several of these and they only came in Wednesday. If you are not familiar with our tapers, we hand dip each one three times in beeswax and roll them in a special grubby mix to get the unique texture we have. They will last about 700 hours on 2 AA batteries and we carry them in several country prim colors.

Another new item they are introducing are these wood trenchers. We have them in several colors and they look great with seasonal potpourri and fixins in them. They are also large enough to make a nice centerpiece on a table.

New Framed prints in

We have some new signs in today. This framed print is called Words of Wisdom and is a large 11 3/8″ X 38 X 3/4″. signs this size are great above a door or above a bed. Add some pip berry or ivy garland over the top to dress it up a bit.

Also in today are favorites in the popular smaller size of 3 5/8″ X 12 X 1/2″ that have such heart felt sayings as “Let us be silent that we may hear the word of God.”

Published in: on March 24, 2010 at 5:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Lighted Willow Branches

These lighted branches are HOT! There is a lot of buzz about these right now and they are getting hard to get as they are getting backordered because of their popularity. We have had these in and only have a few left. We are reordering more today.

 This great innovation is a fantastic way to add light to floral or twig arrangements without the hassle of dealing with an electric cord. You can also add them as light spray accents in trees. There are 20 lights on the branch and they give off a cool white light which has a slight blue hue. Branch is 17 inches long and requires 3 AA batteries (not included).

We are also getting in on some advance ordering for some branches that will have more of a warmer cast to the lighting instead of the bluish one these branches have. We do not look to have them in any earlier than May right now.

We will have a tall one at 39″ as well as a smaller one at 19″. Be sure to get some of these for yourself. the demand is high and supplies may be limited for most of the year.

Published in: on February 25, 2010 at 6:11 pm  Comments (4)  
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New Candle Fragrances

IMG_0181_2We have added a new candle fragrance called Harvest. It is a duplication of Yankee’s popular spiced Fall fragrance. The fragrance is a spicy blend of cinnamon bark and clove bud on a dry down of musk. We have gotten quite a few comments on the tester and so have the Antique Jar candles added and the melts will be soon to follow.

Two new candle testers are Pecan Pralines and 7up Cake. We just started them today so too  new to tell. A favorite of mine that I have had burning for a week now is a Lavender/coconut/cream mix. It is really nice and a welcome change from all the cinnamnons we have burned in the last few months.

Amish Harvest has been added to both candles and melts and it is going out the door as fast as I get it made. With the cooler weather and everybody heading indoors, a cozy and fragrant home becomes more important. If you have never tried one of our candles, now is the time to get one. Each one is designed to burn all day.. 6 to 10 hours without having to trim the wick. And, the average burn time on these candles is 115 hours. For us at the shop that is burning them 5 days a week, 8 hours a day and a good month to get them done. To make getting one of our candle even better, sign up for our monthly Newsletter and get a coupon for one of our candles for only $10.

Published in: on October 25, 2009 at 12:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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NeW iTemS for ThE HoliDaYs

Gift Card Holder
Gift Card Holder

We are starting to put out our Christmas items that have been arriving the last few months. We have several ornaments and  these little guys are not only cute on a tree, they are an adorable way to give a gift card, especially one of ours, to your Country or Primitive loving friends and family.

Snowman Ornaments
Snowman Ornaments

Another Primitive Snowman ornament are these two. They come as a pair and have a wonderful grungy look that will complement any tree, especially the German Twig Trees so popular in Country homes.

santa 2Even Santa has a nice grungy Prim look with these ornaments. Our Santas are a good size and I can see them hanging  in several places around a home as well as your tree. I am looking for unique places for them around the shop and will get some more pictures when I start putting things together.
Gold Flecked Tree
Gold Flecked Tree

These pictures do not do these little trees justice! Instead of a bright green typically found in Christmas trees, they are a neat olive color and are dusted with a gold glitter that just makes them something you HAVE to have this year. I bought the last three of these and am seriously considering keeping one for myself. They are about 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall and have little pinecones on the branches and are nestled in a primitive finished pot.

tree 3A close look at the branches and you can barely see the sparkle of the glitter. These trees look fine on their own  or add a few small prim ornaments or a small strand of rice lights for even more impact.
 

Spring is FINALLY Blowing in..

We sure have has some goofy weather. I bought some Lantana in Texas with the thought I would put them in our pots outside. Somewhere… I guess in Arkansas.. we drove right out of Spring. I left a Lowe’s filled with tons of Petunias, Verbenas, Gardenias as well as veggies and herbs and got back up here and the leaves were not even out. Bummer!!

And yesterday.. though the weather was finally warming.. that WIND. I’ve been a bit spoiled here at the shop. We have had Hydrangeas, Hyacinths, Pansys and many other cheery flowers blooming since January. That, combined with the nice ivies, have made for a rather pleaseant diversion from the Winter that was hanging on outside. So now that the weather is finally warming outside, I’m getting ready for Summer. I’ve finally got the stuff I bought at the Cash and Carry out on the floor and now I’m in the mood to start rearranging things.

maybePlates.. we have several nice new ones. Our Dance in the Rain plate is a best seller and now this one is coming in right behind it. A similar sentiment and words of encouragement for a friend or family member. There are four plates in this collection all with nice sentiments. Sit them in a plate stand for individual display or add them to one of our wood or metal plate racks that allow the display of two or three plates either vertical or horizonally.

img_0239_2Another nice new plate is the one on the right. With the recent loss of my Father, the verse has taken on new meaning and is a gentle remider to live each day fully and with no regrets. If tomorrow never comes, do they know  you love them? I’m making sure family and friends know how much they mean to me.

basket1Check out this cute metal basket. I added two pip berry whisps. It will sit real nice on a shelf or table as well as hang on a wall with the wire handle.

Published in: on April 26, 2009 at 5:21 am  Comments (1)  
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Treen

treen11Finding old, timeworn pieces to decorate your home is not easy. Hand hewn wood bowls and trays look so nice in primitive decor. But finding these Treen pieces in good shape takes time and work.. and then paying for them is another matter. So unless  you want to become a collector.. what can you do?

treen2 Treen includes a wide variety of objects mostly associated with tableware, the kitchen, games, personal adornment, and toilet articles. To get that rustic look of the old wood Treen pieces, try our resin reproductions. Molds are made from original Treen so you get every mark from creating to well worn use. Above is a nice shallow tray. I’ve used pieces like that for candles with potpourri or a bit of berry garland or flip the piece on it’s side and use in the back of a hutch to show off another unique item that is place in front of it.

The second picture is a pantry bowl. It even has the metal bands like the original. Not shown are some square angled bowls that also have this metal banding. I’ve just started to play with these pieces so we are still discovering ways to display them.

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Published in: on April 26, 2009 at 4:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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New Crocks and Rusty Pails

crock4We got lots of new things finally out on the floor. I like  crocks. I have bought a few old ones at auction with the intention of selling them at the shop.. but I can’t bring myself to part with them. So I pick up interesting pottery when I find it. This jug is really  nice. It is hand made and hand painted.

crock1These little jugs are awfully cute! Only about 4″ tall, they too are hand made and painted. This style pottery also comes in variouse other jugs and also come nice candle holders.

crock3I got a few like this too. This guy has a handle. I also got one that has a a lid and several others in various sizes. these pieces are also hand made and painted so not two are exactly alike. They are very rough and rustic looking.

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Something else I really like are rusty things. I picked up lots of rusty buckets on my buying trip. They are great around the shop to display things.. but around the house  greenery or even a rustic candle and some berries are a nice way to use them.

Published in: on April 26, 2009 at 3:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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Shelves and Textiles

berry-n-twigsThis is the new pattern we have in place mats and curtains. It is called Berry N Twigs. The curtains come in swags and tiers and we also have a nice table runner to go with the place mats.shelf1

Our plates are always popular. I have been asked for other ways to display them beside the plate stands we carry. For the larger plates, we offer several nice hanging iron racks.shelf_2 At the Cash and Carry I found this adorable black plate rack that will hold three 6″ plates horizontally. The finish on the rack is a nice bumpy prim texture that shows off our plates. Here the shelf rack is shown with three of our newer Hearthside plates.

shelf-2aAnother new addition is this shelf. This piece  has a nice, Colonial feel to it. It is  burgundy colored and has a combed texture to the paint. Those screws are for hanging on the wall.. and I can’t wait to get this piece out.

Published in: on April 14, 2009 at 3:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Buckets and Bunnies

bucket_1Well, we have quite a few new items. I have taken some pictures as I am pricing things so they are not displayed like they will be when I have  a few minutes to put them out in the displays in the shop.

Since I love rusty buckets, I picked up some new shapes. This bucket is squat and the handles add a nice touch. I may add a rustic candle and candle ring or some greenery.. will see when I start putting things out.

pantry-bucketIt’s odd how things can sit at the shop for a while then start flying out the door. We had several nice Treen pieces that I enjoyed putting in displays and suddenly, they all disappeared. So, I picked up several more new pieces. This is a pantry bowl. We also have some other nice bowls, trays and troughs. These pieces are nice for displaying grubby candles, potpourri and fixins.

bunny_1I know we were out of town and missed Easter. But these bunnies are real cute. We will have them out probably till the end of the month then put them away for next year.

Published in: on April 14, 2009 at 2:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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