Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year To You All !!!

Does this not say it all ? Another new fresh year is ahead of us to make our wishes and dreams come true. Its time to make those resolutions to do things differently or to remain content in what we have and to be thankful for that. Blessings to each of you for a wonderful year ahead.

By the way if you might wonder, thats my seven year old grandson behind the glasses.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas !!!

Wishing for each of you a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy the festivities of the day and the warmth of family and friends.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Day Soon !!!

The time is drawing near for Christmas Day. Preparations soon we will be completed and we will be able to sit back and enjoy the day. The men in my family will find a comfy chair to watch all the goings on. The women will be bustling in the kitchen getting the meal on the table. Does this sound familiar at your house? After opening gifts our family will enjoy playing games.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


He can be round , jolly, tall or skinny. He evokes the child in all of us. Remember Christmas Day when you could not wait to tear into your packages? One year "my Santa" had built me, my very own playhouse. It even had electric lights. What a delight! I almost went through the picture window trying to get to it in our backyard. The hours and hours of fun in that little house with friends bring fond memories. The smell of fresh paint still makes me think of my childhood playhouse. How Santa was able to suprise me with that is still a wonder.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tuck Ins

If you are still wanting to tweak an area for the Holidays we still have some goodies to chose from. To make it even better all Christmas is 25 % off.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Stockings Were Hung

Stockings in this case not on a mantle but from a cupboard door. The cupboard has adjustable shelves and could house a small T.V.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Primitive Wingback Make Do Chair

A Wingback chair is a staple in country decorating. It adds a certain charm to the country setting. Imagine this prim chair by the fireplace and enjoying a cup of coffee.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Pillows

A little last minute color for your holliday decorating. These applique pillows just arrived and I love them. The large pillow would be great on a bed or sofa.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Samplers certainly give you a look of bygone days. These new ones have some of the sweetest sentiments. I have a large grouping of samplers over our bed and they make me happy to see them every night.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Snow Not Rain !!!!

O.K. This is going to seem odd for you that are in Northern states but we are getting SNOW today. I know it doesn't look like much but we don't usually get white stuff in the Houston area. Our winters are usually rainy and cold. Yes I am open and enjoying seeing the snow out my shop windows and feeling like its almost Christmas.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Bottles add interest to a shelf or cupboard where you might need a couple of small tuck ins. When making groupings we need to remember to vary sizes and shapes to make it please our eyes. These bottles have some interesting labels but are not old.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Primitique Homestead Cupboard

This cabinet has the greatest looking color. It is Burnt Pecan with light Turquoise on the inside. This is one of Primitiques cupboards I have had before but it looks so different in this color combination. The two shelves on the bottom gives it so much potential. I wish I had folded a textile and laid it on the bottom shelf before I took the pic.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

What Santa Brought ?

Well maybe not Santa but the next best thing. A big rig driver brought a new shipment from Primitiques, Monday. It has been a busy week and have not had time to take pictures. This cupboard is quite narrow with five shelves inside. I would not mind having this under my Christmas tree : )

Friday, November 27, 2009

Turkey Day Only A Memory

I ran out to take the turkey bones for trash pick up and my eye caught sight of my mums. They bloomed in time for Thanksgiving and that is remarkable in itself. A friend gave these to me for my birthday last year, although I don't have a green thumb they survived me. Now notice in the background my "hedge" of rosemary which is growing wildly,to my youngest son's chagrin .Mine grow and whatever he tries to do for his he kills it.
What does all of this have to do with Thanksgiving memories? Actually nothing at all.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thankful Hearts

We give pause to be thankful for the blessings we have been given. To have the love of family and friends is truly one of the most treasured gifts we can have. Wishing for each of you a wonderful day of Thanksgiving !!!

Nightshirt Santa

This Santa was very popular at Open House. I was glad to be able to get another one. Also just received more Santa tree toppers, Christmas pillows, candle mats and brown corded lights . We have new Santa's and snowmen that have just arrived also.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Primitive Cabinet By Primitiques

Love this two door cabinet by Primitiques. Notice the detail on the bottom left cabinet door. It looks like it had some hard use years ago but actually only recently made. I am expecting another new shipment of their things in the weeks to come.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pine Medicine Cabinet

The cabinet looks good whether its open or closed. In the open position there are so many opportunities to tuck your collections. The snowman guy is just hanging out inspecting whats happening.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Primitive Wood Box

The primitive wood box is an old grayish paint with pine exposed in places. There are iron braces holding a piece of wood in the front. The old pine has such a rich look I just love it. It would be wonderful holding rolled quilts, a toy box or perhaps storing wood as it was originally intended.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Open House Was Fun

Last week was so busy and hectic but now we are catching our breath. We have been busy doing re-orders of some of the popular items that flew out during Open House. So in the next week or two we will be getting more stock. Some items will be first time arrivals.

This is a new favorite area in the store. It looks like a cozy sitting room.

We have many santas by different folk artists. The little guys on the tree have great detail.
This was a popular tree and it went home with one customer. We have more ice skates and snowmen ornaments on order.
Snowmen are making their home on this cabinet. I love the way the icy branch and lights came over the cabinet and the natural looking greenery.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Handmade Snowmen

These cheery fellows are a perfect accent for the holidays. Many of my customers say they leave their snow people out through February to get the most enjoyment from them.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Open House

We are in the midst of our Open House and it has been very successful. It is so nice to know that the things that we picked for the season are being appreciated. Thanks to all my sweet customers for your nice comments and loyal support.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Almost Time !!!!

Our annual Candlelight Cider Open House is less than a week away and preparations are already under way. We will be working Sunday and Monday to make the shop ready for Christmas. The Open House is Nov. 3rd thru 7th

Below are some pictures of last year's event.

These early birds are eagerly waiting for ten o'clock to arrive. We usually have a number of shoppers arrive early to have first pick at some of the limited handmades and perhaps an antique treasure that has just arrived.

It's always fun to see cars lined up in the parking lot each year. Inside, shoppers are discovering all the wonderful things gathered for the Christmas holidays.

Each year we decorate uniquely themed trees throughout the shop. These shoppers are looking at the Santa tree. One of our annual traditions is serving homemade baked goods and cider to welcome our friends. We hope you can come and join us this year!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Old Tinware

I personally love old tinware. I have a collection of muffin tins at home that hang on my kitchen wall. It started innocently enough when my mother picked up two at a garage sale for me. I had no idea at the time how many different shapes there are and the range of prices. This is a picture in the shop of some tinware in one of the old kitchen cupboards.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cupboard With Chippy Paint

This narrow cupboard is a great size and offers alot of storage possiblities. The doors look good either opened or closed. With at least six shelves you could display many treasures or stash a bunch of stuff.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall Gourds

These fall gourds are a few that we still have left. The gourds are handpainted and very natural. They will work well now through Thanksgiving. A bit of bittersweet twined around makes a very simple statement.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Coming Quick

Things are hectic getting ready for Candlelight and Cider Open House in less than two weeks. For those of you that are local the dates of Open House is Nov. 3rd thru 7th. Storage areas are bulging with holiday decor. I am eager to get it out but am waiting for the set up days. There is barely room to shimmy by. The shop is being readied in preparation for the trees and seasonal decor but the wait is still on. I took the day off to take care of some loose ends one being my home that has been needing my attention.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Peeking In

We have created a new area in the shop that beckons a simpler time. You might want to check it out.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Some of the candles that I have been stocking up on for the holidays. Many choices but they are all wonderful burning candles. Come in and choose your favorite.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sit Awhile

A Wing Back recliner definitely will encourage sitting anywhere in a home. The entertainment cabinet would be complete with a flat screen T.V. sitting on top. It is fitted out inside for all the wires and cables that come along with that modern convenience. My husband would be thrilled with the T.V. part since I am the last hold out in that respect.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Primitive Table With Arrowback Chairs

Come in and sit a spell at our sweet little table with splay legs. The early arrow back chairs completes the simple settting.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pencil Post Bed In Brown

Recently we set up this pencil post bed in java over black. To carry out the brown theme I used textiles in shades of brown also. The room setting looks ready for fall.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pumpkin Gatherings

Pumpkins signal the arrival of fall .These are resin so they will be long lasting. I love the variations in color and the bumpy ones are my personal favorites.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Old Baskets

Nice early baskets I just acquired. Actually the one on the chair is not "old" but has a good look. How are we going to fill them? Anyone have their favotite thing to do with baskets? Do you want to share? We might show one of your ideas here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Leather Look Wingback Chair

A wingback that has the look of leather but the comfort of fabric makes a nice addition to a family room or study.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


A setting that invites a sip of coffee and browsing through a good book. You might want to pick up a copy of Jill Peterson's new book, The Settlement. It has homes in several states and two here in Texas. The loveseat is one of several new upholstered furniture pieces to arrive in the store lately.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Stein's Country Collection

Some wonderful fall pieces from Stein's that just came in yesterday. Mr. Jack O Lantern and his turkey friends will accent any country setting.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pumpkin People

Aren't they little cuties ? They arrived this week, just in time for fall. I have them hanging on an old quilt but they can both sit as well. They each have a bunch of prim detail and are made by a talented doll maker in Conn.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

More Primitiques

This is another picture of some of the recent Primitiques shipment. The makedo shelf to the right is sitting on a sawbuck table. The shelf can be hung but I think it also looks great sitting on the table. To the left is a small server which is green over red but I need to show a better picture of it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Captain Mad Molly

Many times when I am not in the store people want to know if I had a nice vacation or a relaxing time. Wrong! Usually it means I am doing a children's show for my son. Last weekend I was at Kemah Boardwalk doing a booking for him plus trying to avoid the rain. My sweet husband was also there doing a dinosaur show so it was two days outside. They both enjoy doing shows for kids birthdays and schools because there is always an element of surprise with kids. Check them out at http://www.schoolandcampfun.com/. Mad Molly has a birthday party to do this weekend so I will be away again.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Black over red paint settle by Primitiques. Notice the storage drawer and the fabric cushion that finishes this wonderful piece. At the moment it is very simple with a textile over the back and a
paper packet on th seat. Seasonal decor would be neat on the seat also or a special friend sitting a spell.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cozy Prim Room

The "Primitiques Room" is finished and I love the results. It makes you feel like you are in a room in an early house. More close ups and descriptions to come but wanted you all to see how it came out.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Primitiques Shipment Has Arrived !!!!

Lots to unpack. If it were a little cooler outside, it would feel like Christmas!

Lucky for me, my husband and son came to unpack and recycle.

So much fun to see all the Primitiques furniture and treasures.

It's beginning to take shape. Stay tune to see the final result or better yet, come by for a visit this Saturday!