Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wishing You A Merry Christmas

Not a creature was stirring.....hmmm!! Perhaps that is not quite true. Last minute touches as we all prepare for the big day with our families leds to a lot of stirring.
Have a great Christmas Day !!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Almost That Time!!

The days are becoming fewer as we approach the big day. A few last minute gifts to gather? What about one of our yummy candles for that neighbor?

We have many candles to chose from. This Warm Glow in red works perfect for this time of the year. For a friend perhaps?

What about a Christmas Tradition scent to burn at your home for the holidays?

A great stocking stuffer or an addition to a gift basket Cooper's Mill has delicious relishes and jellies.

For a quick appetizer use one jar of the Vidalia Onion Relish mixed with 8oz. of cream cheese. Or pour a jar of Hot Pepper Jelly over cream cheese. Yum!!

We will be open until 3:00 pm Christmas Eve so come in and shop in a relaxing atmosphere.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Did Santa Come Early???

Oh Goody !! Look what Santa (in a huge truck) brought, big boxes. It is always exciting to see the big trucks pull up but today was busier than usual. After these four big boxes came another truck bringing six more.

This is one of the cupboards stashed away in a huge box. I quickly tore through to find more treasures.

The possibilities are endless with this table top dry sink. I actually set it by a wing back chair and it looks great.

Like drawers? This Ol'City Tavern one of several new pieces that have drawers. You can never have too many drawers to stash stuff.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Snow People

Small Snowman dressed for winter in his jacket and scarf.

I think this snow girl is a little sassy in her straw bonnet and knowing smile. The felt snowmen pillow to her right add a bit of winter cheer.

This snow fellow is the companion to the snow girl. I moved both of them to a table arrangement after this picture was taken. They make a nice grouping with the box and greenery.

Friday, November 25, 2011

I Am Thankful

I am thankful for my family and the day we had yesterday. Seeing everyone enjoy the meal prepared, the games afterwards and some of us even went to a movie. The grand kids wanted popcorn to nibble on while watching the movie. Where they could put it I am not sure but they managed.

The day was busy as I am sure it was for each of you.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A wonderful hand made Santa adds a special touch to a seasonal grouping. The greens are some that have just recently arrived. Long needle pine with weeping cedar added , softens the Santa.

This little primitive tree is hand made in Tennessee and can find a spot in the home anywhere. Notice the weeping cedar on the right behind the tree,the drape of this piece would be good on a mantle also.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fan Back Chair

This fan back chair came in just before Open House and has been well received. I have a reorder coming soon but probably will not get here until after Thanksgiving. Will keep you updated.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas Touches Everywhere

Cupboards are filled with Santa's, snowmen, red plates and of course greenery and berries.

The stockings are hung and prim angels grace this four foot tree.

From a previous post I mentioned I liking trees up on things, well this tree is on a saddle makers bench. More stockings hung but this time all over a tree. I like the red jingle bell picks that cascade through the branches.

This cupboard is filled with snowmen and perhaps a Santa or two. I love all their cheery faces peeking out.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cozy Christmas

The Windsor chairs just came in last week , just in time for Open House. Touches of greenery and Santa complete the grouping in the red scoop. The tree is filled with gingerbread boys of all sizes and makes you almost want to go by and take a sniff.

The primitive two door cabinet is filled with gingerbread houses, popcorn balls and even a jar of marshmallows (not real). On top are three wonderful Santa's.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Open House This Week !!!

Festive,I think is a word that can describe the shop this week. Every nook and cranny has been decked out with holiday cheer. A few pictures and more to come as we celebrate the season this week.

Handmade snowmen of all sizes fill this tree that is placed in an old green meal bin. In the center of the tree notice the snow shovel tucked in the branches. The shovel went to a good home of a sweet customer.

This Vienna Twig tree is filled with Santa's, stockings and candy canes. The tree and Make do chair are sitting on a railroad cart. Unfortunately the cart is not seen in the picture. I like trees in different containers or placed on something unusual. It is that little unexpected that can make a setting interesting.

Last but certainly not the least are four creative ladies,Dianne, Norma, Merrilyn and Kathy. They spend two days helping me transform the shop into a Christmas event to be enjoyed by all. Without their help we might still be in all those boxes I showed you a few weeks ago. Also in the picture is Brian who helps on the first day writing tickets.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sneak Peek !!

Open House is coming up next week, Nov 1st to 5th and this little guy is wanting out. Just a little peek of one of the many folk art Snowmen that will be waiting to find new homes. We will be here Sunday and Monday transforming the shop for Christmas.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Let Us In !!

My son, Brian taking pictures last year of an eager group of shoppers as Merrilyn took "his picture". The early bunch are most eager to get in to see the new Christmas offerings.

One more week and the store will be decked out for the Open House,Nov 1st thru 5 th. Join us next week as we celebrate.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fall Simplicity!

A few things gathered in a reproduction box brings your eye in. The old red ware mold and the battery operated timer candle get softness from the bittersweet candle ring.

It is a shopkeepers dilemma when you are loving fall and Christmas goods are piling up waiting to get out. Our Candlelight and Cider Open House is a little over a week away. There is much work ahead but it will be fun pulling everything together.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Boxes And Even More Boxes !!

Pretty boxes!! The sets on the right and left are hand painted. The set in the middle is fabric covered with a nice stitching detail. I love the earth tones of these boxes.

Not so pretty boxes!! These are called cardboard .I have been busy trying to get things unboxed and priced for the upcoming Open House in two weeks. Granted the boxes are not pretty but what is inside are wonderful Christmas treasures. Yes, that is a tree on the right waiting for someone to fluff and decorate.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Birds Of A Feather !!

Do you like crows? They seem to pop up on a lot of things for prim decorating. The handmade crow sits atop a hooked sunflower. The crow mug has been very popular. The mug has a nice balance and a great roomy handle.

Handmade hen sitting on her hooked nest. She adds a spot of color and is quite cheery.

What do we have here? Another crow but this time metal, sitting on his perch. We did a little "gathering" of black items for fall.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Two New Books!

The Simple Cooking For Simple Life and " Tis The Season" with James Cramer have arrived. Both these books are buy Jill Peterson. The photography in both books are beautiful. We have a limited quantity so get yours soon.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

More Fall

Yesterday a goody box came from Sue in Connecticut.The pumpkin man and witch can be hung on the door or wall. The jack o' lanterns come in two sizes and can be tucked just about anywhere. I was glad to get these in because the fall decor is going fast.

Monday, October 3, 2011


A few old things coming together...make a grouping. Different textures add more interest to a setting.

Like colors whether tinware or crockery make more of an impact.

Different levels ,usually looking left to right makes a nice visual picture.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Touches Of Fall

A couple of prim girls with fabric pumpkins.

An old crock topped off with a gourd and pumpkin.

A quilt crane gets a bittersweet wreath for an extra touch of fall. By the way we got in another shipment of wreaths, including the larger size. I can not say enough how I love fresh bittersweet.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Favorite Spot

Jane, took a moment last week to sit in her favorite spot in the shop. She and a number of other customers love the newest prim room. What a way top it off than to be browsing through a current prim magazine.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Winner Is !!

Oh, but first all the cards have to be well mixed to make it fair to all. Jake my oldest grandson took his job quite seriously. Next Ben , the youngest reached in to draw the winner of the gift basket. He looks like he is concentrating hard. The winner is ....Brandi Toups !!!
Congratulations to Brandi.

Thanks to all that were able to come last week to help celebrate my fifteen years at Gatherings. It was fun seeing so many of you and it was a successful three days.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I love fresh bittersweet and this shipment just arrived. It came early this year and I am thrilled...it will give us a longer time to enjoy. This is one of the bunches full of berries.

The bittersweet has been added to a birch wreath and it is just one of many sizes.

The cakes are ready ,the store has been tweaked and now pretty bittersweet.....what more could a girl ask for??? Maybe smiling faces this week to celebrate fifteen years of Gatherings. Come see what is new .

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pumpkin Cuties

These little guys have the sweetest faces. They will look cute tucked in a cupboard or just about anywhere. I think maybe they are waiting to greet everyone on Thursday when we will Celebrate Fifteen Years at Gatherings.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Celebrating Fifteen Years!!

Celebrating !!! Sept. 15 ,16,17

Join us as we celebrate the good times together. I appreciate each of you that have walked through the doors over the years. I also thank those that follow the blog and encourage me with your comments. It warms the heart to know there are so many that love prims as I do.

We will be offering a 15 % discount and a drawing for a gift basket in the store. Of course what is a celebration with out cake? I will busy in the kitchen this weekend whipping up some scratch cakes just for you.

Settling In

The red dry sink found a place in the shop after I attached the hand pump. The buggy seat at the left makes a good place to display some of the old brown crocks I just brought in.A little fall tweaking and this dry sink found a spot to sit a spell.

The little wash stand with the scalloped back and pull out board works well as a bed side piece.