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Simple Ramblings From A Prim Cottage

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hibnernating

 Tomorrow I will head up to the loft to pull down my spring and Easter decor. Really not sure why when we are expecting another day like this.....
Yes the weatherman said it's official this has been the coldest February on record for Pennsylvania...Brrr...So after a quick trip to the store I'll be snuggling in with some good shows and magazines....A friendly reminder for my swap girls I need your info by Sunday eve a few I haven't got yet. There is still time to sign up info is on the side bar just click the swap pic. Hope everyone is staying warm. ~Amy

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spring Tidings Swap Sign Up

  Time to start daydreaming of spring! Even though we are in zub zero temps here. Ok on to the swap.I will say that the last few swaps have had some issues. The reason I host the swaps is because in the past I have joined swaps and really got took advantage of the host never did anything to monitor. I won't let that happen here. So if  you are asked to sit out this swap, I'm sure I will hear some backlash but if you really think about it you would be upset if it were you on the other end. Rules are written out for a reason and most of the girls try very hard. I do want to let new girls in the fun but please if you are not interested in becoming a regular in our group and don't have a giving spirit don't bother signing up.We are looking for lasting friendships not just someone who wants a box in the mail and something for nothing..That said...It will be a semi open swap which means new sign ups will be accepted with some exceptions....
 Lets get the sign up rules out of the way first..I know some of the rules to some people may sound harsh but there are other general swap groups out there,the girls in our group are generous givers and I want them protected from the people that are out to get something for nothing.Swaps should be fun and worry free and I check up on all of the swaps as well.If you are a regular in the group you know the general rules and nothing has changed..
 New sign ups~
  • You must have a active blog which means you have posted within the last 2 months (yes I do check) Also you must be a follower of my blog
  • This is a primitive,farmhouse,country,colonial style swap so only sign up if you like those styles
  • You must like to give gifts as well as recieve only send things you would really enjoy getting
  • I do keep a list of bad swappers and people I have been giving warnings about you know who you are so please do not sign up here
  • I must approve you if by chance I ask you to wait till I get to know you better it's not ment to be harsh only that I'd like to get to know you a little first.Remember if you are in the swap circle you'd want to be protected as well.

General Rules for everyone
  • USA and Canada only
  • No dollar amount as I feel that hand dids can not be priced.Basically send a nice package you'd like to recieve and please no dollar store stuff (a few fillers like seeds,garden gloves,tools would be ok)
  • This is a general prim/farmhouse swap with a Spring Theme it is not a Easter swap so you can send everyday prim stuff but you can include some easter if you want.I want the girls to be able to display/use their items after easter too.
  • Since the theme is Spring you must include at least one thing with a spring motif this will include Birds, Bees, Flowers, Bunnies, Chicks, or Nest.
  • You must include at least 5 things in the box yes you can include extra's most do.
  • One item must be stitched this item can be purchased or hand made by you but must be included.Stitched includes dolls, bowl fillers, penny rugs, quilted, hooked, punched and stitcheries
  • You must contact your partner once you recieve your email and say Hi! within 48 hours so they know everything is ok and can get to know you
  • You must Thank your partner (they have given you a gift after all) and post your goodies we all like to see.
Sign ups open till Febuary 28th You can post the link and pic to your blog if you want.Your package needs to be mailed no later than March 21st with delivery confirmation.I know some girls ship parcel post which is fine as long as you have a confirmation.
To sign up email me at cottageprims@hotmail.com with the following info you are welcome to copy and paste.
  • Email
  • Blog URL
  • Name and Address
  • Your last 2 swap partners if you are a regular in my swaps
  • Are you willing to ship to canada it only cost a few dollars extra?
  • If needed can you take a extra partner? I usually pick up the extra but occasionally I need someone to take someone to match properly.
The following is optional but helps your partner get to know you better and helps with matching
  • Any allergies?
  • Favorite scents or scents that you do not like?
  • Anything special you are looking for or collect like old childs dishes, wood bowls, cookie cutters, old photos?
  • What is your decorating style?
  • Do you like spice and grunged tattered or more traditional ?
  • What types of things do you like or motifs throughout your house? examples pineapples,stars,crows,nest,bees, certain breed of dog, dolls, penny rugs...
  • What colors do you decorate with?
  • Favorite little indulgances like candy, tea, scented lotion?
I will always email you a confirmation saying I recieved your info so if you don't hear from me within 24 hours I did not recieve your email...

The pictures throughout are suggestions of items the girls send.All pics are from Etsy sellers with their shop names included so you can find them to purchase if you see something you like.
                                   .Any questions I'm here to help.Lets have Fun!~Amy

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hearts to warm you

 Oh my has it been ccc cold! Thought I'd drop in and share my Valentines  Decor..Not much exciting here..Been walking around the antique malls some. Starting to get stir crazy for spring and junking.I buy a ton of smalls in the summer for Etsy and pack them in antique cigar boxes.I always forget what I've bought some go back a few years so it's always interesting in the pulling them out and looking for something to list... Ready to do some markets I miss hunting and also the socializing.Hubby does most of the selling so I have to set up and clean up but pretty much I get to enjoy myself.... I have had some extra time with my nieces. They are growing so fast...
 Hannah and I had a snow day about a week ago just me and her.Did nails, made jewelry, watched girl flicks.It was good to just have her since her sister is always so clingy with me they normally fight.
 The month is just flying by. Can't believe it's the middle of February already.It's supposed to be below freezing and snow for Valentines so hubby is going to make me Sausage and pancakes for breakfast, Then stuffed pork chops with apple~cranberry stuffing for dinner.We decided a cozy lazy day around the house would be wonderful....
 Not much really happening here just trying to keep warm and enjoying time with family before things get busy again. I'm thankful that I can see cousins, aunts, uncles,grandma and nieces and nephews each Sunday. It truly is a blessing. Even when we were young we went to the great grandparents for Sunday dinner.Of course they are passed but am so glad my grandma carries it on.
Well for my swap girls.I'll have the Spring swap posted in the next few days.Hope you all have a wonderful Valentines.~Amy

Friday, January 16, 2015

Some Catching Up

Well Christmas has come and gone.I'm never quite prepared for the arrival the last few years. It was spent at Grandma's old farmhouse cluttered with family but cozy being surrounded by the ones you love. News Years resolutions and goals have been set mostly the same every year but this year I'm going to really make the efforts..smile... Everyone picks a word nowadays so mine I've decided will be "Let Go" which is very hard for me.I hold on to things and have a hard time with forgiveness. I'm the type of person who always does the right thing and I expect others to as well,but I've come to realize that others aren't me and aren't giving a second thought to what they've done.I need to learn to let go of the anger and hurt and move on. It really hurts no one but yourself. I won't let people continue to cause conflict or Drama though I'm just going to move on and not let them intrude on my happiness. Anyhow I'm making really good strides on this already with one person... I'm a baby steps person so little by little.....
So before Christmas Misi  and I exchanged gifts. I am so lucky to have such a sweet friend. She truly is a thoughtful and giving person. All wrapped so beautifully but I forgot to take pics but it was made so special... Everything smelled of cinnamon and pine..I received not 1 but 2 of her beautiful handcrafted boxes!!!! This beautiful dome one will stay out all year.You'll see it when I show my Valentines decorating....
These Georges will be wonderful for a small summer feather tree or patriotic banner....
Love everything!! Big Hugs sweet friend!!!   I always love this time of year. Some time to nest and just enjoy the simple things...Read, Dream, Cook,Bake and enjoy the little things we are normally to busy for...Thank You to all the girls who sent prayers and well wishes for Dad. He is still in the hospital but out of critical care. His low  blood pressure has been stabilized and now he is fighting the pneumonia  it takes a little more for his body since the cancer but he will be Ok.. Looking forward to tomorrow my first yard sale of the year. It's in a fire hall thankfully because it has been freezing. Well friends hope you are staying cozy! Warm Blessings!~Amy