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Simple Ramblings From A Prim Cottage

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chit Chat

 Hi Girls! Not much going on here.Saturday I didn't find anything at the antique mall.Hubby found another spinning wheel it has the original label on it.So he owns 2 now and has sold 2.I just rolled my eyes and said if you really want it.LoL..He's thinking he might sell they other one..Sunday we went to fleamarket to look around a little early yet but we've had a mild winter and I wanted to see what was going on.Did not buy anything.Sunday afternoon went to grandma's old farmhouse and Brianna came home with me.It was funny we were eating dinner and Brianna and I were talking because when we left grandma's we couldn't find Hannah(they walked down to the pound).Brianna said she needed a break from her sister. So then she was fascinated by old bullet pencils hubby had sitting on the table.She said oh they are antique.So we were talking about old stuff and I told her when I die her and Hannah can have all my antiques and "old" stuff and they could sell it and be rich.Brianna says No I'm going to live in your house and keep it all so I can remember you...She thinks most of it is neat...
Hubby is home for a few days.Thursday he starts a rehab house but in the mean time he'll take up my personal time.I have a few swap things to finish up.Oh goodness just realized what hubby is doing,flipping my old mercantile cupboard around.You know me I don't do well with change.He says the doors need to be were I can open them so I can fix my things easier when they shift.To me it'll be backwards but he is right because every time I move it to fix the stuff inside when I move it back it all falls over.Plus I don't like moving it much since it's so old and heavy....Trying to finish up a giveaway and hope to get it posted this week...Hope you all have a wonderful day!~Amy

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Old Mercantile Cupboard

Good Saturday! Not much going on here.Windy and cold.Hoping we keep electric.Planning on a lazy weekend finishing up some swap stuff and a gift for a friend.Hubby needs to pick up a truck part and wants to stop at the antique mall.We have several close.The building didn't go through as there was to much that needed done and the realtor didn't think that he would be able to make a turnover on it,but the prayers and good wishes were not wasted as they are working out details on a regular house flip.A few of you have asked for a peek inside the old mercantile cupboard so here it is.. I've added more putz since these were taken..
The little men are shepherds for the sheep.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Warm Blessings!~Amy

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hippity Hop

 Well since Old Man Winter has forgotten to do his job this year I figured I might as well start spring early too...Now that it's decorated it'll probably cause a snow storm..LoL.. I keep expecting that winter is coming late but since we are almost to march I'm having doubts. Above the display on top of the old mercantile cabinet..The bunny below I purchased over the summer not real old but well made.The lady said she bought it from Germany with her..It has a putz sheep and wood bunny in his basket....
 My roses still living from Valentines...
 The shelf  I change for each season...The bunny in the blue coat I bought from Barefoot primitives to give as a gift but hubby loved him so I gave it to him....


Not much exciting this week. I was wrong about the real estate auction it's today.Hubby and I went and looked at it last night.  So many beautiful details but huge.All of the stained glass they remove would definitely come home to me.Part of the building has a attached tobacco store/lunch counter that has been closed for years but still has some of the old signs on the wall.The realtor said it will have to go fairly low though because it needs so much work.I'm still so hopeful he gets it so I can explore every nook while hubby works.It's 3 stories and a block deep.Stuff has been left behind over the years.Well girls today I need to pour some orders and a gift or two.Plus I need to finish sewing up my bunny make do.Then I want to read some magazines.There's a new one out called The olden days it has some good prims and is the premier issue.I'm on the fence as it has potential but needs a few tweaks.The early prim pictures are wonderful though.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Monday, February 20, 2012

Weekend Finds

Good Monday! Yesterday Hubby and I went to the Antique Mall for the Cabin Fever Sale.Boy was it packed I don't like crowds like to look at leisure.I did spend about 2 hours looking found a few things but most were out of my budget but interesting to look at and dream.I did buy the the wonderful Wash Stand and hubby bought the old ringer.The stand was a fair price but she had 20% off and the mall gave a extra 15% off your purchase.Problem is though I just rearranged the whole living room and I have no clue were to go with it.I'm thinking a huge trencher would be great on it filled with prairie dolls but hubby is thinking a old wood wash tub and laundry display thus why he bought the ringer..I also went out to a local country shop a lady I know owns we had a nice chat and I picked up my linen towel to makeover for Kendra's swap and Simple Life magazine..I have 2 ideas for the towel but will wait to see who my partner is so I know what she likes..Saturday I bought the spring and Easter stuff down and put away the Valentines..Might as well have the spring stuff out since Old Man Winter seems to not want to stay for a visit...I just know we are going to give up and accept spring and then the blizzard will show up in April LoL....On another note if you read this early can you send up a little prayer.There is a historic building with a kitchen,dining room,ballroom and apartments going up for auction this morning.Pray that the realtor hubby does flips and restorations for gets it.It would mean 6 months steady work for hubby which will mean I will have more free time to help dad and more money to help him with what he needs...I'll be back soon with pics of the spring stuff.Hope you have a wonderful week!~Amy

Saturday, February 18, 2012

7 Things About Me

This is a long post and picture heavy so you may want to grab a warm cuppa.Several people have graciously awarded me the
The most recent Robin http://primitivehutch.blogspot.com/ You are supposed to pass it along but I've decided that if you want to do a post as a get to know you just grab the award and list 7 Random things we might not know about you....1) I was born in the north but raised in the south.My step dad built parts of Epcot and Disney Lane..I was a beach bum we were always taking the boat to the islands or visiting secluded beaches....
2) I love the "Old" ways of the south...
I relate to Southern Belles and sometimes get called princess because of my stubbornness and wanting things proper and certain ways....Southerners are also slower paced and enjoy tradition and friendliness....
3) I love to cook and bake..I love good food but mostly simple southern style food.I think food brings people closer and have fond memories of church picnics and family gatherings.We still gather on Sundays at grandma's old farmhouse for lunch/dinner....
4) I hate cellphones..I think when you are in the company of others or out doing things you should not be worried who might be on the line.They do have answering machines.You should be taking the time to watch the road while driving, enjoying time with friends,making polite contact with the person waiting on you.Yes cellphones are good for emergencies, a quick call if being late, or the kids or hubby checking in...
5) I live in the North now and love all four seasons...I enjoy each for what it offers but I LOVE SNOW..Goes with my nesting tendency.Nothing better than being snowed in for a lazy day and yummy food.Watching movies,crafting,or reading....
6) I believe strongly what you put into the world is what eventually comes back to you.I believe people should be happy with what they have and strive and work towards what they want or who they want to be...I also believe if you put bad out there it's going to come back to you...
I'm a giver and give freely of what I have..I care about people to quickly..And always try to be nice and optimistic.BUT Once I've been hurt,lied to or taken advantage of I hold grudges.I know this is a flaw in me but forgiveness is hard for me.It's a bad thing because it eats at you and sometimes makes you not the person you are.Learning forgiveness is usually on my daily prayer list but I still struggle....
7) I love history..Family, Antiques, Civil War, Colonial you name it I want to know about days gone by.I love simpler times
Gotta love George....
I also like folk lore,remedies and ghost stories.Spooky history of days gone by.Sometimes tragic sometimes romantic ..... Since I've had a few eerie encounters yes I believe...
Ok so it's supposed to be 7 but I have 8) I Love old abandoned houses and barns..It's the picker in me as well as the explorer,mixed in with that love for old and history...Yes I get excited seeing this on a back road or on property hubby is restoring...
I dream about what could be hidden behind the old gates.....
What treasures were left behind that we now adore but were cast offs and left to weather...
Sometimes inherited by family who is the can't buy it at Walmart must be junk generation....Sometimes left by the people many years before and forgotten..
I wonder what made them leave it behind.Secrets to open and treasures to find...Stories to unfold....
I always get permission before going through old buildings or barns.....Hope you learned a little something about me.Would be interesting to see your Randomness as well so let me know if your going to post so I can stop for a visit..All Images in this post were taken from Google and are not my photo's...Warm Blessings!~Amy

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wild n Crazy Valentine Bunch

Well girls seems like I haven't been posting as much.Just normal every day life keeping me busy..Hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day.Hubby bought me a dozen roses and Dove Chocolate...The carnation was from my mom.
I'm not much of a flower girl.I like to grow them but the cost especially at Valentines drives me crazy.So many wonderful prims I could buy with it LoL.But I know it's his way of trying to say I Love You so I love them..smile...We had the wild bunch for movie night...Oh what mischief the 3 of them can get into....
My Favorite people in the whole world! We colored paper lunch bags and made special popcorn with all kinds of yummy mix ins...The girls got to add what the wanted from gummy worms to snowcaps. Yummy munchie food for our movie time....
Hannah in hearts for Valentines...
Brianna thinking "Oh No! Not the camera again"
After everyone settled down we snuggled on the couch..munched..and watched a movie..Can't say I could have had a better Valentines....The next few days I'll be cleaning up my Valentines and bringing spring and Easter down.I'll be busy as usual with dad plus I have a small job outside the house I have to do.Occasionally I help hubby with his flips and remodels, so I have to clean and detail a house so it's showable by the end of the week.Plus I have some orders to finish and some swap goodies to work on.Hope you all are having a great week.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hooked Rugs Girls and Snow

Hi Ladies! Hope you all are having a great week.Me? Busy as usual..So much so that I took the dogs to the vet on the wrong day.Lucky for me everyone cancelled with the snow and they were able to take me...smile..I love hooked Rugs and someday hope to hook my own but will be trying the punch needle first.Thought I'd share my collection with you...


This one I wish I hadn't used on the floor....
This one was a gift from sweet Margie made special just for me....
Another wonderful mat from Lauren (Rugs and Pugs) ...
Well we had steady snow all day yesterday didn't amount to much but it was lovely watching it all day...Maybe more for Saturday...
Me,Hubby and the girls went out to the pizza buffet last night.The girls both won happy feet stuffies.The pizza was hot and fresh too..The girls are getting so big! It's hard to believe they were only 2 lbs just a few short years ago.Hannah's Cerebral Palsy is started to be a little more evident as she is having some trouble with school.Brianna is excelling in everything.I had to laugh because they learned this Too sexy song and sing it.Hannah is saving for the CD but Mamaw told her it's inappropriate (her new favorite word) she is so cute when she says it....Hannah Honey Bunch....
Brianna on the run.She will not stand still or pose for pictures anymore..Love her brattiness so much like her Auntie when I was little...
I've had alot of beeswax and candle orders so that's been keeping me busy,plus dad's running and appointments.He was able to set up auction last Saturday so he was happy to get out of the house and work a little.It wore him out but it was good for him to be around his old crew and doing what he loves.It's blood count is good.Things are starting to look better but I know better with Cancer than to get to excited.Day by Day..Wanted to say Hi! to all my new followers as well.So thankful to have you and hope you enjoy my simple little life..smile..Warm Blessings!~Amy

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Sunday

Good Sunday Friends! I don't get much into football but do love the food and commercials...I have cocktail smokies in the crockpot,a coconut cream cake and hubby is making chili so I'm covered if someone "drops" by...I plan to go to grandma's old farmhouse for Sunday Lunch/Dinner and to visit awhile..Yesterday was just a lazy day...
We got some surprise light snow.There is still a coating on the ground and a little snow supposed to fall today..Made my heart joyful being cozy at home with the snow lightly falling..I did some sewing (not my favorite thing) Did some make ~ do Bunnies but they are for swap gifts so I can't show them.They turned out cute but I think Mrs Granny Trace lied she told me sewing makes you not crave cookies..smile..Well I had a cookie and 2 dove dark chocolate cherry hearts.Granted it takes me forever to sew.I can sew just don't enjoy it....Friday Hubby got his tooth pulled but our regular dentist had the flu and since we are rural there was no other places that could take him so we had to drive 1 1/2 hours one way to go to the oral surgeon..The GPS took us down alot of wonderful back country roads.I didn't bring my camera but I know in reality hubby would not have accommodated the pull overs for pics anyway.He was in so much pain...
One ramshackle old farm had a barn falling down next to the road I could see it was stacked full with old galvanized wash tubs, wood buckets,tin feed signs  pitter patter goes my picker heart if I can ever find that house again(yes we were very back road) I'll surely knock and ask what they are doing with that stuff.Then we drove past a antique barn and they actually had fleamarket vendors set up outside it about killed me not being able to stop.(Yes I know it was cold but there was  junk  treasure sitting on those tables) There were 2 big antique shops one in a renovated barn.I did get hubby to promise to take me on a day trip back there soon.(Although we will be broke for awhile LoL) The dentist was $400 not including 3 prescriptions and gas...He's still in pain but feeling better we are both people who try to tolerate pain as we don't like pills....On another note I remember doing punch needle when I was young and would like to learn again.Do any of you know of any vendors online that sell prim kits for beginners? I want the cloth already printed,the threads/floss and needle in one pack.I do have a small hoop already that came with a rug hooking kit.I want it easy to learn...Well girls hope you have a wonderful and blessed Sunday!~Amy

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Saturday Find Rearranging and Prayer Answered

This week has flown by alot of good and bad this week but such is life.Saturday I went on my adventure...I found nothing but Hubby found this....
He liked the handle on it and the price was right it fits in nicely with his collection (it's the third one in)
We decided to also head to the city because this one store was having blow out TV deals and hubby has waited 4 years to buy a TV they had them really cheap at this store and We've had a 52 inch projection TV so we are selling that.Anyhow we missed the exit and ended up in the city.Hubby does not do well when lost,me not a big deal.(especially since I have GPS) He tells me to stop staring at people,well really I wasn't I was looking at the houses which had lovely details but alot were left to dilapidate and yes I might have looked at the man riding his bike drinking a 40 oz beer.Just me I like to look.For me I thought new things to look at.I also asked him to stop at one place and he said don't you watch the news? He said what street are we on? I told him and he said there were just 2 shootings last night on this street.Well my hubby is a big sturdy guy but he was right he definitely didn't fit in with his camo hat,hunting shirt and country boy style..LoL.. So we did find the place  and hubby bought his TV which lead to me having to rearrange the whole living room.What I haven't figured out was the projection TV was much bigger and had a case built around it so I could display things.Well the smaller TV set the room off so I had to rearrange everything....Moved the large crock and box here.Also changed out the crocks under the spinning wheel...
So he comes home from work and see's everything stacked in the middle of the living room..I'm not good with change so it takes me awhile to decided exactly how I want things.Once I got things displayed I don't change often like alot of you except the seasonal areas.Anyhow he says You are not getting rid of all that it's your good stuff.LoL..Glad he realizes..smile..I explain that I'm just rearranging which he totally didn't get since the new TV is half the space as the old....Had to move the dough riser it was on the other side of the room....
See the TV peeking out..
This old shelf is were the TV sits on now.I'm still working on the displays in there..The other problem was the horse.I've always displayed him with the rocker off.Well hubby decided about 2 weeks ago to put the rocker on.I appreciate that he notices and takes interest in things I love so when he does things I try not to be negative but the rocker takes up alot of room so it took some finagling to.(is that a real word?)
So the pitch fork,horse,firkin stack and jug got moved to this side of the room.Ignore the tape measure it's not part of my decor just needed it to help figure space..smile...

So now the house is back together...Wanted to update you on dad the prayers must have worked the new lump is not a tumor they said it is a side effect from the chemo.Thank goodness! Hubby's friend was in a bad accident this week he is going to live but will probably be in the hospital 6 months sad as he has a baby due this week..Hubby also had a tooth break so today we are trying to get him into the oral surgeon he is in so much pain.I'm not looking forward to the cost as we do not have insurance.Always something but I will say in general I am Blessed.Some days you just gotta look a little harder.Yesterday was 60 degrees Today 40's just crazy weather this year.My flowers are popping up then it gets cold and they wilt.I'm hoping the Ground hog predicts 6 more weeks.I want at least one good snow.Yep I'm one of those that enjoys winter.It's my nesting instinct..Oh and for everyone in the swap your partners were sent.Any questions just email me..Well girls I've gabbed long enough so enjoy your day! Warm Blessings!~Amy