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Simple Ramblings From A Prim Cottage

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Winter Swap?

Hi Girls! Seems like most of the regular circle is moving to instagram and facebook so I wanted to see how many are interested in a winter swap? It would be mailed the middle of January.If I get at least 6 people interested I'll get it posted for sign ups..It used to be 25+ joined in but lately it hasn't been many joining in. If you want me to host The Heart of Winter Swap please comment so I can see if we have enough this time. Hope everyone is enjoying some cozy time before the Holiday rush!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Autumn Decor and last call for ornie swap

 Hi Friends! Just stopping to share a few pics around the house of my fall decorating. I have been enjoying the season. Took the girls to a corn maze last week and we got lost for over a hour. Finally I told them and hubby I was going my way and we were out in 10 minutes...smile... We were going to do the night one with flashlights I was so glad we decided not too.
 Not alot happening my way just getting ready for the long winter ahead..Sometimes feel like a squirrel running around gathering nuts but I know the cozy nesting season is soon.....


 Hubs found the metal scarecrow at a estate sale and bought it home to me....Love it....
 The annual ornament swap is posted.Just wanted to let you know there is still time to join in the fun.. This used to be the biggest swap and so much fun but with so many moving to Facebook instead of blogging I only have about 7 girls. If you want to join in Click Here for details  All are welcome.
Well girls hope you are enjoying Autumn. I've been making sure to take some time and relax with a warm cup of tea a few times a week. Lighting the candles as the eves are coming in earlier. Today will be baking some Pumpkin cinnamon rolls and taking some out to Grandma's old farmhouse. Warm Blessings!~Amy

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Homespun ornie swap sign up

 Reposting for those that missed it....... Hi girls! It's time for our Homespun Ornament Swap. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun as long as you follow the rules posted below...Alot of the swaps I host are closed to regulars so this is a good way to get in on the fun and be able to join in on the seasonal swaps...You are welcome to copy the above image with a link back to this post to post on your blog...The images below are ideas on what to send. All are Etsy sellers with their names posted with the ornament so you can visit their shop....
 Rules~

  • You must be a follower of my blog (new followers are welcome)
  • The ornies must be handmade you can purchase or make them but they must be handmade
  • You can send 1-4 ornies how ever many you send is what will be returned to you.
  • Open to USA The postal rates have went up so you must include with your package a check, money order or of course cash makes no enemies (we have never had any problems with loss in the mail)..  $7  for the return shipping of the ornies...If there is any money left it will go to the local food bank which gives out Christmas dinners for families.Some will be over some under but it usually evens out in the end
  • You must include a return address label or hand written paper so I can mail it back to you. 
  • Ornies must be packaged with a tag on each one that has your blog url so people can thank you when they post the Thank You post

  • They must be in clear bag (ziplock or cellophane) so I can see them
  • Must be mailed by Nov 5th for US...
  • I'll be sorting and shipping so it reaches you by Thanksgiving week...I do not keep track of who gets whos ornies. It is the receivers responsibility to Thank the girls either via a blog post or email.
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  • All are welcome but this is a primitive,country,colonial, farmhouse swap so only sign up if you like those styles
  • To sign up leave a comment on this post then email me for my address after checking your blog(I'm only checking for spammers) I will email my address to you. My email is cottageprims@hotmail.com I will email you back within 48 hours if you do not hear back from me it didn't reach me so try again.
  • If your package does not arrive to me before Nov 10th I will have to return to sender.Let's get them mailed on time.
Any questions I'm here to help. Let's have fun.~Amy

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Thank You Wendy and Jessica

 Wanted to stop in and Thank the lovely ladies who joined in the Harvest Gatherings swap. Seems sadly blogging in going by the wayside.I miss the community we used to share in so many kindred spirits..So we only had the 3 of us this time so I swapped with both girls. First is Wendy Ravenwood Whimzies.blogspot.com   She knows I love black dolls and pumpkins so she created the adorable doll. Yummy chocolates to nibble....Below adorable black cat with little mouse rider,teas for Fall.I adore a warm cup of tea. Paddle Board with pheasant...
 and a wonderful crow on pumpkin wreath...Thank You Wendy for everything you have been a wonderful friend over the years....
 Jessica http://oldcrowhomestead.blogspot.com/ sent such wonderful things as well.....
 I love the little Jack pin keep she made above...She also spoiled me with some sea salt caramel..
Doll, Acorn Tuck,Incense stix, Pumpkins and fall accents. Beautiful gifts from friends.Thank you girls so much!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Surprise from a friend

 Wanted to share the sweet surprise from my friend Janice https://primsbythewater.blogspot.com She sent me some wonderful Fall goodies.I absolutely love everything.Of course No No loved them to and had to cuddle them....
Thank you so much for the kind gifts Janice.It's so wonderful to have a kindred spirit like you for a friend!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Annual Homespun Ornie Swap Sign Up All Welcome

 Hi girls! It's time for our Homespun Ornament Swap. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun as long as you follow the rules posted below...Alot of the swaps I host are closed to regulars so this is a good way to get in on the fun and be able to join in on the seasonal swaps...You are welcome to copy the above image with a link back to this post to post on your blog...The images below are ideas on what to send. All are Etsy sellers with their names posted with the ornament so you can visit their shop....
 Rules~

  • You must be a follower of my blog (new followers are welcome)
  • The ornies must be handmade you can purchase or make them but they must be handmade
  • You can send 1-4 ornies how ever many you send is what will be returned to you.
  • Open to USA The postal rates have went up so you must include with your package a check, money order or of course cash makes no enemies (we have never had any problems with loss in the mail)..  $7  for the return shipping of the ornies...If there is any money left it will go to the local food bank which gives out Christmas dinners for families.Some will be over some under but it usually evens out in the end
  • You must include a return address label or hand written paper so I can mail it back to you. 
  • Ornies must be packaged with a tag on each one that has your blog url so people can thank you when they post the Thank You post

  • They must be in clear bag (ziplock or cellophane) so I can see them
  • Must be mailed by Nov 5th for US...
  • I'll be sorting and shipping so it reaches you by Thanksgiving week...I do not keep track of who gets whos ornies. It is the receivers responsibility to Thank the girls either via a blog post or email.
  •                       



  • All are welcome but this is a primitive,country,colonial, farmhouse swap so only sign up if you like those styles
  • To sign up leave a comment on this post then email me for my address after checking your blog(I'm only checking for spammers) I will email my address to you. My email is cottageprims@hotmail.com I will email you back within 48 hours if you do not hear back from me it didn't reach me so try again.
  • If your package does not arrive to me before Nov 10th I will have to return to sender.Let's get them mailed on time.
Any questions I'm here to help. Let's have fun.~Amy

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

It's Time! Harvest Gatherings Swap Sign up

 Before we know it my favorite time of year will be here Autumn! What better way to get in the cozy mood then a wonderful box from a friend!
 To join the swap.You must like Farmhouse,Colonial,Primitive,Cottage Decor. I must know you or you must have a active blog or facebook page I can check out before approving you.This is to insure a safe swap for all the girls.No one likes to be hurt by someone taking advantage of them and I like to insure my swaps are safe and fun....
Rules~

  • Leave comment here then email me at click here to email  with your swap info
  • Sign up by August 11th
  • Mail package no later than Sept 7th
  • When you receive your partners info email them and say Hi!
  • Post a thank you either on blog post or facebook once you receive  your package
  • 1 item in the box needs to be a Doll or Stuffed item at least 8 inches by this I mean it can be things like stuffed Pumpkin, Bowl filler,Pinkeeps 
  • 3 additional items must be in the box.You can include more most do.
  • The golden rule "Give as you'd like to receive" 
  • It's a quality swap so please send nice items.Nobody wants a box of dollar store stuff.This is to be a special surprise. 
  • You can post this and share with friends with the Harvest Gatherings Swap picture and a link back to this post. The more we get the more new friendships to make.

Please include with your email~ You can copy and paste
  • your name and address
  • email 
  • blog 
  • Do you prefer Autumn or Halloween or a mix. Thanksgiving items can also be included.
  •  Please include if you have any allergies or dislikes 
  • A short list of styles, favorite things etc.  
  •  Tea, candle and tart scents,candy?
  • You will be contacted by your partner so you can discuss with them as well. 
As always I will send you a confirmation letting you know I received your sign up.  Let's have fun and if you have any questions I'm here to help!~Amy

Friday, July 6, 2018

Summer and Spaghetti Squash Recipe


Hope everyone had a great 4th of July. We went to a town sale and the GPS got us lost so we were about 45 mins late so it was to crowded to enjoy. Did not find much alot of kids stuff. Stayed home that eve as we have been having a heat wave.It has been to much to be outside long.Today has been a rainy morning and supposed to break the heat and humidty.Tomorrow is supposed to be pleasant which is wonderful since I have outside plans all day...smile...My sweet niece is doing better thank you for the prayers and good thoughts...She still has to take it easy for about 2 months but will not need surgery...Her burns are healing as well. The gardens are doing well.This year I planted Spaghetti squash I found the best recipe for it last fall it was addicting so thought I better have plenty for fall..We like to add a little chopped onion and crumbled sausage... Recipe here Spaghetti Sqaush

It's super easy so don't be intimidated but I do find it needs about 20 mins extra time and sometimes covered with foil so it don't get to brown..I planted Kale and Swiss Chard a friend gave me seeds but have no idea how to use it except in soup so I guess I'll be looking at pinterest in the next few days as we have a ton of that. The girl across the road has a small produce stand maybe I'll give a few bunches to her. Also need to get out and plant second batch of sunflowers for fall. So what fun things are you doing for Summer? 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

A few finds

Been a busy week. For 2 days Hubby and I picked a secluded old farm.The barn out buildings and house were packed full.It was Hard and Dirty work but each day we managed to fill the van. There were a couple other people there but there truly was plenty for everyone. The other people were people I knew from around except one. Most of the stuff will go to the Vintage Market next month.I did find a few things I wanted to keep but narrowed my keep pile to 3 and one maybe.... The watering can is huge.
 I had to pay a little extra for the George picture but the Large Gusso frame was worth it.Huge early picture I've looked for awhile but could never afford so he is staying awhile.  
 The dough bowl I'll just add to the collection....
 This one I'm on the fence about.I don't think I really want it but in our area people don't really understand printed antique boxes.So to sell it for a fair price is hard and shipping cost is high to try to sell online so for now it's here but probably will go...
Been rainy here but now supposed to be very hot and humid. Need to get out and tend the gardens so hopefully it will even out sometime this week.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thanks Sandi! And Quick update

Wanted to stop in and Thank Sandi of The Primitive Skate. She and I were swap parnters about a month ago and she sent me the sweet gifts above. Doll, pinkeep,tart,notepad... Life has been so busy,good and bad. My sweet niece and I were to spend the summer doing a bucket list together but she was in a bad accident so if you could keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Summer is in full swing here in Pa so it's always non stop for me.I'll be posting a fall swap in a few weeks so check back. Hope everyone is enjoying some sunshine days!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Spring Swap with Wendy

 Stopping in to thank my friend Wendy for the lovely gifts she sent. She knows I love Bumble Bees and sent the cutest applique box she made filled with assorted teas and a beeskep honey pot to match.The little monogram wristlet will be perfect for flea market shopping since I have sat my purse down and forgot it several times. She really put so much thought into everything!
     Also a little gift arrived in the mail from Danice Homespun Hannah blog.. She sent me this little postcard quilt....

My blogging friends are the best! Thank you girls for always being so thoughtful!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Snowed In

We are definitely snowed in here in PA we got about 20 inches. I'm staying in and enjoying a pj day. Hubby's one plow job sent fresh baked cookies and my bath bombs came so a relaxing day.Stack of magazines and movies to stream a warm cup of tea. The last hoorah to nesting...smile....

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Spring Tidings Swap Sign up

 Ok girls now that I'm feeling better we'll start up our swaps again. Below are examples of types of things to send each Etsy shop name is under the pic if you want to check them out. Scroll down for rules and sign up.

MockingbirdPrims


RustyLanternCrafts


nextdoortoheaven


SeedGeeks




  • Sign up by March 17  Mail by April 20th. 
  • The swap must include 4 items one must be a Doll or soft sculpture at least 7 inches tall. You can include extra most do but no less than 4.
  •  You must live in the USA...You must contact your partner within 48 hours and introduce yourself.It's not a secret swap. 
  • You must do a Thank You post once you receive your package either by blog post or facebook. You must let me and your partner know were you will post.
  • This is a high quality swap so please give as you'd like to receive.Normally  I say no dollar store stuff but it is ok to include things like seeds,garden gloves etc.
  •  This will be a open swap but if you are new to my swaps you must have a active Blog that I can check out and approve you for the swap just want to keep my swap girls who put so much effort in from getting taken advantage of and safe.... I do check up and if you are bad swapper you will not be able to join in future swaps.We have a great group and would love to add a few new faces..   
  • You can post the swap image with a link back to this post on your side bar if you want...
  • This is a Farmhouse,primitive,colonial style swap so only sign up if you like those styles
  • To sign up comment here. Then email me at cottageprims@hotmail.com   with  (you can copy and paste)
  • your name and address
  • email 
  • blog 
  •  Please include if you have any allergies or dislikes 
  • A short list of styles, favorite things etc. 
  • You will be contacted by your partner so you can discuss with them as well. As always I will send you a confirmation letting you know I received your sign up. I will email your partner March 19th you must email and say hello. Let's have fun!~Amy