Simple Ramblings From A Prim Cottage

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bumble Bee

Have a Bee utiful Day! Peek inside my antique Bee collection. A few treasures were gifts from friends..Love Bees and Beeskeps...

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Reclaimed Counter

I just realized I forgot to show you the reclaimed counter/bar Hubby built me...
The chippy pale green wood is reclaimed from a local Farm porch that was torn down at the edge of our small town. Reclaimed slate top. And the metal tiles I have had tucked away for a few years....
Lots of extra storage which I needed.  The handles are the antique fence topper connectors and have a fleur de lis top. Love how I chose the materials and hubby put it into reality for me... So what have you all been up to? Finally spring here.I have most of the garden planted.A few veggies under lights inside for another week. I need to pick up a few perennials yet trying to add a few new things. . Been slowly thinning out the house and collections but seems soon as I get rid of something another thing comes in. My hubby is no help with this, he tries to talk me into keeping things I decide should go.Mostly antiques...smile....I hate cleaning but can't stand dirt so I endlessly try to downize.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Spring Gifts from Sandi

Wanted to Thank Sandi of the primitive skate blog for the wonderful Spring gifts.....
The little honey jar is amazing in person, sweet bumble bees etched into glass. Sandi did the transfer on the tea towel herself. Of course the doll I adore. Thank you Sandi everything was so thoughtful. Warm Blessings!~Amy

Monday, March 11, 2019

Spring Tidings Swap signup

The last two days have been a little glimpse of Spring although I love winter I am ready to be outside and planting in the dirt.....So last swap we had some new faces which was wonderful hoping to have a few more. This will be a open swap which means new members are welcome to join in after approval. To be approved you must have a active blog or facebook page that I can check out. This is for Farmhouse, Primitive and Colonial style decor so only sign up if you are into those styles. Our golden rule is Give as you'd want to receive. 
 This swap will require a Handmade Doll..The doll MUST be handmade but it can be bought or made by you. No mass import dolls. It must be at least 8 inches...
 There must be at least 3 additional items in the package. Those things can be purchased or handmade. It's Spring so think chicks, seeds, eggs, nest, herbs and flowers....

  •  Rules~
  • Sign up by March 19th   You can post this to your blog with a link here
  • Mail by  April 12th please be on time
  • It's not secret so once you have your partner email and say Hi!
  • You must post a thank you after you receive your gifts.
  • I do check up on everyone and run a safe swapping environment so only sign up if you enjoy giving. I do keep records of bad people and share if needed. 
  • A few fillers from Walmart or dollar store are Ok but this is a higher quality swap so please take that into account and only for fillers.  

  •  To sign up ~
  • Leave a comment on this post
  • Email me at cottageprims@hotmail.com  I will confirm receiving your info within 24 hours.
  • Info needed
  • Email
  • Blog or Facebook 
  • Address
  • Favorites~ Like decorating style,colors,things you collect or enjoy
  • Allergies or Dislikes?
  • Any special things you enjoy? Tea, Candles, Pets, Sweets, Vintage Postcards. 

The pics are Etsy Artist if you want to check them out and are suggestions on types of things that the girls send. Let's have fun!~Amy

Monday, March 4, 2019

It's almost Thyme

 This week promises to be cold.Fresh fallen snow on the ground I don't mind I'm a nester and enjoy the coziness of home...I am looking forward to getting my hands in the dirt and tending the gardens. The little homestead farm I enjoy taking a drive to is having cutting fields this summer so excited to have fresh flowers. They also welcome Issaboo so she will enjoy sniffing the country and a snack after from the local farm shop. I have started to bring the Spring decor out inside.....
 Also have been going through and downsizing some.As I get older I realize there are better things to do than chase dust bunnies..smile.... I sold my farm table and antique zinc top dry sink and hubby has been working on a rustic bar/counter it's about 80% done.I'll show you soon...
I fell over the summer and hurt my knee.I thought it would get better but has not it's really bad so I will be going for a MRI.Please send healing prayers and vibes that some shots will be all that is needed. Life has been a little hectic the last 2 weeks here all finally worked out but for my swap girls it will probably be another week till I get the Spring swap posted. Hope you all are enjoying the last days of winter and looking forward to Springs promises.~Amy

Friday, February 8, 2019

Winter Swap with Danice

 Danice of Homespun Hannah's Blog sent me some wonderful gifts for the winter swap. Theme was Humble Hearts.. The red and white heart is actually quilted pieces.Just beautiful. Hand stitched ditty bag. Crow doll and pinkeep...
Little sewing box and journal which I needed because I have alot of new things starting.Also some vintage clothespin that I have yet to find,Hubby's cat No No has stole and hid them somewhere. Really that cat drives me crazy but Hubby loves him so he stays. To many stories to tell how bad he is...smile...Thank You Danice for swapping!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday! Old stone church on the way to Grandma's house..I used to go to Sunday school her as a child. Getting ready for a walk in the park with the dogs. 40's today than another Arctic blast.. Indoor flea market went well.I had one table of Antiques then the rest was just a mix of stuff. Glad I took both because it drew in everyone. Had one crazy lady wait till I walked away to look at stuff try to get our address from my hubby. She told him I said she cold come go through the house and buy stuff. She even left her phone#. He said I can't believe you are letting people in your house.I of course never said it. I talked to her while she decided on a antique biscuit box which she talked me down on then had to borrow money to buy. Were she got the idea of coming in my house I have no clue. Other than that it was busy and I found a few small treasures. Have a great week friends!~Amy

Thursday, January 24, 2019


Not much going on it's winter.. Always time for me to take a short rest. I did decide to do a small indoor flea market this weekend. I wasn't thinking a month ago about how cold it would be. It's supposed to be 20's and snow showers so I don't think many will venture out.If it were me I'd stay in my warm house...smile... I did manage to get a small load packed and ready to go/I'm mostly taking just general stuff to clean out and one table of antiques and primitives that I don't much care about and willing to give good deals...I am excited to see one vendor that will be there so I can buy, I guess it's good I can recoup some of what I spend. Made homemade granola for the first time. I'm watching my sugar and found a recipe that was all natural.I always thought it would be hard but it was easy peasy. It is sooo good. It's just oats, honey,peanut butter, pure vanilla extract, a dash of sea salt and I added some pecans.Now when I'm craving something to grab I don't have to feel quilty or worry what's in it....Hope everyone is enjoying some winters rest.I've been enjoying some crafting, reading and lots of warm cuppa's.

Friday, January 18, 2019


Snowy weekend ahead and then ice and Arctic blast.I'll be staying cozy inside with my warm cuppa in hand. Stack of magazine's and Issaboo cuddled in with me.  Hope you all have a cozy weekend ahead!~Amy

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wednesday 1/9/2019

Just stopping in to wish everyone a happy Wednesday! Still seems so weird it's 2019, I can remember as a child thinking 2020 would be some weird Space Age time. Although we have so much technology now, I guess we kind of just grow with it and it becomes common everyday to us. Although I do enjoy some aspects my heart still loves the simpler things. Taking Joy today in the little things.Warm Blessings!~Amy
P.S. Humble Heart swap is posted click here for details  to join in the fun!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Humble Heart Swap Sign Up

 First swap of the New Year! You can put the pic and link on your blog. Would love to have some new friends join in. This will be a open swap but it is for Primitive, Colonial and Farmhouse decorating lovers. Also the golden rule is you must like to give as well as receive. We are a small group and have not had bad seeds.I do check up on new members before approval to keep it Fun and Safe for everyone....
 Swap Rules

  • Sign up by 1/13/19
  • Mail by 2/6/19
  • Must have a blog or facebook page that I can check out.I prefer blog but do realize some people do not blog only read others. If you are new I will check and approve you.This is to keep everyone safe.
  • Package must contain 4 items.Yes you can send more most do.
  • This is not a Valentine swap it is general everyday items but you can include Valentine.
  • One item in your box must be a heart or have a heart motif
  • Two items must be handmade. You can buy or hand make it yourself but must be handmade.
  • No dollar store stuff. This is a quality swap. Give as you'd like to receive
  • There is not a dollar amount set because you can not put a amount on handmade items. 
  • It is not a secret swap so when you get your info.Email your partner and say Hi!
  • After receiving your swap you must post a thank you.If you only facebook let your partner know so she can post a pic of both sides of the swap. I really don't want it posted to Facebook as I want to keep our group smaller.
  • USA only at this time 

  • To sign up comment here. Then email me at cottageprims@hotmail.com   with the following (you can copy and paste)
  • your name and address
  • email 
  • blog or facebook
  •  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 within 24 hours.
The images are suggestions for types of items to send and have their Etsy shop name if you want to check out the shop. Any questions I'm here to help.Let's have fun!~Amy

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Back to normal

Slowly easing back into the everyday normal after all of the holiday rush. Christmas decor tucked away. House cleaned. Fresh new starts. Hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Year New Starts

Happy New Year! Well I've been neglecting this blog for awhile due to health,then surgery.I'm finally recovered and with the New Year feel like everything is a bright new start. I miss all my wonderful connections. I've been doing Facebook but it is not as personal. So this year I'm going to spend alot more time with you my friends..smile...Also we will be getting back to regular swap schedules and will hopefully see some new faces and meet new friends. I will be posting the Heart of Winter swap this weekend. So here's wishing you all a wonderful New Year full of possibilities and joy!~Amy