I love all things EXTREME PRIMITIVE. I absolutely despise "cutesy country" decor.
I love to go Antiquing with my friends and quilting. I have been an Equestrian Judge for 25 years. I have been married to my best friend and husband for 24 years. We have no children, but have 2 dogs, 2 horses and 13 cats. Most of our dogs, cats and horses are rescues. We took them in and gave them homes when no one else wanted them. All of our animals are considered our family and are truly loved. We live on a farm in a 161 year old farmhouse in the country. I am a College graduate with an honors diploma in Internet Graphic Design. I bake all of our bread from scratch the old fashioned way. I was taught how to bake bread by an Amish lady who was originally from Lancaster PA then moved up here to Canada. I love to garden, grow our own food and do canning, making jams, jellies, chutneys, and sauces. I have worn many hats in my life from Waitress, Short order cook, driving an 18 wheeler, Teacher, Quality Assurance technician, Office administrator, Equestrian Judge.
Primitive Crow stitchery from my sister Karen in British Columbia Another picture of the stitchery
Primitive table topper hand made by my sister Karen
I hope everyone had a great Christmas this year. Ours was pretty quiet, but we enjoyed it just the same. On Christmas day we went to visit my father-in-law where he is in long term care and had Christmas dinner in there with him. He enjoyed our visit, I'm sure. On boxing day I cooked a small turkey for DH and I and we had all the traditional "fixins" that we have every year. We have the stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, mashed turnip and carrots, turkey and gravy. Then for desert, I made my English trifle which is a family tradition. Can you tell my background is British :)?
I just had to post the pictures of a couple of gifts that my sister Karen from British Columbia sent me.
She made me this primitive pumpkin/crow table topper. She also sent me a primitive crow stitchery. I just love them. She knows my taste by now....LOL. I was out in B.C. visiting her in October and while shopping in my favorite store out there (The Weathered Rooster), I was drooling over the crow stitchery. My sister must have taken note of this, as it is mine now :) I will be finding special places in my home for these for sure. Thank you Karen. It would have been nice if we could have spent Christmas out there with all of my family, but we have way too many critters and some of them are getting quite old and need lots of Love and Attention. Maybe some day we can enjoy Christmas together.
On Monday night we had a Christmas Gathering at the Marsh Store
in Coldstream. Shirley put on a fantastic dinner for the five of us.
When we arrived, she had a table all set up in the classroom of the Quilt shop with her good Christmas china, candlelight and some great appetizers. We had a choice of red or white wine. For the main course, Shirley made a wonderful salad to compliment the spinach and onion pie that she made. We all enjoyed the meal tremendously! For desert, Shirley made a Chocolate truffle cake that was just awesome so we enjoyed that with some coffee. Thank you so much Shirley!
Shirley had planned a project for our night of sewing. She designed a Christmas placemat and we all made four placemats using the stack and wack method. Shirley brought out her stash of Christmas fabric and let us all choose which fabric we would like to make our placemats out of. There was something for everyone, as we all have unique tastes in fabrics. This was a super fast project.
Seeing we all had such a great time, we have decided to make this Christmas Gathering a yearly event.
Mary was the photographer, so she didn't make it into the picture, but there was five of us that got together to enjoy the evening.
I thought I would share a picture of my Christmas baking. I got up early this morning and started making the shortbread recipes and made about 6 batches. I also made some icebox cookies and they are rolled in plastic wrap and in the refrigerator to be sliced and baked tomorrow. This is such a busy time of year but fun. Just have to watch that I don't eat too many of these myself!
Deb's Hard Tack Candy is sitting up on the warming shelf.
I put it there so that I could get a shot of it.
Well after lots of hours of hard work, the summer kitchen is finished. There still needs to be some finishing up on the inside. I am planning on painting the legs of my buck saw table a barn red colour and the top will just be stained in Early American. The huge...and I mean huge primitive storage cupboard will be painted a barn red also. I will leave the painting for a later date. I took DH out for supper last night to thank him for all of his hard work. I helped out too, but he did most of the work. He finished around midnight Monday. He is glad that it is finished.
I am posting a picture of the outside that I took this morning. I will post pictures of the inside later when my camera is charged...LOL.
Well, DH and I have been working diligently on my summer kitchen. We worked last night until midnight and we got all of the insulation in and the vapor barrier and most of the ceiling installed. I am so glad that we installed the woodstove, at least we have some heat while we are working. It has been so cold lately. Now I have to tell you that the ceiling is a huge job. The whole inside of this summer kitchen is going to be pine, so the ceiling is 16 ft. lengths. We had ladders at each end, one for me and one for DH. I would go up my ladder and then he would hand me one of the ends, then he took the other end and went up with that. Then he had to start nailing the boards in place. I ordered pizza and caesar salad for supper and after we ate that, we got back to work. I will tell you, this morning my neck and shoulders are so sore from working above my head :(
DH isn't up yet, but I'll bet he will be sore too, if not more sore from nailing the boards in place above his head. The walls will seem so easy after the ceiling. DH is also going to build me a huge primitive cupboard and a Buck Saw table for the room. I designed both of these pieces and he is making them for me. The cupboard is going to be painted a Barn Red and I will do my distressing technique on it, same for the legs on the Buck saw table, the top of the table will be natural pine, stained and sealed with a mat varnish. I can't wait for the room to finished, it will be well worth all of the effort. I am so thankful to DH for all of his hard work on this.
Hopefully I will have some pictures to post of the finished project.
Last night, I picked up a parcel on my way up to Exeter to an evening of sewing, socializing, and a great Potluck supper at "Quilts and Calicos." When I got home last night, I was so tired that I didn't open the parcel, I thought I would leave it until morning. Well, it was a good job that I did that because if I had opened it before I went to bed, I would not have been able to sleep....LOL.
Nancy from stitchesnstrokes.blogspot.com and I were swap partners in the "Olde Fashioned Christmas" swap organized by Char. Funny enough, Nancy and I were also partners in the "Harvest Swap". We were actually excited that we were paired up again! In fact I almost feel like we are related now..LOL. Seeing I don't have a wide angle lense on my digital camera, I had to take several pictures to get it all in. Nancy sent me a beautiful handwritten Christmas Card, Christmas napkins, several tree ornaments, a handmade Santa ornie, a Candy Cane ornie, a beautiful handmade crow make-do and a Christmas Tree make-do. A Cardinal and snowmen lamp which is absolutely gorgeous and a handmade pincushion and a jar of her homemade Salsa.
Nancy......Thank You so much!! I just LOVE everything!! You can tell that you put a lot of thought into this package and I appreciate it so much.