Easter blessings…

Once again I have been overwhelmed by orders…but sometimes you need to step back and take time to enjoy life outside of work.  Today is a brilliantly beautiful, sunny, and warm day here ….I was beginning to think it would never be warm again!   But it is, and on our drive home from getting a very big load of lumber yesterday, I saw trees bursting with buds, shrubs in that faint haze of red or green new growth, and daffodils sprinkled in yards and roadside. Birds have been flitting frantically around looking for that perfect nesting spot and you can just feel the world awakening.

 

Spring has arrived finally.  I was beginning to think Mother Nature was mad at us…but if she was, she has forgiven!   I have nearly caught up with custom orders again and we also got some wonderful news from the wholesaler I design for..making for a pleasant start to the season. I am feeling so grateful and happy right now…a feat in itself because a couple years ago I felt I would never be happy again.  Brian will be driving up sometime today to spend a few days with us over Easter.  My brother will also be joining us for dinner.  Sigh…so wishing Craig could be here too.

 

We have been working so hard around here…and have built up an impressive inventory.  As hard as I have been working, Al has gotten way ahead of me in cutting and sanding wood…but he has already started yard work and I will soon catch up.

So, as I enjoy cooking and preparing for tomorrow and family, I want to wish you all a safe, sunny, and blessed Easter…….and LOTS of chocolate!

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Jan

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                                                                                   Hi everyone!  Mea Culpa once again…truly I do try to post more often, but it just never seems to slow down here!  We have had two shows since I last posted….actually three weekends of shows.  We traveled first through West Virginia to the highlands of Virginia for a two weekend show. How I enjoy that trip!  I love mountains and the higher the better.  We were a bit nervous about the weather, but it cooperated and we safely made the trip.  What was interesting about this year’s trip was the number of deer we saw…literally probably close to 200 of them!   Deep deep fields line the roadway to the edge of the mountains and we saw herd after herd of deer, sometimes mingling with the cattle on the farms.  In one herd I counted 45 until I lost sight of them.  We always see groups of them, but never before have we seen this many!    Of course we also saw many tiny lambs and calves as well, but not as many as usual…perhaps because of the never ending winter?

Stunning Seneca Rocks…

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The valley in the Virginia Highlands…

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How I love barn quilts!  I missed getting a few more because to avoid a snowstorm we had to drive home a different route…

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My neighbor at the show made this GORGEOUS walnut pie safe…the tins are antique barn tin.

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The show ended up good, especially the very first day which was a record crowd…and a buying crowd.  Our second show was in Buffalo New York.  Everything went smoothly and we were happy to be up each of the three days.  Everything went smoothly , that is, until the wheel on our dollie broke during load up and we had to hand carry half of our stock.  Al has since replaced the wheel and we are good to go again.

Our business page on Facebook is doing better than I ever dreamed it would…I once again am overwhelmed by custom orders …and am so very grateful and flattered by such response to my work!  I just finished a group of vintage wash basins…I paint on the bottoms of them. While finishing orders, I try to put some stock away for shows.

A vintage enamelware pot…

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and a vintage basin…just finished four more basins today…

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and , of course, a couple more paintings…this size is so popular!  Smile

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I am preparing another group to put up on my page Monday….then I think I will take a short break…I have an urge to sew a few things for myself…and of course Easter is coming!  Brian will be coming home for a few days and it is always good to see him.  The only thing that would make it perfect would be if Craig could be here too….but we do always talk to him on holidays when he can’t be here.  Brian is doing OK right now medically, but has other issues stressing him.  Maybe being home will relieve him of that a bit. 

It feels so good to post again…hopefully I’ll be back soon!  Welcome to all my new followers!    I’m so flattered you are so interested in my poor neglected blog!  Thank you so much…and have a great weekend!  …Jan