Ring around the rosie…a pocket full of….

©  Buttermilk Hill Folk Art-Janet Skibo …DO NOT PIN FOLK ART

Hi everyone!  Welcome to my newest followers.  I have been so very busy the last few days.  We are in the final push to get a lot of folk art orders out…we were SWAMPED!!  Two very large orders went out yesterday and those boxes were HEAVY!   Now I have a few single orders to ship and a few to finish up due to be picked up at our next show outside of D.C.  Whew!    A couple days ago we had an all day excursion…lumber, Sam’s Club, and a bunch of pesky little errands…..and flower shopping.  Smile  Our last frost sometimes comes as late as Memorial Day and when I was growing up, Memorial Day always marked the planting of the garden.  We decided to make an all day trip of it and get our flowers too. I really don’t plant as many as I used to at our last house. There, I planted flat after flat of flowers and often had cars stop just to look at them.  Now, I am so busy painting, I only plant a few barrels.  Last year I did work on a new perennial bed.  I am so happy every single new plant is up, healthy, and bursting with buds!   Smile  …but not open.   Sad smile    Some of them, like the balloon flower…variety “Sentimental Blue”…are late to come up and after the winter we had, I was afraid they WOULDN’T come up.  But they did and …oh, please hurry and bloom!  They are so pretty!  So here are a few pics I took this morning…

 

My Ruby Rhody…

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Bunnies guarding the lavender I just planted this week…variety “Hidcote”

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Coreopsis…variety “Zagreb”…one of my favorite flowers…so feathery..

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Another Ruby Rhody with a brilliant Golden Barberry.  Just to the right of the Barberry we are ready to plant two azaleas to replace two pink Spirea that died. Sad smile

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Before taking off for our lumber shopping day, we ran down to our local flea market…it is only held on Thursdays.  A friend was meeting us there with a picnic basket she thought I could use.  Lots of Amish were there…I swoon over the toddlers in their traditional dress!

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Directly across the road from the flea…how pretty!

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Unfortunately, slim pickings that day…

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A few pieces shipped …Autumn and Summer went out to a special friend….

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THIS Summer went to a lovely lady customer near Buffalo…I believe she has all the seasons now…we’ll see her again in November.

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Today is our older son’s birthday…Craig…Happy happy birthday…I hope it is a special day for you…we are so proud of the man you have become!  ❤

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with beautiful weather…enjoy it!  ….Jan

Eye candy…antique store tour

Hello everyone!  We just returned from our first outdoor show of the year…gosh it is hard to get started again!   This show is a street art festival in Delaware Ohio.  It seems to be a pretty consistent show for us, this is our third time taking part in it.  What is difficult, is that set up is on the first day of the show…because it takes us at least three hours to set up, we prefer setting up the day before.  But, that is not an option here..so we drove down Friday directly to our hotel and very early got up to unload and set up the booth. It takes so long because our booth is like a giant jigsaw puzzle and our pieces are of varying sizes.

Saturday was expected to be in the 60’s…no such luck…it stayed about 46 degrees with a feels like temp of 39….brrrrr!  I was frozen and spent the day literally shaking even though I had multiple coats on.  The crowd was down, but we still managed to do some business although it wasn’t normal sales.  Sunday was the polar opposite!!  Beautiful, warm, dry, and sunny with a very large crowd and good sales.

Delaware is also the home of Sandusky Street Antiques.  If you want to see the antiques you drool over online…visit this store.  Their website is www.sanduskystreetantiques.com and there is a link on the website to their Facebook page. They were kind enough to allow me to take photos to share with you.

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I hope you enjoy the pics…I also brought home a piece from this store…I am getting addicted to these brown jugs…I want to collect all the graduating sizes for my mantle.

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So, the show ended ok…down a little because of the weather on Saturday…but ended with smiles as I got to meet two good Facebook/blogging friends.  Angie  (Lil Raggedy Angie) and her Princess Kaylee came to see us on Saturday and are just as sweet as they are online!  They surprised me with some handmade goodies…a sweet little prim doll, a fabulous pinkeep……my first!!….and Uncle Sam…he is just wonderful…and they all smell sooooo good!!   Thank you so much , Angie and Princess!  Smile 100_2780

I wish you could see the detailing on each piece…

 

  Sunday brought Cindy (Cynthia lee Designs) .  Cindy is a sweetheart…so warm and friendly.  She surprised me too with one of her beautiful embroidered towels she is known for, as well as a sweet embroidered hanging pillow.  Sooo much work…thank you so much, Cindy!    I am so lucky to have met Angie, Princess, and Cindy…not because of the sweet surprises…but because they are genuinely nice, good people.

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So today I am a happy girl…although still tired.  We unloaded and while Al did all the errands necessary after a show, I have to admit I curled up on the loveseat and slept….a lot…10 hours last night and all afternoon!  I’m hoping to paint a bit tonight and get back into the swing of it tomorrow…  I hope all of you are happy and healthy and I hope I am back here a little quicker next time!  …….Jan