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…



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



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

100_2799Just beyond the coreopsis is one of the balloon flower and “Winter Gem” boxwood. I highly recommend this variety of boxwood.



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


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!



Directly across the road from the flea…how pretty!


Unfortunately, slim pickings that day…


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



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.


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!  ❤



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





                                                                                   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…


The valley in the Virginia Highlands…


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




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



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…


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


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



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

Time is slippin’ by again!



Hi everyone!  First, I would like to thank all my new followers for taking an interest in my blog…welcome!   I really thought I would be back posting again before this, but you know how it goes…life gets busy and complicated.  I have been trying to get a business page up on Facebook, but ran into a problem, computer illiterate as I am!   Thankfully I have a computer expert as a son, and he wrote a program specifically for the problem which works like a charm. Sooooo….a week ago I activated my page and  within 15 minutes started selling…..a lot.  Smile   I’m kind of laying low lately so I can get things under control again before I post new paintings! But I am ever so grateful !!   Things suddenly started moving fast and furious here…a show is coming up so I have been trying to get enough product for that despite the frigid weather, my publisher has emailed three times in the past week wanting new work, and our Brian was due for an MRI today.  The latter always throws me off my work.  He called a few days ago, very subdued, because he realized it was the anniversary of his brain surgery…the biopsies.  Of course that put me into worry mode for this MRI.  Thankfully, he called today after it was over and the tumor has not changed…so we are good until August when he gets his next one.  Smile

I would like to share a big project I just finished…an old ammo box a good customer brought to me for painting. I just stained it, so I don’t have that pic for you, but here is the progression of the project. It is about 3 feet long…











The staining will, and did, tone down the colors to age it.  I did use a palm sander on it too ,to age it more and distress it. It will be hard to part with!  I think I will have to go on the hunt for a few ammo boxes of my own!

Today it warmed up a bit…funny how 46 degrees can feel balmy!  We have had 78” of snow so far this winter…and we always get a St. Patrick’s Day snow.  So today, Al was outside working furiously cutting and sanding 12” wood for my paintings, taking advantage of the weather.  He finished 10 of them…for orders and a couple for show inventory.  Tomorrow we are heading out for more lumber…I need to prep pieces to paint while we are at our show. I like to do tedious pieces at shows because I am trapped there and can take my time on more detailed work. I don’t work at as fast of a pace there as at home. Hopefully we can get a lot cut and sanded while we have a few warmer days because they say we will be back into the teens next week.

I also finished these cuties…out of 8, I have 3 left…stained these after this pic was taken…a Terrye French design with my own minor touches. I’m so lucky Al can cut whatever I need.


So, I’m off to work a bit more tonight….hopefully with Brian ok for a little while I will be able to sleep tonight…last night was a rough one!  I hope you all are well, and warm….Spring IS coming!  (eventually! )……………….Jan

A promise is a promise…

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Hi everyone! See..I said I would be back!!  I hope everyone is dealing well with the snow (we got zip, zero, nada)  and the cold (we are frigid here).  Tuesday it is supposed to get down to –10….so glad no one here absolutely HAS to go anywhere in the winter.  We kinda hibernate through the winter…we are soooo worn out after a long season of shows, it is nice to just stay home .  But….we still have to work…I have been marking boxes full of scrap left from a year of cutting for Al to cut into even smaller objects..plus, a vendor friend gave us boxes of scrap from their grandson’s karate meets. . ..like gold to us!!  It seems no matter how many hundreds of these small things we finish, we still don’t have enough for all our shows. Smile


Today I finished 13 big pieces of Folk art. It still is taking me a full day longer to finish a good batch of work and I need to get into high gear here.  I’m hoping to be in Christmas mode within the next month.  This year I am determined to count how many pieces we complete in a year…just curious.  Right now I am up to 43 pieces…but these are some of the more tedious pieces…the numbers will climb fast when I start with the signs.





I am just stacking finished work now…it is way too cold for either of us to spend hours outside in the workshop sanding and staining for hours. They can wait…there is some slightly warmer weather on the horizon and by then I will have a huge stack to do.  I still have quite a bit of wood waiting for painting.  The last warmer weather, Al worked so hard to stockpile wood for me…including 4  pieces 48 inches long for my biggest folk art as well as 4 very tall vertical pieces.  I also have to start on a lot of vintage pieces  like kitchen scales and more ice skates.  So much to do and so little time!  I am also hoping to make something for myself…maybe a new prim bunny doll.

So now that these pieces are done, I’m off to prep more wood…I’m feeling like painting some Fall maybe….  stay warm out there…and please, bring those pups and kitties in…it is way too cold for them too!…….Jan

calming down…

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            Hello everyone!  I was so surprised when I saw it has only been nine days since I last posted…it seems like a month.  It’s been a difficult stressful nine days as we have had a couple of crisis concerning Brian.  As with most moms and dads, our boys are our world and that world comes to a screeching halt when something scary is happening to them. We are so blessed to have good, loving sons and of course, we want everything to go perfectly for them.  Finally , things are looking like they are settling back down for Brian and we just have to hear about one more thing before we can stop holding our breath. Craig seems to be doing well…at least that is what he tells us…I think he doesn’t want to add any more stress to us if he does have a problem. He’s so far away, but keeps in close touch with us in case we need him.  I worry about him too because it must be difficult being so far away when there are troubles here.


Anyway, I have been working hard..it helps keep me sane and not worrying every minute of the day. It also wears me out so I can sleep at night.  My big paintings and the vintage pieces are the fun work for me.  I love that moment when I stain over the paint and they come alive. But…to run my business, I need a lot of the somewhat boring things too…things I mass produce …our bread and butter pieces. I believe every booth should have something in it that ANYONE coming to a show can afford to buy.  They may not want that piece, but there should be a complete range of prices in a booth.  I paint MASSES of these things…and it is somewhat mindless work. I work on them while watching TV.   Here are a few examples…buckets of shoe signs…


Stacks of small paintings…red houses sell best…..my next batch will be a group of mustard, blue, and tan houses…each one is different…a lot of people buy my winter ones to use as Christmas cards!…..


Stars (and hearts)…I paint these by the hundreds…..again, mindless work that is great to do when I am really tired or want to paint through the night…


These are the most mindless pieces…carrot snowman noses.  I’ll have to do a couple more batches (about 100 pieces ) like this before the season is over…plus, I have 100 tiny 1 inch ones to paint for an order of snowman ornaments for a lady in Dallas.   Each has to be painted, sanded on the edges, then stained and clear coated.  I can almost sleep while I paint these!


But I also paint multiples of bigger pieces at a time…  I try to do at least six of each at a sitting…it goes much faster then!






I wanted to show you a before and after…  A really ugly mirror I found at a flea market…


Sanded and 2 coats of red, dried well…then waxed….


Two coats of black over the red and wax…. sanded to expose the red…….then walnut oil stained and clear coated….


Then fitted with a panel Al cut for me and I painted….  the colors are not as bright as they appear here.


An old hat rack someone gave me…mirror discarded, sanded so paint will stick, and a panel cut to fit….painted black over red…panel painted…


Voila!   We sell lots of things like this at Shaker Woods in August.


Currently, I am painting more trowels, ice cream scoops ( ! ),  old wooden shoe forms, picnic baskets, more nail kegs, and signs…never have enough signs!!   I’ll be ready for my next show in 2 days, then will get busy preparing for a big July show…now, THAT’S when I really start cranking product out!   I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Happy Father’s Day…and Betty…..thank you…it helped these last 9 days immensely!!    Smile  ——-Jan

Antique store tour, part 2….yeah…I’m late…

Hello everyone…yeah, I really hoped to get this posted before today, but you know how it goes!   I’ve been very busy getting product ready for my next show. It’s the first big one of the year and we need a LOT of product. I also had the 6 custom pieces to finish before getting on product for inventory. Yesterday I finished the last of the painting and stained the last of it last night. Now I have to finish all the clearcoating , put hangers on, tag, and pack. We are getting into humid weather which poses a problem for clearcoating. The weather needs to be fairly dry or the clearcoat can get hazy…not a good look for folk art.  So, this morning I got an early start and got much of it done even as I felt it getting more and more humid. I’ll be up early tomorrow too , to coat the stuff I stained last night, if it is dry. I use an oil stain that gives a richer finish, but it can take 2 or 3 days to dry. To hurry it up, I stained, let it dry for a couple of hours, then carried it into the house—it will dry a bit faster inside.

Soooo…ready for the rest of the tour?  Here we go…remember to click to enlarge…lots of eye candy in these!


love this table and horse…





Stephanie…this pic is for you…







I’m on a mission for more firkins…


I’m crazy over gameboards…




Now THIS is what I’m talkin’ about!!




and a final, gorgeous sampler…


Remember these?  Custom for a customer…she has a LOT of our pieces and by this time, I know what she’s looking for, so I try to have some special pieces when I know she is coming to a show.  I am always thrilled at the difference the stain makes…tones down colors, softens the look, and ages it.  I have to work fast putting the stain on and then wiping it off so not too much is absorbed into the paint.  It’s so funny…I have music playing while I stain, and the faster the music, the faster I rub off the stain!  LOL!   



and after…


Last night we had our own tornado scare, but fortunately the storms moved north of us . A tornado did touch down in a little town we used to do a show in…one fatality…a motorcycle rider. Sad smile  Some of our blogging friends were at risk too, but thankfully everyone is OK.

Thank you for visiting..and welcome to my new followers. I need to get back to work now…never enough time anymore,it seems!  We picked up a new show that will bring many of our blog and Facebook friends together!  What fun!   Have a great day!—blessings, Jan

Antique store tour ,part one…..droolworthy!

Good morning everyone!   We were supposed to get severe weather last night but thankfully it fizzled before it got here. This often happens in our town, in fact , even when there IS a storm heading our way, it very often splits and goes north and south of us. This makes me very happy because even though it has now been 27 years since the deadly outbreak of tornadoes that swept through western Pa. on Craig’s birthday, storms still make me very nervous.  Seeing the terrible devastation and loss in Oklahoma heightens the fear. Just think what trauma those dear small children will feel forever.

In my last post I promised all of you a store tour of an antique shop in Delaware Ohio. The gentleman in the shop very graciously allowed me to photograph the store and I would like to thank him again. As I wrote down my blog address so that he could see the posting , I guess I left his card on the counter.  Sooo, Carmen (Primcats) came to the rescue and provided the store name. Thanks, Carmen!  Smile The store is Sandusky Street Antiques in Delaware, Ohio which is in the Columbus area.  So here we go!

Marly, the samplers are for you!….the samplers in this store are large, and incredible…you MUST click to enlarge…


An adorable doll bed , coverlet, and a gorgeous oil portrait…..


… stunning crocks…



this table, and the cupboard…sigh…



samplers, samplers, samplers…



A gorgeous ovoid jug with tulip motif…I love ovoid jugs…


A rice bucket…and look at that stenciling on the chair..


So many gorgeous blanket chests in this store…and THAT SWAN!!


Gorgeous artwork…


OK..I will try to post the other half of the pics tomorrow.  I hope you enjoyed these. As I mentioned in my last post, Carmen came (along with Holly) to the show…she also brought goodies for me!  YAY!  She kept pulling more and more out of her cart….

One of her great shoofly covers….


3 smaller pantry cakes and a LARGE one with a thistle motif…boy do these smell good!  Our van smelled good all the way home! ..

the plate is one of my blank plates I paint on….needs painted to show off the cakes…and a runner I picked up at The Olde Farmstead store

at Polaris Mall…


a cute little basket for my peg rack, and some of Carmen’s wrapped candy canes…Smile


and she found me a great cabinet to paint…really a nice size and style!  Thank you so much, Carmen!


I’ve been working on special orders that are due at my next show..3 big folk art..for a lady from D.C….



3 pieces I’m working on now for another lady from outside of D.C.—a fall and a winter variation of a Terrye French pattern…

the customer already has my painting using the original pattern. The spoon is also for her.


I hope you enjoyed this overload of pics today, and thank you for visiting!……Jan