Thursday, December 30, 2010

Our "Oh Thank Heavens, it's 2011" Sale starts Saturday!!!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday...can you believe it's almost 2011! Where did 2010 go?? It seems like it was just a blurr and now it's time to start a whole new year!!

I feel like we've been closed FOREVER...with Christmas and then the BIG snowfall all last weekend...but the weather will be in the 60's this weekend and we will finally be open once again! We'll have a storewide sale this weekend only...details further down...

A couple of new things to share and show though for now...

The February 2011 issue of Early American Life arrived and will be in the shop for this weekend...$4.99 for the issue. This one has some really good on hooked rugs written by Edyth O'Neill, a great article on North Carolina Moravian Figural bottles, restoring a 1700's stone farmhouse, rumford fireplaces, new life for old buildings, plus lots more! If you need a copy held for you....just let me know!

The next "Down the Maiden's Path" pattern will be in the shop this weekend..."Crystal" is the January maiden....a fun project to do while we wait for Spring to arrive! I'm working on kits now. Cross your fingers...I might have some done by the weekend as well! Pattern price is $6.95 and the kit price (which includes the pattern) is $28.00. Wow members get special pricing on the kit for $25.00.

Now for the "particulars" of our's for one weekend only, January 1st and

10% off storewide - the regular stuff
20% off Christmas merchandise (including all christmas patterns for wool applique, stitchery, and punchneedle)
50% off All Keepers of the Light jar candles (current stock only)

Yall have a Happy New Years...hope to see you!

Friday, December 17, 2010


Just a quick post tonight...I got home from Texas on Tuesday and have been holiday baking for the last couple of days! It just doesn't seem like Christmas if you don't have some holiday home baked goodies to eat!

This is our last weekend to be open before the "big day" next Saturday... we will be open until 6pm both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Don't forget, we have gift certificates available for any amount! And lots of great things for $10 and less. Perfect for stocking stuffers, treats for your neighbors, or just a little something extra for yourself!

I also wanted to let all of our customers know that we will not be open the Sunday after Christmas.

So....If we don't get a chance to see you this weekend, we hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday and we'll see you when we reopen on Jan. 1st! (Our "Oh Thank Heavens for 2011" sale will start that day! Details coming soon...)

Stay warm....Lisa/Shawn

Monday, December 6, 2010

Winter has hit the South!! (updated Wednesday 8th)

Oh my gosh it's cold here....19 for the low tonight and in the mid 30's for tomorrow...North Carolina is considered the "south", right?
I have to go back to Houston to check on my mom for a week and I'll be leaving Wednesday.... so I won't be in the shop this weekend. (I'm leaving it in the capable hands of Shawn and Sue!) At least by the weekend, I'll be back to temperatures in the 70's...yea!

There are a bunch of new patterns coming in that will be here for the weekend! A new cross stitch or two and some new punchneedle patterns...

These first four patterns are new winter designs by Country Stitches...all punchneedle patterns...I especially love the sheep and winter stocking design! They all are $11.95 each...(WOW discount applies!).

This is a new cross-stitch pattern...two cute little christmas pinkeeps...$9.95

This pattern has a little cross-stitch pinkeep, a punchneedle sewing box and a little tomato made from wool...$9.95

And lastly...two more cute punchneedle patterns...$9.95 each. The first pattern is new to the shop...and the second pattern we've had in the past but sold out. They both make adorable little "purse" pockets...

Plus...I ordered about 20 other punchneedle patterns...all best we'll be well stocked!

I put together kits on the Candy Canes and Gingerbread runner...after filling the orders, there are a few left and they will be at the shop this weekend. Kit price, which includes the pattern and everything you need is $29.95 (WOW discount applies!). If you want one and can't make it to the shop, just let me know!

I dyed a bunch a great textured reds and greens today, plus a few other colors we were low on...come take a look if you are needing something to finish that christmas project!

Stay warm and I'll see everyone when I get back!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Is it Friday already??

Oh my is Friday already! I'm sorry to say...there won't be alot of pictures in this update...and I'll try and not to get tooooo wordy with what all new is coming into the shop this weekend!

We've got some great old primitive smalls coming in...some for only this weekend (cuz I've got my eye on one or two as christmas presents for me!)...

1) Mass. made (not extremely old) spoon rack/candle box. Great black/green over red paint. At the bottom, it has a door that drops down, above that is a candle box and then a place for pewter/silver spoons up top. 29" high by 14" wide. It can either sit or hang...$85.00

2)Nice old firkin...small one! 6 1/2" of the stack size. Wire bail handle...all tacks on the has its original surface (never painted)...$125.00

3)Shoo fly cover...this is a real one, not "made up" from something else. Nice original green paint on the knob handle...$50.00

4)Bail handled pantry box...mid to late 1800's with it's original windsor green painted surface...$250.00

5) Yellow ware butter mold...this is a nice larger early one...with sheath of wheat design on the inside...$50.00

6) Nice stoneware pitcher with cobalt decoration. Not an "oldie"... but if you collect Crocker and Springer pieces..this would fit right in! (I'd almost think it was one of theirs but it doesn't have any markings.) About 10" tall...$25.00

Not pictured....

7) Really nice BIG bread board...much better than most...all heavy heart pine..really pretty handle...overall size is 19" x 32"...$125.00

8) Excellent hand painted gameboard...signed and dated A.D.Adams, Jacksonville, NC, 1942. Great americana colors of red/white and blue...condition is wonderful...$225.00

(There's a realy cool country store counter top pie safe coming in next weekend! Came out of the mountains of Virginia...all solid oak and a nice smaller size. Be great in someone's country kitchen!)

I think that's it for the old stuff!

Just in today...the new edition of the Wool Street Jounal! Haven't even had a chance to turn the pages to see what's inside yet...$8.00 per copy (WOW discount applies!)

Teatowels are back in, green/cream and black/cream. All in the "tea-dyed" colors...$3 each

Our first order of Cooke Tavern Soups have come in! Always makes a great winter meal and quick to put together! All of our favorites...Yankee Doodle Chicken Noodle, Barn Raising Vegetable (fantastic when you add stew meat to it!),Candlelight Corn Chowder, Broccoli Cheddar Chowder...and two new ones this year...Henna Marie's Cheddar Potato and Mi Madre Maria's Chicken Tortilla soup. Each Package makes a big batch...$6.95 each.

Vicki Wallace made us some more little treasures for the shop...her christmas mice have been selling as fast as she can make them! We'll have a few more of those little guys, along with some other surprises! Come and see what we bring in!

Hmm...let see...a couple of new bolts of fabric...civil war blues will be coming in...some new patterns, more new dyed wool colors...hand made wool Santa stockings and candle mats, and I'm sure some other goodies that I can't remember right now!

And if you didn't catch the picture at the top & right...the kits for "Holly" (the December Maiden) will be ready this weekend! $28 for the complete kit (WOW price is $25).

Guess I better get back to working on kits before I go to bed! Yall have a great weekend and come see us if you get out and around!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all! (Updated Tuesday evening...)

Is it just me, or did this whole year go by really fast?? In two days it will be Thanksgiving and I hope my turkey is ready to be cooked by then!

We had several fun things show up for the shop today....

Yall know we've been adding some great fabrics to the shop...about 100 or so bolts right now..just had these show up today..a couple from the Wiscasset line by Minnick & Simpson (now out of print), the dark brown paisley is from a new line "Wrapped in Paisley" by Kansas Trouble Quilters, and the little brown/red civil war print is from Charity Collections by Howard Marcus. Regular price on these are $9.00 per yard($9.50 for the brown paisley)... our price is $7.95 per yard and WOW girls get their discount!

Also FINALLY IN....the flax colored toweling with the red striping...16" wide. It's on a 15 yard bolt, so you can purchase whatever length you want...$5.50 per yard (WOW discount applies!) It is a great linen/flax color with nice primitive red (not bright) striping down both is a picture of one of the patterns we sell using it...

Just in time for Christmas...we found the most wonderful new line of candles...Scentsible Scents! Extremely strong fragranced and long burning....and the flavors we've tried so far are heavenly!! I wanted to get these in time for this weekend, so I didn't get quite as many flavors as I'd like...but we got some of the best ones!

(This is actually the photo provided by the you can see what they look like..)

Two sizes...Medium Jar for $17.95 and 8 oz jar for $8.95...
Lemon Curd (shortbread cookie scent with a hint of far, my favorite!)
Sugared Pumpkins
Southern Home
Orange Clove
Nutmeg & Cream
Apple Cellar
Stockings & Fir (really nice frazier fir christmas scent..not too heavy)

I also picked up melting tarts in...packed 4 to a package, these will sell for $4.95 per package...
Lemon Curd
Southern Home
Orange Clove
Sugared Pumpkins
Winter Wilderness (another great christmas scent)
Nutmeg & Cream

And, last but not least...Room Sprays...nice large bottle for $5.95...
Winter Wilderness (good to spray on your "not so live" tree)
Southern Home
Vintage Linens (great for your bedroom or bath!)

Next time you come in, tell us what you think about the new scents!!

Before I forget...the new Blackbird Designs book, "Garden Club" arrived today as well...really a beautifully laid out book with some really nice projects. After filling orders, I have two left. I'll try and post some of the pictures from the book tomorrow so yall can see what all is in there...$26.95 (WOW discount applies!)

Three new Christmas patterns are at the shop...pattern price on each is $6.95...

This first pattern makes a great table runner...or take the ornaments "apart" and put each one onto a black background for fun holiday pillows! I'll have a limited number of kits available this soon as I get them together, I'll be able to figure the price...

Fun penny rug mat with some of the pennies being turned into ornaments. I'm not kitting this right off the's a really easy, scrappy project. But if you are needing any of the colors, I have them at the shop. I will have pieces of army blanket cut for this if you need that, I'll have them as well!

Probably my favorite of the new patterns...gingerbread men and candy canes are always a good thing! I can kit this project if anyone wants to do it as a mat, but right now, I'm putting pillow kits together using the center gingerbread man design with the candy canes and holly model is turning out really cute and it is going very fast! Perfect if you need some quick hand made gifts!
I'll also have some gingerman wool packs put together for the stuffed gingerbread man that is included in the pattern.

Time to go watch Dancing with the Stars!

Until later...

Monday, November 15, 2010

A New week...a new post! (Updated Saturday evening!)

Evening to all!

I'm so glad to be home again...but whoa, do I have a ton of work to do! I'll be updating the blog all week as things come in or get's the first thing I need to tell yall about...

Two new books will be arriving soon! I'll post pictures of the projects in each of these books as soon as they arrive...

(Arrived on Thursday!)
First is a new book by JoAnn Mullaly called "Crazy at Home". 15 projects in this book...$24.95 (wow price $22.45). I haven't ordered a ton of if you are wanting one...let me know and I'll put your name on one when they arrive.

Also soon to arrive...Blackbird Designs newest book..."Garden Club"! $24.95 for the book (wow discount applies!)...Arrived Tuesday, Nov. 23rd..only two copies left!!

(Arrived on Saturday...will be in the shop Sunday, Nov. 21st!)
Oops...and almost forgot...Judy Condon's new book, "The Country Life" is shipping this week and we hope to have it here by the weekend. I have several names on a list so far so extra copies are limited. Let me know if you want one! $24.95 for the book (wow discount applies!)...

Today was the first chance I've had since being home to really get into the shop and move stuff around a bit so I can find everything! Here's a few pics that I took as I was working stuff around...sorry for the picture quality...the flash makes everything too bright and there's not quite enough light to make the shutter click fast enough not to make it a little blurry. Maybe Santa needs to bring me a new camera...hmmmmm....

This is one of my christmas "spots" in the shop...notice Santa and Elmer sitting in the red of Vicki Wallace's dolls...he is just really great!

This is another one of Vicki's creations...great prim angel on a great old (big) textile bobbin...she's one you can just leave out all year...tuck her in an old hutch amongst your crocks and jugs...she'd be right at home!

Just a few odd shots of the shop...

Len Greco came in last weekend and brought us several of his incredible birdhouses! This is a picture of one of them up close...the workmanship is amazing..and these are definitely made to go outside for the birds to enjoy! Come in and see all of his designs!

This is a new piece...fresh to the market! Circa 1780-1800 North Carolina corner cupboard. The piece is originally from Albermarle, NC (near Charlotte). Exceptionally rare and all original open top cupboard constructed entirely of heart pine. All hand forged hardware and rose head is an excellent size, measuring only 38" from side to side. An easy fit to just about any corner! It will stay in the shop til the end of the year...if it doesn't's going home with us! $2,395.00. SOLD

We've now got about 100 bolts of fabric in the shop...lots of civil war prints, some really great old Thimbleberries, nice blenders and historical prints...just good stuff! Regular price per yard is $9.00... our price is $7.95 per yard (wow girls get 10% off!). Through Thanksgiving weekend I'll be offering these fabrics to our regular customers for $6.95...don't forget to mention this if you come in!

Other goodies new this weekend...
* 20 count brown cord silicone lights...$9.95 per strand
* Little star silicone pop-ons...these pop onto your regular miniature lights...$.95 cents each
* 24" german twig trees...$14.95

* Lots of new punchneedle patterns!
* New Christmas wool applique patterns
* New wool pillows (just take them home and don't have to make it!)

I'll be working on kits all this next week...I'll let yall know what all gets finished for next weekend!

Oh, and speaking of next weekend...don't forget, we will be open the Friday after Thanksgiving...and with bunches of new stuff coming in for that weekend to boot!

I think that about does it for tonight's update! It is going to be beautiful this weekend and the vendors were in full force setting up outside today...can't wait to go digging out there at bit!
There are two good shows going on out at the fairgrounds as well...The Women's Club Antique Show is going on over in the Scott building...and for the guys, there's the Dixie Gun and Knife Show...a little something for everyone!

Yall take care and have a great weekend!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Finally.....A new post!

Finally...a little bit of a new update! Hopefully by next week, we'll be humming back along with a really good update complete with pictures of some of the new goods in the shop! But for now, I have to keep this short and sweet...mainly because I'm using "dial-up" service to connect to the internet and trying to load a picture is next to impossible! (Did we really use dial-up way back when???)

First, let me say...we are back open (YEA!) after being closed for the month of October for the State Fair. I've been in Texas now for nearly three weeks (family medical emergency with my Mom) so I missed the whole ordeal of putting the shop back together and being there for opening weekend. Poor Shawn has been worked to death...but between him and some very helpful friends (you know who you are!!), everything went pretty smooth and if everything goes well, I'll be home on Friday and will be in the shop this coming weekend! I'm hoping I won't have to come back to Texas for a few I'll be busy catching up making Christmas and winter kits, dying wool, and getting the Settler's Pride and "Maiden" blocks done and out to all you girls doing those Block-of-the-Month projects! Just try and bear with me while I catch everyone up!

We did receive the new holiday issue of "A Primitive Place" magazine...after the first weekend, we have one copy left. is on re-order and we should have some more in very soon!

Also...Jill Peterson's new book, "Homecoming" came in...there are just a few copies left. But I am re-ordering that as well! And..her winter edition of "Simple Life" magazine is now at the shop...great stuff!

Christmas merchandise is in at the shop...with lots more coming over the next couple of weeks!! I have some wonderful things made by Vicki Wallace coming in this weekend...she does beautiful primitive work and her handcrafted dolls never last long! (I can't wait to get home and see what she has for us!)

Shawn has been doing to some great antique buying over the last month...I'll try and get a list up tomorrow of some of the items...several crocks and jugs, a red/white/blue jacquard coverlet, some great little benches, measures, etc...just to name a few of the things...and all at great prices!

I've got approximately 30+ bolts of fabric coming in this weekend..lots of great civil war fabrics...all at a great price! Once I get home, I'll get pictures up over on the website for anyone long distance wanting to order! much for short and sweet! I'll try and get a better list of some of our new things up on the blog tomorrow...but for now, time to watch a little Conan and then off to bed!

Yall take care...Lisa

Thursday, October 21, 2010

9 days and counting!

Well in 9 days we'll be putting our shop back together for the big reopening on November 6th! (I wish we were already done with all that rebuilding...but I guess what doesn't kill us only makes us stronger!)

We've got a couple of new things to show...

First, the December issue of Early American Life just came in....not to be confused with the "Christmas" issue of Early American Life! (Which we are sold out of the Christmas issue and I'm not sure if we can get it back in or not...)
As always...great articles...this one has a great article on antique and reproduction game boards (which we love!).... $4.99 per copy. It's over on the website as well for purchase...

I've put together kits on these "JOY" Star pillows...and they turned out great! I actually put two different kits kit is exactly like the pattern...three star pillows all done in hand dyed wool. The other kit makes the pillow shown done as one long pillow. On that model, I put a fantastic reproduction antique silver tinsel around the outside...great! If you do it as one long piece, you can actually run the letters down the wool and frame it or turn it into a long wall-hanging! (Yep...I know the snowflake is missing one of its little "legs"...the drawing is wrong in the pattern and I've made a new flake pattern and added it to the patterns. I just didn't catch it until it was done and I was thinking...what's wrong with this picture!!??)

Price per kit...$19.95 with pattern or $10.95 without pattern (WOW discount applies!)
(Add $3.00 if you want the antique tinsel instead of chenille)

Price per kit...$25.95 with pattern or $16.95 without pattern (WOW discount applies!)
This kit comes with chenille to go around all three stars...

I'll also have the antique tinsel to purchase...both in the silver and the gold. Both have a great old look...nice and comes on 9' rolls for $5.95. There is a bit of a limit on this if you want some...let me know!

If any of yall are going to Sharon's porch sale on Saturday and would like to pick up a kit for the pillows, let me know by Friday...I'll be taking kits over there for some of the girls to pick up that already have things on order!

Two of the little "pocket" books came back is on basic embroidery stitches and the other is on crazy quilt stitches. Great little laminated fold out books filled with tons of stitches in easy to understand pictures...and best of all...they are cheap! $4.95 each!

Back to work for me...putting Santa kits together next!!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tell All Your Friends!

I apologize that it's been so long between posts...lots going we took advantage of the shop being closed and took a small break!

If you're having withdrawels from the fairgrounds being closed, try coming out to Gresham Lake's Antique Flea Market this weekend...Saturday and Sunday...9am - 5pm each day! The Antique Mall there is having a flea market in the long parking lot out front! It's their first time doing it, but it sounds like it is going to be full of vendors! We'll be there set up with a booth on Saturday for sure! (Don't worry about coming early...they won't even let us set up until 8am!) (The address for the Antique Market is 6917 Capital Blvd, Raleigh.)

Over to the right I've put up a picture of "Linda"....the Fall Maiden wool project by Liberty Rose....I just got it cut out and placed the other night but wanted to show this so you know exactly what the kits are like! If you want one, just let me know!

There's some new books/magazines soon arriving!

Jill Peterson has a new book that will be ready in 2-3 weeks...called "Homecoming".

As with her other two books, this is a hardcover book, containing 153 pages with over 300 color photographs featuring 11 homes. $36.00 per book. (WOW discount applies, of course!) Here's a sneak peek of a couple of the photos...

I'm trying to make sure we order if you are wanting to get your name on our "want" list for this book..please let me know! We'll also have this over on our website for sale (for you long distance buyers) with free shipping!

Also, the Winter issue of her magazine, "A Simple Life" will be here in two weeks as well! ($8.95 per issue) (WOW discounts apply!)

Judy Condon's newest book, Simple Greens, has been flying out of the shop. We still have a copy or two left if you need one! $24.95 (This one is all holiday decorating related!)

(Her next book, The Country Life, will be out mid-late November!)

A Primitive Place's holiday issue of their magazine is due out here in a couple of weeks! (I can't wait to get my hands on that!) This is another one that if you want to make sure you get a copy, please tell me so we can get your name on the list!

And finally....there is a new magazine coming out in 2011 that we will be carrying called "Primitive Quilts and Projects"...
I think this promises to be a really great magazine for all the primitive quilters and crafters out there! The magazine will come out 4 times a year...$9.95 per issue. (WOW members, don't forget your discount!)

Had a new bolt of fabric show up today...from Blue Hill's line call "Abigale". I must have a "thing" here lately for olive green and red..and this fits that bill great! Nice small civil war print in olive, tomato red and cream! Regular retail is $9.00 per yard...our price is $7.95 (WOW!). First thing I thought of was...ooohhh...covered boxes and christmas journals! (It's over on the website as well for purchase.)

That's it for right now...more coming later this week as we get ready for the weekend! Enjoy the day...