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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, United States
I have been crafting and doing shows for 20 plus years. I have 3 children and I love creating primitive country crafts. I am married and my husband is my biggest asset to my success. But I can't forget the help my children have been through the years and still to this day. This has been a true family event. I hope you like what you see. I have made so many friends through the years. They started out as customers an are now dear friends, and that is all worth the long hours that we all put into making our creations. I say our creations, because my husband and children help in so many ways. Enjoy my pictures and posts, have a cup of coffee and some downtime to just relax...and come back soon...from my house to yours, Denise

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Is Bigger....Better????

Hi everyone, well the title of this post says it all...I am always thinking outside the box so to speak, and this time is no different. I found a few old, wooden, heavy...very heavy cattle gates. Lets just say, I have a hard time just sliding them across the floor to work on them. My husband has to carry them in the basement for me. I have 3 to do, this one is the first of them to be finished. I already have people wanting them from the pictures I posted on facebook. Each one is a different size, this one being the smallest. And each one has different metal hardware, this one is the only one with an old chain still attached.

While I was working on it, I kept thinking..."are you crazy"....."why would you try to wrestle with these things"...but after I got it done, I sat back and said "damn that came out nice"...well in my opinion anyway. Everything is not for everyone...but this makes an awesome porch or yard decoration for the upcoming holidays. It is about 4 feet wide, and 3 feet high, and the thickness of the layers of wood is about 6 inches. But I wanted you all to see it before it is gone. I am getting better about taking pictures of my creations. Hope you all like it, but for now I am back to work preparing for a big show that is coming up. Have a wonderful day.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Welcome Fall

Hi to all, and if it is no secret Fall is on it's way. I love the colors, the crunch of the fallen leaves, pumpkins, corn stalks, mums and all the wonderful Fall festivals that are taking place. It is by far my most favorite time of the year. I have been busy gearing up for all my fall and winter shows, so many new things coming your way. The geese are getting ready to fly south, when I think of the upcoming snow and ice...it seems like a very good idea to move south for the winter..

I have most of my fall decorations out, but a few more to add. Then I can take some pictures to post. Have a few new holiday wreaths added to my stock, will post the pictures for you to see...they came out nice. A lot of the areas around NE Pa have been flooded from the bad storms that came through here a few weeks ago. Many people have lost everything they have, their houses have to be gutted and cleaned from all the mud and water. Mold being the culprit that can hid in even the best cleaned areas. Such a sad sight to drive along and see the contents of people's homes piled up on the curbs waiting for the front loaders to scoop it up and put it in a dumpster. Their whole lives being thrown away, everything that took a lifetime to collect. So when we are having a bad day, which we all have...and we think it is our worst day...someone is always having it even harder.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lititz Craft Show 2011

Have you wondered where I have been....well I have also wondered that too. I have been working very hard to get my stock built up for my fall and winter shows. I am inching forward ever so slowly, but what I have is taking shape nicely. A lot of new things to offer this year. I get bored with the same, same so I am always drawing up something new.

The last show I did was Lititz, Pa. If you never went to this show, you are sure missing a huge one. It is massive, and if you go to it, you will always go back. My daughter Jaime went with my husband Jim and I to help out. We got there at 4am, and started to unload onto the sidewalk, by 5am we were setting up the tents. I was across from Wilbur's Chocolate Factory and by the end of the day, yes we bought some milk chocolate Wilbur Buds...oh so yummy!!

The day was beautiful, but towards the afternoon we had a few dark clouds and a bit of wind off and on. Then about 3pm, my daughter said to me, Mom it looks like a storm is coming we should start to pack up. Well I was glad I listened to her, by 3:30 it got darker and a bit windy. We had most of the totes packed, and Jim was putting them in the trailer. All we needed was 10 more minutes, but we didn't get them. The rain came down in buckets. By the time we got the 3rd tent down, we were drenched, and I mean drenched...the kind of wet where your clothes are dripping water, hair like we washed it, and shoes...well they were filled with water. If you never have been in a bad rain storm in Lititz you have not seen a storm. Water is rushing down the roads, from the curbs towards the middle of the roads. Along the curbs it could be 6 to 8 inches deep. It is definitely an experience to say the least. Most of the crafter's around me started to pack when I did, the ones that didn't lost some product for sure.

I will post some pictures of my booth and my crafts for you to see. Since Lititz I have lost 3 shows due to the bad weather, so it has not been a good year so far for sales. Lets hope the fall and winter is more profitable. I will try not to be away for so long, wishing I had 4 more hands and 48 hour days...

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