The last of the Mennonite Folk Are On Early Ledger Pages collection

November 25th, 2013

These interesting Mennonite Folk Art drawings done on early ledger pages have been a popular item since Carole first discovered them on one of her many trips to Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Since discovering these gems she learned they can be found in galleries and museums featuring early folk art. Increasingly hard to find, the items below are the final collection. Carole wrote about this art on her blog in 2011:

http://017924b.netsolhost.com/ccblog/2011/01/05/mennonite-ledger-page-exhibit/

 

FS2098-1 copy

FS2097-1 copy

FS2100-1 copy

FS2104-1 copy FS2103-1 copy FS2102-2 copy FS2101-1 copy FS2099-3 copy

FS2105-1 copy FS2106-3 copy

I promised Carole

October 1st, 2013

I’m Carole’s husband Bill. Carole asked me to keep her store open the best I could. I said I would. I can process the orders and ship things. I can insert the new items that Carole purchased.  It’s all but impossible for me to describe the items with the enthusiasm of Carole’s words, or to photograph the items with her loving eye. The two items below, along with the descriptions, were sent to me in August. I said I would put them in the store and I have.

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“I found these old cloth covered books quite unexpectedly while on a little day trip to visit some friends. The fabrics look earlier then the books to me. Wouldn’t they look nice stacked on a table, or if you have a shelf they would look wonderful with other favorite collectables. The top book measures 8-1/2 inches long and 5-1/2 inches wide. $75. Includes shipping, but not the little mouse. :)

AACWO-3 copy

“Hand dyed wool strawberry pincushion is filled with sawdust and the little emery, used to sharpen needles, is filled with sand. Each one is unique due to the hand dying. Strawberry measures 3-1/2 inches high and about 2-1/2 inches wide. I hung mine on my cupboard, which I keep closed during the Summer months for a more sparse look, and then open it back up in the Fall for a more cozy feel. Did I mention that the strawberries are hand sewn.”

Carole

September 18th, 2013

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September 10% rebate sale on Country Store items . . .

September 6th, 2013

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August 8th, 2013

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August 6th, 2013

Carole Diane Holt passed away peacefully on August 2, 2013, at home with husband William by her side.

Born in Philadelphia November 27, 1943, Carole enjoyed a wonderful childhood growing up in Springfield Delaware County Pennsylvania. Her young life was filled with happy days, wonderful friends, and many weekends horseback riding with her brother at her family farm in Rising Sun, Maryland. Carole and Bill met in high school. They moved to Delaware in 1970, They were married for 51 years.

Carole was predeceased by her son William and her father William Donaghue. She is survived by her mother Violet, husband William, daughter Melissa, grand daughter Emily, brother Robert, cousin David and his wife Terry, brother-in-laws Robert and Bruce, special friends Annie, Carole, Louise, and Janet. She will be fondly remembered by a loving circle of friends.

Carole was a beautiful person and a talented entrepreneur. An accomplished muralist, painting in the folk art style of Rufus Porter, Carole’s work graces the walls of many homes. She was honored to paint a mural for the Governors Guest house in Dover, Delaware. Her passion was finding, collecting, photographing, and decorating with early American primitive antiques. She had a magic touch.

She was a published photographer, accomplished writer, as well as proprietor of the popular online antique shop Carole’s Country Store which she founded in 2007. Carole earned a loyal following of fans who enjoyed her primitive antique offerings, wonderful photography, and her warm essays about life in times gone by. May Carole now walk along with all those who went before her.

May God bless her kind soul. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Carole Diane Donaghue Holt

August 4th, 2013

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Carole Diane Donague Holt November 27, 1943 – August 2, 2013

May God rest her soul.

New Artisan Lisa Mair

May 30th, 2013

I am so honored, and excited to introduce Lisa Mair, a new artisan coming to my American Artisan Store.

Lisa has been making floor cloths for the past 20 years. She has been chosen 10 times for Early American Life’s top artisan’s directory.

Lisa lives in a early 19th century farmhouse, the Henry Gould Farm, which sits at the base of Vermont’s picturesque Mount Ascutney,

Her painted canvas floorcloths are made as they were made hundreds of years ago, one painstakingly step at a time. She designs each piece, lays it out on paper, then transposes it to a prepared canvas “blank” floorcloth before begins it’s painted design. Each one is hemmed giving it a nice finished look. Each one is hand signed and dated by Lisa.

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Just in case you are not familiar with floorcloths, let me tell you a little bit about them.

Area canvas rugs, today known as floorcloth, had their start in 18th century England. Initially used by the wealthy, the designs and patterns mimicked parquet flooring, tile and marble. As these useful furnishings found their way into middle-class homes, the variety of patterns grew. When American colonists became independent from England, they also began to create their own floorcloths. Eventually the development of linoleum eliminated the interest in these rugs. However, in the past few decades, the desire to decorate homes in a more personal way has stimulated their popularity.

hallfloorcloth

This rug will soon be available on my website.

Embrace the day

Carole

FOLK Magazine Is Available

May 10th, 2013

FOLK

For the past few months I have been buying a magazine called FOLK. It’s a very fresh, happy magazine, the perfect read on a lovely Spring day.

There are lots of beautiful photos, recipes, crafts, and articles, it’s the kind of magazine that just makes you feel good. I wanted you to be able to experience this magazine too, so I’ll be making it available soon on my website Carole’s Country Store.

Take good care.

Carole

For Those That Love Bee Skeps and More

May 7th, 2013

Beekeeping in colonial America was a simple procedure. A single skep was maintained throughout the winter. It was usually insulated and always kept under cover, and the bees were fed to sustain themselves throughout the cold months. In the early summer the beekeeper caught and skepped the swarms that issued from his winter hive. Natural reproduction would populate his other hives, and the inhabitants would produce honey in them all summer long. Then, in late summer, the owner killed the bees in most of his skeps by burning sulphur beneath them. He would then cut out the beeswax and harvest the honey. Today it is against the law to use bee skeps because of the killing of the bees.

Last one.

HAPPY DAY

Carole