I’ll start putting things in the store this winter.
It’s been 3 years since Carole left us, but her spirit lives on. This fall, I hope to continue what she started with Carole’s Country Store. I can’t replace her magic touch, but I will try offering some interesting items for sale. I’ve been living in her world, the home she created for us in Wilmington Delaware. In a few years I’ll be downsizing. I thought one way of bringing everything full circle would be to offer things from Carole’s private collections in Carole’s Country Store. If all goes well, you’ll see a trove of wooden boxes, stone fruit, all the stuff that bought joy into her life, my life, and all those friends she made with her store. Now, all I have to do is actually do it.
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, health the items below are the final collection. Carole wrote about this art on her blog in 2011:
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, stuff or to photograph the items with her loving eye. The two items below, remedy along with the descriptions, were sent to me in August. I said I would put them in the store and I have.
“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.”
Born in Philadelphia November 27, viagra 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 Donague Holt November 27, medical 1943 – August 2, 2013
May God rest her soul.
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.
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.
This rug will soon be available on my website.
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