Archive for May, 2013

New Artisan Lisa Mair

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I am so honored, drugstore 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.

floorcloths

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

Friday, May 10th, 2013

FOLK

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

There are lots of beautiful photos, viagra sale 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

Tuesday, 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, doctor 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

Another Day in Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

My friend Lynne Oppenheimer had her open house yesterday. Louise couldn’t make it so it was just Carole and I this time. After an hour of driving we pulled into the driveway. I took a lot of pictures, click because I wanted to share this day with you.

Lynne has the most wonderful little shop on her property, and on this day it was filled with wonderful primitives. She was busy chatting with her customers, and was kind enough to suggest I take Carole up to the house, she has never been there before. I knew she was in for a real treat, and I couldn’t wait for her to see it. We walked up the path that led from her shop to her house and went inside.

So many wonderful 18th century antiques! You just don’t know what to look at first!!! It was so much fun looking around and both of us were taking pictures like a couple of crazy women!! As you enter her house you find yourself standing in the living room.

One end of the room had the most wonderful stack of firkins. Love the colors.

You go up a couple of stairs to enter the kitchen. I love the shaved brooms too. On the other side of the stairs was a wonderful early painting of a dog, drawers and  miniatures.

So much to see in the kitchen. I love tombstone breadboards so they were the first to catch my eye. I have a weakness for them. This dated one is the bomb! :)

I have never ever seen one with a name and date, E. S. Sutes Feb 1847. So awesome!

And there were  lots more. Here are just a few.

Now we are in the dining room.

I hope you enjoyed the photos. I have more but you have to wait a bit to see the rest.

I have yard work to do!

Happy day

Carole