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Welcome Quilter Ann Hermes to the American Artisan Store

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

This morning I want to welcome a new artisan to my American Artisan Store. Her name is Ann Hermes. Originally from Illinois, pharm Ann moved to Southeastern Pennsylvania several years ago.  She soon became addicted to collecting antique quilts and textiles. For the last 10 years she has been making miniature quilts from the antique and vintage fabrics that she has collected. Scraps and yardage of late 19th and early 20th century fabrics are readily available, patient especially in Southeaster, Pennsylvania, which has a rich quilting heritage. The quilt pictured above is called “broken dishes”, and was made of early blue and brown fabrics dating from around 1860-1880. I love the colors Ann chose for this quilt.

The antique fabric pieces that Ann uses to make these charming little quilts, might have been left over from the making of a lady’s dress, a child’s jumper or a family quilt. Not only did I fall in love with Ann’s quilts, but the idea that she uses only pieces of leftover early fabrics, never destroying an early textile,  was important to me.

I love the way miniature quilts look when displayed with dolls, but they also look wonderful as a collection displayed on a wall. What a charming way to show them off, don’t you think? I found this photo in a favorite book I have owned for over 35 years, it still continues to be a favorite. It’s called Collecting American Country. If you love country and primitives, you will absolutely love this book. published in the 1980′s. I do have an extra copy in excellent condition, so if you would like to purchase it, just email me at

Two of Ann’s quilts will be available by in the next couple of days in the American Artisan Store, maybe sooner, so be sure and look for them. WELCOME, ANN! I am delighted to offer your charming little quilts in my artisan store.

Happy day everyone!


Paying Homage

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Wednesday, clinic the day after election day, hospital  I drove into Philadelphia. It’s only a 25 minute drive from where I live. After all the crazy politics going on for the past few months, I wanted to pay homage to our forefathers. Among my favorites are George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. I have been there many times, and I have seen these portraits before, but I don’t think I will ever get tired of looking at them or visiting this wonderful, beautiful, historical city. What an election !!

Happy day


Sold-Thank You

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Hi everyone. Many of you have asked when I will have more of Julie Bailey’s dolls available. Well, shop there are here and they are wonderful. These are something new, cure and exclusive to my American Artisan Store. They are pin poppets, malady half doll and half pincushion.  They are just beautiful, and I only have 2 available right now. I have not put them in the artisan store yet, but if you are interested in purchasing one, please email me at and I can tell you more about them. I have lots of antiques coming soon for the country store too, and just as soon as I get them photographed, I’ll talk about them in my next post.



Monday, October 25th, 2010

Yesterday was just glorious. The sun was just starting to shine. It was already feeling warm. The trees were changing color, sick and I was driving to Bucks County, site Pennsylvania. I was looking for antiques, but just being out driving on this glorious day, felt good, I needed to get out. Bucks County has some of the most beautiful countryside, filled with some of the best farmland. It’s hard to keep your eye on the road when there is so much beauty around you. This farm was picture perfect, and I just had to stop for a photo.

I know a lot of you live in areas where you see farms every day, but  remember, I live in the suburbs, a few minutes from the city of Wilmington, so it’s always a treat for me.  I’ll never tire of looking at them and I always feel so at peace when I spend time there. There’s just something about it that  words can’t describe.

It’s funny how you can see something that brings back a memory. These hay bales reminded me of a day many years ago, when my mother and I were out together. We were in my car.

There was some construction going on, and we were sitting in traffic. I remember how blue the sky was that day. At the side of the road there were huge hay bales behind a charming old fence. I told my mother I was going to get out and take a photo while we were waiting. She thought that was funny. That’s all I remember of that day, and just seeing these brought tears to my eyes. Soon they ran down my cheeks. At the time, it was just another day out with my mother, something I had done so many times before. You take these days for granted. You think they’ll last forever, after all it’s just another day. But time soon passes,  and I would give anything to have that time with her again.

I did antique, and I found a lot. Please come back in a day or two, and I’ll tell you and show you more.

Happy day


Thursday, October 21st, 2010

It’s been really hectic around here, check but in a good way. Today I want to thank my wonderful customers for your purchases, ailment AND for taking the time out of your busy day to email me to let me know how happy you are with your purchases. I just can’t tell you how good that makes me feel! !  I have worked really hard to find some wonderful things for you, and have tried to take the best photos I can to give you a real feel for items I have for sale. You have responded in kind and your emails have warmed my heart.  I will continue to work hard at finding more wonderful primitives for you. This weekend I plan on driving to the Lancaster Country area, my favorite area, in hopes of finding more wonderful treasures for you, to help you decorate your home, to make it warm and inviting for you and your family.

The items I show today will be available this weekend. The photo above is part of a charming  early watercolor on lined paper found in Big Valley, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. I am told it is Amish. The wedding band hogscraper, basket and 19th century still life, will also be some of the items soon available.

I also wanted to mention how much I appreciate the emails I get asking about my mother. She is 93 now and doing as well as can be expected. Her dementia has progressed somewhat but she still knows her family, and I am  thankful for that. She tells me things that I know can not be true, but it’s the world she lives in now. I took her for a long ride the other day. We stopped by my house so she could say hello to Bill. She was so happy to see him. Later, when I took her back to the assisted living, she said, “this is my house? It doesn’t look like it”. Some times she  breaks my heart.


Tasha Tudor’s Bird Cage and Letter

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I have a very nice customer that read my blog the other day, cure when I showed the 19th century boy’s dress that belonged to Tasha Tudor. He was kind enough to send me some photos. One of the photos was this birdcage that once belonged to Tasha, malady which she gave to her friend, pilule who is a friend of my customer.  She keeps her finches in it, like Tasha once did. In the photo below you can see this same cage, drawn as an illustration in one of Tasha’s books.

This bottom photo is letter she wrote to my customer friends about their corgi dogs and how they are related to one another.  The letter was written in 1993. Mr. Flapjack is the name of their son’s corgi.



New Items In Carole’s Country Store Next Week

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Hi everyone. Here are a few things that will be available in Carole’s Country Store next week. Please stop by and take a look.

Thank you!



Fall Issue of Early Homes Magazine is Out

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

I forgot to tell you that the Fall-Winter issue of Early Homes Magazine is out. It’s a good one too. I love this magazine. If you haven’t gotten it, prostate you should. Your going to love it. It’s not that easy to find, treat so maybe you should call your book store or any place you buy magazines, and make sure they have it. I am so pleased to tell you that early homes has been using some of my photos for “fillers”. I guess that makes me a professional  photographer. If you get the magazine, be sure to look on page 65, that’s my photo of the crocks at the bottom of the page.



How Could I Have Missed Them!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

I haven’t been able to post for a while, capsule because a couple of weeks ago I had a little accident with a power tool. I almost had my finger tips cut off. I was using an electric trimmer. It all happened so quickly and the pain was severe. Lucky for me, pilule the gardening cloves I was wearing had reinforced tips, generic and that saved me from loosing them. Oh my gosh, it hurt so bad. Lots of blood. I was afraid to look. My husband heard me screaming. It was such a shock. I was so scared. He came running over. We went inside and took off the gloves. Ok, all fingers still in tact. We wrapped my hand in a towel, and drove to the emergency room, actually an emergency center down the road. Thank goodness for them! It wasn’t as bad as I thought and I didn’t get stitches, although  I think I could have used one. So after a tetanus shot and some bandages, I went back home. They still hurt after all this time, but I can type now without using the “hunt and peck” method.

Now, here’s something that happened over the weekend. Remember I lost my keys a couple of weeks ago? It cost me close to $300. to replace my car keys. Yesterday, I was emptying a pocketbook, one I hardly ever use, BUT I wore it the day I lost my keys. You guessed it. There they were in a compartment of that purse!!!! I just stood there, staring at them, not believing what I was looking at!! My keys! These are my lost keys! I found them!!!!! HOW IN THE WORLD COULD I HAVE MISSED THEM!!!  I searched and searched this purse!!! This is what panic can do. Word of advice, try to stay calm in a panic situation, count to ten. Trust me,  your brain will function much better!



Summer’s Over

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Well, sovaldi I hung up my beach hat until next year. I’m ready, actually, I’m more then ready. I can not wait for cooler weather and the beginning of the Fall season. These past few months have been way too hot. Our paper this morning said that this Summer has been Delaware’s hottest on record.

On the drive home I stopped at one of the many roadside stands to bring home some fruits and vegetables. I love the peaches. There is nothing like Summer peaches from southern Delaware, and I wanted to get a lot of them. I bought some eggplants too. Instead of the usual deep purple ones, I bought some white ones. I’m going to make eggplant  parmigian for dinner.

I did not know this, but the farmer’s wife told me that the white eggplants were the first eggplants grown. I guess that’s where they go their name. They’re white like an eggs, and shaped like an egg, and they’re a plant.

I was also anxious to get home to finish a painting I have been working on for a customer, and I thought you would like to see it before I ship it to her.

I had so much fun painting it, and now I’m inspired to paint more. The coloring looks faded, my customer wanted it that way, like an old painting that has faded over time from the sun.

Well, it’s time to go visit my mother. It’s been too long. I can’t wait to see her. I have not visited her that much since she has been in her new facility. Maybe tomorrow I’ll tell you about my visit. Until then-

Happy day