Archive for May, 2008

Did You Know?

Sunday, May 11th, 2008


Did you know this about Mother’s Day? The first Mother’s Day was a Sunday service in 1908 in a Methodist church in Grafton, seek West Virginia. Anna Jarvis honored her late mother at her church the previous year by giving white carnations to the mothers in attendance. It became her campaign to establish a national observance. She lived in Philadelphia and got her support from merchant John Wanamaker, and the World’s Sunday School Asso., and the Young Men’s Christian Asso. Soon most mother’s day services were being held in most states. West Virgina became the first state to declare an official holiday in 1912. Mother’s Day became a national observance in 1914 by a resolution of Congress signed byh President Woodrow Wilson. Anna Jarvis had no children of her own and died in 1948. I thought this was interesting and thought you might like to know. This picture is my mother and my special daughter, Melissa, taken a couple of years ago, at Missy’s house. My mother will be 90 this coming June.
Happy Mother’s Day

Gregg Shooner Had A Fire

Friday, May 9th, 2008


Last week I called Gregg Shooner to order some redware for my American Artisan store. He told me they had a fire in his studio, pharm and it was in the process of being rebuilt. I felt so bad for him and Mary and I hope he will be back to making his wonderful redware very soon. Just a reminder to all of us that love burning candles. He was burning one of those fat candles, ed I guess you call them piller candles. The kind that are rolled in herbs and cinnamon. He left one unattended. I am sure he thought it was safe to leave, it was sitting on a tin plate. He left his studio to go to his house to have some dinner. A short time later, his wife Mary, came running into the house to tell him that they had a fire. Apparently the herbs on the outside of the candle caught fire. I just wanted to remind everyone that we have to be so careful with our candles.

Christine Crocker Dolls and Folk Art Pinkeeps

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008


When I opened my American Artisan store, check I asked a dear friend, and talented doll artist, Christine Crocker, if she would like to participate in my AA store. She accepted. I am just so thrilled to have her! I am told that the dolls will be arriving soon, and will be bringing with them some folk art pinkeeps. I just can’t wait to see them.

For the 4th year, Christine Crocker has been selected for the Early American Life Directory. Quite an honor. CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTINE!! You certainly deserve it.

Yesterday’s Day

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008


We got home from Honey Brook around 7 p.m. It was another long day. We stopped at Lowe’s on the way to pick up a vanity for the master bathroom, seek and loaded it in the back of the jeep. We bought 4 lights for the outside of the house. Two were for lamp posts. Today we’ll get the toilet and the top for the vanity. Bill has his work cut out for him, cialis as always.


A couple of weeks ago we had this cinderblock wall repaired, this is the BEFORE picture. What a mess. I have not taken a new picture yet, since it’s been repaired and painted, but today I will. I wanted to paint it in a way that it looked like an old stone wall. I found some grey paint in the garage and used it to simulate stone. Then I dry brushed white over the gray. I like the way it turned out. It’s got lots of character. The rest of the wall, I painted all white. I raked out the ivy, and pulled some weeds. Cut down more tree limbs. It’s really starting to shape up now. Today I’ll finish painting the bedroom. It needs a second coat of paint. Then I’ll paint the inside of two closets, and get that out of the way. We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and we’re happy with what we have done. My parents would be so proud of us. I wish they could see. Well, better get moving. Time to get ready for another day in Honey Brook.
Happy day.
Carole-here’s something interesting I just heard on the news. The day that Obama makes his acceptance speech, is the 40th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, given by Martin Luther King. Amazing. I dont’ know how many of you scroll all the way down on my website page, but there is a link that you might like to read. Check it out.

Anniversary Sale In Carole’s Country Store

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008


Good morning everyone. It’s a beautiful day here in Wilmington, ambulance DE. and Bill and I are getting ready to go to work in Honey Brook. Before I go, medical I wanted to let everyone know that I am having a sale in my store, from now until the end of May, to celebrate my one year anniversary for my website. It’s my way of saying thank you to all of my wonderful customers and friends. So many of you have emailed me to tell me, telling me how much you love your purchase. Many have written such thoughtful and touching emails about my DVD, “Early America”, and how it has soothed your soul. These emails have warmed my heart, and put a smile on my face. Thank you so much for that. These little shoes are just one of the items you will find in my store. They are becoming more and more collectable these days, and harder to come by. So if you are a collector like me, you might want to take a look. Here’s a link. Well, time to go, and remember, have a-
Happy day!

Not Much To Write About Today

Monday, May 5th, 2008


There’s not too much to write about this morning. My weekend was pretty quiet. Bill is still in Rehoboth Beach. We have a little condo there, viagra and he stayed an extra day to clear out the pantry and do a few odds and ends. Seems Bill always has something to fix. When he got there, cialis he noticed the sink in the bathroom was leaking, so of course, it had to be fixed. So there he was, on the floor, reaching under the sink with his tools, fixing something else. I swear, it’s the story of his life! Lucky for me, he is one of those guys that can fix just about anything. On Sunday I visted Anne, the mother of Emily, my granddaughter, for lunch, kind of a pre mother’s day. Emily was there. She gave me a bouquet of red tulips. How sweet is that. We had a wonderful visit, just the 3 of us. Lots of girltalk. Afterwards I had to go to the Verizon store to get my cell phone fixed and I wanted to stop at the grocery store and pick up a couple of things. A can of coffee, and a loaf of bread. It coast me $9.! What is going on! Between the price of gas, and food, how are people getting along! I love driving through Chester and Lancaster Counties, but now I’ll be doing it a lot less, a whole lot less. With those gas prices, forget it! Better go. I want to visit my mother today and I have several things to do first. As always, I am wishing you a-
Happy day!

Alone Today

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

I’m all alone. Bill went to the Republican convention in Dewey Beach, medicine DE. yesterday. So here I am on a rainy Saturday morning. I like it. I’m putzing again and having some fun. Yesterday I hung another rug. It’s one I made about 12 years ago.


The inspiration for it was the love of my granddaughter, sickness Emily and my love of hearts. This morning I was looking through my books. I pulled one from the shelf and was thumbing through it, when I came across this little cutout.


When Emily was 5 years old, she gave this to me. Her dear little hand, traced and colored to look like a Thanksgiving turkey. I had forgotten where I put it, so when I found it this morning, I was so glad. I pinned it to the back of the rug, so it will never get misplaced again.

Have a wonderful weekend! and remember, always have a-

Happy day, and don’t forget, for all you horse lovers like me, the Kentucky Derby is on today.

The Birds and Bees and My Bedroom

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

I got your attention didn’t I? LOL-No!, sovaldi I am not writing about my personal life, but I do want to talk about the birds and bees and my bedroom. Worked on mother’s house yesterday. When we were leaving, I looked down on the driveway, and there, side by side, was a dead baby bird AND a large bee! How weird is that? I wanted to take a picture, but you know what, I just couldn’t do it. Just didn’t feel right, so I didn’t, but now I wish I did. I wish you could have seen them. The baby bird was very new and just getting his feathers and the bee was large and black. There they were together, the bird, and the bee. It was just so strange. Ok, changing the subject. I painted the master bedroom today at mother’s house. It’s the most beautiful colonial blue. A grey blue. I loved the color so much, Bill did too, that I have decided to paint my bedroom that color.


This is the chair that was in my living room, that was bothering me so much. It was the color. I didn’t like it with my sofa and chair. It went great with my rug, but I didn’t like the rug anymore either. Remember I told you I took them both out? It’s been sitting in my hallway, waiting for me to find another fabric to recover it. Remember I mentioned a tobacco and cream check? Now I have figured it all out. I am going to paint my bedroom that beautiful colonial blue grey color. I think the chair will look beautiful with it. Very George Washington looking. Remember the beautiful old oil painting I found, the one with the small tear. I am going to hang that in the bedroom too. I think it will look really pretty. We are going to take up the wall to wall carpeting. Can’t wait for that, but I’ll have to. We’ll do it in the Fall. It’s not going to be easy painting though. Right now those walls are brown. A dark chocolate brown. I painted them that color because I wanted to cozy up the room. My bedroom is large, with 5 windows. The brown color made it much warmer. The woodwork is a linen color. So, that’s it. That’s what I wanted to say about the birds and the bees and my bedroom. Arent’ you relieved? LOL
Here are a few photos of my mother’s bedroom, before it was painted. We removed 3 layers of wallpaper. It’s not done yet, but it’s looking really pretty.

This photo makes me sad. This is after we got rid of everything that was in my parents bedroom, actually we had to get rid of everything in my mother’s house. My mother loved her lace curtains and her window candles.


Up came the carpet and off went the wallpaper.


The walls got primed and new mouldings around the windows and baseboards will be added. My husband has been wonderful through all of this. He’s done so much.


Here is the blue. It’s much grayer in person and more Williamsburg looking than this photo.
Better get going. The sun is out and I can’t wait to begin my day!!

Happy day! Carole