Archive for November, 2010

Sending Blessings on Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

This morning I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank all of my customers and readers for being there, sildenafil it’s means so much to me.  As I sit here in Wilmington, purchase Delaware, listening to the freezing rain, I send blessings to all of you,  and  your families on this Thanksgiving Day, and throughout the years to come.



Circa 1814-1815 Ledger Pages

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Over the weekend, health I purchased four very early pages from an  ledger dated 1814 and 1815. If you look closely you can see the dates at the top? Of course the thing that attracted me to them were the watercolor drawings of cats and horses. I thought they were just wonderful, cheap and I couldn’t wait to show them to you. I’m not sure when the drawings were done, but I thought they were wonderful!

The man I bought them from always has such wonderful things, and I always find something to buy, but I have never seen anything like these before. He was told they came out of an old Amish community located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. When I asked him about the drawings, he told me that often times paper was not readily available and children used anything they could find if they wanted to draw and paint.

I think they are just wonderful. Wouldn’t they would look amazing in an old frame? They were found tucked away in an old book, and are in perfect condition. I can remember putting drawings that my children did in books too, just to be sure they didn’t get lost. Every now and then I might find a card, or a little note or a drawing, saved from when they were small. That’s probably what happened,  mother tucked them away for safe keeping, and now they found new life. I hope you like them as much as I do.  What wonderful pieces of Americana, don’t you think? Be sure to look for them soon, and other new items in Carole’s Country Store this week, but in the meantime, I want to wish all of you a very happy and a safe Thanksgiving day.


I Dodged A Bullet This Weekend

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

We invited our good friends, sickness Carole and Ted for dinner Saturday night. We lit a fire early and burned it all day. I love daytime fires. Later, when they arrived, Carole and I went into the living room to enjoy a glass of wine. It was relaxing, and it was nice spending the evening with good friends. The fire was beautiful. We had a lot of catching up to do, and Carole always likes to see what new things I purchased for the store. My friends and I like to do that we when we each one another’s homes. “Ok, show me what you got that’s new”, we always say. I went antiquing earlier in the day, so I had a lot to show her. Afterwards, when it was time to eat, and we went into the kitchen to see how things were going. We were out there for about 15 minutes. “Where do you want to eat, I asked, “living room or dining room”?  We all agreed to eat in the living room by the fire. Good thing, when we went back in, smoke was coming out of my wing chair, and there were several large burning cinders on the floor in front of the fireplace. I could smell burning wool, it was my oriental rug! I ran to get water , while everyone scurried to stamp out the burning cinders. Now my chair has a large burn, a hole. We did not use our fire screen, I rarely do. I’m one of those that loves a fire without it, but Saturday night, I dodged a bullet. I hate to think what might have happened if we all decided to eat in the dining room!!!

Happy day


Saturday November 13th is World Kindness Day

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Did you know that tomorrow, search November 13, is World Kindness Day? Be sure and do something nice for someone! “Don’t forget, the person you helped today may be the person to help you in your future.” – Onaiug McKnickels

Imperfectly Wonderful

Friday, November 12th, 2010

I had some business to take care of, search concerning my mother yesterday, and had to go to Honeybrook to do it. When I am in antique country, I can’t resist going to a couple of the shops that are close by.  I came back home with a couple of things that appealed to me. One of them was this 19th century quilt. It was folded up, sitting on a table. At first I didn’t look at it, and moved on to another booth, but it kept  calling my name, so I went back to take a look.

I opened it up. I loved all the blue calicos, and they were in good shape for a quilt this old.  It was sewn in a very naive’ way, and I found that to be so appealing. Then I saw the flaws. Some tears exposing the inside stuffing. It was filled with cotton seed batting. Then I thought, how perfect it was for doll makers. All that cotton seed batting and pieces of early blue and red calicos, lots of homespuns too.

I loved that it had all those little ties made of wool, and the fact that it was all hand sewn. I know it’s so imperfect, but I bought it anyway. I just couldn’t leave it there. Not with all that cotton seed batting and blue and red calicos!! All those early fabric pieces were too much to resist! I have such a weakness for early fabric!

I had one more stop before heading home, the Rusty Gate.  I found this 18th century pewter bowl there. Yes, I know, it’s really bent, but all the bumps and bends didn’t bother me, it just adds to it’s charm.  It’s fun thinking about where is has been over the last 200 years, and how it got so bent. I bought itl too, and I’ll put it in my store, along with the quilt, and they’ll pass on, and so on and so on. Now it was time to head home. I was glad I bought them.



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