Early Homes Spring/Summer 2013

February 20th, 2013

They’re here! Email me to get your copy before they run out.


Spring Issue A Simple Life Is Here

February 17th, 2013

I just got a shipment of the new Spring issue of A Simple Life magazine. I have not put it on my website, pharmacy but will later today. If you would like me to hold a issue for you, email me at caroleholt@comcast.net

Spring is coming!


My Day In Court

February 16th, 2013

I just had to share this story with you. Back in September it was necessary for me to became power of attorney for my brother, cialis sale and now it is sadly necessary that I become his guardian. On Thursday I had to report to the Lancaster County Courthouse to allow a judge to hear my case. We got there a bit early so Bill and I walked across the street for a cup of coffee and pastry. The bakery looked so beautiful all decked out with beautiful treats all ready for Valentine’s Day.

So much to look at but so little time!

Now it was time to go to the courthouse.

We took the elevator up to the third floor where we met our attorney, viagra and walked into the courtroom. My attorney turned to me and said, check “are you nervous”, to which I replied, “no, not at all.” After all, what’s there to be nervous about?

There sat the court stenographer. In came the judge. My brother’s doctor would not appear in court to testify to my brother’s condition, so they called my brother’s social worker, and had her testify by phone. I became very emotional as I listened to them talk about my brother and his mental and physical condition. It was heartbreaking, and it was impossible for me to control my tears. When that testimony was over I was asked to take the stand. What!!!!!! Take the stand!! Me?  Oh, no!! I have never done this before! Ok. This is fine. I can do this. No problem, but it would have been nice if he actually told me that I would have take the witness stand!

Ok, so I get up out of my seat and walk to the witness witness stand. I raise my right hand and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I am seated. I am asked to state my name, and relationship. Ok. No problem.

Then a series of questions begin. All of a sudden my head feels like it’s on fire! Like it could could explode!!!!! I am trying to calm myself down, but it’s not working. I look around and all eyes are on me!! Yikes!!! I am so nervous I have to strain to hear the questions that I am being asked. I try to pull myself together, but it’s not working! I look at my husband who is seated right behind our attorney, and he had this puzzled look on his face, like, what is wrong with you!

Finally,it was over, no more questions, and I could go back to my seat. There were a couple of steps, and I heard someone say, watch your step. Oh, please, Lord, do not let me fall! My knees felt like jelly, but I made it.

The judge was kind. I think everything will work out.

As we walked out of the courtroom we were all laughing about how nervous I looked. Our lawyer told me many of his clients react the same way I did, which made me feel a whole lot better. He said there is a chemical in your brain that takes over and clouds your thoughts, making it hard to think.

Bill and I laughed about it all the way home, and we’re still laughing.

Welcome New Doll Artisan Cindy Gray

February 3rd, 2013

A few weeks ago while antiquing in a shop in Paradise, hospital Pennsylvania, clinic I noticed a woman purchasing some wonderful early fabrics. I was curious and asked what she was going to make with them. She told me she made dolls. We talked for a few minutes and I told her about my website and my American Artisan Store and how I was looking for someone that makes dolls with early fabrics for my Artisan store. We exchanged email addresses and a week later Cindy sent me photos of her wonderful folk art dolls.

Cindy Gray has been stitching and creating since she was a child. Influenced by her grandmother, rx a strong willed wife of a farmer. That Luzerne County, Pennsylvania farm sparked a passion for learning about the past, a love of the land and nature. Cindy continues seeking bonds with day to day life in the 18th and 19th centuries. The folk art, needlework, and toys made by inspired women, by candle light, for necessity, made for art or for love continue to inspire. All of her pieces are her design. Each is one of a kind, made from antique and vintage fabric. Each doll is all hand stitched.

Cindy Gray’s work appeared in Collector’s Magazine, Country Home, Southern Living, Home For The Holiday, Early American Homes, and Early American Life. Early American Homes, working with prominent museums, seven times listed Cindy Gray among the top 200 traditional work artisans. Cindy had the honor of making an ornament for the White House Christmas tree in 1999. I am so proud to offer Cindy’s creations in my American Artist & Artisans store.

I am so happy and honored to offer Cindy’s wonderful folk art dolls to my customers, so be sure to visit my website.

Welcome Cindy!

More Folk Art Pages

January 7th, 2013

Last Friday I met a dealer friend of mine, physician someone I have been buying from for many many years. She always has the most interesting items, and I love that she always tells me a little about everything I purchase from her. She knew that I loved the Mennonite folk art ledger pages, and how much my customers loved them too. She promised to let me know first hand if and when the collector ever decided to sell the rest of her collection. I was surprised to hear from her and excited to see what she had for me.

I purchased 4 folk art pages. I should have them on my website some time today, along with a few other nice early antiques. I hope you will stop by, you just might find a treasure that you can’t resist.

Have a blessed day.


January 1st, 2013


I know Christmas is over, treat but I was looking at a book I have owned since 1993, cialis called Christmas Collectables. Inside I put away a piece of paper entitled Keep Christmas. I don’t remember where I got it, for sale but after reading it I know why I kept it.

I want to share it with you. It’s a bit long, but please read it through, it’s worth it. Here is what it says–


It is a good thing to observe Christmas Day.

The mere marking of  times and seasons, when men agree to stop work

and make merry together, is a wise and wholesome custom.

It helps one to feel the supremacy of the common life over the individual life.

It reminds a man to set his own little watch, now and then,

by the great clock of humanity which runs on a sun time.

But there is a better thing than the observance of Christmas Day,

and that is keeping Christmas.

Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people,

and to remember what other people have done for you;

to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world;

to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance,

and try to look behind their faces to their hearts hungry for joy;

to own that probably the only good reason for your existence

is not what you are going to get of of life, but what you are going to give to life;

to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe,

and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness–

are you willing to do these things even for a day?

Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and the desires of little children;

to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old;

to stop asking how much your friends love you,

and ask yourself whether you love them enough;

to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts;

to try to understand what those who live in the same house with you really want;

without waiting for them to tell you;

to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke,

and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you;

to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings,

with the gate open–

are you willing to do these things even for a day?

Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world–

stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death–

and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago

is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love?

Then you can keep Christmas,

And if you can keep it for a day, why not always?

But can never keep it alone.

December 22nd, 2012

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of my wonderful customers, viagra sale and readers of my blog over these many years. Your loyalty is so much appreciated. I am so grateful to have  all of you in my life. Thank you again, for the kindness and compassion you have shown me after the sudden loss of my dear son, William, this past April. He is very special and deeply loved by his family, and all that knew him. This year has been extremely difficult for our family as you can imagine, for he is missed so much, but we have found comfort in knowing that he is in a much better place, in the arms of Jesus, and at peace.

Wishing each one of you and your families much joy this Christmas and always. Also sending many blessings in the coming new year and always.




November 20th, 2012

In 1621, viagra the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, prescription days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states.

Did you know that lobster, pilule rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast? What, no turkey and pumpkin pie! I wonder what they put the maple syrup and honey on?

Here are some facts about Thanksgiving you may not know.

On the West Coast of the US, Dungeness crab is common as an alternate main dish instead of turkey, as crab season starts in early November.

The Plymouth Pilgrims dined with the Wampanoag Indians for the First Thanksgiving.

A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour!! They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds!

In October of 1777 all 13 colonies celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time; however it was a one-time affair commemorating a victory over the British at Saratoga.

I do wish all of you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving Day. This is a very difficult time for our family after the passing of our son William this past April. This year I will not be cooking on Thanksgiving day for my family, as I have done for the past 50 years. This year we will be with friends.



Antique Show in Elverson, Pennsylvania

November 16th, 2012

It’s a rainy dreary day yesterday, sick so I made myself a fire. I stayed in my pjs all day. Just didn’t feel like getting dressed.

I went to an antique show this past weekend in Elverson, click Pennsylvania. My friend Lynne was one of the dealers in the show. She asked me if I would like to come along. Of course I said yes! She always has wonderful 18th century antiques, sovaldi plus she is a sweetheart, and I always enjoy her company. Her booth looked wonderful as always.

Don’t you think every country home should have a tin lantern? They are especially nice to have during the Fall and Winter months. When lit, especially at night, they really make a house a home. Heck, I should have lit this one for my photo!

This early wooden bowl, with original black paint, looks wonderful with old stone fruit. The woman I purchased it from thought it was an early mortar and pestle. A pestle came with it but I love that way it looks with this old stone fruit instead. Looks so primitive!

I adore early leather books. I just can’t seem to get enough of them. This one is thick, 2-1/2 inches. Love the brass clasps, and they work! The owners initials are stamped inside. The date is 1851.

Hope you stop by my site.



All Is Well in Wilmington, Delaware!

October 30th, 2012

We had our TV on all day yesterday so we could follow the path of the storm. We had done everything we could, cialis sale so all we could do as wait it out. The hurricane was heading straight towards Delaware. As the day wore on we noticed there was a very thin patch of Delaware that would be spared. That was us! We dodged a bullet.

My heart breaks as I see the devastation. So sad, drugstore it’s beyond sad. I pray for those that have lost so much. Thank God for FEMA, sovaldi sale and all those brave men and woman that are doing everything they can to help those that so much in need. It’s unbelievable what has happened in New York and New Jersey! Snow in West Virginia!

If any of you have a story or something to tell, please do. I know I have many customers in states that have been affected, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please email me or leave a comment.

I feel so blessed this morning.