Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Man! What A Difference A Week Makes...

The porch is completed!! Sure I have a ton work ahead of me BUT the porch is completed!! Yippee!!!
Matthew even made us a lower removable doggy gate (matching the railing) for in front of the stairs so I don't have to worry when our furry girls are out there.

As they were finishing up the last few boards around the skirting I said to them, "I know you're all going to think I'm crazy. But you would make me even happier if you would all sign the last board and date it for me. Then please hammer it on with your signatures facing inward."

I explained this porch is a work of their art and craftsmanship. But more importantly they have added yet another chapter to the history of this lovely old farmhouse. They were thrilled and so was I!!

So here's the before...

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Here's the after.

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Man, I am going to sleep for a week! Oh wait a minute... I still have to mud the new drywall, repaint the walls and trim, refinish the floorboards, then refinish the den floorboards...

Looks like I won't be sleeping for a week after all.

Oh well.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!!

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Have you been wondering where I've been???

Well... Let's see. Where to begin.
Our plan this summer was to have the small, crumbing stone front porch that was built circa 1940, demoed and our dream wrap around porch built. Back then the concrete fake brick facade was also added to the lower portion of the farmhouse. I was never a fan of the "brick." I believe when they added it they were going for an Arts and Crafts look.

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Here's how it looked when we first moved in. You can see the water damage to the left of the flag.

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But as many of you know, doing renovations on an 1800's farmhouse can mean (as the old saying goes), "opening a can of worms."
The can was opened and the lid wasn't going back on.

Here's our front porch prior to the demo.

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Demo day for the stone porch. While I was curled up in the fetal position my sweet hubs was calmly chomping on Simply Cheetos.

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Porch footings were set.

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And then the "fun" began.

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Underneath all that "brick" was rot.
So it all had to go. This is how it looked shortly after...

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Needless to say my panic attack was justified. Thank the good Lord above we have an amazing crew of four young men and Matthew promised me everything would be fine and that they would "button it up tight." He also said he has seen worse. Holy schnikes!!

Our farmhouse was basically an open stage to passersby.

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I could have performed Countryfolk Keepsakes version of "Hamlet."
To be (an exterior wall), or not to be. That is the question..."

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After what I was witnessing, I thought it appropriate to leave this one sign up in the now wide open living room...

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Once the crew got our exterior wall back, they have been able to continue this amazing transformation of our wonderful old farmhouse.

It isn't complete. Still needs railings with turned spindles, a step and skirting. But I wanted to share photos of how far it has come!

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The interior living room wall needs drywall. We plan on doing that today.
Even Gracie and Stella are exhausted from the chaos.

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So that's what's been going on and why I haven't been able to create as much as I should.
BUT I was able to squeak out another set of my Folk Art Pumpkins. They are available on Early Work Mercantile.

Click on the button below to have a peek.

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I'm also working on a wonderful Maple Leaf head doll!
I'll keep you posted.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

Folk Art Pumpkin Trio.

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Click on the link below to go direct to my Early Work Mercantile page.

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This summer has been CRAZY around the ol' Countryfolk homestead.

When things settle down, I promise to back posting! Pinky swear!!

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Happy Flag Day!!!

Ragged Old Flag
By: Johnny Cash

I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench an old man was sitting there
I said, your old courthouse is kinda run down
He said, naw, it'll do for our little town
I said, your old flagpole has leaned a little bit
And that's a ragged old flag you got hanging on it
He said, have a seat, and I sat down
Is this the first time you've been to our little town?
I said, I think it is
He said, I don't like to brag
But we're kinda proud of that ragged old flag
You see, we got a little hole in that flag there when
Washington took it across the Delaware
And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key
Sat watching it writing say can you see
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
With Packingham and Jackson tuggin' at its seams
And it almost fell at the Alamo
Beside the texas flag, but she waved on though
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg
And the south wind blew hard on that ragged old flag
On Flanders field in World War one
She got a big hole from a Bertha gun
She turned blood red in World War Two
She hung limp and low a time or two
She was in Korea and Vietnam
She went where she was sent by Uncle Sam
She waved from our ships upon the Briny foam
And now they've about quit waving her back here at home
In her own good land here she's been abused
She's been burned, dishonored, denied, and refused
And the government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land
And she's getting threadbare and wearing thin
But she's in good shape for the shape she's in
'Cause she's been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more
So we raise her up every morning
We take her down every night
We don't let her touch the ground and we fold her up right
On second thought, I do like to brag
'Cause I'm mighty proud of that ragged old flag

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Big or small... Fly your American flag!!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

Caffeine Annie!

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This past month I've been living on Eight O'clock coffee and little sleep. So I thought it was appropriate to create another Annie. She looks exactly like how I feel.
I even have that hairdo. ((giggle))

Click on the link below to go direct to my Early Work Mercantile page.

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Hope to see you there!!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

I'm still here!!

Man!! It has been a never ending winter in these parts!! Snow and cold right up until a week ago.
But today was sunny and 83!!! What the?!
Things are still a little crazy at the ol' Countryfolk Keepsakes homestead. But I am slowly getting back into my studio to create!

I'm offering these adorable patriotic stump dolls on Early Work Mercantile.

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I have another folk art whale, too.

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Click on the link below to go direct to my Early Work Mercantile page.

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Now that it FINALLY warmed up, I officially put away my snow shovel!!
YaY me!!!!

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

TONIGHT ON Early Work Mercantile...

Betsy Ross Firewood Folk!!!

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To see more of this colonial cutie, click on the Early Work Mercantile button below.

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I want to take a minute to apologize for not blogging much this month. But we've been dealing with our little old timer Gracie who has been very ill.

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After getting no answers from the previous veterinary group we've been with, we took her to another vet who immediately suspected Cushing's Disease. She did the proper blood test and sure enough it came back positive.

Now with medication we hope this will give us a little more time with her and I can get back to creating my folk art and blogging.

Thank you all for understanding.

Wishing you all a happy and blessed Easter!!

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

In Like A Lion...

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We knew February was too good to be true. Unusually warm temperatures... Bright sunshine...
It all went out the window after midnight on March 1st. Nor'easter Riley blew through and wreaked havoc on Central New York dumping between 28"-30" of snow on us.

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Thank the Lord above for the inventor of the generator and for good ol' Ben Franklin's smarts to invent the "Pennsylvania fireplace" which led to the wood stove. We are blessed to have both.

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We lost power, cable and internet. All the wonderful luxuries at times we take for granted. It took two days to dig out. The older we get the slower it is to dig out.

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I've heard the whole month of March is supposed to be a stormy one.
I'm guessing the "out like a lamb" is out of the question.
So I'd better "eats me spinach" and get my snow shovel ready!

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

TONIGHT on Earl Work Mercantile...

Here's a sneak peek at my offering for March 1st.


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Be sure to stop by this evening to see wonderful creations by talented artists.

See you then!

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy Presidents Day!!

Well hello there, handsome.

Forensic reconstructions of George Washington at ages 57, 19, and 45, by StudioEIS for Mount Vernon.
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Mount Vernon is on my Bucket List.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

When I think of February I think of good ol' Honest Abe!

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To see more of him click on the banner below to go directly to my page.

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Hope to see you there!!

Happy February!!

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Sure it's only 18 degrees outside...

But I've got warm weather on the brain. Heck, I even created a folk art flamingo!!

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I have all my latest Countryfolk Keepsakes folk art critters available on my website.

Just click on the "Critters" button below to see them.

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Stay warm, everyone!!

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Sunday, December 31, 2017


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Wow!!! Can you believe it?! Another year has come and gone!

I have lots of new creative ideas for this upcoming year! Come tomorrow I plan on keeping my nose to the grindstone. Of course that will all start after I watch The Rose Parade! ((giggle))

So here's to a very happy and very healthy 2018!!

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

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And she brought forth her first born son wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room at the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock at night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in the manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:7-14

Merry Christmas!!!!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmastime Around the ol' Countryfolk Keepsakes Homestead...

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The peanut gallery watches as I bake Christmas cookies...

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That's it for now...
Remember to be merry and bright!

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