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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Saturday, November 25, 2017

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!!

We sure did! My dear niece and her hubby put on a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner!!
Family, good food and thankful hearts.... Can't ask for any more than that.

I've added a Folk Art Dachshund and a Folk Art Polka Dot Rooster to my website. So when you have a moment, click on the "Critters" button below to see them!

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Now I'm off to start my Christmas decorating!! Yippee!!
Wishing everyone a terrific rest of the weekend!!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Man, I have been busy!!

I've been kicking around the idea of wanting our vintage round dining tabletop back in our kitchen. But I REALLY disliked the dark stain on the old pine table. It reminded me of the dark stain on those 1970's waterbeds. Remember?! Yikes! Not my cup of tea.

So I decided it was time to tackle the refinishing project. What started out in the barn ended up coming into the ol' Countryfolk farmhouse because of the snow and cold. I finished it in the dining room.

The table opens up to 9 feet. Knowing we will never need or have the room for a 9 foot dining table, I had my sweet hubs remove the extra legs and bracket supports near the base of the legs. You have no idea how thrilled I am to have those gone! Now I can sweep without having to move the table. Yes, it's all about the simple things in life! ((hee hee))

I snapped some photos to share. I find refinishing furniture very rewarding.
As much as I cursed while doing it, I felt a great sense of accomplishment.
I ended up using Minwax stain in "Provincial" and Zar's oil based polyurethane in their "clear antique flat" finish.

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As usual, Stella supervised...

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These are the things that had to go.

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It was a lot of hard work and elbow grease. But it was definitely worth all my cursing!

That's it for now. I'm working on more critters to offer soon on my selling site.

Wishing everyone a terrific and happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

A New Use For An Old Door...

It's no secret I absolutely love French doors!
When we moved in, the front door was a French door.
Although I must admit as beautiful as it looked, a very old, drafty French door isn't quite appropriate for a front door.
So when we replaced it, I was determined to use it somewhere else in the ol' Countryfolk homestead. The problem was the size. It was too large to use as an interior door. It needed to be cut down. I'm not one to shy from power tools, but I was hesitant for fear of ruining the beautiful old door.

After all these years its finally been cut down to size. My dear friend's sweet husband (Thank you, Dan!!) not only cut it down, he plugged the holes from the dead bolt and original knob placement as well. YIPPEE!!!!!!

They brought it back over the weekend. I still need to sand, prime and repaint it. But for now it is leaning near the doorway it will eventually hang.

Now... Who would put a French door in the main bathroom, you might ask??!!!
**waving my arms wildly** that would be me!!!

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For the record, I do plan on putting a curtain on it. I may be crazy, but I'm also quite modest.((giggle))

Happy Thursday, all!!

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