Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Penny

This is a great story sent to me by Cait. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I've ever heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about. Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home... My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house. The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely. As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment. Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny. He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up? Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value. A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this? "Look at it" He said. "Read what it says." She read the words " United States of America ""No, not that; read further.""One cent?" "No, keep reading.""In God we Trust?" "Yes!" "And?""And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful! When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, "In God We Trust," and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message. It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient...

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Lazy Saturday

It has been a very lazy day for me. I worked a little on orders, but just couldn't get in the mood for much. Spent way too much time on the computer looking at web sites and blogs. ( I never, ever do this) It was actually quite fun. Wish I knew how to do more with my BLOG. Some folks have the cutest little graphics and sayings and have the most interesting articles. I'm gonna try harder to learn how to do more with it! LOL !

Would love folks to leave comments about what you think of my blog or maybe what you would like to see more of, or just helpful hints for me. The guestbook at the bottom of the page has been signed several times and I thank you so much for that. I keep pluggin' away at this and having a great time doing it. Trying to get in the habit of posting everyday & sometimes it's a little hard to do.

Going back to some projects for now~~but will be back soon!


Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday Favorite Finds

It's been a cool, rainy day in K-ville today! The perfect day to stay home, have a cup of your favorite tea & curl up with a good book. Unfortunately, I didn't get to do that. I had to work on orders. And tried to "brainstorm" with a friend to come up with new goodies. A few good ideas came up-maybe you'll see them here sometime next week.

Friday Favorite Finds this week is my very tall set of Shaker boxes (I painted and sponged them to look old) along with my Yarn Winder?????(I'm not even sure what it is called, but I have always wanted one & found this one not too long ago in Walnut Cove). I put together the huge bunch of flowers that is a combination of drieds, preserved & silk. This is the perfect little prim corner in my dining room.

I hope to get my window treatments done for my bay window this weekend. I'll post pics when I get them finished.

Until next time.



Busy, busy Thursday!

Meant to do this on Thursday, but was just too darn tired. Started out not feeling the greatest, but had so much to do that it really didn't matter. I knew the kids were coming over in the afternoon to bring Mums from a school fundraiser and my Mom & Dad were coming over to pick up their flowers and to see Alex and Elle. About 11:30 I decided that I needed to see my Dr. so I kinda dropped everything and left for Winson-Salem. Long story short, I came home to my parents, my daughter and her kids sitting in my driveway. A short time later, Cait shows up for lunch. And then the bestest thing of all~~~~~~~my friend Retha calls and wants to come by with one of my long time friends from the internet. Diane came all the way from Indiana with her husband and grandson. I think her hubby had business down here & she decided to come along. What a fabulous Surprise!! I enjoyed meeting her so much. She is one of the sweetest people that you could ever meet and just like I thought she would be. Wish that I would have been more prepared, but it didn't matter to either of us.~~~ We had a really nice visit together and I hope to see her again! Check out her site at: http://www.aprimitivejourney.com/.

Until next time.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wednesday Evening

First of all, the patterns and books that I had planned to sell have all been spoken for. Yipee! A couple of ladies took ALL that I had decided to part with.

I am very excited about the new Fall season for network shows. So far, I haven't been disappointed with what I've seen. One of my favorites is Criminal Minds and tonite there will be a new episode! I just love the way the characters interact with each other & do the profiles. Sometimes, I think it's a little scary, cause most of the "stuff" on this show could actually happen.

Today, was a little different than the past several days. I had to get back to some serious work. Didn't have time for much cleaning today. I did however, make a wreath for my foyer. I'm not much of a floral designer, but I do know what I like. It turned out just the way I wanted. The colors are so rich & vibrant, just perfect to greet my guests!

More pictures of what I have been working on will be coming soon.

Until next time.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Another beautiful day in K-ville! Still cleaning my house a little bit at a time, from top to bottom.

Today, I was cleaning in my Dining Room and found all kinds of treasures! One of the most unique (old) pieces that we own is shown here. This handpainted picher set came from Bill's grandmother, Cynthie. She passed away several years ago and we have a few things that belonged to her. This is one of my personal favorites. It is so different!

I ended up touching up the walls and re-arranging the furniture. I hope to get new window treatments done this week and I'll post more pics. There's a lot of old treasured pieces I would like to share.

Thank goodness I didn't have to cook today! We had the leftover dumplings and I honestly think they were better than before!
Until next time.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday Evening

This was supposed to post on Monday, but I got busy and started watching CSI Miami and never got back to the computer. So................

For the beginning of Fall, it was a beautiful day in K-ville today! Though, I spent most of it working on orders inside and doing some more cleaning. This whole cleaning jag started the other day when I was looking for my Mom's recipe for chicken n'dumplings. I couldn't find it any where and decided it was time to do something drastic!! So, every day since Friday, I have been cleaning a little at a time. It's not nearly as overwhelming as tackling it all at once. (Little goals add up fast, working every day from a list) I'm very pleased with what I have accomplished so far.

I never found my recipe, but finally called my Mom and got it. We're having dumplings tonight. LOL!! They smell wonderful!
Actually, the dumplings tasted better than they smelled! We thoroughly enjoyed them. And there's enough left over for another meal.

Lots left to do, so until next time.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

More Books!

Happy Sunday Y'all! I'm still finding books & patterns to add here.

Finders Keepers Book
Softcover. 43 Pages


Meadow Threads
Softcover. 37 pages.


More coming soon!


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Saturday Clean-out Sale

I have been cleaning out again and decided to sell some patterns & books. I am putting these here so you can save on shipping charges. These will all be actual charges. Let me know via e-mail shari@homespunandprimitives.com what you're interested in & I will send you an invoice thru Pay Pal. First come, first served!

Heartfelt Folks Book. Softcover.
35 pages.


Meme's Quilt Pattern.

Happy Homespun Harvest
Like new.


Meme's Quilt Pattern
My Country Treasures
Like New


More coming later!


Friday Favorite Finds

This was supposed to be for yesterday, but my little grandchildren came over & after they left I took a nap! LOL ! So...here it is today!

Another one of my favorite finds! Found the Dough board in Walnut Cove for only a few dollars~I made the candle, the basket was my Grandmothers! I love the grouping on my kitchen counter.
Until next time.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


New Wreath for Winter! Too cute!!
It won't be on the web site for a while,
till I start adding more Christmas goodies.
But, you can email me for more info.
Whose got some great ideas for Christmas
they would like to share??
I can't seem to come up with much of anything!
Until next time.


Finally, I got to see my little text ad in Create and Decorate Magazine! The size is small, but still it is something and exciting for me. And I am getting a lot of traffic to my site from it.
There I am, the very first one!

This is the issue that I'm in! Lots of great projects!

It's on newstands now.

Be back later.



Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Witch Stocking

Couldn't wait until tomorrow!
Just finished up this very unique Witch
Stocking Door Greeter with a battery operated
tea light and had to show it off!
I think everyone will love the way it turned out.
Very grungy and very prim! Will be on my
site soon!
Wait till you see what I have for tomorrow!

Take a peek at my web site to see more new goodies that I made today!
Until tomorrow!

Tuesday AM

Rain, rain and more rain! I woke to rain this morning and I think it's getting worse! Won't be playing outside today! I took this picture outside a short while ago....we can always tell that it has rained alot by how full the birdbath is! LOL...

At least EVERYTHING has turned green again!

Today, I am working on a couple of orders, but thought I might do some more Fall goodies. I still have tons of fabric and I would really like to use up most of it.

A new, larger size pumpkin ( never made this size before) turned out great. It would make a fabulous centerpiece for your dining room table. You could use it all the way till Christmas decorations come out. Look for it later today on my web site.

Break is over...until next time.



Sunday, September 14, 2008

New Sign

Just finished up this sign.
Love the saying & love the way it turned out.

The perfect sign for the prim family.
Look for it soon on my web site!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Gasoline Prices

First of all, I would like to state that normally I would never say in public what I am feeling this late Friday evening. I usually just go with the flow.....but
Today, I went to Walnut Cove to re-stock my booth and during this short trip, gas prices increased in upwards of 50 cents per gallon. You know, I have tried to do my part and go along with the rising cost (experts explain it is still cheaper than bottled water). I have cut back on my trips to town and really plan my outings to include every errand that I can on any particular day, even staying home several days a week. But today, I just had a problem with the prices being in the $3.55 range early this morning and then this afternoon, $4.00 or more....the same gas in the underground tanks as yesterday, so why the price increase now??? And not to forget the lines of folks waiting to get into the stations to spend $4.00 a gallon and be able to pump 10 gallons total. (A good idea, I think)
Okay, I said what I felt I needed to and if I stepped on any toes, I apologize. Let's all pray that Texas won't be hit as hard with Ike as they think and all the folks in the path will be safe.

Until next time.

Hugs and prayers,

Friday Favorite Finds

Another one of my favorite things!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Chocolate Mug Cake

1 Coffee Mug
4 tablespoons flour (that's plain flour, not self-rising)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
Some nuts (optional)
Small splash of vanilla
Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well . Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil, mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to share!)
And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

Compliments of Peggy in Alabama & Deb in NC for this great recipe!

Cooler Temps

Much cooler here today with lots of showers. Every time I turned around it was raining. I spent most of the day making some new wood goodies. Hopefully, I will get them painted later this evening and have them ready to show by tomorrow.

Also, working a few Fall fabric projects. Just need to get them stuffed and they will be ready for my web site tomorrow. A couple of folks are waiting on some more Fall/ Halloween Gathering sets, but it may be late tomorrow before they're ready. One set will have pillows plus a matching runner and a pumpkin too! Another new item is super jumbo size pumpkin with a crow. I have made several of these over the years, but never really offered them on my web site.

Well, got to get back to work! Busy day tomorrow!

Until next time,

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

August Winner

The Winner for the August 2008 Contest.
~$25.00 Gift Certificate ~
Linda Demoff of Corydon, Indiana, chose Mulberry room spray and grungy candles for her $25.00 gift certificate!
Enjoy, Linda!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Miracles for Mallory Auction Started

The Miracles for Mallory Auction has started!

This is my contribution for the auction. Please go look at all the wonderful items that have been donated.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Today, turned out to be a really nice day in K-ville! It started out a little dreary with the rain, but then the storm soon moved on. The sun came out and it seemed like a hot, humid, summer day, instead of an early September day!

FYI~~~I am extending the special for the heart with grungy candle for an extra few days. There was a problem with ordering and I want to give everyone the chance to get one if they're interested! Be sure and check it out on the front page of my web site http://www.homespunandprimitives.com/.

Did y'all know there is always a special for the week for 50% off?? It's a great deal and a great way to try my products.

Also, Home is where your story begins pillow is this weeks special.
Really cute with a patchwork border and only $7.49.

Please keep in mind the Miracles for Mallory auction starts tomorrow on the 7th. There are some FABULOUS items to bid on on. I had a sneak peek today!

Until next time.


p.s. Don't forget to enter my September Contest!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Friday Favorite Finds

Another one of my Fabulous Finds! Haven't decided where to put it yet, but I love it. Hubby says it can actually work. How Fun!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Wednesday Evening

Today was spent working on orders and finishing up my project for the Baby Mallory auction. I have struggled with what I wanted to make, but yesterday, it just kinda came to me and I knew what I wanted to do. I'll guess we'll see when the bidding begins!

This week is flying by for me! Can't believe that tomorrow is Thursday and my youngest daughter, Cait will be 21! Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday Cait! She came in yesterday with a new Little Black Party Dress to show me. I guess she will be celebrating "Big Time" this weekend! Just be safe and remember we love you!

She is so cute with her smiling face and her quick wit.

This was my favorite pic. (She reminds me ~of me 30 or so years ago. LOL!)

Until next time,


Monday, September 1, 2008

Booth at Walnut Cove

This is the store in Walnut Cove, NC where I have a booth.

My Booth~
Thanks Kathy for giving me a space!

Another view

Come see me if you can!!

Until next time,