Friday, May 3, 2013

Prayers Greatly Needed And A Update Of Where I Have Disappeared To

Good Morning Sweet friends,
I hope everyone is doing wonderful and enjoying there day. Gosh I have missed you all so much! I thought I would stop by today and fill you all in on whats been going on in my neck of the woods and where I have disappeared to. Some of you who know me, know that I am disabled and over the last year or so have not been feeling my greatest at times and have been sick on and off for quite awhile now. Well last Friday, I was rushed into the hospital for emergency surgery once again. By the grace of god and a lot of praying and love and support from my daughters and fiancee.....and the skillful work of my wonderful surgeon (as I was told last time, if I was to have to go through surgery again, I would not make it), I made it through once again! But, I do have a long road ahead of me and it's going to take quite sometime to get back on my feet once again.  I won't bore you with all the details, but do have a favor to ask from all you prayer worriers out there if you could say a little prayer for me that my recovery goes smoothly and hopefully will not be as long of a recovery as they are expecting.
I have to tell you all, I have never been so scared in all my life....It's funny how we get caught up with life at times and take so many things for granted.....until something bad has to happen to remind us of all the things we have taken for granted.
I would like to take this time to thank all you, sweet friends for your wonderful friendship and all your kind words and encouragement you have given me. Also for stopping by from time to time for a visit and leaving comments on my blog.....Your friendship and support and visits mean the world to me......and even though most of you I have never met, I feel like I have know you all my life......and I am so blessed to have made so many wonderful friends through this blogging journey of mine!
I look forward to catching up with everyone and seeing what has been going on in your neck of the woods while I recover. I promise to keep you updated.......
for now I am going to close...I wish everyone a wonderful weekend!
Until next time,
Big Hugs,
Mary
PS...Remember to live each day as your last and tell the ones close to you how much you love them....give them lots of  hugs and kisses!

Monday, April 1, 2013

New Offering For Early Works Mercantile!

Hello friends, I am sorry I am so late in posting my offerings for Early Works Mercantile(the link for the EWM is located on my sidebar, just click on it and it will take you there) for this month. It seems that the flu bug has struck at the Ole' homestead here, which has caused for my delay in posting and limited me to only one creation for this month. Here is a sneak peak at my offering......I hope I have sparked your interest and you will stop by to see more of her and her sweet little friends.....Meet Mammy Myrtle..........

Now it's time to go back to bed and hopefully try and get rid of this wonderful bug!
Until next time friends,
Big Hugs,
Mary

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter Weekend!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Yummy and Super Easy Apple Dumplings

Good Morning Friends, While making these wonderful and super easy Apple Dumplings last night, It came to me that you might like the recipe too! I came across this recipe (recipe is from Trisha Yearwoods) quite sometime back while surfing the web for something new to make and let me tell you......It is now one of our family's favorite go to's! Once you try them, and see how easy they are to throw together and how yummy they come out....You will be wanting to make them all the time!
Apple Dumplings
Ingredients:
2 Granny Smith Apples
1 Lemon
1 Cup Sugar
1 Stick Of Butter
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
8 Canned Buttermilk Biscuits
4 Teaspoons Of Ground Cinnamon
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and core Apples and cut them into 8 slices vertically. Squeeze the lemon into a bowl of water and place apple slices into, to prevent them from turning brown. In a medium sauce pan, 1 cup of water, 3/4 cup of sugar, the butter and vanilla. Bring the sugar mixture to boil over medium heat.
Separate each biscuit into two layers. Wrap a biscuit layer around apple slice, stretching the biscuit slightly to overlap , and seal on the bottom. Place the wrapped apples seal side down in a 9x12 by 2 inch casserole dish. Pour the hot apple mixture over the wrapped apples. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle all over the tops of the wrapped apples. Bake until golden brown for 35 minutes. And Enjoy! (I served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream)
**Please note, do not get alarmed with all the liquid when pouring over the apple slices it may look like too much, but it's not trust me....It will evaporate and thicken some and make a wonderful sauce!
If you make them I would love to hear what you thought. :)
Until next time,
Big Hugs Mary

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Is It Ever Going To Warm UP?


Ho hum.....another day of snow and cold and no relief it sight :(

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy Saint Patty"s Day!


Form our home to yours.......wishing you a Happy Day!
Until next time,
Hugs Mary

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Easter Flash Sale..........




Good evening friends,
My Easter creations at the Early Works Mercantile is now on sale at 30% off! Sale will be on a first come email basis. If interested just send me an email with all your info. and how you will be paying, I prefer Paypal but will except Personal Check. Once your info is received I will figure out the shipping rate for you and get a invoice out to you as soon as I can.
Wishing everyone a wonderful evening!
Until next time,
Hugs,
Mary

Friday, March 8, 2013

We Have A Winner!!!

Good Evening Friends,
Before I announce the winner for one of my sweet little bunnies, I would like to thank everyone for all your kind words and encouragement you have given me on my new adventure, selling my creations over at Early Works Mercantile. It has really has meant so much to me and I can't begin to Thank You all enough. I also want to thank everyone who entered my little giveaway, I sure wish I could send everyone who entered a bunny.....but unfortunately that is just not possible for me, but I will however be having more give away's in the near future as I love being able to bring smiles to others....so stay tuned!
The Winner Of The Bunny Of Your Choice Is.....

Until next time friends,
Big Hugs
Mary

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Last Night To Sign Up For Giveaway!


 
Last Call For Give-Away
Hi friends, just thought I would drop in and remind everyone if you have not had the chance to sign up for my giveaway, you still have a little time left to sign up. Sign ups are still going on till midnight tonight. I will be announcing the lucky winner sometime tomorrow. Also make sure you have left some way for me to contact you if you are chosen the lucky winner.
I will be back tomorrow to announce the lucy winner!
Wishing everyone a wonderful evening and good luck to all!
Until tomorrow,
Big Hugs
Mary

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sneak Peek, A Act Of Kindness, And A Giveaway!

Good Evening Friends, I hope everyone is enjoying there evening. I have so much to share with you tonight!
I just finished up taking all the pictures for my new creations that I will be offering on the Early Works Mercantile tomorrow and thought I would give all my sweet friends a little sneak peek at a couple of things that I will be offering for my Grand Debut..

 This is just a little teaser.....as I have two other creations that I am saving for tomorrow. Hey I have to have something to keep as a surprise.....LOL I hope my new creations have sparked your interest and you will be visiting me and the other wonderful artist tomorrow (Friday, March 1st) at the Early Works Mercantile. We will be all looking forward to your visit.

Now onto a very awesome gift and special gift that I would love to show off  that is from a very special friend. Last week when I was having a one of those days where everything could and did go wrong, I went to the mailbox and look what I  found waiting for me. This wonderful Gooseberry Patch Cookbook that my sweet dear friend Lecia from "Farm House Prims" sent me.....as Act Of Kindness. She hit the nail right on the head sorta' speak as this book is just what I needed to make my day! She knows how I love to cook and how I love to entertain and spend time with my grandchildren and daughters.....so this gift couldn't have been any better! Look at that title "Sunday Dinners At Grandma's" how AWESOME is that! I LOVE IT! Lecia's sweet generosity and kindness has touched my heart in a big way....and I cannot begin to thank her enough for thinking of me. Lecia if you read this..... Thank you so much again my sweet friend. 
If you had not had the pleasure to visit Lecia and her blog "Farm House Prims", you a really missing out. She is one of the sweetest gals you ever wanted to meet. She is also making her debut on the Early Works Mercantile along with my other sweet friend Carol from "Buttermilk Creek Farms". I hope you will add them to your list to check out there new creations, as they are both very talented gals!



Now onto my last little surprise In honor of making my Debut at the Mercantile, I thought I would have a little surprise giveaway. The giveaway will be for one of the two bunnies standing that I will be offering on the Mercantile......winner will have there choice of either the white bunny with brown spots of the brown bunny with darker brown spots.....just leave me your preference color in your comment post and let me know that you would like to be entered. Easy peasy......I will announce the winner next Friday March 8th and ship it right out to the winner, this way you will have a little time to enjoy it before Easter. 
Until next time friends,
Big Hugs 
Mary

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sharing A Little Sunshine By Pay It Forward From A Sweet Friend


Just had to stop in and share show off  my little bit of sunshine (Kitty Tuck) that I received in the mail from our sweet friend Mandy from "Bittersweet Folk Art Primitives" blog. Isn't he the most prim perfect Kitty you ever saw! I was one of the five people to sign up on Mandy's blog To Pay It Forward. If you are not familiar with what Pay It Forward is all about, you can read about it here....in her previous post.
Mandy not only being such a generous soul that she is, is also a wonderful, talented doll artist and a awesome pattern designer. If you have not had the chance to visit with her, or have never seen her work....you really are missing out friends. Her work is amazing, and her patterns are just prim perfect and so easy to follow. If you have a few free minutes why not stop by and check out both her blog and her selling website..You will not be disappointed, I can guarantee your going to LOVE her work!
Thank you Mandy for sending a little bit of sunshine my way.
I just love my new Little Kitty!
And thank you sweet friends for stopping by......your visits and comments always warms my heart!
Until next time,
Big Hugs,
Mary


Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Easy And Very Yummy Recipe For Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Good Evening Friends, 
I hope everyone is well and enjoying there evening. Tonight I thought I would share with you a very Yummy and easy recipe for "Pineapple Upside Down Cake". It is one of my favorite go to recipes when I am wanting something sweet and yummy, and do not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

The recipe is very simple to throw together and takes very little ingredients. Just look at that yummy goodness! :)
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
1 box of Yellow Cake Mix any brand is fine.
1 Stick of melted Butter
1 and 1/2 cups of packed Brown Sugar
1 can of whole Pineapple (drained)
1 jar of Maraschino Cherries
Whipped Cream for garnish

1). Prepare  Cake Mix according to package direction.

     2). Melt 1 stick of Butter and pour into a 9x13 bake pan.

3). Mix the 1 and 1/2 cups of Brown Sugar into the melted in baking pan.

4). Lay the rings of Pineapple down over the Brown Sugar and Butter.

5). Arrange the Maraschino Cherries in the center of the Pineapple and anywhere else you would like to add them.

6). Pour the Batter over everything and smooth out evenly.

7). Bake in a pre-heated oven 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into cake.

8). Let cool for approx. 15-30 minutes and then invert onto either a cake plate or any flat surface your going to serve it from. (I either use a foil lined baking sheet or just cover my baking cooling rack in foil and invert).
Serve with a big dollop of Whipped Cream.......and ENJOY!

I hope you have enjoyed the recipe and if you get around to trying the recipe out, I would love to know how you liked it?
Until next time friends....
Big Hugs 
Mary

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentines Day Sweet Friends!


New Treasures From Special Friends With Big Hearts

Good Afternoon dear friends,
Today I thought I would stop in and show you my new treasures that I was blessed with winning from two very special and generous friends. 

(The tree is made from Burlap, with rusty bells, hearts, tulle and even a sweet heart cookie cutter for the topper, my picture really does not due this awesome tree justis)

First is this wonderful Valentine's tree. Joyce and Prudence from "The Bear's Blog" was celebrating Joyce's Birthday this month and in honor of her special day was hosting a special giveaway for this awesome Valentine Tree. From what I understand Prudence did all the creating and her Momma Joyce did the hosting *smiling* I was so excited to hear I had been chosen as the lucky winner, whoohoo!
If you have not had the opportunity to visit Joyce's blog yet, you really need to stop by for a visit. She is such a sweetheart with a huge heart and all her little bear kin's and there antic's will surly make you smile! While your visiting make you check out her Bear's Gift Shoppe as there are more of these wonderful trees for different occasions for sale.  Thank you so much Joyce and Prudence I am so beary blessed to have you both as my friends!


Next friends is this prim perfect little Angel tuck that I received from our dear friend Jean of "Prim Crafts blog" Jean is another wonderful talented artist with a heart of gold. She recently posted that she was having a giveaway for the first 12 followers that left a comment on her blog. I was among the first 12 followers to do so and if that wasn't generous enough......she ended up giving to everyone that left a comment a little Angel. Now how awesome and generous is that! If you have not met Jean yet, please stop by and say hi when you have a free moment. Jean is always creating something new and her work is so outstanding!
I can not thank you enough Jean for making me smile with your warm and generous heart!
And to you my friends...... I thank you for stopping by 
and for all your wonderful comments, and love and support! You mean the world to me and I cannot begin to tell you all what your friendship and support mean to me and how it brings me great joy in knowing that I have so many special friends.......
Until next time,
Big Big Hugs!
Mary

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Slight Delay In Our Debut At The Mercantile


Good Evening Friends, I hope my posts finds everyone well and enjoying your evening. I stopped in tonight to let everyone know there is going to be a slight delay in my debut for Early Works Mercantile. I won't be listing my creations this month as early stated in my previous post. But, I will definitely be listing come the first of March. I am so sorry if you were looking forward to seeing what creations I had created for you. The reason for the delay is there has been a lot of personal family matters that have come up here that have needed my immediate attention, including the sudden loss of my Uncle (who was very, very dear to my heart). With all this going on, it has left my mind going in a million different directions and has been very difficult for me to focus on crafting and sewing at this time.
I hope everyone will understand and if you could....A little prayer would be greatly appreciated.
I thank you so much for stopping by and again I am so sorry for the disappointment.
I will be back as soon as I can.
Until next time,
Big Hugs,
Mary
 


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Exciting News To Share!!!

I finally did it!


Good evening friends, I thought I would stop in tonight and share my good news with everyone. It has always been a wish of mine to sell some of my creations on a selling website. I do however sell some of my things to a few shops in our area......but always had a dream to sell on one of the top sites that are here online. I always said I was going to try and do so.....but one thing or another would come up and I would say I would do it next month.  I also would talk myself out of it and kept putting it off and saying I would do it next month and as we all know, next month has a way of never coming around! lol. Well, I finally took the plunge friends and to my surprise I have been excepted to sell my creations on "EARLY WORK MERCANTILE" on the first of each month! WHOOOHOOOO!!! I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful group of talented artists!! It is such an honor for me to become one of their newest members! I will do a post when it gets closer to the first and give you a little sneak peak at what I will be offering for my first sale on February 1st. I hope you will stop by and check out EWM when you have a free moment,  if you have not done so by now, you are really are missing out. There are so many wonderful, talented artists who sell such awesome and beautiful creations not only on the first of the  first of the month but the 15th of the month as well. I hope you stop by and check us all out as I can promise you, you will not be disappointed!

I also wanted to mention that there is still three openings for anyone interested in joining in on my Pay It Forward......all the rules telling of all the details is listed below in my last post if you might be still interested in joining in. Just shoot me an email telling me you want to join in or leave it on the "Pay It Forward" post below.
On that note friends.......it's off to creating I go!
Wishing all a wonderful rest of the week!
Until next time,
Big Hugs,
Mary

Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 Creative Pay It Forward......


Good afternoon friends, Today I decided to join in on the fun with Mandy from http://bittersweetfolkartprimitives.blogspot.com/ to pay it forward again this year. I find nothing more rewarding than being able to bring a little sunshine and smiles to my dear sweet friends.....If you would like to join in on the fun please read below...
2013 Creative Pay It Forward....The first 5 people to comment on this post will receive from me something during this calendar year a gift....What will it be???? Who knows....Might be a book, a candle, a handmade or a sweet antique that's the fun!!! There will be NO warning and will happen whenever the mood strikes me...The catch???? Those 5 people MUST make the same offer on their blog and follow through with the giving....That's it!
*Please note this is open to USA and Canada bloggers only. I am so sorry for this, but international shipping has gotten outrageous.*
I look forward to seeing who will the 5 people be!!
Until next time friends...........
Big Hugs,
Mary