Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!  May this season be one of wonderful memories!!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas decorating......

Hello!!  I hope you all had a good day.  Decorating here is done for the year.  Much like many of you, I have pared down a lot.  It makes is much easier and quicker that way.  Here are a few of the settings I have out.  

JoJo wasn't up to moving for me so here she is taking a nap on the warm dryer.

Last weekend we headed to Indianapolis to watch the Big 10 football playoff game. We were hopeful that Ohio State would be there, but unfortunately their poor season didn't allow it. We saw a great game between Wisconsin and Michigan State.  Wrong team won, but we still had a great time.The game was back and forth and very close. The bands were amazing also.   The best part was that it was indoors and warm!!  Before the game, we walked around downtown which was all decorated for Christmas.  It was so pretty.  We were going to eat at Hard Rock Cafe but after waiting forever and seeing people just coming in and being seated before us, we left.  My daughter and I agreed it was probably like the Seinfeld episode where they walked out and their name was called.  We probably weren't out the door 5 minutes and I'm sure ours was.

I'm not sure why I didn't think to take a picture of this when it was dark.  There were lights hanging down and it looked like a tree.  The big city is wonderful to visit, but I sure love living in the sticks!!

We are starting a kitchen remodel right after Christmas.  It is a smaller kitchen now and we are opening it up to the family room.  I've lived through several remodels, but none where we have taken a wall out. Thinking I may have to leave the house when that starts.  The utility room is next to the kitchen and we are working on that now.We are having the walls smoothed out and finished since the cupboards are down.  The cupboards we are putting in will be the same in each room.  Hopefully we can get that room painted and ready to go so they aren't both torn up at once!!  I will post lots of pictures when we get going on it!! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Giveaway winner!!

Good morning!! I would like to thank all of you who entered my drawing!! I appreciate the time you spend reading my blog and commenting so much!! I threw all of your names in a bowl and drew out the lucky winner. And here she is........

Angie said...  Please enter me~love your ornies! Happy Thanksgiving!

Angie, please let me know your address and I will get your goodies out to you!!  I am pouring today. 

Thank you all again!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Giveaway Reminder.....

Just a reminder that I will be drawing for my giveaway this evening. If you haven't entered yet, please leave a comment on my last post and I will get your name in!!  I am giving away some of my blackened beeswax ornies.  I have a new snowman that I am pouring today......think I will throw him in also. 

I am getting started on the decorating today.  Our tree is up with the lights and garland.  It is patiently waiting on the ornaments.  Maybe the kids can do that later.  Seems like every year I rid myself of many decorations.  This year will be the same, I'm sure.  One thing I love about opening the boxes is getting the surprise of goodies I bought on clearance last year and forgot all about.  I found a little tree earlier in my box.  So exciting!!

Have a great afternoon!!  Blessings.......

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving......

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart
 I just took a little Thanksgiving quiz. I think I must be totally un-American because I only scored a 20%.  Yikes!!  Should have paid a bit more attention in school!!   It only takes a couple of minutes and it's really fun. Give it a shot!

Today I am making a couple of desserts for tomorrow's feasts.  The first is peanut butter pie and the second is a new recipe....lemon cheesecake.  There is no way that can be bad, right.  We spend the day at both parents' homes. This means two eating today obviously!!  I hope that where ever you spend your day and with whomever you spend it with, you have a wonderful day and count the many blessings that are around us all.   

To celebrate Thanksgiving and share a little something with others, I am having a little GIVEAWAY.  I am offering a set of my blackened beeswax ornies.  Probably a mixture of the ones I make. To be entered, you must be a follower and leave a comment on this post.  I will draw  Sunday night (27th).  Good luck!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!



Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!

Stopping by to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!!  Hope the ghosts and goblins don't get you!!

New update at Early Work Mercantile will be up later tonight.  I have lots of new Santas!!   Stop by and check out all the wonderful listings!!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fall Decorating & Homecoming

Good evening!!  Finally getting back on after numerous computer issues.  Our first laptop decided it was time for the mother board to die.  So while we were waiting on a new one to arrive, our second one decided to get a virus!!  Things are back up and running!!   I was going to post a picture of the crock I told you about.  I know I took a pic and put it on the computer, but it is nowhere to be found!! Next time.  I just wanted to share some of my fall displays.  I still have a tote sitting in the room and after this weekend, it's going to be put away whether it's empty or not.  I just pick a thing or two out when I have time and put it somewhere.  It's beginning to bug me though!!

My twig tree with my blackened beeswax skull angels and a bowl of mini beeswax pumpkins.

I just found this prim 3 legged stool at the antique store yesterday.  It told me it had to go home with me.  So here it is!!  Love it!

Grr...could not get this picture to flip. Sorry!!  Oh, hey.  There is the crock!!  Forgot is was in this shot. Does anyone know what this would have been used for?

Bought this garland from 'Prarie Heirlooms (

Last night was our Homecoming.  This is the first year we have had it during football season.  It is usually during basketball. Our oldest, Alex, was chosen as Senior Attendant.  It was a beautiful night and she had a blast.  Tonight is the dance so more pics will follow.

I couldn't play favorites so here is a picture of Alex and Emily.  They both are in the marching band. Alex just had to sit and watch last night though.  So proud of both our girls!!

That's all for tonight.  The girls are out eating supper with friends and will be back in a bit to get ready for the dance. 

Take care.  Blessings......

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Blackened Beeswax Goods

Hello.  Just wanted to stop by and show you the blackened beeswax ornies I made with my new molds.  The first is a set of 12 mini pumpkins.  Each measures 1" x 1" and are heavily scented with cinnamon. rolled in spices, and attached to rusty wire for hanging. 

The next is a set of  6 prim candy canes.  Each of these measures 5" long and again is heavily scented with cinnamon and rolled in spices. I like the grubby texture of these!!  They are perfect for your prim trees and even better as package tie ons! 

Stop on over to my etsy shop or my selling blog to find out more. 

I'm off to work on cleaning up a new crock.  My father-in-law just brought it over.  He and my hubby bought it from one of our landlords.  It is very unique looking.  I'll post pics as soon as I get it cleaned up. 

Take care.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Some decorating started & some new molds!!

Good evening.  I hope the weather is nicer where you are tonight as it is cold and rainy here.  Our son had a golf match after school.  It was partly sunny and kinda warm at the beginning, but I am glad that I threw in the extra sweatshirt and umbrella. Started raining halfway through.  Yuck!!  Came home to roast, potatoes, and carrots that I had put in the oven.  I guess it's getting time for all of those comfort foods to start being served.  I still prefer the toss something on the grill and grab a salad and fruit supper.  Oh, well....time marches on!!

I have started some fall decorating as many of you have also.  I decided to start with that empty medicine cabinet that I just refinished.  It was nice to have someplace to put many of my small items that I never know what to do with.  Sorry they are a bit dark. If I could ever learn to take pics with just the right exposure, I would be a happy camper!!

I did get a few more things out, but I will post some more later.  I received two new molds today for my blackened beeswax goods. One is a fall one and the other a Christmas one.  I have already poured them and will post them in the next day or two for you to take a look at.  I really like them......that's all I'm gonna say about that!!

Hoping the rain stays away for awhile.  I have some more furniture refinishing to do and some gardens to clean up.  I was planning on doing those things this week, but maybe not!!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Take care!!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Giveaway Winner!!

Congrats to my giveaway winner..........Robin from The Cranky Crow!! 

Since I had so many of you enter, I will send out a few fall wax goodies to my second place draw...........Teresa from DeppenHomestead1862!!

Ladies, just send me your addresses and I will get your goodies out!!

Thanks so much to all who entered.  I feel bad that I can't give you all something.  I appreciate the time you give in reading my posts and commenting.  You are all awesome. 

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Last Chance!!

This is your last chance to enter my giveaway. I will be drawing tonight. You get the little kitty and her pumpkins as well as some of my blackened beeswax goodies. You must be a follower and you can comment on the giveaway post.  (Down a couple)  Good luck.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Picture Trail Gallery

Good afternoon.  Just wanted to pop on quick and let you know that I have created a Picture Trail Gallery.  Right now it offers my primitive blackened beeswax items.  Hope to add more soon.  This Skull Angel ornie is just one of the new additions. Also, don't forget about entering my fall giveaway.  You can leave a comment on the previous post to be entered....must be a follower. 
Have a great day.


Monday, August 29, 2011

I'm Back............with a Giveaway!!

Hello!!  Hope you all are doing well.  I am finally getting back to blogging after taking a bit of a summer break.  Nothing much to report on during that time so I decided to save what I did do up for the fall.  It was too nice to be in on the computer anyway!! 

I have been stockpiling goodies that are in need of refinishing  for quite some time.  Here lately the weather has been much cooler so I have taken advantage of it and headed out under the shade tree to do some, that is!!  I started with some old wood work that was in hubby's grandmother's house that we tore down last fall.  We needed more trim pieces to redo our bedroom and den.  It didn't take too long to strip even with most of the pieces painted.  Now I just need to get a bit more stain to match what we have before I can finish that. 

Here is my next project.  I picked this old medicine cabinet up at a garage sale this summer.  I don't know what type of industrial paint they used, but was hard to get off.  Then the inside back is bead board so that was really hard to do.  I was able to get most of it off.....don't look too closely at the corners!!  Here is the before......

And the after......I just used tung oil to finish it.  I'm pleased with how it turned out. Now I just need to fill it with something.  Hmmmmm......not sure what though.  Stay tuned.

The crock sitting next to it was purchased recently at an auction.  My, oh, my did they have alot of stuff.  I will have to show you more of that later too.  I just love this little guy, even the crack in the front.  The base is a bit wider than the top which makes it really neat too!!  I put in some of my volunteer broom corn.

Well, I need to get to work on some fall prims for my update on Early Work Mercantile on Sept. 1st.  Most times I have the update ready the night before, so be sure to stop by and see all of the wonderful prim artisans.  We are hosting a "Settler's Harvest" during the month!!

Oh, one more thing.  I feel the need to have a Giveaway for all of you who didn't "jump ship" on me because of my lack of posting.   You must be a follower and please leave a comment on this post for a chance to win this little black kitty and her pumpkins along with some of my blackened beeswax goodies. I will draw the winner on Sept 5th.  Since summer is officially over then, it will be time to break out all of the prim items!!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great rest of your day!!

Blessings............. Melissa

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Independence Day!!

Stopping by to wish you all a wonderful Independence Holiday!!! Have fun and be safe!


Friday, July 1, 2011

Early Work Update

The July 1st Early Work Mercantile updates are now available. Stop on over!!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Flowers & A Trip to the Most Magical Place in the World!!

Hello.  Hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful summer day. It is perfect it!!  I am ashamed at how long I have been away from blogging.  I feel bad too that I don't leave comments like I should either.  So many beautiful blogs to try to keep up on!!  We've been busy like the rest of you. It finally quit raining so we (my husband) were able to finish up all of the planting and spraying and and fertilizing.  Now we are waiting for the wheat to be ready.  Maybe a week or so yet.  I've been busy in the flower beds and with a little crafting.  It's too nice to be indoors!!  Wanted to share some of the flowers with you.

 The baby's breath behind the angel is light pink. It doesn't really show up in the picture.

I picked up the neatest thing the other day. They are LED Solar Lids. They fit on a small mouth mason jar.  They work like any other solar light and come on at night. 

View from our front porch this morning.  The corn is so tall and I just love the is just so pretty.

JoJo was out scouting this morning and would not turn around for her picture.

We spent last week at Walt Disney World.  Being the prim lover that I am, I just had to take pictures inside the Liberty Tavern Inn.  First, the food was amazing.....all you can eat.  Salad, rolls, mashed potatoes, veggies, ham, roast beef, turkey, and dressing.  Dessert crisp and vanilla ice cream.  Yummo!!  The kids loved it.  Anyway, while sitting waiting to be called, I took lot of pics. 

This was my favorite thing.  It was sitting right beside the bench I was on.  I'm sure I heard it tell me it wanted to come live in Ohio.  The kids were teasing me about checking my bag before we left.  Oh, if it only would have had a price tag!!!

The kids in front of the castle before the fireworks.  

The spectacular fireworks!!!

We had a great time.  It was very hot and crowded, although the store workers said it wasn't really that busy. Ugh.....I wouldn't have wanted to be around too many more people!!  We stayed at one of the resorts and took the bus to the parks. We averaged 9 miles of walking a day.  Whew......good thing, we needed to walk off all that good food.   The girls and I decided our favorite ride was the Aerosmith roller coaster at Hollywood Studios. We waited over an hour, but it was soooooo worth it.   Great memories and lots of pics to get developed.  I'll save that for a rainy day.....might take awhile.

Be sure to stop on over to Early Work Mercantile later tonight and tomorrow to check out all the new listings. Today is also our 21st anniversary.  Crazy how time flies isn't it??!!

That's it for today. Seems like I don't post much, but when I do, look out!! Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.