Saturday, July 26, 2008

Please Be Kind To Animals!

I have always been a big animal lover, I can't imagine mistreating any animal alive. Please don't leave your animal tied up outside, he can't learn anyting that way. He does not understand why he is in "jail". Treat him like the memeber of the family that he is. In turn they will bring you the most unconditional love you will ever know!

Can't Live Without My Darlings!

Thought you would enjoy seeing my adorable babies! If you like cats, you will love Himmeys, they are the best!

Visit The Shoppe!

Let me tell you a little bit about our farmhouse primitive craft and antique shop. We are located right on Copley Circle in Copley, Ohio, on Route 162. We carry hand crafted Folk Art, Americana, rusty tin items, primitive dolls, Santa's, olde quilt pillows, lots of grungy candles, old doll beds, little chairs, jewelry, antiques, and tons of other stuff! Our 8 rooms are filled to the brim! Here's a little recent sampling of some of our treasures! We take wish lists for our customers, layaway, Visa & MasterCard, and like to give decorating suggestions on primitive and old country. Check out our new Americana Tree, I hunted all over for red, white, & blue lights, and could not locate any, but very easily found one strip of white, one strip of red, etc.!!!!! Stop in and see us or give me a call Tuesday ~ Saturday, 11-5pm, 330-665-9696!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Just what is primitive? Looking in my trusty old black, leather bound 1937 dictionary, with it's well worn pages and dark print, renders up a defination of being: the first, or earliest of its kind; original; antiquated; primary; radical; not derived; an original work. And this is one of the closest to my mind's eye that I have found to best describe.

For those of us with a deep passion for this new "old" wave of early vintage excitement, truly love just discussing and seeing original primitive art works. We are the ones drawn like a magnet to its dark beauty. It warms the heart and feeds the spirit. The more I see the more I love it. But what some might not know is that primitives goes way back. And its current popularity, I believe, gained its momentum with the birth of "country stuff" not long ago.

But this new/old prim look is an evolvement, I believe too, of our country beginnings, but with much more safistication and historical flavor, with Civil War overtones and going even further back in time. And it has tiptoed in with it's own degrees, going with extreme, early, to kinda folky designs. Meaning articles and decorator items that are crudely made without measured patterns. And using ideas as to what the prairie women had, just what came from the land and their little ole' cupboards. The Folk Art prims, not so grubby and early, use material that are available in todays media ~ but still made to look ancient.

But we can't leave out the Country Primitive, not so cutesy, but on the rustic side. You could place some of the Annie dolls in this catagory. And this wonderful bloom of quoting the bible for samplers, and now making food that looks old is taking full stage. The exciting appreciation of the use of high-tech computer skills taking us back to the ealy 1800's is so much fun. This blend is magical and captivating for those of us appreciating this niche.

So what exactly is primitive decorating besides all the dark primitive antiques from long ago? It's not what everyone understands, but quite distinct. Like early American items, tools, whether it be for baking, crafting, building, lighting, or wearing, it's a gathering of handmade old used in todays world. Stuff that looks really old, but is not so easy to capture and create by artists ~ often called needfulls. And brings a feeling of comfort and a glimpse of what the past actually looked like but living in the joy of now. Pretty simple, huh? Well that word, simple is also finding it's path in the defination. Think of what it takes to make you happy in the old look, a collections of old baskets, a wooden sign dated 1805, an old barn with worn paint, a handcrafted doll meticulously detailed that looks like it lived in an attic for a century. Yep, that's primitive alright. Quite beautiful and attention getting for those of us hooked on the peek into the primitive past.

Believing even more exciting reproducing of primitive America, circa 1776-1895, creations will be coming forward to help us hold onto our beloved heritage with both hands, I am sure it will further inspire this flame of rememberance and will be here to stay for a long while, new ideas for what looks real old. Can't be beat.

- "One joy dispells a hundred cares"

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Check out our Signature Candle, it is the best smelling scent the market has to offer! You can purchase on our website. Don't miss trying our Buttered Maple Syrup 20 oz. jar size. It comes in diffusers, too! Our customers love it!


July 8, 2008

Welcome to my blog! I am a shop owner/craft artist, that loves to make primitive dolls and anything else you can imagine in the folk art industry! I also love to take pictures of old stuff, it's so inspiring. Before you leave, make sure your take a short cut to my website, it's open 24/7, no matter when you come, the welcome mat is out there for you. Check it out!
I just got back from Florida, after visiting my son and daughter-in-law. And while I was there, here is one of my favorite places in the world, Honeymoon Island! Gateway to the ocean...!
And check out the beautiful Hybiscus in their back yard, talk about beautiful!
They also have a wild bird guest, that ventures into their garage looking you right in the eye for a tad of lunch meat. He is so cute. There are not just alligators in Florida. And I chose to honor & respect the beware of rattlesnakes sign!

Blessings to you!
~Kathie :-)