Sunday, July 29, 2012


As we were leaving our neighborhood this morning for the shop, the sand cranes were right up next to the street. These creatures look almost prehistoric!
The Village of Holly had another fun family day today. It is called "Protect and Serve" and I'd like to thank our police and fire departments for making this so enjoyable and free for our area families. The firetrucks rolled into town.
Two BIG ones! The kids were allowed to get inside and check everything out.
There was even a baby firetruck for the little ones.
Our area ambulance was there.
Several times throughout the afternoon there was a "controlled burn" so people could see how fast a room fills with smoke.
Our police chief handed out free t-shirts to all the kids.
Beth the D.J. kept the tunes going all afternoon for a festive atmosphere.
The First Baptist Church gave out free bottled water and popcorn.
The Holly Moose Lodge was selling the greatest hotdogs.
The bounce house replaced the wedding tent in Battle Alley.
The lines were long for the face painting and balloon art.
The little ones were so proud of their painted faces.
They stepped right up to have their pictures taken.
Dick enjoyed setting out front of the shop and watching all of the festivities. Did I tell you that I love this town? We came home, had baby backs (YUMMY) and then I took a two hour nap. This has been quite the weekend in Holly. Tomorrow it's back to reality and I've GOT to sew, sew, sew for upcoming shows. Hope your weekend was fun too. Until next time...

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Hi Prim Pals! I can't believe that it's been over a week since I've posted! It's been one crazy, busy week, but lots of fun too! My friend moved back here from North Carolina and rented the apartment right above our shop. We have been painting, decorating and getting her settled and it is PRIM PERFECT! I hope to have pictures to post in a few days. It is magical to be up there at night and look out at our village. Tonight Dick and I took her walking and we had such a great night!
Every two weeks there is a free movie in Battle Alley. Tonight it was moved behind the mill because of a wedding in the street.
They have a blow-up screen and speakers and it is so much fun! Popcorn and all.
The crowds bring blankets and lawn chairs and have a ball.
The famous Holly Hotel set up the tent in the street this afternoon for the wedding. I was sitting in front of the shop and heard this beautiful classical music and just had to peek around the corner. The music was coming from the wedding.
Tonight the reception was in full swing and it was just gorgeous.
We walked down to Blackthorn's Pub and just happened to hear the greatest music. Two guys (Sam and Jeremy) were playing and we just couldn't get enough. Hope to hear lots more from these two!
This is the front of Holly Hills Primitives and Zanie Janie's at night.
We have been in full-swing mode to get our annual Dicken's Festival moving this week too! Had a great positive meeting. The events for fundraising are underway and will be announced soon. This will be the 39th year of this wonderful tradition. So, all in all, it has been a fun week and tonight was the icing on the cake. Hope you have a peaceful Sunday. Until next time...

Friday, July 20, 2012


Wow, I can't believe that I haven't posted since Sunday! This has been a crazy, busy week. Came down with a cold last weekend and ended up going to the doctor to find out I had bronchitis. Felt pretty yukky all week.
We were so excited to have our friend Debbie come spend the night with us on Tuesday! We cooked out with burgers and corn on the cob and celebrated her birthday. So glad she's back from North Carolina, we've both missed her so much. Looking forward to a fun summer of creating, shows and more...
I've been sewing too. Got a whole pile ready to get finished up as soon as we get one more day in at the shop. Lots of fall - my favorite! Okay prim friends, mark your calendars for September 7-9. Wren In The Willow and Holly Hills Primitives is hosting "The Place We Call Home Gathering". Be sure to call the shop for details! Have a great Friday night. Until next time...

Sunday, July 15, 2012


What a wonderful thing it is to come home after work and just RELAX! I'm so over running everywhere and it just feels great to be home. Dick and I have a lot of shows coming up in the next couple months, so it will be back to the grind tomorrow!
So many people have been asking for our make-do settle benches and I just wanted to let you know that we have another one in the shop. Hop on over to our selling blog and check out the other goodies we added tonight too!
We went out to the 4-H Fair (Oakland County) on Friday night and had a ball! Daughter Ashley was the rabbit barn supervisor this year and she worked so hard that I've been worried about her. Our Abbey was the rabbit princess and here she is getting her sash.
The "royalty" were supposed to wear white shirts and black pants. She will always be our special princess. She also worked so hard to help anyone that needed a hand.
The rabbit queen, princess and our daughter Ashley.
The livestock auction went on without a hitch. This was the first year Abbey raised rabbits for auction.
Abbey and her other grandpa (a/k/a Katie Grandpa) after he bid on and won her rabbit. We also spent the evening with son-in-law Tony, son Chad and daughter-in-law Kim. A great time was had by all! NOW - time to go relax! Until next time...

Thursday, July 12, 2012


WOO-HOO! We got up at 5:30 a.m. this morning to head for Ann Arbor so Dick could have plastic surgery. After waiting for an hour, I finally got to go back to see him before his surgery. They had him all prepped - hospital gown and "shower cap" - ready for his I.V. The surgeon came in, looked at the place on his nose where they removed the malinoma and SENT US HOME!! They decided it is healing so well that they would wait for three months and see if he needed it then. What great news!
We did a little exploring, bought a few plants for the garden, came home and Dick built a primitive light to deliver to our friend and customer. We got in the bug and delivered her "new" light. Can you guess who it is? I walked around and took a few pictures of her gardens.
Check out the old washboard in the barrel of plants.
We had delicious pizza and salad on my favorite screened porch.
Her veggie garden is growing like crazy.
Look at the size of these flowers!
This little shed is adorable.
Who doesn't love a beeskep?
Okay, you're getting warmer. Have you seen this garden shed before?
Or how about this barn? If you guessed Earlene, you're right! We always have such a great time with Norm and Earlene, they are the perfects hosts. Soon it was time to leave after much drooling and walking around her house. We had the top down on the bug and away we went. Can't wait to get together again soon - maybe a bar-b-que this time??? I think it's our turn! Have a great Friday everyone. Until next time...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Good beautiful evening Prim Pals! Isn't this weather heavenly after having the temps up in the 100's?! We can actually set outside the shop some, have the windows open at home, and the top down on the VW. Doesn't get any better than that! Tomorrow morning is going to be an EARLY one! Dick and I have to be in Ann Arbor at 7:30 for his plastic surgery. Guess we'll have to get to bed tonight at a decent hour. He can't eat after midnight, so we're having ice cream for dinner tonight! (We at a late lunch today.) I had the best time last night. Our Lucy stayed with us for two nights while her parents and sister were at the 4-H Fair and then Ellie decided she wanted a sleepover too. I took both girls to see the movie "Brave" and met Amanda, Caroline and Jack there. Couldn't believe that Lucy left her 3-D glasses on the whole time. When we got home, Ellie and Lucy had the best time catching fire flies. We had to keep a jar in the bedroom last night to watch them light up!
All four kids making faces after the movies!
This morning, Lucy and Ellie enjoyed a picnic in front of the shop.
At about 4 p.m., the car cruisers started rolling into town and did they roll! They were packed in everywhere! From the north,
to the south,
to the east,
and to the west!
My pick of the night was this gorgeous old Austin Healey. I'm not much of a muscle car girl, love the old oldies and the sports cars the best.
Although, this old Cadillac would have been the height of elegance in it's day. So much fun to see what shows up! Going over to our selling blog to add lots of new goodies tonight. Come on over and check it out! Have a wonderful Thursday and we'll talk soon. Until next time...

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Good evening Prim Pals! Whew, I've been having blog withdrawal since Tuesday. We set up for the show in Clarkston Tuesday night (in the rain) and then we were there all day Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and it reached over 100. I've NEVER been so hot in my life and was SOOOOO happy to get home to the air. The show was kind of a bust, but it was just too darn hot for people to even care about shopping. We did have fun with Bob and Peggy from Wren In The Willow and a great time chatting with friends that stopped by to visit.
We got our booth all set up and it was filled to the brim with prims!
Love the mustard drysink by Dick. He also did a beautiful mustard blanket crane shelf to match.
New stitcheries in old windows and patriotic goods.
We even took some fall wares for a little sneak peek!
Another great cobblestone creation by Dick.
Outside looking in.
Dick was trying to get in some shade and out of the sweltering heat.
Wren In The Willow (Bob and Peggy) were right next to us and they had a beautiful booth.
Two tents - plus!
And then yesterday I had a nice surprise at the shop. Two gals came in and one of the gals (Linda) had followed the blog and was from Phoenix, Az. Linda is on the left and her friend Sharon is from Swartz Creek - right here in Michigan. When we got up Thursday morning after the show, we had no power. A terrible storm had gone through and knocked out power all over the area. FINALLY we got it turned back on this morning (Sunday). Poor Dick was up every two hours putting gas in the generator. We're so thankful that we saved our food, had some lights, could take showers and nobody was hurt. After we closed the shop today, we came home, put on our p.j.'s and watched movies. It feels so great to be back on the computer so I can see what all of you have been up to. Hope your week is filled with adventure (the good kind) and we'll talk again soon. Until next time...