Monday, February 27, 2012


Dick and I just returned from our two days of R&R at The Little House in northern Michigan. Yesterday we took a ten minute ride into East Tawas and I'm always in awe of the views of Lake Huron. We drove out to the Tawas Point Lighthouse and it looked so beautiful standing in the snow and surrounded by the chill waters.

We pulled over to look at the hiking trails (which we want to do this summer) and couldn't believe the sounds of the waves and wind coming off Lake Huron.

When I win the lottery, this is my future home. It is the old Coast Guard Station dormatory. It was all redone into a home and it is spectacular!!! I'm so happy that they left the historic integrity to the outside. How wonderful it would be to wake up to the view of the lake!

I couldn't get enough of looking at the open waters.

And as my grandchildren always tell me, "There's your favorite spot!" Yup, Tawas Bay! When we drive into town from our cottage, this is what we see when we get to the end of the road.
It's fun to visit lots of places in our great country, but there's something about Michigan and all it's beauty that will forever stay in my heart.
Hope you all had a great weekend too!
Until next time...

Friday, February 24, 2012


Good evening Prim Pals. Woo-Hoo, it's Friday night! One more days and we are going to our Little House for a little R&R and I can't wait. We're in the "redo" mode for a lot of things up there and it's time to start planning! I want to get out some spring goodies and have some playing house time while we're there.
Did you get snow today? We were supposed to get 5-8", but I think we maxed out at about 3". Didn't hurt my feelings though. We had to drive to Detroit this afternoon to visit our grandson in the hospital, so I was SOOOO glad we didn't have terrible roads.
A lot of you have left comments or e-mailed me that you are having trouble getting to my new selling blog. If you type in it should take you right there. I'm going to slide over there right now and add quite a few more pieces. Just send me an e-mail at or call the shop Wed-Sat from 10-5 at 248/634-7040 if you see something you are interested in.
Have a great Friday night and we'll talk real soon. We MIGHT have a big surprise coming for you soon.
Until next time...

Monday, February 20, 2012


Good evening Prim Pals! After much deliberation and demand for shipping, Dick and I have decided it's time to try a selling blog for our friends around the United States. Hop on over to and check us out. It's really simple. If you see something you'd like to order, just call the shop (248/634-7040) on Wed-Sat from 10-5 with a credit card and we will ship within 2-3 days. This is a new venture and we would love to hear helpful suggestions from our blogging friends. Hope we hear from you soon!
Until next time...

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Once in awhile we get a great piece that I just have a terrible time leaving at the shop. This cupboard is one of them! How I could see it at our Little House in northern Michigan. It is an original OLD cupboard, but has new doors and a prim, prim, prim paint technique in cobblestone over burgandy.

The new doors, knobs and latch look like they've been there forever!

The inside has shelves and would be great storage for any room in the house. One door open with display and an old doll hanging on the door would be awesome!

Our trestle table is filled to the brim with goodies. We have a cobblestone stove/noodle board, gourd spoons, sho flys, bottle dolls, crocks and a wonderful old red buggy seat.

Yup, more stitcheries are arriving. This one is called Peace and Plenty and done on an old board with breadboard ends. It has a box attached to add anything you would like. We filled it with angel vine and a little doll from The Funky Tennessee Artist.
Remember, we started opening Sundays from noon to four today and we will open tomorrow for President's Day from 10-5. Come on in and see some of our great new prims!
Until next time...

Thursday, February 16, 2012


This was one of those mornings that I couldn't wait to get to the shop. Sure enough, John the mailman had a big box for me from Tennessee. Oh my goodness, it was just like Christmas! Our Funky Tennessee Artist sent some of the greatest creations. The "bottle bunnies" are just the cutest things I've ever seen. Thought I'd give you a little sneek peek at some things she sent. The bunnies are from big to small and all of them are just primitive and perfect for you gals that want that look for your spring decorating. Some have dresses, some have coats, old wire, pins, buttons, carrots...

This larger bunny is sweet as can be with her old quilted shawl.

These two bunnies are great too. They have stick arms and legs and a little hay sticking out here and there.

And bottle dolls are back too. Different shapes and sizes. Big and small.

The bottle dolls flew out of the shop from the last shipment. They were all gone within the first three days.

These little black dolls are as sweet as can be. They have a pocket with a baby tucked inside. Perfect for a shelf or cupboard - or anywhere!

This doll has ticking bloomers and rusty wire wrapped around the top of her dress with an old key. So, if you're looking for a PRIM doll, they are here. Hurry in to take your pick or let me know if you would like one shipped to you. They won't last long! I can't wait to see what will be in the next box!
Don't forget, Holly Hills Primitives is going to be open Sat-Mon this weekend with a great President's Day Sale!!! Come have some fun with us.
Until next time...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Oh boy, the primitive wares are pouring in now! It's so much darn fun putting out new goods in the shop. These primitive canisters are great, they would sure go perfect in my own kitchen. Oh well. We had a set covered with black ticking this morning and they were gone by noon!

Another popular item are these pocket towels with the wooden spoons. They were new to the shop this morning and we only have four left already.

Great grubby brown corner spoon holder. Want one in another color? Just let us know.

Two big bunnies hopped in this morning too. This one has a mustard check dress and cheesecloth scarf.

Another one landed in the old wheelboro. She has a grubby green dress, ticking apron and cheesecloth scarf. A big old white carrot is stuck in her apron strings.

Bit fat carrots would add so much "spring" to a large trencher.

We have one "bouquet" of lit forsythia left. Talk about SPRING!

And, yes ladies, A Primitive Place magazine arrived today. Isn't this just one of the best new magazines to come out in a long time? I poured over it all afternoon. Shhh, don't tell the boss!
Tomorrow will be another great day. Our Funky Tennesee Artist dolls SHOULD arrive. A little birdie told me there were some really unusual sweeties this time. She is one of my favorite artists and I'm trying to get her to Michigan this summer to do a signing for all of you.
Holly Hills Primitives is going to have a furniture sale this weekend and we will continue on Monday. We are normally closed, but we decided to open for all of our friends that have a holiday. Come on in and have some fun with us!
Until next time...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Happy Valentine's Day to all of our great friends out there in blogland. May it be filled with love, romance and chocolate!
Until next time...

Monday, February 13, 2012


Good afternoon Prim Pals! Finally had a day to putz around my own house and it felt so good! As most of you know, a little before my Dad passed, we rented out our wonderful old home and made a lot of changes. We "gutted" my mom's walk-out and made an apartment so she wouldn't have to live alone. It's been a long time since I showed you pictures of our little apartment, but thought it might be fun to share. We used a lot of old cupboard in our kitchen, except for the stove/sink wall. I love how it turned out and it feels so cozy - especially on these cold, blustery days.

One of the old cupboards is a Hoosier that Dick's parents had had in a cottage up north. I just love it, the work area is old wood.

My stove board is an antique noodle board and it fits perfect. Sometimes I display it on top of our island.

This shelf is over the sink and filled with old graters, tin molds and old bottles. Probably my favorite!

My Rosie dog claims the end of the couch most of the time. (That's why there is a blanket on it!)

What man doesn't love his leather recliner? Oh well.

I'm still crazy about my couch and chair that I bought from Earlene (Primitive Passion Decorating). It fit perfectly!

My favorite collection has to be primitive pinkeeps. Sometimes I group them all together, but I decided to spread them out a bit. Strawberries anyone?

I broke down today and got out a few spring goodies. Just love these two bunnies, I've had them for quite awhile.

I put my cinnamon carrots and eggs and the feedsack eggs in the wooden bowl with a candle. Filled it up just right.

And this bowl always reminds me of my friend Connie. We used to watch for different carrots whenever we would go on a shopping adventure.

Not sure if I ever showed you the table we got this winter. Friend Debbie sold it to me - finally!!! It's an oldie and has two big drawers on the side. Perfect place to dine and to work on projects.

I also bought my pie safe from Debbie years ago. Can you see my new bottle doll from The Funky Tennessee Artist? I haven't bought anything I like so well in a long time!

Another purchase from friend Debbie was the old dough box. Filled 'er right up with firkins and crocks!

Okay, we all have one messy spot. This is the place I set and read all of your wonderful blogs. We have a little sitting area off the living space.

Friend Carol sold me this fireplace a few years ago and it just "warms" this area up.

Another favorite are stitcheries. The one Connie made for me this Christmas is out of this world. My little grapevine tree stays out all year. Love the glow at night.

I got the blanket crane shelf at one of the shows and it fit perfectly over my fireplace!

Got some old stockings "drying" over the fire!

Do you collect different candles?

When I went to Tennessee last fall, friend Connie had made this great burlap "prim place" bag for me and filled it with drieds. Thank you Connie!

And at the end of the day, we crawl into our cozy bed. Can you tell I love old longjohns?
Well friends, hope you enjoyed the little tour. Hoping to make some changes in the near future. I guess you can make anyplace a home - even a walk-out!
For all of you gals that have been buying dolls, I just heard that another shipment from The Funky Tennessee Artist was mailed this morning. I should have them by Wednesday or Thursday. I can't wait - I saw some preview pictures and they are prim perfect.
Enjoy the rest of your day. I'm off to start sewing bunnies and more.
Until next time...