Wednesday, October 31, 2012


First of all, I'd like to wish all of you out in blogland a very Happy Halloween! All of you folks on the east coast have been in our prayers and we're hoping you are all safe. Now on to our snippets of news...
Holly Hills Primitives Holiday Open House will be this Saturday, November 3rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We've been very busy with a holiday "redo" and new goodies are arriving daily. Just wait until you see some of the new furniture in the shop, especially the fireplace! We have prim textiles, candles, handmades, and more, more, more. While you're in Holly, most of the other shops in town are also hosting open houses and the annual Holly Holiday Craft Show will be at the high school. After a day of shopping, we'd like to invite you to stay a little longer for our Dickens Festival fundraiser. The Holly Moose Lodge is hosting a spaghetti dinner from 4-8 for $7.00 per plate, a d.j. will be on hand from 8-midnight. Hope we see lots of our old and new friends!
THEN!!!, Holly Hills Primitives will be at the Homespun Holiday Show at Breckenridge on November 10th! We are so excited - to say the least! We've been on a waiting list for 8 months and just found out there was an opening a couple of days ago. This is a wonderful primitive only antique and folk art show that you won't want to miss! So, get out your calendars and start making some notes! More fun Holly events to follow soon. Until next time...

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Here they come! The children's parade for our annual Holly-Ween event in downtown Holly, Michigan. What a great day! We handed out over 1,000 pieces of candy and the town was FULL!
Local Gary Musgrave (a/k/a Dracula) was responsible for fantastic Halloween music.
The officials all got in the act! Jerry Walker, our Village Manager, worked so hard to help everyone out.
Our current Village President, Jeff Miller, looked like he stepped right off the Titanic!
Ghostbuster Jessie Lambert, Township Supervisor, was a huge hit with all the kids!
Granddaughter Lucy wore her mom's old dance costume as Minnie Mouse. I don't think anyone had more fun than she did. Those little legs danced like crazy in the street!
Abbey and Ashley set up a table for the 4-H rabbit club, including live rabbits for the kids to pet. HUGE HIT!
Our youngest grandson, Peyton, had to snug up to son Rich for a few minutes before he got into the swing of things.
Cousins Lucy, Sydney, Peyton and Caroline (our youngest four) all had a ball.
Then, of course, there is son Chad! Some kids never grow up, even at the age of 43! I am so sorry that I didn't get pictures of Ellie, Jack or Gannon. It was wonderful to have 4 out of 5 of our children with us, and all eight grandchildren. Thanks Holly for another wonderful event.
I also wanted to share a proud moment of hubby getting sworn in for the Downtown Development Authority this last week. I know he will bring good things to our village! Now it's time to get a few things picked up and head down to the shop. The next three days will be spent on a major "redo" to the shop. Can't wait to see the holiday outcome! Enjoy your Sunday! Until next time...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


WOW! What a beautiful day here in Michigan. The temps were in the high 70's, so unusual for the end of October. Wednesday is our rug hooking class, so we decided to move it outside of the shop for the day. There may not be many of these days left. Sheila was finishing up her pumpkin/cat pillow.
Pat is putting the binding on a darling little sheep mat.
Bonnie is doing two gorgeous chair covers.
Our newest member, Sue, was starting on snowmen to put on sticks.
Our instructor, Sue, is just the best! She showed us how to transfer patterns using screen today. What a great, easy idea! I feel so lucky to have such a great group of gals that grace our shop every week. Until next time...

Friday, October 19, 2012


Hi friends! Took a few more pictures to share with you today. We are getting more and more beautiful hand-crafted, reproduction, primitive furniture in the shop. Check out our selling blog at and see what you think! Have a great weekend! Until next time...

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Hi Friends, just wanted to pop in and let you know to come on over to and see our new listings for sale. All of the Halloween and fall is 40% off! Just let me know if you are interested in any of them items and I'll get them right out to you! Thanks and have a great evenings. Until next time...

Monday, October 15, 2012


Hi Prim Pals! It's been a hectic couple of weeks, but I'm going to try to get caught up. Dick and I just returned from the Little House for some much needed R&R! I can't believe that we hung out in our p.j.'s for two days! I had a little time to putz around the cottage, cook some fall meals and just get caught up with rest and my hubby. I put out a few fall decorations and it always brings a smile to my face when I find these paper mache heads in the box. Connie and I made them years ago and the memoreis are priceless.
Added some pumpkins to our table top and quite a few other things here and there.
We did go for a ride one afternoon and saw this flock of wild turkeys in the woods.
I've always wanted an old log house. We found this dear old cabin falling apart in the woods. Sure wish we could save the logs for an addition to the back of our Little House.
It was pouring rain while we were there. It just broke my heart to see it in such disrepair.
On our way home today, we saw the annual pumpkin patch along the way. Some of the leaves were still colorful, but I think we missed the peak in northern Michigan.
Our Rosie dog loves to travel with us. She was pretty relaxed in the back of the Jeep.
Before we left, Abbey's 4-H club had to do a window display for a county-wide project. Our daughter, Ashley, is the 4-H leader and they did every window on the front of the shop. It was awesome and they ended up winning the competition. Congratulations to my girls and their club!
I wanted to share the last car cruise of the year. Lisa and John ARE the car cruise. They do all of the planning, organizing and more. The end of the season is always the Halloween cruise and so much fun.
Even the cars get "dressed up"!
Our friend Cindy was a hoot in her "fat girl" costume!
The witch's legs were hilarious coming out of the hood of this one!
Every car put a bucket of candy in front of it and our Lucy had a ball filling her bucket!
Then it was on to spending a night with Gannon. Can you believe this driveway?? Wish the picture would show just how steep it really is. I park at the top and walk down - very carefully!
When I got up in the morning, the view across the lake was amazing. So quiet and peaceful. Just perfect. Now it's time to sew, stitch, build, redo the shop, and ready ourselves for the next season. Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful fall! Until next time...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Oh yes, to be at home for a whole day! I decided to take this beautiful fall day and enjoy it to the fullest. The candles were lit, colored sunshine shown through the windows, music to move the soul, and a big pot of coffee. I cleaned, putzed, moved a few things around and just had fun. I should have been sewing, but...
Lit the candle on the table. Love the 1803 Lemon Drop Cookie, but tomorrow it will be changed out to Wood Stove Pie.
Added some fresh bittersweet to the black cat and firkins. I didn't get any of my own bittersweet this year, must have been due to the weather!
I LOVE the original witch that I bought from Theresa Kogut at the show last weekend. Isn't she wonderful?
One of my favorite bottle dolls sits on top of the old pie safe. She is made by The Funky Tennessee Artist and is prim as can be!
I've had this grubby chenille pumpkin for many years, but I still love getting it out each year.
I filled this shelf with handmade pumpkins and witches.
The old trencher on the blanket box is filled with pumpkins and a little handmade cat.
Moved some of my pinkeep collection to the fireplace mantle on top of the old sled.
The kitchen shelf is filled with graters, molds, cutting boards and wrapped bottles (one of my new favorites).
And, of course, still love those old longjohns! Hope your day was filled with fun in this beautiful fall weather! Until next time...

Monday, October 1, 2012


Oh my goodness, it feels so great to have a day at home! We finished the Weekend In The Country show last night, got unloaded and returned the trailer. This morning I had to take my Rosie dog to the vet and now I have the rest of the day to clean, putz, cook... I should be sewing, but I really needed "a day". The show was wonderful and we're looking forward to next year. Got some pictures to share with you and a couple of surprises too!
I want to give you a little flavor of this HUGE show. As you came from the parking lot, there were tents everywhere!
The old Ellis barn was the "antique" barn, plus lots of tents with more oldies.
There were 3 full barns full of booths.
The entrance to our barn was so festive.
Plus pavilions!
WoJo's Nursery was there will spectacular mum plants, cornstalks, pumpkins and indian corn.
Took more pictures of our own booth too. We had a wall of stitcheries,
great make-do chairs,
bootle dolls and needfuls,
and scarecrows too. See previous post for furniture pieces.
"Cash and Cari" from HGTV was there with a repurposed booth.
Even her famous yellow truck was on display.
Several of our Holly shops also had booths. Arcade Antiques had 3 booths in the Ellis Barn.
Pigeon In The Parlour had both a booth inside and one outside.
My Sweet Holly was selling lots of "Made In Detroit" items. They were right behind us - and we had lots of laughs.
Our friends Peggy and Bob from Wren In The Willow were right next door. All in all, the show was lots of fun, very successful and HC Management put on a very smooth show.
Now for the surprise! Jann Turchi and Teresa Kogut have agreed to add some classes to our Cabin Fever series starting after the holidays. Both gals do such amazing work!
Teresa will be teaching punch needle and will offer kits and her own patterns. Wait til you see them!
Jan will be teaching needle felting. Her purses were exquisite! Be watching for more information - we might even get them to the shop for demonstrations during our Holly Dickens Festival. AND if any of you are traveling to Michigan for the Goultide Gathering, Holly Hills Primitives is only about 45 minutes from Northville. October 6th is the Downtown Holly Antique Show, so you have plenty to look forward to for your stay in Michigan. Hope to see some of you this weekend. Until next time...