Monday, December 3, 2007

Primitive Holiday OPEN HOUSE

We want to thank everyone that came to visit us at OPEN HOUSE this past Saturday. It was VERY busy, but VERY pleasant!! We'll plan for a big turnout again next year~

The weather has inspired me to toss the Pumpkins in the compost, clean the house from top to bottom and DECORATE!!

Keeping it simple with Twigs, Berries & Cones from outdoors. Just a touch here and there does the trick. This is also the time for Filling the House w/ Yummy Smells! Besides candles, I like to Melt tarts on the woodstove and spray my rooms with Holiday Scents.

I've finished making Apple Pomanders to display in my old bowls and started stringing Cinnamon sticks for the Christmas tree garland. (popcorn garland doesn't last very long w/ our lab Scooby)



Thursday, November 1, 2007

Primitive Candle Lights

I am sooo excited about my new Candle Lights and Holders!! Finally the perfect "No Flame, No Cord" candle stick light. I've grunged up these battery operated candle lights w/ beeswax & spices. I then got inspired to have my potter create aPrimitive "inexpensive" candle holder to match. Especially made to fit windowsills!! Whooohooo! I love having lights in my windows but HATE cords. When you have a house that was built in 1783 it's not easy finding outlets that are even close to the windows nevermind keeping the light from falling off the windowsill. These Candle Lights take two AA batteries, are Spiced up to look Primitive and have a glowing orange flicker light attached. No bulb. We had the candle holders made in my plain primitive glaze and sized to fit on a windowsill. Although they look really cute just about anywhere. I am so thrilled with the results and am taking orders for dozens of them already.


Sunday, October 28, 2007

Falltime with Scooby

There's nothing like a beautiful Fall Afternoon. My friend and I took some time off from all the yardwork to pose for some pics. Thought I'd share them~ Happy Fall>Photobucket

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Rosehip Bunches

Before the frost ruins what's left of the flowers & herbs, I gathered as much Bittersweet, Rosehips, Sage, Chocolate Mint, Globe Amaranth, Statice and Hydrangeas as I could. The Roses, Lavender and Foxgloves are still blooming~ what a treat! I was inspired to take a few pictures. Spooky was inspired to inhale as much Catmint as possible~ she's such a big help :)


The wild Rosehip bunches have sold like crazy! This was the first year I actually sold them. In the past I've added them to Gift Bags, wired them into evergreen Garlands and tucked them into Christmas trees~ pretty much given them away. This year I offered bunches of Rosehips to my customers to purchase and get creative with. Very positive feedback!


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Sweet Annie Bunches & Wreaths

The Sweet Annie is Ready!!! The Crow's Nest if Filled with the Aroma Of Fresh Cut Sweet Annie. I Love it! Many years ago I hung my first Sweet Annie wreath in my apartment bathroom and each time the steam from the shower filled the room it brought out the Sweet Annie Fragrance~ It's also Wonderful in an Entrance way or Guest Bedroom (not to mention your own). Such an Earthy Sweet Fragrance that Lasts A Long Time!


I'm offering bunches of Sweet Annie at the discounted price of $5.99 for a limited time. I'm also offering Sweet Annie wreaths this year. PLUS ~ I am Giving Away a FREE package of Sweet Annie Seeds to every Website Order over $50.oo (good while supplies last) Guess I just want to spread the Sweet Annie Excitement :)

Monday, October 1, 2007

Harvest Time!!

It's Harvest Time! What a Great Time of Year!! Everybody gets excited about Fall. My customers are coming into the shop with "Fall Fever" Time to clear out the look of Summer and bring in the rich colors of Fall. It's also about "fall cleaning" (not that any of us are excited about that), closing up the windows, bringing out the candles and simmering some SPiCE! I've been busy making new Products including Candles, Soaps & Potpourri. The Cinn-a-bun Potpourri has been a big hit! Also the Pumpkin scented soy candles and Oatmeal Soap are becoming quite Popular. All will be available on my website very soon~


PS~ It's time to Harvest the Bittersweet Vines~ I'd be happy to add a few sprigs in your Website Order for FREE~ Just mention it when your checking out! ENJOY


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fall Wreath Making

It's Wreath Making Time! The Flowers & Herbs that I've grown and been Harvesting are dried and ready to use.
I like working with Silver King Artesesia as the wreath base. If you create the base when the plants are still somewhat fresh it's much easier. The stalks are pretty sturdy and not brittle once the wreath is dried as well.


I use ALL different flowers & herbs to fill the wreaths. Besides Roses, Hydrangea, Lavender, Statice, Feverfew and
Globe Amaranth- I also use Chive blossoms, Iris's, Lily's, Mints, Sage, Queen Anne'sLace, Blue Salviaand Lilac's.
Even daffodil's have been put into my wreaths. I'm waiting for the Sweet Annie to be harvested and then that will go into everything I make as well~

As soon as I laid the dried flowers out on the table I had a few friends that insisted on helping. Maybe it was the dried CatMint that got the little ones attention (ya think?) The big one just has to tag along :) Happy Wreath Making!


Monday, September 10, 2007

Wild Turkey's

What a special treat! To watch that is!! These Turkeys have been enjoying our Pear and Apple trees for the past week.

As soon as I snapped this picture a baby porcupine came out of the field to enjoy the pears as well. That's when the party broke up :)


Saturday, September 1, 2007

New LAVENDER Primitive Pottery

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the New Lavender Pottery!! The lavender Flower Pots came out so adorable I just had to use that design on other pieces of Primitive Pottery. The Lavender Soap Dishes (mini plates) are the PERFECT companion to my Organic Lavender Soap. Great Gift!! Here are a few pictures of the New Lavender pieces~ I should have them on the website soon.


Now is the time to start thinking about what you can make with your Harvested Flowers & Herbs. I've been collecting small bunches of Culinary herbs all Summer. Sage, Thyme, Coriander & a variety of Mints to name a few. They've been air dried and stored in clean paper bags. I think I'll combine some of them as Cooking Blends for gifts. I could also use them in Potpourri. I'll package the blends in cellophane bags and then place them in my new burlap bags. All I need is a Primitive Label and there's one more Handmade Gift Idea~



Thursday, August 16, 2007

My new LUXURIOUS Organic Amber Body Butter is made with Superior Organic Butters, Oils & Pure Amber Oil. Formulated to "melt" on your Skin this Body Butter is Wonderful after your Shower or Bath. Leaves a subtle Amber scent too~ For detailed information about each Butter & Oil that goes into my Organic Amber Body Butter just go to "Soap & Skincare" section and click on "Skincare" I also designed the packaging for "Gift Giving" in mind. The Feedbacks been GREAT!!


Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Well, I planted a few flats of Snapdragons this year but couldn't bring myself to cutting them~ They looked so good in the garden that I just kept putting it off until there were only a few blooms left on the stems, and by then they were hardly worth drying...

The Statice & Globe Amaranth on the other hand have been a Beautiful Show and a HUGE drying SUCCESS! I really enjoy heading out of the house every morning with my large harvest basket to see what's ready to gather. What a way to start your day :) So far the crop of pastel colored Statice and Red Globe Amaranth is ready. The darker colored Statice should be ready in a few weeks. Here's what's available to purchase at present~


FREE package of Lavender Seeds when you purchase our Primitive Flower Pots (regular size or chunky size) This offer is good while supplies last~ GREAT GIFT!!!


Monday, August 6, 2007

What a Beautiful show these Poppies made!!!

The vibrant colors and constant blooming really was breath-taking.

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, but before these Poppies wound up in the compost pile I collected the seed pods for next year.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Organic Calendula OIl for Herbal Soaps

~Spooky's enjoying the Summertime Rays~

Instead of just drying Calendula flowers this year, I decided to make Calendula oil as well. I planted a large crop of organic Calendula seeds (Johnny seeds company) early this spring and I'm very pleased with the results.

I picked the flowers first thing in the morning, choosing only the healthy newly open buds. I washed them and made sure they were completely dried before filling a sterile jar of extra virgin olive oil with them. The jar of Calendula Oil was left on the window sill for only a few days, then I strained and discarded the flowers and keep the oil stored in the refrigerator.I'll be adding this Organic Calendula Oil to my Homemade Soaps & Salves.

Calendula is well known for it's healing properties.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Organic Lavender Salve

My Organic Lavender Salve is ready for sale! It's been a real joy formulating, packaging and of course "testing" the salve on myself and my family! I LOVE it!!
Because the salve contains Shea Butter and Coconut oil I knew it would soothe and soften the skin but I didn't know how quick it would work on really dry cracked skin. For the past few nights I've been putting a small amount on my cracked heals and even after the FIRST application I noticed a huge difference.
This weekend I'm planning on making a large batch of sample size Organic Lavender Salve and mailing them out to all the new customers that sign up for the Crow's Nest Mailing List. I'd love to hear your feedback! Thanks again for all your support~

Monday, June 11, 2007

Crow's Nest Primitive Shoppe Blog

What a productive weekend! The Car-barn got cleaned out and I was able to create an area just for my gardening supplies. I have this old wooden drawer that I stack small clay pots in, I use a small tin trash can to store my potting soil and I like to either have something growing on the table or at least dried bunches hanging nearby. It's so much better to work in an area that is pleasing to the eye then just a dirty old table~

The Chive vinegar also got bottled today. It smells and tastes Wonderful! Think I'll marinade the chicken in it for tomorrows supper. If your not sure what to do with some of the Herbs in your garden, herb vinegars are the way to go. Super easy to make and a great gift to give!

Here's a picture of the dragonfly that came to visit today~

Friday, June 8, 2007

Flower Arrangements~Crow's Nest Primitive Shoppe

What a beatiful time of year! I forgot how much I enjoy making cut flower arrangements. Here's some peonies, valerian, coreopsis and bridal bush I just brought into the house. They smell wonderful!!

For the past few years I've been able to pick buckets full of flowers in the morning, bring them into work and make arrangements to sell. I just use mason jars as vases- it works out great! Whatever I don't sell get's dried and turned into Potpourri~

I thought I'd share some pictures of the fields as well. Everything looks so green & healthy you can't help but feel good:)

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Springtime Presents~

The Chive vinegar is almost ready to bottle. This is a blend of Chive Blossoms, Sage Leaves & Blossoms in a base of White Vinegar.

When I saw how nice the Sage plant was this year I decided to add sprigs of the leaves with the pink blossoms attached.

As soon as the Chive stems get a light green color and the blossoms fade to white, it'll be time to strain the herbs and bottle the vinegar. I'll add fresh herbs to the new bottles as well.

I came across "Mama" Robin this morning when I was gathering flowers~ This bush is right outside our living room window, can't wait to watch her babies grow up~

Organic Herbal Soap

A new batch of Homemade Herbal Soap is ready. I'll be sending out samples of it to new customers that sign up on the Crow's Nest mailing list for the next week. The response from cusomers has been extremely positive! They have been impressed with how much the soap lathers, makes their skin soft and really lasts!! I use Organic Vegetable oils and pure Therapeutic grade Essential Oils~ Super Clean!!

Another beautiful day up in the Hilltowns~ The Statice plants, Globe amaranth, A variety of Rubeckia plants, Artemesia and tons of Snapdragons are finally in the ground. Besides selling the fresh Snapdragons this year, I'm experimenting with drying them as well. We'll See~~

Chive Vinegar

What a beautiful day it is today! I decided to poke around outside as much as possible before heading into work (Spooky decided to join me-she ended up at the Catmint) and I noticed some of the Chive blossoms are ready to pick for Chive Vinegar. This is so easy to make and looks great tucked into a gift basket!

All I do is sterilize a glass gallon jar, fill it with white vinegar and then add my Chive blossoms and stems into the vinegar. You want to make sure the Chives have just opened and that they still have their nice pink color. It usually takes a couple of days to collect them, since the chives don't all open at once.To speed things up you can place the jar out in the sun, when the vinegar is a nice pink color (3-7 days). I strain out the chives and pour the vinegar into sterilized vinegar bottles. I like to use the mini-sized vinegar bottles, you could even use mason jars-just make sure they are sterilized. Then I add a few fresh chives to the finished vinegar. Tie the bottle w/twine and add my homemade label~ SUPER CUTE!!

Of course you can add other herbs if you'd like. This year I'm going to experiment with Purple Basil and maybe a few cloves of fresh garlic added to the Chives.

Primitive Votive Pots & Flower Pots

The Primitive Votive pots are all done and they came out sooo cute!! So far we came up with the Berry & Vine design, Crow & Star, Willow & Heart and a sheep design. I love them all! Besides using them for votive candles I have one on my desk to hold pens & pencils. The other new item for the Crow's Nest is Primitive Flower Pots. I wanted something very simple with a touch of "herb" and of course Primitive. Well I got it!
These Flower pots are made with the basic Primitive Glaze like our other pottery but without a sponged rim. Then a Lavender plant with a touch of blue is painted around each piece. Just enough design without taking away from the plant. They all come with their own saucer as well. I just need a little more patience and wait for my plant order to come into the shop so I can fill some of these pots up~

Organic Herbal Soap~Crow's Nest Primitive Shoppe

Here’s a picture of a recent batch of Herbal Soap that my mother and I enjoyed making. They’ve been carefully taken out of the mold and left to cure for at least a month before I wrap each bar in tissue and tie it w/ a sprig of organic Lavender. These soaps are kept in there own special room at my home with the door kept shut and no one is allowed to peek at them until they’re ready. When I open the door to check on them, I’m greeted with the strong scent of Lavender and Rosemary~~~ Awesome! Can’t wait to see how the new Fresh Mint, and Gardeners Soaps come out. Besides creating a Pure & Natural product for my family and customers to enjoy, soap-making has been a wonderful experience that I’m grateful to be able to share with my mother ~