Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Our drawing will be today...a bit later. I want everyone that wants a chance to have one!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

This Week's Featured Crafter

I'd like to introduce you to Karen...she lives in the southeast part of Wisconsin with her husband Doug, They have three married sons, 5 grandchildren, and 2 furry little kitties; Lola and Baby.

She has enjoyed doing Penny Rugs for her own pleasure for the past several
years, and wanted to share her fun with others...after giving away many of her hand crafts. She started selling consignment, then progressed selling to retail stores. Side by sied with her husband, they do home shows and craft shows as well with much success, and now their new venture, their Web Store.

All of their products are made from 'felted' wool felt and backed with the same fabric or homespun. Double facing allows the table runners, mats and wall hangings to lay flat. The designs are exclusively KAREN'S and HAND STITCHED by her as well.
She also designs, draws, and handpaints grungy hang tags.

Karen's designs consist of sheep, willow trees, houses, crows, pineapples, stars, flowers, beehives & bees. For Christmas she has feather trees, gingerbread people, snowmen just to name a few. She also takes special requests.

Besides her Penny Rugs, Karen has added many Primitive - Country Decorative Items to her website, most of them hand made right here in the USA by some wonderfully talented artists, to help you decorate your Primitive home or ‘not so Prim home’

Visit Karen today...she'll have the coffee on! :)

Karen Martinsen
KM Primitives

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Our Halloween drawing is coming up fast! Make sure you have added a comment so you can join in! I will be drawing on October 31st. Celene has very graciously donated her beautiful jewelry. Take a look for yourself. She has some very nice things!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Primitive Times Magazine Ad

Okay! Our very first Co-op ad for Prim Friends Network has been sent to the publisher! We had eight companies participate

Becky from Country Keepsakes Retail
Country Keepsakes Wholesale

Karen from KM Primitives

Kathy from Kittredge Mercantile
Primtive Handmade Directory

Shari K. from Cranapple Christmas

Shari F. from Homespun and Primitives

Rochelle from Cinna-Minnies

Thank you Ladies! You rock! If you like this...we can do it again in December.

I can't wait to see how the ad looks and what results we get! November is usually a very big issue for Prim Times. Keep your eye out for the link here in this blog in November

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Drawing!

Our October 31st Drawing is from Emmy Early Thyme Primitives

This would be a wonderful fall accent for your home. Leave a comment to sign up!


Double Scented Grubby Electric Candle in Cinnamon Vanilla & Pumpkin Crunch Cake. Poured using her special beeswax blend. Comes with 6’ cord with on/off switch. Comes tied with homespun fabric.

I bet this smells yummy :)

Featured Crafter--Celene's Treasure Chest

Celene's Treasure Chest is a country store featuring primitive and rustic country crafts, handmade candles and soaps, vintage and antique items and needful things. Celene started her online store as an extension of her "brick and mortar" store in Coffeen, Illinois. Celene and her crafting partner Pam call themselves Wood n' Whimsy. They make and sell their Wood n' Whimsy products at the Treasure Chest in Coffeen as well as online at Celene's Treasure Chest. Their crafting started a few year ago out of boredom in the slow cold winter months in the backroom of the little country store and has since become a labor of love all year long.

Celene has recently started a new venture called Unique Boutique Jewelry where she sells beautifully handcrafted and vintage jewelry at affordable prices. She offers free shipping on every item in the store anywhere in the USA.

Celene's Treasure Chest Where you'll find Rustic Country and Primitive Crafts and Needful Things

Unique Boutique Jewelry Beautifully handcrafted jewelry at an affordable price!

Primitive Promotions A FREE Crafters Marketing and Promotions Website

Celene's Treasure Chest Blog A Primitive Country Store Blog
Wood n' Whimsy A crafters resource blog with lots of FREE craft patterns, recipes and crafting ideas

Friday, October 17, 2008

Kitty Kat Makedo

Made by Jennifer of Wonders of Whimsy. He needs a new home for the Halloween and Fall season! Go see Jennifer and make arrangements for adoption!

Kitty is 10 inches tall. He is made of osnaburgh that Jennifer has stuffed and hand sculpted paper clay on top. He has been painted with acrylic paint and attached to an old fashioned bobbin. His collar and hat are made of festive cotton fabric and trimmed with old fashioned garland.The bottom has a wooden piece on the bottom, which is painted as well, for stability.


Primitive Times Magazine Ad

I purchased a full page in the next issue of Prim Times Mag. I am offering any of my PFN friends space on my page. We will promote each others business and the Prim Friends Network. Each "vendor" will have at least ONE nice sized pic, a description of her business, and the contact info. We have 6 signed up now. The cost of this is $5 for each site you list. As we get more people signed up, the less it will cost. I would like two more, if I can get them! That would make the ad $3.75 each. Pass the word, let your readers and craft friends know.


I have not heard from Leigh Stonehouse. As you recall...she won our drawing on the 15th. I am going to give her a day or two more, and then we will have a redraw. Ladies, keep your fingers crossed. You have one more chance to win those beautiful apples from Mandy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I printed off ALL the names under each post and cut them up! THEN....I mixed them all up real good (boy! THAT's really nice grammar!) and pulled one out of the pile.

The winner of our Apples from Aunt Manny is: Leigh Stonehouse. I have left her a post on her blog. If she does not come forward in 48 hours. I will draw again. :)
Congratulations Leigh! This is a very nice little "blessing" from Aunt Manny! To tell you the truth...I'm jealous!


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Primitive Times Magazine

Be sure to download the October issue! It's full of great craft ideas and guess what!? Your's truly--Cranapple Christmas--has a full page ad and is the featured crafter for October!!

Okay...I've been toying around with buying ad space in the magazine for the Prim Friends Network. There would have to be a charge to add your name and button, but it would be nominal...probably around $5-$10, even less depending on how many we get to sign up. We can get a full page for around $30 right now. She's having a sale. So if we get 30 people...that would be $1 each. 10 would be $3 each, etc. I am going to reserve one for us. If you want space for the November magazine....let me know in the comments section. If we don't get at least 10 to sign up, I will use half the page for Prim Friends and the other half for Cranapple Christmas.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My! My!

Our readership has jumped this week! Thank you so much! I'm hoping you all are enjoying the blog and doing a little shopping!

Our contest has well over 50 entries as of today! That's pretty cool! The drawing will be held on October 15th! There are so many of you wanting those great apples from Mandy!

Saturday, October 4, 2008


Don't forget to scroll down a few posts to our drawing post. Make a comment and be entered :)

Featured Crafter--Rusty Bucket Prims

Regina was born and raised on farm in Chilhowie, Virginia. She currently lives in the Great Appalachian Mountains of VA in a town called Saltville! She's the mother of one grown daughter, Morgan! I love going to craft shows, antiquing, second hand shops, flea markets and yard sales "anywhere I can find junk, I love my junk!". She also enjoys music, swimming, and most of all crafting anything primitive. I've been crafting most all my life! My mother taught me how to crochet when I was 12 years old and I've been crafting since then! I was hooked from that first day she showed me how to make a granny square! I'm always looking for new things to make!

What or who influences you?
My family mostly, I remember my grandmother making lye soap outside over an open fire! My mother always working on quilts and sewing clothes for our family! I want the younger generation to see how our grandparents and great grandparents lived. I am so happy to see more and more people wanting to learn about our heritage! Everything I make is handmade or hand painted! My older brother Mike has a lot of influence on me, Mike and his wife Dicy have a leather shop and make some of the most beautiful saddles and accessories for horses, he sells on eBay and at his home, he's a wonderful craftsman !

What is your favorite item's to craft?
I love to make olde time lye soaps! I cook my own lard outside in a big wash tub for my soap making! I use my grandmother's recipe for all my lye soaps! I also enjoy working with wood, painting, sewing, anything primitive!

How long have you had your online store?
Rusty Bucket Prims has been open for just a few months! I have really enjoyed having my own website!

How did you come up with the name Rusty Bucket Prims?
I thought a long time on what to name my website, one day I had planted a lot of flowers in some old rusty buckets & enamel pans, I have them sitting everywhere! I had company that day and everyone started calling me the rusty bucket lady! LOL

What do you sell in your online store?
You just never know what I might have listed! I love the unusual and unique!
Old 'n worn country primitives, Folk art, one-of-a-kind items, lye soaps, doll dresses, doll bonnets, stacking/nesting boxes, rusty pins & nails, rag rugs, prim dish rags, grubby dolls, fabric cover boxes & books, decorative painting, seed bags, rusty wire candle holders, grubby candles, old weathered tobacco stick peg racks !

What is your best seller/s?
My biggest sellers are my doll dresses, lye soaps, my rusty pins and nails!

Do you sell wholesale items?
I do sell some wholesale like my lye soaps and rusty pins and nails!

What types of advertising do you like to use to promote your store?
I like to do banner exchanges, plug boards, networking, top sites, and I hand out business cards as much as possible.

With the way the economy is right now, have sales dropped or remained the same for Rusty Bucket Prims?
My sales have picked up in the past month or so. I hear more and more people have started shopping on line so they don't spend on gas! In my case I guess it's been good so far because my sales have been doing better!

What other venues do you use to sell your crafts/wares?
I sell on eBay, Etsy, webshots, and I do a couple of craft shows a year!

Regina's Ebay store:

Regina's Etsy store:

Do you have any advice for crafters who are thinking about opening an online store?
It's a great opportunity to get your wares out and meet a lot of super people!
You can visit Regina at Rusty Bucket Prims

My Website;
My eBay;
My Etsy;
My Web Shots;
My Top Site;
Trina Clark;

Friday, October 3, 2008

Another Great Giveaway

Celene is one of our Prim Friends and I would like to invite you to visit her blog for details on her giveaway. I entered this can to there now: Wood n Whimsy


I woke up to 17 comments on the blog this morning! Thank you ladies for getting the word out about the drawing! I wish you ALL could win!!!! We have a drawing every month, so don't forget us! And remember....October will have TWO drawings. November is shaping up about the same....

I love all you out there reading my blogs. I just want to give back to the Prim community. Remember, if you have a blog and want to be listed, it's free. If you have a business, I have several options for you--all FREE!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Newfound blog that I love....

Picket's Place....
I've been on her blog before, but she has really updated it, and it looks great. Women like her are trying to keep the "country" ways alive. She has some great recipes and family moments on her blog. Take a peek...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

New Drawing....

I have a surprise for all of you! We will be having not one, but TWO, count 'em TWO drawings in October! The first one will be held on October 15th and the second one on Halloween--the 31st!

First up on the agenda is Aunt Manny's Creations. She has very sweetly donated a set of her wonderful apples that are dipped in her own apple cinnamon scented wax. These babies retail for $25, but you can get yours here for FREE--IF you win our drawing. You can't win if you don't play. Leave a comment on any post or email me directly at: Cranapple Place

...and the Winner is!

The winner of our September drawing is Kathy Rhoades from Smithfield, NC! Woohoo! Kathy has won a sweet set of Gingers from Cranapple Christmas. Kathy, I hope you enjoy! They smell so sweet!