The Stone House Primitives

The Stone House Primitives
A Cottage by the Lake

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


I decided I needed a job…something to get me going in the morning and a place to be needed and appreciated (yes I love my family and they come first but the fact is teenage boys can spare their mom for 4-8 hours a week while their at school).  So what does an at home mom look for for a job?  Well a farmhand of course?!  Yes, I am basically a farmhand two days a week.  I am in charge of feeding, watering, and cleaning up after Alpacas, Llamas, flocks of geese, chickens, and ducks, a heard of sheep and goats, three horses, rabbits, and Guinea hens.  Quail and more goats will be added eventually.
 This little gal is one of my favorites.  So sweet!

 Stinky boy but gotta pet him cuz his fur is so cool!

This is my arch nemesis.  I'm pretty sure he is a Pit Bull/goose cross.
Got me in the butt Monday and today he had a lock jaw on my thigh as I drug him around his pen doing chores LOL! 

I got the second BOM from Buttermilk Basin done.  Love these one night projects!  Click HERE if you'd like to join in on the fun!

The miniature bakery is coming along.  Just look at the cases full of yummy treats!

Isn't this miniature blanket chest beautiful?

I built this miniature table from a kit the other day.  It'll go in the bakery/coffee shop when it's done.

That's it for now!


Friday, February 27, 2015

Boys and the Man Cave

We headed up to the lake house for a day trip to check on things on Wednesday.  The boys rode with:
 Roni Dog on the ride back.

The boys at bedtime…this configuration lasts about 15 seconds at which time CJ gets disgusted with his little brother and moves.

DH updates:
 The garage and Gramp's place are in place and landscaped in the living room.

 A real man's paradise!

Progress on Michelle's Place (apt above the bakery):
The living room with the door and bay window (complete with window seat) installed.
Hoping to get some paint and carpet in there before the end of the weekend!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, ours will be busy finishing up at Gram's to get it ready for the market (finally…it's been 2 1/2 years).


Monday, February 23, 2015

Warm and Cozy

Dollhouse beds:

 Master bed of Gramp's House.  This quilt is all hand stitched (not by me of course) with little bitty pieces.  I finally got it on the bed and all pinned down.

For Michelle's Place above the bakery.

Warm and cozy thoughts to you,

Friday, February 20, 2015

Estate Sale Finds

Today has been a lazy, lazy day for the dogs and I.  Not much on the to-do list today which gave me some time to run over to an estate sale in the next town over.

 bowl $8-, jug $4-, striped crock $2-, lidded crock $5-

 Love my metal sprinklers, this poor guy is missing the wheels but for $1- I didn't care.  Brass hose nozzle $1-, great for car wash days of summer with the boys and their trucks.

Just a few days ago I asked Jene to keep his eyes open for some of these mixing cups at GW or garage sales this Summer because I like to keep common sizes in some of my ingredient containers.
I got all of these for $3- today-they're in the d/w as we speak!
It would have been nice to have this "cutter" when I made those Cherry Oat Bars the other day rather than using the two forks I had to used!

As I said the dogs and I are being lazy today.  Other than going outside for very quick potty trips and Roni playing with his talking ball they have just been waiting for the boys to get home.  About 2:50 Roni will start pacing the house whining and won't stop 'til the boys walk into the back door at 3:05.

Roni outside today in his coat.  He's not happy I am making his where a coat outside (hmmm, typical 14yo!-in dog years that is).  His hair is so thin that he shakes outside.  Not sure if that's just him or if it's because of his past nutrition or because he was so sick when he came to me…his hair is soooo much better than it was four months ago though.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cherry Oat Bars

J loves the Michigan Cherry Oat Bars from Starbucks so I tried to find a recipe that would satisfy his taste buds.  I came close :)

Cherry Oat Bars

2-15oz cans of cherries (NOT pie filling), drained
1/2c sugar
1/3c orange juice
4t cornstarch
2c quick cooking oats
1c flour
1c brown sugar
1/2t salt
1/2t baking soda
3/4c butter, softened

Bring the cherries, sugar, and OJ to a boil.  Reduce heat, add cornstarch, bring back to a boil until thick (approx. 1min).
Let cool (minimum 1hr)

Preheat oven to 350 degree.
Spray a 9x13 glass pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, salt, and soda.  Cut in butter until crumbly.
Pat all but 1 1/2c of crumb mixture into glass pan.  Spread cherry mixture over crumbs.  Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over filling.
Bake for 40-45 min.
Let cool before cutting and serving so that the bars firm up.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

Jene surprised me with 27 roses for Valentine's day for our 27th Valentine's day.  It was so cute, I was in the craft room working when he got home, he had started arranging them in one of the pitchers that I usually put flowers in when he realized that that wasn't gonna work so he called me from the craft room and asked if I had anything bigger.  We decided on a crock.  I love the way it looks!

Hiney and I went for coffee on Valentine's day and on our way we saw an estate sale so we stopped and I found a couple of things.  Everything was half price!

 $3- and $1-

I have also gotten a couple more things made for the dh's.  

A table top pie safe for the bakery.

A little flowery decor for the porch.

One more note.  Do you remember the dh that I mentioned in this post?  Well…thank you all for your encouragement on being strong and resisting the urge to bring it home but… I failed.  I called yesterday to ask if it was still there and it was and it was reduced another $30-…and I caved, and I have no will power and I love it!!!  Jene actually went with me to pick it up and when I asked why he wasn't complaining he said "cuz I know you enjoy working with the houses and they make you happy".  :)

Better get going, got to clean up from breakfast and then head to the scrap yard with a deceased truck.  Never a dull moment around here!  


Friday, February 13, 2015

Clearing and Crafting

Well we have been cleaning out Grandpa and Grandma's house for the last two weekends.  It has been a couple years since we have done any clearing out over there but I am finally able to get it listed for sale.  I found these when we were cleaning, one each from two pairs if children's shoes.

I also got the deck and screen build for the DH the other night.  I love the hanging geraniums on either end.

Ug, I am dozing off as I am typing this post!!!  Better head to bed!

Thank you my friends,