Saturday, January 31, 2009

I Was Featured on the Front Page of Etsy Today!

Oh gosh! I just checked my etsy convos and saw a message from kalicat that my Echinops Stems were featured on the front page! That makes my day! Check out the picture below. I feel so inspired to get creative and bring everyone more neat items.

VALENTINE TAGS

We now have 2 sets of Valentine tags available in the shop. With many more to come! We've been busy pouring candles. In between pours we've been cutting and gluing the vintage images on the tags, and bagging them up!

Set A
Set B




ALSO, STAY TUNED FOR THE FEBRUARY VALENTINE GIVEAWAY BEING ANNOUNCED TOMORROW. We might be including these tag sets among the loot!

How Cold Is It? It's So Cold...

That when my wife went out to warm up our "beater car" to pick up my son from daycare, the back windshield cracked and flew everywhere. She called me at work all in a panic explaining that she turned the heater on to heat the window and she heard a pop and a crash. She looked back and this is what she saw.




The car is currently at the shop awaiting a new window. We are so lucky Rowan wasn't sitting in the back of the car when this happened. Ugh!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Custom BLOG Giveaway


Sara over at Graphic Pretties is giving away a custom blog template. You can enter up to 4 times. Hurry over and sign yourself up!

FABRIC GIVEAWAY!


The Fabric Shoppers Blog is giving away 2 Fat Quarter bundles of Anna Maria's new fabric line entitled Good Folks.

Stroll on over and check it out! You can sign up several different ways.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pumpkin*Seed*Primitives & Lazy Snowy Days!


I received a package in the mail today from Terri Gurney over at Pumpkin Seed Primitives. She's such a nice person. I love all her items. Lots of talent here! I hope you all go visit her website today!

I ordered some valentines tags from her to decorate packages with. Also in the box was some fabric she sent along for me to make her some fabric hearts.

Here is a photo she took of some of the last batch. I have so much fun making these. I am toying with the idea of making a downloadable template.



I just love the mustard hues she chose for this batch. I will make these up and send them to her right away. Check her website to see if she makes them available for sale.



Here is Terri's contact information:
Website: www.pumpkin-seed-primitives.com
Etsy Shop: www.pumpkinseedmama.etsy.com

I was just finishing up lunch and went into the den to find our cat Lucky lounging on the top of the sofa. Ah, the life of a feline. She doesn't seem to share my delight in taking pictures of her.





Here she is earlier with her sister siamese Maria AKA "Re Re." They were both rescues from our local animal shelter: The Heart of the Catskills Humane Society.


They love eachother so much! Awww...

BHG American Patchwork & Quilting April 2009 Issue

WOW! I just got the latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens American Patchwork & Quilting and I have to say it is definitely a keeper! I just love the cover and the simple to sew stars!



My favorite article this month was written by Judith Friedman entitled: Romantic Revival. She interviews Robyn Pandolph. We discover her love of all things romantic and pastel! I love the Easter egg wall hanging pictured on page 22. I might have to try that one. Although there is no pattern for it, I'm sure I can work it out on my own. Robyn designs for RJR and is a well known and respected quilting instructor.



Designer Kevin Kosbab shows us how to make a cute bird wall hanging on page 27. I AM going to make this one. The colors are WONDERFUL and very vibrant! (CLICK HERE) to view the page online.



This star and four patch creation was designed by Avis Shirer of Joined at the Hip. (CLICK HERE) to stroll over to their website to buy a kit to complete the quilt. Can you imagine bringing this quilt along on a summer picnic in the park? (CLICK HERE) to see this project on the BHG website!

Although the project tells you to make the flying geese units for the sawtooth star blocks out of a rectangle and 2 squares of fabric (the OLD method), I would recommend this method (CLICK HERE). I use this method with no waste and you get 4 geese units at a time. This is a great tutorial by Life's a Quilt.





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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Monthly Giveaway

Beginning in February we will be offering a monthly giveaway to those who view and post a comment on our blog. Stay tuned for more details.

We will announce the giveaway for February on the 1st. The drawing will be held on the 28th.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Where did January go?

Hi all - I don't know where this past month has gone, but with all the things I've had going on in my schedule it sure has disappeared quite quickly.

I know I haven't spoken of my job much in the past, but day to day my main occupation for the last 8 years has been a Funeral Director. I manage a funeral establishment in a mid size college town. I is a job that can be both very stressful and rewarding at times. It takes a lot of late nights, long days and lots of time away from your family. You can go from having so many calls with too much to accomplish in the time you have available to having so much free time you can't imagine having to paint or clean the gathering spaces for the umpteenth time that year.

This month has been no exception. We've been so busy lately that I've utterly cherished my every other weekend off schedule. Crafting and quilting has become a necessity in my life. It keeps me grounded and sane. It's a time I thoroughly enjoy for myself. Being a funeral director takes dedication to families who are going through quite literally the worst days of their lives. I need to personalize a service to honor their loved one and have everything go off without a hitch. No pressure! We need to coordinate every aspect of the services. With this said, many of the families are making demands of us completely oblivious to the fact that we have 3 other services going on at the same time. Our mantra is "hurry up and wait" and our answer to every question is "yes, we can take care of that for you."

I grew up in the community where I work. When I was getting ready to head to college I had no idea I would ever become a funeral director. My family was in the restaurant business, having run the local diner in town for 12 plus years. I guess that is where I developed my comfort level around people. I got to know everyone in town so it seemed like a natural fit when it came time to start work. Everyone was comfortable with me taking on a job that requires a great amount of trust. Yes, it can be a great test of faith and will at times, literally burying your friends and neighbors. But it's 100% satisfying to know that you could be there to help people when they needed you and that they were kind enough to call you to help manage a very sensitive situation. Sure there have been days when I wanted to turn the phone off and quit, but there have also been days when I couldn't imagine myself doing anything else.

This brings me to my crafting obsession. I love creating things that put a smile on people's faces. I guess that's my way of dealing with the heavy issues I face day to day. I created Catskill Country Cupboard as my therapy outlet to share my happy creations with everyone. Everything we offer has been hand made with love and care. My gift to you.

Valentine's day is fast approaching. Don't wait another day to share with your special someone how much you love them. Here are some more vintage post card images from my collections that you are free to use in projects:






Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Few Updates

Greetings Everyone - we are still working on new Valentine tags for the shop. I wasn't quite happy with the photos I took of the recent tags so we are also working on new display ideas. Stay tuned!

We recently had 2 large wholesale orders come in so please keep that in mind when placing your orders. We hand pour everything one batch at a time. We might need an extra few days to get our retail orders out.

Only 6 more weeks to go an we will welcome baby #2! Big brother Rowan is still contemplating what toys/grandparents he is willing to share. Ha!

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Ryan @ Catskill Country Cupboard

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sharing Some Photos


Hi All - I stopped by one of the local shops today where I have my items to do some updating. I ended up grabbing all the Christmas items and storing them away for next year. I had been busy over the last few weeks pouring candles in new scents to display.

Here are a few photos from the displays we set up. I think Kim does a great job with her shop. I feel very lucky to know someone like Kim who offers space in her store for me to use.


New Valentine Tags in the Shop



These tags are hand made in our shop! We first take the tags and dip them in our very own grubby vanilla/coffee solution. They get baked and dried. They smell GREAT!

We use our vintage Valentine postcard CDs to print out images and then seal them on the tags.

Use them around your home to decorate for the Valentine season. We string ours in a garland above our door.

You get a set of 12 tags as shown. They are cello bagged and tied with a raffia bow. Each tag measures approx. 2 2/4" x 4 3/4".

LOOK FOR NEW TAG SETS WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS!


Thursday, January 15, 2009

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - NEW SCENTS

Our jar candles are hand poured right in our shop! We use 100% Soy wax and lead free wicks. Why choose a soy candle? Soy burns cleaner than paraffin to help promote a healthy home. Our candles are now dye free for a better burn. Try one today. Buying candles made of soy wax supports USA farmers!

http://catskillcountrycbrd.etsy.com
http://www.catskillcountrycupboard.com
http://imjustaguywhoquilts.blogspot.com

Take a look at our new scents:

Angel Food Cake - The aroma of fresh baked angel food cake with just the right amount of almond top notes. You will be in Heaven!

Autumn Magic - Autumn comes to life in this magical fragrance. Autumn magic starts with top notes of lemon and apple; followed with middle notes of anise, cinnamon, and ginger; sitting on well-rounded base notes of woods, musk, and vanilla.

Bermuda Triangle - An excellent blend of canteloupe, honeydew, and watermelon; with citrus top notes of mandarin, tangerine, grapefruit and lime; with just a hint of juicy McIntosh apples.

Best Friends - A wonderful aromatic blend of boysenberries, elderberries, strawberries, guava and pomegranate with a down of soft vanilla.

Birthday Cake - Sure to be our next best selling fragrance! A great cake scent with a undertone of vanilla.

Black Cherry Bomb - This black cherry will literally burn your nose hairs out..it's so strong! A delightful cherry aroma that is not too sickening sweet.

Buttermilk Pancakes - Are you hungry? You will be after smelling this mouth-watering buttermilk pancakes fragrance! A well-rounded fragrance composed of notes of rich buttermilk, freshly baked cake, sweet cream butter, and maple syrup; nice lingering vanilla base note. We love it!

Cherry Crumb Pie - A combination of sweet black cherries and sour cherries with a base note of a freshly baked southern flake crust.

Cinnamon Yum Yums - A creative twist on spice. Natures Garden's Cinnamon Yum Yums fragrance begins with top notes of cinnamon and clove; followed by middle notes of fresh danish, lily of the valley, and jasmine; with base notes of vanilla, nuts, and yeast.

Duck Farts - Oh don't act like you aren’t intrigued :) A great smooth fruit fragrance that smells as wonderful as its name is odd.

Fireside
- A combination of red hot cinnamon and ground cloves.

Fruity Loops - This fragrance begins with top notes of lemon rinds, lime, and grapefruit; middle notes of lemongrass, lily, and verbena; and base notes of vanilla sugar. Just like the cereal.

Ginger Peach - An great mixture of fresh ginger and ripe peaches to make one of the best fruity fragrances on the market.

Home Sweet Home - A Yankee duplication. Spicy (cinnamon and clove) with rose and ylang ylang. For use in candles, potpourri, and incense.

Lemon Pound Cake - Sweet Lemons, Raw Sugar, Grapefruit, Vanilla Extract, Rum Tonka Bean, Butter Cream, Vanilla Creme, White Musk.

Maple Toddy - A blend of rich maple, creamy vanilla, soft butter spiked with the essence of rum.

Monkey Farts - A juicy fruit medley of peach, strawberry, pineapple, coconut and orange blended with creamy vanilla and an exotic musk.

Pearamal - Absolutely, hands-down, one of the strongest and most scrumptious scents you will ever smell! Pearamel fragrance begins with top notes of granny smith apples, pears, and black cherries; followed by middle notes of caramel and maple sugar; and rounded out with base notes of buttercream and vanilla. You will be amazed!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- A rich combination of sweet pineapples, vanilla flavored cake, with hints of orange zests, butter, and brown sugar.

Strawberry Passion - A rich ripened strawberry fragrance with bottom notes of cotton candy and French vanilla.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Valentine's Day Sneek Peek

Oh my! Here's a sneak peek at one of the latest projects we're completing for Valentine's Day! We should have these tag sets available for sale in the shop by next weekend. Stay tuned! Don't they look neat all drying on the clothes rack?



Here are a few Valentines postcards for your crafting glee! Happy to share!

Poor old cupid. He's got the whole world on his shoulders.


A big feathery hat on a pretty dame.


Two cherubs mending broken hearts.


Another cherub wheeling a big heart.


Here are two vintage sucker tags. Just print and insert lollies.

New Fabrics Arrived!

Just opened the mail left on the porch today and was happy to see the fabrics I ordered arrived. Yay! I feel an all day craft bender coming on! I have always been a more primitive/traditional style person. Just recently I've been interested in the newer fabrics available by those great modern designers. I thought these fabrics would look great as heart bowl fillers, don't you? Or perhaps a small apron or two?

Elizabeth House, Lizzy Dish


Wendy Slotboom, Feathered Friends


Michelle Engel Bensko, Dogwood in Pinks


Michelle Engel Bensko, Dogwood in Reds


Michelle Engel Bensko, Dogwood in Greens

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

2008 Wrap Up!

Hi there everyone! I wanted to take the time and wrap up a few things I've been meaning to post about. We've been working on Valentine and Easter items for the shop, but before I get to far along, I want to share a few things with you.

This year my son and I participated in our first swap. The Mommy Holly Christmas Children's Book Swap. We had so much fun shopping for the swap, wrapping everything up and sending it out.

Here is a photo of the box we sent out.


Our swap box arrived shortly after the one we sent out. Rowan was so excited to open everything. The first thing he spotted was a stuffed gingerbread boy. Hhmmmm... could that be a clue?


Oh! The first thing opened. Blue stiry things.


Wow, the new candy land game! We were just checking it out at the store.


Rowan loves to read. A new book for bedtime.


The loot on display! A gingerbread themed bounty. Thanks swap partners for making this so fun for all of us.
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