Saturday Evening

Good evening!  I think it’s official – Spring never existed!  I believe we went straight from Winter to Summer. Although, with that said, I think we are going to have a cooling next week. Sad to see so many are suffering from severe storms across the country though.

The recent Simple Goods show was a huge hit! I had a wonderful time and want to thank everyone who came out to see us at our new location in Berlin, Ohio. Berlin is a quaint town in the middle of Ohio Amish Country. The new facility was spacious and incredible. If you missed the spring show – be sure and put the fall show on your calendars for Nov. 3rd. Here’s just one corner of the Simple Life booth!


That reminds me too, that discounted admission tickets are now on sale for our Days of the Pioneer Antique show on Sept. 14th and 15th! As you know, all the money raised at this event goes directly to support the museum. This is going to be our best year yet so I hope you’ll join us!

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I always like to share good things I’ve found or experienced like books, movies, events etc. Although this is not historical or primitive – I’ve been binge watching six seasons of the television show, “Parenthood.”  It is so great and while I saw (and cried through)  the final episode last night, today I feel like I lost a dear friend! Check it out on Hulu. It’s wholesome and so real – you’ll find yourself reliving many moments that have probably happened in your own families. The excellent sound tracks throughout all six seasons is an added bonus!

After Simple Goods, I went up to Alliance, Ohio and picked up our newest family member! Meet “Folsom!”  I met Folsom last fall at a book signing event at Bridgewater Primitives. Lesa, the owner, knows I love dogs and support dog rescue so she had their local shelter bring a dog for the event and encouraged guests to bring food to donate. I fell in love with this boy – but was not in a position to get him then.  Sadly we lost our senior dog in January and as our hearts mended, we knew we were ready for a new boy on the farm.  “Opie” was his name at the shelter and sadly he had been there for over 3 years.  After watching him at the open house last fall I knew he was a wonderful dog that was well socialized. The owner of the shelter told me that Opie made other dogs better and that they always put dogs with severe anxiety in with him and they always got adopted but he didn’t.  Well Folsom is now the love of our lives and we absolutely adore him. He is perfect! Please friends, when considering a new pet for your home – go and save a life at your local shelter. So many amazing animals are in need of your love! And you might just find that they end up rescuing YOU! I know Folsom rescued ME!


Lynne and I are having a huge update on our jewelry website this evening! Stop by if you get a minute, we’d love to have you visit!

Have a beautiful evening and special Sunday tomorrow! Thank you for dropping by for a visit!
Until next time,




Summer Issue Headed your Way!

Our 2018 Summer issue will be shipping at the end of next week! Here’s a few sneak peeks! To renew your subscription, subscribe, buy a single issue or find a shop near you, visit our website at http://www.asimplelifemagazine, or give us a call at 806-748-0700!

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We’re honored to share the AMAZING home of John & Annette Tom. It’s a privilege to share one of the best collections in our industry as well as one of the finest dealers in the pages of A Simple Life.

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The awesome Illinois home of Rachel Engel!  A great story about a labor of love!
Rachel restored her home with the help of family – to make a warm and welcoming home for her three boys.
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he home West Virginia home of Vernon and April Santee is filled with love and decorated with April’s wonderful touch! 
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Visit the Massachusetts gardens of Bud and Louise Villa (TOP) and Art and Vicki Martin (BOTTOM) !!
Join us for an informative article on 
Water Witching, Making Biscuits, Gardening and so much MORE!  

March Lions or Lambs?

Good Sunday afternoon!

March is definitely going out like a lion here on Walkers Knob Road. We got 9″ of snow yesterday! That was our biggest snowfall of the year at one time. It arrived on the heels of a 3″ snow last week.  Nothing like our friends in New England got earlier, but still enough for us! I love snow days! That is the beauty of moving to Virginia – experiencing all four seasons.

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These photos are from last week …

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This is the time of year I am home the most. A big majority of my photo shoots involve outdoor photos so I don’t travel a lot for that until spring. So it’s wonderful to be home during big snows – everything seems to just automatically slow down and gets quiet. Of course the fireplace never stops crackling.

I get to enjoy making jewelry in the evenings during these days at home and I’ve had another website update recently.   Making jewelry is very relaxing in front of the fire. Take a peek when you have a minute:       

I don’t have a lot to report, but didn’t want you to forget me! I have been working hard on the Summer 2018 issue, and I’m going to give you a teeny sneak peak at the cover! It hasn’t been shown anywhere else yet, and won’t be unveiled for a few more weeks. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks coming soon! It’s shaping up to be an awesome issue that promises GREEN GRASS and FLOWERING PLANTS!

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Oh, I just thought of something, (I’m actually thinking about food and that reminded me!) Do you all have an Air Fryer yet? A good friend of mine, who knows all about my kitchen situation (or lack thereof) told me that she had gotten her husband one for Christmas and they love it. I invested in a Phillips from Amazon and I LOVE IT TOO! I’m not sure how I survived without it before, because I use it everyday! You can literally cook just about anything in it and it’s healthier! Give it a try if you don’t already have one! It’s a fresh salmon and asparagus night here!

Have an awesome evening … until next time! Jill


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The beauty of March – you never know what you’re going to get and I kind of like it!

Ducks and geese swimming on the pond yesterday…

And today we have this!

Makes for a good day to sit by the fire and create. I don’t get that luxury very often, so sometimes snow days are welcomed on Walkers Knob!

My friend, Lynne Oppenheimer and I have started a new jewelry website together! Stop by and see us!

Has it been a month?!

Well, almost! I could not believe it when I logged on to do a post and saw my last post was from February 11th. The worst part is, I’m not sure where I’ve been for the last 30 days! ha! After arriving home from Wholesale Market we did get the Spring issue sent out to all our wonderful readers, and then I hit the road to Michigan with one of our Editors, James Cramer.

We had a wonderful ten day trip filled with a lot of great food, the best fellowship and even some great photo making. Jimmie was celebrating a birthday and we ended up making it a week long occasion!

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We did some photography at Cheryl Jones cabin, which is always a treat. The morning before we got started we visited what we have named the “Prop House,” in Battle Creek – Horrack’s! If you’ve ever been to BC or live in that area, Horrack’s is like a huge indoor farmers market kind of grocery store. They have fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, gourmet popcorn made onsite, a gourmet chocolate bar … I could go on an on! They have vegetables I’ve never seen before. All of this makes for a photographer’s dream come true!

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We did some beautiful photography at the incredible home of Jane Wallace. Jane is one of the premier folk artists of our time and her home is a reflection of her incredible taste and design sense. Coming to an issue of A Simple Life!

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We also went up to Wheeler, Michigan for a revisit with our old friend Sharon Lytle. We photographed Sharon’s home and outlying cabins for our very first  issue of A Simple Life back in 2010!  She has been in some other feature articles and books but it was time for a re-do! Sharon never disappoints and you guys are going to LOVE what she has done to her home!

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Later in the week, Jimmie and I went to the charming town of Geneva, IL to visit our pal, Sandy Thuer. Her and Jimmie have a lot in common and had never met, so a lunch date was imperative! What a great treat that was for all of us!

It was a great trip and one we won’t soon forget !!!!


Our upcoming Spring 2018 issue promises to be another wonderful edition! Four incredible homes, a Log Cabin Museum, an informational article on Tape Looms with lots of great examples, recipes and all the usual favorites! Shipping in less than two weeks – you don’t want to miss this issue my friends! Give Kay a call at 806-748-0700, email us at or visit our website to renew!   Also visit your favorite antique shop!

I am incredibly honored to be able to to bring dealer and American antiques Icon Marge Staufer to the pages of A Simple Life. Marge has been making her mark on our industry for over 60 years. She truly was one of the pioneers in this business in so many ways – one that stands out is being among the very first to move a dismantled New England home to Ohio. Through this article I hope to honor and uplift Marge for the incredible dealer, early restorationist, preservationist and icon that she is today!




Our Spring Sneak Peek Continues with the wonderful Ohio home of Roger and Bobbie Pries! Amazing antiques, early house and awesome gardens! What a privilege for A Simple Life!





The home of Robert and Robert Patsy Martin has been a reader favorite over the years. We visited Patsy back in 2011 for Christmas, and she has appeared in other various features often. In the upcoming Spring 2018 issue, we show Patsy’s bedrooms – which weren’t seen back in 2011. This promises to be another READER FAVORITE! She has a Gentleman’s Room, Woman’s Room and Children’s Room!





Allen and Jean Gilliland have an early American collection in their home, as well as a wonderful primitive collection in the log cabin on their property. The best of both worlds!





We focus on early Tape Looms in this issue, with an informative article from Helen Pringle. Many fine examples illustrate it!