Fickle March

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! http://www.fronteraroots.com

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 !!!!

SPRING 2018 SNEAK PEEK!

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 asimplelifemagazine@gmail.com or visit our website to renew! http://www.asimplelifemagazine.com   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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

 

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

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Spring 2018 Sneak Peek Cover!

Happy Anniversary Simple Life! I can’t believe it but we’re starting our 9th year! Our Spring issue went to press a little bit early so hopefully it will be shipping in the next two weeks or so. If you need to renew or subscribe, go to our website at http://www.asimplelifemagazine.com or give us a call at 806-748-0700.  You can also visit a shop near you!

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I’m headed out to Valley Forge tomorrow for our Wholesale Market! I look forward to seeing all of our awesome shops and meeting some new customers! Always a fun time in Pennsylvania! Hope you’ll come see me if you’re attending!

 

Ketchup…

… Not the red kind you put on fries, but the Catch Up kind where we reconnect after an absence.  I was thinking it had been months since I shared with my blog friends but when I looked back its only been a couple of three weeks. Ok, so that didn’t really count since it was just a New Years photo.

Lets see, since we last visited, I wrapped up my Christmas photography in Alabama (Jan 2nd), I went to Gift Market in Atlanta – EEEK! Folks, now THAT is a big city! I road the MARTA (which is like a subway train) through downtown every day to get to the ginormous facility where market is held. I’ve never been on a subway or train before so that was an interesting adventure in, an of itself. Thank goodness I was with Josh and Gary or I would never have done it. This is just one of the escalators to get up to ground level …

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The reason you don’t see tons of people is because they only let so many on at once or it breaks! I have been to America’s Mart before, but only to the temporary booth section during a MUCH SMALLER market years ago. But I’m tellin’ ya, this place is bigger than the town I lived in in Texas! I heard on the announcements one day that there were 2000 permanent showroom booths and 4000 temporary booths open.

I’ve been home the last week, working on the spring issue. One fine afternoon I had unexpected company. Not very often do guests find their way up on Walkers Knob.

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Now the very  next day looked like this:

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And like most of you – the temps were just bitter cold. Of course that is always the time Todd goes off to a horse sale and I get to do farm chores! But I survived, as did all the cattle and horses and now it’s a balmy 58 degrees.

I worked on my Carpetbag website a little bit this afternoon and added a couple new bags if you’d like to take a gander there …  http://www.elranchofrontera.com

Gosh, I guess that’s about it for me. Rather boring post this time! I could show you a photo that would make you laugh, but I won’t. Let me just leave you with this thought … dyed Turquoise hair … mmm-hmmm … wait til the  next video ….