Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Ballad of Befana- Phylis McGinley

Befana the Housewife, scrubbing her pane,
Saw three old sages ride down the lane,
Saw three gray travelers pass her door--
Gaspar, Balthazar, Melchior.

"Where journey you sirs?" she asked of them.
Balthazar answered, "To Bethlehem,
for we have news of a marvelous thing,
Born in a stable is Christ the King".

"Give Him my welcome!" Then Gaspar smiled,
"Come with us, mistress, to greet the Child".

"Oh happily, happily, would I fare,
Were my dusting through and I'd polished the stair".

Old Melchior leaned on his saddle horn,
"Then send but a gift to the small Newborn".

"Oh, gladly, gladly I'd send Him one,
Were the hearthstone swept and my weaving done,
"As soon as ever I've baked my bread,
I'll fetch Him a pillow for His head,
And a coverlet too, " Befana said.

"When the rooms are aired and the linen dry,
I'll look at the Babe".
But the three rode by.

She worked for a day and a night and a day,
Then, gifts in her hands, took up her way.
But she never could find where the Christ Child lay.

And still she wonders at Christmastide,
Houseless, whose house was all her pride,

Whose heart was tardy, whose gifts were late;
Wanders, and knocks at every gate,
Crying, "Good people, the bells begin!
Put off your toiling and let love in."

Befana is the Italian gift giver. Befana is an old woman who
missed her chance to travel with the Magi to Bethlehem, to worship the newborn Jesus.
Befana is forever searching for the manger, carrying her gifts for the Child.
On January 6th, she distributes some gifts to the good children of Italy~those who not lived up
to expectations get only a bag of ashes.

Don't forget to hang your stockings!

*An Early Primitive Stocking*

A Lovely Christmastime

Beautiful homes decorated in New Oxford for the season
Oxford Bed & Breakfast
My favorite backyard scene
* Our home lit by candles & the Christmas tree *

A Neighborly Thing......

Today during this Wintery Sunday, my husband decided to finish clearing our long driveway out with his "toy" snowblower. After an hour, I called everyone in to have a country style eggs with thyme, sage sausage, country wheat bread, oj and hazelnut coffee. Yum. While eating in our cozy kitchen, we couldn't help but watch our young neighbors try to plow their way out of a deep driveway that was completely closed by the snow plows during the night. My husband walked over with his snow blower and assisted the young man with his driveway. We never had the chance to meet this young couple....they are new to our area and since we do not live in a "neighborhood"- there are no block parties, or neighborhood block watch committees where neighbors meet one another. So today was the day!
2 hours ago there was a knock on our was the young neighbor. He and his wife were baking Christmas cookies and decided to deliver a dozen delicious cookies!! I love this time of year.....and it's so much fun meeting other folks in the snow! Remember acts of kindness all year long!
Stay warm and cozy*

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The love in your heart
wasn't put there to stay~
love isn't love till
it's given

*More Great Reads*

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Three more great books for the Christmas season......"Cosmic Christmas" was a gift for my oldest daughter- from her Aunt Debbie. "It's a Wonderful Life" was a gift to me- from my sister Debbie.
And "Flight Of The Reindeer" was a gift from well.....Santa of course!
Each evening before bed- I read one of the holiday favorites from our collection to our youngest. My oldest daughter wanted to start her own tradition- baking Christmas cookies and watching some of the best classics with her baby sister. It warms my heart how traditional roles are past down from generation to generation.
Today after church our youngest received another addition to her own Christmas story books from her Uncle Doug & Aunt Eva/Godparents - "The Christmas Baby". Can't wait to read this story tonight at bedtime. : )

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cozy up with Carl's Christmas

"Good Dog Carl" books have always been my favorite to read- and not just to the youngsters. During my days teaching pre-k and kindergarten, I always packed my Carl books into my teacher backpack for circle time! My beloved Bella was a pure bred Rottweiler-she wasn't as famous as Carl.....well, I wouldn't have said that to her- Bella WAS famous in her own way. She was the neighborhood socialite, the mail mans best friend {and that is the truth, he brought her treats every morning}, my room mate & cozy up baby during the winter months in our little city home. I continued reading Carl books to my oldest kiddo's and now to my youngest daughter who enjoys looking at the beautiful pictures in all Carl books. Alexandra Day is a very talented lady!
I'm not even sure I have a favorite Carl book......however, Carl's Afternoon in the Park is probably one, but wait.....there's Good Dog Carl, Carl goes Shopping, Carls Birthday, Carl makes a Scrapbook......well, you get the picture! >^..^<


"Father Christmas"....a collectable from my mother. : )
Very primitive looking- this candy cane was created by a woman from Gettysburg.
This particular style of her primitive candy cane speaks volumes in "time worn".....I love it!
This sweet little reproduction of a vintage snowman was created by Simple Dimple creator Jeanne Wagman. I love his mini pine cone buttons.
This is one of my favorite primitive -reproduction- farm signs.....a Gettysburg crafter created this cool sign from old barn wood. Can't part with it now hangs in our "brick room" the original part of our farmhouse.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Simple Dimple Primitives Seasonal Items

*Farmhouse Shirt
Little girls prairie dress
Early candle holder with grungy candle
~ Christmas invitation~
Hello all,
Here are a few items from Simple Dimple Primitives.
Some items are at the Red Lion Bed & Breakfast for Grandma's Holiday Show. I think my favorite ornament is the little knitted red long john.
If you haven't been to the Red Lion Bed&Breakfast for their holiday show, this weekend {4th,5h&6th} is the last weekend. Last weekend was a great turnout!!
Stay warm & cozy!

Tree Trimming Night

What a fun afternoon! Finding the "perfect imperfect" Christmas tree took some time- and effort. My family decided this year- we will not purchase a freshly cut tree from a local nursery- we thought it would be fun to cut our own....{legally of course} but in support of a local retired man who grows various evergreens just for folks like us! {I won't get all global on you- but I do carry the guilt from purchasing trees in the past from tree industries}
Watching these two work on the decorations was a lot of fun.....especially when the cat was trying to climb up into the tree!
Who wants cocoa & cookies??!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

"Santa once joked that if he
didn't have help,
New York City would
take him half the night."

Al Roker-
meteorologist & Helper ~

Chocolate Mint Coffee

1/2 c. whipping cream
2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 oz. German sweet chocolate~grated
2 cups of strong hot coffee
8 Tbsp. peppermint schnapps
chocolate curls

Beat cream with sugar & vanilla until soft peaks form.
Fold in grated chocolate. Pour hot coffee evenly into 4 mugs & add 2 Tbsp. schnapps to each. Spoon on whipped cream. Garnish with chocolate curls & serve immediately.

Dear George:

Remember, no man is a failure
who has friends.
Thanks for the wings!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Day Fun!

*Give overnight guest breakfast in bed~
*Have an "open house" Christmas night~ encourage folks to "stop by" it will give a nice break in your day!
*Play music, say a prayer, light candles, kiss under the mistletoe & take pictures so you can remember THIS Christmas all year long!
*Gather your friends and family for a fun night of Christmas caroling

"It's good to be children sometimes, & never better than at Christmas."
~Charles Dickens

Must be love.....or who's the prettiest

What is it about these two? As I try to dig out Christmas decorations- they love getting in my do what....have a stare down?!

Christmas is coming......

Every year when the holiday season approaches I find myself trying to "fit in" more "stuff".
Whether it's more decorating, more events for Simple Dimple or volunteering for charity, it seems I can never "FIT" in all the "STUFF"!
This year I am dedicating more time for charitable events. My oldest daughter and I will be assisting our church with wrapping presents for city residents who are less fortunate. I have been packing my car with clothes, toys and gently used blankets for homeless shelters and still I'm feeling as if I'm not doing enough!
With all that, I can honestly say that what has been taking place in my wee little world is wonderful. I'm happy, healthy & wise {or make that witty} ha ha ha!

Simple Dimple Primitives will be at the Red Lion B&B one last weekend for their holiday show.
I'm proud to announce the show has been a success! This show was easy for me- I didn't really need to "work" at all.....but there is nothing like having your own little shop to sell items that reflect who you are and what your shop is all about. That's the fun part! As I closed up shop for the season I found myself wishing April would be right around the corner- but then I slapped myself back into reality and reminded myself I've got some work to do!
I plan to keep you all up to date on the face lift of Simple Dimple Primitives!!
Until then- enjoy this cozy day. It's raining here in PA, but I have a toasty fire burning as my wee-one sleeps on the couch with Piglet. : )

Friday, November 20, 2009

Confessions of a Mad Italian Woman!

Today I had lunch with a good family friend- you could say Jeanne is more like a family member than a friend. We were strolling down memory lane- you see, Jeanne was my very first neighbor I had when I moved into the city. We could literally reach out our kitchen windows and chat! Jeanne had the prize flower garden......her vegetable garden was a culinary kitchens dream.....but most of all she and her husband were great neighbors to me. As we chatted today about our city dwelling lifestyle in the 80's, we talked about the holidays past and present. Then came confession time! My first turkey for Thanksgiving- for me it was a total mess- a 100% breakdown- not the typical daughter of an Italian cook who could whip up great dishes blind folded. Apparently, while my sister and brother were learning the great skills of my father {and mother, however she loved the fact daddy cooked!} somewhere in the house I must have been too busy reading "TIGER BEAT" magazine.....or watching "The Partridge Family". {Did I just admit that?}
I shopped for a "fresh young" turkey just as my parents would have. Brought the bird home....put the 19.5 pounder in my refrigerator and set my alarm clock for 5:30 AM to get up and stuff the bird and get it in the oven in time to cook so I can impress my family and friends.
I woke up excited- ran down to my kitchen- put on my fancy pink playtex rubber gloves {I was not going to touch that raw bird with bare hands!!}
But something was very wrong......while unwrapping this fresh young turkey- the legs seemed "frozen" and they were wired together with what looked like a wire hanger. The more I examined this "fresh young thing"- I couldn't help but think it was FROZEN! The market guy lied to me!! I was so frustrated that as I lifted the turkey out of my kitchen sink- it flew out of my hands onto the floor! Thank goodness my dog was still sleeping!
This is where the "Mad Italian Woman" comes in......I became so frustrated with this "turkey,thing, frozen lie" that I kicked it- and broke what I called it's rib cage- later finding out its true name is "breast bone". After a good cry, I cleaned up the once 19.5 pound turkey- and other foreign body parts- um, where in the heck did they come from- I phoned my parents feeling my inner child coming out - my mother knew exactly what to say as always. My father just happened to have a FRESH YOUNG PENNSYLVANIA RAISED turkey in his refrigerator! How did he know that his youngest daughter was going to kick an already dead turkey to death?!
Thanksgiving Day dinner was rescheduled for 6:00 PM instead of the early afternoon gathering of friends and family at my little city home that year- but it was one of the best!
I couldn't take any credit for the turkey......but I can now boast about my turkey dinners of today! I don't eat turkey, but my family and friends are pretty impressed with my special secret herbs and seasonings that go into cooking the FRESH YOUNG TURKEY! I still wear my fashionable playtex gloves- {just can't get myself to touch a naked turkey} but I handle the 20+ pound turkey with TLC. I set my alarm clock for 5:30 AM, run downstairs to begin the preparations. No kicking or screaming- no swearing in Italian- it's all good!
I do make sure that my dogs are still sleeping just incase the large fowl decides to take a flying leap out of the kitchen sink! ; )

Funny thing is.... I found out there is a Turkey Hotline: #1-800-323-4848 they talk turkey talk~ ~ Gobble Gobble


Gratitude is the sign of nobel souls- Aesop

Santa's Favorite Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 Cups powdered sugar
1 cup of butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda

Sift the powdered sugar and add it to the softened butter. Cream well. Add the vanilla, almond extract, and egg.
Mix well. Sift together the flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda, and add it to the creamed mixture.
Refrigerate several hours.
On a lightly floured surface- roll the dough very thin. Cut into your favorite holiday shapes and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees - for about 8 minutes, or until they are barely golden.
Don't forget to save some for SANTA!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Just a little sweetness......

Blow the horns, beat the drums,
We'll all be happy when CHRISTMAS comes;
Nuts and gingerbread, sugar plums.
We'll all be happy when CHRISTMAS comes!

Candy Canes & Stuff

Candy Canes are at Simple Dimple Primitives! These cute primitive candy canes are created by Jeanne Wagman. Each cane comes with a homespun tie & festive embellishment.
We are getting prepared to enter Grandma's Holiday Craft Show hosted by The Red Lion Bed & Breakfast, in Red Lion PA. The gracious owners, Dani & George will be holding this event in 2 floors of their B&B. The show will run for 16 days, with 84 crafters! If you are interested in more information- log onto their link:
Simple Dimple's shop will be closing for the winter season- going into "hibernation" on November 22nd. BUT....there will be updates on here so we can keep everyone in the loop for new items to come for spring.....which I can't even think about spring-yet!
I recently received an e-mail regarding some of the items we sell at Simple Dimple Primitives. We WILL ship to you, but we do not have a website or etsy to sell from- sorry, I love having the "wood&wood" shop here on my property- plus....time is precious so I don't want to take any "free time" away from the cottage for online sales. : )
As the holidays approach, we here at Simple Dimple Primitives thought it would be fun to have a Holiday Cookie Recipe swap- just post your favorite recipe.....maybe you have Auntie Mae's famous Gingerbread Man cookie recipe......or your Mothers mouth watering Chocolate Chunk oooey-goooey cookies? {sorry- that would be my favorite!}
Christmas is my favorite holiday- for many reasons. While you are out and about shopping, gathering your decorations, trimming the tree or hosting family/friends these next few weeks- to take a step back and remember those who are most important to you.
Christmas comes but once a year- but LOVE is the whole year thru!
Until next time.....stay warm & cozy!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The beginning of the Holiday Season.....

* sweet tooth sweets *

Saturdays Holiday Craft Festival traffic wasn't as heavy as we had hoped. However Judy, Jeanne and myself met some very interesting folks as well as a very talented baker- Christine Munoz, owner/baker of sweet tooth sweets. I not only rave about her delicious treats, {I should know first hand I ate 2 cupcakes....and more!} , I also rave about her talent to promote her bake goods. Her booth looked as if you were walking into a Manhattan bakery/deli- you know that great little place where you always need to go back for your favorite pastry?! We hope to feature Christine here at Simple Dimple Primitives during our 2010 events! Watch out ACE OF CAKES!
Next Judy and I will be "tweeking" here and there.....working on this and that is probably the best way to describe our calendar of events at this time. There are SO many things we want to do....with SO little time to fit it all in!
Simple Dimple Primitives will be having a final END OF SEASON SALE for the month of November, plus attending another Holiday Show & Event before going into hibernation.
Until next time.....stay cozy!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Introducing "Bertha Dell" & "Aurelia"

Bertha Dell & Aurelia are two of Jeanne Wagmans creations for Simple Dimple Primitives.
These two darling garden gals will be heading out to the Holiday Craft Festival on Saturday.
But before they prepare to travel- we are offering our readers a chance to purchase them.
Each doll comes with a story tag. Each doll is an original- there are never duplicate "gals" - so you will own a "one and only".
If you are interested in one or both- please e-mail me for more information.

The fall pumpkin decoration is also a creation by Jeanne. We have one left!! If interested- please contact me by e-mail!

Stay cozy!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The End of Halloween Night......

To end our Halloween night it was Trick or Treat for the wee-one. New Oxford is known for it's beautiful historic homes and antique shops. This display out front of the Center Square Antique Center just caught my eye. Beautiful!
Hope you all had a Happy Halloween~
Until next time, stay safe and warm in your cozy homes.
Here is Judy or Mrs. Cat......her new holiday displays are gorgeous!! If you haven't stopped in her shop yet you are certainly missing out!! Thank you Judy for a fun afternoon! And don't forget to thank that nice man who was to be scary!

And at the very end of our Goblin path were some very delicious ghoulish treats.....and a very nice Witch too!

Remnants of the Owl Valley Cemetery..........creepy!!
This guy was NOT going to stop us from getting to those treats!

A Goblin in the Garden!

Today I took my little Goblin- well make that "Princess Cinderella" to the Goblins in the Garden Halloween event hosted by Judy Bono owner of The Gardener of the Owl Valley. Thanks Mother Nature for holding off on the rain! We followed a natural path covered with the biggest leaves ever according to "Princess Cinderella"! Our Goblin search looked like this......

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Goblins in the Garden

This photo is the Halloween display at The Gardener of the Owl Valley. Owner Judy Bono- will be hosting a wonderful event on October 31st, Saturday {Halloween Day} from Noon until 4:30. Plenty of surprises and treats as you follow her woodland trail. It's a chance to take your little goblins out and for you to enjoy the outdoors. Her shop is filled with a great selection of home decor items, gifts, jewelry and more!
Don't forget to dress up!!
Goblins in the Garden
Saturday- October 31st Noon- 4:30

I can't help but love Autumn! These photos were taken in Gettysburg while taking an afternoon walk around Little Round Top. The leaves were perfect in color.....the sun was shinning and the scent of fall was in the air! Perfection!

Look for the sign....

I've been told that it's pretty hard to find Simple Dimple Primitives while driving {the speed limit I'm sure!} on Lincoln Highway-West. So I decided to post a picture of the sign- with the big gray cat. You really can't miss the cat. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that a much larger sign will be approved by our township supervisor {aka "The Man"} husband and I know the perfect spot for a new you can't miss no matter how fast or slow you are driving!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Perfect day to enjoy the outdoors......Autumn was surrounding us!
I love afternoons like this.....too bad we can't bring the outside- inside our home! {without having those tiny critters knocking down the door!}

Good night & Sweet dreams in your cozy home!

A sign of Autumn.....

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Our "SALE DAY" should have been titled: "COLD-WET&RAINY SALE DAY".
Or this would have really been a shoppers incentive: the wetter you are- the more you save!?
With the pouring rains and cold cold temperatures our sale day went as planned.
We sold a lot of furniture, and our specialty gift items were a hit!
Another sale will be planned before Simple Dimple goes into "hibernation". I'm sure I mentioned this before.....however, gentle reminders now and then certainly don't hurt! : )

Simple Dimple will be attending a holiday craft show and sale November 7th. More information to come......this is also a way to get readers to "tune in" again! ; )

Stay warm & cozy in your homes....until next time~
Good Night & Sweet Dreams

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Meet "Hildi" created by Jeanne Wagman.
Hildi is dressed her best....hoping to win the Halloween contest!
Gotta love those pointy witchy boots!
Jeanne Wagman~creator for Simple Dimple Primitives
working on the Halloween display. Spooky stuff Jeanne!
**25% off SALE this Saturday!! {10/17}**

Monday, October 12, 2009

What it's all about......

I'm so doing this backwards! I should have introduced Simple Dimple Primitives in the first post on here! Friends of the blogging world suggested I introduce my shop and go from there.
So.....Simple Dimple Primitives is housed in a little red cottage that was built in the early 1950's to compliment the one room schoolhouse that sits across the road from our property. The cottage was used by the {3rd generation} farmers wife. She sold pies, jellies, jams and antique oil lamps. Odd combination of items to sell, but she also gave tours of the farm and told stories of the civil war to tourist coming to and from Gettysburg PA. Our home and cottage sit on the same property. Our home dates back to 1856. Simple Dimple Primitives does not have a website to sell items. Like the well known "brick & mortar" shops......we are "wood & wood"! We would love to have you come in and shop- get to know us!! Here's a little secret......Simple Dimple Primitives will be getting a "face lift" for 2010. The shop will be eliminating it's vintage collection and focus strictly on early antiques, reproductions and primitives. Our creator Jeanne Wagman will be designing primitive dolls, wool penny wheel table runners, dresses and holiday items just to name a few. We will continue to carry Ware Wear Jewelry by M.H. . Simple Dimple Primitives and "friends in the business" partner The Gardener of the Owl Valley will come together in 2010 to host events!
So....backing up to that "little secret", we will be having a huge sale before Simple Dimple Primitives goes into hibernation for the season. We will close our doors for winter the last weekend of November. The sale will start this Saturday October 17th and run until October 23rd. You may e-mail me for more information regarding the sale.
Lastly, I would like to thank my husband- Brent. Without him Simple Dimple Primitives would still be dancing in my I'm dancing inside of Simple Dimple! He believed in me, even at my worst. He's my business advocate, accountant, guide, teacher.......well, you get the picture. Many days when I felt like surrendering the cottage to my teens for a summer fun house.....yeah, what the heck was I THINKING!
Brent continued to encourage me to keep moving on with my dream. Love him!!
Many thanks go out to my good friends & family- LeeAnn, Jeanne,The "O sisters" {Patty & Sharon},Michele & Kathy. And my inspiration came from such blogs as Barn House, Queen of Tarte and Ms. Ember of The Painted Chair. Thanks Ember!! : )
Judy Bono -owner of The Gardener of the Owl Valley......thank you for coming with me on this ride!
And my dear "E" are such an inspiration to me. I love you., do I get the Oscar to go along with my thank you speech?!
Have a happy week!!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Come on in....the shopping is fine!! Even our scarecrow "Nancy" is smiling!


More treasures from our Fall Harvest Event. We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather and a great group of shoppers!
Finally getting the hang of this "blogging" stuff!
This is a pic from our Fall Harvest Event- {10/3} with our special guest vendor The Gardener of the Owl Valley.
Owner Judy Bono is on the far right. Judy had a wonderful selection of gifts and home decor to offer. The very cool scarf around her neck is one of her own designs.....which you may purchase at her shop!
The sweet lady in the middle is creator Jeanne Wagman. Thank you Jeanne for all your help and support!!