Thursday, April 22, 2010

~ A New Candle Holder & A Giveaway ~

The shipment I was waiting for of Adjustable Iron Trammel Candle Holders arrived today and if you love the Primitive Colonial style then you will love this one! It's length adjusts from about 17" to 28", pretty cool huh?

I also wanted to be sure that you noticed the link over there in my side bar to Karen's latest giveaway! She is giving away a charming Pea Fowl that she made and designed herself!

That's all for now!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

~ New Wares! ~

I know that many of my wonderful online friends are also some of my favorite customers so I wanted to make a quick post here to let you know that I've just finished adding lots of new goodes to my shoppe! Here's a look at just a few:

Have a great week!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

~ Salem Treenware ~

I have collected Treenware from The Salem Collection for many years, way before I ever had a shoppe! I have always loved the fact that it is MADE IN THE USA!....yep just down the road in North Carolina! Their company grew quite a bit and they expanded into selling imports along with their Treenware that has ALWAYS been American made, but as with many companies these past couple of years, their financial state became unstable and they had to shift gears and reorganize. They've recently downsized and have gone back to the basics, and I am told that, at this time, they don't even have plans of making their wonderful pumpkins this year!....they are really back to the basics! In the meantime, the shelves reserved for Treenware at Winter Willow Primitives had become quite bare as there hadn't been a shipment in months! But alas, Treenware production over at The Salem Collection has resumed!.... and today I received a shipment from them, mostly bowls, but those shelves are once again full of wonderful American made Salem Treenware, and I am so glad because I just love this stuff and am proud to offer this quality American made product to my customers!
hip hip hooray! looks like they're back in business!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

~ Customer Service ~

I have enjoyed shopping online ever since I got my first computer in the late 90's so needless to say, I have done quite a bit of online shopping and have had many different experiences from fantastic to good, not so good, to downright awful. Lately I have had a couple in the downright awful category but I have also had a few that I would call fantastic! I would like to share with you a fantastic one in particular. They are a mother and daughter team who sell on ebay. Their store is called thebeanhousestore and they sell all sorts of wonderful items! Their service is top notch, they don't overcharge for shipping, and they are as helpful as can be! I have purchased several of their handmades, have been pleased as punch with everything, and wanted to pass along their link to you. Thank you Karen and Carol for providing such great service!

In my last post I made mention of a box I was expecting from my friend Karen in the UK so I wanted to show you what I got. A set of three books that she covered in lovely burgundy calico fabrics and one of her little girl dolls, that I love so much, dressed in brown. These little girls are so addictive! I have quite a collection now and I have always received the most excellent service from Karen too!

The other thing I wanted to show you is this gorgeous gameboard that Kath made! She made it in a custom size for me which is a bit smaller than what she was offering and it turned out beautifully! Another example of the kind of customer service I enjoy!

I won't mention the folks who have disappointed me because my mother taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything. But what I will say is that every experience, good and bad, teaches me the kind of shoppe owner that I strive to be. The Golden Rule is my motto, "Do Unto Others As You Would Have Others Do Unto You", I have that on a sign that hangs in my home above the front door. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone followed that rule? The world would be such a better place!

Friday, April 2, 2010

~ An Act of Kindness ~

Yesterday in the mail I received a most wonderful surprise! Hubs was home at the time, brought the mail in, and yelled to me, "you've got some Royal Mail here" I quickly ran into the kitchen where we sort our mail and there was a package from my dear friend Karen in the UK....there were actually two packages but I was expecting one of them because it was something I purchased from her and I'll post about that another time but I opened up the surprise package first and this is what was inside:a framed stitchery made by her hand with the fabric stained to perfection and the frame painted and distressed perfectly as well....the note that accompanied was so sweet and knowing that she made this just for me touched me to the point of tears....I wanted to find just the right spot for it so I began walking around the house and then it hit me, I've needed something in this spot for so long and it was just the right size!when our house was built back in '02, our builder had this picture of our house painted onto a piece of slate and presented it to us as a gift a few months later, which completely blew me away, and it has been hanging here next to the front door above the light switch ever since....
....and it is the perfect spot for my newest treasure!....THANK YOU KAREN SOOOOO MUCH!!!!!

Happy Friday to all and a most joyous Easter weekend!!