Thursday, September 25, 2014

3 More ... Sweet Magnolias Farm ~ Farmhouse Pumpkins now available !

Just a quick Hey there and how Ya All Doin' ..?
I hope Great and your enjoyin' the fall weather ...
Looks like our first day of lower temps starts tomorrow and I hope I lasts .. because I'm sure achin' for some chilly nights and cool windy fall days.
I'm ready to put my feet up and start the fireplace roaring .. ready for some hot chocolate and toast .. ready to wear my flannel pjs and slippers, ready to pull out my scarves .. Well gosh I'm just ready for Fall !
Abbey and I somehow managed to get 3 more of our Farmhouse pumpkins completed .. so I just wanted to pop in and say Hey and let you all know if you missed out on a pumpkin recently's a few more to choose from ..
Each of these are made from vintage feedsack and hand-dyed to a beautiful verigated  pumpkiny~yam color .. Yummy   !
Each one is different .. thus "one of a Kind"

You can find them in the shop HERE

Monday, September 22, 2014

Burpees Seed Packet ... Sweet Magnolias Farm Free Printables and Clip Art

Happy Monday to you Y'all !
I Found this in our stash of  paper goods this last week ..
We picked this up many years ago when we lived in Missouri.
This Package would have been where they would hand write in what kind of seed you were purchasing in the center lines.
Enjoy ♥
Check out our Free Printables on on our Free Printables page above ...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

More Sweet Magnolias Farm Originals ~ Vintage Linen and Lace Farmhouse Pumpkins just added to the shop ! ...

Hi Gals...
Just wanted to let you all know we just added a
Fresh Picked Batch of Pumpkins to the shop
These are all made from Vintage Linens and Lace ...
Once again each one is a one of a kind
From Xtra Large Pumpkins that are 39 inches around and 25 inches tall ..

To... our Small and Baby pumpkins ....

Beautiful Hand Embroidered Vintage linen... and checkout the cane top on the far right one .. love how it came out and so unique too ! 

And ... Charming hand-dyed lace in fashionable fall colors ...
The X-large pumpkins make stunning centerpieces for dining tables perfect for Thanksgiving .. they look stunning on entry tables, Oversized coffee tables , or even on the Hearth ..
Our Smaller pumpkins look charming tucked in a fall display, a country cupboard or a basket filled with fall leaves ..
Each one is made by hand here at the farmhouse by
Abbey and Myself .. these are a true work of the heart .. and we are only able to produce so many per year ..
They are wonderfully filled with sawdust .. so unlike polyfill they won't lose their shape or end up with an odd shape after being packed away .... You just give em' a hug and a squeeze if they need plumping ..  Plus they just feel wonderful with our special sawdust filling .. !
You can take a gander at them in our shop .. right HERE 
Hope you all have a great weekend .. I'm already enjoying mine it's cloudy and cool and a nice onshore breeze is blowing in the back door .. mmmm heaven !

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by God ~ Our Daily Bread...

Did you know you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God  ? Do you know you Matter to Him ? Do you know that your life has significance in this world ... no matter where you live, what job you have or haven't, rather your single or married, young or old, handicapped or not, etc. ..
you matter to God !
This Mornings Devotion ( which I have added below) by Gwen Smith truly touched my heart because I have struggled with allowing the world to define me over the years as a younger woman and as I have grown older I realized that I shall never be properly or perfectly defined by the world but only by God ..if only I had learned that so much earlier in my youth ..but we can all say "if only" for a lot of things in life now can't we. the good thing is I have learned it .. and really all that matters is what God thinks of my life, following his direction, praising him for the good times along with the tough times and leaving each day up to him. 
I am fearfully and wonderfully made by God .. and I only hope that I shall be remembered as a gal who loved and served her Lord .. ..
Enjoy Gwen's devotion below .. I enjoyed reading about Grandma Eisaman and her undying spirit even in adversity ..

September 19, 2014
Significant Who? Significant You!

Gwen Smith

Today’s Truth
Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)
Friend to Friend
Gertie. That was her name. To me she was Grandma Eisaman, and she lived right across the street when I was a young girl. She was famous in our small town of Irwin, PA for both her engaging personality and her mad baking skills.

Her specialties? Pineapple upside down cake, cinnamon sticky buns, and apple dumplings that were served piping hot in a bowl a la mode. (I just drooled on my computer.)
She was most famous, however, for her homemade bread. Breathe it in and smell it with me. It was melt-in-your-mouth magic.
When I was about eight years old, Grandma taught my sister Elise and I how to make her homemade bread. I still warmly remember so many of the details. We used a large yellow Tupperware bowl, Crisco, Fleishman’s Yeast packets, hot water, sugar, lots of flower, and a pinch of salt.
Elise and I worked the process.
Grandma’s process.
We mixed, kneaded, formed, and baked the bread just like we were taught. And each time we did, the house took on the smell of heaven and every neighbor and visitor was happy to share in the bread-love.
Beyond baking bread, another great lesson that we learned from Grandma Eisaman is that adversity
does not define us.
When she was just 58 years old, grandma had a massive stroke that paralyzed the entire left side of her body. She lived the final five years of her life handicapped, yet chose not to be defined by her limitations.
Life was hard after the stroke. Getting around took a good deal of effort. Her face didn’t look the same. It drooped on one side. Her body didn’t cooperate. I’m sure that was frustrating. Her life-pace had to slow down.
Even still, she fought through adversity and, over time, learned to walk with a cane, and even re-learned how to drive her car (with a few modifications). How cool is that?  And she went on living.
She continued to play bridge with her friends, was a leader at her church, and she baked.
Though her life took an unexpected and challenging turn, Grandma Eisaman continued to laugh with, bless, and serve others… at church… in the community… and in the kitchen by baking and giving away countless loaves of fresh baked homemade bread.

Her significance was not defined by her challenges.
Her significance was not defined by her limitations.
She knew who she was in the eyes of her Creator. The One who knew her before she was even knit together in her momma’s womb.
Do you know who you are?
Do you know Whose you are?
Do you allow your challenges, your past, your thoughts, your experiences, or your limitations to define you – or do you allow God to determine your significance?
The struggle with finding significance looks different in each season of a woman’s life. A college student might search for validation in her sorority or GPA, a young mom has to fight to find her importance in stinky diaper changes and 3am feedings, while an empty nester or single sister might try to find success in leading a Bible study or in her volunteer work.
No one understands the insecurities of a woman like another woman. I’m with you in the battle, friend. I’ve wasted a fair amount of time in my own life searching for significance in the approval of others and of God.
The secret to our significance is found in the heart of God.
In His heart for us.
Here are a few reminders from the Bible:
Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26a, 27)
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
I’m a woman of many fleshy failures. Imperfect as they come. I’ve got challenges, frustrations, and insecurities, just like you, that bid to define me. But ONLY GOD has the right to define any of His creations. The Bible teaches that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) – and that
God has a purpose for every life, and His purpose is fully centered on HIS glory, not ours.
We can make sense of our significance based on Whose we are, not on what we can or cannot do. Not on what our boss says, what people around us say, or what our culture says. When we allow our significance to be found and defined in the grace of Jesus Christ, we gain a fresh, and compelling understanding of our incredible value.
And if we can bake awesome homemade bread too – all the better.
Let’s Pray
Dear Lord,
Help me to accept that You are the One who gets to define my significance. I really want to get this! Please sift through my thoughts, doubts, insecurities, and emotions that leave me feeling like less instead of more.
In Jesus’ name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Don’t gloss over this message! Consider where you really are with this. Reflect. Repent if needed. Respond to God in prayer. Go deep with Him. And be honest. God can handle your honesty. I’d love to hear what’s on your heart with all of this. Please CLICK HERE to visit my blog or my Facebook page and leave a comment. Let’s take the conversation deeper and encourage one another. (And while you’re there, let me know what your baking specialty is!!)


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all ... a look back at my Scarecrow Costume

Happy Fall Y'all
Well Fall is just a few days away ..and I've been reminiscing.
Many years back I worked as a waitress .. I worked for several restaurants one of which was "Marie Callender's" which is mainly here on the west coast but I know there were a few in other states as well.
During the Halloween season if you happened to be scheduled to work on Halloween night they would request that you would dress up .. Of course even then I loved harvest time and fall .. and what better costume than a scarecrow .. ! So Abbey and I devised this costume ..
( Picture was shot with those throw away camera's that were so popular at the time)
We bought a straw hat at the craft store .. along with some floral items .. a Black Bird, Sunflowers, Corn and Straw ..and attached them to the top of the hat ..with a mixture of Hot Glue and Wire, ( getting the bird to stay upright was a little challenging) It was funny though every time I tried it on and the poor bird just flopped over like it was dead .. I remember laughing till my belly hurt.
I wanted long straw hair ..but straw obviously would have been a bit messy so we made a wig from raffia .. and glued it way up inside the hat .
We used some of Abbey's make up and did up my face with a cute red nose with black stitches ..
Then I had a flannel already in my wardrobe and grabbed a pair of dad's old Wrangler jeans and with our craft paints we hand painted, sunflowers, a bird, a patch and hearts on the front of the jeans .the backs were painted too ..but we didn't photograph them all those years ago I can't remember what was on the back .. other than I know I put a red bandana coming out of one pocket.
We Used Sisal Rope and made suspenders to hold up my oversized Dad Jeans... back then I was skinny and he was chunky ..all these years later ..we've had a bit of a role reversal ..he's skinny and I'm chunky ..LOL !
Lastly I wore a pair of Knit Garden Gloves in Black ..we cut holes and put raffia out the holes so I looked like a genuine scarecrow that had, had it's stuffing plucked out by the blackbirds .. we added raffia ties at my wrists and ankles for a little more genuine scarecrow style and a corn cob pipe to my shirt pocket and I was ready to go .. well not quite,
Being the skinny minny that I was back then ..I didn't quite have that nice robust stuffed scarecrow quality we had to come up with stuffing and I mean last minute right before I was headed out the door to work.. so we grabbed Plastic grocery bags and started stuffing ..shirt, pants,  etc ... this is where I have a tip..
 don't stuff your clothes with plastic bags .. Yah somehow we cleverly created the costume and got a little un-clever with the stuffing by not thinking through that in my job as a waitress on a busy Halloween night .. it lends to a gal perspiring and boy those plastic bags were a major killer .. ! Sweat wasn't the word for it .. Luckily I perspired without any odor ..thank goodness I would have been so thoroughly embarrassed.
The Fun thing was the plastic bags crinkled and crackled when I moved so I sounded like I was really stuffed with straw ..LOL !
It was a fun night ..the guests enjoyed my costume .. and I always love putting a smile on peoples faces so it was definitely a great night.
If you're headed to a Fall Festival in your local town or at a church ..etc .. a scarecrow makes a fun costume rather your 1 or 101 ..


Here's another gal that dressed up as a scarecrow ..and she's so adorable

(found on Kastles )


Wishing you all ...

HarVeSt BleSsiNgS