Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another New Years ..Another Oppurtunity ....

Once again another year has passed and another year is before us. Another New Years and Another Oppurtunity live a little a whole lot more ...and look forward to the blessings and lessons that lye ahead in the days before us ..the days of 2010.

2009 has been full of Joyous moments ..Blessings and so many lessons learned for me.

I suppose that many of you are thinking up New Years resolutions ...what diet you may be going to pursue in the new year, how much money you will try and save, what food you will give up, what job you are going to try out for, and the list goes on and on. I'm sure I have heard many years over that generally New Years resolutions don't work out for most people ..and I have to admit I am without a doubt one of those that doesn't stick to a resolution well at all. Several Years back I decided that resolving to do this or that ..just wasn't for me. However I am in awe at those who can do it. I think resolutions are like forming a new habit ..something you teach yourself to do over and over and over until it's just part of your daily routine ..and here again I have to admit that I am bad at forming habits ..I am one of those that gets bored very easily with things ..and am always onto the next new thing I can learn or do ..or try and so on. So you can see my personality doesn't lend well to resolving to do something for a very long period of time ..LOL !!!

I think when it comes to new years resolutions ..well just have to do what's best for you ..If your the type that can do it ..or just want's to give it a go ....Well Go for it ..and if your more like me and the chance you'll break that resolution by the next morning after making it ...well don't beat yourself up over it ...!!! We are all made differently ...Beautiful and wonderful in our own right...just as God created us....and really that's what makes the world interesting is we all have a little different personality to lend to it.

Our New Years Eve ...we will be spending right here in the comfort of our own home ...I'm sure we won't get much sleep ...Our neighborhood likes to bring in the new year in a loud way ...Wherever you are at home or off for a fun celebration...
Here's wishing all my Kindred Friends ..and Kindred Sisters ...a Happy New Year ..with Joy and Blessings filling it full.

Your Kindred Friend ...Sara

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Spirit of Christmas Sale ...only 2 more days left

Seems like time flies anymore ...and before you know it another year has passed ...

Well before it passes you buy sure to stop in to our Website or Etsy Store pick up those after Christmas Goodies our Spirit of Christmas Sale ...which ends on January 31st at Midnight ....



Just click on the our Christmas Sale logo above to visit our website ..or visit our Etsy shoppe by clicking HERE

Monday, December 28, 2009

Maxine on Jesus......

Hello Kindred Friends ....

A friend of mine in Colorado ..sent me these yesterday ...

I've never seen Maxines like this ..and wanted to share them with all my blogland friends.

Heavens these are so Great !!!

Enjoy !!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Simple Christmas ....

Good Day After Christmas all my Kindred Friends.


It was a truly wonderful Christmas here at our home. " A Simple Christmas " ... I'm calling it this year. At first I was a little hesitant to how a "Simple Christmas" was going to feel ..But now that I have been through it ..I must say it was ever so refreshing !

It was just the three of us this year ..My parents and myself. We decided on No decorating outdoors ..because we have an impending move this spring and felt it may be to overwhelming. I had all the plans though to decorate inside ..and well I ended up with three little table top trees by my computer. However I never had the feeling that it wasn't Christmas.

The week leading up to Christmas ..Mom and I kept thinking of things we could do to celebrate Christmas in a different way this year .. We considered taking a trip up north for a few days ..but that seemed like such a lot of hub bub. Then we talked about a trip to Disneyland ..we haven't been there in over 20 year ..but ..something just wasn't grabbing us with that idea we thought and thought and thought ..then Mom mentioned that there was a Christmas Eve service at a church we dearly love that's a 2 hour drive from us ..and that we might enjoy that ..I agreed really focused on the reason for Christmas ..but being such a long drive seemed we should come up with something else to do. Several days earlier I had received my AAA magazine and Chart House a restaurant I went to a few times as a little girl was advertised in it. I mentioned it was on the way ..and wouldn't that make a Beautiful Christmas Eve Dinner and then Church service afterwards ....

So our minds we made up and that's just what we did. Note: Chart house sits on the ocean ..we arrived early enought to ask for seating by the windows overlooking the break rock and the seaside. And we arrived just in time to enjoy and savor our dinner while the sun set ..

I don't think any Christmas Eve could have been more perfect ...eating a Lovely dinner and overlooking God's Beautiful and Perfect creation.

Spent with 2 people (my parents) God's gift to me. A memory made with them I shall never forget and will cherish forever.

As we were sitting and watching the sun go down in the distance ..I saw a spray come out of the ocean ..then a few seconds later ....a large body arched out of the ocean and once again a large spray arose was a Whale passing by ...I'm sure on it's journey to warm waters. I had to stop a moment and think ..and glory and God's creation ..what marvelous ideas he had and what a creator he was ..I'm so glad I love to create ..It draws me closer to my creator.

As the sun went down ..the beautiful glow of the horizon was left behind the clouds ...

I had to share a little of our dinner with you ...on the menu they had Fried Macaroni and Cheese ...O.k. I admit I am a fan of mac and cheese ..and once on the Food Network .."Ham on the Street" did a deep fried segment and one of the items was Mac and Cheese ..I had always wanted to try that ...Soooooo Here it is .. Not your normal Mac and Cheese though ... this mac and cheese was made with a smokey cheddar cheese ..onions and deep fried in a panko crust ...At first bite your expecting Mom's mac and cheese fried your brain and palette are not sure what to think ..but after that initial taste begin to taste the goodness. I must admit I enjoyed it the day after even more ..!!!

Our last bit was ended with a yummy volcano cake ..drenched in chocolate ..vanilla ice cream and heath bar crunch ... we said good bye a wonderful almost end of the day ...but Christmas Eve service still lyed ahead of us.

We arrived at the church ...and it was beautifully decorated inside and out.

There is one thing about this Church that I rarely have felt in others ...and that is without a doubt the prescence of Christ ... Church is just not a building but a place where God says he dwells and will meet you there ..and This Beautiufl Christmas Eve ...he did not fail ..and met us there.

I had never been to the candle light service on Christmas Eve ..and was anticipating what it would entail. First off ..there were instumentalists ..that came and played Beautiful Christmas songs ..that lulled you to a sweet peace.

Then Dr. Jeremiah ...came out and filled us in on the do's and dont's of lighting candles and such ..and the service began was beautiful ...between Christmas songs representing our Lord Jesus ...we would read the Christmas Story out loud ..Men some parts ..women others and then some sections all together ..

It was truly a Glorious evening and put the spotlight right where it should be ..On Christ the Saviours Birth ....on Christmas Day ! The service filled me with Peace, Joy and gratefullness, sorrow, and kindness, and above all ....Love ..

The service ended on a Very Simple yet Very Powerful Lighting of the candles ..representing the light being born into the darkness of the world ...the lights in the church were dimmed ..a procession of candle bearers ..walked to the alter ..and Dr. Jeremiah ...lighted each of their candles ...they in turn began lighting the candle of the person sitting at the end of each pew ..and in turn we each lit our candle off the other. Within moments what was a very dark Chruch was alight with hundreds of candles was not just light ...but a warm glowing light ..that filled you with the sense of what our Dear Lord is ...Warm and Welcoming .. He is always there for us ..waiting on some ..welcoming others ...and a warm place for his children to come.

As the last Candles was lit ...the Piano began to play ..."Simply" ... "This Little Light of Mine" ...

The words to this song are so simple yet so powerful ...


This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel? No!
I'm gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I'm gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.

This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.

Don't let Satan blow it out,
I'm gonna let it shine
Don't let Satan blow it out,
I'm gonna let it shine
Don't let Satan blow it out,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.

This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.

Shine all over

I'm gonna let it shineShine all over

I'm gonna let it shineShine all over

I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.

This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.

Let it shine til Jesus comes,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine til Jesus comes,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine til Jesus comes,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.

This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.

After we sang this song ...and the service was coming to an end ...Dr. Jeremiah spoke one last time ...saying that we as Christians have a light to shine... and that in this last year our world has grown darker ...and that as this new year approached Let our "Light Shine"

I challenge you let your "light Shine" too. This world needs the Love of Christ more than ever ...and to know God is to Know Love ..and to follow God is to spread Love. "Love is the Greatest thing" .


My Hope is that you too had a Very Merry Christmas ..and even if like me it wasn't filled with lots of family ...or friends ..or spent buying and recieving gifts ...but it was simple and quiet ..that you reflected on what it was all about ..not what the world has made it for themselves ..but what Beautiful Gift "Eternal Gift" ..that was given us ...long ago. No one person or friend ..could have bought or provided you a gift so wonderful ....We are so very blessed !

As the New Year approaches ...May God's Blessings Be on each one of My Kindred Friends ..May his love be shown to them and may it radiate from the. Bringing the light of the world to banish the darkness ...

Wishing you all Warm Winter Blessings ...

Your Kindred Friend ...Sara

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Poinsettia ..Did you know ?

Did you ever wonder what the Poinsettia had to do with Christmas ...?

Did you think it was just because of it's festive Red leaves that it became a symbol of Christmas ?

I wondered myself ...and so I went to researching...what the truth behind the Poinsettia really is.

Some believe the poinsettia also has a Christian significance. Although we now think of the poinsettia as a distinctive American symbol, one tale suggests that it was first brought to this country by Dr. Joel Poinsett from Mexico. It was in 1825 that Poinsett, then U.S. Minister to Mexico, became familiar with this beautiful crimson plant that covers the hillsides in Mexico.

After four years, he returned to his Charleston, S.C., home and brought with him some of the plants. The Mexicans call it the "flower of the holy night," and associate it with a story about a little girl who wept on her way to church on Christmas Eve because she had no gift to bring.

As she knelt on the ground to pray, she saw this lovely plant and gladly took its red beauty into the church as her Christmas gift to the Christ child. Even the holly plant can be viewed as a symbol that points Christians to Jesus. For centuries, holly symbolized the coming of spring.

Its thorny leaves prompted Christians to use it as a reminder of Christ's passion during the joyous Christmas celebration.

Legend has it that a shepherd brought a sprig of holly to the stable on Christmas night as a gift to the Christ child. Its leaves glistened in the moonlight, and its berries were snow white.

As baby Jesus reached out to receive this humble gift, the berries suddenly turned a deep red. Holly has since become a symbol for many of the expectation of Christ's passion. The prickly leaves represent the crown of thorns, which Christ wore during his crucifixion, and the berries symbolize the blood Christ shed for humanity. hope is these legends will bring Christian significance to a holiday that has become so secular. May you not look at a Christmas tree or a holly plant or a poinsettia in the same way again.

My Christmas wish is that when you look at these various symbols of Christmas, you will not only appreciate their beauty, but also see the face of Jesus Christ.

Warm Winter Blessings ...and Merry Christmas


Maggie Wishes you all A Very Merry Christmas

My Maggie ....13 yrs old and still going ... She wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas !!!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Spirit of Christmas Sale

Abbey and I decided this morning that we wanted to show our Thanks to all of our Lovely Farmhouse Customers ..and Share the Christmas Spirit ...

So starting today ..Thursday December 17th - Thursday December 31st.. we are offering ..

15% off Everything

At our Sweet Magnolias Farm website and our Etsy Shoppe.

Don't slip on the ice ..trying to get there ..

Our One of a Kinds and Antique Finds ...will go to the Quickest and the Best Farmhouse Skaters.

See You there... The Sweet Magnolias ..Sara and Abbey ...

Merry Christmas Farmhouse Friends ...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My Newest Offering ...

With Christmas just a few short weeks away ..we are winding down here at Sweet Magnolias Farm.

This last week ..while preparing an order of our Vintage Snow Bells ..and after watching ..the movie "The Perfect Gift" ..these Christmas Crosses were put on my heart to make.

The Beautifully compliment ..our Vintage Snow bells, Icicles, and Candy Cane ornaments that we are offering this season.

But Most of all the represent the True Meaning of Christmas.

Our Crosses have Beautiful meaning behind them ..and why we designed them in the pure white with Holly and Berries Attatched ..They represent .. White for the pureness of Jesus Christ .. and Holly has since become a symbol for many, of the expectation of Christ's passion. The prickly holly leaves represent the crown of thorns, which Christ wore during his crucifixion, and the berries symbolize the blood Christ shed for humanity. We thought these would be a nice touch to a Beautiful Tree, Garland or even wreath to remember what the season is all about.

We are offering these Beautiful Ornaments in sets of "3". They can be purchase on our website on page 2 of the "Merry Days of Winter" section or in our Etsy Store ..You can just click on the highlighted links in red to view them either place.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas ..

Your Kindred Friend Sara ....

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Candy Makers Witness

Have you ever heard of the "Candy Makers Witness" ????

If you haven't then you are in for a real treat. It's a beautiful story of how the Candy Cane came about and the meaning of Christmas that it represents.

For the last 3 Christmas's in our neighborhood they have a festival of lights. All of the homeowners are asked to participate by putting up any amount of Christmas lights from a single strand to elaborate themes ..more than anything just some lights. Then a few weeks prior to Christmas the HOA comes around and jusdges the homes and hands out awards ..Then Christmas eve ..Santa comes and is driven through the streets ..while carolers are pulled in trailers and even this year I hear they are having a golf cart parade.

Christmas is a big deal at our house ...we love to decorate, bake, and share in the giving and the joy of the season. Most of all we love to share why we celebrate Christmas with those passing by ....Because Christmas is the Birthday of Jesus ..the best gift ever.

In sharing this ..we will hand back home made cookies, cakes, candies and oodles of goodies along with making piping chocolate and Coffee ..which we hand out on christmas eve to all those passing by ..along with their treats for their tummy ..we hand out a 4 x 6 index card with the story of the "Candy Makers Witness" ..with a mini candy cane attatched to it with curling ribbon. People always love the story and most have never heard it ..and are always so thankful to receive it.

Will this year ..we are not participating in our neighborhood festivities as we have an impending move in the new year we are preparing for ...and we just felt it would be very overwhelming to try and decorate so extensively and then have to re-pack it all shortly after along with all that a long distance move brings. So I thought I would share the story on my blog with all my friends ..

Plus a bonues ...I turned my index card with graphics and story on it ..into a PDF file ..this way ..all you need do is open the link to the file ..and save it to your computer and print up and hand out as many as you like ..

Rather you hand out the the local cashier ..or if your having a bake sale ..or you want to take them to a local ladies shelter or recovery shelter for those in need this year. It's a low cost gift ..letting others know the Free Gift that Jesus Christ is to them ...An Eternal Gift !!!

So click HERE to retrieve the PDF file ...once you open it just click in the top left corner on FILE and then click on the option SAVE AS and you can then save it to your computer . ( PLEASE NOTE: it may take a few minutes for the file to load once you click to open it may want to open another window to continue on to your next site. It will load I have tested it ..but it did take a few minutes. )

Below is the Story ..if you would just like to read it ..or want to copy and paste it to your own Christmas Cards.


"A Candymaker's Witness"

A candymaker in Indiana wanted to makea candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He Incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.

He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the Foundation of the Church, and firmness of the Promise of God.

The Candymaker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Saviour. It could also represent the staff of the "Good Shepherd" with which he reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift our the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was some what plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed. The Large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the Promise of Eternal Life.

Unfortunately, the candy became known as a candy cane a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas Time. But the meaning is still there for those who"Have eyes to see and ears to hear." I Pray that this symbol will again be used to witness TO THE WONDER OF JESUS AND HIS GREAT LOVE that came down at Christmas and remains the ultimate and dominate force in the universe today.


May you all have a Very Blessed and Very Merry Christmas ...

Celebrate with all your might ..the Birth of our Lord and Saviour !

" Happy Birthday Jesus"

Your Kindred Friend ...Sara

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Perfect Gift ......

What if the World threw you a Birthday Party ... and

You weren't invited .....


A few days back while I was working away ...My Mom told me that she was unable to sleep well one evening and while surfing the channels on the t.v. she stopped to watch a movie with Jefferson Moore in it. She said it was a movie that truly touched the heart and was so very eye opening and that she recorded it on the DVR and I had to take the time to watch it.

Well several days later .."last night" to be exact ..we sat down for the evening to relax and she put it on for me to watch. Well I have to say she was so right ..Once again ...Jefferson Moore ..has simply touched on the "Truth" such a gently and awe inspiring way.

You May be asking ...who's Jefferson Moore ... Will He's a man after God's heart ..that has brought Jesus the movies. He's shown us ..that Jesus is our Friend ..He's shown us that Jesus "LOVE" ..His other movies include "The Perfect Stranger," "The Stranger," and "Another Perfect Stranger," to name just a few. If you haven't seen these ..I highly recommend them ..I could watch them over and over again ..and I always long for that embrace He gives to those he meets in the end. Once you watch them'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

If you haven't seen His newest movie " The Perfect Gift" ...then I suggest highly that you watch it. It really puts the true perspective on Christmas and what it really is all about ..and how the world treats and views it ....And what we can do as individuals to keep Christmas ...well Christmas !!!

TBN ..will be playing it again .. click HERE view the schedule for the next showings.

And to read more about the movie ..and see some clips ..just click on the "Perfect Gift" Banner above ....

This is a Wonderful Movie for the whole family ..from small children to adults ...You can sit down together ..and learn the True Meaning of Christmas.

Take the time slow down this season ..and enjoy "The Perfect Gift" ... it's an Eternal Thing !!!!

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas ...

Happy Birthday Jesus

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Almost White Wednesday ....

Well it's an almost White Wednesday here at the farmhouse ...

I guess you could say these have shades of white ..and fit in beautifully in a white room.

This week we were going through some of our boxes of Antique Goodies ..and Found a stash of Antique Bear Brand Stockings we had purchased.

So we took a pair and added Antique Lace , trims and Buttons to them ..and we love the way they came out . We love mixing our Whites and browns's such a warm Romantic Look ..what we call "Farmhouse Romance "

These have been added to our line of Farmhouse Romance Items that we create and ..

Really ..they can be used for Christmas Display or all Year round Display ...

They would look so Wonderful at christmas hung in a large fur tree ..and during the year from an old peg rack in a bedroom or bathroom.

( you can click on the pictures for a larger view)
(Please don't take our pictures without our permission though)

We decided that we would offer this set for purchase to our Kindred Friends we have them listed on our Website in the "Sleeping Quarters" section( to visit the listings on our website click HERE ) ...Or they can be purchased in our Etsy store ...( to visit our Etsy Store listings click HERE )

We Wish you a Wonderful White Wednesday ..

and a Very Merry Christmas ..

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December Storm

Well across the west it's been a cold and blustery few days ...some more than others of course. As I read about the storm that would be approaching our area ..I was actually very thankful we have not had rain in forever ...near a year .. ! So any rain we can get around here is very much a blessing !

Sunday Evening ..the sun began to dissappear and the winds picked up ...and this was the storm headed in our way ...the one that just moved out and is crossing the midwest.

The Cloud Bank ..was really massive and I had to get some shots of it to share with you all.

Well yesterday we got the much needed rain we were hoping and praying for ..poured all day . Now they are saying possible rain for the next 5 days out ...which is great !!!

I personally always love it when the weather changes this time of year ..I'm always hoping for some rain snow is rare in these parts ..( 3 years ago we got a dusting which was exciting)


Well it's been a busy few weeks at the farmhouse ..we have been working non-stop around here ...between creating new handmade offerings and preparing antique pieces for the shops . It always seems like time flies when your busy and it's so hard to believe that Christmas is just around the Corner ..

Christmas is without a doubt my favorite time of year ..from the twinkling lights and beautiful displays the cheerful music and the kind ways that people show's a time of year that Shines top all the rest. And of Course it's my Dear Jesus Birthday ..which tops it all. I am so thankful for God's gift of Jesus .. a gift that never stops giving !

Merry Christmas ...My Friends ..

Sara of Sweet Magnolias Farm

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Pretty In Pink Ice Skates ..another Etsy Treasury Pick

Good Sunday Morning to all my Kindred Friends ..Gosh ..I haven't been able to get in here and blog lately Work has been keeping me so busy ...!!

I had to share though ..that once again one of our offerings on Etsy was picked for an Etsy treasure last Night. Pam of WickedDarling ..picked the treasury ..full of wonderful vintage goodies. A Big Thanks to Pam for including our Pink Ice Skates

Are these Pink Ice Skates ..not just wonderful and full of yesteryear charm !!! With their Faux fur tops and Bells on the toes ..well it just makes you want to bundle up and goe Ice skating a princess !!!

To see Pams Treasury click "HERE"

To Visit our Etsy Shop "HERE"


Merry Christmas Friends ..I hope to get back in to the swing of my blog this week stay tuned !!!

Hugs and Blessings ..Sara

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Guest Artist on Primitive Gathering

I am so honored to have been asked to be a guest artist on the Primitive Gathering this month.
If you haven't visited the Primitive Gathering ..your missing out !!!
There are so many wonderful artisans with spectacular offerings.
Just click the logo below to visit the artisans page ..or click HERE to visit our Guest Artist Page to see our offerings.

Merry Christmas ...Kindred Friends !!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

December 1st's that time of year !!!!

I can't believe it's already December 1st ..Boy how time flies when your .... "Working" ...

You thought I was going to say "having Fun" hah !!! Well I'd say it was both Work and Fun ..

These last few weeks have been crazy around the farmhouse ..our little fingers have been flying creating wonderful Christmas Treasures to offer our Kindred Friends ..

Tomorrow ..Our Early Works Mercantile Shop updates with all new offerings Some Wonderful Christmas Finds must come and take a peek at.

Just click on the EWM banner below be directed there

Our Kindreds Sisters Gathering Post Shop ..Updates tomorrow too ..I told you alot of work had been going on around here. Plus all the other gals have updaated their shops so make some time to make a cup of Joe or Cocoa ..and take a break and meander through the shops of all the KSGP artisans ..I bet you won't be dissapointed. To visit our shop ..just click on the KSGP logo below ...

We've been loading up our Etsy Shop with tons of new offerings too hop on over to take a peek ...Christmas is our favorite time of year it's filling up with lots of Christmas Cheer.


" And Don't forget "

it's O.K.

to Say

"Merry Christmas"

Spread the Christmas cheer tell everyone you see from the checker at the grocery store to the attendant at the gas station the flight attendant .. tell all the passers- by ...

"Merry Christmas"


Keep "Christ" in Christmas ..because ultimtaly He's what it's all about !!!


Warm Winter Blessings to all My Kindred Friends ...Sara of Sweet Magnolias Farm

Sunday, November 29, 2009

New Christmas Goodies ..listed On ETSY ....

Friday, November 27, 2009

Picked for an Etsy Treasury

Last Night as I was heading off to bed ..and doing my last check in on e-mail for the night ..I was welcomed with a wonderful suprise and Great Thanksgiving Blessing !!

I was picked for an Etsy Treasury by Renee of AmericanGirl51 . She did a Candy Cane Treasury and her picks are just wonderful !!!

It's always exciting be picked by someone you don't know ..and such an honor too !

To see Renee's Etsy treasury click HERE

Thanks Renee and Merry Christmas !!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Kindred Friends

Wishing you a Wonderful and Blessed
Thanksgiving Day

From the Sweet Magnolias ... Sara and Abbey

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Featured in Our USA Magazine

To those of you who have found our shop and Blog Featured in

OUR USA Magazine


We are so glad you took a moment of your time to stop in and visit.


Abbey and I would like to extend a very Big "Thank You" to OUMag. for featuring us along with 7 other Etsy artisans. We are so grateful and blessed and thrilled to see our shop featured.

I have to say in the beginning when this all began ..I was in the middle of being gone on a long trip (over a month long) I reall wasn't sure what the magazine was about and I wasn't sure what the Feature was going to look like. It was ultimately something I decided to do blindly and figured it would all work out for the best.

About 3 or 4 days ago Abbey asked me if I had heard anymore from the Magazine ..and I said my last communication was several weeks back when I recieved an e-mail asking for my address so they could send me a copy of the magazine, but that I hadn't recieved it I wasn't sure when it was due out ..and we would just have to wait and see.

Well Yesterdays Mail arrived with a large envelope and tucked inside was the magazin .."OUR USA MAGAZINE." Of course we were so excited and couldn't wait to dig in and not only see our feature ..but also what this magazine was all about.

May I say the name of the Magazine speaks Volumes as to it's content. I have to say it is one of the best magazines I have seen ..that is an honest depiction of You and I as americans ..because the stories are written by us.

There are "NO" advertisements throughout the Magazine get 100% complete reading enjoyment.

You can only purchase the magazine I believe online right now as it is in it's beginning stages and I highly recommend purchasing a subscription. This is the sort of magazine we as americans should be supporting because it's for us and about us. The average American ..the average daily life ...Stories you can relate too ..People you can understand !!!!

To read more about " OUR USA MAGAZINE " Click HERE to visit their site.

Once again Thank You .. OUM ..we appreciate your hardwork, your kindness, and you effort to bring a magazine to life that is for the people !!! We will look forward to recieving our subscription !!!

Sara and Abbey ..the Sweet Magnolias ..

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A little something I've been working on

I got a little side tracked this week and thoroughly enjoyed it !!!
I started making my Christmas Goodies so early this year ..well I needed to take a little break and try my hand at a new design that Abbey and I collaborated on.
Take a look at these Early Style Clothespin Keeps we came up with !!!
I really had fun designing them and love how they turned out. They are just the perfect size for adding to a laundry room or even bathroom ...and really evoke that Old Fashioned Yesteryear feeling ...
I am offering the first one on our Sweet Magnolias Farm Website ..Click HERE to view more picts of it and read more about it. This sweetie is now Sold ..but I always take orders.

And I am offering the second 2 over at our Sweet Magnolias Farm Etsy Store ..Click HERE to view more picts of each of these and read more about them.

If you are Christmas shopping for that special someone ..that loves handmades ..well these are perfect ..!! They are One of a Kinds you won't have to worry about duplicating someone else's gift ..and they will be getting a custom handmade piece ..

Or Maybe you have a laundry room just aching for something new to spruce it up ..well one of our memory Keeps will do just that !!!

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas ..Everyone


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

White Wednedsay ....

It's another Beautiful White Wednesday ..and I'm finally back home from our Long Journey to participate.
I love such a diverse style ..from whites on whites even Primitives ..and sometimes even a bit of modern. I'm one of those gals that could have a house with 20 rooms and decorate each one differently. Now wouldn't that be fun !!!
Today I am sharing some of my White Handmades ..that are my own designs. I am offering each of these for purchase right now ...

Firs Is Snowball.... He is just the sweetest .. to read more about him and see more pictures visit my KSGP shop HERE to be directed

The two Sets of Winter White Candy Canes above are some of my favorites ...Of course pictures never do them justice ..They look so much more wonderful in person . I made these from paper mache ..My own design I have been making for 10 years now. Each year we come out with a new style ..and this year is the first in offering the Winter White ..styled with Vintage Jewelry and lace.
Right now these are available on E-bay ..through this coming Sunday night HERE To view more about them and see more pictures.
Till Next week ...Sara of Sweet Magnolias Farm

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Frosted Molasses Cookies

~ Sweet Magnolias Farm Family Recipe ~
I thought I would share a wonderful Family recipe with you for Frosted Molasses Cookies Today. With Thanksgiving and Christmas on the way's the time many of us start baking those once a year treats. Frosted Molasses Cookies are a favorite around here ..and well we just never bake enough. It's amazing the people that crinkle up their nose and think that they won't taste good we always tell them just give it one taste and toss it away ...if you don't like it. Needless to say that cookie is gone and they are on to another before you can count 3 ...LOL !!
I wish I had a picture of these baked up ..but since I haven't started my baking yet and can't seem to find any pictures from last year of them ..(they probably were eaten before I had a chance to get a picure) you'll just have to make them for yourselves and try them.
Yes we do ice them with orange frosting ..and before you knock it try it ...The orange frosting is delicious on them !!!
Well enjoy our Family Recipe .....and if you bake some let us know what you think !!!
Soft Molasses Cookies
3/4 cup Shortening*
1 cup packed Dark Brown Sugar*
1 Large Egg 1/2 Cup Molasses
2-1/2 Cups all purpose Flour*
1 tsp Salt
2 tsps Baking Soda*
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Allspice
1 tsp Nutmeg
1. Cream together shortening and brown sugar
2. Stir in Egg and molasses and mix well
3. Fold in dry ingredients and stir.
4. Cover and Chill till firm ( 1-2 hrs)
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
6. Roll dough into small balls and roll in white sugar
7. Place on lightly Greased Cookie Sheet
8. Bake for 9 - 10 minutes ..Leave on sheet one minute until set
Orange Frosting
( Excellent on Molasses Cookies)
1 Box of Confectioners Sugar
1 Stick of Butter
1/4 cup fresh squeezed Orange Juice
1 tsp orange peel
In a Large mixing Bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add half the powdered Sugar....beating well on low to medium speed.
Slowly Beat in the orange Juice...and orange peel....
Gradually beat in the remaining powdered sugar. If necessary beat in additional Orange Juice to make frosting desired consistency.....

Friday, November 13, 2009

WSOAPP Charles Dickens Launch

It's that time of year ... when the wind begins to nip at your nose ..when you run for your stockings to warm your toes ..It's that time when you bundle in warm clothes and it's fun to be on the go...running from here to find just that perfect gift for the ones for whom you care. It's that time of year ..when you warm up with a delicious Hot chocolate warming your hands and your heart ... while singing carols and decorating the home ..the place you love dearly right from the start. It's that time of year when memories will be made ...cookies baked...presents wrapped ..and most of all the time of Year when Love is in the air !


Please come and Join The WSOAPP "A Charles Dickens Festival" ..Beginning This Sunday Nov. 15th on E-bay. The Artisans of WSOAPP will be listing their wonderful works of their hearts and hands. Unique One of a Kind Items that you won't find in your traditional box stores. Items that you can treasure for years to come and know that love and pride of workmanship was poured into.

(just click on our banner below and you will be directed to the WSOAPP E-bay listings)

Don't forget to visit my listings on E-bay far I have 15 prepared for Sunday Evening at 6:00 p.m. and possibly more... Just click HERE to visit Sweet Magnolias Farm e-bay Listings.

Can't wait to see you all there !!!!

Merry Christmas My Friends !!!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sneek Peek at what's to come this weekend ...

If you love Snowmen and Snowladies ...

Then you have come to the right place !!!

This weekend ...These Sweeties will be headed to my shops ..
I had a snowpeople photo shoot today ..and well I must say they know how to work the snoway ...!!!

I love snowmen and ladies ...I'm always looking for a new twist on how to make and embellish them. Of course I love all the new designs I have come up with ,,but my ultimate favorite out of these "Madame ChOcOlAte" She is so suave with her cup of cocoa topped in marshmallows. And of course Chocolate being a girls "best friend" you can't help but love her !!!

Stay Tuned and I will be posting where each of these gentlemen and ladies are available ...

Hope you are all having a Beautiful week. I here it's cold and windy in the upper north east ..It's actually cold and windy here today ..which I am loving. Anytime I can grab a blanket and wrap up ..listen to the wind blow the trees ...and that nip on my nose is apparent ..It gives me that warm cozy feeling ..

Here's to keeping warm and cozy for all those out there having a chilly day !!!

Blessings your Kindred Friend ...Sara

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Snowmen are Arriving !!!!

Snowmen are Arriving !!!!

This has been a busy week thus far and will continue to be a busy week right into the weekend at Sweet Magnolias Farm !!!

I have been working like a busy bee making honey ..except my production is in snowmen and snowladies this week.

Starting Sunday ...I will be making them all available at our various shops we sell at, Our website ..and even E-bay.

So be sure to stay tuned ..I will be posting picts of them ..along with the place they are beign offered.

As always these are each One of a Kind Custom Pieces ..made with vintage and Antique supplies ..Each piece has hours of loving care I pour into them. As you can imagine ..with the amount of time each on takes to make start to finish ..and there only being one of me..Well as of today ..I have 5 finished. So be sure to jump on over here Saturday to view each one and find out where you can purchase them.


Happy Holidays ...Kindred Friends ...