Saturday, December 31, 2011

For You

I am wishing for you a New Year filled with 
cherished friends,
hot chocolate,
sweet tea,
warm fires,
cozy slippers,
and lots and lots of family
and LOVE!



Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Year...New Look...

Lee and I have spent the last two days
"playing store".
Hopefully we got it right!
Take a peak inside

We hope you enjoyed your visit.

New merchandise will be arriving soon I hope.
Holiday shipping is always slower!

Have a blessed night.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Only 364 More Days!!

The boxes, ribbons and bows,
The mounds of used wrapping paper,
receipts stuffed every where....
for now anyway.

Sooooo, was Santa good to you this year?
Did you get all you asked for?

We had a very blessed and pretty quiet day.
Breakfast at my parents was wonderful!
I feel so blessed to have them,
and both in wonderful health.

Nieces, sisters and brother-in-laws,
Lee and Justin all sat down to a wonderful breakfast
prepared by Mom Virginia and my Dad.

Dinner was Justin, Lee and myself  feasting on...
grilled hamburgers and macaroni and cheese.
Wonderful and EASY!!

And then it was cuddle with the blanket time,
like fools Lee and I stayed up till 2 a.m. watching
movies and it was an early rise this
NO not for shopping,
but to re-do the store...again!
Stop by and say Hello if you are out and about on
Wednesday when we will resume our
regular hours.

Until then, happy after Holiday shopping!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve Eve

Just a quick note to you all....

Thank you for all of your kind comments 
and e-mails of good wishes.

I truly appreciate each and every one of you.

I hope that Santa is good to you all.

Many many blessings to you and your family,


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Come And Get It!!!

Breakfast, dinner, lunch or brunch is now served.
The One and Only Breakfast Casserole is waiting
for Lee to eat.
Yep, his very own, personal one...he loves this stuff.
Sorry about the picture, I am not a fancy photographer!!

I thought that I would give you the recipe...if you do not have it.

Breakfast Casserole

2-3 slices of bread, cubed (I tear mine)
1 pound sausage, cooked and drained (hot/mild...your choice)
6 large eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 t. mustard
1/2 t. your taste
1/4 t. your taste
8 ounces shredded sharp cheese...we LOVE cheese, so I use more

Grease (I use Pam) 9x12 pan. Cover bottom of pan with bread.
Sprinkle cooked sausage over top. Add (lots) cheese.
Beat eggs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over sausage
Cover with foil and place in frig. over night.

Preheat oven to 350, remove foil and bake 45 min.
Serve with english muffins.

I have added bacon, mushrooms, green and red pepper, onions
and it is really good also.  Always start with the basic and just play with it.

This is good and a super easy breakfast...this way you can enjoy SANTA!!

Have a blessed day,

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Have You Heard.....

That Target has elves???
Welllll, where pray tell are MINE????

Hi folks how are you all doing?
Yep Target has elves that decorate and trim everything in the snap of
a finger....or so the commercials say...Come On
Ya know YOU want one!

I am so far behind...for those that know me you can ask
them...only ONE tree?...NO OUTSIDE lights?,  NO COOKIES?
NO white trash?
Who moved in....
actually I think even HE had more of a start
than I am managing to do this year.

The's WARM!  I have flowers that still have
blooms for pete sake.
Where is the cold, the hush in the air right before the snow,
the NEED for hot chocolate???  mittens...scarves
and ear muffs.
OHHHH NOOOO I moved to Florida and NO one told me!!!!

Have a blessed matter the temp. outside


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Special Christmas...

It's that time of year...when all of the boxes and bows
and "special" treasures come out again.
When my son was small he would make some of the most beautiful ornaments in know the wreaths of tissue paper, and angels with their picture as the face.
Then there was the stocking with a seedling tree and who could forget
the Santa face with the cotton ball beard!!
Those are special and wonderful memories to me.
Olde Lady Morgan wants to know what makes my Christmas special...
Well you see in a tattered and torn box with aging yellow tape are the
memories that I have of Christmas with my son.
When I am placing them on the tree I can still hear him laugh
and feel him beside me.  I can hear him saying "Mom you have it upside down",
and his favorite..."do I have to go to bed NOW". and better yet...
"Just ONE more cookie, the last one broke".

The tree is decorated and a light shines brighter because
of Brett...
Rest In Peace My Child...

Your smile is with me always and your love is always in my heart.

Blessings to you all for a Merry Christmas Season.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

What's Your Sign???

This is my NEW sign...

and what I asked Santa for this year for Christmas!!
I guess I was a good girl...huh?
I do like the "New" other sign was just to "busy"
for me...and a little there is such a word?

It was so good to see everyone this week...
WOW!! This was a hustle bustle week and so much fun and
I will be OPEN regular hours next week...however the week of
Christmas we will be
OPEN everyday...
yep Monday-Saturday until 7 p.m.and that does include
Christmas Eve.
I do so hope that you can get a chance to come by and
see us.

Hope everyone has a good weekend, going to check the
pork roast...the menu you may wonder is
pulled pork b-que
home made cole slaw
au gratin potatoes
(Tomorrows dinner)


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

And The Winner Is....

Terri from Michigan.
The answer was a burial would have been used to
lock down the coffin before internment.
I hope you enjoy your Christmas Package Terri,
it's on the way!

These are the trees that I made for the shows and shop.
I used Buffalo Snow to top the cans off...
speaking of Buffalo Snow,
have you all tried that for stuffing?
Run, do not walk to your nearest Big Lots for a bag!!
It is the best in my book...although I do not have a very big
I can only get it at this time of year and have only been able to find it
at our Big Lots...and I buy BAGS!!!!
It has NO slick feeling and when you place it in the beak
of a STAYS!!! It allows you to get a good heavy feeling
to your "creations".
Just thought I would pass this along.

The shop is OPEN regular hours for a while, it was so
good to see everyone today...thanks for swimming on over.

Lee and I have decided that the closer it gets to Christmas
 we will be open everyday!!

The NEW sign is in and hopefully they (Justin & Lee)
will install it on Friday. Will show you when that project is complete.

Well folks I am going to head down to the home shop and see
what I can get into...I am thinking I probably clean up the
HUGE mess.

Have a blessed evening,

Monday, December 5, 2011

It's Play Time!!!

What am I?
Guess correctly and win a Christmas Package
of banners, dirty linen and some grungy candy canes.

you must be a follower; old or new!
That is it

Thanks to everyone who left such kind comments
about the Christmas Show.

Lets see...I put my tree up today...just ONE!!!
No decorations yet but at least it is a start.
Eli could care less about it...YEAHHHH!!!
Tinsley on the other hand thought that it needed to be watered! : (
But I love him.

Do your "fake" trees shed...mine do.  Wasn't that the reason to buy them
I spend just as much time sweeping up fake stuff as I did
the real stuff.

Well folks, gonna run and get some burlap!!

Happy guessing and I will let you guys know
as soon as the correct answer is given.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pardon Me...Excuse Me...Do You...

Remember me??? (small grin)

So, I just finished the wonderful Christmas Show
and it was wonderful!!....
Just look below...

Well, did you see anything that you liked?
This was just a small portion of it.

It has been almost a week since last we chatted,
what going on in your world?
Are you ready for Christmas yet?
Is your meal planned and guest list ready?

This will be the first year since we have been in this house that I
am not having a rather large open house, nor am I putting up
more than one tree.  It will be very simple this year
and I think I am liking it!!

Please keep checking back because I have a contest coming...
let's see how well you know your stuff!!
(I did not know what it was!)

Have a great night and keep checking to see
what I am planning.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Glad To Be HOME........

But I sure do miss this!!  We all had such a wonderful time,
You just can not beat spending time with family!

We shopped and ate wonderful food and shopped,
walked on the beach and did I mention that we shopped?!!

Now Lee and I are getting ready for Mrs. Donna's show!
WOO HOOO, we ALL know Donna really knows how to put
on a wonderful show.  Thanks to everyone who called checking
to be sure we would be at the Christmas Show...
You bet your boots with bells on that we will be there!!

Dec.2 PARTY!! and Preview from 6-8
Dec 3 Show runs from 9-3
We will have treasures from Ohio-South Carolina
old, older, new and everything in between!!!
(Hope you like BURLAP!!)

Well, the pups are home and Eli is in my face!! Such a moocher
when we get home...this is his longest time being by himself,
her survived and played in all the lower cabinets!!  all the doors were open.

Have a great evening
and to my local gals...don't forget Millstone will be
(make sure you come to the show for your prim Christmas wares)


Thursday, November 24, 2011


What a beautiful start to this day...

We...Lee, Dad, Mom Virginia and I are at the beach
for Thanksgiving. 

Please have a blessed day with Family and Friends
and enjoy the leftovers!!!!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Just A Thought....

But I really think FOLK says it best...

If you have not seen this magazine you are really missing out!!
Ben does a fantastic job!!

Millstone is actually featured in the Christmas issue....
Pumpkin Soap.
SOLD OUT at Simple Goods
and Ben just placed an order for some Christmas Soap
for the Folk Store.
I am honored to say the least!!

This has been such an exciting and growing year for
It's hard to believe that the shop has been up and running for almost
a year...where did the time go??
But the best part and the most exciting part of the year was
We have truly met some of the most amazing friends along our journey.

It's getting a little mushy in here, so I will let you go.

Have a great night and a Fantastic tomorrow!!


Friday, November 11, 2011

Just Some Pics....

...from around the shop..
this piece is actually from my home,
it is from the old high school in Lynchburg
square nails and heavy!!

This is my wall of apple crates
that hold all of the Cross Roads Candles...
Butter Maple Syrup

Love this old door less pantry,
great place for the Family Heirloom Weavers!!

And last...we have the beginning of Christmas.

I am glad to be home this weekend, although we have nothing
planned, not EVEN Date Night!!
To cold and Lee wants to hunt in the morning.
When it turns cold I become even more of a home body.
There is just nothing like the fire, covers and my little loving....
Seriously...YOU thought I would say Eli???

Friends, have a cozy evening with your special someone..
and say  thank you a Veteran!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Home Again...

What an AMAZING show.
My hat goes off to Donna for putting together

From the set-up to packing it all up...
this show was perfect.  The line of people waiting to get in
was awesome, they actually ran inside the building.

Thank you again Donna for letting Millstone be a part of this

Now for some more news...
Millstone's Pumpkin Soap made it's
debut at the Simple Goods Show under
the private label of FOLK Magazine.
I am honored...Thanks Ben!

AND last Thursday was my 51st birthday and do you know
what Lee gave me....besides getting me to Ohio safely?
A box of Morning Glory Stuffing! woohoooo!!!
Cathy and I went Hobby Lobby Thursday Night after dinner
and I found it there. It will be used in moderation cause I can not find
it here local.  He really gave me tomorrow
I will go shopping...for what I do not know but I WILL go. 

I got to finally go to Linda Miller's...
Miller House Antiques...
WOOOOOW!  I have never seen anything like that.
The house and the shop are both beautiful!  I want to say to Linda
Thank You for my birthday gifts!!!

Friends, I am heading to play with Eli...he is the sweetest thing when
we get home...but it wears off quick!

Thank you again Donna for letting me be part of
"American Traditions".
You rocked it this weekend!!!!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

One More Thing To Pack....

And isn't it a "purtty" thing??
We picked this up on the way back from Maryland
last weekend.

Now we are almost packed and ready to leave for Lancaster Ohio
in the morning. Really looking forward to this show...
all the santas, candy canes, and snowmen are all packed up
and hoping for new homes.

The blue blanket box pictured secretly told me that it hopes
to end up in my house!!! lol  NOT
It's gotta go also.

Friends, I still have a few last minute things to get
stuff pillows
sew pillows
wash a few things
pack clothes

Yeh, I better get my behind in gear...
meeting Donna and Don in the morning in Lexington
hooking up with Kathy there also and I

Have a Fantasic weekend...I will take pics and post just as soon as I can.

Blessings to you all,

Monday, October 31, 2011


...and it does not mean the American Music Awards...

it stands now for...
Absent Minded Adult!

Good morning to you all...
I am so sorry not to have "talked" to you before now
but when you leave town and FORGET your computer
'tis hard to communicate....

Hope all of you are well and enjoying life.

Want to say a huge THANK YOU to
Lorraine and Robin for THE MOST wonderful pit beef sandwich
Do you ship?? 

And a BIG THANKS to Cecilia for another WONDERFUL show.
Enjoy the eye candy ladies!

I saved THE BEST picture for last....


NOW I am READY to make SANTAS!!!

Have a Blessed day.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Getting To Know Me From A-Z

A- Age- 50...really close to 51 (we get personal REAL quick!!!)

B- Bed- I would love to say a nice feather tick but alas it is a queen size that I share
with Tinsley, Eli and Lee.  I put Lee last  cause actually Tinsley and Eli are so kind
to share THEIR bed with us.

C-Chore I Hate- well if you ask my house what that would be it would answer ALL of them.
But I guess it would be leaning over and cleaning that wonderful cool porcelain toilet

D-Dog- 2 Sassy, my Jack and Tinsley my cartoon character...and with the risk of being mauld I will mention the Cat...Eli

E-Essential to start my day- COFFEE  very plain and simple

F-Favorite Color- is Autumn a color??? I do not know what crayola calls all these warm wonderful colors but they are MY favorite....and purple.

G-Gold or Silver- with the price of them...WHO CARES just give me some

H-Height- a weeee bit above having to have a booster seat to legally drive a car!! 5.2

I-Instrument I play- how about PLAYED  do not laugh...the violin for a few years. First chair. Now I can play the sander and sewing machine like no ones business.

J-Job Title- jeeezzzz...I have soooo many.  President/CEO of Millstone....
Partner/Owner of R & L   chief cook and dishwasher, maid, nurse, banker, shrink....and the list could go on and on.

K-Kids- my son Brett was killed in a car accident when he was 14...12 years ago.  Lee has a son Justin that is 27...he is 3 months older than Brett would be.  I am pleased to call him my "buddy" not my step son.

L-Live In- the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain area of Amherst County, VA.

M-Make of Car- Kia Sorento

N-Nicknames- Lee calls me Boo. Some call me friend but most call me Bitch...and That is a good thing!!!!!   lol

O-Overnight Hospital Stay- 2  gall bladder out at 22 and child birth at 24.  Some say that I should check myself in and be evaluated for a while...I say being crazy is FUN.

P-Pet Peeve- squeezing the toothpaste tube in the MIDDLE of the tube...and dishes in the sink when the dishwasher is right BESIDE hard is it to open that door???

Q-Quote From A Movie-  Frankly Scarlet I Do Not Give A Damn.  and  As God as my witness I will never go hungry you see a picture here...?

R-Right or Left Handed- Right

S-Siblings- no matter how you look at it I am the oldest.  I have 2 younger sisters and a younger brother

T-T.V. Shows- Greys Anatomy, Private Practice and Castle....and the 31 Days of Halloween on SYFI!!!!!

U-Underwear- YES

V-Veggie I hate-any one of them that is cooked to mush!  I like crisp and fresh with a little butter and parm. cheese.

W-What Makes You Late- LIFE!  If i am late call 911 cause I am usually on time or a few minutes early.

X-Rays- ummm...does the breast thing a few months ago count? Thank God all is o.k.

Y- Yummy Food I Fix- I do not mean to boast or brag but I am a great cook.  Just look at Lee and I or ask my family!!!!! They will vouch for me...I promise.

Z-Zoo Animals- kittens a.k.a. Tigers

Missy wants to know what scares us.....The 31 Days of Halloween on SYFI.

Pam wants to know 5 additional things...
1.  I am a licensed contractor
2.  I have a secret desire to own ALL the fabric
3.  I worked in the admin. business for 17 years in the dental field
4.  I am a Master Reiki
5.  I QUIT SMOKING...going on 2 years now!!!!

There you have ME.

Have a blessed night.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hello Friends....

...I will be back in a few days....
I went to the Market on Tuesday
I loved it,
today I am sick with the funky stuff.

Stay healthy!!
Get rest and
eat home made chicken soup!!!

Back soon!!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Howdy Folks...Apple Harvest Pics

From This...

To THIS...

and to  this

                                                                         and then this...

These are pics of my friends booth (Anita, Linda, Janice)
Three Olde Crows

This year the festival was a great success!!!
and the weather could not have been better.
Thank you to everyone that came by and chatted with us.
You are why we LOVE doing this.

Now it is on to Hen House Primitives Show in MD.
We have a new group of goodies going to that....
and then it is on to
which we have a new group of goodies for that as well...
Christmas season for that show...I can't wait!!
Yeah, I know we JUST STARTED fall, but I love the sights and sounds
of Christmas as well.

I hate to run, but the man is here to service the gas logs and get us
ready for winter!!!
Talk to you soon...I promise.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

WOOOHOOO..aka.. not lost any more!!

Howdy folks!!

After searching through what seemed like a bizzillion
boxes I FINALLY found my camera....
in my car.
It was right were I left it, if only I could remember leaving it there!!
So we have a small snippet of our booth at the Sorghum Festival..

Now lets move on to the Antique Expo...
with tons and tons of dealers!!!
Lee and I made 6 trips to the van before all was said and done.
Here is a SMALL portion of what we found...
or should I say "Found Us"...

This blue chair we bought in Hillsville..late 1700's,
but it had no seat...wish I could say that I fixed it but I
will not lie to you...
Lee did it.

I hope that everyone is doing o.k. and I want to
Remember we are just plain folks here...
nothing fancy will be found ...
just friendship
with a touch of rusty and dusty added in for a special touch!

Have a blessed camera is in the kitchen drawer,
will SOMEONE please help ME remember that?  lol


Wednesday, October 5, 2011


#1....I am a Walton's junkie.

#2...I have never been to the Walton Museum and it is
only about an hour from my home.

#3...I do NOT like greens and collards even if it
is a Southern food. all-time favorite movie is
Gone With The Wind...
"Frankly Scarlet...

#5...I do not like Twinkee's

#6...I LOVE Fried Oreos...see previous post

#7...I have not seen much of the U.S.A.

#8...I want to

#9...I have a problem saying NO to fabric...
just seems to follow me home..

#10...I LOVE MY LIFE!!!!!!

Soooo, can you tell I have "misplaced" my camera yet?
I think it got packed up with the goodies from the Sorghum Festival...
hence no pictures of the booth yet!!

Blogger will NOT let me post again so I will just give a shout
out to...
Dawn: have a great trip and I want to visit your town.

Lori: the farm house looks great

Betty: love the snow balls

Robin: do you ALWAYS have to
just kidding. Congrats friend!!

To everyone else,
please enjoy your evening and have a blessed day tomorrow.

Monday, October 3, 2011


crossed with the batter of this.....

Will give you

Fried Oreo Cookies...

Lori turned me on to these at the Sorghum Festival...
and it was love at first bite!!!!

Of course I got the
"You have NEVER had fried oreos....where have you been"? I do not know where I have been...
I know where I am going....
to the NEAREST fair that has a funnel cake vendor.

Friends, if you have never had these...
(do not eat them...more for ME!)

RUN and find some, they are WONDERFUL!

Warm, soft, chewy, sweet creme and oreo...
what could be better?