Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Apron Surprise!

The Apron Surprise!

I have been busy sewing lots of sweet aprons.  As a surprise for my blog friends...I listed them in my Etsy shop at half price and also have made the shipping half off!! I am not announcing this to anyone else...just my fellow bloggers. This special surprise will end on Sunday night and will then go back to regular price. If you want one at the price you will have to get it before the clock strikes midnight!

Please visit my shop Handcrafted by Mary Ann Miller.

Here are some aprons that are listed currently.....

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mama's Apron

Mama's apron...wrapped so sweetly around our hearts.

*The principal use of Mama's apron was to protect the dress underneath. Because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

*It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

*From the chicken coop the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

*When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

*And when the weather was cold, Mama wrapped it around her arms.

*Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove..

*Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

*From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.

*After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

*In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

*When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

*When dinner was ready, Mama walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

*It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Check back soon for an apron surprise!!

Mary Ann :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A New Birth on the Farm

We had a new calf born on our farm yesterday morning! It was a heifer (girl) calf. We raise a few Black Angus cows here on our small farm. We have three cows and one bull. So far, we have had two calves in the last month. We are hoping to have one more from our third cow. Last week we sent two, year old calves, one bull and one steer, down the road to our son's farm to finish fattening them up before they are sold.

Here are a few pictures of our other cows.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Visit Janet at Cottage Blessings.

Isn't this just the sweetest little lamp! Janet, over at Cottage Blessings is have a blog giveaway and someone is going to win this lovely creation! Run over to Janet's blog and enter!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Don't forget my giveaway!!

You still have plenty of time to enter my $50.00 gift certificate giveaway! Be sure and visit this post "I AM CELEBRATING WITH A SPRING GIVEAWAY!"
and you can have up to four entries!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Little Chip Snatcher

Can you imagine such a thing? This cute little granddaughter of mine is a chip snatcher! No matter where I put snacks, this little muncher finds them!
We currently have a bag of potato chips and a bag of Oreos in the kitchen. She located the chips and was able to reach them by really stretching. She proceeded to plop right down on the floor and reached her sweet little hand in the bag.
She tried her best to look innocent when I asked her what she was doing!
She was trying to gobble them so fast that she dropped one on the floor! That didn't stop her....she  seemed so proud of herself.......
When she laughed and stuck it in her mouth!!
I even asked her if she would rather have a cookie instead of the chips.
Her answer was a "NO"....She was a chip kind of girl that day!!

In this last picture she was at her favorite window watching for her favorite people.
Mommy and Daddy!!

Friday, March 18, 2011


Look what I got!!!!
A brand new grandson. Denver was born yesterday, March 17. Mommy, Daddy, and big sister are doing well.

"Big" sister, Addyson got to stay at Grandma and Grandpa's last night while Mommy was in the hospital. In the morning she wanted to cuddle a little bit with favorite blanket and bear.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I am celebrating with a spring giveway!!!

I'm having a spring giveaway!!!!

I am giving a $50.00 gift certificate to my store!!!

You can choose anything you want in my store and you can even use to cover the postage!!

Here's how you can enter the giveaway.....
  1. Leave a comment on this post .
  2. Become a follower of my blog.
  3. Grab my blog button (it's on the right) for your blog.
  4. Make a posting on your blog (that includes the above button and link to this post) about my giveway!
Please leave a seperate comment in this post for each of your entries.

The giveaway will end at 10:00 Eastern Time on April 8, 2011. I will plan to announce a winner on April 9, 2011

A few things currently in my store.........

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Within the next 24 hours, Lord willing, I will have a new grandchild! I have four sweet granchildren currently. They are all such blessings and I simply adore each one of them. We are excitied to meet the newest blessing..... Here is a little collage of my grandchildren

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Enter Donna's Giveaway!

If you like to enter blog giveaways, you will want to visit Donna's blog Brynwood Needleworks . She is having a giveaway to celebrate her second blog anniversary! She is offering some really nice prizes. Donna's blog is certainly a favorite of mine because she offers so much help to girls like me that need help with my quilting techniques. Be sure and check out her tutorials.

Interesting Hometown Sights

I thought today I would share with you, an interesting place near my home. The largest basket in the world is just five minutes from my home! The famous Longaberger baskets are handcrafted in my area and the home office is located in the "big basket" ! Here are some interesting facts about the LONGABERGER HOME OFFICE basket;

Outstanding Features
  • Offices are situated around a seven-story, 30,000 sq. ft atrium where employees and guests can enjoy the natural daylight from the skylight.
  • Two basket handles are attached to the building with replica copper and wooden rivets.
  • The handles are heated to prevent ice from forming.
  • Two Longaberger tags are attached to the sides of the building. The gold leaf painted tags are 725 lbs each and measure 25' long x 7' tall x 3" thick.
  • A majority of the cherry woodwork in the building was harvested from Longaberger Golf Club® in Hanover, dried and milled in our facility, sawed and shaped at our Construction Woodshop, finished and installed by our Construction Division.
Points of Interest
  • The Longaberger Company designed the exterior and interior of the building. NBBJ and Korda Nemeth Engineering administered the construction process.
  • The building is a trademark of The Longaberger Company.
  • Groundbreaking began on October 23, 1995 and employees moved in December 9, 1997.
  • The building has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, People magazine, Time magazine and U.S. News & World Report.
  • Longaberger has received numerous landscaping and construction awards for this building.
  • Product displays in the lobby feature new products and the Longaberger sales kit for the independent sales consultant business opportunity.
Building Facts
  • Property size: 25 acres
  • Building capacity: 500 employees
  • Building footage: 180,000 square feet
  • Total weight of building: Approximately 9,000 tons
  • Total weight of handles: Approximately 150 tons
  • Number of windows: 84
  • Seven stories in height
  • 192' long x 126' wide at grade, widening to 208' long x 142' wide at roof
  • 160 times longer, wider and taller than the Medium Market Basket

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Along The Garden Path

I have cabin fever. I am day dreaming about warm sunny days. I'm thinking about my lilacs....
I simply adore the sweet smell of spring lilacs.
Lilacs  buds are one of the first signs on spring around my home. One of my favorites!

Another favorite of mine is my honeysuckle. The sweet fragrance always takes me back to my childhood.

We also have a lovely bleeding heart plant. It is so beautiful and graceful to see.

Tulips in the springtime in so many shades of color.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at all the pretty spring flowers that grace my area of the country!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Favorite Fabric Designers

I was just wondering who your favorite fabric designer is? That's kind of a hard question for those of you who are like me and simply adore fabric!! I beleive my very favorite designer is Tanya Whelan. I love the palate of colors she uses in her fabrics. Lots of pale pink, blue, yellow, green, and reds! Lots of florals, dots, and stripes. I always favor softer colors when choosing my fabrics.
These designs are from Tanya's Delilah can see all of them here

I love the quality of Amy Butler's fabrics. This is a photo of Amy in her studio.

Amy actually lives about 15 miles from my home! No, I have never had the pleaseure of meeting her in person. She designs bright and bold fabrics. I love the quality and I like a few of her designs but they are a little bolder then what I tend to like.

I like quite a few of Michael Miller's fabrics too. Who is your favorite fabric designers?