Saturday, May 28, 2011

Susie picked the winner!

This morning Audrey and I headed north to Susie’s Bittersweet Treasures in Rochester, NH and we were pleasantly surprised to find the traffic very light on this Memorial Day weekend. Smooth sailing all the way! And even though the skies were gray, our day was so much fun!

When we drove into Susie’s shop/home, the outside  was just as quaint and inviting as I remembered from my visit there a few years ago. 

Take a little stroll around and see for yourself…


…the shop is on the left side of the building….020

…and her home is on the right. What a great set up!










And inside was just as delightful!











Susie had a table all ready for us to set up with the summer issue and the wonderful birdhouse she donated for the giveaway was just waiting for the lucky winner!



She  took us in her perfectly prim home and she had some yummy snacks and gift baskets for us… she and her staff and friends really spoiled us!074



We had a wonderful time meeting and chatting with so many of Susie’s loyal customers and hearing stories of all the fun events she has at the store. It’s clear that she loves her business and customers and they love her!

One of her customers brought her copy of the spring issue of the magazine to show us how ‘well read’ it is!! 


Our time there was over before we knew it and Susie reached into the yellowware bowl and picked the winning slip ….097

And the lucky winner of the birdhouse is….098

…Linda from Simply Country Seasons blog! Congratulations Linda, we will be getting in touch with you so we can mail out the birdhouse! You are going to love it!

It was just a delightful afternoon and we want to thank Susie and her wonderful staff and friends for making us feel so welcome! You check out Susie’s website by clicking ~here~.


And if that wasn’t enough fun for one day, after leaving Susie’s, we just had to make a stop at the Stonewall Kitchen Warehouse store in Rochester…


…oh my….we sampled lots of goodies and brought a few home for ourselves! 


Haven’t heard of Stonewall Kitchen…. then click ~here~! 


We’d like to wish you all a safe and Happy Memorial Day weekend.  May we keep the true meaning of this holiday in our hearts all year long!

Prim Blessings, Linda and the APP staff

Sunday, May 22, 2011

It’s time for another giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed! Thank you everyone!

This Saturday, Audrey and I are excited to be heading north and we will be at Susie's Bittersweet Treasures, 252 Milton Road, Rochester NH  from 12 – 3 PM for a magazine signing event.
We will have copies of the new summer issue for sale and look forward to meeting you!
Have you ever dreamed of having your home in a magazine? Bring along some photos – we would love to see them and maybe your dream will come true!
In anticipation of this fun event,
Susie has very generously donated this wonderful prim birdhouse as a giveaway to one lucky blog reader!
giveaway birdhouse
It is 22" tall, about 12" wide and about 91/2 " deep and will make a wonderful addition to any prim home, porch or garden! 
Along with the birdhouse giveaway – Susie is going to be having additional giveaways, raffle prizes and a few other surprises. Should be a fun afternoon!!Thank you Susie!!
To visit Susie’s great shop you can click ~here~.
  Now for the entry rules, this time we are making it simple! To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment that says “PLEASE ENTER ME”! ONE comment only please.
By the why, your comment doesn’t show up until I publish it, so if you don’t see it right away, I simply means I am not at my computer at the moment.
Here is the most important part, we must be able to reach your blog or email you by clicking on your name in your comment. If you don’t have your account set that way,  you must leave your email address or APP forum name. In the last 2 giveaways, several entries were invalid because they did not follow those rules. 
EDITED 5/23 8:45 AM - Unfortunately, as of right now 5 entries are invalid because they linked back to a blogger profile with an inactive blog - or no blog and we have no way to contact you. A blogger profile does not automatically link to an email. You must set it up that way. If you commented before this time and don't see your comment, that is why. If you are commenting using your APP forum name, please specify that. Thanks so much!
The giveaway begins now, and will close on Thursday, May 26th at 5 PM E.S.T. so that I have time to print out and cut up all the entry slips. No entries will be accepted after that time. The entry slips will be traveling to Susie’s with us, and Susie will do the honor of picking the winning entry! Please check back Saturday evening to see the winner’s name.
Good luck and I’ll be back here Saturday evening!!
Prim blessings, Linda and the APP staff

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A peek at our visit to a brothel…


Audrey and I had the unusual pleasure of visiting a brothel today…

  …and this is what we saw just inside the door…346[4]


Yes indeed – we were up for that! The home we shot today for a future issue was purported to be brothel at one time in it’s storied past. Of course that closed looooooong ago, but we were delighted to find that there is still one hooker living there ~ 748_thumb[5]~ a rug hooker that is!! Shame on you if you thought any different!


The outside spaces were as inviting as the inside! 617[4]




We were very warmly …675_thumb[1]


And in addition to the hooker and her hubby, we met some other very strange interesting people…678_thumb[1]





and we even saw plenty of evidence examples of the hooking…204[5]







and we saw some other very, umm, shall we say INTRIGUING sites…685_thumb[1]





We were even treated to…

a delicious lunch…698_thumb[1]

on their beautiful screened in porch….696_thumb[2]

…and by the end of the day we were simply…



Thanks for playing along  joining us on this sneak peek! We hoped you enjoyed it!

Prim blessings,

Linda and the APP staff

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