Sunday, July 24, 2011

Our Country Journal

Jeremy & I decided to take a break from office work
on Friday and went for a little drive in the country.
We had fun taking some random shots of local scenery for our Country Journal.

Photography by Jeremy A. Doss

Photography by Kristine Berg Doss

Photography by Jeremy A. Doss

Photography by Jeremy A. Doss

Photography by Kristine Berg Doss

Photography by Kristine Berg Doss

Photography by Kristine Berg Doss

Photography by Kristine Berg Doss

Photography by Jeremy A. Doss

Photography by Kristine Berg Doss

Photography by Kristine Berg Doss

"Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence
it draws its life, its strength;
and so is man rooted to the land
from which he draws his faith together
with his life."
Joseph Conrad

Blessings to you and yours,
Jeremy & Kristine

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cold Hard Cash to Cool You Down On a Hot Summer Day


Yes, you heard that right!! As the fall issue goes to print, we are already thinking of ways to cool down.

238-2Home of Lana Testa. Photo by Linda Rudman


Instead of a blog giveaway this month, we are having a very special Facebook giveaway! You must be on Facebook to participate in this giveaway so hop on over there right now and sign up if you aren’t already a member.


What can you win you ask??


How about Cold Hard Cash!


We are giving away $300.00 of cold hard cash to one person…

AND a second prize of $100.00 cash and a free subscription!
Here's how to get your named entered:
'Share' A Primitive Place on your wall by clicking on 'Share' located on the lower left of our page. Tell all of your friends about APP and ask them to 'Like' our page! Ask them to post on our wall that YOU referred them AND ask them to 'Share' APP on their wall. The person who refers the most friends will win the First prize of  $300.00 cash!
 Second Prize: One name will be drawn from all of the new peeps that 'Liked' our page and they will win $ 100.00 cash plus a free subscription!
Once we reach 5,000 'Likes', the names will be announced! There is nothing better than cold hard cash to cool you down on a hot summer day! Don't you agree?
We don’t want any one dilly dallying around here  so we have shut off comments for this post only. What are you waiting for -  get busy and maybe YOU can win the Cold Hard Cash!!
You can find us on Facebook by clicking ~HERE~!
Good luck everyone!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Press Check

Jeremy, Damon and I had the privilege of touring the Forum Communications Printing in Fargo, ND, on July 14th and 15th and saw the fall issue come off the press! It was so exciting!

Here are a few photos of our visit!

This is the machine that is printing the magazine. Each of those compartments holds one color. (cyan, magenta, yellow, etc.) The paper weaves in and out of the compartments.


This is the side that the paper goes in:


Here is one of the plates. It is like a template. Oh look! It is the cover of the magazine!


This is the end that the paper comes out of after it is printed:


This is the machine that folds the pages. Look how fast it is going!  It is just a blur of color! Does anyone recognize the house in the photo?


Here is Damon standing next to a stack of finished pages. He is very excited to be a part of all of this and is such a good helper!


The fall issue is well under way and is scheduled to be released in early August.

Next week, we are going back to see the binding put on the magazines!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Jeremy, Kristine & Damon

Monday, July 11, 2011

Celebrating One Year!

Cover photo from the home of Loretta Spiak. "Its a WonderFall Life" 
Written by Dan Weaver. Photography by Linda Rudman.
With this issue, we commemorate the one year anniversary of A Primitive Place magazine! To celebrate, we have incorporated some exciting new changes!  The first change that you may have noticed already is the addition of Country Journal to our name. We are very excited about the new name, the new look and the additional content. A Primitive Place & Country Journal will be what A Primitive Place was plus more!

    With the addition of the new name, we have added a new section. In our new Homesteading section, we will be offering practical advice on gardening, food, health, saving money and overall, ways to achieve a simpler way of life, for both the urban and country lifestyle. In this issue you will read about canning & stocking your pantry, the history of the butter churn, how to make homemade butter, harvesting & freezing apples, using coupons to save money & “The Homesteader’s Journal.” In this issue, the article in “The Homesteader’s Journal is entitled “River Cats: Reeling on the Red.” We will feature a different story or showcase a special event in each issue that will be directed a little bit more towards the men out there. 

Here are a few sneak peeks from the fall 2011 issue:

Special Feature: Ghoultide Gathering - "A Halloween Artist Spectacular"

Home of Maria Cardillo and John Nealon. "A Cornucopia of Primitives" 
Written by Dan Weaver. Photography by Linda Rudman.

Home of Loretta Spiak "It's a WonderFall Life" 
Written by Dan Weaver. Photography by Linda Rudman.
Home of David & Lana Testa "Falling for Primitives" 
Written by Dan Weaver. Photography by Linda Rudman.
Home of Cathy Liddell "The Power of a Pioneering Spirit" 
Written by Jeremy A. Doss. Photography by Linda Rudman.
Home of Karen Gerhart "A Colonial Transformation" 
Written by Dan Weaver. Photography by Karen Gerhart.
Garden Feature "From the Ground Up" 
Written by Jeremy A. Doss. Photography by Linda Rudman.

Fall Garden Sheds, Photography by Linda Rudman

In our KinderGarden Section: Luke Miller, grandson of Roxanne Smith, Newcomertown, Ohio, is photographed playing outside in the freshly raked leaves.
Simple Craft Projects & Savory Fall Recipes to share with family and friends! 

 And, here is the 5th in our series of APP Dolls
handcrafted by Lana Testa.

Percy, our " Not So Scary" Scarecrow, stands 11" tall. He is a great addition to your fall decor. A grungy gourd head, a flannel coat with handcrafted stars and a hand dyed mustard cheesecloth hat give him such a folky look, that you just might want to leave him out all year long! The only thing he is scared about, is that someone might take his new fall issue of A Primitive Place Magazine! Each is handmade by the artist with our original design. 
To order your very own, visit!

 The fall issue will be released August 1st. If you have not placed your order yet, what are you waiting for?
Visit to order your subscription today!
For those of you wanting to order wholesale for your shop, you can place your order right now through our wholesale ordering page. Order forms will also be emailed to all vendors.
Thank you all for your support over the past year. We couldn't have done this without all of our loyal fans!
We appreciate you! 
Prim Hugs,
Kristine & Staff

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

~The Bluegrass State...A Photo Shoot Sneak Peek~

Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to Gilbertsville, Kentucky to shoot the home of Rhonda and Leigh Thistlethwaite for a future issue of A Primitive Place magazine.  Their wonderful home is situated on a beautiful lake.  The home, which is a perfect mix of Colonial and primitive decor', is wonderful with awesome decks and breathtaking views of the lake.  Rhonda has some terrific pieces and collections while still maintaining a peaceful and uncluttered space.  Rhonda is also an accomplished hooked rug maker.  Her home is full of many of her fantastic creations.

As I traveled to Kentucky, the weather was beautiful.  The sun was shining and the temperature was perfect.  It was just the kind of day to spend at the lake.  This is one house that you will not want to miss seeing.  So, to wet your whistle here are a few peeks into Rhonda and Leigh's Old Kentucky Home.   

If that left you wanting to see more, and I am positive that it did, keep looking for Rhonda and Leigh's home in the near future.  To make sure you do not miss this beautiful home click ~here~ to renew or order your subscription of A Primitive Place magazine.

Thank you for visiting A Primitive Place.  We appreciate you stopping by and we hope you will continue to come back as often as possible.  Don't forget to look for A Primitive Place on facebook and make sure you check back later in the week for some very exciting announcements.

"Tough girls come from New York, sweet girls they're from Georgia.  But us Kentucky girls we have fire and ice in our blood.  We can ride horses, be a debutante, throw left hooks, and drink with the boys all while making sweet tea, darlin'.  And if we have an opinion, you know you're gonna hear it."
~Ashley Judd~

All Our Best, 
~Dan & the entire APP staff~

Friday, July 1, 2011

Just another day in paradise…


What do you get when take a sunny, dry, breezy summer day with temps in the 70’s, and two friends take a road trip and they end up here…


…at the Cat’s Cradle, 265 Hadley St {rte 47}, South Hadley, MA 01075



..and walking around back they see sights like this…









and they are treated like this….353


..with a delightful lunch of broccolini slaw with poppy seed dressing…236

a hearty bread…237

pasta salad…238

rosemary roasted chicken…239

fresh fruit…241

and a fresh berry shortcake! 374

while sitting in the shade under a delightful grape arbor…


…at a table set with an old quilt and special dishes and family pieces…



…and then the hosts break out their special stash of an old family recipe….372

…of limoncello – but not just any limoncello - and it was creamy limoncello!  Why it was as if we were transported to a villa in Italy! 

Audrey and I had the pleasure of visiting with Sandi and Wayne at their shop and home


and I had the pleasure of taking photos of their gorgeous gardens for a future issue of APP magazine.

Thank you Sandi and Wayne for making the day so special with the delicious lunch, your gorgeous gardens, the wonderful game boards you sent home with us and for making it

 just another day in paradise!


You can find the Cat’s Cradle on Facebook ~HERE~!


Looking for more prim inspiration? There is a whole gallery of primitive homes on the APP website and you can view them by clicking ~here~.

And  check back soon as Dan posts pics from a photo shoot he was doing many states away at the same time we were in paradise!

And then soon after that, Kristine will unveil a peek at the cover of the fall issue and some peeks inside and all kinds of big news! APP is just a happening place this July!



Happy Canada Day to all our friends to the north!


And Happy Independence Day weekend to everyone blessed to call the USA home!

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What It Means to Be an American!

To believe in the promise of a better tomorrow,and stand united in our efforts to give a peaceful nation to our children.
To honor each other's differences
and cherish the richness of our history,
even as it continues to unfold
from sea to shining sea.

To love deeply our friends and family, day by day,and never take for granted
the privilege of calling ourselves American.

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“America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good
with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.”

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May all that America stands for
touch your heart in a special way
this 4th of July.

Prim blessings, Linda

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