Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Big Announcement & A Winner!

We have some very exciting news to share with you!

A Primitive Place & Country Journal
is proud to announce
the addition of
David T. Smith
to our staff as contributing writer.

We are honored to have David T. Smith join our team
and we look forward to his contributions
to our publication.

David will be sharing his design skills and his knowledge of antiques and history with our readers.

David devotes himself to reproducing American antique furniture reproductions; New England, Shaker and Pennsylvania-German styles through his business, The Workshops of David T. Smith. The fine museum quality furniture of The Workshops can be found in homes across the nation.
 Photo above: The Libbey kitchen is one of the most famous works
of David T. Smith. It was inspired by an early 1800s kitchen.

His kitchens have been featured in numerous national magazines and publications, such as
Early American Life, Country Living,
and Country Sampler, to name a few.
David also conducts seminars around the country sharing his design skills
with those that are designing kitchens
for their historic homes.

You can find out more about
The Workshops of David Smith at:

Visit David’s blog by clicking here.

If you have not subscribed to A Primitive Place & Country Journal, you will not want to miss out!
David T. Smith’s first article will appear in our Winter/Holiday 2011 issue
scheduled to be released November 1st.
Click here to Subscribe.

Now for the winner of the giveaway!
Linda printed out all the eligible comments.
Unfortunately, once again, there were several that offered no contact info. If you commented and now don’t see your comment, that means when we clicked on your name in your comment,
it took us to a dead end.
After printing out the comments
and cutting them into slips,
she pulled the lucky name out of the bowl.
And the winner is…..

Tress from the blog Warmth and Comfort!

Linda will be contacting you for your mailing address
and Karen will ship out your candle shortly.
Thank you to everyone that entered!

Be watching on Sunday for our big reveal of the cover
of the Holiday 2011 issue and some sneak peeks!

Until then, from all of the APP staff,
warm hugs and prim blessings
Kristine & Linda

Sunday, September 25, 2011

It’s a Harvest Moon Giveaway Time!


Happy Fall everyone!! It’s once again time for a special giveaway for our loyal followers and new friends!

This month we are very excited to be giving away one of very own exclusive Harvest Moon Soy Candles!
The candle comes in a 12 oz. jar and is  warm spicy blend of apples and  pumpkin, highlighted by cinnamon, clove and a hint of citrus.
Harvest Moon candle  picture
(candle only included in giveaway)
This Star Mills 100% pure Soybean Wax Candle will be hand poured by Karen Leonard in her Ohio home.
To enter, you must leave ONE comment on this post only saying “please enter me”. You MUST be a follower of our blog. You must leave a way for us to contact you. Your comment will be deleted if it does not link to an active blog, active profile with contact info, email or if  you don’t leave contact info in the comment. You may leave your APP forum name as a way to contact you.
The giveaway is open now and closes at 7 PM on Wednesday, September 28th. The winner will be announced on Thursday, September 29th in the evening so please check back then!
Good luck to everyone!
If you want to make sure you get one of our first in the series,  limited edition candles, you can 
visit our main website by clicking ~HERE~! There will be a BUY NOW button.
 The Harvest Moon scent is only available until  November 15th, 2011 so please place your order soon!
Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time,
for all the APP & CJ staff
~ prim blessings, Linda
P.S. ~ Shhh – don’t let on that I told you but there will be some exciting announcements and sneak peeks coming very soon!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

On this First Day of Fall

“October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.”

George Cooper
(October's Party)

    If you ask any one of us, from A Primitive Place & Country Journal, what our favorite season is, we will all cheer, “Fall!” We wait with much anticipation for the cool crisp mornings, hot cocoa on the porch, warm fuzzy sweaters, bonfires, and roasted marshmallows!

    As we celebrate this first day of fall, we are also celebrating the addition of some new team members.

Donna Dixon joins us from Safety Harbor, Florida and will take over our Trash to Treasure section. She has some very creative makeovers in store for you coming up in the Holiday issue. You can find out more about Donna at

Frank and Pam Hendrix of Jeffersonville, Georgia, will be contributors to our Homesteading section. They enjoy reenacting the 19th century from the years 1820-1865. Their hobby encompasses the everyday life of the folks they portray. You can visit their picturetrail and blog at the following addresses:
And last, we welcome Tracy Kohlgraf to the APP editorial team! Tracy recently joined our staff as editorial assistant and will be working hand-in-hand with publisher/editor, Kristine Berg Doss.

Stay tuned for details on our September giveaway and a big announcement early next week.

As you celebrate this glorious first day of fall, please remember to take the time to enjoy the simple things. Enjoy playing in the freshly fallen leaves with your kids or grandkids. Visit your local pumpkin patch and pick out that perfect pumpkin or go for a walk and looking at nature’s beauty. God gives us the most beautiful things of all; nature and our children. Enjoy them both! : )
 Robert, Amy & Ashlyn


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Another little sneak peek…

Saturday was the PERFECT weather for the first fall photo shoot of this season. Audrey and I only had a short ride from my home to the wonderful home of Janet and Glenn DeYoung.

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As soon as we drove up, and I saw the DeYoung’s quintessential New England Cape style home, I knew we were in for a treat and I jumped out of my car and started shooting pics immediately while Audrey, Janet and Glenn got comfy inside. From the front yard to the front door to the entry way on the side,

024  and in every room inside there was eye candy everywhere! Please enjoy these sneak peeks! 424




They have such great taste…even in their reading materials!! 104







After I spent a few hours taking pics, it was time for a break and we all sat down at Janet’s delightfully set table and enjoyed a delicious lunch.


As often happens when I am photographing a home, I get in ‘the zone’ and my whole focus is on what I am shooting and where the sun is moving and what I will shoot next. In the beginning, I can hear Audrey and the homeowners getting to know each other and chatting away as they fill out the questionnaire that Audrey brings which is later used by the writers. But soon I am in my own little world and even as they continue to chat away ~ sometimes for hours ~ I don’t hear a thing!!  Then even when we break for a drink or lunch, I still am sometimes still in my zone and this was one of those times and I totally forgot to take pics of the food until it was almost all devoured! I did remember just in time to snap a picture of the last of the yummy little chocolate cream pie tarts we had for dessert.306

In case you can’t read the menu, these were preceded by Olive Garden Tuscan Soup, Ham & Cheese Party Buns, and Strawberry Jellied Salad on a bed of Spinach w/ creamy vinaigrette dressing.


It was delicious and very much appreciated!! It was a delightful day and I know you will thoroughly enjoy seeing a lot more of this home in a future issue. Thanks Janet and Glenn for opening your home to Audrey and I and to the readers of APP & CJ!


As I have said before, we never expect to be fed and in fact we always happy to bring our own lunch. We know how much work it is just to get ready for a shoot, never mind cook a meal for guests!  We just enjoy sitting down and ‘breaking bread’ with the homeowners. For me especially, it is really the only time I have to spend much time chatting with them and I always love to hear a little about how their home ‘came to be’.


Soon it will be time for the September blog giveaway and we have some other news to share so check back over the weekend for all the news!

Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time, for all the App staff,

prim blessings, Linda

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September fun!!

Today the air was cool and dry, the sky a gorgeous shade of blue ~ just the perfect day for our magazine event at Country Culture’s shop and Maria and John’s home in Brookline, NH.
Not only did they have their fall Open House in the store, they very generously  opened the downstairs of their home for tours as well. It was fun to see the house all decked out for fall again. Just like last year, every nook and cranny were ready for fall.  Here are a few of the pics I took in between visiting with the kind folks who stopped by!
Thanks Maria… these pumpkins look great this year too!045
Mr. Caw still has his place of honor…009
And some of the same folks we met last year stopped by again today. Here is Maria with our APP forum friend Karen,  her daughter and Audrey of course! 042
And looky here… Maria with the gals from Walker Homestead~ Kris, Doreen and Marge. They took time out from getting ready for their Simple Treasures of the Past show on September 24th to surprise Maria! How sweet was that?  For info on their awesome antique show click ~here!  It is a must on your fall agenda!055
As usual Maria made some yummy treats for both the customers and us! You never go hungry when at Maria’s! Here is her famous grape salad. It’s so good! The recipe is in the spring issue or you can find it ~here~. 065
The shop was also decked out for fall from head to toe and I snapped a few pics in there as well.012
Whether you are looking for small accessories…013
or large furnishings, Maria and John have it all. 016
Thanks again Maria and John ( and your helpers too) for making it a great day for us!!
The open house continues tomorrow from 10-4 so if you didn’t get to go today, it is not too late!  Just look for the antique home…297020_186798981393443_100001900269296_447809_2137736_n
… with the shop attached and all the cars in the parking lot.  I snagged these two pics from Maria…296560_186799098060098_100001900269296_447810_7394902_n
274 Route 13
Brookline NH 03033
Check back later this week and I’ll have a few more photos of one of the homes in the fall issue to share with you.
Until next time ~ prim blessings,
Linda and the APP Staff

Monday, September 5, 2011

A Cornucopia of Primitives and our very own Harvest Moon Candles!

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Just over the border from MA, in the southern NH town of Brookline, there is a wonderful old New England home lovingly cared for by Maria Cardillo and John Nealon.  Attached to their primitive décor store, Country Culture, the home houses their  collections of antiques and prims. Each fall, Maria adds to it’s charm when she totally transforms their home with fall and Halloween décor. Every single shelf and surface was just a photo-op waiting to happen. Here are a few more photos of their home for your enjoyment!  
Does that leave you wanting to see even more?? 
Well then, you are in luck!!
You can see Maria and John’s home in person on Saturday September 10th and Sunday the 11th from 10am  – 4pm during their annual Fall Open House weekend. They will also host Audrey and I for a magazine signing on Saturday from 10-2 PM. Please join us and see this year’s fall transformation for yourself!  For directions and info just click ~HERE~. We hope to see you there!
We are so very excited to finally have our very first
Exclusive and Limited Edition
 A Primitive Place & Country Journal Candle
ready to offer!
( Candle only included )
These Star Mills 100% pure Soybean Wax Candles are hand poured by Karen Leonard in her Ohio home. Our first scent is Harvest Moon ~ A warm spicy blend of apples and  pumpkin, highlighted by cinnamon, clove and a hint of citrus.
The candles come in a 12 oz. jar and sell for $17.95 each which includes shipping in the continental US only.
To order, please visit our main website by clicking ~HERE~! There will be a BUY NOW button.
For shipping to AK, HI or internationally or to add insurance to the shipping or any other questions, there will be an email address on our website to contact Karen directly. She will assist you with those details. Because each candle is hand poured to order, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. The Harvest Moon scent is only available until  November 15th, 2011 so please place your order soon!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time ~ prim blessings,
Linda and the APP staff 
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