Sunday, December 23, 2012


Hello all!  Sorry I've been missing for awhile... Been sick, but getting better. 
I had promised many friends that I would offer a favorite recipe as a Christmas gift.  I hope you will accept it as a New Year's gift, instead.  I will try to get it on here between Christmas and New Years Day.
I wish  you a Christmas filled with love, family, good food and promises of a wonderful 2013.
Blessings and Love to you all!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Today is the day to make a difference.
The future of our children depends on you using your God given right and privilege to select and elect those you think will take our great country toward a better AMERICA. VOTE!   ...AND PRAY!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Almost time...

Almost time to make that trip to Lancaster, Ohio... Giles has been working hard to create  a lot of new make-dos, as well as a few of his past items we have had requests for. 
We sure hope you can make it to the American Traditions show on November  2nd & 3rd...We are looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and sharing our primitive offerings with you. See you soon...
P.S. Prayers and good wishes go out to all those affected by Sandy...whether you're dealing with rain and wind or snow and wind, please be careful.  Stay warm and please, take care of your pets...They do not understand the bad weather, so they need protection as well. Blessings to all for safe passage through this storm...

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Ever wonder how blogs get their name?  
Karen at My Colonial Home  ( )  has given a challenge to all who care to join, so I am going to share how we got our name.
I started blogging in July 2008, so when we moved our store, it was only natural to want to start a blog for Cabin In The Woods.
For many years, we had a country shop and when we moved to the mountains, we moved our shop to a downtown location. After a few years there, we wanted to cut back on the confinement of being in a shop every day, so we decided to relocate our business to our home, a cabin down a dirt path in the woods.

The downstairs was perfect for a shop, but since we were in a log cabin in a secluded, wooded place, the old name of our business just didn't work...Giles and I talked for days about a suitable name for our business and location...Finally, he wanted to change the name to "Cabin In The Woods" because that's what and where we were.
It's not a really old cabin, but it's log and stone and perfect for us! We finished the downstairs so the inside looked like a log cabin and our goodes fit perfectly there. 
Although we closed our retail shop a couple of years ago, we still use the store space for storage between shows and also for some of my creating.
Who knows, maybe one day, I'll reopen the store with limited days and hours just so we can get to see our long-time customers more often. 
Thanks Karen for the challenge...We love our "Cabin In The Woods" and are proud to share how we got our name.
If anyone else is interested in taking on Karen's challenge, you may go here

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Where we'll be?

Hi folks...  We have had several inquiries about where our next shows are...  Please check the right-hand sidebar here on our blog for Show Info.  
Although we will miss Lori's fall gathering this year, you don't want to miss it.  Such a fun day on her farm and lots of awesome goodes will be offered for you this weekend...
Also, we will not be at the show in Gettysburg, but folks in that area need to check it out...many wonderful antiques will be gathered for your selections...  
We really appreciate our loyal friends and customers and look forward to seeing you at every show.  Our next show will be in Cameron, N.C. ( )  Let you in on a secret too...Even though the Cameron link shows just Sat. for the show, we will also be set up Friday afternoon for your buying pleasure, so please visit us there, right in front of The Ferguson House.
Many Blessings to all who follow The Cabin In The Woods... You are the best!!!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Just back from The Gathering show in Knoxville, TN   Had a wonderful time, sold well, saw old friends, met some new ones...
Some new "neighbors" at the show were Kim and Rick Murray from Decator, Ala.  So sweet and what awesome things Kim had created.  Watch for her things...She may even get a blog going...Let's hope so.   : ) 
Had a great time with Debbie and Hank (Four Meadows Farm) "next door" to our booth. Debbie had some great Fall creations, so watch for more of her things at her cabin in a few weeks.
Seems I have a terrible habit of 'forgetting' my camera, so sorry I have no pics.  I do believe dear friends, Lee and Robin at Millstone Mercantile may have a shot or two on her blog soon.
Our next show will be in Cameron, N.C. so hope we'll see you there in a few weeks.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mystery solved...

Well, the mystery is solved!  Sneezy, apparently, started out down in the 'holler' at our neighbors house.  He was harassed by the neighbor's cat and must have grown tired of it and "ran away from home". LOL 
We don't have an outside pet nor any other animal to aggravate Sneezy, so he has latched onto Giles and the safety of the trees behind the barn. 
Our neighbor said the first time he saw the turkey, it seemed a bit tame.  A bit? I think this turkey would come inside for dinner if we invited him/or her. 
Sneezy is welcome to hunt his bugs here and we will continue to give progress on his visit...he/she is quite entertaining and we feel honored he chose us for his sanctuary...I also look forward to finding out if he is a he or a she... May have to change his name to Sneezette!  Blessings...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Oh my! I had not planned on continuing to post about 'Sneezy', but that  turkey is just plain funny!  We had not seen him for a few days, so thought he had moved on. NOT SO! 
This morning, he was back at the barn, hunting his bugs and waiting for Giles to appear. He has followed him around all day, like a puppy running here and there. One time, he was sunning himself just inside the barn doorway while Giles had saws and drills going full can a wild turkey be so calm amid so much noise and activity?
This afternoon, I walked out to the barn (with camera ready) and took a seat on the old bench on the porch.  Up runs 'Sneezy' to stare me in the face, then began to preen himself only a foot away...guess he was trying to make an impression.  Silly bird!
The funniest and strangest thing 'Sneezy' does is when Giles pats his feet in time to bluegrass music (via the radio station in Galax, VA)  'Sneezy' comes running (seems he runs toward Giles a lot : ) and then watches the feet as they tap away...I'm sure he thinks the laces might be worms, since he pecks at them, but mostly, he watches the feet and sort of moves with them.  Perhaps he's trying to pick up his own rythmn...go figure! A wild turkey who loves blusgrass music and humans! 

Apparently, 'Sneezy' feels quite secure here and loves his new 'family'. Maybe one day, some fellow turkeys will pass through and lure him away, but in the mean time, I guess we have a new pet.  We still will not feed him or do anything to take away his wild nature, but evidently he chooses to tame a bit of that 'nature' by hanging out at the Cabin In The Woods.  Blessings...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Well, 'SNEEZY' is still hanging around, and getting braver every day. Today, we were loading the trailer for our show this weekend in VA (SUMMER IN THE VALLEY) and he strutted around among all the goodies, curious to see if anything was for him...LOL  He kept coming up to me, staring into my eyes...don't know if it was a challenge or he found me 'mother-like', but he ended up flying  onto my shoulder for a brief, up-close visit, then onto a table he found more interesting. 
Later, as we had the door propped open to bring goods out of the basement, 'SNEEZY' couldn't resist, so in he walked and started checking things out among our junky storage...Enough!  Out he went after Giles shooed him away.
He is certainly charming and interesting, but as with all wildlife, we're trying not to encourage him to be our pet. Already, he is sure to become easy prey since he clucks loudly with every step while he is hunting for bugs.  He obviously is not afraid of humans, loud noises, sudden movements and strange piles of old stuff sitting in the driveway, awaiting their place in the trailer.
SNEEZY is young and curious and cute...but he will get bigger, wilder and more aggressive as he matures and when mating season begins, it would not be a 'good thing' for him to feel at ease around us. He needs to move on and find a 'family' more like himself... Besides, the season of giving Thanks isn't far off, so if he knows what's good for him...Well! 
BTW...everytime he gets close to us, he sneezes...YEP!  So checked and read that 'stags' (males) make the sneezing noise as a way to show off...Thus, the name 'SNEEZY'... And he has been showing off!
As for those who think it is fun to 'adopt' wild animals, please think before you do. They are wild! They need to enjoy nature as God intended... Let's all enjoy these wild creatures from a distance and hope they don't all try to 'adopt' us!  BLESSINGS!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Well, looky what has been hanging around Giles and his workshop/barn today... We had noticed a lone turkey poult wondering around the yard for a couple of days (don't know what happened to his family) Today, Giles was working on some things for our show next weekend and buzzed me on the intercom...said a young turkey had come inside the barn...the poult was in and out for quite awhile...then Giles buzzed me and said the poult had flown into the barn and settled down on one end of the work bench. By the time I got out there with the camera, our new friend was exploring Giles' tools and saws. Think he wants to learn how to create make-dos?  So tame...didn't mind my joining in. If he keeps hanging around, I guess we'll get some corn to feed him. Apparently, he/she likes the homeplace for now!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Just a reminder that Summer In The Valley is soon.  Giles has made a few, new make-dos and we'll also have some great old stuff, so hope we see you there!
p.s.  Sorry for the blurred show card image...don't know what happened to it, but go to the show website and it will be "big as life".  We're looking forward to seeing you soon!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

All dressed up for a big celebration?  Hope your Independence Day is filled with thankfulness for the great country we live in, the amazing people we call our 'neighbors' and the freedoms we enjoy every day! 
Don't eat too much, drive too fast or set anything on fire with all the fireworks... Be safe!

Monday, May 28, 2012


Remembering those who fought for and paid the ultimate price for our freedoms and honoring those who have served or continue to serve so we may enjoy the privileges provided American Citizens.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Well, how do you like this beauty?  It's almost identical to my own, which we took in to a friend's shop today for her to sell.  I've had mine for over 20 years and bought it from the elderly lady who originally owned it.  The first day I saw the stove, I fell in love...After all, it's BLUE!  I love anything blue, but this is an exceptionally pretty blue...A Karr cook range from early 1900's.
We've hauled our "Blue Beauty" around to each house we've lived in for the past 20 years..I used it as a display piece in my shop for several years, but just couldn't part with it...Until today.  We no longer have our shop (closed two years ago) and we don't have room for the stove in our cabin, so I thought long and hard about it and finally decided that someone else needs to own it, enjoy it, possibly cook on it (it is in excellent cooking condition)...They need to love that blue as much as I have.
I just wanted to offer a sort of official 'farewell' to my "Blue Beauty"...May she continue to cook many yummy biscuits!  Blessings from the NC mountains!

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Hope this post is successful...this new blogger is messing with my old brain!!!   Just wanted to let you kow we'll be at Donna's cabin gathering on June 9th from 10-3...hope you'll be there too.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Hi folks...just added new goodes to our selling blog, so hop on over and check them out. We have more of Giles' make-dos this time, so even though you might not be able to make it to our shows, we will continue to try to offer some of the show items on the selling blog. Just click on the link in the sidebar...Blessings to all!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

That man 'o mine!

That man 'o mine! He is so awesome!

Last week, as we were preparing to leave for our show in Gettysburg, we had a family emergency and I was needed here....soooo, Mr. Wonderful volunteered to go do the show without me...we've always done shows together, so I knew he had watched me put things together often enough to know what to do. He wasn't very excited about it, but knew we had worked so hard getting ready for this show, so off he went on his long journey from here in the NC mountains. He stayed the first night with friends in VA to break up the drive-time...the next morning, he headed on up to Pennsylvania.

Once he found the show site, he met with a few glitches in booth spaces, but finally found where he would 'create' our little log cabin... The worst glitch was lack of electricity, so all that work on make-do lights was wasted since none of them could be plugged in...sad, but those things happen. After getting over that discovery, he began to get things in place. After many, many phone calls asking me where to put this and that, these few pictures are the result of his hard work and determination. What a man...that man 'o mine! He is awesome.

Thanks to all our old and new customers who visited our booth...sorry I missed you, but according to Mr. Wonderful, at ALL future shows, you will see both of us... He does not enjoy "flying solo"...LOL

p.s. Thanks again, Donna, for a great show and including Cabin In The Woods...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Coming soon!

Just a reminder that our next show is coming up soon. A 'full house' of dealers with some of the best primitive country antiques, folk art, and handcrafted wares will be offered in the beautiful Eisenhower Hotel in Gettysburg, PA. Hope we'll see you there.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

What a weekend!

We're finally back from Knoxville, Tn. What a weekend! Friday was quite scary with all the tornados threatening the Knoxville area. We did have some very brave shoppers come out when the show opened at 4:00 that afternoon, and we truly appreciate your dedication to the primitive/country shows. Friday night was even more scary, but once the bad weather passed, we were able to get some rest before starting a beautiful and busy day at the show on Saturday.
Almost forgot! Thanks to Robin & Lee (Millstone Mercantile) for a fun weekend and for the great dinner treat for my nice to have special, thoughtful friends!
Thanks to all those who came out to The Gathering on Saturday. We hope you are happy with your purchases and will visit us at other shows. There will be another Gathering in August, so watch for the date and info...
Special Thanks to Jackie Chitwood for promoting such a nice show. See you again soon.
Finally, our thoughts and prayers are with all those who suffered damages and losses during the terrible weather this weekend. God Bless You All!

p.s. I was going to post a few show pics, but while I was away, some strange little computer monsters came and messed with my photo gizmo! Will try later this week...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


A new show in Knoxville, TN...You'll love it! Make your plans to attend Friday or Saturday.

We'll have some of our make-do garden items as well as some neat old primitive goodes. Can't wait to see old and new faces...See you soon!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Wonderful show..

Whew! We're back from an awesome show in VA. Donna Smith really knows how to get the best dealers together and put on a great event. THANK YOU DONNA!!!!
I know it's no fun to not have pictures, but first of all, I forgot to take the camera...second, the lighting in that building is terrible and makes everything look greenish...third, I guess I really don't have a good excuse. LOL
Maybe you need to visit our other shows to get a first-hand look at the amazing wares that are offered....LOL
Giles and I really want to THANK ALL who visited, purchased or just chatted with us. It's always nice to put a face with a name and really special to see our faithful, regular customers/friends! YOU ARE THE BEST!
Our vendor-friends are so special to us... First, when we drove up to VA. to get ready for the show, we took a little side trip to a really neat primitive shop...Robin's MILLSTONE MERCANTILE is wonderful... So many great prims and the smell of potpourri, soaps and candles greets you as soon as you walk in the door. Well, that and Robin's sweet smile... You must visit her soon!
Next, thanks to Linda Miller for her part in putting on the show and for the gift of one of her YUMMY candles.
Then, on to Lori Brechlin's gift of a sweet 'heart' necklace she had made. Thanks Lori.
I was happy to get a chance to purchase another of Tina's dolls (Burlap Owl).
Sure wish you all could have been there...Maybe next time. Be sure to check out our list (in the side bar) of shows/events yet to come...We'd love to see you! BLESSINGS...

Monday, January 30, 2012

WooHoo! We're gearing up for our 2012 shows, beginning with Winter In The Valley in Fishersville, VA...then on to Knoxville, TN for The Gathering...then on to a new show in Gettysburg, Pa.

Whew! Hope we'll have a little break to catch our breath and get ready for more shows...You'll just have to check out our Shows & Events on the side-bar. Hope to see you somewhere soon!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Coincidence?

Hi folks...hope you're staying warm and cozy as January flies by.

I wanted to address something I noticed today... Don't know if some of you remember, but last year, I posted pics of some seed pouches I had made, which were copied from one I had that had belonged to my granny. I had never seen any like hers before, so I was excited to share my own version of those pouches for sale.

Now, I realize that things are copied all the time, but it doesn't mean we are pleased to see them, right? Especially when we post on our sites asking folks NOT TO COPY!

This has been posted on my blog as long as I have had it...Be so kind... Please enjoy my pics, words, homemades and hand-dids. Please do not copy them...Thank you! Now, what part of that statement isn't clear?

I was visiting one of my 'favorite' sites today and low & behold, there were seed pouches very, very much like mine. The one difference was that mine are made from a variety of old homespun fabrics and these were plain.Ok, so you liked mine so much, you wanted your own? Well, at least give me credit for giving you the idea! Or better yet, give my late granny credit since she made hers back when I was a child, and believe me, that was a long, long time ago...LOL

I hope you do well with your seed pouches, and think of me when you reap the reward of my work! These are pictures to give you another look...ENJOY!

Friday, January 13, 2012


BRRRRR... Be careful what you wish for...LOL We're having a mini-blizzard today. The only good thing about the wind is it will blow the snow sideways and over to another mountain!
We have some accumulation, but not too bad...the icy wind is the real test. We're hunkered down in our cozy little cabin, waiting for more of those unseasonably warm days.
Fortunately, Giles had some pleasant days, earlier this month, to finish up his log cabin orders for two of our favorite shops. If your weather is nice enough to venture out, be sure to look for our wares at JUST COUNTRY in Raeford, N.C. ( ) and/or at MILLIE HUCKABAY'S AMERICAN COUNTRY in Alpharetta, Georgia ( ) Thanks Jen and Millie for helping our 2012 get off to a good start.
As for our first show of the year, we'll be in Fishersville, VA on February 11th for Winter In The Valley, so please make your plans to be there...No matter the weather, you won't regret the trip. So many great dealers with so many wonderful primitive/country antiques, folk art, make-dos, and handcrafted.
Hope your new year has started off with many blessings... Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Glad you stopped by...

We have just added new goodes to our selling blog. Please check them out and let us know if you need anything.

Will chat with you soon as I build an ark to accomodate all this rain. Where is winter?
Not the 'blizzard type' winter...You know the one! Chilly temps, sunny or partly sunny...the sort of weather that makes you want to cozy up to the fire and do a little reading or stitching or just day-dreaming. The sort that leads us to the kitchen to cook a big pot of vegetable soup or spicy chili... Just saying, I'd love to wear a turtle-neck without breaking out in a sweat! Blessings!