IT’S ABOUT FALL

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t just love fall. The apples, crisp air and all the vibrant colors and festivals. I am a fan of all the seasons but I just love designing fall and Christmas wreaths. Here are a couple new ones. These are available at Country Loving Market Etsy and Ebay.

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Cheese Stick Witches Broom Party Snack

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These are sooo cute and easy to do. Great for an adult or child’s Halloween Party.

String Cheese – as many packages as you need – each stick will make two brooms
Pretzel Sticks
Chives or Dill – must be fresh

Cut the cheese sticks in half. Now carefully cut one end of the cheese in half leaving the top half of the stick uncut. Continue cutting strips leaving the top half uncut until it resembles a broom end. Wrap a piece of dill or chives around the cheese just above the cuts and place a pretzel in the top uncut half.

Why Buy Handmade?

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Buying handmade items not only supports your local economy it supports tradition.   Crafting has been around since the beginning of time when local folks were blacksmiths, carpenters and dressmakers.  And don’t forget the farmers, they are also artisans.  Crafting each crop by planting, waiting patiently and harvesting at just the right time.

However we now have large machines and big box stores that make everything we could ever want or need.  So why buy handmade?  Well, handmade items are unique.  Each one is crafted buy an artisan and, each one is different.  Every time you buy something handmade you buy a small piece of the love that the artist puts in to producing that item.  You also buy durability and a one of a kind item that will last a long time. Most of the time the pricing is very comparable to the big box pricing and sometimes even a bit lower. Who doesn’t love getting a unique quality handmade gift for Christmas or any special occasion?

Check out your independent local shop and the online shops too.  It is amazing what you can find.