A Great Fabric Resource!

As I mentioned yesterday, last week my daughter & I took a little trip down to MD to spend a week with my mom & dad. While we were there, my mom took us to a wonderful fabric outlet store! The prices are very good, and most items are 50%-70% off! I don’t think I spent more than $5 per yard for any piece that I picked up! They have gorgeous choices piled from floor to ceiling!




Here’s the information about the store:

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The Interior Alternative Fabric & Bedding Outlet
3 different outlets in DE, NC, & TX
Phone: 302-454-3232

Description: Featuring Waverly, and other designer brands. Seconds & closeout fabrics, comforters, bedspreads, pillows, trims, and accessories.
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I thought you might like to see a few of my finds… and maybe you’ll want to discover a few treasures for yourself :)


Blue & Gold Toile With Trim

I will use this fabric & trim to make an inspiration board. I have lots of different fabric so I can also change it out for each season.



Fabric for my Harvest Table





It already matches the seat covers perfectly!



Red & Blue Vintage Style Checks & Roses

I want to use this fabric to make some vintage style aprons for my daughter & myself. I want to make a red apron with blue pockets & a blue apron with red pockets. And while we’re at it… why not add some ruffles as well 😉

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Apple Blossoms Line a Country Lane

Apple Blossoms
My daughter & I just returned home from spending a week with my mom & dad in MD. It was the first time that I had ever driven such a distance by myself, so I was a bit nervous. I figured, at 38 years old, I should at least give it a try :) To my surprise (and with much prayer) I did a fine job! With my little princess at my side we were off.

To help keep me awake, and to side step trying to find a suitable radio station every little while, we decided to pick up some audio books from our local library. Although I see audio books available, I had never thought of picking up any for my own enjoyment, but now I’m so glad we did! We had a marvelous time & finished 2 novels as well! I would encourage you to go to your local library & pick up some audio books for yourself. It’s free – and you can order the kinds of books that are appropriate for you & your family. I think I’m hooked!

We had a great time with my parents. Even though we are only 5-6 hours away, the seasons unfold about a month ahead of us. We left little piles of snow, and were greeted with apple & pear blossoms, smiling forsythias, and dancing daffodils!

I had to share a few pictures of a country lane lined with apple trees that we spied along a winding country road. The white blossoms made them look like they were covered with beautiful dreamy cotton balls! The sight reminded me of a scene from Anne of Green Gables, when Anne & Matthew were first arriving at Green Gables and the horse drawn wagon enters into an old apple orchard dripping with white blossoms… <./Pearl stops dreaming> 😉

While in MD, my mom took us to the most fabulous fabric shop! When we walked in, I could see that I might need to linger there for quite a while :) I headed straight over to the wonderful home decorating section filled to the brim with waverly fabrics and every kind of toile imaginable! And the prices… 50% – 70% off! Needless to say… I picked up a “few” lovely pieces of fabric for future projects 😉

I’ll be sure to share some pictures & ideas with you tomorrow!

When my husband & I came home yesterday, it was so nice outside that we decided to go down by the river and drink in the goodness of God. We spent an hour or so just taking in the sights & sounds of our little heaven on earth. The water is higher than normal due to the Spring meltdown, so the sound of the water rushing over the rocks was wonderful! We spied a pair of ducks swimming towards us, so we tried to be as quiet as possible as to not scare them away. Here in the forest we seem to see so many different types of birds that we were not used to seeing at our other home down in the heart of the village. I guess even being a short distance away – as well as being tucked back in the forest helps bring out the best of area wildlife 😉

Well… the sun is shining – the birds are singing – and the peepers were out last night for the first time! It must be Spring!

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Great Blogs to Visit

We’ve received the Thinking Blogger Award
Thinking Blogger Award

I want to thank Manuela at The Feathered Nest for choosing me to receive the Thinking Blogger Award! She has a great blog – take a minute to go over for a visit!

Once you’ve received this award, you are supposed to pick a few of your favorite blogs to give the award to. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Homespun Living
Deb shares tidbits of her families daily life on the farm. The posts are filled with ideas about recipes, crafting, gardening, and life in general.

The Decorated House
Donna shares lots of wonderful home decorating ideas. You’ll find lots of inspiration at this great site!

Daisy Cottage
I think you’ll love Kim’s little cottage… I know I do! She has a great eye for color & design. You’ll love reading her posts that cover many of her different interests.

Nostalgia at the Stone House
Read about life in Somorset (in the UK). This site is filled with wonderful pictures & ideas, gardening, and decorating ideas.

Here’s a link to see the rules, as well as how the award got started – Thinking Blogger Award

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How to Boil the Perfect Easter Egg

* Here’s one of the articles from the latest issue of my monthly newsletter “A Storybook Life”

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Fill a pot with cold water, and carefully add eggs. Bring water to a rolling boil, then cover and turn off heat. Let the pot set for 15 minutes before removing the eggs. Pour out warm water and fill pot with cold water. When the eggs are cooled remove from water & store in the refrigerator.

Using this method, you will get perfect eggs every time! Fully cooked with pale yellow centers – not green, which can happen from over cooking. There is also no cracking, they are much easier to peel …not to mention this method also saves energy!

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A Storybook Life – The New Issue is Ready!

The new issue of “A Storybook Life” is out now!

If you have not subscribed to the monthly newsletter & would like to, you can subscribe with one click at our site: http://www.LittleCountryVillage.com

Once you subscribe, you will get an email with this month’s newsletter inside.

Enjoy!

Pearl

Here’s what’s inside the latest issue:

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In This Issue:

From the Cottage – Pearl’s Ponderings

Letters to The Editor

How to Boil the Perfect Easter Egg

Elegant Easter Eggs – Your little masterpiece will be the talk of the hunt!

Have a Designer Look For Your Walls Using $1 per Yard Fabric

No Mix, No Measure, Delicious Rhubarb Crunch Cake

You can Have a Beautiful Cottage Garden Even in a Temporary Space!

Interesting Things You’ve Got to See – Pearl’s April Picks!

Various & Sundry Other Tips & Treasures
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Make Your Home Always Smell it’s Best


The only thing better than having a clean home, is having your home smell clean! There are so many air fresheners on the market that simply overpower your room with the heavy scent of flowers & perfumes, but I have found a great product that leaves everything smelling like freshly peeled oranges!

I know that we each have different scents that are more pleasing to us, but for some reason, I have never been able to enjoy the overpowering floral scents in our home. I think my favorite room scents of all time are a mixture of cloves, oranges, cinnamon, & apple – which is what I have simmering right now on my desk. I also love to put a pot of simmering bits such as; cloves, cinnamon sticks, whole anise, orange peels, and vanilla, on the stove during the fall & winter months. But sometimes, you just need a quick bit of help to freshen up a room, and you really want a nice pleasing scent.

I have tried many different types of air fresheners, but the one that I picked up recently is one is a clear winner! It is called Pure Citrus – it’s 100% natural, a non-aerosol, and it fills the house with the refreshing scent of freshly peeled oranges! I’ve also noticed that the scent lasts for quite a while, and it covers quite an area within my home when sprayed. I love this product!

* You can pick up a bottle at your local Walmart. Prices average approx. $3 per can.

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