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Weekly Specials

Today is so blessedly so much cooler...well, I'm inside, so I guess I don't know that for sure.  But the last time I was here, I only had to be outside for about 2 seconds before I was gasping for breath!  Today is the weekly Friday Farmer's Market, which is always one of the most fun days to come to Country Village.  It is a nice change from home life right now, because we have been doing some project work on our house that has required all our furniture to be moved either outside or in our kitchen.  It's been one of those things where you say "well, as long as all this is moved already we might as well do (blank)."  Then fill in the blank.  Yesterday we painted our living room.  It is so nice!!!  For the first time ever, as an adult at least, I live in a home with walls that aren't painted just white.  Well, our house in Snohomish had painted walls, but we didn't paint them or choose the colors, so I think that doesn't count. 

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We had spare paint from doing the basement (which also doesn't count, because we haven't been able to do any living in there yet, as it flooded almost immediately after finishing it).  It is called "Antique" by Waverly, from Lowe's.  In our big open livingroom, depending on the wall and the time of day, this color looks white, cream, pale mustard yellow, or a nice warm vanilla.  I have loved all colors so far.  This weekend I'm heading to Eastern Washington for a family reunion while Chris stays home and puts it all back together (three cheers for a wonderful husband!!).  I can't wait to see what it looks like.  Maybe our house will finally start getting decorated...?

Anyway, here are the new weekly specials!  Take 10% off any of these items between now and the next time I change them, typically on Thursday.  I have half of them below, check out our site here for the complete list for the week!  As always, feel free to email me with any questions (though you won't hear back from me until after I return on Sunday!).

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Cinnabun Hand-poured Soy Votives

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Gardener's Journal Platter, by Park Designs

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Hand-thrown Black Star Pottery Plate, by Smokehouse

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Wildflowers Quilted Throw, by Victorian Heart

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Cottage Rose Tea-For-One Set, by Tag

Weekly Specials

It is pouring down rain here right now.  I mean pouring.  It smells incredibly wonderful, and it is so hard to believe that just hours ago it was in the 90s.  It seems like the weather patterns around here have been changing - mother nature, for this area, seems a bit out of wack.  I think it is cool, though, I love storms.  I don't know why, but they just excite me.  The sky turns dark, right in the middle of the day, and all of a sudden you hear these great big booming sounds and flashing lights, all from nature.  I probably love storms because around here you rarely get storms that actually hurt anyone or anything.  So you can feel free to sit back and enjoy the sky doing something a bit different than the run-of-the-mill weather for the day.

Also, here are this week's weekly specials!  Enjoy 10% off of 10 different items online, between now and when I change them again next Thursday.  Half of them are below, but click here to see all of them!

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Mommy's Little Hoppers, by Blossom Bucket

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Peckin Ground Tablecloth, by Victorian Heart

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Pine Lodge Dinner Plate, by Park Designs

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Poetic Gardens Framed Art Print

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Pinwheel Quilted Throw, by Victorian Heart


Fall is Coming!

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Just a quick note to say that after many requests, tonight I started putting out our Fall, in small preview display.  The photos aren't great, I know, but it was late and there wasn't much in the way of lighting.

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The display practically put itself together, it was so much fun.  You come around the corner to this spot and just BAM! you're hit with color.  I'm so excited for fall and Halloween this year, but of course I say that every year.  But this year it feels different (I say that every year too).  I guess life is just like that, there's always new experiences to enjoy, especially now with Ben being two, plenty old enough to really take joy in the festivities of the harvest season.  Seeing all these things come out makes me think of baking, picking pumpkins, burning yummy spicy candles and reading good books under wooly blankies...  Sigh!!!  I just can't wait.


More Handmade Signs Online!

Hello all - I have finally taken pictures of more of our signs and am getting them up online.  There is more to come, because each sign comes in several different colors, but for now at least you can see what the lettering is.  If you have any special requests, we are very happy to take them!  Just leave me a comment...

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Faith, Family, Friends Sign

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Love Grows Best in Little Houses Sign

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Welcome Sign with Stars

Here are some others that are already online, but I can't remember if I blogged them or not. :)

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Home is Where Your Story Begins Sign

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When You Trip In Life, Make It Part Of Your Dance Sign

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It's Never Too Late To Live Happily Ever After Sign

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Prayer Changes Things Wood Sign


Primitive Pip Berry Candle Wreaths

Hello!  Ok, that one primitive berry ring was so successful that I picked up some more!  They just arrived today, so if you come in to the store tomorrow, they should probably be open and on display.  I got a couple different sizes - a two incher that will fill around tapers or votive holders, or on a chandelier, and some more 4 inchers, the kind we like to pair with a cake candle and wooden plate or bowl.  Here's what arrived today:

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Primitive Berry Mini Candle Wreath

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Flag Pip Berry Candle Wreath with Rusty Stars

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Flag Pip Berry MINI Candle Wreath with Rusty Stars

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Burgundy & Old Gold Pip Berry Candle Wreath with Rusty Stars

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Burgundy & Old Gold Pip Berry MINI Candle Wreath with Rusty Stars

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Finally, more of the Primitive Berry Candle Wreaths that we had before!

Also, for those of you who read yesterday's blog, I was totally wrong - our Fall/Christmas Design India Imports (DII) order isn't scheduled to come later this month, it arrived today!!  All those fabulous halloween, harvest, and Christmas dishtowels, plates, tablerunners, tablecloths, napkins, and bowls are just waiting to be opened!  Which means I need to hurry up and get the rest of it online! :)

Hope you're having a great Monday!


Halloween and Fall Linens from DII

This month we're expecting our shipment of Fall and Christmas Linens from the Seattle-based company, DII (Design India Imports).  We've picked out some adorable things this year, including spooky black and orange dishtowels, warm harvest napkins and tablecloths, and fun Christmas things too!  This year we've also ordered some of their seasonal dishes, such as their snowflake mixing/serving bowls, harvest glass plates, and some awesome polka dot Halloween plates.  I love DII, because they are a local company, and they always have really great quality for a really great price.  Here's some pictures of what's coming!!

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Full Moon Polka Dot Plates

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Scaredy Cat Spider Dishtowel

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Spooktacular Spider Web Embroidered Tablerunner

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Pumpkin Spice Jacquard Tablecloth

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Pumpkin Border Jacquard Dishtowel

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Pumpkin Spice Dishtowels

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Gingerbread Dishtowel

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Happy Holidays Dishtowel

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Snowflake Bowls

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Candy Cane Dishtowel

Check out all of our Fall items HERE, our Halloween items Here, and our Christmas items HERE!  We expect DII to arrive some time this month, so that we can start shipping by the end of July.  Place your preorders now! 


Dark Chocolate Cake

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Martie’s Dark Chocolate Cake

 

With its dense, moist texture, this dark chocolate cake not only tastes absolutely sinful, it is a cinch to make!  It mixes up in just one bowl, so there is very little cleanup.  The original recipe makes a layer cake baked in two round 8 inch pans, but our friend Martie likes to bake it in a pretty fluted bundt pan, and nestle a tiny vase of flowers in the middle for a super simple and super lovely presentation!

 

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Ingredients:

2 cups Flour
1 cup Hershey’s Cocoa Powder
2 cups Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp White Vinegar
1 tsp Vanilla
¼ cup Veggie or Canola Oil
2 large Eggs
1 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Hot Water

Instructions:

Grease and flour a bundt pan, set aside.  Preheat oven to 350.

Mix ingredients together in a large bowl in the order listed above, mixing well with a wooden spoon between each addition, and for about 4 minutes after everything is added together. 

Pour batter into prepared bundt pan, and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick test comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes, then take cake out of pan, and cool completely on rack.

Frost with your favorite frosting!  We’ve had it with a chocolate frosting, but our favorite is a white cream cheese frosting.  Yum!

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