Primitive Crafts & Country Style

April 25, 2018 - Wooden Spoons

These are a few of my favorite things. There are five wooden spoons in this set given to me by my mother. They hang on a wall rack with a rolling pin. This spoon rack hung in my mother’s kitchen as long as I can remember. Four of the spoons have writing on the back...
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April 13, 2018 - Old Town Blue

A few months ago I got an entire new set of Old Town Blue Corelle, serving dishes and all. I absolutely fell in love with the pattern. Someone mentioned recognizing the dishes in another post, so I wanted to highlight them here. Old Town Blue is actually a retro pattern brought back to stores new...
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April 6, 2018 - Easy Homemade Lotion Recipe

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this lotion lately, so I decided to just post the recipe! For years, I’ve taught this recipe in all-day soapmaking classes (not that it’s a soap–it was a beauty add-on product we’d do at the end of the day) and I’ve also sold it, both in the...
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January 9, 2017 - 2017 Workshops at the Farm

Come learn at the farm! Discover the Sassafras Farm experience. All workshops take place at Sassafras Farm– home of Chickens in the Road–located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills of Roane County, West Virginia, approximately 30 minutes north of Charleston, WV. Workshops start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Price includes lunch, all supplies...
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December 15, 2016 - A Hand-Crafter’s View of Etsy

The Muffin of the Month Club. I’ve been wanting to write about my experience with Etsy, but my experience with Etsy keeps me on my feet so many hours a day in the kitchen making pepperoni rolls that I barely have time to write about my experience with Etsy! So who knows when I will...
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October 7, 2016 - Making Soap with Beer

Since I’ve been making, and selling, soap with beer, I’ve had people ask me how do you do that? It’s definitely a special process from a usual soap, and it’s not a last-minute project. You gotta plan ahead if you want to make beer soap. Gotta have flat beer. I start with a 12 ounce...
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September 26, 2016 - Hand-Crafted Goat’s Milk Soaps

All products are natural and preservative-free. Bar Soaps — Fresh & Creamy Goat’s milk soaps from Sassafras Farm are made with fresh raw goat milk from our own herd, with all the milk’s benefits of natural, nourishing vitamins, proteins, and alpha hydroxy acids. My soaps are hand-crafted the old-fashioned way, in small batches, using as...
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August 10, 2016 - Easy Homemade Liquid Soap Shampoo

Whenever I dig in to a major endeavor learning something new, it usually goes like this. First, it’s exciting and intimidating. I study and research whatever it is, then try it out, repeatedly, generally with mixed results. Then I get frustrated and impatient with the learning curve, and try again in fits and spurts. Then...
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April 25, 2016 - Moon Pie’s Opening Day

Saturdays are busy days. I have workshops here almost every Saturday all the way through to early December. Most workshops include goat or cow milking. This past Saturday was a Taste of Sassafras Farm, which includes cow milking, cheesemaking, soapmaking, grain grinding and breadbaking, and candlemaking. It was Moon Pie’s first performance before an audience!...
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March 28, 2016 - Perfect Hot Process Goat’s Milk Soap

Since I’ve had the new milk goats, I’ve been making a lot of goat’s milk soap. To make a goat’s milk soap that’s not dark, I focused on cold process methods. There’s nothing wrong with a darker soap, it’s just an aesthetic issue. Milk soaps are darker than soaps made from a water base because...
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March 3, 2016 - Making Lighter Colored Milk Soaps

Milk soaps are popular because they’re naturally nourishing, but they’re also naturally darker than soaps made from a water base because of the reaction of the lye to the sugars in milk. When mixing milk and lye, the milk will turn an orange color. Later, this color translates to a dark brown in the finished...
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January 15, 2016 - 2016 Taste of Sassafras Farm Workshops

Come learn at the farm! Discover the Sassafras Farm experience. All retreats and workshops take place at Sassafras Farm– home of Chickens in the Road–located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills of Roane County, West Virginia, approximately 30 minutes north of Charleston, WV. Taste of Sassafras Farm Workshops All the fun that can be packed into...
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December 29, 2015 - 2016 Workshops on the Farm!

Come learn at the farm! Discover the Sassafras Farm experience. All retreats and workshops take place at Sassafras Farm– home of Chickens in the Road–located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills of Roane County, West Virginia, approximately 30 minutes north of Charleston, WV. See 2016 workshop schedule and information below, and email Suzanne at [email protected] to...
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December 1, 2015 - Stringing Popcorn Garland, Again

I’m stringing popcorn garland today, so I’m revisiting this post. It’s timely, and nostalgic. This post was first published at Christmastime in 2010. Five years ago! My “teenagers” of the time were 19, 17, and 14. Now they are 24, 22, and 19! Hard to believe! If you haven’t made popcorn garland for your tree...
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November 4, 2015 - Three More Soaps

I’ve been doing a lot of playing with soaps in the past couple of weeks. Here are three more. The first one is a cherry-scented soap. I took out a small portion of the soap mixture after it came to trace and mixed in red soap coloring. Then I layered part of the plain soap...
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October 30, 2015 - Apple Cider Soap

Take a pot of cold process soap. Remove a small part of the prepared soap mixture to a small bowl. Add red and yellow liquid soap coloring. Decide that’s not enough and add some more. Mix it up. Pour the bigger pot of soap into the mold. Spread the smaller bowl of soap over the...
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October 28, 2015 - Peppermint Soap

Just showing off my latest homemade soap. This is peppermint soap. Not that there are any actual peppermints in it… But it’s made with peppermint essential oil for the fragrance. I made this soap with the cold process method, but it’s the same basic recipe that you can find here in my hot process tutorial....
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August 5, 2015 - Cheese Days in Pictures

In July, I had a five-day retreat here that included two full days of cheesemaking and a day of breadbaking. We were lucky enough to have an attendee who is a photographer, and he took photos all day every day! I was so happy about that, and he has given me permission to share some...
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July 21, 2015 - All the Pretty Soaps

I’ve been playing around with soap lately, trying out different flowers, seeing what happens. Here’s the wild phlox soap. Yep, the pretty pinks and purples turned green in the soap. Not all flowers lose their color. Here’s marigold. And this is clover on the right, dandelion blossom on the left. Dandelion blossom turns the soap...
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June 11, 2015 - Wildflower Soaps

While I was out playing with wildflowers the other day, I picked some clover and dandelion to dehydrate–then I made soap! I’ve made quite a bit of soap lately. Here is a sampling of the different soaps I’ve made in the past week or so. Far left, lavender. Then there’s a bar of brown sugar...
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May 27, 2015 - The Little Room Project Continues!

I’ve been making progress in my project to revamp the small guest room upstairs in my house. There are only three bedrooms in this little old farmhouse, and this is my only guest room. As I posted recently, this was the “before” picture. I had been using it as a junk/storage room, so that photo...
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May 14, 2015 - The Little Room Project

There are three bedrooms in this little house, though I enjoy taking retreat attendees on house tours and showing them how there were once five bedrooms in this 1300 square foot house. The area downstairs that I use as a dining room was once walled off to be a downstairs bedroom. Upstairs, there was the...
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February 25, 2015 - Conquering the Nightstand

Yesterday, I posted about my nightstand challenge, in which I was actually going to attempt to put something together. Because I’m so not good at that. Most of the challenge is in my head. And I have to admit that there turned out to be very little actual challenge in putting this little nightstand together....
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February 24, 2015 - The Nightstand Challenge

I ordered this cute little nightstand over a week ago. Delivery was delayed because of the weather, but the UPS man finally showed up yesterday. Of course, it’s in a box, in pieces. Pieces that need to be put together. This is so not my forte. When it’s put together, it’s supposed to look like...
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February 19, 2015 - Bar Fly

Remember my bar in the cellar? Okay, so first there came this huge rat. I’m talking about the biggest rat I’ve ever seen in my life. And I’m not exaggerating! I have seen the rat. Once. He was climbing on the shelves when I walked in one day and he froze, like rat-in-the-headlights, and we...
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February 4, 2015 - Re-Design Redux

A couple of years ago, I did a re-do on my living room, trying to solve the problem of not enough seating. This is how I had things to begin with. This worked fine for me and Morgan, but with just a couch and a recliner, there wasn’t enough seating when all the kids were...
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January 28, 2015 - It’s Always 5:00 in the Cellar

The cellar is a curious little building behind my house, and has (oddly) become one of my favorite places on the farm. I’m not sure how old it is–the barn is from the 1890s and there was an original farmhouse here that burned down. The house where I live was built in the 1930s. I...
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July 18, 2014 - Famous Baby

Every once in a while, I’m offered a newly published book to review–often I turn this opportunity down because I’m terrible about getting around to it, but this book was impossible to resist. Famous Baby is a novel by Karen Rizzo. It’s a funny mother-daughter-grandmother story about the first famous mommy blogger and her 18-year-old...
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