What can I say, I love to decorate! I've been thinking lately about where my "creative gene" came from.
My Mom is a great cook and loves to be creative with her cooking (especially sweets). She also loves dishes and creates very inviting "tablescapes".
My Grandmother was also artistic. She could draw very well and had beautiful handwriting (the handwriting gene has escaped me), and always loved to garden (flowers and vegetables). She was a fabulous cook and I have wonderful memories of my Grammy Leeman in her kitchen cooking (especially at Christmas). They always used an old woodstove to heat their kitchen. Just thinking of that crackling fire and remembering all of the home cooking smells...take me back to when I was a little girl. Wonderful memories! I sure miss her.
For Me creative expression comes in the form of decorating. I love to decorate the inside and outside of the house.
I can remember the first time I discovered this style of country decor. I instantly loved it! My husband took me to Pennsylvania with him on a business trip and that was where I first found this simple country style. Needless to say, I did some major shopping for home decor on that trip! It was a breath of fresh air from the old country style of dusty rose and wedgewood blue, themed, country decor. The primitive colors were richer, and the style was just less frilly and fussy. I've always thought that a home should be warm and inviting, and I found that country primitive decor was just that.
My quest began to try to find primitive decor here in my local area. And at that time, it was not an easy task. This seemed like the perfect place for this style of decor, as the Maritimes is easily one of the most "laid back", welcoming places you will find. So, in 2007, I decided to open my own shop, The Olde Country Store in the basement of my home.