Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Greetings!

I want to wish you a 
Merry Christmas 
from the bottom of my heart!
Do you have a song stuck in your 
head now? lol
~Feliz Navidad~
Merry Chirstmas
Bittersweet Farm!!!
Wednesday (today) 10-4
Thursday (12/22) 12-6
Friday (12/23) 10-2

Christmas Eve: CLOSED
Friday (12/30) 10-4
Saturday (12/31) 10-2

and a 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Inspiration

Here are a few photos from the shop:
Lighted twigs. :) :) :)
Tucked in with 
a hand-made wool tree
a soft candy cane...
all settled into a tin pitcher 
tied with raffia.
 Make every corner of your house
 Gingerbread recipe anyone?
A battery-operated taper candle lights
up the wood-box plate 
(or gingerbreadboy) holder. 
 A twig basket with a rope handle,
stars, and battery operated twig-lights
tucked in soft greenery.
Lights wound among boughs
and holly in a wood tote. 
And a couple of pics from in my house:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Doe On The Go


When the BUCK is away, the DOE goes 
(okay, some does go hunting too, but
for those who don't...)
Out and about you will find wonderful, fun 
shops and great deals in the area!!!
Stop at Bittersweet Farm 
with a girlfriend... 
and draw a discount to save on your 

10%...15%...or 20% off!!!

Then continue to hop around to shops
for fab finds for your Christmas list,
crafting aspirations and decorating!!!
Check posts below for sampling of 
...Coffee will be brewing...

Shop hours for Doe on the Go
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Bittersweet Farm is 5 miles North  
of Amery on Hwy 46
East on Rustic Road about
a fourth of a mile. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Baskets, Boughs, and Berries

Some outdoor decorating ideas:
I love this Merry Christmas sign added to 
 table, wagon, box or shelf
with greenery, berries, lights and 
red-twig dogwood. The vine balls are 
wonderful or you could use pinecones. 
 If you have a galvanized pailor a crock, you could just
plunk this bundle into it and set it on your porch
or the steps going up to your front door.
Adding battery operated lighted twigs would
be a warm and wonderful greeting!
*You could also take them apart and spread
into a window box!*
 This is actually an authentic (salvaged) tobacco
stick star. (tobacco sticks were used to hang tobacco
to dry from in the south. It is very large,
around three feet! (Pardon the leaves, it is
blustery here today!!!)
 A small twig star with boughs and berries.
You could also add battery-operated light
strand to this too. Lean it against a crock
or hang it on your door, or rest it on a 
window sill. :)

 A small mustard birdhouse looks striking
nestled in with spruce and dogwood. 
Find an old crate or wagon or how about
an old wash tub? Fill it with greenery, and 
berries, pinecones, then add lights and a 

Another mustard birdhouse...and 
I adore cardinals in the snow!!!
A burlap sack with a brick in the bottom
filled with greens, berries, add twinkling lights
inside and pop in a mustard star!

Christmas on the Farm

Wednesday 10-4
Thursday 12-6
Friday 10-4
Saturday 10-4

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Winterberry and Doe on the Go!

This weekend is opening deer hunting. The slogan goes like this: "when the buck is away and the doe goes shopping"! It seems to be the time that people start to think about or actually START decorating for Christmas. It is my biggest day of the year. FULL of female energy, I just LOVE it!...often times I don't look up much from the cash register and at the end of the day I wonder who came through!!! There isn't many things dearer to my heart than a room full of joyful women!!!

Today was around 50 degrees and sunny. PERFECT for the bough-bundling that I did! I love floral design and love to put together boquets of boughs and dogwood twigs and whatever berries I have managed to find. This year the rosehips were scarce, but the winterberries were plentiful. I have actually never seen them in so many places. In fact after someone found out where I got mine the first year I was open, they have not come back. :(

I try to cut sparingly when I cut so as not to kill or diminish the plant for next year! If you find winterberries in the wild, please be careful! They are a most-beautiful decorating addition for Christmas! I will post pics tomorrow. It gets dark so fast that I didn't get a chance to take them today.

Here are a few photos of the new merchandise that I have been getting in. { I also have restocked my candles, potpourri, refresher oils and MORE!!!}

Votive-holder trio.
 New tart melters!!!
 NEW!!!!! Reed diffusers. I love them!!!
 Night light...

 Little framed item.
 Many snowmen :)
 Braid coasters.


 These rings ^ are awesome!!!
 May you find Christmas HAPPINESS as you walk through this season of JOY!!! Hope to see you at the FARM!!!
Wednesday 10-4/ Thursday 12-6/ Friday 10-4/ Saturday 10-4

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Christmas On The Farm

Thursday 12-6
Friday 10-4
Saturday 10-4
Here is a little preview...

 It's a beautiful, sunshiny day!

Tis the ~season~ to be 
La La La La!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Let the Green and Red Begin!!!

It's time once again to deck the halls with boughs...

Next week begins 
Christmas on the Farm
Thursday 12-6
Friday 10-4
Saturday 10-4
(I will be closed Wednesday
for an extra day to transition!!)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

If you are having a Harvest Party,
or just want a splash of color at your dining table,
or under your coffee maker,
or in the center of your table...
SPLENDOR placemats
and table runners have arrived!!!
You will also find these crows:
It's a lovely day for a drive among the maples,
birch and oaks in the St Croix River Valley...
Stop in for a visit!
Wednesday: 10-4
Thursday 12-6
Friday 10-4
Saturday 10-4

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Little on Bittersweet

When I gazed up at the windmill in August, 
I was a bit concerned that the
Bittersweet didn't seem 
as prolific as other years...
So when I saw a post about some for sale on eBay, 
I decided it would be fun to order it 
from another part of the country to see
the difference. 
I have done some research over the years since I 
opened the shop and have had 
so many people ask me about Bittersweet.
Initially all I knew was
I loved it!
So I know a few things now. 
Like there are many varieties.
Out East (My order came from Maine) Bittersweet 
is very different from our Midwest Bittersweet. 
In the photos below you can see that the clusters of 
my Wisconsin Bittersweet (not yet popped open) 
in front are MUCH larger and fuller.
Below is mine on the right and Maine's on the left.

Here are links to a few posts using Bittersweet to decorate:
{Kath has a beautiful home and her  photos are superb!}
{wound into a wreath}
{Linda tucks it all around and makes her house look lovely!}
Here are a few more photos from Bittersweet Farm:

 Plenty of Bittersweet for you!!!
Fall on the Farm shopping hours:
Wednesday 10-4
Thursday 12-6
Friday 10-4
Saturday 10-4

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Harvest Fest HERE This Weekend!!!

It is our annual 
at the Bittersweet Farm this week AND 
~My daughter Kayla will be here with her photography, 
and some framed prints.
~Justina with PRIMITIVELY 
will be here with her primitive hand-mades.
~Justina's mom will be here with her purses 
and wool mittens. 
(I have seen them and they are wonderfully unique!)

Inside the shop you will find the glow of flickering lights, 
the fragrance of apple cider and pumpkin spices, 
coffee brewing on the porch,
I climbed the windmill today and found plenty!
NEW BRAID RUGS in Harvest colors
(including place mats, chair pads, and trivets)
Lighted branches or rice lights to add to your
own branches...and SO much more!!!!
It is promising to be a LOVELY weekend
I didn't think I had much, but when I got up there, 
I found bundles!!!
I ordered some bittersweet from Maine this year off 
of eBay (in back) and mine is in front.
They are so different!!!
Mine have larger berries in clusters, 
theirs have berries individually along the vine.
Come check it out! :) 
Pumpkins from a very sweet friend. 
My porch.
 Bundles of branches add texture 
and color to your fall displays...
Straw pumpkins, metal pumpkins, milk cans, 
bird houses... 
This is an AWESOME new concept! 
There are twinkling lights inside...
a WONDERful way to welcome guests to
the porch! 
Hope to see you on the farm!
Wednesday 10-4
Thursday 12-6
Friday 10-4
Saturday 10-4


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