Sunday, December 25, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Note about shipping

We truly understand any comments and appreciate any emails on our business where shipping charges are concerned. 

We have tried to see where we can cut back on the shipping, but… USPS rates are not inexpensive.  We are only passing whatever USPS charges are, to get your package to you.

We keep our prices low, and do not add in the shipping rates into our products.  We don’t add enough onto our products to be able to absorb the shipping cost.  BUT, if we get an order and the shipping is less than what you are paying, we make it up to our customers.  Very rarely is it off more than $1-$2.  Usually it is within $1.00 or less.  We try to ship USPS Priority to have a tracking number of the package in case there is a problem.  So usually if you choose “Parcel Post”, we will still authorize it to go Priority, so we can track your package.  You still pay “parcel” rate. (Those rates are so close in amounts anyways.) 
For example:  Recently, a customer paid $20.00 for shipping of a collapsible laundry basket.  We paid $21.90 to ship her package USPS priority.  It all goes by weight and size of package. 
Our shipping is based on weight of product.  If it is a light package, we do have a minimum rate of $7.90 that covers everything.  So, if you feel your shipping rate is high… call us (903-786-7099) and we will see what it actually runs us and we will adjust your shipping charges.   I think you will find our charges are close to what we pay the United States Post Office.  We do not try to make any extra’s on our products in the shipping charges. 

We hope this explains our shipping charges.  We work very hard at making sure your packages arrive to you in a most “surprising presentation” for you.  Like a gift to yourself! :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The History of the Apron

Notice that a Size Med is a 14-16
Remember making the aprons in Home Economics class?  My husband stumbled across this and I thought it would be fun to share with all those ladies who still value "the apron".

The History of the Apron
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.  The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few and because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons required less material.  But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.  It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.  And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.  Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.  Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.  From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.  After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.  In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.  When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that "old-time apron" that served so many purposes.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.  Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.  They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.  I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love...  
Feeling inspired to put on an apron and bake some pies,
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

First Monday Trade Days - Canton, TX

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Come out to Canton Trade Days and visit our booth.  We are in Original Pavilion II #35-36.

We are braving the heat to bring you all the great products you see on our website (and some not yet on our site).

Mention this blog post for a FREE gift!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Note from Our Fearless Leader

2011 has brought many blessings and many changes this year. 
When we ended last year… We vowed that this year, 2011, was going to be our “Year to take Flight” and take a “Leap of Faith”.   To expand and get out our “new catalogs” that we created special for all our customers.   A year to build Home a la mode  bigger and better than ever.
Our ladies of Home a la mode are a cut above the rest.  We work long and hard hours  helping our customers to enjoy the wonderful products we have to offer.  Giving you our utmost attention to detail.  Beginning in January, my mother, Jean, accepted their invitation to come live with them and be a Texas resident. We traveled to Nebraska to pick her up and all her things.  So, we started off the year doing her a wonderful remodel to make her, her OWN place within OUR walls. She has her own entrance and takes over the whole South end of the downstairs. We call it “Mom’s Wing”. The first day she spent in her new place in Texas was Feb. 14th, 2011. What a great Valentines gift! Winifred “Jean” will be traveling with us to all the Home a la mode shows. She knits up all kinds of wonderful items. You will find “Grandma B” products online and at our shows.

Things were settling in well and we were so glad everything was going so well. Exactly 2 weeks later, Feb. 28th my husband’s dad passed away. Very sudden! He and his wife had just returned from a family cruise and a 3 week stay in San Antonio area with their family.  Just moments (actually 15 minutes after their long drive home, he died of a heart attack. Wow… God had guided him and his wife home just in time, to their doorstep, before He took him home. Not a moment too soon! We are so grateful that they made the trip home safely and in great love and spirits. The trip was awesome with singing and fun, his wife said.

Then, after going back to Nebraska a 2nd time in less than a month, Jim and I were both sick with colds and sore throats - with  trip to Urgent Care and the ER we are doing better.  Guess we were just running on fumes.

It was then time to concentrate on Home a la mode, so we did our first show of the year in March at the Peddler Show in Irving, TX, followed by April 1 & 2 in Waxahachie, TX at Heart of Texas Show. We are trying to get a permanent spot in Canton to really express ourselves each month on the 1st Monday Weekend. Plus we will continue to do Tulsa and OK City, OK at the An Affair of the Heart Shows. And as always, we will see everyone at Houston International Quilt Festival in November 2011. Check out our website for shows and 2011 Events. Get the word out!

We have a catalog and are happy to share with everyone. Just request one!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

We Are Out and About Once Again

We are getting into the Spring Show season and have started off with a new adventure.  We are part of the Peddler's Show at the Irving Convention Center.  This is the first craft show at this beautiful new center.  We got to witness the ribbon cutting, which was an exciting moment for all in attendance.

After many long hours of set up, the booth came together nicely.

Grandma B even joined in the fun with her wonderful knitting :)
And of course, the Monkeys and their Friends are "hanging around"!

So, if you are looking for something to do this weekend, come by and visit us at Booth #39!!!
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