Author Archives: Sharon L. Clemens

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.

“Evil men shall wax worse and worse…”

I am listening to reports of the Florida school shooting.  As Matthew 24:4-8 warns, all of these things are signs of the times.  We can expect the continuing and increasing deterioration of human civilization.  Only the return of Jesus Christ … Continue reading

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February Thaw

Have you heard of the February thaw?  Here in Central Illinois, we are experiencing unseasonal highs of 44 to 53 degrees on Valentine’s Day and the day after. When the temps go up in February, I know of two Midwest … Continue reading

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Weird Things to Do in the Spring

Wild Asparagus I am not rummaging through seed catalogues this spring.  I already have my cultivated garden plots assigned to the basic staples of kale, potatoes, squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, green beans, tomatoes, cantaloupe and herbs.  I source my seeds locally so … Continue reading

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VALENTINE BANNER

My daughter made this sweet banner for February with all the appropriate symbols of the month.  It adds a touch of color to the plain days of winter.  Felt squares are decorated with cut outs of Washington, Lincoln, hearts, snow flakes … Continue reading

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Jane Austen Was Here

JANE AUSTEN WAS HERE If I have to be house-bound, it may as well be with Jane Austen.  My daughter’s gift of the soundtrack from the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice led to binge watching that movie, the A&E version, Sense and … Continue reading

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From Finger Paints

I am having fun playing with paints.  After acrylics, I decided to jump into oils and this is my second attempt, which is why I did not take a close-up.  When it dries I have to correct some perspective and perhaps … Continue reading

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Vintage Valentine Plaque

A simple Valentine Plaque with Bible Verse notation: SUPPLIES 5×7 rustic wooden shingle or plaque with two small holes drilled at the top Twine Cord Stuffed heart from moss green wool sweater Yellowed music sheet Buttons and appliques’ such as … Continue reading

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