Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April Showers

April showers brings May flowers or so it says. Its cold here once again in central Pa. The tiny heads of my spring bulbs need ear muffs! The lilac bush is blooming and tonight it is suppose to drop to 16 degrees....weird weird weather. It's time again for change in the store. Easter is gone and summer is coming sometime so its red, white and blue. Guy is finishing up our taxes this week and I'm working on an assortment of German putz sheep, pigs, gnomes and patriotic candy containers. I always look forward to this time of year because it is my catch up time and the time I have to work new things. Raisin continues to keep us busy. I cannot believe she just turned 1 year old. It seems she was just a little thing, now shes over 100 pounds and shes one tough but sweet girl. They say Rottweilers are puppies until they are about  three years old, lord help us! We  make our weekly visit to Petsmart and then through Starbucks drive through for a pupa-chino, a cup of whip cream for the beast! She loves it.......

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Catching A Break!

Wow, what a busy Easter season we have had. I'm so grateful for all my customers. I always enjoy visiting with each and everyone. Now is the time we start summer work here in the studio. We are looking forward to some new creations getting under way and finishing some things that are already in the works. When we aren't n the studio Raisin keeps us busy. Turning one year old last week she is now over 100 pounds. Still a puppy and doing bad puppy things, we have at least two more years of this. Overall she is a pretty good girl. For those who are
following this blog, you may want to check out our Facebook page that is listed under Kay Stamm. There you will find daily pictures of items we sell in the  store and more pictures in general. Have a great day!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Easter Greetings!

Spring seems to have arrived a little early here in the Northeast this year. Growing up in central Pennsylvania I remember the month of March being cold and snowy. I remember getting off the bus, snow flying, stinging my face as I made the long walk up our driveway. This was always March. Today is the 10th of March and it's close to 70 degrees and raining, makes one wonder what is going on here! I wonder if the Easter bunny will arrive in a sleigh? Maybe, we will see if old mother nature decides to  surprise us one last time! I have been in the studio the past few weeks making German Rabbits, chicks and gnomes. The store has been busy with customers who stop by to add one more little rabbit or chick to their collection. Soon I will be able to slow down again for awhile and get back to some projects that I started but have not finished. I will be working on a line of figure soaps for all holidays. This is something I have wanted to do for quite some time so now is that time. The samples will be shown sometime this summer so if you are in my area stop by the store and see what we are doing. This week new candies arrived, basically a little blast from the past to add to our ever growing candy counter! The children's area of the store is stocked with trinkets for  Easter baskets. The spring gnomes are finished and waiting to be adopted by someone who wants a little "kitsch" in their house!
Happy Easter from Stamm House

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Hopping Into Easter!

Well Easters coming sooner than I had expected. Guy and I are in the studio working on some new Easter molds. It has been a slow start with each of us not wanting to quite give up our "winter break" yet. After looking at the calendar and realizing that Easter is very early this year I thought we better get going! Changing seasons in the store is a big big project. With each year that passes I swear it will be the last but for some unknown reason I keep working year after year. I suspect that when my end comes some unsuspecting customer will find my bare skeleton sitting at my workbench with a paint brush clutched in my bony hand!
seriously changing the whole store to a new season is a lot of work for one person. Guy repainted all the interiors of the cabinets for me last week. I rearranged the store layout and did the displays. Customers can now see my mini museum of vintage toys all displayed on top of the cabinets. I'm now back to painting and sculpting Easter items. The store will reopen on Tuesday March 1st at 10am. Lets all hope for an early spring! Until we see you...Guy, Raisin and I will be busy!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Welcome 2016!

Well it's already a new year, how time fly's! After surviving what turned out to be another busy Christmas season, Guy and I are taking a much needed break. This is the time of year we close the store for awhile, focusing instead on making new molds, redecorating the store and basically getting ready for the Easter/Spring season. We have been able to purchase several new exciting antique holiday items to reproduce. I was thrilled to snag a new 9 inch German belsnickle this year. This is not always possible due to the high prices on the antique pieces. Other items include a antique George Washington bust candy container, several early rabbits and nodder's, a small German horse plus several assorted other items I'm excited about! At this point we have our hands full with quite a bit to get finished. We have decided to not go to the Market Square February show in Oaks Pa.this year. We need to stay home and work on our new line, sadly I will miss not being part of the show. Next year, we will be back. I'm planning to reopen the store around the end of February due to Easter being very early this year. Raisin continues to keep us on our toes. I'm estimating her weight now to be close to 100 pounds at 9 months old. Shes a very chunky girl. All of her training classes have payed off, she listens well and she still LOVES Mondays when she goes to Stay and Play. We love it too because she plays off a lot of energy. With the mild weather the Northeast has been experiencing this winter, hopefully we will have an early Spring. I myself am looking towards this year being a time of change and new directions....Here's to a very Happy New Year!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Beast

How can that sweet little puppy at 6 months turn into a unruly terror at 8 months? Raisin is definitely raising cane. With the Christmas season here and we are so busy in the studio she has been making her displeasure well known this week. Today has been nothing than a battle of wills. Two nights ago I came in from the studio to find Raisin had very neatly removed the entire rug binding the whole way down my 10 foot rug. Then there was the antique dry sink shelf chewing. Now my dry sink looks like a horse chewed all along the bottom shelf. Right now the term "She Devil" comes to mind! Lets see there's the barking and thumping at the Amish Buggies as they pass by the front window. Then there's the  " I'm not going to get in the car" when I pick her up from doggy daycare. There's me in the parking lot trying to lift this 80 lbs dog.....God this girl is killing me! Every Monday at sunrise she goes to doggy daycare. It's the best $29.00 I could ever spend! Raisins there until 5:30 in the evening and she does have a blast. It's good for her to socialize  and run with other dogs. OK enough about my unruly beast. With Christmas upon us, shop small business Saturday and our late shoppers night we are terribly busy. I have been painting Belsnickles, making Polish Star ornaments and basically going on little sleep. Here' a peek....

Thursday, October 15, 2015


The days are getting cooler here in central Pa. and work in the studio is picking up fast. This past weekend Guy taught another feather tree class at one of our local museums. The three hour class was a great success! Everyone enjoyed themselves, worked hard and went home with a 12 inch tree. Last night Guy and I were at St. Georges church here in Mifflinburg where we did a feather tree demonstration. We had a good time and the ladies who attended seemed very interested and asked quite a few questions.A big thank you to both groups! Other news from the studio is Raisin continues to grow. Last vet weigh in she was 65 lbs and just turned 7 months old. Raisin is still not allowed in the studio because she just cannot keep her mouth off of things. Overall she is a good puppy. I am continuing to make belsnickles while Guy is continuing to mold our Christmas line. I have orders to get in the mail this coming week and more to do for the store. The season is coming faster than I would like. Today's work lineup is 96 paper candy cones we designed for a Christmas club...lets see 96 x 10 folds on each one, my hands already hurt!