Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"To Everything There is a Season . . . "

The Country Loft opened it's doors in the summer of 1985 at our first location on Lake Murray Blvd. in La Mesa.  Our son Steven was almost six years old and eager to help with the ribbon cutting.

Last Friday we were really happy that Steven was once again able to help us by taking down The Country Loft sign at our wonderful little cottage on Date Ave.  After 31 wonderful years we have decided to close our business and are looking forward to new adventures in retirement!

However, the one thing we aren't quite ready to give up are those antique trips to the midwest! We love driving the backroads of this beautiful country in search of fun treasures and now we will be able to do it at a more leisurely pace!

So, this will be the last blog post for the store, but whenever we head out for antiques we will post along the way as we have in the past.

We currently have a booth that is open at the La Mesa Antique Mall which is located at 4710 Palm Ave. in downtown La Mesa.

At the end of each trip we'll let you know a date when you can see all the new goodies at our booth and maybe we'll get a chance to visit with you all again then!!

          There are no words that can express our love and gratitude to all of you for all the years of support.  Many of you have been with us from day one and others have joined us along the way, but you are all very special and dear to our hearts. The most valuable thing we take with us from these 31 years is the friendships we have made.  We know we will meet up many times as we travel through the rest of life's journey because of course, will all love the same things and I'm sure our paths will cross.  So this is definitely not good-bye but . . .

                                                                    See you around!!!
                                                                            Joe, Sharon, Kathy, Susy and Jayne

Thursday, June 30, 2016

"Debbie Busby is in the house!!!"


We're all set up and ready to go for our last Guest Teacher!!!

"Debbie Busby"

     Amazing designer... wonderful teacher and a sweet, sweet gal!

     Debbie Busby owner of "Wooden Spool Designs", set up shop in The Country Loft for two full days.

     The gals are all gathered and ready to start sewing!

     In two days we had fifty-six happy ladies making a very special project designed by Debbie called "The Country Loft".

Debbie was lots of fun!

     Now we all have a little piece of our "Home away from home".

     The Country Loft has been our meeting place for many wonderful years.

     Debbie is a Great Teacher!

We're so happy 
you could be with us!!!

     We have met many new friends and made sweet memories in our little white cottage.

     Debbie brought us a trunk show too, and the patterns to go with it.

Please take the time to visit Debbie's website and see all of her amazing work! 
Find Debbie Busby at 

Thank you for stopping by today...
From all of us at The Country Loft


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"Thank you for a Wonderful Day!"

     Our little Cottage was decorated with flags and flowers all around!!!

     The Country Loft staff wants to thank you for coming out and celebrating these two great ladies!!!

"Kathy and Sharon"

Everything looked so pretty!

     Beautiful flowers sitting upon a table with Memory books for Sharon and Kathy. 

     We are leaving the books in the store... so if you haven't signed them yet, please come and do so while you are here.

     The doors opened and in they came!!!

     We so grateful to everyone for being here.

     We had amazing food by these lovely ladies!

     Thank you Jayne, Leigh, Charleen and Karen. It was beautiful and delicious.

     Kathy and Sharon were given the royal treatment!

     Thank you Vickie, Lynda and Tami.

     We even had some handsome men in attendance.

     Thanks to Carl, Gene and Bill for hanging with Joe.

     More beautiful friends to celebrate with... Nancy, Shelly and Kellee!

     Another yummy food table!


     Then everyone gathered in the back yard for a toast, and to surprise Sharon and Kathy with a gift of love and appreciation from all of us!

Beautiful quilts for beautiful women!

This one belongs to Kathy...

... and this one belongs to Sharon.

     We have them hanging in the classroom for everyone to enjoy! We hope you will come in and see them.

     Thank you Joe and Sharon Smith for 31 terrific years!!!

~ ~ ~

Debbie Busby from Wooden Spools teaches next week!!! We have 3 lucky seats available. Call us!

Thank you for stopping by today...
from all of us at The Country Loft

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"How Does 45% Off Sound?!"

That's right!

We are dropping the prices on all of our Home Decor, Stationary, Gifts, Notions, Patterns, Cotton Fabric, Garden Goodies and Patio Furniture to 45% OFF!!!

We're putting "All Antiques" on Sale for 10% Off!

     Come in and take a look around... You're going to find some wonderful buys!

     Everything from dishes to antique crocks. We're only 15 days away from Retirement!!!

Speaking of retirement, we hope you will come in this Saturday and Celebrate with us 31 Wonderful Years in La Mesa!

Thanks for stopping by today...
We look forward to seeing you soon.

From all of us at The Country Loft

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

"Twenty-one days left... but who's counting?!"

"The Sale Continues"

Today we add 35% Off of all Home Decor, Stationary & Gifts!!!

"Hurry in for best selection!"

     Also on Sale (until it's gone!) for 35% Off... you'll find Cotton Fabric, Notions, Patterns and Books. 

Please be sure to come Celebrate with us, the Retirement of two of our very favorite women,
Sharon and Kathy!!!

It's going to be a wonderful day!

Debbie Busby will be teaching at The Country Loft on June 28 & 29.

Thank you for stopping by today...
From all of us at The Country Loft

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

"June Sales!!!"

"Notions 35% Off!!!"

     We've just added Notions to our "Ongoing Sale". That's Cotton Fabric, Books, Patterns... and now, Notions!!!

     It's a great time to finish up your projects... get your backing and batting now. 

     Please stop in and pick up your Block of the Month kits. A Year in Redwork, How does your garden grow? and Prairie Gathering.
Only 30 day's until The Country Loft retires!

"Guest Teacher"

     The time is upon us and were so happy to have Debbie Busby of Wooden Spools teaching here this month!
     Classes are Tuesday, June 28th & Wednesday, June 29th. Time for both are 10-3. Cost is $65.00 and includes the wool kit!
     Please call or come in to confirm your space.
 "Crazy Blooms" 

     We're pleased to announce that one of our teacher's will be teaching at the San Diego Quilt Show this Fall!!!
     Join Susy Boyer to make this fun wool applique wall hanging on September 2nd from 9 to 4 at the Convention Center in downtown San Diego. 

     To sign up for Susy's class go to and click on classes. Your class fee includes your three day admission to the show plus a tote bag!!
     Visit The Country Loft to see the sample and pick out all your supplies for class!!!

Thank you for stopping by today.
From all of us at The Country Loft

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"The Sales Continue!"

"Patterns & Books
35% Off!!!"
 Let's keep a good thing going!

    Today we'll add patterns and books to our cotton fabric sale!

     We have a great selection of your favorite quilt, stitchery and wool applique designers.

     P.S. A new shipment of Valdani thread arrived this week. Yum!!

Thanks for stopping by today...
From all of us at The Country Loft

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

"Let the Sales Begin!!!"

With just weeks to go...

We're beginning our Sales with all of our beautiful Cotton fabric on sale for 35% Off!!!

     Hurry in for best selection...
It won't last long!

The Antiques have arrived!

The cottage is filled with many
new wonderful pieces.

     Our shed contains many fun and interesting finds too!

Mark your Calendars!

     Please plan to join us as we Celebrate 31 amazing years of The Country Loft. 
     It wouldn't be a party without our Country Loft family!

Thanks for stopping by today...
From all of us at The Country Loft

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Arriving Saturday, May 14th


     Lots of Great boxes, Wood totes, Benches, Architectural items, Blue ball jars, Chairs, Tool carriers and other wonderful pieces.

     Be sure to arrive early for best selection!

     Guest teacher "Jo Ann Mullaly" kept us in stitches!!!

     We loved having our favorite author of "Wool Crazy" teaching here last Saturday.

     Thank you Jo Ann...

          We had a great time!

     P.S. You're still the best cookie maker too!

     Debbie Busby from "Wooden Spools" will be our next Guest Teacher in June!

     Classes are Tuesday, June 28th and Wednesday June 29th. Call or come in for more information.

     "Garden Club"

     Another one of our terrific classes, taught by Sandra Lee.

     Sister's creating together is always a fun time!


     We still have two more Garden Club classes on the schedule.

     There are seven weeks to go before we retire... If you've been thinking about taking a class, we invite you check our schedule and join us.
     Now is a great time to use your gift certificates too!

Thank you for stopping by today...
From all of us at The Country Loft

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Heading West . . . Phew!!

Crossing over the Missouri River this morning we are really glad to be heading west and towards home!

And you know you're in Kansas because where else would a winery be named OZ?!?

And . . . where else would the road be so straight and flat?

So . . .  320 miles, 5 hours later we finally get to turn down the dirt road that leads to our beloved box man's farm.  We know John and Ada are awaiting our arrival though the look of the sky has us just a little concerned

After a fabulous lunch, we started to quickly stack up all the gorgeous boxes that were all over their living room floor.  Their adorable kitty was checking things out . . .

I think she really wants to come home with us!! She found a box that is just her size!!

John also refinished a few things other than boxes and of course, we just had to pack them up too!

This is what has happen to the weather since we were stopped, visiting with our friends and loading up boxes!!  Yes, that's snow on those Kansas fields!!!

And all over this Kansas highway . . . time to find a way down to the interstate so at least someone might find us if we get stuck!!!

So . . . alone on the interstate doesn't look much better.  I wish I had my ruby slippers to click together right now!! 

I hope to see you all on Saturday for JoAnn's last class . . . hopefully my flight will be able to take off in the morning!!

Think warm thoughts and thanks for traveling with us!!

                                                   Joe & Sharon