Friday, August 9, 2013

Wooden Folk Art Penny Coasters

Made by me. I just love penny rugs and thought I'd paint them on wooden coasters. I made them to resemble "candy corn", "Americana", "Halloween" and "Autumn" themes. I bought plain wooden coasters at Joann's.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sweet Annie Seeds....

Hurry~it's not too late to plant some sweet annie herbs in your gardens...
Sweet Annie Seeds $4.50/ get two tablespoons worth of seeds~that's about 20 times more than you get with most herbal-garden sites. Visit my blog sidebar to purchase through paypal.

Here are three of my seedlings that reseeded themselves from last year.....Yay! Can you see how small they are compared to my weeds?....I really hate to weed...I will be doing a lot of transplanting as these lil' guys are all around my huge garden...I'll put them in rows and maybe use mulch or the black tarp stuff....stay tuned.

This is what they will look like later on:

Here's my fresh harvest from last green...I used glycerine to preserve some of this...

This is dried SA...has turned a bit brown...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Well it's been awhile...been busy with life and planting my summer gardens....I love being outside! I am posting Brenda's awesome June giveaway....I just love all of her pillow tucks...don't you?....These could be used in so many types of decor...I'm moving toward the French country/Farmhouse look.....although I still love my dark, dark woods....So go and visit Brenda @ The Rusty Thimble to sign up, if you have not done so.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A New look....

I'm going to be making some changes to my blog and my home. I'm getting more interested in the French Country Farmhouse look which also incorporates vintage, antiques and prims.....all of which I still love.

With that being said, I want to share a blog that is newish to me. Rosemary over at Villabarnes Blog transforms those gaudy gold frames and furniture into the most beautiful Parisan beauties....I love how she uses gesso to age her pieces. I have a few frames and bottles of gesso laying around and can't wait to try the technique. So go on over and see what it's all about. ps she has a second prize for the giveaway~a birdbox redo.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

DIY Swiffer pad

What a great way to save money and be GREEN !!
Check out this DIY by Sew Take A Hike
Love it!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hand dyed stitching floss...

Nancy from Victorian motto sampler shoppe is at it again...doing another hand dyed floss giveaway...don't these colors look great for spring? I just love them. Go sign up and let her know that I sent ya....wink, wink...;) Post on your blog and get another entry too. Click on the pic or the link above to head on over. Good luck!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Valentine Prims

Here are a few Valentine-y prims that I've been working on. I love pink and what a great time to use up my pink fabric than for Valentines day. I love grungy prim but not on my pinks...makes them look too dull and my pinks need to be pink. I'll use the coffee/vanilla mixture on the reds though...but not my pinks...hehehe.

We will celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary this year on.....Valentine's Day -February 14th....WooHoo! Where does the time go? I feel so fortunate to have a wonderful husband who is kind, caring, generous, loving, helpful and oh, who brings prims home for me!....can't find a pic of he and I right now :(

I primmed up some tags with the coffee/vanilla mixture; stamped sweet words on some tags and used my key stamp on others. (I looove my new key stamp)!! I also aged the tags with sepia ink. Added grungy muslin tie with sweet annie. They smell so great!! I have a few bunches of dried sweet annie for sale here on my blog sidebar if anyone is interested.

I love this pink rose fabric....have had it for years and never used it!! :)

Here's a whole bowl full of beautiful reds N pinks !! Added  vintage buttons to these!

Here's a crystallized heart that I made using borax soap.
Love the sparkle on this chenille heart! This heart is actually quite heavy from the crystals....I really need to make more but ran out of borax that my friend Jolene gave to me....time to make a borax run this week...hehe...

Here's the tutorial link from Martha Stewart. The video tutorial is for snowflakes and is on the left hand side of the link. There are written directions as well. (just shape your chenille pipe cleaners into hearts for Valentine's Day, dip overnight and wake up to crystally, sparkly goodness. This is a great project for kids too).

Here's a Vintage Valentine's graphic: 

if you'd like this one or more FREE Valentine's graphics to use-click on the link:

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Nancy over at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe has new stitchery designs...look at these spice bags...aren't they just great? I think so!! She says that they are the first of several designs and are very quick and easy to finish....BUT......if you want a chance to win one...(ps she's giving away 4 of these!!)...just go on over to her blog and sign up. Let her know that I sent you...wink, wink). Now go, go, go!!

I just love the vintage labels !!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tablerunner WIP....

This is what I'm working on for a friend....goes with her kitchen colors...kinda of a late Christmas present...she's been sick and out of work for a few weeks. I had so much fun picking this coordinating fabric out...the chocolate brown binding will go all the way around and the ends will be pointed. It's about 32 inches long. What do you think so far? She has the most beautiful victorian home so I can't wait for her to see it (maybe she'll let me take some pics of her gorgeous house for you all to see)!! Everytime I go over I say I want to live there!! Were meeting next week and then will go antiquing.  Yippee!

Have a great night everyone.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Linky party: Terrific under Ten Tuesday....

Check out the linky party "Terrific Under Ten Tuesday" over At Home with K They have all kinds of crafting ideas for under $10.00. I added my iced snowflake bulb tutorial. You can also add your link if you like!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Christmas and Merry Hannukkah ....

to all my friends near and far.....

Iced Snowflake Glass Bulb Ornament Tutorial:

Here's a last minute idea if you need to make teacher/friend/family gifts for Christmas.....

I had these bulbs laying around for know "I'll use them for something"....bought on sale for a few cents....blah, blah, blah....

This is the finished let's get started...

Supplies: Glass bulbs...(could use plastic but I don't think they will catch the lights and sparkle as nicely)-get them after Christmas if making them for next year (on SALE!!) , any type of punch (I used Martha Stewart snowflakes-on sale at Michael's) or cut outs from cardstock (I used brown kraft paper) or printed paper...Don't use the really heavy card stock as they won't form to the rounded bulb very easily. I had the disc shaped bulbs but you can use any shape. You'll need mod podge or plain glue which is watered down, a sponge brush and waxed paper (for the glitter). You can also dry them on the wax paper but I had the original bulb containers.

Choose which cut outs you want to use can "audition" them on the bulb before applying the glue....I used 5 shapes on the front of my bulbs....Now coat your bulb (on the front) first...with quite a bit of glue. If you use too little it will dry quicker and you won't be able to reposition the cutouts- if you need to. I put a glob of glue on the waxed paper and bathed the cutout in it...flipped it over very carefully and loaded more glue on the other side.

Now position the first cutout in the center, pushing the cutout down with your brush so it sticks well. you can also use your nails to do this too. If they're not pushed down they will dry and lift off of the bulb a have some working time to get all of the cutouts on if you use enough glue on the base to start out with.
keep adding the cutouts until you like how they are positioned. Now with your brush...stipple the glue like I did in the pic will dry nicer than if you use straight brush strokes...I also stippled the glue with my fingertip too....

Next you will see all the cutouts in place...Now let dry until clear. If you see white...its not dried completely.

Now before the glue starts drying, add some fine white sparkly glitter to the sure to get all areas...I started by sprinkling each cutout first then sprinkled around the "white" glue areas....I used about 1/2 of this small container for 6 bulbs....when done sparkling it up, put the excess glitter back in the container for other uses :) (I am a prim girl who loves bling too )

Here they are in different stages of drying time....when they are all dry on the front...flip them over and do the same to the back...If you want to grungy up the top of the it after the front and back are dried....Brush some glue on the top piece then sprinkle with a grubby mixture of ground cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin spice (or whatever you have on hand) and then gently shake off the excess and let dry.

You can add wired evergreen to the top (covering the silver part) and add red berries too. I also added an organza ribbon hanger on some.

Here are the finished bulbs...the brown kraft paper even looks kind of goldish/brown...with the sparkles.

All six bulbs were under $10-not too bad, huh? Hope you find some great after Christmas sales and have fun making these. Borrow a friends punch if you don't have one or I might be able to sell some for a small price...wink, wink...if you need snowflakes. Just let me know. If you'd like to post my tutorial on your blog...just email me for permission.
Merry Christmas & Happy crafting !!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Primitive New England Tree Lights...

Hi All: Here are 3 of my newly made colonial tree lights made from a 'My Primitive Saltbox' pattern. I love how they turned out and they're so easy to make. They will be part of a silent auction for an anonymous fellow blogger who is experiencing financial difficulty. If interested visit Traci over at York Mountain Primitives blog to see all of the auction items. Hurray because the auction ends December 19th.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Giveaway Goodies...

Just wanted to pop in quickly and show you all my giveaway winnings from Dee over at Stonewall Craftique. She included a few things for a few holidays. Look how cute they all are. There's a cute chick, a couple of whimsical snowmen, a spring basket (sorry it's cut off), a cutie pie spooky ghost with a Halloween sign. Thank you Dee, I can't wait to put them all out in the spring, fall and winter.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ornie swap goodies....

Here are some sweet prim ornies that I received from Amy's (Bumble Bee Lane)
Ornie swap....

Here are three Santas from Tam of A Primitive Place. The first is made out of Salt dough and the others are paper~n~ink vintage Santas...Tammy has these as a free download on her blog.

Next are some adorable cross stitched ornies and a sweet prim prairie doll from Theresa. She has an etsy shop so visit her at Dulaney Woods Treasure

and finally this adorable prim Santa from Kerri of The Calico Cat...I love his prim tree and the blanket stitching. He smells great too!
Thank you to Amy for the wonderful ornie swap and to all the generous, talented ladies!

Monday, December 5, 2011


I'm helping a prim friend set up her blog~JoJo's Primitives and can't for the life of me figure out where the "minima" blog template is....Did they get rid of that with the updated features? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks prim friends!

Jolene eats, sleeps and breaths primitives...buying them that is....she goes to the auction every Wed...I'm going to teach her how to sew and made prims....she's my "new" old friend that I pal around with at the prim shows...we grew up in the same neighborhood....we've been having a blast......Stop by and become a follower. Now I just need her to put on some pics and posts ;)

Here we are at a prim show a few weeks ago....we were the last ones to leave....met a great prim friend too...who took our pic!!

Here are some prim Santas that I made out of wool...they are a free pattern from The Woolen Willow through Primitive Quilts and Projects....Click on the link for the freebie...I also added some evergreen~n~berries and a tag.... but forgot to take a pic...

Here are some mini sweet annie candy canes that I made recently...They smell great!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

My New Snowgirl Dolly

I'm behind as usual but I must show off my new snowgirl doll made by Wanda of Olde Crow Mercantile. She is so beautiful. The detail on her is amazing! Stop by and visit Wanda's blog to see more of her work!
Wanda...I can't thank you enough for her. She will be treasured always!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Santa's Little Helper.....

I love this lil' Elf...Brenda has been making these guys and they are adorable...She is going to give one of them away for her November giveaway...Brenda is truly a giving heart and so generous. Her workmanship is extraordinary....I own several of her handmades and cherish all of them! Please check out her blog The Rusty Thimble for a viewing of prim heaven!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

An Unbelievable Giveaway...

Carly over at Boggy Bottom Bayou is giving away this precious Belinda Believer Bunny. Carly's handmades are top of the line, superior and beautiful!! She is amazingly talented and I have been eyeing her wares for months!! Head on over to sign up for a chance to win by either clicking on the pic or the link!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Bottle Cap Images

Thought I'd give a freebie to all of my followers as a Thank You for your friendship! These are great for use in bottlecaps for all your prim projects and even look great hanging on a prim tree! Just use a 1 inch circle punch (or cut them out), glue them inside the bottle cap, add a hanger and you'll be all set! They can even be cut out in a square shape and added to tags....For all you scrapbookers out could versamark the images and use clear embossing powder; which leaves a clear coating (almost acrylic like) to give it a finished look.... or use them in any other prim way that you desire!! There are between 6-12 images of each-all are the same 1.25 inch size.  Graphics were obtained through Vintage Holiday and other websites offering freebies.

Click on any of the graphics for my boxnet download: Happy Crafting! Patti