Aren't these the cutest? Print em up, cut them out, grungy them up, use modgepodge to paste them on bottles, jars, hangtags, attach them to your Valentine or Easter Prims or anytime Prims.....be creative! They can even be printed on paperbacked muslin....just use a very hot iron (no steam) and freezer paper (found at the grocery store or walmart)...iron to the shiney side then put it through your printer. Make sure the edges are ironed down well otherwise it will get stuck in your printer...you ask how I know this? hmmm....... Click on the pics to download a bunch of these!
Look at this wonderful Snowman that Cathy from Tolentreasures has painted. She has posted a wonderful tutorial taking us through all of the painting steps. She is one talented lady who inspires me to get my brushes and books out. Visit her as soon as you can!!
Here's a Christmas wreath that Joshua made out of snowflake foam shapes. He layered three together with plain glue, added jewel gemstones (I found a huge bag @ Michael's for 1/2 price~$2.99~a few days before Christmas) and glued them to a styrofoam wreath (dollar tree item). I LOVE it! Decided to put it around a handmade Santa (done by a lady in Medina, NY). This Santa is also a free download @ Olde Country Cupboard .....scroll way down to the end and you'll find free patterns in Sandy's share box. (The eyes were just made a bit different than the actual pattern; criss crosses instead of dots).
Check out this tutorial from ChildMade~an idea place for interesting wired gifts. As described in this tutorial, they can be made into ornaments or even suncatchers for summertime or anytime gifts. I'm thinking I could use smaller gauge wire and some bicone australian crystals.....hmmm (I do love bling!)
Now what can you tell me about this picture of my son, Joshua....Notice anything unusual?
Josh is our funny guy...boredom set in for this 10 yr old watching "It's a Wonderful Life" tonight and he decided to make his own entertainment. He put on this little show for me the other day and I still can't stop laughing! My husband finally saw him in "all his glory" tonight!!
Just wanted to share with you all what my wonderful husband surprised me with today...Christmas Roses...They are so beautiful but not as beautiful as the card and sentiment he'd written...I cried! He's a beautiful soul and I am truly blessed to have him in my life.
Notice my two nativity sets? My mother gave those to me when my daughter was a baby (she's 18 now). I treasure them and display each one every year because Jesus' Birthday is the reason for Christmas. They are both from Avon. I did have a vintage looking nativity but gave it to my SIL years ago. I could kick myself now but am glad that she has it. I will be on the look out for more at the summer sales. A few years ago my molly (cockapoo) chewed the "purple" king a bit (on the right). Both my daughter and son played with this set when they were little (actually Josh still does and he's 10). The other nativity is a ceramic set. They are usually not displayed together but wanted you to see both. Also wanted you to notice Josh's paper snowflakes in the background (some look like snow butterflies). We made them into a snowflake garland.
Now onto the non-sappy stuff. Has everyone finished their shopping? I have, yay! Josh and I will bake tomorrow. He's been busy making me a beautiful Christmas snowflake wreath..well he's on to the second one now. Let's just say that I found some foam snowflakes left over from a few years ago, and some gemstones...and vwola a beautiful holiday wreath to hang on the door or wall. Oh yeah, we forgot to rag (muslin) wrap the first one but remembered for the second one. Josh is so proud of himself but look how tired he is!! He wouldn't put them down....
Trying to get three kids together for a pic is almost impossible. Our girls: Rachel and Leah are too big and busy for most pics these days so here is Josh with our fur baby girls: Molly (4, the "white princess") and Zoey (the 1 yr old "teddy bear") Cocker. Doesn't Zoey look like a tiny teddy bear? They are my girls and follow me around EVERYWHERE!! They also love their Daddy too. ps Josh is really not choking Molly; just holding her in place. I'd hate to be a dog photographer. Yikes! These two can't still (and Josh too)! What's up with that face, Josh?
Here's something for the kids to play over the Christmas break. It's a vintage battleship game that can be played over and over. It was designed by Cathe over at Just Something I Made. Did I mention that I love this site? Just use this graphic and put acetate over top (on clipboards) as Cathe advises. I will probably just laminate two so my son and I can play this while he's home from school.....that is after he is "bored" with his games (itouch, wii and ds)....I'll have to persuade him to try this "fun" game!!
Cathe has also designed some gift certificates for last minute personal gift ideas:
I must show off Santa and Elmer made by Marie of Primitives by Olde Lady Morgan. Marie did a fabulous job! I love all of the textured textiles he dons. His arrival time was about 4pm EST today and I just couldn't contain myself....I was so excited to see them. They now sit on a little rocker in my living room....move over Hallmark Santa.....you're history now that Santa and Elmer have arrived. My son says "your taking that Santa away"? and I said quickly and firmly "Yes"...."I just love This Santa and Elmer" !! My 10 yr old son just doesn't get it!
I will always think of Marie and her Mom when I look at him. Marie's mother was a Lady after my own heart...firm, Bossy A no holds bar (take charge), say what you mean kinda Lady...This Santa will have special meaning because of her.....Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Marie !!
Marie also put in a special extra something....a sweet little prim snowgirl ornie:
In between wrapping presents I thought that I'd check out my blog list....glad that I did....These are so adorable and just in time for Christmas....Hop on over to Jenn's blog @ Rabbit Hill Primitives for this cute tutorial on how to make primitive~n~sparkly icicle ornies. They are so prim and so quick to make. PS this is her first tut!! Great job Jenn! Click on the pic or her link to get instructions!
Here are some pics of some of the wonderful prims that I have received recently. Cathy from Tolentreasures sent me these snowman sweeties! She's so talented!! Look @ this sweet snowman lid--what a creative mind that Cathy has!! Just adorable!!
This next one is a lil' trinket snowman box...he was lonely so he asked his friend to pose with him. The cutie with the musical hat is from Brenda of the Rusty Thimble Aren't they both so cute!!
Here's the snowman trinket box up close...don't you just love the sheet music that's peeking through the snowman! What a great job Cathy!!
These next two are a sweet snowman penny ornie (I was secretly wanting one of these when she first posted them awhile ago) along with a button ornie (made of wool) by Cathy. That Cathy is so creative for making a snowman from buttons-sew simple and sew easy that I'll have to try it!!
The adorable reindeer ornie and rag wrapped candy canes are from a giveaway by Craftystitchers. Cyndy and Mary are so talented and generous. They had an incredible 12 days of Christmas giveaway.
Here's a sweet snowman pillow made just like the ornie above by Cathy...How cute is this!!...also made out of blue wool and buttons. Don't you love how Cathy made the snowmen come alive with the embroidered arms and twinkly snowflakes? The pillow is sittin' in front of my handmade ginger and snowman. I also made the poinsettia in the background.
Just look @ this darling snowman sled painted by Cathy....she is truly amazing! I keep telling her to publish some projects in the crafty magazines....maybe one day?? Hmmmm. Wink, Wink Cathy!!
Here's my new stove board and Santa folk doll from my dear friend Jenn over @ Bittersweet Prims!! They are to die for!! Jenn's husband Jason did a fabulous job making the board and jenn did the painting, staining and distressing! They're a great team. Don't ya think? It's black and red! I just looove it!! Incidently I must tell you all about this wooden bowl, which is holding evergreens (sprigs from my Douglas Fir Christmas tree), coffee dipped old clothes pins, sweet annie, cinnamon hips~n~sticks and handmade cinnamon tarts (by me)...It's handcarved and was made in Kenya !!.....I bought it @ a Habitat for Humanity store for.......$2.00---I know, what a find!..... I just love this bowl!
and last but not least is my new Santa Folk doll. Jenn did such a great job!! I love the way the santa suite has a coffee stained pattern to it! Great job Jenn...as usual!! I love his big round head and cinnamon cheeks! I love him so much!! I want to keep him out all year but know people will talk..hehe! Here he is in the candlelight setting:
He's what I won from Jenn's giveaway. I love him so much that I had to take another pic in auto:
I wanted to show you all what I won in the PFATT giveaway. This wonderful angel was made by Rebecca Miller Campbell of Miller Campbell Designs. She designs original appalachian folk art....and isn't this angel just gorgeous...look at the detail in her face? Spectacular....I just love her.....she is a OOAK....so unique....I don't have anything like this so she is very special.....
visit Becky @ http://www.millercampbelldesigns.com/ to see what she has available.
Here she is in a candle-lite setting:
Now onto my Prim stocking. Brenda from the Rusty thimble gave me this idea as she had made a smaller one, which was included in my giveaway....I gave this one away to a dear friend, Marilyn...we are soul sisters...she bought a red ticking mitten from me so I thought this would be nice as a set....She was so excited to receive it....Thanks for the idea Brenda!!
Here's the mitten again...if you didn't see it before...
Look @ what I just bought for myself with some Christmas moola....It's a snowman bag from Michelle Palmer...(click on her name to visit her blog)....for those of you who do not know her, she is an extremely talented pen~n~ink artist who creates one of a kind pieces (OOAK)...take a look @ her work in her Etsy shop I've been a follower since the springtime, have been eyeing her wares and just love what she creates....
I can't wait to get him!! He comes with vintage buttons but they are not attached, just laid out for display....
Mandie from Life in the Craft Lane is a fabulous graphic artist who also very generously gives out a gazillion freebies on her site. Here are just a few that I downloaded today....wouldn't they be cute on some old grungy bottles or cannisters?
She even has etsy banners if you need a few for your shoppe. Blessings, Patti
Look what Santa Brenda, from The Rusty Thimble sent all the way over from O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A (okay are you all singing that song right now?) to NY......I was lucky enough to win her 12 ornies giveaway. I tell ya, I almost fell off of my chair @ work when I read the blog! I tried to show all of the ornies as best I could with the angle of the camera. I will be rearranging them once more.....Did you all notice those gorgeous snow girl heads? The one has fluffy feather like trim and the other has snowflake eyes and mica all over. I think that they are my favorite but I looove them all so much. Brenda has such great ideas for ornies!! I also used a candlight setting on my camera to capture the tree and ornies with a sparkly glow and put it on my blog header. I am truly blessed to have received all these incredible creations from Brenda! She is such a talented artist so visit her and check out her ornies and also her new Snow dolls. They are to die for!
I have met a new prim blogger friend whom I was paired up with in the Primpals Home for the Holidays Swap. In addition to the other goodies sent, I made a felt pointsetta with jingle bells from a tutorial by Anne over @ A hole in the basket and also sent some vintage handstamped tree tags for her with each of her FIVE daughter's names on them and she was thrilled. Needless to say, I found out that they experienced a fire 7 yrs ago, lost all their ornaments and are slowly replacing them. So.....I am wondering if any of my prim friends would be interested in donating an ornament to her family? If so, please email me @ email@example.com as I have permission to give her addy out on an individual basis. Let's help this family fill up their tree with new ornamental memories!
Oh and if you love the snowman graphic here...visit Tammy @ Twin Creek Primitives. She is so generous with her free graphics.
Blessings @ Christmas and all throughout the year. patti
Look what Santa Allison from Sewmanygirls blog sent over for our PrimPals swap......They are all so Prim!! The snowman pattern is so cute; can't wait to make it! I've had the Santa for many years......Thought he'd look cute showing off my new prims!
and here they are on a wooden lazy susan and in an old tin that I picked up this summer. Look how cute the lil' annie is holdig a tiny ginger!
Here's the Prim stocking hanging up near a fisherman's basket:
Please go on over to visit Cathy @ Tolentreasures She is such a talented decorative artist who is giving away some great goodies...and will be giving away more goodies if she gets even more entries....so tell all your friends to hop on over....I get such great ideas from Cathy too.....oh and she has such a way of posting just the funniest life stories...I know you will enjoy visiting her!
Merry Christmas......Here's a free Olde World Santa download. They are approximately 1.5 inches by 2.25 inches. You will get 16 images per page; just the right size for hangtags, bottles, etc. They could even be printed out in black and white (just change the printer setting to B&W under properties) or sepia (if you have a photo program on your computer). I like to make labels and stickers for packaging/candles/room sprays etc. I highly recommend getting a xyron machine to make them with adhesive backing. So much easier than gluing. (I've had mine for about 10 years and would die without it). Very much worth the investment...It's $65 @ Joann's if you use a 50% off coupon....even better yet, it's $50 @ Michaels with a 50% coupon (you can use any craft coupon for this). The adhesive (permanent or temporary) and laminator cartridges are about $16 with a 50% coupon and last a long time...depending of course, on how much you use it.... Enjoy!
Here's where I put a few of the new Santas....on grapevine star hangers....The Santas are completely hand stitched/needle felted....no glue was used....I made this guy last...made a "mouth and lip" area with the needle felted wool.
This is my first time making Santas with wool and I love how they all look so different.
Here's a Santa hanger that I just finished....he's made of coffee/vanilla dyed muslin, embroidered eyes, a pinch stitched nose and white wool for his beard that was needlefelted....I like the way he came out....I might put him on a grapevine wreath??
My version of a Christmas mitten...has peppermint scented candy canes tied with cheese cloth, sweet annie and greens attached to a grungy red & white ticking mitten with a w&n cuff. The top is filled with spanish moss. This sold within 20 minutes of putting it in my booth....Will be making more of these....
Also made a crow in a mitten: not the greatest lighting but you get the idea....
Next, I repurposed an old cheese grater that I bought for 25 cents....added three wax dipped~n~peppermint scented chenille candy canes with sweet annie and greens...this sold for $12.95
Lastly, I made a snowman wreath...he's hiding in a grungy envelope made of muslin....
with a tealight inside: I also made the wreath from grapevine behind my house....
these hallway pics are not too great...won't do that again!! Thanks for peeking!!
Brenda from The Rusty Thimble had a scramble contest and this is what I won....a sweet snowman ornie made out of w&n placed inside a wool pocket and handstitched "SNOW" on the front...the snowman is as cute as can be with the lil rusty bell and evergreens...He's my first snowman to go on my 3 foot snowman tree this season....I'm soooo behind! Thank you Brenda....I will treasure him always!
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