Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cutest Lil Annies and Andys

I just had to have these cuties!! I don't have too much time right now to make prims, with mid to end of semester chaos while teaching in the nursing program.... so here is my newest purchase: Annies and Andys made by Suzanne @ Poplar Street Prims. Suzanne is a fabulous primitive crafter who gives great attention to detail. These lil 9 inch prim dollies are magnificently made! The pic does not even capture how cute they are. I love looking at them everyday! Thanks Suzanne! Go on over and visit her blog.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Now this is a Sweet Giveaway!!

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Look at what I found while blog surfing.....BLOG CANDY!!....Kellie is celebrating 100,000 blog hits with this fantastic giveaway. I've been making cards on and off for several years but will get right back in to it with this sweet, whimsical set! I love this finished piece too. Go on over and check out the site and become Kellie's follower

Friday, March 26, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday-The Letter J

~~I must think of all the "J" words that come to mind...but won't bore you with mega pics...
 so here goes~~

Josh, Joshua, Joshua little prince and baby boy, who is 9 yrs old. He is multi-talented and artistic!!
Jewelry: all kinds, especially austrian crystal and of course diamonds!
Junking...I mean antiquing...this is always so much fun...especially those curbside finds
Jelly beans...only the jolly rancher ones will do
Jumping....when I won 3 patterns from Kat's Country Prims!! and had first dibs on Poplar Street Prims mini annie collection purchase~~can't wait to get those cuties! ooooh I just bought them!!
Jungle...what my basement looks like right now...can't wait to have a sale soon
Journey....Isn't it amazing that we all have the priviledge to take a ride in this life!! I was a two pound six ounce preemie born in July instead of October....but grew up to be oh so healthy!!
okay, i just found this one cute pic (not me though)
Jake....the name of our fat guinea pig that is now in heaven husband makes venison jerky every year....boy do our dogs love that stuff...shhhh don't tell my husband that I sneak it to them!
Jade...a beautiful stone and my favorite
Jerk...the one who pulls out in front of me or doesn't stop!!
Journey...the first concert when I was in 7th grade....Buffalo Aud which is no longer!!
Jack-o-lantern..with a fancy facade that I love to carve at halloween
Jacuzzi tub that I have in my bathroom...once overfilled a jacuzzi with bubbles, in a hotel, while on an anniversary outing with hubby...he never lets me forget that!
Jasmine....a pretty flower and one of my favorite Disney movies....I love that Jasmine is tough, strong, independant and beautiful all at the same time!!
Jersey City, NJ...took a wrong turn and got lost in that city on my way home from visiting my BF many moons ago...I was terrified but got home safe. mother and I love anything that  has jalapenos in it....went to San Antonio, Texas and found jalapeno powder at the gift shop in the Alamo....she was so thrilled and ran out so fast...I still have some left....should get online and order some for her!! HOT, HOT, HOT stuff!

Have a great weekend Everyone!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I love supporting the GW cause

Here are my Incredible finds from GW
~~brought to you by Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday~ the letter I~~
Here are a few of my GW finds over three trips recently. I hit the motherload!! Here's what I procured (in the name of prIm crafting)~~
  • dove tail oak recipe box
  • dark stained wood & bamboo japanese tea pot (this is my most special find) it even has japanese writing carved on the side. I have never seen anything like this before!! The top even comes off
  • handcrafted pottery jar
  • 3 candle holders (brass & pewter)
  • wooden wagon (for annies or whatnot)
  • oak ladder shelf
  • 2 willow baskets
  • 5 bird n nests (new)
  • beaded halloween table runner (to put appliques on)
  • 48 colonial style candles (to grunge and prim with cinnamon, dye, wax and such)~I just about died when I found all of these white many possibilities to use in prim crafting!
  • 3 small and 1 large canning glass jars (for pin keeps)
  • Awesome heavy metal star on a base (this has gorgeous texture and definition)
  • wooden tray (with doved corners)
  • wooden basket with cool curved handle (to paint black and sand up a bit)
  • 8 heavy hand towels-new from Target~the fabric is thick but flexible (deep orange color for fall pumpkins or whatever)
  • wooden heart shelf (to paint black and maybe crackle too)
and so to sum up my recent finds, I would utter these ~I~ words:
  • Incomparable
  • Impressive
  • Illustrious
  • Inspiring
  • Invaluable
It is Incomparable for most to comprehend but a big "Thanks" to all of my new blog friends as I have found another way to support my addiction of prim crafting while contributing to the Invaluable mission of GW.

Click on the link on my sidebar to participate in this fun game...there are prizes to be won!

Look what I won from Kat's Country Prims

I am so excited that I won three annie patterns from Kat's Country Prims selling blog  giveaway....go on over and check out her new patterns too. They are so adorable!. Thanks Kat....

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Olive Garden's Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

Check out this fabulous recipe over at "and baby makes five" . Scroll down to the March 12th post. This is my favorite soup at olive garden and I'm so glad that I found it. Wanted to try it for quite some time. Made it last night....mmmmmm so good. Even had it for lunch today.

Also made a very easy spinach/garlic/butter italian bread to go with it.....semi-homemade & very simple:
  • buy a loaf of italian bread (or you can make it yourself-I'm not that ambitious)..cut in half....spread melted butter on both sides (about 1/4 stick or less), sprinkle garlic powder on both sides (to taste)
  • thaw spinach (about 3-4 cups), remove excess water and add garlic powder and melted butter to taste (about 1/4 stick or so)
  • spread spinach mixture onto the bread and close the loaf
  • bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes
I'm going to try country crock spread next time...I don't want to clog my arteries too much!!

ps Colleen has the cutest salt/dough bowl fillers & ornies on her blog.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dried Snapdragon Flowers from my garden

Here is a cute little rusty heart pocket that I picked up for $3.99. I filled it with dried sweet annie. I grew snapdragon flowers in my flower garden last spring, dried them  and added them as well. These dried snapdragons have such a great texture.  I will be making a heart pocket like this one out of fabric too. Did you know that snapdragons have a wonderfully fragrant scent? Also, cut a bunch and place in a vase this summer, to make your home smell delicious. They're annual but they do come up yearly for me. I've even found them on the opposite side of my yard from where I planted them. 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mrs. Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday: Letter H

Hello everyone. I've been trying to figure out what I wanted to present for the letter H so I decided on The Holland Land Office Museum, which is located in Batavia, NY. This is where I fell in love with everything old and antique....when I was just a small the 1970's....Unfortunately their website is currently being updated so we can't sneak in and take a peek. Here is the site if you'd like to check back later:
Here are some other "H" pics from the Hard drive:

How cute...a Hairy little puppy: Josh and Zoey....August 2009

Hilarious, Hairy poker game...Josh and friends...where's Molly?

Huge tree and a cute boy!

Heavenly flowers in our yard...
can't wait for the lilacs and then the sunflowers! Please click on the sidebar link if you would like to play this fun game.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Summer Picnic Ragg Quilt

I finished the quilt at around midnight last night; just in time for the cub scout pancake breakfast this morning. I love the way that It came out. Josh is sick with a stuffy nose so Daddy had to go without him. We've raised $50 so far! The raffle will be drawn in June so we have more time to do fundraising. I have at least three more ragg quilts that I want to make: beach theme, a chenille pumpkin quilt and a pirate quilt (guess who that's for?)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Look what I'm makin'

I am making a rag quilt for the cub scout's fundraiser this weekend. Having a pancake breakfast on Sunday.
I offered to donate the raffle.... Here you see everyone relaxing but me... (ps my Hubby sits only once daily so don't let this photo fool you...he always has to be doing something)
Have a nice weekend everyone...ttfn Patti

Mrs. Matlock's Letter of the week: G

My favorite things or things that I must be doing soon..... that begin with the letter G:

Gardening: Oh how I can't wait to start digging in the dirt and planting those seeds, flowers, veggies and pumpkins!!

Green: Mine and my son's favorite color; any shade will do...oh yeah, the color of mine and my daughter's eyes (got those from my mother's mother~~thank you Grandma! :)

Gravy: a vice but so yummy when dipped with fries at the local diner

Green Grass: Makes me so happy to know that spring is near

Gown: reminds me that It's almost prom season for the girls this year

Graduation: Have two daughters graduating this year from high school. Better get going on the planning of the party.

Going to college: Both girls have decided that going to college for free is a good idea (where mommy works)!

Going to Tennessee: To celebrate my husband's parent's 50th wedding anniversary! Wow!! Now that's a long time!

Going to Graceland: Now I'm really excited about this!! Gotta see the home of Elvis.. and Get the souvenirs for my mother, of course (she used to blast the King when I was little, and I loved it too)!!

Garage: Must clean it out this spring and have a huge sale!!

Girl's night out...with my six pack friends...we try to do this a few times a year!!

Gambling...what I'm going to do in Las Vegas in September...on my down time at a Nursing conference!! Not too much though...Oh yeah...Go see a show too...That's always fun...saw Mamma Mia last time in Vegas with my friend Annette..what fun!

Going swimming in the pool...can't wait for those 80 degree days....ahhhhhh Sunshine please come soon!!
(pics to follow)

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One of my finds

I found this at a moving sale-Rolling Hills Antique and Ghost tours in Bethany, NY last summer. It's an 1800's cake mixer...and still works....isn't it gorgeous!! I purchased it  for only $10.00...a bargain indeed!I saw one of these in the Rochester Museum and Science Center (Rochester, NY) recently where they have a glass display of antique items and an enclosed apothecary store....oooooh I wanted the wooden pieces in there!! ttfm Patti :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Now this is a sexy man

Yes, I will reiterate...this is a sexy man (don't tell my husband) and he is also great in Shutter Island. Hubby and I saw it in Buffalo this past weekend and the theater was packed to the brim!
 It's a great movie, very suspenseful, and you must pay close attention. 
There is no blood and gore (thank goodness). 
Martin Scorsese is BRILLIANT!! A must see movie. 
If you are human, you might just cry. (I'm just sayin')

Free Pattern Posting

Hi Everyone:
Thought I'd offer this free pattern again in my posting. Here's a cute sunflower scarecrow for you to enjoy! You may enlarge or reduce this design for fun or profit at craft shows, on ebay or etsy. You may use this design for craft projects including painting, quilting, stitcheries, yard stakes, felt applique and three dimensional dolls. Mass production is prohibited on copyright designs. Note: The petals may be shaded and highlighted as desired. For our International friends....use your currency for the sunflower seed price!
Enjoy!! (Please link back to me with your creations so I can post, can't wait to see all of them!)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

10 things I'm proud of:

Think of your life and what makes you proud...can you think of 10 things?
These are mine:
1.  I have been married to my husband for 10 years now (Feb 14th)!! Yeah!! He's the best!!
2. My mother who is the strongest woman that I know
3. My daughter who will be graduating from high school this year!
4.  My son who is an awesome baseball player and cub scout
5. My sister who is a great mother of 4 and went back to college to become an RN (with a newborn)
6. Being a nurse practitioner/nurse educator and affecting my student's and patient's lives
7. Being creative and being able to share ideas with people
8. Finally opening my website
9. Starting a blog
10. Being able to grow old with my closest, oldest friends and learn, laugh and grow with my new friends