Sunday, February 28, 2010

Snowmen, Snowmen, Snowmen !!

Here's a pic of Todd and Josh and their newly made snowmen that they created today. Notice where I am (inside taking the picture)!! I must be the mean looking one on the right because the only type of snowmen I like are the ones that I make INSIDE the house! HeHeHe! Where is Spring??

Find of the weekend



Here are two beehive bobbins, which I just purchased at an antique flea market today...they are in mint condition,..even have the original metal on both ends....both for $10.00...what a find ! They were originally marked $22 a piece!! ...told the owner that I bought 6 of them on ebay for $1.00 or so a piece...which is true, but these are in so much better condition...won't use these two for make do's but as displays. Have a great day All!


Friday, February 26, 2010

F is for Four-legged Friends brought to you by Mrs. Matlock's Letter of the week (rated G)


Hi Mrs. Matlock. I came to school Feeling very prepared and also wanted to let you know that my dog did not Feast upon my paper today....so here it is!

F is For Four-legged Friends. We have two of them. Most everyone that I know has a Four-legged Friend. What would we do without these Four-legged Fun loving beings? Our lives would be proFoundly empty.

Here are some reasons why we LOVE and Feel brief malice towards our Furry creature Friends:

They are Feverishly happy to see us when we return home From work

They make us Fiendishly happy when we are sad

They chew our leather cell phone case and we are Furious....but just look at them, smile and say you naughty little doggy (after we say some Foul words)

They snuggle around our Feet in the bed at night so we can't move or even Find our Fleece blanket

They wait by the door when we are taking a shower and act like they haven't seen us in Four years when we Finally open the door

They Feverishly snore louder than my husband

They Follow us where ever we go Frolicking aroud the house, even into the bathroom

They have doggy dreadlocks and look like Foolish mops in the wintertime because we want them to stay warm instead of Freezing outside in the cold

They lick our Faces, when we know they haven't licked their butts lately

They run to the pantry when we say "Do you want a dingo?" (dog Food treat) and they know exactly what we mean

They run up the stairs like a pack of crazy wolves looking for Fuzzy chickens

They figure out where we are....anywhere in the house...using those Fine tuned sniffers

They love to Feel our hands rubbing their belly's and say "we don't want this to be Finished yet".

They steal our Folded socks or underwear or Flipflops or bras or sneakers...just For Fun

They Frantically run up and down the stairs and into the office to catch a Flicker or glimpse of us through the window before we walk into the house


They are the most Finicky eaters in the history of Feline....I mean dog world....I just got a little carried away with the F words....(this one only applies to Molly and not to Zoey)

One of them finds a way to steal Josh's small plastic toys and chew them into Fine, tiny pieces and sometimes swallows all of the evidence when we catch the Furry little beast in the act (guess who does this...yes, Zoey)

They always want to try what we are eating, even if it's our Favorite spicy Food (but of course we say Find your own dog Food)

They Furiously take us on walks into the Forest  (I mean the trail behind our house) instead of us taking them for walks

They bark at every Furry deer, Fox and Coyote during a Full moon, in the middle of the night (and wake us up from a sound sleep)

They are Forever pooping in the yard and Todd Fervently picks it up without a complaint

And for these Fun snapshots of our lives....we Feel so much love For our Four-legged Friends, who Freely and Famously are the best Friends that we have ever Found (Furry ones of course)..................................
We love you Molly (white cockapoo) and Zoey (chocolate cocker spaniel) 



















Monday, February 22, 2010

Look at what came in the mail today!!

Look at the Sweet Soaps, hand painted by Jody of Primgals Primitive Palette She did a fabulous job painting these cute little soaps. I love the crackled star...so primitive...... and to my surprise a sunflower soap!!....Did you know that it's my design (see below to download)! Thank you again Jody...you did a great job!! I'm so honored that you decided to paint my design and glad that I was your 200th follower :) Patti

Thursday, February 18, 2010

E is for Estrogen


Estrogen...we all have it..Everyone of us females (and males too). Some have more of it than others..take for instance Each of us bloggers are Eventually pre-menopausal, postmenopausal or perimenopausal. Now what does all of this mean? Let me Enlighten you. It means that we are mean at Every chance we get. When we are young and Energetic, we have tons of Estrogen!! When we are Edging on the verge of Elderly, we have less Estrogen. During these times in our lives we are Especially grouchy and cranky and tired and hot and sweaty and irritable and cry like babies...alot.....for no reason or when we are watching dumb commercials or when we are watching American Idol (Jenny, you know you do it too)!! Just ask our husbands, mothers, friends and Even our children. They will give you an Earful...Right ladies?? We display Explicit Expressions of shameless behavior and Eventually Embark on the journey of Extreme Euphoria (Joy) and just say...........who cares anyway, we can just Eat soy and chocolate and feel like a Pretty Woman!
And this is the End of the Epic! Have a great night ladies.
Patti






Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Most Favorite Dish @ Applebee's

Fiesta Lime Chicken
4 chicken breast fillets
1 C. shredded cheddar/Monterrey jack cheese blend
2 C. crumbled corn chips or fried tortilla strips

Marinade:

1 C. water
1/3 C. teriyaki sauce
2 T. lime juice
2 t. minced garlic
1 t. mesquite liquid smoke
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. tequila

Mexi-Ranch dressing:

1/4 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. sour cream
1 T. milk
2 t. minced tomato
1 1/2 t. white vinegar
1 t. minced canned jalapeno slices
1 t. minced onion
1/4 t. dried parsley
1/4 t. Tabasco sauce
1/8 t. salt
1/8 t. paprika
1/8 t. dried dill weed
1/8 t. cayenne pepper
1/8 t. cumin
1/8 t. chili powder
Dash garlic powder
Dash ground black pepper

Prepare marinade by combining marinade ingredients in medium bowl. Add chicken to bowl, cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours.

Make the Mexi-Ranch dressing by combining all ingredients in medium bowl. Mix well until smooth, then cover dressing and chill it until needed. When ready to prepare entree, preheat oven to high broil. Also preheat grill to high heat. When grill is hot, cook marinated chicken breasts for 3 to 5 minutes per side.

Arrange cooked chicken in baking pan. Spread a layer of Mexi-Ranch dressing over each piece of chicken, followed by ¼ cup cheese. Broil chicken for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Spread a bed of 1/2 cup of tortilla strips on four plates. Slide chicken breast onto strips and serve with rice, pico de gallo or salsa.

I've always said "I have got to make this at home sometime", so I'm trying it tonight (yay, I know dinner's a bit late but that's okay). I will let you know how it comes out. I'm improvising as I do not have tequila or liquid smoke. I'm sure it will be just fine. So if you love Tex-Mex, you'll love this recipe.

Retreived from:
http://www.that'smyhome.com 

Patti 



Sunday, February 14, 2010

Holiday Envelope


Here's a prim envelope that I made for Valentine's Day. I made this out of muslin, primmed with my grungy vanilla/coffee/cinnamon mixture then baked to perfection. It was then stuffed with fiberfill and moss. I attached a skeleton key, homespun tie and primmed tag with the word "Love" on a large, rusty safety pin. I also added a tealight for ambiance and added a black, soft wire for hanging. The quilted heart in the envelope was left unprimmed to give the piece a bit of color. Hand stitching was done with coordinating thread. I love prim with a touch of color!! It measures 9 inches by 8 inches, not including the wire hanger or key. This could be placed on a peg or on a cabinet for all to admire. The wire is removable. This could be modified for all of the holidays. Let me know if interested in purchasing one of these and which holiday you would like: Valentine's Day (heart), Easter (egg), St. Patrick's Day (clover), Fourth of July(flag), Halloween (pumpkin), Thanksgiving (Turkey), or Christmas (snowman). Holiday fabrics/Tags/Accessories will vary. Let me know if you would like something specific written on the tag. I will offer this item on my selling website
for $14.95 with free shipping within the USA. If ordering from outside of the US, shipping charges will apply. Send me an email before purchasing the item and I will invoice you.
Thank you!! Patti




Snoman & Annie Dolls



Here's are some of my creations: A Snowman & Annie Doll. The snowman was primmed with a coffee/vanilla mixture then baked in the oven. My mother-in-law knitted the sweater. I'm going to put a wool felt applique on it too. The smaller snowmen ornies were made with a Cindy Martin pattern and were a hit at my fall show. I am working on the snowman's pants and will paint black boots on him. I made the Annie's green eyes with prisma pencils and love the way that they came out. I will also be putting an apron on her. I used the "A" from my scrapbooking stash for her necklace. I didn't grunge her up but will probably do that with my other creations. I have four more bodies ready to decorate. My wonderful children adorn the background in the Annie photo!!

A must have in Prim Crafting-A Dehydrator




I recently used my husband's dehydrator (that he uses to make venison jerky) for some prim fixins. I dehydrated apples and oranges then sprayed them with my homemade fixin's spray-mulled cider (candle fragrance oil mixed with distilled water). This has hints of luscious oranges and cinnamon.... a must have fragrance to use in prim crafting!! Please visit my favorite site for the most fragrant candle scents. I loaded them with the spray then baked them on a waxed paper lined old cookie sheet and placed them in the oven on 200 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the fruit was dry (you could also dehydrate again, I guess). I then placed them in a tin star candle pan with a tealight votive, tart melts and cinnamon sticks~~as seen above. I just love how they came out. Have fun creating with different food items. I want to try cranberry's next. I will be offering this candle on my website too.You can purchase a dehydrator at a very inexpensive price. I think Todd bought it at Walmart. I will offer this as a free giveaway in the future.



Helpful Tip


I have decided to share tips that I am interested in and I know that many of you will also be interested in. Here's a great link for making homemade Walnut Ink....but be very careful as it stains everything! You can use this stain for all of your prim goodies-dolls, tags, fabrics, whatever you like...its cheaper than buying walnut ink at the craft shop! You'll have to wait until late summer to collect these round jewels!! Enjoy! Click on the above pic for more info.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

10 Year Wedding Anniversary


Wow, hard to believe that Todd and I have been married 10 years now. Our anniversary is on Valentine's Day...He's taking me on a surprise weekend trip in a few weeks. Wonder where we're going?? I think it's going to be quaint and romantic!! Can't wait. Will let you all know.

The Rusty Thimble Giveaway

Fabulous Giveaway:
Be sure to check out The Rusty Thimble Giveaway for these cute prim bunnies!!
Visit:
The Rusty Thimble Blog

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

About Me

I am a Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister and Friend. I fill my days working as a Nurse Practitioner & an Assistant Professor of Nursing. I am an avid crafter of all things primitive. I love creating items for family, friends and customers which are handmade or handpainted and made from my heart. There's just something about creating with the hands and mind that makes me very happy. I love collecting antiques (just started over the last few years) but have been in love with all things old and nostalgic since I was about 7 or 8. My friend Joannie and I would go to the Holland Land Office Museum. I remember admiring all of the old early American items displayed from bedwarmers to old pots, Indian artifacts and old ice skates. Seems like it was yesterday....We visited almost everyday in the summertime. My love of primitives, especially Annie dolls has increased over the years. I ultimately dream of opening up my own country craft & Ice cream shoppe. I keep telling my 9 yr old son that he's going to have to scoop the ice cream for customers! He just makes a face!! I have a wonderful husband who is supportive of All of my crafting ventures...he supports me and endures tireless craziness like when I found two box springs on the side of the road and had to have them for make do's. He was such a great help clipping over 100 of those darn rusty springs from the bed frames! I've told him on several occasions that we MUST get some sheep now that we live in the country and have 4 acres! My mind races with what we could do with all of the wool! I have a wonderful daughter who is incredibly smart and will be graduating this june and I also have a terrific step daughter who has such a wonderful heart and soul. She is also graduating from HS this june. They will both be attending college where I work as a Nurse Educator for Registered Nursing students. Not sure what they want to do for careers yet but they still have time to decide. I also recently opened up a new website: http://www.raspberrylanetreasures.com Check it out. I hope to add more items over the next few months. I am working on several pattern packets. I have quite a few designs waiting in the wings. Prim Blessings Everyone!

Check out my new Website

Please visit my new website for some great pieces at:
http://www.raspberrylanetreasures.com
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~~Hello Everyone~~

Welcome to my new site. I hope to meet many new prim friends and offer ideas, tips and patterns for all to enjoy.
Prim Blessings
Patti

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Rachel's Birthday

We'll it's official. My daughter and step daughter both turn 18 this year! I can't believe it. Where does the time go? We all went out to lunch at Olive Garden today. Yum!! She wanted an I touch-What do you think she did get? I finally finished a waffle crocheted afgan for her. Will definitely keep her warm this cold, terrible winter. I can't believe that I started it when she was a baby!! Happy Birthday My Darling Daughter. I Love You!!

New Website

Hi Everyone:
I finally have my website up and running. It's http://www.raspberrylanetreasures.com
Go and check it out. I am so proud of it. I have figured out how to add a new background to my blog too. I will have a giveaway soon. Keep checking back.Prim Blessings. Patti