Thursday, May 27, 2010

Miss Primbear

  Here's a pattern that I designed last fall. I love bears and wanted something small and cute to put in wooden boxes, baskets or where ever. She is made of kunin plush felt...Her head and body are one piece. Her muzzle, arms and legs are all sewn on. Her eyes, nose and mouth are handstitched with brown floss. She is about 13 inches from ear to foot. She also has a homespun bow and a rusty heart for that prim look...Here is the before and after....What do you all think?...should I put a matching apron on her or leave her undressed?                            
                         BEFORE:


COFFEE/VANILLA/CINNAMON BATH: She took awhile to dry..... first in the oven on 215 degrees for about 20 minutes then out in the sun today....


Here she is all primmed out:



I appreciate your comments!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Look what came in the mail today....

I was so excited to see a wonderful package on my front porch today....love the star packaging...

                                                                          

Jenn from Bittersweetprims and I did a swap.... she is so creative and extremely generous. Here are the gorgeous prim pretties sitting in my new antique trug for a group pic....



Jenn~~they just love their new home and are happily settled....Sweet Annie is in my living room...She is just so sweet and smells fab too....Her new friend Miss Primbear is glad that she is here...and waiting to be primmed up too at some point...


The Garden Angel is near my front door....so I can see it all the time!! Don't you just love her, I do!! She is holding a sweet crow and beehive...She smells so good too~!


I loooove this prim patriotic star...smells so wonderful...yes, I have to change up the wreath behind it...



So check out Jenn's selling blog to see what other prim goodies that she has to offer @ Yankeeridgeprimitives

 ~~THANK YOU AGAIN, JENN !! ~~

Monday, May 24, 2010

Firecracker, Firecracker~~Boom, Boom, Boom....

Remember doing that cheer when you were a little girl?....I do....Well I am offering a set of three handmade wooden firecrackers for $7.95 plus travelin' cost...They are primmed and ready for display for the patriotic holidays. Visit my website for more details @ Raspberrylanetreasures.com




A closer look....



Saturday, May 22, 2010

Recent Finds.....


Here is a pic of some of my recent finds....I forgot to put in the set of 3 enamelware flat plates that I found for $3.00 total...what a find that was...they are all different colors...not sure what I'll do with those but I do have electric country candles that would look nice with pip berry candle rings...maybe I'll post it later. The suitcase was $2.00 at an estate sale...I can't wait to paint something on it! ....I always feel kinda sad when going to an estate sale :(...I wonder what the person/people were like....I did pick up this enamelware baby bathtub at the same sale and wonder how many babies were bathed in it??? The guy at the sale said to my husband, "now you know why she's buying that, don't you ?" I said NO WAY-our baby is 10 now!!!...I found two enamelware strainers yesterday (one is from the 50's I think and the other one is a pfalzgraff from the early 90's)...This long basket will hold some cute muslin carrots maybe?? the magazine rack is very old and very heavy and will get a makeover. I love finding wrought iron candle holders; there are 3 here.... My most favorite find though is this antique gumball machine. Its heavy metal and really works...I've always wanted on of these. The lady said that it used to be her husband's when he was little. She looked to be in her late 40's or early 50's so It's probably 30ish+ years old. I just have to fill it with gumballs..woo hoo!! My korean lilacs in the background smell so delicious...I also have tinkerbell lilac bushes in the front (they are pink and small). They bloom twice; once in the late spring and once in early summer after all of the other lilacs are gone...Have a nice weekend everyone.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Happy Weekend !!



One to make you laugh:

A woman heard through a friend that taking a milk bath is good for the skin, will cure stretch marks and make her beautiful again. So she left a note for her milkman to leave 15 gallons of milk instead of the usual amount.




When the milkman arrived, and read the note, he felt there must be a mistake. He thought she probably meant 1.5 gallons so he knocked on her door to clarify the point. The woman came to the door, and the milkman said, "Yes ma'am, I found your note to leave 15 gallons of milk. Did you mean 1.5 gallons?"



The woman said, "I want 15 gallons. I'm going to fill my bathtub up with milk and take a milk bath."



The milkman asked, "Do you want it Pasteurized?"



The woman replied, "Nope, just up to my boobs, I can splash it in my eyes later."


HeHeHeHe

Have a Terrific weekend!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Americana Firecrackers and Candle Plates



What a beautiful, sunny day it was today.....I painted, sanded and stained outside...whoohoo!!  It was a bit windy at times and some of the firecrackers went flying but I was happy because it was warm and sunny.... I must say that I did not like the little, light brown spiders that were crawling all over the table and on me though!! PS Did I mention that I have two best friends from last summer?....an electric sander and an awesome compound miter saw with a laser light!! I had a ball with those today!!

I made 30 primitive wooden firecrackers for the upcoming holidays..... I love the way that they came out. I have to complete them by attaching the "fuses" though......I will bundle them up in 3's with a tie and prim tag. they will look so cute as bowl fillers. For the tutorial go to The Picked Pepper Patch 5/20/09 post. These are so easy to make and you don't have to worry about being perfect with the painting!! Oh and the post above it will tell ya how to keep the critters out of your garden...I am so getting some marigolds for my garden!!

I've also been working on some Americana plates, which I have painted and drybrushed...I will add a handpainted black "cinnamon dipped" tealight for the plate with some pip berries...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Mommy and I went to Buffalo

My Mother's day gift to my Mother was a surprise trip to Sheas theater in Buffalo, NY..... Friday night we saw "Jersey Boys".....She loves the music as she was a teenager when Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were popular.....I think that It brought back memories for her and that made me happy....I also love all of their songs too.....I am thankful to have a wonderful Mother who is healthy and vibrant!! Happy Mother's Day Mom, I love you!!!

Here we are in the main lobby with the grand staircase behind us....Sheas is such an old, beautiful theater, a true hidden gem in Buffalo.....


Here's a pic of one of my children--Joshua and myself....Rachel doesn't like taking pics too much these days.




Saturday, May 8, 2010

Handmade Colonial Candle Holders from an unusual source!

So last year when I was buying all kinds of stain for my deck at Home Depot, I stumbled upon these larger (sturdier) paint sticks. I love the notched top that looks so colonial! I thought....hmmm these would make awesome candlestick holders........so I tried it recently...... here are a few beginning steps:


These sticks are 20 1/2 inches long and fairly thick...I cut 2 inches off of the bottom with my scroll saw, sanded and stapled them on with a nail gun horizontally (for the candle cup "shelf"). I then used E6000 glue to attach the candle cup onto the "shelf". This glue is found in any of the craft stores, dries rather quickly and bonds almost anything! (you don't need  much of this glue either)....must use in a well ventilated area (outside) as it has strong fumes....



Here's the candle cup attached to the "shelf" unfinished....Don't you love my new Vera Bradley Hipster bag that the candle holder is resting on?? I do!!



I am very happy with how it turned out so far. I have to figure out what type of design to put on the front of the candle holder....maybe stars and vines or glue rusty stars on them or just prim with sanding/staining and leave them plain.... I painted pairs of black, rust and country red so far......What do you think of my colonial country candle holder?
So when you're out and about at garage sales or Home Depot remember to look at what it could be instead of what it is or should be.....
Happy Crafting!
Patti