Monday, June 28, 2010

Strawberries and Waffles.....

Here's a free download for strawberries and waffles from Be Fruitful Kreations Click on the March/April edition and scroll through the pages to find the pattern. (these look very close to what I was looking for).....


I found the Strawberry Tags.....

Here's the link to some free strawberry tags and other printables....Visit EweNmeprintables. They have so many great products. The actual download does not have the "copyright" label....


Help.....



Does anyone know where to find this free download? They are primitive (painted) muslin strawberry bowl fillers with a vintage strawberry tag. I thought that I downloaded it but can't seem to find it and don't remember where I saw it.
Thanks for any help!
Patti

Bittersweet Day.....

Congratulations to my wonderful daughters: Rachel and Leah....on their high school graduation, yesterday! Wow, where does the time go? We'll be having the grad party at the end of July.....They'll both be attending college in the fall.


Leah, Josh and Rachel:






Here's what I purchased from Kim.....

Wanted to show you the stitchery candle mat and hangtag that I purchased from Kim over @ Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe  I just loooove them. She does such a great job so head on over to her site to see what she has available.....






Friday, June 25, 2010

Flower Garden and Grinder Bench....

Here's what I found at an antique sale yesterday....it's a grinder bench...can you see the square pegs where the legs were placed? Years ago they wet the legs and when they dried they were kept in place!  I just love it! Will probably go in my booth with some wood crates and wood plank on top for more display room. Do you think that I should paint and/or stain it?



Also, here is my front flower garden...I'm trying to develop an English garden like the ones in Martha's Vineyard....Mine is full of knockout roses (very easy to grow and are everbearing til even after a frost!), orange lilies, butterfly bush, blanket flower, climbing roses (near the garage), delphenium (tall spikey blue/purple ones planted from seed), yellow day lilies, butterfly flower (they have reseeded everywhere from just one flower; almost annoyingly too much).

I also have a wisteria bush (but no flowers yet), Sunflowers, climbing clematis, wigela, and perennial snapdragons (so very fragrant and reseed themselves even though they are supposed to be annual). They also make great drieds for crafting. I also planted some new English daisies but they are very small and in the front. There are also some little yellow and orange flowers but I don't remember the names......Looks like I have to clip those climbing roses in the background! What else goes well in an English Garden?


Research Findings......

Here's what I discovered about Mountain Mist Fiberfill.....

  • I use less of it versus using the poly fill
  • It stays inside of the project better than poly fill
  • Found it wholesale @ Marshall's Dry Goods 1-888-744-8277 (do not need your Tax ID number to order). They do not offer ordering online but only via phone order.
  • Comparision shopping results: The five pound box is $11.21 with $7.79 shipping, A case of 12 (20 oz bags) is $39.43 plus $10.46 shipping.
I ordered a 12 twenty ounce bag/case (240 oz or 5 lbs) versus ordering 3 five pound boxes (also 240 oz or 5 lbs), because the shipping was $10.46 on the case versus $7.79 per 5 lb box or $23.37!!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Sweet Americana Pattern.....

I know that most are working on Fall projects now but I just couldn't resist making this adorable Americana Snowman from Little Raggedy Blessings. This is her first pattern and she is offering this as a free download so head on over to her blog....I have to complete my snowman by adding the adorable small crow and sweet annie to the flag pocket....I just love him and will be making a whole bunch more for my new booth.......



I also made four crows adapted from a Tennessee Ridge pattern, with cinnamon scented fragrance oil added to the black colorwash...they smell absolutely WONDERFUL! I made the eyes to look like stars by sculpting and sanding and love how they came out. I also sculpted and sanded the wings. The wings are movable to any 360 position..... I am still contemplating how to display them....probably as make-do's using old rusty springs.....





Raggedy Pants Designs....

Visit Raggedy Pants' blog....and Raggedy Pants' website....Michelle has so many great Dolls and Patterns to choose from.....They are all so adorable for the primitive home or to be given as gifts.....Be sure to become a follower and see her latest dolls and patterns.


Monday, June 21, 2010

My Giveaway prize just arrived.....

Here's what I won from Carol and Tim over @ Firecrackerkid Primitives ~~I just love it! Thank you Carol and Tim! The wood and tin together are just gorgeous and so prim!


First Primitive Candle....

My son, Joshua made his first primitive candle last week in school.



His 4th grade class learned about early living and visited the most amazing local 19th century primitive living museum.... Genesee Country Village and Museum (click on the name to find out more). It's one of the nations largest living museums....I love going to this museum....they have tours and activities and actual homes that can be toured....Here is a pic of George Eastman's Home. He was the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company right here in Rochester, NY...


Click here to learn more about George Eastman's Home and other homes.....There's even a saltbox home!


There is the also the most amazing primitive shop right down the road from the museum... Primitive Country Gifts...they are working on opening their online shop but if you are ever in the area be sure to visit....it's such a quaint shop~~housed in an 1840's general store in the historic hamlet of Mumford, NY...every inch of every room is filled with primitive treasures.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

My Other Finds From Yesterday....

Here are a couple more pics of what I found yesterday and the sales....

25 cents for both !! will spray paint them black and paint something on them...they have nice handles for hanging on the wall...


I think that this is a milk stool....$3.00

Here's the seat of the milk stool...so very prim!!





Happy Father's Day

To all the Fathers out there.....


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Okay Ladies ~~I found a miracle....

I inherited my maternal grandmother's "bad feet". I seem to have progressive foot pain mainly in the arches and now the heels (plantar fascititis-inflammation of the fascia (thick tissue which connects the heel bone to the toes) on the plantar surface (bottom part) of the foot...  and need shoes/sandals that are not completely flat......I just bought a pair of FitFlops from Bath and Body Works and must tell you that I've been wearing them for the past two days during my yard sale....I have not had any foot pain AT ALL....they are fabulous and I highly recommend them....They have been advertising them as "workout" sandals and I must tell you that they are the most comfortable sandals I have ever owned. They claim to burn calories, and shape and tone the muscles...that is the added benefit since my foot pain was priority!! They are a bit pricey but worth every penny.... $39.75 with $5.99 shipping. They are normally $49.99 (I saw the product pitched on  KathiLee & Hoda and ordered them right away).... When they arrived, I ripped the box open in front of my yard sale customers and put them right on....they were so happy for me. LOL.... I wore them the whole 2 days walking on my stone driveway all day long and the bottoms do not have one pit marking on them. They are high quality! I purchased the Oasis Chocolate suede pair (as pictured below) and will probably order another pair in black....They have clogs too.

Hope that this helps others with foot pain as well!!
ps they must be worn in the house as well especially if you have non carpeted flooring....like many of us do!

This is just the most amazing weekend.......

I just found out that I won yet another giveaway over @ Donna's Sweet Prairie Dwellings. I almost feel guilty but am excited to receive her amazing giveaway!!...Head on over and see all of her beautiful prims......

Here's a peak at the three prim candles:





I also headed out to a neighborhood sale today....had my hubby take over our yard sale for 1/2 hr...this is what I spied.....a beautiful copper bakers bowl from the 1970's....the owner told me that he used to be a baker back then and used this in his shop. Just look at the patina finish with hammered texture......it's heavy but I don't think that it is solid copper...you can see where it's worn off in some spots. It will go awesome with my newly won copper/wood prim soap stand from Firecrackerkid. Does anyone know anything about these copper bakers bowls?


Friday, June 18, 2010

Wow, how lucky can one girl be....

I'm not really that lucky usually...winning contests, giveaways, the lottery or drawings and such but.....I won a great giveaway from Carol & Tim of Firecrackerkid Primitives...and here it is.... a gorgeous primitive farmhouse wooden soap stand with a punched copper top:


check out the other gorgeous handmades over on their etsy shop @ Firecrackerkid . This giveaway was hosted by Bette and Deena at By Your Hands Blog ........Have a Terrific Weekend Everyone...

I Won, I Won!!

Chestnut Junction has a giveaway every Friday for their followers and I won this week along with three others....I chose a primitive black doll named Tess (I'm obsessed with these cute little black prim dolls lately)....Check out Kellie's blog for details....


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sweet Meadows Farm New Pattern, Pattern Sale & Giveaway

Check out Maureen's blog @ Sweet Meadows Farm for her incredible patterns and giveaway. She just made her 100th pattern....I just love her designs....I even bought one of her 10 inch Mammy dolls recently (like the one sitting in the front of the group in the pic below); I have it displayed in a pip berry wreath and get sooo many compliments on her....so hurry up and sign up for her giveaway before it's too late.....


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Signs....

I'm working on some crackle signs....Here are three that I've completed today:



1. Primitive Life...
2. Sweet Annie
3. Wash Room

I will add a black wire hanger to the top for hanging....These were separate pieces of 1/4 plywood, sanded down, edges rounded then painted on stencils using my sizzix machine and "fun serif" alphabet letters (I used the reverse die as a stencil)....I haven't used my sizzix machine much for scrapbooking...in years and never thought I would be using it for primitive crafting.... What do you think?
I will need to paint one for myself sometime....these are going into my booth.



What I'm Workin' on Wednesday.....

In between getting ready for my yard sale this weekend, getting ready for the fall semester nursing program, planning a graduation party and preparing my craft booth, I have made these adorable raggedy patriotic bowl fillers/cupboard tucks for my new shoppe (they are much cuter in person!) Arrange them in a large bowl, to make a star.....



Here are the steps:
  • Cut out triangles from muslin (approx 5 x 4 inches)
  • Sew triangles together (keeping the raggedy edges on the outside)
  • Soak the pieces in a coffee/vanilla/cinnamon mixture
  • Place on old cookie sheet (sprinkle cinnamon if desired)
  • Bake in the oven (220 degrees checking them every 5 min (the raggedy edges will turn slightly dark brown (this is a good thing) 
  • Clip one layer of muslin (on the back) for stuffing
  • Stuff and whip stitched the backs
  • Paint the front with color washes of blue, red and cream...I added cinnamon fragrance to the colorwash paint mixture (paint & coffee/vanilla) ....they smell so good!
  • Add a rusty safety pin with two bells, cheese cloth and a grungy dipped tag with patriotic sayings, to the front
  • Sign each piece on the back
  • Place in a bowl or basket for display
  • May be placed in with other bowl fillers/cupboard tucks like crows, sheep, tart melts/rosehips tealights or pip berries
Can't believe it's almost the 4th of July....summer goes way too quickly!! (do you see my Molly in the background?). I'll be working on more patriotic items then onto fall stuff.....

Saturday, June 12, 2010

My finds from today...

I went to a few yard sales today and this is what I found:


Find of the day...Salem Collection treenware repro....50 cents woot, woot!! (I added the tealites)...one of the candle holders has a crack but not too noticeable...it's replaceable


Cradle was $5, muck crates $1/ea, shelf $10 (was asking $20)...will paint the shelf and cradle black, then stain and distress.


Very large tin lantern $6 (think it's from Audreys), and cute shelf (will paint black of course) $6...not too thrilled with the heart but I will like it better in black....all for $28.50...more sales tomorrow....yay!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sale on Patterns.....

If you love primitive patterns, check out these two sites for awesome pattern sales right now:

Becky @ Tennessee Ridge Primitives:
http://www.tennesseeridgeprimitives.com/pages/mainpg.php

Donna @ Moonchilds Primitives:
http://moonchildsprimitives.blogspot.com/2010/05/memorial-day-sale.html

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My daughter Rachel is Amazing.....

Just take a look at this beautiful painting that Rachel did in art class this year....Just finished it recently~~it's my son, her brother, Joshua....I can't wait to put it up in my house.....It's just gorgeous!!...looks just like him exactly!!! I want to enter her into an art show with this painting.....



She's graduating on 6/27/10 ......will be going to college and will major in Pharmacy!! She could be an artist on the side!!! I'm sooooo proud of my beautiful daughter and all of her accomplishments!


Well, here's josh making a funny "sponge bob" face!!




Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What I'm workin' on....

Dolls for my booth....They're not finished though...have to add some embellishments....buttons, pockets, painted shoes, more hair... you know the drill to make these cuties come alive....I am learning from my mistakes on what not to do with doll making...hmmm


Look what we found in the yard tonight....

A little, beautiful baby hummingbird...its colors are spectacular...green, yellow, orange....and that long beak....The momma hummingbird must have pushed him out of the nest...my husband almost stepped on it....hope it finds its way....sweet thing!! It's amazing what God has created....


Monday, June 7, 2010

Annie Make-Do

My Annie make-do is finally completed....
Her hair is a rusty floss (dipped in coffee/vanilla to stiffen). Her eyes are drawn on with prisma pencils and acrylic paint...her nose and mouth are penciled as well. Her freckles are dotted with the coffee/vanilla mixture using a paint brush. Her dress is a brushed woven dipped in coffee/vanilla and rubbed with cinnamon then baked. I hand stitched "sweet annie" on her osnaburg pocket then put sweet annie scented with hot baked apple pie. I also used a vintage button for her neck tie. Her little black shoes are painted on too......



I also put a little skirt on Primbear, which was baked in coffee, vanilla & cinnamon:


I'm also working on another annie and snowman doll and a bunch of other stuff for my new booth at


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Strawberry and Rhubarb Crisp....

Go from this:



To this:



Oh did I tell ya I'm having a Girl's night out party tonight?....could ya tell from the pic above?...My boys are on an overnight with the Boy Scouts....Girls Rule!!!


RHUBARB - STRAWBERRY CRISP


8 tbsp. butter

3 lb. rhubarb

1/2 pt. strawberries

1 c. sugar

1 1/3 c. flour

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 c. dark brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 c. rolled oats

3/4 c. chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously grease 3 quart baking dish. Combine rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, 1/3 cup flour and cinnamon. Put in baking dish.

Combine remaining flour, brown sugar, oats, nuts and melted butter. Sprinkle over rhubarb-strawberry mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes until topping is crisp and brown. Top with pareve whip or ice cream

Quick and easy patriotic flag displays...

I bought this flag hand towel at the dollar store yesterday...grungied it up with a coffee/vanilla mixture then baked in the oven and placed on a shelf in my kitchen...flag $1.08....grungy mixture few cents...cost of patriotic prim decorating...priceless



Here I attached another one to a long stick from the yard, with rusty safety pins and bells......and attached it to a patina bike (supposed to be for the garden but I keep it inside)





What's the buzz?

I finished six grungy bee bowl fillers....I painted muslin and used fiberglass screening....cut out the wings like a flower petal and pinned them with a rusty safety pin and bell. I also lightly added modge podge to the wings and sprinkled cinnamon on them then baked in the oven and walaa...cute prim bumbles....Did you notice that five of them have raggedy edges and one does not? I kinda like the raggedy edges better.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Strawberries in the Summertime

There's nothing like fresh strawberries from my garden.....yummy!!


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Oh my, I'm delirious....

I've been working like a busy bee...hence the bees below.....I also have been crackling some slender primitive signs....will freehand the sayings tomorrow...I also have a sweet sunflower~n~star wall hanging (yup that's another salt dough creation!).


Can you tell which two bees are not finished yet? I'll be adding black screening material for the wings (screening rolls found at walmart about $9/roll), then will put a rusty safety pin and bell on the front with a hang tag saying.


Another project with salt dough....

I've taken some of the salt dough pieces and added them to this wall hanger. I've had this grapevine basket for years and here's what I did with it:




A few things that I made recently....

I love salt dough bowl fillers so I made these: I low lighted the bee skeeps and high lighted the crows using a dry brush technique. I also dry brushed the sheep and sunflowers. The melons give it a nice contrasted color....


I just love handmade lamps made from terra cotta pots.....I drybrushed the pot and then used a fiskars punch for the prim star in a reversed fashion to make a stencil template. I free handed the crow, cut it out and used it as a stencil as well. I painted the country candle body with burnt umber to give it a more prim look. I may put some words on the bottom rim....I also will shade the stars.


Here a cute grungy, muslin ladybug hanger with smells of coffee and cinnamon. I left the edges raggedy and I also sanded the painted piece afterwards



Here are two wooden Americana plates. I've had these for ages because I couldn't figure out what to paint on them without covering up the incredible texture of these plates (found at AC moore for .75 each/on sale). I finally decided to basecoat then drybrush to keep the amazing texture. I hope you will be able to see it in the pic. I free handed the star then outlined them with a liner brush. Very primitive and patriotic don't you think? I also did not want to cover up the whole plate with a candle ring so I put a painted tealight in the center.


I made a peg hanger out of coffe/vanilla/cinnamon baked muslin and the salt dough pieces...I love that little watermelon at the end....what do you think?


I'm hysterical...take a closer look...can you find my mistake? I painted the sheep backwards (I believe). I do like the flat faced sheep better though. I'm just sayin that the pointed part is the "tail". Do you think anyone will notice? hehehe

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

American Flag.....



The proper way to create and display the American Flag:
  • The top stripe should be RED 
  • The stripe under the Union should be WHITE
  • The blue rectangle or the Union in the canton (left upper corner) should be displayed on the left side of the flag and not the right
  • The American flag should never touch the ground
Meanings of the colors:
  • Red = Courage
  • White = Purity
  • Blue = Loyalty
Let us remember our troops and those who have lost their lives, EVERYDAY, and not just on the patriotic holidays....