Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tablerunner WIP....

This is what I'm working on for a friend....goes with her kitchen colors...kinda of a late Christmas present...she's been sick and out of work for a few weeks. I had so much fun picking this coordinating fabric out...the chocolate brown binding will go all the way around and the ends will be pointed. It's about 32 inches long. What do you think so far? She has the most beautiful victorian home so I can't wait for her to see it (maybe she'll let me take some pics of her gorgeous house for you all to see)!! Everytime I go over I say I want to live there!! Were meeting next week and then will go antiquing.  Yippee!

Have a great night everyone.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Linky party: Terrific under Ten Tuesday....

Check out the linky party "Terrific Under Ten Tuesday" over At Home with K They have all kinds of crafting ideas for under $10.00. I added my iced snowflake bulb tutorial. You can also add your link if you like!!



Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Christmas and Merry Hannukkah ....

to all my friends near and far.....






Iced Snowflake Glass Bulb Ornament Tutorial:

Here's a last minute idea if you need to make teacher/friend/family gifts for Christmas.....



I had these bulbs laying around for literally...years...you know "I'll use them for something"....bought on sale for a few cents....blah, blah, blah....


This is the finished piece...so let's get started...



Supplies: Glass bulbs...(could use plastic but I don't think they will catch the lights and sparkle as nicely)-get them after Christmas if making them for next year (on SALE!!) , any type of punch (I used Martha Stewart snowflakes-on sale at Michael's) or cut outs from cardstock (I used brown kraft paper) or printed paper...Don't use the really heavy card stock as they won't form to the rounded bulb very easily. I had the disc shaped bulbs but you can use any shape. You'll need mod podge or plain glue which is watered down, a sponge brush and waxed paper (for the glitter). You can also dry them on the wax paper but I had the original bulb containers.


Choose which cut outs you want to use first...you can "audition" them on the bulb before applying the glue....I used 5 shapes on the front of my bulbs....Now coat your bulb (on the front) first...with quite a bit of glue. If you use too little it will dry quicker and you won't be able to reposition the cutouts- if you need to. I put a glob of glue on the waxed paper and bathed the cutout in it...flipped it over very carefully and loaded more glue on the other side.



Now position the first cutout in the center, pushing the cutout down with your brush so it sticks well. you can also use your nails to do this too. If they're not pushed down they will dry and lift off of the bulb a bit...you have some working time to get all of the cutouts on if you use enough glue on the base to start out with.
keep adding the cutouts until you like how they are positioned. Now with your brush...stipple the glue like I did in the pic below...it will dry nicer than if you use straight brush strokes...I also stippled the glue with my fingertip too....



Next you will see all the cutouts in place...Now let dry until clear. If you see white...its not dried completely.



Now before the glue starts drying, add some fine white sparkly glitter to the front...be sure to get all areas...I started by sprinkling each cutout first then sprinkled around the "white" glue areas....I used about 1/2 of this small container for 6 bulbs....when done sparkling it up, put the excess glitter back in the container for other uses :) (I am a prim girl who loves bling too )


Here they are in different stages of drying time....when they are all dry on the front...flip them over and do the same to the back...If you want to grungy up the top of the bulb...do it after the front and back are dried....Brush some glue on the top piece then sprinkle with a grubby mixture of ground cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin spice (or whatever you have on hand) and then gently shake off the excess and let dry.




You can add wired evergreen to the top (covering the silver part) and add red berries too. I also added an organza ribbon hanger on some.

Here are the finished bulbs...the brown kraft paper even looks kind of goldish/brown...with the sparkles.




All six bulbs were under $10-not too bad, huh? Hope you find some great after Christmas sales and have fun making these. Borrow a friends punch if you don't have one or I might be able to sell some for a small price...wink, wink...if you need snowflakes. Just let me know. If you'd like to post my tutorial on your blog...just email me for permission.
Merry Christmas & Happy crafting !!
Patti














Saturday, December 17, 2011

Primitive New England Tree Lights...

Hi All: Here are 3 of my newly made colonial tree lights made from a 'My Primitive Saltbox' pattern. I love how they turned out and they're so easy to make. They will be part of a silent auction for an anonymous fellow blogger who is experiencing financial difficulty. If interested visit Traci over at York Mountain Primitives blog to see all of the auction items. Hurray because the auction ends December 19th.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Giveaway Goodies...

Just wanted to pop in quickly and show you all my giveaway winnings from Dee over at Stonewall Craftique. She included a few things for a few holidays. Look how cute they all are. There's a cute chick, a couple of whimsical snowmen, a spring basket (sorry it's cut off), a cutie pie spooky ghost with a Halloween sign. Thank you Dee, I can't wait to put them all out in the spring, fall and winter.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ornie swap goodies....

Here are some sweet prim ornies that I received from Amy's (Bumble Bee Lane)
Ornie swap....

Here are three Santas from Tam of A Primitive Place. The first is made out of Salt dough and the others are paper~n~ink vintage Santas...Tammy has these as a free download on her blog.


Next are some adorable cross stitched ornies and a sweet prim prairie doll from Theresa. She has an etsy shop so visit her at Dulaney Woods Treasure



and finally this adorable prim Santa from Kerri of The Calico Cat...I love his prim tree and the blanket stitching. He smells great too!
Thank you to Amy for the wonderful ornie swap and to all the generous, talented ladies!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Help....

I'm helping a prim friend set up her blog~JoJo's Primitives and can't for the life of me figure out where the "minima" blog template is....Did they get rid of that with the updated features? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks prim friends!

Jolene eats, sleeps and breaths primitives...buying them that is....she goes to the auction every Wed...I'm going to teach her how to sew and made prims....she's my "new" old friend that I pal around with at the prim shows...we grew up in the same neighborhood....we've been having a blast......Stop by and become a follower. Now I just need her to put on some pics and posts ;)

Here we are at a prim show a few weeks ago....we were the last ones to leave....met a great prim friend too...who took our pic!!


Here are some prim Santas that I made out of wool...they are a free pattern from The Woolen Willow through Primitive Quilts and Projects....Click on the link for the freebie...I also added some evergreen~n~berries and a tag.... but forgot to take a pic...


Here are some mini sweet annie candy canes that I made recently...They smell great!!



Sunday, December 4, 2011

My New Snowgirl Dolly

I'm behind as usual but I must show off my new snowgirl doll made by Wanda of Olde Crow Mercantile. She is so beautiful. The detail on her is amazing! Stop by and visit Wanda's blog to see more of her work!
Wanda...I can't thank you enough for her. She will be treasured always!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Santa's Little Helper.....

I love this lil' Elf...Brenda has been making these guys and they are adorable...She is going to give one of them away for her November giveaway...Brenda is truly a giving heart and so generous. Her workmanship is extraordinary....I own several of her handmades and cherish all of them! Please check out her blog The Rusty Thimble for a viewing of prim heaven!!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

An Unbelievable Giveaway...

Carly over at Boggy Bottom Bayou is giving away this precious Belinda Believer Bunny. Carly's handmades are top of the line, superior and beautiful!! She is amazingly talented and I have been eyeing her wares for months!! Head on over to sign up for a chance to win by either clicking on the pic or the link!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Bottle Cap Images

Thought I'd give a freebie to all of my followers as a Thank You for your friendship! These are great for use in bottlecaps for all your prim projects and even look great hanging on a prim tree! Just use a 1 inch circle punch (or cut them out), glue them inside the bottle cap, add a hanger and you'll be all set! They can even be cut out in a square shape and added to tags....For all you scrapbookers out there...you could versamark the images and use clear embossing powder; which leaves a clear coating (almost acrylic like) to give it a finished look.... or use them in any other prim way that you desire!! There are between 6-12 images of each-all are the same 1.25 inch size.  Graphics were obtained through Vintage Holiday Crafts.com and other websites offering freebies.

Click on any of the graphics for my boxnet download: Happy Crafting! Patti








Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesdays Display Chain.....What's "Framed In"....


I'm joining in on Misi's Month long.....Tuesday Display Chain over at 1890 Gable House Musings Blog. The theme is to present anything we consider "Framed"...So here's my interpretation:

Here's a new piece that I purchased from Rhonda Tedder of Simple Thyme Prims....I love my new needle punch JOL~n~Keys....Look how it's "framed" in the rag stuffed homespun pillow. I have it hanging over a wooden shutter. One day I will sit down and do some punching....



Yay....We're finally getting a deck off the back of our house....I've waited for 4 loooong years hoping that we would do it ourselves...but alas we are not carpenters! I finally broke down and hired someone to build it for us...this went up in 3 days....would have taken us 5 years!! It'll be 24 feet wide by 20 feet long....I finally picked out the decking and railing....from Trex...its a composite/vinyl called spiced rum...dark brown with black streaks through it...also picked out white railings....I can't wait til the supplies gets delivered next week!!

Here's is a framed bench that I bought from the Letchworth Arts Festival several years ago...I love it...made of driftwood from Tennessee and pine wood "framed" flower box. One day I'll stain the wooden box!


Here's my most prized find from a few weeks ago. Found this bubble glass vintage photo of a baby girl born in 1925....The woman who sold it to me said it was her Mother!! She said they were moving to Florida and  didn't decorate in this style. I was happy to have found it though but sad that they wanted to give this piece away...I've been wanting to find a vintage tin "framed" bubble glass with a child so this is perfect!! It's a wooden "frame" with gold painting and just beautiful. I told the lady that I will treasure it forever and that I was hanging it up right when I got home....She was thrilled.


Here are my "framed" windows with sweet annie sitting in a preserved water bath in front of them....I had a great harvest and preserved most of my sweet annie bunches. They came out in an "olive" color and still smell divine!


Lastly here's a pic of my sunflower heads...."framed" in an enamelware baking pan....Not to worry, I left a ton of sunflower heads on the stalks for the birdies...

Go on over and see what everyone else has "FRAMED"......

Friday, September 2, 2011

An Old Fashioned Bake Sale Giveaway...

If you haven't been over to Gail's blog: Faithfulness Farm....you've been missing out. She has the most wonderful olde thyme recipes and even a laundry soap recipe. She's giving away paper bakeware-from Welcomes Home Brands-that means no mess-no clean up and no having to get your "pan" back.

She's also giving away a vintage inspired apron, two packets of spices, a bakesale cookbook and embellished dish towels. How fun would this be to receive in the mail? Fall is the time for baking and I can't wait to make Gail's rendition of her Grandma Mae's Apple Butter Cake

Friday, August 26, 2011

"Hooked" on a Tutorial and a Giveaway....

Check out Margie's tutorial on rug hooking 101...She's such a great rug hooker and a sweetheart to do this tutorial for us....I am truly thankful! Also, Margie is having a rug hooking giveaway so go on over and visit her at Hungry Hook Primitives...oh and let her know that I sent ya! TY....
Look at this Autumn Hooked Flag...I looove it!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Scare Bear Giveaway...

Maureen over at Sweet Meadows Farm is having a sweet giveaway...She's including the pattern & supplies to make this sweet scare bear; which looks like a sweet scarecrow bear.  He stands on a base, is holding a sweet mouse in his shirt pocket, dons an adorable burlap hat, has gloves & a scarf and is as cute as can be....He's a smaller fella standing on a doweled based @ 14 inches tall. Maureen has the greatest bear patterns ever so go and check out her blog and sign up!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Some radom pics with my new camera....

Are ya sick of me yet?...if not here are some more pics taken with my new camera...
We're having a super year with our veggie garden....our pumpkin/gourd patch is on the other side of the yard; which you can't see...My egg gourds, birdhouse gourds, apple gourds and sweet annie are all doing great...I don't seem to have very many pumpkins despite all the blossoms...I think I may need to add lime to the soil next year??? I'll have to take a pic of this garden later....Click on the pic for a better view.


picked a ton of veggies today...many for Salsa~yellow and green peppers, jalepenos, tomatoes and onions.... Yummy... We were truly blessed with a great harvest this year even though DH didn't put any cow or horse poop in the garden!! :) (yes I know...gross but ya gotta remember that I'm a nurse after all...we can do anything-esp eat while standing up and talk about gross stuff)!


Here's a dragonfly...one of the smaller ones....just look at his face...and his wings are so delicate. Click on the pic for a closer look of this amazing lil' creature! Can you tell I'm loving my new camera?


A couple of yellow finches eating sunflower seeds to their hearts content...this is the only way I was able to get a shot of them...they are soooo fast!! Can you see both of them? Click to zoom!


Well I'm off to see what else I can find to photograph....:)



Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hooking sneak peek...Hummers.....and Heavenly Giveaway Winnings....

Here's a sneak peek at my first rug hooking project...wow...what a workout it is to hook..I'm using linen and must be that I don't know what I'm doing cuz I feel like my arms are getting a great workout doing this! Ha!!
Can you guess what the theme is? This is my own design....look at how close my new camera zooms...Yippee!!


and here's my lil' sweetie...I mean lil' bully hummingbird...he chases all the other 3 hummers
 away from the feeder...

These were taken with my new Canon power shot camera, which zooms to 840mm. My other camera only zooms to 20mm....What a difference!!

The wings are so cool and can you see his tiny feet and eyes? I am so loving this new camera...I can't wait to get shots of all the deer that hang around our yard too!


Might have to make a trip down to Letchworth State Park to try out my new camera...Just beautiful Landscape, gorge and waterfalls...It's the "Grand Canyon" of the East...ya know!

These were taken off the web: I climbed to the top of that trestle bridge in the background...many years ago...should do it again...


A bit of heaven in my backyard...about 40 minutes away... :)

Here are some sweet handpainted snowmen that I won from Lois' giveaway over @ Huckleberry Lady...She also sent two cute wooden angels wrapped with beads~n~wire...They will look great on my tree...but I don't want to think of Winter just yet...Lois does great work....I love these Renee Mullins Ornies!! Thank you Lois...they will be treasured always! Click the pic to get a better view of Lois' amazing work!