Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all and may the year 2009 be the best New Year Ever for each of you.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Trees

These are seriously tall trees....but aren't they gorgeous? I'd love to have one but I would need the big house to put it in which might be kind of fun! Merry Christmas Everyone may your Christmas be blessed.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holiday Chocolate Bark Candy

The holiday's are coming! Let them make treats for your neighbors and secret friends! Their Holiday Bark comes in multiple flavors. Pick one, or create your own! Brought to you by Double Dipped Sweets

Friday, December 12, 2008

Hand carved Snowman

This unique snowman was hand carved from a vintage wooden sewing spool. He measures approximately 1 1/2" high and has a carved 3-d carrot nose, carved mouth,scarf and painted eyes. After carving,it was hand painted, antiqued and sealed. He is signed and dated and made without patterns by Snow Pond Primitives. Doesn't she do a wonderful job?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Disney Castle

Hope you are all enjoying all the different colors of the Walt Disney Castle this holiday season. It just isn't Christmas without it to me since I spend alot of the holidays at Walt Disney World. Since I wont be there this year I thought I'd pretend I was.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Bracelet by Storybeader

Get into the Christmas spirit with this fun bracelet made with memory wire. Red and green chipped beads stretches to whatever size you need. Normally creates 3 strands around the wrist. You can find it on the Artisans Shoppe

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas ATC Swap

I got my Christmas ATC card swap item from Sandra of Babycakes Doodles and Designs. She got my name. I love this kitty who is tying on a beard. Cats what a hoot they all think life revolves around them and this one wants all the goodies first! Came at a good time too I am in mourning over my 19 year old cat who just went to heaven.
Thanks Sandra.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

We did an ATC card swap

Over on Cornbread Kids blog a bunch of us signed up for an ATC card swap. You can see one of the cards Sandra of Babycakes Doodles and Designs recently did. If you like to do ATC or ACEO swaps this is the place to check out. Click on the link often to see what we are all up to next.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Fancy Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Oh yummy...Looky what I found! No time to do your own during this busy season? These are great! Log Pretzels dipped in Creamy Caramel, then the Chocolate of your choice. We can top with a drizzle of another Chocolate,Toasted Coconut, nuts, sprinkles, M&M's, Reeses… you name it! Add your options on the order form. Check all the goodies out they make at the Artisans Shoppe

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Cat Pattern

Here's an easy cute Cat pattern to make for your Christmas decorations. Sherman is 9 inches tall and has a 3 1/2 inch cardinal sitting on his tail. He's got a needles stitched mouth and his nose is Embroidery thread. He would also be great painted black for Halloween. I can see him holding up Cook books year round! You can find him on Skunk Hollow Country Store.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas Moose Pattern

Here is a great Pattern to make a 9 inch Moose all wrapped up in Christmas Lights. Painted face and needle stitched nose you can get the pattern at Skunk Hollow Country Store There is a Cyber Monday sale going on there too. Buy 2 patterns get another of equal or lesser value for free.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What are Fixin's?

What are fixin's? They are similar to potpourri but can be considered more primitive, rustic or country. Displayed in a bowl they can fill the air with your favorite scent. Here we have scented rose hips, cinni sticks, putka pods, jingle bells and mini salt dough wax dipped and scented ornies. In this case you would get mini snowmen and gingerbread men and it would be scented in your favorite winter scent. All this is packaged in a hand painted muslin bag which was made by Skunk Hollow and the bag was painted by Babycakes Doodles and Designs. The Company name is Skunk Cakes so be sure to look for more to come.
Try some today and let the fragrance drift through your world.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Apple Gourds!

Can you believe these are gourds? Red, Yellow and Green. These gourds are apple gourds, they come in many sizes and shapes of apples. They would make a beautiful Thanksgiving or Christmas centerpiece.
Hand stained for years of enjoyment by Blue Rock Gourds

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Primitive Angels Pattern

Looking for a fast, cute pattern for a gift, tree or craft show? This is it!

This Primitive Angel Printed Pattern comes with easy to understand instructions and multiple printed photos to assist you in completing this piece. You can find this pattern by Mary of Starry Nites Farm at Skunk Hollow Country Store.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Little Santa Shelf Sitter Pattern

Maybe you know Melissa on ebay as Santa Lady or Face 2 Face but this is a wonderful Santa maker. Here is a 10 inch Santa shelf sitter pattern great for Craft shows. You can see more patterns of Melissa's at Skunk Hollow Country Store she sells the instant downloads and the paper patterns.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Uber Amazing Blog Award

I got this wonderful surprise today from Huckleberry Arts
The rules of this award are: * Put the logo on your blog or post.* Nominate at least 5 blogs(can be more) that for you are Uber Amazing!* Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.*" Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from."

So here are my 5
Babycakes Cornbread Kids
The dity bag
Wood n Whimsey
Snowpond Primitives
Olde Harbor Saltbox

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Collage Santa for the People

This stunning holiday collage is mixed media on stretched canvas with hanging hardware installed. The elements of the collage are a vintage map of Great Britain; an antique page from a 1921 encyclopedia (with Christmas definition); vintage hand written invitation with roses; and vintage Santa images. The Santa holding the world is painted by the artist. This is from a very talented painter...Debra Linker. You can see more of her work on The Artisans Shoppe

Monday, November 17, 2008

Santa Painted on a Bar of Soap

This is a wonderful painting done by a wonderful painter. Inez of the Primitive Pineapple has painted another great item. She is also the one that paints on gourds, cyprus knees and wine bottles! Just check out this soap...the nice thing about it the painting does not wear off! The soap wears from the bottom up until you eventually have the entire painting sitting in the your hand. Just go and check it out closer on Skunk Hollow Country Store

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Belsnickel Santa Ornament

The Belsnickel Santa can be hung from his wire hanger, or stand alone. He is approx. 8 inches tall. His hair and beard are needle-felted wool. He is embellished with a vintage wire-brush wreath decorated with tiny mercury balls. A light dusting of mica flakes give him a wintery sparkle isn't he great? By Kitsch N Sink Studio

Friday, November 14, 2008

New Pattern just added

Cinder and Nutmeg were worried about no tree again this year so Cinder made one ...cheesey as it's a cutie! Great Pattern mice are made from Warm and Natural. You can see more of it on Skunk Hollow Country Store.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thank you Annette

I have to thank my really good friend Annette of Huckleberry Arts for the back ground for my blog. She used one of my items "Jethro" to use on the background. If you want one for yours just go to Huckleberry Arts and get her to make you one too. Thank you Annette!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dont forget the dog at Christmas this year!

Do Not forget the Dog at Christmas or you'll be on someones list next year for sure! These are wonderful... You will receive one pound of Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers, one pound of Veggie Bones, and one pound of Milk Bones, one pound of apple drop biscuits, one pound of hardy breakfast bones, and one pound of cheese bones. In addition, one month you will receive a 4oz bottle of lavender spray along with your treats. Lavender spray is used to help calm an excited dog, freshen the dog or its bed, or to help ward off insects. Remember don't forget your dog at Christmas this year!
Just one of the Artistans on The Artisans Shoppe.

Santa in Fur Boots

Here is a darling 18 inch Santa in fur lined boots I found on Foxfire Creek Primitives Go check him out closer.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sylvester Snow

Here's a great 36 inch snowman. Lucy says he's kinda on the tubby side and was made by Lucy of Lucy's Lazy Dayz Primitives. Isn't he a hoot? A nice and big fellow too.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

LiL Snowman Sign

Here's a cute snowman sign that is freehand painted by Huckleberry Arts on The Artisans Shoppe It hangs with jute string on back of sign. Painted with wood from an old wood crate. I think this would look great next to a front door at Christmas.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Annie Angel

This darling doll was made by Julie G of My Raggedy Dolls she wears a wire crown with berries and greenery and carries an old rusty star. Don't you just love her hair? If you like this doll grab it fast because they sell super fast.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Check out this Butterfly House

This gourd is perfect for butterfly's and reminds me of Christmas Bells. Butterfly's like the rough material of the inside of the gourd. This house should be hung low in your garden or near a butterfly bush. An iron hook would be perfect for this house. This great item was made by Blue Rock Gourds you can see more of her work on The Artisans Shoppe.

Papa Christmas

One of my all time favorite Santa Patterns is by Melissa and Company. Just check it out. He has been seen in Country Sampler Magazine also.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Polar Bear Skating Card

Everyone needs Cards for the season and I found this great card on the Artisans Shoppe.I just loved this skating polar bear card. This would make anyone smile during the winter months. This would be a great xmas card as well. This card is blank inside but if you would like something stamped on the inside she will do that for you too. This card comes with a white envelope and is approximately 5.25 inches square

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Just a Good Ole Guy and his crow pattern

This good ole guy is about 15 inches tall when sitting. He's holding his best friend Crow who has sewn on eyelids. He is also holding a stocking full of greenery and has rusty bells here and there. This pattern is by Sweet Prims and you can see it by clicking on the picture of it.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Carved Trees

These little Cypress Knee trees are hand carved and make the perfect display to go with your Santa or Snowman carvings. I also see where Helena will happily make them into ornaments for you by adding a wire hanger. Each one is one of a kind and so unique. After carving each tree, she hand painted and antiqued them. Some are glittered for that frosty, snowy effect. Perfect to display with your Santas and snowmen, or keep out year round. Doesn't Helena do the best job of carving items? I love her work! That's Helena of Snow Pond Primitives.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Santa Makedo Doodle

Sandra colored this doodle so you can see how it would look finished if you colored it. All the doodles are sent to you in a pdf file in black and white. You can use them as stitchery patterns, coloring book pages, guides for atc cards etc. Like what you see? Click on the picture to see more of her work. She is also on Skunk Hollow Country Store and you can see more of her doodles there too.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Cardinal Painting

One of the Artisans on the Artisan Shoppe with me is Debra Linker. Look at the Cardinal she has painted. Isn't it wonderful? This wintry bird is an original painting on 10" x 20" stretched canvas. Click on the bird to go there and see some of her other wonderful items.

Lots of Patterns available on Skunk Hollow Country Store

Patterns, finished items and a lot of Christmas goodies available on Skunk Hollow Country Store
Pattern designers are: Lucy's Lazy Dayz Primitives, Melissa and Company, Babycakes Doodles and Designs Doodles, Foxfire Creek Primitives, Lisa Johnson Patterns, Sweet Prims Patterns, My Raggedy Dolls Patterns, The Primitive Pineapple Painting Patterns, Starry Nites Farm Patterns and Huckleberry Arts. We have a wide array of patterns that cover all the holidays and then some and lots of animal patterns too. Click on a link to the website and check us out!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Break Time Santa

Happy Halloween! No more witches, ghosts and goblins its on to Santa's, Angels and Snowmen. Here is a great Santa to get us going one that is taking a break. He's a 25 inch Santa there's a pattern for him which includes a muslin face and he is also available as a kit with a polymer clay face, wool bearding and hair is included in the kit. Check him out today by clicking on his picture.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Flake is a Santa wantabe because he's tired of Santa getting all the goodies... sooo this year he decided to don a beard and carry a bag of toys so maybe, just maybe he can luck out and get some cookies and milk this Christmas! This is a great item by Sweet on the picture to go there.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Nurse Annie

I saw this really darling Annie dressed in a nurses uniform and thought what a great idea. It's a pattern and if you'd like to make it click on the picture to go and get the pattern. The doll is from My Raggedy Dolls. The My Raggedy Dolls patterns can also be seen on Wymzee and Skunk Hollow Country Store.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

ATC Art Swap going on

First atc swap for this great new swap blog. Go check it out and join in the fun!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Americana Pumpkin Doodle

Do You know what to do with a doodle? You can use it for a stitchery pattern, coloring book page, iron on and you can even use it to color. The possibilites are endless. Here is a great example of a finished doodle that has been painted. When you purchase a doodle it is sent to you in black and white in the form of a pdf file and then you use it for what you want. This one was done by Sandra of Babycakes Doodles and Designs. Click on the picture to go there and see more of the items she has. She also has some freebies to download.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

It's Crow Rider!

Isn't this a hoot? Too cute I found this pattern by Lucy's Lazy Dayz Primitives. It looks like alot of fun to me to make plus, it looks like you can use it from Fall right through Thanksgiving. Click on the Picture to view more of her patterns.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Olde World Santa New Pattern just added!

Here is a great new pattern we just added to our ever growing pattern section. Just click on the picture to go see the Olde World Santa Pattern by Starry Nites Farm. This 13 inch cabinet sized Santa has been proven a great seller at Craft Shows!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Celestial Santa

This is such a great pattern by Melissa and Company. I used it to make my Celestial Santa. Click on the picture to see it at A Time for Primitives.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sweet Witch Annie Pattern

Want to make a sweet Witch? Well here it is I found just the pattern for you and you can download it instantly too. Just click on the picture of this darling Witch by My Raggedy Dolls to go there and get it.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Olde Red Apples Pattern

I have to say these are about the best looking apples I have seen that are handmade. The witch from Snow White needs this pattern! Millie from Sweet Prims says these are fast and easy to sew apples and made from muslin then painted and grunged with coffee, cinnamon and vanilla.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Hand carved Santa Ornie

Helena of Snow Pond Primitives is so full of talent. Look at this hand carved mini bowling pin Santa Ornie for your tree. He measures 4" tall and approximately 1 3/4" wide and a really unique ornament. To see it better click on the picture.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Free Coffee Anyone?

Well anyway we are having a drawing on Skunk Hollow Country Store for a cup of Cinnamon Sprinkled Carmel Latte in a wonderful little enamel black and white cup tied with a prim bow. Just breeze on over to Skunk Hollow and sign up to win this Candle... it's hand poured candle!LOL

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Aggie the Witch PATTERN

This prim little Raggedy has decided to become a witch this Halloween. She's also a pattern. Click on the picture to go there and check out the rest of Nicole from Foxfire Creek Primitives Patterns.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Lost my Mummy Doodle

Isn't this hysterical? I can see it happening...Well here is a great Doodle from Sandra of Babycakes Doodles and Designs. Just click on the picture to see more of her great work!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Cane and Flavel Pattern

Here's a new pattern for you. It's a 9 inch candy cane with a 8 inch Flavel hanging on to it. Great Ornie to decorate with for Christmas!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Witches Boots Pattern

Oh gosh I love it. Here is a great Pattern by Denise of Sassafras Hill Primitives click on the picture to go there and buy it.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I found a pattern!

I found this great pattern on my own site LOL by Melissa and Company for a Star Guy. It comes with a muslin face pattern or you can make your own clay face or she sells the ones she makes. I think I have one of her faces laying around and I think I am going to attempt to make this guy and if I do I will post the picture. He looks like he would be alot of fun to make! I might try him with velvet material altho for me velvet is very hard to work with. So only time will tell.
Today I am off to the Folsom Peddlers's usually loaded with antiques (like me) but hopefully I can find a craft or piece of art stuck in here and there.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Gordon Pumpkin Pattern

Here's a great 20" pumkin guy you can make out of muslin. Then just grunge him up and dress him and you have a great fall decoration for your house. By Lucy's Lazy Dayz Primitives. Click on the picture to go there.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pinchlips Patootie and her Crow

Here's a great witch pattern for Halloween! A witch with huge feet holding a crow and she actually has a cute face. With my slightly off kilter sense of humor here is a cat with a mouse in it's mouth. Now you could use it for any holiday or none just by adding a bow for the season. It's called "Cat and Mouse". Click on the picture to go there and check them out.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Newest addition to the family

Check out Zora...looks like she is saying...Just stand there and fight me! Too funny...this is my Granddaughters newest Horse. She has several. Isn't she cute? Born to a wild mustang they rescued in Oregon.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Busy week here

It feels like fall and all the leaves on my trees are beginning to do their thing. Looks like a new rake is in order this year too. I got my Halloween boxes from Cyndi of Keepers of the Past this week and thought I would share them. They are really neat huh? Here is a picture of a set of wind chimes by Momma B's Front Porch...Vickie's hubby cuts all the wood and she paints it. I have a set of her wind chimes and the work is way good! I sold Romulus and Romilda this week too and they are leaving me for their new home tomorrow. I will be sad to see them go so maybe I need to make a pattern for them. Have a good week you all!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It's a pin to wear!

No! It's a work of art! I recently won this work of art pin to wear from Babycakes Doodles and Designs. What a wonderful idea to wear a work of art! Dont you agree? Of course I am a cat lover too owning 12 of them. 2 indoor and 10 barn cats. Sandra knows what I like!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What to do with an empty wine bottle

Isn't this gorgeous? Inez of The Primitive Pineapple is such a wonderful painter. The tme that it must of taken to do this but it was well worth the outcome.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Pumpkin Pete Pattern

This is a pattern of 17" Pumpkin Pete--Pumpkin head man sitting on his very own pumpkin by Lucy of Lucys Lazy Dayz Primitives. Cute huh?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Ghost Dancer

I made this paper clay handpainted face on a muslin painted body called Ghost Dancer. He can hang on your wall with an embroidery thread hanger or he can hang on your Halloween tree. You can see more goodies by me by clicking oh his picture.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Free Thank you tags

Need some crow thanks? These tags are free on A Time for Primitives for you to download and use on your items you sell. Thank you Annette of Huckleberry Arts.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Okay I love this witch and her friend Melissa from Melissa and Company made this doll and she has the same sense of humor I do and she makes me laugh. Great job Melissa! Click on the picture and go see more of Tildy.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Peafowl Fraktur Book Mark and what is a Fraktur?

I being the Grandmother of 4 of them ( you can see the male all the way to the bottom of the page) loved this bookmark.
But what is a Fraktur you ask?
I asked Leann of The Lion and Lamb Studio and she told me this.
"In the 1600's and 1700's wealthy citizens of Germany and the Low countries would celebrate the birth and baptism of their children by having elaborate certificates drawn up by a scholar learned in the art of FRAKTUR writing. Fraktur is taken from the same root word as our word for fracture; each letter is made up of several, or "broken" strokes of the pen, unlike the flowing script we teach our children today, where you don't life the writing instrument until you reach the end of the word.

Poor folks couldn't indulge their children this way---it was expensive. But when the Moravians, Mennonites, and other Annabaptist groups came to America, they worked hard at their land holdings and businesses---and discovered that life was a bit more prosperous in this New World. The idea of equality took firm root. One of the ways that they showed themselves and others that they were just as fine as the noble class in Europe was by commissioning a birth and/or baptism certificate for the new babies being born free Americans. The schoolmasters (never overly well paid) gladly accepted the bit of extra pocket money and crafted these FRAKTURS, using their best fraktur German calligraphy, and decorating the edges with the designs they remembered from the Old Country, and from the flowers and birds they saw around them (or, in some cases, a pretty piece of Calico fabric, fresh off the boat from India...!).

Today, the term fraktur art applies to both the writing and the stylized artwork decorating the certificates, little student awards, and painstaking valentines, book nameplates, etc. It was very popular on furniture too (check out the Pennsylvania Blanket Chests and Kaas' in museums, books, and websites!), and stylistically you can see the connection with alot of tole art in Sweeden and other parts of Northern Europe."
I feel to be able to draw like this is to be really talented in your art.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I received a Prim Excellence Award

It was so wonderful to get nominated for this award from a great person like Sam of Gollywobbles Primitives! Thank you Sam! I also was nominated for this award from Annette of Huckleberry Arts and Candace of Howling Moon Designs. Thank you guys it means alot to me I am trully humbled!

I know I need to nominate 7 more so here goes:
Jan of Coffey House Collection
Susan of Prim and Proper
Denise of Sassafras Hill Primitives
Helena of Helena C. Studios
Kathleen of The Carolina Weaver
Patty of Swan Valley Bears
Casey of Fields of View Photography

Cornbread Teddy Tales Primitive Coloring Book

Each doodle was drawn originally for this book will love it. Each coloring book is a collectible item/ or usable.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sneaky Peeky

This scarecrow goes up on A Time for Primitives on the first of the month. Great table sitter and its a gourd actually two of them because the hat is one too. Handpainted by Inez of The Primitive Pineapple.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Webset made from a Template

I just love this graphic artist. Here is a webset Eleasa did from a template. Click on the picture of it to see more of her websets.

Friday, August 22, 2008

New Halloween Pattern

Click on the picture and go there to check it out. Bottoms up!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Drawing on Skunk Hollow Country Store

Starting September 1 you can sign up to win 6 mini candle muffins in different flavors. All packaged up in a bakery box these are great just to sit out on your counter in a serving tray and decorate with. All the flavors of fall, apple, gingerbread sure to check the site and sign up to win them.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Prim Fall Breadboard

Isn't this a great bread board for fall? Wow what a good job Vickie of Momma b's front porch did...this one is about 12" high.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Enchanted Pattern

Here is a good Halloween project for you...make enchanted! You'll love it!
Click on the picture to go check out some more of Lucy's Lazy Dayz Primitives patterns.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Belindy & Annie Pattern

This is a great pattern by Julie G of My Raggedy Dolls. Just 7.50 to buy and available on A Time for Primitives...just click on the picture to see the rest of her patterns.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Free formed with Das Clay and Hand painted by Annette of Huckleberry Arts.

Monday, August 11, 2008


These tags are so darn cute...these are small 1 1/2" x 3" grungy stained tags, by Out on a whim. She is one of my most favorite altered artists.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


Kosher was found abandoned on the side of a country road a victim of a cruel owner. Trust me when I say he is now in a happy home where he is well loved.
A Wonderful Picture taken by Fields of View Photography. Click on the pictue to go there and check out more of her work.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Jethro Tall and Mr. Boo's Wild Ride

The guys are patterns from Skunk Hollow Country Store and were recently seen in Country Sampler Magazine. Click on the picture to go to Country Samplers Website.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ghost Whistle

Remember those old fashioned whistles from days gone by? You guessed it. This is a wooden whistle with a pumpkin face. He has a spider web on the side of him. A bat is flying on his back and a black cat sits at the bottom. He stands 4 1/2” tall. Great to have for any color available. Barn red is shown. 42" long x 16" tall x 15" deep. Wonderful huh? By Inez of The Primitive Pineapple.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Witchy Fence Picket

Is this not the cutest thing? I think I am in love! With fall and Halloween around the corner, this rustic witch is perfect for your Primitive/ Folk Art decorating inside or out. Made by Helena of Snow Pond Primitives out of a fence can you believe it? And, being a hairstylist I can appreciate that wire hair she gave her...too funny! Great job Helena!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Technorati Profile


Gorgeous handmade bear by Patty of Swan Valley Bears. she is an original design and made of the softest pinky/beige mohair.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Miss Willa

From one of my most favorite artists...Miss Willa is Melissa & Company's first witch of the year

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sneaky Peek

Coming soon to A Time for Primitives...Sweet Harvest Farms and her to die for handmade soap and potpourri.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


Check out the carvings that Helena of Snow Pond Primitives does. Is this not great or what? I'd cut my fingers off if I tried it....but she seems to know what she is doing as you can tell by her work.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Hand painted Rooster Soap

Inez has done it again with the great soap. What a wonderful painter she is. What a great decoration for the kitchen I think I need it!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Milk n' Honey Hand-Milled Soap

This luxurious shea butter hand milled soap is made by Starry Nites Farm.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Great Prim Bird Note Cards

Leann of The Lion and Lamb Studio has the best Note cards. I bought 2 sets and love them she is such a wonderful artist. These are Prim Pennsylvania German Fraktur Bird cards. Set of 6 and wonderful quality paper too.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

" On My Path"

Look at this me it just talks of fall. It was taken by Casey of Fields of View Photography and it comes with a matte already designed in for ease of framing. You can click on the picture to see more of her work.

I am Woman ...

I love this old antique masher by Out on a Whim. She accented it with one of her prim tags! The masher is 10" tall and 3 1/2" wide.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Jethro Tall and His Doll

Yes he was named for the Rock Star, but he can be seen in the new Country Sampler Magazine page 66. Lucy of Lucy's Lazy Dayz Primitives and I are on the same page together again. We shared ads together for years on the same page and bingo this ad that Country Sampler put together has paired us up again.
Jethro and his doll which is made of Polymer clay is for sale on my site and so is the pattern for just Jethro.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Handwoven Corn and Baskets

Kathleen of the Carolinaweaver has lots of talent. Look at this fall corn!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Vintage Spools of Thread

Now this is a must have...pretty kewl picture too. 13 Old Wooden Spools with Thread to Collect or 4 Crafting in Autumn Colors. Click on the picture if you must have them.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Elf Doll

Check out this Elf Doll by Rabbit Hollow Prims...I love the detail its great!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Pumpkin in a Box

This is definitely my next purchase if you dont beat me to it! David of Chicken Lips does great stuff! It makes me laugh and feel good so I love it. Click on the picture and go there to see more.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Quilt flower Fraktur

I really think that Leann Banta of The Lion and The Lamb Studio is a terrific artist.
This is a good sized picture, a compass flower inspired by those from the 1700's and early 1800's frakturs. Click on the picture to go there and see more of her work.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mouse Family Pineapple Luau

The whole Mouse Family at the Motherlode Toad Factory is getting ready for their annual family get together. This year they have decided to have a luau party down by the creek. The little mice have been put in charge of the fruit salad. Mel, Maynard, Max, Marigold and all their friends absolutely love pineapple. They decided to start their fruit salad with a great big, juicy, sweet pineapple. They have been munching their way in and all around the pineapple for the last hour. They have not only all become full but also stuck. They are covered inside and out with pineapple juice. They have been hollering for someone to come and get them out. It may take a while because everyone else is so busy getting the luau set up and the limbo dance started. Maybe it’s just time for a nice long but sticky afternoon nap! If this isn't the cutest thing I have ever can purchase this on my Wymzee Art Site. Just click on the picture and go there. Just $75.00 sent to you.

Hand Woven Utensil Basket

I found this great utensil basket. It's perfect for on the kitchen counter to hold wooden spoons and other utensils. These baskets are also great as a vase if you place a quart Mason jar inside. They make the perfect holder for sunflowers or zinnias for fall and she can do a custom trim color for you.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


This cool papermache guy stands on top of an old wooden bowl that's been turned upside down and painted. Handmade by The Angel, the Witch and The Old Crow.

Skull Halloween Ornies

These are wonderful don't you think? Skull Bowl Fillers by Rabbit Hollow Prims.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Pumpkin Wind Chimes

Great Halloween wind chimes by Vickie of Momma B's Front Porch.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Caleb & Cassandra

As the story goes Caleb and Cassandra have been dating for two have to click on the picture to read the rest. But this large pumpkin is Papier Mache at it’s finest and made by The Motherlode Toad Factory...I love it!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Folk Art Hallowseve Candy Corn Critters Pattern

I found a cute pattern by Twisted Sisters Primitives for three candy corn critters. Looks like it would be fun and easy to make...great for craft shows.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Brillante Award

I am so very grateful to Sandra ( ) for her thoughtfulness in selecting me for this award.

Thanks you some much for thinking of me.... my dear friend.
Now I have the honor of selecting some other inspirational artists to pass this award to. I am naming the following inspiring and talented artists :

1. Jan...of Coffey House Collection
2. Sam ...of The Ditty Bag
3 Sherrie...of Symple Times
4. Kathleen...of The Carolina Weaver
5.Denise...of The Cats Pyjamas
6. Patty...of Swan Valley Bears
7.Verlene...of Spriggans Wood Forest

The rules for receiving this award are
1) Put the logo on your blog.2) Add a link to the person who awarded you.3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.4) Add links to those blogs on yours.5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

Orngie, The Pumpkin Woodsie

Freehand painting on wood by Annette of Huckleberry Arts. Makes a wonderful whimisical wall hanging.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Batty Cat Witch

From a great artist Sandra of Babycakes Doodles and Designs comes another whimsical piece of art.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Festus and Eunice

What would you do if you opened the door Halloween night and saw these two cats sitting there? New pattern from Skunk Hollow Country Store.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Witchs Stitches Pinpoke

Check out what Denise of Sassafras Hill Primitives stitched up! A set of extra prim witchy boots and she has given them pin tuffets, laced the fronts, and stitched pockets on each side. Just too cute!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Fourth of July guess what

Woke up this morning to our magazine A Time for Primitives having been updated by the server. In the process they rolled it back to last months issue and none of this month is there. Oh Joy if they didn't take a current copy of it and save it then we get to totally rebuild it again for the month of July. So if anyone visits and it looks like the same old stuff that is why.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Jack Pumpkin

A Great fun Halloween fellow by Lucy of Lucy's Lazy Dayz Primitives. She sells the pattern for Jack too.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Spider Mae

I think it is time to start morphing this blog into Halloween and here is one of my all time favorite artists Verlene Brooks of Fantasy Folk. She has the best stories to go with the collectibles that she makes. This is Spider Mae a young, innocent-looking little witch with a fascination for spiders. You can tell Verlene has a time to work seriously at her art she lives in Boring, Oregon( seriously that's the name of her town LOL. Too funny!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Extreme Primitive Cat Doll

Well everyone knows I like cats having about 12 last count. Two indoor uppty cats and 10 barn cats (feral) but they love me I feed them! 4 of them are precious little new kitties all fluffy. Anyway, had to snag this cat for my collection. This primitive cat is by Old World Primitives.

Monday, June 30, 2008


I love sheep I even collect them check out this one its a sneak peek from the new issue on A Time for Primitives...this is a AMERICAN SHEEP PULL TOY by Keepers of the Past.

Sunday, June 29, 2008


I love this doll I saw by Old World Primitives last night on A Time for Primitives past works.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Rootie Tootie Handmade Doll

Check out the navy buttons at the waist and she has ribbed "stockings" and little T-strap shoes. Another great doll by Lucy of Lucy's Lazy Dayz Primitives

Friday, June 27, 2008

What to do with that used wine bottle?

Turn it into a work of art! This was painted by Inez of The Primitive Pineapple.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Black Annie

I love this 10 inch Annie so little and cute! She was made by Julie of My Raggedy Dolls.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hand painted napkin holder

This is a new item for me and its really pretty for spring and summer and there is also a matching utensil holder that goes with it.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Patchwork Santa

My friend Melissa makes the best Santa's! She doesn't use a pattern and she has such a love for Christmas that you see it in everyone of her items she makes. She uses vintage material, buttons and lace anytime she can get her hands on it. Click on the picture to view more of her items but check on her monthly to see more Santa's. Primitive Folk Art by Melissa and Company

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I Want You!

This Uncle Sam makedo that I made was totally made by hand without the use of a sewing machine. He has the traditional pointy finger and is dressed in partiotic colors. He also has the first altered art book of Patriotic Sayings that I attempted. All the partial sayings are on torn parchment paper. There is a little charm on the front of the book that says "Hope". I think he turned out good!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

I've been tagged Again!

Sandra is at it again LOL...I've been tagged...It's the 5 things tag.
5 things... Tag

1. What was I doing 10 years ago- I owned my own salon and had a line of makeup going and a spa product line called Ashlyn Rose.

2. 5 things on the to do list for today-Work on my Wymzee Art Site, finish my items for A Time for Primitives, Water my crispy yard (heat wave here), Call my daughter, feed all 12 of my cats 10 are feral.

3.Snacks I enjoy-Oh wow that's easy...LOL M and M p'nuts and jelly beans!

4.Things I would do if I was a Billionaire-Take everyone I know to Walt Disney World and help a under priviledged family.

5. Places I have lived-Visalia, California, Monterey, California... Rancho Cordova, Caifornia and here... El Dorado Hills, CA ...that's it !

Tag you are it...
I tag: Robyn of The Motherlode Toad Factory & Julie of My Raggedy Dolls


Wonderful mosaic Candle holders by Grindstone Mountain Mosaics. Aren't these great? Click on the picture to see more of her wonderful items.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Lily Paige

Isn't she cute? This Teddy was done by Swan Valley Bears! I love bears!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Chicken N Eggs

What a crack up (a little play on words)! Look at these chickens by David of Chicken Lips. I got one and put him in a miniature cast iron frying pan in my kitchen! I thought I would drop from laughing so hard what a sense of humor he has and it shows up in his work too. Made my day!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Olde Cedar Moth Bags

I found these wonderfully fragrant moth bags to protect my woolies and thought I'd share them with you! Graphics are printed onto heavy muslin, stitched into little 7" by 5" bags and aged to a wonderful deep dark finish by Denise of Sassafras Hill Primitives.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Famous Quote

And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.Abraham Lincoln

Star, Flag and Crow Soap

I have to do this again...I love the soap that Inez of the Primitive Pineapple paints. I have been buying it for years now and enjoy the detail she puts on every bar. I have soap for every occassion its fantastic and the compliments I get are wonderful!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Whimsical Americana Flag

This is a whimsical primitive flag painted on a cork board and put it in a 4 x 6 size mini wooden black frame by Sandra of Babycakes Doodles and Designs. Click on the picture to see more of her art work.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Americana Lamp Arrangement

This arrangement stands a tall 12 inches and was made in a cheesebox. There are lots of goodies in it and a flicker lamp.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Let Freedom Ring Windchime

All of you have to have one of these for your garden, they sound wonderful and were handmade and painted by Momma B's Front Porch!

Friday, June 13, 2008

I am Siamese if you please kitty

Oh my gosh more blue eyes! Look at this hand painted cat! For a cat lover this has got to be it. Wonderful work by Melissa and Company.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Bodacious Bouquet

No Green Thumb required for this gorgeous bouquet made by the Motherlode Toad Factory

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Quilted Americana Stitchery

This Stitchery is pieced and lightly quilted red and blue homespun fabrics, then there was added a quilted muslin center with stitched stars and the saying,' Proud to be an American'. I love this Stitchery by Helena of Snow Pond Primitives

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Vintage Bottle Collection

Wonderfully whimsical olde time bottles using vintage 6 – 7” flasks, okay so they aren't the colors I was going for but I love them anyway! Made by Denise of Sassafras Hill Primitives.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Gasoline Prices

I think it would be fun to find out the different gasoline prices in your area. So what was the cost last fill up? $4.35 here in Northern California

Huge Antique Crock Candle

Ah the smell of "COUNTRY BERRY HOTCAKES" in the morning, or afternoon or anytime you walk into a room. Yummmmm This is one HUGE candle! Great for lovers of the country or primitive way of decorating! Handpoured by Lucky Star Mercantile and she has some really kewl rusty containers too. Check them out by clicking on the picture!

Sunday, June 8, 2008


This doll looked very vintage to me so I thought I would add her to my collection. She has a blue frock of vintage cotton lawn fabric and her shoes of the softest leather and under garments of 100% cotton. This designer has been in the business for many years too and never uses a pattern.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

America, My Country Tis of Thee Box

Here is a very kewl primitive box, in a Patriotic Theme made by Kathy of Out on a Whim. Click on the picture to go check out more of her really nice items.

Friday, June 6, 2008

I think I am in Love!

Look at that Teddy's Blue Eyes are they not gorgeous? I love this bear by Patty of Swan Valley Bears. If you click on the picture you can go see more of them.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Roly Poly Sam

Okay this is great! A Roly Poly 25 inch Uncle Sam Pattern so you can make your own. I love it! This is by Lucy of Lucy's Lazy Dayz Primitives. Check it out! Goes really good with my patriotic theme I have started this month right?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Colonial plate/bowl rack

Look what I found! Over on the website A Time for Primitives you can get this rack in linen white, country tan, mustard yellow, lamp black, Williamsburg blue and soldier blue. 35" long x 12" tall x 10" deep. I think this fits my theme this month dont you?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Mosaic Birdhouse

Is this not a gorgeous piece? I love this and it has blue in it so it fits right?
You can see more of Janets wonderful work she does by clicking on the picture!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Hand Carved Uncle Sam Driftwood Pin

It measures approx 3" and is hand carved from a piece of driftwood that was painted, sealed, antiqued and sealed again by Helena of Snowpond Primitives. I thought this was a great item for my red white and blue month.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Tall Red Chicken

Well I think the month of June I am going to try to put items red white or blue on my blog. Starting with that great bar of soap and this chicken. I love this Chicken!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Handpainted Americana Flag Soap

This is one talented lady that paints this soap! I love her work and when I had my shop I bought so much of it and I couldn't keep it in stock! Wait until you see her Santa at Christmas!

Another good Quote

Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I've been Tagged

I've been tagged by Annette of Huckleberry Arts. Here's what I have to do:
Tag the ABCs about you. Each player then tags 3 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

A -Attached or single: Attached

B- Best Friend: My Husband

D-Day: Wednesday is my Favorite his day off

E- Essential Item: My Computer

F- Favorite Color: Teal blue, black and white cant make up my mind LOL

G-Gummi Bears or Worms: Gummi Bears stick in your teeth for a snack later too LOL

H-Home town: Monterey California where my real life started with my Husband

I- Indulgences: Chocolate and coffee

J- January or July?:....Hello... July, the suns out!

K-Kids:.... 2 a boy and a girl

L-Life is incomplete without: Family

M- Marriage Date: Dec 18

N- Number of Siblings: A Brother and a Sister and I am the youngest

O- Oranges or Apples: Orange Juice YUM!

P- Phobias or Fears: Big Snakes like Anaconda's

Q- Quote: Just do it! In 100 years no one will remember anyway!

R- Reason To Smile: Grandkids

S- Season: Fall and the harvest

T- Tag Three:

Helena of Snowpond primitives...You can find her link down in the list on the right

Candace of Howling Moon Designs...You can find her link down in the list on the right

Sandra of Babycakes Doodles and Designs...You can find her link down in the list on the right

U- Unknown fact about me: Nickname given to me from brother Wigglesome

V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals: Vegetarian to a point! No meat

W- Worst Habit: Sunflower seeds

Y-Your favorite food: carbs is that a food LOL

Z: Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Sunday, May 25, 2008

My First Etsy Treasury

I did it, I did it! But only with the help of Annette. Please check out my first etsy treasury and look at all the artists and their wonderful creations! It was sooo much fun, but took me soooo long to do it! I am addicted now! Click on the link above and see what I created. There is one that Annette of Huckleberry Arts did too and it has wonderful people and Me too... I'm on there! Check it out!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Something to think about

"Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up."

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Pouncer and Cornelius

Pouncer is typical of a cat don't you think? I made him from one of my patterns. If you like Cornelius, his prey, you can pick up the free downloadable pattern for him on my mini site on A Time for Primitives.

Monday, May 19, 2008

A quote for us all

"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place."
~ Unknown

The Lion and The Lamb Studio

Leann Banta was recently selected to be on the
2008 Early American Life Magazine's Directory. This fraktur (under glass) is a one of a kind original drawn by her, on watercolor paper of Laedy Waschington. That is how you would of spelled it back in those days. It is a real honor to have someone like Leann in the same magazine as I am.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Humpty Sam

If this isn't a crack pun intended. I found this Sam handmade by Candace Navarette of Howling Moon Designs. This guy is great! His nose,eyes & mouth are clay and he sits well with his bent knees! Looks like a great item for any Americana Collector! Have to get one!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Oh Wow Look At My Bird I Won

I collect antique cordial glasses I have about 35 last count and look what found a home in one of them...isn't it a hoot? Thank you Helena of Snowpond Primitives for hand carving such a wonderful bird to nest in one of my glasses.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Love this Quote

My advice to you is not

to inquire why or whither,
but just to enjoy your ice cream
while it’s on your plate.

-Thornton Wilder

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Cat Chimes

Knowing how much I love cats can you believe I had to buy these for my yard? Look at the darling chimes and silverware hanging off of them. Just too cute and I cant wait to get them. I love chimes and we have so much wind here that they really sound wonderful. I have bought from Vickie before and she does a wonderful job of everything she makes.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

It's Agnes

Rollers and all by David H. Everett aka "Chicken Lips"! Isn't she a hoot? Well being a retired hairstylist I can definetly relate to this chick. I think David and his sense of humor is a fantastic artist. Check out my blog often for more of his Chicken Lips! You can find more like Agnes on A Time for Primitives website or Chicken

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I won!

I cant believe it I won that darling carved birdie on Snowpond Primitives blog. This has got to be a first for me winning anything on the internet! I am so excited! Yippeeee Yippeeee Yippeeeeeeeeee will post picture when I get it! Cant wait!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Is this not a darling bear? Her little face just touches my heart! You can find more of these wonderful bears on the website A Time for Primitives.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Alfrigg and Lupercus

Don't you just love these wonderful Characters from Verlene Brooks new Fantasy Line? She does incredible work! These are available on the A Time for Primitives website

My Raggedy Anne Doll

Well, if this isn't the cutest little doll! I just bought this from My Raggedy Dolls on A Time for Primitives. She is absolutely the cutest! Thanks Julie...

Friday, April 18, 2008

Let's make Rose Water

Soon it will be that time of the year again when the Roses are in bloom so here is a great way to make some Rose Water. We aren't going to drink it tho... we are going to wear it.

1 cup of distilled water 2 1/2 Tablespoons Vodka 1/2 cup of Fresh Rose Petals
10 Drops of Rose Fragrance Oil

Fill a sterilized glass jar with rose petals then pour the water and vodka over the petals and stir gently with a glass rod or stainless steel spoon. Add the rose fragrance oil and seal with an airtight lid. Store in a cool place for one week and stir every couple of days. Strain the liquid through a cheese cloth or paper coffee filter and discard the petals. Rose water should be bottled immediately in an airtight bottle.
Did you know that approximately 75 percent of all perfumes today list rose oil as one of the main ingredients? What does the vodka do in the rose oil? It is a preservative and prolongs the shelf life up to 6 months. If you make this without the use of the vodka use it within 1 month.
Roses have been around for a very long time wreaths made of Roses have been found in Egyptian Tombs. Even the Romans used to fill their pillows with the petals and the Greeks used to call Roses the "Queen of Flowers".

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The worst recipe ever

Well I hope this qualifies for what Sandra has put me up to this time LOL...
Now she wants the worst recipe you ever had ...
This one hits home...My Husband is not much of a cook...I bet some of you can relate. Right?
So one night while I was still working I came home to a wonderful smelling stir fry...well the veggies were good it was what he put them on that just about killed me. Spanish Rice a Roni...and the two together do not mix! I have never been able to look a box of that in the face again. His excuse? We ran out of rice. Now what kind of excuse was that?

I'm trying to win a carved bird

I'm out trying to tell everyone I know about a carved bird on Helena C. Studio's blog. I want that birdy. She does the neatest carvings...So if I tell you and you run over there and post then I get two chances to win and if another one posts on there then I get three chances. You have to mention I told you to tho.
Her link is

Monday, March 31, 2008

A Time for Primitives

We are Open! Please click on the banner and go check out this wonderful website that is loaded with very talented people. Lots of freebies and patterns to try out and also to buy. Graphics, Dolls, Doodles, Clay Fantasy Folk, Clay Halloween Folk,Frogs, Raggedies, Websites, Banners, Animated Cars, Rugs, Stitchery, You name it we got it! And... we even have Agnes in her curlers! Stop by and read an article on gardening and grab a couple of freebie patterns while you are there. See you at A Time For Primitives!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Tagged again

This crazy friend of mine Sandra of has tagged me again. LOL She was on a roll this week ....She has asked me to sum up my life in a 6 word memoir...Oh sure I can do this.

Here goes: Chock full of love for family.

This is how...I want to be remembered...right? LOL

Now I am off to tag others to share their memoir

Saturday, March 22, 2008

I've been tagged

I Have Been Tagged

I have been Tagged.....OMG...Now I hope I do this right. LOL....
Sandra of has tagged me....Thanks a lot you nut........LOL
I believe I am suppose to tell 5 things about myself...Ok here goes!
1. I am Short and will be forever. LOL
2. I am a grandmother of 4.
3. I wear a size 4 croc.
4. I love dark chocolate and carbs!
5. I talk to Sandra on the phone every morning!
Ok Now I must tag 5 folks.....I tag:
Denise of
Helena of
Sam of
Denise of
Sherrie of
Ok everyone tag whoever...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sweetcakes award

Today I was sent the "Sweetcakes Award" from my good friend Sandra "Babycakes Doodles and Designs" who made me this. She is one very talented lady! Thanks Sandra.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Clyde Kadiddlehopper

Check out my new bunny! He's just 6 inches tall and looks like he's strolling into town huh? I painted that wall 32 years ago. Can you believe it? I said if I ever move I'm taking the wall with me. Its a complete western town backed by pine trees if you could see all of it. Took me a year to do it but it was fun. Had a little help from a friend and my sister. Lots of memories in that wall.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Do you believe in fortune cookies?

My good friend Sandra went out for Chinese food last night and came home with a fortune from her fortune cookie that read " A new venture you are involved in will be successful". I had gone out for Chinese food 2 days ago and my fortune cookie said " Start a new venture it will be successful".

Candace Navarette and I have an announcement to make.

We have a New Venture opening April 1, 2008

A magazine type website filled with crafters of every medium not just primitives. Please mark your calenders and if you are interested in joining us in our venture please contact one of us.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008

Scented Stain for Tags and Material

Is anyone tired of the coffee smell you get when staining your tags or material? This is a great way to change that. Walnut Crystals! You only need a glass jar with a screw top lid and you can keep this for a very long time. Add about 1/2 tsp of walnut crystals to warm water and stir them until they are totally dissolved. If you want a darker stain use more crystals and if you want it lighter use more water. Then add your favorite fragrance oil until you have the degree of scent that you like. A nice outdoorsy scent or peppermint or cinnamon is great. I have found it also doesn't stain your hands as much. When using them on tags I like to apply it with a sponge brush. Make sure to get all the excess out of the brush first and then apply to your paper. With material I do the same thing. It's a great way to stain your muslin before you lay your pattern on and draw around it. That way you can get it as dark as you want. Staining with walnut crystals works especially good if you are going to paint your item and then sand it down. I think if you aren't going to paint your doll you should just use a coffee stain for that really primitive look. Hope some of you try this great recipe for Scented Fabric and Tag Stain.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Bird watching

Tonite I left the TV on and walked out of the room for about 10 minutes. When I came back in my cat was right up against it intently watching it. There were Sand Cranes Landing in Lodi, CA. What a hoot...who says cats don't see right?

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Who Loves Halloween?

I love Halloween and I love it all year long.
“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.”

Erma Bombeck

In memory of Sheryl

In memory of Sheryl
and those who died on 9/11

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