Thursday, December 8, 2011

Vintage Look Bottle Brush Tree's

Had fun making these little trees yesterday! I wrote a tutorial on how to make these last year here. This year I made them a little different with painting them and attaching them to old wooden blocks. I really like the look I've achieved!!

I am now done creating items to sell for Christmas. I have my last Snowman & Tree Make Do set on ebay and my last 3 Tree's Make Do's there as well.

Link to my ebay Here

Link to my etsy shop Here

The other day we received a little dusting of snow and are expecting more tonight. I think around a inch or so. Here are a few photos I took.

Perfect little bird prints! Love it!

My watering cans Winter spot.

Last few leaves on the driveway.

My favorite Big Oak Tree Trunk in the backyard.

Have a wonderful Thursday evening!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Primitive Two Turtle Dove Ornies

Finally after several days of clouds and rain the sun has come out! Had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family this year. Daughter and her family came home from NC. The four days they were here was a whirlwind! Grandchildren sure can wear you out! They safely made their drive back home to NC and now it's time to get busy sewing again!

I listed this sweet pair of doves on ebay last night. It's getting closer and closer to Christmas, so I made this auction a three day listing.

Click Here For My Ebay--->Ebay

Sunday I made a trip to the antique mall with my sister. My sister who isn't a very crafty person has recently gotten hooked on pinterest and has found several Christmas projects and decorating ideas that she had to try. So off to the antique mall we went. Country Fair Mall is huge! It takes you a good 2 hours to walk through the place. I found a couple of goodies!

Sis bought this vintage cat door stop for me for my birthday, which is in a couple of weeks. I Love it!!!

And I just had to have this wooden spice box, which was the only thing I bought.

The robin is something I made years ago along with the nest. The sweet mouse doll I bought this past summer at a prim shop in LeClaire, Iowa when visiting there for the American Picker's weekend that they have every summer.

If you are looking for a Christmas gift for that hard to buy person, why not a custom made calendar! This quality made calendar is made by me with all my wonderful nature photos!! I have a link on the right hand column of my blog that takes you directly to the purchase page. Be sure to click on the link that shows you all of the pages of the calendar so you can see what each month looks like.

I'm giving these to all my family and friends this year for Christmas. I think they will be surprised!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Primitive Vintage Style Bird Ornies!

What a day!!! It was a no sewing day today! Spent the day cleaning and cooking! Just a little more cleaning for tomorrow and baking two apple pies. Daughter and family will be arriving tomorrow from NC and can hardly wait to see the grands!!

I listed a couple new items on ebay last night. I have another one of my Snowman and Tree Make Do sets for sale. And have something brand new too, my little prim vintage style bird ornies!

Selling them in a set of 6. I think these would be perfect on a nature decorated tree. I have these displayed on my 2ft. twig tree which isn't included in the auction. Had fun making these little guys.

Today was a perfect slow cooker day with me being so busy. I made Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup! It was so good and I've decided to share it with you. I got it from Betty Crocker newsletter that I get. Super easy to make with a bag of frozen hashbrown potatoes!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup

1 bag (32 oz) frozen southern-style diced hash brown potatoes, thawed

½ cup frozen chopped onion (from 12-oz bag), thawed
1 medium stalk celery, diced (1/2 cup) 1 carton (32-oz) Progresso® chicken broth 1 cup water

3 tablespoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

1 cup milk

1 bag (8 oz) shredded American-Cheddar cheese blend (2 cups)

4 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)

In 3- to 4-quart slow cooker, mix potatoes, onion, celery, broth and water. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours.
In small bowl, mix flour into milk; stir into potato mixture. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook 20 to 30 minutes or until mixture thickens. Stir in cheese until melted. Garnish individual servings with bacon and green onions. Sprinkle with pepper if desired.

Instead of using purchased bacon pieces, cook 2 strips of bacon until crisp, then drain and crumble.
Southern-style hash brown potatoes are diced instead of shredded. These work best in this recipe.

Click here for link to the recipe online to print out---->Cheesy Potato Soup

I used a half a pound of bacon in mine. Next time I'm going to try diced ham instead of the bacon.

Wishing you a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

*New* Patterns are Ready!

I finally finished up the two patterns, Kitty Angel and Tree Make Do's that I mentioned, I think last week. I have them for sale on Pattern Mart right now. There are links in the right hand column on my blog now. Im headed over to etsy and my website to get them listed there too.

And I'm hoping I can get a set of these little bird ornies finished to list tomorrow night!!

Have a wonderful evening!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Primitive Christmas Make Do's

Busy Busy!!! I have so much to do!! Daughter and family is coming home for Thanksgiving and I've got to get the house in order!! Will be so good to have them here! And then I'm working on 2 new patterns. I'm thinking they will be finished by tomorrow. And I did manage to get a couple new items finished today to list on My Ebay tonight.

So there you have what's new for today!!! Have a wonderful weekend my fellow bloggers!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Primitive Grungy Snowman & Christmas Tree Make Do's

A little something new listed on etsy tonight. Finished up these two make do's that are being sold together. The snowman is made using a pattern by T.F.C Folk Art. The tree is my design. I plan on making a pattern for the trees tomorrow. Will post a link here on my blog for PatternMart when its finished.

And tonight my Kitty Angel Doll ends on Ebay

Click---> for my Ebay

Tomorrow is going to be a pattern making day. I will be working on this Angel Kitty pattern as well. Be sure to stop back on my blog for a link to my patterns for Pattern Mart.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Early Work Mercantile Update Time!

It's that time again! Can hardly believe that next week is Thanksgiving! Christmas will be here before you know it!!!

So here are my items I'll be listing on Early Work Mercantile later tonight. Please visit the other artist there. We have a great group of talented people!

Have a Great Evening Everyone!!!!!!
Need to get back to sewing!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

No Stopping Me Now!!!

Love it when I'm on a roll! The ideas are flowing and my house is a mess! LOL I'll try to get a little cleaning done tomorrow. Wish hubby would learn to pick up his socks! And also Jupiter the cat who loves to bring up socks from the dirty clothes pile in the basement. At least I do have my laundry done for this week.

OK...So here are a few new items. All have been listed on ebay I really need to work on my new items for Early Work Mercantile coming up here next week! I wish the days would slow down just a little. Never enough hours in a day.

So there you have my latest works of art! Time to get back to sewing!! I will make up a pattern for the Angel Kitty Doll if there is enough interest. Have a wonderful evening!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

**Another Primitive Snowman**

Happy first day of November!! Hope everyone had a wondeful Halloween! I think we had more trick or treaters then what we usually have. The weather was perfect, around 50º.

I've been so busy with patterns and snowmen! I did manage to get another jingle jangle snowman ready to list on ebay tonight. He's dressed up in his winter woollies hoping to stay warm this winter!

Click on my ebay <-----link to go to my auctions

Also I have one more Snowman Make Do left in my Early Work Mercantile page.

He's $23.00 plus shipping
Click on my Early Work Mercantile <---link to go to my page

So that is about it for tonight. Need to get back to sewing more Christmas goodies!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

**Meet Mr. Jingles and Mr. Jangles!**

I'm having great fun creating these snowmen guys!! My favorite part is making their outfits! After I finish one I think....should I keep him? They get under my skin once I bring them to life. The one in the brown and tan houndstooth outfit, will be listed tonight in my ebay. The one in the blue plaid was listed last night.

Can you believe that November is almost here! Yikes! How the year has flown by. Time to get started on Christmas shopping!

I have these 2 little snowman make do's still for sale at my Early Work Mercantile blog if anyone is still interested. It's funny, I thought these 2 would be the first to go but their two other brothers did first. Click HERE for my page at Early Work Mercantile. They are $23.00 each plus shipping.

To all my blogger friends, Have a wonderful evening!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Primitive Christmas Stocking

I'm in full force mode for Christmas now! I finished this stocking the other day and it is now listed on ebay. It's been awhile since I've listed anything there. Click HERE to go to my ebay listing for my stocking. I will be making more items, so be on the look out.

Saturday morning I went to a primitive and antiques sale at the Red Barn. Have to tell you this was my kind of sale! Lots of old worn rusty primitive stuff! I guess they have sales once a month from April through October. I will be waiting anxiously for when they start up again next year. Here are some treasures that I got!!

Hog Scraper, Early crock jug, Miner's lunch box and 3 spindles.

Here's my spindles after hubby cut them for me. Can't wait to use these to make some make do's!

Then on Saturday Hubby and I did some hiking around on the trails at Blackhawk State Park. This place has the most amazing huge oak trees. I didn't like the way my pictures turned out because I left my polarizing lens at home. So I went back again today and got some amazing shots. And it seems the leaves have turned more since then too! It was a gorgeous day. I think it was close to 70º.

I think these are some short of wildflower. The bees and little green flies were all over them.

Do you ever just look up when you are under a tree? Amazing isn't it?!!

I don't know what these flowers were, but they were kind of stinky. Pretty, but stinky LOL

Some very cool fungus growing on a old dead tree.

Don't ya just love all the colors here!!!

And here's a statue of Chief Blackhawk who the park was named after. He was the leader of the Sauk American Indian tribe who were in this area a very long time ago.