Saturday, December 5, 2020

Primitive Winter Snowmen and Trees

 Happy Saturday Friends! How is your holiday decorating coming along? Started decorating last weekend. Took a couple of days. Now on to getting my Christmas shopping done. 

I added a couple new Winter primitive goodies in my Etsy shop!

These trees were made from a old vintage lace tablecloth. Perfect size for a shelf or your fireplace mantel. I just love the wooden textile bobbins for the trunks!

I also added a tiny silver and white trim around the tree. Just a little bit of sparkle. Notice the decorative edge of the table cloth I placed at the base of the tree.

And I have a few of these snowmen that I make every year! I think the tree and the snowman make a nice couple!
Here is the link to see these and other goodies I have listed in my etsy shop >>> Rock River Stitches


Monday, November 23, 2020

Christmas Cinnamon Ornaments

Hello Friends! I'm here to share a easy Christmas ornament diy! This is a recipe that I've been making for many years. I still have ornaments my daughters made when they were little girls.



Cinnamon Ornaments

1/2" cup of Cinnamon

1/2" cup of Applesauce

Cookie press

white acrylic paint 

toothpick for hole


Mix cinnamon and applesauce together. If it's too wet and sticky, add more cinnamon. 


I did use quite a bit more cinnamon to keep the dough from sticking on rolling pin and on the work surface.


Dry your ornaments on a flat surface for several days. Or faster method is to dry in a food dehydrator. That is what I did. It took about 4 hours. A third method is in your oven set at lowest temperature. May take up to 6 hours or more.


When they are hard and dry, I took white acrylic paint and a soft piece of cloth and just a tiny bit of paint and rubbed lightly over the surface. 

Add a ribbon or twine and you have the most wonderful smelling ornament that last for many years! They hold their scent for extremely well. The ones I have from when my daughters were little have to been about 25 years ago and still smell great!

The Deer cookie press is from House on the Hill line of cookie molds. I bought them from Fantes Kitchen Shop.


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Buffalo Check Plaid Christmas!

 Hello my friends! Just a little update on a few more Christmas Decor goodies now in my Etsy Shop!

Buffalo Check Plaid has got me stitching away!

How fun is this Pillow Cover! 


 These sweet Mini Decor Pillows come in two different sizes!


All these Christmas Decor items are in my Etsy Shop here > Rock River Stitches



Sunday, November 15, 2020

Primitive Christmas Goodies!

 I know it's been awhile since my last post. Apologies. Time flies when you get busy with life and work.

 Thought I would share some of what I've been doing with my time.

These Santa Ornaments have wool hats with sheep wool locks that I needle felted in place. You can find these guys in my Etsy Shop >> Rock River Stitches

These sweet mini stockings were fun to stitch! Available in my Etsy Shop! >>    Rock River Stitches

More stockings! These are a large size, 24" long! And these stockings can be found in my etsy shop! >> Rock River Stitches
Did a tiny bit of Christmas decoration today! Those bottle brush trees I made many years ago. I think I did a tutorial here on my blog for them. Not sure.
And that Man in the Moon is a fun piece of decor! I have a few of those in my Etsy shop! >>Rock River Stitches 
Thanks for stopping by my little world!





Monday, August 31, 2020

Who's Ready for Fall?!

 Can you believe it is almost September? Where did the Summer go! We have finally cooled off here in the midwest with temps in the low 80's. We sure could use some rain. It's been probably close to 3 weeks since our last rainfall. 

So I've been busy sewing these adorable giant Acorns! Made from recycled wool and cotton canvas. 

 These are perfect for shelf decor or on a tiered tray!

You can find these in my Etsy Shop here ---> Rock River Stitches

 Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Birds of a Feather Flock to Together

Ever think about that phrase? It's like what we all are doing right now. I love creating these sweet birds. Perfect size to use up fabric scraps I have an abundance of! Many are made from fabric I bought many years ago. Wish some of the fabric was still available.

Birds are looking for their new forever home. They can be found in my Rock River Etsy Shop

My Lily of the Valley is starting to show off!

 And yesterday, in the mail I received some very special plants from a dear friend. I had mentioned I loved her pink Lily of the Valley in her Instagram post. And just like that, she said she would be happy to dig up some plants from her garden. I was beyond thrilled to receive them. 

Aren't they gorgeous! I am so grateful to have some very special friends on Instagram.

Well, that's all the news for now. I hope you are all having wonderful Spring weather!

Peace and Love to all!


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Staying Home and still doing good

Hubby and I are doing just fine with the quarantine. We've always been homebodies, well especially me! I keep busy with my sewing and photography and hubby with his woodworking small projects. He loves to make things for the grandkids. Not sure when we will see them again. I do hope soon. 

Anyway here are a few new items in my Rock River Stitches etsy shop

The weather has been warming up and did manage to get outside the other day and do a little yard work! Can't wait to plant flowers. Will be a little different this year in purchasing flowers. The local nursery will have online purchasing and then curbside pickup. Which I am perfectly fine with!

And a reminder I have 15% off all my pillows in my Red Oak Images Etsy Shop

Stay safe my friends. Peace and Love to all!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

April Showers in March

Hello, my friends! I hope you are doing well with this virus that is so out of control. Staying home hasn't bothered me one bit. I'm a bit of a homebody anyway. Just keeping busy with new and old projects!

One of the new is this Primitive Chickadee Bird!

And I have a brand new Pattern too for this sweet bird, as well!

We had terrible thunder storms pass through here last night and dumped 4" of rain! Needless to say....our basement is flooded. Expecting another storm later this afternoon with possible tornadoes. When it pours!

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you all stay healthy. Bless You my friends.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Sale! - Pillows, Prints, Art

Good Morning! How about a little Spring Shopping! Time for a Sale in my Red Oak Images Shop

I have free shipping on all my Mini Framed Photography Blocks! Measure 6.5" x 4.5"

 Robins are a sure sign of Spring!

 Cow Photos I captured while out driving the back roads of Iowa!

 Beautiful Bunny Shot from my backyard!

All my Pillows are 15% off! This does include the pillow insert!!

 I have three sizes of Pillows! This is a 22" x 22"

 18" x 18" if you prefer!

 And a lumbar pillow with insert, 20" x 12"

 Sweet Carolina Wren!

 And a Beautiful Black and White Rabbit Pillow!

 And all Photography Prints have Free Shipping! (Frames Not Included)

 Love Old Barns!

 Bleeding Hearts I love to see in the Spring! These were in my garden!

 I have many Hosta in all my gardens!

 Robins Nest!

 Shasta Daisy from my garden!