Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Creating, new messes...and thoughts for a swap? feedback??

First, I hoping everyone is safe from Irene... I hope everyone was out of harms way and had no damage!!!! I am seeing pictures on the news and it's heart breaking, all the flooding.... I am thinking of you!!!!

So as for me, it's more of the same... I have not crafted this hard in years! LOL! Not since my folk art painting days and I did a couple of shows... WOW! Thanks to everyone for their support and wanting a few of my fall prim goodies... I am planning on having a little blog sale, for my followers, not sure the date yet... I am thinking the end of this week... but I don't know... I am having one of those weeks, and it's only Tuesday! LOL.... BUT, I will give at least a day's warning before I do anything or if it's next week.... I want to have a few special goodies done!
SO yes, I have been creating like a mad prim craftier!!!
Having a bit of work done outside before winter... I should of take a picture, but forgot....when we added onto the house and put the patio in, really it was a bit to small.. and we wanted a walkway to both service doors on the garage. We have had the pavers for over a year. Got most of them for free.... Hubby was going to do it last fall, but then mom took that turn for the worse...sigh... this year time has just gotten away from us.... SO I have been "working" on him that it wouldn't be to much to have someone do the work since we have the brick... Finally got a estimate, he was shocked... So they WERE to start today, BUT came yesterday...LOL... hubby a bit upset, wasn't ready, but I was like, roll with it! It's looking great... they will back tomorrow to finish! YIPPEE!!! One BIG thing off the honey do list for fall!!!! Speaking of fall.... pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins... oh my!!!! Changed things up a bit...here is the "fab" 6 done as of last night! few more need faces... then I am not sure how many more I am going to make... I really want to do a few more different fall things, then start , oh my hate to say it..... Christmas.... so much I want to do, and last fall, really nothing got done after mom passed away... I really want to get a good start on Holiday....sigh again!
AND... I have been playing a bit with my new camera... nothing fancy... I really struggled with what I wanted.... looked, comparing... Megapixel.. vs sensor size.... ugh! I am a SLR... film gal... Love film, studied photography a bit in college... developed my own photos.... HATED digital when it first came out....BUT, now, can't do anything on the computer...without it.... so FINALLY, I said to Steven, who worked at Best Buy for 3 years, before his corporate job... I want simple to use... take good clear pictures of my work, etc... and will fit in my purse.... and go buy it for me! LOL!!!So I got a Cannon Powershot Elph 100hs... Love it... I haven't even read up on it yet.. .no time... BUT even with my brain, lol... i have figured out how to take a few pictures... All of these with the new camera.....

Few gals in the works... testing the camera when I got it last week....


Here they are ALMOST done... my "almost witches.." details on the blog sale.... LOL....


Knuckles hanging out with the hot dog man last Friday.... so many ways to go with this...BUT in blog land, yes, it's truly a hot dog in his pocket!... You can kinda see Winston on the left looking for his share!!!!

Boy, I was going to make a quick post....LOL...need to run a few errors and finish some 'wee witches" make a do heads.... I guess I had a lot to say, I have been MIA to much! So 2 weeks ago, Alex decided he needed a "vacation"...LOL.... he went back to college to visit... yeah right, more like party for 5 days straight before school started for his buddies.... BUT, going back to Western, he has to go through Mammouth... when Maple City Pottery is... Made him stop.... been wanting one of these crock paper towel holders for a while... You see them in Country Sampler, but at the factory there is 2nd quality.... So he picked this one up for me... and a Snowman cookie jar, I forgot to up load that one... They are always in C.S... it's huge!!! I will show it next time!


OK... Now for a thought I had for a hosting a swap!?!?!?!!? I have NEVER done this before, not sure if I am up for the task... So I am asking for some feedback, email me at folkart94@msn.com on your thoughts, if you are interested... I will decide next week if I will do it or not.... So here it is... Ornament Swap! Here is what I am thinking,

handmade ornaments ONLY... You can make it, or buy from another craftier if you wish, PRIMITIVE of course.. Must be a follower and have commented on my blog before. and I am familiar with you and your blog... US and Canada only.... Yes, I need to work more details out.... but here's how I think I would work it...

You can make one ornie or up to 6 ornies, all same or different...wrap them up cute in a cellophane bags with your info on a card or tags....Then you will ship them to me, with enough money enclosed to have you goodies shipped back to you, I know that's double shipping, but I did one similar to this last fall, it was fun.... So once I have all the ornies, I will divide them up, and you would get 6 different ornies from 6 different bloger's/crafters... What do ya think??? are you game... Now if you send me one, you get one... send 4, get 4.....and so on... I would put a deadline of ornies to me by say November 2nd... so it gives me a few days to divide them up and send them back... Thoughts? Would like to do it? email me!

Have a great day! OLM

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Post of a lot of nothing.....LOL.....

Happy Monday afternoon everyone!!!!! I know I have been MIA quite a bit lately.... such a busy gal, creating, receiving a few orders and filling them as well! Today feels like the start of fall here... mostly rainy, a bit cool, and a hint of leaves starting to change ALREADY...... Though heat and humidity coming back tonight.... so summer is by no means is over!

I didn't get any crafting done over the weekend... Had to clean for the year end softball party we have every year. I couldn't let anyone in with the way it looked and stuff everywhere! Is anyone a neat craftier?

So look at all the batting I have for my crafts AGAIN! YIPPEE!!! I was getting very low and getting concerned that all crafting was coming to a complete holt pretty quick.... So here's the story on this.....LOL.....
I have been a fan of ONLY Morning Glory fiber fill! Most of us are, you could only get it at good old...not really, Walmart.... well last year they stopped carrying it.... UGH! Truly I hate Wamart, they really don't' care about their customers...just the bottom line, and the bottom line, they were not making enough on Morning Glory so they stopped carrying it and started carrying crap fiberfill...... So anyway.... what's a gal to do??? Well come to find out you can get it from Marshall dry goods...Problem, SHIPPING... Only way to get around that is to order 20 boxes, 100 lbs of fiberfill.... Which is what I finally did last July... BUT, I don't live in a large home, and no basement..... Trying to figure out where to put all those boxes....Well, Alex was away at school until December, so there is where the boxes went....... So I was down to my last 3 boxes...Dreading ordering 20 more boxes... and I heard on FB, they changed their formula.... so I didn't want to get 20 boxes and hate it...UGH! What's a gal to do??? Pumpkins need to be made! LOL.....
Well one crafting buddy suggest Monetary Mills in Janesville WI.... Very similar to Morning Glory.... and Cheaper...BUT you have to go get it... Shipping will kill ya...ok, I 'm about 2 hours away... I can do that... and it takes a bit to get it...they are so busy from this Walmart mess.... It was thought this amount would of cost about $100 to ship...
So here it is, got the call yesterday morning 60 lbs ready for pick up... Had to wait 3 weeks.... Hubby was home.... beautiful weather...lets go for a ride... Off we went... Didn't stop anywhere... and most shops are closed on Monday, away....Just there and back... Tossed it all on Alex's bed as a joke...LOL... I won't say what he said when he saw it, but you can guess! LOL!!!! So let more creating begin! And hiding places to hide it... though I think this will be easier then 20 boxes...

So rain was coming in this morning after Knuckle's walk... I decide to take a few quick pictures.. Wanted to share my pumpkin, or gourkin vine as I am calling it.... No gourd tree this year, Misi, but I have gourkins!!! LOL..... I didn't plant this vine, just came up. Wasn't doing much all summer, let it go.... and all of sudden it's taken over! And pumpkins are all long, not round and coloring I have not seen, except in gourds..... I really think a pumpkin seed and gourd seed cross germinated.... I don't know.... but there are 6 of them out there if they don't get stolen....


See the coloring of them....
Look at this one... looks like it has all it's color already. I am really thinking we are going to have a early fall here.... as long as it lasts a long time, that's ok, and no snow!


another one starting to get some color to it.....


My lone Sweet Annie plant with Knuckles surveying the yard... Can anyone tell me how to preserve it?

Morning Glories opening up.....


One lone Clome plant... this summer heat was hard on all my seedlings.....


Few moonflowers still open this AM.... so many more coming.....


Look at the the flower heads on this one just waiting... this one came up in a crack in the cement on the side of the house... just let it go, and it's my biggest plant... so figure.... many Moonflowers to come in the next couple of days.....


So there you have it, nothing to exciting..... but fall is in the air.... I am thinking a few fall goodies must come out this week!!!! I am sorry I haven't been out in blog land much... I read quick, very few comments, please forgive... I will visit very soon...... I am also thinking.... I will see how it goes within the next 10 days or so, I would like to have a blog sale of a few of my creations to share with you if you are interested... Details to come soon! Have a great night! OLM

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Why I've Been MIA.....

A late and quick hello in blog land.... I know I have been MIA for a bit... trying to stay off the computer... get things done... you know, beat my head against the wall... getting no where fast... and boy the back is angry! IT needs a rest..... And I have been working at Poppy Seeds yesterday and tomorrow... Just no rest for the wicked...LOL... yes I am a wicked one!!!!

So just look at the this mess... and this is the "neat" one... my house looks like a bomb went off in it... UGH! I hate these messes... And I am in the mood to start bring out a bit of fall... no time for that.....just creating, creating, creating...... I did FINALLY put a few new things on the Lemon Poppy Seeds.... Over due.... thought I would share .....


A "MISFIT JR.".... a smaller version of my " MISFITS"



Few more goofy pumpkins.... These seems to be a hit! YIPPEE!!! Taking a few more to the shop in Dekalb after Poppy Seeds tomorrow....



And my primitive gourd pumpkins, I love these guys, because they are good for the whole season, right up to turkey day.....




So there you have it...nothing exciting... just crafting... Now I really need to rest the back... off to watch a bit of TV..... Hope all is well with everyone... I promise this weekend I will catch up what going on with everyone else! OLM

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bit of Eye Candy

I was going to post these pictures yesterday, but the day just got away from me.... Then I hoped to do it before now... But again, day got away... making pumpkins, boxing and shipping off goodies to those who ordered... life.... so anyway.....Thursday I worked at the Primitive chick in Dekalb, I thought I would share a few pictures of the shop...If you want primitive furniture in my area, there are some wonderful pieces here...SIGH... if I only had a bigger house...LOL.... The shop is always changing and many pieces don't stay to long.... click on them to make them bigger and see everything better..... So just a couple of random shots... here and there... You might even see a OLM doll or pumpkin sitting around... Got a text today telling me to make more pumpkins!!! Really, again more???!!! LOL... it's a good thing. I guess everyone is getting in the mood and the cooler temperatures we have had the last couple of days help. Took several pumpkins in when I worked... most are gone I am told, off to good primitives homes!






I spy a pumpkin?? this is a long piece, great chippy paint! Love it!






Image to try and work here and NOT buy a thing!!! It's so hard... usually doesn't work....


Oh how I LOVE this piece!!! A great step back... Can't believe it's still in the shop! Love the paint on it... IF I had a space for this one, it would be here already! BUT sadly I don't, so it's still in the shop looking for a good home....




Thought I would show this off too... went to a estate sale this morning.. Got a few small goodies.. still in the bag.... BUT I really bonded with this...


It's huge! 6 gallons... Got to talking to the girl who was having the estate sale, down sizing... she said this was her grandmother's. She remembers her grandmother using it, made great butter with it... Once I heard the story, I had to have it...Great history, just can't understand why anyone would part with it.... Love it!!! I have a small crock butter churn, I will take that one to the shop and sell it and keep this one...


Then lastly I thought I would give a quick peek to my Simply Primitives update tomorrow... Got it all organized... I am behind for Lemon Poppy Seeds. I hope to do that on Monday.



I see I have a few more new followers, WELCOME!!!! Everyone have a wonderful weekend... We had some rain today, it's really cooled off... feels like a fall night... waiting to see the moon, it will be a full one tonight again! Take a peek.... OLM

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What Does One do When the Weather is DELIGHTFUL....

I know it won't last, and I suppose it shouldn't just yet, BUT the weather is so fall like!!! Low 70's here today, no humidity, it is WONDERFUL! So what is a gal to do, but set up shop outside for the day... I have been a busy little beaver! Every time time I think I might be getting ahead of the game...NOPE!! Which is a good thing right!!?!?!? It just leaves very little time to play or even clean for that matter... oh well....
So I thought I would share a few of my finished latest creations... A few will go with me to the shop in Dekalb tomorrow... I am playing shop keep for the day! Always fun... and a few things for the Simply Primitives update next week too..... I feel like all a see is pumpkins right now... I am the 6Th sense of Halloween... I see pumpkins, and pumpkins....

So I created all these goofy face pumpkins... no 2 a completely alike, all my own designs... What do ya think???


Witches from a Netty Lacroix pattern... Can never go wrong with a Netty pattern!


AH... the misfits... I made some of these last year, mostly on the small side... Made a few more... No pattern for these guys... Just sewn and just created the faces as I went... Hubby doesn't like...LOL...Well, what did I expect, he really doesn't get all of this or that anyone would want my creations.... What ya think?


OH, YA... see what's tucked to the side...came in the mail today... some light reading tonight..my reward for all my hard work today!


Oh Mr. Knuckles... thought I would share this...LOL... he looks like he's been into something doesn't he??? I don't know who put a quarter in him the other night... But he was full of "it", whatever "it" is....

So it was said, maybe by me... he misses the "goat"..... BIG MISTAKE.....


This is what the goat looked like in about 2 minutes.....LOL....


Poor goat... I had to stuff him back up again for the "BAGS" trip..... last time we do that....well... we will see anyway! Off to sit on the patio for a bit more...until the killer mosquitoes come out... the bonus from all the rain.... See never happy, am I? Have a great night! OLM

PS... if you like any of my creations and would like to give them a home.. just shot me a email, they are always for sale.....

Thursday, August 4, 2011

My Swap Goodies from Pam....and....

FINALLY!!! Cooler temperatures!!! Windows open and fresh air!!!! Now.....thoughts of all things orange and black... Did ya catch my new picture...well how could ya miss it.... Instead of saying " I see dead people" "I see pumpkins".... and I need to make more.... I think all of us are ready for cooler temps after this hot summer... maybe not all fall brings, but a few teaser's at least!!!!

So Pam from basketsnprims and I have talked about doing a swap since the Spring, then we both got busy and you know how it goes... But we finally got together and I received a few goodies from Pam yesterday!!! Oh my, I was spoiled and so love everything!!! thanks Pam! I haven't had a chance to put them in a great place yet. Spent the day running from shop to shop, taking in Pumpkins of course and a few antiques at the Primitive Chick and Poppy Seeds.... So everything was tucked so nice in one of Pam's wonderful baskets!!!!

Great Halloween cross stitched pillow, LOVE IT!!! Well, I love it all... I love that it says "she was wicked" HEEHEHEHEHE


Great little make a do doll... and beeswax ornies!!! Some dried yarrow and sweet annie!!!! Thanks Pam for being such a great swap partner!!! We are already talking about doing one for the Holidays!!!!

Then I just wanted to show you this guy that came in the mail for me today!!! Love him! Purchased him from Wendy at Pineberry Lane! I so love her work and her patterns! They are my favorite to work from. This guy was on early work mercantile and I just had to give him a home!!!

He's perfectly prim and fits right in!

I am with everyone around in blogland... don't want to rush fall, but so in the mood to bring a few things out.....Just a couple of teaser's..... I am just so glad that it's cooled off a bit, it's been so, so hot, ugly hot! we needed a break, and I hope everyone else is getting one too!!! Off to watch the rest of wipeout... It's amazing what some will do for $50,000! OLM

Monday, August 1, 2011

It's TIME FOR MILLIE AND MAUDE TO GO HOME!!!

So the time has come... I could draw this out... make a long post, one you all would either kill me or truly not read it!!! LOL!... BUT, Millie and Maude have been very antsy all morning to see where they are off too!!!! SO here it goes..... I had 85 entries/blogs on what makes your heart skip a beat.... Now I took out one for double entry...double checked that and no blog post and one was just a general comment...
I use random generator for 83 entries! I screwed up trying to save the generator numbers so you will just have to trust me......HEHE.... THANKS TO ALL WHO PLAYED ALONG!!! I thought it was a clever twist on a giveaway if I do say so myself.....

So #1 on is #40.... which is Teresa from Deppen homestead 1862!!!! YIPPEE!!!! Teresa, you get first pick, would you like Millie or Maude!!!??? I will be emailing you soon!

#2 was #24 and this is Jennifer768, from The Country Mouse!!!! Jennifer I will email you as well, once Teresa picks I will let you know which sister is coming your way!!! Thank you all again for playing along. I so wish I could give everyone something!!! But as one person creating, I couldn't even make enough...LOL....So have a great day and stay cool, it's a hot one here AGAIN! UGH!!! OLM