Sunday, November 27, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy.... But we took time to cut our tree

Oh how I love, and yet hate this time of year! There is just not enough hours in the day to get everything done or a "back" willing to let me get it all done! UGH! I don't know about you, but I need to put many of my prim treasure's away to make room for Christmas decorating. What does that make? ONE BIG MESS! UGH!!! Though I am going through some of my decorations, it I haven't used it in the last couple of years or it's not may taste anymore...Look out goodwill! Of course I put to much pressure on myself to make everything "just right"... well, this good old back won't let me do that these days...sigh.... so slowly but surely I am getting things done...

1st... we decided to "down size" our Christmas tree. I have a wonderful "fake" tree... Very large and looks real... But I decided this year... a smaller tree would be better... yes, that means less of my ornaments can be used...oh well... So we decided to get a real tree... We have only done this once before, when we were under-construction 2 years ago and had no place for our tree....
Anyway, we wanted to cut down our tree like we did 2 years ago. We went with our neighbors and had a blast... Hoped to do it again this year... But all our kids schedule's conflict. So we found a local tree farm and off we went this AM... in between rain drops! Family shot! Both boys were able to go today, another reason to go and get a tree... 2 years ago Alex was away at school and couldn't go with us....



My boys! See my goof-ball Steven! He loves his new viking hat. He got this for snowboarding this year....




Alex too can be a clown!




hiding....




Finally, we found just the right tree.... bit smaller then our "fake" tree... 1st we had to get the birds nest out....Steven trying to help Alex! NOT!





Boys just about ready to carry the tree out....




NOPE! let's horse around first....




OK... really we will take it out 'nice" now.... Oh those boys.....



Now I have to tell you.... I am paying for the tree and some "greens" for my buckets outside... I turn around... and what are all 3 boys doing??? Playing with a 6 month old puppy that needs rescuing....OH SIGH!!! OH NO!!!! What a great sweet puppy... 6 months old...part lab, part border collie... Boys start whining... yes at 21,23 and 55, they still whine...SIGH! Knuckles needs a play mate.... she needs a good home, AND yes she does...BUT.... I don't know... oh the guilt....I am all for rescuing! Knuckle's is a rescue dog... But, I personally like one dog at a time... and Knuckle's sometimes has difficulty with other dogs because he has been attacked a couple of times on our walks and he has no alpha-dog to help him with that. So, I said a painful no... and I have not heard the end of it! I am sure she will find a very loving home very soon!






So more pictures later, the tree is up and decorated, but I am tired, I hurt and everything is such a mess... Happy decorating everyone! OLM

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Black Friday---Free Shipping FOR YOU!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I was reminded by my niece's that Christmas is just 30 days away, UGH! I asked for at least 10 more days, they told me NO! Boy this time of year goes by so fast and so much to do! ANYWAY... I had a thought.... It's really a crazy time to try and have a little blog sale... BUT as I was going through all the black Friday sales ads.... seeing if there was anything I need to go for... NOPE! I hate getting up and fighting the crowds! LOL.... I had a thought.... My previous post has all my creations that are for sale at the moment....SO.... IF anyone would like to give one of them a home for the Holidays, FREE SHIPPING FOR YOU through 10 pm tomorrow night... Just email if you are interested folkart94@msn.com from now until tomorrow, 10 PM, free shipping. Everyone likes to save a bit of money and at this time of year, every little bit helps! Have a great night! OLM

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blog Sale and HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!!!!

To all my blogging buddies, Have a most WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!!! I hope it is a wonderful day with family and friends! It will be a quiet one at OLM's. I am looking forward to a lazy day and starting to decorate with the family!

So here we go... If you are interested in any of my creations, just email me at folkart94@msn.com . Everything is first come to my email. I accept PP, check and MO..All these primitive creations, but one are my own original designs. Thanks so much for taking a moment out of your busy schedule to take a peak!

1. Jackie Girl... Simple prim doll holding a primitive snowman. She has been put through my grungy process, sanded several times. She is about 21 inches long with dark brown wool for her hair. Simple homespun skirt and a old baby's t-shirt that I grundied up for her top. Just take the snowman out of her arms and she can stay out all year. (click on the pictures to make them larger, or email me with any questions! ) Asking, $44.00 and $5.95 travel fare 2. Jack the Snowman... Great primitive snowman for the whole freezing season! Grungied up, painted white, boots and mittens I painted black, then I sanded him several times. Wool behind little white buttons for his eyes, wool mouth and a fleece scarf and wool scraps bunched up to create buttons on his belly. Look at his nose, about 3 inches long made from orange wool. Jack is about 22 inches long and would love to come home to live with you for $33.00 and $5.95 travel fare




3. Simply Frosty, He is about 23 inches long from the top of his little black felt hat to his painted boots. He has a little pouch holding a battery operated taper candle. I hand-stitched on his facial details, long orange wool nose and a fleece scarf. Frosty can be yours for $40.50 and $5.95 travel fare.




4. Just a simple sweet primitive snowman. I created him from a wonderful Netty Lacroix pattern. He is meant to hang from a door, peg rack, etc... Long night shirt is made from grungy warm and natural. Black felt hat, orange wool nose and hand stitched facial details. He has simple little mittens on his twig arms and he is holding a twig star from a stick. he can be yours for $29.00 and $5.95 travel fare.




5. Simply Gingerbread man.. He is about 13 inches long, great to tuck in a bowl, hang from a peg rack or your tree. He has been painted brown, grungied up and sanded. Allspice for his eye's and scrap fleece for his scarf. Asking $14 and $2.50 travel fare





6. Simple prim snowman ornies.. I have 3, they are about 9 inches long from the top of their hats... asking $8 ea, $2.0o travel fare
1 SOLD... 2 LEFT.....




7. Oh I love her!!! Pictures just do do her justice! Hazel the night blinded Angel. Poor Hazel, she has bumps on her head from flying into to walls every night. Her eyes are barely hanging on, well she has lost one altogether.... It's hard to see, but she has wings attached to her back. She is holding a battery operated taper to guide her way, but it really doesn't help! She has a bit of raw flax tucked in between her two bumps for hair. Hazel doesn't scream Christmas, she can stay out all year. Hazel can be yours for $48.50 and $5.95 travel fare



8. Better NOT POUT Virginia!!! I so love her too!! Look at that goofy head!!! It is over 10 inches wide! Hand-stitched pouty mouth, eye's that are stitched closed as if she has been crying. She is holding a prim stocking with pipe cleaner candy canes and a little prim flag saying "better not pout Virgina". This can be removed so she can sit out all year! Her simple prim dress is vintage scrap quilt square. She can be yours for $52.50 and $5.95 travel fare...





9. Simple snowman head... Just a simple guy... Bit smaller then one's I showed a few weeks earlier...These guys each have a old pipe that I have cleaned up as best I can in their mouths... Love these guys... tuck them in a bowl with some greens for the whole season.. $29.50 and $6.50 travel fare...




10... last snowman head $29.50 $6.50




Thanks so much for taking taking a peek. All my creations but Hazel are made from grungy muslin. Hazel is a thick heavy canvas like fabric... and everything but #4 are OLM original designs. Any questions or would like to give one of them a home, please email me at folkart94@msn.com




HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! OLM

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blog Sale Tomorrow...

Well...there is life and sometimes it has other plans....sigh....I wanted to do a a little sale today, try to mail off before the Holiday... But it's just not going to work out...It really is such a crazy time! Bad time really to try a sale... But I do have several things done... and a few more to finish up tonight....so tomorrow, about 4 pm, if you have a moment to peek.... Blog sale... I will do another in about 10 days...different goodies... So many ideas cooking in this head...so little time! LOL!
So if you have a moment in between cooking and cleaning, need a little break... Here is a teaser of what is to come tomorrow.... and more! Have a great night! I am having a glass of wine, it really has been one of those days!!! OLM

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What Does 2 BIG kids and Knuckles do with a leave pile??

Is anyone else having problems uploading pictures to blogger??? This took so many tries on and off all day.... SO, I lost track on my order that I wanted them in.....oh ....well...
Today was a true late fall day...overcast, chilly, and still outside chores that needed to be done...Finally this week the last of the leaves fell off the trees in back.... So hubby and Alex raked them up this morning....AND of course boys being boys.... They decided to play hide and seek with Knuckles.... So here's hubby getting ready to bury Alex in the leaves...LOL... Alex has a squeaker from one of Knuckle's toys with him.......

So Knuckle's hears the squeaker.....mmmm...where is it coming from?????


OHHH...NOOO.... Knuckle's a bit scared...poor dog...all in good fun..... Really Knuckle's loves to play hide and seek.... hubby and puppy do it a lot....


They kept playing.... see Alex's hand sticking out....you can click on the pictures to make them bigger if you like....

Knuckle's. GIVE ME THE TOY!!!!



Knuckle's looking for his toy that got tossed in...What he found was Alex's hat that he lost in there! So a fun morning for all the "children"! LOL.......


So, I wanted to show ya something...Boy the QUEEN is giving me grief! I tried to tell her, I didn't want to show her... I knew she would want it.... BUT!!! I really love it....See Friday night was a prim/antique sale that one of my friend's have every year... Always great stuff... I found many treasures....BUT, I knew right away I wanted this for my counter... would have to clean it up a bit to make it work...take a couple of things off to make room! BUT, the problem is the QUEEN loves olde wire baskets....SIGH.... I should give it to her....BUT......


Look at it on my counter!!!! It will look even better someday when I have those wood counters!


SEE!!!! it was a must have!!!! I told her, I didn't want to send her a picture...BUT she insisted...now I keep getting "NASTY" emails from her! LOL.... WELL...Come get it QUEEN! Until then it's on my counter! HEHEHEHE

So I am trying to finish up a few goodies for a blog sale... I really wanted to do it this weekend...BUT.... I cleaned, played with new treasure's, started a bit of Christmas decorating... I usually don't start this early, but with my back, everything takes forever...so better to do a little at a time..... ANYWAY... I am shooting for Tuesday late afternoon, probably early evening... More details later tomorrow once I see what I have done........ Have a great evening! OLM

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Swap Ornies! More Ornies..and Lemon Poppy Update....

First I want to thank everyone for the wonderful and kind comments about my mom and the one year of her passing... I have to say this date was harder for me then I thought it would be... A year.. so long yet over in a blink...Thank you all my blogging friends, those comments meant so much!
I think everyone has received their ornament swap box from my swap???!!! If you haven't please email me... I have been seeing every one's post's and thought it was time to get mine up! It has been a stressful week... the one year and I won't go into details but my best gal pal had surgery yesterday...stressful.. we knew going in it wasn't cancer, but it was going to be s difficult surgery.. it was going to go one of 3 ways, good, not good, and really not good... I am happy to report, it was a long one, but it went good!!! Best it could of gone! WHOO!!!HOOO!!! So after this I am going up to visit her for a bit... Every ornament was wonderful! Delightful! I wanted one of each, as would everyone! HEHE... I didn't have a plan when I split them up... I had notes on the boxes how many for each... I and just started pulling. So everything was random. I so hope everyone is happy and I would do it again!
BIG thanks you to everyone who tucked in a little extra gift for me! SO didn't except it, so wasn't necessary, BUT such a WONDERFUL surprise!!!! thank you!

So my ornies....The mitten from Karen at my colonial home, Santa head from Eve at lee hill primitives, Joy star from Melissa at Libbieshome, Mouse from Becky at primitives n stitchin, believe mouse from Cyndy at crafty stitchers, and the sweet little angel doll from Allison at sew many girls! Love them all!!!


Then...funny story... as boxes were coming in... Here comes a box from Tammy from a primitive place! I keep looking at the box???why??? She already sent her ornies...very confused..did she forget??? NO, I forgot... that I am part of Amy's secret ornie swap from Bumble Bee Lane... Well.. didn't forget, just forgot I would be getting more ornaments... LOL.. We will call this a blond moment! I will get getting mine out this week... They are almost done... Can't decide which one's to send..


Look I got 4!!! Tammy only needed to send one, but I got 4! Love them all so much! thanks Tammy!!!!!


BUT... LOOK... at this wonderful Santa!!! Love him!!!! I am starting to get excited about decorating!!!! I won't start till next week... Unless I start early this year....LOL....


Then just quick showing what I have updated on lemon poppy seeds and simply primitives....


Snowmen bowl filler heads... These and some other snowmen on www.simplyprimitives.com under olde lady morgan....

Here's Betsy with her snowman doll...... you can find her at www.lemonpoppyseeds.com under olde lady morgan

Along with my new fave!!! Hazel the night blinded Angel! Bumps on her head from hitting walls... knocking her eye out...oops...poor gal... and a candle to light her way...but it doesn't help!!! Have a great day! OLM

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Remembering MOM.....

It's hard to believe it's been a year mom, since you pasted away from cancer... A year with no phone calls.... tell me something exciting bitchy girl... Mom... my "ugly" dolls did get published!
A year of her not speaking her mind... So many changes in this year. The ugly side of family comes out... I won't go into it, yet I have to admit the level of disrespect my "fruit loop" sister has shown has even shocked me at time... A mom who gave her everything....sigh... it's been a difficult year for my brother and I.....

How do I remember her... Just like you see her, giving me the finger...always hating her picture take...a year.....life goes on, it has it's up and downs... Everyone goes through it at some point, sadly...




here is mom with cousin's from Ireland. There some fun in between treatments and family "stuff"

Mom, I wish for you peace, you had a tough life! I realize what a "buffer" you were to so much.. You life was difficult with the "fruit loop", yes peace finally and much happiness...If I could only know that for sure... I hope where ever you are, you are having a great time and someone is getting the finger! Love you mom! OLM





In honor of mom...if you have been putting off the dreaded colonscopy...go schedule it! It saves lives!




Thursday, November 10, 2011

I'm Feeling WICKED! So I am going to tease!!!!

Cold day here! Snowed like a blizzard for like 5 minutes, so not ready for that yet! I completely forgot that tomorrow is a federal Holiday, so there is no mail.....HEHEHEHEHEHE.... iI am feeling wicked all of a sudden... with no mail tomorrow...no ornament swap boxes....HEHEHEHEEHEHE Well... most should get them on Saturday then..... BUT! I snapped a couple of pictures when I was separating them all out.... So I am teasing... one might be able to see what some of them are...!?!?!!?!? Will it kill ya until you get your box!!?!?!?!?! OH..... I am wicked, aren't I!!!!! See poor Knuckles sleep while I work... no time to play....POOR KNUCKLES!

So there you have it, just a quick tease until you get your package! OR maybe it adds to the excitement!!!!! have a great night! OLM

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Creating...BOXES...BOXES... BOXES...

First, I have to say, My mailman loves me!!!! LOL!!! He is new to our routine... and so many boxes lately! LOL...He was like yesterday "is it like this all the time???" NO! I said, BUT, I am funding your retirement! LOL! So most of the boxes are here for the ornament swap! I am waiting on one more, should get it tomorrow.. I had several that had to drop out because of being under the weather...sigh...they will be missed, but when you don't feel good, the last thing one feels like doing is crafting.....

Speaking of crafting... I was a busy gal yesterday...I have been trying to take it a bit easy..the back has been angry lately...another sigh...I am beginning to think the nerve burning in the back might be wearing off...UGH!....Anyway... I had talked before about having so many body parts just waiting to be put together and get their details.... So that is what I worked on yesterday and will today...OH my talk about the rain we are getting today.....great day to stay in and work....



Close up of my latest OLM original designs.... This designing is taking more time...Really it's easier to work from a pattern, BUT, to create my own designs is so rewarding!...So these gals will get either a little snowman or gingerbread for the Holiday season, that can come out of their arms after the Holidays and stay out all year.... Look at those faces.... Hubby calls them UGLY!! I say adorable!


Clothes hanging out on the line yesterday, hoping they would dry...but NOPE! To chilly... off to the oven they went....

Oh the boxes...This has been so much fun, this ornie swap I hosted... here is a tease of the boxes waiting to be split up and sent back! how lucky am I to see all the WONDERFUL ornaments first! All who participated, you won't be disappointed! They are wonderful. I am hoping I will get to them tomorrow and Thursday after I work in the shop... In the Mail Friday is my goal! I will keep you posted....

Love that mess????? Creating and boxes makes a big mess....


Here they all are! I will show off a few goodies I received a bit later... Several of you sent me a "thank you" for hosting, so was not necessary, but I love them all! Thank You! I will share next week! Blogging friends are the best!



Lastly, I wanted to show you what one of my blogging buddy's sent me... Marshel from bamaplanter.blogspot.com sent me... Love the dried gourd eggs... He grows them in his garden and sent me a bunch! I received them yesterday... Right away I knew they needed to go with my acorns for the rest of the fall....


See the wonderful little pumpkin pillow... That was from Trace @Grannytracescraps blogpsot. She is part of the ornie swap! This was in the box for me! Love the sweet little wool pillow... looks great with the acorns and gourds.... now look at that bowl... so prim! I got it a awhile back at the folkart show in St. Charles, IL... It has been so chewed up by mice... Of course I love it, hubby thinks I am nuts....LOL

Close up, so you can see all the chewing that went on....there is not a spot on the rim left in tack... I cleaned her up and oiled her and now.... it's right at home!

Well.. those snowmen won't create themselves... Make it a great day! OLM

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Put a FORK in it! Crafting...Special Delivery..and more

Happy November 1st!!! I can't believe it's November!?!?! Where does the time go??? So today we were blessed with a wonderful 60 degree day today! There won't be many, if any more of these!
I was busy cleaning up some Halloween decorations, and craft painting outside while I could today! A great day... rain tomorrow...BUT at least it's not SNOW! OH! the poor east coast! That is snow one gets in January, not October! UGH!!!!
So for Halloween we always set up the fire pit out front, wait for the trick or treater's and trick or DRINK for the adults! Hubby and I started doing this when the kids got old enough to go out on their own... We would sit and wait, neighbor's would join in. It's like the last hurrah before winter sets in....Always a good time.... So here's hubby about 3pm yesterday getting the fire started... Knuckles of course looking on....


As night set in...We really don't get many trick or treater's anymore...sigh...So love seeing all the kids dressed up... We really get more teenagers then anything....


My brother's family stopped by for a "drink" and they were all decked out as the Wizard of Oz....



TOO! CUTE! William comes up to me... I am like "oh NO not the flying Monkeys!!!" He's so cute... he's like Auntie "RE" It's me William!!! LOL



My brother the scarecrow, of little BRAIN! HEHEE!!! And my SIL Michelle the "evil witch"




So...like I said today I was busy painted & grunging things up!!! I am SOOOOO far behind! Here is a new design I am working on ...


They will get their noses tonight and the little tote bag that will hold a battery taper....


I am planning to have a little blog sale... I am shooting for later next week....details as I get ready!


Finished up four snowmen heads .. Need to get one of these Shipped off to Vicky.....Vicky, I am running a bit behind.. I promise, he's going out tomorrow!


OH ya..... So Yesterday afternoon as we were getting ready, setting things up.... there's a ring at the door... There stands someone... well... I knew... Hubby didn't... He goes to the door... and what does she have????? GRAIN BELT BEER!!!! Perfect timing!!! LOL!!!! Surprise from the the "Queen" hubby's sis....



Look at that smile!!! He's happy! We can't get this here in IL... so of course you like best what you can't get.....


So hugs and thank you's!!! " QUEEN" has had this in the works for about a month... It worked out perfectly!!!!




AND THEN..... Hubby and I were off to a estate sale last Saturday... I am looking around... looking for goodies to resell at the shop... I walk right past. something... Hubby' s like... turn around and look.....


at this chair!!! LOL!!!!! OH my really???? another one???? though a single and not a love seat we got back in July...BUT, it was a must have item... Looks great in the front room with the love seat one too... NOW did I think to take a picture to show off both of them?!?!!? NOPE! blond moment! Forgot! UGH!


You can kinda see the side of the love seat in the back ground... ( I don't know if anyone remembers the story of the goose neck love seat... we got it from a estate sale in July I think...very funny story... I did blog about it..) then between the 2 chairs, see all the "body" parts waiting to be put together.... sigh... so much to do, so little time to get it all done! Sorry this post was a bit all over the place... I guess I am having a bit trouble focusing on one thing these days....oh well....Off to finish dinner... Have a great night... OLM