Saturday, January 21, 2017

WHAT'S ON YOUR CRAFT TABLE THIS WEEKEND?

 I actually made this cute Extreme Prim Valentine Puppy last week.  I've made him once before, about a year ago.   I need to move the back spool back a ways, too close to the center. 
I've had this heart pattern for a while now and decided yesterday to give it a try.  I am not happy with my muslin 'ruffle' around the edge of the heart.  It called for a 24" length, but I personally, needed it longer because I ran about an 1.5" short and had to piece it and I just don't like it, not enough to add to my shop.  Also, the cording around the middle heart should be gold, but I didn't have any and used jute string in place, and just don't care for it.  My darling 10 year old grand daughter Ayden loves it however and said not to toss it out, she will take it.  Since I have a general idea of how to put it together now, I'm hoping the next one will be nicer. 
Both of my prim hearts/envelopes have sold, so I need to make a few more.
Going to spending today and tonight with 2 of my daughters and 4 of the grandkids.  It's so beautiful out today, will take them to the park, then an early dinner and checking into a local hotel where they have a swimming pool.  We got the room for free so will take advantage of it!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!



★Denise★

Monday, January 16, 2017

A COUPLE NEW SPRING ITEMS

I decided to list the 3 grinning flowers I made in a prim style can.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  The tag reads MY PRIM GARDEN.
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I've had this wooden basket for about a year now.  I purchased it at an antique store and thought it was so cute.  I had forgotten about it until I started cleaning out my craft room today and I had 9 homespun prim eggs just sitting in a bowl.  I decided to tuck some Spanish moss inside the basket, placed the eggs inside, attached a bow to the handle and made a prim tag with a vintage Easter graphic.  
If interested, both of these items are available in my Etsy Shop. 
Time to get back to cleaning the craft room.  I don't know why I make such a mess in there.  😞


★Denise★

Saturday, January 14, 2017

HAPPY SATURDAY

 What is on your work table today?  I am working on the CUTEST grinning flowers from a design by Kim's Whims.  I have two finished and am very pleased with how they turned out.  Kim's Whims used long cinnamon sticks for the stems, which I really like, but I don't have any and am using real tree branch sticks instead.  I have thin rods I could use and paint, but I prefer the tree sticks because they aren't perfectly straight.
Green homespun strips tied to stems for the 'leaves'.


Last week I made these two Valentine Hearts/Envelopes and am happy with how they turned out.  They are available in my Etsy shop for anyone who is interested.
I had an old shower curtain made of homespun called Saffron by PARK.    I had cut some of it up a while back ( longer than a year ) to make some fabric flowers (below) which never sold but they are still listed.  A few months ago while decluttering a closet I came across the fabric and I remember thinking that it was pretty heavy and I probably wouldn't use it for anything else.  It was too heavy to make a doll dress.  I THINK I may have put it somewhere else OR I tossed it out.  I don't remember.
So of course, TODAY I get a message on Etsy that a potential customer really likes these but needs 10 of them.  There are only 6 made.  So as soon as I sign off Blogger, I need to turn everything upside down in the hopes of finding some of the fabric.  I hate to lose a sale.  :(

Have a great weekend!
★Denise★

Saturday, December 31, 2016

MY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS | HAPPY NEW YEAR

      Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. 
     This one was very special for me as my husband Tom bought me a ring.  I was never engaged and when we were married in 1973, we had to use a cheap costume ring as a wedding band that turned my finger green and led to horrible itching.  When I was pregnant with our third child in 1980, Tom surprised me with a wedding set.  He said it was very inexpensive ($200) but I was honestly thrilled to death. It turns out my younger sister's husband and Tom went shopping together and we both got the same set!  She was pregnant with her first child.  In 1984 we moved.  One day I was cleaning out the fridge and I don't know how it happened, but the small diamond was sliced right off the engagement ring and we never did find it.  I wore the band for a few more years and when the 3 tiny diamond chips fell out ( again, couldn't find them) I took it off and put it away.  I had hinted over the years that I would like to have a new wedding band.  It didn't have to be expensive - I just wanted HIM to choose it and surprising me with it would have been nice.  He surprised me alright. . . .  I never got one.  About 20 years ago we just stopped exchanging Christmas gifts.  But every year right before my birthday which falls on   Dec. 6th, he will ask me what I want.  It's always the same thing, a wedding band.  I would get $30 in cash and most of the time we'd go out to dinner.  One night a few months ago, my daughters and I were talking and the subject of rings came up and Tom was within earshot so I made it pretty clear that I've been upset that I didn't have a wedding band.  So, on my birthday Tom asks me his usual question and I replied "the same thing I've been wanting for the past 30 some years".  He replies with "and I want a new truck."  He hands me $40 this year - and he didn't take me out to dinner.  I decided then and there, that was IT, I was NEVER going to ask for a ring again, and it would serve him right if someday some really cute guy came on to me because he didn't know I was married, LOL.  Yeah right. 
     Christmas Eve, we were watching our daughters and their families open their gifts from us and it was a really fun evening.  The grand kids were really happy with their gifts and the youngest, Rami age 3 was having a great time helping his aunt Nicki pass out the gifts.  He brings me a gift bag over and says "CANDY!" and pulls out a box of raisinettes, which I love!  There was some more chocolates in the bag, and a bottle of brandy.  I didn't have my reading glasses on so I asked who the gift was from and Tom says it was from him.  I was VERY surprised because like I said earlier, we haven't been buying each other Christmas gifts.  I felt bad because I didn't have anything for him.   He said that there was something else in the bag that I hadn't opened, but the bag was empty.  Rami had taken a medium sized box out, lol and claimed it as his.  He finally gave it to me and I had no idea what was in it.  There was another box inside that one... a Zales jewelers box.  I honestly thought it might be a necklace as Zales has had a ton of commercials on TV with pretty heart necklaces and I was keeping my fingers crossed.  Imagine my surprise when I opened it and there was a ring nestled inside.  Not a wedding band, but a ring that 'could' pass for an engagement ring.

I started to cry.  My two youngest grand daughters (7 & 10 ) started to cry.  I was just so darned HAPPY.  No, it's not exactly what I've been asking for, but it's the next best thing.  Tom told me later that evening that he had already bought it a couple weeks BEFORE my birthday, but wanted to give it to me at Christmas.
     My second special gift is actually for both Tom and myself from our daughters.  It just seems that we can never get all 5 grand kids together for a photo.  A few weeks ago they bought all the kids new PJ's and took them up to Mt. Washington ( it overlooks downtown Pittsburgh, a beautiful view) and took dozens of pics until they got one where one of the kids eyes weren't closed or one wasn't making a goofy face - took 30 tries they said.
They chose one and had it enlarged and put on canvas.  We are thrilled with it.  Poor kids had to take off their coats and it was a really cold day with snow. 

My wish for all of my readers is that you have a very happy, healthy and safe 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR

★Denise★

Friday, December 23, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS | FABRIC TREES | NEW LISTINGS

 To all of my readers who celebrate this holiday, I wish you a safe and
 very Merry Christmas!

I found this really cute fabric Christmas tree tutorial from Brenna of Life After laundry
I apologize for the photos, I was in a rush to get this posted today before it started to get crazy here.
Brenna's lovely trees had no adornments but I added glittered snowflakes to the tops of my trees.

On the following 2 trees I sewed on small rusty bells and faux pearls.

These were really easy to make and make sweet little ornaments for the tree.

This is a 20 inch tall 'fur' sheep that is newly listed in my Etsy shop
as is this primitive Posy Annie rag doll



★Denise★

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

I'M BACK . . . CATCHING UP

 I didn't realize I hadn't posted for 3 MONTHS...

I've worked on special orders and I'm FINALLY all caught up.  My sister Diane asked for 2 elf shakers, one red and one green, and I just finished those up today.

These were a special order for one of my repeat customers


I finished up another of the Santa's yesterday and listed it in my Etsy shop.
Not sure that he will sell so close to Christmas, but hey, at least I got a head start on next year! 
UPDATE - SANTA HAS SOLD

I also had an order for 24 mini prim crows.  That took me longer than I anticipated but they turned out cute.  I forgot to take a photo of them before I shipped them out.  My customer's wife planned to make a garland with them.

We were late this year putting up the tree.  I normally put it up the day after Thanksgiving but it was more like 4 days later.
We got our first snowfall of this season today.  It looks like 2" so far.






★Denise★

Thursday, September 22, 2016

CALIFORNIA TRIP

 I really haven't been busy crafting this summer.  Spent most of the time in the pool with the grand kids as it was so hot.  The family did our yearly 2 week beach vacation in Wildwood NJ in July and we had a really great time.  We were home for 2 weeks and then Tom and I flew out to California for 2 weeks.
 We spent the first week in Long Beach.  We went on the Queen Mary.
We had such an awesome tour guide.  He was very knowledgeable and funny, was quite a character.
We went to the Pacific Aquarium which was very interesting and walked along the marina.


We toured  Rancho Los Alimitos historic ranch and gardens

Toured the J.Paul Getty Museum and Villa where the gardens were stunning.


The fountains were all turned off and no water in the center due to the drought.

We went to Hollywood Blvd. and went to the Hollywood Wax Museum, Ripleys Believe It Or Not and Guiness World Records.
That's my head on the left.  We were watching Roma Downey from Touched By An Angel get her Hollywood Star on the Walk Of Fame.  Tom tried to get her photo, but there were just too many people blocking her.


Our second week we drove to downtown Los Angeles where we stayed at the Sheraton.  We were there for the NALC National Convention.  Tom is a delegate from his branch.  Our first day there while he was at the convention center for meetings, I took a Celebrity homes tour.  I saw a lot of HIGH gates and HIGH thick hedges.  Naturally the celebrities want to protect their privacy.  Our tour guide said that Bob Barker from the PRICE IS RIGHT is very friendly and if he happens to be outdoors when a tour bus comes through, he'll wave hello and might even let you take photos.  This is his home below.

This was Audrey Hepburns home.

Melanie Griffith lived here - see what I mean about the gates/hedges.

This one below is Charlene Theron's home.  Our guide said she is also very friendly.
Most of the homes we were shown were in gated communities so we weren't able to drive through.  The homes that were pointed out to us ( you needed binoculars to see them) were Charlie Sheen, Paris Hilton, Michael Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher (they live on the same estate, in different houses), and many more.
I can't recall who lives here, but I believe the guide said he is a record producer.
This was Bela Logosi's home.  Hard to see in the photo, but above the gated door and hedges it looks like gargoyles....they aren't....they are bats.

We went to Universal the 2nd day  That day was the MOST FUN we had the entire trip and the whole trip was wonderful, but this day we both felt like kids.   We did the studio tour which was very interesting and the special effects were FUN FUN FUN.  We went through KING KONG, FAST AND FURIOUS, was in a 'western town' where it all of sudden started to rain and a HUGE flood was coming at us.   We were in an special effects earthquake ( extremely scary).
 We went on the JURASSIC PARK ride, THE WALKING DEAD ( I never screamed AND laughed so hard at the same time in my life!!)  and TRANSFORMERS.  We walked through HARRY POTTER but didn't have enough time to ride, as it was time to catch our shuttle back to the Convention Center.  
We are going to try to go back in March 2017 so we can go to Universal again and do some things we just didn't have time to do or see. 

Naples CA was my favorite this trip.
 I fell in love with the canals with these palatial homes on either side.


Our next convention is in 2 years....in DETROIT.  Ugh.  What a disappointment after Los Angeles.
We lived in the area for 11 years, so we will know our way around at least.

★Denise★