Friday, October 31, 2014


 I've been busy all week trying to get some new creations listed in my selling blog/Etsy Shoppe.

 A whole week and that's all I got made :/  
I almost sold my Ginger, but the shipping to Canada was nearly twice as much as my asking price for the doll. So he is still available.
I hope to get started on some more snowmen this weekend.



 Recipe by Marlene McGaffic

Last month our Bunco was hosted by Marlene and she served this wonderful Italian soup with 3 different kinds of homemade breads.  I absolutely loved it and asked her for the recipe.  It's one of her mother's, who is 100% Italian, but Marlene has changed up the recipe some to suit her family's taste.
I changed it up just a little as I didn't have exactly the same ingredients that Marlene uses.
She uses chicken breast halves, skin & fat removed and I had a large family pack of chicken thighs.  I baked those for an hour, removed the skin and cut the chicken into bite size pieces.
Marlene's recipe calls for chicken broth, I had none but had beef broth and used that.  The only other thing I added differently was some thyme.
Marlene says you can even change up the chicken for  1/2# hot OR sweet Italian sausage with the casing removed.
This soup is really good, perfect for a cold autumn day!

Marlene's Brodoso Soup
2 chicken breast halves, skin & fat removed
1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lg. sweet onion, chopped
5 celery stalks, with leaves, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped fine or 1 tsp. powdered garlic
1 can cannellini beans ( white beans) drained and rinsed
1 small can diced tomatoes with juice ( I used a large can)
6 cups chicken broth ( I used 2 cartons beef broth)
4-5 fresh basil leaves or 1/2 tsp. dried basil
3-4 cups fresh spinach leaves or 1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and water squeezed out.
1/2 lb. ditalini soup pasta  ( I used 1 1/2 cups)
salt & pepper to taste ( I also added some thyme)
grated parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top.

Cook chicken and cut into small pieces.  Set aside.
Saute onion, celery and garlic in olive oil in a large soup pot.  Do not omit sauteing in olive oil to save calories, as this is what gives this soup it's distinctive flavor.  Add beans, tomatoes, broth and basil to pot.  Season with salt & pepper to taste and simmer for 30 minutes.  Add chicken pieces and fresh spinach if using.  If using frozen spinach instead, defrost and squeeze all water then add to soup.  Simmer for another 15 minutes.
Cook ditalini noodles in another pot and drain.  Serve this in a separate bowl for people to add to their own soup.  Sprinkle top of individual servings with grated parmesan cheese.
( I added my ditalini noodles to the soup after they were cooked and drained).



Thursday, October 23, 2014


 I'm involved in a swap and my partner told me that she LOVES goats.  
I searched for a pattern and I did find 2-3 but they were much smaller than what I wanted for her.  So I made my own!  This is Billy Goat Gruff.  He's a whopping 13 inches wide by 11 inches high. . .AND I made him a fabric bag with a Country Market Farms Goat Cheese label.  The goat image is a free public domain image but I added the rounded 'logo' and made up farm.  There were no restrictions on the goat image so I did some effects in my PSP program.  I love the way Billy turned out so I decided to turn him into an E-Pattern.  You can purchase it on my Etsy Shoppe and it's instantly downloadable after you make payment.  He's $7 and comes with 4 different colored logos/labels as seen below.
The actual size is the size that is on the fabric saddle bag, approx. 4 1/2" round.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


 I did a swap with Candy from Wickedly Creative.  She sent me this adorable black cheshire cat with pumpkin ornie.  I just love it!  Thank you Candy! 


Saturday, October 18, 2014


 This is the finished Snow Girl I made for my customer.  My 7 yr. old granddaughter loved it but her 14 yr. old sister thought it was "kind of ugly".  I sent photos to my customer and he's very satisfied, thank goodness, as I was doubting myself this time around.  The snow girls head is VERY large and the body does not support it for sitting so it has to be hung.

This doll is a design by Hickety Pickety.

I didn't do too bad on the FAAP team auction earlier in the week.  I listed 5 items and 3 sold.  I was sweating it since I didn't get any bids until the last few hours of the auction.
There is going to be another one in early November so I think I will do that one as well.

My youngest daughter and her boyfriend are in Lancaster PA this weekend and she called me about an hour to tell me what all they did today.  She said "Boy Mom, the Amish are so trusting!  They put pumpkins and gourds out on stands and leave a basket for you to put your money in!!"  :)  I knew that, since I'd been going there once or twice a year for nearly 20 some years.  She's going to stop at a farm on their way home tomorrow to ask if she can go out in the fields and pick up some pumpkin stems that may have fallen off pumpkins for me to use in next Falls prim pumpkins.  Good daughter. :)

Hope everyone is having a good weekend! 


Sunday, October 12, 2014


 This is another snow doll made for one of my repeat customers.  It's a design by Chestnut Junction.  The pattern doesn't show a hat, but my customer requested one for this doll.
I'm happy with the way he turned out.  
He is one of four items I have listed in the FAAP Etsy Team Auction on Face Book beginning tomorrow morning (Oct. 13th) at 9 am EST. 
 Auction lasts for 3 days.  My starting bid on this folk art snowman is $18 plus shipping.  
Bidding is in $1 increments only ( for the entire auction).
You will need to apply to join to be able to bid on the auction items listed by some very talented artisans!
Hope to see you there!


Thursday, October 09, 2014


 I've been on Etsy for seven years now.  I've only learned what a treasury was about a year ago.  :/
I recently joined 2 Etsy Teams ( OFG/Old Farmhouse Gatherings) and FAAP (Folk Art And Primitives).  We help promote our team's Etsy shops by favoriting their items and by creating Team Treasuries.    It normally takes a little bit of time to create a treasury.  I have to keep 2 windows open.  One for searching for particular items I want in the collection and another one for the treasury list so I can paste in URL's. 
This morning on the FAAP  group page on Face Book was a link to download an app called THE TREASURY BOX. 
Note:  This app ONLY works in GOOGLE CHROME BROWSER.
Directions are given for installing, it's quite simple.  I LOVE IT!  I created 3 treasuries this morning in less than 30 minutes.  
BLACK AND WHITE  ( combination of OFG, FAAP and other shops not in either team)
HALLOWEEN SIGNS AND BANNERS ( combination of OFG, FAAP and other shops not in either team)
If you have a shop on Etsy and like to do treasuries ( they bring more potential buyers to your shop) I recommend The Treasury Box.


Wednesday, October 08, 2014


Design by Karel Hamilton Art & Scraps
She has patterns for snow pops and ginger pops as well.
I included one of these in my box to the winner of my Grumpy Punkin giveaway, along with a couple other surprises.
I'm going to make some more to give to my grand daughters, I know as soon as they see these, they will want gramma to make them each one or two.
Will be offering 3 of these on my selling blog later today.

I have to finish up an order for crow bowl fillers and another order for two snowmen so I better get busy!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

LQQK - FAAP ONLINE AUCTION - Mark Your Calendar!

 I've recently joined the FAAP Etsy Team and we're having an online auction on our Selling Page on Face Book.

If you would like to be added as a buyer just click the link above and request to join.

This is one of the items I am auctioning off.