Wednesday, February 03, 2016

SPRING ROBIN MAKE-DO, RABBIT & ROOSTER

 Finished this Robin up today.  The bird is a design by Sassafras Hill Primitives.
The original pattern calls for attaching the robin to a branch/twig and hanging it with wire.  Since I didn't have heavy enough wire on hand I decided to attach my robin to a candle holder.    It is available for purchase HERE

I decided to make another rabbit with the stick arms & legs.  Such a fun bunny to make! Design by Kentucky Primitives
 Can be purchased HERE

I made the cutest rooster a few days ago, a design by Palette Primitives.
 I listed it the same day I finished it and within a couple hours it sold.  Love it when that happens!

My 9 year old grand daughter Ayden came over after school today for a few hours.  We were playing 'school' and she was the 'teacher'.  She asked 'the class' of one if anyone knew what primitive meant.  I raised my hand and she picked me!!  She wanted me to explain to the rest of the class what primitive crafts were.  I told 'them' it was handmade items, such as dolls and animals that were new, but MADE to look very old and worn.  She said CORRECT!! You get an A+!
She just melts my heart.
★Denise★

Monday, February 01, 2016

MORE BUNNIES

 I never did make that 2nd Valentine Puppy this past weekend, but it's on my list.  I made and listed these two adorable bunnies, they are both listed in my Etsy shop.  Don't let the shipping prices scare you off - they are only ESTIMATES from PA to the West Coast since I have no clue where the purchaser lives.  But, you can always send me a message via Etsy with your zip code for an actual shipping price!  If you purchase first and the actual shipping price is $2 or more LESS than quoted, you get a refund on the difference.

This rabbit is a Kentucky Primitives design.  This one was FUN to make, I want to make a few more.
This little bunny ( not the cart) is a design by Sassafras Hill Primitives.  The original design is of chocolate bunnies wrapped in cellophane, not as a pull toy.
Yesterday was just like a SPRING day and it was the last day in January!  It was 65 degrees in PITTSBURGH, unheard of for this time of year.  It's usually in the 20's.  I can't believe how mild our winter has been this year.   That could be why I'm wanting to make a lot of Spring stuff.
I have an idea for another pull toy I hope to start on sometime today.  Not a bunny.  Stay tuned.
Enjoy your day!~

★Denise★

Friday, January 29, 2016

A COUPLE NEW THINGS I'VE MADE THIS WEEK - SHEEP & LIL BUNNY


I made this sheep door hanger last weekend and listed it on Etsy Monday.  Two hours later it sold.  I was so surprised!  I'm going to have to make another one.

My 9 year old granddaughter Ayden wanted a little bunny to set up on her  bookshelf where she displays all the dolls I've made for her.  We looked through my patterns and she wanted this one.
Her tail is a large rusty bell and the eyes are tiny rusty bells.  The only thing I didn't like about putting it together is sewing the legs to the body.  Probably would have been easier to hot glue it.
 
I plan to work on another lil bunny, but a different pattern.  My Valentine Puppy sold this week, so I probably should make another one, plus I want to make another sheep.  Not getting anything done sitting here on the computer, lol.
 
Have a safe & happy weekend!
 

★Denise★

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

PRIMITIVE BEE DOOR GREETER/WALL HANGER

Still didn't feel like making another bunny yesterday so I dug out my Spring patterns to make something I've not made before and found this Bee design by Vivian Fuller of 
Blue MooN BegiNNiNgs.
It was fun to make.  Vivian's wings were made of grapevine twigs and sewn on in the back.  While I had some grapevine rolled up and sitting in water to soften it and make it pliable, I just wasn't sure if I'd be able to get it to lay 'straight'.  I looked around my craft supplies to see what I could substitute and while I could have made wings out of muslin I spotted a burlap garland I bought a while back to make my daughter a burlap wreath.  I ran zig zag stitches down both ends so it wouldn't unravel and gathered it in the center and viola' I had my wings!
What do you think?

★Denise★

Sunday, January 17, 2016

PLUSH BUNNY & EXTREME PRIM VALENTINE PUPPY

 My intention was to work only on bunnies over the weekend, but once I got finished with this one, I was 'bunnied out' and needed to work on something different.

This bunny is a design by Old Road Primitives.  I've never worked with a gusset before but I don't think I did too badly.     I forgot to add the whiskers when I took this photo, but she has them now.
It took me most of all day yesterday to make her.  The fabric is on the thick side and my fingers were aching by the time I finished her from pushing the needle through, even with a thimble.  I pricked myself several times as well.  :/

So today I opted out of bunny making and decided to try this cute design by Blue MooN BegiNNiNgs.
The bunny is listed in both my selling blog and on Etsy, and I will be listing the Valentine Puppy as well.
Not sure what's on the table tomorrow.  I may have to take a break and get some housework finished before I do anything else.

Friday, January 15, 2016

IT'S BUNNY MAKIN' TIME!

 These are the three bunnies I've made recently.  The first one has sold, but the other two are still available for purchase in my Etsy Shoppe or on my Selling Blog.




 I have a few more I hope to make over the weekend. 

Hoping everyone has a GREAT weekend!
★Denise★

Monday, January 04, 2016

CRAFT/SEWING ROOM TOUR

 If I were 30 years younger and still had 30+ more years to craft/sew, I would LOVE to have an interior decorator design my room for me.  All cabinets, storage units, etc would be pristine white with DOORS on them except for the shelves that would have my fabric.  There would be no clutter anywhere!  BUT....I'm 63 not 30 and I pray I have at least 7 more years to be able to do what I love, and I don't have the kind of money needed to fulfill my dream.  So with that said, this is MY sewing/craft room.  Cluttered and clean ( as can be expected) but it's all mine!  :)
The tour begins as you enter what used to be my youngest daughter's bedroom.  She moved out 6 years ago and there was a friendly argument between my husband and me on which one of us would get this room.  He wanted it to display some of his jukeboxes and vintage advertising collection, but he already has the entire basement PLUS the garage.  So I won, hands down.
This black cube storage unit is the one I was dissing in my previous post.  It just isn't worth the price I paid for it.  On top I have my CD player and a painted cheese box that holds my few CDs I bought to listen to while I work.  Have you ever walked into a prim shoppe and heard musical instruments playing Appalachian music?  I LOVE it and one of the shoppes was selling a few of their used CDs so I bought them up.  I do have a Stray Cats CD that I like to play when I am cleaning in there, gets me in the groove.  I store my wooden candle holders and vintage large spools on the shelves, and some craft magazines that have patterns still in them.
Next to this cabinet I have a wood cabinet with glass doors that my daughter's boyfriend gave me.  It had belonged to his mother and his parents were retiring to Florida and was pitching it out.  He thought I could use it.  I could!  I store my acrylic paints in it.
I forgot to take pictures of the inside of the closet next to this cabinet, but I have those white plastic storage bins with large drawers ( 4 of them stacked on each other to make 2) filled with supplies like doilies, lace, wooden sewing spools, baby socks for snowmen hats, infant shoes for dolls, pumpkin stems, plastic eggs, etc.  I have 2 large drawers filled with wool for penny rugs and applique.
Next to the closet in the corner I keep some dried flowers.  There is sand in the milk bottle that I use for weighing dolls and other items so they can stand alone.
I bought the Singer sewing machine off Craigslist several years ago - it doesn't work, but I wanted it to set my own machine on.
On the windowsill is a bunny, Halloween cat & doll I won in some Giveaways.  To the right of the sewing machine are 2 metal file cabinets.  One is brown and the other is tan.  I keep my craft patterns in them, separated by seasons and Holidays.  I keep one drawer only for my sale invoices, with folders for supply purchase receipts, business cards, business return labels, that kind of thing.

I had been looking online yesterday for alternative cabinets for my patterns and they were quite expensive.
Then I thought, why spend that much when I already have 2 perfectly fine cabinets even though they are pretty ugly, lol.  I asked my husband if he would paint them for me in the Spring and he hemmed and hawed, but if I badger him enough, hopefully he'll get around to it before next Fall.  He can't paint when the weather is too humid, he says the paint will run.  He's pretty good with a spray can, he paints and re-themes vintage gumball machines.  I just have to decide what color/s I want, all one color, different colored drawers, prim colors, bright colors, hammertone paint....
I will have plenty of time to make up my mind, it's going to be harder to push my husband to get this done for me :/
Moving along,  on top of the brown file cabinet is an oak & glass canister set that I painted black
and glued rusty stars to the lids.  I keep an assortment of buttons in these.
 Above the file cabinets I have several pinkeeps that are my 'collection'.
In the right hand corner is a metal shelf where I keep my pip berry garlands, Spanish moss, preserved moss, grapevines wreaths, seasonal floral picks, styrofoam, florist foam.
And now my work table. I use a utensil holder ( the kind that come with a dish drainer ) to hold my scissors, paint brushes, hemostat & chopsticks that I use when I'm stuffing fabric items.  I have a thread holder next to the lamp, a ceramic mug that holds some pretty feathers that I have plans for and my light box for tracing patterns.  There are 2 plastic tool bins where I keep my rusty jingle bells, safety pins, stars, hearts, beads, a lot of misc. supplies.  I have 4 embroidery floss cases, with some ribbon above them in a wrought iron shower caddy.  The white bins hold all my sewing needles/felting needles/sewing machine needles, stamps/ink, prim tags, and more.  I have a few things under the table as well.  Another large white plastic bin holds my card stock, tissue paper that I use for shipping, some small wood items, and a really large basket that where I store fabric scraps.
To the right of the table I have wooden crates stacked on top of each other to use as shelving storage.  I keep twigs/small branches in the basket and tall tin to use for snowman noses, deer legs/antlers, snowman arms, etc.  The next shelf holds primered tin cans, a cheese box filled with 
vintage wood bobbins, small flags, wood bases.  The lower two crates hold white chenille spreads that I plan to use for prim sheep and snowmen.  I have a big box of polyester filling on the floor
next to the black bookcase.   I wrap my fabric on comic book backing boards.  On the one shelf I keep jute, twine, instant coffee/tea, Mod Podge, German glass glitter, glitter, spray adhesive and shipping tape. On the lower shelf I keep my frames for stitcheries.
On the very top are a couple quilts for cutting up, yarn that I use for doll hair, wool roving, a box full of preserved Sweet Annie and another bin with small felt and wool scraps.
In front of these shelves is a MESS....these are boxes full of items that are listed on Etsy, eBay, in an overstock group I belong to on Face Book,  I need to sell all this so I have room to WALK in here.  Two days ago, I didn't see a large wooden tool box and I broke my toe.  :/
It's not fancy, it's not pretty, but it's all mine  :)  Thank you for stopping by to take a tour of my craft room!
★Denise★

Monday, December 28, 2015

CLEANING & REORGANIZING CRAFT ROOM

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

I decided to buy myself a couple 'after Christmas' presents. My intention was/is to clean and reorganize my sewing/craft room.  On one wall I had a faux fireplace which I purchased on Craigslist 6 years ago.  As much as I liked it, it had to go because it was becoming a clutter collector.   I purchased a 4 cube modular bookcase organizer from Walmart/Wayfair.  Let me tell you.....it is NOT worth the $54 I paid for it.  I see the price is now $55.99.  It isn't worth $19.99 let alone what they are selling it for.  Cheap plastic, the door won't stay closed and Tom and I had a heck of a time putting it together.  There were 'pictures' but no written directions and the pieces weren't marked A, B, C.  Something that should have taken a half hour to put together took 2 hours.  VERY disappointed.    Photo looks much better than the real deal. Definitely going to give that a bad review.
Harbor Freight had some plastic tool box organizers on sale for $14 so Tom picked those up for me today.    Those are the black organizers in the photo below.  I'm thinking I might want to buy one more to keep my DMC floss in.  I do have the regular floss boxes ( on top of the middle white bin). My table is still a mess as I'm still working in there.   I have so much JUNK - well, not really 'junk' but items I purchased with every intention of incorporating them into things I planned to
 make.  If I've had it for 2 years and not done anything with it, it's GONE.  I hate to purge, but it's gotta go.  I have a box full of items I'm going to list on one of the Face Book groups I belong to in the hopes I can recoup some of the money I spent on all my unused junk.
I'm anxious to finish cleaning and moving things around so I can get back to crafting.  Hope to have things put away and orderly in the next 2 days.  Will share photos then.
If you have any photos of your own sewing/craft room, please share your blog link, would love to see them!

UPDATE:  As soon as I posted this, I went and left my review.   It has to be 'approved' by the Wayfair 'team'.  I doubt it will be published, lol.  
★Denise★

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Day #8 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS BLOG HOP

Welcome to Day 8 of the 12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop hosted by Wendy of 


 Our three daughters and their families come to our home Christmas Eve.  The women and children all wear pajamas but we haven't been able to talk the 'menfolk' into the tradition that just started three years ago.  We don't have  a large 'meal' but we always have finger foods, hoagie ring, shrimp,tuna cheese ball, different kinds of dips and chips that vary year to year.  Egg nog plain and spiked is a must as well as wine and beer and pop for the kids. 
The kids try to rush the eating so they can open presents from Gramma & Poppy and their aunts and uncles. For many years our youngest daughter Nicki would hand out the presents, she's now 34.  Then the job went to granddaughter Jordyn who is now 15.  Last year Ayden now 9 and Bella now 6 played Santa and that was a hoot, as Bella couldn't read yet and it started off pretty well, they took turns handing out gifts, then one would hand out another one before the last one was opened  and it got CRAZY...Bella would be in tears and Ayden would pout.  Not sure how this year will go.  All I know is I will be enjoying my spiked egg nog and my grandma's traditional Christmas Raisin Spice Bar (Recipe Below).

The Christmas recipe that I would like to share was handed down from my maternal grandmother, to my mom, and then to me and my three sisters.  It just wasn't Christmas without Grandma's raisin spice bar for dessert.  I don't have a photo as I haven't made this this year yet.

 RAISIN SPICE BAR


You make this on a greased cookie  sheet so you should get approx. 24 bars from this.

4 C. flour

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. ground cloves
2 C. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 C. raisins*
3 C. water
1 stick margerine  
chopped nuts ( optional)

Add raisins to the 3 C. water. When it starts to boil, cook for 10 minutes.
 Mix dry ingredients together, add eggs.  
In saucepan or bowl add stick of butter.  Drain the juice from the raisins into the butter.  Stir til margerine melts.  Cool, then add to flour mix and stir.  Now add cooked raisins and mix with spoon.
Pour batter evenly into greased cookie sheet and bake @375 for 30 minutes.
When cake cools, top with buttercream frosting.   Add nuts if desired.
*(Grandma used to use Golden raisins but over the years my mom switched to regular raisins)
 
BUTTERCREAM ICING
1# box confectioners sugar
1 stick margerine, softened
3-4 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients and beat at medium speed about 2 minutes until creamy.  If it seems to thick for you, add another T. of milk.


Homespun Rag Tree Tutorial
by Denise Bailey - KKL Primitives & The Krazy Kraft Lady
Oct. 2015 


You will need:
1/4 yd. green homespun fabric
1/4 yd. contrasting green homespun fabric
freezer paper
pen or marker
2-4 straight pins
scissors
hot iron
hot glue & glue sticks
11" stick from tree, does not have to be straight (if you are going to insert into spool, make sure stick is thin enough to fit into the spool's hole)
wooden thread spool


Directions:
Trace tree template (scroll down for template) onto freezer paper.  Cut around freezer paper tree about a 1/2" so you can still see outline.  Press 1/4 yard of your fabric and fold in half.  Place freezer paper template on top, iron on.  Cut along tracing line, but leave freezer paper attached to fabric.  You will now have 4 layers of 'tree'.    With freezer paper still attached, stick a couple straight pins through all layers to hold them secure and  sew down the center dashed line through all layers.  Peel/rip paper away.  If some paper gets stuck in the seam, just use your fingernail to scrape it out.
Repeat all steps with your second  1/4 yd. contrasting fabric piece.

Starting at the narrow end of your fabric tree, cut 1/4" strips all the way down one side being very careful not to cut into center seam. 



 Repeat cuts on other side. 
When you hold it up, it should curl somewhat.

Repeat all steps with 2nd fabric tree.


Take your first rag tree and add some hot glue to one end of the flat side ( this is where your seam is) and wrap around the top of your stick.  Loosely wrap the fabric around the stick, with seam toward stick, fluffing out the trimmed fabric.  If too much stick is showing rewrap.  End of the fabric should come to more or less half way down your stick, so you have a 'trunk' showing.  Hot glue the end piece into place.


 Repeat with your 2nd tree piece, hot glue onto the top but this time when wrapping, let some of the 1st tree 'branches' alternate with this one (refer to photo).  No need to glue again until you get to the end.


You can use these trees as 'holders' for your snowman/Santa dolls, or place into empty thread spools and set up on mantle, table or shelf.  They look great with 2-3 in a grouping.
Leave spools as they are for a more prim look or paint and decorate them as you wish.  I've also wrapped the spools with jute string and love how they look.

Click on tree template to view full size and print off.





I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and that you will try Grandma's cake, maybe it will be a new tradition in your own family!



★Denise★