Thursday, November 20, 2014

YO YO TREES


 I've been busy working on some yo yo tree ornies for my Etsy Shoppe, family and a swap I'm involved in. I'm thinking I may also may a yo yo garland for Christmas.
What are you working on?
★Denise★

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2 NEW CREATIONS LISTED


 Olove Snowman - Frozen In Time
Design by Gracestone Village
Isn't Olove cute?!  He looks remarkably like his famous cousin who co-stars in a motion picture.
Olove is 12 1/2" tall and can be purchased in my Etsy Shoppe HERE.
This Snowman Star Ornie measures 9 1/2" long by 7" wide.
You can purchase him HERE 

I am NOW accepting credit card/debit card payments and Etsy Gift Cards if you prefer not to use Pay Pal!



LQQK! GIVE A GIFT, GET A GIFT CELEBRATION!


 The FolkArt and Primitives Etsy Team is having a Cyber Week Sale beginning Monday Dec. 1st-6th.  When you purchase an item from one of the Team's stores, a coupon will be included in your shipped package for a future purchase!
Several of the shoppes are currently running specials RIGHT NOW!  
To see which shoppes and the offers, visit the Folkart And Primitives Blog now!
My own Etsy Shoppe is having a $2 epattern SALE right now, through Dec. 6th.

HAPPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING!


★Denise★

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

DRYING PUMPKIN STEMS

 About 2 weeks ago, my youngest daughter and her boyfriend took a weekend trip to Lancaster, PA and brought me home a grocery bag half full with pumpkin stems for my future projects.  I put the bag in my crafts room and got busy filling a couple orders and then working on items to add to my Etsy shoppe.  This morning I saw the bag on the floor under the table and opened it to see what was in it.  The memory isn't what it used to be.  What greeted me upon opening the bag was a really bad smell and BLACK and WHITE lumps of something......  Apparently the pumpkin stems were wet when they were picked by daughter and boyfriend and left in a closed bag (by me) and they grew MOLD.  
 
Do I pitch them?  OH HECK NO!!  Not real pumpkin stems!!!!
 
I got out an old toothbrush and started scrubbing them and rinsing under warm water.  I did some googling to see the best way to dry them ( I planned on popping them in the oven on a cookie sheet but didn't know how long to keep them in there).
Someone said to spread them out on a cookie sheet and let them dry naturally for 8 weeks.
 I'm not that patient, so I preheated my oven to 200 degrees and popped those babies in there for 30 minutes.  They came out perfectly dried and ready to use.

★Denise★

Monday, November 03, 2014

STEAMPUNK INSPIRED SNOWMAN TOP HAT & SNOW GIRL DOLL

 I have a fascination with Steampunk items lately.  So I decided to make a steampunk inspired Snowman Top Hat for the Christmas season.
What's unusual is that this hat includes 2 pheasant feathers along with a skeleton key and some odds & ends that I found in my husband's tool box.  Gears are good for steampunk items, but I had none, and was too impatient to wait for a shipment so went with what I had on hand.  Top hat is made of felt and stuffed with polyester filling.
I added some filigree charms,  green beads, a small key charm, a red velvet ribbon, some faux pine greenery and berries and mica flakes.
I love how it turned out and if it doesn't sell, I will keep it for myself.  BUT if you are interested, I do have it listed in my selling blog and on Etsy.

I also listed a new SnowGirl doll made from a pattern by Hickety Pickety.  I made this one recently for one of my return customers
but wanted to try something a bit different with some Christmas fabric I recently purchased at Joanne Fabrics.  Same pattern, but made the head a bit smaller and didn't paint her white, different facial features.  Instead of a wreath around her head, I sewed on some small rusty bells. 
She is also listed for sale on my selling blog and Etsy.


★Denise★

Friday, October 31, 2014

NEW WINTER CREATIONS

 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.


★Denise★

BRODOSO ( ITALIAN BEAN SOUP)


 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).

Enjoy!

★Denise★

Thursday, October 23, 2014

PRIMITIVE BILLY GOAT GRUFF - NEW EPATTERN


 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.


★Denise★

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SWAP FROM CANDY OF WICKEDLY CREATIVE

 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! 


★Denise★