Tuesday, March 03, 2015

SPRING BUNNIES WAITING OUT THE SNOW

My Hippity Hoppity Bunny nodder was featured in an Etsy Treasury.  All of these bunnies are simply adorable!



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Sunday, February 15, 2015

FABRIC FLOWERS


 I've been busy making some fabric flowers the past few weeks.  This one I made for our FAAP Etsy Team's 2nd Birthday Celebration Giveaway the first week in February.


 These blue/brown flowers in black candlestick vase are still available for sale
 
I made several sets of bowl fillers as well.
These double layer brown/tan flowers are SOLD.  
The double layered flowers sell for $20 for set of 6.
and single layered flowers sell for $10 for set of 6.

These are the single layer - both sets are still available.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

PRIM BARN CATS & YOYO FLOWERS




 These were fun cats to make.  I've made this same barn cat many times before sans the yo yo flowers.  I usually just filled the pocket with dried flowers & Sweet Annie.  The cat is a design by Tennessee Ridge Primitives.
Both cats are available for purchase either on my selling blog or my Etsy shop.


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DO YOU LIKE OWLS?

 I used to collect owls, back in the late 70's and early 80's.  I had dozens.  They were mostly porcelain owl figurines, but after a while, I got tired of them and moved on to a 'new' collection.  Once again I've fallen in love with owls, this time WOOL owls.

I made this one for my eldest daughter Deana to hang on her peg shelf in her hallway.

Both of the owls below are available for sale in my Etsy Shop & Selling Blog
I only accept Pay Pal and Money Orders on my blog BUT my Etsy shop is set up to accept Credit Card / Debit Card payments!


These are all hanging off shelf pegs, but also look great hanging on cupboard door knobs.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A FEW THINGS I'VE WORKED ON RECENTLY

 This isn't a very good photo, but these are my good friends/ next door neighbors and their two Shelties.  Every Christmas we exchange gifts which usually always involves a restaurant gift card and something more personal.  This year I wanted to make a pillow with a photo of the two Shelties on it but couldn't find one that was suitable.  I located this one with my friends on it and went with it.  I printed the photo on muslin and used a brown suede fabric for borders and the backside of pillow.  They loved it!

Another friend of theirs bought this chair, reupholstered it and then painted a sheltie on it for her Christmas gift to them.  My pillow found a new 'home' on the chair.


This is a Spring Bunny Shelf Sitter - it is for sale and available on my Selling Blog 

This adorable Blue Bunny Welcome Hare Door Greeter is also still available for sale in my Selling Blog or Etsy Shoppe.

This is a Angel I made as a special request for one of my favorite customers.  He and his wife collect snowmen but his children love angels and he wanted me to make this one for them. I'm working on another one to add to my shoppes plus 3 of my granddaughters also informed me they each want one as well.

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Sunday, January 04, 2015

CHICKEN TORTELLINI SOUP

 This is a very easy soup to make and tastes DELIZIOSO!
I love soup, hot or cold weather.  Add a salad and a dinner roll and you have a nice meal!



3T olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
3 stalks celery, minced
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, diced
10 oz. box frozen spinach ( unthawed)
2 cans cream of chicken soup & 2 cans water
32 oz. chicken broth
1 roasted chicken
family size pkg of cheese tortellini, half cooked
1 tsp. salt
pepper to taste
dash or two of thyme seasoning

  1. Put olive oil in bottom of large soup/stock pan
  2. Saute' garlic, celery, carrots and onions until tender
  3. Add frozen spinach.  Break up as you cook
  4. Continue to saute' until spinach thaws, and heats up
  5. Add cream of chicken soup and water
  6. Add chicken broth 
  7. Break apart chicken and add bite sized pieces
  8. Add seasonings
  9. Add partially cooked tortellini
  10. Simmer for 15-20 minutes

 Note: It's better to eat this soup a few hours after it's made so the broth soaks into the noodles.  Tastes even BETTER the next day!
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Saturday, January 03, 2015

FEELING LIKE CREATING AGAIN ~ A COUPLE NEW LISTINGS

 Yesterday we said goodbye to our friend John.  It was so sad, but we are thankful for the memories we have.  John served in the navy in the 60's so he was buried in the 'new'  National Cemetery Of The Alleghenies which caters strictly to Veterans of all the armed forces and their spouses.  Very much like Arlington National Cemetery.  It is totally free.  Tom and I have decided that is where we will both be interred as well ( Tom was stationed in Korea in the late 60's)  The Navy provided a beautiful ceremony with a gun salute ( which really shook me) and Teddie was given the US flag that draped John's casket.  It was very emotional.
John was given 3-5 months to live after he was diagnosed with liver cancer.  God saw fit to take him sooner than 3 months and he and Teddie made the best of that time and spent it together and with family.  Tom and I had a discussion about 'would you like to know how much time you have left?'.  He does not.  But I do.  My priority has always been family first.  But, if I KNEW I only had 3-5 months left on this earth, I would  end my crafting 'career' and devote the time left to me with Tom and my daughters and grandchildren.  I wouldn't worry about the house being 'clean' or losing weight, or any other mundane so called priorities.  I would want my remaining time to be in the bosom of my loved ones.

Ok, enough of that!  I hadn't really felt like crafting the last month, but since I DON'T know how much time I have left, lol I am back to crafting.  TAKE THAT Angel of Death!
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This is a Penny Rug Tree Snowman.  I had seen something like it at an antique store while on our trip to Chicago in November, but I do not know who the designer is and didn't have a pattern for it, and it was much smaller.  If anyone knows who the original designer is, please let me know so I can give her credit.  The penny rug tree snowman I saw did not have a hat - so the hat is my own creation.
This is available on my Selling Blog or on Etsy.

This Spring / Easter Bunny & Carrot Door Greeter is a pattern design by 
Blue MooN BegiNNings.

It is also available on my Selling Blog or Etsy

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

 This has been a very sad month.  I'm still grieving for my sister who passed away on the 2nd and Sunday night our very dear friend John passed away from liver cancer.  John worked with my husband Tom and he and his wife Teddie used to take winter trips with us to Atlantic City.  It became a traditional trip around Valentine's Day every year for 10 years.  The last 5 years they didn't go with us because when John retired, they became snow birds and spent their winters in Florida.  They had planned to leave for Florida after Thanksgiving, but John fell ill and had to be hospitalized.  While in the hosp. he was diagnosed with the liver cancer.  What we didn't know was that he had been on a liver transplant list for the past 4 years.  He was very private that way.  While I respect his desire for privacy, I wish we had known how little time we had left with him.  He called end of October to catch up with Tom, and mentioned that we should all go to this new restaurant he wanted to try, called the Tilted Kilt.  While we were on our trip to Chicago in November I reminded Tom to call John and set up a day/time to go out to dinner.  He said he would, but you know how that goes....you get busy, you have to finish up Christmas shopping.  It was on one of those shopping trips when I saw the Tilted Kilt and once again reminded Tom we needed to set up a date with John and Teddie.  He said he'd call them after the Holiday.  Now it's too late.  We will spend our very last hour with him tomorrow when he is laid out.  R.I.P. John, we love you friend.  Til we meet again. xxxooo

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