Saturday, March 17, 2018


A friend from my Bunco group recently asked if I'd ever made Memory Bears.  I have not, but I do sew for my Etsy shop....and I've made bunnies, dolls, goats, sheep, crows, among other things.  As long as I have a pattern, I can make it.  (Most of the time, lol)

So I went and purchased a cute easy looking pattern and made my first bear for my 11 year old grand daughter Ayden.  We weren't doing a 'memory' bear, so she chose some fabric out of my fabric stash and this is the result.

Ayden loves her bear but asked if I could sew 2 buttons down the front, so I bought a pink button and a blue button.  I'll do that this weekend.
Now of course, 8 yr. old Bella and 4 year old Rami want a bear too  💕
Bella chose a pretty paisley fabric ( which is dark colors)  and I didn't have anything boyish for Rami, but he chose a colorful Patriotic fabric with stars.  

My friend's brother passed away in November and since then a new grandson has been born and I will be making that bear from his flannel shirt.

Another friend ( more my daughter's friend, but she's also in our Bunco group and always at parties hosted by my daughter) said she had a proposition for me.  She used to sew, but her machine has been broken for several years and never bought a new one.  She wanted me to go in with her and make 2 sided table runners/cloths/mats and sell them at craft shows.  I told her I'd need a few days to think it over and I had to decline.  The #1 reason is because it would take me away from doing what I love to do and that's making my primitive/folkart crafts and #2 since my husband retired 7 years ago, we've been doing some traveling and I never know when we are are going to be away, so craft shows are not a good option for me.  I felt bad turning her down, but it is the best thing for me.


My dad was 100% Irish.   My mother was what she referred to as 'Mongrel'...She had some Welsh from both her father and mother,  English from her father & German, Pennsylvania Dutch from her mother's side of the family.


Thursday, March 15, 2018


My goodness, I didn't realize I'd stopped blogging here for a full year!  It's been a very busy time with family and trips.

In April of 2017 Tom and I went out to California for 10 days staying at a relative's home in Long Beach.  Had a wonderful time visiting movie studios, going on tours, to the beach, being in studio audiences for a few of our favorite sitcoms.  Went to flea markets that they refer to as swap meets, a few times a week.  Here in West. PA flea markets are only open during the weekends.  Out there they are open daily.

In July Tom contracted either poison oak or poison sumac ( never did know which one it was) and on his birthday, which was the 11th, he was admitted to the hospital as bacteria set in and it was diagnosed as cellulitis.  This was on his lower leg a few inches up from his ankle.  Ankle and leg were badly swollen.
He was in the hospital for nearly 2 weeks.  He also developed an infection called streptococcus.
When he got out of the hospital, this is what his leg looked like.
Moving on....our youngest daughter Nicki and her boyfriend of 10 years finally got married.  They had a destination wedding in Jamaica and the whole immediate family went.  Her sisters Deana and Carey were bridesmaids and Deana's daughter Jordyn (17)  was maid of honor.  Deana's 9 year old daughter Ayden and Carey's 7 year old daughter Bella were flower girls and Carey's 3 year old son Rami was ring bearer.

Tom and me with our grandson Jonah who was 14 at the time.

Jordyn, Carey & Deana 

Ayden & Bella


The bride and groom

We were in Jamaica for 8 days.  It was just wonderful, had a grand time.

We had a bride and groom wedding shower for Nicki and Bob in May on Memorial weekend at Deana's home.

My niece made the cookies

A bunco friend has her own home based baking business and made the cupcakes for us.

maid of honor and bride to be

Grand daughter Jordyn will be graduating HS in June and instead of a graduation party she wants to go on a cruise.  She even wants her gramma and poppy to go along!  Isn't she a sweetheart? 

This will also be Tom's and my first cruise.  We are flying to Miami and spending the day and night and then board our ship Norwegian Sky for a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas.  We leave next week.
We're all very excited!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017


 This is my second try on the Valentine heart.  For me, the most difficult thing was fitting the muslin ruffle.  Instead of gluing it on, I hand sewed it. 
 My fabric hearts / envelopes are selling for me, so I made another one in shabby chic style.
I may make a couple more before moving on to something new.


Saturday, January 21, 2017


 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!


Monday, January 16, 2017


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.
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.  😞


Saturday, January 14, 2017


 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!

Saturday, December 31, 2016


      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



Friday, December 23, 2016


 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


Tuesday, December 13, 2016


 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! 

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.