Monday, September 28, 2009

My "new" painted primitive furniture

I bought this cabinet for $5 at our Humane Society flea market! It is dovetailed and check out the back! It was missing the doors, but that's fine with me. I am going to put a shelf in the center where there used to be one, then put a homespun curtain to cover the opening. I am going to use it for shoes just inside our kitchen door at the new house. I was going to have my dad build one, but now I don't have to! I had seen a photo in a Country Sampler magazine that gave me the idea. I am painting it tan and then distressing it. Sorry to the wood finish lovers. I like painted furniture and I'm not even gonna think about stripping furniture! I put the first coat of paint on tonight and I'll post photos when I get it all done.

Now on to the red furniture. It's a darker red than what shows in the photos. It's a dark, barn red. I got the coffee table for only $10 at a thrift store. The legs were a little loose, so my dad glued them up tight for me. I'm going to distress it after the paint dries real good. It was a dirty white when I got it.

The tv cabinet used to be a wardrobe. Years ago, I had my dad set it up as a computer cabinet for me. He put in a sliding shelf for the keyboard. Two years ago, I decided to cut the top of the doors off and use it as a tv cabinet. It is very primitive and my dad keeps telling me to throw it out, but I love it! I'm going to distess it after it dries good, and then make a homespun curtain to cover the tv area. As you can see in the photo, I still have to paint where the tv is sitting. I store all my frames for stitcheries in the bottom.
So this is what I did today. After going to the eye doctor for my 2 year exam. Then my son and I went to visit my mom in the hospital. She had her second knee replacement today and is doing great!
I'll post updated photos when I get all this stuff finished. I still have one more antique cabinet to paint. I painted it about 17 years ago, and it's time to prim it up!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New primitive craft items added on etsy!

I just added some great fall pins for you that I've made out of wool felt in penny rug style. Prim pumpkins and crows. Favorites in fall decorating!

I also finished up a great Americana sheep punch needle project. It's larger than most punch needle projects, so this one took awhile to finish. I have it mounted in a 5x7 distressed wood frame.

All items can be purchased in my etsy shoppe. I've got over 60 of my handcrafted creations listed! Grab a cold glass of sweet tea and mosey on over to browse for a bit. You might just find that one-of-a-kind gift that's perfect as a unique Christmas present!

I cut out two penny rug wool applique pillow patterns tonight and I'll be sewing them up tomorrow at work. I'll post them as soon as they're finished.
Pray for sunshine on Saturday for our Old Timey Fall Festival. I know lots of people have worked hard to prepare for it and it would sure be a shame if it gets rained out. I'll be in my store at 110 W. Main St. in downtown Burnsville, so be sure and stop in if you're visiting! My store is across from the Yancey Theatre and we sell lots and lots and lots of local primitive crafts. Most are made by me. Keeps me out of trouble. :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild Announces Quilt Show

Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild will hold its’ 9th annual quilt show on Friday September 25th through Sunday, October 4th, 2009, at the Burnsville town Center.
Times are: 10A.M. - 5 P.M. Monday through Friday; 8:30A.M. - 5P.M. on Saturdays, and 12P.M. -5P.M. on Sundays.
The show, “Stars over the Mountain”, will feature a variety of quilts created by members of the Guild including full sized bed quilts, wall hangings, challenge quilts and other items. Some of the quilts will be available for sale. There is a $3.00 admission charge.
Those who attend the show are asked to vote for their favorite quilt resulting in the “Viewer’s Choice Award” for each category. The 2008 awards were won by Kathryn Zimmerman (bed quilt), Shirley Rothouse (wall hanging) and Nanette Fleischman (challenge quilt).
The Guild’s raffle quilt will be on display with tickets available for sale. Details of the show will be posted on the Guild’s website:

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fall Celebration on Etsy!

I'm proud to be a member of Old Farmhouse Gathering on etsy. We're a group of crafters that love primitives and some not-so-primitive crafts. Everyone has been working hard making things to decorate your homes for fall. Click on the graphic and you'll see all the handmade goodies!

Saturday, September 19, 2009




The Old Timey Fall Festival on Burnsville’s beautiful Town Square is just that, a good old fashioned local festival. The Cultural Resource Commission of Yancey County (CRC) will host this event and invites everyone near and far to come out and be a part of this wonderful fun-filled day.

Since the theme is “Old Timey” we thought it’d be fun if folks who’d like to would dress old fashioned! So, if that sounds fun to you, put on your bibs and skirts and come on down. If not, just wear your comfy old Levi’s and come anyway. At this annual event, we invite heritage-crafters to demonstrate the old timey methods of producing their crafts so that the younger generations can see how our ancestors made these wonderful items. In the past there have been basket-makers, yarn spinners, corn grinders, beekeepers, candle makers, quilters, rug makers and many others demonstrating how they produce their heritage-craft. This year there’ll be all of these vendors and more, displaying, demonstrating and selling their wares.

The day will kickoff with the ever-popular Antique Tractors, Cars, and Trucks parade. Everyone loves to see these beautiful specimens of days gone by. You’ll have all the time you need to view each one as they’ll be parked around the North side of the Square for the day. You can even cast your vote for the Tractor and Car or Truck of your choice to win this year’s coveted plaques. To make your votes worth casting, there’ll be prizes to be had from random drawings at the end of the day. Check out the special tractor race too. Instead of a race of speed this one is for the SLOWEST tractor! You have to see it to believe it! And this year, for the first time, we’ll have a Kiddies Pedal-Tractor Pull for the kids! It’s gonna be fun!!

The entertainment for the day will be top-notch local talent. There will be singers, musicians, cloggers, wonderful children’s games, woolly worm races, horse-drawn wagon rides, John Deere tractor merry-go-round for the wee little ones, and pie-eating contests for adults and kids alike.

Of course, as with any good festival, there will be some great food. Soup beans and cornbread will be available on the Square from Nanny’s Kitchen, hot dogs, hamburgers and cold drinks from the Lions Club, the ever popular hand squeezed lemonade made on the spot by CRC volunteers, and booths with kettle corn and home-baked goodies, all here for your eating enjoyment. Something delicious for everyone!

None of this would be possible without the huge generosity of our local sponsors. The United Community Bank will be our Corporate Sponsor for this event. Our other sponsors are Fox Country Store, Heritage Lumber Company, Mountain Lifestyle Communities, Carolina First Bank, Fortner Insurance, Sam’s Oil, Bald Creek Tractors, Yancey Center for Ceramic Arts and Blue Ridge Art Guild (BRAG). Please stop by these businesses and give them a big “pat on the back” when you can!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 26, 10am-4pm, on Burnsville’s Town Square. Grab your lawn chairs and blankets, load up your kids and neighbors, and come on down for a really fun family day at the CRC Old Timey Fall Festival. We’ll be looking for you!

Entertainment on the Square

The entertainment for the Old Timey Fall Festival will feature great local music and dancing. Here are some of the highlights:

The music will begin at 10:00 with Noah Gavenus singing the the Star Spangled Banner. After the Antique/Classic Tractor & Car/Truck Parade, Ray Dellinger and William Ritter will take the stage to play old-time fiddle tunes. Ray and William are musical neighbors from Cane Creek in Bakersville. Ray is a builder and player of traditional mountain instruments, and will be showing his instruments on the Square during the Festival. He is also a fine teller of tales, and a "professional socializer." William is a technical theatre student at WCU, and spends any and all spare time he has singing and fiddling old time mountain songs.
At 11:30, the Mountain Laurel Cloggers, from Avery County, will take the stage. These young kids have lots of fun clogging, and are also loads of fun to watch.
From 11:45 to 12:30, Bruce Greene and Rob Levin will perform songs & fiddle tunes. Bruce is known worldwide as one of the finest living exponents of old time Kentucky fiddle music, and has several recordings to his credit. Bruce and Rob played for many years with Fiddlin' Red Wilson, and they'll bring that same fun spirit to their playing and singing on Saturday. As an extra treat for the audience, Bruce & Rob will be joined by two great “flat-foot” style cloggers-- Travis Anderegg from Old Fort, and Kim Ross from Waynesville. They will demonstrate traditional Appalachian flat-foot and buck dancing.
After the Kids Games (12:30-1:00), “Doc Hill” will take the stage at 1:00 to perform some great bluegrass. Doc Hill features Yancey County pickers Kenny Jobe (fiddle, banjo), Keith Cole (upright bass), Kim McWhirter (rythm guitar), and Pete McWhirter (lead guitar). They play a traditional mix of music from the likes of the Carter Family, Bill Emerson, Flatt and Scruggs, and tunes so old, they don't know where they came from. With a combined musical experience of at least one-hundred and twenty years, they're pretty good to be so old!
At 2:05, after the pie-eating contests, the kids from Burnsville's Dance Express will take the stage to do some great clogging, sure to delight everyone in the audience. At 3:15, the Front Porch Pickers will perform. This group of young musicians, from Bee Log Elementary, began playing music through a study of the Depression Era and the Carter Family recordings. Last year these kids released a CD entitled “Fanning the Waning Spark”.

So come on out on Saturday for some great music, dancing, food, crafts, and fun for all ages!

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I won't have a booth at the show, but my store WILL be open, so stop by and see me! I'm located on West Main St., across from the movie theatre.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cool crow, prim cat, dolls & new punch needle just listed

Just listed some new items in my etsy shoppe!

A cool stuffed crow, prim crow, prairie doll make-dos, a black primitive doll to hold your kitchen bags and a punch needle crow with sunflower. The punchneedle design is available finished or as a pattern.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

How do you keep dogs off furniture?

I've got three cute little dogs and they are driving me crazy! If I try to lay down for a rest, all three dogs have to be with me. If I sit on my recliner, they want to be with me. I have to keep a sheet on our couch to keep them from getting it dirty.
My question to you is, if your dogs are used to getting on the furniture, how do you stop it? Since I'm moving the end of this month, I figured we can start fresh. Are you laughing at me???
For the bedroom, I'm going to gate it off and keep the dogs out of the bedrooms. As for the living room, that will be the tough one. I want to buy a new couch, but not if it's going to be ruined with dog hair and wet paws when it rains.
Can someone help me so I can have nice furniture? If you've went through this, let me know what worked for you. Please!!!

On another note, I'm working on scarecrows and stitcheries for the show this weekend. Gotta go and sew, sew, sew.