I just marked down several items in my etsy store! There's still time to get your OOAK handmade gifts for Christmas, or for yourself. LOTS of markdowns for end of year clearance! Primitive dolls, rabbit dolls, penny rugs, punch needle, Nurse Annie doll (in photo above) Check it all out cause the prices are great!
I have 9 unfinished snowman heads for sale. Plans were to finish them, but my heart is just not in it. Instead of packing them away for next year, I'm offering them for sale. Finish the eyes, put noses and hats on, and they're finished! 3 for $15, or all 9 for $40. The bulk of the work is already done for ya and t...he price is right! First come, first serve. Just send me a message if you're interested. they measure aprox. 4"-5".
Today I want to share with you what you can do with some thrift store and dollar store finds.
I found some Christmas balls at a thrift store that were the cheap, satin string ones that fray really bad. I think they were .25 or .50 cents for a bag. I tore homespun strips and hot glued them to the balls, then coffee stained them and dried them in the sun. Some of the balls I covered with Christmas fabric, and some with homespun in Christmas colors.
Another thing I like to do that has been a good seller for me is buy the packages of red and white twisted plastic candy canes from the dollar store. I cover them the same way as I did the Christmas balls.
The Christmas cat nodder is made with a rusty bedspring that I got off www.freecycle.org. His mustache is llama wool. I used to buy shipping tags to use as my hang tags, but they were kind of pricey. Now I cut up manilla file folders and soak them in coffee till they're soft, then dry them in the sun. I got a pile of folders at a thrift store, so that's much cheaper than buying ready made tags!
Look around the Christmas section in your thrift store or dollar store and use your imagination!
Now, to save money at the grocery store, shop early in the morning and get the marked down meats. Check out the prices on this meat. It's less than 1/2 price!
And lastly, this is where I'll be tomorrow. A Christmas craft show in Burnsville, NC.
She's not really Amish, but she's faceless like the Amish dolls. I doubt they would wear a dress with the printed fabric though. :) I LOVE the fabric I used for her dress. It is sooooo perfectly prim! And for her Christmas tree, I got a mountain laurel (rhododendron) branch from my neighbor's yard. (we won't tell her) No worries though, it was already fallen. :)
Hannah is available in my etsy shoppe by clicking on the photo. Shop fast cause Christmas is coming REAL soon!
Mark your calendars and be sure to come by the Burnsville Town Center on Saturday, November 20th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Graham Children’s Health Services will be hosting the 8th Annual Christmas Ornament Festival.
Admission to this wonderful event is free. 30 local artists will be showcasing their work and it is the perfect opportunity to do some holiday shopping without having to deal with shopping malls and long lines.
There will be activities for kids throughout the day. Story hour will be on the stage at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM. Photos with Santa and crafts will be available throughout the day. There will also be local musical performances and baked goods for sale.
Graham Children’s Health Services has made many valuable contributions to the community over the years. Accomplishments include the construction of Kid Mountain and Ray-Cort Skate Park, creation of Toe River Dental Clinic in Bakersville, implementation of Tar Wars, a tobacco prevention program, establishment of Centro de Enlace, and recently, the renovation of the old Burnsville gym. Your support of this event will help Graham Children’s Health Services continue their work in the community.
The Burnsville Town Center is located at 6 South Main St., Burnsville, NC 28714 (828)682-7209
Last night my son and I went to a community event about 15 minutes from our home. The community of Celo, NC. Celo is known for it's fantastic artists and this weekend, they got to show their talent in carving pumpkins. After the pumpkins were carved, they were lined up on the walls of a bridge and lit with tea light candles. What an awesome sight!
Some people were staying in their car and riding across the bridge slowly. We got out and walked and I would say that's the only way to see them!
After seeing the pumpkins, we walked up to the Celo Community Center and had some yummy chicken chili! After getting our tummys full and warmed up, we went back out to the bridge and took some photos of our favorite pumpkin carvings. Some are creepy and scary. They are not my favorites because of the subject matter, but because of the talent in the carvings. My favorite was the wolves howling at the moon.
My brother and his family were here visiting this weekend from Georgia, so after we went to Celo, we went to my parents house to spend time with the family. On our way home, we immediately noticed a noise that sounded like a stick in the wheel. It ended up being a plastic tie that my sweet, sweet nephews had put on our car!
Keep in mind that in the last couple weeks, I've spent about $500 on car repairs, so it was not a pleasant feeling when I heard my car making "another" noise! I "thought" that was it for mischief night this year.
Then this morning, I saw my front yard. Some kind soul decided I needed to show some support to the local politicians. In the form of 12 signs in my front yard! Both parties were represented. I've gathered up the signs and tomorrow I'll drop them off at the party headquarter offices.
Hopefully, the "fun" is over for the year. At least it was all harmless. :)
I'm now selling my patterns on The Pattern Cupboard. I got lots on there, but there will be more coming. I have to take more photos and it may be awhile before that gets done since the finished stitcheries are in a shop. I'll get that done asap!
In the meantime, if you're looking for stitchery or punchneedle patterns, click HERE~
I've finished my outdoor shows for the year and am so happy to pack away the tent and tables till next spring. If you do craft shows, you know the feeling of relief. :)
I will be doing a Christmas Ornament show in Burnsville, NC on Nov. 20th, but it is inside and tables are provided. What a blessing!
Here's some photos of my booth set-ups at various shows I did this year. I love meeting all the new customers, and in Erwin, TN, I got to meet some new primitive crafters!
The lady next to me this past weekend told her husband as they were packing up, that her tables were "going to bed until May". What a happy thought!
Hope to see you at the Ornament Show on November 20th! I'll be making lots of stitchery ornaments that will be a special price of only $5 each!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
10am - 5pm
During the last 21 years, the Apple Harvest Festival has grown to a premier one-day celebration in the charming historic mountain town of Waynesville.
With more than 125 exhibitors and 25,000 people expected, we will gather for a glorious day of color to celebrate the fall harvest. Enjoy a backdrop of the picturesque mountains of Western North Carolina as you celebrate everything apples.
Handmade crafts, local food and continuous live entertainment will delight even the most seasoned visitor during this annual celebration. Entertainment will include local mountain music, cloggers and the occasional character!
Take home a peck of locally grown apples from the county apple growers association.
The Children's Play Area will feature the latest and greatest . Activities, games, and more will be provided. the 21st Annual Apple Harvest Festival featured the Waynesville Police Department ident-a-kid program and the Waynesville Fire Department fire safety demonstrations. (text and graphic copied from the Haywood County website. Hope it's ok??)
This show is always a bitter/sweet one for me. Three years ago, my oldest brother died of cancer the day I did this show. He was in PA in the hospital and I was down here in NC. He passed away at the same time that I was packing up my booth to go home. So, it will forever remind me of that sad day. On the positive side, I sold 47 stitcheries that day. Making it a bitter/sweet memory.
My booth this year will be kind of in front of Mast General Store. Booth #16 c&d. My friend Joy Bennett from The Lace Toadstool will be selling her handbuilt pottery that she makes in her home studio and then presses antique lace into for fabulous, unique pottery treasures. Come see us~we've got a double booth! And, another friend of mine will be selling her handmade soy candles, soaps and lotions! Martha Young from My Father's Light. I don't know her booth number, but if you start smelling something good (other than the kettle korn), it just might be her booth!
I have a total of 17 penny rug patterns listed on ebay right now!!! Yes, I have a serious pattern addiction problem, but I must part with them. I won't be making anymore penny rugs, so they must go. All auctions have a .99 cent starting price and combined shipping offered at only .25 cents for each additional pattern! http://shop.ebay.com/priviesandprims/m.html?_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1
I just listed a bunch of penny rug and ornament patterns on ebay. I'll be listing more in a few days. Gotta thin out the pattern collection and I have a large pile that I'll be selling, so get your bids in!
Here's a photo of what the giveaway prizes will be! I'll be picking 3 winners and each one will win a primitive doll. Picking order will be according to who follows my new blog first. Lowest number gets to pick first! Get on over there and sign up to follow. :)
I've started a new blog, so I will eventually need ya'll to transfer over there. I'm changing my business name to "Bubble Gum Primitives".
I'm gonna do some giveaways to motivate ya to get on over there and follow me! When the "follower" count hits 100, I'll do a random pick and give away 3 prim perfect gifts! I'll post photos in the next week of what the prizes will be. ONLY the first 100 followers will be entered in the giveaway! Ya don't need to post, just sign up to follow.
Now this is one UGLY doll! And, she's pretty lousy at putting on her lipstick! She's a bird lover and a cardinal has actually nested in her blonde sheep's wool hair! The cardinal is made of muslin, then I painted it and sanded it. The bird is sewn onto the dolls head so it won't fly away. :)
"Bird Lady" spends her free time birdwatching. She's wearing a cute, prim jumpsuit and the bodice has willow trees and red birds on it.
Her nose and mouth are needle sculpted. Eyes, cheeks and mouth have been painted. I also painted some shoes on her to complete the outfit. Now, she's not the prettiest lady on the block, but she would love to help decorate your home! Take notice of her creepy hands with individual fingers. The pattern I used was for a witch doll, but I decided to alter it a bit since I don't do Halloween stuff, except pumpkins. "Bird Lady" is handmade by me and measures aprox. 23" tall. As you can see in the photos, everything has been coffee stained.
Purchase her HERE in my etsy shoppe.There's only ONE of her, so shop quick if you like her.
Great sock dolls made with old black socks, and I promise they don't stink!
Momma holds her baby which is also made from a sock and it's wrapped in a piece of vintage quilt. The baby in quilt is handstitched to the mom's arms.
Both the mom and the baby have cheesecloth wrapped on their heads. Mom's dress is made from a fringed tablecloth and is the only part of the doll that is machine sewn. All other parts of this doll set, were sewn by hand.
The faces are very primitively stitched with embroidery floss. The mother doll has no support for her neck, so her head is floppy. This will not matter when she is sitting or hanging. The doll does not have legs.
I have heavily coffee stained the dolls and their clothing. They are stuffed with fabric scraps for recycling purposes and also for a feel like the old dolls would of been made.
From the top of the head to the bottom of the dress, the mother doll measures aprox. 15" tall. The doll, arms, and baby are all made from one sock. ***Sale price listed is for ONE mom doll with baby. Click HERE to purchase~
Today I'd like you to meet "Miss Faye". She's not a pretty gal, but she does her job well and with pefectly primtive style! Miss Faye's job is to store your plastic bags from Walmart, grocery stores, etc.
She's made of cotton that I painted and sanded for a worn look. Her dress is made of quilt shop fabric that has roosters on it. The apron is a plaid cotton homespun and I've attached a section of a pancake & waffle mix bag. To add a bit of whimsy and a cinnamon scent, I sewed on a little Raggedy Ann doll that has been primmed up with cinnamon.
Miss Faye's lips are stuffed and then handstitched on. Her nose is needle sculpted and her eyes are handpainted. Her hair is sheep's wool from TN and has been sewn on with tiny stitches to keep it in place.
Great addition to any farmhouse, country kitchen.
She's a pretty big girl, measuring in at aprox. 27" tall.
She is handmade by me, using a You Are Special pattern.
I took a few photos of Moose Crossing & Co. where I've rented a couple shelves. I'm already thinking of expanding to more shelves since I will be closing my store in Burnsville. The shelves with the stitcheries and dolls is my space. Be sure and stop by Moose Crossing when you're in Spruce Pine, or better yet, do a day trip with the girls for shopping and lunch!
And if there's still time, make the short drive (15-20 min.) to Burnsville for more shopping and have dinner.
Moose Crossing & Co. is owned by Mitchell County SafePlace, Inc. which is a shelter for abused women. Space rents and commissions benefit the organization.