Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lots of new listings! stitcheries, pillows, ornies

I've been pretty busy for the last few hours just getting things listed in my etsy shoppe for your shopping pleasure. :)

Think Easter gifts if you don't need anything for yourself. Who wouldn't rather have something handmade with love (more like obsession) instead of something made in China??? Unique things are always "more better". :)

Stay warm at home and shop till it's time to drop!

I've also added some new photos of my brick & mortar store on my store blog.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Primitive Stenciled Pillows???

I've got so many cool new stencils that I haven't used yet. During our house remodel, I gave the contractor a very important rule-NO wood gets thrown out until I sort through it. I kept tons of boards to make signs with, but just haven't been in the mood.
A few nights ago, I got the bright idea to stencil on muslin, then stitch it to a pillow!
Here are the results! I think they turned out pretty good and I didn't have to drill any holes or attach any wire. :)
I'll be listing them in my etsy shop very soon. Right now, I've got to go pick up my son from his friend's house and I'm honestly too tired to be doing the details of listing things on etsy tonight.
This vintage fabric was given to me by a friend. It was her aunts, who was around 100 when she died!

I've got lots of new primitive crafts finished and some new photos of my store. I'll not overload you all at once with them, but instead, I'll space it out over the next few days. Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Some Prim Decorating~

I moved in to this house in late October and this week I finally unpacked the decorations and made my home a bit more primitive. I put it off long enough!

I'm already thinking of things I can make to help decorate my home. Oddly, only a few things that I have, were made by me. I end up selling everything I make, so I don't have any for myself.
I'm loving what I've done, but I need sooooo much more. I still have to do the kitchen, dining area, bath and bedrooms and there's still empty walls in the living room.
I painted the rag dolls on old boards from a local cabin. I had seen the photos of prim dolls and painted the boards from those. They are probably one of my favorite things I've ever made.
I made the Americana black doll that's on top of the tv cabinet, but I sold it last week. I brought it home to pack up for shipping, and used it for the photo. I'm thinking of putting a homespun curtain up to cover the tv when we're not using it.The spring cross stitch pillow is made by me, but it's for sale also. I must stop doing that! I think that's all I made myself. Everything else I bought.
The cabinet with the curtain on it, hides our shoes. Instead of them being on the floor by the door, I painted the cabinet and put a curtain on it. I bought that at a flea market sale for $5! It was missing the doors which is why I guess it was donated. There are two drawers on the bottom that I still need to put the knobs on. Oh, I also made the little "simplify" stitchery pillow hanging on the star rack.

I still have painting to finish on cabinets, walls and baseboards.

Since I'm just getting started with this, things may be switched around before it's all said and done.

I have a triple pane window that I want to get mirrors put in. I may place that over the couch. Some of the stuff looks a bit miss-matched to me, but it's good for now.

I'll also be making homespun curtains in barn red/tan cotton. The ones that are there now are only temporary. Look closely and you'll see that I didn't even hem them. :)

I hope you enjoyed the beginning of my prim decoratings!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

What you can do in your jammies!

I've been REAL busy during all this snow and my etsy shoppe is FULL!

Over 100 HANDCRAFTED items in there for sale!

And, you can stay warm, shop in your jammies and have your purchases shipped right to your door.

And,,,,my creations are handmade in the mountains of Burnsville, NC ~ not in China!

A Bird Landed on her Head!!!

This ugly doll has a bit of a story.

The pattern started out as a witch doll. I don't do witches, so I was just going to make her as a mean old lady.

I got her stuffed and coffee stained, then when I went to put it together, it just didn't look right to me. I was going to cut it open and take out the stuffing to reuse. Then, I thought I'd just reshape what is now her head, which was supposed to be her neck according to the pattern.
I cut open the bottom and started to take out the stuffing, then I thought,,,,,,maybe I could use it as it is, since the top part is more narrow than the bottom. So,,,,,,,I drew on a face, needle sculpted the nose and mouth and went on from there.

The short arms and legs were originally supposed to be attached at the bottom of a dress and the sleeves, which is why they're so short. I decided to just attach them to the "body" and have a short, stumpy doll.

The red bird was for a snowman pattern. I made the snowman and the bird over a year ago, but never finished it. The bodice fabric has cardinals on it, and I remembered that I had that cardinal in a bag of odds and ends that I had made. I sewed the blonde sheep's wool on, then perched the bird on top and I liked it! I put a few stitches on to attach the bird to the doll's head, so it won't be flying away. :)

When she was all done, I liked her! She's ugly, but I like her and I'm hoping someone else will too!
If you like extreme primitive and ugly dolls, click on the close up and check out her listing~~~

I think today may be our last snow day for awhile. The sun is shining and it's actually a bit warmer today. School has been out all week, but I think the vacation may be over!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A pregnant bunny rabbit!!!

If I had known she was gonna be soooooo cute, I'd of finished her a long time ago!
Check her listing out for more photos of this cutie. Her name is Maisie! (just click on the photo)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Finished & ready for adoption~~~

I know it's cold and I know it keeps on snowing, but I am LOVING all the time I get to spend at home crafting! I have gotten so many unfinished projects finished. It's a good feeling to clean out the ufo box. :) Let it snow some more!

I finished up the two mother/daughter bunny sets today and they're up for adoption!
I also got all the mini-pillow pincushions listed. All 10 of them!
Check everything out and feel free to purchase a few. :)))))

It sure feels good to get this stuff finished up. They waited for clothes way too long! I'll be listing more items tomorrow~~~

Old Farmhouse Gathering Spring Celebration!

Finally!!! Spring is here. The Celebration that is!!! I belong to a great group of gals that sell on etsy~ and each holiday/season, we make things for a "celebration".

The Celebration is to be held February 15th through March 1st.

All you need to do is click on the Old Farmhouse Gathering Spring Fling Celebration banner above & it will take you to all the great "celebration" items on etsy. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

What I did today ~~~ & tonight~

Sometime last year before Easter, I made these rabbits, but never made their clothes. The doll on the far right is an old lady doll. It's been at least 6 months since I made her and she's been naked ever since!
Today, I cut out the clothes and soaked them in coffee. Tomorrow, I'll sew them up.
I did these little stitcheries about a year ago also and I didn't even know what I was going to do with them. Today, I sewed fabric on the back, stuffed them, and now they're mini-pillows!
These little prairie dolls are attached to vintage wooden spools. Another way to use up those scraps we all have. :) I've brushed them with coffee and they'll dry overnight, making them look more grungy. The pattern is from Rags-n-Tags.
All these items will be listed in my etsy store as they're finished up. The little pillow ornaments are done now, but I'm going to bed!

I made some Clothespin Prairie Dolls!

Something new for me~I went on the internet and got some directions and here they are!
Primitive clothespin dolls. Click on the photo if you like 'em and wanna buy 'em! You get three of your choice for only $10.00!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

NEW~~~Primitive Doll, Rag Balls, & Stitchery Pin!

I had an idea today and not many customers, so I just went ahead and did it! I wanted to make a stitchery pin for Spring and this is what I came up with. I came home and dipped it in coffee, put it on the floor heat vent to dry, then sewed the backing on and stitched a pin back on. Finished! Click on the photo if you like it enough to buy it! (shipping is FREE!)
My etsy group is having a Spring Celebration that starts tomorrow and I signed up to enter two items. My first offering is rag balls and Easter eggs. I used my thrift store styrofoam balls and eggs and covered them with various fabrics, then coffee stained them. Great bowl fillers, or put them in a primitive Easter basket!

My second item for the Spring Celebration is a primitive Annie doll to hold your grocery bags. Her dress has log cabins on the fabric for all of you suffering from cabin fever! It also has sheep on it and I gave her a sweet grunged terrycloth sheep all for herself. :)

The Spring Celebration items will be available in my etsy shoppe on Sunday. Sorry, I ain't allowed to list them before then. :)
Our group also has a Spring Giveaway worth over $400!!! Check out the blog for Olde Farmhouse Gathering to enter the giveaway!

Weather Annoucement~

It's still snowing here up on the mountain and the plow hasn't been through here yet. I'm hoping to be able to open by noon. Is anyone wanting to shop in this mess???
Because of the weather today, I will be having the sale again on Saturday, Feb. 20th!

Stay warm & safe!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Prim Annie Grocery Bag DOLL~

I've finished a couple of the grocery bag dolls and got this one listed in my etsy store. If you decorate Americana style, this one is just for you! Click on the photo to see the listing~~~

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Need a Primitive Bookmarker?

I made these primitive bookmarks from balsa wood, so they're nice and thin. Click on the photo to get one. Only $1.95 each, and...... I'm offering free shipping in the USA!

Penny Rug patterns to giveaway!

I've got two more patterns to giveaway to a lucky winner!
These are Penny Rug patterns designed by Wooden Spool Designs. Flower Pots table runner (has been cut) and Pineapples table runner (not cut).
Drawing will be done by random number pick on Tuesday, Feb. 16th. If you like to do wool felt applique, make sure you leave a comment!
Remember, to win any of the patterns, you have to leave a comment on the post that you want to be entered in. Each group of patterns will have a separate winner! You may enter all of them, but please, only once for each giveaway.

Happy Stitchin!

True Random Number Generator
Min: 1
Max: 16
Result: 3
Rebecca is a lucky girl. She also won the doll patterns that I gave away a few days ago!

Monday, February 8, 2010

A fresh tub of coffee for the primitive doll clothes!

Kim from Valley Primitives says I'm like the Energizer Bunny, so I thought I'd share how I work. I NEVER make only one doll at a time. I cut a bunch of patterns in one day, then stuff them all together while I'm watching tv, then I take it from there.
Right now I'm working on 4 dolls at once. They will be kitchen dolls to hold grocery bags. Each one will have different clothing fabric. There will be log cabins with sheep, apples, Americana stars, and one with garden flowers. The pattern is from Sweet Meadows Farm.
I just made up a fresh batch of coffee/vanilla mix and have their clothes soaking. While they are soaking, I will get to stuffing. :)
Not the Energizer Bunny at all. I just love what I do, am good at multi-tasking, and can't stand to be idle. :)

Primitive Topsy Turvy Prairie DOLLs!

Remember the topsy/turvy dolls? These are first ones I have made. I can just see a little girl in a prairie church playing with these. :) If you want these for a little girl, you'll just need to remove the rusty safety pins holding the date tags on.
As always, click on the photo to see the listing in my etsy shoppe!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"Allie" joins "Bruce" in my etsy shoppe!

Allie has joined our family, but she'd love to be adopted by you! She's a prim perfect Americana doll. Click on the photo to see her listing in my etsy shoppe~

His name is Bruce!

His name is Bruce and he's a cute little cowboy doll, up for adoption! Click on the photo to visit him in my etsy shoppe~
Why did I name him Bruce when he's a Raggedy Andy doll? It just popped into my head to name him Bruce, so I did. :) Does he look like a Bruce to you?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Meme's Quilts patterns GIVEAWAY!

I've been living in my "new" house since the end of October and still had some boxes to unpack. I figured a snowy/sleeting day would be as good as any to finally get the job done. I have sooooooo many patterns, that I've decided to part with some.
I'll be doing this for several weeks, as I have lots to giveaway!
To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post. I'll be using the random pick program on Feb. 12th to select the winner!
These patterns are from my own "collection", they are not new.
Included are 3 stitchery/quilt patterns---"Jonas", "Teddy Treasures", & "Raggedy Pillows".
I'll be doing 2 giveaways this week, so be sure and sign up for the free prim doll patterns also if you're a dollmaker!
***You must sign up for each giveaway SEPARATELY if you want to be entered in both. I have done this because some may stitch, but not make dolls, and some may make dolls, but not do stitcheries.

And the winner is........Connie from Dry Branch Primitives!Thanks to everyone for entering!