Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cutesy School Girl doll

Yesterday at the craft show, a customer wanted to custom order a doll an 8 year old girl. No face and no coffee staining. Blonde hair. The rest was up to me.

I went through my patterns and decided to use a doll pattern from Sweet Meadows Farm called "Mamma's Breakfast". I made her with tan muslin since I couldn't coffee stain her. Here's a link to the pattern I used. You MUST see the pattern, to see how much you can do with a little imagination and different fabric.
I have so much fabric that I've been trying to use up what I have, without buying more. I thought a school print fabric would work great for an 8 year old girl. And, I gave her an apron so she has something to dress her with. I haven't attached the name tag yet cause I can't find my hole puncher.

Cutesy dolls are NOT my favorite dolls to make. I really like primitives MUCH better. But, who am I to turn down an offer for money??? Especially with vacation coming up next week!

I have a bunch of prim black dolls in the works and STILL have to finish up the boy dolls. They're waiting soooooo patiently. :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Burnsville Spring Craft Show on Saturday, May 29th from 10:00-4:00.

Once again, you can come to Burnsville on Memorial Day weekend and enjoy a small town craft show!

The 2010 Burnsville Spring Arts Festival will be Saturday, May 29th from 10:00-4:00.

This year the show will be held inside the comfort of the Burnsville Town Center auditorium. Air conditioned comfort with clean bathrooms and a snack stand selling hot dogs and nachos to benefit Relay for Life!

While you're there for the craft show, you can also enjoy the third annual Hero Day on the Burnsville Town Square. This years ceremony will focus on Hospice of Yancey County for their work in the community. Also the MAYDAY Foundation will be doing their annual "kid's day" activities which will include fun things for children making it a great family day for all ages between the three things going on.

And, shop for yummy local goodies at the Yancey County Farmer's Market outside until noon.

A full day of family fun enjoying our quaint mountain town of Burnsville.

And, there's no admission fee! Dad can join the kids at the children's activities on the square while mom shops at the craft show! When it's time to take a break from the activities, spread out your blanket under the shade tree and enjoy some great mountain music. For FREE!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

!Blog Party Sunday!

"By Your Hands" is having a "Blog Party Sunday"!   This week, we post our favorite "red" item from our etsy shoppe.  Mine would have to be a large penny rug candlemat with gorgeous flowers on it.  There's only one, so make sure you act fast!

It's a dark red with pink and sage green flowers and tongues.
The colors are a little more red in person.

Click here to purchase.  Act quick, it's on sale and there's only one!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Miss you guys!

I guess I've been a bit MIA in blog land lately. 

I did end up paying Verizon more than I thought I owed, but could NOT live without my dsl!!  And how could I miss American Idol???  They've got us hooked.  I will still get my credits and when everything is through, I will drop them.  For now, I pay more than I think I should have to. 

On to better things!  I'm working on a batch of black dolls, but keep getting sidetracked.  I never did finish up the sailor boy dolls and now I've decided to do something completely different with them.  That happens often. :)  One of them will be "Tiger Junior".  What Tiger Woods son ~might~ look like. ;-) 

For 2-1/2 days, I was doing a punch needle project while at my store.  I finally finished it yesterday and now just have to frame it.  I don't wanna do big ones anymore!!!

Monday morning,  I will have some girly surgery done which will put me out of work for a week.  I'm thinkin' that they can't stop me from stitchin and punchin though!  Next Saturday is the Burnsville Spring Craft Show, so I'll be getting some help with the loading and unloading there.  I'm the organizer, so I gotta do it! 

Right now, I've got 20 minutes to get to work and I'm not ready.  Soooooo, it's goodbye for now. 

Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Don't bundle with Verizon!!!

Ever since I moved last fall, Verizon and Direct TV have messed up my billing. I have to call every month and tell them it's wrong. They credit most of it, but it takes 2 billing cycles for the TV credits to show up at Verizon. In the mean time, Verizon wants their money. So, this morning they cut off my tv and internet. Friday, they said they noted the account that credits were coming, so that it wouldn't get shut off. Wrong! They forgot to tell the computer that shuts it off.
They SAY I owe them over $400. Over $200 of that being past due charges. I say I owe them less than $100. I was going to refuse to pay it, but then it goes to collection and my credit goes bad.

Did you know that when you have a bundle that you're committed for a certain length of time? Did you know that if you cancel that bundle,that there's a $120 fee??? If you cancel Direct TV before the contract is up, they charge you $20 for each month until the end of the contract???

Ask about these things. I know I will in the future. So, I'm stuck with all the services unless I pay the penalty fees. I may just pay them and get out of it all. Just use my cell phone and get wireless internet from a local company. I would save money, except for the penalty fees.

If I seperate the tv from Verizon on billing, the credits from Direct TV won't get to me through Verizon, so I would be forfeiting them. Unless I wait a couple months for them to process.

I am soooo frustrated with all this. So today I picked up a disk for a free month of Netzero dial-up. No contract. At least I have something until I decide to pay Verizon the money I DON'T owe them!

Do not, I repeat, do NOT bundle!  I am stuck for now.  I suppose I should just pay them.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Military BackPack ~World War II ???

This was in our attic when we bought our house.  We've been told that it is a military backpack and that it may be from World War 1 or World War 2.  It does have U.S. on it. 
The home's previous owner was a retired Navy man.

It's aprox. 31" high and 15" wide.

We're looking for information on when it may have been issued and an approximate $ value.

Any help is appreciated!

Thursday, May 13, 2010


I just posted links for three FREE OutHouse stitchery patterns on my pattern website. 

Enjoy them and spread the word! 

Friday, May 7, 2010

I designed an OUTHOUSE punch needle pattern!

I was trying not to post until after my giveaway, but I just have to share this with you.  I just framed my latest punch needle project, which is my own design.  I buy frames at thrift stores and usually have to paint them, but this one was perfect just the way it was with the original colors!

Anyway, I listed the finished sample that I made for the pattern photos and I also listed the pattern.

And don't forget to sign up below for the primitive topsy/turvy dolls.  I pick the winner tomorrow night!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

My one year blog anniversary GIVEAWAY!

Can't believe it's been a year already!  Everyone needs a birthday gift, but this time I'm giving instead of receiving. The lucky winner of this giveaway will receive Primitive Topsy Turvy Prairie dolls! 
I thought this would be a  great gift in honor of all the new friends I've made out in the blogging world. :)
To enter, simply leave a comment and a way for me to get in touch with you if your name is picked! 
Drawing will be held Saturday, May 8th.(this is open to U.S. only due to high cost of shipping) 
The dolls spread out measure aprox. 26", making each doll from head to bottom of dress, aprox. 13".

Handmade by me, using a Primfolks by Judy pattern.

And the winner is,,,,,,CieAngel.  Congrats and thanks to all that entered!