Saturday, September 3, 2016

Ready For Fall

Summer has come to an end and fall is in the air. I have been working on a few fall things. I recently purchased the kit for the table runner and really enjoyed making it. I believe that I finished it in about a week. Pattern is by Primitive Gatherings and is called Pumpkin Farm table runner. The kit came with everything but the thread. I just used thread that I had in my stash.

The detail on this runner is amazing. I did change the flowers from purple to more subtle yellows, reds and oranges.

The runner fits nicely on an old table in the upstairs hall. Notice the old window? My father in law gave it to me. It is from an old farmhouse that was across the road from their country house.

Fall quilt that is about 7 years in the making. For some reason I never did buy any fabric for the binding. Last year I purchased some matching brown and am just now getting around to binding the quilt. 

Starting to finish some cross stitch pieces. Finished these last year and have started on a few for this year. The small quilt table runner was very easy and was a kit from Prairie Women's Sewing Circle. Very cute pattern and the green is not as bright as this picture makes it. The doll in the old dough bowl is from Gail Wilson pattern. Love her patterns and extremely easy instructions for making the dolls look just like hers. They are very meticulous but turn out beautiful.  
Have a very wonderful weekend,

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Finally Back!

Well....I have been very absent on this blog. I couldn't remember the password and the email address that I used was not added to my other computer. Received a new computer for Christmas and added the old email address and was able to change the password. Now I just have to figure out how to break into my Flickr account :)

Found this little beauty and stitched a small quilt on her. She came all the way from the Netherlands with nary a scratch on her. I found out that I really like sewing with her. Winding her bobbin is magical!

Made this sweet little Brambly Hedge mouse for my sister's birthday. She is a character named Poppy Eyebright. I colored her flowers with a alcohol based marker and embroidered her skirt and dress. I couldn't find small pinstripe fabric in pink so I painted some stripes on white muslin.

Her had is made out of 14 count cream Aida cloth.

Her head fur is a teady bear German mohair which I love!!! And her eyes are reproduction German glass shoe buttons.

We adopted this sweet little kitty, Tesla from the shelter. He is such a precious kitty. Very tolerant of children and has not bitten or scratched us once. We have had him about a month and half. He gets along with our other animals so well. He is part Maine Coon.

Have a wonderful night,

Friday, September 5, 2014

Car Line Stitches

I love to cross stitch. I have been cross stitching since I was 8. Back then the large Aida was in style, now it is the linen. I absolutely love linen. The linen looks more original to the little school girls' samplers that I dearly love. Needlework is so relaxing to me. I loooovvvveee doing needlework in the car line when I pick D#2 up (it keeps me from falling asleep). Granted it is only about 20-30 minutes but you would be surprised what you can accomplish in that short of time. Take a look and see :)
This was a freebie from Notforgotten Farm. I did change the date to "31" instead of "13". I usually don't stitch Halloween things but Lori was having a contest and how could I resist? Well.....that was last year and as you can see it was not finished. I didn't know how to finish it, so it sat at the bottom of my little stitching basket until this past August. I finished it in about 3 days, so less than 2 hours. I am thinking of making it into a little pillow. The backing will be that little scrap of pumpkin fabric. The pumpkin fabric is only 5" square.

Closer look.

I have been working on this piece for 2 1/2 years. It is a Stacy Nash piece. It is not very big but I got kind of tired of it. I completed it this past August too!! I think a little bowl filler pillow is in it's future. Scissors are 4" and show how small this piece is too.

I love this piece. Again, another pillow. I have almost finished it. It is a Brenda Gervais piece. She has the most amazing patterns. I love it that she will kit the threads for you. That saves so much time! I am in love with two of her new pieces but since everyone else loves them too, they had to put their shop on vacation while they play catch up to the flood of orders. I can't wait to order mine!!

Hope you enjoyed the car line stitches! What are  you working on? Are you baking a cake, working on your Christmas gifts, stitching, cooking supper? 
Keep those needles sharp and have a great weekend,

Monday, October 22, 2012

Little Boo Pumpkin

Here's a fun little pumpkin tutorial for you! Make sure when Fall is over and you get ready to throw away all of your gourds and little pumpkins, that you save the stems. They add a realistic touch to handmade fabric pumpkins.
Fabric pumpkin, needle felted acorns, and fabric leaves.
Hand dyed velvet pumpkin.
Draw a 4" circle. Lay the pattern on a double layer of fabric and cut out. Right sides together, sew, leaving a 1 1/2" gap for turning and stuffing. Turn pumpkin right side out. Stuff very firmly. Stitch opening closed. Using crochet thread, start in the middle from the bottom, go up through pumpkin, cross over the side downwards and back through the bottom of the pumpkin pushing needle through pumpkin and upwards. Continue doing this first in a "t" or cross shape and then in an x shape. Tie off on the bottom. Now just glue the stem on. There you have it, your cute little pumpkin. Make a bunch of them and put them in a bowl. Super cute! You could use wool, cute fabric or even felt. Have fun! If you get confused just leave a comment and I will try to explain it better.

This year I planted cotton in my garden. I hoped that it would make actual cotton bolls and it did! See the tiny bowl on the middle shelf? It has three cotton bolls in it.

More of my NC garden grown cotton. I will have to take some pictures of the plants. The flowers are so pretty, they were white and some were pink.

Close up of cotton. I have some seeds that we have already harvested. I can't guarantee they will grow but if you would like a few just send me your address and I will get some to you. You will need to plant them after the last frost in the Spring.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy Fall, Y'all!

It is finally time to put out the fall decorations and it won't be long until Christmas ones are up! I love Fall. The apples, pumpkins, hay rides, corn mazes, leaves turning, and of course the cool, crisp Fall air. I took a few pictures around the house. Enjoy!
Landing on the stairs. This space is small but able to support an antique Singer sewing machine, antique chair with antique apple crate. The pumpkin with the sweet face was painted by my mother, probably 35 years ago. I have hung onto it for years now and it is one of my favorite pieces.

The Resolute Desk. Well...not actually the Resolute Desk. I love the movie National Treasure! So, after I refinished this desk Dear Hubby's grandmother left him, we dubbed it The Resolute Desk. If you haven't seen this movie, and you love history, action and adventure this movie is for you.
A little bit of fall on the mantel.

Patriotic Fall. Yes, that's Lincoln.

Another antique sewing machine (treadle). This one is from the Free company. See the candle holders. My sweet Father-in-law made them for me. Look at that sad little bent candle on the left. I love these candles and bought them from a wonderful, sweet little local store here in town. The name of it was Antique or Not. She has since closed her brick and mortar and move to Idaho! Pam is so sweet. If you get a chance click here to visit her. D#2 and I dearly miss her wonderful Prim store. I purchased a lot of pieces from her including this "Free" sewing machine.

Display on the buffet. Scarecrow my mom made, Snoopy and friends in the pumpkin patch (it is lighted) and ceramic spider that I painted. Push his pom pom and he makes spooky noise. D#2 use to push it and run like the wind. She still doesn't like the ooooooo noise it makes, so I push it while she is at school :)
Antique wooden hay fork that I found locally. I want to make a tiny quilt to go behind it to look like this:
(Temecula Quilt Company)
My antique pie safe. Fall leaf garland with basket of pine cones. See the cinnamon broom to the left of the pie safe? It still has the plastic on it. Why? Man! that broom strong!! The scent of cinnamon was so overwhelming that I had to put the plastic bag back on it. I now lift the bag about 1 inch a week. Smells much better. I purchased this pie safe from money that I saved after doing a lot of commission work: curtains, pillows, costumes, etc.
This beautiful secretary was also purchased with my commission money. I love saving up and purchasing a large antique piece. It might take me a few years or few months, depending on what is to be purchased. The garland is lighted. The antique mantle clock was a birthday gift from dear hubby and the kids. The tiny chair with the pumpkin was a flea market find at $6. I have been collecting the firkins for a while now and find then labeled the strangest way. Some have said: wooden bucket(no surprise there-that is what it is), utensil caddy, old paint bucket, pencil holder (smaller one), slop bucket, etc. No one around here seems to call them a firkin. But, when labeled "firkin" they tend to go for high $$. So I'll take my slop, pencil, paint bucket any day. The sweet little vintage desk was a Saturday find. Found it up in Hickory, NC at my favorite antique store there. It is so cute! I love it. The bear is one of my first that I ever made. His body is actually upside down. His bottom is on top and his top is on bottom :)
D#2's piano. Christmas music is already coming out of it! Decorated with leaf garland and wool pumpkin.
Even the top of the refrigerator gets some garland.
Can't forget the balcony. This space has always puzzled me. I am not sure how to decorate the two blank walls to the left and right. To take this photo I am standing in front of the front door. I don't really want to hang another quilt up. I love the way Cracker Barrel decorates their walls and thought about doing little displays up there. Oh what to do.
Have a great weekend,

Monday, September 3, 2012

Keeping the Crafting Bug Alive!

Above: This sweet little primitive bear is on his way to a new home.
Above: Thank you card. I tried to make a ATC card but the 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" size was a little too small for me. I do want to make alot of ATCs (artist trading card) so that I can fill my 7 gypsies rolodex. I have had the rolodex for about 5 years now and have never really made anything for it.

Above: Heart Pincushion that I made as a thank you gift. Sorry, I should have taken a picture of it before I sealed the bag. The plaid looks a little loud but it is not that bright. The brown "nest" in the middle is actually a rosette with a pearl in the middle. I used hand dyed ribbon, hand stamped tag, picture of my great grandmother, piece of vintage style lace and corsage pin.

Above: Little better with a white background.
I know that it has been a while since I blogged here but I just haven't been making as much primitive stuff as I have whimsy/cutesy stuff. I have finally cleaned up my craft room and it is a very whimsy one now. My house is decorate for the most part primitive, but I also love red, aqua, sunny yellow and cutesy stuff. This is why my craft room took on a brighter look. Now I can enjoy the best of both worlds and it no longer has to be a competition of Whimsy vs. Primsy!! So, if you haven't seen the pics of my craft room go on over to  and check it out :)
Have a wonderful night and keep that crafting bug alive!! Go ahead....make something!!!
You'll be glad you did!!