Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Autumn!

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all."
- Stanley Horowitz

Happy Autumn!
Enjoy the weekend!

Blessings, Jean

Friday, September 16, 2011

Winners and sharing:

Happy Friday Blog Friends!

Brrrr….it’s cold! Got up this morning and the temp out side was 43 degrees! What happen to fall? It’s feeling more like winter.

Before I announce the winner’s of my giveaway, I’d like to share some random pics of my fall decorating. I don’t do a lot, but thought I’d share.

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Stairway to the front porch.  We built a fence rail across the opening so the fur babies could go out and enjoy the porch with us. I grew the pumpkins in my garden and purchased the wood pumpkin with crow from a local shop this year.

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Wood ghosts~ made these 3 yrs ago for the yard. I enjoy seeing them in the yard each year.

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This isn’t fall but it is my favorite in the yard! I made this bird house a few years ago and used old rusty tin for the roof ~ it’s now weathered to perfection!

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This is the wreath I have on the front door. Couldn’t get a good pic of it, but you get the idea.

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This guys on my back door. I love seeing him each year too.

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My favorite pumpkins~ sitting on my Hoosier in the kitchen.

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Top of the Hoosier~ see the metal pumpkin and the sunflower head drying in front. Just hope the mice don’t find it! Yep, this old farm house get mice this time of year and I hate it, but that’s a downfall with old homes.

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And these girls just had to get in the post! lol. I made them this week using a pattern by Sweet Meadows Farm. I think they turned out just precious! So much personality!

Okay, you’ve been patient enough so now to announce the winners!

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I had to get the big bowl for this one! There were 65 entries and I gave a second chance to all my loyal commenters.

I surpassed my goal of 250 followers and promised to draw a second name if that happened.

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So, without further ado ~ first place winner is……

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies

and second place is……

Cyndy @ Crafty Stitchers

Congratulations ladies! I’ll be emailing you for your info.

Thank you all for joining in on this giveaway and choosing to follow my blog! I truly appreciate you and love hearing from you all.

Wishing you a great weekend!

Blessings, Jean

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Reminder and sharing:

Hi Blog Friends!

Boy, it seems the days just keep flying by! It’s been beautiful weather here in the valley. 80’s during the day and cool 60’s at night. The weatherman said by Friday we could see 40’s at night! I’d better go dig out my flannel pj’s! lol’.

I have quite a bit to share with you all, but I want to remind anyone who has not signed up for my fall giveaway ~ you have until tomorrow to do so. I’ll be announcing the winner’s on Friday morning ~ yes two lucky followers will receive gifts from me~ .

You must be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on my giveaway post (a few back) only in order to be in the pot! Good luck to all!

Last weekend I drove the Rt. 340 yard crawl and was a bit disappointed. Most of the yard sales were nothing but kids toys and clothing. Nothing against that, but I was looking for good old junk!

This is all I purchased in the 25 mile journey.

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Some old tin ware. Love the little horse cookie cutter and the round cylinder is Watkins baking powder. We had a nice day anyway.

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I did manage to get some crafting things done too.

The Littlest Witch ~ pattern by Cats in the barn. It was a free pattern on patternmart. I love how prim she is! Very easy pattern to follow.


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Witch Annie’s ~ pattern by Homespun from the heart.

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Cat and Jax ~pattern by My Primitive Saltbox.

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Another scarecrow for hire doll ~pattern by Sweet Meadows Farm.

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And I love this turkey bird! It’s the pattern in Mercantile Gatherings fall issue.  perfectly Prim!

I also have some Thank You’s to send out.

Y’all know Margie over at Hungry Hook Primitives ~ well I won second place on her hooking giveaway.

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She generously gave away one of her rug designs printed on monks cloth. I of course love the design and purchased the wool and hook from Margie to get started on my journey in rug hooking. So when the snow starts falling this winter, I’ll be curled up on the couch trying to learn the art of hooking. Thank you Margie for the great prize and for all the time your spending in posting Tutorials for us wannabe’s.

Stop over and visit Margie ~ she’s a great friend and has so much to offer! She’s also selling beautiful wool and such for hooking and penny rugs.

Keri over at The Calico Rabbit held a giveaway for this Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine. This issue features one of Keri’s penny designs and is just awesome!  The magazine is full of wonderful prim projects designed by very talented artists and stitchers.

Thank you Keri!

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I have some fall things to finish up, then I’ll be starting on winter items. The box chain stores are already putting out Christmas! Gotta keep up with the competition! Lol’.

Oh, if any of you are in the Shenandoah area~ The Shenandoah Valley Flea Market is having their Customer Appreciation Special this weekend! You’ll receive 10% off all purchases~ that’s where I have a selling booth and just stocked it full of fall goodies! Stop by if you can.

Whoooo, sorry for such a long post~ guess I had a lot to share this time.

I’ll be back Friday to announce the winners and maybe share some fall decorating.

Until then, Have a great week!

Blessings, Jean

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Beauty from above:

In all the sorrow our nation has felt this 9-11; after a brief rain this Sunday evening; I stepped out on my front porch and this was the gift sent to our little corner of the world.



Not just one, but two beautifully vibrant rainbows.

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the above pic has the double.

I’ve seen many rainbows, but this one was so perfect ~ it started on one side of our house and ended right in front of  the house; in the horse field across the street.

I knew I just had to share this with all of you.

Praying for better days ahead.

Blessings, Jean

Saturday, September 10, 2011

We Shall Never Forget:



God bless all that have give the ultimate sacrifice and all that continue to keep us safe!

“She needs our prayers.”

Don’t take anything for granite. Live life to it’s fullest.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,  the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

God Bless this world we live in.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Giveaway reminder:

Hi Blog Friends!

It’s been a rainy dreary week here in the valley. Seems like the East Coast just keeps getting pounded with bad weather lately. I hope this is not any indication as to what the winter is going to be for us.

I just wanted to stop in and say a big HELLO to all my new followers! And a big THANK YOU to all my friends for posting my giveaway to their blogs. I have exceeded my goal of reaching 250 followers so, I will be drawing a second name on 9/16 for a little goodie.

If you have not yet signed up for the giveaway, click HERE and leave a comment on that post. Reminder that I am only taking entries from that post.

I managed to get some new things done this week in between  filling orders from my consignment shops. Boy these shops are keeping me busy! I truly do appreciate all the customers whom love my creativity.

Witch boots with tea light. I made bunches of these last year and they sold very well for me, as they are selling well again this year.

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Prim scarecrow using the body from a sweetpea primitives pattern.

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And I’m trying these out. Witches book of spells and potions.  I made these by covering composition books with black flannel, then made the label on the computer and printed it off onto grungy muslin and glued to the front cover. I tied jute twine around and tucked some sweet annie in the twine. I also used walnut ink dye to age the outer edges of the pages. I love how they turned out, but not sure if any will sell. Guess we’ll see.

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This weekend is the Rt 340 yard crawl and I ‘m hoping the sun will be shinning. I’m not selling anything this time, I’m going bargain hunting instead. I want to find things I can make over. I found a wood chair that I want to do a make-do chair out of and when I went to the landfill last week, there was a small coffee table sitting out beside the dumpster asking me to take it home and make over. LOL! These will be great projects to do once the weather gets cooler. I’ll be sure to share when they’re done.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stay safe and be kind to one another.

Prim Blessings, Jean

Friday, September 2, 2011


Good morning blog friends,

I’m so please with the first day of responses on my giveaway, Thank you all! I truly love blogging and sharing my creations with all of you. I hope to be able to do a little more posting once things settle down here.

I finished this doll up yesterday and couldn’t wait to share him with you all.

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This is a Sweet Meadows Farm pattern~ “Scarecrow for hire”. I changed him a bit and love how he turned out. Originally he has gloves for hands (didn’t have any gloves) and was holding a chicken and egg. I made a sunflower for him to hold instead, because around here sunflowers sell and chickens don’t. He’s a big guy and has the round ball head. I just love making the round doll heads. I thought they would be so hard to do, but I guess just like anything else, practice makes perfect!

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I also finished up a few of these cuties! I made these witch hats with mice on a spring last fall and they sold very well, and so far this year anything with mice are doing well. This is my own design.

Last night I cut the sweet annie and put in tubs with the glycerin solution, so I hope that it turns out. I did grow sweet annie last year and just dried it upside down, but I did not like how it turned so yucky brown and brittle. I know prim is brown, but this was dead brown if you know what I mean. So I’m hoping for the best.  Also, I think I may be allergic to this stuff as I now have a sore throat and heavy felling in my chest. I was really itchy after cutting it and went right in an showered, but I guess it was so aromatic it got to my sinuses. I did not have this problem last year when I cut it down. Then again this year I had five times as much to harvest.

Well, gotta get busy making more fall goodies, so have a great holiday weekend!

Blessings, Jean

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Giveaway Time!

Happy 1st of September!

It is time for Prim Crafts Fall Giveaway!

The rules are very simple:

  1. You must be a follower of my blog. New followers are welcome to join.
  2. This giveaway is open to the continental USA and Canada. Sorry but the postage is too high to ship just anywhere.
  3. You must leave a comment on this posting ONLY and say you wish to be interred in the giveaway.
  4. I am giving one additional chance to my LOYAL commenters. I know who you all are so if you say you want to be entered in my giveaway I’ll automatically give you a second chance in the pot!
  5. I would love for you to add my giveaway to your blog sidebar~ but I’m not offering additional chances at the giveaway. However, if I get 8 more followers and show 250 followers on my blog by the end of the giveaway~  I will draw a second name for a little gift of appreciation.

So, what is the offering, you ask?

Well, here is part of the gift. This is a Tennessee Ridge Primitives design.

Prim Pumpkin Pie with crow and pumpkin pods.

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This would make a beautiful center piece in any prim home.

I filled an old pie pan with coco straw/grass, then glued the grungy pumpkin to the pan. I then added more coco grass to the top of the pumpkin and an old stick from my yard. The crow is glue to the pumpkin top. The three pumpkin pods are loose and can be displayed however you like.

As I stated, this is only one of the items I’m offering in my giveaway~ the rest will remain a surprise. I just love surprises!

This giveaway will run til September 15th and the winner will be announced on September 16th.

Good Luck!

I’ll be back in the next few days to post some of the things I’ve been working on,

Until then, Prim Blessings.