Monday, August 29, 2011

Help, please?

Hi Blog Friends,

I am in need of some help.
I have a bunch of sweet annie growing and I'm not sure when to cut and dry it.
I have read some articles off the web about sweet annie but not sure when to havest.
Below are some pictures of what mine looks like right now and think it may be ready, but not sure.
So, what do you think? I'd appreciate some help if you know when to harvest.
I have been looking for glycerine to use in drying and have had no luck. Michael's, Jo anne's, and Ben Franklin don't carry it around here, so I guess I'll be drying it the old fashion way and hope for the best. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings, Jean

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wonderful giveaway offering

is hosting a wonderful giveaway!

She's posting each week a tutorial on how to do rug hooking and hosting a giveaway with THREE winners!
She would love some new followers~ so stop by and say Hi to Margie, just let her know I sent ya.

Praying for all who are being affected by hurricane Irene.
Please heed all the warnings! 
Be safe!
Blessings, Jean 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My cup runneth over

Good morning Blog Friends,

I am so grateful to have such sweet friends here in blog land. I was so touched to receive so many concerns and comments about the earthquake. Thank you all! My cup runneth over.

It's looking like Hurricane Irene is forecasted to come inland on the East Coast this weekend and I hope and pray that it dies down to a tropical storm and not the category 4 they predict.  Please heed all the precautions being given on this storm. Better to be safe than sorry ;o)

I'm still working to get my stock pile built back up of fall crafts and wanted to let you all know I will be announcing my giveaway on September 1st.
So be sure to stop back and sign up when you see the announcement!

Have a great day my friends!
Blessings, Jean

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Did you feel that!!

We just had an Earthquack here in Virginia.

It was said to be a  5.8 ~ shook the house something terrible but all is well. 
Pictures fallen, dishes rattled, floor rumbled~ very scary for about 5 - 10 seconds.

I have not experienced an earthquack since I was 9 yrs old living in Maryland.

Still a bit scared from this, but am okay.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Weekend was a success!

Good Monday All,

First I want to send a big Thank You to Linda over at Parker’s Paradise. Sweet Linda emailed me a few weeks back, asking if I’d do a swap with her for some chocolate burlap. She seen my candy corn with mice and wanted one. Of course I love fabric and burlap is always a needed item this time of year, so off the corn and mice went.

Well, Linda did not only send a whole bolt of chocolate burlap but a whole box of goodies!


Just look at all these goodies! I love it all!  I love Americana and the Sweet Land Of Liberty pillow is a wonderful addition to my collection and Linda’s little shoe pinkeep~ LOVE IT!


Linda sent some little bird nests~ a whole bag of threads~ a beautiful cubby with drawer and pantry cake~ and the fall theme wall box~ Love, love love!


Can’t wait to use some of this burlap! I see scarecrow hats and  bears in my future.

Thank you Linda! I love swapping with you.

First I have to apologize. I asked my sister to remind me to take some pics of the yard crawl and of course we both forgot!

The Rt. 11 Yard Crawl was such a success! Usually, this is a one day event, but this year there were so many people setting up on Friday I decided to do the same. Both days I had a steady stream of people come to buy my creations. I met so many wonderful people, Thank you to all!  I am blessed to have such wonderful customers. I’d like to send a special Thank you out to Carolyn and Faye~ two faithful friends that have come to see me each year at the crawl. I’m looking forward to next year.

I said I didn’t get any pics of the actual crawl, but on Saturday afternoon about 4:30 the skies started getting ominous looking and a few customers had told me there was a bad storm in the area that in fact the storm had just come through Woodstock VA and took some roofs off of some of the building there. So my sister and I decided we better start getting thing packed up. Thank God we did. The storm came through just as we had put the last box in the house and boy was it bad.

Straight line winds, torrential down pours of rain for about 15 minutes! We watched out the window as this storm came through and a lot of the other vendors had not gotten there items packed or there tents down in time.

Of course then I remembered the camera!




I could not believe people were actually standing out in these straight line winds trying to hold their tents down! Thank God no one was seriously injured. There was quite a bit of damage to the tents and glassware. People pitched together to try and salvage what they could and cleaned up the aftermath. All I can say is it’s a good thing to heed the warnings when you see the skies blacken and others telling you there is a bad storm in the area.

Sunday morning we walked out to see if there were any goodies left in any of the pile of garbage left behind and I found this picture with the frame and glass in tacked. I love the picture and wish it had not gotten soaked by the rains. I’m gonna try to salvage it, but if not the frame can be used elsewhere.


Look at these darling little dresses! I just had to purchase them at the sale. The top one is my favorite! There all vintage~ the three in the middle are christening gowns. 


I got all this fabric for $7! They range in length from 2 yds to 7 yds. What a deal!


Well, that was my weekend~ it was a lot of work but a big success!

Hope you all had a great weekend too.

Thanks for stopping by, I need to get working on more fall goodies and I am still planning on hosting my giveaway. I’ll be announcing it soon.

Have a great and productive week!

Blessings, Jean

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sharing and a FREEBIE!

Hi Blog Friends,
It’s been very busy here at Prim Crafts, getting ready for the
Rt. 11 Yard Crawl.
Every year on the second Saturday in August there’s a 50+ mile yard sale in the Shenandoah Valley that runs down Route 11. This will be my 3rd year setting up in front of my house selling all my hand made items. Thousands of people flock to this event! I have the fortune of being next to a place that has 200 vendors setting up for this crawl. It’s so much fun and I love having customers that come just to see what I have to offer. I am so grateful for this. I’ve received quite a few emails asking if I’ll be set up again this year, YES, I wouldn't miss it for the world!
My sister and niece are coming to stay for the weekend too. She’s bringing a truck load of households to sell. My niece, Megan wants to set up a lemonade stand. I think that’s so sweet!
I just pray the weather will be nice Saturday.
Here’s a couple of pics of things I’ve been working to get done.
Forgotten Pumpkins! Pattern by My Primitive Saltbox.
Farm Ad Pumpkins ~ also by My Primitive Saltbox.
Witch hat bowl fillers.
Witch bust bowl fillers ~ pattern by Kentucky Primitives.
Simple Pumpkin Tucks.
I have quite a few other items I want to get done, but not sure I will. It really is a lot of work to set up and prepare for a show. I use to do shows several years ago and stopped because I got more lookers than buyers.  I only do this Yard crawl because there are so many wonderful people that I have come to know ~ only by faces, but enjoy seeing and they seem to buy.
While I was working on Halloween items, I wanted a simple witch face bowl filler and did not have any patterns for one.
So, I drew one out myself and am pleased with how they turned out.
Witch face BF 001
I’m offering this pattern for free to all my followers!
If the link does not work, send me an email and I’ll be happy to forward the pattern to you.
I hope you like it and will enjoy making them as much as I did.
Still working on my fall giveaway, so be on the lookout for that announcement.
Have a great week and stay cool!
Blessings, Jean

Monday, August 1, 2011

More pumpkins made:

Good Monday to y’all,

Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday I told you I was going junkin. Well I hit a couple of yard sales, stopped at a few thrift shops and notta! Nothing said take me home. Oh well, I had a good time getting out and about anyway.

So I came home and made some more pumpkins.



These sweet primitive folk art pumpkin dolls are a design by Sweetpea Primitives. The pattern is in one of the Mercantile Gatherings issues.  They would look so sweet sitting amongst a fall display. I rag stuffed her body to give her a weighted feel, and used tiny thin twigs wired together for her arms. I don’t have any sweet annie yet, so I went to the corn field and picked the dried tassels from the top of the corn stalks and tucked them in the front bow.  Very prim looking.

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I love these pumpkin guys with crows! This is another pattern by Kentucky Primitives. His pumpkin body is rag and polyfil stuffed to give him a lumpy feel. I used shredded coco liner for his hair and honeysuckle for his arms. I did not like the stick legs suggested in the pattern so I made legs from muslin and stained them green. I think he’s easier to display and won’t scratch any surfaces with his legs.


Here’s my version of witch boots. I made many of these last year and sold very well. Hoping there a hit again this year.

And I finally made the flag bowl fillers Melissa!

Melissa, from Libbie’s Home blogspot gave away some of her flag prints and I was one of the lucky people to receive two of them. I told her I would use them to make me a flag bowl filler~ I love them! Thank you so much Melissa!


Last night I started tracing out a bunch of bowl fillers and fall dolls, so that’s what I’ll be up to this week.

I’m thinking it’s about time for another Prim Craft giveaway, so be on the lookout for that announcement! It’s going to be a fall theme. Not sure what it’ll be and I may even keep it a secret! Lol.

Have a great week and stay cool!

Thanks for stopping by!

Prim Blessings, Jean