Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Enjoy the day with family and friends. Some of us are still a little sick but it was requested we still try to cook a turkey with all the trimmings. so we will do that later today and then we usually start our Christmas decorating. Stay tuned for pictures in a few days.
Here are some pics of the things I've been working on for a few weeks now. They were from some free patterns of various places, one item was from a pattern by Sweet Pea Primitives and another from Moonchild Prims. I've really enjoyed working on so many different things. My 7 year old son tells me that we have to keep some of them for ourselves. I'm thinking he might be right.
These candy canes were quick and fun. I baked them in the oven and scented them with coffee, vanilla and a little cinnamon.
These little guys look so great in my wooden bowl with some primitive greens.
These prim snowmen were fun but I'm not completely sure if I liked how they turned out. I didn't coffee stain the pure and natural batting, I only tea stained it. I think they should maybe be a little bit darker.
I made two of these one in green and one in red. These were also baked in the oven. I left them a little crinkled. I didn't iron them I just smoothed out a little bit and then stuffed them. I think the crinkled look helps them look a little old. I love the graphic that is pinned with rusty pins.
I made 3 of the following little ornaments. I think they came out really nice. It was my first attempt at sculpted noses.
These little tea light holders were really fun to make. The brim is sprinkled with german glass glitter. I'm pretty pleased with these.
I made three of these also. I finished them up last night. Now I'm finished for a few weeks and have boxed up my supplies. It's hard to find the space in a small house to keep the projects I'm working on out until they are completed. It's been awhile since I did so much crafting but these are for a good cause. Our church is doing a fundraiser on 12/5 a cookie and craft sale. I don't really think they will get what they are "worth" the way you would at a craft fair or a prim shop. I think whatever is left over I will try to sell here, on ebay or maybe even open an etsy shop of my own. When my oldest girls were little I had a very successful crafting business doing fairs and renting booth space in craft malls. That was a long time ago or at least it seems that way so it's been fun working on crafty things again.
I'm thinking too that I might do a Christmas giveaway. I've been enjoying reading other blogs and seeing what they have to offer this time of year. So check back around December 7th or so I might have it together by them. I certainly need more blogging friends/followers - it's lonely out here in a small town. I'm not a small town girl, somethings just won't change, no matter how much one tries.
Kim is having a really wonderful Christmas give a way for a set our Christmas Mice from one of her very own original patterns. I just love her stuff. Go on over and check it out, who knows maybe you'll be the lucky winner.
I'm going to be 42 on Sunday the 29th and boy am I starting to feel not so young anymore. But the only reason I mention that is because hubby a while back stopped at a local prim shop and must have bought something there for me. I went into the shop a few days later (not knowing he had already been) and the owner said Happy Birthday and was I surprised. She felt so bad when she realized it was my daughter's birthday in October and mine was a month away. So now I've been wondering what did he pick out on his own? Sometimes that's a scary thought -he has very little decorating taste. Time will tell and maybe I'll post a picture. You can tell me what ya think.
I sent the photo below to a couple of friends and they both said to use the picture above our fireplace which is in the TV room of our basement. I don't think much about decorating down there because there are no windows and the kids also use it as a play area. The mantle has been bare for most of the 3 years of living here except for Christmas when the kids put out our Christmas village pieces. So now I think I will re-think the decorating down there and maybe do an antique colonial style room or at least part of it like that since the other wall is floor to ceiling of hubby's books. It was also suggested that I darken the frame to prim it up a little so I will add that to the look. After Christmas I will scout out the TS and Goodwill for additional items that wall sconces and things. The pictures remind me very much of our old colonial home back in Winchendon, MA. I really miss that house. It was full of old features, 14 rooms with 7 fireplaces one that had a beehive oven built in. It was a 200 year old federal colonial home once on the town register for historic homes. Our whole family still misses living there. Oh, well maybe someday we will have a home very similar to that one or build one for our retirement. Then the grandchildren can come over and enjoy the space. But I'm a little too young for being a grandma just yet.
Gotta question for any of you prim collectors or lover of antiques and anything of the olden days. I bought these yesterday at Goodwill. I really loved them when I saw them but now I'm wondering if they would really go with prim decor. I thought I'd put them above the piano and take down the raggedy ann picture type thing that is there. I'm kinda tired of that one. But now I'm not sure. So tell me what ya think?
I've been working on a few items for our churches cookie and craft sale held in December. I thought I'd share a few of those photos.
I had so much fun working on these little guys. I made 8 of them but I'm going to keep 4 of them for myself. The pattern is from the Old Glory Company. It was the first time that I tried baking things in the oven. My hubby and kids would come in and ask what I was cooking. The smell of coffee, cinnamon and vanilla just waffled through the house. They were quite disappointed when they couldn't eat these little guys. But boy did the kitchen smell good.
Here's a whole pan of them. Don't they look great!
This snowman isn't really all that prim. He is lightly tea stained but I thought I should have a mixed variety because ya never know in such a small area as where we live right now how many are really into the prim decor.
I have some other items that I've been working on but they aren't finished yet. Mostly Christmas ornaments hopefully I will get those finished and can post them for next week. I figure if they don't sell very well at the church bazaar then I will either open an etsy store (never done that before) or sell them off my blog. Years ago I had a small craft business and did pretty well selling out of a booth and at fairs. Now with so many kids and the homeschooling I have really run out of the time needed to invest in something like that so that you have enough inventory to make the booth rent each month.
If you want to check out what others are working on head on over to Leslie's blog.
Currently I'm a LCMS pastor's wife living in rural Wisconsin. We homeschool our 5 children ages 15 down to 6. I enjoy scrapbooking, quilting, crafting in general plus antiques and collectibles. One of my favorite items is primitive decor. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Come back often or sign up to follow my blog. You can do that through feedblitz or blogger.