Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I have been working on some black mammy bag holders
I am hoping to get them dressed today.
 We live in south GA and on occasion we will see snow.
Feb 12, 2010 it started snowing just before dark and
these are some of the pictures. We have been living
here 12 years and this is the 2nd time it has snowed.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New Christmas Annies

I just finished these little annies...they are on Etsy.
They were really a lot of fun to make because of
the colors being pinks and light reds and
not the traditional red and green.
Pattern by Sweet Meadows.
Happy Thanksgiving!
If you are a Black Friday shopper, please take a
few moments to ready these tips to stay safe.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What I have been working on

Old Road Primitives reindeer pattern
Here's some things we have been working on...getting
ready for a 2 day show this weekend...

Thought I would try a different style..the
bottom could hold a gift, be a bag holder or
tissue holder

This is my first time with grundgy can be
a challenge

Some of my husband's work..I do the staining and painting

Icicles pattern..Old Cupboard Door
Until next time....
Hope everyone has a very successful craft
show season.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Getting Ready for Craft Shows

I have been working almost non-stop for the last 6 weeks
getting ready for craft shows.  I took this picture in the summer
in our back yard and thought it told the story of how tired I am.
In cast you are trying to figure out what he is on...we decided to
build a birdhouse with a plexaglass side so we could watch the birds
and their has been there almost 2 years and
the birds are not intrested in least the squirrel
is enjoying his nap. He has been working real hard hiding nuts..
we have a lot of 4 pecan trees in the back yard so
he stays busy all year.
Until next time.....

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fall and Halloween Decorating

This is a bench my husband made from old wood
and old window. This is at the back door in garage.

Scarecrow door in garage

Primitive Welcome banner. I just repainted
the bench using a textured paint..before color
was white
Witch Parking sign

Pumpkin patch...I took a break and did a "me" project
there are 9

This is a bunny pattern from Sweet Meadows that
I made this year at Easter.  I think his little
round tummy is so cute. 
(vest was not included in pattern)

Halloween candy canes I order on Ebay.
I put them through the prim process and found
this jack-o-lantern on line.

I made this little mouse last year

Candy corn I ordered on Ebay

Wax corn ornies..these were made by Sandy
@ Olde Country Cupboard.
I found this old sock in the untility room
and turned it into a pumpkin, with
a twig from the yard.

These are pumpkins that I made.. I made the grungy jar with
a spider legs label..Paw Readings and coasters were bought
on Ebay.

This is a wool pillow I bought this
past summer at a Going out of Business Sale 
at a local gift shop.
Back door going to garage...he holds a
battery operated tea light

This is a birdhouse I painted..probably about 15
years ago when I was learning to I type
this, I'm thinking...I am still learning. I am trying
to perfect painted eyes on's like the old

I love these guys..they are from a Sweet Meadows
patern. I had some at a craft show last year and
several mothers told their kids.."this is what
happens when you eat too much candy".

I made 2 or these bats last year..there is lots of top stitching
and I added wire so the wings can be posed. The eyes are
suppose to go underneath, but I wanted to see them so I put
them on top.

This is a wire frame and we decorate for the season.
My husband made a stand (not shown) so he
doesn't tip over so easily.  Our neighbor was watching the house
and feeding the animals while we were away..he lived
just across the road.  He saw a car at our house several
times and called the Sheriff's Dept. I wish I could have seen
this...the Deputy wanted to look in the the
neighbor pressed the button to open the door and as it
came up slowly...this wire man was dressed for Christmas
at that time at the back door...and when the Deputy saw the
bottom of the overalls he pulled his gun and when he
saw it was a snowman...well... my neighbor and the Deputy
 had a good laugh.

Fall display on my mother's old sewing machine
and cabinet. The items in the drawers are just
like she left it.  I have had it for 6 years.
I hope everyone has a great weekend...and I hope you
have a very successful craft show season.
Until next time...

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pumpkin Cream Cheese

I found this recipe on another is below.
I decided to use butternut squash instead of pumpkin..we
 have an abundance of these from our garden.
First I used a melon ball scoop to remove seeds. It has sharp
edges and really makes the job easy.

I added about 1/2 inch water to pan..cooked
about 10 minutes...look at that deep orange color..there
are tons of vitamins..1 cup has 150% of vitamin A of the daily
recommended amount and 63 calories and here's the link to learn more.
and best of all I know where it came from...grown without the use of pesticides.

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix...I love nutmeg, which
was not in the recipe, so I added a pinch.

This is really a quick recipe..less than 15 minutes..
less if you use canned pumpkin... and
you have almost a cup of homemade Pumpkin
Cheese Spread..It's so good I am going to double
the recipe next time.
Butternut squash can be substituted in any recipe that
has pumpkin as an ingredient.
My daughter makes this and serves as a dip with
ginger snap cookies..yummy..she is such a great cook.
So here's the recipe and the link to the blog...
                                                  Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread

                                                 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
                                                 3 tablespoons brown sugar
                                                 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
                                                 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
                                                 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
                                                 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
                                                 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

                            1. In a small bowl, beat softened cream cheese, sugar, and syrup til creamy.
                            2. Add pumpkin, spices and vanilla and beat til smooth.
                            3. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
                            4. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Signs of fall, santa,snowman,reindeer

Spider/hurricane lilies are the first sign of fall at our house.
They started blooming a couple weeks ago

Just finished a batch of these..I'm thinking...
should I make a wood base for them to
sit in..they will stand but tip over easy.
pattern by: Olde Country Cupboard
Craft shows are now a reality..just around the corner.
We only do 2 shows in the fall..this year went
really fast for us. 
Make it a great day!!
Life is not about the number of breaths we take..
but the moments that take our breath away.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


This plant is in Tennessee at my sister's house.
She gave me my plant that I posted earlier.
As mentioned in the link below, it is the most romantic
plant you can have in your garden.
This is a beautiful flower...but's quite poisonous, to people and pets
especially the seeds

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Do you eat grapes

I don't buy grapes that often but I did this week.
When it comes to produce, white vinegar is the most
important item in my kitchen.
I put the grapes in a bowl and poured approx. 1/2 cup
of vinegar (vinegar kills bacteria) over them and then poured the
 same vinegar back into the cup and poured it over them again. The glass
on the left iswhat the vinegar looked like. The second glass is plain water
I poured over the grapes after the vinegar and the glass on the
right is plain water.
What do you think?

Does it change you mind about vinegar?

Do you rinse or wash or your produce?

I also use vinegar on the produce that comes from my
garden if I will be eating it raw.
Whether it is from the store or the garden, you
never know where it has been or
what has been on it.  Broccoli, at our Walmart
is not that doesn't come home with me.
I buy it from another grocery store where it is wrapped.
When I make a salad, I put all my ingredients (lettuce,
broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, bell pepper- anything
raw) in the salad spinner and pour about 1/2 cup vinegar
and about 2 pints water and swish around with my hand and
spin the water out.  I was changes the taste of
the salad..and for the better...tastes really fresh.
Here's a tip for extending the life of cauliflower and broccoli.
Cut into pieces.
Wash in the vinegar solution,same as above, drain (don't rinse
with water)put on clean towel and let it air dry for a little while.
Then put in a zip bag with a dry paper towel. The towel absorbs
the moisture...too much moisture will cause it to spoil.
 It will last 2 weeks and be as fresh as the day you
bought it..and the cauliflower will not get the dark spots.
If you shop in Publix, you already know it is at the top of
the list for being the best. Moving here to South GA over
12 years ago the only grocery stores were Winn Dixie and
Harveys and one more..can't remember the name, it closed a long
 time ago...Publix was a 45 to 60 minute drive fromwhere we lived. 
There was a Walmart which was very small and about 7 years ago we got
a Walmart Supercenter.
Publix opens in a couple weeks and we are so excited.
There's going to be lots of good sales and some competition. 

I did a little more canning

Pickled Jalapeno Peppers and Banana Peppers
                                  I removed 90% of the seeds so they would not be to spicy.

I believe this is a Honeysuckle we planted last year.
Really pretty plant and easy to control.

I hope everyone has a really great weekend.
We will be working Saturday..daughter and son-in-law
moved into a new house..we are part of the clean-up
 crew.. it will be a lot of fun.