17 April, 2014

~Thrifty Thursday: wooden thread spool~

Hello friends. It's Thrifty Thursday again. The wooden spool of thread pictured above is not vintage, but is very decorative. Green is my favorite color. These were on sale at the local Hobby Lobby for 50% off, making them only $4.00 each. The spool is nearly four inches tall. The thread has a wooly texture. 'Looks good in my sewing/crafting area. Notice the photo is really good quality. Thanks to Marti at: SEW-Licious Home Decor: Photography 101 for the wonderful photography tips. Photography 101 includes how to make your own DIY light box to eliminate common problems, such as a yellow glare, blurry edges, etc... 'Made mine of things already around the house, so the cost was a whopping zero. How cool is that?

10 April, 2014

~Thrifty Thursday: paper mache eggs in nest~

Here are four paper mache eggs that I painted and speckled. They sit in a little nest that was found at a local antiques store for only $2.00 (perfect for Thrifty Thursday). The only place that I could find these eggs without having to order them was Hobby Lobby. Well, that's just a wonderful excuse to go in that store, lol! The eggs are painted some of my favorite colors, and the speckles kinda make them look more natural. Since Easter is in April this year, these eggs are in time for that holiday. 'Reminds me of years ago when we children painted eggs every Easter. Thank goodness that practice of dyeing live chicks has ended. At the time, 'guess folks just didn't think of the possible harm to the animals. Do you remember those dyed chicks? What are your thoughts/memories of Easter eggs?

08 April, 2014

~Rabbit Heart cross stitchery~

Easter will be here soon, and this cross stitchery reminds me so much of the season. I am a beginner, and this is my largest completed design to date. The floss is DMC #3051, Dark Green Grey. The aida is 14 ct. white. The completed design is approx. 6 1/2"X7". To see what this stitchery was turned into, follow the link below my signature.
free cross stitch chart: Gazette94

06 April, 2014

Why I am a No Reply Blogger

Good morning friends. Some people may wonder why other bloggers are No Reply Bloggers. Well, there actually is a reason, at least for my choice. First, let me say that it is not to be unfriendly or appear unsocial. It is simply an issue of security. While allowing Replies is so easy and convenient for those who are good people, it also makes easy and convenient access for those people on the web who are not friendly. Having your email address accessible to the whole world wide web is really dangerous. This is as dangerous as having a mailto: link directly to your email account. These practices can fill your inbox with viruses and spam, and even crash your computer (especially if your security system does not have a firewall to protect your email). Hijackers, spammers, scrapers, and other such people do not need to know a person's email address. Sadly, not everyone who replies on a blog has good intentions nor is even interested in the blog. So, how can well-intentioned people contact you?

Contact forms are a great solution. Some are free, others are paid-for services. They provide a safer outlet to be contacted, and do not reveal your email address unless you choose to reply to the sender. Mine has a CAPTCHA where the sender must fill-in the letters/numbers in the box to prove that they are not a robot. Yes, robots do search the web looking for those mailto: links and other ways to enter people's email accounts. Not all robots are friendly. Some are spybots! Why make it easy for them, and at the price of compromising your identity/security?

There is no 100% foolproof way to stop bad people and spyware, but taking some simple measures can really help to avoid falling victim. Having a reputable security system with a firewall to protect your email, not using mailto: links, and not providing easy access to your email address are all great starts. Some people say that they have a special email account for contacts in case something bad happens, but here's the thing: that email account is checked by you on your computer which means that this method is not a solution. Using "[at] dot com" or something similar, also not a solution. Nearly everyone knows what that means. Although it is not a link, it is revealing. Moderating comments is a smart and safe decision.

Nowadays, being social on the web is very important. I appreciate all of my followers and the comments. Yet, we still must be careful and safeguard ourselves. In a perfect world, we could just not worry and all would be OK. Sadly, this is not the case. It is so sad to see a fellow blogging friend get hacked. We should guard our email addresses the same as we do our physical addresses and other personal information: need-to-know basis. It really is an everyday struggle when on the web to be social and accessible without compromising one's identity/security, isn't it? Prim Spring blessings.

Visit my page: *Safe Blogging Tips: What To Do Immediately If You Do Get Hacked*

Image: Twin Creek Primitives

04 April, 2014

~Winner of Simple Times Giveaway~

Good morning friends. Thank you to all who entered the Simple Times giveaway. Random Number Generator© selected #1, which is: Cindi of Cindi's Country Corner. In her comment, Cindi said that her favorite thing about Spring is, "... The thing I like best about spring is not being cold!" 'Will be emailing you in a sec, Cindi, for your mailing address. There are many new followers recently, and all followers are very much appreciated. Just think, 3 1/2 years ago this blog had only about 30 followers... Are you all enjoying some warmer Spring weather? Here in Alabama it is warmer but rainy with some storms mixed in. That is typical for this area during this season. Prim Spring blessings.

03 April, 2014

~Thrifty Thursday: Pattern bargains~

Good morning friends. 'Was just thinking... there are so many free patterns available out there. Many have been featured on this blog. We should always credit the designers, linking to their blogs/sites. After all, they are so generously offering their work for us. If the designer has terms of use, we should always abide by those terms as well. Of course, we must always be careful when clicking on links for free stuff, as these can often contain spyware or viruses. The following links are tested and McAfee Safe©:

Pillow case dresses, with several variations- The Mother Huddle

Several really cute children's and ladies' patterns- Pretty Prudent

Darling round yoke dress- Ruffles & Stuff

Children's reversible wrap top- Craftiness Is Not Optional

Paper Fan wrap dress- Anna Maria Horner

Some of these designers also have patterns for sale on Etsy, Craftsy, and various other venues. We always support handmade when possible. Another smart tactic is to keep a small notepad with you or save the info via your smart phone so that you can record the pattern companies and numbers that you like and save that list for when the store has a sale. This way, you won't have to compete for a seat at the pattern books table; you can go straight to the files and grab the patterns you want, lol! Hancock Fabrics often has such sales, and Wal-Mart will honor and meet the sale price if you show the sale coupon. Looking at thrift stores often turns-up some bargain priced patterns, like the ones pictured above. Total spent: .75¢! Awesome for this week's Thrifty Thursday. These are older patterns, but still useful nowadays. Don't you just love a great bargain or sale? Prim Spring blessings.