25 March, 2015

Spring Tidings Swap 2015

Hello friends. Recently I participated in the Spring Tidings Swap at Bumblebee Lane Cottage. My partner was Michelle of: Simple Pleasures Blog. Pictured above are the wonderful items that she sent to me: an 8X10 framed black rabbit on canvas, an Amish book full of whimsical Pennsylvania Dutch expressions and terminology, a cute book marker, a cross-stitched "Welcome" house with red hearts in a circular frame, a rusty tin can with a battery light candle and aged sheet music What A Friend, a little chocolate felt bunny inside a craft paper box, a burlap pocket with a black felt key decoration and full of red flowers, a navy checked homespun pillow with a cute blue bird applique, a small woven frame with a Springtime graphic inside, a patriotic heart-shaped craft box full of mug coasters, a ceramic blue bird, a ceramic white bunny, a word art wood plaque with the letters "Spring", a wood heart-shaped bowl full of painted white and pink Easter eggs, and a pack of chalkboard-looking word art stickers. Wow! All such great items. Sending many thanks to you Michelle. I absolutely love everything that you sent. 'Want to see what I sent to Michelle? Check out her blog and also follow the link below my signature.

23 March, 2015

Eyelet blouse

This is my adaptation of the pattern: See & Sew B6004. It is a dress pattern, and I have added two tucking rows on the front bodice. 'Also shortened the length to make a blouse. The fabric is cream colored cotton/poly blend eyelet with a scalloped border. Eyelet is so pretty, isn't it? Since Friday marked the beginning of the Spring equinox, this blouse will be very comfortable. This post also marks the 470th post on this blog. My, how time flies since 2010. To see a close up view of the tucking, and the pattern difficulty rating, follow the link below my signature. Prim Spring blessings.

19 March, 2015

Thrifty Thursday: vegetables in a bottle

Look at the two items that I found at a local thrift store: a little glass jar of vegetables and a cute damask box. Both items were at really great prices, too: .50¢ each. I have always loved the veggies in a bottle. So, are they real or fake, lol! Either way, this will look good in a kitchen. The damask box, well, 'just thought it was really pretty. It will be a good what-not. Tomorrow is the Spring solstice, and warmer weather will arrive soon. These items remind me of nice Spring weather. Prim blessings to you all.

10 March, 2015

Denim pleat dress

Here is another Dandy Jane dress from: the Pleat dress pattern. This one is made of 100% cotton denim with an orange and white floral print pleat insert. 'Just something about the pleat inset that I love! The pattern is kinda retro, which also pleases me. Do you think that granddaughter Macey will love this one? Her mother has already picked it up and taken it home. To see this pattern's difficulty rating, as well as its matching hair bow follow the link below my signature.

05 March, 2015

Thrifty Thursday: old tin kettle

Hello friends. Pictured above is an old tin kettle, found at a local thrift store for only $1.00. How awesome is that? The handle is white ceramic with a beautiful blue crosshatch design. That obvious rusting is a plus, right? Oddly, looking at the kettle's bottom, there are several of what appear to be shotgun holes! 'Looks like someone used this kettle for target practice. With the spray from a shotgun wad, it's fairly easy to hit a target at least one time, lol. No doubt, it now has a better and safer home with me now. It is a nice old decoration item. Do you like collecting old kitchen ware?

On another note, Alabama is experiencing yet another late-winter ice storm. The icy sleet fell all through the night last night, leaving us with about 2" of frozen roads this morning. Schools and many businesses are closed. We had made a quick store-run in the AM of Wednesday before it all started. You all stay safe and warm. Prim Winter blessings,

28 February, 2015

*Winter snow*

Hey there friends. Pictured above is a scene from "old" downtown near where we live in Alabama. The snow was on Feb. 26th, and Alabama really got a lot. Well, it is a lot for this area anyway. I made this photo from our back porch early that AM. So glad that it thawed and melted later that same day. The snow was pretty, though. This set a record for the top 4 levels of snowfall in this area since the late 1800's. How cool is that! Hoping you all are staying safe and warm. Prim Winter blessings,

24 February, 2015

*Eleanor the Snowflake-Catcher Mouse*

This is a mouse doll pattern that I designed. Her name is Eleanor, and she is complete with her blue metal snowflake catcher pail and warm wool felt mittens. Eleanor is made of osnaburg, and wears a 100% cotton coffee and vanilla stained blue dress with white snowflakes print. Her apron is made of that same fabric in lighter blue with white snowflakes print. She is 18" tall, and also wears bleached muslin pantaloons and a mob cap. See her long tail, tucked just behind her right foot? Doesn't she look very prim and Wintery? Eleanor could actually find some snow here in Alabama today, as we got a little dusting overnight. Snow is better than the freezing ice anytime. Hoping you are all safe and warm.