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.

20 February, 2015

Alabama is closed!

Hello friends. Yes, most all of north Alabama is closed due to an ice storm. I made the photo above just before sunset. Look closely near the lower left side, and you'll see the setting sun. There are already a reported 11 auto wrecks in our own county, and more than triple that many in the adjoining counties. Nearly all roads are now closed or slow-moving. Lines of wrecked and/or abandoned cars string across most of our highways. Please pray for those involved in a semi trailer/passenger car accident near Priceville. That sounds like a terribly awful collision. Police are advising people to please stay off of the roads. Most schools and businesses were closed today. My own little pickup truck is actually stuck at the foot of our driveway currently. 'Had tried to make a quick store-run for mother and myself earlier this afternoon... Oh, the photo above was made with the new Nikon camera that Santa brought me. 'Never thought that I'd get to own a Nikon, lol. You all please stay safe and warm. Prim winter blessings to everyone.

19 February, 2015

Thrifty Thursday: Live Love Laugh frame

Happy Thrifty Thursday to you all. This week is a darling frame that was found at a thrift store for only $1.50. It has an opening for a 4"X6" photo, and the words Live Love Laugh cut out in the triple mat. The lower mat is red, and the top mat is white. The middle mat is black. That cute red heart cut out peeps from the underlying red mat, and the wording is revealed from the underlying black mat. There's just something about matting that lends a professional touch to a portrait, isn't there? Gotta love 3D visuals. This frame is a modern contemporary style (which my daughter loves) in gloss black, and was part of the Valentine's day goodies for my daughter and her husband this year. Did you all have a happy Valentine's Day?

14 February, 2015

♥ Valentine's Day 2015 gifts ♥

Happy Valentine's Day to you all. Every year, I make gifts for my daughter and her family. This year includes the red pillow pictured above. It features a heart shape made-up of many white and clear hand-sewn buttons. The fabric is a heavy duck in bright red. Many thanks to Kindra of: At Home With K for the link to this free pattern. Sending thanks to Tonya of: More Prim Than Proper [invited readers only blog] for the cute pattern. 'Want to see what fun things I made for my granddaughter? Follow the link below my signature.

10 February, 2015

Simplicity 2484: purple corduroy jumper

Pictured above is a 100% cotton widewale corduroy jumper for my darling granddaughter. 'Remember that stack of corduroy from a 2014 Thrifty Thursday? This is some of that fabric, in a muted shade of purple. The front zipper is decorated with a little silver-toned heart pull. There are two rounded patch pockets that are topstitched. The turtleneck is hot pink and grey striped cotton interlock. This pattern is Simplicity 2484, and reminds me a lot of the 1960's fashions. The jumper's neckline and armzyche (arm holes) are faced with seam binding. This awesome pattern earns a pattern difficulty rating of:

'Want to see the matching headband and hair bow? Follow the link below my signature.