28 November, 2012

~Our Christmas wreath 2012~

This is one of our Christmas wreaths for 2012. We did purchase it, but I added some of the decorations to help it look more prim. Have you all got door wreaths? Soon, we will decorate our mantel. On Monday the 26th, I offered a free ornie to a follower, on the spur of the moment. The winner was Diane of: ~Lavender Dreams~. Always read all of every post during the holidays, as one never knows when there may be a free ornie offer somewhere in there. Blessings ♥

26 November, 2012

*Reminder... Holidays Giveaway*

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*

A reminder that you all have until midnight CST 10th December to enter my annual *Holidays Giveaway*. The gift this year includes the items pictured in that post plus a few extra items. While visiting around blog land, I see many of you have already started your decorating for the holidays. 'So many wonderful giveaways and swaps are going on too. Is this the life or what?! In fact, I am feeling so happy that the first contiguous US follower either via GFC or Linky Followers who comments on this post telling us all what Christmas means to them will receive a free ornie for their tree! Upon entering, you confirm that you have read, understand, and agree to this blog's complete Giveaway Rules on this page: Giveaway Rules. Blessings to all.

23 November, 2012

~Ornies have arrived!~

They arrived today! These are the lovely ornies I received from ~Bumblebee Lane Cottage's Homespun Ornie Swap~. They are all so creative and beautiful! OK, here we go, from left to right:
* a sparkly snowman from Marti at: Arti Marti
* a prim Wish ornie from Allison at: Sew Many Girls
* a prim star from Francine at: Primitive Stars
* a sparkly candy cane from Lori at: Apple Grove Treasures
Thank you, ladies. I will always love and cherish these wonderful ornies. Thanks to Amy for hosting this Swap, also. What fun it was! 'Wish I'd thought to make a photo of the ornies that I made for this Swap. Next year, 'will be sure to do that, lol!

22 November, 2012

⚜ Happy Thanksgiving ⚜

Happy Thanksgiving from us to all of you! Wishing you all great times with friends, family, and some delicious food! The photo is of a beautiful autumn floral and candle display that Mother found on a clearance sale and we love it. This is also my entry for ~Thrifty Thursday~ this week. Prim blessings!

21 November, 2012

*Holidays 2012 Giveaway!*


*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*

Time for my 3rd Annual Holidays Giveaway! Hannah's holidays dress ensemble! Her dress is red and green cotton homespun checked, the bonnet green calico-print cotton floral. Included are also the red ticking striped stockings and muslin pantaloons. All are coffee-stained with vanilla and cinnamon added. The items hang from a make-do metal and tree branch hanger. A few *bonus items* are also included as a surprise! So very prim!

*Here is how to enter* ● Must be a Follower, via GFC or Linky Followers. New Followers can also enter this Giveaway.
● Due to shipping costs, you must live in the contiguous US.
● Comment on this post that you want to be entered.
● Have a family-friendly active blog, meaning you have posted in the last two months.
● Tell us a bit about your earliest holidays memory.
*Optional: for a 2nd entry, left-click the image above for a smaller sidebar-sized image. Save, put on your own blog, and link it to this blog at: homespunhannahblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/holidays-2012-giveaway.html. If you do this, please mention that you did in your Comment*

Giveaway ends at midnight CST 10th December. Winner will be drawn from a hat, and announced early on 11th December. These items are decorative only, and are not toys for children. Best of luck to you all! Upon entering, you confirm that you have read, understand, and agree to this blog's complete Giveaway Rules on this page: Giveaway Rules.

On another note, the Ultimate Topsites has been down for 2 days now. I emailed them, and received a "WARNING MESSAGE" [yes, in all caps] that my email to them "has been delayed". So, those of you who belong to Homespun Hannah's Top 100, 'don't know what to say. I will let you know if and when I find out something.

20 November, 2012

*Reminder... Hannah's Ornie Swap*

*SIGNUPS ARE NOW CLOSED*

Reminder... Hannah's First Ornie Swap is open for entries through 10PM CST 03rd December. As of today, there is an uneven number of entrants, so we need some more. This is going to be really fun. Y'all please go here to read all about it: *Hannah's Ornie Swap*. That post also explains how to sign up. 'Tell you all a secret... the annual Holidays Giveaway is coming on 21st November with some extra surprise gifts included ♥
graphic: Denise | The Krazy Kraft Lady

19 November, 2012

*The Rusty Thimble Ornie winner!*

The winner of all 38 ornies is: *Kim of Valley Primitive Stitches*. What a fun giveaway this was. Many thanks to Brenda at ~The Rusty Thimble~ for hosting this gala event. 38 ornies will definitely fill a pretty Christmas tree. I mailed my donation this morning. Congrats to you, Kim!

18 November, 2012

How fast is your blog/site?

Does your blog/site seem to take forever to load? One thing that slows down load time is the pixel size of images. To help your blog load faster, consider optimizing your images. It is very easy to do this. Some images that should be optimized include:
● blog background image and header
● post images
● post signature and divider
● sidebar images
Simply go to: EZGif.com and follow the easy instructions. There are no programs to download, no fees, and both sites meet McAfee Security© as Safe Sites. This will not reduce the dimensions of your images, only their "weight". We all tend to love and have many images on blogs, so this is one way to solve the issue without removing some of our images.
Consider removing or not showing the following items that slow down a blog/site:
● animated (moving) images and/or text
● background music
● icons and thumbnails in the Blog List
Displaying fewer posts on your blog will also help the speed. Prim blessings to you all ♥

16 November, 2012

~Thanksgiving Giveaway winner~

Good morning! The winner of the ~Thanksgiving Giveaway~ is:

~Tanya of: Friendship Crossing~

Tanya, I have emailed you for your mailing address. Thanks to all who entered and promoted this giveaway. Thanksgiving will be here in just 6 days. This is one of my favorite holidays because of the family times and yes, the good food, lol! Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend. Prim blessings.

12 November, 2012

*Blog Hop Ornie Giveaway: The Rusty Thimble!*

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*
This is my ornie donation for *The Rusty Thimble's Handmade Ornie Giveaway*. There will be one grand winner chosen on 18 November, who will win all of the donated ornies. It is a blog hop, so to be entered, you must go to The Rusty Thimble post and then visit and comment on every blog that has donated an ornie (including my blog). All of those blogs are listed at The Rusty Thimble post, along with the complete giveaway rules. Best of luck to all of you! I am really looking forward to seeing who wins this giveaway, including my prim Christmas tree ornie! Please follow my blog, comment on this post for my ornie, and comment on all of the other blogs' posts to be entered in this giveaway. Runs from 12th November thru 18th November, with the winner being chosen on 19 November. What fun this is already! Ornies rock!

11 November, 2012

*Rusty Thimble Ornie Blog Hop Giveaway*

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*
The items pictured above are some of the ornies that one winner will receive on 18 November. To enter, you will need to visit *The Rusty Thimble* and then visit all of the blogs that donated an ornie and make a comment on every blog. All of the blogs will be listed at The Rusty Thimble post. The blog hop starts on Monday, 12th November and ends on the 18th November. On the morning of the 12th, I will post my ornie for you all to comment on. A lot of very nice ornies are donated, so y'all be sure to join in on the fun! COMMENTS MUST BE ON THE POST FOUND HERE: *COMMENT ON MY ORNIE* NOT ON THIS POST. 'Just want to make sure you all get entered in the giveaway ♥

~Thanksgiving Giveaway time is near!~

A reminder that time is near for the winner of my ~Thanksgiving Giveaway~. The last day to enter is the 15th, this coming Thursday, at 10PM CST. The winner will be announced on the 16th of November, Friday morning. The prize is a little pillow tuck and a 5X7 crackled frame with a fabric mat. There will also be two little extra gifts included. Many thanks to all who have entered the giveaway so far ♥

09 November, 2012

*Rusty Thimble Ornie Blog Hop Giveaway coming soon!*

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*
A quick heads-up for The Handmade Ornie Giveaway coming very soon: 12th November. One winner will win many ornies! It will be a blog hop. Also on the 12th, I will post the ornie that I am donating. Stay tuned to *The Rusty Thimble* for more info!

08 November, 2012

~Thrifty Thursday: Look what I found on sale~

Look at this cute little wood Thanksgiving sign I found on sale. It was 70% off regular price, so it was just $1.30 total. The hanger is a black wire. It has a green background; green is one of my favorite colors. Isn't it cute and very Autumn-ish?
Linking up with: ~Ivy & Elephants' What's It Wednesday #48~

05 November, 2012

Shelf sitters: what's in the bottom?

Good afternoon, friends. A question: The shelf sitters, what is in the bottom to make them weighted-down? I have heard sacks of dried beans or rice? Also, are shelf sitters difficult to make? They are so prim and cute, I may attempt to make one for my mother.
Image: Denise at: The Krazy Kraft Lady

04 November, 2012

~Thanks For Giving Swap items arrived!~

Yesterday, my items from Ravenwood Whimzies' Thanks For Giving Swap arrived. My swap partner was Linda of Country Pickin's blog. Linda really sent me some great gifts! The big snowman has my name on his prim star. There is a little pumpkin, two quilt squares, a red and white crocheted Christmas ornie, a Happy Harvest metal sign, a Give Thanks pillow tuck, a bag of potpourri, and a bag of natural pumpkin bread mix with a cute wooden spoon. Thank you so much, Linda. I absolutely love all of these beautiful gifts. One thing that's for sure, the folks of prim blog land sure know how to give generously and are excellent craftspeople. 'Did not think to make a photo of the items that I made for Linda. To see them, visit her blog. Prim blessings.

03 November, 2012

~Homespun Hannah's Ornie Swap~


*SIGNUPS ARE NOW CLOSED*

It's time for my 2nd Swap! This one will be a Holiday or Winter-themed Ornie Swap. Here are the rules:

● Must be a Follower of this blog, via GFC or Linky Followers. New followers are always welcome!
● Due to shipping costs, you must live in the contiguous US.
● Must have a family-friendly active blog, meaning that you have posted in the last two months.
● The swap is for one ornie, Holiday or Winter themed. Hand-made by you or someone else. Let's use shades of: red/burgundy, green, blue, natural, and white.
● Sign-ups end at 10PM CST on 03 December, 2012.
● Your partner's name and info will be emailed to you before 12 noon CST on 04 December, 2012.
● Ornies must be mailed to partners on or before 15 December, 2012. In time for the Holidays and Winter. Please mail with Delivery Confirmation, and share that info with your partner.
● Must make a post after you receive your ornie, with a link to your partner's blog. Include a photo if possible.
● To ENTER, click the ENTER button near the middle of this blog's left sidebar, and fill-out the form. On the entry form, you can check the little box if you'd prefer to not receive a religious ornie.
● Please left-click the above post image for a sidebar-sized button. Save to your computer and link it to: homespunhannahblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/homespun-hannahs-ornie-swap.html
● Upon entering, you confirm that you have read, understand, and agree to this blog's complete Giveaway-Swap Rules on this page: Giveaway-Swap Rules.

'Looking forward to seeing how many of you will enter. I will also be swapping with a partner. 'Love the holidays and ornies! Blessings to you all: please sign up, friends! Thanks to Denise at ~The Krazy Kraft Lady~ for the cute little raggedy doll image.

01 November, 2012

~'Found another wonderful new blog~

Good morning, friends. I have found another wonderful new blog that y'all may want to go check-out. She offers many tutorials with photos, and is a very nice blogger. Posts are done quite often. Hop on over to: ~Mixed Media Vintage~ and see this creative blog.