31 October, 2013

~Thrifty Thursday: patriotic signs~

Good morning, friends. For this week's Thrifty Thursday is two items that cost just .50¢ each. I usually do not purchase prim items from dollar stores as they are often mass-produced and machine-made, often made of "non-prim" products such as plastic. These, however, were too cute to resist. These garden stakes are made of wood and have wire trim with 2 rusty bells on each. 'Not sure how they would withstand outdoors weather, so they will be indoors with other prim items. The star is my favorite. Which do you like the best?

Sending-out a very happy birthday to my BIL today also. His wife, my twin sister, is still on the road to recovery and continuing to do better since her broken ankle surgery. Thank you all for the prayers and concern for my family. Prim blessings ♥

26 October, 2013

~Homespun Hannah's 3rd Blogoversary!~

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*
Good morning friends. Yes, today this blog is 3 years old! How much fun it has been, and still is. So many wonderful blogging friends have been made and will continue to be made. Thank you all for making this blog so successful. 'Never thought it would have even 100 followers, lol! Now there are 280+ followers via all three of the following gadgets. Each and every one of you is very much appreciated. Without you, this blog would not be successful. Giveaway ends at 10PM CST on 8th November. The winner will be chosen by Random Number Generator.org, and announced in just two weeks on the 9th of November. You may left-click the above image for a smaller sidebar-sized image for your own blog. Link the image to this blog post, please.

*UPDATE AS OF 30TH OCTOBER: no more Entry form, as this caused some confusion :) The 4 of you who did already fill-out the Entry form are in the giveaway as numbers 1 thru 4, in order of when the Entry form was sent*

These items are nice replicas of antique items. The stainless steel embroidery scissors are 3 1/2" in length and have fancy gold plated handles. I made the little fob with olive green and white glass beads and an antique-looking charm of a heart with a little key. Long ago, ladies attached fobs to their scissor handles so that if the scissors were dropped they would not land on their points end, which can dull the points and/or loosen the scissor screw or rivet. A wool felt scissor case made by yours truly will also be included, along with a few other goodies. What the scissor case looks like, and the other goodies, is a surprise! All of the goodies were really fun to make. These are the rules for the giveaway:

1. You must be at least 18 years of age.
2. You must have an active, family-friendly blog, that you have posted to in the last 2 months.
3. You must be a follower of this blog via: GFC, Linky Followers, or Bloglovin'.
4. Due to postage, you must reside in the contiguous US.
5. You must Comment on this post only to be entered in the giveaway.

Upon entering, you confirm that you have read, understand, and agree to this blog's complete Giveaway Rules on this page: Giveaway Rules.

24 October, 2013

♰ Prayer Request♰

Good morning friends. 'Just a short post to thank all of you for your friendship, and for following and commenting on my blogs. Yesterday was a busy day... at the hospital again. My twin sister fell and broke her ankle, and the surgery was done yesterday. She is now doing as well as can be expected. We hope that she can return home tomorrow. Please pray for my dear twin sister and her family. She is a very nice person, and the best sister ever. Mother and I are on our way to the hospital to visit shortly. Thank you all so very much. Prim blessings.
image:: xandert @ Morguefile.com

22 October, 2013

~Navy floral ruffled shorts set~

Hello good friends. Pictured above is a little floral outfit that I recently made for my darling granddaughter Macey. This outfit's pattern was put-together without a commercial pattern. 'Kinda designed it from basic clothing measurements and my own design ideas. The blouse is of a navy cotton with fuchsia and white colored flowers. It has 3/4 length sleeves that end in ruffled trim. There is a back button closing and a rounded neckline. Attached with a snap (handy for removing when laundering) is a fuchsia flower with a covered button center made of the same navy floral fabric as the blouse. The shorts are of cotton in the fuchsia color, and have wide ruffles at the leg hems made of the navy floral fabric. Do you think that Macey will like this ensemble? To see the matching fabric hair bow, follow the link below my signature.



Here is the navy floral fabric hair bow. The center is tied into a knot. The navy floral fabric is just so lush and gorgeous, isn't it? Both fabrics were already in my fabric stash. The pattern difficulty rating will be:

Fairly Easy

20 October, 2013

~Link to free Contact Form~

Good evening friends. 'Another post to include the link to a free and safe contact form site. Those mailto: links are so dangerous. Here is the link to a free and safe site to build your contact forms: Email Me Form.com. I do not receive any compensation for that link, just hope it will help you all. Once you have your form built the way you want it (it is a good idea to include the CAPTCHA fill-in the letters security to your forms), go to Manage My Forms and click "code" under the form's title. When the new page appears, from the left column choose "Html", and copy & paste the code from the very first on the list. Then, in Blogger, add an Image gadget and in the space where it says "url that clicking this image will lead to (optional)", paste the html code to your form. When folks click your Image they will be automatically redirected to your contact form. My image is the old phone near the top of the left sidebar. From the Manage My Forms, you can also fill-in which email of yours where the contact forms will notify you. This is where you will read the messages from folks who have contacted you. They will not get your reply email address unless you reply to them, so be selective.

Autumn is officially here in Alabama, with the cooler weather. It is my favorite time of the year. Be sure to stay tuned, as this blog's 3rd Blogoversary is in less than a week. In appreciation of all of you wonderful blogging friends, a giveaway is coming along in the celebration! 'Can hardly wait! Prim blessings friends.

18 October, 2013

Thank Heaven for little boys

The above photo is of a bow tie that I made for my great-nephew Linus. Thank Heaven for little boys as well as for little girls. Linus' parents are Alabama Roll Tide® fans, so the 100% wool houndstooth is symbolic of that. The bow tie's closure is Velcro® to provide quick release in the case of snagging. Safety is always of utmost concern with children's clothing/accessories. Since hair bows wouldn't really be appropriate for Linus, a tutorial on You Tube helped me out with this. Many thanks to Candys Couture. You can see the tutorial for yourself at: Baby Bow Tie. 'Would love to see them if any of you make one.

Linking-up with: ~Ivy & Elephants' What's It Wednesday #96~

13 October, 2013

~Ruffled leg pants~

'Remember the: pink and avocado dress for my granddaughter? Here is a better view of the matching ruffled leg pants. A pair of long pants in granddaughter's size were traced to make a homemade pattern. At mid-calf level, I cut the pattern off and added the wide ruffles. The ruffles are 2 times the width of the pants leg to allow for really full gathering. Be sure to add seam allowances. It was pure luck to find more of the avocado floral fabric, as it was a fat quarter. We were in a store after I'd given up on finding it, when mother asked,"Isn't this that fabric you need?" Yes, it was. So granddaughter Macey got the whole ensemble. This style is so popular now, and I am so happy because ruffles on girls' clothing are so adorable. Do you like the new styles in the boutiques? Here is a little tip on preventing elastic in waists from rolling and getting twisted: on the finished garment, stitch vertically through the waist at the center back and center front seams, and both side seams while lightly stretching the elastic. This technique really does help to solve that problem.

This pattern technique/finished garment is so easy to construct, so its rating is:


Beginner

12 October, 2013

~Info about my past blogs~

Happy Autumn friends. 'Hoping your day is going well. A while ago, I noticed that some people have opened blogs with the former urls of some of my past blogs. Once a blog is closed, the url becomes available after 3 months. Just to let you all know, those blogs now having my former urls are not my blogs. Many of them are just blogs with no posts. Some are blogs that are nothing like my former blog content. So, you may want to remove those past blogs from your Blog List. My past now closed blogs are: Danice's Blog Templates, Abigail's Frocks, Esther's Mercantile Blog, Cedar Street Craft Mall, Quaint Cottage Bookstore, and Way Cute Pets! Blog. Another of my blogs, Danice's Eclectic Blog, is still open but I moved it to Wordpress last year.

From time to time, it is good to check the blogs on your Blog List to see if the blogs are still open, and to check that they are in fact the blogs that you think they are. From time to time it is also good to change your passwords for your Blogger account and for your email accounts. If you have a web site or web store, this is also a good idea. Passwords should not contain your birth date, Social Security number, name, or any other information that could be easily guessed. Combine capital letters with lower case letters and also numbers. It is not good to have the same password for more than one account online anywhere. If your Blogger account, email, and/or any other online account gets hacked, change those passwords immediately. In today's world of cyber crime, we need to do all that we can to prevent being hacked. Using those mailto: links is very risky, as they allow direct access to [thus confirming] your email account. Spelling-out "at dot com" is not a link, but since even hackers can read, this is also a bad practice. There are many free contact form sites that are safe and secure. These forms are much safer than links to your email account. So, change your passwords from time to time and consider eliminating those mailto: links.

On another note, I am seeing some truly beautiful Autumn decorations/ crafts on your blogs. What talented folks we have in our little prim corner of blog land! This blog's 3rd Blogoversary is coming in about 2 weeks, so stay tuned for a giveaway then. I just could not keep that secret any longer, lol! Prim blessings.

10 October, 2013

~Thrifty Thursday: postcards and notions~

Sharing some more Thrifty Thursday finds. Our town has a general store, and they really have some nice items. While in there, I found these pretty postcards for just .50¢ each. 'Had to snag a couple of them! On the way out of the store was a basket full of sewing notions. Irresistible, so the rick-rack was just .25¢ per pack. Total spent: $1.75 on this visit. Are there any old-timey general stores in your town?

05 October, 2013

~Sewing box for Amanda~

This is a sewing box that I customized for my daughter, Amanda. Inside are some basic sewing notions that she may find to be handy. Plus, they will be stored neatly in a nice decorative box. Maybe this will encourage her to start sewing more? Amanda loves the color pink, so this box just screamed out her name to me, lol! Amanda and family will be visiting this month. To see the items inside the sewing box, follow the link below my signature.

02 October, 2013

~Hot pink felt purse~

This is a hot pink craft felt purse that I decorated for my granddaughter, Macey. It was very reasonably priced, and so was the craft felt. The "M" is hot-glued onto the front flap, and a 3-tier flower adorns one shoulder strap. There is a round teal jewel in the center of the flower. 'Just a little somethin' for Macey to carry her stuff in. After all, she is a mini- fashionista just like her momma, lol! Do you all like crafting with felts? To see a close-up of the flower, follow the link below my signature.