28 November, 2014

Grungy prim raggedy doll

This is a faceless coffee-stained raggedy doll that I made a couple of years ago. 'Just winged-it on the pattern and clothing. She is made of heavily stained and aged muslin, and is 20" tall. Her dress is made of 100% cotton homespun fabric in a red, green, and white check weave. Her pantaloons are made of muslin, and her legs are made of 100% cotton ticking in red stripes. The bonnet is made of 100% cotton in a dark green with tiny red and yellow flowers print. Are there any suggestions on a name for this raggedy doll? Prim Autumn blessings.

27 November, 2014

Grapevine peasant dress

Hello friends. Happy Thanksgiving to you all. 'Hoping that you are well-fed and healthy with friends and family. This cooler weather is surely welcomed. Pictured above is a peasant dress that I made for my granddaughter. The fabric is 100% cotton, with a grapevine print in muted shades of green, purple, and mustard on a natural-color background. It was purchased many years ago, and was in my sewing stash. Who better to use this fabric for than granddaughter Macey? 'Looks very autumn-ish, doesn't it? The body is from McCall's 6313 peasant blouse. The pattern has been lengthened and drafted to have elastic casing 3/4 length sleeves and lower ruffle pieces. This is a pullover blouse, in a long tunic length, with no fasteners. 'Would look cute paired with leggings or ruffled pants. Do you think it is too "kitcheny" for apparel? The colors are so gorgeous, 'could not resist.

Here is the same-fabric head band for the grapevine peasant dress. Some of the McCall's 6313 pattern is a bit detailed to construct, and my version of the peasant blouse has a lot of ruffles as well as elastic. So, it's rating is:

Fairly Easy

24 November, 2014

*Homespun Holidays giveaway*


The holidays are soon upon us. 'Time for my yearly holidays giveaway! This year, the goodes include: 14" cinnamon and coffee-stained snowman doll from a pattern by: Sweet Meadows Farm Etsy Shoppe, 24"X24" quilt in the pattern of the Portsmouth Star (pattern: Civil War Quilts Blog), red and green plaid homespun pin keep with a grungy hang tag, pine cone ornie with a twine hanger and a green plaid homespun bow on top, and paper mache box with a couple of small surprises inside. There is also a bag of Red Hot Cinnamon & Evergreen scented potpourri included. To enter this giveaway you must:

* Be a follower of this blog via GFC, Bloglovin', or Linky Followers.
* Have an active, family-friendly blog that you have posted to in the past 2 months.
* Due to shipping costs, reside in the 50 US states, the DC, or Canada.
* Comment on this post that you want to be entered.
* Tell us in your Comment about your first memory of hearing about or actually seeing snow.

* By entering this Giveaway, you affirm that you have read, understand, and agree with this blog's: Privacy Policy/ Giveaway Rules. Please do not post this giveaway on any of the social networks. You may also left-click the post image for a smaller sidebar-sized image for your blog. Please link the image to this blog post. The giveaway will end at 10PM CST on 10th December. Winner will be selected by Random Number Generator©, and announced in the AM of 11th December. Good luck to you all! Prim holiday blessings.

22 November, 2014

Come join the Challenge!

Good morning friends. Do you love a sewing challenge? If so, come join the current one at: The Scientific Seamstress. We are to incorporate the scallops from their Twirl Scallopini Skirt into any other of their patterns or a Sisboom pattern. My entry is pictured above. This dress is the sleeveless, collarless, natural-waist Precious Dress pattern, with the Scallopini's tulle and scallops added. The photo does not show the tulle very well. It is purple with sparkle. What little girl does not love sparkle? Granddaughter should love this dress. The Challenge runs through the end of November. Come join in the fun, with a chance to win an awesome prize! The Scientific Seamstress' patterns are so cute and stylish.

Here is the matching hair bow for the Challenge dress. It is sewn of the same Dora the Explorer© fabric as the dress, and even has the purple sparkly tulle as an accent. Stay tuned to this blog for the annual Holidays Giveaway- coming real soon! Prim blessings,

20 November, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: old wood spools

It's Thrifty Thursday again. Pictured above are three old wood thread spools found at a local antique shop. I am not sure how old they are, but they do look prim and vintage. These were a good find at only $4.50 for all three. 'Thinking they will look nice on a shelf in my sewing area. Actually, these old wood spools are not easily found around this town. Do you all ever see any in your nearby towns? Prim Autumn blessings,

18 November, 2014

Granddaughter Macey visits!

Good morning friends. This past Friday, my lovely daughter Amanda and her daughter Macey visited. They also brought along with them one of Amanda's step-sisters and Amanda's daddy (yes, my former husband). I was aware that Amanda's daddy was coming, as they were en route to visit his brothers and sister. After 20+ years we long ago decided to stop bickering about the past. It was so nice for all three of us to be together minus divorce proceedings and the like. Notice that Macey is wearing the: Halloween apron and hair bow that I made for her and posted about a couple of weeks ago. Isn't she a little doll? Macey's actions and her appearance remind me so much of Amanda when she was that age. Oh, Macey's bright blue eyes and Amanda's bright green eyes. How blessed am I. Prim Autumn blessings to you all.

17 November, 2014

Sunbonnet Sue quilt is finished!

Finally, the Sunbonnet Sue full-size bed quilt for my granddaughter is completed! Now I understand totally how and why a long arm quilting machine would be a wonderful thing to have. It was not easy to get this quilt sewn at all. Since we do not have a full-size bed (mine is a twin-size), 'had to display the quilt on Mother's king-size bed. The Sue appliques, lattices, cornerstones, binding and piecing were machine-stitched. The quilting stitches in the ditches between the lattices was hand-done. One thing is for sure: my granddaughter Macey is worth every minute spent on this project. It is part of her Christmas present for this year. 'Decided to go with a medium yellow binding color. Every Sue wears a dress and bonnet made from remnants of clothing that I made for granddaughter the first three years of her life. A white eyelet bed ruffle was purchased to complete the ensemble. This rest of this post is really picture-heavy, lol! 'Want to see the matching quilted pillow shams and the coordinating wall hanging? Follow the link below my signature.

14 November, 2014

Homespun Ornie Swap 2014 goodies!

Soon the holidays will be upon us once again. This cooler weather sure is welcome. Every year, I participate in the Homespun Ornie Swap at: Bumblebee Lane Cottage. Pictured above are the darling ornies that I am so proud to have received:

*Snowman with candy came from: Marsha at The Tattered Chick

*Stick star from: Leslie at A Spoonful of Everything

*Santa with pine & berries from: Becky at Gingercreme Hollow

*Snowman face from: Amy of Bumblebee Lane Cottage

All of these ornies are very festive and beautiful. Sending out many thanks to all, as well as to our Swap's hostess: Amy of Bumblebee Lane Cottage. 'Want to see the ornies that I made for the Swap? Follow the link below my signature.

05 November, 2014

Winter Pin Keep Swap goodies!

Good morning to you all. Recently I participated in the Winter Pin Keep Swap at: Ravenwood Whimzies. Pictured above is the festive pin keep that my partner Wendy (who hosted this Swap) made and sent. The mouse sits atop of a red box that opens for storage. A pocket on his back holds a lovely pair of gold-handled scissors. Beside the mouse sits a pine tree and a little green pin keep with star-topped pins. The box label reads: Not a Creature was stirring, Not even a mouse.... Wendy also sent two red kitchen towels, a wood-framed Holly Jolly Christmas stitchery, a book of holiday recipes, and a box of yummy Andes© Peppermint Crunch Thins candy. Wow, am I spoiled, lol! 'Will cherish these items always. Thank you so much, Wendy. These Swaps are always so much fun. Be sure to go visit and follow Wendy's awesome blog. To see the pin keep and other goodies that I made for Wendy, follow the link below my signature.

03 November, 2014

Winner of 4th Blogoversary Giveaway

Time to announce the winner of the 4th Blogoversary Giveaway. Sending a big thank you to all who entered. It was truly a pleasure to make these gifts for the giveaway. People who made more than one comment were numbered by their first comment only, and of course my own comments/replies were not included in the count, lol.

Random Number Generator© selected #1, which is: Mindy of Raymond Homestead Primitives. 'Will be emailing you today for your physical mailing address, Mindy. 'Hope that you enjoy Woodsie the Owl and the surprise gifts that will accompany her to her new home. You all be sure to visit and follow Mindy's awesome blog. Prim Autumn blessings,