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.
Here are the items that I sent to my partner in the Spring Tidings Swap: a quilted mug rug with a garden basket design, an Amish-style aged stump doll, a cow pull toy decoration, a 5X7 framed sewing rabbit cross-stitchery, a pillow tuck with a painted long-hair Chihuahua image, a star pin keep, and 2 packs of garden vegetable seeds. Pictured alone is a close-up detail of the mug rug, and also alone is an osnaburg mother rabbit holding her baby in a quilt. Now it's time to give proper design credits. The mug rug design is from: Wendy Whellum at Legend and Lace.com , the sewing rabbit cross-stitchery chart is from: Patrick's Woods.com, and the long-hair Chihuahua image is from: Linen Workshop at Etsy. 'Sorry for all the images, but couldn't get it all in just one photo, lol. Sending many thanks to our Swap hostess, Amy of: Bumblebee Lane Cottage. Be sure to go visit and follow her fun blog. Prim Spring blessings to you all.

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. This is the 2nd dress from this darling pattern. 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.
Here is a close-up view of the eyelet blouse's bodice with tucking detail. The bodice is lined with solid cream colored cotton/poly fabric. Since the fabric is delicate, the seams are French seams. A store-purchased cream colored lace flower hair bow compliments this blouse so perfectly. Store-purchased denim leggings will complete this ensemble. Since this cute pattern (minus my additions) has no fasteners and is a quick project, it's pattern difficulty rating is:

Fairly Easy

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 granddaughter Macey will love this one? Her mother has already picked it up and taken it home.


The matching hair bow is made of the same orange and white floral cotton as the dress' pleat inset. The other photo shows the pretty back fastener: a large covered button and denim loop. This pattern is simple to construct, so the pattern difficulty rating is:

Beginner

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,