Tuesday, September 17, 2019

An expensive week!

Do you have times like this when $$'s just fly out the door?
Well that was us!!
Our oven decided to stop working and when the service man told us what the part and labor would cost plus what we were paying for this visit we decided to just buy a new one. The cost would have been over $550 total so we just added another $100 and got a fantastic gas range/oven.  Always loved white but being we were changing and not sure how long we'll be living here we decided on stainless.
I seriously miss my flat surface for more things than cooking.  It was a substitute ironing space when I worked on my projects and a quick go over of some things to wear - it also held all my baking when it came out of the oven, like racks of cookies, etc.
Now I have to load up the counters with things but that's fine...baking is not high on my list these days anyway (don't need all those sweets!)
This particular style # by Samsung had the best consumer rating so that's what we bought. Very high BTU's on the burners so very happy for that and the oven has a 'dehydrator' mode....LOVE THAT. Used it a couple times already.  Oh and a 'proofing' setting.  LOVE THAT too! There's a griddle that fits over the center one.
I forgot to mention - it was just the oven that quit working - broiler still works and the burners...isn't that horrible to have a part cost that much?

I forgot to mention that Doug didn't care for the white microwave so he bought us a new stainless one...glad he did because as you can see by the second picture how unmatched it really did look.

Then on Saturday Doug finally bought his long desired 36" griddle!

He's seasoning it here (that's why the smoke)

He made 3 meals on it already - this is the first one.
Ham and hashbrowns!

Before we bought the griddle though we went to a flea market specifically to buy our mums - they have the best around and the prices are very reasonable.
We got these quite large ones 3/$40 ($13.33 each, can't beat that price for the size of them)
When we buy all our pumpkins and smaller mums next week we'll take those hangers off and put them where they belong.

That's all for this week
If you are in our area don't forget our In-Home Craft Show on Oct. 5th!!!


Monday, September 2, 2019


Time is growing short till the Oct. 5th show.
I have been working non stop making more merchandise.
This week it was hand drawn gift tags and leaf/fruit wreaths among other things.

Our face pumpkins called
'The Rejects'
were so much fun to make - I made over a dozen a few weeks ago
and then last week a few more, plus some plain ones.
The ones that don't sell at the show will be posted here and on my
business FB page so if you want one speak fast
when they are posted because they will go fast.

Just a few of the finished products

I will be taking orders for these gift tags as of now.
Email me if you want to order.
Click on the sheep on the right side of page.
They will be available after our Oct. 5th show.
The 8 Snowmen/Christmas are 8/$16 plus shipping
The Willow Tree and Pineapple are $2 each plus shipping.
These are my designs that I draw freehand and paint.
No rubber stamps used!!!

There is soooo  much more than what I'm showing here!!!
Oh and don't forget all our wonderful
Gourd Garlands!

If you live close enough to attend our show here's the information.
It's not your 'granny's craft show with
crocheted doilies, dish cloths, jewelry...none of that!!!

Thursday, July 18, 2019


So much for an hour a week to do a post!
Looks like an hour a MONTH at this rate 😄

I do hope you all are having a great summer - so far it has been kind of a quiet one - mainly because of the heat and humidity of which I am not a fan of.  I suffer so from the humidity and I don't know why...seems my internal thermostat is off kilter.
And boy did we need rain - grass was starting to get crunchy but last night it thundered most of the night and by morning we had the best rain - it is still raining.   We have used the sprinkler system but there's nothing like the nutrients in rain to make grass get green in just a couple hours!

Anyway...on to what's happening here.
Last Sunday we had our whole family over here for a brunch to celebrate my 75th birthday - Our oldest son Darren (55) and youngest son Brett (50) have special birthdays coming up next month just 2 days apart.
So with me at 75 and them with 5's in their birthdays it was a perfect celebration.
Our granddaughter Alex and Great-Grandson Zayne even made it here as a surprise from Colorado!!!

I made sausage gravy and biscuits - it is a favorite with everyone (except me - not so much)

It was a very informal kind of brunch - quite relaxed!!!

I didn't set a formal table - everyone sat wherever they chose,
some were in the screen room as well.

Doug even made an ice cream cake !
It had a cookie base then mint chocolate chip ice cream, vanilla bean ice cream,
hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and sprinkles. It was a huge hit!!

Still busy making things for our Oct. show....I have so much fun with this,
it's not like work for me so I guess that's a good thing!

I love this punch needle piece - it's one of my designs. 
I mounted it on a rusty flat back bucket.

All these items are still a work in progress....

There will be white bells stitched on the front of these stocking and mitten ornaments

This long stocking will have a rusty bell in between the two rusty stars
and also a bell on the tip of the toe.

Gingerbread ornaments

Mini aged note books and some mini canvas board ornaments

Thanks for visiting me today!
Have a wonderful rest of your week

Friday, June 28, 2019


Helen Keller wrote: 
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

How very true is this....friendship is so valuable and I enjoy the friendship we have here in blogland...
I don't post as often as I would like and I don't get to visit your blogs like I want to but know
that I think of all of you often - I miss the chats back and forth.

I would love to designate one hour a week to doing a post if I can get my work schedule like I want it.

I have been working every day from about 8 am to 5 pm on products for our October show. One would think making things every day one would be caught up...nope....some items take a process. It isn't just stitching something and calling it done. Many of my products have stages.

Last month (wow...it has been OVER a month now) since my last post I've made several
other products for the show besides the Gingerbreads and Pumpkins.

The most time consuming are my sheep and rabbits - oh I'm loving how they are turning out.

My sheep have real sheeps wool that I attached - I just need to add the legs and paint on their eyes.

They started out with just coffee dyed batting as their bodies but I didn't like them
so searching in my stash I found wool roving I have had for years and they look much better.
I made 4 mama's and 4 babies - because of the time consuming steps I won't be making more.

And these fellas were fun too - I had a problem with their ears standing up but finally got smart and added tons of Mod Podge to the aging liquid and walla!  We used cinnamon sticks for the legs.

Look at those fluffy little tails! 

Another project I loved doing were the SUGAR CONES
I had a hard time finding the right size vessel to form them until we were grocery shopping
and I saw these perfect 8 oz. plastic tumblers - they turned out great
after some trial and error in the ratio of water to sugars
Took a couple days for them to dry so when they were I sanded off the dried white sugars and softened the edges and tied them up with aged cheesecloth

Just a few things I've made - I need lots of small lamp and candle mats - people like to buy smaller  and less costly items sometimes so I like to make several of them

The Gingerbreads are going to be ornaments, the snowman heads
are for runners and pillows and the cats and sheep will be for runners.

I found this set of mache stacking boxes at a rummage sale last month - they were from 'Lang' and had some really primitive sheep scenes on them but I bought them to cover them in fabric.  They are really small - the largest is 4" tall and the smallest 2". They weren't easy to work with being so small.

On Monday we went to Madison to the wholesale show and we found just a few 'handmade' items.....I can't make EVERYTHING for our show, especially things like these. My talents aren't that creative or maybe I just haven't given myself the chance, regardless, we bought a few items for the show.

This particular one is a bag that hangs on a door or a knob.

We do have a few more items that will arrive in July 
sometime that will be in the Christmas line.

Well I guess I have bored you enough today - but being it is storming out I thought this would be a
good day to sit and relax and share some things with you.

The 4th is coming fast and it feels like we hardly had a summer.
The last 2 days were soooo hot here and very humid but those kind of days are rare this season - 
if it isn't cold then it's storming.
I'm not a Summer person so the cool days are fine with me...
Be safe with your 4th activities