Thursday, May 9, 2019

Getting ready for Fall ???

Yep, making things for the upcoming October show here and one needs to be
a season or two ahead of the game!
Doesn't much bother me though because last week and already most of this week has been cool and rainy so making Fall and Christmas just seems sad!!!

Anyway - I was busy this week making pumpkins and gingerbreads.
The pumpkins are painted and now some need to have faces sewn on them - not one of my finest crafts to do but much needed.  Last Fall we found many pumpkin stems and also purchased quite a few at the gourd farm in Lancaster, PA - I'll hot glue them on the pumpkins along with some excelsior moss around the base of the stems.

I made different gingerbreads this year from last years - I found a Jackie Schmidt pattern
in and old Mercantile Gathering magazine.

I hope mine turn out as nice as hers

In the evening when I'm not crafting things I do my punch needle.
I bought this pattern from a friend on FB - the design is taken from a Fraktur Peacock hooked rug from the early 1800's - it is becoming one of my favorites that I've done so far.
It's rather large (6-1/2" x 9-1/2")
so not sure what it will be mounted on - possibly just framed or on a pillow.

Last Saturday our youngest son Brett and our oldest grandson Jesse came to help Doug spread some topsoil (if you could call it that!!!) in the lawn...this year our lawn looked horrible - lots of bare spots and in the terrace under the maple trees the roots are so bad they are pushing up and all the grass is dead - so he bought 3 yards of topsoil and out of it there was about 1/3 of it that was TOTALLY HARD CHUNKS.
Doug built a sifter so they could sift out the bad - it was a long hard day for them but they got it let's hope the seed takes (it rained like crazy for two days after that).

Isn't that just awful waste? Doug complained when he went back and all they said was
"we're trying to fix the problem" - I don't think so!!

Before they spread the seed though they helped lay the flagstone path - Doug and I ran out of time when we planted the new shrubs...oh I forgot to mention that the week before this Doug and I dug out 13 old shrubs and planted 16 new ones! Now everything looks so small and bare but it doesn't take long for them to grow.

I guess that's about it for me this time around...
nothing real fun but it's what's happening here at home.
Thanks for stopping by

Monday, April 8, 2019

Oh Spring - hurry on up!!!

I sure wish the nice weather would just get here and STAY!!!
We get a nice day then a really cold day. I hope that's not how Spring and Summer will actually be this year.

I did see my Daffodils and Tulips have sprung up though - that's only one of the peeks of Spring so far, except for the sweet sound of birds - I love hearing them....and speaking of birds,
my husband made a fantastic birdhouse over the winter - it turned out beautiful.
He put it out on a post we got from an Amish farmer 2 weeks ago when we were in Lancaster, PA.  It's a water pump post and still has some of the metal attachments on it.  We wanted a white turned post which we bought as well but I like the red one.
Now I'm thinking the birdhouse needs to be painted a different color.
It is going to take many years for the copper to age.  I think he did a wonderful job!!!

Last Tuesday was the second part of my Punch Needle class here and they finished up their projects.
I think they did a wonderful job. 
Four of the ladies couldn't make it so they will come at another date to finish up.

We had a little luncheon with the class and I found the sweetest paper products at the $$ store.
Very Springy - I loved the little bees on them!
They had little cups I thought would be great for the fruit salad,
I put their napkins in the cups for ease of picking up to carry

And then this past Saturday I started another class with 3 ladies.
They had fun learning and we'll have the second part at a later date.

My big excitement though for the week was a book signing at our library with
BEVERLY LEWIS my all time favorite Amish Fiction author.
She was just as sweet and soft spoken as her picture - and very gracious.
Most of her books are set in the Lancaster, PA Amish country side.
She was born in Lancaster and her maternal grandparents were Mennonite. 

Well, that's about it for this time around....
Except to say I have been making my gourd carrots again this year.
I have 9 sets still available if you want any just email me.
They are 3/$14 plus shipping

Have a wonderful week everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019


My first teaching class for PUNCH NEEDLE was a huge success.
We had lots of laughs and soooo many different conversations going - most at the same time 😊 but for some strange reason we all knew what was going on...could it be we are 'women' and can multi-task...I think so!!!

There were 10 ladies in a range of ages and we all got along so good.
I think they learned something and in 4 weeks will return for the second part of the lesson and hopefully they will have a good start on their project.

I had a baked potato bar set up for lunch along with cookies and a fruit cup. We ate well and then got back to work.  Next class everyone is going to bring something for a potluck lunch - this sounds exciting wondering what we'll be eating!!

Just a few pictures of the day - unfortunately we didn't get a group picture like I wanted - I couldn't get everyone together long enough to stand still...they were touring the house and chatting lol

I'm still making Penny Flowers
You can email me if interested
There are 8 per pk. for $16

The eggs you can find on my website under the
Primitive Needs category

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, February 10, 2019


Wow, Blogger sure is changing and not for the better,
or maybe I should say Google is making the changes.
Seems we may lose our 'followers' and comments and some of the sidebar widgets.
This happens the first of March!!!

Not sure what this is going to do to our blogs but I will not stop posting regardless.
I don't post that often but I do like to get on and visit you all
and enjoy peeking into what is happening in your world.

I have been busy making new punch needle and patterns and
getting ready for my upcoming Punch Needle class.
There are 10 wonderful and anxious ladies signed up and I'm so excited to be doing this for them.
I also made up fabric bags for each of them that will hold all their supplies.
I hope they like them! (picture shows them not finished)

This is the pattern they will all be working on - nice and easy for beginners

I'm also in the process of making EGGS again
So if interested go to my selling site to see details
This year I added FARMHOUSE (light gray w/white designs ) and PASTELS

I know this isn't anything special to read about but there isn't much happening in
my little world being the weather was so horrible there for a week - snow, sleet,
lots of ice, -24 below zero temps with -55 below wind chill.
All in a weeks time!!!
Glad to day it is sunny and mild(er)

Blessings to all who read this!!

Sunday, December 16, 2018


The decorating is going slowly this year.
We had a busy few weeks prior - Country Sampler magazine was here 2 weeks ago to do a 'general decor' photo shoot.  We were so honored that they wanted to do a shoot again being we were in 9-1/2 years ago.  This won't be in until at least Feb., Mar. or April but I'll sure let you know when it is. 
We had to put all our Fall decor away and get the house in general order. That was harder than you might think. One generally decorates according to season. They didn't want anything that was specific to a season or holiday.
So after they did the shoot we immediately started to decorate for Christmas.
Again we decorate with a lot of greens and berries and a few decorative items.
Just yesterday I got the tree decorated although I don't have a picture of it.
Here are some random shots.

Our newest vintage ornaments we purchased throughout the year.
We search all year long at flea markets and antique shops for them.

Hopefully I'll get a full room shot of the den with the stenciling.
The rooms have been so torn up with totes and piles of stuff that I haven't had a chance to as of yet.

Also...remember blogger doesn't let you comment anymore if you don't have the right settings so feel free to email me!!!

Thanks for stopping by!