Friday, December 25, 2009


Wow, I cannot believe Christmas is already here. Last night we had a great time at my sisters house with the whole family (except for my other sister and her family, who is soaking up the rays in Florida) and had a great Christmas Eve dinner and then came home to open presents and watched Christmas Vacation!

Today, I am cooking a roast and we are just relaxing and will visit my husbands family later. I hope you all have a safe and very Happy Holiday!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Free Pattern & A Couple of Makeovers & A Santa Doll

I finally had some time the past couple of weeks to get some things done that I have been wanting to get done. First, I have added a new free pattern on the right side bar. It is for my primitive cupid doll ornie......hope you all enjoy!!

Next, on to the makeovers. This first makeover was a wooden breadbox I picked up at GW and made it into a prim wooden bin. Don't you just love the cow stenciled on it?

I took the front door off of it and added a wooden divider and a wooden front piece onto it and then started to prim it up with a rasp, beating it up with some nails, nuts and bolts and then did some prim painting. I first painted it with a dark brown and then a mustard. I took my sander and sanded it all over to make it look worn and then gave it a coat of stain.

I filled it with some greenery, snowballs and some wonderful gingerbread men that I made. The gingerbread men were made from a Crows in the Attic Primitives pattern. I absolutely love the way it turned out and cannot wait to decorate it with the change of seasons.

My next makeover is another GW item. This self was just screaming to be primmed up!

I first painted it black and then a cranberry. I then sanded it all over and here is the finished makeover.

Here is a pic of it all decorated up for the Holidays. I carved the word Primitive on the candle, primmed it up and added a grungy battery tea light. The stocking sampler was made with some wool I had. I cut out a stocking stitched the word Joy on it and then stitched it to an aged piece of osnaburg. The stocking is filled with sweet annie and a cinnamon stick. The frame was plastic and I painted it a mustard and sanded it a bit.

This next item is just a little something I did with an old window I had from our log cabin at our resort. It was already painted white so I added the two stocking, some greenery and a grapevine twiggy wreath to it.

And these last couple of pictures are of a Santa I made for myself. I have been taking a break from selling for a little while to create some items for my own home.

Sorry this is such a long post....I need to update more often. I will be sharing more makeovers, patterns and pictures of things I make and maybe even throw in an item or two for sale in the weeks to come!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My Old Fashioned Christmas Swap Goodies

have arrived. I joined in on Chars swap and had so much fun creating for my partnre.....Colleen from And Baby Makes Five.. I love making new friends and crafting for them in these swaps. Colleen sent me these wonderful Old Fashioned Christmas hand mades and I can honestly say that I cannot just pick one favorite out of all that she sent. I received a beautiful Santa stitchery, a wooden word"Joy", chocolate chip melts, hand made & painted dough bowl fillers, homespun wrapped strand of lights, a wooden "Deck the Halls" sign and wooden painted snowman sign, the cutest Santa napkins and a package of mulling spices!

A huge thank you Colleen!!! You sure brightened my Holiday and sure know how to spread some Christmas cheer and spoil your swap partner! Thank you!!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009


I hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween! I will be going by my sisters house later this evening and then picking up my nephew to spend the night.

I know I have not been on here lately and just have been working many hours at my day job and then doing computer work for my husband company. I have not had time to create lately being so busy. I am not giving up creating, just taking a much needed break for a little while until things slow down. I will be sharing more creations when I have the time, doing some make overs and other things.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

E-Pattern is now available

for my Primitive Early Pumpkin Stocking Doll. She is on the left side bar. I finally got things back working with my PDF files! This weekend has been so cool and wet:( Perfect for decorating and cleaning house but not much of anything else. I did manage to swing by the GoodWill Saturday morning and will have to post a few picks in a day or so of my finds. Hope you all have a great Sunday!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

New Early Pumpkin Doll Stocking Pattern Available

on Ebay. The pattern is only available as a printed mailed pattern on Ebay. I was having computer problems and lost my program I use to make my PDFs. I swear, sometimes I think computers just eat things up!!
I really need to take a little break to finish my Fall decorating....but we shall see how the week goes. I also want to finish a couple makeovers too. So much to do and so very little time to do it!! Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Primitive Early Harvest Pumpkin Doll Stocking

Whoooo Hoooooo, just got done watching some football and the Bears won!!!!! Sundays are our football playing, (we toss around the football) game watching, snack a ton day!! If anyone has some great football snack recipes to share I sure would love to hear what you make and maybe share a few recipes!

The leaves are starting to fall and the cooler weather is upon us! Great Harvest weather....perfect to share my new creation with you...... her name is Elizabet! She is such a sweetie and is listed
on Ebay for a 7 day auction. I have been doing 3 day auctions, but need a little more time this week to get some more creations and a pattern or two done.

Here is a sneak peek of Elizabet....there are many more pics of her in my auction. Have a great evening!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Best Baby Back Ribs Recipe

I just had to share this recipe for the best ever baby back ribs. I have made these quite a few times and every time, they turn out great! This recipe is for two slabs of ribs. If you love ribs, you have to try this!!

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. First you want to remove the back membrane of your ribs....this is a must! Taking the membrane off of them will make them cook better and be more tender. Then I combine the following ingredients for a dry rub.

Rib Rub Recipe:

1/4 cup brown sugar,
1 1/2 Tbsp. paprika
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 Tbsp. black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne red pepper.

I cut my slabs in half so they fit into the foil lined pan and then rub this dry rub all over your ribs, front and back. Line a 9x13" pan with foil (for easy clean up) and place your half slabs in the pan. Try and place the ribs leaning on their sides in the pan, it is ok to have them touching each other. Then I add water to cover the bottom of the pan about 1/2", just so they do not dry out. You could also pour some BBQ sauce over them instead of the water.Cover the pan tightly with foil and place in in the oven for 2 hours.

Once they are done take them out of the oven and let them cool. Finally, grilled them on medium heat, brushing with your favorite BBQ sauce for about 5-10 min. a side, till they are nicely caramelized. YUM! They were "falling off the bone" tender, without actually falling off the bone. Try these! You won't be sorry!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Welcome Fall

I am a little sad to see Summer leave.....all of the BBQ's, swimming, camping, fishing, boating, gardening and fresh vegetables, long sunny days but do love the Fall also. Now if we can just skip the winter, I would be a happy camper!!!

With tomorrow being the fist day of Fall, I have listed my newest creation on Ebay . Her name is Mae and she measures 26" tall. I hope you can stop by my auctions to view my Harvest offerings:)

Here is peek of her.
Have a great evening!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Touch of Harvest

I absolutely love this time of year!! The weather could not be more perfect and of course it is football season! This weekend seemed liked it flew by and of course I did not get done as much as I would like to. I did manage to list one thing on Ebay this evening and will be listing another tomorrow evening. Here is a peek at my listing. It is a vintage apron filled with dried tansy and corn cobs in their husks. I love this Harvest peg rack hanger!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

New Santa Head Make Do Pattern

I hope you all had a great weekend! The weather here was absolutely beautiful. I have been talking about making a new pattern and have made one for my primitive Santa head make do. He is now listed on Pattern Mart and is available as an instant download.

The model for the pattern is also available on Ebay for a 3 day auction. I was enjoying the weather and was only able to list one item but will be working on more tomorrow evening. Right now I have to go and watch some it!!! Bears against the Packers!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

My Harvest Swap Arrived Today!!!

First of all I cannot believe I have not posted in over a week and I hope you all have a great Labor day weekend! We had such a blast!!! I guess that is why I have been MIA, lol!

Now for my wonderful package that arrived. My swap partner was Diana of
Down Hidden Farm Lane She sent me some awesome Fall/Harvest items. I received some carmel and chocolate squares and hot chocolate mix....can you tell I am in heaven???? That alone is the best! I also received a prim journal, a scarecrow ornie, a Paula Dean candle, four pumpkins, some Fall napkins and a Fall candle mat and decorative pick. I absolutely LOVE it all. Thank you so much Diana!!!

Here are a few pics of my swap.

I will be listing a new pattern here on my blog tomorrow so stop on by. I hope to also have 2-3 items for Ebay too. Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Prim Black Cat & Harvest Angel Shelf Sitter

just listed on Ebay for 3 day auctions. I will also be working on a new pattern or two and should have them ready by next weekend. We had a busy weekend. We went to a Count Fair on Saturday with our niece, her fiance and our was great time. We had some corn dogs, ice cream, went on some rides and of course spent time with all of the farm animals! You can't beat the country!! Wish I had my camera...but I forgot it:( Then after that we visited my sister and her husband until midnight.

Here is a peek at my Ebay offerings. I will be back in a few days!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Picture Trail Update

Now Open. Was having some internet problems....hopefully it is fixed now!

More Primitives & Antiques for sale tonight

on my picture trail website around 7:30 P.M. Central time. Hope you find something you like:) Have a great Thursday!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Harvest Wagon, Pumpkin Doll, mice & pumpkin

set just listed on Ebay.
Wow, I am so happy to have finished this set and got it listed for a 5 day auction. I think I will take a break for a day or two, lol. To view my auction, just click the link above.

Thanks for stopping by....have to get some sleep now!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Wooden Prims on Ebay

I hope you all had a wonderful relaxing weekend! It sure feels like Fall here....if only we could have Fall weather and then Winter for just 2 weeks, then Spring. I know....don't tell me....... I have already pinched myself out of that dream! Anywho, I have been working my tail off and just listed some new wooden prims on Ebay. They are listed for 3 day auctions.

I am working on a larger Harvest set and should have it done either tomorrow or Tuesday. I think you will like it:)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Antiques & Prims for Sale on my Picture Trail Website!!!

TGIT!!!! I know it is late....been a long day for me and I am exhausted...but I just wanted to let you know I have some awesome antiques & prims for sale on my Picture Trail website so if you get a chance stop on by! Here is a pic of my offerings for sale.

I will be working on more items for Ebay this weekend and maybe even a pattern:) Take care!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Harvest Mouse & Prim Black Doll

just listed on Ebay! I planned on finishing a few more items for this week but things did not go as planned this weekend....too much fun enjoying the outdoors!

I did manage to finish a Harvest mouse in an antique childs shoe and a prim black cupboard doll ornie. To view my auctions, just click on the "My Ebay" link on the top left side bar.

I will be back soon!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Prim Witch & Harvest Doll

just listed on Ebay Here is a peek at them. To view my auctions, just click on the link above. The first doll is harvest make do doll made with a Pineberry Lane pattern. The second is a stump witch doll made with my own pattern.

I hope to get more creations done to list over the weekend. Take care!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Extreme Primitive Black Scarecrow on Ebay

Well, our Fall - like weather disappeared this past was sooooo hot! We enjoyed the pool, finally! I think the last time we were in it was in June. But, I would rather have weather in the 70's every day!!

I wanted to share my new listing with all of you..... an extreme primitive black scarecrow with corn and a pesty crow on Ebay. He is made from a Blue Moon Beginnings pattern and is so prim!!! He is listed for 3 days.

Here is a peek of him. If you want to see more click on the link above!

I hope to list more items in a day or two!!! I love making Fall/Harvest items. Take care!!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Extreme Primitive Pumpkin Doll & Candy Corn

This sweet fella is my new offering on Ebay. He was made from a Blue Moon Beginnings pattern. Isn't he just so prim?
I have lots to get done around here and more sewing to do. Hope you have a great evening!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Corn Husk Broom Tutorial

This cooler weather we have been having has me thinking a lot about Fall.... my favorite season! I came across this "How To" while searching the internet and thought you all might like to make one for yourself. I think I will be saving my corn husks from now on!! The "how to" was written by Kari Livingston.

Things You'll Need:

Dried corn husks
Sharp knife
Jig saw
12-inch x 7-inch x 1-inch board
Cotton twine
5-foot wooden handle

Gather dried corn husks into bundles that are about 2-inches thick. For a 12-inch x 7-inch broom, you will need 18 bundles.

Grasp the top of each bundle firmly and tie about 1 inch from the top with twine. The tops should be about 1-inch thick after tying them off. The bottom should retain their natural shape.

Cut one hole on the center of your board to accommodate your handle. After centering your hole, cut nine 1-inch holes in a 3 X 3 pattern on either side of the hole.

Spread a thin layer of glue inside each 1-inch hole and insert your corn husk bundles. Your ties should be level with the top of the board. Allow the bundles to dry overnight.

Trim the bottoms of the corn husk bundles to a uniform length with a sharp knife or scissors. Four inches is a good length for both sweeping and mopping.

Spread a thin layer of glue inside your handle hole and insert your wooden handle. For an historically accurate corn husk broom, use a sturdy tree branch. Allow to dry completely.

I also found this diagram and instructions below from a website by Alice Merryman

To make the scrub broom, use a board 1 inch thick, 8 inches wide and 16 inches long for the mop head. With a 1-inch bit, bore a hole in the center with a slope for handle.

Begin 1/4 inch from the edge, using the same bit; bore holes 1 inch apart making 4 rows.

Go into the woods, cut a hickory stick 1 1/2 inches thick, 5 feed long; trim small end to fit the hole in the base. Nail through the handle into base to hold in place.

Now you are ready to fill the mop head. Fill a large container with warm water, packing your shucks in the water to soak 10 minutes. These shuck should not be broken apart. Take enough shucks when twisted together to fill the 1-inch hole. Begin by placing the small end through the hole, pulling very securely, but leaving the large end of the shuck above base to form a ball or knot Continue until the mop head is filled.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

New Ebay Listing & FREE Pattern

Well, I kept my work and listed a new doll on Ebay. She is so prim....and is listed for a 5 day auction. Her name is Abby Hender and she is a black cat make do doll....purrrfect for Halloween. Abby was made using a Pineberry Lane pattern. Here is a peek at her, you can see more pics on Ebay.

I have also added a new FREE pattern in the box on the right side bar. A Christmas in July pattern. Hope you enjoy it!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Lazy Days of Summer.....

I cannot believe I have not posted in a while. I guess I am getting used to working again, just finished my two week training. Starting Monday I am on my own...which is not a big deal. I only work part time and have Fridays off, which is really nice....for the Summer, lol.

Speaking of Summer and lazy days.......

Here are my two babies enjoying their Summer, lol. They are so spoiled!!! They have a three season porch all to themselves.....complete with prim decor...of course, carpeting, tables, a large cat tree, couch and literally a birds eye view. I have a couple of bird feeders outside their windows, lol. Ahhhh to be a furbaby!!!

I did not forget about my giveaway, just a little slow lately with working. I have a couple things in mind and will post them soon. I am also working on a make do for Ebay, a couple of makeovers and will be posting a new free pattern this weekend.

Take care and have a great weekend!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Some Outdoor Garden Picks

I love looking at others outdoor decor and thought I would share some pics of mine. I hope you enjoy the pictures and they spark some ideas:)

These were made from part of a wooden fence and vintage wooden crates.

My prim porch.

I made this "make do" potting bench from a vintage wooden slant top desk, some 2 X 4's and picket fence. The desk top opens and I cut a hole in the bottom for a granite pot to sit in for my dirt.

This is our little piece of the Northwoods by our pool. We love fishing, camping hiking and nature! I painted a little "Bait" sign.

Not everything is in full bloom....just a start.

Hope you enjoyed the pics:)