Thursday, 29 October 2009

Meet Charity

Let me introduce you to the newest prairie doll in my home - this is Charity. Why Charity?
Well, because I've been thinking a lot lately about 1 Cor. 13; 'faith, hope and charity, but the greatest of these is charity.' It's something we've all experienced through the kindnesses and sympathies of others, but something I need to put in to practice in my own life: to my family, my children my friends, neighbors and even strangers. So in a way this prairie doll is a reminder to me to think of how I can help others. In fact this doll came about because of the helpfulness of another blogging friend - thanks to Loretta for taking the time to tell me about Twigs' freebies and that when I found her prairie doll challenge, which I tried and so Charity came about!
So thanks to one and all who read my blog and leave such encouraging, charitable comments - you all make my day!
While I'm at it I thought I'd show you a couple of other attempts of mine; this was the first prim raggedy Annie doll I made - now please don't laugh at her as she's a sensitive sort

Just thought I'd share a photo of this lovely old ladle I found, all dinged and worn looking

The kids wanted me to show you their 'wee buns' all decorated for Halloween and it was a fun way to spend the afternoon and eat the fruit of your efforts! Yum!
David made the spider, Caralyn put Frankinstein's face on her bun and Cerys and I made the web bun.
We've had a good time together at home this week and I hope you are enjoying yours
Best wishes

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

It arrived safely!

Good morning, everyone! For once, I was pleased to see the postman coming to the door because there was a package for me! I'd been hoping for the past week to receive my new lamp all the way from The Cranberry Cupboard in Ohio where I'd found the half round punched tin lamp I'd been searching for! Believe me this is special as over in the UK this kind of lamp is well nigh impossible to find! Even the glass front survived the trip!I just love the star pattern punched in it and how it glows on the wall in the dark.
This is a busy week as I've commitments at church and children's outreach to prepare for and the children are off school for the week and need entertaining - lots! I like to limit the time the spend watching TV and playing computer games so yesterday we just had fun literally playing in the mud down by a quiet little river close by - it's lovely for autumn color, too. However today has started very wet and rainy. The kids love to craft and paint so we got a pumpkin and had fun carving it! Forgot to take a pic when we had it lit up!Now we're going to make some 'wee buns' and decorate them. It's always more enjoyable to make edible craft items!
Before I go, I want to wish my husband many happy returns of the day as he celebrates his 42nd birthday today. Lots and lots of love to you!

Hope to catch up with you all again soon
Best wishes

Friday, 23 October 2009

Visit with my friend and late Wed. post

Well - this post was supposed to be on Wed. but...... I'm embarrassed to confess that the project I was working on turned out to be less than perfect - in fact I couldn't bring myself to post about it and binned it. Oh well, nothing major, I just moved on, paint brush in hand! Now my DH jokes that he'd better not sit still too long or I'll paint him with my black paint also! LOL!

This is a little side table that was supposed to be thrown out by the previous owners of our home, but I thought it had possibilities.So I took it out to the garage and sanded off the orange varnish and to prim it up a bit I painted the legs black to make it look like those prim tables I've seen in Country Sampler.
The top still looks orange in this pic but it is lighter as I used a more mellow varnish on it.
I put it back in my 'prim' room and just decorated it simply

A few weeks ago, I had arranged to have a day out with a friend but she ended up in hospital unfortunately for a few days. Thankfully she's doing well now and we had our get together at a lovely gift shop and tea room about a half hour from where I live.
It's a really quaint looking shoppe in mock Tudor style. Here's the fall display window:
Inside the owners have arranged the floor layout like a Victorian street with rooms filled with some prim wares, some vintage French style goods and paper and stationary,cards etc. There's a wonderful fireplace and stove which I managed to snap

Sad to say, though, most things were too pricey so I kept my wallet shut until I found some Christmas blocks but I'll keep those until I decorate for Christmas.

We had a good time catching up with each others news and shopping. We plan to visit again soon and I'm excited as she's going to help me with the binding on my quilt. Yay!

A special thanks to all new followers and readers of my blog. I realize there are so many great blogs out there that I appreciate you taking the time to visit with me. Thanks so much!
Have a great weekend

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Shutter shelf

Hi everyone. Just wanted to share my latest make-do item with you all. It was just crying out to be done!lol! and I'm not one to leave things to the one side if I can posssibly make something out of it! Every time I went into the garage, those pieces of timber - offcuts, my dad calls them, - the left
overs, looked like they could be fixed up into something prim for me to have inside!
And aren't the simplest ideas the best! This one was so simple it only involved 5 pieces of timber and some nails, then a quick couple of coats of paint and stain! What do you think?The wood is actually from old skirting boards and you can see the old nail holes in it- adds to the prim look!
I had the option to go with some rusty nails for pegs but instead I put on a little shelf for displaying some miniatures and added the twiggy wreath, too. How simple is that?The only thing is I've used up most of the timber - oh well, I can always buy some more, or better still, go to my dad's and raid his offcuts!

I'm trying to finish up another small revamp project for 'whatcha workin' on? so I hope to be back tomorrow if all goes according to plan.
Have a great day

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Little Things

As the title of this post is about little things, this is going to be a little post. I don't know where the week went and I don't seem to have accomplished much. But I thought I'd just share with you some of the little things that I did get done.
Here's the Harvest tuck pillow that I showed you I'd started on Mon.

Even the little details make a difference - I added the the line of stitches below the Thanks and to me it seems more complete.This is another sewing quickie I managed to do last night. I had been wanting a candle hugger since I made one for my giveaway and finally got it done. Just a little thing but there you have it.
Oh and there was one other little thing in our house - A MOUSE! At this time of year it's not unusual for field mice to sneak in for warmth and sure enough one got in. I think it must have seen the doors open when the children have been running in and out playing. We have had mice before and have baited traps but this one died before it even found a trap. UGH! The girls screamed and wouldn't settle to sleep that night until Daddy checked every little nook and cranny for others and so far it seems that was our only little visitor. I hope we'll stay mice free - I don't have a cat!
This little post is large enough so until next time,
best wishes

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Harvest Thanksgiving

On Sunday we had our annual Harvest Thanksgiving Services at our church. The building was beautifully decorated with gifts of fruit and vegetables and flowers but more importantly we were gathered to thank the LORD for His faithfulness in providing for us bountifully once again. We are so blessed and I want to thank God for His goodness to us.

With this in mind I am trying to make a little cross stitch pillow, but my is the going slow!
It's on osnaburg, which is harder to count onto with tiny stitches but I'm hoping to finish for tomorrow. I did get this sweet little kitty in the leaves freebie stitched up yesterday - it's one of Primitive Betty's,

I'm hoping to do more wool/felt items shortly. I love making Christmas things and I'm busy browsing the web for freebie patterns. If you know of any, please let me know! I need to get some shopping done so I'm off.
Best wishes

Friday, 9 October 2009

A few more bits'n pieces

Hello, once again, so good of you to pay me a little visit in my corner of blogland where things are preferably prim! I have a few more bits 'n pieces to share with you, tho' I could have entitled this post 'What are you going to do with all this stuff?' At least that's what I've just been asked by my longsuffering hubby. In my previous post I said how he was the one who encouraged me to start a blog of my own, but now I think he seriously regrets this,lol!:o) I love all the patterns and designs and craft tutorials so much that I'm always trying something. As a result DH comes home for dinner and finds me up to the elbows in paint,stain, sawdust and needles and pins everywhere just for good measure! Such was the scene this very afternoon in our home because I had been working on , ohh, let me count, probably about four different projects all at once.
Bemused, he raised an eyebrow and asked the question above!! It's true - quite possibly the stuff is taking over. But I still feel I've a long way to go in achieving the prim look. It is for us tho' a matter of compromise with regards to where I can decorate in the way I like.

That said, here's my latest effort at woodworking. When I saw this last month on Char's blog, and how easily made it seemed to be, I knew I'd have to give it a shot.

I have it simply decorated with some leaves and horse chestnuts we gathered on a lovely autumn walk yesterday. The candle in the pic was another of Char's tutorials on painting candles. I got a couple of cheap candles and tried adding the dish cleaning detergent to paint and did the pumpkin but I need proper craft paints as my paints were too watery and thin. It's definitely worth a try and if I get it perfected I'd make some for Christmas gifts.

Now whilst all this paint was drying, I needed to keep my hands busy and got sewing this pumpkin stitchery for a tea towel to hang in the kitchen. Now before anyone thinks my DH didn't get his dinner, let me assure you that he is well fed tonight again and I didn't burn anything (which makes a change!).
One of the reasons I was able to do these projects was due to my friend having to cancel our outing yesterday. We were so looking forward to catching up with eachother when she called to tell me she was in agony with gall stones and was waiting for the doctors to decide what to do. So I feel so sorry for her and hope and pray all goes well for her to make a speedy recovery.
We'll get to that nice little gift shop some of these days!

Well I've rambled on long enough. Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a lovely weekend,

Best wishes

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Whatcha working on?

Good afternoon, and welcome! Time for another Wednesday post with a few things to share. By this stage in my short blogging career, my husband comes home, rolls his eyes in amusement and says, 'Whatcha working on?' with a laugh. He loves to tease me about blogging and puts up with my craft projects, but in actual fact it was my husband who started me off on this whole blogging journey!!! Sorry if that sounds like I'm swearing!LOL! I'm not given to swearing at all BTW! He encouraged this so I can tease him, too!

Anyhow, to get back on track, as it's Wed. I have been trying to get something done to post about.
But first on my 'to-do' list was to paint the shelf that's been left untouched for ages. Admittedly I was nervous about painting it other than just staining it, but when my bowl rack turned out so well in black, I decided to go ahead. Here's a pic of it before

And this is how it looks now, and for the moment I haven't put the quilt back up.

Definitely makes more of an impact now. I rearranged my checkerboards which leads to the one other project I got done. I would like to add to the few gameboards that I have and tried a parcheesi design. Here's how it turned out - not sure if the stain is too heavy?

Hope to post again at the weekend but for now mybrood of squabbling children need sorting out.
What is it with siblings annoying each other?
Duty calls!
Best wishes

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Weekend activities

Hello from a stormy N. Ireland. The autumn storms are early this year and as I type the winds have already overturned some of my plant pots outside and moved the trampoline across the garden!! So we are indoors and whilst I was heating some pizza for lunch, I made some of my favorite brownie cookies. They spread out in the oven and are quite thin but so more-ish!
They are at their nicest when slightly cool; chewy in the middle and a bit crispy at the edges! Anyone like one or two? You'll have to be quick as they don't last long in this house!

As ever, life for me is a matter of organizing several minor things at the one time and hoping all the bigger things fall into place! I want to get on with a few prim projects but so far all I've got done is to make this little penny candle mat for a friend of mine that I will be meeting up with next week.
I love making these. I will hopefully get some made for Christmas for gifts and for home.
Hope you all have a good weekend!