Friday, 30 April 2010

My new shelf is on the wall!!

Hello friends! I am so pleased (at last) to be able to show you all my newest prim shelf which DH put up for me after I asked him ever so nicely!!! It was as well he did it and not me for a sizable piece of plaster cracked whilst he was drilling it in!! I can't believe I have had it propped up in a corner for so long but that's all to do with being a patient wife - daren't rush my man!It's just so much fun picking out prims to put on my new shelf! But I should quickly explain where we put the shelf. In our home there is a central hall which is fairly narrow and a bit dark as you make your way down to the back of the house. To the left is the dining room and to the right is the kitchen and family room. So there was a blank dull wall staring me in the face and I knew it was the perfect spot for a shelf!! I had put my favorite homespun star there (the one in my profile pic.)
But onto more important things; here it is~Now I'm showing this first for a reason, the reason being the ugly switch directly under the shelf - definitely not what I want anyone staring at! Instead I tweaked things around a bit more - and had more fun- until I was pretty pleased with the look of the arrangement and no more switch!Do you see that I added the primitives sign over the shelf to complete everything! It's one from my good friend Shazy, from Country Prims blogspot.

Here's a look from farther back and then from way down the hall nearer the foyer~

Oh and that's one of my next projects to keep tuned for: I'm going to repaint the lower half of the walls along here to primify it more! And here's just one more pic of it with the flash off to get the glow of the candle~I have to tell you about the lamp candle holder as it's very special. I have two of them and at the time I didn't know anything about primitives but loved them anyhow. We got them on our honeymoon nearly 17 years ago in August. We honeymooned on the island of Cyprus and found a special little restaurant that we loved Called 'The Gypsy Star' ( all very romantic, but please don't be sick!!lol!) On the tables they had these candle lamps so as a memento of our honeymoon we bought two and now here I am using them in my prim decorating!

In my last posts I said how much I love Americana and dear friend Angie asked if I'd ever lived in the USA and how come I love Americana, seeing as I come from N. Ireland! - so I'll explain here! (Whew, this is turning into a long post for me - hope you're hangin' in there!)
While I've never actually lived in America, I've been fortunate enough to visit quite a number of times and in different parts. Both my DH and I have close relatives who live in California and we have stayed with them on several occasions and that's when my love of all things Americana began - My husband loves to visit for another reason and that's root beer! A&W to be precise!!
We can't even get it over here so every year we have to go and get him his fix of A&W!!
And since I discovered primitive decorating we've visited the East coast the last couple of years so I can shop! You can be sure I bring BIG suitcases and pack them full!
God willing we are coming again this July to Maryland and Pennsylvania - I love to visit the Amish. So if any of you have insider knowledge re those places for prims please let me know!!

That's me typed out I hope you stayed with me!
Thanks so much if you did!
Best wishes for a great weekend!


Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Progress

Hello prim bloggers and friends! Thanks for stopping by for a visit! Another Wednesday as rolled around so I thought I'd let you see that I've managed to actually accomplish something in between times.

But guess what? That genie never showed up!!! I've just had to rename myself Jeanie!LOL!
I really did work and clean and mop and dust etc etc and you know something else?
It's all as bad as ever again!! Housework? Well, I'm thankful I can do it and that I have a family to take care of and food to eat even if there are dirty dishes after. Life is good! We are blessed!

Remember these?


I have put them together with another tea stained star to make a table top runner and as I might have mentioned - I love Americana.
Here it is~I put this together very quickly on my hallway table just to get me in the mood for July 4th!

I also finished the Stacy Nash x stitch and put it in this little frame~

What do you think of this latest creation?
As you just might have guessed by now, I love stars too. This is quite a large star pillow in lovely blue ticking and I painted the wood star black, sanded it a bit and then... I challenged my self to use hubby's drill. To my amazement I even managed to find and fit the correct wood drill bit in it. So that meant I could sew it on for a finishing detail.

There you are, up to speed with all the goings on in my prim den!

Wishing you all a great week, with a thankful heart! Thanks so much for your friendship!
I love hearing from you!



Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Whatcha workin' on Wednesday

.... or too many irons in the fire at one time!
So it would seem, as I have started several things to stitch up and have yet to finish any of them!
It's just a case of Spring fever, I think. Too many ideas and things I want or need to get done, but time is never on my side... I know we've all been there or is that the story of your life like mine?!!
But just to play 'catch-up' a little, since I last posted over a week ago.The children all went back to school last Thurs. so we've had to settle back into our daily routine and get on with all the homeworks.
On Sat. we had a great day with our church's youth group on a trip to Belfast. We took a tour of the City Hall which is a beautiful historic building built over 100 years ago when Queen Victoria granted Belfast city status.
Here is a pic of the front of the building~Inside there are many grand formal rooms with amazing stained glass windows and marble floors and staircases - all very fitting for the capital city's best building.
The weather was lovely and sunny for the bbq which followed. It was a great day!
The flight chaos meant there were some disappointments as our niece was going to visit her brother in the US but the flight was cancelled as was the flight of the Romanian preacher who was supposed to visit our church on Sun. morning.Hopefully things are getting back to normal.

I have been trying to finish the third of the Buttermilk Basin patterns but made a mistake and had to start all over again! This is it so far...
I really love X stitch and just had to get started on this Stacy Nash Primitives pattern - I'm stitching it on Aida 18 count which is small enough for my bad eyesight!
Another one of my favorites is any thing Americana so here's a wee peek at something I'm trying for a one of a kind idea ~I hope it turns out ok and then I will share it. That's if I can get around to finishing anything!
It's not that I want more hours in the day, I just need a genie from an old lamp to appear and do all the household chores so I would be free to sew and of course read blogs all day!lol!

Oh well, back to reality and lots to do!
Have a great week whatever you have to do!
God is good!


Monday, 12 April 2010

Happy Monday and a birthday!

What a beautiful day again! When the sun's shining it's great to be outside, which is where I'll be asap! But just had to pop in and say hello and play catch up. The kids are still off school on their Easter holidays until Thurs. and we've been out and about enjoying ourselves.
As a result I've put some ideas on the back burner for a time but here's some of what I've been up to with my little needle and thread.
So pleased to finish another of the Buttermilk Basin patterns and I think I'll do another one the frame them and get them on display.

I made another prairie doll and designed the apron she's wearing.
The fabrics of the doll and her apron have been coffee stained but don't seem to show up as dark as they really are.
The other little job I did was with a hammer and a couple of nails. My DH came home and saw the hammer on the counter and said, 'Oh no! - what have you been doing?' but this time I didn't knock off a lot of plaster when I hammered in the nails!lol!

I have had these plates for ages and wanted them either side of the kitchen window.Now please don't be shocked at the very bare look of my kitchen window. My problem is I just cannot make up my mind as to which kind of window dressing I should go for! So I'm still searching for ideas...
I had to wait until evening to take a pic of them both up as the light was too strong earlier.
Anyway this is a bit better...Today is another special day in our home as our firstborn, Caralyn is 11 today!! She's getting to that self-conscious stage and doesn't like having her photo taken so this is one from last year that she likes of herself!!Happy birthday, Caralyn - we all love you so much!

Hopefully, I'll get some time to post again later in the week if I have any more done!
Take care until then and thanks so much for visiting! I love to hear from you all!




Friday, 2 April 2010

Easter Blessings and my secret drawing winner!

Thank you all for your sweet comments and well wishes to me on my blog anniversary. To say your kind words touched my heart is an understatement!

If you read my last post, I said I had a secret way to celebrate it, so I'll explain!
I decided to have a secret giveaway for those who commented on my blogiversary post from Tuesday until today and then find a winner and the winner is....

Marcia!!! from Blessedmomssimplehome.blogspot.com!
And this is what you've won - the Easter bunny pillow that I hand stitched, pictured above, and also some goodies from N. Ireland.
Thank you all once again for your friendship - it is such a blessing!

Already today we have remembered the Lord's death on the cross and thanked Him for dying as
the bearer of our sins that we might be saved. I love those verses in Philippians 2, 5-11, of which this is an extract,
'And being found in fashion as a man He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.' Praise His name He cried 'It is finished!' and our redemption through faith in His atonement was complete! He has paid it all!

Have a blessed Easter Sunday and remember He is risen!