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Hi, Primmies... I stitch reproduction antique samplers and dolls. I also have lots of great artists and their sites featured as well as tutorials and some recipes for you to enjoy. Eventually we will have our own items for sale. Until then I hope you will enjoy the content, please leave a comment on any post you wish to.

Thank you,
Susan

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February 29, 2012

IF YOU DON'T WANT YOUR BLOG PHOTOS ON PINTEREST READ THIS

Hi, Primmies ~


Don't forget to keep Tricia in your thoughts as she awaits the news from her biopsy. She is in a good deal of pain and won't be online for a while.
She knows that we are praying and posting for her and she feels the love from all of us. It means the
world to her.
 
Cheri of Quilts By Cheri posted tonight about the controversy over pinning photos to Pinterest. Many
people don't mark them or label them with the
designer's name.
If you don't want your blog photos to be pinned to
Pinterest read HERE How to prevent your Blogger images from being pinned .


This link is to the Making A Mark blog.  You have to be able to access the HTML code on your Template.
You should always back up your Template and then go into Edit HTML. The blog has easy to follow instructions that I was able to do easily.

The reason for me adding the code is because I have so many of you on my blog for either a feature or your work is on my sidebar for giveaways. I don't want anyone to be able to access your pictures on my blog. 


Hugs,


Susan

February 28, 2012

TUESDAY TUTORIALS FROM FELLOW BLOGGERS

Hi, Primmies ~ 

While reading blogs from my Reading List I came across Teri's tutorial:  White Sheep Farm Primitive Make Do Pussy Willow Branches.
Teri was so sweet to give me the go ahead to use her photos. I was so amazed at how lifelike these branches look, and it couldn't be an easier to do tutorial. Teri was pruning a plum tree, I think, and she used those branches for the pussy willows. Talk about
multitasking !
Here are the "buds" made with brown paper and wool

Here a bud is attached to a real branch with rusty wire
Please be sure to visit Teri if you can, click HERE for Pussy Willow Tutorial . There are step-by-step photos and instructions for you to follow.

Here's a tutorial from Jennie Lynn of Appleseed Prim for sampler stitchers that like to "age" their work. 
She also made up a free chart for us, a sweet little marking sampler with a few simple lines and a lovely border. You can download the free Betty 1709 by clicking HERE
You can click HERE to see photos showing her stitched sampler after applying the extreme aging techniques.

And more creative tutorials using techniques you are all familiar with but different graphics and items made it seem like I was seeing them for the first time. The first one is from The Vintage Polka Dot using clear decal film sheets and vintage graphic images. You can pick up old bottles and jars at thrift stores and use this transfer method.
It's truly amazingly fast and easy. You can also use plain white canisters, platters, etc. Here is a link to the Clear and White Inkjet Decal Film. 
Here is another source Experts Choice Decal Film.
You can also do a search for it, they are also called water slide decals. You don't need all of the suggested items that they sell to go along with the film. Just read the tutorial from The Vintage Polka Dot on how easy her way is.

The vintage images that are available for free are plentiful.
I have several links on my blog sidebar. Be sure to visit the individual blogs where you will read the full tutorials.






Kristie of MARKET NINE home  made these vintage looking garden pots with the Modge Podge transfer technique. She was inspired by Laurie of Heaven's Walk. 
They both used graphics from The Graphics Fairy blog.
And there is a product called Outdoor Modge Podge for items being used outside.  Awesome.
 
It's been a while since I've hunted for new projects. I like to try other methods besides primitive, but these methods all work on wood and other surfaces and you can make prim boxes, rusty cans, blank milk bottles, signs and all kinds of things using the same transfers just making the items primitive in your favorite
aging or grunging technique. All of the great primitive labels and graphics that we've come across are so quick and easy to apply with the Modge Podge. Another blogger used washable Elmer's glue; she spread it on the paper and printed her image, and then did the MP transfer technique. She said it makes the image stick even better. I could not confirm this with anyone but it would be easy to try a practice transfer with it.


I've been stitching two other projects while working on the Polly Daggett sampler. I'm also working on a very large, very prim rabbit. I'll show you the finishes if you're good little primmies.


Also, everyone say a little prayer for our friend Tricia of  Hillcrest Home Primitives.
She's having her surgery this morning at 8 a.m.  And send her your love & well wishes for a quick recovery.

Have a happy day creating whatever you are working on.

Susan

February 26, 2012

MORE SWEET GIFTS FROM BLOGGER FRIENDS

Good Morning, Primmies ~

A few days ago Sheila of Seasons Of Thy Heart blog 
had an impromptu giveaway. She gave away three
Gooseberry Patch books to the first three bloggers 
who left comments on her post. I was number two.
I won "Gooseberry Patch Christmas" copyright
from 1999 (great year). It's a beautiful Leisure Arts
Publication hardcover book.  It's chock full of Winter and Christmas crafts, ideas, decorating tips, handmade cards and ideas for gift wrapping. There's a section for handmade gifts, gifts from the kitchen and gift baskets.
There is a large section devoted to Festive Foods &
Glorious Feasts There are recipes for candies and
sweets, cakes and pies. Grand feasts for Christmas
morning, a Holiday Open House, Pork Crown Roast, and much more. I'd like to share some photos:



  Puffy making his debut on Glen Oaks Primitives 








There is so much more, beautiful photos abound.
Thank you, Sheila. It was very generous of you to
think of your blogger friends and to mail these
three hardcover books out to us.  

I'll be back later today with some stitching progress on the Polly Daggett sampler and also a sampler I finished for Ashley, the Safrona Ager sampler.

Hugs,
Susan

February 25, 2012

Be Sure To Visit Rene of SeW MaNY raGGeDiEs: She's Having A Giveaway

Hi, Primmies ~
Rene of Sew Many Raggedies is having a giveaway for a Shamrock Pillow Tuck and Shamrock Bowl Fillers. Visit the link below to
read Rene's blog and enter the giveaway:


SeW MaNY raGGeDiEs: My Giveaway:

'via Blog this'

LOOK WHO RANG THE BELL YESTERDAY

Hi, Primmies ~ I had a wonderful surprise today. Our mail carrier rang the bell and guess what she had all the way from Illinois?
Miss Suzette from Marie of Primitives By Olde Lady Morgan.
"She came all the way from Illinois in this?"

"Do you mind?"
Suzette's little feet sticking out of adorable crow tissue paper
Suzette has her own vintage pearl ring and real working whistle (it's REALLY loud, she likes to blow the whistle a lot)and a little safety pin "in case"

Suzette loved posing for the camera



Suzette and Virginia became fast friends (Virginia is from Danice of Homespun Hannah's, Alabama
Suzette wanted her own treat to hold so she took one of my chocolate bunnies from Brenda of The Rusty Thimble
Thank you so much, Marie, for having your giveaway of Suzette. Marie is busy making more prims, when you have time please visit her at Primitives By Olde Lady Morgan blog.

It's really windy today. I'm blogging from Ash & Tim's house, they needed Mr. Glen Oaks and I to come over. We brought Junior with us, Ashley has her stepson for the weekend and the two boys and the mister are working on our truck right now.
Oh, it's starting to lightly snow right now. Will we be walking in a winter wonderland tonight?
Hugs,
Susan


















Springtime Table With Daffodils on Between Naps On The Porch Blog

February 22, 2012

My Giveaway Win and A Yummy Pecan Sandie Recipe


Hi, Primmies ~
Today's post is about a favorite cookey in our house and about my giveaway win from Cynthia of The Flowering Angel blog.
The Recipe from Lynda's Recipe Box blog.


Pecan Sandies
from Martha Stewart
Recipe made about 1 1/2 dozen for me.

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened- I used salted
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt- I omitted this because I used salted butter
1 cup all purpose flour, spooned into cup and leveled
1 cup pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place rack on center of oven. In a bowl, cream the brown sugar and butter together with a mixer. Add in the vanilla. Add the flour and mix on low speed until flour is incorporated. Stir in chopped pecans by hand. Dough will be very sandy and crumbly.
Gather dough and form onto about 1 1/2 inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees. for 15-17 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!

February 21, 2012

Read This Blog Post To Make Your Blog Visitor Friendly:Funky Junk Interiors: Making your blog more visitor friendly

Here is the link to turning off word verification,
setting your online email to show and turning off comment moderation:

http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/2010/11/making-your-blog-more-communication.html
Funky Junk Interiors: Making your blog more visitor friendly:

'via Blog this'

I HAVE TURNED OFF THE WORD VERIFICATION CAPTCHA WHATEVER THEY CALL IT

GOOD MORNING, PRIMMIES ~


I APOLOGIZE FOR STATING THAT MY WV WAS TURNED OFF. I HAVE DEFINITELY TURNED OFF THE WORD
VERIFICATION CAPTCHA STEP IN COMMENTS.


I READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE LINK THAT CARMEN OF Primcats GAVE US ON HER EARLIER POST AND ONCE I GOT INTO THE DASHBOARD IT WAS SIMPLE. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE USING NEW GUI INTERFACE GO BACK TO THE OLD BLOGGER INTERFACE, IT IS MUCH EASIER TO MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR PROFILE AND TO CHANGE COMMENT MODERATION AND WORD VERIFICATION TO "OFF".
Soooo blogger friends, please leave comments there is no longer a word verification step! I live for your comments !!
Hugs,
Susan

Random Ramblings From The Granddogs and My 7 Random Things

Good Morning, Primmies ~ 
How is everyone doing today? I've been up all night and now the whole house is up. Mr. Glen Oaks and I are having coffee and Mr. Glen Oaks Junior is having Oreos and milk (and candy corn that he's sharing with me).
The kitties are awake now, too!
Oooh, granola bars (junior brought his own snacks)!
O.K., on to my post. You might remember that I had a pleasant surprise when we were asked to dog sit this weekend. I had a ball with the dogs and we made cheesy woofins together (woofins is my word for dog muffins):
"Come on NaNa, hurry up~put the camera away"

 
Lily and Opie adding the wheat flour and shredded cheese

"NaNa, you don't have to bake these, it's good just like this"

"I want to help too"

"Who asked the big dude to the party"

"What?"


Lily making woofins with NaNa

 A grand time was had by all. Everyone eventually made up.


"I just can't get rid of the big guy tonight..."

"He loves me, who could resist this face?Oh, you dog lovers probably want the recipe. It's been taste tested and doggy approved."
                         Good and Cheesy Dog Biscuits
Posted by Monique on June 8, 2009
"If your dog is anything like mine, he loves cheese! This is an easy recipe for dog treats that is sure to please all of your pups".
Ingredients:
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 1/4 c. grated cheddar
1 stick softened butter or margarine
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1/4 c. milk (or as needed)
Pinch of salt
Directions:
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees ***My changes here:(if you make woofins use a mini muffin pan and bake on 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes)***
Mix all of your ingredients, except for the milk, in a mixing bowl. To the mixture, add just enough of the milk to form a ball. Put the "cheese ball" into the fridge to chill for about a half an hour. Roll it out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut it into cute dog bone or hydrant shapes. Bake them for about 15 minutes or until firm.
Makes 24-36 biscuits (depending on your cookie cutter size)
***My change here:If making in mini muffin pan, bake until edges are browned and centers are firm, about 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes, all ovens are different so just watch them and adjust the time and/or temp.***
 ***My changes to the recipe
 I was recently awarded The Versatile Blogger award. As far as I'm concerned, every blogger I know should have this little award.
Now, about the 7 random things that you may or may not know about me:
1. I hate snakes
2. I love lobster
3. I love classic movies from the 30's and 40's
4. I am dog lover but ended up with 2 cats (don't tell them I like dogs better)
5. I'm "hyperopic"(gotcha on that one!) 
 6.I love 18th century furniture and clothing
7. I was a freckle-faced red head until I was 11 and then became medium light brunette

Hugs,

Susan

February 20, 2012

UPDATE ON SUE'S HUSBAND

GOOD MORNING, PRIMMIES ~
UPDATE: I'm sorry for the error, it is Sue's children's father that was missing. His son found him. This is so very sad.
Visit Sue's blog here to read the family's story and to offer your
condolences. 

Our prayers go out to Sue and her family. I'm so sorry for her.
Hugs,
Susan

February 18, 2012

REPOSTING REQUESTED FOR SUSAN OF OODLEKADOODLE

Hi, Prims ~
Deb of Paxton Valley Folk Art has asked us to re-post Susan's
link. Her husband has gone missing after being brought to the
hospital after an accident. She's asking for  help in the search for her husband:
http://oodlekadoodleprimitives.blogspot.com/2012/02/need-help-
finding-my-childrens-father.html

Thank you,


Susan

IT WAS A HARD DECISION TO MAKE

Dear Primmies ~


As you know I was given The Versatile Blogger award and I was very appreciative and humbled. When asked to choose 10 or even 15 bloggers to pass the award onto, I couldn't pick just 10 OR 15. I follow 300 blogs and I have 111 followers now which I am totally blown away over. I wrote Robin of The Primitive Hutch and asked her to please not be angry with me, I would still do the seven random things about myself but I felt that I am drawn to each and every blog for a different reason and when I attempted to make the list I would stop and change a name and then it was,"Oh, what about her and her " and I realized that no matter how I did the list I would be leaving someone off that I truly admire and love their art or whatever they write about.
So I'm sorry I hope no one is upset with me or disappointed with me. I guess I understand now why I see that sign on some blogs
about being a no award blog because you just can't pick and choose from people that have become your friends.
This has given me a lot of anxiety and I waited until very late today to write this. I hope you all understand.
Hugs,
Susan

To Keep You Busy This Weekend

Good Morning, Primmies ~


I've got stitching to do and guess what?? I'm staying overnight
to watch 'the Granddogs'! I'm beside myself (can you be next
to yourself?)and the three of them keep us busy. Mr. Glen Oaks
will be with me, I can't handle the pit bull/Great Dane what-
ever Toki is. He's HUGE! I mean the size of a small pony
huge.
So I may not be around until Monday and to keep you busy
(I know you have hundreds of blogs to read, I'm just funnin'
with you) I found this tutorial on The Primitive Pantry.
The writer of the tutorial is Libby and she came up with this
awesome idea as part of a "challenge" she was given. Here
is the tutorial to make "Faux Hanging Tapers":
Click the link HERE to go to The Primitive Pantry blog Faux Hanging Tutorial by Libby. Have fun with this, I'm trying these
over at the homestead today. Cheesecloth, twine, some paint,
Modge Podge and spices; I have that!! 


Hugs,
Susan
p.s. Diane of Lavender Dreamer saw an egg in the nest at
six a.m. this morning! The female eagle is sitting there in the nest, she's been there and will not leave except to take breaks and the male will sit on the eggs. The eggs and eaglets will never be left unattended.

February 17, 2012

MOMMA EAGLE IS IN THE NEST RIGHT NOW

This is it Primmies. Mom Eagle is in the nest right now as I write this. She must have layed or is getting ready to lay her eggs. She
usually lays three eggs, several days apart for each one. She's sleeping right now, she lowers her head into the nest but she's always on the alert! Owls have swooped into the nest several times to steal the eggs and to try to get the baby eaglets. Dad will take a shift for Mom, he'll bring her food so that she can stay with the nest now until the eaglets fledge. It's a long vigil that Dad shares right along with Mom, the babies are never left alone until next year when they are big and ready to fledge. It's a long, cold winter and spring for the Eagle family. Let's pray that they will be safe and raise another family of healthy eaglets.

Hugs,

Susan

I Do Like Them Dirty

Hi, Primmies:


On Wednesday I did a post about a wish list I had started. I listed some patterns from Victoria of Kentucky Primitives. Well, in the
post I made a comment about how I like Primitives and of course
my blog has primitives in it's title, but I said how some of them I
didn't make because they looked a bit on the 'dirty' side. WELL,
I take that back!! And this is one of the reasons why:
Photo copyright Create & Decorate All American Crafts Inc.
~Upate: I  found the link for Kim Grasso's patterns. Click
Kim's Whims ~
Can you stand it? Isn't she ADORABLE? Her name is
"Miss Peabody" and she is designed by Kim Grasso. The
pattern and directions are in the March/April 2012 issue
of Create & Decorate. And she's a huge bunny. I don't know
exactly how big of a bunny she is but she's at least two feet
and maybe 8-9 inches, so she's close to one yard in length!
Now here's the fun part and what changed my mind about
being 'dirty'. Kim supplied some grunging instructions to
go along with the finish of Ms. Peabody and there are two
methods that she gives. Now I know everyone that does
extreme prims probably knows about the recipe(s) but I did
not know about this one ingredient: molasses! I had heard
about the coffee and spices and vanilla, and even brown
craft paint to make a nice deep stain, but molasses was
news to me. I think that this rabbit is going to be the sweetest
smelling prim I've ever made. Here is Kim Grasso's method
for grunge:
" add two tablespoons of instant coffee to every two cups
of boiling water in Mason jar; if desired, add 1/4 cup of
vanilla, 1/4 cup of molasses and a tablespoon each of ground
cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cloves. Shake to mix and set aside".
Also, if using a spray bottle to apply she says to only use if
you aren't adding ground spices because they will clog your
spray nozzle. In that case paint the mixture on the rabbit,
undies and dress. Some of you like to paint the grunge on 
anyway as opposed to spraying on. 
So now you know why I changed my mind about dirty, grunge-y
prims. I'm apt to change my mind a lot, so don't mind me!


If you don't have this month's issue of Create & Decorate, it's also got some really nice folk art painting projects, more sew-
ing projects and punch needle, rug hooking a sampler and also
mixed medium projects. There are free projects included on the
website so don't forget to check if you aren't buying the
magazine. Here's the link again: Create & Decorate.


Ms. Peabody will be my next giveaway item after the sampler
I'm working on. Speaking of, I'm coming along with the sampler nicely, I'm starting the dividing band after her name 'Polly
Daggett' and there's the bottom urns and the rest of the borders.
I'm having a harder time with the borders than anything else,
so I'm leaving them for the end. They were supposed to be done
first but I was making too many mistakes! (like Polly)


Hugs to all my Primmies,


Susan



MY FIRST BLOG AWARD



Dear Primmies:


Today when I arrived home from a doctor's appointment there was a blog comment waiting for me from Robin of
The Primitive Hutch blog. She had been given the above award
"The Versatile Blogger" and when you get it you are supposed 
to pass it along to 15 other bloggers. She chose to do 10, easier
to do Robin said. And I was one of her ten choices. I'm so
pleased and thrilled that Robin included me.  Thank you so much Robin!                                                                                     Please read her Post HERE where she explains what the award is about and  to learn some fun facts about Robin that you might not know. 
My part of accepting the award is that I choose 10 bloggers whom I think do a variety of things well at once and to write about my 7 random things that you might not know about me!
I'll be getting my list together for bloggie love and thinking about the 7 random things for this weekend.
Thanks again, Robin. I am happy to receive the award.
Hugs,
Susan

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