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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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