Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Listing and how my hubby and I met :o)

Good Evening (or is it very early morning??) Dear Readers!

I just wanted to share with you my new listing on The Olde Primitive Peddler! They will be live after midnight (PST) tonight!  I have listed 3 new dollies, just in time for Valentine's Day! Sweet little Pepper Anne, who I think strikes a resemblance to a certain little girl who had a crush on Charlie Brown, Emma, who is quite proper and cute, and Raggedy, who reminds me of a little doll tucked away in a chest to remember the lost days of childhood... be sure to pop on over and see my dolls and all the other lovelies by all the other artisans!

ALSO, I am a new member of the Handmade Art Faire as well! Click on the button there on the right and take a peak at all the wonderful items and artisans there as well! I have one of my candle mats mentioned there! SO much fun, and I am truly honored to be among such wonderful artists!

OK! I realized that after posting my giveaway, and asking you to share how you met the love of your life, I realized I neglected to share how my hubby and I met!

We were in the same History class and I guess he had been watching me, and well I had been taking peeks at him, and one morning, as I was walking towards the class, I saw him waiting outside the door, nose buried in a book, hair in his eyes, I even remember what he was wearing! I just stopped and this feeling came over me that I KNEW I was going to marry him one day. Well, that very day, we were going to watch the old Clash of the Titans in class, on VHS (does anyone remember what those were?? LOL) and he sat down next to me since my desk was closest to the tv, and the class was crowding around. As we sat there, waiting for class and the movie to start, he pulled out a manilla folder and took out a piece of paper, making a big deal about it, and I saw that it was a Dungeons and Dragons character sheet. I took a look at it and he saw me, and he took a deep breath and started to rattle off what everything meant on the page, and I said, ya, I know, I play. You could have knocked him over with a feather! He said you have to come play with me and my friends at lunch! He was shocked and pleasantly surprised, because back then, there were very few girl gamers. Well, the rest is history... we went together for nearly 2 years in High School, and then life happened, and we went our separate ways. While we ran into each other again over the years, we never really seemed to be in the same place at the same time. I realized that I hadn't gotten over him, but he wasn't really ready, so off I went. I got married, he went in the Marines. My marriage fell apart, I moved out of state and after a while I got to thinking about him. I tracked down his mom and she gave me his contact info, and after getting the courage together, I called him. We got together and visited and over the next 8 years, we reformed our friendship, fell in love again all over and then he asked me what I was doing for my summer vacation 8 years ago. I said enjoying it, and he wanted to know if I wanted to move to where he was, and I said are we getting married, and he replied, I guess so! Well, come this June, we will have been married for 8 years, and I love him so much! We have 3 kids, mine, his and ours and we are so happy, happier then we ever thought we would be, and it is just perfect, and I guess my feeling that we were going to get married came true!

Take care, be safe, and happy crafting!!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Valentine Day Giveaway

Hello Dear Readers!

Yes! I am having my first giveaway of the new year! I had so much fun with the cutter quilt stars at Christmas time, I thought I would do one for Valentine's Day. For this giveaway, I am doing a pair of Cutter Quilt Hearts--I cut the hearts from cutter quilt blocks that I made, did a blanket stitch around the raw edges and then crocheted a simple edging around the heart. I then tea stained them and stitched them to tea stained Onasburg hearts. On the front there are rusty pins with little round labels, one with the sentiment of 'Love U' and the other with 'XO XO'. I love how they turned out, and here they are!! Aren't they DARLING??

OK! Rules for the Giveaway! This Giveaway is open to followers in the US and Canada!

1) Be a member of my blog! New members are always welcome! Share with us a moment with a special loved one if you would like! Favorite song, how you met, how you knew they were the 'ONE' what ever you would like to share!

2) Post about my give away on your blog, and for an extra entry, post a link back to my blog. If you don't have a blog, please leave me your email address so I can get in touch with you!

3) For extra entries, join my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter. If you follow me on Twitter, please tweet about my giveaway--if you join my Facebook page, please post there that you have entered my giveaway.

This Giveaway runs through the 5th of February, and I will draw the winner on the 6th! The winner will have 48 hours to get me their contact information so I can mail the hearts to them! If I don't hear from the winner, I will draw a new winner! As soon as the winner has responded, the hearts will be out the next day! Good Luck!!!

Be safe and Happy Crafting!!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Weekend WIPs

Hello Dear Readers!

 I have been wanting to sit down a spell and write, but we have had a rather nasty cold run thru the house, and our Little Man was very sick and actually ended up in the Emergency room at 4 am on a Sunday morning with an ear infection!! Poor baby!! He started fussing about 7pm and when he fell asleep, he only slept for an hour, would wake up and cry for 20 minutes, fall asleep and repeat. When he woke up at 3:30ish, we tried a bottle and he just cried and cried. Since this wasn't his normal self, we decided to bundle us all up and off we went. Luckily, Walgreen's are open on Sundays, and we were able to get his prescription filled and he started to get on the mend! He is doing better now, and with my sewing area reorganized, he is just being his little man self! He loves the cubbies in my sewing cabinet, so we are putting toys in the lower ones and his FAVORITE thing of ALL is to go thru my fabric box and pull out many pieces of fabric and help me sort!

In between taking care of sick kiddos and sick husband, I have been working on some spring time and Valentine goodies.  A couple dolls, that I am pretty happy with :-) and some stitcheries that I am pretty tickled about! I have also been working on cutter quilt hearts, since my stars were such a big hit. This time though, I have done a blanket stitch around the edges of the hearts and crocheted simple lace to spiffy them up for spring and Valentine's Day.

This time around, I am working on wall hangings and candle mats instead of pillows, since my pillows are languishing. The wall hangings are done from designs by Chestnut Junction, and the candle mats are from Primitive Stitches. And here is one of my cutter quilt hearts! Isn't it cute?? Not tea dyed yet, but I think it will be adorable when it is! The large hearts I am going to be stitching it to will be made out of onasburg, rather than the striped ticking that the stars are made from... what do you think??

And here are my two dolls along with one of my large bunnies!

So I have been busy while taking care of sickies, and escaping mostly unscathed myself!  One happy bit of news is that I have been accepted by Handmade Art Fair, another juried site, so I am really really excited about that! Be sure to go by and take a look at all the marvelous artists I am blessed to be with, AND just found out today that Olde Primitive Peddler is going to be adding a Christmas and Halloween site, so stay tuned for my involvement in that!! I am thinking about joining the Christmas site, since I love love love Christmas, and I have so many fun Christmas goodies to share, it is a shame to keep them just for one little bit of the year. 

I think that wraps it all up for now! Stay tuned for more fun, wonderful things to come this year!

Be safe and Happy Crafting!!


Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you, my dear readers and friends! Welcome to 2012 and I want to thank all of you for following along with me! All of your are very important to me and I am just tickled when I see how many people stop by to read my writings! And the response I got to the 12 days of Christmas Cookies was fantastic, and I have another Christmas recipe grouping in the works!

The last quarter of 2011 was fantastic, and I am looking forward to a fantastic 2012 and I am so glad you are coming along with me! I have lots of fun new items in store, I am going to get my selling blog up and running, I have my page at the Olde Primitive Peddlers that I am just thrilled about. I have some darling Valentine's themed dolls that are in their finishing stages that I plan to have up on both Etsy and my selling blog. My plan is, to have one set of dolls on Etsy, and a different set on my selling blog! They are just darling and I am just so tickled with how cute they are!

On the home front, we are busy reorganizing our living/family room into a multi purpose room, where I can sew, rather than in our room. Mainly, this is because Little Man is much more active--as 9 month olds typically are!--and so we are combining his play area with my work area so I can sew more, and he won't be trapped in a small area in the master bedroom. I think this will enable me to get more work done and be more creative and have more time with LM to boot! Our goal, eventually, will be to move into a bigger house, with a bonus room, where I can work, and LM can have his play room. I am really excited by the prospects!!

Stay tuned as well for more giveaways too! I have one in the works right now, that I am planning on getting up in the next few weeks! It will be a Valentine/Spring themed one!!

Again, follow along, and let us all have a happy, prosperous, exciting 2012!!

Be safe and Happy Crafting as always!