oh my goodness…..

I actually finished something!  Just in the nick of time, too.  The Primitive Handmades Mercantile update is today, Friday, and here’s what I have to offer….

two sheep cookie cutters

two sheep cookie cutters

The sheep on the left has short/shorn fleece, while the one of the right is a bit fluffy/unshorn.  Put another way, the sheep on the left was punched on my usual Cameo #1 setting, and the one on the right was punched at a #4 setting.

 

I’ve finished a few more things, too ~ amazing ~ here’s Early Bird, a Lori Brechlin design:

early bird front

early bird front

I made this piece into a pillow stuffed with organic lavender.

early bird back

early bird back

I’ve also, nearly, finished my Steif-inspired sheep pull toy….

steif sheep

steif sheep front

steif sheep back

steif sheep back

However, I’m not sure I like the porcelain wheels, and am considering replacing them with metal wheels, which would be more in keeping with the traditional Steif pull toys.

You may be wondering what is up with the pockets on the backs of my pieces.  Well…. here’s the story:  I really dislike making and stitching on fabric tags ~ I don’t know why, I just dread the whole process.  But, for some reason, I really like making and sewing on little pockets with buttons.  I know… I KNOW! crazy, irrational and undeniably weird.  I mean, it’s a lot more labor intensive to make a little pocket than it is to make a tiny tag, but, there you have it, I LIKE making pockets, I DETEST making fabric tags, and life is too short to go around making tiny fabric tags, after all.  Right, Ellis?

"you betcha.  i love photo bombing, it's what i do best.... everyone should express their talents like i do." ~ ellis

“you betcha. i love photo bombing, it’s what i do best…. everyone should express their talents like i do.” ~ ellis

Do you have any thoughts on the subject of doing what you love, Otis?

"thoughts? me?" ~ the oatbran

“thoughts? me?” ~ the oatbran

May we always have the option to do what we love…. it makes life so very grand!

 

rebecca

to be continued…..

The other day, I got out all my un-finishes to see just how far behind I am.  Today, my Sciatica is biting fiercely and I’m sitting quietly on an ice pack ~ a good day to share said un-finishes with you. So, here we go….

boy on the beach.  polly minick design

boy on the beach ~ polly minick design

chicken make do

chicken make do

elephant pull toy with blue wheels

elephant pull toy with blue wheels

family tree

family tree

giraffe pull toy ~ just needs a pull and a label (good heavens! just finish it, already!)

giraffe pull toy ~ just needs a pull and a label (good heavens! just finish it, already!)

sheep pull toy

sheep pull toy

cookie cutter horse hooked rug pillow.  betty dekat design

cookie cutter horse hooked rug pillow ~ betty dekat design

patriotic chicks ~ polly minick design

patriotic chicks ~ polly minick design

polly's sampler ~ polly minick design

polly’s sampler ~ polly minick design

antique flowers and cats

antique flowers and cats

I made a pact with myself to finish at least one thing before starting something new.  In an effort to get started right away on my finishing, this morning I started this…..

sheep cookie cutter

sheep cookie cutter

…a totally new project for my Primitive Handmades Mercantile shop update which happens a week from Friday…. hmmmm….

 

rebecca

simple….

glass cloche

glass cloche

I have this glass cloche which has been floating around the house not earning its keep.  When I saw it in the shop a year or so ago, I thought it would be perfect for something, which escapes me now.  At any rate, it wasn’t perfect for whatever I thought it would be perfect for, and so it’s been taking up space, a reminder of my inability to distinguish between a good idea and reality.  The real trouble with this dome is, though the glass is clear, the ribbing makes it difficult to see what it’s cloching, therefore nullifying it’s purpose, as far as I’m concerned…. that is, until this morning.

rosemary olive oil bread

rosemary olive oil bread

This morning, I made rosemary olive oil bread ~ yum.  Now, I love bread, but the thing about bread is it has to be kept in plastic or some sort of container so it doesn’t dry out, right?  Well, I just never seem to have the right sized vessel for my lumpy loaves, which always puts a damper on my bread making.  You’re thinking, “how about some foil or plastic wrap”, right?  Both perfectly good suggestions, but here’s the thing:  I have to actually unwrap and re-wrap the bread each time I want a slice.  This probably doesn’t sound like a huge and insurmountable issue, but for someone as simple (read:  lazy) as I am, wrapping and unwrapping are just too much botheration to bother with.  So, here I am with a loaf of bread that’s going to dry out and a glass cloche that I’m about to get rid of because it’s taking up too much room…

ah ha!

ah ha!

This is where my, “AH HA!” moment happens ~ “shall these twain combine to create the perfect oneness?”, I ask myself.

voila!

voila!

Heavens to Betsy!  Who would have guessed that the cloche would have been big enough to cover a whole loaf of bread but have been small enough to fit on my cutting board?  Would you have guessed it, Lilly?

"zzzzzzz...." ~lilly

“zzzzzzz….” ~lilly

Would you have guessed it, Ellis?

"zzzzzz......" ~ellis

“zzzzzz……” ~ellis

Oatbran, how about you?

"zzzzzzz......" ~otis

“zzzzzzz……” ~otis

I’ll bet if I got out the butter I’d get a more immediate response from my friends!

I love simple, obvious projects like this one.

May all our problems be so easily solved…..

 

rebecca