polly minick and her sister have a new book out!…….
this is a gorgeous book that explores how polly and her sister use their rugs and quilts to enrich their homes. i highly recommend this one!
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.
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…
This is where my, “AH HA!” moment happens ~ “shall these twain combine to create the perfect oneness?”, I ask myself.
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?
Would you have guessed it, Ellis?
Oatbran, how about you?
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…..
Do you remember this mirror that I hung on our front porch last summer? No? Click here to see the post I did last year. I simply loved that Miss Mustard Seeds chippy, milk paint finish. Love, Love, Love. However, I forgot to seal that gorgeousness against the elements, and after the unforgiving winter we just had… well…..
This is how it looked. Almost all that beautiful finish was reduced to just so much chippy-ness on my porch floor. So, not having anymore of the beloved milk paint on hand, I had to think of something else.
Lilly’s pretty good at the creative side of things, so I asked her what to do.
It’s up to me, I guess. I know I want to keep with the white, and I know I want a forgiving medium (because, let’s face it, I’m not exactly meticulous when it comes to painting or anything outside of punch needle and hooking). Of course! The obvious answer is decoupage! I can’t think of anything easier or more mindless ~ just slap on some decoupage adhesive, slap on some clip art, slap on some more adhesive, let dry. I can do that!
Ellis is in the corner, helping me with my technique. Thank you Ellis. For the clip art I went to my favorite source ~ the graphics fairy. I could spend days (in fact I have) wallowing in all the graphics fairy’s fabulous, vintage clip art! If you’re ever looking for something I highly recommend her site ~ all her images are free and in the public domain, so no copyright worries! I went with all french images and words for this particular project.
Because I wanted a soft, faded look, Otis suggested I rub the surface with white paint. I did and I really like how the graphics moved into the background. (did you notice I broke the mirror? yep. i was utterly astonished at how thin that glass is, like two sheets of paper, thin ~ wow ~ lots of bad luck for people, back in the day).
After applying another coat of decoupage over the white paint (and “repairing” the mirror by adding some tape to the back), the mirror was ready to re-hang…
Now, the front porch is ready to reflect all that blossoms this Spring.
may all our projects be so simple!
I made this Angel Sampler ~ design by Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives ~ a year or so ago. I stuffed it, and added two little birds for company, then mounted it on an antique trunk strap and one caster.
This was lots of fun! But, she seemed rather forlorn, I mean, one little wheel and no place to go. I decided she needed a facelift. So, I took her and her birds off the wood strap and looked at her for a while.
Tomorrow, Friday, is the Primitive Handmades Mercantile May update. I think I’ll add this little angel to my shop. :~>
If all facelifts were this painless, I’d have one, too!
“it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”
The fish tank, too, is looking festive with three glass ornaments.1 Fish, 2 Fish also have a little nativity scene to get them in the spirit. Over here, by the fireplace I hung two white wool stockings along with a garland of handmade paper ornaments and antique tin cutters.
Above the mantle….
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (design by Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives) floats serenely.
Stockings hang on each of the dining chairs. Of course, I had help getting them just right….
Lilly was a marvelous assistant…
Because of all the claws and curiosity that reside in our abode, we don’t have a large Christmas tree. However, we do have two small feather trees that perch high above the floor, out of reach of paws and claws.
These trees hold my grandmothers antique ornaments. Ellis is in charge of tree trimming…
And, where is Otis all this time?
I can’t say I blame him. Given the choice between a muscle relaxing massage or hours of cleaning and decorating, there’s no question which I’d choose.
whatever you decide to do today, enjoy it to the utmost!
Some of us have been busy this week….
…trying to find the perfect resting spot…
Lilly works a little harder than the boys to find just the place….
…to get comfortable?
I’ve been finishing more projects, some for Thanksgiving, like….
…this chamomile stuffed pillow. It’s a design I adapted from the Notforgotten Farm pattern called, “Turkey Shoot”. You can find more of Lori’s designs by clicking here.
I also worked on a Thanksgiving Day Parade of my own….
I punched a turkey, four pilgrims and a pumpkin on weavers cloth using Valdani #12 perle cotton…
…attached them to salvaged book fronts, painted black, and clipped them to a piece of twine using clothes pins. A rusty bell between each silhouette adds a bit of rustic charm.
And, FINALLY!, I finished the Antique Dog and Cat punch needle that I started in July. If you’d like to see where this piece started, you can click here. This embroidery was inspired by an antique hooked rug…
…and, here’s my finished version.
If you’d like to see more pictures of my Antique Dog and Cat or of the Thanksgiving Day Parade pillow, you can visit my etsy shop by clicking here.
What have you been up to? Are you decorating for Thanksgiving or moving directly from Halloween to Christmas?
Whatever you may do, may you enjoy it to the fullest!
Today is the Primitive Handmades Mercantile October update. You should see all the fabulous things I have listed this month ~ woohoo! I’ve got some beauties! Trouble is, I thought the update was next Friday ~ oh dear oh dear ~ and I haven’t even started all those wonderful things I spoke of, in fact, all those wonderful things exist only in my imagination at this point. However, you can see all the beautiful, primitive, Autumn/Thanksgiving/Christmas offerings all the other timely PHM artists have this month by clicking here. Once you get to PHM just click on “Artists” in the upper right corner and you will find a list of all the shops.
Because I thought I had all this time on my hands, I’ve been doing other things….
I gave blood….
…from both arms.
I took pictures of cats…
….who are acrobats, and….
…I took pictures of cats being cute, and cats who….
….sleep a lot.
I also decorated a few areas of the house to reflect the autumnal loveliness.
Here’s to (me) being more responsible next month!
What have you been doing with all your “free” time?
may your calendar always reflect your obligations on the correct dates!
Etsy has just made my life simpler. In the past, I’ve had requests for some of my patterns, but, I’m really, really bad at figuring out how to upload, download, scan, print, file….. So, my designs have, largely, stayed at home with me. However, Etsy recently added an easy fix by allowing me (and other artists) to upload patterns with one click. Hurray! No more hoops to jump through, no more technical language to learn… just click. Hey, I can do that with one finger! For those of you who are interested, “Wytch One?” the pattern, is now available for instant download from my etsy shop ~ click here ~ it’s a very simple, rough line drawing, but that’s what my designs are. I’ll be adding new designs as time goes by… I’ll keep you posted.
I’ve updated my Primitive Handmades Mercantile shop, where you can find a Wytch pendant and larger silhouettes ~ click here.
Over the weekend, I worked on some Halloween decorating. The silhouettes on the mantel are available in my Etsy shop ~ click here.I added some little oil squirters…… and some diminutive sunflower heads that I purchased at a roadside stand. I just love how the colors of the seed heads echo the tones of the silhouettes.
I downloaded the witch words (on either end of the mantel) from Hudsons Holidays, an Etsy shop. You can visit the store here. The fabulous Crows banner is from The Crackling Crows, another Etsy purchase. Click here to see more of Ivonne Brown’s banners.
Of course, I had lots of help decorating….
Lilly is terrific at using her claws to create altered art. Here, she sits proudly next to her latest creation. She calls it, “The Claw is Mightier Than the Stool”. It’s a work in progress which she attacks with gusto from time to time.
Ellis is always there to counsel and advise. He doesn’t trust me an inch and stays glued to my side throughout any project, just to make sure I don’t err.
Otis is all about comic relief and would rather be playing than decorating. He and his companions have taken up playing putt-putt….Here’s Otis with his yellow golf ball….Here’s Ellis, waiting for Otis to putt….Ellis congratulates Otis on his fine form……and asks the gallery to quiet down while he makes his approach shot…Looks like a hole-in-one!
wishing you laughter today and everyday…
p.s. my “mass” was benign ~ yippee!