a new book…..

polly minick and her sister have a new book out!…….

“blue and white” – minick and simpson

 

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!

 

you can find, “blue and white” on etsy by clicking here, or on amazon by clicking here.

 

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

mirror redo…

miss mustard seed mirror

miss mustard seeds mirror

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…..

oh no

oh no

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.

"are you serious?  i don't have time to take care of your projects." ~lilly

“are you serious? i don’t have time to take care of your projects.  i am busy, busy, busy and i have a lot to do.” ~lilly

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 lends his paws

ellis lends his paws

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.

the oatbran approves

the oatbran approves

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…

ready for spring

ready for spring

Now, the front porch is ready to reflect all that blossoms this Spring.

may all our projects be so simple!

 

rebecca

 

 

angel redo….

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.

original

original

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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I wanted her to be a pull toy, so I covered a piece of discarded wood with homespun and sanded it well, added a little distressed tag and rusty bell as the “pull”…..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

….mounted the birds on some chippy spools and added four antique porcelain wheels.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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!

 

rebecca

winter decorating…

“it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

boxwood wreath

boxwood wreath

I spent some time earlier this month putting up some wintry decorations, like the above boxwood wreath…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand Randy’s stocking which was made for him by a babysitter, long ago.

1 fish, 2 fish

1 fish, 2 fish

The fish tank, too, is looking festive with three glass ornaments.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1 Fish, 2 Fish also have a little nativity scene to get them in the spirit.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOver here, by the fireplace I hung two white wool stockings along with a garland of handmade paper ornaments and antique tin cutters.

angel

angel

star-in-hand

star-in-hand

Above the mantle….

t'was the night before christmas

’twas the night before christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (design by Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives) floats serenely.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Stockings hang on each of the dining chairs.  Of course, I had help getting them just right….

"here, let me do that!" ~lilly

“here, let me do that.” ~lilly

Lilly was a marvelous assistant…

"see?  all you need are some needle-sharp claws." ~ lilly

“see? all you need are some needle-sharp claws.” ~ lilly

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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

These trees hold my grandmothers antique ornaments.  Ellis is in charge of tree trimming…

"ta da!" ~ ellis

“ta da!” ~ ellis

And, where is Otis all this time?

"i have no shame." ~ the oatbran

“i have no shame.” ~ the oatbran

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!

 

rebecca

 

 

thanksgiving day parade and antique dog and cat…

otis finds a good spot

otis finds a good spot

Some of us have been busy this week….

ellis finds a good spot

ellis finds a good spot

…trying to find the perfect resting spot…

"i can't sleep in there, it's full of water!" ~lilly

“i can’t sleep in there, it’s full of water!” ~lilly

Lilly works a little harder than the boys to find just the place….

comfy lilly?

comfy lilly?

…to get comfortable?

I’ve been finishing more projects, some for Thanksgiving, like….

thanksgiving day parade

thanksgiving day parade

…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….

silhouettes

silhouettes

I punched a turkey, four pilgrims and a pumpkin on weavers cloth using Valdani #12 perle cotton…

"i love a parade"

“i love a parade”

…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…

original antique rug

original antique rug

…and, here’s my finished version.

punch needle version

punch needle 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!

 

rebecca

 

 

 

 

 

phm update….

af8372eb8ed4ba9b44b99a62ab17ea2bToday 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….

ellis extends an arm of sympathy

ellis extends an arm of sympathy

I gave blood….

"the other arm, too?  poor you" ~ ellis

“the other arm, too? poor you” ~ ellis

…from both arms.

I took pictures of cats…

"the perfect perch!" ~ ellis

“the perfect perch!” ~ ellis

….who are acrobats, and….

"shhh... don't tell ellis and otis where i am!" ~ lilly

“shhh… don’t tell ellis and otis where i am!” ~ lilly

…I took pictures of cats being cute, and cats who….

zzzzzzzzzz......

zzzzzzzzzz……

zzzzzzzzz.......

zzzzzzzzz…….

….sleep a lot.

I also decorated a few areas of the house to reflect the autumnal loveliness.

front door ~ indian corn wreath topped by status wreath.

front door ~ indian corn wreath topped by status wreath.

little pumpkins

little pumpkins on the front porch

burlap bows on the dinning chairs

burlap bows on the dinning chairs

pots with moss and topiaries

pots with moss and topiaries

mini rusty fence

mini rusty fence

burlap and linen table coverings

burlap and linen to top the table

burlap bunting at the window

burlap bunting at the window

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!

 

rebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monday….

wytch one?

wytch one?

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.

wytch pendant

wytch pendant

I’ve updated my Primitive Handmades Mercantile shop, where you can find a Wytch pendant and larger silhouettes ~ click here.

halloween...

halloween…

Over the weekend, I worked on some Halloween decorating.  The silhouettes on the mantel are available in my Etsy shop ~ click here.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI added some little oil squirters…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA… 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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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….

who, me?

who, me?

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

ellis

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.

oatbran

oatbran

Otis is all about comic relief and would rather be playing than decorating.  He and his companions have taken up playing putt-putt….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s Otis with his yellow golf ball….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s Ellis, waiting for Otis to putt….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEllis congratulates Otis on his fine form…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…and asks the gallery to quiet down while he makes his approach shot…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooks like a hole-in-one!

 

wishing you laughter today and everyday…

 

rebecca

p.s. my “mass” was benign ~ yippee!