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Where strangers cross paths to become friends, sharing their love of PRIMITIVE/SEASONAL decorating, CROSS STITCH/ WOOL/SEWING/QUILTING/CRAFTING, recipes and home life.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your visit!!

Tanya (pronounced like the color TAN) : ))

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall Swap goodies

Hi everyone in blogville! :))
Recently I was in a fall swap w/the extremely talented Sheila, from Seasons of Thy Heart(she's listed on my sidebar) and I wanted to share pics of what all she sent me. We agreed to send each other at least 5 items, 3 of which had to be handmade. She ended up making me way more than that and went way above and beyond, as you will see. I made an arrangement on our family room fireplace mantel from several of her items, then I'll show you the rest and some close up views..... I added the leaf swag and the little basket to hold the rag balls she made ~ they are highly scented too.

I love the little sunflower she added to the top of the very tall pumpkin.
She does amazing floral arrangements out of reg. soup cans ~ she grungies up the cans and adds a prim label. She even added a pumpkin made from fabric, in the arrangement, which doesn't show too well.
She did a great job on the sign!

The center part has a flickering candle in the middle, that fits in the hole.

A framed pic w/a sweet verse.
Close up of how she packages her bowl fillers.
3 darling little pumpkins....
A wonderful prim tart melt that smells wonderful.

A lovely hand-quilted scene on a very large pillow.

The most darling apron made from a tea towel. Isn't it cute???

Look at that rick-rack!! She divided the panel into 3 pockets!

And last but not least, a spoon rack w/a souvenir spoon of the state of Idaho, where she's from, but it doesn't show up at all. I never would have thought of that!

Thank you again Sheila, for a wonderful swap!!! I loved everything she sent me!!

Here's what I sent to her......

a double -flange pillow that I had never tried before. I ended up going to 3 different JoAnn Fabric stores before finding just the right material. (I know I can be a little obsessed)! LOL
It's from a LK pattern that I changed a bit and added some glittery buttons as well.
A little wooden sign.
Sorry for the blur~ got too close again, but it's a bag of Halloween buttons.
Highly scented pumpkin spice votives.
'Boo' ghost bringing her some flowers......tee hee

He is actually tea stained a bit more in person.
This actually started out as a bread cover, but thot it could be used as a candle mat too.

I made a little arrangement w/the rest of the items I sent her, so you could see what the candle mat would look like decorated.

The little bucket has a flickering tea light inside. I also sent her a tea towel w/a pumpkin pie recipe printed on it and accidently deleted the pic of it. oops!!!
So as you can see, we both had a lot of fun w/this swap!!!

Thanks again for visiting and I hope to be back soon w/some things I've been busy working on.

Have a great week everyone!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

U Whooo, R U ready for fall???

Happy Fall, Ya'll! tee hee, I couldn't resist a little southern greeting. :))

I apologize for the blurred pics in advance. The photographer was in a big hurry that day and got too close, silly girl that she is! LOL

This is a little owl I made recently using 100% wool for the entire body, ok, maybe I cheated w/a little wool felt here/there also. It took wayyyyyyy longer than I realized cuz of all the hand stitching of layer after layer, but I thought he turned out kinda cute, in a strange sort of way. He is filled partially w/crushed walnut shells so he'd stand up better.
His wings wrap all the way around his back. I have him sitting in the window out in the barn in front of my sewing machine. He keeps watch over the back yard for me, ha.
This little cabinet and shelf has always housed my red/white 'cherry' plates and decor, since we remodeled last yr, but I was ready for a change. Here's what the cabinet and shelf in the kitchen look like now.

I fell in love w/this verse, so I just had to have this framed piece. It came from that darling prim shop I showed you all recently. It reads: "I'm thankful for the Harvest, I'm thankful for the fall, I'm thankful for so many things, but for Family most of all".

The bucket has one of those flickering tea lights in it.
The scarecrow guy used to always sit out on the front porch, but this yr. he got to come inside. The black cat is made out of wool felt and some overdyed wool too. I made a taller one too, but it sold last yr. at a craft fair. His tail has a wire inside so you can curl it any way you want.

The two gals who used to work for me in my shop made me the big pillow, as that was the name of my shop. Pam and Theresa were the best workers anyone could ask for.

Now let's move outside to the front porch for a min. For those of you who don't care for Halloween, then just skip over the next several pics, otherwise let's continue. Just remember I only do cutesy, whimsical decor for Halloween, not evil or scary.
These are a bit bright, but very prim looking. I wish you could see the shoes in person on the pumpkin to the right. They are made w/very sparkley felt. These pillows were all handstitched on wool felt fabric.
Another kitty in a different color.
You might notice that I have a LOT of pillows~ that's because when I had my shop, I did not have framing as an alternative, and that was also before anyone starting using all the different types of finishing that we have now.

Another one made from wool felt, which I sold in my shop.

Part of the display on the long picture window.

I wish you could see this little mummy in person, the pic does not show him 'wrapped' in one inch strips all that well. He is lightly tea stained too, but doesn't show up too well. I love his little beaded eyes.

Another shop model made by Pam. She made the pillow in the shape of a pumpkin and made the covered buttons. How cute!
This pillow takes me back quite a ways ~ I made it when my oldest son was really little and let him pick out the floss color for her braided hair. The 'BOO' is done on perforated paper attached to wooden blocks.

Here's a couple of arrangements I threw together just to add some more color on this side of the porch.

This next one is not exactly fallish, but I wanted to show you that I actually finished this into a pillow recently. It's from a LHN design and I stitched it up during the Winter Olympics this yr., but it laid around for months until I found just the right fabric.

This little guy was made a few yrs. ago and is taken from an older Art to Heart book.

And last but not least, I have 2 RAKs(random acts of kindness) to show you. These are handmade by Carole of Prim N Raggedy and you wouldn't believe how wonderful they smell!! She sent them to me recently all the way from Ireland and I think they are darling! Thanks again Carole!

This is a tiny little needle-minder that Sharon (A.K.A.~ Daffycat) sent me just the other day. It has a magnet of some kind in it to hold your needles and I just love it! Done over one on 40ct. fabric! Isn't it too cute??? Thanks again Sharon!

That's all for now folks! I will be back soon w/pics of my fall swap, so you won't want to miss those!
Hope everyone is having a great week! Thanks for all your sweet comments, I really appreciate them so much!