Yup.... this turtle came from me! Trinity and I had a great time Trick or Treating on Halloween. We walked all over our little town & were out for almost two hours! We have way too much candy.... but he had a great time getting it.
The funny thing about this picture.... when I was transferring it from our digital camera ~ I looked at it real close. Through the breathing hole in the turtle's teeth I can see his own pearly whites. He was giving Mom a great big smile as I was taking the photo!
This Thursday, November 1st is The update on The Primitive Gatherings website. There will be lots of goodies to see & shop for. I will be offering up more needle punch dollies and a little samper. You can find the link on the left to get you there... :)
Also.... thus coming Sunday, November 4th is the scheduled launch on Ebay for BLESTB. I am working up another sampler special for the launch, but you won't want to miss all the offerings from these talented stitchers! Search Ebay by putting in the letters BLESTB. :)
(BTW.... don't ya just love this banner? It was made by Shelly of primitive-stitchin.)
Now.... I have to get back to feverously working on items for the show in Baldwin City, Kansas on November 9th & 10th. Hey.... if you are going to be in this part of Kansas and want to stop by.... drop me a line and I will get you directions!!
Yes.... the third in the series is ready. Belsnickle and Ginger are a darling duo ~ perfect for the holidays. Each dolly is about 8 inches tall and reach about 5 inches from hand to hand. These two have a little wider body than the others so far.... this allows you to put a little pocket on their backs. What is the pocket for? You could put your list for Santa, tuck in a small candy cane, or even a gold coin. Adding the decorations to these are so much fun.... rust bells, sweet annie, olde keys, vintage buttons ~ whatever your heart desires. Also, I have seen Santa's in so many different colors. It would be great fun to make a whole collection ~ red, blue, green, and gold ~ then display them with your other seasonal decor. The pattern will be listed on Ebay soon.... but is also available directly from me. $10.00 plus $1.50 travel fare
That is how I have been spending this beautiful, Fall Sunday! I just finished this olde lookin' sampler.....
I love the way this one turned out. It is stitched on a 30 count linen with single strands of cotton floss. I didn't use a pattern ~ instead, I stitched like the young girls would have done so many years ago. Then ~ so it would like like it was made way-back-when ~ I aged it will lots of love.
This one will be listed on Ebay tonight ~ starting at about 8:30 central time. (The link to my Ebay offerings is on the left.)
One thing I love to collect are old mirrors. My favorite are those with simple frames & worn silvering. I love to think about who gazed into them & how long ago it may have been. Who were these people? What were their lives like? Were they beautiful? Were they hard-working? Were they happy? So many questions come to mind as I admire my simple collection.
I don't have a photo to show.... it is very difficult to take a picture of a mirror. The ones in my collection have all been very inexpensively purchased.... some even given to me so the previous owner didn't have to throw them away. My very favorite is one from my Mother and Father-In-Law. It is a cut tombstone shape with some etching along the top. There are holes in the glass for hanging... maybe it was a bathroom vanity mirror. The silvering is almost half gone from it. They found it leaning up against the wall of an old shed when they moved into their home years ago. If I had to put an age on it, I would probably say it was from the 1920s. It is hanging proudly above our bathtub. Really it is too small for the area in which it is hung..... but I feel it makes a statement there. Hanging there it represents my thoughts of how I feel about these olde, forgotten items.
As the weather cools..... here is something to warm you from the inside.
Homemade Chicken Soup
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (I used two full breasts.... keep a large bag frozen in the freezer at all times.) Cut into 1-inch pieces 1 medium stalk celery, chopped (about 1/2 cup) 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup) 2 cloves finely chopped garlic 1 1/2 cups baby carrots 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 5 cans Campbell's chicken broth (Collect those labels for your local school!) 1 cup frozen green peas 1 cup Rotini noodles
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken enough to brown.
2. Mix all ingredients EXCEPT peas & noodles in the Crock-Pot.
3. Cover and let cook on low heat for about 7 hours.... until veggies are tender & chicken is cooked through.
4. Rinse peas to separate. Stir peas & noodles into soup. Turn the heat up to high & cook for another 15 minutes.... until noodles are tender.
This will make about 4 serving. It is healthy for the body & soul.
Anyone that knows me .... knows that I am not a Grand Chef by any means, but I did make this tonight & it was SUPER GOOD! It is nice to let the Crock-Pot do all the work too.