Monday, December 31, 2012

~*Happy New Year!*~

Happy New Year & Blessing to each of you!

Hello Dear Friends!  It is hard to believe another year has come to an end.  Where does the time go?  I would like to wish you all health, happiness, and wealth for the year to come.  May you fill each and everyday with joy and smiles!  May you rise each morning with love in your heart and energy to fulfill all your dreams from the night before!

We are getting a beautiful snow here on our final day of the year.  Our 'concrete kids' are all bundled up to stay warm...
The snow began to fall shortly after I awoke this morning.  It is starting to cover the ground good... and looks to be a packing snow... good for snowman building!  My playful husband decided to go for a 'drifty ride' on his go kart.  He is a big kid!

This morning we made a visit to our booth at Ellie Lou's to re-arrange & re-do.  My wonderful FIL built us some shelves for the back wall.  Oh my... we sure needed these!  Thank you Richard!  It was a job, but our booth is looking really good for the new year!  Ellen has the shop closed for a few days.  She and the other vendors are also re-arranging.  The whole store is going to look brand new when she re-opens on Friday!
I've been working on some Valentine-themed things... hooking & stitching!  These goodies will be offered online, in my shop, or in our booth soon...
(The hand & heart pillow tucks are from a Maggie Bonanomi pattern.)

I'm working on emptying my worm basket.  Ya.. I know... laugh with me!  Those baskets don't ever get empty - do they?  *smile*

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty

Monday, December 24, 2012

~*Happy Christmas to all...

and to all a good night!
May you all have a truly joyous Christmas filled with love, laughter, and cheer!  

Warm smiles...

Betty

Thursday, December 20, 2012

~*Not So PRIM Owls*~

Hello Dear Friends!  Christmas is nearer and nearer yet!  We about have everything ready... but I've been stitching some small, last minute gifts.  And... well... they aren't all that PRIM!
 
I've stitched these up for my sister's three girls... my nieces.  I had some bright pink wool that has been on my shelf for a long time.  I just don't use PINK in my wares very often ya  know.  So... I thought it was perfect for this cute owl pattern!  I found the pattern over at The Crafty Button...
 Well, you can see... I stitched up more than 3!  Trinity really wanted one too... so he has now adopted a blue one.  And I have more!  The remainder will be for sale in my shop, booth at Ellie Lou's, or online..
 These owls are made from wool, filled with poly & some crushed walnut shells (for weight), hand stitched with linen thread... and trimmed with vintage buttons for eyes.  They are about 6 1/2 inches tall.  I think they are really cute!  My DIL suggested altering the pattern slightly to make kitty dolls... kind of like Hello Kitty.  I'll bet it could be done & I may just have to give it a try soon.

The owls, if interested, are $12 each plus mailing

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Getting back into the PRIM sort of thing... I have been stitching.  Here is a little sneak peek of my next sampler... I'm thinking SPRING!
 I'm stitching & designing as I go.  It takes longer, but I enjoy the process of it so very much.  I'll share more later... and hopefully soon.

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On a side note... I'm planning on making some crafty changes.  To begin with, I will no longer be updating on Early Work Mercantile or Primitive Handmades Mercantile.  I'm trying to get away from DEADLINES.  I need/want to create more patterns & finished handmades for my shop & booth.  I have set up the beginnings of a selling blog... and thinking of doing a picturetrail for updates... but time will tell.  Once Christmas is past, I will work on my plans more.  I'll keep you posted with my plans.

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Trinity had his first piano recital this past Friday evening.  He was so nervous... but he really did great.  I was one very PROUD momma!!!  He has only been taking lessons since July.  He doesn't always want to practice... but he does love music.  Along with piano, he has been learning drums in beginning band this year too.  (Oh... and he also has an electric guitar, my Grandpa's banjo & harmonica, and my Grandma's ukulele... that he hopes to master!)
I just love this photo... and needed to share it with you.  If I don't post again before Christmas... Merry Christmas to you & yours!

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty

Monday, December 17, 2012

~*Kitties!*~

Hello Dear Friends & Happy Monday!  With all the bad in the world... the tragically horrific events... take time to love those around you.

My dear friend, Ginger, wrote on her blog...

"Simple pleasures are truly often taken for granted.  Hug those closest to you and tell them you Love them.  Forgive those that have hurt you and say you're sorry to the ones you have hurt.  Pray even if you don't know what to pray for."
 
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With GOD as our father.
 
I had to share her words....  Thank you Ginger!
 
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Kitties!
 
 Yes, I have kitties in the making...
(If you like primitivebettys on Facebook... you have already seen these.  Snapping a picture & posting on my Facebook page takes just a few seconds... and can be done from my phone.  Facebook is updated more often than my blog.  So, if you Facebook... like primitivebettys!  Please & thank you!)

I had the idea the other day to make kitties.  Looking through my book collection, I spotted a lovely little kitty needle keep in a Kindred Spirits book.  I began making it... well, five of them really.  BUT... then ran into a brick wall with the instructions.  Oh, don't get me wrong... I totally adore Kindred Spirits books & patterns!  I don't want to say anything bad about them ever.  They are great!  However, for the life of me I could not make heads or tails out of the instructions for finishing this one.  The kitty in their pattern has the sweetest little jumper that unbuttons at the shoulders & opens to reveal the needle holder heart on her belly & pockets in her jumper.  My sewing skills are good enough to get me by usually... but not this time.  So... I improvised (which is something I am good at doing!)... and came up with these!

My kitties have bibs made from a vintage quilt with some wool applique!  I cut the bib, stitched the edges & added some pretties on the front.  Then gathered it at the top & sewed it to my kitty shoulders.  Without the bib, they look too much like a voodoo-doll with pins sticking in 'em.  YIKES!  I can't have that!  They have to have the cute bibs!
 Well, I finished the first 5.  One was taken to my booth at Ellie Lou's, two have been mailed off to sweet adopters (buyers), and several other folks have requested more.  (I'm offering them for $10 each plus mailing)

These kitties are completely hand sewn... my sewing machine didn't want to follow directions with the tiny limbs these kitties have.  The first batch were filled with poly... but the next batch (8 more) have their head & limbs filled with poly & their bellies lightly filled with crushed walnut shells.
 The faces & paws are all primitively embroidered with cotton floss... their hearts are warm wool.  I haven't measured them... but they are about as tall as the length from my finger tips to my wrist.  And they are just as sweet as can be!
My plans are to finish up these 8 today... some are adopted... some are still looking for homes... and then I can make some more if needed.

Also on  my agenda today... work up a funky-not really prim-woolly owl doll pattern!  I think my three beautiful nieces each need one of them!  I'll share those finishes with you too.  I'll be working outside my color comfort zone with these!  There are some bright pink, orange, purple, and green wools on my shelves that haven't been over dyed yet... that would look great for my young nieces' owls!

Have a blessed day!

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty
 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

~*Sandy Hook*~


My thoughts and prayers for those affected by yesterday's tragedy...

Friday, December 14, 2012

~*Another Freebie Friday!*~

Hello Dear Friends!  Oh the whirlwind of the Christmas Season is in full force!  Don't ya think?  I'm doing my very best to enjoy it... and ignore the commercial~side of things.  It is tough... and really does sadden, stress, and disappointment me to no end.  It seems to be everywhere!  I do not understand any of it.  Sure, I like to give.  That is the BEST!  However, I don't understand the commercials advertising new cars as Christmas presents... or expensive washers & dryers... or massive flat screen TVs.  Really?  Is anyone that rich that they can give those things as presents?  Well... I suppose there are, but I'm not a Trump or a Kardashian.  Are you?  I come from an average American family.  My personal 'want list' consists of a new hoodie I saw at Walmart a few weeks ago that is only $18... and the request that someone ANYONE help me finish painting our living room!  Oh, a new car or appliances would be awesome... but not realistic!  Really, if I don't get the hoodie or the help... I will still be happy.  Seeing the joy in my son's face at Christmas is enough to bless me!

We have bought most of our presents... and have had to scale back from years past.  With the higher gas prices leading to higher grocery prices... it has taken a tole on our pocketbook.  We are still giving what we can and are more than happy to do it!  To see loved ones glow and smile is really all I ask.  

~For it is better to give than to receive...~

Trinity and I visited the Angel Tree at Walmart the other day.  We bought for a young boy so he could have a Christmas.  We shopped together through the clothing and toy isles... so we could give him things he both needed and wanted.  It is my hope that Trinity will remember this always and continue to give as he grows older.

Along with my gift giving... I am trying to make some handmade items.  It seems this is my plan each year... and yet each year I wait until just a short time before Christmas to do it.  Well... my FREEBIE today may be something you will be able to stitch and give to a loved one...

~*A Child is Born*~ Freebie
© primitivebettys 2012

45 by 35 stitches... use scraps of fabric & threads... please give credit to me, the designer for the pattern

An ornament?  Package tag?  Bowl filler?  Just a simple ditty to share with you.

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty


Sunday, December 9, 2012

~*The Nutcracker*~

Hello Dear Friends!  We are getting closer and closer to Christmas Day... things are busy and getting busier.  Last night though, Tony and I took some time to enjoy each other... with  no stress or fuss.  For 'date night' we went to the local performance of The Nutcracker.  It was put on by an area dance school, Sherry's Dance Workshop, and performed in the beautiful Albert Taylor Hall at Emporia State University.  I had not seen The Nutcracker since I was a little girl... a long time ago.  This performance was so charming... and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The grace and brilliance of the older dancers is just so amazing.  However, I especially enjoyed the sweetness and giddiness of the younger dances... the little girls that were just learning to dance.  There was one little one ~ she was maybe 3-4 years old ~ that didn't care much about the dance... she was just smiling and waving at her parents out in the crowd.  She was so sweet!  The performance was very heartwarming... and so very touching. It is always nice to take a break from the stress and tension... sit back and ENJOY! (Although... the Mouse King was still frightening!)


I hope that you too are enjoying the festivities the season provides... the joy with loves ones... and that you are not too wrapped up in the stress, hustle & bustle, and marketing.  Enjoy your family and friends... cherish the joy of Christmas and surround yourself with love.

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty

Friday, December 7, 2012

~*Friday Finishes*~

Hello Dear Friends!  Well... this isn't really a ~*Friday Finishes*~ post... I'm going to make it more of a ~*Freebie Friday*~ post!

~*Old Cat*~ Freebie Doodle
 I had been wanting to work up a free cross stitch pattern... or doodle.  Then something happened and gave me the inspiration for this freebie.   A sweet gal ordered a pattern from me... and I sent her the wrong one.  Oops!  Long story short... she wanted this one... which really wasn't a pattern I had available.  The finish below is a piece I made and sold a long while back.  I've had cat doodles as freebies... but they are long gone with my old broken computer.  (I hope I am remembering correctly!)  So... I drew this one up & am giving it to all of you.  Please feel free to use it as you wish... but give credit to me as the designer.
Because this was a work from so long ago, I don't know the thread colors used.  I'm sure you will find threads that will look lovely in your stash.  Remember, if you are going to punch it... reverse it!  Remember too... that I LOVE TO SEE & SHARE FINISHES!  SEND THEM TO ME TO POST!

So... are you going to punch it, stitch it, hook it?  Some other medium?  I wanna see!

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Thank you again for the prayers for my StepDad and Mom.  He has been released from the hospital and they are both very happy to be home.  The doctors are trying to decide what the next step will be... they are considering a pacemaker now.  He is home and feeling well.  We are very happy for that!

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

~*Pumpkin Cruch Cake*~




 Hello Dear Friends!  Some asked about the YUMMY dessert my sweet SIL Robin made for Thanksgiving.  She made it special... gluten free... for me!  I devoured it!  It is SO VERY GOOD!!!!  The recipe was shared on Pinterest via my good friend Pati Jane... then Robin found it & baked it for our Thanksgiving gathering.  Originally, it was posted on The Picky Apple... and my GREAT thanks to The Picky Apple!  *YUMMY*

When Robin baked it, she used a Gluten Free cake mix... this recipe as it is posted is NOT a Gluten Free recipe... it can be baked either way... and you probably won't be able to tell it is Gluten Free when you go that route with it... if there are folks in your home that don't want to dare try something a little healthier.  *wink*

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Ingredients:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans (the original recipe called for 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup butter, melted
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease bottom of 9 x 13″ pan.  Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Pour mixture into greased pan.  Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin mixture and top with pecans.  Drizzle melted butter over pecans.  Bake 50-55 minutes.

Try it!  You will LOVE it!

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Has your week started off well?  Things are up and down here.  

On the ups... my dear Aunt Sue came for a short visit over the weekend.  She is from California... and we really very RARELY get to see her.  I'm very happy for Facebook!  We have been able to get a little closer thanks to social media.  She is an amazing woman and I admire her greatly!  I wish the distance from California to Kansas wasn't so far!  

More ups... I've been working hard printing and sorting patterns.  Some downs do go with the ups here though... my printer broke.  I replaced it with one to get me by... and it is so super slow.  Thankfully though... the pattern orders for my distributors will be finished tonight and will ship out tomorrow.

And very sadly... more downs.  My dear StepDad is back in the hospital.  He was admitted late Saturday night with the flu.  After all he has been through, the flu is the last thing he needed.  My Mom is hoping everyday that he will be released.  He is feeling better.  He no longer has the IV, he is eating, and he is alert and joking around some.  However, his heart rate has been very low... and irregular.  We are praying that the doctors can get him to normal again so he can be home.  Your thoughts and prayers for him and my Mom are still very much appreciated.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty



Friday, November 30, 2012

~*Lots of New*~

Hello Dear Friends!  I didn't have a post for ~*Friday Finishes*~ for you... but I do have lots to share with you!

My offering page on Early Work Mercantile has been updated.  I have stitches and hooked pieces to offer.  Just simple little ditties...
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I'm very happy to tell you too... that I have TWO NEW PATTERNS AVAILABLE!


~*Peacock Keys*~
  
~*Pearl R. Price*~ Schoolhouse Sampler ... third in my schoolhouse sampler series
These patterns have been added to my Etsy Shoppe... or may be purchased directly from me with Paypal, check or MO.  These are paper patterns only... as I still do not know how to work up an epattern.  I'm filling orders for my distributors.  The patterns will be available at your local needlework shop soon.  These patterns are $10.00... and like my other patterns, mailing is free.

I had hoped to have three new patterns, but the third model just didn't work up as I had hoped.  I need to re~stitch it... and then if I"m happy with it... I will offer it to you as well.

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It is hard to believe that tomorrow is December 1st!  Boy does time fly fast!  It seems like we just celebrated Christmas... and here we are preparing for another one.  We went to the annual Emporia Christmas parade this past Tuesday... and Trinity is looking forward to being in our Americus Christmas parade tomorrow evening.  I'll share a picture or two with you.  The weather has been up and down... and we are currently enjoying the ups.  The expected temperature this weekend will be in or close to the 70s.  It will be a great time for another parade... and to finish putting up those lights!

I hope you have great weekend plans!  Fill it with lots of warm smiles...

Betty

Thursday, November 29, 2012

~*New Patterns SOON!*~

Hello Dear Friends!  I hope you are all doing well!  This is just a quick post... those of you on Facebook are well aware... but the rest of you may not know yet.  (seems I'm always posting a picture, news, and gibber~gabber there!)  I AM working on new patterns!  I had hoped to have three, but was unhappy with one of them after I had it all stitched up.  (I stitch my own models... no ones fault but my own)  So... my goal now is to release TWO NEW PATTERNS ON DECEMBER 1ST!  I'm putting the final details for the patterns together today... and hope to print them up tomorrow!

So... come Saturday, December 1st... there will be an update on Early Work Mercantile... and TWO new ~*primitivebettys*~ patterns available!  Lots of exciting things put together for you!

I've been hooking and stitching... but not punching this month.  Anyway... look for some finished wares available on Early Work Mercantile... and finished patterns here on my blog or in my Etsy Shoppe!

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Monday, November 26, 2012

~*Holiday Cheer Time*~

Hello Dear Friends... and Happy Belated Thanksgiving wishes to you and yours!  I do hope you had a blessed holiday with loved ones... that you filled your bellies and your hearts.  We did!  *smile*

Now we all know that Christmas is quickly approaching... and things will get busier and busier from here on out!  Did you go Black Friday or Super Saturday shopping?  I tried the whole Black Friday thing a few years ago... and vowed to never do it again!  I'm not much for hanging out in crowds.  When they are grumpy and frantic... I hate it even more.  It scares me!  I wanted to visit some shops on Saturday... but I was busy in my own and didn't make it out.  I do plan to stop by a few of my favs this week though... for sure!

We had a nice Thanksgiving holiday.  My Sweet StepDad is out of the hospital and home.  He was released on Wednesday.  He and my Mom are very happy to be home.  It seems much easier to rest and relax while home instead of at the hospital..  He is feeling well and enjoying some walks around the neighborhood.  I was very worried about him navigating the stairs and steep driveway, but he is doing really good.  He is still sore, but it is calming.  He hasn't had much of an appetite yet, but that will gradually come back to him.  He is eating some... more and  more each day.  The doctor is very happy with the surgery results.  We are all thankful for his healthy recovery!  Thank you again for all your thoughts and prayers on his behalf.  *smile*

We enjoyed Thanksgiving at my in~laws Thursday.  I was so craving turkey... and I think 50% of my plate was filled with it  *smile*  My Sweet SIL, Robin, even made a gluten~free pumpkin dump cake... that I gladly devoured!  YUM!

Tony enjoyed the warmer days and began the lighting decorations outside.  I try to get involved and help him... but this is really is 'thing' and he doesn't want my input.  He does a wonderful job!  This year, he did more decorating on the 'little house'... my studio/shop house.  Actually, so far he has only decorated it ~ hopefully he will be putting lights on our house today.  He put lights around the store sign...
 and used old-fashioned fat, multi~colored lights all around the house too..
 He has added candle lights in the windows too... but that was after the picture was taken.  It is very charming... and very much a Gingerbread~looking house!

We picked up one of these vintage Santas at an auction... and the other at a garage sale.  They are faded and worn... but fun!

 I know I haven't posted a blog update in over a week.  I've been meaning to.  Those of you that like Primitivebettys on Facebook know what I've been doing.  Here are some sneak peeks for new pattern releases that will be out VERY SOON!  Well, actually... two of the three will be.  One of them I need to re~do...

 ... this one is too 'lost' on the fabric.  I love the gingham, but my thread choices didn't show as they should.  I'm going to re~stitch it...
 Also... this coming Saturday is the update for Early Work Mercantile.  I'm working up a few small items to offer...

 I have a few hooked pieces started too.  Lots to keep me busy.  The shop will be open most afternoons this week... and my fingers will be stitching and hooking!

On another note... I found this on Facebook... and thought it was important to share...
Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Friday, November 16, 2012

~*Friday Finishes*~

Hello Friends & Happy Friday to ya!  I do hope your week has been well... and that you have big, happy plans for the weekend to come.

My StepDad is doing well.  He has been moved to a regular room and is getting great medical care.  He has been a bit grumpy, but I'm sure that is to be expected.  The doctors seem pleased with his progress... and I'm sure he will be out before we know it... and telling us his great stories, planning his searches for gold digging, and giving us many more warm smiles.  *smile*

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I tried to give blood today.  Friends, this is something I have wanted to do for the longest time... and, sadly, have never done it before.  Today, I finally worked up the courage.  I walked in with my head held high and a smile on my face.  I signed in at the front and was directed to speak with a nurse towards the back.  My questionnaire was filled out & I must have passed the test.  The nurse then said she had to test my red blood cells.  Oops... first attempt said I was anemic.  They tested again on a finger on my other hand.  I just made it!  Good to know!  (I need to eat some steak dinners!) Then, they directed me to a bed and another medical person gave me a heart shaped ball & wrapped a band around my arm.  "Pump three times & hold it", she said.  Uh-oh... they can't locate a good enough vein.  She tried my other arm.  Same thing.  She called someone else over to check... then someone else.  Sadly... I was turned away.  They said my veins weren't good enough... they might collapse.  I was so disappointed.  I apologized for not being able to give any.  However... I did make an appointment for the next blood drive & was told to drink lots of water the several days before.  So... I'll stay strong & go back!

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Hey... it is Friday!  That means it is time for ~*Friday Finishes*~.  Let me do that now...

This lovely sampler was worked by Marsha ... t's one of my freebie designs.  She stitched her maiden name and had it beautifully framed.  Oh... it is just so very lovely!  You can grab the freebie pattern by clicking the link on the sidebar.  *smile*
 Next, a darling little needlepoint sheep made by Jennifer of Brush Creek Creations... from my pattern ~*Symple ~ Herb filled sheep ornie*~... available from your local needlework shop, from me via email... or in my Etsy shoppe.  Jennifer does lovely work... and has her finished wares offered on Early Work Mercantile.
My warm thanks to both ladies for stitching and sharing!  I do love to see & share finishes!   *smile*

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One more thing before I sign off on this post.  Becky from Patchwork Posse has my freebie doodle posted for the Wool Challenge.  It is very simple... but makes a cute lil' rug.  Pop on over to get your copy!  And remember... I love to see & share finishes!

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Thursday, November 15, 2012

~*Primitive Handmades Mercantile*~

Hello Dear Friends!  Just a quick note to let you know, my offering page on Primitive Handmades Mercantile has been updated!  Swing on over if you get a chance.  *smile*

Here are my wares...

Some of my 'hickety~pickety' rugs...

 ... These candy cane rugs are mug rugs!

... this dandy... ~*1882 Father Christmas*~... is made from a freebie pattern offered as a challenge from the loveable Robin, of Bird In the Hand Primitives...
I want to give you all a HEADS UP too!  Are you on the list for the newsletter for Primitive Handmades Mercantile?  You need to be!  We are giving away a gift certificate to one of our newsletter customers!  A $75 gift certificate!  Also, the doodle of Robin's ~*Father Christmas*~ is included in the newsletter too!  So be sure to sign up!

Thank you for letting me share with you... wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

~*Mid~Week Update*~

Hello Dear Friends!  I do hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

My StepDad's surgery went very well yesterday.  I want to thank you all again for the thoughts and prayers.  The surgery lasted about 5 hours.  When we visited with the doctor afterward, he seemed very calm and happy with the outcome.  While he was working on the aneurysm, he noticed a few other things that needed attention... and fixed John up in those spots too.  My Sister laughed and commented that the repairs were like "tuning up a car".  John will be able to go for many more miles now!  He is healing in ICU and expected to be in the hospital for about 10 days.  He can't eat for 4-5 days... so I imagine he will be very uncomfortable for awhile.  We are all very thankful... and we are praying that he continues to heal well... and quickly.  *smile*

I wasn't on the computer much yesterday... and didn't see this until just this morning... but Becky of Patchwork Posse posted the interview of me... little, ol' me... and I'm blushing!  Sometimes I really just... well... talk too much!  ha ha ha  Thank you, Becky, for posting up & sharing about me.  :-)

She will be posting my doodle for the snowman rug on Friday with a quick tid bit on how to hook him up.  I'm worried that I didn't give enough rug hooking instructions for beginning hookers... but I am usually available to answer questions.  Hopefully, if someone needs more information they will contact me... or another rug hooker.  You know, one thing I have learned is that rug hookers (and most crafters really!) are always excited and happy to share the knowledge that they have.  I just love that, don't you?!

I'm off to work on the booth this morning... and then will be home in the shop this afternoon.  

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Monday, November 12, 2012

~*Wool Challenge Update*~

Hello Dear Friends!  I hope you have celebrated the holiday weekend with loving family and friends.  We enjoyed some quiet days at home this weekend... visited the parade on Saturday... I crafted in the shop & meet some wonderful gals who came to visit... and today Tony & I had lunch together at our favorite burger joint.  

We love Freddy's and had a chance to meet Freddy himself today.  He is a WWII Veteran... we enjoyed hearing his stories from those days... and, as always, enjoyed our burgers.  We were even treated to free custard's for dessert today!  (My husband, Tony, is an Army Veteran.)  Freddy is a very kind, personable man... and greets everyone with a hug.  He is such a sweetheart!

 Trinity always salutes the military in the parade.
 Everyone and their dog celebrates here!

Tomorrow is my stepDad's surgery.  He and my Mom are taking care of blood work orders today... and visiting with my stepSister, Laurie.  He also had to get a tooth pulled early this morning.  Yes, I about freaked when my Mom told me about that... but then she said it wasn't anything really because the tooth was about to fall out on its own.  Good grief!  I'm thinking he is already going through enough... right?  Well, I'll be headed to Topeka after I drop Trinity off at school in the morning... so I can be with my family in the waiting room... visiting, praying, and cheering him to good health again.  Thank you again for continued prayers for him.  We really appreciate it.

I wanted to give you a quick reminder about the Wool Challenge that Patchwork Posse is hosting.  It is off to a great start... with interviews, tips, instructions, and patterns already.  This morning, I filled out my interview questions.  I sent them to Becky along with the doodle pattern for the snowman rug above... she said she will work on writing up my challenge info and have it up by Friday.  I'm worried I wrote her too much of a life story... but I do have a passion for crafting... and sometimes you just can't shut me up when I'm on a craft~talk~role!

Well... on that note... I have some needlepunching to get back to.  Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty





Sunday, November 11, 2012

~*Veterans Day*~

Thank you Veterans... those that have served, are serving, and will serve!  Bless You all!

Friday, November 9, 2012

~*Friday Finishes*~

Hello Dear Friends & Happy Friday!  I do hope this post finds you doing well.  I've been busy creating in the shop... and in the living room in the evening.  *grin* hooking, sewing, and stitching...  I finished up a couple more velvet pears.  These are made with a cotton velvet... and I do just love 'em!  One was taken down to our booth at Ellie Lou's... and the other is here in the shop...

 These are about 11" tall (give or take)... and made from inspiration from a pattern by Sassafras Hill Primitives.  They are rag filled... and trimmed with vintage skeleton keys.

And some wonderful finishes from other dear friends...

This is a freebie finish from Carla that was posted on Facebook.... so sweet & it is about turkey time!
 This dandy is from Dora, the sweet that sent me yummy fudge *smile*... her finish of ~*Helga Watts*~...
Dora used Garden Gate Sampler Thread (by The Gentle Art) that I used on the model.  She stitched on 36 count Legacy from Picture This Plus.  In the corners, she added four mismatched antique buttons... and did a blanket stitch around the edges.  

Both finishes are just DARLING!  Thank you so much, Ladies, for stitching and sharing!  I love to see & share finishes!!!

With Veteran's Day this Sunday... we may head into Emporia for the parade tomorrow morning.  Did you know Emporia is the founding city for Veteran's Day.  It is kind of a big deal ~ as is very well should be! ~ and the whole town is a buzz with activity celebrating our veterans.  Thank you for serving!  Afterwards, I plan to be in the shop with the open sign out... swing by & see me!

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty