Saturday, September 1, 2012

~*What I Did Get Done*~

Hello Fine Friends!  Well sadly, I did not get my wares finished for the update last night on Early Work Mercantile... and that I truly find a bummer.  However, I did finish my challenge piece for Lori's (Notforgotten Farm)... ~*Top Hat Jack*~ challenge!
Wanna see?
 Lori provided the awesomely, handsome ~*Top Hat Jack*~ stitch pattern for free on her blog.  The challenge was for the finish.  She didn't want to see anything same~o same~o... her words "no pinkeeps, pillows or frames allowed!!!"
 I got to work stitching with the idea of making a sewing box similar to what Patti made in my earlier post.  But... if you know me... you know my mind often times wanders and what I start with isn't always what I finish with.  This is one example.  Honestly though... it was more of a time crunch.  I put the final stitch in the piece last night at about 7pm.  The deadline for the challenge was today.  I wanted Lori to have my finish no later than this morning.  So... I went digging through my 'junk' stuff and found this great old metal, first aid kit box.  It was the right size!  But... it was white... a little black spray paint could fix that.  I sprayed it very haphazardly... leaving a great 'smokey' finish... then glued the stitch to the front... and filled the inside with GOODIES!  And for some extra prim ZING, I dusted the stitch with ground cinnamon... oh~la~la...
 Lori will be posting all the challenge pieces she received today on her blog.  She is also going to post a poll... so folks can vote on the finishes.  Then one of us will win a great Autumn/Hallowe'en  goodie basket from NotForgottenFarm.  Cool!

I'm excited to see all the other finishes... I know they are going to be ~knock~your~socks~off COOL!

Please visit to see 'em and vote for the one you like best!  (and I'm not saying that has to be mine... because I know there are going to be some really GREAT ones!) Vote for your favorite!

Before I end this post... let me tell you about the goodies in my box.  
The darling orange pumpkin was made by my dear friend Lori of HomeSpunPrims.  I have tried to make some myself too, but hers are amazing!  She uses Styrofoam balls and drywall compound.  So cool!  

The wax wares were made by Kim of CabinCreekFarm... and even though I have had them for many years now... still smell AMAZING!

The pinkeep is one of mine... ~*Hallows Eve*~  ... :-)... the needlepunch pumpkins are some I made a few years back.  They are filled with whole cloves & smell yummy too!

Thanks for letting me share!  And... I'm on a stitchy roll... with my next Prim Sisters pattern ready to stitch... and the next shoolhouse sampler still in the works.

Wishing you all a great Saturday... filled with lots of warm smiles...


***** Editing to update you that Lori has the post up with the other entries... and the talent is amazing!  Please swing over to see 'em and cast your vote for your favorite!  CLICK HERE  *****


  1. Love what you did with Jack! And what treasures inside your box. I played along with the challenge too, and can't wait to see what others have done as well.

  2. You are absolutely amazing! LOVE your finish! An emergency halloween stash of goodies! :-) Perfect!

  3. Hi Betty,
    I wanted to make that so badly, but haven't had the time. Yours is beautiful! Have a great weekend. Have you stopped by and entered my giveaway?

  4. Betty ~
    Very creative finish! Love it. It will be fun to see what everyone has done.
    Pug hugs :)

  5. You did a totally great finish!!! How wonderful!!!! So excited to see them all. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  6. Wonderful finish, Betty. So creative! ... jan

  7. wow betty, i love your stitchery and how you finished it. isnt it nice to have a junk pile to go thru?! thats why we need to keep adding to it! enjoy your day!

  8. Love it! And like Sharon said, a stash of Halloween goodies! A nice way to display handmade gifts from friends, AND after the holiday passes you can pack them away in one safe place. I'll hop on over to check out the finishes....Jo

  9. I love how yours turned out! I didn't get as much done as I'd hoped for EWM either. Too much going on in the summer, I guess. Thanks for sharing the link for this challenge. ~Roberta


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