Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday morning.........

Well, a lot has happened since I last posted here. We just got home from a busy vacation in Mexico. It was such a wonderful place to visit,  EVERYTHING was included!!! Food, drinks, snacks, room service, spa....did I mention the drinks??? I'm usually not much of a drinker, but the Pina Coladas (spelling?) were the best. The weather was nice almost the whole time. A few showers here and there, but always a nice breeze.
We were so pampered the whole time. I love having someone pick up after me and not complain! The food was a little different, but finally decided room service was the way to go for me. I could order pretty much what I'm used to, only with minor differences. And they set it up sooooo nice for us.
We went on a tour, did some sight-seeing and shopping while we were there, but the open markets and such are pretty much the same in whatever country you're in. Couldn't tell much difference in Mexico, the Bahamas, Grand Caymens....just the sayings on the T-shirts are different. LOL!! We did buy a few pieces of jewelry (always sterling silver, cause of the good prices) I bargained with one vendor to save 48.00 on a bracelet. I was very pleased and he seemed to be as well. T-shirts were a bit pricey I thought...almost $20.00 a piece and that was with the discount. But, we picked up a few anyway.
I'm always a little nervous about buying too much stuff, because of going through customs, but even that was a breeze this year. So exciting to get more stamps on my passport! (I was a little disappointed when we went to the Bahamas last year on the cruise, cause we didn't get any stamps at all.........)
We were in Mexico five years ago and couldn't believe how much it had seemed to be much more up to date and current (for lack of a better word) . The old, delapidated buildings are being replaced and the roads are sooo much nicer, 4 lanes in a lot of areas and even the Taxi's are newer. I took quite a few pictures and will post some  after I have a chance to go through all of them.

Just wanted to check in and let everyone know that I'm still around, as it was a little harder there for me. I couldn't ever get signed on to my blog to leave comments, but I did read a few now and then. It's amazing how much you can miss normal, every day....looking forward to getting back to my routine. Right now, we are heading out to eat....I'll be back soon.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wednesday morning.........

Good morning all!

Hope you all are well on this warm Wednesday morning. I'm wondering if it is ever going to cool off???? It's 94 degrees and it's not even 11:00 yet....


My week got off to a rocky start on Monday...of all things, I woke up with a temperature! I immediately called my MD and got in early in the day. A little concerned as we are leaving for vacation soon. They did a few tests, but haven't received all the results yet. The blood work did show that my iron and hemoglobin are going up, however slowly. But, my Ferritin SUCKS!! Back down to 4...dr. says I'll probably have to have iron infusions. Anyone ever had them?? Would be interested in hearing from anyone that has.


I've been busy doing these......

Small bonnet...

Button bonnet...

Candleboard for Etsy Sale...

Candy corn....

Finished X-stitch

Painted Crow for Web site..

Mini dough board returns to web site.....

One of a kind for web site....

Pumpkins for order...

New Style Sunflowers


I am staying busy these days with orders from my web site, wholesale orders and inquiries, as well as trying to keep my craft booths full. In between, I am organizing for our trip.
Got tons to do today...started this at 10:30 or so and now it's almost 12:00. Lots of interruptions today. Be back later with more pics...


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Long time gone.........

Hi guys! It's hard to believe that it's been over a week since I posted. As I sometimes say, Life just happens! It's been a busy time for me with lots going on around the Freshwater's house.

Last week, after Bill went back to work, our air conditioner went out twice within three days! It was 102.5 degrees outside and my air just stops! Some of you can imagine how hot it gets and how fast it gets hot in the house. The funny part, (if there was one) is what happened to make the air conditioner die....after finding someone that could come out and take a look, the technician took less than 3 minutes to repair it and have it up and running again. It actually took him longer to take the screws out and remove the door. There were no breakers involved, no parts, no was a bug!! Yes, a bug! I thought he meant like a computer bug, but no it was an insect bug. It crawled in there and broke the connection and got fried. He removed the half that was still there and wha la! it was fixed. It immediately started cooling again. It took a while to cool down the house...afterall it was 87 degrees inside.
Well, two days later, the exact same thing happened again!!!  My house got up to 89 degrees this time. They explained that it happens all the time especially when it has been so hot and dry. I almost thought it was a joke! This time we weren't so lucky. We had to buy a $75.00 part to fix it. BUT, at least it has a cover on it to keep the bugs out! The technician assured me that this would do the trick. I am sincerely  thankful that it was nothing more than bugs, but it did cost $274.50 to be cool again! Oh to think how much fun it would've been to go on a shopping spree........

Here's a few things that I have been working on.......all these were made for orders already sold.


Still working on trying to post new Fall items, but am having trouble with that. Last week, some things sold almost as soon as I got them on my web site. Maybe I can try again in a day or two when I get learn more about the new operating system.

Would love to hear from y'all! Still making and selling lots of bonnets, aprons and peg racks.

This is one of the two Web Site specials for the week:

Long Tailed Grungy Muslin Bonnet
Only $12.00 ea.
You can find it here:

That's about it for now........

Going up to Pilot Mountain tomorrow to take some goodies. Stop by and say Hey if you're in the area.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Monday evening...

As I am sitting here, making my to-do list for Tuesday, I realize that Bill will be going back to work after being home for 10 days. Six of those days were vacation....for him, not for me. Love him to death, but it's really hard for me to take off as much as he does. So I have gotten to the point that I work around him. Although this week, he has worked almost non-stop on the computers. Finally, everything is put back where it belongs and I am trying to figure all this out. 
Tomorrow will be a busy day for me filled with cutting out wood, sanding and painting. Plus I'll be sewing a few dolls, patchwork runners, pillows and more. Orders will have to be dropped off at the post office and UPS. (I usually don't ship anything that will have to sit through a holiday at the post office or terminal).


I wanted to show y'all the crosstitch piece that I started and FINISHED in one day. I love how it turned out!! Let me tell ya, I think I have forgotten more than I thought I had. It's been at 25 years since I have stitched like this. I actually enjoyed doing it, and  couldn't seem to put it down. I finally went to bed about 1:45 this morning.

Before anyone can say this....I know I cut the fabric almost too small.  I am going to make it into a pinkeep and if I have to, I'll add some strips of fabric around the edges before I sew it together. Don't you love the colors???? I think it'll be even better after it's tea-dyed..... Just didn't have time to work on it today. Should I put my initials like we did back in the olden days?


This was the Fall item for today:

Loved how this turned out as well.

Grungy Pantry Towel with Handstitched Pumpkin
I love the center loop for hanging......


And in closing....I thought y'all might want to see how these bonnets look hanging on a peg....This is a shelf in my hallway and it's hard to get a picture, but I think you can get the jest of it. I love, love, love it! When I get a chance, I'm making ME a batch of them! All different colors, fabrics and sizes!

Gonna run for now.
Be back soon.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Perfect Picnic Day.........


As we were coming back from breakfast this morning, Bill and I both commented almost simultaneously what a perfect day it is....I guess that's the way it is after knowing each other for so long. We met 4th of July week, 39 years ago!! We were at Myrtle Beach and he was taking pictures with his fancy, dancy camera....I still remember the first time I saw him.
We were reminiscing about other 4th of July' in particular, back in 1982. Bill had been transferred to Detroit and had been working there for a while. I was still living in NC with our oldest daughter. We missed each other like crazy!! But, he couldn't get away to come home for a visit. We had some dear friends in our neighborhood that worked for an airline and they offered to fly with me to Detroit for the holiday!! You can't imagine how exciting it was for me!! I'd never been to the Midwest and never flown on a plane either!!! It was a wonderful flight and we stayed in a wonderful Holiday Inn Holidome. The room Bill and I stayed in had a perfect view of the light  show out on the Detroit River (connects Detroit and Windsor, Canada). They were setting off fireworks from a barge. I have yet to see a better show than we saw that 4th of July!! That was the beginning of our adventures as we left behind NC.......


This 4th of July we won't be in Detroit, at the beach or the mountains, just at home in K-ville. We are going on vacation later in July to Mexico.  We will however be cooking out and going to see fireworks later. That's one good thing about living where we live now....lots of festivities for all the Holidays. In particular, fireworks in Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem...all within a 20 minute drive.


I have changed the Special of the Week over at my web site. It will be Prim FALL Shelf Sitter Blocks for this week. Still adding a new Fall related items on a daily basis....anyone have any new ideas on Fall goodies? I can't seem to come up with anything that knocks my socks off. My sister is working a few more things...I can't wait to see them! Her things are soooo different than mine. She does the really prim and grungy look!


I have listed a few new OOAK things today. They are made from a wonderful calico....I made a bonnet and got it listed yesterday and it's already sold. These match the bonnet. Wish I had more of this's all gone now.

Well, I think I'm gonna try my hand at crosstitching again.  I've been wanting to attempt it for awhile now, but just haven't had a chance. It was one of the first crafts that I ever did when I first started crafting.  Back then I found it slow and tedious! Right up my alley now!!   Bill is STILL tweaking the new servers. I'm glad I don't have to pay him by the hour! LOL!!

HAPPY 4th to you all!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

New Bonnets for Saturday......

Another busy and beautiful day in Kernersville....I had lots that I wanted to get accomplished today, but I got such a late start that most of my TO-DO list will be waiting for me. Bill has been working on the (computer)servers, trying to transfer everything to the new ones. A much bigger task than he thought, I'm sure. My computer was down for a while again today, but he got it up and running better than ever.


I wanted y'all to see all the bonnets that listed today on my web site, along with the Fall item.
All these bonnets are ~SHIPPING INCLUDED~
New Medium tail bonnet...
This a new style with no tail at all...

New look with the brim folded back...

and now for the Fall Item of the Day:

All these can be found on the What's New page here:


Did y'all happen to see Crockett's Country Store blog post?? They are moving back to their old store...
You can read about it here:

Be back soon.

Friday, July 2, 2010


OMG! In all the computer and web site confusion, I forgot to tell y'all who the Web Site Giveaway winner was for June. Debi J. from Dothan, AL wins the dolls, table server, mini quilt and more! Congratulations, Debi!!


As I was trying to figure out what to do for the July Giveaway, I decided it was time for a Gift Certificate. I haven't done that in awhile, so.......

the winner gets to spend $30.00 however they want at Homespun and Primitives! Plus a little extra Fall surprise thrown in!

Good Luck Y'all!


Today's New Fall Item.......

Whew!! Finally got my web site to work!!! It had been up and down since last evening. I actually thought Hubby had done something, because as of today, we have a brand, stinking new server for our house computers. Bill has spent the better part of this WHOLE week building a server from scratch. He has loaded mine with Windows 7, instead of the Vista that I had just got used to.....we'll have to see how that's gonna work out for me.


This is the new Fall item for today! Love, love, love it!!

OOAK~Olde Sack made from Vintage Quilt designed and made by my sister, Elaine from

You can find it here:

There's only one, so grab it while you can!!!
(All her handmade goodies on her blog are for sale, unless marked unavailable or sold.)

Gotta run for now, got flowers and bonnets cooking! Be back later!!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

First Day of July...........

Wow! It's the first day of July already! This year is flying by!! June was a fabulous month for us at Homespun and Primitives!! But we are just as excited about what we have planned for July. We (as in, my sister from
and a few others) are celebrating HARVEST BLESSINGS IN JULY!! A new, handmade Fall related item will be added daily to my web site. Check under the What's New Category for the latest. Some items will be One-Of-A-Kind and others will be limited quantities.
The daily specials are over but we do have a new Weekly Special, that will end on July 3rd.....

Prim Fall Sign
Only $5.49 ea.
You can find it here:


This is the first of our Daily New Fall Items :

Too cool with the long stick stem........

Yesterday, Bill and I had a few errands to do and while we were in Greensboro we went to lunch at a local barbeque restaurant. I hadn't been there literally in years and it was so good. They don't have a huge menu, but what they have is really good. Bill had chopped barbeque, slaw, hushpuppies and strawberry cobbler for dessert. I had a bowl of Brunswick was 90 degrees and I had stew. LOL!! But, I absolutely love the way they make theirs with barbeque, chicken and all kinds of veggies. We also had to pick up a few things at JoAnn fabrics and the computer store.

I found these at 50% off to hang in my craft soon as it gets painted, that is.

These are too cute. I have never seen these in a store before.

JoAnn had this little critter as well, for 60% off!! We both loved it as soon as we saw it!! He will eventually live under our Crepe Myrtle tree....(notice all the snowflake looking blooms). He really looks real sitting there.

Well, it is almost 10:00 am and we haven't been to breakfast yet! Gotta run for now!!