Monday, January 26, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

Better late than never, huh? Just got around to doing this for today. I had a very busy day, but one of my resolutiuons was to try and do this on a regular basis, SO................

FOR TODAY January 26th, 2009...

Outside My Window only a slight breeze and it's dark except for the gas light, I see a couple walking up the street, arm in arm...
I am thinking it's been a very short day and it's later than I thought...
I am thankful for friends that like to talk on the phone and listen to my woes...
From the kitchen, dinner has long since passed and everything is washed and put away...
I am wearing black jeans, black turtleneck and RED pullover sweater ...
I am creating nothing very exciting, but thinking about some new stitcheries ...
I am going to get finished with my chores, have a cup of tea and get ready for bed...
I am reading the brand new Country Sampler magazine...
I am hoping that my test results are better tomorrow...
I am hearing faint TV sounds coming from the bedroom...
Around the house I need to paint a few frames for the hallway, make a few pillows for my bed and the number one thing is finish my craft space....
One of my favorite things lately is looking at other prim homes and reading about them...
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: finish some orders, go to the doctor (again) and make some things for Spring.

Bakers Dozen Grungy Homespun Hearts

These will be available soon on my web site at a bargain price!

Until next time,

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Barter Anyone??

Hey guys! Hope everyone has had a great weekend! I'm kinda looking forward to getting back to work this week. I have so much to do and last week was sort of screwy. I am so blessed to have so many orders with this economy. Every day, I am more amazed.....I have some of the best customers in the world and I thank God for them. OK enough of the mushy stuff.

My question and thoughts for today are anyone out there interested in bartering??? I see several folks on their blogs are doing it or have at least tried it. I think it would be fun!!! If you're interested, email me.
I would be totally excited about anything iron, woven placemats/runners, wood cabinets, crocks/pottery, patterns, basically anything I don't make.

Keep me in your thoughts. It's getting close to when I have to go back to my oncologist to see if the medication is helping my blood problem. (Not a fun time). I'm trying to be optimistic, but they said it could take up to a year to get my numbers up. We'll see.

Gonna get to bed soon. Until next time.


Friday, January 23, 2009

Shari's Friday Favorite

Hey Guys!
It's been a few days since I have felt like posting. Finally, it's Friday and I am feeling better. This is my favorite for this week. But, I have a few other thoughts from earlier this week that I would like to post later or tomorrow.

Believe it or not, but I have had this sofa table for over 20 years. I went to one of those huge craft shows at Harper College in Schaumberg, IL. Caity was just a baby. I remember pushing her around in a stroller for hours at this show. If I remember correctly, I paid like 79.00 for this. Wish we had shows like that nowadays.

The pottery pieces came from Seagrove, NC. The step-stool, cat and heart were made by me. The sheep came from a local prim shop and the shaker boxes were painted by me . The resin bowl came from an outlet in Archdale years ago. Lots of prim goodies!

More to come soon.

Until next time.



Sunday, January 18, 2009

Web Site Winners Update

One of the web site winners back in October chose these for her gift certificate.....

Patricia Potter was VERY busy at the time with Christmas orders, so we decided to wait until her schedule wasn't so hectic. She recently picked these and I'm posting the pic for all to see.

I sincerely hope she enjoys her selections. The Simply Blessed sign is one of my personal favorites.

The winner for December has finally contacted me....her name is Ashley Weber from San Antonio, TX . She is trying to decide what to choose for her gift. I'll post it here when she makes her selection. There's still plenty of time to enter for January!! Just email me:

and put January contest in subject line. That's all there is to it. No purchase necessary!

It was much nicer in K-ville today, not nearly as cold as the past few days. Thank goodness! We're just not used to such cold temperatures. Personally, I just about freeze anyway and the last few days have been miserable for me. I have bundled up like an eskimo!! LOL!!

I wanted to show you guys the needle punch that I learned how to do. It's kinda hard to see the detail, due to the small size. The design area is only about 1 3/4 x 1.5 inches. I designed it myself after my large sheep pillow. This one is on Weaver's Cloth and believe me...this is the only fabric I will attempt this technique on. The trick is keeping your fabric tight in the hoops and not letting it become loose from the punching. In the beginning, this was the hardest part for me. I was trying to use the same hoops as I have for embroidery (the spring tension kind), but they didn't work at all. And then I tried using some (very expensive ones with a separate stand) designed for needle punch and I couldn't use those either. Finally, I tried the cheapie wood ones with the screw and they did ok. After much frustration, I found plastic ones at Michael's with a screw for tightning. Low and behold, just what I needed! After finding the hoops that held the fabric in place, I didn't have any problems doing the needle punch at all. There's more designs in the works and I'll let y'all know when I have more finished. (If you're interested, you can do a search on line and come up with all kinds of instructions.)

(The fabric looks blue, but isn't.)

I'm think about putting it in this little burgandy frame? Anybody have any thoughts on this???

Please don't be shy...feel free to leave a comment! I welcome your imput!

That's enough rambling for today! Take care. Until next time.



Saturday, January 17, 2009

Another Freezin' (Birth) Day in K-ville

We woke up early to another super-duper cold day with temps in the single digits. On this particular day though, we had no HOT water in our master bath! We had it in the shower and the rest of the house, just not at our double sinks. In all of our years together, living in all the different houses, condos and apartments, never anything like this. But, after leaving the cabinet doors open and hoping for the best.....we left to go eat breakfast and do some errands. When we returned home after 1:00 or so, everything was fine and back to normal. I think I heard this is the coldest it has been here in several years, so next time we'll keep the water dripping, maybe??????

Today is Bill's birthday! I won't tell you which one, but let's just say, he's getting on up ther. But, all in all, he says he didn't feel any different than yesterday, so I guess that's a good thing. We went to breakfast at one of his favorite spots in Winston and then for dinner, we went to Red Lobster. Not one of my favorites, but he loves their shrimp and we had a discount coupon to boot, so why not. It was really good and I totally cleaned my plate! LOL! I was absolutely amazed at all the folks that were there today! We waited close to an hour just to be seated! There is NO recession in Forsyth County!!!

Everywhere we went today, it was busy and believe me, we made the rounds. I spent about an hour in Michael's today shopping and they were very busy. I guess lots of folks crafting with the cold weather.

Every year around his birthday, we start discussing what he would like for a gift. He had mentioned a few things, some of which I don't have a clue what they are. But, I ended up getting him this really nifty little "Gadget" . It's like this really huge Duracell battery that can work as a portable emergency power .

300-Watts Household power
Vehicle Jump-Starter
12-Volt DC Power Source
250-PSI Air Compressor
And Detatchable Flashlight

You can fill tires along with toys and such. But, then it's still can jump start your car and it has a flashlight built in. Pretty cool and the perfect gift for him.

Sorry....y'all! This was supposed to be Shari's Friday Favorite, but I had such a lousy day, that I never got around to posting anything. Thank goodness, I'm feeling better today. I guess everyone has good days and bad days, huh???

This is one of my favorite places to sit and read. The lighting is great and wing chair is very comfy.

Talk to y'all soon!

Until next time.



Thursday, January 15, 2009

Freezin' in NC

I thought yesterday was cold....but it's gonna be in the teens here tonight! Way too cold for us. It's in the low 20's now and it's not even 10:00. It will be colder than a well digger by morning.

As promised yesterday, I am posting picture of the huge candle I grunged. It is really nice in person, not as light as the picture. It's kinda hard to see the primness of it, but maybe you can get the jest of it. This probably won't be on my site, it's too heavy for the flat shipping charges. But, as usual, if you're interested, send me an email.
I have 4 and they're $16.50 each plus shipping. (5 inches tall, 6 inches across with 4 wicks. )The patchwork candle quilt is $8.99 and will be on my web site soon. The rag balls are already on there.

This was another project that I finished up today. I must say, there are advantages to cleaning out and cleaning up in the craft room. I have found more treasures that I had completely forgotten about. It's really quite funny! This little grapevine tree and lites have been around since at least 2007, maybe longer. Just never got around to putting the pieces together. I think I'll keep this one for myself. Christmas is over, but I think it'll be out all year long.

Thursdays are my favorite night to watch TV and my shows are on.... So I'm gonna run for now.

Stop by my web site soon and try to STAY WARM!

Until next time.



Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cold Wednesday Evening

It has finally turned REALLY cold in K-ville! I did not venture out of the house today. There are not too many days that I can say that. For most days I just have to run to the Post Office, Walmart or the Grocery Store or just somewhere!! LOL!! Believe me, today was not one of those days. Hubby stopped at the grocery store on his way home to pick up salad greens, so I decided to start dinner and make myself a cup of tea while I was waiting for him. I have actually had a very busy week and it's hard to believe that it is already Wednesday.

The other day I read a post by Karen of KM Primitives and I really got inspired to clean and organize my craft room! I told a friend yesterday that it was driving me crazy that my room looks like it threw up fabric, paint and wood. So, this week in between working on orders, I have been trying to figure out a's not easy when you do as many different crafts as I do, but IT IS going to happen! One way or the other! Thanks so much, Karen! One day I will post pics of my work area.

Yesterday, I woke up early and started grunging candles. I usually multi-task when I do that so I decided to make hearts from old and recycled quilts. I grunged them and baked them in the oven between doing the candles. This is how they turned out. They probably won't be on my web site, but if anyone is interested in them....the smaller ones are $3.00 each and the larger ones are $4.50 each. Grungy muslin is on the back of each. Do you love the way they turned out???

I'll post pics tomorrow of a new pillar candle that I did. And a few that I did for Valentines Day.

Okay, it's getting late and I still have a few things left to do. Still waiting on someone to give me some ideas for Valentines Saying.

Until next time.



Monday, January 12, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

I keep forgetting about doing this on Mondays. Just thought of it and decided to do it. My second post of the day, but oh well..................

FOR TODAY January 12th, 2009...

Outside My Window I see my neighbors Collie dogs...

I am thinking today has ben a very productive for me...

I am thankful for being able to stay at home and do this web site and blog ...

From the kitchen the dirty dishes are calling out to me...

I am wearing dark denim jeans, red turtleneck and 3/4 sleeve jean jacket...

I am creating pillows, signs and dolls...

I am going to finish cleaning in my craft room...

I am reading absolutely nothing this week. I bought a Country Accents magazine, but haven't looked at it yet...

I am hoping for the economy to get better, lots of folks in NC without jobs...

I am hearing the TV, dogs barking and coffee brewing...

Around the house I'm slowly getting each room decorated...

One of my favorite things my new little table bench, I have wanted one for weeks and finally got around to making me one...

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Continue working on orders, adding new goodies to the web site and working on my craft room.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Until next time.

My breakfast nook table setting..................

My table bench on my breakfast room table. Today, I painted the rustic brown coffee pot a nice black satin finish. I filled the pot with tapestry colored pip berries and added a rusty star cookie cutter on the handle. The mini homespun quilt is one I made a few weeks back. The yo-yo quilt I made years and years ago. The shaker box, candleholder and the grungy heart were in other locations throughout my house. I love the way this looks all grouped together. Now all I need is a new light over my table. Wonder if you could get black spray paint to stay on brass???

I also made the cutest sheep bowl fillers today. Hopefully, they'll be on my web site later. I have a feeling these will be a big hit. You get 5 to a set and they are so prim and grungy.....

A few more things to do and I'll be done for the day.

Until next time.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

All finished .................

Hey Y'all!
A few things that I started yesterday and finished up today.

By special request............

Perfect to hang on a peg or hook. Scented with cinnabun oil...

Perfect for your kitchen table! I'll post pics of mine tomorrow.

Special request for a special customer.

More to come tomorrow!

Still looking for Valentine's Day sayings.

Until next time.



Saturday, January 10, 2009

Busy All Day.........

Hi, Prim Pals!
Today, turned out to be a very busy Saturday for me. I finished up the last of my "OLD" orders and that is a huge relief! Worked on a few special requests and got those finished as well. I seem to be on a roll, so I started a few more projects. Tomorrow should be interesting....I'll try to post some pics of what I'm working on.

Lately, I have been having a few computer issues with software and I couldn't "develope" my pictures. Bill spent the better part of 1/2 a day trying to get it repaired. Finally, he figured out that it was the card in my camera. Put a new one in, reformatted it....and it works like a charm! Yipee! I was having to reboot my computer everytime I wanted to upload pictures. So now I can post more pictures and add new goodies to my web site.

Another thing this evening....Maybe, someone here can help me out....I am actually on the hunt for something. It's Valentine's sayings or quotes that I could stitch for pillow tops or hearts. It can't be too long, but I would like it to say something special. Personally, I'm doing one for me by Robert Browning....

Grow old with me,
The best is yet to be
I think this is very appropriate for folks who have been together as long as Bill and I have been. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. AND, if I use your idea, I will give you credit for it.
And speaking of appreciation.....I would love for some of you NC folks to comment or sign the guestbook at the bottom of this page and let me know who you are. I would like to thank you personally for stopping by to visit. And besides I think it would just be fun to chit chat.
Until next time.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Shari's Friday Favorites

I am going to start posting my Friday Favorites again.....this week it's my fireplace hearth. It's been filled with lots of my favorites. I have put my kneeling bench ( the one my dad made) here along with a wire basket filled with almost perfect pinecones, a sheep pillow, a candleholder, 2 old pieces of pottery and a couple of pieces of treenware. It truly is one of my Favorites!

Until next time.



Thursday, January 8, 2009

Mini Update~1-11-08

The craft mall repairs are not moving as quickly as they originally thought they would. So, they won't be re-open until later in February.

We're hoping the craft mall in Walnut Cove will be re-opening February 1st. Kathy says that is the target date and things are moving right along. She is planning a Grand Opening with TV and newspaper ads.
I'll be back later.....

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Wednesday Already????????????????

Hey Prim Pals!

Where has this week gone? I haven't accomplished nearly enough this week. Today, I finished up a bunch of orders and got them shipped, which was major for me. And then I had to make a quick run to Hobby Lobby in High Point to pick up a few things. Couldn't believe the weather! Almost blew me off the road. And rain, and rain and more rain! But, on the way home I saw this wonderful double rainbow! It was so fabulous! Wish I would've had my camera.

Wanted to tell you guys about my new candles that I picked up the other day. They'll be on my web site soon along with the candle tarts.
These are 100% soy wax, non toxic, lead free, and hand poured. There's no Carcinogens and no Harmful Dyes. 0% dependence on foreign Oil! They are all this fabulous creamy color with the matte finish lids. So far I have 3 fabulous scents to go along with my room sprays.

Apple Jack and Peel
Magnificent Mulberry

I have the tarts in Cinnabun scent. They smell good enough to eat! Actually, the other day I had to stop at a Fast Food restaurant, cause I got so hungry smelling these fabulous candles in my car! More scents will be coming soon.

That's all for this cold, rainy, windy Wednesday evening!

Until next time.



Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tuesday Travels

First of all, we picked the worst possible weather day to take a road trip. Retha, Bobbie Jo and I left bright (well, actually it was very cloudy) and early this morning and headed to historic Apex to check out the Rusty Bucket. It was a trip we had been planning to take for quite a while, but just haven't gotten around to doing it. Since Bobbie has to go back to school tomorrow, it had to be today, or who knows when we would have another chance.

I, personally had a terrific time meeting Pam and seeing all her treasures. A really neat store with a lot of personality and the classes she offers are fabulous. We all wish we were closer so we could participate.
I made my list of needfuls before I left home and I bought a few things that I absolutely adore. Not anything that was on my list, but still things I "needed". Almost the first thing I saw was a piece of pottery and I knew it was coming home with me. A black table was another great find. It didn't fit the spot that I had hoped for, but I'm sure it will find a place in my home. A little chalk board on a stand was something else that I just love. ( Bobbie has one and I have always wanted it, heehee.) A woven runner in burgandy and tan was the final piece that came back to K-ville to live.

Hopefully, if you are ever in the area you can check out the Rusty Bucket too! I look forward to going back one day soon. And Pam, thank you so much for your kindness and showing us around.
Until next time.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

This was one of my New Years resolutions to get back in the routine of doing this every Monday. So....

FOR TODAY January 5, 2009...

Outside My Window it is dark and pouring down rain....
I am thinking I really need to get off this computer...
I am thankful for everything these days...
From the kitchen we had left-overs for dinner, no big mess to clean up...
I am wearing jeans and a big red sweater (big shocker, huh?)...
I am creating some new Valentine goodies for my web site, slowly but surely...
I am going to bed early (going on a day trip tomorrow with some friends)...
I am reading the latest issue of Country Sampler and Country Business...
I am hoping and praying my blood work comes back better, normal would be fabulous...
I am hearing thunder right now, does that mean snow in 9 days???...
Around the house Bill and I are trying to get back to our normal routines...
One of my favorite things is reading BLOGS, I have really gotten into it on vacation, I am finding it is almost addictive!...
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Going to finish up some orders, going shopping at a Prim Friend's store, looking for Valentine supplies.
Here is picture thought I am sharing... Thinking about making Valentine Annie for my web site.

Well, blogging twice in one day is just too much! Be back tomorrow with what we found on our trip.



I won an award!

Yipee! Thanks go to Sharon over at Prim Thyme!( )for the award she presented to me.

The Lemonade Award is for blogs that show great attitude and gratitude. I think it's so nice to be recognized and I hope more and more folks will continue to come over and take a peek.

Here are the rules:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post

.2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!

3. Link to your nominees within your post.

4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Here are a few blogs that I think show great attitude and gratitude.

Shari @

Diane @

Betty @

NeeNee @

Tina @

Retha @

Until Next time.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Christmas Holiday is over....

Hello Prim Pals!
I suppose after all the shopping trips, visiting friends & family, eating and gaining those few pounds, the holiday is officially over. Tomorrow, hubby goes back to work, the kids go back to school and I can finally get back to my routine. There's a few errands that I need to do first thing, but then I am planning to sit and sew the rest of the day. Yipee! I have quite a few orders to do plus a few special requests to start on. And it will be so nice!!!! My house is actually clean after putting away all the Christmas treasures and bringing out just Snowmen until I can decorate for Valentines Day.

Amity popped in this afternoon with Alex and Miss Elle for a short visit. She had a few Christmas things she didn't want anymore, so she brought them to me. I'll have to have a good look and decide what to do with them. Maybe Ebay or Craig's List? One thing she brought was a set of 12, square, paper mache Christmas boxes like I have in my dining room. Mine have been painted and sponged and her set was left as it came with allover stars and trees on top. They are pretty cool cause stacked up they are taller than me....I'm sure someone would love them if I can ever get around to painting them.

I ran across this picture today and wanted to share it. This is Cait (my younger daughter) and her boyfirend, T. That is actually his name.....not short for anything just T. She has turned out to be a wonderful young woman after

giving me a run for my money in her teenage years. We are so proud of her. And for all you Moms and Dads out there....there is hope. Just hang in there and therapy helps! LOL!

After going through yet another dreary day with times of sprinkles, periods of fog and just being chilly, I am sitting down with a cup of hot chocolate, propping up my feet with a cozy blanket and watching an old movie on TV. I'll let y'all know how things go tomorrow.................


ps I figured out how to get my signature here. Just would like for it to be a solid color, like black.....I really think it is the background color that throws it off...Still looking for someone to help me with some tweeking. Please feel free to contact me.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Signature troubles

Trying to figure out to add a signature to my posts....I think it has to do something with the background color. Any ideas on how to fix it????

Any professional bloggers out there willing to help??? I need a little help with a couple of other things as well.


Friday, January 2, 2009

The decorations are put away.............

A few more pics to share......................

Crock Bench in Foyer. I think it always seems a little empty after taking down all the decorations.

Christmas 2008 outside on a windy day. Trying to decide what to do for January. I already have my plan for February. Maybe just some snowmen???? I wish I could leave my wreaths on the windows all the time. It has such a cozy feeling, don't ya think?

Alex and Miss Elle....My 2 favorite people in a fun button frame. This is one of the sweetest pictures they have ever had together. I will put it in an everyday frame and keep it out all year.

This is probably one of my favorite pics ever. I never got around to selling this sign on my web site this year (just made a few for me and a couple for friends), so I thought I would take one last picture of it so maybe I could do a Christmas in July or something. Just happened to notice when I was cropping it that my hubby is peeking thru the window. Too Funny! He will probably kill me if he sees this, but I think it is too funny not to share!

Be back soon.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009 is here!

Just so ya know.....I didn't get off to a great start for 2009. Woke up early with the headache from H---, but managed to get breakfast made before I crashed on the sofa with Rufie. I'm wondering if you can have a headache from being anemic??? I'm hoping this is not yet another symtom. Everytime I turn around lately, there is something else to add to the list. ( I already have the tiredness, the lung thing, and the pain in my leg. That's enough!) Although, my lungs are doing a little better today. Maybe, because I did absolutely NOTHING.

Only a few more weeks, and we'll know if the medication is working. Keep your fingers crossed for me. If it's not better, my new doctor is going to give me iron infusions. Don't have a clue what that is, and hope I don't have to find out.

I am trying to get a few new things made for the web site and have actually managed to add a few new goodies this week, but it's probaly going to be first of the week before the new Valentine collection is finished and ready to go.

I'm also thinking of making these for the new year. Brady the bear is so precious, although he sort of looks like a dog here. I used flannel and probably should have used something else with a little more texture to it. But, I love him just the same. Gracie the doll is just wonderful too. She's tall and skinny and has loads of personality. So, do y'all think I should make these for my web site?? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Until next time.

Hugs and Blessings,