Sunday, September 25, 2016

Happy Sunday

It's a beautiful day in Michigan...just a couple of pics to post...hubby is away on a fishing trip so I have two whole days to do what I want....not that I can't when he's home....it's just different being on my own...for a while...anyway...my good old dry sink...I told my son he'll have to bury it with me when I go...


A few little goodies I picked up in Ohio last weekend...don't have a clue what I'll do with all of it,,,but I'm hoping I can make something from this pile....I love the little "half dolls"....I'm going to try and make pincushions.


And then, my little grand daughter Rory...petting her favorite animal....Suzy the Sheep at the apple orchard.

Then...my little South Carolina Belle....Alexandra giving a wayward look likes she's either done something mischievous or about too!


It's such a great day...after all of the hot, hot weather we had over the past couple of months...this fall like weather is a welcome relief...have a great day every one!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER....

I meant to post pictures of the Early Homestead show days ago...but I kept putting it off...then my friend Linda from Florida send me an email to post...so here goes...the pictures aren't very good..there was a glare from the windows and I couldn't get a good picture of some of the booths to save my life...then four of the booth pictures I took were completely black on my phone.....


This was my booth...it was a little bigger this year...


Sandra Nolan from Curtice Ohio...she has the most beautiful primitive furniture....her shop is in Curtice Ohio also..a great place to visit and shop!



Above was Jamie Blunt's booth.  Jamie is from Millbury Ohio and has a beautiful prim shop as well.


My friends, Sally and Wendy's booth...beautiful, early smalls....


Then there was Lauren (Rugs and Pugs) and Melissa's booth.  Stocked full of beautiful hand made jewelry, hooked rugs, and wool applique. 


This was a beautiful small cabinet with lovely wool applique made by Melissa.  I just love it!!  She does the most beautiful stitching...
and her color choices are gorgeous!



And then this....I made a trade with the dealers from Kentucky..I had a bucket bench that was a little too prim for me and the dough box was too colonial for him....so we both left happy campers!

I'll post more pictures this week of our antiquing journey to Ohio this weekend!  Have a great evening!!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

EARLY BLUES....

Once great thing about painting....you get to make a fresh start with your decor.  I'm though with color on the wall...from here on out, it's white, off-white, and more white on the walls!  I like to change things up so often, that it's more of a pain when you have a dominate color to deal with...

My husband just painted the second bedroom last evening, so I decided to make it my "Blue Room"...here are some pictures...it's a little plain...but for now..that's fine with me!




My old $10 bed I bought at a garage sale many years ago.


A little hand made quilt from my pal, Lori Rippey...the little doll was made by her as well...



An old quilt with really vibrant blues...I had it tucked in the basement for years....


A sampler stitched by me, design by Pineberry Lane.  The pinkeep...another creation of Lori Rippey...love her work!  The homespun on the table is early, 1800's...another thing I had packed away...


 And little miss Rosa Heywood, hanging over a reproduction mustard colored cabinet.



A small grouping of early blue quilts that I purchased in Maine about 11 years ago.  I hooked the rug a while back, but again, had it rolled up in a basket.

Next week, September 10th is the Early Homestead Show in Holly MI...I'll be vending and my pals Lauren (Rugs and Pugs) an Melissa Masterson, are also sharing a booth selling their beautiful jewelry and wool items...so happy that they will be spending the night with me before the show...just shows your never too old to have a sleep over!!

Friday, August 26, 2016

SO BUSY.....


I don't know what happened to the cool dry weather we were supposed to be having this week..but it's
been hot and steamy almost every stinking day!  I open my windows for a few minutes in the morning and then on with the AC....oh well...it wont last forever!

Hard to believe that in two weeks, the Early Homestead Show will be here!  Seems like I just did the spring show and now getting things tied up for the fall show.  It is a great show and so much fun.

Just a couple of things I've been working on.  First...the sewing totes using early 1800's homespuns and calicos...I'll be adding a few little sewing needfuls to each little tote..




And then...boxes upon boxes...I've been painting since the beginning of July and have just about all of them done.



A small table top trunk that I picked up at a barn sale last month...I've yet to antique and wax it...



And then I have a couple of black sock dolls from the early 1900's that will be making their way to the show as well..both are in red.... My basement is full of prim goodies that I'm taking to the show...all packed and priced...I'm way ahead of the game this year....I hope!


It's been a busy, busy day today...had six of the grand children over...between chasing them, feeding them, and watching a movie...I'm exhausted!   Have a great weekend!!










































Monday, August 22, 2016

IT'S DONE...IT'S DONE...

Finally..I can post some pictures of my new bathroom and laundry/bedroom....now...keep in mind...I kept it very simple....lots of neutral, mainly whites...and nothing primitive about it...more of a farmhouse look...so here we go.....Here's the old pink and black....



 Now...my vanity...where the corner tub once was and the toilet stayed in the same spot...but different toilet with floating shelves....




Another shot of my vanity with light fixture...the mirror was from Hobby Lobby (after days, nights, weeks shopping on line for a mirror...found this one at my HL)....


Now....this is where the old vanity was...


And this is where the new tub and shower  are now located...We were able to expand the bathroom about 5 feet because they went into the bedroom and used the closet area for the tub. (my plan..don't ever let a contractor tell you "it's impossible"...believe me...that wasn't in my vocabulary!)


My little primitive stand....I had to add a little prim to the mix










My little $40 pie safe now holds my towels.....





Ok...onto the bedroom....my bi-fold doors...the wall next to these doors are where the closet doors once were..


hiding my washer and dryer....can't tell you how much I love having this upstairs!!


We painted the bedroom over the weekend....again, a little plain..neutral...but easy and clean looking..


 This area is a little sparse...but I couldn't decide what to add quite yet...



All in all...it took about seven weeks for them from start to finish....they were a great group of guys, couldn't have been happier with the outcome...now...it's onto the kitchen...but that'll have to wait for another year!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

EWM UPDATE THIS EVENING


Good Sunday evening....it's raining cats and dogs here in lower Michigan...but it still feels like a sauna room when stepping outside....This evening is the EWM update...I felt like hurrying in the fall season so I designed and stitched an autumn wool applique runner for this month's update and I made another necklace.  

If you have a minute to spare, please check the selling site to see what other wonderful handmades the artists have to offer.   I'm sure most of them are in the mood for autumn too!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A GENTLE NEEDLEARTIST

My fraternal grandmother, was from Madrid, Spain.  When she was just a young woman, she moved to Cuba, I believe it was in the 1920's. It was there she met and married my grandfather...she then had one child, a son,  who is my father.  My grandmother, who I called Mima, was a wonderful embroiderer and seamstress.  When her husband died, she and my father, Roberto, moved to the Detroit area.

Mima worked at the Fisher Bldg, on Woodward Ave in Detroit, as a maker of wedding gowns.  She did the lacework, the embroidery, and all of the fine handwork on wedding gowns made for the rich and not so rich...In her free time, she would sit and embroider, making gifts for others to cherish and enjoy.  I was her only grandchild.  Although my mother and Roberto, divorced when I was just three, I still kept in touch with my grandmother...my father...not so much.   In fact, I haven't seen or heard from him in 40 years...

Yesterday, while cleaning out a closet....I found my beautiful white, embroidered bedspread, with my father's initials "R.B." in the middle of this treasure.  When my mom gave it to me years and years ago, she said that Mima had made it for them as a wedding gift.   I knew I had it, but was afraid to use it.  It does have a few little rust stains and one small hole on it, but for the most part it looks pretty darn good.  I washed it on the most delicate cycle and air dried it.  I need to press it a bit...and then I would like to put it on the full size bed in my guest room..

These are just a few pictures of the bedspread...






Although, my grandmother has been gone for a while now...it's nice to have a treasure where her memory and talent will live on.  

Sometimes, I think, that we who love needlework, rug hooking, or any craft, really do not appreciate the gifts that God has given us.  We make things here and there...maybe give them away as gifts or sell them...and then move onto the next project.    But one day, when a gal is cleaning out a closet, an attic, or a basement....she might come upon a treasure that was made long ago by someone she dearly loved........and that treasure will begin a new life!