Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Here's hoping that everyone has a Wonderful New Year.
And that 2009 is your best year yet!!

Rooster/Chicken Jean Tote

I'm finally starting to get into the groove of painting. It's been so busy during the holidays, then I caught a cold (haven't had one in 6-7 years, can't say that I missed it). But things are starting to slow down. This tote was added to my Etsy Shop this morning. It was a lot of fun to paint - might do a blanket with these chickens and roosters on it, would be fun.

The tote measures: 17" x 17" x 2" wide. It's quite big - but think of all the "stuff" that would fit in it!! I have one this size that I use when grocery shopping. It's amazing what all fits in it!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Hearts Jean Blanket

I've had to relist this on Etsy and on my Shoppe. Thought it was sold but haven't heard from the buyer for 3 weeks now - who was going to send a money order via the postal service.

This blanket is made from old jeans,cut into squares, then sewn and painted by me.
Measures 54 inches square. Heat treated. Washable.
There are 12 hearts painted on the blanket.
No two are alike.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Check it out!

Jude at Crafts International is having a give away to celebrate her birthday! Check out the prize -

You can enter till Jan. 12/09!! Can you believe it - 2009 is almost here!


Another crafty art form I haven't mastered (yet). Oh well- I love to look at crafts, any crafts - I'm not picky - but just can't do them all (for which my hubby is truely thankful). I need a bigger craft room!!

I have managed to crochet a few things. I did an afghan while at Bible College. A friend taught me a basic stitch and away I went. I still have it but I think I stiched it a bit on the loose side, because with every washing it gets a bit longer. It started out being almost 6 feet long - now it's closer to 7 feet. Hm-m-m. Of course that was some 22-23 years ago. I have crocheted a few baby afghans since then but nothing to extravagent, more like "Crocheting for Dummies."

My friend Janet does amazing things with a crochet hook. She had some of her items in our "Christmas Craft Store". Makes me wish I had a little girl (almost). She does wonderful hats, cute baby items, dresses, tops, scarves, doggie sweaters (not big enough for my dog though), head bands, booties and the cutest witches hat! Told Logan I should get a witches hat for driving bus that one week a month I'm feeling a little bit grouchy.

Janet doesn't have a blog, but she's working on it. She does have a shop on Etsy - Sparkleberry Crafts - that you really need to check out.

Of course this means that I have to go see what other crocheing crafters there are in blogland. Wouldn't you know it - there are too many to list here. But please check them out, many of them have links to other crocheting blogs. It's amazing what you can do with a crochet hook!! (Logan uses his to put rubber bands on his braces!) HAPPY STITCHING!!

Crochet by Faye
Irish Rose Creations
Subway Hooker (it's not what you think)
Baby Threads
Matts Crafty Wife
Bella McBride
Crafty Birdie Dreams
Rebecca's Creations
Mad About Color

Friday, December 26, 2008

Bovine Bubbles Give Away

Okay - you are not going to believe this!!
But guess who won Cara's Give Away!
Baylee (Cara's daughter) Picked the winning ticket!

Tin Buckets

Just added these tin buckets to my etsy shop!! Have on more in the works - will post that one soon.

Give Away Winner

Logan picked the winner of the Cookbook and Tote Bag!!
Check it out at the link on the right

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


I am going to take a break for the next couple days.
On the 26th I will post the winners of the give aways.
Enjoy the slide show and Christmas music.

Have a Very Merry Christmas!!


I'm going to keep Cara's Give Away as the top post. So please scroll down to see my new entries!! And check out my new blog Audrey's Favorite Recipes

Cara at
Bovine Bubbles and Hogwash

is having a Christmas Give Away!!

The prize is a
$25 gift certificate
from her store!! WOOHOO!

To enter this contest,
add a comment to this post telling
us your favorite Christmas smell.

Good luck everyone!!

The draw will be made on the 26th!

Only 1 more day to enter the Give Aways!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Raggedy Tote Bag

Just posted this on Etsy!! Made another one, but this time with pockets.

This bag is made from cotton homespun fabric in red and green with a coordinating ivory material for batting. There are 2 pockets on the inside (glasses case & cell phone not included).Bag measures 14 inches x 10 inches x 5 inches with strap and button closure.Each square has been machine quilted in a "X" pattern.
Also just added these signs.

Friday, December 19, 2008


I saw some cool ornaments that Char made on her blog The Pickled Pepper Patch. I thought I would post some that the boys and I made many years ago.

All you have to do is take the hanger off, pour in 2 kinds of paint and swirl. I used one "normal" paint and one metalic in each ball. We had a lot of fun!

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Okay, I bought a bunch of paper and card stock. Made the mistake of buying 3 card making magazines to read while sitting at the store, now I have to make some.

I would also like to make some bookmarks to give away as gifts - where are the best places to get ideas and help? Any help would be appreciated!!

Have to sit at the store again today, might have time to try to make a bookmark. Will post a pic if I do.

Just a reminder that there are only 5 more days to enter the 2 GIVE AWAYS!! Don't miss your chance to win!!

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other". (borrowed from Nancarts)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Poem

by LM Willson

It was a silent night in Bethlehem, When Christ our King was born,
While shepherds watched their sheep, On that very early morn.

A brilliant star was shining, Upon that sacred shrine,
Of the Holy Family kneeling, Beside the manger of God Divine.

The shepherds followed the radiant star, Of royal beauty bright,
And listen to the angels sing, While praising God all through the night.

Hosanna in the highest, Unto Him all nations sing,
Christ our Saviour is born this night, 'Tis Christ our Saviour King.

The radiance of His being, Will shine through all our lives,
And crush the sins of all mankind, Upon which all evil thrives.

Oh Blessed Child of Mary, To whom all the world will bow,
'Tis God's Son - The only One, To this our God forever will avow.

Oh loving Saviour of mankind, The souls of man both then and now,
Will sing Your praises forever, And unto You all knees will bow.

Each year we'll celebrate Your birth, To please our God our King,
And pray You will come again, So peace to this world You'll bring.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I've been tagged again!

Pam at Prims by Pam has tagged me!! Now I must come up with 6 people to tag. H-m-m-m. Who should I choose? But first things first.

These are the rules

Rule #1 ~ Link to the person that tagged you.

Rule #2 ~ Post the rules on your Blog.

Rule #3 ~ Write 6 random things about yourself.

Rule #4 ~ Tag 6 people at the end of your post.

Rule #5 ~ Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their Blog.

Rule #6 ~ Let the tagger know your entry is up

Ok now here's the 6 random things about me.

#1. I lived in the Netherlands for one year.

#2. I now live 5 miles from where I grew up.

#3. Cooking, sewing and painting are my favorite things to do.

#4. Might be addicted to lip balm and hand lotion (not necessarily in that order)

#5. Our oldest son needs a hair cut!!! (I know - it's just hair)

#6. Having Give Aways is one of my favorite things to do.

Here's who I pick to tag!!

True Blue Quilting Nana
Crazy Mom Quilts
What's Cookn' in Junk
Prim Patterns'n Handmades
Maggie Mags Art
BirchBerry Farms

Now to let everyone know!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Check out my new Bag!!

I sewed in the morning, and managed to get it done!! Just pulled it out of the dryer. Isn't it cute!! I bought the pattern from Theresa at Ashlawnfarms Rag Quilt Creations. She has a pattern for a cosmetic pouch. Might have to try that next.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I have been informed this evening of two give aways that I have won!! Can you believe it!! I never win anything!! My son thinks I should quickly go buy a lottery ticket. (LOL).

This stocking is from Gina at Cat Nap Inn Primitives. Gina has the most amazing ornaments made from bees wax, and many wonderful items she has made. And some other wonderful stockings - you need to check them out.
And these wonderful inspirational stockings are from Lynn at Addie Hattie Prims. Lynn has wonderful cinnamon scented ornaments - I just love the scent of cinnamon. And wonderful Snow Gal Dolls. Another shop that is a must see!!

Thank-you to both Gina and Lynn for the wonderful give aways! And of course a really big thank-you for picking my name!

New Items!

These are pics and descriptions of some Jean Blankets that I have recently made. They are a lot of fun, and way to incorporate sewing and painting!!


This blanket has houses Stenciled on to 12 of the squares.
Each house is different.
Five of the squares have words stenciled on them:
"dream", "believe", "imagine", "simplifiy" and "live laugh love".
The blanket is 54 inches square.

This blanket is about 62 inches square. It has 12 squares with
flip flops painted on them. Each flip flop is different.


There are 12 squares of "Quilted" hearts. Each heart is different.
Blanket measures about 54 inches square.
Colors used are: Rookwood Red, Forest Green and Buttermilk.

This blanked has a dark blue backing. There are 13 squares
painted with different birdhouses in wreathes.
It measures 5.5 ft. square.

This blanket is painted with raspberries and daisies. It was alot of fun. I did this blanket and the birdhouse blanket before I discovered raggedy blankets. I've sewn this one with the seams up then covered them with the red binding. A lot of work, but the end result was great. The blanket measures 74 inches square.

All the blankets have been prewashed, then painted and heat set. I used old jeans, and jean material for all the blankets. They can be found on my etsy shop, or you can email me if you would rather.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


This is a desperate plea for help!!

Jane at Lady Jane's Emporium needs help!! Her helper Elf Tommy is missing!! Please look for him where ever you are and if you spot him make sure to let her know. Thank-you so much for all you help!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008


I just have to tell you about these
wonderful products!

Over the last few years I have been trying to buy more handmade products, and supporting fellow crafters. Finding etsy, and through etsy finding crafting bloggers, has made that much easier to do. During my travels through the many craft sites trying to find a Christmas Gift for my 92 year old Grandmother - I found Bovine Bubbles & Hogwash and Cara.

The name alone made me check to see what they could possible be selling? Soaps and lotions of course!! But how did they come up with the name?

Cara collects cows, roosters and pigs and so came up with the name Bovine Bubbles & Hogwash. Besides – who's going to forget that name?

Well - after a few emails back and forth we decided to do a swap. WOOHOO!! Of course now I had a price limit (not a bad thing), but what should I get? I really had to narrow it down - one of everything would have been nice for me, but not nice for the pocket book. There are so many "flavors" of hand lotion and soap to pick from!! So this is what I decided on:

1) Udderly Soft Hand & Body Lotion:
Vanilla Dreams (for me)
and Strawberry Jam (for Grandma)

2) Squeeeeky Clean Hand, Bath & Shower Gel:
Vanilla Dreams

3) 3 Udderly Smooth Lip Smoocher
(lip balm)
Marachino Cherry
Raspberry Cream
Caramel Cream
Chai Tea

4) 15 different Soap flavors:
Backwood Blue (2), (for men)Greek Adonis (for men)
Orange Chocolate Truffle
Satsuma, Spa Mint, Rum n' Nog
Strawberry Rhubarb Compote
Iced Keenum Tea
Green Tea & Ginger
Cafe Brulee, Frosted Berries
Frankincense & Myrrh
Pumpkin Custard
Ambra de Nepal
Just Plain Old Soap
Sleigh Ride with Santa

I hadn't planned on all the soap. But my friends (old and new ones) and I have a "Christmas Craft Store" in the local mall and we are having a "Christmas Banquet" on Dec. 22nd and I thought it would be nice to get each of them something as a thank-you for helping out and selling their products in the store.

If you have been counting you will notice that Cara sent one extra lip balm and 3 extra soap!! What a sweety!!!

You would not believe how awesome these items smell!! After using them I smell great!! My hands get so dry in the winter and from the wood working I do, that I go through a lot of hand lotion and have tried MANY different kinds. I love this hand lotion!!! It smells wonderful and works like a dream!! No more rough hands!! You need very little and it last a long time! I did smell the Strawberry Jam lotion (didn't try it as it is Grandma's gift) and it smells just like strawberry jam!

I had managed to order enough soap so that here was one for me (now there are 4 for me, well 2 male scents for sons). I kept Just Plain Old Soap (for hubby - doesn't like strong smells) and Strawberry Rhubarb Compote for me. What a wonderful soap!! This is actually the first homemade soap that I have used. Don't think I'll ever go back to "regular" soap. You feel really clean after using it, not slimmy like the soap left stuff on your skin. It's really nice soap! The lip balms smell good enough to eat!! My husband doesn't like to kiss me when I have lip balm on, but with these he just might! (just asked - apparently not)

If you go to Cara's site and order something - let her know you found her through my blog!! Bovine Bubbles and Hogwash She is having an "End of Season Sale" on some of her wonderful products! She also carries Perfume Oil, Body Spray, Hand & Body Mousse, Shampoo & Conditioners, Sea Salt & Sugar Scrubs, Bubble Bath Powder, and Votives & Smelly Wax Things.

So - after getting all these wonderful products from Cara I decided to check out the blogs that sell similar items. Not as easy to find as the quilting blogs - but I managed to find a few. There is an amazing amount of sites out there selling soaps etc., but not alot of blogs that I could find. Some soap I found looks good enough to eat (cupcakes, cinnamon buns, bundt cakes) It's really to bad that they don't have "Scratch & Sniff" on the internet! Please go check out these blogs and see what they have to offer in handmade soaps and lotions!! (There are more links on the side bar under "Soaps, Lotions, Candles", can't mention them all here.)

Heritage Bath Essentials:
Was there last week and picked up a gift basket for a friend, bath bombs, shower gel, 2 body lotions and an awesome smelling candle. I'm keeping the shower gel (vanilla), one body lotion (vanilla) and the candle (not vanilla). Bev has amazing gift baskets, candles, soaps etc. It all smells so wonderful!! The hand lotion is amazing, and the soap smells and looks good enough to eat! Now I know what "Sex on the Beach" smells like, and also "Monkey Farts". My friend Suzanne tried one of the bath bombs and said "it smelled real good" and really like it!

Soap Revolution: wonderful Christmas soaps, and Chocolate soap!

Soap Store : is it cake or soap? Amazing!!

Soapalaya Soap Suds: wonderful gift boxes and bags for her soap. Cinnamon soap - I love cinnamon!!

Soapy Chica: how does she do that? Very pretty decorative soap - to nice to use!!

Sara's Soaps n' Such: coffee soap, coffee cake soap and more

Simply Tempted Bath & Body Co.: having a sale!! Is that soap or whipped cream?

The Prim Pantry : cookie dough soap, the pirate duck - really cute kids soap.

Bubble Tub: all that lip balm! Wonderful looking soaps, shower gels and bath bombs.

If anyone else is ever interested in a swap - let me know!!


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