November 20, 2014

Clearing the Table!

Oh, I didn't mean to let so much time pass before posting again. I've been clearing off my sewing table and FINALLY finished the last piece. I'm busy with eyes, and accessories but DO see the light at the end of a very long tunnel!
 2x4 Snowmen are the EASIEST to make. I cut some of these out and painted them with a small group of gals.
This is Jimmy Jingle and he is newly listed in my Etsy shop!
Snow Belle and her Polar Bear is new, too!
This is one of my gourds that I just finished. Pretty easy pattern that I designed. I think I might like painting on gourds as I like the smooth surface.
Ornaments! These are listed in my shop!
These are some new ornaments but I don't think I'm going to list them. They're great for last minute gifts and are easily mailed.
These turned out really cute! Even my husband liked them! Their hats are actually ornaments themselves. I spotted them at Walmart and my imagination took off! Again, I'm not going to list them....just save in case I need a quick gift.You can find my Etsy mini on my right sidebar if you'd like to see more of the things I've listed.
I have a couple of things left on my painting table but they're for gifts. I'm done sewing until next year......I think I am anyway!!
We've been a bit cool here the last few days. The kids and husband are recovering from nasty colds. I think we'll be back to normal for Thanksgiving. Looking forward to family and friends and the big 'FEAST'.
Wishing you warm feet in our cooler temps!
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Vicky
 


November 7, 2014

My Pin Keep Swap!

It finally feels like FALL here....well, the Florida version anyway! Nice and cool in the mornings and warming up (sometimes TOO warm!) in the afternoon.
I participated in Wendy's Pin Keep Swap over at RAVENWOOD WHIMZIES . Heather and I were signed up as Swap partners and I got my package in on Wednesday.
It was an early Christmas as she had each item wrapped in bright Christmas paper!
I always let me kids help unwrap so waited for them to come home from school. It helps them to appreciate hand made good from others, too.  You should've heard them when they unwrapped this guy!
SOOOOOO cute and smelled wonderful!
Heather also included a lovely Prim stocking......
An Oatmeal Raisin Cookie candle....YUM!!!!
....and a wonderful jar of old buttons!!
I just LOVE old buttons!!
Thank you SO much Heather for the wonderful swap! I now have a new cyber friend thanks to Wendy!
You can see Heather HERE at thecountryschoolmarm and she'll show you what I gave her!
Stay Tuned!
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Vicky
 


October 27, 2014

New items!

Our Esty Team is having another wonderful Celebration! I made 4 new items to go along with it.
Santa! Pattern adapted from Chestnut Junction
Chris Mouse and his Candy Cane! Pattern adapted from The Olde Country Cupboard.
"A Snowman will melt your Heart". I don't remember where this pattern came from. I've had it a really long time but I'm pretty sure it's not one of my originals. Let me know if you recognize it.
Elvin the Elf. Adapted from a pattern by The Olde Country Cupboard.
If you'd like to see more items from the Team, just go to ETSY and type in the search bar the letters BICOFG!
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I finished my Pumpkins. Saved some for the kid's Teachers. I don't have them listed.
I also finished these last 2 items.
I designed the Cat and Pumpkin for my 8-11 year old girls that I teach twice a month on Wednesdays. They are like Girl Scouts but our group is called Activity Day Girls. They are so cute and LOVE to paint with me! They are quite talented, too, so that makes it even more fun to see their pieces turn out so well! I love to teach kids!
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It's been beautiful here on the lake! The water has come up some but we're back in a dry spell again. We need consistent rain and Mother Nature is not so giving in the cooler months. Our local Yacht Club held their annual Sailboat Regatta on Saturday and they came in front of our place.
 
The weather has been gorgeous with a nice breeze coming in. The water is getting cooler now so our swimming will come to an end soon.
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Woke up this a.m. to a dead battery in my Van. Typical Monday.
Hope you're having a better start!
Stay Tuned!
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Vicky
 



October 16, 2014

Something New for me.....Gourds

I've been shopping Estate sales lately. A friend of mine got me involved in an organization that helps families sell off what their dearly departed has left behind. You'd be surprised at how many people have gourds in their homes!
This is my small selection. I've been wanting to 'play' with gourds for awhile now. I love the different characteristics they have and when I look at them, my imagination takes off. I've got plenty of patterns that I can apply to these but I took some time to look up what Etsy had to offer.
Here are just a few shops that sell patterns that I liked.
Here are some of the pictures I found in my Bing search that appealed to me.





Oh, there were more, lots more. I'm loving the look of this Snowman and the Santa in the first picture. I thought they'd be cute and fun to make for some family gifts.
So now I'm off to learn how to prep them for painting and remove those, what I assume to be seeds,  shaking around inside. If you have any suggestions or resources, could you let me know, please? My mind is always willing to be educated.
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I have to attend Career Days tomorrow at my Twin's Elementary school (they are 4th graders). They're excited for me to come and show my crafts and share my knowledge. 80 kids altogether: 2 different sessions (40 kids each). I may have to ask for your prayers!!
Stay tuned!!
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Vicky
 

October 7, 2014

Making Pumpkins

I'm actually making more than just Pumpkins. Christmas has found it's way to my table but I DARE not show you in fear that you'll throw something at me!! Those of us in Retail/Wholesale have to stay on top of things but it doesn't keep the public from disliking the 'rush' on the holidays. I, myself, don't particularly care to hear Christmas music before it's even Halloween, however, I do find myself buying it all!
I don't have a pattern to share with you for the pumpkins. You can find a Tutorial HERE from ORP (Old Road Primitives). Kim shares her Tutorials FREE with everyone and her patterns are MARVELOUS to work with!
 
I don't have to paint these as my husband's Aunt gave me some upholstery fabric, some type of chenille/velour. I don't really know but it works great for these little pumpkins.
I DO want to show you my leaves though and how easy it is to make them. You can apply these to all of your FALL crafts and even make them as large as you need.
My daughter brought over a pair of white denim jeans that were stained on the bottom cuffs. I can always use a bit of denim/canvas for Bunny ears, etc. but my intentions this time were for some leaves.
I ripped them apart.....
...and pulled off the pocket and buttons.
Fold over 4-5 inch strip of denim and draw a shape similar to the one I have.
Take them back to your painting table and WET them with water first then paint them with greens, browns, oranges, and yellows.
Make sure you add a bit of color to the other side as these will curl up around the edges making them a bit more natural looking.
I haven't finished my pumpkins, however you can see how easy it is to place them with a dab of hot glue. A stem and a nice FALL tag will finish these pumpkins. I'm going to add a little Mouse, too.
Sales are slow right now and that's given me some extra time that I've been able to enjoy.
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Vicky
 


September 23, 2014

FB Giveaway!!

Come and join me on my Facebook page, Paintspots and Splinters! I'm having a Giveaway!

 Elvira and Winthrop
(pattern by Soft in the Head)
Sign up ONLY on my Facebook. Click on the link HERE or find my badge on the right sidebar and click on it to find the pictures above. Leave me a comment and give me a 'like' if you haven't already.
Ends Oct. 1,Wednesday. Open to US residents only, please.
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Vicky


September 21, 2014

Owl Tutorial.....Olive and her Owl

This is a little Rag Doll that I made.
I used a pattern from Sweet Meadows Farm so I can't share the pattern of the doll with you, however, I would like to share the pattern of the Owl with you as it's one I made up.
When I was in middle school, I think about 7th grade, we were given some kind of paper clay to make sculptures with. My sculpture was an Owl and my art teacher thought it to be good enough to enter in the art fair I don't remember winning anything but it was enough for me that she, my teacher, liked it.
So, when I came across this extra material that I had, I decided Olive, my little rag doll, would need an owl friend.
Here's what you will need to make your own little Owl friend!
 
Fabric of your choice for the body. (I made this one from Osnaburg)
Felt for the pair of wings
Fabric for the tummy
2 buttons for the eyes
a Rusty nail or stick for the nose/beak
Fabric glue (optional)
Crochet Thread/Embroidery Thread
Sewing notions
 
HOW TO:
Cut 2 pieces of body fabric out. Seam allowance has already been added to my pattern. Sew all together then cut a slit where indicated on the pattern. Stuff it with fiber fill and then sew opening closed.
Cut out 1 tummy part and place over the slit. You can use fabric glue to adhere it or use a running stitch with your crochet/embroidery thread.
Place wings on the side and give them a good running stitch.
I sewed the thread into the buttons and then glued then on. I then sewed the nail in place with some dk brown crochet thread.
That's it! SEW Easy!!
I want to make a few more using different variations.
This pattern is yours to use however you'd like!
My little Olive is available in my Etsy shop.
Look on my right sidebar to see her and a few of her other little friends that I've recently made.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I'm going to have a Giveaway on my FB page soon! Look for my FB badge on my sidebar, too!
Stay Tuned!
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Vicky
 
 
 

September 17, 2014

Deco Artist Giveaway Winners!

 Winners of the following pattern packets are Cucki, Lois, and Cindi! Email me your addy's girls at Vicweave@aol.com and I'll get these in the mail to you! Thanks for participating.....and have FUN!!

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Vicky





September 15, 2014

Harvest Happenings Celebration!

Our Harvest Happenings Celebration is in FULL swing! Our OFG (Old Farmhouse Gathering Team) has been busy creating again and we've got some awesome pieces to share with you!
Here are some of my finished pieces that you can now find listed in my Etsy.
Elvira and Winthrop. A pattern by Soft in the Head.
My "Crows Roost Inn". A pattern by Plum Purdy that I adapted.
Some "FALL" blocks that I cut from 2x4's and painted. The lettering is Walnut colored vinyl.
I also made one more Scarecrow.
We named this one Sam. Typical, yes. Especially in my home as it's my hubby's name, too!!!
Don't forget about the GIVEAWAY I'm having in the post below this one. It ends on Wednesday and there have only been a few sign ups. It's a great one for the decorative artist! Take a look-see and sign up!
Stay tuned!
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Vicky