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

September 10, 2014

A Giveaway for the Decorative Artist!

I finally finished up my Fall goodies! I pulled out my Christmas fabric and wrote down my list of necessities to complete the ones I want. Even though I take care of our handicapped daughter (she'll soon be 28), I'm fortunate enough to have the time and ease to play with my crafts. I've always said it's my 'therapy' as some of you may know how draining it is to be a 24/7 Caregiver. So here are my latest creations.
 Mr. Snoozles! This guy is approx. 36" tall! Pattern is adapted from THE OLDE COUNTRY CUPBOARD.
 Bo Bo the kitty! Made from a pattern by THE GOODE WIFE.
 This is Ulysees the Raven. He's from a pattern by SOFT IN THE HEAD.
And a little Fall Table Décor. The tag is from EWE N ME PRINTABLES on Etsy.
I LOVE all of the wonderful 'cyber' friends I've made! One of them is a SUPER talented lady by the name of Karen Strubel. Karen is a wonderful decorative artist. She was selling some of her 'overstock' in an Etsy shop that she had. I got a lot of great things from her. She now has a shop called Karen's Painted Pieces. Anyway, over the last year or 2 she's asked me to cut her some wood. We did a swap this last time and she sent me some of her painting packets. She sent me enough that I can share 3 SETS of 7 packets. SO, here are the photos of the packets!


There is no wood cut with these, however, CABIN CRAFTERS sells her pattern packets and some cut outs. And I know some of you cut wood as I do.
To enter this Giveaway, just leave me a comment with a way to get in touch with you. That's it! I'll announce a winner next Wednesday, SEPT. 17th....well, now that's one of my daughter's birthdays!
This Giveaway is open to EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE!
Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!
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Vicky

September 2, 2014

What Happened to August??

I totally missed it! I really don't care for the month of August as it's SO HOT and busy with school preparations! However the month of September is one of my favorites as it ushers in the 'er' months and the Holidays! Speaking of which, I'm in FULL FALL MODE! Actually finishing up the last of my creations for one of our Old Farmhouse Gathering Team Celebrations.
This is my table....
Holy Halloween, Batman!! Boy, I went a bit nuts!
I'm happy to say they are all nearly completed and ready for listing. I don't know what got into me to make so much FALL décor! I guess it's the colors I like the most......and Halloween is my favorite!
Here are just a few 'sneak peeks'!


These will be available in my Etsy shop after Sept. 12th.
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I have a GIVEAWAY to list in a few days. I cut out some wood plaques for a fellow artist and she sent me 5 sets of a 1/2 dozen of her pattern packets! Talk about Generosity!
I've got some Garlands to put together and a few orders to cut out.
It's my hubby's birthday so I need to make his Cinnamon Buns.  
Hope you all had a great Labor Day and are starting to 'Feel the Fall'.
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Vicky
 
 


July 3, 2014

My Box Runneth Over!

I have been a BUSY girl!! Good thing I took some time off for the summer because I wouldn't have been able to get all of this sewn up!
 

 13" Rag Dolls, Elves, Candy Corn, Sunflowers, Crows, Halloween Cats. Santa's.....this doesn't even show the 2 large Scarecrows and my Stump Witches! My fingers are numb from holding the needle! The good news is I'll be way ahead of my Holiday crafting!
I've got Inventory to do but I'll be ready to open back up at the end of July. I've been pre-cutting some wood for Teacher gifts and some popular Pumpkin Garlands. It's been a nice break and I've enjoyed the time to 'sit and sew'. Now it's time to get the paint brushes out and put some color on all this muslin! I'll have pictures to share with you this month and a cute little Owl Tutorial! Everyone is making them so why shouldn't I?!! I'm even going to try my hand at some paper clay crafting. Wish me luck!
Enjoy your Summer sewing!!
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Vicky
 

June 17, 2014

Taking Off a Little Time

I usually take off this time of year. The kids are out of school and I normally need a break from all of the orders. This year has been especially demanding with my Etsy. I said I wouldn't let it get to be 'work' so it's important for me to recognize when I need to stop and take a rest.
Now that doesn't mean I'm being idle! I've been working with some 8-11 year old girls (like Girl Scouts but we call them Activity Day Girls) and they've been keeping me busy. We had a great time last Friday at our Daddy/Daughter "GONE FISHIN" Activity.
I should've taken a closer pic. The 'Fish Bowls' were made up with the glass marbles from the $ Tree and some fun little ugly wooden fish I made (my 8 year old daughter painted)! It all set on a green burlap mat with plastic sea creatures and a GONE FISHIN sign. Each table had a pack of GO FISH cards.


"SHARKY" --the photo booth! He ate a lot of heads!


$ Tree nets for the table and some of my own décor at home. These tables were filled with 'Chicken' dishes as the girls said they didn't want ANYTHING 'fishy' to eat. Watermelon, salads, green beans, and rolls completed the menu.

I've also cut, sewn, and prepared dolls for Fall and Christmas sales, and am currently working on some Women's 'clothing accessory' pieces to sell this year.
These were the last pieces I'd finished before shutting down.




I sold the Bee Skep right away to a return customer. Guess I'll have to make another one. It's made from a pattern that I adapted by Oodlekadoodle.
I've already cut some small wooden plaques for the girls to paint tomorrow. Going to teach them a little Decoupage. Should be fun and educational.....for me, too!
Hope your summer is going well. We're getting LOTS of rain but that always a good thing when you live on a lake!!
 
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Vicky


May 8, 2014

In the Merry Month of May

WOW. I obviously just skipped over April.
Over a month has passed and I don't know where it went. And now it's May. Where did 'in the merry month of May' come from?
I've been busy with 'school' orders. These name plates are very popular.
 They're actually easy to make, however, take time and I only make these 'to order'. This is my busy time making them......and in August......and again right before Christmas. It's a good thing!
Our OFG Team is getting ready for it's summer promotional. I've pulled out the Red, White, and Blue and a couple of great patterns from some very talented people.
This is Bouncing Sammy.
It is a pattern by Pam Gracia of SOFT IN THE HEAD. She is so talented and her patterns are super easy to read and follow. He'll be available in my Etsy shop after the 19th of this Month.
I've also made another Garland. Have had MANY inquiries for a Birthday Garland so here is my take on one.
Lots of fun to make and it is so festive with all of it's bright colors. It also will be available on a 'Made to order' basis after the 19th.
I'm finishing up this Bumble and his home today. It's a pattern from Oodlekadoodle.
I found this in the closet. This is from my 'One Stroke' days. I think I'll put a quote or scripture or something there in the blank corner. Add a pretty satin ribbon for hanging. Well, I'll think about it anyway.
Looking forward to school being out. I enjoy the summertime mode and playing with the kids in the pool.
Maybe I'll have a Giveaway on my FB. I've made a few of those Bouncing Sammies......yeh, I'll post a Giveaway today so look for my FB badge on my right sidebar and come by and visit. I'll post a link up at the top of my blog, too.
I'm spending the weekend with my Girls. They're spoiling me on Saturday. Wishing all of you a Happy Mother's Day.
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Vicky


April 2, 2014

Anything Goes!

The Old Farmhouse Gathering Team has a CELEBRATION going on!
It's an ANYTHING GOES celebration so we have a little of everything!
Click on the LINK (Celebration) to find more wonderful things!
Meanwhile, let me share my 4 new items and a few others I'm doing.
You've met Sunshine!! He's so cute!
 This Cat Plaque is a design titled, "When's Dinner" by the talented Renee Mullins of PLUM PURDY.
Here is Chrissy the Christmas Mouse! Made from a pattern by Kim of ORP!
And last, but NEVER least, is "Just Jack".
He's one of my patterns and I'll share him later on this year.
I finished up my melons.....
....and am now completing the last of 3 sweet Bunnies from a pattern by Sweet Meadows Farm.
This is MariAnn with her little friend, Dibbles.
This one is Maribell with her little friend Toodles.
I'll be finishing up Marilynn with her little friend, Mimi.
I'll list them today in my Etsy shop!
Go to Etsy for some more wonderful finds from our talented Team!
I've got some Mother's Day Picture Sign Boards I'm making up now. I think I'll have a Giveaway with one of them so make sure you
STAY TUNED!!
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Vicky

March 26, 2014

Who Let the Cold In?!!

GOOD HEAVENS! Who let 'Old Man Winter' back in the door??!!!!

It was 38 this morning! Yeh, I know, that's sunbathing weather for a lot of you but it's down right frigid for me!
Because of the cold weather, I feel obliged to share some of my Easter goodies I've been working on! These are my designs and are just so easy to make!
 Someone said they look like Pez Dispensers! They do!
This is another one of my designs.....
My Big Foot Funny Bunnies! You know me.....I LOVE me some color!
I just finished designing this guy and am going to have him in our upcoming OFG Celebration.
I've named him Sunshine, well, for the obvious reason that he looks like sunshine!! He was SO much fun to make. I need to add a tag to him, Wonder if he can fly??!!
Last but certainly not least, I had these baking in the oven yesterday morning. 
Can't wait to take a bit out ot the real thing! We're huge melon fans here and eat lots while they're in season and plentiful!
I'm dressing Bunny dolls this morning. They are soooooo cute and can't wait to see then all completed in their Easter Finery. Will show you soon!
Hoping this is the last of the cold. It's been a heck of a winter and I'm sure all of us are ready to close the door on it!
Stay Tuned!
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Vicky


March 18, 2014

SPRING and WIPs

It's Spring here! Trees, plants, and bushes are blooming!

 Pollen is everywhere! So we're sniffling and sneezing just as if it was still cold. Can't win for losing!
I've been busy with some new patterns!
This one comes from Olde Annie Primitives.
Eater Egg Pocketfuls! They are SEW easy to make! I need to get me some Spring Pip Berries to put in them along with my Sweet Annie! I purchase my Sweet Annie from THE FLOWER PATCH on Etsy.
I've made up a 1/2 dozen of these! 
This is just a pattern I'd drawn up. Any one with drawing skills can do the same. I like to coat mine with some water-based varnish after I paint them with my Burnt Umber acrylic paint. Makes them shiny and look like REAL chocolate. You can find these in my Etsy shop.
 This pattern is from Pam Gracia of SOFT IN THE HEAD. She is so talented and I love making her patterns. 'Miss Bunny' is also in my Etsy shop.
I've cut out and sewn Watermelon, Bumble Bees, Bunnies, and now some Pigs! I've also just sold off the last of my Christmas Elves so I'll be pulling out the Christmas greens and reds soon!
I've got 3 orders for my Garlands sitting on my table so I'll need to get to those today. We've had rain, LOTS of rain, these last few days and it's kept me inside. At least I was able to finish my hand stitching which I detest!
Hope your Spring is coming in like a Lamb and not with the March winds we've been getting. I think we're all well on our way to a thaw!
Stay tuned!
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Vicky