Friday, December 23, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS FRIENDS



Sorry I've been out of touch lately and haven't been able to visit with my buddies as much as I would like to.  Busy where I work at the church this time of year!  I wanted to stop in real quick and wish everyone a safe, joyful, peaceful, meaningful, healthy Christmas.  I am very thankful for my blog buddies.

Haven't been crafting lately, but started writing again and have been doing that at night. 
(I know my break from muslin & stuffing won't be long!)

Since Christmas Eve is on a Saturday (LOVE IT!) I won't have to work and we will celebrate with my mom in the afternoon, head to church at 4:30, and then to a friend's for snacks & cheer (am making ham roll-ups with pickles - have only had them with onion before...making those too...could survive on them alone!) And then home to wait for Santa.

Christmas dinner will consist of ham & scalloped potatoes in the crock-pot, baked corn bread pudding (thanks Patti!), bread pudding for dessert and a few misc items here and there.  Trying to keep it simple!

We don't have much snow, but it is falling lightly right now.  Usually we are up to our noses in it by now.

Blessings and Love to All ~*~Lisa




Saturday, December 17, 2011

SILENT AUCTION FOR A GOOD CAUSE


I am behind in catching up on blogs, so most probably already know about this, but if not...

Traci over at York Mountain Primitives is hosting a silent auction to help a fellow blogger in need.  Many wonderful primitive artists have donated some great items.  Bids placed are for ALL of the items.  Go check them out at  by clicking on the picture above, which happens to be Traci's donation to the silent auction.  Bidding ends Tuesday, December 20th.

Thanks ~*~Lisa


Thursday, December 1, 2011

The dogs have no rhyme or reason - I just love the picture!
I was lazy and didn't clear out my email and exceeded my quota, so any emails sent to The Moonlit Stitch over the past few days were not received and won't be.  I don't know what happens to them...they may be floating around out there in the world wide web somewhere.  Just wanted to jot a note in case I don't respond to something so you know I'm not ignoring you.

Have a good day!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

BAN ON HORSE SLAUGHTER QUIETLY LIFTED

I try not to get too worked up over issues.  There's a lot in this big old world to get worked up over.  But I read the following article just now and want to SCREAM and smack someone.
I don't know the history of this issue, but I can tell you that I will never eat horse meat.  Certain animals were not created to be consumed.  And I am not a horse person.  There is so much going on in this world we are not even aware of.  The people need to have a voice.  When asked about how he felt about the Occupy Wallstreet protestors, Newt Gingrich said "Tell them to go get a shower and find a job."  HEEELLLLOOO?  Newt!  Babe!  That's why the people are there!  There are no jobs because fat cats like you are greedy.  The rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class disappears.  
Okay.  That's my rant for 2011.  One a year.  I promise.  LOL!

~Lisa

Sunday, November 27, 2011

FINAL REPORT

Santa Make-Do pattern by Kim of Farmer's Daughter

Well blog buddies, I'm sure you are tired of hearing about the craft show by now, but this will be my final report! LOL!  Thanks for all of the kind, supportive comments, by the way.  You are the best blog buddies ever!  It really lifted my heart to come home and read them.  It was like having a friend sitting next to me.

Yesterday things picked up a bit and there were more shoppers.  There were only about 20 booths total and I could throw a snowball from one end of the hall and hit the other end.  I ended up selling just over half of my wares.  In the end the profit was only enough for another table fee.  But that's okay because I love the atmosphere of a craft show - meeting and talking to the other crafters. 

These raggedy candy canes were popular ... but no one bought them LOL!  Just a few sold.  I had a jar of peppermints sitting out for browsers - you can see them on the right - it was so funny - people would walk right on by and grab one on their way.  I would say "TAKE ANOTHER FOR LATER ON!" and laugh.  I would love telling the little kids that walk by to be sure & take one.

These black kitty's were meant for halloween but I didn't get a chance to finish them so I slapped santa hats on them and they all sold.  My friend who was sitting with me wants 3 and a crafter next to me asked for an orange one.

Not all of the prim dolls sold.  Which I understand because not too many folks do primitive.

Some of the other crafters at the show were selling the crocheted/knitted dishrags & towels.  A family who owned a farm was spinning wool & selling goatsmilk soap.  The next table had handmade Christmas trees made from grapvines and organic jam & teas.  There were yummy fleece blankets with all kinds of designs, baked goods, handpainted signs & Christmas bulbs, up-cycled t-shirts, jewelry and wreaths.

I have to say one of the best moments at the show for me was when a crafter - actually she's an artist - she paints amazing pictures and creates breath-taking jewelry - bought one of my red stockings.  They were really prim - rough edges, mossy sticks, spanish moss, pipberries and cinnamon rubbed.  She said it just touched something in her heart and reminded her of Christmas long ago when she was a child and they wouldn't have alot, but those were the Christmas' memories that were her most cherished.  I thought "She gets it!".  Yep.  That was the best moment!

Blessings on your week friends!

~*~Lisa

Friday, November 25, 2011

CRAFT SHOW

My little table at the craft show.  I have more pics but am having such a hard time uploading them.  Will try again later on.  Today was pretty slow, but at least I made my booth fee back.  Tomorrow will be a fairly long day 9-5.  Hopefully the pace will pick up so that it goes by quick!  There were three craft shows in our area this weekend and this one was the smallest with the cheapest fee and the only two-day show.  In the future, I believe I would choose to pay a higher fee for many reasons.  The santa head make-do in the top picture is from a pattern by The Olde Country Cupboard.




Monday, November 21, 2011

MOONLIT MADNESS

My camera is broke - another cell phone pic!  Just a sampling of snowfolk waiting for their fnishing touches.  At last I can finally put to use the shutter doors I found at the Re-Store for $10!  A little nervous about securing them...seconds before I snapped this it fell forward and almost crushed the cat.  It was so strange...she didn't even move.  She's such a trusting, loving kitty...somehow she knew I would dive across the room and throw my body in front of her.

The craft show is coming up in 3 days and I'm feeling the pinch.  Been up 1/2 the night creating for many nights in a row.  Last night it hit me:  the madness of it all.  Why am I doing this?  I can't even tell how things are turning out at this point.  Will anyone even be interested in any of it?  With this economy...will anyone even be shopping?  But I read a quote today that I really like:

"There is nothing wrong or unnatural with feeling weary, but there is everything wrong with abandoning ship in the midst of the fight."

ARRRRRGH!  I'm not walking the plank...The santas will get their beards!  The snowmen will get their noses!  LOL!

There is so much that I won't be able to finish for the show.  Maybe I take on too much and should stick to just a few patterns.  I dunno.

Spent the day in the emergency room with my mom Saturday.  Man, I hate that place.  She has ongoing issues, but will be okay hopefully.  What a crazy place!  Spent the better part of Sunday picking up the rest of the leaves in her yard...a fine snow started to fall as I was riding the bagging mower...the time is flying by so fast the seasons are overlapping each other instead of gently transitioning.

The requests for food, clothing and assistance with rent and heat at work are at an all-time high.  Times are bad.  My wish for this week is that everyone has enough to eat and a roof over their head - at least on Thanksgiving.   I am so thankful for my blog friends - God bless you and your families!


~*~Lisa


Monday, November 14, 2011

ODE TO MORNING GLORY

Found a couple of handfulls of Morning Glory stuffing in the bottom of the barrel (literally...I keep my stuffing in an old antique barrel!) and couldn't believe the difference. That's it on the left. I've been using the gritty, spongy stuff from Wally World - that's it on the right.  I knew Morning Glory was the best, but to hold it side by side with the other "stuff" ing...WOW.   Gritty spongy stuff makes my doll bodies pucker & wrinkle.  The stuffing tool pokes right through it.  Morning Glory is so nice to work with.  So smooth.  Soft.  I'm in love.  LOL!
Off to stitch & stuff until I fall asleep.  Hope you are well!

~*~Lisa


Monday, October 31, 2011

WHAT I'VE BEEN WORKING ON

Making slight progress on my WIP's for a Thanksgiving weekend craft show, but progress has its sacrifices.
My husband mentioned jokingly this weekend my "slacking" since I started sewing again (and something about the cat litter) while I was stuffing the stockings above.  I was just like, DUDE! How are the snowmen going to get their rusty-bell-buttons if I'm scooping the cat litter and doing the dishes every time I turn around? LOL.
I haven't been able to visit blogs and return emails as often as I would like to while sewing.  We all know once you sit down in front of that ole computer how time flies!  A few more weeks of winter creations and then another reprieve.  I hope you find time to do something you love this week! I'll drop by for a visit soon.

~*~Lisa

oh my gosh...I almost forgot...





Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A TO Z

Wasn't gonna do this....but I'm enjoying everyone else's so much...thought I'd play along, hope you do too if you haven't yet!

A~ Age: 43
B~ Bed:
four post queen
C~ Chore you hate:
Cleaning the bathrooms-it's just boring.
D~ Dog:
Our old buddy died in Sept 2010 at age 13.
E~ Essential start to my day:
lots of COFFEE.
F~ Favorite color:
Purple and black.
G~ Gold or silver:
silver
H~ Height:
I used to be 5'8", but I think I'm starting to shrink.
I~ Instruments I play:
I took piano in grade school and cornet in band.  I own 3 harmonicas for some reason.  People keep giving them to me.  Have always secretly wanted to be a drummer in a rock band.
J~ Job Title:
Secretary. Mom. Wife.
K~ Kids:
1 girlchild age 10
L~ Live in:
No. MI in the woods.
M~ Make of car:
Black Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4wd
N~ Nicknames:
"Hey...where's the..."  or   "Hey...do we have any..."
O~ Overnight hospital stay.:
tonsils & childbirth (not at the same time)
P~ Pet Peeve:
those who park in the drop off lane at school in the morning
Q~ Quote from a movie:
Dude, where's my car?
R~ Right or left handed:
Right
S~ Siblings:
2 sisters, one living
T ~ T.V. Shows:
Survivor, Real Housewives, Axmen, Swamp People...I can't handle anything deep because I cry too easy!
U~ Underwear:
I don't get this one...do people not wear underwear? Isn't that painful? Cotton underwear, no slinky, stringy stuff. Comfort and safety first.
V~ Vegetable you hate:
I like veggies. Especially if they are deep-fried with lots of salt.
W~ What makes you late?
Running back in the house to make sure I unplugged the iron. Running back in the house to grab my phone.  Running back in the house to feed the cat.  Running back in the house to turn off the bedroom light.  Running back in the house to start the dishwasher.  Etc.
X~ X-rays:
I have x-rays of my head in my craft room.  Not displayed, or anything.  The hospital wanted them back.  They said they were theirs.  I figure I paid good money for them and it's my head...I'm keeping them.
Y- Yummy food that I make:
pork schnitzel from Patti's recipe.
Z~ Zoo Animals:
Don't really like anything caged or kept in a faux environment for entertainment or experiment.  Rescue is cool though.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Goodies from Wendy

Came home from work on a cold, gray, windy & rainy day to find a cute little box on my porch.
It was from Wendy over at Ravenwood Whimzies!  Wendy had a contest to name their new kitten and I was one of the lucky winners.  Wendy sent a wonderful black cat on a stick with a little "BOO" tag and rusty bells around his neck - I just love him!  She also sent a bag of acorns tied with orange & black plaid material, two huge, yummy smelling wax corn molds and milk chocolate!
The card from Wendy is folkart by Michigan artist Sandra Somers, which I thought was cool since I'm a Michigan girl.  It looks good next to the old bottle & star from Patti/Primitive at Heart.
Thanks Wendy!  I hope you are enjoying your "Smidgen".

Here are a few things I'm working on.  Lots of muslin, warm n natural, ticking and homespun.  These will be santas, make-do's, stockings, gingers and snowfolk.  Believe it or not.  I've got a long way to go! But first I have to clean house, feed the people and do some yardwork at my mom's.  I've got so many crafty ideas and projects floating around in my head that I want to try...it's driving me bonkers.

Thanks for visiting - I hope you are having a good weekend!

~*~Lisa

Sunday, October 16, 2011

ONE FINAL WALK

Hard to believe just over a week ago the colors were in their prime and now we are seeing bare branches against cold, gray skies.  Will you take one last walk with me to enjoy the colors?
We'll start at the driveway by the road above...
...and work our way through the front yard...
The colors against the crisp fall sky are amazing!  Watch your step if you're looking up and walking at the same time...
Almost to the side yard...
...which is a WALL of fall color...almost to the firepit in the back...
The fire from this morning is still burning off...you can see the smoke drifting up.
Ahhh...here we are at the paths that wind through the woods out back....come on, let's go:
Don't you love that woodsy fall smell?
The sun makes the leaves glow
This way takes us back up to the house.
There's the arbor by the shed - means we're back home.  Thanks so much for taking one final walk through fall with me! (I'm going to sew some santa elves & snowmen now!)
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

~*~Lisa

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

CINNAMON STICK TUTORIAL

A couple of winters ago I was crafting in the middle of the night in the middle of a snowstorm and needed cinnamon sticks.  Didn't have any, so I made some, and here is how:

Gather up:
ground cinnamon
coffee or your favorite stain recipe
acrylic paint (I used antique copper, but you can play with the color)
osnaburg fabric
paintbrush
gloves are optional (it can get messy)

Cut your osnaburg fabric 3.5" x 5" (or longer if you choose)
brush or spray on your stain
brush on your paint
sprinkle cinnamon and gently rub in

Find the center of your fabric and roll one of thelong sides of the fabric tightly to the center
Roll the other side of the fabric tightly to the center, meeting the already rolled side
Sprinkle additional cinnamon if desired
Set aside to dry


Tips: the paint is what will make the fabric hold together, so make sure to cover all the fabric with it.
If you don't like the shape of the stick, play with how tight you roll the fabric.
After rolling both sides of the fabric to the center, dab some paint on each end and dip in cinnamon.

I tied these faux cinnamon sticks to some ginger ornies with red & off-white check fabric strips and loved the look...will be making some more this year!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

SWAP GOODIES FROM PATTI

Received my fall swap goodies from Patti at Primitive at Heart!
As always, she spoiled me.....
Fall color plaid homespun...awesome ceramic baking dish, fall scented tarts and handmade candy corn (rubbed in cinnamon that smell soooo good!)

These are my favorites! Patti painted a huge wooden bowl filled with grass and indian corn that she made and a caramel apple she made that looks so real...

...check out the old bottle (love it!), barn star ornie and whimsical JOL & pumpkin!

(sorry for the sunlight & shadows in the pics!)  Who wuda thunk mummy heads could be so darn cute!  Three witch brooms and an old tin cup...

Whimsical wooden bowl and matching star ornies and pots - love the polka-dots and swirls and purple, green & orange together!  Two Halloween notepads and yet more cute Halloween fabric! (I wish I could have gotten a better picture of everything)

A little boo ghost plant poke, Rigid Wrap for crafting, a blue mason jar full of my favorite candy, guinnea pig treats and kitty treats!  (disclaimer: a bag of Dove milk chocolate was also sent, but that is currently in hiding in my sewing room - LOL).

Thanks SOMUCH, Patti, for everything!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

MISTY MORNINGS & SANTA BRAIN

The mornings have been so beautiful with the mist sitting low on the fields.
This is a picture of the field down the road from our house yesterday morning.  It used to be a thriving apple orchard with lots of employees.  Now we import apple juice. I just don't get it.

This is a picture I took last week.  A river runs through our town and in the mornings the mist rises up from it so thick you can't even tell that it's there.

I've STILL been trying to catch up on blog reading - so much eye candy out there!  A lot of wonderful creations coming to life - fall decorating - can't you just feel the creative vibe in the air?

Santa from the Past

I've made the switch over to winter now.  The last few nights I've been tracing & cutting santa bodies & clothes.  Hopefully I'll be sewing by the weekend.  I love it so much - I wish I could stay home all day and create!  Something about this time of year that makes you want to bake and cook and decorate.....OH!  Speaking of baking and cooking - I actually did some of that on Sunday.  I don't cook OR bake well, but my buddy Patti at Primitive at Heart and her family are always doing something creative with food.  She has a recipe page now and I tried her Jagerschnitzel Pork and Cinnamon Oatmeal cookies - both turned out wonderful and I felt like Martha for a day - thanks Patti!

Have a wonderful, creative week!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

OVERDUE THANKS

Been gone too long! Crazy work week - or two - haven't been able to blog hop or post.  Try to pop in once in a while real quick when I'm around  a high-speed connection.

Thanks to all my buddies for the kind comments on my last post regarding my craft show refugees.  I appreciate your support!

And many MANY thanks to Miss Linda of Parkers Paradise!  I was one of the winners a while back for a giveaway she hosted and wanted to share what I won!

One of Linda's framed stitcheries - this one says "Faith is the key" and has a little key attached - LOVE IT!  And an old oval box FULL of metal molds - I about did a jig in my kitchen when I discovered these!  Linda is sooooo generous.  And last but not least, a cute little country bunny with a wooden doll bench.  Somehow Linda was able to know just what I would fall in love with.  Thanks so much, Linda, I will cherish these items!


Packing up the last of a fall swap I'm doing with my buddy Patti over at Primitive at Heart.
I want to sew more fall & Halloween, but the santa elves are calling!

I wish you a blessed week in whatever you have planned - hope to catch up with you soon!

~*~Lisa

Friday, September 9, 2011

CRAFT SHOW REFUGEES

I recently found out that our town cancelled the annual "Autumnfest" which hosted the only fall craft show around.  I now have piles of pumpkin refugees camping out in my sewing room.  The above "Forgotten Pumpkins" by My Primitive Saltbox have always been a favorite of mine.  I purchased the pattern quite a while back but never got around to making them.  I also made two more pumpkin patterns by My Primitive Saltbox:
"Haunted Pumpkin Sticks"

"Lil' Jacks"

Also made about fifteen-hundred-million crows & cats & witchie-poo's.
The lady who told me the show was cancelled didn't seem to be affected by this fact.  Oh well...there's always next year!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

SPAM CHALLENGE!

This is me in the kitchen.
Without the blonde hair, pink dress and red lipstick.
The smoke and fire coming out of the oven is right on though!

I was surprised to learn how many blog-friends who commented on my SPAM post really dislike the stuff!
My friend Patti over at Primitive at Heart is always sharing awesome recipes with me that she and her husband are cooking up.  She shares a lot of recipes in her older posts - I think she should start a recipe page!
I don't share recipes because I don't cook or bake well at all, but I would like to issue a CHALLENGE to all of the SPAM haters out there! LOL!  Play with this a bit and let me know what you come up with!  Was it worth it?  Did your family like it?  What twist did you put on it?

Mix the following, pour in your favorite casarole dish and cook at 375 for about 40 minutes:

1 or 2 cans SPAM cut in small cubes

Cooked egg noodles
(1/2 bag for small dishes - use your judgement)


2 cans of cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup

1 or 2 cans or a frozen bag of your favorite veggie(s)
(sweet peas, broccoli, mixed, etc.)


Shredded cheese or parmeson cheese or both

There ya have it.  Are you game?



Wednesday, September 7, 2011

SPAM

Ahhhh....SPAM.
That gelatinous brick of pork product, affordable, yet mysterious.

Then there's 'the other kind' of spam.
I had 6 spam comments on one post recently.  Thought I'd share them with you:

"Thank You for looking at this website. Please allow me to have the possibility to show my satisfaction with acid reflux..." 
(thanks, but no thanks)

"The income concerning the sandals show how effective these shoes can be"
(sandals are nice, I guess....)

"You pretty much said what i could not effectively communicate"
(I was talking about buttons in a jar.)

"Activities variety a key part of each of our lifestyle many businesses are linked throughout creating sophisticated and also critical sporting activities garments"
(talk about effective communication...)

"Este pensamiento tiene que justamente a propisito"
(Este say what?!)

"el pensamiento Desgraciado"
(I know what you mean. I don't care for green olives either.)

 So I wonder how much time people spend spamming? Are they getting paid for it?  Are they sitting crammed in dimly lit basements with tinfoil over the windows hunched over their laptops shoving nose spray up their nose every five minutes letting out evil snort-laughs every time they hit "POST"?  I just don't get it.  I'll take the gelatinous brick of mysterious pork product any day over this stuff!