Wednesday, November 28, 2012

HOW I MISS YOU


Found this vintage postcard last week for 50 cents.  It is made of wood!  I didn't realize it was a postcard until after I flipped it over:


Once I seen the back, I knew I had to have it.  Apparently it is from a daddy to his little girl in New Jersey.   The year is 1952 as far as I can tell.  The stamp is 3 cents.  Postcard stamps now are up to 32 cents.  I wondered who Marty Jo Sheerin is and if she is still alive.  I wondered where her daddy was when he sent the postcard to her.  I imagined him picking it out and thinking she would like it.  Now I am getting all emotional...and it is partly because...


....this is the last Hostess Raspberry Zinger I will ever eat.

Yep.  Last one in the box.  As you know, the Hostess company is no more.  Bye bye Twinkees.  I don't eat healthy.  Little Debbie runs through my veins.


Speaking of sweets, my daughter's friend shared a couple of boxes of Cracker Jack's in these retro boxes.  She knew me well enough to save them for me, LOL.  They might look cool with an Americana Annie doll...someday...like I'm ever gonna get around to THAT! LOL! Oh well...Anyone know the number to Hoarder's Anonymous? 

~*~Lisa

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Remember Them

Thoughts & prayers for the families who didn't have homes to gather in this weekend and to decorate for Christmas due to the hurricane. They have a long road ahead! 

~*~Lisa

Saturday, November 24, 2012

If I Could Save Time In A Bottle


I was so blessed to have these past 3 days off in a row along with my husband and daughter.  We rarely get solid days off together and were able to spend quality time.  I was looking forward to this holiday for so long, to be able to be with them and bond.  I feel like my daughter is slipping through my fingers every day. 
One thing we got to do was go get her a library card.  She loves Harry Potter and has already read all but one of the books, but she is now re-reading them "in order".  While she dove into her new library book, I plopped down next to her on the couch to finish up the victorian/shabby/primitive/voyageur/woodland santa.  The material came from Jennifer of Stitchin Thyme in a spring swap we had been paired up in.  The trim on Santa's hat came from Robin of Bagg A Raggs.  She is the Queen of trims.


My daughter also wanted to go on a little road trip where we had lunch together and found this candy cane for only $4.  Love the vintage look.


This crate also come into our possession for only $8.  Always wanted a few of these.


We even had time to put up the tree without stress and she did all of the decorating while I unpacked the boxes.  A certain someone likes to sleep under the tree, if you can see her in the picture.  We even camped out on the living room floor and left the tree on all night.  

I am so thankful to have been able to spend this time with my daughter.  A true blessing.

~*~Lisa

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

STAINED THE SNOWGUY


When we left off last time...I was wondering about staining the snowguy. I stained him good.  Like you knew that I would.  Left off the arms and will add a tag that says "let it snow".  His buddy to the right is next and will turn out something like his doodle:

And if I get that far, I'd like to try to put a victorian santa together:


.....and then some gingers and stockings and mittens and candy canes....LOL!  Never enough time to stitch!

Have a great day!  ~*~Lisa

Monday, November 19, 2012

WIN FROM THE RUSTY THIMBLE


I was the lucky winner in one of The Rusty Thimble's weekly ornament giveaways!  I love this Santa elf in a wool stocking and cap complete with a generous beard (so soft!), rusty bells and beautiful tag.  I love the details in his face - the rosy cheeks, pinch-stitched nose and french knot eyes.  Brenda also sent an extra little ornament, the glass heart, which will sparkle in the tree lights - thanks Brenda!



Last week's giveaway at The Rusty Thimble was a Blog Hop with several crafters donating 38 ornaments to one lucky winner! Congrats to Kim of Valley Primitive Stitches on this awesome win!  My ornie - "Tis the Season" Santa from a pattern by Bunny Hugs and a little ginger ornie will be traveling to you this week!

Be sure to visit Brenda at The Rusty Thimble for more wonderful weekly giveaways.  And if you don't win, chances are you can find what you want in her etsy shop.

Have a great week!

~*~Lisa

Saturday, November 17, 2012

PULLING TEETH & LAST CHANCE


By "pulling teeth" I mean trying to finish a craft project lately has been like pulling teeth!
Another one of my doodles on the right turned into the snow guy on the left.  Or, "is turning" into the guy on the left as the arms and scarf are not on and I still don't know if I will stain him (wanna bet I will? LOL)  He is quite white.  Not used to that.  Only been wanting to finish him up for 2-3 weeks. 

I have so many sketches and ideas and patterns drawn out on material ready to sew, but getting anywhere with them has been harder than normal lately.  But that's okay, it is what it is!


Also wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow, Nov 18th, is the last day to sign up for the massive 38 ornament blog hop giveaway hosted by The Rusty Thimble.  Click the link at the top of my right sidebar to get there! One winner will get all of the ornies pictured above!  Good luck, and thanks to all of my new blog buddies for stopping by - it's great to meet you!

~*~Lisa

Thursday, November 15, 2012

NATIONAL HOLIDAY!

Hunters admire a buck hanging from the pole in front of their hunting shack in Washburn County. Photographed in 1969 by Dean Tvedt.  By WI DNR on Flickr

DIG OUT THE BLAZE ORANGE, IT'S OPENING DAY!
The men grow their beards and build their stands and stock up the deer camp shacks & shanty's with beer and food.  It's opening day of deer season and everyone is hoping to get their buck for the pole!  If anyone says "Ew, I don't like venison!"  They will get the response: "YOU JUST AIN'T NEVER HAD IT COOKED RIGHT!"  Radio stations in Michigan'S Upper Peninsula (and maybe Wisconsin and Minnesota) will play songs like "Da Turdy Point Buck" and "The 2nd Week of Deer Camp" ("...we drink, play cards and shoot da bull, but never shoot no deer!").


A group of deer hunters enjoy a meal around the table in hunting cabin in Florence County. Photographed November, 1943 by Staber W. Reese. By WI DNR on Flickr.


 I love these old pictures.  I remember the days before "blaze orange", then men would wear the red & black wool.  The picture above looks like a Thanksgiving dinner - look at all those happy faces.  

A light dusting of snow we received will help tracking.  Prayers for safety to all hunters this season.

GOOD LUCK! 
~*~Lisa

Monday, November 12, 2012

BLOG HOP CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY


One Lucky Winner will receive all of the ornies pictured above!  But you can't win unless you sign up for this awesome giveaway.  Head on over to The Rusty Thimble and sign up today! Sign-up's end on November 18th.  Over 30 ornaments donated from various bloggers make up this wonderful giveaway hosted by Brenda at The Rusty Thimble.  

Giveaway Details:
1. This is a "blog hop", so you will need to sign up on each blog that donated an ornie. Head over to The Rusty Thimble for a list of blog links.
2.  I donated an ornie Too! So you can comment on this post and follow my blog if you are not already as part of the sign-up.

GOOD LUCK!

~*~Lisa

Sunday, November 11, 2012

TODAY IS VETERANS DAY


In honor of the men and women who serve our country currently and throughout the ages who have sacrificed physically, mentally, emotionally.  To many of us military service is a news blurb on the TV screen, we are so far removed from it.  Please don't forget our military and their families, keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Be thankful for our rights and our freedoms in this country that we take for granted.  I think of the 14 year old girl ("Malala") in Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban for speaking publicly that females should have the right to attend school.  I think about Christians in China who have to meet secretly to read their Bibles and pray together.  We are not just "LUCKY" to live with the freedoms and rights we have.  Many have served to protect them over the ages.  God Bless our Vets.

President Obama and Gulf War Veteran, Tammy Duckworth, place a wreath for Veterans Day.

~♥~ Lisa

Saturday, November 10, 2012

BIG CHRISTMAS ORNIE GIVEAWAY


Get Ready! Brenda at The Rusty Thimble is hosting a huge Christmas ornie giveaway starting Monday! Many bloggers have contributed handmade ornaments - my contribution is pictured above: "Tis the Season" hanging Santa from a pattern by Bunny Hugs.  The little Ginger is an ornie too!  All of the ornaments will go to ONE LUCKY WINNER! Be sure to check out the rules and sign up at The Rusty Thimble starting Monday!  Good Luck!

~*~Lisa

Friday, November 9, 2012

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald


A TRIBUTE TO THE 29 MEN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ON NOVEMBER 10, 1975 ABOARD THE EDMUND FITZGERALD ON LAKE SUPERIOR. 

My father, uncles and husband sailed the Great Lakes on these iron ore freighters. It's not an easy life, but after a while, the lakes become part of who you are.
This song is close to my heart.  God bless the memories of the men who sailed on the Fitzgerald and their families.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Carved this year's pumpkin on Halloween night.  Thanks, Pumpkin, for your seeds.  They are good roasted with butter & seasoning.  Happy Halloween.

~*~Lisa

Sunday, October 28, 2012

PRIMITIVE IMAGES


Primitive Images is a little cabin in Good Hart Michigan that was deconstructed and moved to it's current site where it was reconstructed and turned into a rustic furniture store with a tea room in the back.  My friends and I stopped to enjoy a warm cup of spiced chai and had a great afternoon.


Unfortunately, this little house down the road will not be as lucky at a 2nd chance.  My sister and I took pictures in front of it just a few years ago and it didn't seem to be in this bad of shape.  My heart sank when I seen the condition it was in.  I am thankful for folks who cherish and preserve history.  There is much to learn about the past and about ourselves in the process.

Hope all stay safe and warm this week ~*~Lisa

Saturday, October 20, 2012

20% OFF FALL BLOWOUT


I need to make room for winter crafting! Right now EVERYTHING IN MY ETSY SHOP IS 20% OFF!

Coupon Code:  HARVEST12


Click on the indian corn pic above for a shortcut there if you want to check it out!

Also want to mention this weekend is LAST CALL for the Winter Wonderland Giveaway hosted by The Rusty Thimble.  Click on the giveaway button at the top of my right sidebar to sign up!  I'm so happy to have met a lot of new bloggers through this awesome giveaway!

~*~Lisa

Friday, October 12, 2012

LEGEND OF THE MICHIGAN DOGMAN





For anyone who like creepy legends around a campfire!  This one has been around for many moons.  I know how the woods of northern Michigan come alive at night with things we never see during the day.  Could it be true?  I don't want to know!  Heee-hee-heee....

~*~Lisa


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A LITTLE MORE FALL


Muslin corn husks drying on the corn stove after their coffee/vanilla bath.  This time of year and through the winter months you will most likely find me parked right where the muslin is!  Once that fire heat penetrates your old (...well, "my" old...) muscles & bones it is hard to walk away from it and not be cold.


This Horn of Plenty was won last year from Angela at Thru Nana's Window.
I love it!


I though I would be all done with fall crafts and then I became the proud owner of this wonderful pumpkin doll pattern recently!  "Minerva" is a pattern by Bless Your Heart Country Crafts.  I have the pieces cut out and hope to work on this cutie.  Speaking of cute, the black kitty on a stick was another win last year from Wendy at Ravenwood Whimzies!


Here is a close up of Minerva by Bless Your Heart Country Crafts.  You can find her and other cute patterns in the Bless Your Heart CC etsy shop.

Don't forget to click the Winter Wonderland button on the top of my right sidebar to enter an awesome giveaway with 24 chances to win!  You have to sign up at The Rusty Thimble.  The button will take you there!  Thanks to Brenda at TRT for hosting this awesome giveaway!

~*~Lisa

Monday, October 8, 2012

Gypsy Luella's Candy Stix



Years ago in a tiny, archaic house by the railroad tracks lived an ancient lady the children called "Gypsy Luella".  She lived there by herself and some folks were afraid of her because she was different.  But not the children. Every fall she would make candies in unique shapes and colors and flavors and hand them out to the children as they walked to school along the railroad grade.  

The old house and the gypsy lady are gone now.  An overgrown path marks where the railroad tracks were pulled up long ago.  Once in a while, a middle-aged man or woman will drive by the spot, passing through their hometown on vacation. The taste of licorice and orange spice, the feel of cool, crisp autumn mornings and the faint sound of children's laughter flood their memories. Memories of a simple and magical time.

~*~Lisa

CREEPY..MERRIMENT

Sad to see some of the pretty leaves falling and the trees getting twiggy, but there is always something to look forward to!  I love Halloween.  As my daughter gets older, we will have to find different ways to have fun with it.  Next year we are planning a "haunted woods" on the trails in back of our house.  So much fun!

But what to look forward to after fall?

craft show november 2011

Gingerbread men, candy canes, snowmen and santas!
Many have started creating for the snowy season already, and there are some great winter celebrations and giveaways going on right now - BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE WINTER WONDERLAND GIVEAWAY BY CLICKING THE BUTTON AT THE TOP OF MY RIGHT SIDEBAR!

So much I want to do, stain tags, rust pins & bells, cut out patterns, stock up on cinnamon and vanilla, clean my craft area....

my snowfolk nodder

I love sitting up at night going through patterns and fabric stashes.  My least favorite part is  sitting at the sewing machine and sewing, but I don't mind it that much.  The best part is adding the finishing touches...the bells and tags and scarves...and light bulb noses (you would be surprised how many people ask me if the noses actually light up.  I am a crafter, not an electrician) LOL!

Here's to a great week of enjoying fall and looking forward to what's next.  

~*~Lisa


Friday, October 5, 2012

TGIF


Picture today of the old church barn where I work
and the words to one of my favorite
old-time mountain songs.
Have a good weekend!

~*~Lisa


Thursday, October 4, 2012

JUST A LITTLE FALL

Just a few pics of some of my decorations.  My buddy Patti at Jager Hollow Primitives made these candy corn and sent them in a swap last year.  Love them so much!  She is the Queen of Candy Corn.

More fall goodness from Patti! Been trying to get some of these done myself, but it's taking me forever for some reason.  I better hurry up, the santa's & snowfolk are calling!

No. 13 and his pumpkin are a simple duo in my etsy shop.  Just love black & orange!

Two of my favorite pumpkins I made quite a few years ago.  

DON'T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR THE WINTER WONDERLAND GIVEAWAY!
Just click the button at the top of my right sidebar to sign up at The Rusty Thimble by October 21st.
There will be 24 winners!
For extra entries, you can comment on my post below and follow my blog!

Thanks for visiting!  
~*~Lisa

Monday, October 1, 2012

WINTER WONDERLAND GIVEAWAY!


This very well could be the mother-lode of all winter giveaways!

Brenda at The Rusty Thimble has gathered  TWENTY-THREE (23) giveaway prizes from primitive and country crafters in blogland.  

Each prize will go to a different entry - that means there will be 23 winners!

!!BONUS!!
Once all the winners have been selected, all names will go BACK into the hat for a drawing for a $20 gift certificate, donated by Brenda, to one of the prize donor's etsy shops!  That could mean 24 winners!

HOW TO ENTER THE WINTER WONDERLAND GIVEAWAY:

1.  Click on the giveaway button above to sign up at The Rusty Thimble.

There will be MANY ways to gain extra chances to win,
including commenting on this post and/or becoming a new follower!

Here are the wonderful prizes up for grabs - GOOD LUCK!






Saturday, September 29, 2012

PUMPKIN STACK


Finished up this little stack of pumpkins this morning.  Just a few more cobs of corn to stuff and I'll be finished with fall creations.  That doesn't mean I'm not going to enjoy fall and Halloween while I'm sewing for winter, though!  I love fall and Halloween - the colors, the folklore, the  anticipation and childhood wonder.  I love good old fashioned trick or treating, and the porches that are magically transformed into haunted houses for just one night.  The wind blowing the leaves, the bright harvest moon, ghost stories around a campfire.  

Tonight I'm taking my daughter to see "Hotel Transylvania".  It is animated and looks real cute.

Hope you have a BOO-tiful weekend!

~*~Lisa

Friday, September 28, 2012

AWESOME CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY IN OCTOBER!


Brenda over at The Rusty Thimble is putting together an AWESOME giveaway!  This giveaway will be for several creations by crafters and artists all over blogland!  Watch for sign up's in October.  Would you like to contribute to the giveaway?  Click on the picture above to visit Brenda's blog and find out how!  If you contribute a creation, you can still have a chance to win!

Hope you all have a blessed weekend ~*~Lisa


Sunday, September 23, 2012

NEW BLOGGER GIVEAWAY


Barb over at Adelaide's Corner is giving away this sweet little kitchen towel.  
Barb is a really creative lady who is fairly new to blogland and would love to meet more creative bloggers!
Click the picture above to visit Barb's blog and enter her giveaway by October 20th!

~*~Lisa 

Monday, September 17, 2012

A FINISH


HAH! Take that you blasted pile of unfinished projects!
For today I have completed one of you...


...make that two of you...HAH!  Again I scoff at thee.
Fear me you must.  I sew, therefore I am.

~*~Lisa