Thursday, April 26, 2012


I did a personal swap recently with Patti from Primitive at Heart and Jager Hollow Primitives.
Patti always spoils me and these are just a few of the items she sent my way! A black wall box with an old fashioned seed packet design and the dome (the proper name escapes me at the moment).  The glass cover is so heavy! I'll be able to change what's inside with the seasons - what a cool idea!

Patti always sends good smelling pantry cakes, wax tarts,etc.  This picture isn't the best, but she painted & sanded the wooden bowl several times with different colors and I love it.  She knows I've been wanting to make some old wooden boxes for quite some time and so she made sure to send one, which I love so much. The Americana stars will sit in the box this summer!

Patti has been making bag dolls and I was lucky enough to get one! I believe this prairie bag doll is made from an Olde Country Cupboard pattern.  It's awesome.  I haven't had a chance to stuff the bags in yet, but it will look even better.  Patti also sent some purple fabric (favorite color!) and some little purple containers to hold sewing supplies and those little needful things along with an awesome pinkeep.  I took another picture but it didn't upload for some reason and I wanted to get this post up.

Thanks for checking out my swap goodies - and thanks Patti!


Friday, April 20, 2012


This is what we woke up to this morning.  Bittersweet.
Pretty but won't be able to plant or cut the grass and I'm not cleaning the garage with snow on the ground. LOL!

Good excuse to stay in and sew.  I have been sewing, but for a swap so I can't post any pics yet!

I did end up finishing that silly old bear and there is a link to the free pattern on my right-hand sidebar if you would like to give it a whirl.  Keep in mind I am not a seasoned pattern designer, so if you try it and something doesn't make sense, feel free to drop me an email.

Hope you have a good weekend! 

~*~ Lisa

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Found this chair at a garage sale quite a few years ago.  It had been kept outside, so the black paint is wore off most of it.  If anyone out there has any information on this type of chair, I'd sure like to know more about it.

It is very sturdy and very heavy.  There was a label hanging off of the underside, so I took it off and put it somewhere "safe" to preserve it until I could get it refinished properly.  I'll let you know when I remember where somewhere "safe" is.

If you look close, you can see the gold details throughout, or what remain of them.  It looks to be a mess, but there isn't a loose rung or rotten piece on this beauty.

One of my favorite things about the chair is what appears to be a brass medallion embedded in the back that reads: "Lake Superior State University 1946".  (I know where the University is,  as I attended there before I got married).  I searched online years ago and found an article that mentioned "professor chairs".  Was this a chair made for a professor at the University?  Hopefully someday I will learn more about the chair's history and worth and will be able to have it re-finished professionally as it was meant to be.  Can anyone guess how much I paid for The Chair?  (hee hee!)


Monday, April 9, 2012


Had some days off and went to the Salvation Army and came home with the above.
A pair of window shutters, two baskets, a washboard planter, two metal molds and a wooden candle sconce.  I have thrift guilt as I think I probably paid too much.  I'm not going to lie - all of this cost $14.  The shutters were $3 each and the washboard was $4.50.  Everything else was $1 or under.  They also had a huge birch basket for $4 and a metal hurricane candle lamp for $3.50 that I passed up.  LOL - I'm pretty cheap and don't like to pay over a couple bucks at a thrift store.

When I was little I used to sit in my grandma's kitchen and just look around while my parents visited with Grandma & Grandpa at the table.  She had so many vintage things - including a wringer washer!  Yep - that's always how she did laundry, never owned a new washer or a dryer.  She had a lot of these copper colored molds hanging above her stove, so they remind me of her. 

The shutters are going to be black after they get "de-funkified".  I hope they will go in the kitchen window with all the other plans I have for the kitchen.  I am cautious because my husband gets "nervous" when I hang too much or have too many things sitting around.  I think that's why I'm slow to change things.  We'll see what happens.

So, anyone else out there ever have "thrift guilt"?   LOl!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I was the lucky winner of a giveaway hosted by Robin at The Primitive Hutch recently!  I was so excited when the post man pulled in the driveway this morning and beeped his horn, I ran out on the porch in my pajamas.  I didn't care...I knew it was Robin's package!

I brought it in and first things first:  it had to pass the "cat scan".  

Once the "cat scan" was complete, my daughter and I opened the box and were met by our favorite colors: purple & lime green!  Robin sent this awesome rooster card of congratulations for winning - I love black roosters, have a feeling this card might end up framed.  

I was so thrilled when I lifted Etta Mae out of the box and unwrapped her.  Robin made her from a Jackie Schmidt pattern.  She felt heavy and everything about her was prim PERFECT and so well put together.  My daughter held her gently for about 10 minutes before I could get my hands on her.  LOL!  She looks so great on the antique child's chair next to our fireplace.  This is a doll I will cherish forever.

Robin was sweet enough to send the above items also! A primitive wooden heart, magnetic note pad (love these!) and two large tarts that I believe might be pumpkin spice, my favorite, and read "McCall's County Canning".  Thanks so much, Robin, for hosting this wonderful giveaway! I sure feel like one lucky gal!