Sunday, August 31, 2014


Happy Labor Day!

I love long weekends - I hope you have the day off and are enjoying your time!
The weather here has been typical of summer changing into fall.  Cool, then rain, then hot, then muggy, then sunny.  Signs of fall are everywhere.  My mom wasn't feeling well at all the other night so I spent the night.  The next day her neighbor brought her these sunflowers from the farmer's market down the road.  She is feeling much better now.

I'm hoping tomorrow I can get some sewing done.  I did get a chance to finish up a hippo doll I drew up a pattern for.  It's not primitive so I'm posting it on my softie blog.  If you want to take peek, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!  ~*~Lisa

Saturday, August 30, 2014


In one week on Sept 6th a great primitive and antique show will take place in Holly Michigan called "Harvest at the Mill".  You can learn more about it here:

There will be some great vendors there including some bloggers.  I am hoping to be able to attend and meet some!  It's a 3.5 hour drive for me each way and the older I get, the more I like to stay put.  I drove a UHaul pulling a car trailer straight through from LasVegas NV to Michigan when I was 24 (took a lot of truck stop coffee).  Looking back I can't believe I did that.

Another great brick & mortar shop in Holly is Holly Hills Primitives which I will definitely check out if I make it.  

So, if you'r'e "Heading to Holly" I just might see you there!

Happy Labor Day Weekend Blog Buddies!


Monday, August 25, 2014


Finished up a doll from a great Dusty Cupboard Prims pattern by Jean Barker.  This is the 2nd doll I've made from this pattern.  She turned out a bit more grunged than the first, but that's a bonus because that "grunge" makes her smell all the more delicious!

It was a nice day so she wanted to sit out in the sun...

Then she noticed the flowers and wanted to be by them...

In the end...I'm a crazy woman walking around my front yard with a doll.

But it's a great doll.  You can visit Jean's etsy shop here for more great patterns:

Have a blessed week friends - thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Finished up a doll from a pattern by Chestnut Junction

Took the day off today - have to get the crown on my root-canal replaced.  It broke.  Good fun.
Have a few more dolls to finish up, hope to post more soon!  Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a blessed day♥


Monday, August 18, 2014


Finished a raggedy tonight. This was made with a pattern by The Olde Country Cupboard.  

I really like her striped legs. 

Stripey dolly legs make me happy.

Which is good, I need happy.  Spent a good part of the afternoon with my husband laying a new drainfield as the old one failed...found out we have a huge bee nest in our attic too.  I will do septic drainfileds but I don't do bee nests.  Billy the Exterminator...where are you?

Hope to finish another doll soon♥
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Say hello to "Chippy"!

He (she?) has a den in our front yard.  He's been there a couple years.  He doesn't have a family.  This summer he finally decided he wanted to meet us and came right up on the porch while I was holding our cat.  Bad timing.  I told Chippy "this cat is not your friend, she will kill you and play with your dead body".  Then I put the cat inside and fed the chipmunk birdseed.  I know what some of you are thinking...we have friends who shoot these little buggers...they can be destructive.  But there's something about this little one.  Sometimes he will just sit and watch my husband work on his bike a foot or two away.  Every morning he sits on the arm of the chair on the porch and chirps for my daughter to come pet him.  She has claimed the Chippy as hers as I already have the Momma Squirrel on the back porch, who now comes up to the window and peers in if I don't see her waiting in the yard for her bread.  Luckily she has sent her young one's off so it is just her again.  This happens every year.  We are the rodent whisperers.

Summer Blessings ~*~Lisa

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


This is not "Whoopsie-Doodle"...that's something I did.  No, this is "Cora the Cat", a pattern by Chestnut Junction.  

(When I was a girl I had a friend whose middle name was Cora, named after her grandmother.  She disliked the name and swore me to secrecy, promising to do me great bodily harm if I ever told).

Whoopsie-Doodle is a nice way of saying something else after you discover you made a mistake...or two.  Sitting on my porch this evening, excited to finish up Cora, when I notice her feet/paws are pointing out and the pattern shows they should be pointing in.  "Well...son-of-a-WHOOPSIE-DOODLE."  Then I notice the seam down the middle of her skirt...why is there a seam down the front of her skirt?  I asked myself... and myself replied... Ahhh.  That would be because that is actually the BACK of her skirt.  I sewed Cora's face on the wrong side of her head.  But her thumbs...or "dewclaws"...because cats don't have thumbs...or else they would overtake us all and gain rule of the planet...are pointing the right way.  So I must have sewn her dress on backwards?  Mother Whoopsie-Doodle.  But it's okay.  I'm calling it a finish.  My brain is so scattered lately I have to take what I can get! LOL!

~*~ Lisa

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


I held a blowtorch for the first time today.  I must say...I liked it.

My husband bought me the two deck chairs above for my bday at least a decade ago.  They are in great shape and I love them, except they are very faded from the weather.  I've tried painting plastic outdoor furniture with that special plastic-furniture-paint, and it works great, but it takes a lot of paint and can be expensive.  I think I seen this idea on Pinterest.  

The chair on the right was the exact color as the chair on the left before I took a blowtorch to it.  You paint it with the flame just like you were spray painting and it melts the plastic just enough to breathe a little bit of color back into it.  Not sure how long it will last, and you can see the flame strokes in areas, but it's a little better than it was.  

If you try this, keep in mind all of the safety precautions when dealing with gas, fire, toxic fumes, yadda-yadda-yadda.  I did not torch the chair in the dry grass but instead on the cement in the garage with the door open and away from any flamables.

Yay.  Blowtorch fun.

~*~ Lisa

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Yesterday we took a ride to check out a moto-cross track my husband was interested in.  Took us about 40 minutes to get there via country highway, dirt road, and finally 2-track.  So I was in heaven.  It was in the evening and the light was that golden filtered light that you get after a hot August day and everything smelled wonderful.

We walked the track and my husband was happy about that.  I was trying to soak in all of the nature around me.  A lot of the time, sorry to say, I'm numb. But being in a place like we were yesterday - pictured above - all I can feel is pure joy.  This is my heaven.  

Between this place and the dirt road there is a trail through thick woods that was like a dark tunnel.  It was filled with huge crows - or ravens.  I counted five flying in front of our car.  The main road ran by many old farmhouses.  I wish I could have taken more pics to share with you but my hubby doesn't like to stop for pics, LOL.  Sometimes when you look at an old place you feel nothing, but others have such a strong essence.  Almost like they are calling to you.  (I bet you know what I mean♥)  

I dream about what it would be like to have a summer out in the middle of nowhere in the country, in a great old house with good juju.  Living simple, but having everything you need. Time standing still.  I don't really have a bucket list, but if I ever do make one, that will be on it.  

In the mean time I'm thankful for being where I am and my heart goes out to those suffering in Africa, the Middle the cities filled with overwhelming and sad.

I hope you find your "country place" in your heart this week!