Wednesday, December 30, 2015

HERBAL GARDEN


As I type we are in the middle of a winter storm!
A "herbal garden" sounds pretty good right about now.  

The "Herbal Garden" cleanser above from Rhodes Creations takes me away for a little bit into the spring and summer with its wonderful essence of tea tree, lemon, sage, thyme and bergamot.  This product is a foaming pump "all-in-one" cleanser.  You can use it on your hands, face, as a body wash AND shampoo!  It leaves you with a fresh and clean feeling.  As with all of the products from Rhodes Creations, the Herbal Garden cleanser is all natural.  I am one of those folks who loves the idea of going "all natural" but have yet to jump all in.  These products are giving me an opportunity to dip my toe in the water, so to speak.  I have a feeling that using all natural products could be addictive!  A good habit indeed...for ourselves and the environment.

Thanks to Laura of Rhodes Creations for allowing me to post reviews of some of her products and to you for visiting The Moonlit Stitch!  If you are here, you are my blog buddy♥  I see folks are starting to work on bunnies already - I can't wait to see the little prims hopping around blogland - a sure sign spring is coming!

~*~Lisa

Monday, December 28, 2015

CHRISTMAS TEA


It's still technically the "Christmas" season until we hit Epiphany, the season of light, so I'd like to talk about a Christmas tea.

I have to disclose first that I am only an occasional tea drinker although I know many who are very serious tea drinkers.  Coffee, on the other hand, I could drink all day long!

The picture above is just a sampling of teas available from Rhodes Creations etsy shop.  The tea I received came in a cute little tub with its own tea bag.  the night I sampled it was chilly and I was up late alone sitting by the fire and Christmas tree.  What a relaxing experience!

The first thing I noticed was the herbal aroma and then the intense color and lastly the taste! Many times in the past I was disappointed by a weak taste - not so with this tea.

So whether you are serious or occasional a tea drinker, check out the affordable options at Rhode's Creations.  Here's a link to help you get there:


Thanks for stopping by blog buddies - I hope you had a joyful Christmas.  No snow here at the tip-of-the-mitt but they are calling for a major storm starting this afternoon.  I used to love snowstorms but not so much anymore, guess I'm getting old and numb to the magic.  No snowdays off when you are a grownup!

Stay warm blog buddies♥
~*~Lisa

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW


Here we are!

The busiest gift shopping week of the year!
It's the 11th hour and folks are in pre-panic mode looking for the perfect gift.  Or at least a unique gift?  It may be too late to order online for Christmas but in the coming days I'll be doing a review of products from


Definitely a link you will want to have in your back pocket!

Laura of Rhodes Creations is a fellow blogger and etsian.  I interviewed her a while back on my blog and she shared her talents in the primitive crafts area. Her etsy shop holds an extensive stock of all natural herbal products:  edibles, teas, herbal remedies, bath & body - all natural no artificial anything.

The first product up for review is:
"POO POO NO PHEW" bathroom spray

I've seen similar products with outrageous price tags in stores. Laura's is affordable and has a pleasant herbal scent. This product is used to help keep your bathroom smelling pleasant. The instructions are to spray the water in the bowl prior to use. I like the idea of using an all natural product as opposed to a heavily perfumed aerosol after the fact.

To re-cap:  
1.  Unique gift    2. Affordable    3. All Natural
4. Pleasant Herbal Scent - not overwhelming
5.  Useful 

Be sure to check out this and other all natural products in Laura's etsy shop and sign up for the Rhodes Creations "Loyal Customer Club" to receive coupon codes for great savings:
http://laurarhodes.blogspot.com/p/loyal-customer-club.html

My next review will be for some RC Herbal Tea!  Stay tuned!

~*~Lisa

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

BLOG HOP ORNIE WINNER!


CONGRATULATIONS
to the winner of my offering for "The Greatest Gift is Love"
Blog-Hop Giveaway organized by Brenda of The Rusty Thimble!

KARALEE of ifrogcrafts

I will be contacting you soon to make traveling arrangements for my little snowguy and ticking stocking.  YAY!

Have a blessed day♥

~*~Lisa

Monday, December 7, 2015

GIVEAWAY ENDS TONIGHT!


"The Greatest Gift is Love" Blog-Hop Ornie Giveaway ends tonight!
Be sure to visit the participating blogs listed HERE to sign up for many chance to win many wonderful prim ornies!

Thanks again to Brenda of "The Rusty Thimble" for organizing this HOP♥!

Good Luck ~*~ Lisa

Monday, November 30, 2015

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY!


Welcome to "The Greatest Gift is Love"
Blog Hop Giveaway!

The links of all blogs giving away an ornament in the "Hop" are listed below.
Visit each of them to sign up for their ornament.
Be sure to follow them as well!

Here at The Moonlit Stitch you will have a chance to win a snowman/stocking ornie set pictured below


To sign up for this ornie set, comment on this post.

NOW, check out the other ornies you could win below:


Use the links below to HOP over to the other participating blogs for chances to win the wonderful prim ornies pictured above for your Christmas decor! YAY!

Brenda of  http://therustythimble.blogspot.com/

Terra of http://terragarden.blogspot.com/

Jessica of http://blessingsinthecountry.blogspot.com/

Cindi of http://cozyexpressions.blogspot.com/

Danice of http://homespunhannahblog.blogspot.com/

Cynthia of http://cynzplace.blogspot.com/

Suzan of http://sjcountrycrafts.blogspot.com/

Karen of http://buttonsintheattic1.blogspot.com/

Tracy of http://hattiesattic.blogspot.com/

Judy of http://hollyridgefolkart.blogspot.com/

Anne of http://annesphamily.blogspot.com/

Laura of http://dogsmomvisits.blogspot.com/

Thanks to Brenda from The Rusty Thimble for organizing this Blog Hop♥♥
The Blog Hop ends December 7th - GOOD LUCK!

~*~Lisa

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

GINGERS & ORNIES & BLOG HOPS


Dug out some wynter creations the other day.  Some of my gingers grabbed some candy stix and hopped into an old yellow-ware bowl I purchased from Janice at Prims by the Water at a show a while back.


They are now sitting on my dining room table.
I like the way you think, Ginger-folk.

OH!  THIS IS SOMETHING COOL:  Keep an eye out for an ornie-giveaway blog-hop coming our way December 1st!  Click the link at the top of my right hand sidebar come Dec 1st to visit Brenda at The Rusty Thimble and learn about your chance to win up to 15 ornaments!

~*~ Lisa

Saturday, November 21, 2015

SWEATER WEATHER


Definitely sweater weather up north!

I loved the comments from blog buddies that stopped by about their love/hate relationship with snow in the previous post!

Plans today to keep the pellet stove running, a pot of java on the burner and hopefully some sewing and crafting done.  Visions of a big pan of bread pudding for Thanksgiving keep dancing in my head. And spiffing up the house later in the week to prep for decorating next weekend.  I haven't decorated much the past few years, my heart wasn't in it.  Really looking forward to it this year. 
I hope you are too♥

~ *~ Lisa

Thursday, November 19, 2015

SNOWGUARD


Hi blog buddies!

Well, since our last visit we've gone from fall skies to high winds and flurries in no. MI.  Found these little guys guarding my Singer on the dining room table.  I've been cutting out dolly pattern pieces and I think the cat may have been snooping while I was at work.  Good little snow soldiers.

The snow is so bittersweet, isn't it?  The older I get the more I feel I could do without it.  But the older I get the more I reminisce about the joy and wonder of it all that I had as a kid.  Snowmen and snow forts and sledding and skating and snow days and skiing....and sometimes just staring up at the sky watching those big fluffy flakes fall, not making a sound.  

Do you have a love/hate relationship with snow?

Stay warm buddies - thanks for stopping by ♥

~*~ Lisa

Saturday, November 7, 2015

FALL SKIES & GINGERS


Have moved on to Christmas crafts - the ginger above isn't really "prim" but he's so stinkin' cute I had to share.  Made from a Dolls and Daydreams pattern.  The swirls on his "frosting" are hand-stitched, it was a fun pattern to work with.


Ahhh... here are the prim gingers...or at least the fabric I picked out for them and the pattern.  I wanted a larger pattern than what I have so I printed the outline of a vintage cookie cutter.  My friend Patti and I were talking about sewing up a bunch and sticking them in bowls with greens & berries, pinecones & cinnamon sticks...are you inspired yet?


View of the fall sky on my way to work a while back. Picture doesn't do the scene justice, but the sky was so dark and the sun lit up the field and trees - quite the contrast, very breathtaking.


And this was the view of the sky outside of my work as I was leaving Friday evening.  Soon the skies and landscape will be nothing but winter-white.  

Blessings on your weekend blog buddies - thanks for stopping by♥

~*~Lisa

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Come In & Sit A Spell


Good Eeeeeevvvening my Pretties!
So glad you stopped by - please come on in & sit a spell...

...how is your sweet tooth on this All Hallows Eve?
Might I suggest...


Now tell me dearies, did you pass any haunted houses on the way here?


You know, carving a jack o'lantern and setting it alight is supposed to ward off bad spirits.

pattern by My Primitive Saltbox/sewn by The Moonlit Stitch

Are you enjoying the wickedly delicious fall colors where you are?
Soon they will give way to wynter whites, how I will miss them.

Autumn candy corn & salt dough jack o'lanterns by The Moonlit Stitch

Fall pumpkin stack by The Moonlit Stitch

Pattern by My Primitive Saltbox/Sewn by The Moonlit Stitch

But I have to admit, when the seasons change and the new holidays roll around,
 it's like welcoming an old friend back home.  We mortals do love our traditions, don't we?


Even the bunnies love Halloween you know.

What's that?  You're heading out to go trick-or-treating now?
Well thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your stay. May all the wonder and joy of the seasons and holidays be with you tonight!

Happy Halloween Blog Buddies ~*~ Lisa

Monday, October 19, 2015

FAWINTER?


This is the view I have been blessed with on the way to visit mom the past few weeks.


Then I come home to snow...it's fall...no winter...no, wait...fall...(fawinter?)...


...fall, yes fall today.  The 3rd pumpkin that makes this a trio is sick today (still needs to have his face stitched on) so the other two went out to play.


The luna pumpkin ended up in the bittersweet vine...


...and I found this big guy over by my little snowball bush...


...then they both ended up playing in the leaves (did you jump in the leaves as a kid?)

And no, my neighbors haven't called the wagon to come pick me up yet for playing with dolls in my yard!  (I was playing with a little fox doll too, non primitive, if you want to ck it out you can visit my non-prim blog - link at the top of my left sidebar!)

The pumpkins were made from a pattern by Chestnut Junction♥

Have a great week blog buddies - so glad you stopped by for a visit!

~*~Lisa

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The "S" Word


Had to take these pics on the way to work the other morning.  The leaves finally changed and they are so beautiful this year.


My mom is still in rehab after her stroke - 2 weeks tomorrow and they added one more week on before she will go back to assisted living apartment in our town.  She moved her fingers for the first time since the stroke this week - I can't believe what a hard worker and a fighter she is.  I travel over every other day after work to see her - that's a 4 hour minimum round trip.  A great opportunity to enjoy the fall colors!


Needless to say I'm never home and have still been trying to stitch up my harvest WIPS in the morning before work.  BECAUSE ... the weather lady said the "S" word this morning.  Yep...maybe a little SNOW this Saturday.  I did pick up a pumpkin yesterday on my lunch running errands for Mom...it's still in my backseat LOL.  

Sure hope that weather lady is wrong - and I hope you are enjoying your fall where you are - it's the most wonderful time of the year!  Off to work now.  We have world relief quilt & kit packing this morning then a youth group dinner fundraiser tonight - looks like spaghetti for dinner...I think I forgot to eat dinner last night.  I watched mom drink her pureed food, poor mom, yuck.  A nice older gentleman in rehab gave me his cherry milkshake, that was my dinner haha! 

(Can someone remind to take that pumpkin out of my backseat in a few days? That would not be good!  tee hee)

~*~Lisa


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

FABRIC JOY


Pulled some remnants off my fabric shelf and washed them today.  A very basic task but I got so much enjoyment out of standing by the patio doors and ironing out each piece.  I didn't realize how many remnants I had collected until I had to iron out each one, LOL.  Whoops!

I'm still playing around with sewing up some child-friendly dolls.  It gives me a chance to play with the bright color fabrics instead of the prims I'm used to.  And part of the fun of a project is picking out and coordinating the fabrics, right?

Caught a tip on a facebook doll making group page about not drying the fabric after you wash it and simply iron it dry.  With the spin cycle it comes out just damp, ready to be ironed.  Really cuts down on the string tangles too.  I've always dried my fabric - it makes quite a tangle, which is probably why I dreaded the job, but no more. 

Hope this inspired you in some way - maybe to pull out your fabric stash and play around with some combinations and get some ideas for your next project!

~*~ Lisa

Sunday, October 4, 2015

SIMPLE JOY: FALL SCENTS


I'm one of those people who likes the glow of burning candles and lamplight.  Maybe some acoustic playing in the background.  My husband is one of those people who likes every overhead light in the house on and the sports channel turned up loud (sometimes on more than one TV! LOL).  And he doesn't do well with certain smells if they are too strong so I am careful what and when I burn around him.

A simple joy for me when I can is to light some candles and this is the BEST time of the year for candle scents!  Anything pumpkin is usually a safe bet.  The little frosted candle jars above were only $1 at Wally's and they burn well.  The scents that I burn together at the same time are:

"Creamy Pumpkin Pie"
"Candied Maple Sugar"

Been having a hard time finding tarts that smell like their namesake lately so I was happy to find these. And being that they are so affordable you don't have to feel guilty about burning them often like some of the more expensive candle/tart brands.

I just wish they could replicate the smell of the oak & maple leaves and pine cones and acorns being baked by the sun on a beautiful fall day!

What's your favorite candle scent?

~*~ Lisa

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

THE HALLOWEEN TREE


This little Halloween tree caught my eye right away during my first visit to our local Goodwill.  I was able to resist but it sparked my need, want, yearning for a Halloween tree again.

Do you have a Halloween tree?

~*~Lisa

Sunday, September 27, 2015

GOOD WILL



A few months back a Goodwill store opened in our town.  Some time ago I started making a conscious effort to stay away from antique stores, second hand shops, etc.  Too many good deals and little treasures that are hard to pass up!


But today we had to put outfits together for "Spirit Week" which precedes Homecoming at my daughter's school.  Off to Goodwill we go.  It's a wonderful store.  We found some needed items for Spirit Week but as my daughter was coaxing me toward the check out (she's been haunting old out of the way antique shops and sales with me since before she could walk - she knows it's dangerous territory for me) I noticed a bag of old clothes pins.  Just like mom used to use.

MINE.


I love the pins with the wires around them and the square pins, but the pin above is my favorite.  If you look close you can see teeth marks where someone held the pin in their mouth to have it at the ready when they got their laundry situated on the clothes line just right.


I wouldn't share this with a lot of people, I can already see the blank look on their face: "calm down, Lisa, it's just an old clothespin".  But I was so excited over this find.  I have a feeling most of my blog buddies will get it, LOL.  Love you guys.

Have a blessed week ~*~ Lisa

Sunday, September 20, 2015

PUMPKIN WITCH


Another finish. Pumpkin Witch pattern by Chestnut Junction.


Used my last bit of cheesecloth.  Where is the cheesecloth if not by the canning supplies?  I was quite bummed that I couldn't locate it at WMart today, but finding a 5 lb box of Morning Glory stuffing for under $12 made up for it! 


The yard is full of 'shrooms, acorns and all the things that signal fall.

Hope you have a great week and can get out and enjoy some fall where you are!

~*~Lisa

Monday, September 14, 2015

FINALLY A FINISH


Finally a finish!  Sorry for the dark picture, was sewing "By the Light of the Moon".
Witchiepoo hat pattern by The Moonlit Stitch. 


 I ripped some green & white polka dot fabric and paisley purple fabric for ribbon and added an orange flower.  The flower was a brooch I had made for a craft show a while back.  


Added a vintage button to the back where the "ribbons" meet.


And another old button to the tip of the hat with some streamers for help with aerodynamics when broom flying.


A little tag reads:  "Minerva's Millinery, 1313 Shadow Lane"

Sorry again for the poor quality on the pics.  Light is everything and we are in that time of the year when the light is fading.  Hope you have a blessed, creative week blog buddies - Happy Monday!

~*~Lisa