I had a brain freeze the other day and deleted my post about my magical bug. I had a couple requests for a full picture of Lady Dragonfly. She is a big piece and is awkward to photograph with my very limited expertise.
Tim and I hosted an in store "open house" this past Saturday and it was very successful....we thank everyone who came...It was a great! Lady Dragonfly greeted everyone as they walked in the door. She will be living in Chicago.
We are into day 3 of the Lake Erie Snow effect storm. We have 30 inches of snow...much higher drifts.....
and NO SNOW PLOW GUY ....poor Robert he was plowing my cousins driveway yesterday and someone swerved to miss him and an other man in a pic up T-Boned Robert.
Well snowplowing in emergency situation comes at a premium in these parts. One plow for ER plow $150.00 . Gheez I am in the wrong biz.
I wouldn't worry about the plowing but I have the open house this Saturday and I am really..really....nervous. Tim says it will be OK. I think we should buy a used pick up and a plow. I don't want to be stuck like this.
I have made a few more Christmas themed items and I've done lots of baking.
I should have started this post by thanking all of you for your thoughtful comments and e-mails about my cat SU who passed away Saturday. Her twin sister, Mia, is very lonely and calls for SU at certain times of the day....sad.
Well folks think good thoughts for me that the snow stops and I can get a reasonable plow or that Robert is back in business by Friday.
Tim and I had to make the painful decision 2 hours ago to let our Suie cross the " rainbow bridge." She had been ill the last 3 weeks and just couldn't get over the hump. Tim gave her subcutaneous water IV's and Thyroid meds. Su was eating again..... I thought we were making progress. She was helping me paint some Santa ornaments yesterday afternoon. I held her tightly last night something she would never, ever let me do ......I am glad she finally allowed me to hug her. I had no idea that we would find her in the basement...still with us but ....she was just too weak.
Su was humanely put to rest with her head in my hand and Tim by our side.
It was a good run Su.
I have been working on bride and groom Day of the Dead Dolls. With my fingers crossed, I will have them completed for November 2. ...just in time for Day of the Dead.
The "couple" are very detailed and so far they are some of my best work. I would love to show you a picture...only when they are complete.
Monday night the tux was nearly done....just a good pressing was needed. My iron was way too hot....and it melted....."OH @$#&".
All of the clothing for my DOTD dolls are made without patterns.
I had enough fabric, so I started a replacement jacket. Nothing went right...too big here..too small there....in the trash can.
The nearest JoAnne's is 18 miles away. I found the suiting material. and several other fabrics perfect for future Day of the Deads. Moonlight Madness at JoAnn is this Saturday and Sunday and I am using my 50% off to buy a mini quilters iron , just so I can get in all the tiny little prim spaces. I think I need to get busy as Christmas is 60 some days away! OH! OH ! OH!
Wow! Someone please tell me where the last 2 months went. I haven't blogged for two months.....unbelievable. Anyway.. this picture is me peddling my creativity along side a dusty road ....just kidding.... interesting picture, though. I love the horse...dolls look interesting, too! I should be sewing as I have dolls that have to be done this weekend. I am working on bride and groom Day of the Deads and another Hot Air Balloon with Uncle Sam and Lady Libby. The bride and groom's "sugar" skulls are nearly done. I know exactly how I want the bridal dress....but not sure how to construct it .....big HMM!!!
I would like to take this opportunity (it is long overdue) toTHANK ALL OF YOU for following this blog as well as all my other blogs. I truly feel honored when I see another follower pop up. I don't have contests or give-aways...I just write and if anyone really likes what I blog ...I know that you are interested in my little world...plain andsimple. I would like toTHANK ALL MY STORE CLIENTS for your continual support and patronage. Even in these difficult economic times....you have been there at the store door...It is my sincere pleasure to offer my dolls and primitives to you! *****************************************
And here is a picture from 1925 of my "nest "and store. This is where I grew up and and live today with my husband Tim. I will add a current picture this weekend. It has been so rainy and Saturday I am finishing up the fall decorations I have made for the front of the store......I love them....cats and witches pumpkin and mums.....my favorite time of the year is finally here!!!!
See I have been busy! I have new "friends" and old "friends" returning to Butternut Creek.
This first wee lass is on her way to FAERN-LAEGA Art Dolls. Her twin sister rode into the home and hearts of a collector. This is a Frowning Francis Design. What a rewarding piece that is 12 inches high and wide. There is ton of detail...small twists and turns. I would not recommend this to a beginner.
BETTZ TAKES A REST
Bettz is back again this fall by popular demand. She is a wonderful and enchanting piece. You need a large space for this piece and I think you could leave it out all year and not tire of her. She is a Grabby Gabby design. A very rewarding piece to create.
PUMPKIN AND CROW CENTERPIECE
Impressive centerpiece..perfect for all of the fall festivities. The Crow rests easily in the "Y" of a branch. Remove him for a more formal look. A big statement!
HEDRA THE FIELD WITCH
Hedra is back again this year is a small doll and loves to hide in the pumpkins. She is a Frowning Francis design and is delightful.
SALEM...... THE SCARECROW
Salem isn't scary at all. The crows love him.. This was a fun make-do designed by Crabby Gabby.
I found this property last night doing some family research . I am doing further work to track down what ancestor built and lived at this site. I wanted to share it with you. I see a primitive blank canvas...do you?
This property is for sale. Tim said, "Just a few more dolls, Pussycat...a few more dolls".
P.S. You should see the Halloween piece I'm working on!
Would this make a great prim cottage ? This little house has been in my thoughts since May. I was bitten by the genealogy bug to find the property that my great-great grandparents owned. I have the maps with the land owners...however things change over the years....new roads and new developments. I have hope that "our" farmhouse dating from at least 1838 is still in existence. Fortunately, Music Street still has many, many fantastic New England style old homes from the 1820's. Thankfully, they are now well kept horse farms. .......but this little house pictured ..not so lucky...it is circa 1832, or 178 years of age. If only I had a wallet filled with a lot of dead presidents wrapped with a bungee cord. I hope this Prim Cottage gets some love ....soon!
I found this amazing artist's blog the other day . He is living in Cleveland Ohio. . If you are into Halloween and Day of the Dead Dolls you have to take a look. Make sure you click on the first album on his blogs side bar and see his work.....5WOWS! http://www.williambezek.blogspot.com
I hope not to offend anyone by the following if I do I am sorry
Last night, as a swarm of big "B" words spewed from my mouth, "Bitch, Bastard"; I paused and gave the benefit of my doubt to the perpetrator who gave me multiple computer viruses. "Poor souls with low self esteem....only way to get noticed! What a shame that such computer savvy talents are wasted on the unsuspected. I know within a few sites of where these "B" or "B" dwell in blogland...and that gives me some sad satisfaction. "B's" and "B's" please make yourselves useful as I know you can be. Get some help if you're angry....just get over what ever it is and be a blessing in disguise.
....and be kind to one another, full of pity having forgiveness for one another, even as God in Christ had forgiveness for you ...(and me)
The bear will be another story! I can't find the picture! Sorry
Well the drive was long, the food was made, the party is over it's time to call it a day! That was how last week was for Lily, Tim and I. We made the trip to Northern Minnesota to co- host along with Terese and Lawrence, my in- laws 50th anniversary. Tim and I were in charge of the food....I cooked for a small army. I had the best time and enjoyed every second of the prep and presentation of the food .....great times had by all.
Lily is an excellent traveller...perfect the entire 970 miles one way all in a day!
We pulled in our driveway Friday AM at 3. All kids- with- paws were accounted for.... but.....no Ming....finally at 4:30 AM....he showed us his tail and only his tail slithering in the basement he was angry and let us know.
Mia Sophia one of our Siamese twins was very ill....little response and very thin....was she going to make it? We took Mia to the vet on Friday and she is showing signs of dehydration etc...Mia and Su are 18 years old and things are bound to go wrong. We are giving her antibiotic, and water I.V. treatments. As of tonight she is getting her spunk back!
I hear there was 100 degree temps most of the time we were gone. Not good for man or beast.
I have not posted much on my blogs and I have done NO sewing since May....I needed time to take stock in what I would like to accomplish in the next year. I think it will be very busy. I am tossing around an idea for next July a huge themed open house maybe....all I know is I want it to be the best and way over the top....I will keep you posted as everything proceeds.....thinking big!!!
Do you remember "Sam and Libby at the State Fair "(hot air balloon)? Yesterday they found a forever home! Thank you Ms.S.Y. and yes I did cry when the words.."I would like to buy ..." were uttered. I keep promising myself ..."I will not cry....I will not cry."... but I do.
I have to get my derriere moving and do tons of sewing.....vacation is over! I do hope everyone one of you are having a great big summer...working some but enjoying yourselves even more! It's time to get busy because the great Pumpkin and Santa Claus will be here before you know it.....then cupid and the bunny.....life goes on....Keep Creating!
(Hope you like the music...Bob Grones sang this at our wedding!)
It's trash to treasure night at http://www.primchat.com/ I must admit I have been distracted for the past 3 weeks getting ready for my in laws 50th anni. I will be cooking for 100 friends and relatives 850 miles from home.
The CARjunkOL collection is bulging and my dear husband has ordered me to finish at least a few " priceless" pieces of dare I say with a cringe....JUNK!
Well this chair is the specimen I chose. I have a real problem painting wood. I am tempted on this piece. Should I just go nuts and paint it like a crazy quilt... then add faux leopard print cushion....I think I will go more subtle with black aged it up and add a handpainted something to the back panel.
Time will tell... don't hold your breathe girls!
We found this1940-50's toy chest in a curbside pile. ... could not resist the graphic. There was no lid and bottom. We used nice pine, a few different stains, and a lite coat of poly. It blends well together and still looks vintage. This is so strong it will last another 100 years.
Our eighth anniversary is fast approaching, and I have several dozen stories I could tell. "My first time" is very pertinent to the art that most of us finds ourselves immersed in; I just did not realize it at the time.
We started our honeymoon in Duluth. We would travel the Lake Superior Coastline stopping at several Bed and Breakfasts along the way headed to our destination of Mackinaw Island.
Our car was packed to the radiator with gifts..... The front of the car was aimed for outer space..... the trunk toward hell. I had to stop at this rock shop and I found a fifty pound amethyst rock that "I just have tohave it Tim"! ( I knew he would never say no to his new bride).
Next door to the rock shop was a small old factory building that is now an arts and craft gift shop.
Walking into this high ceilinged room, I never to this day have ever seen so many of the signs that are popular to hang in your house...you know....All BECAUSE TWO PEOPLE FELL IN LOVE. Floor to ceiling every wall. Nuggets to live by. Then I saw it....I was shocked!!!!! What in the world are they selling a doll like that for....I don't know what that is but it was wrong on so many levels.....!! I turned to find Tim and sure as heck there is another one!!! The two ladies at the counter were jovial lassies...."What kind of people are you?" I thought.
With my devilish red tail wagging like a cat's ....I wanted to ask them if I could take a closer look at the sign nearest to the ceiling in the far corner. Tim then reminded me to be nice to the ladies or they may turn you into one of those UGLY DOLLS!
We were smelling pizza in the establishment... so we asked were the Pizza was sold? The ladies looked puzzled and said, " no pizza here". "I 'm smelling Pizza" , I commented....."OH NO that's a skunk under the building!!". Tim we are so out of here.!!! I think we were in the twilight zone episode.."When Skunks are Pizzas".
Fast forward to 2006....I am searching e-Bay for a customers request for a primitive cloth strawberry.
I was seeing a lot of dolls that we had seen at "THAT SHOP". I spent the next 8 months researching, trying to figure out this style. I remember seeing Olde Homestead Barn, Lucy's LazyDayz, Tennessee Ridge Primitive, Moonchild Primitives....many patterns were available and I bought one that was a strawberry garland....and the rest is history and a future....in folkart!
This past Monday I was a featured guest artist on "PRIM CHAT" with Lucy and Vicky....Just goes to show there are so many first times!
I tend to have huge dreams! I look at things, especially properties and say "What if we....?" This is certainly that dreamy, what if, property for me. I have always wanted a Bed and Breakfast/ Artist Retreat Center. This masterpiece of a property is perfect for such an endevour...........I gotta go and buy a lottery ticket.... I hope I win! Moral of the post is ...It doesn't hurt anyone if you have big dreams and lofty goals. I have made a dream board with pictures of all the little and big things I would like to have and accomplish... You'll never know what can happen!
I have posted 2 new recipes at www.twodeadbananas.blogspot.com
It's Memorial Day Weekend. Please remember those who served our country and your ancestors that came before you at your picnics and gatherings. Go for a walk and think about our freedoms. I am going to visit the cemeteries where my family members are buried. Doing a little tidying up of the graves and leaving a few flowers just as a token that I remember. Leaving flowers are for the living. The ideals that our departed loved ones left us are to be memorialized. Memorial Day, Decoration Day, as they used to call it, was a big deal when I was growing up. Mom and my Aunt Elizabeth would have many discussions, weeks in advance, on whatflowers should be purchased that particular year and whichcemeteries each one would do. I love that memory! Have a good one!
I was just reading the local paper on line and saw this picture from the gulf. How sad not more is being done! I am sorry I posted such a sad thing. ..I just felt I needed too. I chose "Simple Gifts" for music if you would like to listen.
I have had this lovely piece of folk art for 7 years. He was not priced to sell in the store. Finally, I decided he should not be up for buyer's temptation any longer and deserves a place, some place in my 1920's style home...but just where, I'm not sure. Not much is known about this piece that we affectionately call ..."Folk Art George". He once hung in a Maine barn. His chin moves up and down. (Click on photo to enlarge)...Could he be an Indian? One of our customers from Cleveland admired "George" ...2 years later she returned and told Tim that she saw a picture of a similar piece and it was a cat symbol....soooo that's what we know. Do you have any thoughts or knowledge of this piece? I would really like to know... Nothing bad has befallen us since he arrived ...and that's a good thing!!!
Oh Ladies! If you are attending this doll conference please please email me! This is taking place 7 miles from my store/home. It is at Punderson Manor Resort. I guess it is sponsored by www.clothdollconnection.com. My local craft supply lady mentioned it about 6 months ago. I didn't give it another thought.....until tonight! I looked it up on the web....WoW! Oh WoW! Christine Shively is one of the instructors...she is incredible. I have a few of her patterns (I have not made yet). If any of you are in the area of Punderson State Park, Newbury, OH May 14-16, 2010. Contact me by e-mail at email@example.com. or give me a call (440-286-3765)...It would be great to meet you!
I have been captivated by the beauty and artistry of Diamond K Folk Art and the Izannah Walker dolls by Dixie Redmond. At times, I have to turn away from my monitor. I am just that moved by their work... Dixie offers classes and the work that has been created by her online students is also delightful and inspiring. Her next workshop is this fall but you can sign up now and get little head start. I would so like to do this workshop...I have never done a class in any shape or form ...so I am apprehensive. I wanted to learn a few more techniques on my own before I could ever think I may slightly consider myself capable of joining this class. I am embarrassed even entertaining the thought... Oh never mind, forget me. Just go and visit these two wonderfully inspiring sites. Dixie is at www.northdixiedesigns.com and www.ladysrepositorymuseum.blogspot.com
Soleil and Madame Flutterfly did not feel at home in the primland of Butternut Creek Folk Art. Faern-Laega Fantasy Art Dolls Blog is finally accessible. You can now click on the button on the right sidebar and you will be carried to the fantasy!
Last Wednesday, Tim and I went to our favorite second hand store. Tons of things I wanted to bring home....however, the stash was limited to what is pictured ...sans the quilt. I paid $50 bucks. This morning. I was visiting Suzanne's blog at piecedpastimes. She has picked up some amazing things in her out and abouts. Her firkin was $5.00. I was looking at one Wednesday at a firm $35.00 No thanks! Anyway, my pile was growing . Tim walked over and said "What a great pile of CarJUNKol"? With my wide eyed stare, I replied with my most irritated, "What was that word"? It didn't make any sense to me until he wrote in down. O.K. I must admit it was a little cute........Oh, maybe a lot cute. I think I like it! My stuff has a name! Tomorrow, it's off to the beach ....beach CarJUNKolmy favorite!
Spring has sprung at ButternutCreek! There was a rumor that there maybe fairies on the premises....low and behold we have spotted DoeDa. You can read more about her over at the "Merc". http://www.mapleleafmercantile.blogspot.com/
There has been a wedding at Butternut Creek! Wendy Deckwalker and Walker D. Plank have tied the knot. It was a-lot-o'fun bringing this couple to life. Fun and easy to make. Click on picture to see the details. The pattern is by Nanny Norton. I have made several Walker's, and my store patrons felt bad he had no mate...ta da...Wendy arrives on deck! They are listed on The Maple Leaf Mercantile. "Argh! Argh!" "Oh...Walker behave!"
Karen from My Colonial Home posted a great entry this morning causing alot of peeps to respond. The idea of folks leaving blogging in the dust and going to Face Book....oh just think of those blogs left all alone in Blogland getting covered with cyber dust ... sleepy dreams and thoughts someone once had and was vulnerable enough to share. Where did good blogging habits go? I am guilty! I read many blogs everyday...do I leave a comment...not very often. Do I wonder why people don't comment on my blog...you betcha! I am not the kind of person ...... and I think alot of people are like me...... who just don't talk or write for the sake of commenting. Several forums that I have joined or tried to join have stipulations, that you MUST reply frequently and will be monitored and can not just hang ... WHAT!!!! ...so be it...I will stay out of that realm and become a better friend and neighbor to fellow bloggers....Visiting and responding willfully.
This is why I don't leave comments:
WHOA!That's just crazy thinking ...I will quietly leave now!
Amen Sister !..I couldn't have said it better.
I am not worthy.
My opinion dosen't mean that much or would not make any difference.
They have a bazillion followers.
They can not possibly read all the comments left.
I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY!
We have a great free speech platform and we need to respect it by using it! I will do better, will you?
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