FOR THOSE WHO JOINED THE PIN KEEP SWAP - YOUR PACKAGES ARE DUE TO BE MAILED BY HALLOWEEN. That's this Friday, Oct. 31st!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Come Join my Fall Food Link Party!

I think one of my favorite times of the year is Fall....the colors and natural beauty...pumpkins and apples...all make me happy.

Fall is also a great time for baking, so I thought it would be fun to have a 
Fall Food Link Party!  

Do you have a favorite cookie, cake, pie, muffin, main dish or other goodie you like to make at this time of year?  Have you featured a recipe on your blog in the past...or could you create a post now? 

Let's share our recipes ladies!
Link up your favorite dish below...it's easy!


Monday, October 27, 2014

My newest Offering and an OFG celebration

Good morning Prim Friends!

I hope you had an enjoyable weekend.  Ours was especially busy.  We've had relatives from Washington State visiting for the past two weeks.  Hubby took Friday off from work and we took our guests on winery tours.  Saturday was yard work and taking them back to the airport. I also put the finishing touches on a gift I was making for DIL Maria's birthday.  Yesterday was football Sunday with the family...full of fun and food.  Maria and I took a walk as well, although the weather was windy and spitting rain.

This is what I made Maria.  She and our youngest son, Drew, sell handmade soaps via their Ye Olde Goat Cart soap business, and often do local shows.  I thought it would be fun if they had a goat and cart to display on their table when doing the shows...and this is what hubby and I came up with.  I made the goat and he made the cart.  Maria loved it.



As I mentioned a couple days ago, our Old Farmhouse Gathering Etsy team is holding a Brrr It's Cold Celebration.  You can find all the goodies the OFG team has to offer by heading over to Etsy and typing in BICOFG.  The Santa below is one of my offerings in the celebration.

Click here for a direct link to Santa


Finally....just a reminder to those who joined the pin keep swap...your swap packages are due to be mailed this Friday, October 31st!

Have a blessed week everyone!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New OFG Celebration Coming Soon!

Another great 
Old Farmhouse Gathering 
Etsy team celebration is coming soon.

Brrr...It's Cold Out!
It starts Monday, October 27th.
Be sure to head over to Etsy,
Type in

BICOFG

to find all the wonderful Winter & Christmas items included in this 
OFG Celebration!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Celebrating Autumn!

Allie & I went to the Farm Market the other day, so I took the opportunity to snap a couple of pictures of her.

The view that greeted me from my kitchen windows this morning...breathtaking.

The view from our bedroom.

A Fall outing at Taughannock Falls State Park


My sweetie

Enjoying the day.



Gorgeous rainbows and sunset last night...this is looking East, but the sun was setting in a pink sky to the West and it was just beautiful.
“And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth’” (Genesis 9:12-13).

Have a lovely day friends.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Scary Book - Fun Halloween Tutorial

Good morning Prim Peeps!

I haven't shared a tutorial in a while, but I found this idea a couple of weeks ago via another blog (I forgot to bookmark that blog, and I cannot recall it's name)...and thought it looked like such fun.  So I invited some fellow crafters over (okay, it was just our son, Scott and his wife, Stephanie), and we took a stab at making our own

SPOOKY BOOKS

Last week I went to the Dollar Store and nabbed the necessary supplies:

*a bag of Halloween skellies and critters
*a hard cover book
*package of thumb tacks


other things you will need are

*hot glue gun
*paper towels
*water
*paint brushes - one regular and one stiff one (like a stencil brush)
*decoupage glue or white glue
*black paint
*hair dryer (to speed drying process)
*antique metallic paint (I used antique copper metallic)

Let's get started!

Open your package of creatures and look them over...try to decide how you would like to design to look and grab the pieces you will want.

Take your thumb tacks and pound them into your dollar store hardcover book, placing them evenly along the outside border of the book and along the spine...or be creative and make a design with them.

Heat up your hot glue gun and start attaching your plastic pieces as desired.  You may also want to consider using the hot glue itself to add to the design....think spider webs or words....
Once you have all your pieces placed how you want and securely glued in place, recheck all the edges, just to make certain they are glued down well...you don't want any popping up.  I placed some hand bones on the spine of my book to look like hinges.  Scott placed these bats on his.
Right about now you may be thinking, like Scott was, that this is going to look stupid...but just wait and see!)

Lay down some foil on your work surface and place your book atop something...I  just used the thumb tack container.  You want to raise your book up a bit so that in the next step, your glue won't stick to your work surface.

Now, take a couple sheets of paper towel and carefully peel the two plys apart.  You want one ply to work with...rip this one ply into several random shapes smaller pieces.

Place your decoupage glue into a container and add a bit of water to make it more spreadable.  Using your regular paint brush, glue torn pieces of paper towel over your design.  Be certain to cover all areas well.  Go over the edge of the book too. Use the stencil brush to pounce into the crevices to get definition and detail.  Be sure to overlap pieces and make lots of creases (see picture above).
Here is my design, waiting to dry after apply the paper towels decoupage

Now set your book aside to dry, or use your hair dryer to speed up the process.  Make certain all the nooks and crannies are totally dry before proceeding with the next step.

Once your book is dry, now it is time to start making it come alive!
Apply a coat of black paint to the entire surface of your book, including the page edges..  I did both the back and front of my book, so allow drying time for all processes for both the front and back.

Let the paint dry completely.

Next, place a small pool of your metallic paint on your foil.  Using a DRY stencil brush dip into the paint a bit.  Working the paint into the bristles of the brush and then dab several times onto extra paper towels.  You want to take most of the paint out of your brush.  Once you have loaded your brush, make quick sweeping strokes over the top of your design, just catching the edges of the design.  Continue to carefully dry brush the entire book.  Don't work the metallic paint into the crevices or you will loose the definition in your design.  I also dry brushed the exposed page edges with my metallic paint to complete the look.  Play with the dry brushing until you are satisfied with the coverage....stand back and admire your
SPOOKY BOOK!



I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and will share it!
It was a lot of fun to create and certainly adds a creepy touch to your Halloween decor.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My Harvest Blessings Swap with Debbie

Good morning Prim Friends and 
Happy October!

I am a couple days late in sharing the wonderful goodies I received on Saturday.  I joined in Amy's Harvest Blessings Swap, and she paired me with Debbie from Barefoot Primitives

What a great swap partner Debbie is!  Look at all the goodies she sent me!
All wrapped up in beautiful Fall colors

A Halloween bunny complete with a creepy head in his sack...quite whimsical!

three candy corns bowl fillers

...and three flatty pumpkins - too cute!

A chubby pumpkin guy!

Whimsical cross-stitch!

Deb also purchased this adorable cow creamer for me...I collect them and he is a perfect addition to my collection!

Love the labels, note cards and tag!



Cute Halloween tucks, wooden crow and Fall bottle brush trees - LOVE
Debbie was so generous and I can't thank her enough for all the wonderful goodies she sent me.  Her package was a little late going out, as somewhere along the line, this ole brain told me I had an extra day to mail out my package...but it's on it's way to her now.

Thank you again Deb and thank you Amy for another great swap!


Speaking of swaps - for those gals who joined in my Pin keep Swap - I'll be getting your partner's name to you by tomorrow.  
and one last thing....

I still have a few Fall/Halloween items left in my Etsy shop - you can save an additional 10% today ONLY by using coupon code

WELCOMEOCTOBER


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Have a blessed day everyone!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pin keep swap - final days to sign up

I'll be making this one last call for any swappers who wish to join in the 
Winter Pin keep Swap.  
Sign-ups end next week. 

Find all the details on the swap my clicking on the picture on my right sidebar.
I'd love to have you join!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It's not too late - Pin Keep Swap

It's not too late to join in the Winter Pin Keep Swap!
It's a great way to get in the seasonal mood...and there is very little required to join in.  Click on the link to the right to find out more!

Friday, September 19, 2014

PinKeep Swap sign-ups continue

Gosh, this week has just flown by!  

I have only three prim ladies sign up so far for the

Winter Pin Keep Swap.

However, I know there are others interested, who haven't had a chance to do any blogging since my post.  It's not too late though...just click on the picture below to find out all about it.
This is a quick and easy swap and I'd love to have you join in the fun.
Click Here


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