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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Victorian Motto giveaway

Look at these scrumptious threads!  

If you would like a chance to win a set, just follow the link to  
Nancy is giving away one set and there is still plenty of time to enter.

Visiting a blogging buddy!

Hello Prim Pals!
I have to tell you about a little trip my dear hubby and I took last week.  We wanted to have a little get-away for our anniversary, and since I had been talking with Lecia of Farmhouse Prims about how fun it would be to come visit, we decided to make West Virginia our destination.
We left early Thursday, our anniversary, and traveled through central NY, central PA and a tad bit of Maryland.  We took our time and visited quite a few antique places along the way, and had a picnic lunch beside the Susquehanna River, before arriving at our hotel for the night.  After a steak dinner, we fell fast asleep to the sounds of crickets and katy-dids.  We got up early the next morning, because we wanted to get to Lecia's farmhouse in WV before noon.
We traveled through the mountains and down some pretty narrow roads, before we arrived at the house.  There on the porch was sweet Lecia and her hubby, Ronnie.
Lecia and her hubby Ronnie
I was so excited to see her that I forgot to take pictures of the cabin.  I think my husband has some on his camera, but I haven't a clue how to download them onto my computer, so I only have my phone pictures to share.
We went into the farmhouse and it smelled so yummy...Lecia has a couple prim candles burning.  The house was so cute, and we could certainly tell that Ronnie had put a lot of hard work into renovating this once broken down place.  They had pictures on the wall of the house when they bought it...what a difference some TLC can make.
Ronnie and Lecia were wonderful hosts!  They fed us well and we had so much to talk about!  The guys talked like old friends, even though they have never met, and Ronnie told us some lively stories.  Ronnie took us for a fun jeep ride down the country roads and we visited an old general store, art shop/museum and beautiful little state park nearby.
Lecia & I

Chris & Ronnie hamming it up!

Bo - their doggie - such a cutie
Lecia gave me a big bag of wonderful goodies, including one of her handmade prairie dolls, a beautiful framed cross-stitch, a yummy smelling candle, a chicken garden flag, which is already hanging up out front, and a prim note pad.

it smells sooooo good!

Unfortunately, our visit was too short, and we had to leave on Saturday, but we certainly enjoyed ourselves.  Lecia and Ronnie showed us true southern hospitality when they let these Yankees strangers into their home and heart. Why not stop over at Lecia's blog to read about our trip!
Thank you Lecia and Ronnie!


John 15:12-15 
 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Have a blessed day everyone.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Welcome August!

Now how did that happen??? Is it really August already?  This Summer is just flying by.  With projects outside, helping my parents, and taking time to just enjoy life, it seems that Summer is slipping away too fast.

Here's some things I've been up to lately....

Went to the produce auction and stocked up on goodies for preserving.


Prepped and canned some yummy spaghetti sauce for the winter.....


Made pickles....
yumm...
Done some creating....... Santa is SOLD

SOLD - taking orders

Available in my Etsy shoppe
Some woolie stitchin' with my friends...
Pickin' blueberries with the family....

Ah Ha - caught in the act of eating berries without paying for them!

Enjoying a fun blueberry pie.
A weekend in the life of Petie.We often get to watch Petie on weekends, while our son, Drew and his wife, Maria, sell their handmade soaps at local shows.  If you are interested in their soaps, see their great new website - link on my sidebar.


Picking the black raspberries that grow wild around our place.
Oh yes...this little boy has my heart.

Sewing up some decorative pillows for son, Scott & his wife, Stephanie's master bedroom.
Kayaking on a sunny Summer Sunday afternoon with the family....


I must mention that this was after an emergency trip back home to remove a three pronged fish hook from my index finger.  OUCH
Two little brothers at play, enjoying the swing set our neighbor kindly gave us for the grand-kiddos.
Drainage and more chicken coop projects....
Enjoying the view to the east from the veggie garden.

"How Great the Goodness You have stored up for those who honor and serve You"
 Psalm 31:19

Have a blessed day everyone.

Monday, July 13, 2015

My Pin Keep Swap has arrived....and a surprise in the mail!

Good morning prim folks!
Hope you had an enjoyable weekend.  My weekend was made doubly fun by a couple of packages I received...and they both were because of the Pin Keep swap I recently held right here on my blog.

First up was my package from Christi Hocking, CH2 Christi Hocking Handcrafts!  Christi also has a blog.  She's a wonderful artist, and I was so happy we ended up being paired together in my swap. Christi sent me this ADORABLE snowman pinkeep!


I love his pudgy belly and fuzzy red vest...and the little details like the hand-stitching, scarf and hankie make him very special.
Thank you so much Christi!  I'm so glad you had an opportunity to join in the swap this year!


The next box was REALLY a surprise...I wasn't expecting anything from Danice at Homespun Hannah's .  She joined in the Pinkeep Swap too, but was paired with someone else.  Those of you who know Danice, know how generous and kind she is....and when I opened her box, I found this lovely pin keep and sweet little notions box.

Danice is a very talented sewer and the pin keep she sent looks soooo complicated.  I doubt I could have gotten it to come out so perfectly!  And I LOVE the fabric she used!  The little notions box also contained some thread, in a color I use ALL the time, and a sweet thimble too - sorry I forgot to snap pictures of them.
Thank you so much Danice - your generosity made my day!  I love them both.


For those of you that joined in the swap, don't forget that your packages must be mailed by Friday!  Mine is nearly done, and will be making it's way to Christi soon.  I'm a little behind because of the on-going health problems my parents are having and the help they have needed.  It's an hour trip both ways for me, and I usually spend the day taking them to appointments and/or helping around the house.  It's been cutting into my creating quite a bit the last month or so, but I hope squeeze in a new creation here and there...maybe even get an Offerings Update on my FB page by the end of the month.  Please say some prayers for my parents if you could.  Thanks so much.
Hope your Summer is going well....I'll be back soon for more sharing, cooking and creating!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Scrumptious Summer Part 2 - Cookie Monster Ice Cream

I hope some of you had an opportunity to try my homemade ice cream recipe from last month...it was certainly tasty.

To add a little childish fun to the mix, I've decided to feature my
COOKIE MONSTER ICE CREAM
this month.

As with last month's recipe, this one is sure to please both young and old, with it's creamy texture, bits of cookies and fun color, it will be a hit for sure.

The directions are much the same as my last recipe, and it's really simple, so get out that ice cream maker and join me in some Scrumptious Summertime fun.

COOKIE MONSTER ICE CREAM

Here's what you will need:

2 c. heavy whipping cream

2 c. half and half

1 c. of sugar

2-3 t vanilla extract

Royal blue paste icing color (you can find this at Walmart, AC Moore, etc.)

Store bought chocolate chip cookies AND oreo type cookies, broken up.


In a large bowl, whisk all the ingredients together EXCEPT the cookie bits.  Mix until sugar is dissolved.
Place this mixture into your ice cream maker and churn according to your machines directions.
When the ice cream is finished and it looks a bit thicker than soft-serve ice cream, turn off your machine and stir in the cookie bits.
Stir just until combined and quickly transfer to your freezer container.
Now comes the hardest part....waiting for it to freeze.
Wait at least 8 hours, then dip in and enjoy!
Oh..this ice cream isn't just for kids - it's so tasty you'll want more...and without all the yucky stuff they put into store bought ice cream, you can feel pretty darn good about having a second helping.

See you next month for another great recipe - this one will be more grown up!

Have fun and enjoy!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

This is what Summer is all about....

Picnics.....

Playing outside.....

Running around in the school fields waiting for the fireworks to begin.....

Flowers.....

Flying high....

Coop projects.....

Cute little girls.....

Cleaning the Hubby's workshop while he is away on business....

Gorgeous sunsets.....

Mowing the lawn.....

Waterlilies.....

Clematis.....

My first catch of the season....
Hope you are enjoying your Summer too.
Be back tomorrow with my next Homemade Ice cream Recipe...because...what's Summer without Ice Cream!  SLURP!

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