Monday, December 8, 2014

Good Monday Morning to all of you! 

I hope that you've been able to following along and are having a great time with
 A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop!!
Don't worry if you've missed a can just 
click on the logo for the line up and links to everyone's blogs. 

It's day eight of the hop!!!!!
Would that mean's HALFWAY over
 it's HALFWAY  to go!!?? 
 Would  that make this HALFTIME? 
Time to go get snacks???

SO GO GET YOUR SNACKS!!!!........its' OK.....I'll wait.....
but make sure to come right back!!!


Today I am about to burst with's my day to share!!!
It's common to hear that Monday's typically are not peoples most favorite day....
especially in the middle of winter!! 
Of course .....I guess that depends on which clock you live by and what season you live in....
but wherever you  are, I'm hoping to add some JOY to your day!! 

I have a very special friend named JOY whom I met when I was just out of high school. I met her at a time when I was young, insecure, and thirsty for a great friend!! She embraced that need with open arms and has never let go!! She has laughed, wept, and shopped with me, eaten pizza, chocolates, and drank with me. She's listened to me, witnessed my wedding, loved my children, and what else does a good friend do....
she stitches with me!!!  
She is my JOY of a friend! !!

While working on my project I thought a lot about how and what I see JOY in......
 and how I can better share JOY with others.

I love hand dyed wools and wool applique!!
When I see it, touch it, and stitch with it,
 it gives me JOY!!

"SO....with no further ADO....
Here is my little JOY banner for you"

 Click HERE to download 2 pattern pages
(alternate link)

This banner is super easy and doesn't take much time or wool at all!!
Make several of these banners and spread some JOY!

Now..... what better way to spread  MORE JOY
 around this season than to bake up some
 Favorite  Frosted Sugar Cookies,
package them up, and take them to a neighbor
 (FAST....before you eat them all!!)

click here to print recipe

I'm hoping by now you are all leaping with JOY to get started on this project!!!
But wait.....before you go....leave a quick comment
  randomly I will draw a name at the end of  this blog hop and send someone a
" bundle of JOY "
(aka - a kit for the JOY banner)

And don't forget to chuckle, laugh, and giggle!!! 
It's a JOYFUL bonus!!! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Welcome December!!!! 
It's the most wonderful time of the year.....
and the busiest it always seems!!! 

Take a little time the next 14 days and join in the fun with 
all of us at the 
Primitive Christmas Blog Hop!! 

Quilts by Cheri is the first up!!! 
I got to hang out with her for awhile in August during a class in 
San Diego at The Country Loft!!

It's cold and windy here in Oregon.
We are turning up the heat stoking up the woodstove. 
I'g looking forward to a GREAT month filled with 
fun, friends, family, and WOOL!!! 

It helps keep a person warm too!!! 
Gotta LOVE WOOL!! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beginning December 1st....

 Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin 
has planned and organized this very special blog hop!! 

14 days of fun!!
14 days of projects!
14 days of recipes!! 

Join us as we count down the days until
 Christmas and treat yourself
 for 14 days to a little fun!!  

Dec  1st * Quilts by Cheri

Dec 2nd * Plumcute Designs

Dec 3rd * Gail Pan Designs

Dec 4th * Woolen Willow Designs

Dec 5th * Ali Strebel Designs

Dec 6th * Cottage at Cardiff Farms

Dec 7th * Blackberry Primitives

Dec 8th * Wooden Spool Designs

Dec 9th * Homespun Quilts

Dec 10 * Notforgotten Farm

Dec 11 * Kathy Schmitz Studio

Dec 12 * Crabapple Hill

Dec 13th * Primitive Gatherings

Dec 14th * Buttermilk Basin


Friday, November 14, 2014

The beginning of the week brought a couple of cold and windy days. 
Warm enough to go outside and
 kick around the blanket of leaves that was covering the ground. 

Then.....Winter decided to arrive a bit early!! 
WE where hit with strong winds 
depleting the trees of the
 remainder of their golden leaves
swirling and tossing them
 into drifts of leaves in every corner. 

The clouds came and as the temperatures
 dropped we are now having a
 very cold, windy and wintry mix of snow and ice. 

Now its hard to keep our outdated drafty house warm when the winds blow....
so a good place to be
is in the dye room
 with the pots heating,
 the wool mixing,
 and the colors changing!!! 

The best job.....
taking the OHHH  SO WARM  piles of wool
 out of the dryer and folding them!!

Sure to warm anyone up!! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Coming Soon to a blog near you!!!! 

Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin 
presents another Christmas Blog Hop you won't want to miss!!

A primitive
handwork blog hop 
will begin
 December 1st and continue until December 14th!!!!
Each day a different designer will post a blog post 
with a FREE Holiday Project, 
and favorite recipe!! 
Mark your calendars so you can follow along!  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


I LOVE the month of October 
it just went by way too fast!!!

 Even though I started the month out with a nasty cold,
 I was able to pull it together in time for a weekend trip to
San Diego to teach a workshop at
 The Country Loft in La Mesa, California,
What a great time I had and met so many wonderful new friends
 plus got a good dose of sunshine!!!

If you live in the area I suggest you get out and visit the shop this Satuday!!
 I believe they will be all decked out for Christmas!!!

Next it was off to teach a workshop at
 Terri Staats' 
Sweet Treasures Studio
 in Keizer Oregon,
More fun and new friends!!!

Lynne, Diane, Linda, Terri, Loretta, Laura, Cynthia, Sue, and Amber!!

A quick trip up to Puyallup, WA to speak and have a trunk show
 at the Comforters Quilt Guild......
these ladies were so wonderful to me!!
We were so busy we didn't get a photo!! :(

Then I was able to sneak in a couple of 24 hour quick trips to the Oregon coast with the kids,

 and to top it off we had a couple of birthday celebrations,

 overnights with NANA,

and of course another cold!!!

Whew!!! That was a lot!!! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

The clouds are rolling in,
 the temps are dropping,
 the first day of Autumn 
is on the calendar this week!!!

I am so ready for the season change this year!!
I have always loved Fall!! I love the colors, the coolness, pumpkin patches, 
cider, the first wood-stove fire, time for a pot roast again, socks, 
and WOOL!!!! 
It's a great time for more wool applique!! 

 Check out my Etsy Page for
available kits for purchase. 

Penny Pummpkin

Thanksgiving Pumpkin