Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ginger Bread Swap with Marsha!

I participated in Amy of
Bumble Bee Lane's 
Ginger Bread Swap,
and Marsha from
 Tattered Chick
was my Partner.

I received some
wonderful goodies.
Look at these darling skates
that Marsha had made.
I Love skates as much as
 I Love Snowmen!

And the SWEET Snowmen
that Marsha sculpted.
I just Love this!
Look at all the detail.
Your work is Beautiful, Marsha!!

And this Plump little guy!
How cute is this?

There was a packaged wrapped
and a Gingerbread ornament 
was attatched
on the outside. 
Inside was an old jar
filled with tarts, candy, cider
and vintage Snowmen!
Wonderful idea!
(You can click on the pictures
to make them bigger)

Another box wrapped with some
stamped Christmas ribbon,
and a gingerbread pin.
Inside was a Vintage box
with a Vintage cookie cutter.
Oh how I LOVE this!

And this Beautiful card that Marsha
had made with the Skates on the
front, is a picture she took of a 
friends craft booth.
So Beautiful! 
And inside was a snowman notepad!

Close-up of the card.

"Thank You" for the
wonderful Swap Goodies, Marsha!!
I will Treasure them always.

And "Thank You" Amy,
for Hosting another 
wonderful Swap.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ornie Swap...

My Ornies came this week,
from Amy's Ornie Swap
that I participated in.

I couldn't wait to tear open
the package and see all the
wonderful Goodness...

An Awesome Santa
from Kendra at

Love this star
from Juanita at

Sweet Burlap stocking 
from Michelle at

And this cute little
Snowman Stocking
from Cyn at

Thank You ladies!!!

I can't wait to get cleaning,
so I can get to my decorating!

for putting together these
wonderful Swaps!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Part Two... Repurposing Thrifty Finds....

Hello Everyone!
It's been awhile.
I've been so busy,
trying to keep up with 
my Painting.
Here are some of my latest
Thrifty finds, re-purposed.

These are two old shovels...
that I got from my Sister.
The handles are broken off.
So I painted a Snowman
 on the shovel part
 and added some greens.

This is a Piece of Barn Board,
also from my Sister.
I painted a Snowman on it,
Cut a Burlap Bag  apart
and made a Pocket
then stapled it to the bottom
and added some greens.

These two screens are Huge.
5 ft. tall
These were also from my Sister.
I painted Snowmen on these also.

My 2 oldest sons
came to me with a pile of
jeans that no longer fit,
where full of holes
and worse for wear.
I couldn't throw them out.
After looking them over,
I decided to cut the back
pockets out of them.
I painted a snowman on them,
added some greens to the
inside and a piece of wire for 

And this pair of Bibs
I had in my stash.
I was gonna use them
for a Scarecrow, but never did.
So after studying them...
I decided to paint them.

I Painted a Snowman
on one leg...
Let it Snow
on the other leg...

And another Snowman 
to the pocket on top.
Some greens and a candy cane
added to the pockets
and hung from an old
wooden Hanger.

This is an old pan with
a handle. 
Also a Thrift Store find.
I painted a Snowman face
on the bottom,
added a some fabric,
tag and a rusty bell.

So this is what I've been up to.
When I'm not at work.
I still need to do a Post
on a few items that I have won
and get my overdue Giveaway
Hopefully next week, sometime.
Have a wonderful
Weekend Everyone!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Re-purposing Some Thrifty Finds...

Hello Everyone!
I thought that I would share 
some of what I have been
 up to lately... 
besides the fact that everyone
 here has been sick with 
one thing or another.

I was asked to put my items
in a craft shop/cafe
 that just had opened up in September,
in a town only 10 miles
from where I live.
I also work in this town,
so I can drop off my items on
my way to work.

After a lot of thinking,
I decided to give it a try.

These Snowmen are painted on
some old window screens
 that I had gotten from
 a friend for FREE.
(they both sold)

I found some shutters at a
Thrift Store for $1.99
(I forgot the before picture)
I took them a part, painted
some black, some gray,
took a piece of chalk and drew
a snowmen and then painted
them. There were 6 of these.
(They all sold)

I found this ugly green and white
child's chair at a Thrift Store
for $1.99
I sanded it down, 
painted it Black, 
and painted on some Pumpkins
and Welcome.
(This sold also)

Three weeks after putting my
creations in this shop,
my Sister called to tell me that she
rented a small building to
open a Craft Shop.
I always wanted my own Shop...
But unless I win the Lottery...
(maybe I should buy a ticket)
that is not going to happen.
And my Sister always wanted a
Business of her own...
The trouble is....
she lives an hour away
from me....
but I am putting my items
in her Shop anyway...
Now how do I multi-task
and keep up...
and work a full time job.
I think I bit off more than
I can chew!

My Sister picked these
5 suitcase up for me at a 
Thrift Store.
3 of them were $2.00 each
and 2 of them were $3.00 each.
So I began painting a few
of these with Snowmen.
I had finished 3 of them...
(All 3 Sold!)

This first picture on the
left, is of a big roll
of Old Snow fence, that
my Sister Brought me.
I cut it apart into sections...
The middle picture is
of the fence on the left
unpainted, and the fence
on the right I dry-brushed red.
I added a skate with some
greens, and a 
Winter Welcome sign.
(just brought these to my Sister)

So this is what I have been
up to these past few weeks,
along with me and my boys
being sick, several times over 
the last couple months.

And the Dog....
can't forget Sweet Little
She has a Bladder infection
and she's on an Antibiotic.

I am still planning
a Giveaway for my
200+ Followers,
I just need a little more
time to get caught up here.
Take Care Everyone!


Thank You
to everyone who entered
my spur of the moment Giveaway
over the weekend!

The "Winner" of the
magazines is...

If you don't know Angi,
click on the link above and
stop on over and visit her wonderful Blog.
Angi has an awesome Giveaway
going on right now.

Congratulations Angi!!
I sent you an e-mail,
I just need your mailing address
and I will get these magazines
out to you.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Weekend Giveaway!

Hello Everyone!

I've decided to do a quick
weekend Giveaway for these 2
Barb Rice Magazine's...
"The Olden Days"

The winner will receive
The Summer 2012 issue....

And the Fall 2012 issue...

All you have to do to enter is....

1)Be a Follower of my Blog.
2) Leave a Comment on this post only.

I will draw a winner on Monday,
Oct. 15th

Good Luck to Everyone!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Part 2: Harvest Gathering Swap...

I had 2 Swap Partners in Amy's
Harvest Gathering Swap.

My Second Swap Partner
was Jennifer Dempsey of
You can click on the link
to take you to her Blog.

These are the Goodies
that I received from

(Note: I put Jennifer's name
on these photos to give her
credit for these goods.)

A Prim Jar of
Pumpkin Seeds....

Some AWESOME smelling 
corn that was dipped in wax
 and rolled in spices...

A magnet that I 
placed on my frig...

A wonderful smelling bag
of Fall Fixin's...

That I placed in this
old pan I had...

Sweet little Pumpkin man...

and a Prim towel
with a Pumpkin...

"Thank You"  for all the
Wonderful Goods Jennifer!
I Love them all!

And "Thank You" Amy, 
for hosting another
wonderful Swap.

You can view my
Previous Post to see
 Part 1 of the Swap Goodies,
just scroll down.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Harvest Gathering Swap Goodies...

I joined in on the Fun in Amy's
Harvest Gathering Swap.

I had 2 Partners.
My First partner was 
Linda Tylus.
Linda doesn't have a Blog,
so I am sharing pictures
of what Linda sent me
and what I sent her.

These are the Goodies that I
received from Linda.

NOTE:  (I added Linda's name 
on these Photo's to give 
her credit for her 
wonderful creations.)

An ADORABLE Harvest Doll.
Isn't she Sweet!
I Love Dolls, and she is 

These 2 Sweet little fellow's.
So cute!

A Prim Candy Corn.

YUMMY smelling wax goodies.

A Fall Notepad
and a Pumpkin Mug.

(Sorry for the sideways picture.)
and a cow Patty.

I had told Linda
that she needs to start a Blog
and share her
 wonderful creations
with everyone.
 Linda Lives in Kaukauna, WI
so that's not far from where I live.

Thank You for all the
Wonderful treasures Linda.
I Love them all!

This is what I sent Linda.

These are corn Bowl fillers that I made.
They are made out of an old chenille
Bedspread, and the husks
are muslin.
This is a pattern from the
Create and Decorate Magazine.

One of my Scarecrows 
that I made out of wood.

A Prim Candy Corn
That I made.

The candle mat I purchased.
And for the candle,
I took a white pillar candle and
drilled a hole in the top with
a spade bit.
Dipped the candle in wax
and rolled in a variety of spices
and coffee, the dipped in wax again.
I dipped the tea light also,
then added it to the hole in
the candle.

This is an old, rough board
 that I  had in my stash.
I painted it black, sanded it here 
and there, and added a coat
of stain over the top.
I took a piece of  fabric,
coffee stained it, and stapled it
onto the board to make a pocket.
I painted the numbers 1812
with black paint, added a piece of
rusty wire to hang,
and stuffed Spanish moss and
Sweet Annie in the Pocket.
(This can be taken out and Linda
can add her own dried goods,
or whatever she prefers 
in the pocket.

A Sunflower Journal
I purchased at Michael's.

A Fall, rag stuffed
Pillow tuck That I made.

One of these Pumpkin guys
that I made out of the recycled
lawn edging.

And a Peat Pot Pumpkin.

Thank You for Hosting
these wonderful Swaps Amy!