Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lots of Bowl Fillers!

I decided to make some real quick Valentine's day goodies. I don't really have too much decor for this holiday, but I thought of a few small things that I could whip up in no time, with some items that I have here at home. The first one being wax hearts. These are just real cutsie and small, but still look so prim and festive with the darkened wax and cinnamon rub on them.

I made up quite a few bags...

Also, the kids and I finally got to make Colleen's cute snowmen bowl fillers. I wanted to get these made earlier in the winter, but after the snow scwables that we got yesterday and since the kids had a half was the perfect time! They got really cute!

I also started making some fabric hearts, but didn't quite get them finished....they are made with some tea stained ticking fabric, some red and some blue...will post a pic when they are done.
I hope you have a great week!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Blue Pottery

I've got THE BLUE COLOR FEVER TOO! Blue seems to be making a comeback in the world of country/primitive decorating....I never was a huge blue fan (other than a BIG BLUE PENN STATE fan) :) but I am really getting to love certain hues and shades of blue in my primitve decorating.
We always had certain colors of blue in our pottery, but I really like this new color after Bob did some experimenting with his glaze recipes, and I think this is a keeper~ Check it out:

Are you asking what are these pieces? They are 2 dixie cup holders, (you know for in your bathroom....the little rinse and spit cups!! LOL!!!) And the other is a squared off spoon rest (we also make them round, this one he just squared a little).

While the weather was so nice and bright out I decided to take a snap shot of another fun blue item that is anxious to be displayed better for spring....its just itching to be used for my outdoor gatherings!

For some other awesome blue ideas check out CHAR'S terrific blog...she has a "Blue's" post every Monday!


Friday, January 22, 2010

New Chair Make-Do Display

I have so much to share with you guys, I'm not sure where to start?! I am so wound up about all the goodies I saw yesterday and all the fun I had yesterday with Patti, Teresa, and Michelle at the Valley Forge show! I will share some of those goodies with you on my next post, but I wanted you to see this "chair make do" display that I arranged here in my living room. I'm not sure if it will stay there or not, but I thought I would share it with you anyway...

What do you think....does it need something yet? I need something primtastic to sit on that chair yet for sure~! ;)
I thought I would also share a picture or two of my finished boxes from the other day. I made these for in my son's room. For the longest time I couldn't ever get or find these large boxes to prim up, but I finally just found a place through my husbands job?!! I quickly ordered them and couldn't wait to paint em!

Ok folks....have a great weekend! :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Chicken Soup, and a BIG craft wholesale show

I got a big ole pot of chicken soup simmering on the stove while I am up to my eyeballs in paint....not painting the house, just painting some craft pieces that I have been waiting to do till the weather was nice enough to do some staining outside.

Tomorrow I am headed to the Valley Forge Cash and Carry Show with Teresa from TERESA'S PRIM TREASURES and Patti from BRICKHOUSE. I can't wait to see all the goodies available for $ale, and hope to get some new ideas for this year of crafting!
A couple people asked about my plans for my new stash of wool...well, I hope to be braiding a new rug by next week and I have an idea for a new large penny rug. My walls are pretty much filled with my other penny rugs, so I will need to start going up the stairs with my new ones...

Loretta is located in Collegeville, Pennsylvania and she sells the WOOL out of her home. Check out her site.
Ok, well I am off to more painting, and yummmmm...the smell of that soup is telling me its time for lunch too! :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Happy Valentine Wreath

I saw the cutest Valentine wreath that Jen made over at her awesome blog: tatertots and jello. I loved it so much that I just had to go and make one....

here is my finished wreath
it is made with cupcake liners...isn't that a great idea? Mine looks very similar to hers and I wanted to get different liners but to my surprise there wasn't too many choices out there for valentine cupcake liners. I didn't have any white cupcake liners for the posey, so I used a coffee filter and attached a heart puts a smile on my face too Jen!

My little guy wanted to wear it on his head! :)

For the whole tutorial you can go visit Jen and follow her great directions.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Have you any Wool?

Yes sir, yes sir....MORE THAN 3 BAGS FULL!
Check out all this beautiful, glorious, wonderful WOOL!!!!!

My road trip to Collegeville was a successful trip as anticipated! Amy and I hit the road together at 8:40 am, and what should have been a 2 hour drive turned into an almost 4 hour drive after coming into a major traffic jam/highway shutdown....but we made it there and home safe and sound....thank goodness! :)
We could have taken all the wool with us, but we settled for approximately 30 yards of wool for each of us....WOW...ALMOST 60 YARDS OF WOOL TOTAL???!!!! Are we crazy or what?! LOL!
Now I really have to get busy crafting with all this new wool!

This is the stack that Amy and I composed of all the wool we, we didn't take it all....just a few yards of each!

Here is Amy with Loretta, our lovely hostess!

Here I am with happy for all my new wool!
I see penny rugs, braided rugs, hooked rugs in store....
one of my favorite addictions...WOOL...I need MORE, MORE, MORE!! LOL!!! Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Little Goods.....

I have been able to work away at and even cross off some things on my "to-do" crafts list, and let me tell ya....I love crossing things off on that list! :) I have quite a few little projects just itching to get started and done, but I am waiting on some warmer temps to do that because they require outside spray painting and so forth...the weatherman tells me that I just may get to do that this week now! Yeah!
In the meantime, I was able to do this little Christmas pine penny rug candle mat that I have now for next year. Got really cute....thanks Amy for the template! :)

I also wanted to do a little stitchery and so I decided to do this while the family watched the Eagles/Cowboys football game on Saturday night....I still need a cute little frame for it though.....our name with the year we were married.

And on Sunday night, I decided to try my hand at making some grubby cinnamon candles, just using those little emergency candles, mod podge and some spices....they got soooo cute!

Here are a few more new tart warmers that we were able to finish up too....our kiln needed a small replacement part and it finally arrived, so we really got to get moving with that....we have a pottery "to-do" list as well and it is a mile long, so we are working on it Patti!!! :)

Since I was able to cross off a few things on the list, some new things got added to it of course! But, before any more gets done, I have two road trips scheduled this week to pick up more crafting supplies, and the major road trip is to go get more lovely Wool! Hopefully I will remember my camera and be able to take pictures for you all of this wonderful woman's wool supply. Until next time.....have a great week!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Wax Bird/ Bowl Filler

I wanted to share with you a Christmas gift that I was really hoping to get from Santa for Christmas, and guess what? I did get it! is a mold to make my wax bowl fillers, or in this case ornies. I really love this bird and not only just for displaying in wooden bowls or trays, but I want to do my primitive brown twig tree filled with these birds. I only just started making a few, but as soon as I get more wax, I hope to make a big flock!

I really primmed these up making them with a blackened beeswax and then rubbed with some great spices, so they smell extra good. I have a piece of twine looped in the back so they can hang and soon I'll have my tree filled with them (or hope too)!
If anyone is interested in purchasing some, please contact me for details.

Monday, January 4, 2010

For the times....they are a changing...

With the new year already 4 days in, we all know how quickly time goes by and how quickly things can change. There are many changes happening here at the Miller house and I must admit that most of them are a little scary, intimidating, and uncertain, but I am reminded that God is faithful and we may not see the path in front of us, but it is he who holds the lamp that guides our footsteps on that new path. I didn't make any resolutions for the new year, but I have tried to set some new personal goals for myself for 2010. It does sound better than resolutions doesn't it?
So, now that all my Christmas decorations are down, the house seems a lot less cluttered (and bare too!) :) I have lots and lots of projects and crafts that I hope to tackle during these cold and chilly winter months that are ahead of us and I will share those with you along the way...I also have some great recipes to post for you too, and in the upcoming month, I plan on having my very first giveaway to show my gratitude for all of you! I have gotten to know some great blogging friends along the way and you guys have always been so generous in sharing tips, recipes, and craft ideas with me, so it is my turn to pay it forward. So, stay tuned for the meantime, stay warm and HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!