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Thursday, December 31, 2009

hurricane lamp from salvation army

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Praying that everyone has blessed New Year ahead of them!

I got this hurricane lamp at Salvation Army last week for $3.99. I have wanted one of these for quite some time. It has a copper bottom, but there was some paint drops on it and the rest of it seems kinda rusty. I decided to spray paint the whole think black. I dried some oranges and placed them around the bottom. The only thing I don't like is the light bulb. I need to find one that isn't so bright. Maybe I will do a silicone bulb instead.
Have a great one, Kim

Monday, December 21, 2009

an entertainment center redo

Hey girlies,
Almost Christmas time!! Hope everyone is ready for it. This summer I was a little too energetic in my cleaning and dusting and I accidentally broke a glass panel in my giant entertainment center. It wasn't just plain glass. Of course it had fancy smancy stuff on it and would be rather expensive to replace. I kept contemplating what to do. I thought about tin, copper, wood and I didn't feel comfy with any of those. My hubby wouldn't let me paint the whole thing (even after begging). He likes the natural oak. I am all for barn red, but "whatever". Anyway, I saw on someone's blog of pic of their kitchen. Their cabinets had pleated material and I thought, "hey that could work on my center".
So I took some plaid material and a staple gun and went to work one night while the hubby was out playing basketball with church buddies. I love the look. It matches everything in the room and when I get tired of it, I will just take out the staples and use different material.
Have a great one, Kim

Friday, December 18, 2009

my prim santa crow

Well my buddy Char emailed me this free pattern from Bridgeway Primitives. It is over 2 feet long. He is a giant. She and I were supposed to get together and make these, but she is a very busy lady (always helping out with decorating the church for many events and homeschooling her kiddoes) and I work full time during the day. So, I had to make him myself. My kids like it, but my hubby doesn't think he looks like a crow at all. What do you think?

I put him on the wreath to make him stand out more. He seemed to get lost just hanging somewhere in the house. I like him. He is unusual and interesting.
Have a great one. Get ready for Christmas. It's coming quickly. CYa, kim

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My prim snowman

Hi guys,
Is everybody getting ready for Christmas? I love this time of the year. I love the lights and the anticipation.
So I decided to try making a fabric snowman. I kinda made it like how you make the fabric pumpkins. I cut out a big, medium and small circle and I baste-stitched them closed and stuffed them. I connected them with tacky glue. I dirtied him up with coffee and cinnamon. I used peppercorns for the eyes and mouth. I will probably use little sticks for arms. I made the nose out of fabric and hot glued it to his face. I think he turned out well for my first attempt. I love looking at all of your photos and reading your ideas. You really inspire me. thanks and Merry Christmas, Kim

Monday, December 14, 2009

snowman salt dough faces

I tried out Colleen's salt dough recipe from

My son Ethan and I make a batch of it and had some fun being creative on a Friday night. It was so easy to do and they turned out really cute. I had some of my girlfriends over for a Christmas party and they commented on how cute they are too. Since it is so easy to make, I took the flour and salt to my school this past Friday and had my second grade students make ornaments for Christmas. I rolled out the dough and they used cookie cutters. I baked them in the big oven at school. We are going to paint them this week and then they can wrap them up for gifts for their family members.

Go over to Colleen's blog and check it out and see how easy they are to make.
Have a great one, Kim

Check out this wonderful giveaway

She is ending the giveaway tomorrow. It is a wonderful light arrangement all decked out for Christmas!! Isn't it beautiful!! Go to: and enter for your chance to win. Thanks, Kim

Friday, December 11, 2009

my prim candy canes

Hi everyone,
Did you see the freebie from the Pickled Pepper Patch? If not, then over to Char's blog and grab this from her Share box before it is gone:

I love the way they turned out. I have always been more of a "wood" chick, but I am liking this muslin sewing stuff. I just need to get more confidence with it. Anyway, here are the 7 candy canes that I made. As you can see, I put 4 in this cute little jar on my kitchen countertop and used the last 3 in this greenery swag on top of my dining room hutch.

Holiday blessings to ya, Kim

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

cute little lamp

Hi guys,
I was at the Women of Purpose conference in Hershey, PA a few weeks ago. While there, we went to the Hershey Outlets. In the adorable store, Christmas Tree Hill, I found this lamp for $11.00 I love the way it looks and fits into this spot on my kitchen countertop. I bought the Christmas ring to go around it there too. It has greenery, tin snowflakes, a few candy canes and a snowman attached to it. It is very crisp and neat looking don't ya think?
Enjoy your day, Kim

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas decorating (inside photos)

Hope everyone is having a wonderful time making things and decorating for the holiday season. have a wonderful day, Kim

Saturday, December 5, 2009

busy busy busy

This was a frame that I found at GW. It had a picture of a little girl holding a rabbit. I turned around the picture and stenciled Jesus on it. I love the depth of this frame.

Does your pretty, wooden, dining room table look like this too? I will be doing "redo"s until next year- ha ha!! Good deals from garage sales, GW and Salvation Army. Happy crafting, Kim

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

wooden bin redo (craigslist find!!)

I am so excited about this wooden bin that I got off of craigslist for $25.00 Everyday I type into the for sale search box: wooden or primitive or chandelier. Well when I saw this I knew I had to have it. I met the lady only 10 minutes from my house. I love it, but now that I painted it I really love it. I chose barn red over top of black. I sanded it and used Minwax Dark Walnut to finish it.

What do ya think?? Have a great one, Kim

Monday, November 30, 2009

snowman faces in a frame (very easy)

I thought I would share this little snowman picture that is very easy to make. First I found a long rectangular frame at GW. I painted it black and sanded it. Then, I cut out homespun to fit the cardboard backing of the frame. I "tacky" glued it to the cardboard. Next, I used a plastic drinking cup to get my circle pattern. I cut out 3 circles in osnaburg muslin and 3 in warm and natural. I "tacky" glued the warm and natural first, then I glued the osnaburg on top of that. I cut out funny shaped noses from orange homespun. I glued those on too. Finally, I painted dots for the eyes and mouths. I think it turned out cute. I am thinking of taking them off and "grungying" up with coffee mix though. Enjoy!! If you have small frames, just make one face.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

wooden plate redo

Hi guys,
I am soooo excited for the holiday season!! I have been going crazy making things thanks to your tutorials, free patterns and GW stuff. It is so hard to find the time when you work full time, have two children, a hubby a dog and love to run. Well anyway, for the next few posts you will see a lot of my makeovers and end products from patterns and tutorials that you put out there. Thanks.
This is a plate that I picked up for $0.99 at GW. I repainted it and stenciled Glory to God in the Highest. I like how it turned out.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

hi everyone

A few weeks ago my buddy Char came over and we made these little stump prairie dolls. Aren't they too cute. Very easy to make too.

This is a better look at the adorable sheep that she gave to me also. Isn't it great? She knows how much I love sheep.

I also got this penny rug from ebay. I love the colors and feel it will be appropriate all year round. It is felt not wool, but very nice to look at anyway.

Have a great one, Kim

Monday, October 19, 2009

My little snowpeople

Hi there,
Well, I finally got a Saturday without a soccer game. With all of the rain we have gotten here in PA, the field was extremely too muddy for the little ones to play. So, I decided to get out the old sewing machine and give these little snowman, stump dolls a try. I just took some muslin and drew a "made-up" pattern on the front. I sewed them and turned them right sides out. I stitched the nose, eyes and others on them. I filled them with polyfil and some rice. I think they turned out pretty cute for my first try. I will certainly make more for gifts and fillers. Give them a try- what do ya have to lose?
Have a great day, Kim

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I love crows

Hi there,
Don't you just love crows? I do. I love them as much as I love sheep. :)
I finished this free stitchery pattern that was posted on someone's blog and please forgive me because I can't find where or who I got it from. If it was you, please let me know. I love the pattern. I think it turned out great! I have it framed and sitting on my stovetop cover. I also made the little crow block to go with it. I got the homespun balls 3 for $1 at a Fall Festival. The black plate was a redo from a yard sale. I also got it for $1. I love thrifts and sales.

If anyone has a nice free pattern for a wooden crow and wouldn't mind sharing it, I would love to have it. I won't mass produce it or anything, I just would like to make a few for fillers in my home. I am not in this for a profit, but for enjoyment. Thanks a lot. God bless your day, Kim

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

fall decorating

I got some paper mache boxes and wooden bowls from goodwill painted this weekend. Last weekend we went to the Apple Cider Festival in Altoona, PA. There were so many beautiful craft items. I bought the prim pumpkin that has a tin star and a cute crow on it. It was only $7.00. I thought that was a good price. I also bought 6 homespun wrapped balls. They were selling 3 for $1.00. I couldn't pass that deal up. I know I could make them myself, but to sit there and cut all those strips of homespun. No thanks. I would rather someone else do it for 33 cents each- ha ha. Well, gotta go. Very busy week with teaching and soccer every night (3 more weeks of soccer and then finally a break)!! Enjoy your day, Kim

Also, I tried that Applesauce Pork Chop recipe that Kris from the Simply Prim blog posted. They were AWESOME!! They melted in my mouth. They had a great taste. I made them with some butternut squash and peas. Very good dinner. Thanks Kris.

Monday, October 12, 2009

a Home Interior makeover

Hi guys,
How many of you have that wooden ladder from Home Interiors from back in the mid 90s? I do. I love it, but it needed changed. I forgot to take a before pic, but picture it in your head. It was brown and was filled with those Willowtree Angels from Hallmark and specialty stores. Well, first I painted the entire ladder black. After it dried, I painted it a nice, country green. When that dried, I took my sander and sanded all of the edges, corners and in between spots. When done sanding, I took my Minwax Dark Walnut stain and painted the entire ladder with it. I then wiped it off and let it dry. I love how it turned out. Do you see the adorable sheep? My best bud Char from the Pickled Pepper Patch came over a few weeks ago to craft and she gave him to me. She knows how much I absolutely love sheep. Don't get rid of those old Home Interior things and look for them at g-sales and goodwill. They can be primmed up very easily. Make your sanded and dark walnut stain your 2 new best friends- hee hee. Have a great one, Kim

Sunday, October 11, 2009

new prim curtains in my dining room :)

Hello all,
I have really been wanting a change in my dining room. The old curtains that came with the house were more country than prim. I kept looking at your blogs, Country Sampler and of course hitting the Primitive Place forum for ideas. I finally decided to buy 8 yards of osnaburg fabric from JoAnn Fabrics with my 50% off coupon and a gift card I had gotten for my bday. So, for $16.00 I got new curtains. All I did was cut the 8 yards in the middle to make 2 very long pieces. I flipped the material up over the curtain rod and pulled them to the side with homespun. I then stapled the homespun to the window trim and then finished it off with a rusty star. I really love them. They look great during the day with the sunshine coming through. I love no-sew projects.
Have a great day, Kim

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

last garage sale this season "finds"

Hey guys,
I went to a pretty good neighborhood sale Saturday morning before my son's soccer game. The boys came with me, so needless to say I spent WAY more than I intended to spend. We came home with a scooter, pogo stick, legos, hot wheels.... I only got a few things, but I like what I got. The metal pumpkin with the cute fabric turkey inside and the leaves and berries on top was only $3.00. I love it. It was the first item I bought. I got a nice, big Tupperware bowl for 50 cents. I found the lamp for 50 cents too. I plan on spray painting the bottom brassy part a nice, flat black and I will get a cool shade for it. I got a couple of frames for 25 cents each and I got the wooden plate for $1.00. I will be sure to prim it up soon. I hope to get to a few more sales before the weather gets to unbearable here in PA to shop in someone else's yard- LOL!
Have a great one, Kim

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

my fabric pumpkin and some stitcheries

Hi guys,
I made one of the cute little pumpkins that Char had a tutorial on at

It was sooooo easy to make and turned out really cute too.

These are a few stitcheries I did for Fall:
I got the free patterns from Homeberries. I didn't frame 2 of them yet. I love the cat one.

One more thing..... This is a wool autumn piece that my great friend Char made for me. She is the best. I love it. It is so clean and perfectly made. Thanks Char.

Have a great day, Kim

Monday, August 31, 2009

blanket crane finished

Hello all,
Been rather busy with some projects. My buddy Char (pickled pepper patch) came over last week and we each made a wooden blanket crane. We followed the wonderful tutorial posted by Kris over at simply prim blog. I absolutely love how it turned out. If you get a chance, go over and check out her other projects and tutorials. She does great work!

Starting back to school today. Got some excitement and got some jitters. Even after all these years of teaching, I still get nervous. Having some gorgeous weather today in PA. Have a great one, Kim

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

decorating for Fall

I was getting a few things out for Fall and thought I would share. I am making a few signs and redoing some wooden bowls for the black and red hutch, but I thought I would show my "so far" look. Can't believe summer is almost over already. Have a great one, Kim