Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Middle Name Game Continued . . .

Can I just copy Barb's in a different order? My middle name is Jane, so that would work! Also, I introduced Barb to Java chip, so I should lay claim to that! I am not good at this stuff . . . but here goes.

J for Jack Russell lover -- I've had 3: Milo, Ruby and Cairo

A for Arty -- I love to mke and create all sorts of stuff, especialy hooked rugs

N for Needle puncher

E for Easy Going, at least most of the time

Here's who we tag:

Lana from Honeysuckle Lane, Annie from Chickadee Primitives, Jackie fro TFC Folk Art, and Whendi from Whendi's Bears.

Sarah Jane
who doesn't use her middle much at all . . .

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Middle Name Game

...........we were tagged by Sweet Lorraine of Piecake name is Barbara Jean so here goes............
J- Java Chip coffee icecream, thankyou Starbucks!!!
E- Ebay seller...........thimblefolk and hallowedhillprimitives.
A- Artist.....born that way, runs in the family.
N- Needlework tool and pincushion collector....(to name a few LOL)

I'll wait for Sarah before we decide who to tag.......................

Monday, August 20, 2007

and the seasons....they go round and round....

It's been delightfully chilly here in New England since this Friday past. Today it is cloudy and showers threaten, feels more like the end of September. I'm a good one for wishing away the summer. While I love the fresh fruits and vegetables and flowers I loathe the heat and humidity.

While I was chatting with a friend this morning, my gaze was on the hydrangea bushes on the other side of the driveway. I had picked a large bunch from these bushes in late June. When I brought them home I just threw them in a pot with some water and had to run back out. I thought they looked so beautiful, I took a picture and sent it to Sarah. My intention was to divide them up in my white McCoy vases and scatter them around the house, she thought they looked so pretty I should leave them....and I did. They lasted 3 full weeks and I was sad when they had to be tossed. So, this morning as I said goodbye to Irene I picked another armful and couldn't help but think of how the summer was almost gone.I brought them home and put them in the same pot and thought I would share with you today....and for some reason Joni Mitchell started singing in my head and hasn't stopped.............and the painted ponies go up and down......we're captive on a carousel of time......we can't return, we can only look, behind from where we came......and go round and round and round in the circle game..................have a happy day. Barb

Monday, August 13, 2007

Something new . . .

Here's something new I am working on that relates to my new listing on The Primitive Gathering. (New updates will appear on August 15th.) Barb thinks we should coordinate our booth better at shows by having similar items in different mediums. So look for a relative of this happy jack o'lantern on the Primitive Gathering in a couple of days.

I'll have this guy ready to go soon, too -- I may list him on ebay after I fill in al the holidays and mount him on something ot the other . . .


PS: He's really much nicer looking in real life . . .

Monday, August 6, 2007

The PGKS Bird Swap

I was part of a small swap among members of The Primitive Gathering of Kindred Spirits, an eBay discussion forum, last month. The theme was birds -- just about Deena's (our moderator and creator of the swap) most favorite critter. We had 3 weeks to create something birdy. I, of course, was late finishing mine! The due date was the day we left New York for Wisconsin to celebrate my father-in-law's 90th birthday, so I was preoccupied. But I got my finished project in the mail the day I got back.

Of course, I hooked a mat, since that is what I do. My swap partner was Jenny of Country Rustic. She makes fabulous birdhouses. (View them here: So I hooked one of her birdhouses -- minus a bit of detail. I included her business name as well a couple of birds and a star. I think she liked it . . . .

My swap package was waiting for me upon my return from the midwest. Deena made me a beautiful blue box topped by a nest and a graceful blue bird with a paper tail, a cd of soothing piano music and a small, grubby candle.

Swaps can be great fun . . .

Just a little more than a week til the midmonth update on The Primitive Gathering. Be sure to visit on the morning of August 15th!

Enjoy the day,

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

New Stuff for Sale!!

It's the first of the month, which means The Primitive Gathering has new merchandise for you to purchase! Go to to see all the new and exciting stuff our friends have made. And check back on the 15th to see our new offerings!

Happy August!
Barb & Sarah