So Lucky with Theodore and Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, crafty friends! It’s St. Patty’s week! And although I don’t do anything special to celebrate the holiday, I do always love a good excuse to do a little crafting and decorating. So today I thought I’d re-share my favorite St. Patrick’s Day project from last year, an altered home decor frame that I made for the Ranger Ink Project Page featuring the adorable Tim Holtz Theodore Colorize die set.


I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive home decor items, and this 5×7 thrift store desk frame was an awesome score at less than $2. It was a plain wooden frame to begin with, which didn’t match my project or decor, so step one was to give it a whitewash of Picket Fence Distress paint and a coating of Distress Crackle Texture Paste, followed by a sanding for that perfect shabby finish. I used Oxide-inked patterned paper for the background, and it, too, was doused with Crackle Paste and sanded. The finished product is so smooth and cracked and aged, and totally reminds me of Venetian plaster. I was obsessed with this technique last year.


Theodore is so darn cute! Definitely a favorite from the Colorize line. His lucky clover was made by piecing four small heart die cuts together, and I tucked the clover into his mouth for a bit of fun. I added some Wildflower die cut greens around him, and the sentiment is a mix of alphanumeric dies with an older script word set (which unfortunately is retired now).

The full tutorial for this project is still available on the Ranger Ink Project Page, if you’d like to learn more. Happy St. Patty’s Day, and thanks for stopping by!


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February Home Tour- The Entryway


Happy Tuesday, friends! I’ve been inspired by my recent heart-making frenzy of the past couple of weeks to do a bit of Valentine decorating, and today I thought I would share my new entryway update with you.


I don’t normally decorate for Valentine’s Day. The holiday just comes and goes so quickly, and I usually like to keep out my winter snowmen until March. But this year, because I’ve been making so many hearts, Valentines are on my mind.


Since I am more of a snowman type of gal, I don’t have many Valentine decorations, but this did give me the perfect excuse to display some of my handmade rag dollies. I don’t keep many of my creations, but these right here have always been my favorites.


I have just finished one last set of prim hearts for the season, and thought they would look sweet piled into this old apple basket. Once again, these are made from some of my favorite Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabrics that I’ve been hoarding in my stash. If you saw the patchwork heart I made recently, then you may recognize the small “patches” made from those scraps that I added to these hearts, along with a snippet of lace and vintage pearl button. And in honor of my recent return to cross-stitching, I added hand-stitched X’s all around the outline of these shabby sweet bowl fillers. These cuties have been added to my AudOnes Prims Shop, if you’d like to take any of them home.

Speaking of cross-stitch, this is a “save the stitches” framed cross stitch piece that I found at my favorite local charity shop. I don’t know how old the stitching is, but I’m guessing quite, from the discoloration of the linen…. and that dated framing screams 80’s to me. It is probably a section of some larger piece that someone saved behind glass. Sure wish I knew the history.


Underneath the table, is my usual mish-mash of decor items bundled into a favorite handmade basket.


It’s been quite fun, trying something new.


If February goes anywhere near as quickly as January did, then Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. But as I had hoped to do, I did get my dining room sideboard decorated yesterday, and it feels so bright and cheerful compared to the darker tones of last month. I’ll take some pictures, and share with you all soon.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

January Home Tour


Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you’re all having an amazing weekend! It has been such beautiful weather here these past few days. Warm and sunny, and feeling much more like spring than winter. But even so, my house is decorated for the snowy season. And today I thought I’d share some of my winter snowmen with you.


It’s always a bit of a letdown after all the lights and decorations and festivities of the holiday season. The house just feels so bare once the tinsel comes down. And although I don’t have as many winter decorations as I do Christmas, I do try to keep a few spots in my house decorated for every season.


This past year, since Covid hit, I’ve been changing out the decor in my dining room much more than usual. Lord knows we can all use a bit of extra cheer, and many of us are spending most of our time at home these days with the restrictions and shutdowns and quarantines… so why not make things extra homey and comforting?


You all know by now that I love to mix vintage ironstone and transferware dishes on my dining room sideboard. And for January, I pulled out one of my favorite patterns…. and one of the very few “sets” of dishes that I can claim to own, Johnson Brothers Friendly Village. This pattern features different scenes and even a mix of seasons in their designs. But of course this month I’m focusing on the snowy settings.


I kept the display very natural and serene, in a color palette of white, red, and green pulled from the dishes.


My mom gave me this big wooden sleigh as a present one year, and I love how spacious it is for holding dishes and decorations. Inside it I’ve added ironstone, dishes, hammered aluminum trays and flatware, and an adorable woolly mouse and salt shaker snowman. The sleigh is pulled by an old rusty metal reindeer. Totally reminds me of poor Max pulling the Grinch’s sleigh with the antler tied to his head.


I added in some winter picks that I have of flocked pine cones, and re-used the green fabric trees that I had out for Christmas, as they work great in a winter forest scene.


We have so many cardinals here, and I love to watch them through the windows at my birdbath and feeder. They sure add a beautiful spot of color at this time of year.


I have another woolly mouse peeking from a cup, and the pair snowman shaker that’s tucked in, too. The large snowman up top is a painted gourd. A gift from my bestie many years ago.


As housebound as I have been, I still can’t believe how quickly January is flying by. Just one more week until it’s February and time for hearts. I don’t usually decorate for Valentine’s, but I’m going to give it a try this year here in the dining room.

How about you, friends? Any of you decorate for Valentine’s Day? Or do you keep snowmen out all winter? Or perhaps once the holidays are over, it all comes down for the year. Do tell. I’d love to hear!

Holiday Home Tour


Happy Saturday, friends! How are the holiday preparations coming along at your house? As hard as it is to believe, we are now less than a week away from Christmas. And even though I can see all the lights and the tree and the decorations, I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Christmas is here.


I think I keep waiting for my parents to arrive on their annual holiday visit to make me believe that Christmas is really here. But of course that can’t happen this year due to Covid, and I know everyone is in the same boat….. but it sure is different this year. Thank goodness the vaccine is just about here.


My mom really loves my holiday decorating, and since she can’t be here this year, I wanted to share some of my holiday house scenes on the blog. Today we’re taking a peek into my dining room. My new favorite spot to sit with my computer… which makes me smile because I know my dad would be sitting opposite of me with his laptop, were he here.


This year for my sideboard display, I went with my red transferware dishes, as always, mixed with vintage white ironstone. I have several sets of dishes that I like for Christmas, so it’s often a dilemma which to use, but this year’s decision was decided by an adorable Santa cookie jar that I’ve had for years and have never put to use. And what better colors for Santa than red and white.

For 4th of July this year, I added some of my larger red pieces to the sideboard, like a vintage red toolbox, my dad’s old red lunchbox, and a red Coca-Cola crate… and I like how they looked so well that I’ve brought them back for Christmas. You all know how much I love to bundle, and these totes are fabulous catch-alls for display.


I didn’t get much made for my AudOnes Shop this holiday, but I did adore these Yuletide tomato pincushions that I managed to squeeze in.  Thank you all so much for grabbing those up so quickly. Always makes my heart so happy.


I didn’t get as much cross-stitching done for this season as I would have liked to, either. But I did tuck my few finishes into the sideboard, and I love how they look in here.


The large piece is the Christmas Tree Farm pattern by Prairie Schooler, stitched onto 14-count Aida fabric that I coffee/tea dyed. The stitching is mounted onto sticky board and added to a junky old metal blackboard easel frame that I found at the thrift store. I also finished a trio of Prairie Schooler ornaments that I tucked in here and there.


Santa is so jolly, isn’t he? I believe this jar came from Hallmark, but not sure how many years ago.


With family around, I usually keep the dining room table clear at Christmas for congregating and eating and building puzzles. But this year, I was able to add my favorite holiday cloth, and pack the center of the table with my usual bundle of things.


There won’t be quite as many festivities this year, but I’m looking forward to Christmas dinner in here. I think I’m going to try my hand at Swedish meatballs… a family tradition at our house. But usually my mom is in charge, so wish me luck!


I hope that whatever this holiday season holds for you this year, that you have the most joyous and blessed one ever! And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Yuletide Holiday with Therm O Web


Happy Monday, crafty friends! How are the holiday preparations coming along at your house? Although I still have a long way to go, I’m excited to say that I got a bit of decorating done this past weekend, and I absolutely love how festive things are starting to look. I hope to share a tour of the dining room soon. But in the mean time, I thought today I would share a peek at a new addition to my sideboard display this year…. some adorable holiday tomato pincushions that I made recently for the Therm O Web blog.


One of my favorite things about the Therm O Web team is being able to play and create with both paper and fabric. So when they asked me recently to make a holiday themed fabric project, I jumped at the chance. If you are at all fond of sewing, or perhaps just collecting vintage things, then I’m sure you’re familiar with the tomato pincushions that these cuties are fashioned after. I just love the nostalgia of these trinkets, and how fun don’t they look in this Tim Holtz Yuletide fabric!


There’s very little sewing involved in the making of these pincushions, and I know that even very beginner sewers could tackle these with ease.  I think these would look so cute made up in different fabrics for the seasons and holidays. And they make a great gift idea, too. If you’re interested in learning more, be sure to check out my step-by-step tutorial on the Therm O Web blog.


Or, you can find these available for sale now in my AudOnes Prims Shop!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

Happy Thanksgiving


Sending big holiday hellos and Thanksgiving blessings to my friends and family in the States! Even during these challenging times of 2020, I hope your home is filled with happiness and bounty today, and every day!


Thanksgiving is usually a quiet holiday for me, but I’ve come to really appreciate the quiet moments and serenity of the day. It’s usually the last quiet pause before the craziness of the holidays sets in, and I’ll take every calm moment that I can get.


I’m not even cooking a big meal this year. But I’ve got my dining room all decorated and ready for a celebration, anyway. I often bring my laptop into this room, and love to sit in here and stare at my pretty dishes. Of course I’ve got some special ones just for Thanksgiving. And I’d love to share them with you.


As always, I’ve layered my antique sideboard with vintage ironstone and transferware dishes. I’ve got several turkey and game bird themed pieces that come out at this time of year. You all know I love me a good critter or two.


I definitely like to mix and match my dishes. There is no matchy-matchy going on here. For November, anything in the brown color family goes.


Besides the dishes, I’ve added in fall leaf picks and acorn picks for color, and a few battery-operated votive candles. The beautiful amber glass candle holder was a gift from my dear friend for my birthday some years ago.


Besides the dining room, I’ve added a few Thanksgiving touches to my entryway.


I adore this big ceramic tom that graces the entryway table. He is definitely a statement piece.


I love the natural look of baskets and wood, and try to incorporate those elements into my arrangements. This antique wooden rice scoop is the perfect spot to tuck books and old Tom the Turkey. I’ve filled in with a bottle-brush tree and a pair of pumpkin gourds to round out the display.

Above the table, I’ve hung one of my favorite thrift store finds. A framed autumn farmhouse scene needlework piece I scored for only $3. Best find ever!


And down below is my treasured handmade basket filled with pumpkins and a cross-stitch piece that was gifted to me last year. The piece that spurred my own return to cross-stitching this year.


Thanksgiving blessings to all, from my house to yours!

 

Happy Halloween!

Happy Saturday! Today is the day, friends! It’s Halloween, one of my most favorite days of the year, and time to finish up this year’s 2020 Halloween Haunted House Tour. The last stop on the tour is my living room.


Those of you who have followed my tours over the years will probably recognize my traditional look for my Halloween mantel. As is my usual design for the living room, once again I have gone with black and white decor in a skeleton theme, inspired by the fabulous painting that my son did in art class so very many years ago.


Of course I had to have that picture framed, and to this day it is one of my most prized decorations. I couldn’t imagine my Halloween mantel without it. And the rest of the decorations are done up to match.


I still have those sticks that my mother and I spray painted and hand-beaded with literally hundreds of tiny black beads. A knock-off Pottery Barn project that we did together. It truly amazes me how many years now that those fragile sticks have survived. From the sticks I’ve hung some metal spiders on chains, and I really love how they dangle and swing.


The grinning fella on top of the woodland picture is actually a card that my mom gave to me. It’s made from paper and jointed, and I love putting it in different positions each year.


A couple more skeleton characters and a prim ghost are tucked into a large basket on the hearth. I got the broom from the shop I work at. It is handmade from curled wood and straw, in the woven Appalachian style popular in the mountain area.


And a few final folk art cuties in the metal tray on the coffee table, along with a handmade card my dear friend made for me.

Things are sure different for Halloween this year. I don’t expect any trick or treaters will ring the doorbell, so perhaps tonight will be time to curl up in front of the tv and watch horror movies. Whatever you plan to do, I hope you all have a super wonderful Halloween! And thanks so much for joining me on another holiday house tour!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

2020 Halloween Haunted House Tour


Happy Saturday, friends! It’s just one week away from Halloween, and time to get on with this year’s annual Haunted House Tour. Today I thought we’d take a peek at my front entryway.


The entryway table is topped with a vintage hammered aluminum tray, and stacked with some basic, everyday pieces that I like to use as the foundations for my decor. In the back I have a tall Longaberger basket that is great for bundling, and adds some much needed height to the display.


Also on the table top is one of my absolute favorite antique pieces, a wooden shuttle scoop… used, I believe, for scooping rice. I placed several vintage books inside the shuttle along with a gorgeous, multi-colored vintage-inspired paper Halloween tree.


The tree is dressed with mercury glass garland and a pair of clip-on crows. I finished a little stitching this month, and have turned it into an ornament for the tree. This is an adorable Prairie Schooler pattern, stitched on fabric that I dyed with Distress spray ink.


This other ornament is one that I made years ago, when I was on the Authentique Paper design team. The postage stamp image and the spider are stickers from one of their Halloween lines. I colored the image with Distress and topped them with clear crackle. Then layers of inked stamped fabric and felt. A real multi-media design. I’ve finished a few more cross-stitch pieces, and still hope to get them added to the tree this year.


The bottom shelf contains my favorite handmade basket, as usual, filled with metal pumpkins and handmade prims. And a vintage print I picked up one year at the thrift store.


Across from the entry table is my vintage wooden bench.


Here you’ll find more vintage hammered aluminum and vintage enamel-ware buckets. Lots of happy jack-o lantern decor, too.


The pumpkin-head scarecrow doll is one of my own handmade prims. The witch hat and pumpkin in the front are folk-art paper mache. Then another of my cross-stitch pieces that I stitched this month. This one is a pattern by With Thy Needle and Thread called Basketful of Autumn Time. I ran out of sticky board, so will go back to this project for fully finishing sometime in the future. But for now, I couldn’t resist putting it out.


I am a sucker for vintage style, so these Halloween feather trees and the paper mache Putz-style house are right up my alley. I’ve added in a few of my favorite handmade card projects from the past couple of years.


And then one final display on my credenza nearby.


Folk art dolls, bottle brush tree, and a wire votive holder tree, all stacked on an antique wooden cabbage slicer.

Haven’t finished your Halloween decorating yet? There’s still a few remaining items available in my AudOnes Prims Shop. To check them out, click HERE

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful week! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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2020 Halloween Haunted House Tour

Hello Friends! You all know what time it is, right? October is well underway, and that means it’s time for spooks and ghosts and goblins in my 2020 Halloween Haunted House Tour. Let’s get started today with a visit to my sunroom.

I think I’ve mentioned in the past that my sunroom is my favorite room in my house, and is the room I tend to spend the most time in. So of course this room holds some of my most favorite things, and this year, I’ve tried to keep the decorations a little more warm and cozy…. perfect for curling up with a cup of coffee and a comfy blankie.

My big chair sits opposite this antique butler’s chest, so this is the view I tend to look at the most. I am absolutely in love with that primitive witch doll, so she takes center stage. And of course I must have at least a couple of Lori Mitchell figurines added to the mix.

I’ve had this 3-foot white tree on top of my chest for most of the year, and although I thought it would come down for Halloween, I couldn’t part with it. So it stays, with some sweet feltie pumpkin ornaments for decoration.

This cross stitch piece is one I completed this summer, and am so excited to have on display. This is the Ghoul Tidings pattern by Plum Street Samplers, stitched on 14 count tea-dyed Aida with a hodge-podge of fancy floss from my stash. I finished the piece on sticky board, mounted with some Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric and pom pom trim. I added the stitched piece to a frame from Hobby Lobby, and topped it with a big poofy bow.

This black tree was one of the first big Halloween decor items that I ever bought, and it remains one of my top favorites things to this day. I have a collection of very sweet felt ornaments that I like to hang from it. This year the tree is tucked into a giant cauldron that was a gift from my Halloween-loving mum. Thanks, Mom!

Around the tree I’ve gathered some of my other favorite folk art felt pillows, stuffies, and dolls. I think they all look great together.

 

More Lori Mitchell figures, a black wire tree, and my Frankie bucket head. Some of you may remember those Frankenstein ornaments that I made for my shop in the early years. I tucked a pair of those into the top of the bucket for a touch of whimsy.

 

This rolling cart is a vintage laundry basket used to roll clothes out to the clothesline, and it’s become a favorite spot to tuck pillows and blankets and linens. And of course for Halloween it’s stuffed with pumpkins, too.

A black witch cat that was made by me. And a pair of pumpkin-headed dolls that are new to me this year.

And here we are around to the other bookcase, and a collection of silly jack o’lantern dolls.

The year is going by so quickly! Can’t believe Halloween will soon be here.
In case you haven’t had a chance to pop into the shop, I still have a few handmade and collected goodies available… like Bubba the Bat here. (Click HERE to shop)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend, and happy haunting!

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The October Sideboard & AudOnes Prims Update


Happy Thursday, friends, and happy first of October to you all! I am so excited because today marks the official start to my favorite month of the year…..and seriously, it’s just been such a great day. The weather is glorious here right now, and the leaves are starting to turn color on the trees. Everything is so beautiful. And on top of that, I spent two wonderful hours watching the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 4 Facebook Live this afternoon. Wow, what an amazing amount of inspiration! It’s always such an honor for me to be a part of such a talented group of makers. You all should check it out if you haven’t had the chance yet.


I’ve also put together a new arrangement on my dining sideboard that I am excited to share with you today. Yes, of course, it’s a Halloween display this time, for my favorite holiday. A very fun blend of cuties and spookies, collectibles, vintage transferware and ironstone, and some of my own handmades thrown into the mix.


I have very few transferware pieces in black, but the ones I do have are always the backbone of my Halloween display. Mixed, as per my norm, with vintage ironstone. This year I came up with a rather random combination of some of my favorite Halloween things, instead of focusing on just skeletons or just cats, as I’ve done in the past. And I really do love the whimsical feel.


For some of you kind fans of my prim creations, I’m happy to say that I’ve added a few new items to my AudOnes Prims Shop… like this sweet little Bella the Bat right here.


You all know I have a super soft spot for Lori Mitchell figurines, so of course there must be some of those. Along with a few too cute to spook pumpkin head figures.


Spiders and black cats, ravens and skellies. And you can see a peek of my Halloween cross stitch piece that was my first completed project in the beginning of the year.


Prims from AudOnes past. And a new pumpkin just added to the shop. Everything I have this time around is one-of-a-kind, so if you see anything you are interested in, do go check.


And last, but not least, a new arrangement for the table, too.


I love this time of year! I am an autumn-girl, through and through.

If you’re looking for a few new tricks or treats to add to your fall decorating, be sure to check out the surprises I’ve added to my shop. There’s a little fall and a little Halloween, and a few gathered treasures to share.

for my AudOnes Prims Fall Shop, click HERE

Happy October!!

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