Spring Shop Update at AudOnes Prims


Happy Monday, friends! I’ve been working away behind the scenes on some new spring shop goodies, and they are finished, and listed, and I’m so excited today to share them with you!


If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have already seen a peek at these. And some of you may remember a similar version of this sweet Old Mother Goose from previous years. She was truly one of my most favorite prims, and when I came across this vintage-looking floral fabric, I couldn’t resist making her again.


One thing I did differently with Mother Goose this time is to craft up a floppy burlap nest to go along. The old gal fits perfectly in a basket or bowl, but is a bit wobbly on her feet all on her own. The new nest helps keep her on her toes.


Another pair you might recognize are these adorable folk-art rabbit dolls, Lili and Lala Lapin. I had crafted these for my shop years ago, but I recently uncovered another set that were still in pieces. So I stitched them up, and added a few new embellishments, and think they are just the cutest things.


Lastly, I have some polka dotty egg bowl fillers, done up in a rainbow of bright colors.


These over-sized eggs just make me smile. I am such a sucker for polka dots!


All these items have been listed in my AudOnes Prims Shop, if you are interested. You can click on the link on my sidebar or menu at any time, or simply click HERE. If there’s a certain color of egg you’d like, just leave me a comment below.

Thanks so much, friends! I hope you enjoy!

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!

Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Patchwork Heart


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Today I am back with a quick post to share a new fabric project with you that I made with some of my favorite fabrics from the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements collection.


I recently shared some heart bowl fillers that I made for my shop using my stash of Tim Holtz fabrics, and this sweet patchwork heart is a continuation of that project. Occasionally I like to challenge myself to use scraps, and that’s just what I did here. This “crazy quilt” inspired patchwork pillow top is made from all the leftover scraps from the bowl filler project. I cut all those pieces into rectangles and squares, and pieced the blocks into rows and strips. The final outcome is so random and fun.


I topped the heart pillow with a wide band of cotton lace and some of my coveted vintage millinery trimmings. I really love how it turned out, and all the more so for being made from scraps.

This Prim Patchwork Heart has just been listed in my AudOnes Prims Shop. In case you’re interested, you can find it (HERE).

Valentines at AudOnes Prims


Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! Hope your frosty winter week is getting off to a great start. Can you believe that we are halfway through January, already? It’s time for Valentines, and I’m so happy to share some with you today.


I’ve had so much fun this week crafting up these sweet bowl filler hearts. These are made from some of my favorite quilting fabrics from the Eclectic Elements collection by Tim Holtz. I used four different fabrics from the Wallflower line to piece each of the tops, and I’m so happy with the quilted look that they have. Hand-dyed lace trim was added between two of the sections, and I finished each heart with a tufted vintage mother-of-pearl button.


This is a great project for using up some of those smaller fabric scraps that you might have laying around, and I love how they look piled up in a basket or bowl. Just a fun way to add some cheer at any time of year.

These pieced heart bowl fillers are now available in my AudOnes Prims Shop! (click HERE)!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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!

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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The September Dining Room


Hello, friends, and happy Saturday to you! I’m back today to share the new dining room makeover that I mentioned in my last post. With September well underway, and all the kids back in school, it felt like it was time for a touch of fall.


With all the extra time we are spending in our homes these days, it seems that I am re-arranging the decor much more than usual. I’m finding it adds a touch of brightness in this otherwise rather gloomy period of time, and it’s giving me the perfect excuse to utilize pieces that don’t get out much.


For September, I decided to put together a fall theme with my favorite transferware dishes in brown and multi-color polychrome. These patterns, filled with flowers and fruits, make me think of  harvest and thanksgiving and all the beauty that fall brings.


I added in a few fall leaf picks and rustic baskets stacked with linens and dishes.


I think my idea to change out the sideboard is what finally spurred me to finish these fall prim pumpkins that have been on my worktable for the longest time. And I love how they look piled up in a basket.


I’ve added these prim fabric pumpkins to my AudOnes Shop. If you are interested, you can find them HERE



Brown-Eyed Sue is still here, taking center stage on my table.


I hope you enjoyed the new fall look. And if you haven’t had the chance yet, check out my shop for some newly listed items, including a few surprises from my own collection….


Have a great weekend, everybody! And thanks so much for stopping by!