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!

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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I Stitched My Way Through April & May


Happy Monday, crafty friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
As some of you may already know, I took up cross stitching again at the beginning of the year after a 25-ish year break. Little did I realize at the time how helpful and therapeutic this hobby would become during the Covid-19 quarantine, but I am extra grateful that I started up again when I did.  I really do find that keeping my hands busy helps to soothe the mind.


One good thing that oftentimes comes out of a crisis is how people band together to uplift and support, and that has been particularly true in the stitching community during this pandemic. Many cross stitch designers have taken the time to design and offer free charts under a movement called #bewellandstitch. The point is twofold….. one is for folks to have something to stitch to keep spirits up, to keep up the belief that everything will be well. And the second is to support shop owners in the hope that people stitching these charts may contact them for fabric and floss supplies. It’s really a win-win all around.

I’ve downloaded many of these Be Well charts, and hope to stitch my way through them all. Most of them are smaller charts, which has been perfect to use up the last scraps of a coffee-tea dyed piece of Aida cloth that I had. I got three little pillow tucks made from those leftovers. Starting with this adorable bunny with his basket full of flowers. This adorable chart is by Lila’s Studio, and you can find the link for the free pdf chart here.


From there, I moved onto this sweet Chicken Love chart by Priscilla and Chelsea of Stitching with the Housewives. You can find their free chart here.


My third #bewellandstitch project is the Be Well freebie from Hewitt Hill Samplers. And you can find that chart here.

I’m guessing I’m about halfway to a full bowl of Be Well tucks. Can’t wait to start on more. How about you? Any cross stitching friends out there? If you are on Instagram, and are interested in learning more about the Be Well movement or would like to find more free charts, simply search the hashtag #bewellandstitch. You’ll find an endless source of inspiration.

Be Well, friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!

Feeling Corny with Therm O Web & AudOnes Prims


Hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! Today is a somber day as we remember all those affected by the tragedies of 9/11. We shall never forget this day that changed the history of our country forever. I have just come from dropping my parents off at the airport after a very wonderful three week visit with them, so today is just that little bit extra hard to have them leave and fly on this day.


After being on vacation mode these past several weeks, I’m hoping to play catch up here on my blog with a project post today for both Therm O Web and my little AudOnes Prims shop. It’s been quite some time since I listed anything in my shop, but that is my plan for the next few days, starting with these silly sweet corn on the cob prims that I made over the summer for the Therm O Web blog. These little cuties feature a combo of my favorite fabrics from Crossroads Denim and Blend Fabrics designer Cori Dantini along with Therm O Web Stitchn’Sew fleece.


If you’d like to give these corny corns a try, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog.

Or, you can find this trio of cobs listed now in my Shop! (And hopefully a few other cuties will be joining them, too)

Enjoy the rest of your week, friends! And happy weekend ahead!

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release- Skull & Crossbones

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Did you all have a chance to check out Tim’s fabulous new Sizzix Chapter 3 release on Facebook Live last week? Wasn’t it amazing? Over two hours of festive and frightening new products to gawk over, and tons and tons of fantastic projects and ideas to see. If you missed it, never fear… you can watch the replay (part 1 Halloween) below.

When I shared about the new holiday release on my last post, I hinted at a secret project assignment that Tim asked me to work on for the reveal, and I know some of you have already guessed what that was. Fabric! Yes, my twist was to apply the new dies to some of my AudOnes Prims. And boy, was I excited to give that a try! A huge thank you to Tim, Mario, and Paula for this super fun opportunity!


Those of you who have followed along on my AudOnes Prims venture know how much I love to create silly primitive rag dollies, so of course that was the very first project that I tackled. This cute and creepy little girl doll features some of my favorite things…. buttons and bows, Crossroads Denim and Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric, and a big spooky Halloween skull emblem right on the front that was made with the new Skull & Crossbones Bigz Die.


Because the Skull & Crossbones is a Bigz die, you can easily die cut all sorts of thicker materials with it, making it perfect to use with fabric projects like this. I used wool for both the skull and bones here, doubling up the layers for the bones in her hair. And just as you can use Distress Ink and Paint to add detail to paper projects, you can apply the same techniques to add depth, age, and dimension to fabric pieces, too.

Here’s how I do it.


Begin by die cutting the bones from heavy wool or wool felt. You can use thinner materials, but something thicker really works best. I’ll share tips for die cutting thin cotton fabric in an upcoming post.


Dab Distress Inks or Oxides onto a non-stick craft mat, and then spray the inks heavily with water using a Distress Sprayer. For this project, I used Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

*Note: use this technique only on fabric projects that you don’t plan on washing… as just like with primitive style tea or coffee staining, Distress inks will wash out in water.

Press the fabric die cuts into the ink mixture, twisting and swiping them through the inks to add color. Not dark enough? Let the fabric die and repeat the process again. Once you have the color where you like it, make sure to let the pieces dry completely.


When it comes to applying applique die cuts to fabric, I take a few shortcuts. The standard way would be to add an iron-on fusible interfacing to the back, or to attach the pieces with lots of pins. But I am hopeless with an iron, and often end up with pieces slipping or shifting with pins. So my trick is to stick my appliques down with Therm O Web Fabric Fuse adhesive. That way I can get the pieces exactly where I want them, and I know they’ll stay in place. And once it’s dry, you can go back and add stitching over the top if you wish. Love it.


For bigger die cuts, like the skull, I do like to go around the edges with a bit of machine stitching, but with the glue, that step isn’t necessary. For thinner dies, like the crossbones, I stacked two wool pieces together and simply stitched down the center. The double thickness helps add structure to loose flappy pieces, like the hair bows. And finally, you can add further details to the fabric dies, like using Distress paint to highlight the negative opening. Or adding buttons for eyes. Or tying multiple shapes together with a bit of ribbon or twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve got lots more holiday projects to share, so hope to see you all soon!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Tim Holtz Fabric Eclectic Elements 14759 MELANGE 12 INCH FABRIC CRAFTING PACKSizzix Bigz Die - Skull & CrossbonesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Black SootTim Holtz Glass Media MatTonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors - 9.5 Inch Titanium ShearsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 Ounces

Other: Eclectic Elements Fabric, Crossroads Denim by Indygo Junction, Wool, Stampin’Up Ribbon, Buttons

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Happy Easter

Popping in today to wish my friends and family who celebrate, a very happy Easter!
May your house be filled with the blessings of the day, and hope the Easter Bunny brings you a wee bit of chocolate, too!


As you all know by now, it wouldn’t be much of a holiday at my house without a little seasonal decor. So in honor of this special day, here’s a peek at some of my spring things.


The dining room sideboard is once again filled with vintage ironstone and my favorite transferware dishes. This time, the plates are a combo of Johnson Brothers Friendly Village with some no-name pattern that I like to call “My Happy Place”. I think I would transport myself to that sweet farm house in a heartbeat if I could.


Of course I’ve managed to sneak in a few of my handmade things. Chicks in nests and Old Mother Goose, and some twine-wrapped eggs, too.


For my front entryway table, I went for a very simple and natural look.


White and green, bunnies and chickens, and a few nests, too.


A few more handmade cuties are tucked here and there.


My chocolate bunnies and vintage crepe paper eggs. My new Lori Mitchell figurine I managed to score for a song this year. My mom gave me this amazing antique wooden scoop at Christmas, and I love it for creating a little scene.


The wee bunny in the wire basket is a new guy I made this year at one of my weekly crafty play dates with the girls. The mushrooms are another project we tackled this month, too. Our first attempt at spun cotton. Hope to try that again soon.


It’s so hard to believe that Easter is here already. The year just flies by so quickly, don’t you think? Of course now I’m already thinking ahead to the next thing. I should really get started on crafting some summer things. And my sweet little missy Nik’s 20th birthday is this upcoming week. So lots to do, and lots to celebrate.

But before I move too far forward, I have one last spring bunny to share with you. A custom order I’ve been working on. From my little Easter Bunny to yours, wishing you all a very wonderful day!

Spring Preview- Fresh Produce


Hi friends, happy Wednesday! I’m back today with another sneak peek from my new spring shop goodies. These mischievous guys have been caught red-handed out in the garden, filling their pockets full of fresh produce. Naughty bunnies!


Is it spring in your neck of the woods yet? Our temperatures soared into the mid 70’s last week, but we’ve dipped way down into the gloomy chill again. Looks like March will come in like a lion this year. Even so, I’m taking down the winter snowmen this week. Time for bunnies, don’t you think?

If you’re ready for spring things, too, stay tuned for my upcoming shop opening.
AudOnes Prims Spring Shop
opens Friday, March 2 @ 10:00 EST

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

 

Grade A Spring Preview


Hi friends! Happy Monday!

Here we are down to the last few days of February already! And you all know what that means. Only a month until Easter. It’s time for some new spring things!


New goodies are coming to my AudOnes Prims shop, and I thought this week that I’d share some sneak peeks. Starting today with these sweet and shabby fabric carrots. Perfect companion for the bunnies to come.

AudOnes Prims Spring Shop
Coming Friday, March 2 @ 10:00 am EST

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope your week is off to a great start!