Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Thursday, August 30, 2018

~B is for Bowl~

Hello, dear friends, and Happy Thursday!!

Today is my daughter Janelle's Birthday and we will be 
celebrating it later with
steaks on the grill and chocolate cake,
all made by her "cook extraordinaire" hubby, Austin!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sweetie!!!  Can't wait!!!


My Picture Trail is back to normal again and though I still don't know what happened
I'm glad it is now working, at least to visit!!
  Someone did try to sign my Guest book and it was not 
cooperating!!!  Hope it will start playing nice, soon!! 
Thanks so much for your patience and understanding!!!


The title of my post today reflects a love I have for bowls
and I decided to share some photos of bowls
around my home and how I use them!!

Large black bowl filled with pieces of Stone fruit
that sits on my kitchen table!

Tiny little Yellow ware bowl filled with dried orange slices!
Anytime I eat an orange I save and dry the slices!
They smell AND look wonderful!!!

Large trencher that holds a number of my old bobbins and spools!
Love the handles on this beauty!

Another old trencher that is home to old butter presses and paddles!
Love the patina of the old wood, don't you?

This very large Yellow ware bowl has a practical use
in my kitchen as it holds potatoes!!

This is my grand dog Charlotte's favorite bowl
as it is home to her doggie treats!!

A Birthday gift this past year and it is very heavy wood
called a Burl bowl!
It it the perfect home for some Stone fruit!

This is perhaps my favorite wood bowl!
and holds my dried pomegranates
quince and dried pumpkin stems!!

My favorite Yellow ware bowl is also 
very large and filled with dried
potpourri and oranges!
A spicy candle nestles in the middle!

Yet another bowl filled with old tin cutters,
another thing I love to collect!!

Bowls even look beautiful just stacked up 
ready and waiting to be used!!

Or how about a Bowl rack?
Three old bowls make a wonderful statement
all by themselves!!

Or filled to overflowing with 
fabric strawberries
in this old trencher with make do repairs!


As you can see, I REALLY DO LOVE BOWLS and 
enjoy all the many ways to use them,
whether they are filled with special treasures or collections,
are stacked up, or even empty!!

They are wonderful to collect, not only for their practical and functional use
but also because they are beautiful!!

Just keep your eye out for them at Thrift stores and garage sales!!  You never know where you might find one, just waiting for you!!!  I have found most of mine that way and am always looking!!!

Do YOU love bowls, and do you collect them?  I would so love to hear about it and also about your favorite bowl, too, if you have one!!  

As always, thank you SO MUCH for stopping by and visiting with me today!!!  

It is a Joy to hear from YOU!!!

Wishing you a "Bowl Full" of Blessings, my friends~

Julie xo

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

~Picturetrail is Down~

Hello, dear friends!
Hope you are enjoying your week!

Just wanted to share a quick post with you 
that my Picture Trail Selling Site is currently down!
I recently had a Fall Update with many pieces
for sale and for some reason, the site is not working
at the moment! 

If you try to go to my sidebar or use the link from your Tell A Friend Invitation
or the link from my previous post
it will show an error message!! 

It is an internal error that only they can fix, 
so no one is able to visit, or make purchases at this time!

If you have been trying to visit, had a question about something
you were interested in,
or wanted to make a purchase,
Please let me know!!
Email me at: myprimitiveheart@gmail.com
and I will get back to you, answer your questions, 
or send you a Paypal invoice!

This was totally unexpected, just like my power going off......AGAIN, last night!
There was NO STORM, WIND, OR RAIN, and am still not sure WHY, 
but this has been the 3rd time now in the past 2 months that this has happened!!
At least I didn't have a quiche in the oven!!!
Just very thankful that it only lasted about 2 hours instead of 10!!!

So, life seems to be presenting challenges today, but I will choose to
THINK POSITIVE and Hope the problem will be corrected SOON!!

Many thanks for your patience as this gets taken care of!!!!

Wishing you Positive Thoughts in Challenging Circumstances~

Julie xo

Sunday, August 26, 2018

~Floss and Thread~

Hello, dear friends!
Happy Sunday to you!!

It looks like another week is ready to begin and if you are like me
you are thinking about what to create!

Do you have a project you are just finishing up?
Perhaps, you are thinking of starting something new?
Or, maybe you even have MULTIPLE THINGS 
you are working on?

Whichever one of these may describe you, you ALL will no doubt
be using some kind of floss or thread in your project, yes?

I'm curious to know WHERE you store your floss and threads
as they are a HUGE part of creating
and wanted to share some ideas for storage with you!

One important tool to have on hand is a basket!!

They are easily transportable as they are lightweight
and if they have a handle that is even better!

This small Longaberger basket is perfect for holding some 
Valdani balls of floss for my punch needle projects,

Larger baskets, like this old gem, are great for holding 
balls of embroidery thread!  Not only practical
but so pretty!!

What about using a wire rack for holding
old bobbins and spools wrapped with dyed threads?

Here is a drawer in a cupboard that hold 
specialty threads, both old and new, when I want
something unique for a project! It makes it
so easy for me to find that perfect thread when I need it!

An old pickle jar is another great storage option
and makes a nice statement with all the white 
threads and red bale handle!

This is another very old jar for those smaller balls of
old floss!! I just love to see them all grouped together, 
don't you?

Until recently, I kept all of my DMC floss in plastic containers
like this one! Look familiar?

The positive about these is that you can get a lot of floss in them and 
keep them all together, but the downside is that you 
have to constantly root through them to find what you want!!!
I knew I needed to find something better!!!

Several months ago while celebrating our anniversary
I found the perfect solution to my floss dilemma! 

This sweet little pine table top cupboard!

It is 24 inches tall and is 23 inches wide with 4 large drawers
so it offers a lot of storage space!

It was hard to get a good photo as it is in my hallway,
but it is just perfect for what I was looking for
and I couldn't be happier!!

Each drawer hold small baggies of floss in color groups
and makes it SO MUCH EASIER for me to find them!
Don't we all need to find those ways to make life more


After putting all my DMC Floss in my new cupboard, 
I knew I also needed a new home for my Valdani pearl cotton!
All this time I have had the PERFECT SPOT for it and didn't even
realize it!!!

This piece has 20 long narrow drawers in it and I have had it for a long time!
I remember thinking that is was a great storage piece when I bought it,
but have just never put anything in it!!
I believe it might have come from a hardware store and held
nuts and bolts!

Now it holds all of my Valdani so nicely!!

I even added little wall paper liners to the bottom of each drawer
so it looks pretty, and even added sprigs of dried lavender!!!
So simple and sweet!!  

Now I feel so much more organized and don't have to dig
though all those containers anymore!!! 


So, do YOU have a special place to store your 
floss and thread?  
Do you NEED to find a good storage solution?
I hope I have inspired you to be on the look out for
just the right piece that will make your life easier!!
The solution may be even closer than you think!!

If you have a unique way of storing your threads, 
won't you share that with me?  I would love to hear about it!!

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by and visiting with me today!!
It truly warms my heart!!

Wishing you Simple Solutions to make life Sweeter, my friends~

Julie xo

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

~Fall Update Now Open!~

Happy Tuesday, dear friends!

Just wanted to give you a friendly reminder
about my Update tonight!

Fall Update Now Open!!!!
My Primitive Heart
Picture Trail Selling Shoppe


Just click on the link to visit the Fall Update Album!


Wishing each of you a Fabulous Day~


Monday, August 20, 2018

~Some Finishes and an Update~

Good Monday Morning, dear friends!
Hope your week is starting well and that you have 
plans for some fun and creative time this week!
We certainly all need that in our busy lives!!

August is moving by so swiftly and it has been especially hot and muggy here in AZ right now
so I have been keeping busy and cool inside with both my needle and thread and my punch needle 
working on projects!  

Here are just a few of them that have all gone to good homes!!

Sweet little Log Cabin Pincushion I made from an old cutter quilt!
It is stuffed with sawdust and embellished with old pins!

Backed with a piece of coverlet and finished with tiny X's around the edge!

Chums Pillow by Pineberry Lane
 with red stitching and a fat velvet strawberry!
So yummy!!

Finished with a plaid wool heart and red stitching!

Tiny black wool pumpkin pincushion
stuffed with wool snippets!!
Love the wrapped army blanket wool stem!

Black Jack Punch Needle Pillow by Pineberry Lane!
The pillow is stuffed with wool snippets and I have attached
4 handmade tassels to each corner!!

The back is finished with a small wool heart and tiny X's 
around the edges!

Tulip Heart by Notforgotten Farm is such a lovely design
and is stuffed with sawdust and has a black twill tape hanger!

The back is finished with a large black wool heart stitched to some
old army blanket green wool!!

Hex and Frex Punch Needle Pillow by Notforgotten Farm!
I've stuffed the pillow with wool snippets and backed it with 
black wool and a stitched heart!

I especially love Notforgotten Farm and Pineberry Lane Designs
and these pieces were a joy to create! 
Lori and Wendy are both such talented ladies and I thank both of them
for sharing their designs with us so that we can create these wonderful pieces!!


I am also excited to share that I am having a Fall Update 
this Tuesday,  August 21st, at 8 PM, EST
that will be offered on my Picture Trail Selling Shoppe
and here is a sneak peek of what I will be offering!

I hope you can join me then!!!


Thank you so much for following along with me and supporting my work!!
It truly fills my heart with Joy!!!  

Wishing you Creative Moments in your Busy Days~

Julie xo