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

Saturday, October 7, 2017

~A LITTLE DECORATING, PART 2"

Hello, dear friends!

Thank you so much for your lovely comments about Part 1!!  
It really warms my heart to hear from you 
and shows that many of you share a love
of the same things I do!!!!

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As promised, here is Part 2!!

Dining Room!


Trencher filled with old butter stamps and butter paddles,
with a little punch needle pillow I made
from Pineberry Lane!!




Orange linen Farmer's Field Pumpkins I made
using a Sweet Meadow Farms design!
Love them on top of the old firkins!!



Love this grouping with the pantry boxes
and my favorite old blue chair!!

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On to the Living Room!!



Dear Mrs. Begg stays out all year long,
another Pineberry design I made!
Love her little bag of wool
 with the smiling pumpkin
stitched to the front!!



She is joined by several friends,
along with the punch needle and pennies wool pillow,
another wonderful Pineberry Lane design,
all made by me!!



Stone fruit looks so perfect with the colors of Autumn!



 Oil Can Cat,
made by me
using a Lori Brechlin design
sitting by my black Farmer's Field Pumpkins!
Love them together!!!



Mr. CAT had to be in the middle!!!
He was a gift from my hubby a number of years ago!!



Fancey Blackett stays in my living room
all year long!
Another Pineberry Lane design
made by me!



Won't you come and rest a spell with my sweet friends?




Abby Hender is another sweet pattern
by Pineberry Lane!
She looks so nice with those 
pumpkins!!




Love all these colors together!!




I was so excited to find these two amazing candlestands
yesterday and they fit just perfectly
with this grouping!!




Two of my Sock Cat Make Do's sure look
they are up to some mischief, don't they??




Here are two more
hiding among the redware!!
I have my eye on them!!




Wonder how much trouble 
seven kitties can get into??





These two promise they are being 
perfect angels!!!
I wonder.........?

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Thank you so much for taking the tour around my home!
I hope you have enjoyed the photos and been inspired!
I know I LOVE to see how others decorate
and always learn something new!

Wishing you Joy in the Season and all the Comforts of Home, my friends~

Julie 



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

~A LITTLE DECORATING, PART 1~

Happy Tuesday, dear friends!!

While many of you have already been experiencing the cooler temperatures of Autumn,
we in Arizona 
are still feeling some heat
and because of that
it has been hard to think about getting out my fall items!!

I grew up in Ohio and Michigan, and lived a number of years in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington,
so when it comes to this time of year, 
I have many memories of Craft Fairs, hot apple cider and donuts, Color Tours, crisp breezes, frost, pumpkin farms, and lots of layering, just to name a few!!!

What do YOU think of during this time of year?

Today I decided it was TIME and so out came all the things I love to decorate with each year!!!  
I even added some of the new items I still have for sale on my Picture Trail Selling Shoppe!
I might as well use them, rather than keep them in containers, right??
If you see something you are interested in, please be sure to visit
and see if it is still available!!!

Hope you enjoy this little tour of my home and perhaps even get some inspiration!!!

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Let's start with the Kitchen/Breakfast Room!

Sweet hooked pumpkin by Lauren of Rugs and Pugs!


My Mini Velvet Pumpkin Pincushion and stuffed acorn
and one of my handmade cloth birds!


Vintage Cat lantern and cookie cutter!  Meow!!!


Little house with four cubbies for fall goodies!!


Rusty Jack with my Farmer's Field Pumpkins in Orange linen!


Sweet little house, birds, and old coverlet pieces!!






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Next is the Dining Room!!

Little witch I made with her Indian Corn!

Another Farmer's Field Pumpkin I made on a vintage scale!

Sweet vignette among my old tin collection!!


Yellow ware cupboard with lots of little friends!!
Do you see them??

My old trencher filled with gourds!!

I think it is finally starting to look like Autumn,
don't you??
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Thanks so much for stopping by today and visiting with me!!

I will be back in a few days with Part 2!
I hope you can join me!!!

Wishing you Special Memories, and all the Wonderful Sights, Smells and Colors of Autumn~

Julie xo

Monday, September 18, 2017

~WELL, HELLO!!~

Can it REALLY be September?????

It is so hard to believe that the last time I blogged was in July!!!!!

Many thanks to those of you who checked in to see how I was doing!!!
  That always means So Much
 to know that someone is thinking of you!!!!!

I am just fine and just got busy with so many things.....just like all of you!!!!!!  

Up until a few days ago we were still suffering with lots of heat here in Arizona 
but that has now changed and I am doing the Happy Dance!!!!!

We are finally in the 90's and the low today was in the 60's!!!!!!!  
Yippee!!!!  Yahoo!!!!  Hooray!!!!! 
  Can you tell I am excited and happy???


Anyway, I just wanted to stop in to let you know that I have been very busy creating and wanted to share a sneak peek at what I will be offering in my next update!!!


The Update will be this Tuesday, September 19th, at 9 PM, EST,
on my PICTURE TRAIL SELLING SHOPPE!

You can visit it HERE

Thank you so much for your friendship and interest in what I do!!!!

Wishing you Peace and Joy, my friends~

Julie

Thursday, July 20, 2017

~Two Finishes~

Happy Thursday, dear friends!!

Are you surviving the temperatures?
It sure has been a HOT SUMMER, at least for us,
so I am hoping you are keeping cool and keeping yourselves hydrated!!

I finally have two finishes to share and it ALWAYS feels 
SO GOOD
to take the LAST STITCH, 
don't you think??

Here is my applique piece from my pattern
Butter Mold Heart
and I am SO HAPPY WITH IT!!!


It measures 15 inches W x 14 3/4 inches H
and is all hand appliqued with tiny whip stitches!



The red wool in this piece is a bit brighter than I normally use, 
but I had a lot of it and thought it would look good
 with the other red wool
 I used in the piece!!



There are 4 different colors of mustard/gold wool
and brown floss that I back stitched for the vine!



I decided to add the same black to the back 
and also stitched on two plastic rings for hangers!



For the final touch I added a red wool heart
with the initials MPH (My Primitive Heart)
and the date!



I decided to hang it in my bedroom
under an old sifter with one of my stuffed velvet hearts!



What do you think??

I'm really happy with it and hope that it gives you some ideas 
if you have purchased the pattern and want to try to make your own
applique piece!!!  


If you do make one, or do the Punch Needle version, or even 
make it into a rug, I would so love for you to share your creations
with me!!!


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My second project is...........

Another Penny Rug!!!!

After I made my last rug, I decided my coffee table REALLY needed one!!!

I have a large trencher full of cloth strawberries
sitting on the top
and they are made using mostly plain red and red print cotton fabrics, velvet, or wool
with army green or brown caps


So taking inspiration from those berries, I used the same colors in my new penny rug
plus adding tan wool to add contrast!



I made a rectangular one that measures 38 1/2 inches L x 20 1/2 inches W
and used red cotton for the base and the back!



There are diamond patterns using the different stacks of colors and I am really 
happy with it!!



It really sets off the trencher and berries and is easy to just scoot to the side
if we need to use the top!!

Even though this penny rug is smaller than the one I made for my dining room table
I believe there are more pennies in this one since it has triple penny stacks
rather than the double stacks in the larger one......115 large, 115, medium, and 115 small,
so that make 345 pennies in this one!!
That's a LOT of PENNIES!!!

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It was really fun to make and I actually used wool from an old army blanket, two old wool blankets
and some older brown wool, plus the red cotton was also old fabric, so my New Penny Rug
is made from ALL OLD FABRICS!!!

If you haven't tried making a penny rug yet, it's a great time to start!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with me today!!!  
Take care and STAY COOL!!!!

Wishing you days filled with Creative Accomplishments, my friends~

Julie

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

~ A GRAND TIME with the GRANDS~

Happy Wednesday, dear friends!

I hope you had a wonderful and safe 4th of July!
I spent the day still recuperating from a nasty bug I got almost 3 weeks ago!
It's NEVER FUN to get sick!!
I'm finally feeling more like my old self again!!!

Our son and his two precious girls came for a visit and a small vacation earlier last month 
and it was SO GOOD to see them!!!!

We certainly did have a GRAND TIME as we went to the 
GRAND CANYON!!!!

Sophia and Bella in our Pink Jeep!


Grammy and Sophia, all ready for our adventure!



Grandpa and Bella being silly, as usual!!!


Our first look!!! WOW!!!!


Absolutely BREATHTAKING!!!!



INCREDIBLE!!!


Our son Jeffry and Bella, taking it all in!!!


Glorious colors!!!


There are not enough words to describe the beauty!!


God's MARVELOUS Handiwork!!!


MAJESTIC!!!


Daddy and Bella enjoying the view!!


Grammy and Sophia taking a little rest!


Jeff and I enjoying this amazing moment together!!!



There are just NO WORDS!!!!


The Zakrzewski Family Vacation!!

I hope you have enjoyed your visit along with us and would hope that if you have never made the trip
to see this marvelous wonder, that you will add it to your bucket list!!!

It was TRULY GRAND!!!!

I am so happy that I did not get sick till after we got back from our trip!!!
It would have spoiled our time together!!!

Hope you are all doing well and trying to stay cool during this especially HOT time of year!!
Our highest temperature so far was 120 degrees!!!! 
What has your high been?

Take care everyone and stay well!!  
I will be back soon to share my progress on my applique piece 
and another new project I have started!!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and leaving your sweet comments!!
I appreciate each one of them, and YOU!!!

Wishing you GRAND TIMES, my friends~

Julie