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

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Simply Primitives Offerings!


Simply Primitives is a wonderful online marketplace that I am so privileged to be a part of and the new items for July will be posted on the 1st. I wanted to post a little preview of what I will be offering! My Giveaway will be over by that time tomorrow, but I will have 2 more Prairie Dolls available, sweet sisters of the one who will be on her way to a new home!! I also have 2 Folk Crows and a special "Friend" pillow! I hope you get a chance to stop by and see all the wonderful artists offerings as well!! Thank you and Happy Browsing!!

Blessings and Thanks~

Julie

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Final Reminder for my Giveaway!! Don't Miss It!!


This is my last reminder about my Giveaway and all the details are located on my sidebar in case you are just now finding out about it!

All of your names have been written on pieces of paper (we do things so high tech here!!) at least once since you are following and then up to 2 more times, depending on comments and sidebar announcements, and are sitting in a large #2 crock. I keep stirring up all the papers everytime I add some and will have my faithful hubby Jeff draw out the winner!! One thing is a definite....one of you WILL WIN!!! Hooray!!

The deadline for entering will be Wednesday, June 30th at 11 pm Pacific time, and I will have Jeff draw the winner Thursday, July 1st at 7 am Pacific time. I will post the winner as soon as we know who it is and if you are the winner, please send me an email with your full name and mailing address and I will ship out your Prairie Doll and Strawberry Pinkeep later that day!

Good luck to all of you and I am so excited, you would think I am the winner!!! I think I can hear the drumroll........

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Button, Button, Who's Got The Button?


If you have always wondered who the "WHO" in that saying is, the answer would have to be.....ME!!! Actually, the saying comes from an old fashioned game for children where the object is to find the one who secretly has the button! Whoever correctly discovers the one holding the button, becomes the one who gives the button again, and so on and so on!!! It was supposed to keep children entertained for quite some time, as you can imagine! Sadly, no one would have wanted to play with me though, because if I had the button, I would have kept it, as well as searched for the button box and hidden!!! I LOVE BUTTONS!!!!!

I don't remember when my love for buttons began (ok, it is an obsession!) but I have a big, or rather, a HUGE collection of them....all sizes, shapes, colors, styles, and can never seem to have too many!! I keep them in old Ball or Mason jars, and have actually tried to separate them into colors!! One day I got the idea to try to do the colors into groups or 2 holes or 4 holes, but quickly came to the conclusion that no normal person would be doing that, so I stuck with the color idea!!! Did I mention that I LOVE BUTTONS???


I actually use them quite a bit, and when I am creating something, I will get out the appropriate jar, dump it out and look through the pile for the PERFECT ONE!! I love the feel of them as they run through my fingers, almost like sand, and never get tired of looking at them and playing with them!!!

So the next time you hear someone say, "Button, button, who's got the button?", you will know the answer is, "Julie! Who else!!"


Buttons And Patches And The Cold Wind Blowing,
The Days Pass Quickly When I Am Sewing. ~ Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What's In A Name?


Names fascinate me!! I work in a gift shop and when I help customers at the register I usually have to ask for some form of ID to prove to me that they are who they say they are! I have learned MANY interesting names that way....the typical names like Sue, Mary, Kathy, and then the more unique names like Monique, Angelica, Harla, and my very MOST unusual one.....RANSOM!!! She told me she was named after a great grandfather and said her name started MANY interesting conversations!! I can just imagine, can't you? She would have to be so careful that people didn't think she was ASKING for Ransom!

My favorite names are ones I am familiar with, like my own names, Julie Elizabeth, and my other family members' names. They are well known to me, music to my ears and bring feelings of warmth and love as I say them, because they MEAN something personal TO ME!!

I was named "Julie" by my Uncle, and "Elizabeth" after my grandmothers on both sides of the family! I learned the the name Julie means, "youthful one", and the name Elizabeth means, "promised by God!" I am certainly happy for both meanings and am really trying to live up to both of them!!



One of the greatest joys of my life this past year was to become a first-time Grandmother!! Our little Isabella Elizabeth was born in January and I did an earlier post about her arrival, and it is hard to believe she is almost 4 months old as I write!! Sadly for me, she lives in CA and I live in WA, so it makes visits very hard indeed!! Thankfully, we have the wonders of Skype, and cell phone text pics, so I can see her progress and my daughter in law and son are great about keeping us up to date! I actually heard her first burp over the computer!!! In April, Grandpa Jeff and I got to actually go for a visit and what a joy it was to hold little "Bella" in our arms!!! Pure Heaven!! Isabella means, "promised by God" and Elizabeth also means "promised by God!" I sure got doubly blessed and someday I will tell her that she is my, "Double Promise!"


What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet. ~ Shakespeare

Saturday, June 12, 2010

June Giveaway!



I love contests, don't you? There is something about the idea of winning something that makes my heart race and gets me excited!! I imagine the moment when it is time to find out who will win! I hold my breath, and pray really hard that somehow MY NAME will be the one on the piece of paper that is pulled from the box all the other pieces of paper are secretly resting in! Drum roll please!! And the winner is........

Having said all that, I am having my first Giveaway and hope you will take part and perhaps even win!! The details for entering are located on my blog sidebar. I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to have a Giveaway soon and this seemed like the perfect time, as we get ready to welcome in the summer season. The two prizes are both things I have made and I thought I would tell you a little about each one.

The first is a Prairie Stump doll, 9 1/2" T, made with a sweet pattern by The Olde Primitive House, and is completely stuffed with fabric snippets. She would look great resting in a bowl or on top of an old book or just propped up against an old box like I have done in the picture. The other is a Strawberry Pincushion, an old Folk and Whimsy pattern, made with vintage wool and stuffed with rusty pins and lots of hand stitching. You can use it or just display it as you wish! The winner will be announced on July 1st.

Be blessed today and thank you for your visit!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Answer Is........A File Cabinet!!

SEWING FILLS MY DAYS, NOT TO MENTION THE LIVING ROOM, BEDROOM, AND CLOSETS.~
Author Unknown



I must be related to the person who wrote that quote, or perhaps I did it and don't want to confess!! No matter where it came from, I CAN RELATE!! I have my projects and patterns EVERYWHERE and never seem to have the right place to keep them all!! I even have a "Craft Studio" where I am supposed to keep all my fabrics and supplies, but somehow they turn up in the strangest places, and basically, that is all over the house!!! I'm sure no one else has this problem!!! So I went to the one person I knew who could help me....My husband Jeff!!

Strangely enough, I am married to the most patient man created who also happens to be MR. ORGANIZATION!!!! He is the neatest, most organized person I have ever met and I am amazed that I have not driven him stark staring mad!!! We have been married 29 years and somehow it works!!! Jeff has always understood my creative chaos as he too is a very creative person, but somehow he is always neat about it!! He is always trying to help me with my messiness, and did I mention he is also very kind, and yesterday he truly proved just how helpful he can be! I really believe he has been praying about this, and boy, did he get his prayers answered in a BIG WAY!!



We love to check out antique and thrift shops and have several we like to visit on our days off, so we found ourselves at one yesterday and Jeff struck pay dirt!! He has been looking for a file cabinet for me to keep all my patterns in....phase one of the "help Julie get organized" project, and he found the perfect one!! He was so excited and kept saying how he had been pricing them and that this one was a really great deal and how lucky we were to find it!! So he paid for it and even borrowed a friends van to take it home with!! Now for the bad part!!! The thing is not only BIG, but it weighs a TON, literally!!!! All I could think of was how was I going to help get it in the house????? Jeff just kept saying we could do it....He's an optimist too!!



Well, we were able to get it out of the van by using a board for a fulcrum, and there was even a hand truck, but I honestly did not know how I could help as we were actually going to take it upstairs!!!!! That's right...UPSTAIRS!! My superwoman suit has been retired for a long time so I knew there was NO WAY that was happening!! As we stood there looking at each other with it propped up on the handcart, we hear this voice say, "do you need help with that?" Talk about music to my ears!!! I turned around, expecting to see wings and a halo, but it was an ordinary man out for a walk with his wife. Apparently, she was the one who told him to ask if we needed help!! Wonderful woman!! Anyway, to make a long story short, our resident angel and Jeff ended up getting this huge monster upstairs (I couldn't watch) and safely in our large closet, where it now proudly resides!! We just kept falling all over ourselves thanking our kind neighbor for all his help, and he graciously said he was happy to do it and will no doubt think twice about walking past our house again!!


So now I finally have my file cabinet, Jeff finally got his answer to prayer and hopefully did not rupture anything, and my patterns now have a new home!! I can finally get organized!! Now if I can just remember to put the things away when I am done with them!!!

SEWING: A CREATIVE MESS IS BETTER THAN TIDY IDLENESS.~Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Meet Mr. Woolly!


I live in a quiet neighborhood that used to be mostly farmland and has been developed into private homes, townhomes, (where I happen to live), apartments and a quaint area by the Puyallup River, appropriately called, RIVER WALK!

My husband Jeff and I love to take walks around this area as it is pretty quiet, and free from the busy traffic all around us! Because the river does flood it's banks at times, there are several areas surrounded by fences that are designed for drainage. They are not very pretty and yet are quite important for keeping extra water controlled! Interestingly enough, we just found out they also serve another purpose!!

Several weeks ago on my drive home from the New England Saltbox where I work, I happened to pass one of these drainage areas and glancing over, I thought I saw a big white sheep eating grass!! It had been a long day and I was really tired, but I was SURE I had seen it!! When I got home, I told Jeff, thinking he would tell me I was crazy, but sure enough, he had seen it too! It was REALLY there or we were BOTH crazy!! We tried to figure out why a sheep would be in the drainage area, so we decided to go for a walk to investigate! You can see what exciting lives we lead!



As we approached, we saw a pretty big sheep, who was quietly cropping the long grasses and so being the knowledgeable country girl I am, I called out, "Here, sheep, sheep, sheep!" He looked up at me, and actually came!! Wow!! I found out I can speak sheep!! He came right up to me and I did the first thing anyone would do...I reached over the fence and started to pet him!! He was pretty dirty, and quite smelly for one lone sheep, but my heart went out to him all alone so I decided to call him....Mr. Woolly!! As we were petting him, we saw a sign wired to the fence that explained he was a special project for the Agriculture Department of Sumner and was not supposed to be touched or fed!! Uh oh! He had some tags attached to his ears and some marking on his back and looked so lonely all by himself!! We talked to him for a little longer (not petting him anymore) and as we walked away, he gave this loud Baaaaa sound and resumed his quiet munching! Poor Mr. Woolly!!

Yesterday, we went to visit with Mr Woolly again, but he was gone! We sure hope that whatever they were testing him for was a success! I will miss seeing him, quietly grazing, and looking up with interest as I call out, "Hey, Mr. Woolly!" I hope he has been reunited with all of his other sheep friends and perhaps he will share his adventures with them about all the crazy people who visited with him during his stay!! Happy grazing, Mr. Woolly!!

Just a reminder that I am having a Giveaway for the month of June! Details are on my sidebar! Thanks to all of you who have already signed up!

Blessings,
Julie