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

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Simply Primitives Update and "That Fall Feeling!"



With temperatures dipping into the low 50's at night, things have been feeling a bit like Fall around here in the Pacific Northwest! It naturally makes me get into the Harvest and Halloween state of mind and so my offerings for Simply Primitives are just that, some adorable sock cats, a prim crow, a small hanging pumpkin head and a prim patch pumpkin, to get you and me into the Autumn spirit!! If I could package up the cool weather and send it to those of you dealing with the scorching temps. right now, believe me, those packages would be on your doorstep!! Since I can't do that, I hope my offerings and those of my other fellow artists will bring to mind the smell of woodsmoke, the taste of warm apple crisp, the fragrance of a wonderful candle and the coziness that comes this time of year!

Wishing you all "That Fall Feeling!"

Blessings my dear friends~
Julie

Friday, July 23, 2010

Finally Organized....sort of!!!!



Do you remember the big as in B I G file cabinet that my wonderful dear husband Jeff found for me? I've had several of you ask me about it, and now that it is finally filled to capacity, I will show you some pictures!

It has a PERMANENT home in my large walk-in closet in my bedroom!! I know that sounds like a strange place for it, but sadly, there is NO room in my actual work room!! The closet seemed to be the only place left to put it and so it proudly resides there, with easy access, but hidden as it is not really very attractive! Ok, it is just UGLY, but so very helpful to keep my clutter contained!! We are definitely not going for the primitive, country colonial look here!!

The dimensions of the cabinet are quite impressive! It stands at over 5' tall, x 19" deep x 36" wide, with 5 very large drawers, complete with rails for hanging files, so that is a LOT of room to store things!! What things, you ask?
Well, first of all, on the very top are lots of magazines that I collect, read and use for inspiration and they sit in a large wooden box that holds them nicely.



Now moving on to the drawers, we have the very top one which actually works differently from the others. Not only does it pull out, but the front lifts forward and slides up and in. I'm not sure why that one does it and none of the rest of them do, but it is a nice feature anyway. This drawer holds more magazines....Country Sampler, EAL, old Country Living, and Country Home, old Country Marketplace, old Create and Decorate, Mercantile Gatherings, The Simple, Life, and various random other ones. Maybe I should start a lending libary?



The next 3 drawers hold all my primitive patterns, from A to Z, and it is the first time I have had them all in one place, neatly organized and right at my fingertips!! The file cabinet was full of new file folders and my super organized DH actually labelled each file and put all my patterns away for me when I was at work! There are NO WORDS for that!!!







The final drawer holds even MORE magazines!! I did not realize I had so many!! Funny but Jeff said he did!!! It was probably good he was the one putting them away, as I would have started seeing articles I wanted to read and looking at the pictures and.....you get the idea!!!



So there you have it.....my AMAZING FILE CABINET!!! All organized and in one place! Now if I could just find that pattern I saw in that magazine....which one was it, Country Living 1986???

Blessings and Happy Organizing...

Julie

Monday, July 12, 2010

Waste Not, Want Not


I'm sure all of you are familiar with this famous proverb that some have credited to Benjamin Franklin, and have no doubt heard it or even quoted it many times! Growing up as I did in a large family with limited resources, it was a daily motto and practice that I have inherited, and hopefully passed on to my 2 children! Of course at the time, the words "waste not, want not","making do", and "hand me downs" were not appreciated and I can actually remember being chased and made fun of for a mustard colored corduroy jumper ( a size too large) I wore to school that was not considered fashionable!! Oh the sweet memories (and not so sweet ones) of childhood!! Now it seems anything goes that you choose to wear and thankfully with age comes wisdom!! Is that another famous quote or proverb? I digress..back to my original thought...



I still practice these same principles in my life as well as in my art and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to find objects that no longer are usable for their specific purpose and reinvent or reuse them for a new one! When I find that small funnel, oil can, bobbin or spool, candlestick, salt shaker, glass insulator, old silver creamer or sugar, piece of vintage linen or fabric...you get the idea....my heart goes pitter patter and I have visions of make dos dancing in my head!!


When I first heard the title of a little book called, WASTE NOT WANT NOT, The Art of the Make-Do, I was intrigued and have been fortunate enough to now own my own copy! It is full of wonderful examples of early found objects, re-purposed into unique, sometimes humorous, and inventive repairs to create new purposes and to preserve the life of a former loved treasure! This book makes my heart sing!!


I'm sharing some pictures of make-dos I have made and I hope you will be inspired, and encouraged to begin your own quest for discarded objects and begin creating some special re-purposed treasures!! Perhaps you might even find a vintage old mustard colored corduroy jumper!!!

Happy Creating my friends!

Julie





The Possible's slow fuse is lit
By the Imagination.
~ Emily Dickenson

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Celebrate Liberty!!


I can still remember as a child, standing up in school, putting my hand over my heart and saying the following:

" I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America,
And to the republic for which it stands, One nation, under God, indivisible,
With liberty and justice for all!"

I still believe those important words, and still stand up, put my hand over my heart and say the words proudly because I love my country, I love my God, I love my flag, and I love my freedoms!!

Wishing you a very happy and safe Independence Day, filled with laughter, love, good food and a thankful heart as you Celebrate Liberty, the land of the free and the home of the brave!!

Blessings and Peace~

Julie

Thursday, July 1, 2010

We Have A Winner!!


The winner for my June Giveaway is.........



Gina of Cat Nap Inn Primitives!!


Thank you to ALL of you for taking part in my first giveaway, and I have to say I wish we could have picked all your names!! I feel like such a winner myself, as I look at all the new friends I have made! I have been truly amazed and humbled by your response and am so grateful for all the wonderful comments as well!!

A Big Congratulations to you Gina, and please send me your address so I can get your gifts mailed to you!!

Again, Thank you my friends and now that I have caught the "Giveaway Fever" I may just have to do another one in the near future!!!