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

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I realized today as I prepared to write a new post that I was still living in the past!!! My header, though wonderful to me, had SANTAS on it and even if I DO want to keep Christmas in my heart all year long (yes, Ebenezer, I join you in that sentiment!!) I know it is time for a change! So, with the help of my faithful husband Jeff, our little camera, and various props I use for my photo shoots, we came up with the BRAND NEW 2011 PRIMITIVE HEARTSTRINGS HEADER!!

We must have taken between 20-30 pictures till we finally reached the end result you now see, and I am really happy with it!! Even though I love hearts so much, it seemed really difficult to find one......I sell them all and have yet to make any for Valentines Day, but I finally found one and so that is my focal point in my picture!! I hope you like it as much as I do!!! I tried to also use some other things I made (the birds) as well as some of my favorite things.....old buttons, spools, black scissors, and of course, the heart pincushion!!!! After all, since my blog is called PRIMITIVE HEARTSTRINGS, it only seems appropriate that I have a heart represented!!!

I also want to share with you the wonderful gift I received from my dear husband!! He is the most kind and thoughtful man and is always so good to me but this time he REALLY SURPRISED ME!! I have had my eye on a particular metal sign for some time and he has always jokingly told me he should buy it for me! You see, sometimes he calls me Jul for short and has told me I am a real "Jewel" so when we saw this sign, we both really liked it!! I really don't know what it came off of and if anyone has any ideas, please let me know what you think!!

Anyway, we went to the shop where this sign has been and when I made my way to the booth, I saw that it was GONE!!! I mentioned it to Jeff sometime later, and he said someone must have finally bought it!!! WELL.......that someone was HIM!!!! He was SO PROUD of himself that he had surprised me and I still can't believe he bought it!!! It is SO SPECIAL and we hung it inside an old window frame that is above our TV cabinet!! He even commented a few minutes ago that he is so glad he bought it for me!!! Guess what??? SO AM I!!!

Every time I look at it, I will remember what a "JEWEL" of a husband I have been blessed with!!

With Special Blessings to you~~

Julie ("Jewel")


Joanne said...

I think perhaps you are both "jewels" - So cool he surprised you like that! And I'm an owner of own of your hearts - Thanks so much! You know I love it!

Kattywhompus Primitives said...

Hi Julie,
Thank you for the get well wishes. After a trip to the doctor, I'm finally starting to feel better. I'm ready to stitch up some more hearts! :)
Love your new header! It's perfect. And I think you & hubby must certainly deserve each other- you're a couple of jewels! What a neat gift and a lovely surprise from your sweetie!
Also...your Simply Primitives offerings this month are BEAUTIFUL! Much success to you there!
Hope your New Year is off to a great start!

Falling Leaf Woodworkers and Primitives said...

The new header is perfect... love it. It sounds like you have a great husband...

Holli~Where The Rooster Crows said...

Love the new header and that sign is awesome! How nice of hubby to surprise you like that!

HomeSpunPrims said...

I Love your new header Julie and your new JEWEL of a gift! What a sweet hubby you have! I am blessed to have one of those special guys myself. I love where you hung your sign. It looks perfect there. Tell your hubby BRAVO from me!

Carmen at Primcats said...

I love your new header! It's adorble! And what a wonderful gift from your husband!

Carmen and the Primcats

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

Your header turned out fabulous!

Jean said...

Love the header and the story about the sign - what a thoughtful husband you have!!

Primsue said...

Love your new header! That sign is so special - what a thoughtful husband.


Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Wow!! Thanks so much everyone for your sweet and supportive comments!! It is so nice to get such great feedback, not only about the header, but about the gift too!!! Thank you for taking the time to encourage me!!

Special Blessings~~

Speckled Hen Country Store said...

Hi Julie! Thank you for the nice comment on my blog, which leads me to your blog, which warms my heart on this January day! The header is lovely, the gift from Jeff, so sweet! Could it be from an old cook stove? Hugs to you, hope to see you both soon! Lynda