Monday, January 31, 2011


It's that time again for another SIMPLY PRIMITIVES UPDATE and frankly, I can't believe it is already February......well, almost anyway!!! It just seems lately like time has wings and I can't keep up!! Does anyone else feel that way??

Please stop by sometime tonight or tomorrow for a visit, and be sure to visit all of my other fellow artists who will have their new things listed as well!! You won't be disappointed!! I'm sure with Valentine's Day coming up there will be LOTS of HEARTS!!! I know you will just FEEL the LOVE!!!

I would also like to invite you to stop by THE PRIMITIVE GATHERING as well! I was invited to be a guest artist on there this month and I am so honored to be asked! They have some amazing talent there and I know you will enjoy your visit!!

I want to thank you all, for taking the time to read my ramblings, for your support and encouragement, for your lovely comments, and for following my blog!! I want to also welcome all the new followers who have recently joined me as well!!

Wishing you a day filled with Love and lots of Chocolate~~



Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I have long had my eye on a sweet hanging cupboard at New England Saltbox, the shop where I work, and after a long tug-of-war with myself (yes versus no), I finally won! It went something like this...

Me (yes): "That would look SO GOOD filled with all your pincushions!"

Me (no): "Who buys a cupboard just for pincushions?? Be practical!!"

Me (yes): "But it would REALLY look good filled with my pincushions, and it would help me to be more organized and it matches my other pieces in the living room AND there really isn't a place for it in the shop now anyway AND did I mention that it would REALLY REALLY look great filled with my pincushions, AND little shoes too???"

Me (no): "Gosh, you are REALLY wearing me down here!!" I give up!! Go ahead,get it, because I will not have a MOMENT'S PEACE till you do!!And by the way, come to think of it, it REALLY WILL LOOK GREAT with all your pincushions in it!"

So........what do YOU think?? Was I right or was I right??

Anyway, here is the cupboard, a lovely creation by Primitiques, done in a lovely distressed black over mustard, with a distressed off white inside!!! It looks just perfect on my wall, and indeed.....It is JUST PERFECT for my PINCUSHIONS!!!

Wishing you joy~~~


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")