The good Lord is still in control...


For several months the good Lord has been speaking to me in a wee small voice to give up several things I love.  So softly in fact, I wasn't really sure it was Him, so I resisted.  Well, it was Him!  He grew tired of waiting, so He took care of it for me.  All of my FaceBook obligations suddenly ended along with a long time friendship.   I am happy to report, there is real life after the juvenile atmosphere of FaceBook. It's time to move forward.

Christmas Angel Cage Doll

My Christmas Angel Cage Doll was made using Dove Dark Chocolate Candy Wrappers. Eating all of that chocolate was a dirty job but Poppa and I got it done. I already have my Christmas tree up and it is twinkling away in my Studio/Nest. Actually I never took it down from last year...





Published again...

The first and second time I was published, I cried. This time is even sweeter because they contacted me...I cried again...
I was tickled beyond words when Jana Holstein, the Managing Editor of Stampington & Company's Art Doll Quarterly, contacted me again wanting to publish two of my dolls. I received my copy today and I am honored to be published in such a prestigious magazine. Jana and her staff do their magic and create a beautiful work of art every quarter. Thank you so much for making my dolls look good!
 

Shabby Chic

I am working on a project that is calling for shabby chic flowers both paper and crochet.  I love learning new things.  Did I mention I love PINTEREST!!  Here are the flowers I have come up with out of supplies I have on hand.  It's been a loooog while since I crocheted with tiny thread.  Not good on old eyes...but fun.

Autumn...

Cooler weather has finally arrived.  I love Autumn!

Taking some time...

I am taking some time off from creating, sorta, to get our house in order.  I have been working on my poor closet that was a *catch all* for everything that did not have a home.  If you are interested, you can see my at home happenings here...At Home With Edna

One more time...

2013 was my year to simplify. I did remove myself from some situations but I must admit that I got sidetracked, again, the first part of the year. Now I'm back on track and I am spending this summer and probably the rest of this year working on our home. It feels good to be dedicated to home again instead of the endless doll designs and related activities that were running around in my head. I'm beginning to enjoy puttering in the kitchen again and even the yard and weed duty is more enjoyable now.

Recently I repaired my poor comfy chair that our Sassy Alice had chewed up three times. Once it was repaired, our new Miss Beebs decided to call my chair her own. Needless to say, the repair job was very tempting to her scratching nesting habit. Today, I *patched* my chair one more time. If this does not work, a new recliner is in order...but I oh so love my comfy chair...

EPattern Sale...

All of the epatterns in my PLUMTHICKETPRIMS Etsy shop are on sale at 30% off until July 15, 2013.  Please enter code SUPER30 at checkout to get your discount.  All of my epatterns are *instant downloads*.  You will receive an email with the download link as soon as payment is received.  Happy creating this summer!  ~Edna~

Drying dishes...

Every time I dry dishes I think about my Momma and giggle.  She told me one time that when she was young they lived in an old house and it was very cold.  The girls had to dry the dishes and put them away before they could go out on their date.  They put the dishes up with some water still on them and the next morning the dishes were frozen together!  Hehehe...I love it!  I'll bet Grandma wasn't too happy...


DIY French Inspired Pots Instant Download Tutorial

I have been looking for some pots to decorate our home.  I could not find what I wanted so I made my own along with a tutorial telling you how to make these sweet French inspired decorating pots out of trash!  Available as an *Instant Download* in my ETSY shop.  The possibilities are endless...



Something new...

I have found a way to use some of my fabric stash! Toothbrush Knot Rag Rugs. I didn't really need a new creative outlet but it kept calling my name so I am in the learning process, again. I want to get rid of all of our throw rugs with rubber backing that keeps coming off in my washing machine and it *stinks* to boot!



My Comfy Chair

I have had my *comfy chair* forever!  The kids have tried to give me a leather recliner and I declined.  About two and a half years ago, our then puppy Sassy Alice, chewed a hole in my chair.  I sew it up, not once but twice.  The third time I decided to leave the hole until she grew out of her chewing stage.

 
Yesterday I restuffed and sewed up my chair as best I could with what was left.  Then I made a sweet Nest pillow to hide the mess.  I love this old chair.  We have been through a lot together. Some old things are just worth keeping...like old friends.
 

 
The pillow is made using a painter's canvas dropcloth and a nest graphic from The Graphics Fairy.  I did all of the graphics on my computer in reverse, printed them out, used iron on transfer pen and black permanent marker over the entire image and added some extra details.
 



Some Serious Sewing...

I am getting ready to do some serious sewing, so I have put away my girlie computerized sewing machine with all of the bells and whistles and I have set up my old, reliable, heavy duty basic stitch Singer. There are several things on my list including a raggie quilt challenge for my Prim, Folk and Vintage Studio group.

Rainy Days...

We love rainy days.  They are great days to be creative.
 


Instant Download Epatterns on ETSY!

Thanks to a new feature, all of my epatterns are now available by INSTANT DOWNLOAD in my Etsy Shop!   Please visit my PlumThicketPrims Etsy Shop  ~Thank You~

Pickled Veggies

Fill quart jar with washed bite size pieces of
Cauliflower
Carrots
Celery
Sprigs of Dill or Dill Weed
Mix together and heat until salt is disolved
1 Cup Water
1 Cup White Vinegar
2 teaspoons Salt
Pour over veggies and seal.
Refrigerate after jar has cooled.
Let sit 24 hours to marinate if you can wait that long!
 


A Rose by any other name...

For years I have had white Iceberg roses on each side of the trellis at the entrance of our walkway.


Today when I walked outside, I was surprised to see blooms, not only blooms but one of my white Iceberg roses are no longer white, but a beautiful shade of red.  This bush is full of buds and the ones that are beginning to open, all appear to be red...Mother Nature is full of surprises!
 
 



Old Dolls - New Epattern Released


I finally have a new epattern out for this year.  My vision to simplify in 2013 has not worked out as I had planned and it seems I have taken on another bigger project than the one I let go of last year.  Things will get better as I learn to organize my time to try to accomplish most of the things on my *to do* list.

About My New EPattern:  This is my simple style version of Old Dolls...distressed from being handed down through the years and lovingly cherished, stained character marks from everyday life; maybe from a leaky roof, or being stored away in trunks for traveling cross country. Clothes have been misplaced over the years and their hair is sparse from being combed again and again.  I wonder where these dolls have been and what stories they would tell if they could talk...

Pattern for 14-1/2" tall skinny doll, her dress and unders.  Easy step by step sewing and painting instructions.

13 pages -  12 pictures
file size: 1.78mb

You can find all information about where to purchase my
epatterns on my pattern page on my website.

Free Online Dollmaking Videos
 
Thank you so much for your interest in my designs.  Enjoy the season what ever it is in your part of the country.  I'm itching to dig in the dirt in my flowerbeds!  Creating is good for the soul whether it's making something good to eat in the kitchen, working on a craft or making flowerbeds weed free.

Until next time...
~Edna~
 


Mixed Media Studio Challenge

I just finished a challenge for the Mixed Media Studio on Cloth Doll Artistry.  This challenge was to make a book (at least three pages) using old computer CD's.  I had such fun with this project.  I made a primitive wedding album for our son and daughter in law that got married on a cruise this past February.  Thank you to Kathie and Cherie, Coordinators of the Mixed Media Studio, for opening up new creative avenues to explore.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And they lived happily ever after...



We have a beautiful new metal roof!

We were blessed with a new roof about three weeks ago after a long wait due to rain.  I was scratching my head trying to decide who to call to do the work when a little voice inside said, "You can't go wrong with an Angel...".  Thank you Lord!  I am delighted I made that call.  Angel and his crew did a wonderful job and we are very pleased with the results.
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Versatility

I try to make my patterns versatile so with a little imagination you can make other things out of them.  Here is my IceAnna Winter Elf that was made using my Witchee epattern.  The original pattern picture is also listed.  It's amazing what a change of color can do!

 

Clutter Bug!

I have started *Spring Cleaning* early. My resolution for 2013 is to simplify...ok, ok, it's been an ongoing resolution for several years....| Read More |

Forced to Upgrade!

My precious old computer died last week.  It just went black right in the middle of a project.  I almost cried.  My computer is my bestest friend and all of my online friends live inside.  I was forced to start using my new computer that I got a couple of Christmases ago.  It has Windows 7 and none of my old familiar graphics software will work on 7.  So...I love the smell of new software.  Now finding the time to learn new *stuff* is going to be a problem.  New Photoshop Elements 11 for graphics, new Photoshop Premier for movies, a Dummies book (I love these books) and a new timer.  The timer is to help remind me there is real life going on and I need to limit my computer time.  Oh well, a girl can never have too much software...or shoes!
 

Bottle Brush Trees

I have always loved the old vintage bottle brush trees, but being frugal (aka cheap) I thought they were too expensive.  I was delighted to find information online about purchasing the green trees and bleaching them.  Fortunately they were on sale at Target online for less than $8.  Submerged in bleach for about 30 minutes creates beautiful vintage bottle brush trees.  I am tickled!!


Now, thanks to Martha Stewart, I can make my own.
It's a good thing!

Happy New Year 2013!

I have my new annual goodies, a new planner and calendar.
Schedule exercise
Eat Healthy
Schedule time for myself
It's time for a new beginnings...