Yorkie's Primitives Handmade Goods

Friday, December 31, 2010

What are you doing for New Year's Eve?

Every year we have New Year's Eve at my house and play Phase 10. So I am busy baking a ham, fixing peanut brittle, nuts & bolts and lots of goodies. I love to bake!!
I want to wish all my blogger friends a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!! If you are driving somewhere please be careful on the roads tonight. I can't wait to see what the New Year brings us all. Happy New Year, Valerie

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Update on Chester and the funny side of it

First let me say you will never know how much your comments and your prayers mean to me! Blogging friends are the BEST!! Thank you all for your prayers. They have scheduled Chester's stint to be put in on Jan 10 so do keep him in your prayers. I know that this is a simple procedure but anytime you are in surgery there is a risk and prayers are the best way to help keep him safe.
Now for the funny side. I didn't see the humor the day of the incident but looking back it is pretty funny. Most of you know that I have severe lung problems caused from years of allergic reaction attacks. All the meds and the attacks have weakened my lungs. On most days it is all I can do to walk to the car and back to the house. Several years ago I took a CPR class and they had to let me simulate the breathing because every time I tried, I shut down.LOL
So Sunday when this happened, I couldn't get my phone to work to call 911. So I literally ran to the car and back in snow with sandals on. Well when I told my daughter that I had to perform CPR, she panicked and wanted to know how I did the breathing. I explained that I am not stupid so I didn't try that. I just did the chest compressions, which I might add, worked!
So after everything settled down and we knew he was ok, she posts on facebook that I said I ran to the car and back in the snow with sandals on and did chest compressions. Well, everyone that knows us on her facebook friend list has had a hoot laughing at me. They have all said that they had images of me running in the snow and doing the compressions and then laughed until they cried. They still don't believe that I ran.
So I just told them all to never underestimate what I can do when given an emergency and it worked so I must not be completely over the hill yet.LOL You never know what you'll do when adrenalin sets in. What I won't tell them is that I have been so exhausted ever since that it takes everything I have to just get out of bed.LOL Shhhh. don't tell them.LOL I'm just thankful that we can laugh now. I never forget to thank God for sparing my husband!
The picture of Chester and me was taken Christmas Eve. Maybe sitting on his lap was what caused it.ROFLMBO!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Scare of my Life

I have been married to my husband for 42 years. And those of you who have been married for awhile know that you depend on that relationship to last forever.
Well last Sunday we were sitting at the table and Chester told me he felt sick and dizzy. The next thing I knew, he gasped, his eyes rolled back in his head, his entire body stiffened and he fell out of the chair on his back into the floor and wasn't breathing. Needless to say, I was horrified!!
So I got down and tried to do chest compressions as I called 911 and my ear cut 911 off. Well I tried again and the phone wouldn't work. So I ran to my car and got my cell phone and called again. Then when I did the compressions one more time, Chester gasped, opened his eyes and said, "What are you doing and stop that".
He was in the hospital 2 days and they knew no more than when he went in except that his sodium was low. When I tried to tell them it looked like a seizure, they tried to tell me that men his age don't develop seizures! I am not happy with that hospital right now.
So today we went to his heart doctor and after telling him everything, he agrees that he thinks it was a seizure. And although adults don't develop seizures as a rule, health problems such as low calcium can cause seizures. But his heart doctor is insisting that he have another stint put in a blockage that he wasn't worried about. Now he thinks it is best just to be careful.
So please remember to pray for me and Chester. I have thanked God every day for saving Chester and I would still love for everyone to pray that God will continue watching over him.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

This Is What I have been doing

Now that Christmas is over and everyone has opened their gifts, I just had to show you what I made Brittany. My darling husband had to show me how to make the frame and that's really unusual. He doesn't like my crafting much.LOL

Britt seen this and it was a display and could not be bought and she really wanted it. So they took a picture and this is my version. I love the way this turned out. If I knew who designed this, I would gladly give them credit. Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas & My Christmas Surprise!

I want to take this opportunity to wish all my blogging friends a very Merry Christmas. I have met so many new friends this year and participated in some fabulous swaps and won several wonderful giveaways. You are all very dear to me and I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas with family and friends this year.
Remember to say a prayer for our soldiers this year and their families. It's very hard on them to be separated especially at this time of year. And alwasy remember Jesus is the Reason for the Season.
Now I was so thrilled with my Christmas surprise this year!! My friend Nancy from Stitches n Strokes called me from Canada to wish me a Merry Christmas!!! Nancy and I met through Prim Sisters several years ago and have become best friends. We chat almost nightly on messenger but I have never heard her voice until today. This phone call meant the world to me. Blogging and pro boards has opened up a whole new world for me and one that I have greatly enjoyed. If you had asked me years ago would I be best friends with someone in Canada, I would have laughed.LOL But here we are. We share ideas and laugh together. We also help each other through troubling times. I cherish my friendship with Nancy.
Merry Christmas everyone and a great big Merry Christmas to Nancy and her family!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Memories

For the first time in years it snowed before Christmas. As a child it snowed every year starting in November but as it got hotter, that just stopped.
Snowing this early brought back Christmas memories from my childhood. My Dad died in Sept when I was five and my Mom had a really hard time dealing with it. So that Christmas my Uncle Leonard, Aunt Grace, Grandma and Papa ( my Mom's parents) came and celebrated Christmas with us to help her deal with it.
Well it became a yearly ritual that my uncle would pick up my Grandma and Papa and share Christmas with us on Christmas Eve. We had ham snadwiches and opened presents and just talked.
This is why family at Christmas is still so very important to me. It was the family that made it so special then.
Well one Christmas when I was about 12, it started snowing around 5 p.m. So I asked my Mom if that meant they wouldn't come and she told me she wasn't sure. By 6:30 there was already about 3 inches of snow and I really got worried. Mom told me that I had to understand that they could only do what was safe. But that wasn't good enough for me. I'm guessing by now you can figure it out that I was spoiled rotten.LOL Then around 7 it was still snowing really hard and I knew that even if my aunt and uncle came, there was no way my Papa would get out in that weather and I started to cry.
And lo and behold my uncle pulled in the driveway. I was so thrilled that I screamed for joy but I just knew that Papa and Grandma wouldn't be with them. And then Uncle Leonard opened the back door and helped Grandma and Papa out of the car and walked them to the house. I was so happy that I started jumping up and down and yelling, "They're here, They're all here"!
When Uncle Leonard came in I threw my arms around his neck and thanked him for bringing everyone down. He just grinned and said, "I would never let you down and you know that".
So I really was spoiled(LOL) but it was the best Christmas present I could have ever asked for. And to this day my family bends over backwards to be at my house for Christmas Eve dinner because they know how much it means to me. I am very blessed to have a family that is as close knit as my family and having them down is what Christmas is all about.
Now mind you I'm not against presents, LOL but all I really need is my family. I want to take this time to wish everyone of my blogger friends a very Merry Christmas and hope that your Christmas is filled with as much love as mine. Merry Christmas, Valerie

Friday, December 3, 2010

What a Nightmare!

I woke up yesterday morning at 2:00 a.m. with a terrible ear ache. I couldn't go back to sleep because it hurt so bad. So I called my doctor and went in yesterday afternoon and he gave me an anit-biotic for the infection.
So at 2:00 a.m. this morning I woke up so sick at my stomach. Well never once did I connect this to the anti biotic. Mistake one!
Then I took my next dose of the med at breakfast and about one hour later, I started closing up. Still living in la la land, I thought whatever I had was just going to my chest. Mistake 2! By 10:00 a.m., I started having breathing problems. Then it hit me, I am allergic to the medicine!
So I called my allergy doctor who is the only doctor I have that knows how fast I can shut down and knows how to stop it. Well I spent the next 2 hours in his office getting a steroid shot, epinepherine shot and shaking from head to toe. If you have ever had all this medicine at once, you know what it does to you. If not, just let me tell you, you aren't missing anything.LOL It makes me so hyper I can't stand myself and then they wouldn't let me leave until they saw if it was going to work. I had to sit in the office going crazy!LOL And then I had to take a rocepherine shot. OUCH!! they hurt. My arm still hurts.
But luckily I figured out what was wrong before I took another pill! And thank God for Dr. Pienkowski's office for knowing what to do!!
I went to the ER twice when this happened and they stand there and won't do anything until they check your oxygen level and run all these tests. I finally got mad the last time and got into it with the nurse and told her that I could have driven home took all my medicine ant gotten back over there before they gave me a stupid breathing treatment and that I would never go back to the ER with this problem. So now I just go straight to my doctor.
But anyway, it looks like I am going to live.LOLOLOL So just say a little prayer for me so that I can get better so that I can get done what I need to get done before Christmas. Until next time...

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Head over to Thimble Prim Studio and enter to win this great giveaway.

My Giveaway from Jan Arrived Today!

Gingerbread Family

Rabbit Pull Toy with Mouse Sheep with Blanket and Scarf
I won the giveaway at My primitive Nest by Jan last week and it came today. Actually it came Monday but since I live in a very small town, the postal service didn't tell me until today that it was there. Sorry Jan. But her giveaway was for a gingerbread family and a bunny with a mouse riding him. And she was including a surprise in it and boy was it a surprise!!
Needless to say, I LOVE everything!!!!
She put so much detail in everything that she made. Each gingerbread person has it's own facial expression with something different in each heart. They are so adorable!
The bunny has it's own blanket and I love the way the wheels are attached. I would never have thought of doing this. And the little mouse is all decked out with a cute little dress and bonnet to match the sheep's blankie. Toooooo Cute!! Just so happens I love pull toys!
And Oh My Gosh at the detail on the sheep. This was the surprise and I LOVE sheep!!! She has it covered in this fabric that is perfect for a sheep. Jan, I have to know what that fabric is.LOL And it's blanket and scarf are a penny stitching and is just awesome! She has put so much detail in these! Just look at those eyes. He looks so humble. Jan, you are one very talented lady.
I woke up at 2:oo a.m. this morning with a terrible earache so I thought this day is going to be miserable and when I opened Jan's package, it brightened up my day. Thank you so much Jan. I am so happy that I was the lucky winner of your giveaway. Everything is soooooo adorable!!
If you haven't visited her blog, you should go over and check it out. She has some really neat things.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

And The Winner Is...

Ok, so I'm late again.LOL My husband doesn't get home until late and he's all I have to draw the names.
I want to thank everyone for entering my giveaway. I have had so much fun with the last two and I will be having more next year. This year I have to get busy making Christmas gifts.LOL I wish I could send everyone a gift but my finances won't allow that. I'm sure you know the feeling.
And so the winner of my snowman giveaway and the surprise gifts is....... Rose of Baskets by Rose. Please send me your address so that I can get your package in the mail.
I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. Be watching for my future giveaways.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Today is my Anniversary

Today is my anniversary. I have been married to my husband for 42 years. I can honestly say that I have been fortunate to have had a blessed life.
We have two girls, six grandkids, 3 extended grandkids, 2 nieces and a nephew that have grown up with my grandkids and they are all very close. I thank God for giving me a very loving family.
Until next time...

Monday, November 29, 2010

My Swap Package from Nancy and Reminder

I got my package from Nancy today and WOW!!! It's AWESOME!!!!! Our swap included one wooden item, 1 item of choice and 3 ornies. I opened the box and everything was wrapped so pretty. She also had a Santa on the top of the box.
The wooden santa is just adorable!! and the snowman is soooo cute!! And she got me the moose as a canadian sidekick and I LOVE it!!! She also included the cutest snowman with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Thanks Nancy for everything.
I have also looked for a shaving brush everywhere around where I live and can't find one. So Nancy put me one in my swap box. Thanks for everything Nancy, you rock!!! Now I will start my makeover in my bathroom!!
Now I just want to remind everyone that my giveaway ends tommorrow, my 42nd anniversary. WooHoo! So if you haven't entered, you better enter now. I am including 2 surprises in my giveaway!
And will everyone who was in the swap that hasn't sent me pics of your goodies please send them them to me. I am going to put a film of the Christmas swap on my blog at the top. valerie999@comcast.net Thanks and Merry Christmas!

Ornie's 11 & 12

Here are number 11 & 12 ornies that are included in Brenda's giveaway. I LOVE that sheep! I just have to win.LOL But her giveaway ends tommorrow so you better head on over and enter.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My Last Giveaway for the year

I know I am late posting about my giveaway that I promised but I have had some medical problems that got in the way. I'm sure we have all been there. But as promised, I am having my last giveaway for this year on my sales blog. Just click on the picture at the right top sidebar and enter to win.
The winner will win this snowman. He is made with lightly stained muslin that has been weighted so he can stand on his own and stuffe with fiberfill. I have sewn on black beads for his eyes and embroidered his nose and mouth. He has black buttons down his front. He has rusty nails for arms and is holding a rusty star that has been attached with rusty wire.
Then I have made ear muffs with navy blue fleece fabric. They are attached with rusty wire. His scarf is made from navy blue fleece with snowflakes. I have fringed the bottom of the scarf.
Finally I put some snow tex and diamond dust on his head, ear muffs, scarf and the tips of the top of the star. So head on over and enter to win.

Monday, November 22, 2010

My New Candle Mat

I just have to show you my new Poinsettia Candle Mat and Wrap. It's made from winter white and burgundy acrylic felt. I love the way it turned out. See what you think. It's listed in my etsy shop.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Brenda's 10th ornie

Here is Brenda's 10th ornament for her giveaway. If you haven't entered her giveaway, head over and enter now. She is having some awesome ornies!

Look what I Got!!

I just have to show you what I was lucky enough to get for free!! It came from my daughter and son in law's farm that they bought last year. It's a door from one of their old barns. And they were going to burn it!!!! I couldn't believe I was lucky enough to get this for my front porch. I can't wait to decorate it for Christmas, Valentine's Day and all the seasons! I am leaving the paint just like it is so that it show the charm of old days. Drop me a line and tell me what you think. Until next time...

My Ornie Swap through OFG

I entered an ornie swap through OFG and I got Kris from Painted Kreations. She painted me three adorable ornies, two from wood and one cow bell. I love cows so I loved the cowbell. But just look at the detail on all these ornies. She is a very talented painter.

And when I opened the package, I saw a box with an angel painted on the front. Well I kept thinking where do you get a box that cute to send your items in?LOL Then it hit me, she painted it!!! I think that is the neatest idea. I just wish I could paint. So I am going to display the box along with my other Christmas decorations and how cute is it going to be that I have an angel box with the postage stamp on it? Thank you so much Kris, I love everything!!! And here is a link to her etsy shop so you can see some of her other creations.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Christmas Swap Goodies

I entered a swap on Crow's Creek Primitives and my secret partner was Deb Turner. I opened the box and Oh My Gosh! It was packed with goodies. I got the most adorable Christmas Stocking with a skiing snowman on it, a rusty star that she painted, 2 blackened santas and 2 blackened snowmen, 2 bunches of red berries, and a little snowman pick. Just take a look at this picture and see what an awesome swap I got. You can visit Deb's blog at http://debsprimitivecountrykitchen.blogspot.com/ Thanks Deb!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Punkin Seed Production Giveaway

Head over to Pumpkin Seed Productions to win these adorable salt dough ornies.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Rusty Thimble Ornaments 8 & 9

Here's the picture of The Rusty Thimble's ornaments 8 & 9 of her giveaway. Head on over and enter to win.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Just a Reminder

I just want to remind everyone that Monday is the last day to sign up for my snowmen giveaway. Just click on the link on the right side to go enter.

Just a Reminder

I just want to remind everyone that Monday is the deadline for sending your swap packages out. Please send a picture of what you are sending so that I can add it to the video that I am putting on my blog with links back to your blogs. I also want to thank everyone who participated in my swap. This one has been so much fun. Until next time...

Look what I made

I wanted a poinsettia candle matt and could not find one like I wanted so I decided to make my own pattern. I love the way it turned out. See what you think. I will be having the pattern for sale by next week.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remember Our Veterans

This is my brother, Buster, who served in the Vietnam War and was one of the lucky ones who made it home, but he was never the same. The horrors of that war stayed with him the rest of his life. He suffered with flashbacks that woke him up in the middle of the night screaming. He had panic attacks that took us forever to get him out of.

On this Veterans Day, please take a moment to say a prayer for our veterans. We need to remember that without them we would not have the freedom that we are so blessed to have.
I want you to think about those who are serving and those who have come home. We realize the danger that they are in while fighting but unless you have had someone come home from war, you have no idea how it changes their life. Not only do they fight for our freedom but they pay for that same freedom every day of their life. So please never take your freedom for granted because someone has given their life so that you may have it.
If you see a soldier today, shake their hand and tell them how much they are appreciated. But don't let that stop today. Do this every day throughout the year. When someone took the time to shake Buster's hand and thank him for his sacrifece, it gave him pride to know that they appreciated it.
So I want to take this time to thank every soldier and every nurse, doctor or anyone else who has sacrified their life so that I may be free.
I also want to thank all families that have made sacrifices both while their family members were at war and when they come home helping them adapt to life outside of war. And my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones during war.

Two More Ornies from Brenda

Here's two more ornaments that Brenda has made for her giveaway. If you haven't signed up, just click on this link. http://www.therustythimble.blogspot.com/ Until next time...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Picture of The Giveaway

Well I reached my goal of 50 followers on my sales blog so I thought I would share a picture of the rest of the giveaway. I have added 3 ornies made from an Olde Homestead Barn pattern so now you get 6 items!! There's still time to enter so just click on the link on the right and enter now to win these adorable snowmen.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Giveaway at Rusty Thimble

Brenda at TheRusty Thimble is having a huge ornament giveaway. Here are 4 of the items that she is having and she is adding weekly until she reaches 12 ornaments. So hurry on over and enter to win these awesome ornaments.


Jennifer at Busy Bee is having a giveaway. Head over and join for a wooden item made by her and her husband.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Christmas Swap

Hi, just a heads up on the swap. If you have not emailed me your address, please do so at valerie999@comcast.net If you have not received your partner's address, please email me and let me know that too. Remember the goodies are suppose to be in the mail on Nov. 16. Thanks and I hope everyone is having fun putting these swaps together. Until next time...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


I am having my first giveaway on my sales blog. Just click on the picture at the right top sidebar and sign up there. Until next time...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Sales Blog

Hi, I am doing a makeover on my sales blog with the help of Brenda of Rusty Thimble. Thanks Brenda!! I would love it if you would go over and give me your opinion. I have also added two new winter items on there that I love. Just mosey over and see what you think
www.yorkiesprimitivessalesblog.blogspot.com Until next time...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Just a reminder

Hi, this is just a reminder that I still need addresses from Nancy, Jenn, Dee and Kerri so that I can give them to your partners. Just email them to me at valerie999@concast.net Thanks, Until next time...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Two Huge Announcements

OFG is having their Warm Winter Hugs Giveaway on their blog. This giveaway is full of wonderful items donated from the artists at OFG. Head over there and enter for the giveaway. Just click on the snowman on the right and it will take you there.
Tommorrow starts our Winter Holiday Celebration at OFG on Etsy. Be sure and check back for the link to this Celebration. The members of this group have worked very hard creating items to help decorate for the Christmas season. Until next time...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Here's the list

OK I finally got it all together and made the list. Here it is:

Nancy-StitchesnStroked - Valerie-YorkiesPrimitives
Linda-Country Pickens - Wendy-RavenwoodWhimzies
Jenn-BusyBee - Dee-IcehouseCrafts
Amy-CottagePrims - Lorna-LiveOakPrimitivePeddler
Kerri-CalicoRabbit - Carol-FirecrackerKid

We have some wonderful artist in this swap and I am anxious to see what everyone comes up with. Just a reminder of the swap rules. You can also go over them down below in case I have missed something.
1 Christmas item worth at least $15.00 , 3 ornies of your choice, something wood. The deadline for sending the items is Nov. 15. You need to get conformation and keep it handy in case we need it.
Remember to send items that you would like to receive. I want this to be a fun and exciting swap. Please send me pictures of the items before you ship them because I will make a slide show to stay up until Christmas with a link back to your blog or shop.
Please send me an email tommorrow with your name, address, email address so that I can give this info to your partner. If you need me email me at valerie999@comcast.net
When you receive your info from your partner feel free to convo with them for likes and dislikes if you choose. Or if you want to keep it a surprise that's fine too. Just have fun!!!
Until next time...

My First Candle Wrap!

I received a candle with a candle wrap from Susan at Keepsake Korner from our last swap at OFG and I just fell in love with it. She is an amazing artist and I have linked her name to her etsy shop. You should go check it out and see all the items she makes.
Well I decided to try making candle wraps and candle mats for Christmas present. Well this is my first attempt and although it has some kinks in it, I am very proud of myself.
Here in Tenn. you can't find wool felt and I am allergic to felt anyway so I thought I would try regular felt. It is not as heavy as wool felt but I think it will last for a long time if taken care of. And because I am color blind, you will see one yellow bead in there that I thought was white.LOL And I know that practice makes perfect so maybe mine will get better in time, I hope.LOLOLOL I made this wrap from a Penny Lane Primitives pattern.

But here's a pic. See what you think of my first attempt at candle wraps. When I get the matt finished, I will post a pic of it too. Thanks Susan for giving me the idea. Until next time...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

See if I missed anyone

Hi, seems like I am missing someone. Here are the names I have. I will check again but if your name is not on this list, please let me know. I am giving out the names tommorrow. Thanks, Valerie
Nancy from Stitches n Strokes
Dee from Ice House Crafts
Jenn from Busy Bee
Linda from Country Pickins
Wendy from Ravenwood Whimzies

You have until tommorrow to join in on the fun. Until next time...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Just a reminder

I just wanted to remind everyone that there is only 2 more days left to sign up for our Christmas swap. If you are interested, just let me know. Until next time...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

I was Featured!

Wow! Yesterday I was featured on Painted Panache Blog. Joann is a very talented painter. If you get a chance go check out her blog and read my feature. I was honored that she chose me. Until next time...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

U Tube Video

One of the ladies in OFG posted this video for us to see. It is so touching that I wanted to share it with my followers. Since this is the only way I know to post a link, I hope this works.
If you support our soldiers, please take a few minutes to watch this. You will be blessed. Until next time...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


I am ashamed to say that I have neglected my recipe of the month link enormously. Please fogive me. So to try to make up for my laziness, I am uploading 2 recipes tonight for fall. Just go to my recipe link and you will find some yummy fall recipes. Until next time...

Monday, October 4, 2010

It's Time For A Swap!!

I haven't had a swap in ages so it is time for a Christmas swap. Now I know this is a little early but Christmas is just around the corner so it will give you time to think about what you want to make. The rules are simple.
You must follow this blog. This is so I can keep up with everyone.
This is going to be an all handmade swap.
There will be three items in this swap. (1.) A Christmas item worth at least $15.00. This can be a Santa, Snowman, Tree, Gingerbread Man, etc. ( 2.) 3 ornies. ( 3.) Something wood. Now if you don't work in wood, it will be fine to purchase something as long as it is handmade by someone.
You must have confirmation on your package. You don't have to send it to me but keep it on hand in case we need it. We all know how the post office can be during Christmas season.
You can enter at any time but the cut off date is Oct. 15. I will send out partners on Oct. 17.
You must mail your package no later than Nov. 15. This will give you a month to make your items and get them in the mail. No one likes to wait until the season is over to get their swap package. Remember when you are making your items the cost of mailing. It doesn't have to be something huge, just something prim and something you would like too.,
Please play nice for this swap. Send items that you would like to receive yourself! I want this to be a fun and exciting swap. I love swaps. I love getting items from other artists and admiring their work. So anyone wanting to join can leave a post here or if you do not have a blog just send me your info to valerie999@comcast.net
Due to price of postage, this swap is limited to the U.S and Canads. Until next time...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Check out this giveaway

Brenda from http://therustythimble.blogspot.com/ is having a giveway for this awesome Santa. If you go sign up, please tell her that I sent you. Until next time...

Ezine tutorial info

I have created a new poem with 2010 and a poem with no date for those of you who downloaded my snowman tutorial from Down the Path Ezine. If you would like a copy of these poems, just email me at valerie999@comcast.net and I will more than happy to send you a copy. Until next time...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

New Jack-O

I just listed a new Jack-O in my etsy shop. http://www.yorkiesprimitives.etsy.com/

Friday, October 1, 2010

Check this out!

Wow! I am featured in this month's Down the Path Ezine. Head over and take a peek at all the free patterns they are sharing. Until next time...

I Got Another One

My package from Susan, aka Keepsake Korner , came today and it is awesome!!

I opened it and she had it all packed in an adorable fall bag, I think just to peak my curiosity.LOL
But I got in it and it is the most precious candle with a candle wrap around it. And to beat that it is scented in marshmallow vanilla. I have never even heard of that scent but I LOVE marshmallows. It could not have been a better scent for me. It smells good enough to eat.
Then she wrapped my recipes in a really cute black sheer fabric with jack o lanters on it. And I got some fabric coasters that I love. Thank you Susan!! I love everything!!!! Until next time...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Scarecrow Make do

I just listed a scarecrow make-do in my etsy shop. See what you think.

Look What I Got!

I joined a Fall swap with OFG and one of my partners was Brenda from The Rusty Thimble

Well yesterday I received my package from her and it was an awesome Pumpkin Scarecrow, a pumpkin bowl filler and 3 delicious recipes! Thanks Brenda, I just love it!!! Until next time...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Check this out

Check out this great giveaway for this awesome bear. http://burntwoodsbrierbears.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 17, 2010

Helpful Hint

Every year, the same time of the year, I get little bitty ants in my kitchen. I don't know where they come from but they come in every year. Well up to this year, I could clean everything off my counters, spray with ant spray and wala they die. Well not this year.
This year the little heathens would not go away. I sprayed twice and then the demons got in my cabinets!! I have never had ants in my cabinets. I had to throw away cereal, rice and flour. GRRR!! So I couldn't thin what to do. No way was I going to spray poison in my cabinets. The fumes would probably get in the food.
So I went online and searched. It said just to spray hot water. Nope, the demons wouldn't go away. They would die that day and be back the next with twice as many. So by now I am getting irate. I hate ants!!!
So I tried thinking of what I could use that would be safe and it hit me, why not try vinegar? Yes it stinks but it wouldn't harm you. So I cleaned everything out of my cabinets again. Sprayed them with vinegar and water. I put two parts vinegar and one part water. Believe it or not, IT WORKED!!!! No more ants!!! Halleluhah!!! Now I know most of you probably know that, but for those of you that don't, if you get aggravated with ants, just spray vinegar and water and the little demons die. Until next time...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fall Quilted Pumpkin

Here's a fall pumpkin that I made out of an old cutter quilt. I love the sunflowers with it. See what you think. It is available in my etsy shop. www.yorkiesprimitives.etsy.com Until next time...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Meet Mr. Jack-O

Meet Mr. Jack-O. He is my newest creation. He is available in my etsy shop. http://www.yorkiesprimitives.etsy.com/ See what you think.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Look what I Got

I ordered some sheep ornies from Brenda at The Rusty Thimble week before last and I received them last week. Sorry I haven't posted before now but it has been utter chaos here.

But anyway these are the cutest sheep and when I opened the box, she had them all wrapped individually in patterns. But look, there's not 3 packages, there is 4 and I only ordered 3!
So when I opened them, I had a surprise!! We all love surprises! She sent me the cutest little stocking ornie to hang on my tree!!! I love it!!! Thanks Brenda!!!

Here's the sheep

And here's the stocking

Brenda has monthly sales so if you have never signed up for her newsletter, you should so that you can see all the awesome things she makes. www.therustythimble.blogspot.com Until next time...

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Hi everyone, our Halloween Celebration at Old Farmhouse Gathering officially starts Monday morning. We have some awesome items up for sale to decorate for Halloween. Just click on the HCOFG button to view all the wonderful items this group has put together. Until next time...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

And The Winner Is...

First I want to say a great big THANK YOU for making my giveaway a success. I had 43 entries and that's the largest giveaway I have ever had. I have also met some new friends that starting following my blog even though they didn't have to to enter the giveaway. YEA!!
Next I need help. When I get a new follower I like to check out their blog but I can't find some of the blogs that have joined. If it has a link attached, I can find it. But some do not have links attached. Can someone tell me how to find these blogs?
And now that I have teased you enough,LOL, my darling hubby drew the name out of a large bowl and the winner is....... Donna from Sweet Prairie Dwellings. Congrats Donna and if you will email me your address at valerie999@comcast.net I will get your goodies in the mail. I am not going to Donna's surprises until after she receives them so check back in a few days and you can see the rest.
I'm sorry everyone couldn't be a winner but to tell you the truth I just couldn't make that many.LOL But I will be having another giveaway closer to Christmas so keep checking back.
Until next time...


Ok Girls, I'm sorry that it is taking me so long to announe the winner but today has been crazy. I will announce the winner tonight around 9:30 and contact the winner. Thanks, Valerie

ORP Giveaway

Old Road Primitives is having a great giveaway. Head on over and join to win this darling little mouse. http://oldroadprimitives.blogspot.com/

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Forever Friend

Have you ever had a lifelong forever friend and didn't appreciate it until you were grown? I have one of those friends.

I have lived in my neighborhood almost all my life. I had a friend, Betty Jo, all through my childhood. We played together and could talk to each other about anything and trust that it would go no further. As a teenager, I was really distraught with things that had happened and Betty Jo was always there to put me back together again. She listened to all my problems and tried her best to ease my pain.
Then we grew up, got married and went our separate way. We have seen each other because her Mom still lives in my neighborhood. But it's one of those things where the normal daily routines of life make you forget some things that you shouldn't forget.
It wasn't until my Mom died in 2003 that I realized how important Betty Jo's friendship was to me. A week after Mom died Betty Jo left a card in my mailbox that told me how sorry she was and had she known, she would have been there for me. And that's when I realized that she has always been there for me.
When my brother, Buster, died in October of last year, she came to visit and once again tried to comfort me. And I did tell her how much she meant to me and thanked her for being my friend. I think sometimes we take people for granted and don't remember to tell them how much they mean to us. We talked for a long time and it fealt good to be with a true friend.
A few months ago Betty Jo called and asked if she could come down. She had a gift for me. Well never in my wildest thoughts could I have imagined what she made me. She made me a beautiful stained glass window picture in remembrance of Buster. I didn't even know she worked with this but she does beautiful work. It's an angel looking down and when put in the light it glistens.
My family has tried to help me with my losses but somehow Betty Jo brought a sense of peace that no one has been able to. Maybe it's because she is my forever friend. I only hope that I have in return been as good a friend to her as she has been to me.
So if you have a forever friend that has been there to help you through troubled times, be sure and let them know because you never know when it will be to late to tell them.
I would like to share with you a picture of the awesome stained glass picture that she made me and I hope you all have a forever friend that can help you through your troubled times. Until next time...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Another Goodie

I thought I would show you a pic of the second item in my giveaway. Faith is a corncob doll on a pillow. She has corn silk hair. She's only 4' wide X 9'tall but I thik she is one of my favorite creations.

I'm still deciding if I will show anything else that I am including but this box is going to be filled with goodies both handmade and items to craft with. So if you haven't entered yet, you should sign up. Hope you love Faith as much as I do. Until next time...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

OK Here it is

I am sorry it has taken me so long to post my giveaway today but everything has been chaos around here. I want to take this time to thank everyone for following me. I planned on having a giveaway for 100 followers but I didn't want to advertise it because I wanted the followers to follow me because they like my blog.

So girls this giveaway is going to have several items in it. I will have at least one wooden item and one cloth item and some items for crafting and some cloth swatches for Halloween and Christmas.
I am posting one item tonight and will be posting more items in the next couple of days. And a few items will be a surprise. HeeHee.
Now all you have to do to enter is leave a message on my blog. If you do not have a blog just email me at valerie999@comcast.net and I will be glad to enter your name. You can advertise on your blog if you want but it is not necessary.
The first item in my giveaway is my wood candle board with a yummy smelling candle. This one is painted black, then barn red and distressed to make it look worn. I love these candle boards.
Come back tommorrow to see what else I have posted. I hope this is a fun giveaway for everyone.
I will take names until Aug. 31 and the name will be posted on here on Sept 1st. Good luck...