Wednesday, December 31, 2008

It's New Year's Eve

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I hope that whatever your plans are for the eveing, you will be safe. It is so hard to believe that another year has come and gone. My how the time files. Happy New Year everyone.

Monday, December 29, 2008

New Adventure and a couple new items.

My dream is to own my own shop. I just dont see that in my future right now. I have pondered this for sometime now and I have made a decision. My friend Angie and I are gonna share a booth here at our local crafters mall. It's called the Corner Junction. Angie has been there for a while now and she and I have talked about me coming in and sharing a booth for sometime now. So I finally made the decision to go ahead and jump right in. I mean how else will I sell my items if no one knows Im out there. I hope we can get in there by the end of week. Wish me, us, luck...

Also, I have had a nice vacation from work. Jay took Wesley with him today and Josh was out hunting with my brother, so I sat down at the sewing machine and stitched up a couple of things.

I made the Valentine Stocking that Becky had as a free pattern, some time ago. And I think it turned out really nice.

I also did a stitchery from Country Rustic Primitives. Mine turned out to be a little bigger than her measurements, but I think it came out pretty good.

If you like any of the things I have made, I will have them on my website soon. Please feel free to stop by and visit with us. We would love to have ya at The Olde Hollow Crow

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Night Before Christmas

by Clement Clarke Moore
or Henry Livingston

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

*~Merry Chirstmas~*

I know we are all probably busy today, you know with the Big Guy coming and all. I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone of my online friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.... Hugs to everyone.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas is Coming...

Chirstmas is Coming,
The goose is gettin fat.
Please put a penny in the old man's hat.
If you havent a penny, a half penny will do.
If you havent got a half penny, then God bless you.

I have been singing this for days. So I thought I would share it with everyone, maybe someone else will get in their head as it's been in mine.... giggle..

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sharing a few Photos....

I thought I would share a few photos of some of my favorite Christmas decorations. I snapped a few, but will add more soon. Thank you for peekin..

This little tree sits on my noodle board in the kitchen..

These are just some of my favorite things...

Here are a few shots of my tree. Im not a very good picture taker...

I hope I dont have too many pics. I will start next week adding fresh greens around here and there. I dont like to put them out too early, they dry up so quick. So I wait until the week of Christmas to add a little around the house.

Friday, December 12, 2008

I've Been Searchin'!!!

For a few years now I have been on the search for folkart type Christmas music. Being that I know nothing about folkart artist this has been a difficult task. I am wondering if y'all might know of some that could help me in my search. It would like just the insturmental. I remembered there was a lady who had a little shop here in town, but found out that she has closed up shop. If anyone has any information please leave a comment. I thank you all in advance.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Whatcha Workin on Wednesday??

I been workin' on some stitching. We are having our 14th Annual Christmas Get Together on Saturday. 14th??? Ever since Josh was a baby my Mama's sister and her children dont get to see my kids at Christmas because of all the running here an there we have to do. So I have a special day during December where I have my family here for Josh and Wesley to get their gifts from them. It's not many that come, just my Mama and Daddy, my brother and his "new" wife, my Mama's sister and her daughter, Nannie and my Aunt and Uncle that live across the road from us. Not many...

So anyway, I have always tried to have them all a little something to say it's from Josh and Wesley. You know. So I have been busy the past few days working on stitching and painting frames. I have to say that I am not a production worker for sure..... But they are done all but sanding down the frames and adding the stitching. I had one piece of Aida left and it's the funny shaped one there. I guess it will have to go in a little different than the rest of'em. But I am gonna get them finished today!!!

Not to mention gettin' the house cleaned too. I like to put that off until last. With 2 wild boys and a DH, my work sometimes is done in vain... Y'all know what I'm talkin' bout.... giggle.. So I am putter'n around doing a little of this and that.

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday.. Happy Crafting Everyone..

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Good Tuesday Morning, and the Winners.

Good Mornin' all. I hope that everyone is off to a good start this morning. It's cloudy and just very dreary here today. Not much going on, trying to get things straightened up around here got the Christmas get together this Satruday. So on to what everyone wants to know.........The winners!!!

I want to say Thank You to everyone who came by and entered. I had over 70 comments and I have to say that some were very creative with their comments. I had to giggle and laugh at some. You girls are the best and I am so thankful that I have met so many new friends. Ok, ok. I'll get on with it.....

The second prize winner is............ Justina. Justina I couldnt access your blog, so I hope you see this post.

And the first place winner is..................Nicole - Back in the Day...

Congratulations to both of you. I need y'all to email me with your addresses. I will get the prizes out as soon as I get your information. My email is I think you can get there from my profile. If you have any trouble just give me a hollar. Thank you all again for entering. I hope that everyone has a wonderful day.

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Clock is Ticking Away!!

Just wanted to let everyone know that tonight at Midnight the signups will end, so come on and sign up for my giveaway. Remember you can enter more than once. The clock is ticking..... Drawing will be tomorrow December 9th at 9 AM Eastern time. Be sure to leave your comment on the giveaway post, not here. Wishing everyone luck..

Testing siggy post....

Yay!!! It worked. I tried this way several times last night, but what I didnt do is make a new post to see if it worked. I only checked the posts that were already there. But yes it worked.... Thank you so much Lisa for all your help. Now I know.. How simple was that?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Ok, I have a bloggin question

I would like to know how I can get my live signature on each post without posting the HTML code after every post. Is there anyone who can help me with this? I sure hope so, because I dont want to have to copy and paste the code for post I make. I hope someone can help... Thank you in advance...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Fabric Chain...

I thought this morning, I sure have alot of fabric scraps. So what to do with them? Well I had some ticking so I thought I would make a fabric chain. You know, like the paper chains we made in school at Christmas time.

I know that you all know how to make them. I used that no hem stuff on a roll. I dont know exactly what's called. But anyway that's what I used to connect them together.

Once I got them them all linked together I put them on the back of my dining room chairs. I thought about putting them on my tree, but I needed something for my chairs.

Not the best picture in the world, but here is what they look like.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Whatcha Workin' on Wednesday???

Well, it's been a while since I posted anything about what I have been workin' on. It's been so crazy around here with the holidays and everything. I have been busy with getting the house clean and I have been crafting a little inbetween. Not much to talk about though. I thought I would put away the sewin' machine until after Christmas. But being that I can't just quite cold turkey I have been working on stitching. Easy enough right? One that I have been workin' on is the one that I have in my giveaway. I just love it. I have to say I tried all kind of material and it just didnt look right. None of the letters were straight, my x's would disappear and I was just not happy with it.

I finally got some Aida and I love, love, love stitching them now. Everything is where it should be. So to say. So along with all the cleaning that needs to be done, clothes that need to be washed and folded, That is what Im trying to fit in. I need to get some more patterns so I can something new.

Well, my Wednesday seems to loaded with lots of things to do. Sooo I guess I had better get to it.

I wish you all a Happy Wednesday.. If you havent signed up for my giveaway be sure to before you leave. If you have already, please sign up again. You can enter as many times as you like.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Happy Holidays! Happy Holiday!

While the merry bells keep ringing, Happy Holidays toooo Youuu!!!

I am having a Happy Holidays Giveaway. Sign up now until December 8th at Midnight Eastern time. Drawing will be on December 9th at 8 am Eastern time.

I have not one but two prizes to give away.

In the first prize the winner will receive a stitchery He is the Light, a bottle of spiced cranberry roomspray, 2 sleigh ride scented tarts, a set of six candy cane ornies, pipberry garland, and a set of 3 vintage candle ornies.

Second prize winner will receive Mr. Chills, a bottle of orange cranberry muffins roomspray, 2 spiced cranberry tarts, and a pipberry candle ring.

Here's what you have to do. Leave me a comment on this post only to be entered once. You can enter as many times as you like. So there is no limit on the comments you can leave. How cool is that? So dont be shy, go ahead and leave another one. Giggle. If you do not have a blog account you can still enter to win. Just leave your email addy in the comment so I can contact you if you are the winner.

Good Luck to all who enter.

Monday, December 1, 2008

I Have Been Awarded...

My blog friend Pam at Anitques or Not has awarded me with this award. Thank you sooo much Pam. Not sure I know what it means either. I like the idea of yours "blogs you lose your head over" Giggle. Anyway I think I will follow right along with you, and give the award the last 7 people you chose to follow my blog.

Here are the rules:

1. Please put the Marie Antoinette picture on your blog.

2. Place a link to the person from whom you received the award.

3. Nominate at least 7 or more blogs.

4. Put the links of those blogs on your blog.

5. Leave a message on their blogs to tell them

So here are my most recent followers.

1. Beth - Raggedy Angel
2. Mariella - Mariella in Wonderland
3. Primgrl1 - Primgrl1
4. Lisa - Blacksheep Prims
5. Audrey Friesen - Audrey's Country Crafts
6. Trudy - Bits of Wool
7. Linda - The Old Farmhouse Gathering

Featured Crafter

Good Monday morning to everyone. I can not believe that today is the first day of December. The year certainly flew by fast didnt it? So Happy December and Merry Christmas to everyone as well.

I just wanted to pop in and let everyone that I have a new Featured Crafter on my Generous Folks and Talented Crafters Blog. If you havent been by to check that out, please go by there and meet my Decemeber Crafter. Tara Ewers of Tara's Scent Gifts. She is also offering a discount on orders, so head on over and read all about her.

I have been busy around here with the Holidays and all. As Im sure we all are. I am planning to do a giveaway very soon. Im trying to get some things together and decide what it is that I want to giveaway. So check back often.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day today. It's back to work for me today. I have had a wonderful vacation and much needed time off. We have three weeks to go and we'll be out for Christmas. That's a good break too. I cant wait. Well, Happy Monday everyone. Hugs, Tammy

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wishing you all a Very Happy Thanksgiving

I wanted to take a break from all my cleaning to wish my blog family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

I have been busy this morning with cleaning. I am trying to get the house ready for the Christmas decorations. It is sooo hard to believe that this year is just about over. Our plans for tomorrow are to have lunch with DH's family and then supper with my family. Oh my! All that food. I dont know why things just cant be simple. I love this time of year, but I hate all the running that we have to do. Do y'all have to go from place to place or do y'all just stay put?

I usually have my tree decorated for tomorrow. I have the lights on it, just got to do the finishing touches. Wesley is excited about decorating. I dont know about Josh. The older he gets the less he cares. Sometimes I know how he feels. I just havent been in the spirit for a few years now. I dont know what's wrong with me.

Anyway, this is not why I dropped in. I hope that everyone has a wonderful day tomorrow. I hope that if you are traveling that you will be safe. So to my blog family..... Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Look out Myrtle Beach,,,,, Here we come

Yep that's right. I am takin a small vacation. I have been anywhere in the past 2 years. DH has taken the boys up the lake and I stayed home, but now it's my turn. Im taking the boys and we are goin' with my mama and daddy to Myrtle Beach for the weekend. WhooHoo!!! Finally some time away from the house. Do you ever feel like a prisoner in your own home? That's how I have been feelin'. All I do is wash and clean, wash and clean. Sooooo, Im gonna break the door down on Friday and Im outta here. I sooo can not wait... I really need this time away and I think it will do me good. Finally gonna do something for myself.

We are gonna hit the outlet malls down there and do a little Christmas shopping. I dont plan on buying much. Josh and I started the tradition last year of shopping on Black Friday. So we will hit the malls early next Friday, but Im just lookin forward to the time away from home.

Just wanted to share this with y'all.

Monday, November 17, 2008

CYO Craftshow

Just wanted to remind everyone that the CYO Craftshow starts tomorrow. I have a booth if y'all would like to stop by and check things out. Here is the link to my booth.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

We're having a game....

We are having a game tonight in the CYO chatroom at 9 PM Eastern Time. Come on over and join us, we would love to have ya. And you dont have to be a member to play. Oh and there will be a prize.... soooo come on over.

CYO Chatroom

Thursday, November 13, 2008

OMGOSH,,, how could I forget these

I have made these ornies up too. I think they turned out to be my favorite. I got the printables from Sassafras Hill. I just love the patterns she has. Sorry I forgot them.

Front and back:

Well it finally happened....

I have come down with the "Crud". That's what we call it anyway. Nasty cough, runny nose. I have been trying to fight it off for about a week or two now, but this cold has won. I hate feelin this way. Some of the girls at work have been sick and the kids in the program have been sick, so I guess I had to get it at some point. Last night I felt sooo bad, not feelin much better today either. Seems that it always happens right around the Holidays too.

I have been working on a few things though. I need to work on A LOT more. I did get the free download peppermints that Char offered on her blog a few weeks back. I am pleased with how they turned out. They are soo easy to do, and fun to make.

I also finished up the Vintage Candles that I got from The Primitive Pear. I just love her stuff.

Things have been quite wild around here, with the wedding over I think I might be able to get some things done. I hope to anyway.

I hope everyone has a great day. Oh and if you havent seen the pictures from the wedding there is a slideshow on my Easy Livin blog

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Happy Thursday Everyone

It has been one of those weeks. Monday and Tuesday were Teacher Workdays and I had to work longer hours for those 2 days. So now I am behind on things around here. I am so use to gettin up and gettin Dh and Ds out the door to work and school, but had to be at work at 5:30 Monday and Tuesday and then yesterday was just shot!! I didnt get anything done. Then had to rush home last night after work and get supper goin and finished before my cousin got her for me to color her hair. Yep Im a "retired" hairdresser!! Giggle. I havent done hair in a loooong time and the truth is I dont miss it one bit!!!

I do have some peppermints in the works though. I have managed to get them sewn up and I will "Try" to work on those some today. Inbetween the loads of laundry that I have, I hope to at least get them turned and stuffed. I have got to get my bum out and pick up some muslin I am completely out.. That never happens. It's just been sooo crazy around here. This weekend wont offer much help either. Why?? Well it's the big weekend!! My little brother is getting married on Saturday. Friday is rehersal and dinner! Gosh I dont see the light at the end!

Sunday my friend Angie and I are gonna try to go to our friend Angie's house for her Holiday Open House. She doesnt live that far from us, so I believe we are gonna make a road trip. Good Luck Angie on your first Holiday Open House.

Well that's about all I have for today. Busy, busy. And not craft busy that's what hurts. I hope everyone has a great day.. Hugs to all..

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Upcoming Craftshow

Hey Everyone, I just wanted to let everyone know that Ami owner of Kountry Berry Designs is having a Christmas Craftshow. If anyone is interested in having a booth for show just click on the link for interested crafters. Thank y'all for peekin.

**Happy Holidays**

Here it is already November 1st. I have been thinkin' all day how November will be a short month for Josh and school. He only goes to school 13 days this month. Then he will be out for Thanksgiving break. I know he's ready for it.

As I think about the family get togethers for Thanksgiving, I cant help but think about Christmas and how it's just around the corner. As I say that I think back to when Josh was about 4 years old and how he wanted a toy soooo bad. I told him No toys Christmas is just around the corner. His reply was "What corner?" As he looked around every corner we came to in the mall. Those were the good times. So sweet and innocent.

I have been busy today. I worked on a couple of signs with vinyl lettering that I got from Ami at Kountry Berry Designs. Oh my gosh! How easy are they to do? I could not believe how simple it was. Im not one for stenciling and using paint, so this was very easy for me. Here is what I did today.

I also got a pattern from The Primitive Pear. I got the Vintage Candles and they are sooo easy to make too. I love how they turned out.

So Im gearing up for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am just about in the Christmas Spirit. I think I need to turn on some music and get there already. Giggle. I want to wish you all Happy Holidays. Hugs!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

AWW, I've Been BOO'ED!!

(Image created by the talented Merrianne)

My dear blog friend Pam at Antiques or Not has Boo'ed me. At first I thought this was bad, lol, but as it turns out it's very good... So I will make this easy for ya. If you are on my blog roll (and it's a long one), consider yourself BOO'ED.

If I've sent you here, go to as many friends as you want and tell them that they've been "BOO!-ed". They should link back to your blog, pick up the cool Halloween pic, and BOO! their friends. Then put the pic in your sidebar so that everyone knows you've already been "BOO-ed" and to share the pic with someone else. Isn't this fun?