Monday, March 2, 2009

Stitchin away...

Good Monday morning to all of you. This is the one day my shop is closed and I plan to sew all day. Got more bunnies and black dolls in the works and hope to get at least 4 of them finished up today.
Great news! I got ahold of the artist that did our "houses" in the header of this blog yesterday and she has agreed to put her wares in my shop. I have had mine for several years, but they are one of my favorite things. She does just "generic" houses, but we will also be taking orders for your own houses. She just needs good photographs of the front and 2 sides (she doesn't do the back unless you want to pay a little more). I have had my son's house, a friend's house and my old real estate office done. I'll have to check with her, at that time she only did old houses, I'll see if her policy has changed. I'm so excited! My daughter bought an old farmhouse style home last year - so guess what I want to do for her? (Hope you're not reading this Ashley.) Anyway, let me know if any of you are interested, they are a forever keepsake.
Now, I need some advice. I'm getting ready to do an update on my kitchen. I want to paint my cupboards, put on new countertops and MAYBE take down the top cupboards and put up old ones. I've also had the crow wallpaper for about 11 years and I'm going to finally change to a mustard ticking stripe. Has anyone put in pine (or other wood) countertops and how do they hold up? Also, what kind of primer have you started with on cupboards? Can't wait to get started, wish the weather would change soon so we could open some windows! I'm thinking of using old spools for the doorknobs - any other ideas? I want something prim and different.
I also want to mention what a nice surprise I had at the shop the other day. I have a customer that comes to Michigan from Beria, KY to visit her mom. When she came in the other day, she brought me a big old stalk of tobacco! I just love it and couldn't believe how nice it was of her to do that! There are so many nice people out there in this crazy world.
Anyway, better get stitchin', I'll be at it for about 12 hours. I love to just put on a pot of coffee, turn on the music and just have the day to myself to get this stuff done.
Have a great Monday.


  1. My first visit here. You have a nice blog. I like your shop. I have had a shop before , but not as big as yours. Happy Stitching today!

  2. OMGosh I am so happy and excited to have found your blog - you posted on mine this morning and I want to thank you for visiting...your blog is just beautiful.

    Now I'm off to read more of your Blog....yippeeeee.

    I'm adding you to my blog list and I'm following you!

    Hugs, Karen

  3. Love your blog!!Sounds like you are a very busy and talened gal. I just finished painting my kitcen cabinets and used Kiltz (odorless) oil based primer. The results are great! I had a dear friend years ago who put down heart pine countertops and they were beautiful and so "early american"!! I think the secret is the finish you would use. If you would like I could try to contact a family member to see if they might know what was used . The wooden spools would be so unique! Also, I have seen old spoons ad forks used on cabinets. Good luck.. Sherrie

  4. I would love more info on the houses...and I love your blog!

  5. I just found your blog and I love it. I'm a Mi. gal, too, from up near Gaylord. Love those paper mache houses. I did our cupboards this winter, though I'm still not done sanding them to distress them. I didn't use primer ~ I just made sure I sanded off the old finish, did 2 coats of the paint, letting them dry really well in between, then distressed, then put a non gloss finish on them. I would love some info about the pine counter top if you ever come across it, please let me know. I'm off to read more of your blog.

  6. Good Morning Dawn!....Thank you for visiting my blog! asked what's growing in the mason jar so I wanted to tell you that it's fake! can you believe it? it looks so real!....I sell it in my online shoppe, I call it Sprouts in a Jar, I think it's so cute!....anyway....I love those houses, congrats on getting them for your shoppe!....I'm going to follow your blog so I can see what you end up stitching today!....have a great one! Janet :)

  7. AAAWWW.......SHUCKS!! It was nothing! Anything that I can do to help out!! Love your Blog!!

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