heres a few of the cute things im making for my upcoming craft fair.. the pic didn't come out very well but I found some old shower curtain rings and repurposed them into wreaths with jingle bells... I simply wrapped fury yarn around the rings and added bells... really very cute although I suck at taking pics..
these are my vintage clothes pin angels..very cute..
heres my finished wine cork snowman bagged and ready for a new home ps hes a pin.
oh how I love my days off.. I get so much accomplished.. I am having a craft fair in December and im making these little wine cork snowman pins.. they are just waiting for their top hats ( I will make them from black foam).. cant wait to finish them.
their little heads must be cold! haha
I also canned eight jars of beautiful cranberry sauce.. yummy
I have seen these cute little acorn cookies on pinterest for some time now and now that my bestie,s birthday is coming up I had to make some for her.. she collects acorns because her last name is Oakes.. my only hope is I have to mail them to her so im praying that I can wrap them well enough to survive the trip!! let me know what you think..
check out this darling vintage window with handpainted snow people.. isn't this the cutest?? Im selling it on a local site but if you are interested let me know..
It has been a while since I have posted I have been working a lot and summer has been busy, im hoping to get back into blogging..
alos check out this cool typewriter I have for sale in my etsy shop..
Thanks to a Maryjanes farmgirl I found out that this little birdie is a lemon juicer.. One slice of lemon at a time... Thanks MaryJane farmgirls for all of your suggestions.. Also thanks to all who left me comment... I hope you all continue to read and leave me a link to your blog so I can read yours as well...
I have this adorbs little stainless steel bird. She opens up and the top squeeses like to squeeze juice or something. Its so tiny Im thinking it cant be a juicer. Does anyone know what she is?? She,s about 4 inches long and an inch deep. It seems as though what you would squeeze would pour out of her mouth? Maybe small berries?? HELP.. She is so sweet I would love to know what her purpose in life is!
Im so thankful to My Lord Jesus Christ for all of His pain and suffering so that I can have eternal life! Such small words for such a Big Love. I found myself thinking mean thoughts about someone today and immediately thought how dare I when He suffered so much for me. I,m hoping I can remember this everytime I have a bad thought..
I just finished reading The Knitting Cirlce by Ann Hood.. soosososoosososososososo good. it was a fictional book about her grief journey of her daughters death. She also wrote a memoir of grief called Comfort.. both were incredible,, im glad I read comfort first, and I just stumbled upon the kinitting circle.. I could not put this down.. I hope I can start another book today without being too disappointed that its not The Knittin Circle.. Thanks Ann Hood, for putting your emotions on paper for us all to share.
Hi Friends, As always I wonder if anyone is actually reading my blog! and I would love to have links to your blogs and read about your lives as well. So if you would just leave a commnet and your blog addresses so I can read them that would make me happy.. thanks so much!!
I found a huge tin of buttons at an estate sale, and went through them the other day!!! So much fun, its amazing what you can find in a huge tin of buttons.. I found weird pieces of metal, stamps,hooks, brass curtain hooks, old coins,pins,fastners,and of course buttons... So after about two hours and two really really dirty hands later here is how I sorted it all out! I have listed some in my etsy shop http://plumkrazy.etsy.com I put some of them into two Ball Ideal Jars
Oh and did I mention a couple glasses of a nice merlot??? Anyway here is what the time looked like, and the smaller tin that I put all of the really really cool and rather large buttons in
so here they are... and then I had to put all of the other really funky stuff I found in another container.. and here they are
how cool is that??? I will be putting more of this stuff in my etsy shop after I have looked at it and loved it for a while, I just cant part with it yet.. stay tuned for more of my BUTTON BONANZA.. have I ever mentioned that I probably have enough buttons to fill my little blue volkswagon beetle??? well I think I do!!!
I cant believe how fast time goes by.. I have been working in Houlton which is a town about one hour north of me.. really enjoying the store love the people.. I wanted to show what my sweet seasons swap partner Kris sent me. In case you're wondering the swap is on maryjanes farm site. we get paired with a partner and send out a box of seasonal goodies winter spring summer and fall.. I love this website as I get to meet soo many wonderful people I otherwise would never have contact with.. all of the women there are wonderful.. they all are extremely generous, kind, smart and fun! you should check it out .. anyway here is my package from Kris.. how FAAB-EEE-LISS is that!!!!
I went on a junk hunt the other day and found this scrapbook.. it seems that ruth adeline white of boston mass, tried to make it as a model. the pics look a bit shall I say riskay??(spelling?) she did make it as july 1937 blonde of the month because there is a letter in the scrapbook from The Charles Marchand Co inviting her to new York city. The letter tells her that a room has been reserved in her name at the Hotel Astor. It tells her what train to take into the city, what the weather is like and what to bring with her. Quite a time in her life I am sure..
here is the outside of the scrapbook.
here are a few of the pics of ruth.. as I read on I think she may have gotten married and published some poems as there are articles under the name ruth mason. I have this scrapbook listed in my etsy shop http://plumkrazy.etsy.com here is a pic of the letter they sent her telling her she won the blonde of the month contest 1937
this was a great find.. the book is in pretty good shape and has quite a few articles that she didn't get around to pasteing in.. I hope ruth had a good life.
while in Houlton I found a hidden treasure!!!! VOLUMES BOOKSTORE...
I have to tell you, I thought to myself, this is probably some tacky old icky bookstore, but what the heck ill check it out!@!!!! sooooooo glad I did. when I first walked in I thought hmm I may have been right, but as I started looking around I was AMAZED DID I SAY AMAZED... it was like I was in the amazon warehouse.. tons and tons of books, some old, some brand new, some slightly used.. whatever.. all in catagories!!! and I though wow how great THEN I looked around the corner and it continued, and continued and continued.. any book I want can be found there for sure... I was looking for a new Jodi Picoult on amazon, and a used one coast over 10.00 plus shipping well I found the Jodi picoult section and there was the book I was looking at on amazon sing you home, like new for 4.00 and a few other jodis most I have already read, but found another one plain truth. anita shreve another one of my faves, john Sanford ann hood..
here they are... six fabulous books for 25.00 JACKPOT!!!!!!!!! I went right back to my motel room and read the Ann Hood book COMFORT... wowowowowowow she wrote the book on her grief over loosing her five year old daughter Grace.. I read it straight through and cried and cried and cried.. what a beautiful book.. how we get through grief continues to be fascinating to me.. if anyone is interested in reading the fabulous book I would be glad to send it along to you.. just let me know and I will mail it right out to you, its a must read... so step aside amazon book department I have found volumes... I have already wrned the bookseller I will be a regular! currently reading a book I had bought at a thrift shop John Sanford BAD BLOOD.....
how hilariously funny is this??? im working in Houlton Maine this week and this is the marquee at the theater.. what a combination!! so now im even farther north and it is below zero and will be snowing about 6 inches overnight!! yikes. when will this winter end???
im in a motel for the next three days .. I have a new book to start and im really excited about its a John Sanford called Bad Blood.. I want this to be a year full of good books. im keeping track of the books I read in my journal, because I can never remember what I have read, and if they change the cover im likely to buy the same book twice..
this motel is quite nice and has a great little irish pub. so I will have a bite in a bit , maybe a draft beer and then settle in early because I have to be up every day at 4am.. yeeeeeeeeeeeeegds.
im working on some really cute rice packs. I just ordered some lavender from a feloow maine team etsy member to put in my pcaks, when I get back to my house I will post some pics.. they are very very cute!! and of course im sewing market bags as well. im really getting into the sewing thing. im no betsy ross, but I am able to sew a straight line. I could never figure out how to thread a machine, but my mom bought me one for five dollars at the church yard sale and I can actually operate it.. so its my new fave thing to do..
any wieht watchers out there?? I jus tlisted a nice weight watchers book in my etsy shop
still freezing and snowing here in the north maine woods.. im cross country skiing every chance I get. am I loosing weight ??? NO.. does that make me mad YES.. have been trying to loose 20 pounds cant even loose ONE.. anyway enough about that.. heres my ski shadow selfie kind of looks like SASCATCHAWATCH or whatever the name of that monster in the woods is!!!
so then I added a listing to my etsy shop.. im going through all my craft supplies and im putting destach bags together.. iam putting them in 5.00 priority boxes from the post office.. heres my first one
its official im a idiot!! I had today off.. thought about not going, but decided to anyway.. I love to cross country ski, and im so fortunate to live in a place where we have lots of free groomed trails. it was really really cold today but I always feel so much better after I go.. so off I went.. the wind was INSANE.... it was like being in the wild wild west.. (Alaskan west).. anyway.. that want too bad because there are only a few spots that are wide open, so most of the time wasn't too bad, although the wind caused major drifts, so its a good thing im familiar with the trail.. the worst part I was worried about a tree falling and hitting me. I could hear the trees cracking like crazy.. it was quite wild and wooly.. but I feel so good that I went.. when I got homw I listed some items in my etsy shop, did a bir=t of grocery shopping, am doing laundry and will make dinner in about an hour.. oh yes did I mention im enjoying a nice glass of red wine??? dinner will be scallop and lobster scampi..
and I must mention I finished a fabulous book last night called Still Alice by Lisa Genova.. a fabulous read!!! about a Harvard professor who is diagnosed with early alzheimers disease, and she chronicals it for us.. a very very good read !!! I highly recommend it.. I always feel sad when a good book ends, because now I have to find something to measure up to it and I can enjoy!! any suggestions??
heres a peek at a couple of items in my etsy shop! how cute is this little gravy boat!!! anything would taste better poured from this don't you think??? its Tepco USA China..
I just have to share the great books I,ve been reading.. the first is The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult... absolutely great reading ... I love all of her books... the next one was Almost Moon by Alice Sebold.. this one was very good , but may not be for everyone.. beautifully written, but the subject matter may be disturbing for some.. its about a woman who kills her mother , and their relationship! very very good ... if any of you out there are interested maybe we can swap books with each other.. leave a comment and let me know if there is any interest.. I think it would be great fun.
I have also been making market bags. the last picture I posted was pretty lame, I am working on my photos.. I just finished a fabulous bag from a great vintage print I bought a while back. it is sooo pretty I just love the fabric. I am going to make some covers for my couch pillows because I just cant get enough of this beautiful fabric!! let me know what you think??
Isnt that fabric FAB???????? still need a lot of work on my photo skills!! ahah let me know what you think!
while I was out cross country skiing today I came across this ! I laughed it was a Schlitz can on a tree and I thought what a cute little birdie bar it was 10 below zero today but once I got skiing I was sweating like crazy! the snow and the trails were absolutely beautiful.. I worked a short shift today so I was able to go after work, and im sure glad I did. also today I couldn't sleep so I got up at 3am. I have been wanting to make market bags, so I made one this morning before I went to work .. it cam out soooo cute check it out im not sure if you can see the pattern, but its fish!!! soooooo cute.. I want to make a hundred of them!! im not a great sewer, but this I can do! the picture doesn't really do it much justice, its very very sweet if I do say so myself!!! im also learning to take pics with my phone and I think they are way better so will most likely do that from now on, let me know what you think!! good day!
hi every one I just listed a really cool vintage clarinet in my etsy shop!! I found it at a retired music teachers yard sale! Its in great shape and even comes with and instructional manual and record. I am still waiting to hear from you gals who left comments on my weird little BROOM HANDLE DUSTERS.. I want to send them out to you as soon as I get you mailing addresses... Hope to hear from you soon.
drum roll please !!!!!! MARIE!!!!!! thanks girls for your great guesses and comments.. love the toilet brush hahahah.. yes as I said the winters are long here in maine so you must entertain yourself somehow and I thought these were hilarious and they work really well to get rid of cobwebs and dust in high places... and then you can wash them. pretty funny and soooo easy to make. but since you were all sweet enough to leave a comment I want to send each of you one of these little cuties!! so please e-mail me with your mailing addy and I will send them out Monday morning.. I have another little project up my sleeve I will be posting soon. thanks girls
the winters are long here in northern maine what can I say? ive made a few of these little cuties with some of my yarn scraps.. can you guess what they are?? they are quite usefull around the house.. for the first one who guesses what they are and leaves a comment I will mail you one as a thank you for actually taking the time to read my boring little blog!! hahahahah cant wait to see who wins!
I would really appreciate any comments and thoughts on my wine cork wreath..
do you think it should stay the way it is ala natural or should I add maybe a red bird and a ribbon?? any ideas would be appreciated. I just love it!! my husband does not what do you think?? would love to hear your comments. thanks Cheryl
I just listed some really really cute vintage books in my etsy shop... one is a vintage bible and has some really cute little surprises tucked into it. also a vintage book for the gardener, a cute little photo book and another cyclopedia with some vintage rusty skeleton keys with it.. im trying to get out of my winter slump and force myself to be busy!!!
Also maybe of some interest my husband has lung issues and any type of chemical really bothers him so I decided to try some home made cleaners, and thanks to pinterest and the internet I came up with one I really like. and I had him test it out and it didn't bother him at all!!! I simply heated some water, put in a cup of vinegar and some dawn dish detergent and added to a spray bottle. worked great!!! and didn't bother mike at all... I also have used baking soda and put in my toilet bowl and added vinegar and it fizzes up and cleans the bowl great! so I really feel good about that!!!
I will go into work at 3:30 this afternoon .. I would love any comments to let me know someone is reading this!! thanks for the encouragement..
hI ALL I finally found my password and can get back into my blog!!! whaat a pain in the *&(^%$*)((% that was,,, any way here I am again and I have a great sale in my etsy shop thios month so go on over and take a look... I hope someone is actually reading this!!