Monday, December 29, 2008


So the group I am in on ebay is having a monthly drawing for a fabulous prize given by different members each month. To start out our new year JO, CottoneyedJo or swimming in fabric*former ebay name* is giving our first gift. I am going to copy and paste EXACTLY what she has written, If you would like to sign up just go to CPLG BLOG and follow directions.

The next year is just a few days away, and CPLG is going to be giving away a surprise each month. I've been thinking about the new year with Rose Colored Glasses if you'll excuse the mixed metaphor, so let's go with the grass is always greener on the other side! Now greener can have all kinds of meanings, and one that I certainly hope applies will be the reusing of wonderful items. I call it upcycling(now) when the idea was new to me it was called recycling, and in the olde days, there was a saying "Use it up, Use it Out or Do without". So while the words change and the ideas transform, a good trait(thrifty ~ use/reuse of things with value) endures.

To kick off our year of giving, I'm offering a cow which I hope will bring you a year of prosperity. It is made from a "cutter quilt" in the pattern known as Grandmother's Flower Garden. This one seems unusual to me in the use of the brown fabrics. It immediately suggested cows to me. How now brown cow, and all that jazz...

To win this cow is simple. Leave a positive comment about one of the two following topics.

  1. upcycling
  2. coming new year

How easy is that? Well, honestly, if you are not a member of cplg it gets even more probable!!!
I'll draw from available names, with a preference for non group members. If none exist, then ladies in the group will be most likely to win! I'll need to ship this item to the winner, so if you are interested, please keep reading the blog for an announcement. Winner to be chosen on January 15th, the last day of our Valentine Launch. Y'all make a comment ON CPLG BLOG IT WILL NOT COUNT IF YOU LEAVE THE COMMENT ON MY BLOG ONLY CPLG BLOG and come on back now!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

jUST A short blog post

I just want to let you all know I have listed all my items on ETSY for the time being. If you would like to find my shop just click on the word ETSY and it will take you to my shop. thank you all so much and MERRY CHRISTMAS

Friday, December 12, 2008


to go see the newest giveaway just click HERE to go sign up. I sure hope I win though.


I was just looking around our home and noticed all the different nativity scenes we put up for Christmas. I try really hard to try to keep remembering why we celebrate Christmas and this has become a past time of mine. I seem to find all different kinds of nativities. I have them in globes, made from wood, made from plastic, one of the last ceramic pieces I made, ornaments. I love them all. So I took pictures of some of them to post here for all to see. Hope it will let you take time to pause and remember what this time of year is really all about.

this is the ceramic one I dry brushed when I worked for Dona molds

This is a wooden one I bought on ebay just this year. It is an ornament and wooden. This lady did a fabulous job on these and handcrafted the whole thing. she is from West Chester, Ohio which is just south of us. Out of all the people on ebay I found somebody to buy from that is almost a neighbor. As soon as I am done here I will go get the link to her ebay and post it here in case somebody would like to buy one from her. She has alot of really cute wood items for sale.I found her just click HERE to go to her site

This is a porcelin one we bought at Elder-Beermans years ago. We bought all 5 of our grown children this set that year and gave it to them for Christmas. I really hope they all still have it and display it at Christmas every year.

This is an ornament my daughter, Barb, made. She still makes them and sells them at craft shows and she used to sell them on my website when I had one.

This is a wooden one I fell in love with at a craft show years ago. I no longer do the show as a vendor but still like to go shop at it. Hope to get back in it next yearand sell my items.

This is one in a glass ball that sits here on my desk right in front of my face. I think it is beautiful.

And last but not least is our big one in the yard. We collected this until we had all the pieces. My daughters boss(her pastor) even went out the day after Christmas to get the animals half price for us(thank you Mark Partin) Don built the stable for it and it has spot lights on it for night. LOve it.

whoops almost forgot this one. Good thing Don pointed it out to me. This is one I bought years and years ago at a craft show. A man made all these with a scroll saw. I have an amish buggy one too. I leave these up all year because they are small and sit on the ledge of our wood trim.

So there they are hope you enjoy viewing them and if I don't get back on here before Christmas i would like to wish each and every one of you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Inside Christmas decorations

well I tried to take pictures of my Christmas tree and other decorations. Well guess what I have discovered???? I AM NOT a photographer~~~~ I have tried two days to try and get some decent pictures and these are the best I can give you.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Our Christmas Lights outside

Don has been trying to get some pictures of our outside decorations but they have all come out blurry. He has tried two nights in a row so I am going to post what we have and will try and take some myself(not that they will be any better) I do not think our camera likes the cold snowy weather out there. enjoy and I hope to get some of the inside of our house as soon as I clean the clutter up laying around.