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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Old Fruit Jars have so many uses!

I love to collect fruit jars. More commonly, they are called Mason or Ball jars because they were the most popular brand of jars made. I have over 70 on display in my home without a single duplicate! I bet you didn't know there were THOUSANDS of varieties!

Many of us have many of these jars in basements or buy them at flea markets and yard sales by the box. They have so many uses! Everyone knows that you can store anything in them. Of course, be sure to clean them well! I've even run them through the dishwasher to get them squeaky clean!

I like making potpourri, so I store my spices in them. The star anise, cinnamon, clove and cinnamon stix look great displayed this way and they are kept nice and fresh! We've been lucky enough to find many old marbles in the dirt surrounding our home, so we always drop them in one of my favorite jars and we have quite a collection started.

I also love to make lamps out of them. There are many places to find the mason jar adapters where you get the "lid" for the jar with a socket attached...all you need to do is add a bulb and a shade and you are set! I love chickens and roosters, so I took one of my half gallon jars and filled it with some raffia to look like hay or straw and added a few wooden eggs. I topped it off with a whimsy rooster shade and I have a one of a kind light!

I also like to fill the jars with strips of homespun, rag balls and even have one lamp filled with my Grandma Rosie's button collection....what a wonderful way to think of my Grandmother each and every day!

I hope that you enjoyed some of these ideas, and there are many more. Feel free to add your ideas by clicking on the COMMENT below or email me at maryjo@finecountrylivingprimitives.com! I'd love to hear from you!

Mary Jo

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Another use for those plastic bags...

This recycling idea is from Jess, a.k.a. Poco Medio, my prim sister from our ebay group APCG! She has a few dogs and had tons of those plastic shopping bags you get from WalMart or grocery stores.

She took some left over fabric...heavy duty kind like you would use for draperies, and sewed a square pillow with the right sides together and left a opening for turning a stuffing. She turned the fabric right side out and stuffed the pillow full of these bags...but not too full she said because you want Fido to be comfy! She then sewed the opening closed and voila! A wonderful pet bed!

I'm thinking that these wouldn't hold odor as much since they are filled with plastic bags and also would be sort of flea resistant.

Thanks Jess for this great idea!

Blessings to all,
Mary Jo

Saturday, June 16, 2007

New Pattern now Available! Primitive Raggedy "Miss Annie Sweet"

This is my latest doll and pattern "Miss Annie Sweet" and she is holding her wooly sheep. In the pattern, you get patterns for both the doll and the sheep. She is made of osnaburg fabric and features floss stitched face, needle sculpted hands and striped legs. Her wooly sheep friend is easy to make with needle felted wool, and he would be wonderful made up separately as bowl fillers! You get both of these patterns with one purchase!

Just click on the "more info" button and you will be directed to patternmart.com where you can instantly download the pattern and start making this primitive raggedy annie immediately! She is also available on ebay and on my website www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com.


Mary Jo

Annie Sweet and her Sheep pm

Annie Sweet and her Sheep pm

Miss Annie Sweet sure loves her sheep and loves to keep her wooly friend near and dear at all ...

Price: US$6.50

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Baked Chicken BBQ for Father's Day!

Here's a great recipe for an indoor Barbecue for Father's Day just in case it rains!

2 3lbs whole chickens
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup butter
3 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
juice of 1/4 lemon
1 diced onion

In a saucepan combine all ingredients except chicken. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Spoon sauce over the chickens in a baking dish. Add 1/3 cup water.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 2 hours basting occasionally.

Serves 8 people.

Service with a great potato or pasta salad and some biscuits and you are set!


Mary Jo

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Major remodel of our living room!

Well, here's some pics of our living room. We've completely gutted it all except for the ceiling since that was in perfect shape, even though it has FOUR layers of ceilings up there! LOL!

My husband worked the last three days on it, tearing all the panelling then the lathe and plaster walls out. He also rewired everything again. Now, we have some super exposed beams and a great exposed wall with wide plank boards. I think we are going to leave that exposed along with the corner post. The walls that you see with horizontal boards...well, that's the interior view of the original clapboard siding on the house from 1827! The outside was stucco covered in 1890. What a mess, but the outcome is worth it, and I will post pictures when we are all done!

Mary Jo

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Monday, June 4, 2007

New E-Pattern....Hannah

Hannah, Prairie Doll pm

Hannah, Prairie Doll pm

What a lovely girl Hannah is! Sure to be a big seller, she is also quick and easy to make and is ...

Price: US$6.50

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This is my new e-pattern. Her name is "Hannah" and she is a great prairie style doll. You may visit my webshoppe at www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com to purchase either the e-pattern or the finished doll or you may click on the link above to go to Patternmart and instantly purchase and download the pattern. You could start making her immediately!

She measures approx. 16" tall and is the perfect size for displaying next to your other primitives or on a shelf. I love her and hope that you enjoy her as well!