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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Over 45 New Products Listed....

I've been a busy girl this weekend, and added so many new products to our online shoppe. There's something for everyone, so be sure to click on the link at the top of this blog or visit www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com to take a peek!

Just to give you an idea of some fun items just in time for Mother's Day, here are some of our rusty pails and potted tulips. They are affordable too, with the tulips only being $4 and the rusty pails at $3.75! Now, where else can you get Mama some pretty flowers that will last for years at such a super price?

These look fantastic on windowsills and shelves and even tucked into antique baskets and wooden boxes!

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Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Quilt update.....

This scrappy quilt is turning out adorable! The best part is, Sammy, my youngest boy, has been watching me work on it. He asked me what I was making, and when I told him that I was making a quilt, he quickly asked, "For ME?". I said of course, for you and Seth to cuddle with on the couch! So it has turned into a quilted throw, and I'm still piecing it together with Sam, and Seth's supervision.

Another great part of this project is that the boys really want to learn to sew. Now granted, they are only 5 & 6, but Sam asked for a sewing machine for Christmas when he was 3 and Seth reminded me again today that he is still waiting for his special little boy's sewing machine. I promised them both that when they were just a little bit older, I would buy them a child's (I didn't mention 'girls') sewing machine. Why not? It wouldn't hurt for the little men to learn how to sew and mend some clothes when they were older, right? Maybe they could teach their wives a few sewing tricks someday!!!!!

Sorry, I'm just not one of those parents (and neither is Russ) that flips out over my boys liking "girly" things. When I was their age, I didn't want Barbies, I wanted baseballs and gloves, trucks and cars, and they play with MY old cars and trucks at my parents when they go to visit. Playing with mostly "boy" toys as a child didn't hurt me one bit, and I grew up to be a woman that is addicted to sewing with a love of tractors on the side! ;-)

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Quilting, again!

I began quilting when I became pregnant with my first son, Seth. That was seven long years ago, and my quilting career ended when he was born since the boy NEVER slept and I had no time to sew, or do much of anything except love him (and later on, my Sammy) 24/7.

I started making dolls and enjoying that for the last several years. I absolutely love sewing, and enjoy my first artistic love...painting. When making dolls, I could easily combine my two loves into one project and it's been great.

As great as doll making is, I really missed quilting. There's just something about it that I love, especially the quilting part of it which I love to do by hand. Now, before you get any wide eyed, dreamy expectations of seeing Mary Jo creating these georgeous, jaw dropping quilted works of art, let me snap you back into reality! I hate being precise. I simply dislike it! Guess what, that's a major part of quilting, so I'm not all that great at it, but I absolutely love with with all my heart, and that's what matters most to me.

I live my life by doing things as they come to me.....I allow my hands, and the Spirit, to lead me where it needs to go. A few months ago I came across a free online quilting project for a scrappy Irish chain that I just fell in love with. I read the directions, bookmarked it (without printing them out) and went on to cut hundreds and hundreds of 2 1/4" squares of all my fabric scraps from doll dresses and bonnets I've made. (Yes, I'm a packrat and have tons of scrap fabric, even after thinning my pile out months ago).

Guess what....yep, they deleted the pattern from where I had it book marked online. I spent a good two hours hunting for it, nothing! That's okay, I should've known better and printed the directions out. But that's okay, I decided that I didn't need a pattern since I really do NOT like being precise! I'm doing my own thing and allowing my hands to lead the way!

I piled all of those 2 1/4" squares into a box next to my machine. With my left hand, I grab a square of fabric and then another.....sew together with 1/4" seam and repeat, all the while creating a long chain of pieced fabric squares.

Hmmmm, now what, I asked! I made those two sewn pieces into three by adding another square. Again, sewing one after another and creating a long chain....this was moving along quite nicely!

I decided to make my own version of a scrappy nine patch simply because it's how I am going to sew the blocks together. No rhyme or reason, I just am basically sewing a postage stamp scrappy primitive leftover doll and bonnet fabric quilt. That's the name of my pattern! LOL! I'm having a ball mixing all of my colored pieces together without worrying about colors, hues, shades, patterns, whatever! Now THIS is what I call fun!

I'll try to take a picture tomorrow if I can remember to do so, but don't look too closely, because my seams may not be matched up perfectly! That's okay, it's for my (and my family's) own eyes only and to be enjoyed, not displayed in a museum! Oh, and it's primitive, so it's not supposed to be perfect and I am sooooooooo tempted to sprinkle it with cinnamon and bake it in the oven, but I won't! ;-)

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

This will make you smile.......

We need more happiness in the world! Simple things as this video can bring some lightness into a very bleak world...watch to the end and enjoy! ** I have background music playing on my blog and may interfere with you hearing the music. Just click on the words Sound of Music Train Station under the snapshot of the video and it will take you directly to the video, but be sure to come back to my blog and keep reading! ;-)



Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Prayers for friends......

Here at Fine Country Primitives, our prayers go out to F/friends both near and far.

First, to our Friends in Binghamton, New York, where the tragic shooting took place at the American Civics Association. We attended Quaker Meeting at Binghamton Friends for a short time, and they are a warm and wonderful group of people. We hope that the community there can heal from this unfortunate, and unnecessary and senseless tragedy. Why these things happen, we most never know. Our family holds you and yours in the Light.

FCLP's has a customer, and a very close and dear friend, Ylenia, who lives in Italy. When I read of the earthquake in Italy, I immediately emailed Ylenia to check on her and her family. I knew that she lived a little ways away from where the earthquake occurred, but knew she had friends and relatives throughout other parts of the country and was concerned for their safety. Good news is that Ylenia and her husband, Roberto, are fine. We pray that their country also can heal from this tragic event, and I was saddened to see so many in tent cities and amongst so much devastation. Just know that we all are thinking of you my friend!

Thank you to all who have read this post and just took a moment to keep these friends in your thoughts and prayers!

Blessings,
Mary Jo