Friday, October 9, 2009

Prim Pumpkins and Fall/Halloween Canes

Here are my Prim Fall/Halloween Candy Canes. They are (of course) an orange instead of the original red that candy canes are. They look great with every single fall display that I have placed them in at the store. I just love them. I have wrapped them in 3's with a bit of coffee baked cheese cloth. I also placed a sprig of sweet annie and a rusted jingle bell on them. Too sweet!

These are my prim pumpkins for this year. They are a bit different than the last few years... but not at all lacking in prim-ly-ness! These pumpkins look absolutely wonderful on our mantle as well as in the center of the dinning room table. And they smell of cinnamon!!

Here is one of my prim cinnamon gourds.

These are a few of my mini-cinna pumpkins.

I absolutely love my Prim Cinna Pumpkins. They are sooo pretty with everything!

Folk Art Fall Jesters

(Above: Folk Art Fall Jester - Dots and Rings)
Here are my Fall Folk Art Jesters. Aren't they neat. They are so scary lookin' that they're cute! Haha! As weird as that sounds, I hope you all know what I mean??

Above, this photo shows the difference in their outfits. One has dots and rings and the other just has dots.

(Above: Folk Art Fall Jester - Dots)

This photo shows the side by side, slight difference in their faces.

These items may also be purchased to the left by using PayPal if they have not been purchased "in store".

Prim Pumpkin Boy and Girl

Hi Everyone! Things have been really busy lately. I managed a week or so ago to get a few items made up for last minute Halloween/Fall items.

All of these items may be purchased here on my blog or my website as long as they have not been already purchased from our store.

(Usually once something of mine has been sold "in store" my momma-n-law will call me to let me know on the days that I am not there. )

Shipping will also need to be attached to the final total as well. I like to wait to send out a second bill for that to ensure the exact shipping amount for the location that my creations will be shipped to.

I hope you like these little guys.

You may purchase these items to the left using PayPal.

(Note: You do not have to be a member of PayPal to buy through PayPal.)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Newest Witches Boots!

Hey everyone, I just finished up my latest set of witches boots. How do you all like them!? I think they are just perfect for Halloween! They are $47.50 at The Dusty Attic. Oh and I almost forgot. September is Customer Appreciation Days.
All purchases of $15.00 or more qualify for 15% off!! YAY!
September is also my BIRTHDAY MONTH! The 14th to be exact. I'll be the lovely 27.
Ok anyways, now I am working on two other pair of witches boots. Neither are like these pictured above. One set has tabs with buttons and the other set is a more victorian era looking pair that come just up to the ankles. Be on the lookout!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Americana Fans

Calling all Americana Fans! haha. Here are a few pictures that I have taken at the store (The Dusty Attic) to show all of you that Love Americana. Sit back and take a look. All items are for sale. You may comment me, email me or visit The Dusty Attic Online if you see an item that you are interrested in.

Don't you just love these photos from the porch.

This is a cute little wooden slat flag.

Here are some old framed Lincoln photos. One is of Lincoln and his son and the other is of him on a horse.

Here is another few Lincoln items. There is the Lincoln Sampler to the left and in the center back there is a photo of Lincoln. Wonderful for Americana collecters.

Here is one of our small wax tart warmers. This one is black. It's sitting on top of a little Americana drum.

This is a set of Americana Bowl Fillers. They are assorted balls adorned with multiple fabrics, buttons, scrabble tiles, etc. Aren't they sweet. I have a set of these stacked on my mantle for the 4th next to a set of toddler sized wooden shoe molds. Too CUTE!

I love these towels and the Towel Holder is just tooo PRIM for words!! I love it!

This is a wreath that I put together for the store after seeing that awesome one in Country Sampler. Connie just had to have one for the store so I tried to make do with what we had. She was sooo happy that I put one together for her. Won't that be beautiful on her wrap around porch at home once she's done with it in the store.

The little picture frame with the flag in it is just perfect for anyone who has ever had someone fight for their country in their family. Connie is going to put a photo of her father in hers. Won't that be perfect with his old war photo in it.

Here are a stack of Americana Buntings and tea towels in Navy and White plaid as well as Red and White ticking. The crock has been adorned with navy and white gingham fabric. Isn't that cute!

Here is the set of Americana Bowl Fillers again with many different items as well.

I love these! They are stacking Star Boxes. You can either stack them on top of one another or display them standing like these are. Absolutely Wonderful!!
Stay Spirited Ya'll!

It's begining to look like Fall again at the Dusty Attic

Hey, It's beginging to look a lot like Fall here at The Dusty Attic. That is the store that my momma-n-law and I run. Isn't this wreath really cute. I just tossed it together real quick. It's one of Connie's witches hats that she was working on for Halloween, a new orange pip garland that we just got in, a few sprigs of sweet annie and a little wooden pumpkin ornie. How cute!

We got this awesome glidder from a tag sale last week and decided to put it on the porch and cute it up with some of our crow pillows and the matching quilt. (Don't mind the sled... I just haven't had time to move it.)

I just have to say YAY! Fall is coming! I really can't wait. Once August hits, it seems like so many fun things start to happen the closer we get to Fall. My birthday is coming up soon and 2 of my favorite hometown festivals are happening as well. I just love those cooler nights when you have to throw on a hoodie and jeans... got to the festival, eat tons of fair food and talk about the "good ol' days" with your best buddies from high school as well as those nights you put a bon'fire together or hayrides. I just love it! Not to mention the fact that my favorite holidays will be just around the corner...Halloween and Thanksgiving (Don't ya just love burnt orange!) ... as well as the weeks before Christmas.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Go visit my Momma!!

Hi there gang! I just wanted to let you all know that I have shoved my mother into the world of blogging. LOL!! So everyone please be so kind as to give her a visit and be a follower! She is constantly working on new items for the prim and country decore scene. So hop on over to her blog... Cherry Street Forest Prims. Isn't that such a cute name! I helped her come up with it and designed her a little logo. So blog hop on over to Cherry Street Forest Prims to take a peek at the little bit we managed to get on there tonight.... there is soooo much more still yet to be posted.

PS. I know she doesn't have many "PRIMS" yet even though it's called Cherry Street Forest PRIMS but she's trying to work her way over to the "dark" side (prim side for those still goin..."huh??". Haha. She's trying to transition from country. So bare with her. She's warmin' up fairly quick.

Anyway, what are you waitin' for ... GO VISIT MY MOMMA!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Foam Shell bracelet and necklace by Alpha+Mom

I was visiting my favorite places today online and found this really cute idea on Alpha+Mom. It's a bracelet and necklace set made out of foam plates!! How pretty is THIS! I thought this was great. They made the bracelet and necklace both and I think even earrings might be cute...not worn all together of course. That would be a bit much going on around your head if you wore the earrings and necklace together but isn't this a neat idea. They also did a variation for a toddler not so pleased with the look of the spikey set. Her's were yellow, round and looked like Ruffles ridges chips...TOO CUTE! So be sure to stop by their site to get the details on making these awesome goodies.
(Photos courtesy of Alpha+Mom.)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Comments on Candy Cane Giveaway

Hey Everyone! I think I have fixed my comments problem. I have been getting emails saying that my comments link isn't working and they have been having to comment to me on my email which I know is more of a hastle but I do thank you all that have taken the time to comment me in that way as well as notify me of the problem. I hope to have more followers by Christmas time so that I may be able to have a candy cane giveaway and possibly be able to have other giveaways before and after that if I can swing it with our Stores Open House's coming up. Thanks to you all and Please, PLEASE...DO leave comments. I love contact with the outside world while I'm crafting and such. Being an at home mom doesn't allow for much human contact outside of playing Barbies and such with a 4 year old..LOL. Not that I don't love that...LOL. But you know what I mean.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Working on Candy Canes

Here are the candy canes that I have been working on for Christmas. I have a couple of small bundles of them that I will be doing different variations with. Let me know if you like them!
I'm thinking of giving a set of these away on this blog a little closer to Christmas after I get a few more followers. Somewhere around Thanksgiving I believe. I'm not quite sure how many will be in a set just yet but if its a smaller amount then I will be adding a few of my other items with that particular giveaway. Be sure to become a follower and check in with me for more details on when the giveaway will be.
Candy Canes by Brittany Jo of Prim Hollow.

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Primitive Journey's Orange and Clove Pomanders

(photo courtesy of APrimitive Journey's Blog)
As you all know, I love to blog hop and find really neat ideas and things from other people that I think are worth a good meantion. I also use them as a reference for myself as well as for all of us. I hopped on over to A Primitive Journey's Blog for a bit this evening and found this cute recipe/idea. Orange and Clove Pomanders. I have always wanted to try these! So here is her recipe almost word for word... Go check out her blog by clicking the links above!!
6 oranges (or lemons)
whole cloves
decorative ribbon
The Spice Mix
4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons ground cloves
2 tablespoons ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons ground allspice
1/4 cup orrisroot powder (as preservative)
1 Combine the spice mix ingredients.
2 Wash oranges.
3 Insert cloves into oranges in a decorative pattern (stripes, swirls, whatever strikes your fancy!).
4 Roll cloved oranges in the spice mixture within 24 hours and set in a warm place to dry, turning fruit daily.
5 Drying takes from two weeks to possibly a month.
6 Pomanders are completely dry when they are hard.
7 Remove pomanders from the spice mix, dust off a little, and tie with decorative ribbons. Set out in a bowl, or you can use as Christmas ornaments.
(I do not take credit for the photo as well as the recipe/directions. These items belong to A Primitive Journey's Blog. Please give her a visit.)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Heaps of Pinkeeps

Hey everyone, I have been working on a few things besides my 2 challenges that I have in the works. Here are a couple of the pinkeeps that I have almost finished up. They aren't quite done yet so I appologize for them not looking exactly prim yet. I hope you like them.

I also have been working on a few other critters. Take a look!

Little squared off honey bees. These are going to be really cute.

Here's a kitty that I will soon be finishing up.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Coaster Makeover

(Photo courtesy of And Baby Makes Five)
How cute are these! Colleen over at And Baby Makes Five gave these coaters a prim makeover after seeing a posting from 3 Guys, a Girl, and a Prim Place. These are GREAT! Why couldn't I have thought of this. By the way, you should really check out 3 Guys, a Girl and a Prim Place to see the makeover she has done on the little stools that she found for her son. Adorable!

Ornamental Gingerbread Dough Recipe

(Photo courtesy of Behind My Red Door.)

I was hoppin' around on the internet again through some of the crafting blogs and happend upon this recipe from And Baby Makes Five. I found it while looking at Behind My Red Door's Blog. So I thought I would grab the recipe and a photo of them as a reference for us all.
(I do not take credit for this recipe or photo. They belong to the 2 blogs above. Please be sure to click on their blogs above to give them a visit.)
Ornamental Gingerbread Dough
3 T shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup water
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. each: ground cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg

Beat shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in molasses. Mix dry ingredients together. Stir them into sugar mixture and gradually add water. Dough will be very stiff. Refrigerate overnight.Heat oven to 350ยบ. Cut dough into three pieces. Roll one piece at a time (between two sheets of waxed paper) to a thickness of about 1/4 ". Cut out desired shapes and patterns. *** If you are planning to hang these ornaments, poke holes in the shapes now with a straw or toothpick.*** Bake for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool and harden for several hours or overnight.

Finished ornaments can be painted, sealed, or dipped in melted wax. The possibilities are endless!

(Recipe courtesy of And Baby Makes Five.)

I can't wait to try this out!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Art works lately..

It's about that time again! YAY! Fall and Halloween crafts are starting to pour out! I will be making another set of witches stockings and a few more witches boots again this year. These were my last years batch.

I have been trying really hard to finish up quite a few items that I have started in the past. Here is one of my unfinished Annie dolls. I have handsculpted her head and given her a cloth body. She is in brown tones but I decided not to let you all see her in full color yet because she needs to still go through her aging processes and such so that she becomes as primitive as she can.

Here is the next lil' gal I'll be working on. She's is going to be wonderful!. I have something beautiful pictured in my head. Now, hopefully I can get my hands to pull it off.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sa-weeet Annie

I found a really great blog post from The Primitive Country Bug's Blog on how to preserve your sweet annie. And since I have been wondering myself how in the world people keep it green when mine turns brown... I figured that I would post this for myself as a reference and possibly for you all as well. (So here it is almost word for word and I have used some of her pictures as well so I can't take credit for any of those. And please if you would like to visit her blog for the full Sweet Annie Post - Click the link above. ) Sweet Annie is an annual(for some reason mine acts as a perinnial-BrittanyJo) that's easy to grow from seed. Simply sow the seeds after danger of frost has passed. She likes full sun and average soil. No extra attention is really needed except for occasional watering during dry spells but don't overwater. Sweet Annie is a tall gal, she'll grow up to 6 feet tall so be sure to plant her in the back of your flower bed. Some might call this a noxious weed and it can become invasive, but Sweet Annie attracts bees, butterflies and birds.
What to watch for: In late summer, watch for the development of “beads” ~tiny yellow flowers along the branches. If the branches are cut too soon, they will be of poor quality, so wait until the blossoms open, giving the plants a yellowish cast. To harvest Sweet Annie, simply cut the stems off close to the ground. The stems will be thick and woody so use a heavy pair of lopping shears to cut them with. Then cut the smaller branches off the main stem and group them together in small bundles, wrapping the ends with heavy twine or rubber bands. Be sure to leave some stems in the garden if you want it to self sow the following year. How to hang them to dry: Hang the bunches in a warm, dry, dark location with good air circulation for 1 to 1 1/2 weeks to dry; garage or attic rafters are ideal. When the centers of the bunches feel completely dry, hang them in a dark, dry place to store them or place them in a cardboard box.Sweet Annie has been used for a long time as a natural room air freshener. Folks in the old general store would hang a bunch of Sweet Annie from the corner of a room to cover up musty odors. In the olden days, and most likely in many Amish and Mennonite homes today, Sweet Annie would be hung in the pantry to give a pleasing scent, but also to act as a pest deterrent. Hang a bunch in your bathroom or closet for a clean, fresh smell when you enter.Sweet Annie will keep her scent for a very long time, even when not preserved. Preserved Sweet Annie will stay soft, hold its color and last for years. Air dried Sweet Annie will stay green when kept out of direct sunlight but will become brittle and shed, eventually turning brown over a long period of time.
Keeping it clean: Preserved Sweet Annie is easy to keep clean (just blow lightly with a hair dryer) while air dried Sweet Annie is hard to keep clean, it is too brittle to blow the dust off from.
Preserving Methods: If you want to preserve your Sweet Annie after it's been picked, stand it in about 3 inches of HOT water mixed with glycerin oil 2 to one and you will see in a couple days the color changing to a dark green sorta like spinach. Remove it from the mixture and gently dry it off or lay it in front of a fan to dry so it won't mold. It will be soft and fragrant but will have a darker color to it.Another method of treating Sweet Annie is by mixing regular school glue half and half with water and spraying it on your sprigs. Some people have been known to use hair spray too. Whatever method you choose, you'll be able to enjoy your Sweet Annie for a very long time.