Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

November updates are now available on Primitive Handmades Mercantile! Here is what I came up with this month! 

An old crock with prairie cloth cover!

A hooked Snowman pillow!

A hooked rug pillow! Snowman putting the star on the tree top.

 This little guy is sooooooooo cute!  He stands only 6 inches tall.  Pattern design by Jackie Schmidt of T.F.C. Folk Art!  His clothes are made from an antique coverlet. This one is sold but I have 4 more here waiting for a new home!

Another favorite are these wool snippet garlands! 9 feet long and 1 inch thick!

Be sure to check out all the pages this month! So many great handmades from some very talented artists!  

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Primitive Christmas Home Show!

It's that time of year again!
Time for my 3rd Annual Christmas Home Show!

Teresa's Primitive Treasures
1428 Mountain Rd
Newburg, PA 17240

Friday, November 1, 2013 ~10am to 7am~
Saturday, November 2, 2013 ~10am to 7am~
Sunday, November 3, 2013 ~12pm to 4pm

I'm located 6 miles off the Blue Mountain exit 201 of the PA Turnpike! 
 Take a drive in the country and bring your friends! 

Some new Wintertime Mice! Lots of okra garlands, ornaments galore and my mom's coverlet stockings and popular mini mittens!

Friday, October 18, 2013

New "treasures" on PHM!

It's update time over on Primitive Handmades Mercantile again!  Time sure is flying by! It's so hard for me to accept the fact that we are in the middle of October! Christmas will be here before we know it!
We have 3 new artists joining us this month which I'm so excited about! So many wonderful handmades are being offered! 
I need to share some pictures of our son's wedding which was back in August sometime soon too!  It was a beautiful wedding!  
I love hooking on burlap! Here I took old barrel staves and added a hooked design for Winter!  A great piece to fill a long skinny opening!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Notforgotten Farm Antiques and Folk Art show 2013

What a fun weekend! I'm so excited I was finally able to attend the Notforgotten Farm Antique & Folk Art show and meet Lori and Peter Brechlin!  They make you feel right at home!
Arriving at the show for set up around 6:30am Saturday, in the dark and misty morning, was a bit unnerving since my husband was my help for the weekend!  My sister Christa is usually with me but couldn't make this one so I had a new "trainee" which makes for a longer set up time plus I wasn't able to take along many of my props since we traveled in a smaller truck! So this also takes more time trying to figure out what to put where!  To my surprise we were ready to go by 9am when the gates were opened!  He did quite well!

Despite the dreary feel of the day it never rained hard or stormed so we were quite lucky! Spirits were high and it just felt more like Fall! It was nice to meet some new online friends and have the opportunity to chat with so many of the customers! It was nice to meet Cindy of Mountain Hollow sure to stop by her blog!

I'm going to start with pictures of Lori's shop!  Oh my gosh! Prim perfect!  I was only able to pop in for a short time because my husband wasn't comfortable taking care of customers.   I wanted to stop back and take some pictures of the inside after I asked permission but never had the chance to do it.  So, here are some pictures from the outside! So inviting!

 It was so nice of Lori to place me right beside Susan and Dorrie of Olde Threads on PHM .  They have been coming to the show for 5 years so were a big help to me! Here we are in Susan and Dorrie's booth with Lori Brechlin, peeking over Susan's shoulder beside Pinocchio, with Dorrie snuggling Pinocchio's head and I'm on the far left.
The donkey's visited us all day just 3 feet behind out tents! So cute!
I can't wait to go back!!!  If you ever want to take a trip to Virginia you may want to stop and check out the shop!  She is located at 3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, Virginia and be sure to stop by Lori's blog Gathering of Primitive Friends to see more pictures of the day!!! 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's almost show time!!!!

What a busy weekend I have in store! But I guess that is the way my life has been since the beginning of August! 
First we have our updates on PHM!  I managed to create 5 new Fall handmades while preparing for Lori Brechlin's show called Gathering of Primitive Friends which is this Saturday!!! 
Getting ahead of myself again!  Back to PHM Update! Here is a sneak peek of 2 of what I will be offering!  They will be available at Primitive Handmades Mercantile this evening at 9pm so be sure to stop by!  I have some hooked pumpkins and 2 new burlap pillows!  
Now for the show on Saturday!  I'm so excited to be among some wonderful primitive artists at the Gathering of Primitive Friends show in Amherst, VA! I'm busy packing up the truck and finishing up a couple of handmades! I will be sure to post some pictures when I return!  I hear the weather may be a bit chilly and wet!  Lets hope the weatherman has this one wrong!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lititz Rotary Club Craft Show 2013

Another great craft show in Lititz, PA is here and gone!  Oh what a time!  I'm so lucky to have wonderful sisters who take time out of their busy lives to help me out! We pulled out Friday morning for a day of shopping and driving around the Lancaster area.  My niece was along this weekend so she was nice enough to take these pictures for me. 
We left the hotel room at 4:15am Saturday morning and finished unloading the truck by 5am! The next show I must take a picture of the boxed "treasures" and props covering the sidewalk. We fill it up! 
The weather was good to us!! The humidity was low!  The afternoon was a bit hot but we were able to move into the booth for shade.
The customers were plentiful and I was able to meet some new online followers along with chatting with my old friends!  Thanks to everyone that stopped by!
It is so funny after we are all set up I have some spots I love and some that just don't seem to have the look I want!   But time is always limited and we don't have time to make big changes so we deal with them!  This was my favorite spot for Lititz!  It could be those awesome chairs! LOL 

 My mom has been busy making the awesome coverlet stockings! We tried a different display using some old barn wood boards to hang them on but it needs some work before the next show, which will be the Shippensburg Corn Festival!
 I cut the wooden items out for the grapevine wreaths and my niece Becca painted and helped me put them together!  She was quite excited when half of them sold! I think I found a new helper!
 The trellis's made from grapevine were a big hit! One even found a new home in Wisconsin! Anxious to see how it traveled on its journey! Hopefully, Karen from KM Primitives will let us know!
 My son's birdhouse and benches from the old barnwood. 
 My sister Christa paints the barn wood signs on the bottom of this display. The black eyed Susan's looked nice in the little bottles I wired to old barnwood.

The not so fun part!!! Packing up! By this time we were hot and tired from the lack of sleep the night before and the excitement of the day! The show is over at 4 and we were pulling out of Lititz by 5:30pm.  
Now to get busy on more Fall items for the next show which is August 31st, Shippensburg Corn Festival! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lititz Rotary Club Craft Show!

The craft show in Lititz, PA is this Saturday! It's a big one and so much fun! The box truck is almost loaded and I'm looking forward to meeting some new online friends who are going to venture out!  Sure hope this cool weather sticks around so it can be a perfect day!
I wanted to share some of the things I finished up this week!  The little pumpkins on the wire were created using a pattern by T.F.C. Folk Art and the doll  is a pattern by Veena's Mercantile.    The hooked sunflower on burlap which I mounted on the barrel stave came out of my little old head!  Hope to get lots of these made up for the other upcoming shows and PHM!    Be back next week with some pictures! Enjoy the rest of the week and have a great weekend!!!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Okra Harvest!

My dad loves to garden and sure knows how to grow the Okra!!!  Freshly harvested and strung! Now lets hope the humidity stays away for a bit more so it dries  nicely!  If you remember I successfully dried some Okra I found in the grocery store over the Winter.  I was able to use the fan on our fireplace for a nice dry heat which worked great!  So I'm a bit nervous as to how it will dry this time of year!  Plus........ this Okra is so much larger!  The average size of the store bought Okra was 4 inches and smaller and when I went to my mom and dads yesterday to pick this my surprise it ranges from 10 to 7 inches!!!  A few shorter ones in there but most are over 7 inches! Beautiful!
I was intrigued with the beautiful plants and blooms which grew the Okra! He purchased red and green seeds back in the Spring and had to replant half the crop a second time because they weren't growing! I wish I would have taken a long shot of the garden showing the whole row.  This is the green stock which probably stands about 3 feet. See the Okra growing there on the center stem of the plant?

The red stocks are really pretty.  You can see a bit of the whole row in this picture.  It went the whole way back to the sunflowers you can see there way in the back!

Look at this beautiful flower head that produces the Okra!  Such a pretty yellow with a black center!
Some of the harvest!
Not sure this will be ready for my first show but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!  August 10th is the Lititz Rotary Club craft show and it is coming fast!  Back to work still have lots more "treasures" to create!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Exciting news!

Can you believe we are in the month of July already?!?!?  Time sure is flying by and the rest of my Summer is going to be so busy I'm sure it will past even quicker!  
 Let see!  The first bit of exciting news I have is I'm featured in a magazine called The Wool Street Journal!
If you would like to find where to purchase the magazine and learn a bit more about my story on how I started "hooking" be sure to check it out! You can see a sneak peek of the issue by clicking here!
I couldn't tell my story without including Robin Leuschen of Bird In The Hand Primitives, Linda from Grant St Woolworks and Kathy Harris  so you will read a bit about them as well! 
And oh yes!!!  Robin designed a wonderful nautical hooked rug design for the issue!
I designed this hooked Flag Bag to be released along with the issue!  It can also be appliqued! The pattern is available on my website for $12.00 but if you order here in this blog post or by sending me an email you can have it for $6.00! I will send it to you in a PDF!
Here is the appliqued version and the finished bag is available on my PHM page this month!
Some other exciting news I would love to share is I'm going to be setting up my wares at a show on September 21st at Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm's Gathering of Primitive Friends show! You can read all about it here on her blog
This will make the start of 4 weekends in a row of shows!!! A first for me so I'm busy busy busy stitching, sanding and painting inventory so I'm ready! 
Next week I will post pictures of the new wares being created!  Until then! Stay cool and dry!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Some new handmades on PHM!

I'm down to crunch time preparing for the upcoming shows!  They don't start until the second weekend in August but it will be here before we know it! The first one is the Lititz Rotary Club Craft Show.  My daily and weekly goals are set to help achieve the amount of inventory I need! 
At the same time its a challenge to create something new each month for the awesome group over at Primitive Handmades Mercantile!  If you haven't check us out lately you really should!  So many wonderful hand mades again this month!
Here is what I have to offer!  It's been fun creating the primitive hooked rugs! Just can't seem to get enough wool lately!  Click here to go right to my page!

This burlap pillow was a big hit on Facebook! I was very excited to see how many "likes" it received!  Guess that tells me I need to hook a few more in this style for the shows!  It you haven't found my business page on Facebook yet please do!  Here is the link which will take you directly to my page and be sure to hit the Follow or Like button!  I post lots of pictures as new "treasures" are created!
Happy First day of Summer!  Enjoy the Super Moon this weekend!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bridal Shower for Carley!

On Saturday I hosted a bridal shower for my son's fiancĂ©e Carley! I didn't take enough pictures as usual but here are a couple! 
 My daughters Steph and Britt did most of the work!  I was just the cook in a bit of a frenzy right before everyone arrived! 
We didn't set up outside until the last minute because it had rained hard for a couple of days and we weren't sure it was over!
We had a mimosa bar!  Such a colorful display!

                                   Used crates and sunflowers at the end of the tents for the gifts!

Here are our guests hard at work on a game!
I have no idea why I didn't take any pictures of Carley opening her gifts! Here is a picture of the picture they had taken for their engagement. The day was snowing and freezing!
All the decorations and games were found on Pinterest! What have we done without Pinterest all these years!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Weekend Project!

What unusual weather we have been having! I'm sure you all agree!  Freezing one day and frying the next! No different this weekend with lots of sun but a chill in the air.  We still made the best of it!   We arrived at our cabin late Saturday morning and the temp was only about 64 degrees but with the sun shining it did help with the spirits. It dropped to 34 degrees that night! It is the end of May.... right?!?!?
 It was so nice to have a 3 day break from crafting but guess what!  The creative mind just never sleeps!  I was taking note to all the grapevine hanging from the trees so before I knew it we were gathering it up.  With a little bit of twisting and wiring we completed the arched trellis.  On Monday we completed the 4 with the straight pieces which go a lot quicker.  Hope to have a few more ready by the time the craft shows roll around!
It may be hard to pick the vines out of the trees but this is what we started with.
Until next time! Enjoy your day!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Some new "treasures" on PHM!

 I think Spring has finally set in!  A few warm days in a row sure does make a difference in ones mental mood! LOL  It's amazing what a person can accomplish after spending some time in the fresh outdoors with a warm breeze!  It's been long overdue!
Just a quick note! This month for the PHM update I'm offering another sweet little child's folding chair with a hooked rug!  It has a nice blue background with a tan and brown beehive, tan ABC's and 123! 
Be sure to stop over and check out all the pages of PHM!  We have a great group of artists in one place!!!
You can find my page here!
Enjoy your weekend!!  I'm headed to Virginia for a bridal shower today! Looks like a perfect day out with my daughter and soon to be daughter in law!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

New Finds and a late Happy Mother's Day!

Yesterday my husband surprised me with an afternoon of antique and flea market hopping! Always a fun day! 
 I found another child's folding chair to hook a rug for and this awesome dirty old table!  Not sure if I will offer the table with a penny rug or a hooked rug!  I'm thinking a penny rug would be more suitable.  What do you think?
Both will be cleaned up, fixed up and packed away for craft show inventory!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What inspires you to create?

I love going to visit my mom! Her home is filled with antiques and wonderful primitive displays. It's funny how things inspire us to create something new!  I love this little carpenters box and just had to snap a picture!  I usually take my camera with me but I forgot it! Fortunately, my phone was able to capture the appeal of this little treasure! 
I posted it on Facebook and someone said they used something like this for their wool strips while hooking a rug!  The little bulb came on!!!!!  Yes, it would be perfect for keeping the colors separated while hooking!  My husbands woodworking list just got longer! I need one of these a bit larger than this antique piece! 
Please share what type of things inspired your last creation!!!  I would love to hear about it!!!