Jan 20, 2012

Hello 2012~~~~Goodbye 2011

Gosh I was going to be a good girl and start updating my blog on a regular basis......starting January 1st. Well......Hello.......here it is January 20th and this is my first post. Where do the days go. LOLOL I had good intentions, I really did.

I can't believe that 2011 has come and gone. That year went way to fast and so much happened. First.....in November, 2011, I lost my baby brother to cancer. Jeff was 56 years old and a great guy. He had such a rough life and some really hard knocks but the thing I remember most about him was he was always laughing. He left behind a beautiful new granddaughter and grandson he never got to see. He also loved his Pittsburgh Steelers very much and was a die hard fan.

I think about him often and go over in my mind all the things I wish I had said to him. I hope he knows how very much I loved him. I know he is in a better place and I will see him again one day, but there is still a hole in my heart that I don't think will ever close. Love you Jeff.


The story continues.........about 10 days after losing my brother I was involved in a car accident. Totaled my car. My first accident. I was driving along in town and took my eyes off the road for a second and when I looked up.......can you say......hello bumper. I hit a stopped SUV in front of me. He was turning. I was going to swerve into the next lane, but to many cars coming so I had to hit him. I just started crying. Then, the driver I hit turned on his "police lights" in the back window of the SUV. Yepper........I hit a cop. Oh, I didn't hit just a regular cop, noooo I hit the "head sheriff. Ahhhhhhhhhhh I really got hysterical then. But he was so awesome. I was crying like a maniac and so shook up he called an ambulance just to get me calmed down. No one was hurt, thank God. But my car was totaled, he had just a little bit of damage to his back bumper. I had the cutest PT Cruiser convertible and I loved it. The sheriff was so nice and concerned about me he even called me at home the next day to see how I was. Thank you Ken Grace for being such a caring person.

Sooooooo had to start dealing with insurance companies, etc. Thank goodness my insurance company is a great one.....USAA. They got the ball rolling right away and got me a rental car. They towed my car someplace to see if it was worth fixing or not. And it wasn't, so they paid me what it was worth and I had to start looking for another car. Bummer....as my PT Cruiser was paid off. So after much research and looking I decided on a Hyundai Tuscon Limited. It has alot of extras and I love it. Although it hard getting used to a new vehicle, especially when it's bigger than my PT Cruiser. LOL But I am getting there. My friends said I should get a Hummer in case I run into.........no pun intended........any more cops. LOL
So now I am paranoid about hitting a car and am driving a tad slower than I used to. Don't want to go through that again.


There is good news though..........I got the most awesome Christmas present from my wonderful hubby. Every year he asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I would tell him the same thing....."before I die, I want to see my Pittsburgh Steelers play in Pittsburgh".......and every year I didn't get it. LOL But this year, hubby came through in a big way. He got tickets to see the Steelers play the Rams on Christmas Eve Day in Pittsburgh. Yessssssssssss It was awesome. I cried when I got in the stadium. Couldn't believe I had finally gotten there. Hubby got excellent seats to. We were on the 35 yard line, behind the Steelers bench, about 15 rows up. Can you say..........AWESOME!!!!! It was all I had hoped it would be, and the Steelers won that game. To bad they didn't make it to the Super Bowl. Sniff, sniff. You can see by the picture that I was just about the first one in the stadium. LOLOL

Got to visit with some very dear, dear, friends of the family who are like a mom and dad to me. We caught up on old times, and talked until 1am in the morning for two mornings straight. They took hubby and me around to my old haunts.....my high schoool, place I had lived, etc., and took us to the "hot dog shop". For those of you not from Pittsburgh, you will just have to take my word that they are the best chili hot dogs in the world. LOL When it was time to head back home I didn't want to say goodbye to them. They are two of the nicest, caring and funny people you'll ever run across. I love you Bill and Dee. Thanks for a great time.


So now here it is January 20th and I need to get on the ball and start crafting and getting back to a so called "normal" life, whatever that is. I made a few Valentine's goodies and if you'd like to see them you can go to..... www.simplyprimitives.com and click on Mustard Moon Primitives.


Our weather here in Oklahoma has been so mild this winter. Makes me wonder when the other shoe is going to drop. Today it was 70. Although I like the milder temps, I would like to see at least one snow fall this winter. We need a frost or two to kill those pesky mosquitos and their eggs otherwide, we are all going to get bit up this summer. Yuck. The warm temps lull you into a false sense of security because I want to be outside planting, but not now cause I think Old Man Winter will rear his head at least once this winter.

Well I am off to get into some type of trouble, so until next time......be good to each other and love each other and Prim Blessings.

Oct 1, 2011

Happy October 1st

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Drum Roll Please~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I sold two batches of my patterns to raise money for our Church's mission trip and the grand total I made was...........$689.00. That is awesome. And many thanks to those of you who bought the patterns and big shout out to all the wonderful designers who said it was okay to sell the patterns. Oh and I even made money off of the "crochety, nasty" pattern designer's one pattern. LOLOL No names, but you know who you are. LOL This money will definately help our church. I still have a few patterns left to sell, and will list them soon.


I can't believe its been awhile since I posted. This year has gone so fast and soon it will be Christmas. Ahhhhhhhhhh I ran to Lowes today to look for some fall plants and they have up all their Christmas trees and decorations. Geez in October. No wonder everyone is sick of Christmas by the time it gets here. We have it in our face for months. But it is still my all time favorite holiday. I just wish we'd all get back to the "Olde Time Christmas" that we used to have. When the emphasis was on spending time together and not how much you could buy for someone or how much you spent. People spend so much time rushing around doing for the holidays that they forget what the holidays are all about. I remember as a kid growing up, my parents never even put up the Christmas tree till we went to bed Christmas Eve. When we got up on Christmas morning....there was a beautiful tree and presents. Now I know why my parents were so tired Christmas morning. LOL We never got much, but it was exciting. We all got PJ's of course and the stocking.....which were usually my dads old socks.....washed of course.....filled with an orange, an apple and some whole walnuts.

Now people have to have designer stockings and fill them with expensive goodies. To much emphasis on the monetary part of Christmas and not the real reason. That is sad. I prefer a Christmas where the gifts are handmade and given with love. Where you bake cookies for days and days and the house smells so yummy. In today's economy maybe we ought to go back to the "good old days". Who can afford Christmas anymore?


Here is a new gal I created and she is available on www.simplyprmitives.com....just look under Mustard Moon Primitives. I think she turned out pretty cute. Her name is Lucie and she has a pal... Baby Girl. She is a bear, but relax......she is a kind bear and takes her pal Baby Girl everywhere with her.


I am trying to get in the mood to start making some Holiday crafts, but it's been hard. Three weeks ago I had dental implants done and it's been a little rough. One implant is giving me the fits and the doc may have to redo it, I hope not. Then a week and a half ago I fell off my shoe. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.....yeppers, I fell off my shoe. I had on a pair of wedge sandals and was walking and you know how your foot twists off your shoe every once in awhile......well it happened to me. When my foot slipped off my shoe, I heard a bone snap. I broke a small bone on the left side of my left foot. Owwwweeeeeee. It turned a nice shade of black and blue. So for the past week or so I have been gumming my food and hobbling on my bad foot. Geesch, old age sure isn't any fun. I want to be young again. LOLOL And I refuse to wear those Ruth Buzzy type black old lady shoes. LOL

But now that our weather here in Oklahoma has finally cooled off, maybe I can hit my craft room and craft up a storm. But first I have to clean it and organize it....yeah right. I am open to suggestions. LOLOL My hubby says I could go into the "craft supply" business with all the stuff I have in my little craft room. He's so funny..........NOT.


Here is a yummy recipe you just have to try. Especially now that it has gotten cooler. You will love it.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oven Baked Apple Donuts~~~~~~~~~~~~

1/4 cup of lightly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup of white sugar
1 1/2 cups of bite size chunks of apple, peeled and cored
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/3 cup of cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg
1/4 cup milk

To Coat Donuts:
1/4 cup fo butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugars, salt and nutmeg in a bowl. Add the cold chopped butter. Rub the pieces of butter with the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

In a seperate bowl, beat the egg.......mix in the milk and fold in the chopped apples.

Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture. Stir using a spatula making sure not to over mix.

Place a spoonful of batter into each mold of a buttered mini muffin pan.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until donuts are just golden. Remove from oven and lightly brush each donut with the melted butter. Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and dunk each donut in the bowl and shake off excess. Enjoy.


That will do it for me today. I am off to try and figure out how to make my craft room nice and neat. If you don't hear from me for a few days, send in the bloodhounds, I'm in that craft room somewhere.

Prim Blessings

Aug 20, 2011

~~~~~Good Saturday To You All~~~~~

I hope you all are having a good weekend. It is till hot here in Oklahoma and the weatherman says another week of temps 105-106 and no rain. Ahhhhh I don't think this is ever gonna end. I am getting used to it now. I just run from air conditioning to air conditiong. LOL

Had to pull some dead plants from my garden. Yepper, they bit the dust. Didn't hardly get any tomatoes at all. Got alot of cucumbers. And so far the herbs are hanging in there. I guess this summer was a bust.

I have to share with you two doll makers that I think are absolutely wonderful. Their work is awesome. The time and detail they put into their dolls is amazing. They are truely artists. The first one sells on eBay and goes by...The Pixies Thimble......here is a picture of her latest doll up for auction. I love it.

Please go to eBay and take a look at all the pictures of this doll, it will amaze you and you will want her. LOLOL Isn't this doll awesome?

The second doll maker that is also a real talent is Homespun Hugs And Calico Kisses. Here is her doll she has on eBay. I just love it.

Please go to eBay and take a look at this doll. You will fall in love with it, like I did.

These doll makers truely amaze me with their talent. I sure wish I had half of their talent.
Okay..........here is a partial list of some of my favorite pattern designers......these gals are super great to work with and design awesome patterns. I will be adding to the list, so check back.

Homespun Heart
Soft In The Head
Country Stitches
Pineberry Lane Primitives
The Vintage Polka Dot
Mustard Seed Originals
Moonchild Primitives
Tennessee Ridge Primitives
Hill Kountry Kreations
Sweet Meadows Farm
Off The Beam

I think that's it for now. Look these gals up, and drool over their patterns.

Okay, I am off to try and organize my craft room and get ready to make some fall goodies. Maybe making fall goodies will help me to feel cool. LOLOL

Prim Blessings

Aug 18, 2011

~~~~~On With Better Stuff~~~~~

Okay, on to bigger and better things. I have been asked to do a big craft show in Illinois and I am thinking about it. I have done the big craft show here in Okahoma..The Affair of the Heart. It is a huge show and I did really, really well. But.......here is the question......do I want to go through all that hard work again and set up a booth, then take it all down again. I've done it and it's hard work, very hard. And some of you gals really put alot of work into your booths, and they look awesome, I am so envious. How do you all do it? When I did my craft shows, I thought I was so organized putting crafts in plastic containers, marking them, etc., then when I get to setting up my booth......OMG.....its stuff everywhere. LOLOL

So I am going to think about it. And jot down some ideas for setting up a booth and see how I feel. Part of me wants to do it, and part of me doesn't. We'll see which part wins out. LOLOL


And in my previous blog post I mentioned about my hubby's last mission trip to Guatemala, well it was awesome. He went on a medical mission and they were seeing patients and some were building a clinic. Those poor people there didn't have running water or anything. So our church raised funds to get them all they needed to hook up water for the clinic. And while some of our church members helped with that, my hubby and some other docs went up into the mountains to see patients. Do you know that some of these patients walked days to be seen. My hubby said they were so apprecative of even a bandaid. Makes me feel like a baby when I whine about waiting so long in a Dr's office.......and here these people walked days to be seen. My husband cried like a baby when he got home and was telling me about it. He said he went there to serve and take care of them, but they ended up giving him far more than he gave them.

He said they were all invited to one of the Guatemalans home for dinner one evening. He said when they got there the family had moved all of their furniture out onto the road so they could set up makeshift tables to seat everyone. Hubby said they had such pride on their faces and welcomed them all with open arms. On the last day hubby and his team were there, they had communion......and hubby said he went up to take communion and looked out at the all the Guatemalan people sitting down. He asked his interpreter why they weren't taking communion also. The interpreter said they didn't have enough wine and bread for everyone to take communion and the Guatemalans wanted them to take their place and have it. Now is that awesome or what? Made me cry when hubby told me that. We all take our lives for granted sometimes, me included, and yet there are people all over the world that have so very little, yet they have so much more than us spiritually.

On the day they were leaving to come back to the States an elderly Guatemalan woman came up to my hubby and handed him something wrapped in a tissue......hubby opened it and it was a beautiful beaded and jade necklace she had made herself and she wanted him to have it and give it to me. I will cherish that necklace forever, and wear it church often to remind me of all the blessings I have.


Anyone, from San Diego...hubby has a medical meeting out there in October and I have never been and was wondering if there are any prims there? It's hard to find prims in certain states, I know, I've looked. Now if you go up to the New England states you prim lovers will think you've died and gone to heaven. LOLOL So many prim shops.

A friend and I went up to Searsport, Maine a few years back to take a rug hooking class at Searsport Rug Hooking and OMG she took me to so many prim places along the way. Living in Oklahoma.....you don't see many prims. LOLOL Lots of cowboy stuff, but no prims. We had her car filled to the roof with our prim goodies. Ah, that was a great time.

Okay, off I go. I will be posting more of my goodies up for sale soon. Been in the studio trying to work, but as the last days of summer and this heat run down, I am not into crafting, but just trying to stay cool. LOL

Until next time........God Bless

~~~~~~Takes All Kinds~~~~~~


Oh my gosh, you guys have got to hear this. Some of you will get a great laugh, and the others (you know who you are) will be ticked off. LOLOL Okay here goes............

About a week ago I decided to go through my more than 400 patterns that I have bought over the years because I did not make them, or want them anymore. I also was trying to raise money for our church's upcoming mission trips. Those who know me, know my hubby and I go on Mission Trips with our church. Hubby's last trip was to Guatemala....up in the mountains......oh that's another story. Anyway......I only had one of each pattern I was selling, they were not copies. Once they sold, that was it, there were no more of that pattern. Well I got permission from several of the pattern designers to sell the pattern, they were so nice about it. But........OMG......then came the designer from hell. LOLOL She emailed me and said I couldn't sell her pattern. Okay, fine. But she didn't ask me to remove it from eBay or report me to eBay as she said she could. She said she could understand me selling it if it was the original (it was) and I only had one (I did). I said fine, no problem. I have the emails from her to prove this is what she said. Well.....then her psycho "best friend" whom I guess has not a thing to do begins to email me with nasty, nasty emails on her friend the pattern designers behalf. She called me all kinds of names, threatened to watch me and my sales, contacted other pattern designers (the ones I got permission from) and tell them I was selling "mass patterns". I have never, ever, sold a pattern up till last week. My eBay feedback, which you can look up, clearly shows that. Anway........as if the nasty emails from Samantha Heinrich Anderson weren't enough.....she proceeds to bid on my auctions sending the prices sky high, with no intention of paying. Running up the price so no one else would bid and then retracting the bid at the last minute so they wouldn't sell. And then people were saying I was selling this pattern so high. I am not as dumb as she thinks I am and I blocked her from bidding, and then cancelled her bids. I didn't care if I made $2.00 from each pattern, it was going to the church, not me. I don't craft as a business, I do it for fun. Then when I blocked dear, dear Samantha, she went into ebay under another name and bid again. Only this time........you're gonna love this........she used the name "nevergonnacatchmehahaha". OMG how obvious. I have reported her to eBay as well. Now I think this gal Samantha is a psycho and should be put on meds. Just my opinion. When I contact the designer of the pattern in question......which by the way is....VEENAS MERCANTILE..aka: Kim Kohler, and told her what her friend was doing, she stated to me "I am proud that my friends stick up for me". Wow, now that is such an honest and classy person, is it not? So I guess she condons doing something like bogus bidding. Not someone I'd want to do business with.

The pattern designer is Kim Kohler from VEENAS MERCANTILE....and from the emails I have gotten from other people who have had dealings with her, she is quite the gal. LOL She is so concerned with me selling her pattern but she is the same pattern designer who sold her patterns to Bethany Lowe who inturn sends it to China to have them make it. And after all us smucks bought her patterns they are now making her dolls from her patterns in China at a cheap price and listing them on eBay. All of us doll crafters know if its Made in China we can't compete with the price. So basically those of us who bought her patterns, got screwed. All Kim Kohler had to do was ask me nicely to remove her pattern, and I would have gladly done it, no problem at all. But she didn't. I guess she is just insecure in her business to feel threatened by little old me selling a pattern. LOLOLOL She and her friends have taken to Facebook to slam me with lies but I wouldn't expect anything less from them. She and Samantha may have bullied and intimidated other people, but that doesn't work on me.

Lies have even been spread that I have re-sold alot of patterns. Not true. This past week was the first time I ever listed patterns and they were the ones I bought.......not copies and I have never, ever re-sold a pattern that I had already sold. Anyone with half a brain can go to eBay and check my seller feedback to see what I have and have not sold.

There are a group of us doll makers on Yahoo and I have shared ALL the emails I have received with them, and they are as appalled as I am. So we have started to compile a list of doll pattern designers who WE WILL NOT BUY PATTERNS FROM. Here are two that I will never buy from nor make anything from their patterns I have now:

Veenas Mercantile----Kim Kohler
Old Road Primitives

The other gals in my group are working on more names to add to this list andI will post them when I get them and have a minute.

And here are the sweetheart pattern designers whom I emailed and they gave me permission. Thanks goes out to them. When their patterns sell, I won't sell anymore out of consideration for them:

Homespun From The Heart---Sharon
Moonchilds Primitives---Donna
Country Stitches Online---Brenda

I can highly recommend those gals as I have bought alot of their patterns and made them and they are the best.

This whole mess could have been avoided when something as simple as a "would you please remove my pattern, I don't want you to sell it" would have sufficed. But noooooooooo we have a pattern maker that is so full of herself she thinks she is the second coming. LOLOLOL

And believe me I do understand how very hard some of the pattern designers work to put out their patterns and when people "mass sell" copies and copies of their patterns, I'd be ticked to. And I take full responsibility for not asking Kim Kohler first before I listed her pattern. She had her chance to ask me to remove it after she contacted me, but she didn't. I had one original pattern and no more.......I somehow don't think that would put any pattern designer out of business. I know some of you won't agree with me and that is fine. This country is great because no two people agree at one time. And I also know that most of us have bought patterns on eBay from those other than the designers, you can admit it, I won't tell. LOLOLOL

So I will say to Kim from Veenas Mercantile...and to her best bud Samantha.......GET OVER YOURSELVES" You two aren't as important as you think you are.

I am sure I will get nasty posts to this, as some of Kim's friends have already posted nasty things on this blog......but that's no problem, they are easy to delete.

So what I am going to do with any of the VEENAS MERCANTILE AND OLD ROAD PRIMITIVES patterns that I have left is offer them for free along with other patterns I am selling. Yeppers.......FREE....I'll give the suckers away, I don't care. I will post on here when I list them, or you can search for me under Mustard*moon*primitives on eBay. I have one up for auction now.


OMG.........I just received a copy of what Kim Kohler and her friends have posted about me on her Facebook page.......OMG......what lies and ugly, vicious, things they said about me. All of it, lies. I have the cold, hard copy of all they said and I don't understand how a so called "artist" could be like that. She is so mean and ugly. All because I sold her pattern......once. I have more class in my little finger than Kim Kohler will ever have. There is a comment from her about how she laughed and laughed when her friend Samantha drove up the price of my auction and wasn't going to pay. Now I ask you...........is that classy or what. No wonder she has to sell her designs to someone who makes them in China. I am passing out the Facebook comments from them all to all my doll making friends and doll designers so they can see that none of what they said I did, was true. I guess Kim Kohler is just insecure in her personal and professional life that she has to try and slander other people to make herself look good. How Sad. And she is gonna sue me for Defamation.....I don't think so. Not with what I read.

P.S. Just as I suspected, there were nasty posts from frick and frack, who are friends of Kim Kohler's. DUH......like I didn't see that coming. I am going to put a hold on the comment section of this post, only because I am over this situation and won't comment any further. I am not in 6th grade and am not going to play their childish games.

P.P.S. Now I am getting nasty emails from Veenas Mercantile threatening me with a defamation suit. How can it be defimation if its all true and you can back up what you have said with emails. LOLOL Such juveniles.

Prim Blessings

Jul 17, 2011

~~~~~I'm Melting, I"m Melting~~~~~~

It's a hot time in the old town tonight. LOL We have had a wicked summer so far. We've had temps as high as 112 here in Oklahoma. We will become the Oklahoma Desert before long. It was 109 today and the weatherman says it will be like this until a week from this Tuesday and possibly beyond. Can you say "Hello Alaska". LOL Worse part is we've not had any rain in weeks and weeks. My grass is crunchy when you walk on it. My flowers for the most part have gone capooey. Managing to hang onto my small garden and herbs. But I'm sure they won't last much longer.

Speaking of gardens I have my mouth set on a tomato sandwich. Yummmmm I love tomato sandwiches on fresh, soft white bread with salt and pepper and gobs of mayo. You could give ma a grocery bag full of home grown tomatoes and a salt shaker and I would be set for the day. LOLOL I have a few green tomatoes in the garden, but not ripe yet. I could make fried, green tomatoes, love those to. But am sitting in my lawn chair watering the tomato plants and living for the minute I see red on them. LOLOL

Haven't done to much crafting as my craft room is upstairs in the attic and boy does it get hot in there. I have a window unit in there and 3 fans going, but whoever built this house didn't do much in the way of insulation up there. And there is no way to add it now, unless we rip the roof off. So will have to settle for doing some stitching downstairs where I keep it like a freezer. LOLOL I am sooooooooooo waiting for fall, hope we have one. Would love to apply for a job in an ice factory. Wow, that would be awesome. Although they wouldn't have much ice to sell as my hot butt would be sitting on the bags of ice and melting them. haaaaaa

Even my Yorkies......Winnie, Tigger and Asha are pooped out from the heat. They lay in front of the fans. LOLOL And drink lots of water. I open the back door to let them out and they look at me as if to say....."no way, lady, we aren't going out there". Don't really blame them.

I have my selling blog all ready to go, now if I can just get in the craft room and whip up some prim goodies to list on it. Will let you all know as soon as I get something on it. I am missing crafting. I see on eBay where people are making fall stuff now..........pumpkins, witches, etc. I think I will make some fall goodies up, maybe I will feel cooler doing it. LOL

So until next time...........stay cool.

Jun 13, 2011

~~~~~Prim News~~~~~

Just a quick pop in to let you know I have closed my website, just wasn't into it. But, I am in the process of doing up a selling blog. It's where I will post my newest prim wares for sale. It's easier than messing with my website. LOL So check back in a few to check it out. I have a wonderful graphic artist doing up the graphics for me, she is really talented....thanks Amy. Hope you all had a great weekend. My plans for this week is to stay cool. LOLOL

~~~~~Prim Blessings~~~~~