Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Awesome Primitive/Folk Art Dolls by Raggedy Haven!

Good afternoon everyone!

I want to share my friend Jodi's dolls with you today!

She is a wonderful, talented artist that goes under the name: "raggedyhaven" on eBay.

Please stop by and see her work, her dolls are amazing!

CLICK HERE to visit raggedyhaven now!


Monday, June 28, 2010

My Swap Treasures from Donna Wilkins!

Wow! Today was like Christmas! I received a swap box from Donna Wilkins and just love everything I got!

So prim Donna! I love your grubby candles, the rag balls, the tin pocket and heart!

And thank you so much for thinking of me w/ the doll arms!

I only hope you enjoy what you receive in your swap box as much as I do!

Thanks Donna!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Dolls on Auction... Ending Soon!

Good morning everyone! It has cooled off a bit here in Philly...
We had some major thunderboomers yesterday from all of the humidity and today seems like it's gonna be a beautiful day!
I wanted to list some dolls that will be ending on eBay within the next couple of days, in case you are interested.

This sweet Annie w/ her Vintage bear will be ending in 2 days... if you like her she is a buy it now for $89.95, free US shipping. Click HERE to visit her!


And a sweet ole prairie stump doll... she's on eBay at a low price!
She has vintage clothing and antique clothespin arms.. Click HERE to visit her!


Love extreme primitive dolls? THIS is the one for you!
on Ebay at .99¢! Click HERE to pay her a visit!
She is wearing vintage clothing and is a real mess! Her face is primitively stitched and her hair is ragged and sparse! What a sweetie!


All doll hair used is from Cloth Doll Hair Supplier! Check her out on Facebook! GREAT doll hair!

Well, I'm off to finish some swaps! I hope you enjoy your day in your neck of the woods!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Time Citrus Tea... :-)

HI friends! I've found another delicious recipe from Gooseberry Patch's "Farmer's Market Favorites" that I'd like to share on this balmy June afternoon!

This is for their Summer Time Citrus Tea.. It's delicious! Enjoy! Stay Cool!

Summertime Citrus Tea, from Farmers' Market Favorites cookbook, shared with us by Susan Wilson of Johnson City, TN

4 c. water
6 teabags (black, green or herbal)
1-1/2 c. sugar
6-oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
6-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
10 c. cold water

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and add teabags; steep overnight. Discard teabags. Pour into a large pitcher; add remaining ingredients. Serve in tall glasses over ice. Makes 6 servings.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Light and Yummy for Summertime!

Hi! I thought I'd share this yummy pasta salad... it's a Weight Watchers recipe..

Perfect for those hot days when you don't want to cook and would like something light! Enjoy!


Tomato, Basil and Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad

POINTS® Value: 4

Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 9 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Tomatoes, fresh basil and smoky mozzarella go together beautifully. Add pasta and a splash of balsamic vinegar and you've got a wonderful meal.


8 oz uncooked fusilli, or other spiral pasta
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, or more to taste
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 cup(s) cherry tomato(es), or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup(s) basil, fresh, chopped
2 oz whole milk low-moisture mozzarella cheese, smoked, diced (1/2 cup)
1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste

* Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add vinegar, oil and oregano; toss to coat.

* Fold in tomatoes, basil and mozzarella; season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm or chilled. Yields about 1 cup per serving.


* For added flavor, try sun-dried tomatoes: Place 1/4 cup of dried sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover them with boiling water; set aside for 10 minutes to allow the tomatoes to plump up. Drain well and substitute them for half the cherry tomatoes.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Extreme Prim Raggedy, Looking for a Home!

Hi friends!

Here's a sweet, extreme primitive, Raggedy ole Annie... she's on eBay now.

She's in her vintage clothing with her sprigs of sweet annie, rusty bells and the sweetest, stained ole face!

If you'd like, pay her a visit HERE!

Have a wonderful night!


My Hero, My Inspiration ... My Daddy

The depth of a father's love shows in his daughter's eyes.
What's known is what's shown from sunset to sunrise.
A foundation built on more than just what is spoken.
It's commitments kept and promised that go unbroken.
An emotion so immense that nothing in this world can erase.
The permanent impression of love is tattooed upon her face.
A relation so peculiar that only the two can understand,
Yet so immaculate it's obvious that, by God, it was planned.

I believe it all began when she would sleep upon your chest.
Now you're her number one, her favorite, you're the best!
You move and she watches so closely it's as if she's in a trance.
The fact that she can repeat you, exactly, isn't just by chance.
From wrestling, racing, jump roping to being made up like a doll.
Both playmate and best friend, you've done some of it all.
A secret place, a look, special time just for her and you.
When a choice is to be made, it's all about what Daddy wants to do.
And you're there to cater to her every need and every wish.
There's an invisible pedestal for Daddy's little princess.
She's content just to be. She's filled with absolute bliss
Just to sit up under you, giving an occasional hug and kiss.
Sweet dreams are non-existent without Daddy's goodnight kiss.
Your gentle stroke, words just for her, your check on hers is what she'd miss.
It's simply because of how you love her, I surmise.
The depth of your love always shows in her eyes.

With you her laughter is harder and her smile is even brighter.
You have a friendship, a bond, a soul tie that couldn't be any tighter.
It's more than a special bond; it's an exclusive connection.
No room for a third party or attempted interjection.
This love is reserved just for Dad and no other.
It's not the same for siblings, not even for Mother.
It's the kind of love that I could never despise.
For the depth of your love always shows in her eyes.

To her, you'd give anything, but it's not about the gift.
It's that marvelous smile brought on by the spirit you lift.
It's not about what you can give her or about what you can do.
It's about the unconditional love reciprocated between you two.
It's the tears in her eyes when you two disagree.
Nothing's quite right until 'I love you and I'm sorry.'
It's that spunk in her step, the rainbow in her eye-
You'll know she's a Daddy's girl when she passes by.
She's got the kind of love that never fades or dies.
The depth of your love always shows in her eyes.

Upon angel wings you soar; your sparkling golden halo glows
Whenever she's with you, it's Heaven in her eyes that shows.
Her eyes hold a song so beautiful you'd think it was Heaven's melody.
It's the music of love's symphony composed by each precious memory.
The love known is the love you've shown from sunset to sunrise.
The depth of your love will forever show in your daughter's eyes.

By: Michelle Emerson

Saturday, June 19, 2010

And The Winner of the Raggedy Giveaway Is..........

Michelle Fincham! Blogspot: Grannies Pantry

Michelle, you've won my giveaway for the Raggedy Cupboard Doll! :)

I've emailed you for your address. Ladies, thanks so much for entering.

As you may know, I've hit over 1,000 members on my group page on Facebook so I will be doing a BIG giveaway real soon!

Blessings to all!
Congrats Michelle!


A lot O' Li'l Babies and Other Stuff!

Good Morning!

This past week was so busy for me... I think I broke a record in the Annie making biz. LOL

I had the idea to group them together and take a photo... I just LOVE the sweetness of these olde dolls.

Each with their own personality... Some, a bit "dirtier" than others.

There's something about a worn out, well loved doll that just tugs at my heartstrings...

And some other news:

I've recently been commissioned to create a set of 3 vintage looking bears...

I'll be creating these bears from 1920's mohair. From an olde sofa yet!

The material is fabulous and I can't wait to get started on this project!

I'll also be finishing up some swaps I have going... I just love this idea.

Having others' creations in my home brings me such happiness.

Afterall, the only primitives I've been looking at are my own that are on auction or waiting to be shipped.

I get a bit bored looking at what I've created. I love others' touches in my home. Each person who creates has their own style and it's wonderful. It lights up my heart!

For today, I'll be doin' a bit of swimming. It's supposed to be hot here in Philadelphia....
Summers in Philly are like swimming in hot pea soup!

Tomorrow, the day will be spent with Dad of course. I bought him that pair of moccasin slippers he's been wanting.. but even before that, I am getting a long-awaited, long-overdue, much enjoyed pedicure with my cousin. Is there anything like being pampered with a foot massage? I think not. :-)

So.......my best wishes for an enjoyable weekend on your end! I'm glad you've stopped by my little prim world to see what's up.

Take care my friends... Blessings to all of you!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

An American Gal!

Hi everyone!

Are you an Americana kinda gal?

This sweet Annie is on eBay now... dressed in her Red, White and Blue!

Pay her a visit HERE!


Yummy Buckeye Brownies Recipe!

Hi everyone! I received my copy of Gooseberry Patch today and opened to this wonderful recipe! It seems so easy... I'm gonna make mine tomorrow! Thought I'd share the love. (of chocolate that is!)


19 1/2 oz. pkg. brownie mix 2 c. powdered sugar 1/2 c plus 6 T. butter, softened and divided
1 c. creamy peanut butter 6 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Olde Black and Whites and Other Precious Photos

Good Morning friends! I was looking through some old photos and thought I'd share some of my favorite ones. Time goes so fast. I look at myself in these photos and can't believe where the time went. This one here is me on my first birthday. :-) I was a little fat, no a lot fat and probably very mischievous! LOL It was almost 43 years ago.

This one above is me and Dad, Christmas of 1967. You can tell it's the sixties with the dolls that are there. LOL ... We had an olde fashioned Christmas tree with tinsel that sat on a platform.. around the platform was the faux brick paper covering. Remember that? Oh, don't forget the cardboard fireplace that you'd place an orange bulb into. LOL

Ah, yes, this is me in my crib... probably 6 months old.
<-----My cheeks look like they could burst! :)

And then, in 1970, my brother Billy came along.
He was my "real life" baby doll.
I would pull him around in a little red wagon.
A "real life" baby doll when you are 3 yrs. old is
awesome! This "doll" would cry, eat, need to be changed!
You don't get better than that! :-)

Here I am, pulling him around! My mom would say, "Be careful, he's heavy!" and I'd say to mom, "He ain't heavy, he's my brother!" :-)
To this day, that is my song to him! He STILL ain't heavy! Cause he's my brother. Nothing I wouldn't do for that guy..

And here were are with Granny... boy did I love my Gran. She was the BEST! Everything a Granny should be!

I think this is Christmas 1971. Granny used to live right down the street from us so she'd spend a lot of time at our house... trying to babysit whenever she could!

I could go on and on... I have so many beautiful photos I treasure. It's wonderful to look back on them and remember things from the past that still stick in your mind and soul today.

Hope you enjoyed looking at them as much as I enjoyed sharing them.

Have a wonderful day! ~Blessings, W

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Raggedies on eBay!

Hi friends! I've listed some new Raggedies on eBay! I'm presently working on two more to be listed tomorrow! Hope you are having a wonderful day! Thanks for visiting! :-)

Click HERE to visit my creations!


Monday, June 14, 2010

Tattoos...One of My Guilty Pleasures!

Good Monday Morning!

A little update before I get to work...

I spent the day yesterday doing one of the things I really enjoy... getting a new tattoo. :-)

Everyone used to say "you can't get just one" and they were so right. I have 5 now and am already thinking of getting my next one.

This tattoo is special to me. I've been wanting one to represent my favorite artist, "Neil Diamond".

So......I went ahead and had it done on the back of my neck! :)

Most of my tattoos are hidden with clothing so this one will be in a spot that everyone can see.

My next, and probably the last (although not certain about that yet!) will be for my son... I can't leave him out. I'd like one with his name, some kind of heart and scrollwork and birthdate.

I may be satisfied at that point although thoughts of a "Daddy's little girl" tattoo do come to mind now and then. :)

Well, off to work. I have lots of ideas and so little time to create.

Blessings friends, have a happy, simple day!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Just Lovin' "Swapping!"

Just did a swap w/ Brandi Hall and received these WONDERFUL prim goodies!

I've gotta tell ya, opening a box of prim goodies feels like being a kid on Christmas morning all over again!

Are these creations gorgeous or what?

The reason I love swapping is to decorate my home w/ primitives that others create. I have to admit, I am sometimes bored to death of looking at my own creations scattered all over the house, waiting for their new homes. I love others' styles of prims in my home... Each person creates in their own way and it really gives my home a wonderful feel.

Thanks Brandi, for doing this swap w/ me! I hope you enjoy your primitives I've made for you as much as I do these!

Love and hugs from your prim sis,

Friday, June 11, 2010

And Now.... On To The Real World!

Hi friends,

As you may know by now, my son had his high school graduation yesterday. I never thought we'd get there on certain occasions!

He wasn't one to like schoolwork. Nor getting up in the morning or really, anything about school... it was a tough 12 yrs. for both of us! Me fighting with him to do the right things, him getting annoyed with me for trying all of the time.

But yesterday, something changed in my son. He told me he'd actually miss his school. I was surprised to hear that! He said to me, "not the schoolwork mom, but the people in it." He had formed a bond and memories that would last a lifetime. I was proud that I could give that to him. A sense of "belonging."

You see, he is the last graduating class that will ever walk through the halls of his school. They are closing at the end of June. The Archdiocese decided that enrollment was too low and they can't keep the school open any longer. Our Catholic schools are dwindling fast.

On the other hand.. who can afford them? The monthly payments were more than my mortgage! At times, I didn't know HOW we'd make it financially. But it was so important to me that he finish his 4 yrs. at North Catholic for Boys. And we BOTH made it. :-)

Seeing him walk down the aisle to receive that cherished diploma was one of the best moments of my life. I cried tears of joy, tears of fear of what lie ahead for him in life, tears, tears, tears altogether. My little boy has become a man and the pride I hold in my heart for him is unrivaled.

They grow so fast. He is my little boy in my heart and will be forever. Being a mom is the best gift I've ever received.

~Blessings my friends..... cherish the simple things. They are all around us!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

America, The Beautiful!

Hi fellow prim lovers! I wanted to share this sweet ole Flag/Eagle pocket I have finished up! I've got to say, I am never one to make others' designs, but this one I loved! This is a Gloria Lowell design from the Folk Art Pattern Company.. Gloria was kind enough to share this pattern for free for Memorial Day! :-)

I love how the Eagle goes with the Flag! This piece is worn, torn, faded and sanded and is a fabulous cupboard/cabinet/door hanger!

It's on eBay 'til Mon. June 14th...

Click HERE to visit on eBay.

God Bless America! Land that I Love!!

Have a great day and keep on primmin' my friends!


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The BIG day is almost here.......

Hi friends! :-) Hope all is well with you in your world.

I've been a bit crazy lately... with my son's school finishing up and all of the graduation practices and rituals..

Where does the time go? He'll be graduating from Catholic High School tomorrow and I KNOW that this will be another one of those "benchmarks" that will hit me hard.

He once needed me... now he needs to spread his wings. A lot will be changing now and truthfully, I don't know if I'll EVER be ready to let him go. But it's necessary, for both of us. :-)

I know that I've raised a wonderful, caring, loving person.... a sensitive human being that is in tune w/ everything and everyone around him. That makes me so proud.

But deep inside, he'll always be my little baby. My little boy that would call me "mommy". That will never change, no matter what he accomplishes, where he goes, who he becomes...... We will always have that special mother/son bond that nothing can change.

I'll use up a lot of tissues tomorrow... that's for sure. And I'll be the proudest mommy in the entire auditorium. I just hope he knows that and always carries my love with him, no matter where he is. I know I will.

Good morning!

I've finished up an Americana Flag and Crow door hanger that I'd like to share with all of you!

This is a great piece of Red White and Blue... Perfect for these patriotic summer months!

It's on eBay now and will end on Sunday June13th. :=)

CLICK HERE to go to the auction and a big thanks for stoppin' in!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010


OMG, yet ANOTHER Weight Watcher's dessert that looks yummmmmmy!

Only 3 points per serving, how can you go wrong? Seems very simple to make.. I'm gonna try this one this weekend.

Thought I'd share! It looks light for summer!


POINTS® Value: 3
Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 0 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Beat the heat with this sure-fire summer pleaser. We used vanilla yogurt but chocolate or strawberry would be tasty, too.

1 1/2 pound(s) strawberries, hulled and sliced (about 6 cups)
1/2 cup(s) sugar
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp table salt
12 oz store bought angel food cake, cut into 1/4-inch slices
4 cup(s) fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt

* To make strawberry sauce, combine strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and salt in a saucepan, stirring over medium heat until the sugar melts and the liquid comes to a simmer. Simmer 15 minutes. Use the back of a wooden spoon to mash about half the berries against the side of the pan. Cool to room temperature and use immediately or refrigerate, covered, up to 2 days.

* Spoon the frozen yogurt into a large bowl and mash it with the back of a wooden spoon until soft and spreadable.

* Line the bottom of a 9-inch round springform pan with one third of the cake slices, cutting any slices to fit the shape of the pan. Top with half the frozen yogurt, spreading it to the sides. Spread 2/3 cup strawberry sauce over the frozen yogurt, then top with half the remaining cake slices, again cutting any to fit. Spread the remainder of the frozen yogurt over the cake, top with 2/3 cup strawberry sauce, and finally seal the top with the remaining cake slices. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze at least 6 hours or up to 3 days. Let the cake stand at room temperature 10 minutes before unmolding. Slice into 12 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.

Monday, June 7, 2010

A li'l cupboard Annie... on eBay at .99¢

Wow, I'm really whooped.

I finished swap items today, created auction items, giveaway items, facebooked, blogged and now I'm ready to collapse. LOL

Before I go, here's a little Annie that could use a home! She's a sweet li'l 11" or so cupboard doll,,, perfect for a little shelf or small nook. She'd even be great in a bigger doll's arms!

Click here to visit her on eBay.. she's starting at only .99¢

Over and out my friends, before I fall asleep at the computer. hehe

Til tomorrow, Blessings!

Time for a New Giveaway.......

A cupboard sized Raggedy w/ vintage clothing and buttons!

She's about a 10" doll... great for a cupboard shelf or little nook and she can be yours!

Just leave a comment. And for a second entry, post this photo and my business name to your blog with the link.

I'll run the contest through June 18th. Winner will be chosen at random on the 19th.

Good luck!


Sunday, June 6, 2010


Hello Everyone! I'm going to be announcing another one of my giveaways tomorrow morning...

Check back to see what is up for grabs from "The Attic"...

If you are not already a follower, please sign up to be eligible.

Have a great night friends! Until tomorrow....



Well, I've listed another Raggedy... she's on eBay now.. I just love how she turned out!

This sweet olde Raggedy is in vintage clothing with her olde teddy bear.

CLICK HERE to pay her a visit!

Thanks for lookin'!


Friday, June 4, 2010

Ole Americana Annie is for Sale!

Hello friends!

I've finished an Americana Annie today... She was a lot of fun to make.

She's on eBay now... Click here to give her a visit!

Happy Weekend!

God Bless America and our Troops!



OMG! That's all I can say about this Creamy Lemon Pie!
AND, it's from Weight Watchers!

You will absolutely love this pie if you love lemon. It's more like a cheesecake to me... absolutely delicious. I thought I'd share!

Guilt free as well, at only 3 pts. per serving! Try it! You won't be sorry!


POINTS® Value: 3
Servings: 10
Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 15 min
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Rich and creamy, you'll never guess that this pie is light. Make two — serve one and freeze the other for up to two weeks.

6 whole reduced-fat cinnamon graham crackers
2 Tbsp butter
11 oz fat-free sweetened condensed milk
2 large egg(s)
1/2 cup(s) fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon zest

* Preheat oven to 350ºF.

* Grind graham crackers in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Or place crackers in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Place crumbs in a small bowl.

* Melt butter on stove top or in microwave and pour over graham cracker crumbs, mixing with a fork until completely moistened. Press crumbs evenly onto bottom of a 9-inch pie pan; place crust in refrigerator while preparing lemon filling.

* In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk and eggs; mix until smooth. Add lemon juice and zest; stir until incorporated and pour into prepared crust.

* Bake pie for 15 minutes. Cool completely and for best flavor, serve chilled. Yields 1 piece per serving.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

First Fall Creation of the Season!

Hello friends!

I've finally started Fall crafting! Did I have fun with this piece!

This is my favorite time of year to create... I love pumpkins!

This piece has candy corn, sunflowers and an olde crow... what goes better together? :-)

I have many new ideas for 2010, so check My eBay often to see what goodies I have listed!

This one will be on eBay tonight, 6/3 for a .99¢ start price.

Talk to you soon... time to get back to stitchin'.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Featured Artist on primchat.com

I was just informed that I will be the featured artist for June on primchat.com!


Just thought I'd share. :-)

I will be on next week, link to follow.

Have a great night all!

A Worn Raggedy Needs a New Home!

HI Friends!
Just finished a new Raggedy... she'll be listed tonight on eBay for .99¢! This gal is extreme primitive, with her stains, ragged, missing hair, fraying clothing and vintage buttons and fabrics. She has a friend with her as well!

I'm also starting my Fall crafting! Finally! I love this time of year for primitives. The colors are fabulous! LOVE pumpkins, crows and leaves!

Look for some of my creations on eBay this week!

Back to crafting... I'm listening to the thunder as I stitch away!

Have a wonderful day!

The winner of the Raggedy Stump Doll is..............

Donna, of "Back in Tyme Primitives"!

Donna, I've notified you via your email for your mailing address.

Thanks so much to all who entered for my dolly. It means sooo much to me that I have your support!

Your kind words always hit the spot and really inspire me to keep on primmin'!

To those who didn't win this time around, no worries... I love giving things away! I'll be listing another giveaway by tomorrow, June 2.

Thanks again everyone, and Congratulations Donna!


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