Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Monotony At Its Best...And A Few Of My Favorite Things!

I recently had an order for four sets of these flowers. This order drove me crazy. Four sets doesn't sound like much, but with the three layers to each flower and three flowers to each set, that meant 36 pieces I had to trace, sew, cut, clip, turn, stain and paint! Before mailing them out I had to get a pic of all these beautiful poinsettias in a grouping. Makes a pretty pic, don't you think?

And THEN it was monotony all over again. I love making these fellows, but 21 at a time is enough to drive a gal nuts! LOL! I was glad to get these on their way to their various homes! And I never thought I would say it, but I'm thankful my son goes through his socks so quickly.

Despite supposedly "closing shop", I've still been up to my ears in orders. What's a gal got to do! LOL! I'm not complaining, mind you. I DO love that extra Christmas spending money. And I love using it to buy handmade items from my fellow crafters, bloggers and internet friends. There is so much talent out there and I LOVE being able to own a few wonderful handmades by those talented folks. I'd like to share a few of my treasures I've gotten this season.

I LOVE hand painted objects, and when I found Martha with Apple Tree Cottage, I just HAD to have one of her pieces. She found a wonderful cookie box and painted this beautiful Santa on it. He is a treasured addition to my Christmas pieces.

I have several pieces from Maryann of Auntie Meows Attic Prims. She paints on fabrics and then makes the prettiest little tucks. I have Christmas and spring tucks from her, but I didn't have anything for Thanksgiving. I just love this little trio. Make sure to check out her shop!

I'm sure many of you know the talents of Shelia from Seasons of Thy Heart. Of course I just had to have one of her beautiful rusty can arrangements. I love the colors in this piece. It was another beautiful addition to my fall and Thanksgiving decor. She has a beautiful selling blog called Country Impressions.

Pat is such a talented crafter and long time Ebay group friend. I have several of her pieces from over the years, my favorite being her infamous Santa hats! I love pieces made from coverlets and couldn't pass up these beautiful coverlet stars when I saw them. You can find her beautiful pieces on Etsy and on her website, Ahl Cooped Up.

I've been in a wonderful Ebay group for years and Colleen, our group leader is such a sweetheart. She makes some of the cutest pieces at Colleen's Craftshed. I had to have this adorable little teacup Annie. It even has "Annie" stitched on her bib. That's ME! hehe!

I recently ran across Penny of Primitive Gathering on Etsy and bought a set of her Halloween wood ornaments. She and I quickly became email buddies and I soon discovered she had a wonderful Ebay shop filled to the brim with beautiful painted and handmade primitives. I picked up these beautiful wood ornaments for Christmas, as well as the most adorable snowman set. I've used her photo here as my goodies are on route to me. I just LOVE her rustic style. Her ebay shop is homespuncountry.

Another long time email buddy, Lois, recently came on board and is selling her hand painted goods. I bought this adorable scarecrow plate from her. She's hoping to get her Etsy shop up and running soon. Until then you can find her on her blog, Huckleberry Lady.

A couple of weeks ago we had the online craft show on various blogs. I ran across Kim and her wonderful prims! I couldn't pass up these two adorable ornaments! I love the quality of her work! Make sure to check out her shop at The Barn Hollow.

And finally, my best friend and I have been hitting the craft shows in the area. And believe me, there have been A TON of them! And we're not done yet! Here are a few of my favorite pieces I've picked up in the last few weeks.

I have been collecting these angel ornaments for about 10 years now. Back when I did fall shows, I did a show and was next to this lady's booth. I fell in love with her angels. I've never seen quality comparable to hers. Each ornament and pin she makes is designated to a certain charity. Thirty percent of her profit for the angel on the left goes to World Vision while thirty percent of the one on the right goes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

This is the cutest dirty snowman make-do. He's definitely different than anything I have!

When I saw this HUGE fellow I just had to have him! Not sure where I'm going to store him yet, but I'm so happy to have him!

This has definitely been a snowman year! I picked up these two fat fellows to add to my collection.

I have met so many friends since I launched Olde Annie Primitives and started selling my goods online. Many have become email "pen pals" and I have truly enjoyed getting to know you all through our email conversations. Some are fellow bloggers and various group friends, and many are the wonderful customers I've met over the years. I am SO thankful for all the friends I've met on here, and I look forward to continuing our friendship in the years to come. I hope you ALL have a beautiful, safe and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. I am so thankful to have you all in my life! ~~Annie


  1. Hi Annie, You have some beautiful pieces there. Love everything you have. Will have to check out a few of those that I didn't know about.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


  2. Annie, isn't it wonderful the sweet friends we can make through our online shops and blogging? I feel so blessed for the friendships I've made...including yours!

    Happy Thanksgiving,

  3. have a wonderful thanksgiving too..I love all the goodies you picked up..I too have apple tree cottages things and I am in love with her stuff..see you next week;)

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Annie!
    I love all your wonderful goodies and truly happy that you like your arrangement too. It is a blessing to have met so many wonderful, talented and caring friends like yourself since starting my blog three years ago.
    I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

  5. Enjoyed your post and all your lovely fall and Christmas goodies...hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving! I've enjoyed seeing the things you make and looking around your blog! I hope you have a wonderful holiday! ♥

  7. Happy Thanksgiving Annie! I found sometime to catch up on my blog friends tonight. :) Love all you treasures you found shopping.



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