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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Drawings from the Alien

I thought I would give my Alien Teen the spotlight on my blog for a moment.

She just turned 19 on January 27th and I really am proud of her ability to draw and sketch. These drawings were done by her this last year... and she's going to College, with Art as a major... along with English.

I wish I could draw like this... My Mother has this talent also. When I try to draw pictures... well.... ummmm.... we won't talk about that! hehehe

I can't wait to see what happens when she gets into other mediums to create with!

Good work Kid!

Blessings, Jean <~ proud Mom of Alien Teen

Monday, January 28, 2008

Proof! I really DO own a Marshmallow Gun

I wasn't joking around about owning one of these!

The pictures below show a shot of it on my prop area (with ammunition mind you)... the rug picture I just took today is on this prop area... that rug is on ebay right now.

So, you see.... it's REAL!

I also want you to know that this gun has been fired, in person, at BJ of Daughternature Primitive Folk Art. Actually, her whole family wasn't safe from my onslaught. They were pulling up in their car the day we did Dru's show "A Gathering at the Cabin 2007" at Cinnamon Creek Cabin. Dru was so sweet that day with everything going on... I just didn't have the heart to shoot her.

Understand, this gun has been used for many ummm drive by shootings at the local campus. My Alien Teen loves to pump it up and hold it out the window as she has no mercy for leaving a trail of little white mini marshmallows.

In my group forums on the internet, I've pretended to shoot pretty much all my friends with it. They've always doubted I had one... ha! Told ya I did!!!!

Now for the disclaimer: When shot with one, even at 1 inch from your face... they feel like cotton balls so it doesn't hurt. I don't own real guns so this was the next best thing... besides my water guns! hehehehe

Want one? Do a google search on Marshmallow Shooter. This one here was under $20.00.

Blessings, Jean (who can be a little brat at times)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Oh yes... ANOTHER Give Away! and I was Tagged!

Miss Betty of primitivebetty just yesterday announced a special give away for tomorrow, Friday the 25th!

Betty writes: by Friday of this week...... I will have a finished ditty to offer you. There will only be one ~ so only one winner/receiver. Please come back to enter for a 'drawing' on Friday's post. This will be my Valentine offering that I have spoke of in earlier posts. So.... mark your calendars now & stop back by. You will only be able to sign up for the give~away for a short time........ more details to come!

Ok Betty! I have this marked on my calender to keep checking your blog tomorrow so I can enter!


16 Penny's Early Style Wool Penny Rug

Also... I see Miss Betty tagged me! (this is my first blog tag hehehe)

I'm to come up with 5 things about myself (this just may bore you to death!), and then tag 5 more of my friends that have not been previously tagged.

1. I love to laugh and giggle. Plain and simple... Laughter is truly the best way to get through this life.

2. I'm a flipper. When I craft... I flip around and work on more than one project at a time. The penny rugs will be on the kitchen table, while dolls are being sewn and stuffed in the craft room... cinni fixins chillin in the fridge... something may be in the oven... drawings are near the couch for when I sit down for a minute.... I could be on the phone during all of this (yes I know this sounds crazy, and well, after reading it, I guess it is crazy)

3. I like to hang out with my girls. The Alien Teen who still lives at home... I just love our evenings when we have movie marathons and eat munchies. And when the Oldest comes home to visit.... to sit and gab like old girlfriends is just the best! (ok we talk on the phone everyday also) :)

4. I own a Marshmallow gun.

5. I am a Bingo Addict. I'm becoming a Give Away Addict quickly.

Oh now the fun part! To TAG 5 of my unsuspecting friends.

Yet another Give Away! Wooo Hooo!

Nancy Malay is having an Easter Basket Give Away!

Head on over there for a chance to win! And while you're there... enjoy reading her blog and looking at all her wonderful artwork!

Blessings, Jean :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Another Give Away!

Sylvia Anderson is hosting her Valentine's Day Give Away!

Sylvia writes: "It will be a goody package all done in a Valentine's day theme, and I won't spoil the surprise, but I will tell you that among the goodies will be a one of a kind piece especially designed just for this!"

Ok... I love all of Sylvia's work so you know I've signed up!

She's only taking entries until January 31rst and she'll announce the Winner on February 1rst so get over there and comment on her blog to enter!

Click here to go to Sylvia's blog and hurry!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Moon Dog or Moon Halo

I've never seen one before have you?
This is a Moon Dog, or Moon Halo.
Now I'm in Central Kentucky, almost the middle of the State... so if you are anywhere close to me run outside and see if you can see this tonight!
I've called my friend Lana, who lives in TN and she could see it!

From what I understand, this means some bad weather is coming.

A few blurbs on Rings around the Moon tell the following findings.

Moon Ring Weather Folklore

Folklore has it that a ring around the moon signifies bad weather is coming, and in many cases this may be true. So how can rings around the moon be a predictor of weather to come?

The ice crystals that cover the halo signify high altitude, thin cirrus clouds that normally precede a warm front by one or two days. Typically, a warm front will be associated with a low pressure system which is commonly referred to as a storm.

It is believed that the number of stars within a moon halo indicate the number days before bad weather will arrive. Give it a try the next time you observe a moon halo.

I guess I need to plan on staying indoors for a few days huh!
Jean :)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Old Fashion Lye Soap Restocking

Finally a few more batches of my lye soaps are cured and have been put on my website.

The soap balls I made a couple weeks ago should be ready to sell over the next few days or so.

Kitchen Tip: Have you ever made hamburger patties and didn't wear gloves.... only to go and wash your hands afterwards with liquid dish soap or any other kind of soap.... and OH what a pain it is to get that grease off your hands? Grab some Lye Soap and it'll wash that grease off your hands like magic!!! Any kind I carry will cut through grease like that, but Lye Soaps with coffee in them also deodorizes.... like icky onion smells... poof gone. Will work for dishes also, without ever harming your skin.

Blackstrap Molasses Clove n' Brown Sugar Cinnamon

Orange Coffee

Praline Sweet Potato

Brown Flax Almond

Lilac Brown Flax (my Friend Rachael designed this kind last year)

Clove Coffee

Don't be under the impression that Lye Soap's are harsh.... they aren't. Mine are very gentle. Any of the 'Milk' soaps I love to use in the shower... even on my face. Those are probably the most soothing. Although my Father refuses to use ANY other kind except Basic Lard & Lye... the plain stuff... he's such a Guy. He's told me that over time, he's not using the hand lotion like he always had before with using store brand soap bars... he told me that even working outside in the barn on his tractor, that his hands are holding up better, without drying out in this cold weather, because he's been using just the lye soap. His skin hasn't been clogged up with a bunch of residue it didn't need... and now? his skin is better for using the Lye soap. (he's in his 70's)

Lye soap rinses 'Clean' without leaving residue on your skin. The soaps that I've put veggies in (like sweet potato or pumpkin) ohhh those are for more moisturizing. Coffee's and Cinnamon's.... well, they of course smell good but they can be used for deodorizing or for after you're working in the yard for your hands. There's just so many different kinds for so many different tastes or jobs... but all are very gentle.

If you ever have any questions on any of my soaps, I'm just an email away.

Blessings, Jean :)

My Website

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Another Give Away!!!!!

Yes Another Give Away!

Suzanne of Painter of the Past is hosting her give away this week for reaching her 100th post!

Congrats Suzanne!!!!!

Dead line to sign up for this is this Sunday (Jan. 20th) at midnight!

Take a look at the prizes!

I signed up for a chance to win... hope I do!

Run over there and sign up too!

Click here to get to her blog.

After you finish signing up and browsing around her blog... check out her website Pear Tree Primitives

Blessings, Jean :)

TheEA Valentine Launch on Ebay

You are invited to a Valentine Tea Party!
The Gals in the Ebay group "TheEA" are hosting a LOVEly Valentine Launch with some great Valentine's Day Offerings!

We are a small but select group of ebay artists, with offerings that span many categories: beeswax ornaments, paintings, paper creations, hooked rugs, penny rugs, hand-made soap,dolls of every kind and much, much more.

Click here to view The Eclectic Artisans items on Ebay!

Blessings, Jean :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Give Away at Honeysuckle Lane!

My friend Lana of Honeysuckle Lane is doing a 100th post Give Away!

You have three chances to win! Hurry and go post on her blog to enter!

She's picking names this Sunday (the 13th)
Click here to get to her blog!


Monday, January 7, 2008

What does an HTML tip and Lye Soap have in common?

Well... nothing!

But, today I learned how to turn words into clickable links! Yes, I understand that many people know how to do this and will probably think I'm a little strange that I'm all excited over this... But it's fun! (if you just learned) :)

Lana Manis of Honeysuckle Lane (see, clickable!)... She was so nice in teaching me how to do this. I thought I would pass it on to those of you who might want to know! "Pass it forward" as they say.

So you want a word (or phrase) to be a clickable word link. Ok, so select your word or phrase... I'll use Bluejean Primitives. Now take your mouse and highlight it.

In your edit functions... where you'd create a new post on your blog (or anywhere that has this button), there is a "hyperlink" button.
It's usually a little button that has a world and a chain link on it.
Well, once your word or phrase is highlighted, click on that button. Insert your website address (like mine would look like this: http://www.bluejeanprimitives.net) and then click ok.

It'll look like this: Bluejean Primitives

Isn't that easy and fun?! :)

Thanks Miss Lana!

Oh yes... the Lye Soap! Well... I'm not wonderful at taking candid pictures, but remember the other day when I was making Lye Soap? This is a partial shot of it laid out to cure.

I did end up forming that Chocolate Batch into balls and rolling them into ground cloves. I also made some other soap balls with my recipe of Sweet Potato Brown Sugar Cinnamon but decided to not roll those into any spices. Plus you can see some of the bars all lined up drying. (did you notice the clickable words?) lol!

These are pretty big soap balls. Bigger than a golf ball and should be done curing in a few weeks. Sometimes using the balls is easier than using a bar... then again, they just look nice in a grouping!

Blessings, Jean :)

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Hooked Rug Laptop Cover

Sarah McNamara of The Paisley Studio (aka: The other half of HallowedHillPrimitives) has designed and is almost done creating this amazing hooked wool laptop cover!

I don't know how to make those clickable word links so here's the regular link to her Blog so you can read about it yourself. http://paisleystudio.blogspot.com/

She uses bits of paisley wool in it and the colors together just make this perfect! I can't wait to see it when it's all completed!

Kudo's to you Miss Sarah! Clap Clap Clap!

Blessings, Jean :)

ps.. Get the dog OFF the rug! lol

Friday, January 4, 2008

Lye Soap

I've spent the day making my lye soaps... and boy does my entire house smell wonderful!

This ummm very non-interesting picture is of a new little combo I came up with. I think I'm going to make these into soap balls and roll them in ground cloves. Doesn't it look like brownie batter?

It's a primitive chocolate.... and it's loaded with some yummy scented stuff! Sure smells like you could eat it.... but no.

I make my soap batches, one small batch at a time to keep control over it. This way it doesn't trace too fast or too slow... I can add the ingredients in at the right times and it sure makes some mild and wonderful old fashion soap.

Be watching over the next month for these on my web site. If you're interested in seeing some I've already made on my site you can click here. http://www.bluejeanprimitives.net/store/WsDefault.asp?Cat=EarlySoaps There's a few pages with all different kinds. Again, I'll be restocking more over the next month.

Blessings, Jean :)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Cuteness Level High

Riley and the Alien cuddling.

I suppose I'll keep them both, but only because they're so cute!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Very First Hooked Rugs / Mats

So one day I went over to my Mothers house for a visit, and there she was, at the kitchen table planning her newest craft obsession of Braided Rugs.

I grab a cup of coffee and sit down with her...
right in front of me was a new copy of the Braidaid catalog.

I'd never heard of hooked rugs and Braidaid isn't anywhere to be found these days, but I saw some hooked rugs in there. They looked interesting so off Jean goes to do a little research. I read that all you do is take 1/4" inch strips of fabric and hook them into a backing of monks cloth... finish off the edges by turning them toward the back side and wallah... hooked rug right? HA!

I used an easy pattern out of that Braidaid catalog and made the below mat... being a quilter I had tons of calico cottons on hand...(well they SAID fabric) I also crochet so I had tons of crochet hooks. Went to the local fabric store, found monks cloth... used my quilting hoop and made the below mat.

It's NOT that bad. Of course I'm suprised I still have a right hand after hooking all those loops. Now come on, I did ok... Look! I even outlined the pictures... and I put a little red border on. LOL!

So the Hooker in me was born and more research was done...
Aha! you use WOOL!

Well of course you do so you don't have to pull THAT many loops through and
you can make the rug faster! lol duh!

So off to Goodwill to find some wool. Below is my second mat done, in "as is" wool, and the loops are VERY low.... but they are even! (ok it took a year or more to learn how to not pack... OK ok ok I still tend to pack but I'm much better now!) ha.

So here is Sunbonnet Sue... a Classic Quilting pattern. Trying NOT to pack my loops made little see-through spots in her hat. But she's still ok, and this time I made a little red border using two rows, not just one. :)

Over a decade has gone by and I've made hundreds of hooked rugs and mats... some are on my Picture Trail if you'd like to go take a look-see. http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=14608749&uid=7734189

As you can see I did get a little bit better.

After all these years and all this hooking... to this day, I've never seen another hooked rug in person. I've only ever looked at pictures. I still have a lot to learn and at the moment I'm in a hooking burnout that's lasted a year now, but I'll never stop hooking. Once you get the bug? You're a Hooker for life! (I still can't believe I showed you these two rugs! I'll be laughing for weeks!)

Blessings, Jean :)