Friday, June 15, 2012

I know I have been MIA, but I'm back

My two daughters Nicole and Pam
Good Friday morning to you all!  WOW it has been about a month and a half since my last post.  The time sure flew by.  I did take sometime off due to medical reasons.  So many things have happen during my time away.  So to catch you all up on that.
First my youngest daughter Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude   ( 3.8GPA 4 years) with a English-Creative Writing Major and a Business Administrative Minor.    I am so proud of her!!  We had a party back at my daughters' home.  It was a great day for all!  My sister Lisa also showed up for the celebration! I don't get to see her as much as I would like! Thanks Lisa for driving the three hours!

May also was the month I lost my favorite aunt.  She was like a mom to me.  Aunt Anna will be greatly missed and she was loved by all!  She had 9 children.  My father her husband were brothers.  Anyway I got to see a lot of relatives I had not seen in a while so that was nice.  We all were talking that the only time we see each other is during a funeral.  So sad so hopefully this summer we can get together and catch up on what is going on in our lifes.

Wanted to also let you know I was accepted to join the OFG Team on Etsy.  So I am excited to be part of this great team.  Look for all the promotional things through out the year that this team has to offer!   In the search bar on Etsy you can type in OFG Team and check out what all these great team has to offer or follow this link:  Well back to getting some items done.  Hope you all have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend! 


Monday, April 2, 2012

Winner Of March Giveaway

I am a day late on letting you know you know the winner of my March giveaway.  I have not been feeling well again and not sure why.  I am so drained and so tired.  So trying to get my act together here and not having much luck.  lol   So the winner of this drawing is Colleen of Colleens Craft Shed.  Colleen has a blog please go check her out.  Congratulations Colleen!  I want to thank everyone who participated and to the new followers.  I did not reach the 100 followers I wanted but we have this month giveaway to reach that.  I will be posting later on the April giveaway.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Merchant Circle Featuring Karen Blevins

Happy Monday to you all. Hope your weekend was a great one. I know here it was so nice! We got together with some great friends and enjoyed. Now today is another story it is freezin here! Had to turn the heat back on. Hubby is outside in his winter coat. I guess we were getting spoiled here in Wisconsin. Frost warnings tonight. The sad thing is all the flowers are all up the trees are all greening out. So just hope it doesn't get to cold for to long.
It is another Monday and another great feature on one of our PAFA Team members. Hope you enjoy!
1) Your first name and Name of your business *and how you got your name*

Karen E. Blevins & my Etsy Shop name is "Prims*Gone*Wild
Prims Gone Wild came from actually me making so many primitive folk art & grunged dolls that
I just stood in the middle of them all one day and exclaimed "dang girl you have gone wild
with all these prims" I know but it really is where it came from so I already had
Kareybeths_kreations_n_prims from my name Karen Elizabeth "karen & Beth so I decided to run
them together "kareybeth" and me loving and making primitive grunged dolls & other items I decided
to go ahead and decide I have gone wild with prims :O)
2)How long have you been in business

I am from a artistic creative family and my father is and will be always the best
artist I have ever come acrosss. I have been set free to create from painting on my
bedroom walls to any type of surface. I started selling my creations a few years back. Too
Long to remember but on Etsy just recently :O) I would say my first sale was my family members
and that was back when I was about 9 and yes THAT HAS BEEN A LONG LONG TIME.

3)Who or what inspires you

Inspirations come from every where. I love looking at other artists ideas
online and art shows to When I am down or bored or when I wake up or can't
go to sleep because ideas come in my head to what I do now, draw, sew, paint, decorate~you name
it I wake up for that reason.

4)What is your creative style, primitive, country, folkart

My creative style is primitive & folk Art and lately abstract and now noticing I want to try

5)What medium do you use in creating, clay, fabric, altered art, wood etc.

I have been using fabric, altered art, canvas & wood. But not to say that I always
want to try something new.

Explain here if you would like to about your business and what you make and sell

Most of the time I find myself being more of a dollmaker than anything else. I love
making and creating dolls. I sell dolls, make-do's, altered art & wood creations. Again
lately I have been wanting to try so much and that is a good thing.
6)What are your links (list your etsy shop, eBay, web site, blogs etc.)

FACEBOOK: Karen E. Blevins!/Kareybeth
FACEBOOK: Kareybeths_kreations_n_prims!/pages/kareybeths_kreations_n_prims/124517127561840
Kareybeths_kreations_n_Prims Blog:
Prims*Gone*Wild Blog:
WhatNotWomen Blog:
Hope you all have a great creative week!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Merchant Monday Circle Featuring The Lil' Prim Cabin

Good Monday Morning to you all. Wow have we had the weirdest weather. It was in the 80's yesterday and in the high 70's today. Just unheard of this time of the year here in Wisconsin. So with this nice weather I have been playing hooky when it comes to work. My husband and I did lots of outside work and just enjoyed our weekend together. Today I want to introduce you to Brandy of The Lil' Prim Cabin. She is a full-time high school teacher, wife, and Mom to two beautiful children and three furry children. Brandy aspires to open her own little primitive shop one day, but until then she is loving her time with Etsy. So read on to find out more about Brandy.

1) Your first name and Name of your business *and how you got your name*
Brandy from The Lil’ Prim Cabin
I have always been a huge fan of Little House on the Prairie and have always wanted to live in that same little cabin, thus I thought the name would be most appropriate.

2)How long have you been in business
I have been in business since June 2011.

3)Who or what inspires you
I have to say first and foremost family inspires me. I have two wonderfully creative parents who taught me everything I know. I have always embraced learning about my ancestry and how my ancestors lived, learned, and survived. I was always the grandchild interrogating my grandparents about what life was like when they were little! I truly just think I’m an old soul.

4)What is your creative style, primitive, country, folkart
I am primitive at heart; however, I am fascinated by folk art, too.

5)What medium do you use in creating, clay, fabric, altered art, wood etc.?
My predominant mediums are soy wax and lots of fragrance oil; however, I will dabble in just about anything. I love grungy, rusty, and EXTREMELY primitive!

6)What are your links (list your etsy shop, eBay, web site, blogs etc.)

Hope you enjoyed this feature and please go and take a look at Brandy's Shop and other things she has to offer.
I also want to remind you of my giveaway and get signed up before the 31st!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

My March Giveaway

Well hello everyone today starts my March giveaway, I have two prizes. I also hope to reach 100 followers and with that I will giveaway another prize. This giveaway will run through March 31st. I will pick the winner on April 1st. Now how to sign up.
1)Be a follower, new followers welcome and appreciated.
2)Leave a comment on this post.

For extra chances:
3)Go to my Facebook page and "like" it, while there leave me a comment that you have signed up for giveaway.
4)If you would share this giveaway on your sidebar of your blog.
Good luck to you all.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sorry Been MIA, Spring Has Finally Arrived

Sorry it has been so long since I posted. I don't know where February went and we are half way done with March. WOW I have been fighting the flu bug. Last week this flu bug basically had me hostage! This week I feel better, but just so tired, worn out and hard to concentrate on anything for to long. So that is what has been happening here. I have heard from lots of people that they have been fighting a cold or the flu bug. I hope this finds you and your family doing well. It is finally feeling like Spring here in Wisconsin. Yesterday I saw seven Robins all in the shrubs by the deck. I wish I would of had my camera handy. We are suppose to have mid 70's here this week and I am so looking forward to it.

I do have a couple items that I have finished and will be listing on Etsy by the end of the week.

I will have giveaway for this month. I will post Thursday the item and also how to sign up to win. I am also hoping to atleast reach 100 followers and with that I will be picking out another item to giveaway. So check back for the new giveaway.

Prim Blessings,

Monday, February 27, 2012

Merchant Monday Circle Featuring Kim of The Barn Hollow

Hope you all had a great weekend! It's Merchant Monday and I am featuring Kim. Kim is the owner of the Etsy Store The Barn Hollow. Kim lives in Ohio. She has done several local craft shows, listed in Country Folk Art Magazine and in Country Sampler. Kim even had one of her patterns featured in Country Woman Magazine in 1998, even made the cover!! When she lived in Tennessee she found an ad in the local paper looking for consignment vendors for a craft shop in Gatlinburg. Kim drove up to meet the owner and was hooked!! Providing creations to his store for almost five years. Kim says it was wonderful.
Please read on to find out more about Kim.

1) Your first name and Name of your business *and how you got your name*

My name is Kim and my business name is The Barn Hollow. I love old barns, the treasures they hold
and the history behind their doors. When I found the graphics I currently use for my blog and website
the name just seemed to fit perfectly.

2)How long have you been in business

I have been creating for 30+ years. in the late 80's and early 90's, my business name was The Country
Cottage. After taking a few years to step away, I restarted my business as The Barn Hollow in 2011.

3)Who or what inspires you

I am inspired by anything and everything. I seem to get most of my ideas for new designs after going
"antiquing". There are so many different shapes, colors, textures and fabrics that you can't help but be inspired.
I never leave the house without a sketch book. We make several trips to Tennessee to see our grandchildren and
for some reason I come up with some of my best ideas while tooling down the interstate.
I also design quilt blocks, and get so many of my ideas for those in nature. Last summer I
put in my first garden in almost 20 years and designed a set of six blocks all based on my garden.

4)What is your creative style, primitive, country, folkart

My creative style is a combination of primitive, country and folk art. I love them all and try to
create items that will appeal to all of my customers. I am however, creating more primitives lately, I just
love the simplicity of their design.

5)What medium do you use in creating, clay, fabric, altered art, wood etc.
explain here if you would like to about your business and what you make and sell

I create the majority of my items using fabric. All of my items are hand made by me. I am a
perfectionist and take extreme pride in everything I make. We all work so hard to make a living
and hope for that little extra to buy ourselves that something special. I strive to make sure that
my customers' hard earned money is well placed when they purchase something from me and that they
are please with their "something special".

6)What are your links (list your etsy shop, eBay, web site, blogs etc.)

My Etsy shop:

Monday, February 20, 2012

Merchant Monday Circle Featuring Kris of Maple Street Shoppe

Good Monday Afternoon to you all. Hope you all had a great weekend! Today I have another great artist of the PAFA Etsy team. Kris. Please read on to find out more about Kris.

Your first name and Name of your business *and how you got your name*
Kris Lavoie ~ Maple Street Shoppe
The buisness got it's name right from our adress :)
My husband and I and our six kids moved to the little town of East Brookfield, MA as our family expanded past the limits of our 3 bd ranch. I fell In love with a 1778 colonial that used to be the an Inn years and years ago. I have always loved antiques and my husband was a new glass and brass kind of fella, but it didn't take him long before he caught the "antique " bug. He works on the house and barns and I make everything look old again. When the children are grown we hope to make a B&B and shoppe right here on Maple Street.

2)How long have you been in business
I have been creating for myself and family for years but just recently began to sell my items to others.

3)Who or what inspires you
EVERYTHING inspires me. I make my family nuts. Every time we are out i am saying ooohh I could make thatt look like __________ or hoey do you think you could make me a___________., wouldn't that look nice? ( having a hubby who is a talented caprenter is the greatest!

4)What is your creative style, primitive, country, folkart
All of the above

5)What medium do you use in creating, clay, fabric, altered art, wood etc. explain here if you would like to about your business and what you make and sell
I make candles and sprays as I love my house to smell pretty, but my favorite is repainting, grunging , stenciling, and making new items look old or making old beat up items into something neat and interesting.

6)What are your links (list your etsy shop, eBay, web site, blogs etc.)!/pages/Maple-Street-Friends/205537319478814
I hope you have enjoyed learning a little more about Kris.

I also want to remind everyone tomorrow starts the PAFA Etsy Team Spring Forward Celebrations!

Also if you haven't yet sign up for the biggest giveaway PAFA Team has had yet. Signing up to win one of the great prizes our team has put together.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Recieved An Award

I had a great surprised, I was honored with The Versatile Blogger" By Brenda of The Rusty Thimble.
My very first award. I am so blessed to have so many great Blogger friends and a part of the Etsy Team PAFA. Thanks again Brenda!
So with this reward I had the privilege to pick out ten other bloggers to pass the award on to. There are so many great blogs out there, that I so enjoy reading, so picking ten was not easy.

1) Sweet Peas Primitives
2) Shabby Olde Potting Shed
3) Kim of Prims By Kim
4) Teaberry Cottage
5) Tina of Tattered Sisters
6) Jody of Sweet Bear Whims
7) Carol of Buttermilk Creek Farm
8) Maureen of Sweet Meadow Farms
9) Kim of Old Road Primitives
10) Karen of Sew Many Ways

With this reward I was to list 7 random things about myself that you may or may not know about me. So here is my 7.

1) I come from a family of 9, I have three sisters and five brothers
2) I love flea markets, thift sales, antique and yard sales.
3) I love to cook and try new recipes all the time.
4) I love to garden, especially flowers.
5) I am addicted to the Bacholer and Bacholerette shows.
6) I love to decorate our home.
7) I have Fibromyalgia

Thanks again Brenda. I hope you will visit the other bloggers I have listed. Like I said there are so many great ones I enjoy reading it was hard to pick.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentines Day Everyone! Hope you are able to spend the day with the one you love!

Primitive and Folk Artists Etsy team are having another Giveaway
Please do take the time to visit these members
all of their links are beside their donations
There are 33 Prizes!! And there will be 33 Different Winners!
Go check out the prizes and how you can be one of the lucky winners!
PAFA Spring Forward Giveaway

Monday, February 13, 2012

Merchant Monday Circle Featuring Laura of Cave Creek Primitives

Good Monday morning to you. Here in my little corner of the world it suppose to snow! I am so over winter already! Lol. I am so looking forward to Spring! Don't forget tomorrow starts the PAFA Giveaway, last time I checked we had 30 team members donating prizes. I will post more tomorrow about how to sign up. Read on to find out more about Laura, one of our PAFA team members.

I want you to meet Laura from Cave Creek Primitives. I just love her primitive and folk art items she offers in her Etsy shop! As a child her parents owned a fabric remnant shop. She has sewn practically all her life. Whatever she is working on, quality and workmanship are her utmost importance. She says she appreciates her customers and I want them to be totally satisfied with their purchase.

You r first name and Name of your business *and how you got your name*

Laura. Cave Creek Primitives. I named it after the area in Kentucky where we live. There's a real Cave Creek, not far from our home in the Daniel Boone National Forest. There are also lots of caves around here. It seemed to fit nicely.

2)How long have you been in business

I've been sewing and crafting most of my life, but I seriously started making primitives about six years ago, I think. I didn't open an Etsy shop until 2010, and then it was Cave Creek Studio. I changed it later when I decided to focus on just primitives and folk art.

3)Who or what inspires you

I receive inspiration from so many things - Nature, my own dogs and cats, other artists, and living in this area. I also have a pretty weird imagination - sometimes new ideas just pop into my head from nowhere.

4)What is your creative style, primitive, country, folkart

Probably a mixture - I seem to be developing my own style as I go. I rarely plan ahead or use patterns - more often I just get an idea, then figure out how to put it on paper and make a pattern I can use. I never know where a design is going until I work on it - then it sort of creates itself and I just follow along.

There have been several designs that I've completed that I still don't have patterns for. I'm working now at making patterns that I can release at some point.

5)What medium do you use in creating, clay, fabric, altered art, wood etc.

Muslin fabric - by the bolt. I have another shop, LauraOh Designs, and I save all of the fabric scraps from that to use for stuffing. I rag-stuff all of my primitives. I also use cheap cotton sheets for stuffing. I make my primitive stain, and I also sometimes use paints and other finishes. I use a lot of vintage buttons too - I have thousands of them all over the place in tins and jars.

explain here if you would like to about your business and what you make and sell

I have my own studio building, and I absolutely love what I do. I am so thankful that I can do this full-time too. My husband is a musician, with his own studio too, so we each work at home and we are truly blessed. I give away a lot of my work to friends and neighbors. I am most happy when something I've created makes someone else smile.

6)What are your links (list your etsy shop, eBay, web site, blogs etc.)

Hope you have enjoyed getting to know Laura a little bit more.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Merchant Monday Circle Featuring Carol The Firecracker Kid

Good Monday Morning to you all. Hope you all had a great weekend. Today I am featuring Carol, The Firecracker Kid. Her and her husband do some wonderful woodwork. I have a want list a mile long. :) I am sure after taking a look at her Etsy store you will to!

1) Name of your business *and how you got your name*
Hi ya folks! My name is Carol and I'm the Firecracker Kid, born on the fourth of July! Married to my soul mate, Tim, we produced two wonderful children. We Love the Lord, our family, which includes our kitty kats, and our home built by Tim, of 33 years and counting. We've been wood crafting for over 25 years now and take great pride in our creations. With us you'll find our one of a kind wood crafts, plus reproduction dough bowl keeps and more primitive, country, and cottage wood crafts all handmade in our woodshop by our hands for your home. You can be assured great attention is given to quality and detail.

2)How long have you been in business
We've been on Etsy since March 30, 2008, which is where we've done our best and have decided to stay.

3)Who or what inspires you
I get my inspiration from my mind when the good Lord grants me good days. So I should say, "He" gives me inspiration. Plus the need to pay the mortgage is inspiration enough in itself.

4)What is your creative style, primitive, country, folkart
All of the above. Tim and I can do it all.

5)What medium do you use in creating, clay, fabric, altered art, wood etc.
explain here if you would like to about your business and what you make and sell
We use wood, wood, and more wood. I also dabble in fabrics and altered art when the mood strikes me.

6)What are your links (list your etsy shop, eBay, web site, blogs etc.)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Winner of January Giveaway

Sorry for not getting to this sooner. I have been dealing with a migraine for 3 days now and it just won't go away. UGH!! I want to THANK YOU all who became followers and new friends. I appreciate all the great comments! I enjoyed reading your blogs, so many great ones. Ok so what you all have been waiting for the name of the winners. So for the a set of Primitive Valentine Heart Ornies
Drum roll please....The Winner is Amy from Bumble Bee Lane.
So Congratulations Amy! Please send over your address to and I will get those out to you.

Also have another winner for hitting 50 FOLLWERS, that prize goes out to Rose of Baskets by Rose
Rose please send me your address via email to and I will get that out to you. As soon as I am feeling better I will get a picture of what I am sending to Rose.

Please watch for the February Giveaway! Thanks!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Primitive Passion by PAFA Etsy Treasury

Here is a new treasury made my Carol of Firecracker Kid
I was featured along with many talented PAFA Team members. Check out their etsy shops.

Don't forget to sign up for my giveaway. It ends on January 31st and since I have reached a 50 members I will be picking out another name for a surprise giveaway.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Merchant Monday Circle Featuring Paxton Valley Folk Art

Good Monday Morning to you all. Hope you all had a great weekend.
PAFA Team is trying something new, every Monday team members will be featuring a team member of the PAFA Etsy Team. Today I have Deb From Paxton Valley Folk Art. I love her items. She is so talented. Read on to get to know her better.

1)We did you get your business name from?
I got my business name from the beautiful valley that we live in, here in British Columbia, Canada.

2) How long have you been in business
I 've been crafting for about 20 years but decided to become an 'on-line' prescence as Paxton Valley Folk Art about 2 1/2 years ago.

3) Who or what inspires you
I am inspired by the colours, textures and beauty of the natural world.

4) What is your creative style, primitive, country, folkart
My style is currently primitive and folk art but I love learning new techniques and styles so who knows where I will end up next!

5)What medium do you use in creating, clay, fabric, altered art, wood etc.
I work with fabric, paint, wood, found objects, stamps, paper and anything else that strikes my fancy :O)
I create hand crafted folk art from my own designs and from the designs of other talented artisans. I also create my own original epatterns and occassionally have a found vintage treasure or two to share at my Etsy shop or on my selling blog. I am also just starting to get into wholesaling my items, so if you are a shop owner looking for wholesale prices, please contact me!

6)What are your links (list your etsy shop, eBay, web site, blogs etc.)

I also want to thank Kim from the Barn Hollow for featuring me on her blog Friday. Thank you Kim has a new feature every Friday. Go check her out:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

What I have been working on

Hello everyone it is FREEZIN here today! With the wind chill it was -16 out today. BRrrrr. Guess this Wisconsinite got spoiled by the weather we were having. So with the cold outside I buckled down and got some new items finished. I finished up a Valentine electric lamp box that would be great up year around. I finished up a snowman potato masher tealight holder, bunny on a grater and Peter rabbit. I will be listing these with in the next few days.

Don't forget to sign up for my first giveaway, this will end on the 31st of January. Looks like we are almost to the 50 followers mark so that means I will be picking out another name for a surprise giveaway. Hope this finds you all keeping warm and enjoying your evening.


Friday, January 13, 2012

~January Giveaway~

Well friends finally I got my act together and here is my first Giveaway for my blog. I am trying this year to have a monthly giveaway. So this is the first one. I have a set of Primitive Valentine Heart Ornies I made. These turned out so cute, you could keep them up all year long! These are based on a pattern by Dee Duncan.

Two chances to win
Rules for this giveaway:
1)Be a follower and leave comment
2)Just email me( the subject line put "Jan. giveaway" or sign through blog at "sign up".
That is it for this month's rules. Also please only enter once. If you have more then one email addy just use one THANKS!
This giveaway ends on January 31st. I will draw names on Feburary 1st!
I do also have this set for sale on Etsy.
Thanks and Good Luck to you all!

Friday, January 6, 2012

~Goals for 2012~

Wanted to share some of my goals for 2012 for my business and blog. I will be featuring some great Artist from Etsy. I will be doing a monthly blog giveaway. So check back often to get yourself signed up. I will have different ways to enter, who knows you could be the lucky winner. I will also be doing a drawing when I reach 50 and 100 followers. I am looking forward to getting to know, more of you bloggers out there. Let's make 2012 a great year! Meanwhile check out my Spring offers on Etsy.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Meet My Family and Happy New Year

Hello everyone hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! I had a great Christmas I got to be with my girls and my grandchildren. It was wonderful. Love Christmas and the family getting together! I wanted to post pictures so I could share my family with you my friends.
My beautiful daughters Pam and Nicole. Pam is the mother of my two beautiful grandchildren. Nicole is in her Senior year of college!

My Granddaugher Quinlynn who is three

My Grandson Davanint who is 8.
Happy New Year Friends! Here's to a terrific 2012 for all of us!