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Friday, June 24, 2011

Wow....What a Week

Well my prim pals I got just about NOTHING done this past week. I have been completely drained and not feeling well at all. I did manage to get my newest rug completed...a gift for my cousin Brock and his wife Nui ...They just added a baby girl to their family ...little Dainya Aree !!! Here's a picture of the rug...their nursery colors were browns and pinks and have kinda minimalist/modern taste (really NOT my normal thing)...Sure hope they like it. !!!
 I also got my swap in the mail from Michelle over at Grannies Pantry...look at all the adorable things she sent for The Seasons of Friendship Swap held by Amy over at Bumble Bee Lane.

 Wasn't she a sweetie. I love, love, love the penny rug runner. I dont have any and now I will have 2 different ones since I also just won the giveaway over at Thistlehouse Primitives !!! Here's a picture of what I won....cant wait to get that one too !!! It's like Christmas everyday when you win a giveaway or get a swap, so I encourage all you gals who havent done so yet to give both things a try !!!
I mailed out my side of the swap with Michelle, but since she hasnt gotten it yet, I dont want to ruin the suprise by showing what I sent, so you will have to check out Grannies Pantry in a few days...Hopefully she will show you what we swapped !

I did manage to get a few new patterns drawn for some new rugs, but I usually take a break over the summer from hooking since I DONT have central air, but DO have a pool, so I will probably work on some bigger painted furniture items that I need to be outside to do....then I can jump in al cool off !!! At least that's the plan...We also are working on re-making our Marine sons bedroom into a sitting room...will show you all the pics as soon as we start tha project but it includes knocking a wall down...Yes, I said knocking a wall down...Here's the game plan...

See that wall on the other side of the stairs...We want to open that up and make a small sitting room. We have a small cape cod and since the kitchen was just too small in my opinion for a table (remember when my sons enter a room they COMPLETELY fill it...Kirk is 6'5 and Kyler is 6'3 and the hubs is 6'1 so just toooooo crowded). So, we moved eliminated our living room (the room above with the tree) and made that our dining's another view
See how its open to the kitchen...OK, so we have a family room downstairs but I have let the guys sort of take over...they picked what I consider offensive furniture (read, BIG, leather all reclining...definatley NOT primitive) in addition to letting them throw up every single Pittsburgh Steeler thing they own...Oh its a site to see...maybe I will take some pics...Anyway, thats where we entertain...which is the main reason we dont entertain much unless its summer (we have a nice covered patio and the pool...havent really decorated out there, but its not offensive either, haha). So I want a nice PRIM place to sit and chat with friends...Knock down and wall and voila, instant sitting room ...or it will be after I repaint and add in all my boxed up prims from our other homes. This house is so "cut-up" with windows and doors that I have lots of stuff I havent even unpacked yet (and we've been here 3 years). I am gonna need some major primer though because some crazy mom (that would be me) allowed her son to paint his room in certified Steeler colors...That's BLACK and GOLD for those of you who dont follow football, which is almost sacred in our home...haha. Anyway, I dont know what I was thinking, but Mama's got her head on straight now and Prim is it !!!

Okay, taking all comments and advice...more pictures to follow for sure. I have missed you all this week as I spent too many days in bed watching some great old movies, way too much news (isnt the world depressing right now) and one too many Lifetime movies. I need to get back to "life" ! Thanks for your prayers, they keep me going when I feel so lousy !!!

Grace to you all until next time,

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

And The Giveaway Winners Are...

Sorry for the delay my prim pals. I finally finished writing out all the entries VERY late last night and we drew the names before the hubs left for work this morning...
And the grand prize winner of the the hand hooked sheep runner blogger, Jennifer over at The Country Mouse.  And as promised, we pulled a second name for those of you who sent me NEW followers  for my suprise giveaway...and that winner is Wendy over at Ravenwood Whimzies. Since it's a suprise, you wont know what I made for you until it arrives in the mail and I do hope you will blog about your win when it arrives !!!

I want to thank ALL of you for entering my gals are the BEST in the blogosphere !
My next giveaway is right around the corner for the 4th of July and you will not want to miss's gonna be a doozy !!!

Grace to you,

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I'm Back...

Well guys I am finally back to the blogosphere ! Even though I returned on June 8th, my son was still on leave until the 13th, so needless to say, I never once even checked an email...I was washing all those disgustingly filthy camo's with socks so stiff they felt like they still had feet in them !!! I had to wash those uniforms 3 times to get all the dirt out of them !!! His dress uniforms looked immaculate, but when I opened his sea bags the smell made me almost (hehe) not miss the boy !!! Then of course, we had a little get together with his friends and some family who couldnt make it to graduation and then I made all his favorite meals that were too elaborate to make at the vacation get the idea...trying to spend every second I could with him because he has 59 days of infantry school and then ???? Afghanistan ? Libya ? Who knows and I selfishly wanted every moment I could get with him and never picked up my rug hooking, never pulled a stitch on a project, never glanced at my or any other blogs...My spare minutes were used up secretly crying and worrying, which could almost be categorized as a second hobby of mine !

So, I have been dead-dog tired, but now that my son has safely reported for duty at Camp Leguene, I am back in action too ! I have not forgotten about my giveaway. I will be drawing the names tonight as soon as I get them all typed out and will post that asap. I know I set a pretty high goal and didnt make it, but you guys are all so terrific and after having spent all morning reading all your sweet comments that I wish I could make each one of you a hooked gift. I will try to get all your posts answered as soon as I can too. Truly you are all just so wonderful and I have really missed you. I am so anxious to see what y'all (hehe, guess my trip rubbed off on me) have been up to since I have been gone.

Oh and for those of you who wanted to know how my trip to Savannah went and eating at Paula Deen's are some pics and then I will give you the details.
I was sun burnt sooooo badly and of course hubby took the photo AFTER we ate so I look 20 pounds heavier...GRRRR...And we forgot to take pics of the food or the gorgeous gift shop that she has where you can shop while you wait. We had to get in line to put our names on a list at 9:30 am IN PERSON and were able to get the LAST seating for lunch at, if you plan to go, they dont take reservations, so stop in as close to 9:30 as possible to get your name on the list.
OK, first of all the place is HUGE, I am talking 3 full floors...we had to take an elevator to get to our table. We all opted for the buffet with her famous fried chicken, which was fabulous by the way, beef stew, collard greens, black eyed peas, sweet potatoes and on and on. Her hoe cakes and cheese biscuits were yummy. I had to get an order of fried green tomatoes too, since every time I see them on her show they look sooooooo delicious and I have never had a fried green tomato (loved the movie too). Everyone ate and ate and ate...cant say we got our monies worth though  because I am on the frugal side and dropping a hundred bucks on any lunch that doesn't include steak seems pretty pricey, but hubby reminded me that it was the EXPERIENCE, not just the meal...isn't he great ???

Now, let me tell you though that I was a little disappointed though and here's why. I had been dreaming of going here for years. I just love the woman behind the business, all of her gumption and her truly American  story of starting her life over in her 40's with just a few hundred dollars and building a wildly successful empire...she's been an inspiration to me and I so completely agree with her philosophy that a little butter makes everything taste better. I guess I had it built up that is was going to be the BEST meal of my life. Now, it was delicious, no doubt about it, but the best meal of my life ? Nope, sadly no. But did I receive one of THE BEST compliments EVER that day ? Yep, happily yes. When the meal was done and everyone finally ate their last bite of their delicious chocolate gooey butter cake (which was THE BEST thing on the menu in my humble opinion since it consists of 2 of my favorite ingredients...butter and chocolate), I looked around the table and asked the family what they thought ? They said it was really good, but not what they were expecting either since I had been talking about how this was definately going to be the best meal they had ever eaten. Now, I know this sounds like bragging..., well , um, HELLO, I am bragging here, but they said it was a wonderful meal, but that was just like the everyday meals they get at home when we have Sunday dinner. Good Lord, my family thinks I can cook as well as the queen of comfort food herself !!!! Of course I started to had been one heck of a sentimental week already and this was just the icing on the cake for me ! Never in my life would I have thought my cooking was even in the same league with Paula Deen's.

I am glad we went to The Lady & Sons and would encourage everyone to go if you're in Savannah. My hats off to Miss Paula who has helped make me the cook I am today. But in the future, if I am going to drop 100 bucks on lunch it will be for a type of food I dont know how to make or is pricey to begin with like steak and lobster perhaps. But I think that having my family give me that nice of a compliment might just have been worth the price of admission. WOW, what a trip !

OK, guys, you;re probably all sick of hearing all this stuff that has nothing to do with the Prim world, so I will go for now...will post the giveaway winner later and give you the details on the largest thrift shop I have ever been to later on and share my wool score !!!

Until then,
Grace to you,

Monday, June 6, 2011

Giveaway deadline Fast Approaching

Just a quick reminder to get your entries in for my hooked rug giveaway...I will be returning from vacation in just a few days, 3 to be exact (sigh), so sign up and remember to send your friends to be entered in the bonus giveaway !!!

I must admit I have not done much hooking or blogging. Its been a wonderful trip and seeing my youngest graduate from the Marines bootcamp at Parris Island was a huge highlight and quite a tear-jerker. I dont normally post much about my personal life, but I am gonna share some pics from our trip.
 This is my sons friend Andrew, my son Kirk, my Marine son Kyler, me and my hubby Jim
Andrew, Kyler & Kirk

We are having a great time and even got a chance to hit some thrift stores here on the some great wool for my rugs !!!

Well, I need to run...we are heading into Savannah Georgia tomorrow to see the sights and eat dinner at Paula Deen's Lady & Sons...YIPPEE

Grace to you,