Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Special & Free Shipping!

Happy Holidays Everyone! Today I'm offering 15% off every purchase at checkout, and Free Shipping on orders of $100.00 or more! Great way to save money & get that Christmas gift for someone special!!!
Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my friends, family & customers I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Marketplace Monday Etsy OFG Artisian Charlene of Cat's Designs

Good Monday morning blogging friends! Today I'm featuring Charlene with Cat's Designs for my Marketplace Monday. Charlene has been crafting for 30 years. Here is some info on Charlene, and a couple of things she has in her store. Please stop by her store to see what else she has to offer! She makes some really wonderful items!

1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name?
My Etsy shops name is CatsDesigns and I chose it because those are the initials in my name and at the time I couldn't think of anything else.

2. How long have you been on Etsy?
I joined Etsy in March of 2008.

3. What type of items do you offer?
I offer Prim and Folkart decorations for your home, dolls, handbags and jewelry.

4. How long have you been crafting?
It seems like I've been crafting all my life. When I was younger we didn't have a television until I was 10 years old, so I use to design dresses for my dolls out of old clothes.

5. Who or What inspires you?
God inspires me the most by allowing me to do what I love to do. Also the many pattern designers who come up with these fabulous designs. Right now I am most inspired by artists like Terrye French, Renee Mullins and Jamie Mills Price. My favorite doll designers are Maureen at Sweet Meadows Farm and Kat from Kats Country Prims.

6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
It's hard to pick just one item it changes with what I'm doing at the time. I love painting and sewing for the seasons.

7. Other places where you can be found (Ebay, webstore, blog)
My Etsy shop at:

My Blog at:

My Picturetrail at: www.picturetrail/

Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Art Room

Hello all my blogging friends! I can't believe the week is almost over all ready, can you? Geeze time seems to be flying by for me. It was suggested that I give you a tour of where I work, so I thought I would share some photos of my art room. We've actually turned one of our bedrooms in our home into a "Do It All Room! And I literally mean that!  My office, painting area, scrapbooking area, sewing, shipping and inventory are all in one room! So here it is.
My Office

My Painting area.

Scrapbooking area.

Shipping area.

My sewing machines are pulled out as needed, and that isn't very often, for now. The inventory is on the right, (the glass doors) a double door closet that is full to the brim with items to paint! As you can see I'm a very organized gal, it helps with production if I have everything I need in one room. Ok, now onto the stuff I'm making. The Terrye French stuff is in the works, and will be added next week. Have a great Friday everyone! ~Blessings~Jody

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Primitive Ornaments - Terrye French & My Designs

Ok, so I know this is my second post for the day, but remember I said I was going to blog about the new ornaments I've been making.  So here they are.  The first set is a Terrye French design. They were made to look old for a time worn look. You can find both of these at;
Here is another set that I designed, these were fun to make too! They were painted crackled white over black, painted to look old. They have a willow tree & the word "Simplify" painted on both sides. Each has rusty wire legs, and a rusty bell hanging off their neck, and hang from tea dyed red plaid ticking. Both sets of ornaments are available as singles, or sets!

I have several Terrye French Christmas things I'm working on right now and hope to have them up by the end of the week. Talk to ya soon!~Blessings~Jody
Anyone interested in my products can find my items here under the Hand Painted By Me category. Thank you for your interest in my products! ~Jody~

Hand Painted Snowman

Happy Wednesday everyone! "Meet Snow Bright". I painted this Snowman, a Renee Mullins design, in Buttermilk, and then decided he needed to be lightened up, so I textured him in white, so he actually looks like a snowman. Snow Bright has an attached wood nose, and arm. He's wearing a green vest adorned with snowflakes, and a blue scarf. He has a Saltbox house with trees and stars on the lower half of him. The back of him is painted in solid matching colors. What is nice about him, is that you can have him with different options at no additional charge. Options are: Have him painted plain with no scene. With the scene, and with or without snowtex, battery operated tealight or regular tealight, as you can see from the photos below he looks different in each one. He's holding a miniture black metal lantern in each photo, with glass sides & handle, that holds a battery operated tealight, or a regular tealight candle. He comes assembled to the base and ready to use. He measures 29" Tall x 18" Wide from tip of arm to edge of scarf x 1" Thick. The base he is attached to is painted white and shaded to match him. He has a brace in the back that he is screwed to so he stands firmly. The base measures 10" Long x 4" Wide x 1" Thick.
With scene.

Without scene.

With SnowTex, you can click on the photo to see where I've added it. But it's on his hat, nose, several spots on his arm, twig arm, roof of house, and on the hill.
I have finished a set of Primitive Christmas Ornaments, and will be posting them later today as well.
See ya soon!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Marketplace Monday Etsy OFG Artisian Barb Stock of Barb's Heartstrokes

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Today's Marketplace Monday feature is Barb Stock of Barb's Heartstrokes. Barb lives in Utah with her husband and two children. Barb creates wonderful whimsical paintings, and they're adorable, as you can see below. Please stop by her Etsy shop, she has wonderful items you'll love! Here's a little about Barb and a link to her Etsy shop.

1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name?
‘Heartstrokes ’ came about because I was an Intensive Care Cardiac nurse and was learning to paint. So between my job and learning to paint they were both quite a challenge. But anything that is a challenge usually is worth it. So when I started a business it seemed natural to combine the two.

2. How long have you been on Etsy?
Brand new since April 2010

3. What type of items do you offer?
I hand paint everyday and seasonal designs on framed fiberglass black screen with acrylic paint. It has a flair of folk art, primitive, and whimsy. I also paint ornaments , magnets, and any surface that looks interesting to me.

4. How long have you been crafting?
I have been painting for about 14 years. My husband was in the Air force and was deployed overseas so I took an acrylic painting class at a local craft store and loved it!

5. Who or What inspires you?
Many artists of the painting world inspire me, fun whimsical patterns and COLORS!

6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
That is a hard question to answer…I end up falling in love with what ever I happen to be painting at the present time. But my latest favorite is I love this Witch!

7. Other places where you can be found (Ebay, webstore, blog)?
I have a fairly new blog at
Have a great day everyone!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Kitchen Cabinet Panels-Custom Work

Good Friday morning blogging friends! I hope you all have had a wonderful week so far! Today I wanted to show you the Kitchen Cabinet Panels that I painted for one of my customers in Florida. Sandra sent me the panels along with the dimensions for the framing that fits the outside of the Cabinets, and here is what I painted for her. A wonderful country/primitive setting.

 Today or tomorrow I will be adding a new Snowman to the blog and my website. If you love Snowmen, or are a Snowman collector your not going to want to miss this one, he's adorable! That's it for today, hope you all have a great day!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

God Bless Our Vets!

Today lets remember the men & women who have fought and are still fighting for our country. Let's honor them for giving us our freedoms, that sometimes we take for granted. God Bless those who have fought for our country & freedom! Thank you for your service, we appreciate you more than words can say!
~God Bless~

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Chenille Snowman With Cardinals

It's a cold rainy blustery fall day here in Washington state this morning. And as I sit here drinking my coffee and watching the weather report I was thinking about snow! I know some of you already have some, wish we did! I LOVE snow! Anyhow I thought I'd show you my Chenille Snowman that I've made.

He's featured in the November issue of Country Sampler magazine (pg 62 in a room setting & 187 with my company info). This little guy is made of Chenille fabric. He's stuffed and weighted at the bottom so he stands firmly. This particular one I have antiqued the  fabric with tea, vanilla & cinnamon. He's been sprinkled generously with Mica Glitter. His eyes, and buttons are peppercorns, his nose is made of wood and hand carved. He has rosy pink cheeks. He's wearing a red fleece scarf around his neck. In his left hand he holds a birdhouse on a post. The right hand he's holding some twig sprigs with red cardinals perched on the branches. I've also attached a black felt hat to his head, which has a birds nest, and cardinal sitting in the nest. There is snow (snow tex) on many of the twig branches, his nose, & his hat & the birdhouse.
What's great about this snowman, is you can get him without the antiquing, glitter, and scent, and you may also choose your birdhouse color. And, you won't find him anywhere else but here! These make perfect gifts for friends and family. Here is a direct link to him on my website.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a good day!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Giveaway at The Rusty Thimble!

Hey everyone, have you heard Brenda at The Rusty Thimble is having a giveaway! Your going to want to check it out! A Chance to win a bunch of her hand made ornaments! You have to go see these, they're all adorable, and she's still making more! Here's the link to her giveaway! Good luck! NEW LINK!
Have a great evening everyone!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Marketplace Monday Etsy OFG Artisian Cindy of Artbyme

Good Monday Morning everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It's time to showcase another artist from our Olde Farmhouse Gathering group. This week I'd like to introduce Cindy of Artbyme. Cindy creates some beautiful items. Here is an example of what you can find in her Etsy store. Stop by her store and take a look!

1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name?
Artbyme That is my name on Ebay and wanted to keep everything the same.

2. How long have you been on Etsy?
Little over a year

3. What type of items do you offer?
Primitive Folk Art Dolls

4. How long have you been crafting?
Over 20 years

5. Who or What inspires you?
I can get inspiration from just about anything. I do get a lot from other creative people.

6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
Halloween items. I love creating Halloween items.

7. Other places where you can be found (Ebay, webstore, blog)

Have a good week everyone!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Products Coming Soon!

Hello Blogging Friends!  First, I wanted to let you all know that I'm going to be starting my Market Place Monday feature again, this week. This is where I feature an artist from the Olde Farmhouse Gathering group that I belong to.  We also have some new members in the group and I can't wait to feature them as well.
I've been adding alot of new products to the website, both Fall & Winter Home Decor products.  Right now I'm working on some new hand painted Christmas Decor products, painted by me, that I'm really excited about, and I think you will be too! And, with the new products comes a show I'll be attending in December here in my home town of Port Orchard, WA.
I finally finished the Cabinet Panels I told you about, I will post the photo of them some time this week!  So check back to see the new hand painted Christmas products I'm making, you won't be disappointed!
I'm also offering free shipping on my website for orders of $100.00 or more. This is a good time to order early for the holidays, and save on those shipping costs!
I hope your all having a good week!


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