Monday, July 28, 2008

For the birds



I wanted to save this til Wednesday but I was to anxious to do so. It's a birdhouse the DH made and I painted. It has been sitting in garage for over a month and a half now and I finally decided it needed some paint to purty it up. Does it look country-fied enough? Country-fied, is that even a word? LOL
There's one more out there waitin on me and I'm thinking of makin it blue. I'll think on it and share it with you on What Cha' Workin on Wednesday.

Friday, July 25, 2008

A little late

Ok I finally am able to add a pic of my doll in the works. They are not the best pictures but you get the idea. She is taking a little longer to make than the others but I hope to have her finished this weekend and show you the actual finished doll Monday.

I am working on other stuff also as I am preparing for another craft show comming up on Aug 2nd. I however wont be able to go so my dear freind Donnely has offered to take my things and display them for me. She is such a wonderful friend.

Well my dear readers i have bored you enough so I am off to get ready for a morning of bill paying and work. Not my idea of a fun filled day but got have money to pay the bills.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Blogger strikes again

Well I wanted to show what I was workin' on since this is Wednesday but blogger wont let me post any pictures right now. And the doll I am working on is really cute. She is called Daydream Annie a Raggedy Hugs and Primitive Stitches pattern.
Yes I actually am working on a doll. It seems my dolly desires have come back when blogger decides not to work. GRR!

Since you can't see what I am working on be sure to stop by Leslie's and see what she's up to.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday's Kitchen

Another Family Favorite
Sloppy Joes
1lb. Ground Beef 1/4 c. catsup
1/2 c. chopped onion 1 T. vinegar
1/4 c. chopped green peppers 1 T. sugar
1/4 c. chopped red peppers 1/8 t. black papper
10-3/4 oz can tomato soup 1 t. salt

Combine beer with onion, green and red peppers in a skillet; heat until beef is browned. Mix in remaining ingredients; lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Make 6 servings

I wanted to post a picture of it but blooger is not letting me do so right now.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Not So Funny Story

A few weeks ago my family and I decided to spend the day hiking at one of the state forests we have around here. Something we do every summer.
I needed to use the little girls room, which we all know is actually an outhouse. Dh starts asking me if I'm done, I'm thinking it a guy thing always trying to rush us women. But the he starts getting very persistant about it and tells me not to look up. Well you know when someone tells you not to do something you naturally do so. And here is what I saw.

Let me tell you I was done in a hurry. I calmly ran out of there as quickly as my rubbery legs would allow. And then I refused to even go near it again. Dh took the picture because there was NO WAY in H-E-double hockey sticks I was going back in there.
I know you take the chance of running into snakes(which terrify me anyway) when you go hiking and we've been lucky so far not to. But I sure don't expect to see one when I'm trying to do my business.

Whatcha Workin' on Wednesday

After weeks of reading her blog I officially joinned Leslie so I thought I'd show you what I whipped up today.

Some napkins made from homespun fabric.

We are trying to cut back on using so many paper towels and I thought this was a great way to do so. I have 8 more to hem.I used fabric that I already had so it didn't cost much since the fabric was only 50 cents a yard. I bought right after Christmas. I can get 4 napkins out of 3/4 of a yard. And a plus to using these napkins is the fact that they can be washed and reused unlike a paper towel.

So now that ya know what I'm workin' on be sure to stop by and see what Leslie is workin' on

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tuesday's Kitchen

A new feature here at Purty Gril Primitives. Recipes from my kitchen

This has become a new family favorite for breakfast.

Baked Oatmeal

3 C. quick cooking oats
1 C . packed brown sugar
2 t. baking powder
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. salt
1/2 C. melted butter
2 egs-beaten

In a large bowl combine all ingredients and spoon into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake uncovered at 350* for 45 minutes. can be served warm with milk.

My boys prefer to eat this like a cake without milk and it tastes great.

I thought I'd share a flower from my grandma's garden today.

Monday, July 14, 2008

A simple life

There comes a time in a persons life when they must take a step back and look at what is important to them.
That time for me is now. For the last few years I've had a feeling of discontent but yet could not really explain why. I thought maybe it was because I want so badly to have land live in the country and work from home. A place where we don't have to share half of our drive way with thoughtless neighbors who constantly block it no matter how many times you ask them not to. Anyway that's another story. Back to what I was say. I've finally realized that that is not the root of the problem though. I mean who doesn't want to quit their job and live in the country.

I came across this website and then it finally clicked for me. I now realize why I had these feelings, we as a family had become too involved in ourselves and not were paying enough attention to each other. It had become all about convenience.But I'm finding that convenience really isn't all the convenient.

The things on the website make alot of sense to me. I realize that what I want is a simpler life but I don't have to live somewhere else to do so. I can start doing it right here in the home I have. I do still plan to move to the country one day but til that time I can be content in my home and life here. I am now working on making the changes needed one step at a time. Finding Crystal's website couldn't have come at a better time anyway.
My youngest son is a little hyper active and the doctor wants to start him on a natural diet before putting him on medication. I had no idea where to even begin but here website has lots of great tips and recipes for using natural and healthy foods. I believe eating healthier will benefit all of us here in the Wentland house hold not just #2 son.

I have felt so much more content these last few days and I seem to feel more at peace with myself now that I've made the decision to live a simpler life. While this may not be the answer for everyone I feel it is right for us. And even some of the things on the website may not work out for my family but we will adjust it to ways that will work. I know that a simple life is not always an easy life but I am ok with this. It does mean spending more time doing things in the kitchen but we can spend it together as a family. I believe it will also teach my boys to be more independent once they are old enough to be on their own and I'm installing family values in them that hopefully they will incorparate into their own families someday.

Ok now it's time to step down off my soap box and let you get back to what you were doing before you stumpled upon my blog. LOL, Have a Great day.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A little head cover.

I haven't felt much like creating anything since Dh left. I really should because I have lots of dollies that are screaming "make me". But the desire is slowly coming back and so I thought I'd start out small. It's not a prim item but since the boys aked me to make them some head bands and bandanas' for yard mowin, I couldn't say no.

So we headed to Jo-Ann's and picked up some cool-acorrding to them skull fabric- not really my thing but they get it from their father.
I forgot to get a picture of the fabric before I started cutting but here is what I have done so far.

I've still got a few more to do. It's a simple way to make them happy and I'm not complaining because they could have asked for worse things and who am I to turn down a shopping trip for more fabric.

I just may make up a few for christmas. I know that they will be put to good use. Sure I could buy them but that wouldn't be the same because mine are made with LOVE.

Sunday, July 6, 2008


Good Morning
Marie is having her 350th blog giveaway and to celebrate she is going to give you a choice of one of her sweet pincushions or one of her homemade ornies:) Go on over to visit with her and read all about it! Have a great day today!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

Hope you and your family have a safe and Happy 4th of July.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Not much going on.

"""""Haven't done much sewing lately, just really haven't been in the mood plus DH had to leave home for 3 months. So we are missing him and feeling a little sad. He''ll be back at the end of September but right now that seems so far away.We've talked on the phone everyday since he left but it's not the same as being here.

Anyway I got a new camera this week and have been playing with it and learning how it works. I took this picture of the bees pollinating my lavander. With the old camera I had to be right on top of them to get a picture this close-up. Now I can zoom in and out and get a close-up with out being too close.

Also wanted to share my favorite summer recipe with you.It's just like they make at Arby's

Chicken Salad

2C. Cooked chicken breast, cubed
1C. Chopped apples
½C. Red grapes, split in half
1/2C. Chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
1/2C. Mayonnaise
2 t. Milk

Combine all ingredients. Chill and serve on a croissant with leaf lettuce. Also good on whole wheat bread.

Well I've bored you enough. And I've got YUKKY old house cleaning to do so I'm off.