Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wishing You All A Happy & Blessed 2012

Just wanted to pop on and wish you all a Happy and Safe New Years Eve.

I really haven't been online all week.
I came down sick the day after Christmas and have felt terrible.
I think I may be Finally getting better.

I do miss ya and please don't think I'm ignoring anyone.
I just have been so sick, I haven't wanted to do anything but sleep and rest.

Take Care and Talk Soon!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Are You Having A Merry Christmas?!


APP ~Tammy

I sure hope so!

We all slept in way too late today.

So, our annual breakfast turned into a brunch instead. :)

I ate way too much!

Well, actually I have ate way too much for 2 days now!

When we did get up, Brett made a fire in the fireplace, even though it is in the 50’s today here in Southern IL. :)

It is a tradition though… so he said we had to have one.

We gathered in the kitchen while I made breakfast.

Bacon, eggs, milk gravy, croissants, and toast.

Kortney said she was going to help me cook, but that didn’t last long. LOL!!

Luckily, Brett took over and at least helped a bit.

We played Christmas music while we cooked and ate, then opened our presents.

After that we headed to my Mom and Dads.

Usually we go over there and eat lunch.

No one was hungry but Mitch though, he doesn't eat breakfast food.

So, the rest of us just sat and talked while he ate.

Now we are back home and just have a lazy day planned.


A Primitive Place ~Tammy 

Over all our Christmas turned out pretty good considering everything. (More explanation below.)

We do most of our celebrating on Christmas eve.

That is the night we open presents at my Moms, then travel over to my Grandma’s to see all my wonderful extended family.

~ Mom & Dad ~

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

~ My Dad and my niece, Erin ~


~ Mom, Dad, and my niece, Abbey ~

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

~ Me and My niece, Grace ~

A Primitive Place ~Tammy 

~ My son, Mitchell & Erin ~

He didn’t want is picture taken.

Well, who beside Erin does??!! LOL!

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

~ My youngest, Kortney, and My sister, Vicki ~

Vic had food in her mouth and Dad decided perfect timing for a photo. :)

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I had a few emotional moments through the day.

The first one was at Mom’s.

I knew for the past few months she had been working away in the garage wood shop.

Something for me for Christmas and I was forbidden to go in there. :)

I’m really surprised Mom was able to keep quiet about it all this time.

Keeping a secret isn't her strong suit. Hehee!

But she made it!!

And she was so excited for me to come out to the garage to see what she had made.

She makes me close my eyes as she guides me in the door.

“Open Your Eyes” and I saw this!!!!

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

How Amazing is this!!!!

I have wanted a pie safe forever!!!

And she made it completely out of her head with no pattern!!!

I admit it, I got tears in my eyes when I saw it.

I was soooo happy!!

Cant wait to get it all painted and displayed.

Mom says we can change out the doors with punched tin this Summer.

I’m thinking, Maybe.  Because I kinda like the screen.  It is prim and this way you can see what’s inside.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Thank you, Mommy!!!!

I love it!!! And I love you bunches and bunches!!!

The other emotional moment was with my my niece, Abbey.

She wanted to borrow my phone so she could download this free app she had on hers.

Any way, she did and she started taking photos of me.

How did I get emotional over this?

Well, she had me laughing so hard I was literally crying.

Tears rolling down my checks and I couldn’t breathe!

And here is why….





This last one is my favorite.  LOL!!  I look like an alien!! :)


We spent at least an hour playing with this.

Taking photos of everyone and dying laughing.

I haven’t laughed this hard in years.

And my gosh, did I ever need it!! :)

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I can admit this Christmas, well actually the whole Holiday season, has been really tough for me this year.

First time in 24 years without Kelsey. :(

Unfortunately, Kelsey wasn’t able to make it home for Thanksgiving like she had originally planned. Long story, I wont bore you with you details, but she ended up not coming home.  Then we knew she couldn’t get off work to come home for Christmas. 

So, I haven’t seen my baby girl since she left this past Spring.  Yes, we talk and Facetime, but it isn't the same as her actually being here.

A part of me was is just missing.

Well actually a big part was missing from all of us!!!

You have to know my daughter to understand completely.

Kelsey Loves Life! When you are round her, especially during holidays, it just makes everything better… Happier.

She rubs off on ya!

She seems to have this excitement in everything she does.

I so admire this quality about her.

There are actually so many things I admire about her.

And her absence during this season, and heck every day since she left, has been really hard.

I am so proud of her to have the courage to do the things she has done.  To just take a leap of faith and decide to change her life.

But the “Mommy” part of me, still wants to lock her up in her room because I want her home with me.

I’ve been really struggling these last few months without her.

I try to keep busy, that does seem to help some, but a part of my heart is empty.

And most of the time lately, I feel like I have just been going through the motions of the holidays.

She is planning on coming home for a visit in February and I can’t wait!!!

I just worry that it is going to be even harder when she leaves to head back to CA.

But it will be worth it, just to have her home for a little bit!

 A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Now that Christmas is over I can share with you the bear I made for Mom.  You may remember in a previous post I said she asked me to make her one of my large burlap bears for her present.

Well, here she is…

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I named her Belinda because that is what my Mom wanted to name me.

But Dad wanted to name me Tammy, and he won out. LOL!

A Primitive Place ~Tammy


I love using antique baby shoes on my larger bears.

I think it just sets it off. :)

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

And of course Mom’s bear had to have some early blue calico patches.

Love this fabric!

A Primitive Place ~Tammy


A Primitive Place ~Tammy

A Primitive Place ~Tammy


A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I have been so busy before Christmas I haven’t got around to showing these wonderful blog wins!

Bad Bad Blogger I am!!

Here is the adorable goody I was lucky enough to win from Pam at Primitive Blessings Vintage Gift Shop.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I won this, oh so cute, mitten and wooden Happy Holidays sign.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Thank you so much, Pam!!!

If you have never visited Pam’s blog you can pop right over by clicking on her blog name above.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

And that isn’t the only goody I was lucky enough to win lately.

Look at this wonderful Santa I won from Mary at the Prairie Homeplace.


I absolutely love that burlap fabric.

Mary where ever did you find it???

Thank you again, Mary!

Also if you have never visited Mary’s blog you can pop right over by clicking her blog name above.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

As I stated in previous posts, I have received so many wonderful Christmas cards in the mail this year.

My three newest ones that I haven’t posted about were from…

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Teresa at deppenhomestead1862.

And these next two came from….

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Tricia at Hillcrest Home Prims.

And Tonya at My Primitive Creations By Tonya.

Thank you so much ladies!!!

And sweet Tricia also included these 2 surprise ornies for me.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Mitten ornies!!

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Prim candle ornie.

~ Thank you Trish for my adorable ornies!!


I feel so blessed right now looking at my cards and thinking of all the Amazing women I have came to know through blogging.

Oh, what would I do without you all!!!

You All are such a true blessing in my life.

Please know, that your friendship is something I am so grateful for.

Thank you once again to everyone for their cards.

Thank you to everyone for their sweet comments and emails throughout this year.

Also Thank you to everyone who takes the time out of their day to read my blog, whether you leave comments or not.

I am so thankful for you just stopping by to visit and sharing a small part of your life with me and my posts.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I wanted to show you all my newest creation.

As some of you may know I have been surprising some of my followers with these prim, olde’ rag dolls.

I am so enjoying making them.

I try to make them look old, worn and well loved.

To look like a make-do doll a Mommy may have created for her daughter many years ago.

On this one, I used old cotton fabric for the body.

You may notice the white on white patches, these are true old repairs that were on the fabric when I cut out the body.

How wonderfully Prim!!

The colored fabric patches are also made from early fabric, but I added them to give the baby more of a worn and repaired appearance.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy


She is also rag stuffed which gives her that wonderful old lumpy weight and feel.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

She truly looks like an old doll in person.

I am really happy with the way she turned out.

I will be listing her in My Etsy Shop soon.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I will end this post with a kinda funny story that happen a couple of days before Christmas.

Well, I thought it was funny and it really shows the difference between Me and my Hubby.

Before I tell you let me ask….

Why do men sweat the small stuff??

Or maybe it is just my man.

Here’s what happened.

We have been having problems with our washer and dryer.

And 2 days before Christmas, as I was in the middle of trying to get a zillion things done, including laundry, Hubby decides we need to try to fix the situation.

Oh yes, perfect timing Brett, this is when I would try to fix it too!!

Let alone the fact neither of us have a clue how to fix a W&D.  (But that is a whole different point.)

The funny part is when he goes in there and pulls the W&D away from the wall.

You should have seen the expression on his face!!

He says, “OMG! Look at this.  Go get a broom!”

So, I do and the whole time I am, he is grumbling away.

I give him the broom and he starts sweeping forward toward me,  still shaking his head in disbelief.

Me on the other hand, looks at what starts coming my way and I say…

“Hey, there’s my favorite pair of undies!! I wondered where those were!!”

And I was also excited to see those 12 socks I needed to reunite with the ones still hanging out in the laundry basket.

Then hubby looks at me and says….

“You need to clean this more often, What if someone came over and saw this!”

My response…

To roll my eyes and say…

“Yes because so many people come over and say, hold on a minute, I’m going to go look behind your washer and dryer.”



A Primitive Place ~Tammy


Now time to head off, rest, and just hang out with everyone!

I wish all of you a Fabulous Christmas day and a very blessed New Year!!!



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

How About Another Dollar Tree Crafting Idea?? Stick Twig Tree.


A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Okay, I know I said my previous post was the last one until Christmas was over, BUT….

I had this neat idea come to me last night in bed!

I’m sure I am not the only who’s mind runs wild when you are trying to go to sleep. LOL!


The Dollar Tree sells these packages of wire Christmas tree branches.

I am having a brain malfunction right now and can’t remember exactly what these are called, but here is what I’m talking about.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Last night I thought, why couldn’t I use these to make a twig tree?

And for the center, why not a thick stick.

Hummm, I wondered if it would work.

Well, today Mom came over and we gave it a try.

Once again, I am terrible at giving instructions but I will do my best.

Mom held the stick and I took the drill with a small bit and drilled random holes through the stick.

I tried to do it, all the way through from the front.

Then move down some and drill it all the way through from the side.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy


Rotating front to side, all the way down the length of the stick.

But the bark did make the drill slip sometimes so my holes are a little off.

I'm sure with practice and a little more concentration it could be done better.

After the hole was drilled I took one of the steams, stuck in in the hole and pulled it through.

Then when I got the main branches finished, I went and drilled one more hole, straight down at the top, and stuck a small piece of branch inside.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

For a base, I used a little crock I had found at GW awhile back.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

But anything could be used.

I was thinking, one could even use a tin can.  Grub it up some and maybe even decorate it with a prim label.  Hummm. Maybe.

I think the best and most secure way would be to fill the container with Plaster of Paris, but I am all out.

So, what I did was put some hot glue on the bottom of the stick, press it down inside the crock.

After it dried a little, I filled the crock with some white craft sand.

This sand is also sold at the Dollar Tree.

Now you may notice, mine isn’t sitting exactly centered in the crock, but the stick curved some at the bottom.

So, one more suggestion I would give is, try to find the straightest stick you can.

It probably wouldn't have been as noticeable in a larger base, but in my tiny crock, I really notice it.

I left my branches the whole length they originally came, but if you wanted to you could trim them shorter.

So what do you think???

Kinda cute, huh.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Not bad for a $1.00.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I’m heading off to rest.  I had to drive today and for reason it always makes me so tired.

Thanks so much for stopping by.




Linking To:

Someday Crafts

wgw button