Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Birthday ~ Bear + The Lucky One

 

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Today is my baby girl, Kelsey’s, Birthday!!

Join me in wishing her a wonderful day and year.

I hate not getting to see her today, but I did get to talk to her, so that will have to do until June.

Yes, in June she is moving back.

I cant wait!!!

I am so ready.

Happy Birthday, Kelsey!!!

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I also want to share Traci’s bear with you.

Incase you missed My previous post, Traci and I recently did a teddy bear swap.  You can click above the see the wonderful teddy she sent me.

Here is the teddy bear I sent to her…

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You can view teddy at his new home by Clicking Here to read Traci’s post.

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Friday, Kortney and I went to the show to see “The Lucky One”.

The Lucky One

I wanted to see this so bad!

Yes, I love these types of movies. :)

And I admit it…

I have quite the Cougar Crush on Zac Efron.

What was it Rosie always said…

Cutie Pa Tootie!!

Yep, that’s Zac! Heehee!

Anyway, the actual show…

It was okay.  I think I may have liked it better if I hadn’t read the book. Yes, the book is Much better.

The show didn't stick to the book that much, a lot of things different in the movie.

I laughed and told Kortney the only thing in the show that was the same as the book was the names! LOL!

She liked it, but she never read the book, so she had no expectations.

Over all, Yes, I would recommend it.

It was enjoyable.

Warning though…

If you don’t have a Cougar Crush on Zac Efron before you go…

You sure will after!!! LOL!! ;)

APP ~Tammy

Well, time to go pick her up from school.

Have a fabulous day!

Take Care and Talk Soon,

zTam

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bear Swap With Traci + Thank You’s To Everyone!

 

APP ~Tammy

Hello Everyone!

I want to start this post with saying Thank you so much for the out pouring of love you all have shown me over the last couple of days.

All the comments and emails have helped me tremendously and mean more to me than words can describe.

I feel better today.

Like I told Betty, I gave myself yesterday to drown myself in the pity pool then that’s enough! Time to get up, shut up and move on! :)

So that is what I’m attempting to do.

I still don't have my answers, but that's okay, we will be okay, no matter what happens.

I only had one inappropriate comment to my previous post about the situation.  I didn't publish it and I’m not going to post it here. 

All I will say is, it was not mean. 

I just find it inappropriate to go “chasing ambulances” when someone is trying to come to terms with a difficult situation.

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Now onto happier things….

A little while back, I emailed Traci of York Mountain Primitives telling her how much I loved the adorable teddy bears she makes and that I would love to do a teddy swap with her sometime.

Luckily for me, she said she would love to.

Well, today my, oh, so adorable, teddy bear arrived in the mail.

Traci called it a yellow ware bear, Heehee! She knows that I collect YW and RW.

Check out my wonderful new Olde Teddy…

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*I'm water marking the photos with her name, just incase the photos end up on Pinterest.  I want to make sure everyone knows who made it.

And yes, she even included the redware egg!!

Actually, she included even more bonus goodies…

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A wonderful pillow hanger, two hand made sunflowers and two handmade strawberries.

Thank you so much Traci!!

I loved it all.

Those of you who may not know, Traci has a selling blog where you can find many of her handmade treasures.

CLICK HERE to pop right over and check out all her wonderful goodies.

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Traci received her teddy in today's mail also, but I’m not going to show it off on here quite yet.

I don’t want to take away from her getting to post him on her blog.

But as soon as she does, I’ll share some photos and direct you over to her blog post to read more about him.

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Before signing off I want to share something that happened today.

Now, I know there may be some that read this and think,  “that's silly, it was just a coincidence”.

Well, you see, I don’t believe in coincidences.  I believe there is a purpose, a reason, for Everything that happens in our lives.  I also believe that God is constantly sending us messages, we just have to open our ears, eyes, and hearts to receive them.

So, that brings us to today…

As some of you may know, I deliver medications to nursing homes.  Well, today I went into one and they were having a little concert.  There was a small Christian group singing to the residence.  To be honest, I didn't really pay much attention as I was walking in, I had myself too wrapped up in finding a nurse and delivering the medication.   But as I was leaving the song they were singing caught my attention, reached out and touched my heart.  It was a song I loved as a child.  I can remember when Sammy Poole would visit our church and this was one of my favorites he would sing. 

Today this was just what I needed to make me smile and know that God was speaking to me.

This is what they were singing….

One Day At Time

I'm only human; I'm just a man
Help me believe in what I could be and all that I am
Show me the stairway
I have to climb
Lord for my sake
Teach me to take
One day at a time
One day at a time, sweet Jesus
That is all I'm asking from you
Give me the strength to do everything that I have to do
Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Help me today
Show me the way
One day at a time.
Could you remember
When you walked among men
Jesus, you know when you're looking below
It's worse now than then
Pushin' and shovin', crowdin’ our mind
Lord for my sake
Teach me to take
One day at a time

Now off to cook supper.  To quote my daughter…

She’s STARVING!!!

Oh, no! She hasn't ate since lunch! Heehee.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit with me.

Until Next Time….

Take Care and Blessings to you All,

Tam

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Truth Of The Matter

APP ~Tammy

Hello everyone.

I must warn you now; this post may be all over the place!

That is just how my mind works sometimes.

I actually have started and stopped this post many of times in the past, but maybe its time to actually see it through.

I think, the reason I haven’t been able to do it is that it would make everything feel more real.

But it is real, it is what it is, and maybe, just maybe, I will feel better if I just get it out.

I can admit that it is difficult for me.

If you have followed my blog for any time, you know I’m not big on sharing personal stuff.

Not that there is anything wrong with doing so, it is just not my way.  It doesn't come easily to me.

I'm the type of person that holds everything inside.

Verbally I shut down when something is bothering me.  This, however, doesn't stop all the things from rattling constantly in my head.

I am posting about this mainly for two reasons, one because maybe I just need to get it out, maybe reading what I wrote might make me feel better, and two maybe it will help someone who is going through the same type of situation.

Okay…

So here it is…

We are going to be selling our house.

Whew! You have no idea how hard that was to say.

But the time has come, and it is what it is.

For those of you wondering… Why???

Well, that is not a simple question to answer.

I guess the best way to help you understand is to take you back to the beginning.

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You see, years ago when we decided to build, we moved into the upstairs of my Mom and Dads.

We decided to start saving while we got some bids on building a house.

So we met with many contractors and everyone kept giving us bids outside our price range.

But we kept looking, and finally we came across one.

An older man who had been building houses for many years.

When we got his bid in, I cried out in joy, Yipeee!!

Exactly what we needed it to come in at.

Now on to financing….

We got turned down by a couple of banks, looking back now I think I understand why, but at the time we just kept looking.

Our contractor suggested a bank to try, so we did.

When we told them who was building it, they approved the loan.

It was bid at $155,000 and approx. 10 to 12 months to build.

Well….

Ground broke, the house was started and SLOWLY coming along.

1 year anniversary at my M&D’s past, then 2 years past, and money was gone, house was no where near finished.

Over time the bank gave an extension to $165,000, nope still not done, then $175,000 and when that was gone, it still was not finished.

By this time, year 3 was quickly approaching and the head of the bank met with us and the builder.

And basically, the contactor told the bank he wasn't going to finish the house if they didn't fund the money.

So they did, all the while Brett and I are thinking, What the Heck!!!

He signed a contract.  Yes, we can understand going over some but this is getting ridiculous.  But here Brett and I are, both sick of living in 2 small rooms in my parents upstairs, tired of not having a home, tired of the hassle, tired of everything.

So basically the bank told the contractor, just go get it done.

In the end the house ended up costing us well over $200,000.

And here is the truth….

It did cost that much to build it. I’m not denying that.

Our contractor wasn’t in any way misappropriating the funds.

He supplied us (the bank and us) with receipts for every penny.  And this didn't even count the out of pocket expenses Brett and I paid when the money kept running low.

Brett and I paid for most of the bathroom fixtures, light fixtures, and all appliances out of our own pocket, when they were originally counted in to the bid.

So yes, the actual cost of the house was what we paid, but it was the fact that the contractor so drastically underbid it, and in no way had to answer or take any type of responsibility for it.

To this day, it still makes me angry.

No, I didn't expect him to eat all of it, but he should have shouldered some of the responsibility.

Instead he and the bank treated us, like we had done something wrong… Ridiculous when all we did was get a bid and agree to let him build for us.

Come to find out why the bank bent over and kissed his butt, why they let him to do what ever he want, well….

When all the hassles happened, we then found out that our contractor and his lawyer son, both sat on the bank board!!

Are you kidding me????

Um, isn't this something we should've been informed about before hand??

And then a few months after we moved into the house, we heard our contractor died of brain cancer.

Hummm, did this factor into why it was so underbid?

Was the bank aware of his condition??

Was his son??

Don't get me wrong, his crew did a wonderful job on the house.  He didn't do much of the building, just the business part of it.  But looking back now knowing what I know, I wonder how much of this was because of his illness and how much did others know and keep from us??

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Okay, now we are all moved in and everything is fine. Yes, it came in Way Over what we had planned, but we were making it fine.

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Then approx 3 years ago….

My husband lost his delivery contract!

Yes, he is an officer but our main source of income was from the business.

Looking back now, maybe we should have put it on the market when this first happened.  But this is our home.  Neither of us wanted to move.  So we kept hanging on thinking it would work out.

And well, it has for the most part, but it has been tight.

Like wearing a pair of pants 3 sizes too small tight!!

Over the last couple of years, we have been talking about selling.

Kelsey has moved out, Mitch is grown, our youngest daughter will graduate from HS next year, so maybe its time. 

Yes, in a perfect world we would chose to stay.

But is it really worth it??

Living for a house, I mean.

That is what we are doing right now.

Brett and I used to always take little get-a-ways, we use to take the kids on trips, and now, well, we don't.

We just don’t have the extra money to blow on such things.

The stress of all of it is starting to affect his health.  His blood pressure has been super high lately.  The doctor put him on 2 blood pressure medicines but it doesn't seem to be helping much.  This has both of us worried.  He’s only a little younger than what his dad was when he had his 1st stroke.

We don't want to see this happen to him, especially over a house!!

We both now work for the company he lost the contract to, for a fraction of the money we once made.

He works all day, then comes home and gets to rest for a couple of hours, then goes back to work driving.

I drive during the day, and he wants me to go with him most nights so he doesn't have to be alone.

It is getting to be too much, for both of us.

Do I love my house? Yes and No.

I love decorating it, I love taking pictures of it, I love tweaking it, but at the end of the day…

It is just a house!

I don’t love it any more than all the other homes we have owned. Yes, we have owned a few over the years.

This house is just a place, a thing.

My family, fun times, memories, that is what I love most.

That is what is important!

APP ~Tammy

Here is another truth, I’m not even sure the selling of the house is what is bothering me most.

Well, that might change when it actually becomes a reality.

But right now I feel what is most troublesome is the unknown.

Where will we go??

We know we will have to rent for awhile until we get a game plan, and find another house.

I admit it, I don't want to rent.

I've done it before and I am not looking forward to doing it again.

I just want to be settled.

I want to be home, and never have to move again!

Plus we have pets.  Most places say no pets.  Well, I cant get rid of them, they are my family too.  So that adds a pressure.

Then I am reminded of all the half finished projects around here.  Those have to be finished. so there is that pressure.

Then there is the pressure of actually showing the house.

The keeping it clean and tidy because you never know when the phone is going to ring with someone wanting to see it.

And even though it may not appear like it in the photos I share on here, my house is lived in!! No, it isn't filthy, but its also not spotless.  I don't have time to keep every little space perfect for a potential buyer.  Which is something one must do when it is on the market.

Speaking of the market…

There is that pressure.

Today's market isn't the best. 

There aren't a lot of people looking for $200,000+ houses, especially where I live.

I cant sell it for less than I owe.

Lately, this is all just wearing me out!

I feel lost, sad, mad, frustrated, and most of all stuck!

As most of you know, I am a child of God. I believe in the power of faith, positive thinking and prayer.

But I shamefully admit…. I have been struggling with it lately.

Feeling like I am alone.  Feeling as though my prayers are being ignored, even though I know they aren’t. 

I know they are heard, I know answers to all my questions are coming, but at the same time the childish part of me, wants them now.  On my timeline. 

I feel like this has been going on for years, well, actually it has, but I feel like I’m getting to my breaking point.

I want change!  I want laughter, I want fun, I want easy for awhile.

I know I’m going to have to get a hold of myself. 

Quit swimming in this pity pool I have been in here lately.

Hopefully soon.

So once again, I am turning to my followers of faith….

Please say a prayer for me and my family.

Pray for strength, pray for answers, pray for guidance,  most of all pray for Gods will to be done in our life, and that we will see, understand and know what he wants us to do.

I guess, that is why I have hung on as long as I have.  I felt like, at the time, God answered my prayers, and gave me the house I wanted so badly.

I have struggled with the thought that if I sold it, I would be in some way turning my back on faith that God will provide. 

Time keeps going by, things aren’t getting better, it is depriving us of the the things that are really important in life, it is affecting my husbands health.

So, it is leaving me to believe that maybe God did answer my prayers and gave me the house of my dreams, just not forever.

Maybe I went through this journey for a reason.  Maybe he wanted to show me that a house doesn't make life worth living. 

Life is much more than that.

At least, that is what I am coming to terms with.

I’m not selling because I have lost my faith, I am selling because of it.

Life isn't to be lived on my terms, but on his. 

APP ~Tammy

So it brings me back to the start of this post….

We are going to be selling our house.

Tam

Friday, April 20, 2012

And The Winner Is…

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Hello Everyone!

Let me start off with apologizing for not being around much lately, and I'm afraid it may be that way for a bit longer.

Hopefully soon I can get on and explain why.

I did want to pop on and post the winner for my doll giveaway.

I accidentally X’d out the page before copying the result box for the post. Sorry.

I always like to post it for everyone to see, but today I had a brain malfunction and forgot.

Before announcing the winner I want to thank everyone who entered and thank All my followers.

I am so happy you decide to stop by and visit me.

Thank you all!

Now, on to the winner of my prim doll ….

Please join me in congratulating…

Robin of The Cranky Crow.

 

Congratulations Robin!!!

Please email me your name and address and I will get your win right out to you.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. TGIF!

Hugs,

Tam

Monday, April 16, 2012

Gretta ~ Primitive Burlap Teddy Bear Make-Do

 

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Meet Gretta.
She is my newest burlap bear creation.
Gretta is also another make- do bear.

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For her base I used an old wooden handled cookie cutter.
She measures approx. 10.5" tall.
She has a hump back design, just like the old ones
Gretta's body was made from a vintage burlap feed sack.
She is completely rag stuffed (burlap remnants).
She is not jointed in any way.
I used vintage fabrics for her clothing.
Her little shawl was made from a piece of an antique blue coverlet.

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In her hands she holds a little pin cushion, which I made from old red and white striped ticking fabric.
Gretta has antique shoe button eyes and hand stitched facial features.
She and her clothing has been put through an aging process to give her that wonderful, old, prim, appearance.
I use burlap for the body, to give the appearance that all of her fur has been loved away.

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No glue is ever used on my bears.
Everything is either machine or hand sewn.

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My original creation.
Gretta, like all of my bears, is One Of A Kind creation.
She will come with a hang tag stating my name and that she is a One of a Kind creation.

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Gretta is currently listed in my Etsy shop.

If you are interested,  please…

 CLICK HERE and pop over and view her there.

Thanks so much!!

Take Care and Talk Soon,

Tam

Friday, April 13, 2012

Sally ~ Burlap Make-Do Teddy

Meet Sally!


Yes, Sally loves to sew.


She is always there to lend a helping hand while you create your new treasures.  :) Heehee!

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Sally is my newest burlap bear creation.
She is a make-do bear.
Instead of legs, she has an antique hog scrapper base.
She measures approx. 11" tall.
She has a hump back design, just like the old ones

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Sally's body was made from a vintage burlap feed sack.
She is completely rag stuffed (burlap remnants).
She is not jointed in any way.
Her clothing and bow were made from vintage, brown and white dot, cotton, fabric.
She also comes wearing a necklace of vintage brown and white buttons.
In her hands she holds a little pin cushion, which I made from old white, blue and brown striped ticking fabric.

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Sally has antique shoe button eyes and hand stitched facial features.
She and her clothing has been put through an aging process to give her that wonderful, old, prim, appearance.
I use burlap for the body, to give the appearance that all of her fur has been loved away.

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No glue is ever used on my bears.
Everything is either machine or hand sewn.
My original creation.
Sally, like all of my bears, is One Of A Kind creation.
She will come with a hang tag stating my name and that she is a One of a Kind creation.

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Yes, I know…

I’m going nuts with the photos, Again!

:)  Heehee!

Just a few more….

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Sally is currently listed in my Etsy shop.

If you are interested…

CLICK HERE to pop right over and check her out.

I am currently working on two more bears and working on drawing out a new style of bear body.

Nothing much to share today, except Sally.

Life has been pretty boring here at the Young’s Homestead.

Guess I better go get back to sewing, which is all I have done lately. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Take Care and Talk Soon,

Tam

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Tweak, A New Goody, And Some Photos

APP ~Tammy

Hello all my blogging friends!

I am so glad you decided to stop by for a visit.

And I am so glad today I am starting to feel more like myself.

I don't know what has been up with me lately, but for the last few days I have been in a Crap Mood!

Sorry, but it is the truth! ;)

Finally, it is passing.

Mom says it is hormonal…

I think I’m just NuTs.  LOL!

APP ~Tammy

I wanted to share a little tweak I did on my porch last week.

You see, hubby and I gave the porch a much needed bath.

And we actually did it the right way, we took everything off the porch, scrubbed and power washed it.

It took FOREVER, but worth it in the end.

Any way, I decided to change things up a bit when I put them back.

I moved this old table over to the side with the rockers and put my huge birdhouse on top.

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I also moved Sam over to the corner.

He has gotten too worn to be by the front door. :(

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I am really pleased with the display and now I can sit out on my rockers and enjoy it. :)

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I also wanted to share a fabulous goody I got from Kimberly @ Country At Heart.

She was having a blog yard sale and I just had to have this!!!

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I’m not sure if I am going to keep it here, but for now it sits in my dining room.

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Thank you so much, Kimberly. I Love it!

If you are interested in checking out her blog yard sale items, simply CLICK HERE to pop right over.

She still has many wonderful items up for sale at awesome prices!!

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I also want to mention that all photos in today's post were taken by my youngest daughter.

She downloaded a new ap for my phone and wanted to take the pictures for me.

Before signing off I’ll share a few more she took.

Meet Paul.  This is Kelsey’s kitty that is living with us while she is in CA.

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And of course, here is mischievous Wheezy!!

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My Little Lucy.

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And some roses.

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I think she did a fabulous job, especially since all photos were taken with my IPhone.

Mine never look this good with a real camera. :)

A Primitive Place ~Tammy A couple of reminders before signing off….

If you haven’t done so already, don't forget to pop over and sign up for my giveaway.

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CLICK HERE to visit the giveaway post and enter.

*All entries must be made on the actual giveaway blog post.

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I am currently hosting a Textile Swap.

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If you think you might be interested in joining in…

CLICK HERE to pop over, read the rules and hopefully sign up.

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Well, that is about it from me.

Time to go figure out what to fix for supper.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.

Until Next Time…

Take Care and Blessings to you All!

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

*Below photos are just a couple I did playing around with a computer program. :)

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