Friday, November 30, 2012

Primitive Christmas Blog


Merry Primitive Christmas!

It was great that I drew November 30th as my date, because it forced me to drag the gazillion boxes of Christmas decorations down from the attic (yes I do have an attic in San Diego) and make our house all Christmasy.....The top photo is looking into our living room from the entry....and this one is also from the entry, but facing the tv room and the kitchen. 

This is one of the groups of Santas in the tv room.....I am sure by now you have guessed that I collect Santas.....and they are everywhere!  Thank yous go out to the wonderful Stacy West for coming up with this great idea of a primitive blog hop....I know that you are all throughly enjoying it

Our family LOVES Christmas.  When Pierce, my oldest grandson was a baby I really wanted to fill a stocking for him....but we decided that two stockings might confuse him.....So I came up with the idea of SANTA BAGS.....Here are the ones I  have made.....I only have 7 grandchildren but LOTS more bags because my adult children decided that they and their spouses needed them too!  I fill them to the brim and now wrap all the gifts that are in them.  They are the first things we open on Christmas Day.

Although I love Santas, you can see from the Santa Bags, I also think Snowmen are pretty cute.....and so I have added one to my crazy stocking for a new ornament for you!

Snowman Stocking Ornament

Just click on the  highlighted Snow Stocking Ornament
to get a pdf that you can download with all the directions.... 

I thought you could also use a little here goes.....Cut your stocking out of warm and natural batting (or a batting of your choice)......then lay out your wool

 ....use the basic shapes on the pattern, but overlap the edges of the stocking base......

Now turn it over and trim the edges using the stocking as your guide.....

Flip the stocking over.....Sew the raw edges with a herringbone stitch....Whipstitch the star in place.....                                                                                                                                        

Make the snowman as directed and slip it into the finished stocking....Add the handle and enjoy!


 So there you go.....Now that you know how easy "wool crazy" is you will have to whip out a quilt!

What is Christmas without yummy treats.  I love to go to cookie exchanges, but I never seem to have the time to make those super involved beautiful cookies.  Years ago my sister Kathy gave me this recipe for a quick stove top candy type cookie.....I make it all the time and it is always a big hit.  My son Andy likes it with just peanuts, so when he was at home at least one batch was made just for him.  I should warn you that they become addictive, so beware of the first bite.....

On Monday, December 3 Lori from Notforgotten Farm will be posting.  It will be something that I know you will LOVE! 

Thanks for stopping by today....I hope that you all have a happy and healthy Christmas.......
                              Hugs to you.......Jo Ann

Monday Nov 26 * Tara Darr * Sew Unique Creations
Wed Nov 28 * Debbie Busby * Wooden Spool Designs
Friday 30 * JoAnn Mullaly * JAM – Wool Crazy
Monday Dec 3 * Lori Brechlin * Notforgotten Farm
Wed Dec 5 * Lynda Hall * Primitive Pieces by Lynda
Friday Dec 7 * Cheri Payne * Quilts By Cheri
Monday Dec 10 * Stacy Nash * Stacy Nash
Wed Dec 12 * Ali Strebel * Ali Strebel Designs
Friday Dec 14 * Kathy Schmitz * Kathy Schmitz
Monday Dec 17 * Jeni * Woolen Willow/Primitive Quilts Magazine
Wed Dec 19 * Lisa Bongean * Primitive Gatherings
Friday Dec 21 * Stacy West * Buttermilk Basin

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving and more

 I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving ......We were lucky enough to have 5 of our 7 grandkids with us....and of course their parents!  It was LOTS of fun!

  I have been working on my ornament for the Primitive Blog Hop.  Remember that it starts on Monday.  It will all begin with Tara Darr of Sew Unique....and I know she will come up with something you won't want to miss!

     Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend.  I am off to another day of All Star Soccer......Jo Ann

Saturday, November 17, 2012


     Gene and I got back from our great retirement trip on Thursday.  We had a wonderful time!!!!  Friday I taught my last Brown Bag at the Loft and my students  and friends at the shop gave me a wonderful send off.  I will be sharing more about it soon. 

      Before I left Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin asked if I would be part of this wonderful blog hop.....It is coming up soon.....I will be telling you more, but just wanted to let you know that it is just around the corner. 

    I promise I will be back soon.  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.....Jo Ann