Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Olde Bitty's

 Every once in a while I will have a surge of ideas streaming  through this old pea brain of mine. On one such occasion I had written down a few ideas knowing that the fall creating season would be upon us soon. It amazes me how fast time just flies by. I had written down the idea of the Olde Bitty Sisters and knew it would be perfect for fall. Well bats are always perfect for fall. LOL
  It is funny how a idea can take on a whole new direction of it's own. This isn't exactly what I had seen when I thought of them, but I love them even more. These little gals crack me up! Each with their own quirks and personalities. These were my offerings on Earlyworks this month

Batilda
The eldest of the crew. Her sister's refer to her as Large and in charge with a snicker or two. Batilda, doesn't think she is bossy at all, she refers to it as Organized.
 The middle sister would be Beatrice. She is the fastest flyer of the three as well as having the shortest temper. Her sister's tease her and call her Beat. She can easily knock you for a loop with her speed. Fly by's are her specialty.
Lastly the baby of the family would be sweet, shy Blanche. Don't be fooled by that sweet face. She is a sneak! Being dark gray, Blanche has an advantage. Just when her sister's are about to chomp down on a lovely grasshopper, sweet, sneaky Blanche flies by and snatches it right out from under their noses.
When I started on the web many, many years ago, with some long lived and short lived selling sites. I started out but telling stories. I had the privilege to get my second start on The Speckled Hen site, run by Sonja Sandell of Hickety Pickety. She gave me so much encouragement back in the old days. Something I have kept with me and has gotten me through some rough spots in creating.  I had Crow Soup to follow, Folk Of Art, Ranting Raven, Pfatt Marketplace,WSOAPP and  TDIPT to name a few. It has been a privilege to sell on all these sites.  With Each site I have taken different directions and found a story or two to tell along the way.

I am finally returning home, or so it feels. I have remembered who I am as a artist, where I started. The roots of the matter. I started out this journey with many creations but Mice and Bats were at the fore front. So I have bats in my belfry LOL or brain and will be designing a few more. So exciting!
 I sit on our porch in the evening and watch our bat friends swoosh over my head chasing those nasty mosquitoes. I am so grateful they take care of them for me.  They are so inspiring, the swiftness of them reminds of  dark angels.

My time creating has been VERY limited.  We have a new family member. A pup by the name of Dolley. She is a sweet, sweet girl, but will require quite a bit of training.  They are a busy breed. So most of my day and evenings has been training this little gal. I have months more to go before she will be where I want her to be. Good thing she is sharp as a whip.

It's lunch time. Best get some training time in before I feed the pups.  Make a happy memory

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Earlyworks Merchantile

 I love me some strawberries. I also adore pinkeeps. So what better thing to do than to combine the two?
 Not just a ordinary strawberry though, something a wee bit different from your ordinary strawberry.
Olde Parchment berries.

My latest offering for Earlyworks merchantile. Olde parchment Berry Pinkeeps. I just LOVE how they turned out.
http://earlywork-whimsicalendeavors.blogspot.com/
These pretties were made from a script fabric and black flannel tops. They were aged to a warm  Olde World tone. Ah, perfect. I love the variation in the warm brown tones and black script from this lovely fabric.
The color plays well with almost anywhere you happen to tuck one or two!
They were stuffed with crushed walnut shells, so they are made to keep those needles sharp.
The largest measures near 12 inches and wee one, just a wink shy of 10 inches.
My lighting was not the best this morning, I think it was simply too early yet.

 I'm off to start my day. I have some pattern printing to do. Man do I love what I love do. Have a wonderful week.





Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Off Kilter

 Weeks go whipping right by and I  thinking to myself I haven't blogged! Where does that imaginary thing called TIME, go? I know it exists but it always seems to be out of my grasp.

 Have you ever watched a jellyfish? I mean for a long period of time? If you watch them for a short period of time, you will see them moving up and down. It is almost angelic. If you stand and study for a longer period of time, you will see that they start to move in a half sideways manner. Almost like they are worn out and simply swimming off kilter. Like a drunk trying to make his way, but no alcohol involved.
Lately this is exactly how I feel. Just a little off kilter, chasing that time we all chatter about.

My focus is on many things all at once. Not that there is anything new there. I have always been a person to handle many tasks at once.  Mentally organized, but you would never know that  by my pantry! LOL
I am always 10 steps ahead of myself in my mind. The problem is trying to get my body to catch up. This gal doesn't move like she used to.  Something I am working on.  The lists and plans are growing and I am not moving any faster. So, I guess it's time to take up walking again. Yep, just added to the list. LOL

 Speaking of lists, I am working the purging of things in my studio. Lots of things to go out the door. I don't know how I collected so much? Scratch that I do, but I didn't realize how much I have collected.  So I am keeping only what I love. I decided on that last year and it really helps me to decide what I really want and will use.

 I have a special order to complete, so I best get to it while the house is quiet.  I get to play in some paper tonight.
Blessings,Pea


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Peeking through the clouds

 Peeking through the clouds is warmer weather. I can smell it in the air. On Saturday it was 68 degrees. Yes, only one glorious day but I know more are on their way. Buds are showing here and there. The tree frogs are croaking again. Ah, how I love the Pacific North West. I know too soon the spring rains will be here for 3 months. It is one of the downfalls of living here. The peek of spring is worth it.

 With spring comes the urge to refresh the house and turn the chaos into something more manageable. I have decided to change a few small things in the studio. Rearrange my work space, my drawers can be much more functional than they currently are.
 The house is still arranged from the holidays. The decor is long since gone, just a few days after Christmas but the annual arrangement is still in place. I am a creature of habit that craves change. I don't know if it is from the 27 years of world traveling with my husband in the military. Or just me loving the adventure of something new? All I know is that it is time for a bit of fresh air inside and out.

 In between all this fresh air rearranging. LOL I need to create a few paper projects for up coming birthdays. I am making things quick as I have to get the studio back to function mode. Onto bigger projects. I need to pick out some paint colors. I want to start painting the walls and a few pieces of furniture as well when the weather warms up. This is a good size home, with high ceilings so this will be quite the task. Good thing hubby is tall and my daughter in law is 6'2 as well. Perhaps I can bribe her with pot roast to come help? LOL

The songs of sleep are creeping up on me.  This old gal must get to bed. The day waits for no one as Daddy used to say.
Blessings,Pea

Saturday, January 17, 2015

ETSY STORE SALE & A NEW PATTERN

SALE!!!!!!! 20 % OFF EVERYTHING IN THE STORE. USE COUPON CODE...

                                                             NEWYEAR

FOR THE SALE PRICE AT CHECK OUT. MUST USE CODE TO GET DISCOUNT.
ADDED A NEW PATTERN WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE SALE

                                                                      ~ROMEO~

 Ah it feels good to change things up a bit doesn't? Normally I take the month of January off to refresh, clean and organize the studio. Guess what? I didn't have to clean and organize this year as I finished the studio late last year. That is a big whoooopy! I love it. It only takes me 10 minutes to clean my space even if it looks like Hell hit it and came back for seconds. LOL
 I can get everything in it's place in just a wink, where before it seemed it took days.
 I am currently working on the rest of the house at a very slow pace I am afraid. I know I will get it done. I want to free up my time to spend it with my hubby. Besides housework sucks. LOL The less stuff out, the less cleaning I need to do. Or so is the plan.

So with the newly found freedom I was able to create a new piece, and a pattern as well.
 Romeo is a wee darling little mouse. All needle felted. Perched charmingly on top of a mushroom. When we lived in Germany, these mushrooms were everywhere.  I always knew I wanted to create one.  I drew my inspiration from our walks among the Black Forest floor where many of these mushrooms had taken up residence. Ah, what great memories.

here is the Link to my store
https://www.whimsicalendeavors.etsy.com

I am having a sale. Use the code NEWYEAR and recieve 20 % off everything in my store. If you don't use the coupon code before checking out, no discount will apply.

I have some laundry to change over, yes just a normal girl here who does her own laundry. LOL
 Have a wonderful and blessed week.

PEA




Friday, January 9, 2015

A three letter word


Every year instead of following the tradition of laying down a list of new year's resolutions, I choose a word.
 I find for me I tend to pile on too much into these lists of things I want to do. I get overwhelmed and just move on. I get bored quickly, as my mind is always in overdrive.
 So for the past few years I assign myself a word, just the single word as my focus. No matter what else the list may hold.
 I found this to be the most freeing thing I have ever done.  It also helps me to remain focused on the things I really want to do.
 I do make lists, a plan for the year,business, home and personal. Short term lists. Things I can cross off quickly as completed.
 The list of words I have used in the past few years are
SIMPLIFY
PURGE
ORGANIZE

These words are very simple and I am sure you get the point from each one.
This year my word is


                                                                    JOY!


 I want my eyes to focus on the utter Joy of this life! Life can be hard and bitter as the winter chill, but your eyes don't have to focus on it.
 I choose Happiness and Joy. I know there isn't a magic pill that will make every moment in my life happy. I am not naive. I know that spit happens and sometimes comes in the forms of storms. This is just part of the roller coaster of life. That doesn't mean that I won't have bad days and want to pull the covers over my head and the day that brought the storm. It simply means that I choose to find the joy in everyday I possibly can.

 There is joy to be found if you choose to look past the spit storm. Grab a rag and wipe that up!

The picture you see above is of a simple joy in my life. That iron was my great grandmothers, The scissors were my Mother's first pair of sewing scissors, the buttons were her Mother's and the metal number 3 represents my three miracles. My Children.  It really is the little things.
Hope you find some joy this week.
~Pea

                                               

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cobb Stalker

~COBB STALKER~

Cobb Stalker is a old friend from My childhood. I used to visit him in the corn fields. He wasn't a jolly fellow but, there was always something sweet and a little spooky about him. May he bring a smile on your face and a tug at your heart.

For Sale on Pfattmarketplace tomorrow
http://www.pfattmarketplace.com/peapickersprimitives.html


 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Just a little flash back

 Today was a busy day filled with many happenings here in the Forest.
 The top came off a few days ago and sadly this evening we had to take the bikini off and put the full top on, the Jeep of course. You didn't think I would walk around without a top did you? All the birds would be blind! LOL
 I was busy sewing away, putting the final touched on "Miss Fee" More on her later as she won't go public till tomorrow. Here is the LINK

 After Fee was all dressed and her sassy self was contained I went through some old disks with pictures. Boy did I find some old ones. Tee Hee. Just take a gander at this one.
 Yes, that is me with my first sewing machine. I do believe I was about 7 yrs old then.  I was creating doll clothes back then. Fonder memories for certain.

 Now I have to go clean up my mess. I have discovered that I am just going to be a messy crafter. I can clean up afterwards. LOL
 Have a wonderful week.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Little Bo Peep and happy Mail

 After 3 long years of thinking of this design. It is finally done. Yea, I am a slow worker. LOL In my defense I do a good job. LOL
She really was a labor of Love. I am very excited about her. She will be listed for sale on pfattmarketplace website. Here is the LINK.
  I am heading back to the studio, full steam ahead with another creation that has been rolling around in the dust in my brain. LOL
 I will also be releasing a few more videos this week. I received some sweet happy mail for my birthday.
I didn't get just one package I received 2. WOW... What perfect timing too cause last week sucked raw eggs. I mean just one of those weeks :(
Happy mail takes away the blues though don't it? ! LOL
so the first package is from my friend Crystal. She is known as Junecrys315 on youtube. What a sweet lady she is. Very talented. Just look at the beautiful things she created for me. Total surprise and I LOVED IT! Oh and that box was filled with vintage lace. Yea uh huh, awesome sweet :) Oh and apparently Pilgrim loves Crystal and gorjuss girl tags. He wanted to kiss it and followed me around till I put it up. LOL Was hysterical.

The second box was from my dear friend Char. I love them so very much. A mini album, a pincushion and a waterless snow globe. Not to mention that beautiful card.  I adore it all Char! Thank you so much for filling in the gap of the missing items. Life happens and it is sweet when friends fill in the gaps. I will treasure them always.
 So that is my catch up. Yea still trying to more often but I think better then last year so far;0
Have a wonderful week

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Running Catch up and card challenge

We seem to have a pattern for the New Year as well. Running catch up. LOL
 I have been working on my room for a month now and low and behold I am still not done. I have had a few set backs, a few sick days actually quite a few. A few more sick days as Hubby was sick. Then he was on vacation for 3 weeks. Yea, that is rough. I love him but sometimes. LOL
  I may have to put the room on a hold for a week to get some projects done. I have to do some touch up painting and create a few pieces that I am obligated to. I am certainly not giving up on getting it done though. I have to rearrange a wee bit and that is the hold up. I need hubby to help.

I asked my friend Tracy over at Tracystreasures  to do a monthly card challenge. I have a ton of stamps. I mean A LOT!!!!
 
This picture was taken after I got rid of half. Yes you read that right.
  So as you can see I need to use these and the paper I have. So reason for card challenge. Using what I have.  Plus I love sending cards :)
 So for the month of january
 we chose these things
File folder card
CC designs
Sparkle
stash

Tracy nailed it. 


 So the card I received from Tracy is this one.. I stole this pic from her blog. I know but I didn't take a pic.
I love the red hair. Well ya know why. LOL  I have never colored red hair and I know Tracy is gonna make me one of these days. LOL I still need some of my copics and I think that is one of them.

Okay my card.

So My card is a file folder, it has sparkle and use of my stash but not a CC designs. UGH! You see I was convinced this was a CC designs when it is a stamping bella. I do not pay that much attention to brands sometimes. LOL I buy what I like. LOL
So I failed my own card challenge. LOL My first card challenge. LOL Oh well the inside is still cute. LOL

I did make another file folder card for a friends birthday
I loved how it turned out and the all the stuff is stash stuff. Which is very good.
These are the first projects for 2014 as well. That feels pretty good.

 Well I think the running catch up is done. Time for bed. have a great week.
Blessings,Pea
 



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Season of Change

 About this time of year, every year I start to feel what I call a itch. Not a itch actually but something that ya just have to do. A urge, a feeling, a push or maybe even a pull. Just a feeling I guess. I start to get a nesting urge and want to freshen the old homestead with a deep PURGE! LOL Organize, deep clean, paint and burn it down and start over. God forbid on that last part but maybe ya know what I mean?

 I have been working on my studio for 4 years now and it still isn't the way that I want it!?! Crazy I know but true. I get a good start in January and then the creative bug or the I design team projects kinda stop the process. This year I have those obligations again but I think I may have a plan in motion that might help to keep things on track.
I purchased a Day Runner for my creative endeavors and I hope that it will help to keep me on track. A task or two each day as a "TO DO LIST" might help.
 I have already started with some of the things I needed and wanted to do.
I asked for a christmas present to help out and hubby got it for me and gave it to me early.
This little cart will hold all my 6 x 6 paper pads except holiday themed and some of the stamps I like to color. I have some I haven't inked yet. So I will place them in the cart to be used first.

 I am also reorganizing some dies. For my banner dies I picked up this.
I have dies on both sides of this metal memo board from Joann's. I actually bought two. They have a larger one for the wall and I may end up getting that if I expand my collection as this is plum full. I honestly don't know if I will buy more? Ya never know? I have punches too. They work.

I have been converting all my stamps over to cd sleeves for days. I will post that to facebook tomorrow. I have gotten rid of the cd cases and the plastic book cases as well as the Stampin' Up DVD cases. I still have the book cases that are large and have pages to flip in them like Amy R has but I really do like the file system best. After having my stamps stored in so many types of organization. I know I use them  more in that form.

I know my room won't really be done for a long time. Not with the list of things I want to do. Closets, flooring, lights etc. But a little at a time. For NOW I just want it semi done and functional. It won't be the prettiest but if it works that really is the bottom line for me.
 So for now that is what I am working on. I do a little everyday. It takes time and I feel like I am running out! Crazy I know, but I want it done by my birthday. So I can mark it off my list.
 Okay, gonna hit the hay early tonight. I have housework and wrapping to do tomorrow.
 Blessings,Pea


Sunday, November 10, 2013

How many times have I said it ?

That I am a bad blogger! LOL Yes, I am but again this is my blog so if I feel like it, I can and if I don't then I don't. Honestly though 9 times out of 10 I simply forget. It has never been a part of my daily routine like coffee or showering. Like Tracy over at Tracy's treasures. She updates everyday and feel bad, honestly bugged when she doesn't blog. Then again hers is much more a document of her daily life. A journal perhaps.
That is how this started out and I will still keep it as such. To share my person thoughts, friendships, and as always my creations. After all that is how this thing was supposed to work. Me, well I think I can sum it up simply by one little word "LAZY"! Yes, I have been just plain ol' lazy about blogging.
 At one point it wasn't fun anymore and felt more like a chore. I didn't feel that way today so here ya go. LOL
 Hey, at least I can laugh at the simple truth. Life has been crazyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! I have created nonstop since the end of August. I mean like everyday I am doing something. Even today managed to create two Christmas cards. Yesterday I worked on a project but didn't get it done. It still isn't done but in the stage of ugly and hopefully will not be that way when I am done. LOL If it is, well then in the trash it goes. Not many end up there but some do. Just how it is. So I thought I would share with you a few of my last projects. I do hope you enjoy.
 Maybe I will see you again soon. Don't hold your breath under water or anything, but we shall see. LOL
Blessings,Pea

A lace book with needle felted heart on front. Laces inside were from the hoard vault. There is a video on my channel. Whimsical Endeavors

Another wool sewing bird as I simply love making them for special people. This one went with the Lace book to Brigitte.
The card I made to go with the set. MME lost and found 1 blush paper. Using up what I have. Was so happy I did too.

A clock inside a paper mache heart, inside a birds nest, inside a  large metal "L". It is awesome. I love this piece. Titled "love nest". Made it for a friend of mine. Part of her swap and she loves hearts and clocks.
also a video on my channel of this piece showing more details.
 Next I worked on a few Halloween projects. My neighbor and friend was having a birthday party for her foster daughter. This poor kid had never had a birthday party. Long story but we went all out for her sweet 16th. Thanks to MME for their wonderful Halloween party kit. I heard some folks got these for $2.00 bucks last week...!? WOW Yea, I paid 10 for mine :( oh well it was worth it. Almost killed the stack.
 Okay well I think maybe I will show you the rest next time. This post is already long enough. I know many don't read it, but ya know I always do and check it. I don't want to read 9 pages in one post. LOL Not of myself anyway.
 Have a great week.





Saturday, September 28, 2013

Too often

 I forget to update my blog. It has been almost 2 months? WOW where does the time go? It doesn't seem that long, but clearly it has escaped me again.
 I have lots of things to share. I have been creating, just not updating. Mom still requires a lot of my time even though she doesn't live here.

 I have been asked to be on two design teams.
 Butterbeescraps, Lot of yummy metal stuff to play with. I created something for this team already and you can watch the video here.
The second team is One Little dreamer
 Aarti has some of the most beautiful trims. Oh I have some ideas on how to use those. They are all so pretty.
Here is a video showing some of those beautiful trims.
i recently picked my kit. I am super excited as you will be able to purchase a kit of trims like me so you too can create.

 I have more videos and projects coming soo but right now I need some sleep
Hugs,Pea

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Another great Organization piece~ YAY

 I received my Ultimate Tray from Stampinthings.com a few days ago and let me tell you this thing is the BOMB!
 I love trays and have about 10 or more around the house. I use them for catch alls to control some of the clutter. I can grab a tray and load it up and put it all away in about 15 minutes. So this is one for my studio. It is perfect.
 Wait, there's more.. LOL now it sounds like a infomercial. LOL Really I only believe in promoting what I really use and love.
 Okay, maybe a picture will help.
or two?
you have 3 options of how you use it. Flat, horizontal or vertical. It is solid wood and stands so very nicely. Even better you can customize it in so many ways. Each one of the little squares comes out. Yep, so look what you can fit in here

Even my distrezz it all  fits and no adjustments needed. The fiskars stamp and press. That is one thing that is hard to find a spot for. Even the corner chomper fits. modeling paste, gel medium, large paints, 25 foam brushes. WOW... Tim Holtz ink fits perfectly as well.
In this shot you can see I have a huge ink pad, 8 embossing powders, ATG gun, a Tim Holtz die, yea a  die and the new envelope punch board. It can hold just about any of your supplies. If you are like me, you like to take them elsewhere in the house and create with the ones you love. Perfect. So the organizing possibilities are endless.

 You can check out the Ultimate Tray and all their wonderful products here... LINKhttp://www.stampinthings.com/Craft-Storage.html

 Made in the U.S.A. out of solid wood and extreme care.

 blessings,Pea




Saturday, July 6, 2013

time well spent

 I created a few projects. I won't go into detail as I simply do not have time. I will tell you that I had a ball and all the details on the projects are on my last video. these were created either for you tube swaps or challenges.

Here is the video and pictures are below



 Thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon. Lots of changes going on around here and having a time trying to keep up. More on that later as well.
 Many blessings,Pea


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Just a few photos

I love nature and all it has to offer. I love taking pictures and just playing around with my camera. I have so much to learn yet. As you can see it takes great shots on auto but I want to go beyond that. So I have been playing around.
 Here are two new shots to share. One I took recently and other quite awhile ago but thought I would share anyway.
Be back ASAP
I love this shot. Mr. Robin posed just long enough.

this one I took of the little tree frog last spring. Sitting on scotch broom plant. This shot is the only thing I have ever known a use for this terrible stuff ;)

Have a great week


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It's Honest

 I don't really have time to update my blog tonight as I have laundry, dishes and blah, blah,& blah to finish. LOL Like all us Mom's our work is never done. So I am just gonna share some pictures of my latest creations with you.
 Will try and catch up with you all soon:)
My little dragonfly guy Zippidy Doo Dah

My youngest son's birthday card
a happy card for a friend feeling the blues
Just a card to keep on hand. The inside is below
this card I made for a friend. This is the first time I have inked or colored this stamp. Have several more that ink have never touched. Gonna do one at a time.
I even made the flowers,
hand stitching along the edge, here is the close up
here is the inside. I love this sentiment. Perfect for the person it goes to.
So that is it for now. Off to create something while waiting for laundry. I should be in bed. Hubby waited until 11 pm to bring me pants he wants in the morning:(
 Why do they have to do that? Grrrrrrrrr.
 Have a great week