Recently, I have been involved with swaps, a happiness exchange, I won a giveaway on a blog & I won a BINGO game on a forum! I would like to take this time to THANK each & EVERY prim friend who has taken the time to make, buy & send me these FABULOUS goodies!!! Here are some of the "TREATS" I received!
First off: Lori from THE BLACK CROW!!! Lori is FANTASTIC! She has a great eye for antiques! Plus, she is SUPER sweet and OH SOOOO funny! Lori sent me this wonderful antique child's chair that sits on my kitchen nook table!
She also finds the coolest "bee" things for me! She sent some scented bees wax bee skeps! How perfect for me! :)
and a wooden beeskep I just LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
She ofcourse sent a crow!!!
This FANTASTIC smelling wax dipped corn!!! I have it in a old iron skillet iron my stoveboard!
A very sweet surprise came when I received this RAK from a great prim friend named JOANN!!! She sent bowl fillers from Sarah "AllRoadsLeadHome"! These are called "PumpkinPatch"!!
I was in a Happiness Exchange where I met a WONDERFUL gal named Gina from Cattnipinnprimitives! You have to check her blog out!! She is always up to something! She sent me a HUGE package of goodies!!!!
She made me special BEE pillows!! It has my name on it!! :)
here is what the back looks like....it says BUSY BEE!!!:)
The front of this one has a sunflower on it!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE sunflowers!!
She made me some more sunflowers too! I LOVE this one with the crow & tag! I placed it in this basket with some Indian Corn & pumpkins!!
She sent me this AWESOME smelling potpourri!! It smells good enough to eat! I place it in this little jackolantern pail!
and some in my little treenware bowl with grubby light
Gina also made me this grungy witch jar with tea light! It looks so good with my other witchy goodies!
She made me something for EVERY holiday!!! :) This way I will ALWAYS remember my new prim friend! Like I could forget her! She is GREAT!
Look at these bowl fillers she made for Fall?! I just love the squirrel & acorn!
This is an adorable Fall pillow she made! I placed it on a little black bench next to a pumpkin!
I got a Fall doily too & a BEE rolling pin cover!!! LOVE THESE!!!
Needless to say this HAPPINESS EXCHANGE made me a VERY happy gal!!! :) Gina is GREAT and EXTREMELY creative!!!
Mammy'sPantry had a giveaway on her blog & I was a WINNER!!! How exciting!! I got this adorable prarie dress!
Teresa (Mammy'sTreasures & mammy'sPantry) also did our own little swap! I got a pantry cake for some caramel apples I made her & a bonnett & apron set for a soap keep I made her!
Then, to my surprise, I won a BINGO game!!! I got the cutest things!!
These grubby, colorful pumpkins!
and this fantastic smelling cinnamon pumpkin candle!
and this great little terra cotta pot decorated for fall by michele!
I had a SPOOKY THYME SWAP with Debbie Keifer & she made me some cutie spooky bowl fillers!
and this adorable witch!
I also had a swap with Dusty Corners! She sent me pumpkins!
So what are you waiting for?! GET BUSY!!! Get out there and join a SWAP or play a game of BINGO on a forum! It's FREE & you could win some fantastic goodies! Or if you are scared you won't get what you, in a swap, then find something you do like and ask that dealer if she will do a swap for it!! There is probably something you make that she would like to have too!
Right now "The Primitive Pantry" is having a wonderful CHRISTMAS swap hosted by ME!! :)
It's called GIFTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST! If you like antiques you may want to join in on this fabulous swap!
Just remember to have FUN! There should be no stress involved in joining in on these activities!!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Pumpkin patches are one of my FAVORITE Fall traditions!! I LOVE to take my kids to a new patch every year! Each and every one has it's own sort of "personality"!! We have been to some that inspire me to go home & decorate, while others inspire me to go home and bake!!
Most of them offer mazes now too! Usually they have the HUGE corn maze (which i can NEVER get through unless my hubby goes) and we have been to some that even have SUNFLOWER mazes & HAYSTACK mazes!!
Many of these pumpkin patches will now have a bakery where you can buy some of the most DELICIOUS pumpkin flavored treats!! We have sampled pumpkin fudge, pumpkin breads, pies & (my personal fave) the pumpkin cookie with cream cheese middle!!! YUM!!
Here is a FANTASTIC "KID-FRIENDLY" Pumpkin Recipe:
OOEY GOOEY PUMPKIN BARS
1 yellow cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 can pumpkin
1 (8 oz.)cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (16 oz.) confectioners' sugar
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 13x9x2 in. baking pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine cake mix, egg & buttter; mix well. Pat into the bottom of prepared pan & set aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese & pumpkin until smooth. Add eggs & vanilla. Add confectioners' sugar & cinnamon and beat wel. Reduce speed of mixer & slowly pour in butter. Mix well.
Pour filling into cake mix & spread evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 mins. Center will be slightly gooey. Cool & cut into squares. Enjoy! :)
The patch is a great place to buy all of your decorating needs for the Fall season!! Not only will your kids pick out some fantastic looking pumpkins for you to take home but lots of these patches offer Indian Corn, Broom Corn, Gourds, mums, dried sunflower heads & yard decorations!
They also offer some of the greatest picture opportunities! The patch itself is a FANTASTIC Christmas or Fall card photo opp. of the enitre family! But they also have some of the LARGEST pumpkins you will ever set your eyes upon!! We visit one that even has a OVERSIZED rocking chair that your entire family could fit in! Some of these patches put together some beautiful backdrops made strictly from natural elements.
Some of the patches we have been to even have Haunted Houses!! This is especaially fun if you have older children that still like to go to the pumpkin patch! Most have petting zoos for the little ones! Even my older kids like seeing the neat animals some of these patches have!
Another kid favorite is the corn cob launchers! Who wouldn't love to launch cobs out of a HUGE cannon! My boys LOVE this part!
We have even had one of my daughter's birthday parties at a pumpkin patch! The patch we were at gave the kids a hayride, a weiner roast, & even supplied the scarecrow shaped cake!! They sat out hay bailes for the kids to sit on & decorated the tables with pictures of my daughter with halloween scenes!!
but we made & decorated these cookies to share (and I just had to share them with you)! :)
They are a learning experience too! The "Great Pumpkin Patch" in Arthur, IL labels each in every variety of pumpkin they have & even has flyers setting near that explain which particular pumpkin is good for what. Some pumpkins are great for desserts while others make a mean pumpkin soup!! They also have a historic one room school house there!
So here is my TRIBUTE to patches with some of our all time favorite "patch" moments!!
So what are YOU waiting for? GET BUSY & get to the pumpkin patch....for some good old fashioned FUN & some great INSPIRATION!!! :)