Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Preorder's Welcome!

I will now be taking preorders on my Belsnickle Santa's on my website.  Remember they can be painted anyway you wish.  The other day I was thinking one painted in lighter shades of green or tan for spring or an Americana themed one.  The possibilities are endless.  I can't wait!

Visit our website for more information...

Gettysburg Homestead

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Newest Venture

Hello All!

I just love crafting.  I love being creative trying new things but sometimes it gets out of hand.  I think I could actually have a craft store in my basement of all the supplies I have on hand.  Recently, I found a new crafting love. 

As I was decorating for Christmas and putting out my Santa's I thought how nice it would be to have some "real" Belsnickle Santa's.  Well, they are way out of my price range.  I am very thrifty when it comes to decorating as you all know.  So, the search was on.  What could I do to have what I want?  I found some unfinished paper mache Santa's online.  They were pretty reasonably priced so I thought what the heck.  If I mess them up I won't be out a lot of money.  I purchased 3 of them back in November.  The box came I opened them and then sat them on my craft table.  I couldn't get the nerve up to paint them.  I am by no means a painter. ughhh  I am a stitcher! lol.  Well, the other day I thought what the heck let's give it a try. I painted my first one.

Hmmm... that wasn't so bad.  It actually came out pretty good.  Let's try another.

I love him too!  I'm not too shabby at painting...

This guy was a bit more challenging and smaller.  That's why he was last. lol.  Leave the most difficult for last.  He turned out pretty good too!

Let me just say I LOVE painting these guys!  I think other people liked them too as the red and mustard ones sold!  WOW!  So I ordered more of these guys to paint in my spare time. LOL

If you are interested in the green one he is $34 plus shipping and is 9 1/4" tall.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Free Christmas Pattern

Lucky you!!!! Since we exceeded our goal of 900 likes on our Facebook business page I promised another new pattern.  So, please enjoy and be sure to show me your finish.

The recommended colors are:
DMC 3781
DMC 310
DMC 738
DMC 680
DMC 613
DMC 869
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Friday, November 21, 2014

New Patterns

Good Morning!!! Good News... I have added new Christmas cross stitch patterns with more on the way.  You can purchase the patterns through my website Gettysburg Homestead, not instant download, but emailed directly from me or through PatternMart for instant download.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014


Do you ever wonder if I actually do any crafting anymore? LOL.  Yes, I actually do.  I have been so busy designing some new Christmas patterns and stitching I haven't had time to work on much else.  However,  today I will show you some actual new projects that anyone can do easily and quickly.

First, need a rusty item in a hurry and don't have time for it to rust?  Yeah, me too.  I had this candle pan that would not rust no matter what I did.  I put it out in the elements and put stripper on it and nothing.  Uggghhh.  I didn't have a container big enough to use the peroxide, salt, and bleach mix.  Plus I didn't have time to wait.  I am very impatient when I want to finish a project.  Yes, my friends, there are some metal objects that have a coating that prevent them from rusting.  You will find this with some safety pins and bells.  Anyway,  I decided to faux rust this pan so I could finish one of my newest punch needle patterns.

All this is is modge podge and cinnamon. Believe it or not it is.  No rusty mess and I'm not afraid the rust will react with my punch needle.

Second... a quick and easy Christmas runner. 

But Mary, I don't know how to quilt!  I know this is what you are thinking... Am I right?  This my friends is a pre-quilted piece of fabric I found at the Goodwill.  This is what is called a double sided pre quilted fabric.  Basically it has the fabric you see and piece of batting in between and another piece of fabric on the back.  How easy is this?  I just googled it and you can find tons of this stuff everywhere.  All I had to do was stitch on the binding, which only took a little bit of time.  Everyone thinks you are a quilting master!  That I'm not. LOL Very quick and easy idea for yourself or for gifts.

I also did a little shopping this week.  My daughter and I checked out a reopened antique shop under new ownership.  It is much better then it used be.  I found this little stool for $10.  It is the perfect size for just about anywhere here at the homestead.  There are traces of blue and green paint and one of the legs on the other side looks like a rather big mouse chewed on it. lol.  I just love it.

I have another project I'm working on drying from it's coffee stain bath that I will hopefully be able to show you soon. It will be a new Christmas cross stitch pattern.
Have a great day and stay warm my fellow notherners. LOL.
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

FREE Thanksgiving Pattern

Since I have reached a goal on my Facebook page Gettysburg Homestead of 800 followers I designed a new sampler just for you!!! I thought you needed a FREE pattern for the holidays.  If I reach 900 by Christmas I will design a FREE Christmas one too.  So, make sure you find me on Facebook if you would like another FREE pattern.

Just right click on the picture save it to your computer and print.  How easy is that?


I have selected some colors that I liked if you would like to use them.

DMC 3777
DMC 3829
DMC 830

Please email me with your finished projects. I would LOVE to see them!!!!
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Quick and Easy Pillow Covers

Some of you may remember that Country Sampler magazine was coming for a photo shoot here at the homestead.  If not, well they did. LOL.  Anyway, Tuesday was the big day.  Let me tell you I did not sleep well at all the few weeks leading up to it. Ugghhh!!!! So much to do, so much to fix, and so much to worry about. 

Anyway, in preparation for the photo shoot there were a few things that were suggested by the stylist that I have for the pictures.  One was extra pillows for my couch  Mind you this was one week before the shoot.  Now, I normally have only 2 pillows because 3 people sit on the couch at once most times and there is not much room left for pillows.  But you have to make your home warm and inviting.  Well, I knew I didn't have the money to buy pillow coverings so I would have to make some.  The question was when was I going to have time.  I had nail holes in the wall to fill, uh corral the dust bunnies, clean the entire house top to bottom.  Plus I had to work and make sure my kids got where they needed to go.  I had planned to stay up late a couple nights before the shoot and sew up a couple. Well, that didn't work out as planned.  I fell asleep. UGGGHHH!!!  Before I knew it the day of the shoot had arrived and NO pillow cases.  I secretly kept hoping she would forget about them and just use the two I had.  Uhhhh... not so much. WHAAAAAT?!?!?!!? Now what???? Oh I know... start sweating, get anxious, think about faking passing out... just distract... tuck and roll.  LOL. Next thing I know I came up with these...

I know what you are thinking... uh Mary the oranges don't match... yeah I know... but the stylist was ok with it.  LOL.  No they weren't all like this on this couch.  They were spread out.  Pretty nifty eh?  Let me let you in on a little secret. 

Have a someone coming over for a visit?  Need a quick change out on your pillows?  Have no fear a yard of fabric and safety pins to your rescue!!!! Yes, my friends, I did this for a national magazine photo shoot.  I just laid the pillow in the middle of the fabric and folded up the fabric and pinned it in place.


 But if you do this make sure those special visitors don't turn your pillows over!  I'm just saying.  You might be a little embarrassed to say the least.  Hey, all I can say is I just didn't have time to sew them up.  Adapt and overcome is my motto. 
Have a great day!
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