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Friday, February 8, 2019

NEW Puzzle Purse Valentines & Block Print Cards

Orders will ship Saturday and Monday. Orders placed after 12 noon on Monday will not ship until Thursday.

Puzzle Purse Valentines
(with presentation box)
plus shipping

email to order

These are inspired by love tokens originally made in the late 1700s and the early 1800s.

Messages of LOVE are written on these Valentines which are folded in a precise intricacy so that as you open it according to the numbered sections, you read a verse or a phrase, and tiny hand painted pictures are revealed. The very inner most part of these Valentines have woven paper hearts or a woven paper heart and hand. They are sometimes tricky for the recipient to re-fold, which is part of the charm of the puzzle purse.

All artwork, which is a combination of naive / schoolgirl art / fraktur influences, is done with watercolors and India ink on aged parchment paper. I have referenced American folk art books for ideas for flowers, birds, and other early American designs. I use poems of the 1700s and 1800s along with some of my own original phrases. Keep in mind these are hand done, so each one will be unique. Many steps are involved in the process of making these one of a kind tokens of love. I'm sure you and your loved one will appreciate the time and care it takes to create them.

The valentines measure 2 1/2" square closed and 7 1/2" square when fully opened.

Each valentine comes with a 3" papier mache box decorated with hearts. The boxes with shredded paper and coordinating tops are my own idea that I began using several years ago. As far as I know, the puzzle purses were not delivered in boxes.

1. Little Busy Bee
SOLD, thank you!
"How doth the little busy bee
improve each shining hour,
and gather honey all the day
from every opening flower?"

2. My Heart
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"I never saw so sweet a face
as that I stood before.
My heart has left its dwelling place
and can return no more.?

3. Clover
 SOLD, thank you!
"Hundreds of dew drops to greet the dawn,
hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
but only one mother the world over."

4. Forget Me Not
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"Forget me, ah, forget me not
when evening shades descend,
for then my thoughts still turn to thee
my fondly cherished friend."

5. The Flower
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"I ne'er was struck before that hour
with love so sudden and so sweet.
Your face, it bloomed like a flower
and stole my heart away complete."

6. Valentine
"On this day
of Valentine
wilt thou vow to be
forever mine?"


Block Print Cards
4" x 5.5" ivory card with matching envelope
Set of 4
(you choose the designs, I have several available of each)
plus shipping 

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These designs are drawn, carved, and individually printed by hand... by me.

 1. Solomon's Seal
(black ink)

2. Bee Balm / Monarda
(black ink)

3. Queen Anne's Lace
(black ink)

4. Barn & Lavender
(purple ink)

5. Barn & Lavender #2
(purple ink)

6. Country Church & Lavender
(purple ink)

7. Farmhouse & Lavender
(purple ink)

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Old Fashioned Wool Penny Rug Collection

~*~ Old-Fashioned Christmas ~*~
~*~ Wool Penny Rug Collection ~*~

This collection is very similar to one I made a few years ago. The background fabric for these items is a vintage wool army blanket. I still have the section stamped ARMY, just waiting for an idea for its use.
The pennies are all made from vintage wool, salvaged from blankets and clothing.
I have blanket stitched all the pennies together and to the background fabric.

Email me with any questions
or to make a purchase

If you are outside the U.S., please email me for a shipping quote.

1. Penny Rug Pillow
This is a large, hefty, lumpy pillow. It is stuffed with wool scraps, giving it that primitive, handmade charm.
Size: 12-1/2" x 17" from seam to seam
$8 shipping

2. Penny Rug Mat - SOLD, thank you!
Size: 7-3/4" x 11-1/4"
$6 shipping

3. Penny Rug Stockings
Size: about 19" - 20" long (not including hanging loop)
$40 each
$6 shipping

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Preacher's Daughter Collection, continued...

I have a few more pieces to offer before I start stocking up on them for the Lavender Festival next month.

The following is an explanation of how these came to be:

It didn't take me long to come up with a title for this collection, Preacher's Daughter. I was born a preacher's daughter. I don't know how soon, but I'm sure Mama and Daddy took me to church not many days after I was born. As far back as I can remember, going to church was part of my life.

Each time I sketch a church on a page, I think back to the old country churches we visited when I was a little girl. Daddy was a country preacher, pastored several churches during his lifetime, and held many revivals in the rural areas of middle and east Tennessee where we lived. He played the guitar and he and Mama sang together. They loved the Lord and wanted others to know of His goodness, mercy, and love.

I still attend a little country church. It's where my husband I were married more than thirty years ago. It's where our children grew up hearing the preached Word and learning more and more about Jesus. And now, with our little granddaughter, a third generation of our family will sing hymns and learn about God's love in that same country church.

Most of the pages used for this collection are from the actual song books we sang from in church. When the decades of use have frayed the covers and caused the spines to set the pages free, the books have been set aside and replaced with new ones. That's when I get them and the pages are born again, sharing their message with folks who want to give them a home.

These are the original pages from a 1951 book, not photocopies.

The art is original, sketched in ink and charcoal directly over the hymn.

The wood plaque is painted black and a matte finish is applied to the art and plaque.

Each plaque is approximately 8 3/4" x 11 1/2".

A sawtooth hanger is attached to the back for hanging.

PRICE: $30 plus $7 shipping in the U.S.

PayPay or check accepted.

Order by item #.

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Take care and God bless,


(the preacher's daughter)


1. Won't It Be Wonderful There?

14. I Know I Have Religion
Silent Night

13. Almost Persuaded
When We All Get to Heaven

11. The Comforter Has Come
Happy All the Time

10. Standing on the Promises

9. It Is Truly Wonderful

Friday, March 2, 2018

Antique / Vintage Book Bundles

Antique / Vintage Book Bundles

I wish I could share with you all of the beautiful embossed covers,
the interesting bookplates found in some of the books,
and the lovely old illustrations scattered throughout many of these books.
I have a few dozen bundles to list, so more photos and in-depth descriptions can't be done.
Books are bundled somewhat according to color.
These are old and although may be read,
please purchase these with the idea of decorative purposes only.
The collections are perfect to add vintage charm to your cottage or farmhouse decor.
Books only, props not included.

Price: $38 per bundle
FREE media mail shipping in the U.S.
Order: email with your choices
Payment: paypal

Bundle 1
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Bundle 2
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Bundle 3
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Bundle 4
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Bundle 5
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Bundle 6
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Bundle 7
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Bundle 8
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Bundle 9
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Bundle 10
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Bundle 11

Bundle 12
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Bundle 13
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Bundle 14
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Bundle 15

Bundle 16

Bundle 17

Bundle 18