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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter Cookies



Swedish Pepper Cookies are one of our favorite recipes ever!  Today I whipped up a batch of bunnies, and thought I'd share the recipe. (Click on recipe to enlarge, and then right click to save recipe to your computer).


These cookies are so yummy! Half of them never even make it to the cookie jar!  I made them for our daughter's wedding last March, as well as for our son's wedding in July.  They were a hit, and I think you'll like them too!



Happy Easter! 

Primitive blessings,

Laurie

P.S.  Here's a photo of one of our new lambs!




How cute is this?!

Browsing through Etsy last night I ran across this print for sale of a Raggedy Ann & Andy set that I made a few years ago.  Isn't this just adorable?


Never know where my dolls are going to show up!  I was at an estate sale last summer and found a raggedy doll that I made 20 years ago for sale.  It was in among a bunch of very nice porcelain dolls. First I felt sorry for the poor little thing...then I realized she was in some good company! 

These little guys sold really well.  I think I need to make some more of them for my fall shows.  They are based on the little Annie in this pattern - Maddie Ann & Jayne.



Lambing time is in full swing here on Prindle Mountain!  7 little lambs and counting! Pictures coming soon!

Primitive blessings,


Laurie

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Another Wedding!

Ha! Didn't I just say in my last post that I wasn't going to be so busy this year with weddings?! Well, oldest daughter, Ashley just got engaged, and we're planning another wedding for August! LOVE wedding planning, however, so this makes me very pleased! As this will be a Victorian wedding at an 1850's historic Victorian house, we are having a super time coming up with decorating ideas!




Just two weeks until Easter.  Here are some adorable Vintage Victorian Easter graphics I'd like to share.





Hope you're enjoying the last few days of winter and ready for springtime! Primitive blessings,

Laurie





Sunday, February 7, 2016

Two new patterns!

THIS year I'm not going to be so busy with weddings, and my goal is to make at least 10 new patterns! On my way, with two new patterns this last week. Here they are:

Cinnamon Bunny

Cinnamon Bunny is all ready for spring!  You can check the pattern out on my website, or on Etsy, and also on Pattern Mart, below:

Cinnamon Bunny Pattern
Our new prim bunny is hopping your way for springtime! This 17" rabbit is quick to sew.....Price: US $5.50

Click for details

Speaking of spring, it kinda looked like spring here today! It was in the 50's and my crocuses are blooming, and the daffodils are coming up! It's still just the middle of winter though, so I haven't packed up my snowmen and winter decorations.  That would just be asking for it!

Sadie Sue

My other new pattern is Sadie Sue.  She was fun little girl to make!  This little ragamuffin with the wild hair is just 9" tall, so she doesn't take much fabric to stitch her up! She's on my website, Pattern Mart, and here on Etsy too.

I've been having a great time with my other Etsy site; Lottie Elizabeth that I started last summer with my daughter Emily.  If you haven't checked it out, take a peek here!  It's fun working on things that aren't primitive.  Here are some cute Valentine's Day/Heart things that I created:







Wishing you Valentine's Day full of love and happiness!



Primitive blessings,

Laurie








Monday, January 25, 2016

New Puppy!

Right before Christmas we brought home a new 6 week old puppy! Abbie Rose is a Great Pyrenees; and half sister to our almost-five-year-old, Heidi.  We've found that Great Pyrs are a perfect addition to our farm, as they are great livestock protectors as well as family members!  They also grow extremely fast!  Here is Abbie at 6 weeks old the day we brought her home.


She grew and grew......


....and grew.....


....and now she looks like this at 13 weeks!


It will be a little while until she is a 140 lb. dog like her big sister, but she'll get there in the blink of an eye!


More on our Great Pyrenees can be found here.

I mentioned in my last blog post that I have an additional Etsy site besides Prindle Mountain Primitives; it is Lottie Elizabeth.  My daughter and I opened it in June and we are having a lot of fun! 


We have been working on some Valentine's Day things. 





The PDF pattern for these cute Faux Valentine's Day Cookies/Fillers are on my website and Etsy.  If you follow our blog and comment with your e-mail address, I will send you the PDF pattern FREE through Valentine's Day! I made the originals several years ago, and they still look like they were freshly baked! :)



My next project is a new Prindle Mountain Primitives Ann and Andy set. Watch for the pattern in the coming couple of weeks!

Primitive Winter Blessings,

Laurie






Thursday, November 19, 2015

New Patterns and Online Christmas Bazaar!

Finally some new patterns from Prindle Mountain!  I don't know where this year went, but when I wasn't working on weddings, I was spending time with my twins at their college town, working on my additional Etsy site Lottie Elizabeth (see it here), or farmwork and enjoying our new horses!  Fall meant a flurry of activity getting ready for my Christmas shows which are now in full swing. 

I designed a couple of new patterns, which are now on Etsy, my website, and PatternMart.  Loved working on the little Tomte Santa.  As I am Swedish and Danish and my husband is Norwegian, we love our Scandinavian heritage. 

Tomte Scandinavian Santa Pattern

My Christmas Pony pattern was inspired by our new horses, Sammy and Otis!  These two sweet boys joined our farm this summer and fall. 

Christmas Pony Pattern

Otis, Laurie, Sammy

Several of my Facebook followers have requested that I put some of my Christmas show items on Etsy, so I have a small collection available now on Etsy.  You can see them by clicking here. These are very limited, so don't wait! To see all of my Christmas Show goodies, please visit me if you are in the Southwest Washington area.  Click on the links below the photos to see my remaining shows:





Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

Prim Blessings,


Laurie

Friday, July 31, 2015

Another Johnson Wedding!

It's been a while since I have posted!  We had two kids get married within 4 months of each other! Our son recently married his sweetheart in a beautiful outdoor ceremony.  Not quite as much planning on our part - as parents of the groom, but I made all the wedding desserts, and we threw a rehearsal dinner and did all the cooking and DIY decorating.


Here are some photos from our rehearsal dinner.  It was like having our own restaurant for the day! Daughter Kari made the beautiful cake.






Here are some photos of the dessert bar at the wedding:









The bride and groom decided to have pie at the wedding rather than cake (but we had to sneak one in on them at the rehearsal dinner!)  They cut a full-size pie to feed to each other, but I made 195 mini pies and crisps in jars, as well as 72 mini cheesecakes and over 100 shortbread cookies.  The pies in jars were a lot of fun, and really quite easy with a lot of prep ahead of time.

I bought 16 dozen 3 oz. jars and had them washed ahead of time.  A week prior to the wedding I made up the pie dough, and added a little sugar.  I bought a set of graduated circle cookie cutters with regular circles on one side, and the opposite side was fluted.  I used a smaller round cutter to cut out the bottoms of the pies, and poked them with a fork.  I cut out the top of the pies with the fluted circles in a little larger size, and used a tiny heart cutter to cut out the middle.  Then I sprinkled them with coarse sugar and baked the tops and bottoms like cookies.  I froze them all (with plenty extra). Two days before the wedding I thickened and sweetened the berries, and just assembled the mini pies, since the pastries were already baked.  The pie jars never went in the oven at all!  The crisps were just a little different.  I put the thickened berries in the jars and added the crumb topping to the top. Those went in the the microwave for a few minutes.

I had so much fun with wedding prep this year, that I opened another Etsy shop - LottieElizabeth - with our daughter Emily, featuring wedding and baby items.  You can check it out here.  Now it's time to step on it with primitive Christmas things for my fall shows that start in a little over three months.  Yikes!


Hope your summer is wonderful!

Primitive blessings,

~Laurie