Sunday, March 21, 2010

A few purchases... and a bit of help needed!

Hi all!!

Yesterday I went to Michigan to visit my cousin and aunt and of course did some shopping!  Did some serious damage at Dollar Tree.. don't you all just love that store?!?!? 

I got these two items at the Christmas Tree Shop:

Got a great deal on this window box.. $4.99...  it's 24" wide so it will work under the window on my shed, wish they'd have had one that was about 60" for the front window but oh well.. this will look cute all planted up.  I think it's made of cedar so I'm not sure if I can just stain it and leave it or if I need to do something special to it.. it's way too pale to be prim!  Notice my Spice Chicks in the background?  I'm still looking for a more appropriate place to display them but I think this works for now.. get your own set from Lex's Etsy shop (NorthwindStar:)!!  The Sweet Annie that's tucked into their aprons is now available from Lex!!

I got three of these mason jar tealight holders for the patio, at $1.99 each.

Then I stopped at JoAnn's and got these cool homespuns:

I really love the brown and blue striped fabric on top, it looks so Colonial!  I also got the lighter tan stripe but can't remember why I wanted it.. just knew I did so I picked up a yard.. LOL.  The little brown leaf print was on sale, it reminded me of a fabric that the pioneer women might have used for a bonnet... maybe I'll see how hard one of those are to make... anyone have a free pattern?  ;)  Oh, almost forgot, they have quilting thread on for .99.. not sure if that's the regular price but if not, run out and get yours before the price changes.  I also got some Kraft cardstock, can't seem to find that up here in Canada.. I might use it to make business cards and maybe bag toppers.. I need a free pattern for the bag topper if anyone has any idea of where to get that.  Yes.. I know.. I want something for nothing.. LOL.

I did get several other items but didn't get pictures of anything else.   I got a couple of new candles at Walmart, a bunch of Easter candy and some little baskets.. just stuff!  Every time I come home I wonder why I bought what I did.. I had a trunk full but once it's all unpacked it doesn't seem like I got anything.  Anyone else experience that? 

While I was at my cousin's, I picked up my order of candle/wreath hooks and wax flameless tealights.. I'm going to do some new pictures and post on my selling blog tomorrow.  I had also ordered some Sweet Annie from Lex and that was waiting for me as well.. smells so good!!  I have a couple more orders coming in soon.... if they're in by April 1 I'll pop in to pick them up before I head to Tennessee.. there will be a lot more things coming to the selling blog!  I'm going to try to take paypal, all I have is my personal account but I'm told that is all I need..  I do have a sale pending so as soon as I get a box that will work and figure out the shipping, I'll send a paypal invoice and see if I can get it to work.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!!

Thanks for stopping by.. have a great week!


Friday, March 19, 2010

Just checkin' in..

Hi all,

I know I've been slacking again on my posting :(

I've been working on primitive wax-dipped spicy egg bowl fillers this past week which are now posted on my selling blog, Hayley's Prim Shop.  I've also been wrestling with how to take paypal but my dear friend Sandie assures me it's quite easy.. lol.. hope she's right!  Check out her website The Hollow Cupboard.  She lives up here in Canada not too far from me, but she's actually an Ohio girl so check her out, send her an email to say hey. 

Other than making these eggs, I've been spending time online trying to book a cabin for Easter weekend.. finally succeeded so I'm taking my daughter and possibly her two brothers (not my children, long story.. will not get into it :) to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  If anyone has not been there I highly recommend it.. just love this place!  The cabin is actually in Gatlinburg, a town at the foothills of Smoky Mountain National Park.  It's a town that reminds me a lot of that Clifton Hill strip in Niagara Falls, ON.. just a lot of little tacky touristy shops and things like Ripley's.  At least that was my impression 3 years ago!  We can't wait to go.. if you know me at all or are starting to know me, then you realize I'm getting itchy feet and need to travel someplace!  We'll be driving down and from my house it's about a 12-hour drive so it's a long trek but worth it. 

Well, I don't have anything new to report other than we've been getting the most amazing weather but I hear that's going to stop shortly!  lol.. March in Canada, you just take the good if you can get it and be glad of it!  I just really hope the cold weather coming in does not follow us to the Smokies like it did 3 years ago.. everyone cross your fingers for me!

Enjoy the nice weather for those who have it.. have a great weekend all!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Selling blog!

Hi all!  I have decided to create a selling blog, Hayley's Prim Shop.  I'll be selling things that I have created by hand, redone from yard sale finds, and items I have purchased for re-sale.

Please keep in mind that this is a Canadian site, therefore prices are reflected as such.  Any purchases must be in Canadian dollars.  At this time I am only accepting money orders, but I am hoping to upgrade to paypal in the near future.  I'm starting small with the hope of expanding, so please stop by!

If you have any questions, I encourage you to email me at  I am accepting orders by email and will hold your item for 7 days pending receipt of payment.  I will email you with the cost of shipping prior to you sending payment.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Travellin’ Tuesday – Cozumel!

Finally! I know I’ve been slacking but I’ve created a photo album to share with you of my trip to Cozumel with my daughter, can’t believe we’ve been home 9 days already :’(

While we were there we went to Stingray Beach which is close to the downtown area of the town. They have a fenced-off area where the stingrays live; it’s still in the sea but keeps the rays in a safe area. Barbs are trimmed every few months to prevent accidental stings and because of this, the rays would have no defences if they were out in the sea. As long as they’re not hurt I can live with it. If you’re ever in Cozumel I recommend this excursion.. the only thing I didn’t like was that they film you (and try to sell you the dvd for $50) and take pics so they don’t want you taking your own in the first part of the session (2nd part is snorkelling and you can take pics).
As you look at the pictures you’ll see some rocky areas along the shore. I rented a car one day and we drove around the island, checking out the beaches on the east side of the island. The water is just so beautiful and crystal clear, nothing like what we see in this part of Canada! One of the pics is of my foot, I was standing in the water and it’s so clear that it looks like I’m just standing on the shore. I think I could get used to that!

We also went snorkelling out on 2 reefs, one was the Palancar reef.. it was surreal looking down below the surface of the water to another world.. scary at times but amazing. I don’t have an underwater digital camera yet (geez those are pricey, aren’t they??) so I took a chance and bought a disposable but the pics haven’t been processed yet. I just hope they turn out!

I’ve also included a few pics of our resort and the beach. The picture showing the door to room 2613 was of our room. We were only steps from the beach, very convenient! One night I went out just outside our room and took pictures of the sunset, I love how they turned out!

The weather wasn’t as warm as we would have liked but the island is beautiful and it was nice to get away!

Enjoy the pictures, thanks for looking :D

ps.. post was started on Tuesday but it took quite a while for the pics to load so it didn't publish till after midnight Wed! lol