A Unique Folk Art with a whisper to the past~

They truly ARE the voices in my head.







Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New Pattern Release!

It's official! Bobo is the newest to join the Raven's Haven crew. In the next few weeks ahead, I will introduce each as they are ready. There are a couple old friends and some new. I hope that you enjoy them.

You can order Bobo directly from here using Pay Pal, just use snoraven@hotmail.com . The pattern is 8.50 and 1.00 to ship for as total of $9.50. Just put "Bobo" in the message area. You can also take a ride over on my Etsy link where he will be available with several other friends of mine.

Bobo is 10 inches tall at the tail and just over 11 inches long. Perfect as a shelf sitter or in a basket. He is paint on muslin that has been distressed. All techniques and instructions are given along with a full sized pattern template. All you need is basic sewing experience. You can have a lot of creative fun with Bobo~ make him an orange striped cat, add a Santa, witch or top hat for the upcoming holidays. Quick and easy enough to make several for shows! Have a great time sewing and there is more to come!

Monday, July 14, 2008

New Offerings



It's Christmas in July at "To Dwell In Primitive Times" also known as TDIPT. My mailbox was filled with so many of you asking to purchase. I wish I had enough of each so that no one would be without their heart's desire. I am very blessed and humbled knowing that these little treasures from my heart also touch yours. It looks like all have been spoken for, but know that I'm fast at work already with more to come. Thank you, everyone for making these dear, wee friends of mine worth the wait.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

A Pollyanna Summer

Simplify. It can be difficult to embrace in today's world. We have been trying bit by bit over the past couple of years but we feel that it is such a worthwhile effort for the kids. The girls have their chickens at their Dad's house and sell the eggs. They know now with the price of food, just how nice it is to always have eggs on hand, and how much work it is to keep them.

With gas prices, we are also more mindful as many of you are. The pool and screen house have been wonderful and it is nice when we are all together. We continue to do things like board games under the candle light and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows in the fire pit. We are also awaiting the best of summer's bounty in the garden. In it all we have looked back the things that were Summer to us.

  • Catching fireflies and putting them into an old Skippy jar that Dad patiently holes punched into.
  • Wearing hats and dresses to Church and no matter what...white gloves.
  • Visiting family on Sunday, starting with "the Sunday drive."
  • Sunday dinners, with everyone sitting around talking. After dinner there would be coffee and dessert.
  • Sitting on the porch and swinging our legs. If it rained, you would stick your legs out and get them wet. This way you could get "legally" wet and Mom wouldn't yell because our clothing was dried.
  • Packing a sandwich and a thermos and spending the day riding bikes with friends or fishing at one of the quarry holes.
  • Long nights of kick the can that started after everyone wolfed down dinner and ended with the first Mom that called one of us in.
  • Eating watermelon until we burst and the stickiness of our cheeks afterwords.
  • Going to the Village Carnival and enjoying the booths more than the rides.
  • Helping to make lemonade by squeezing the lemons.
  • Snapping green beans for dinner.
  • Lazy afternoons lying on a pony's back as they grazed.
  • The sound of frogs lulling us to sleep and the chirps of birds right before sunrise.
  • Talking into the box fan so that are voices sounded different.
  • Curling up on rainy days and getting lost in a book.

These are just a few, and the biggest joy is remembering them. So much has changed in our lives. Some things we can change, others we can't. Embrace what you can and keep family the priority. Never lose sight of the child within.