December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas! I hope all of you have your wishes come true, love surrounding you, a home to be warm in and Gods love to hold on too! God bless and Merry Christmas!

November 29, 2009

Closing My Shop

After several weeks of consideration, I have decided to close my business. It was a very difficult decision but for me, it is the right one. I am pulled in to many different directions, can barely keep up with my school and kids so keeping my crafting business was just to hard. I am sadden for sure, this is a very hard thing for me to do, it is my passion, but for now, it is the right thing to do.

Please stop by my website to see all the specials I have going on. Many finished dolls have been drastically reduced and I will continue to cut prices as I near the holiday. Patterns/Epatterns are $6.00/$5.00 and under, some are free, my holiday gift to you.

Thank you for being so wonderful to me and so supportive. I will still blog and will try to continue with Lemon Poppy Seeds but below are listed the sites I am on that I'm dropping out of.

Snugglebug Prim Blessins
The Humble Arts
Arts A Flutter
Etsy

God bless all of you and may you have a blessed, wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

October 12, 2009

I'm Still Alive, Yippee






Hi Ladies, got lots of ya's asking if I'm still alive. It is true, I am. But I am so very busy with cosmetology school that I hardly have time to write. It is going great. I am very much enjoying school, although I don't enjoy the new music that they play and is out there, Its very graphic verbiage and sailor mouth, cuss words. That is hard to hear. But I love learning all the new ways to do hair and have some very nice friends.

Well, about my husband. I have not received child support. DHHR (social services) has dragged and dragged and dragged their feet until I finally put my foot down and called child support services. I am not even listed to receive any support because DHHR never filed even though they repeatedly assured me that they are "working on it"! Ha, Ha, Ha. RIIIIIIIIIIIIGHHHHT!

I saw my attorney (legal aid) and she and I are asking for well I can't tell you until my husband is served, in case he reads this but will keep you posted. Lets say if I do get what I"m asking for he will be really mad!!!!!! Bummer I say. Your kids come first, not getting even with your wife. I asked him to provide coats, pants, hoodys, and winter items since he won't pay support and my little cash from DHHR is barely keeping my car tanked up. None of that has happened. Wonder how the judge will feel about that, hum?!? So with fingers crossed and you gals a prayin' hopefully things will turn around for my kids and me, oh, lets not forget my Rottie and Triscuit (he's found on the left).

Has it been hard living here with 11 people, you bet, very hard! Some days I want to go home even with my husband just to have my kitchen again, and QUIET. There is no such thing here at this house, only in the wee hours of the morning when I get up for school. But God is good and he always comes through when we need him and he has. Thank you Lord.

I want to thank all of you for your prayers, support, kind words and always being an encouragement to me in the hardest time of my life and my kids. We are grateful to have you. Have a wonderful, creative day and may God bless you all.

October 10, 2009

New Dolls and Patterns Come Peak

NEW!
Pumpkin Scarecrow
$.8.00 E-Pattern
$10.00 Pattern
Found at www.snugglebugprimblessins.com
Pumpkin Scarecrow Doll
Found at:
www.lemonpoppyseeds.com


NEW!
Primitive Santa Door Hanger
$8.00 e-pattern
$10.00 Pattern
found at:
Found at: www.snugglebugprimblessins.com
Primitive Santa Door Hanger doll found at:
www.thehumblearts.com

Thanks for stopping by!

September 7, 2009

Shops Reopening Soon

Hi everyone. I want everybody to know that I am not closing my shops down. I am having some financial troubles and will be reopening them as soon as I can. Please pray for me and my family. It is very hard right now and sometimes almost unbearable. But God is good. Please forgive me for any inconvenience this may cause.

July 27, 2009

It Ain't Pretty

So need to get this off my chest folks. For 17+ years I have been married. It has not been a good marriage. I will not bash my husband even though sometimes it would feel better to do so. But I will tell you he is an alcoholic and has always been very verbally abusive. Just recently he threatened to hit me and that is the reason I have finally left him. I really feel he threatened me to get me out of his life for good. And so it is.

My life is in upheavel not having my crafts and supplies here at my moms. All my craft stuff is at my old house so making dollys is out of the question for now and that is killing me. If I'm not creating then I'm going mad! So today I go to pick up some things such as my sewing machine, fabrics, sewing supplies and some of my patterns to work on. Or I will loose my mind. I have stacks of things to do, stuff to pack and phone calls to make and all I really want to do it craft. I need it for sanity sake. So off I go to my old house.

This is not the first time he has threatened me. It is one of the several. I have been thinking of leaving him for a long time anyway. He was worned back in March, but he didn't do anything about trying to make our lives better. The worst thing is how he treats his daughter. It is horrible to say the least. For a child to say she would rather walk down the isle alone instead of having her father walk her, that should tell you something.

So sorry that I am dumping like this but if I don't I will go mad. Thanks for listening and thanks for being there my friends. I don't feel so alone when I hear from you all. I hope in the future I will have positive things to write about but as for now, I'm gloomy and broken hearted.

There are several things that are good. The first one is that I will be going to beauty school in just a couple of weeks. I need something to help feed my family and working at Walmart just won't pay the rent. Also, I have my mom's to stay at for the duration but the adjustment is still taking some time to get used to. We all are working together for that.

Please pray for my kids, me and my mom that we will get through this and God will heal our broken hearts. Most of all that he will show us his will and guidance through it all. God bless. Cathy

July 17, 2009

New Selling Blog, Please Come for a Visit


You are cordially invited to visit my new "Snugglebug Selling Blog." Just click on the Title in the upper right hand corner of this blog where it says "Snugglebugs Selling Blog or type: www.snugglebugssellingblog.blogspot.com. There, you will find whimsical dolls and cans, vintage inspired jewelry, mixed media and more. I have been following "Somerset Studio" magazine for several years now and have fallen in love with mixed media. It has been refreshing to work with different types of mixed media and love the ability to just let go.

So I invite you to visit this new blog and see some of the offerings I have there. If you like a little bit of the different and unusual, then you will like what you see there. Some of the new items to be added will be: vintage bags for carrying all those wonderful goodies and books, sachets, potpourri, dollies and more. Thanks for stopping by there and if you have a moment, please drop me a comment. God bless all!


PS. Folks I am sorry for not being able to respond to your wonderful comments lately. My computer is giving me a fit. But I do appreciate each and every comment and plan on taking this old jalopy of a computer back to the computer doctor. Thanks again, and please be patient.

July 4, 2009

A Frog, a Wish and a Place Called Cheeseville?

Miss Fairy Mouse

Meet Miss Fairy Mouse. She grants wishes. Lots of wishes as long as they are nice ones. This little gal can be found at my "Arts a Flutter" page and is just $26.00 ppd. (Snugglebug Blessings Original) Miss Fairy Mouse is SOLD! Thanks so much.

Lilly
So what is green with big lips, webbed feet and wearing a pink dress??? Strange discription for a frog, but yep, that's what she is and she is so very adorable. (Sweet Meadows Farms pattern) She is found at my "Humble Arts" page and is selling for a mere $42.00 + $4. s/h. You can e-mail me for purchase from this blog. Thanks so much.

Cheeseville Mouse
This sweet mouse is found a my Lemon Poppy Seeds site but has been SOLD! (Kentucky Primitive pattern) Thank you so much.

Hope you enjoyed my July offerings.! God bless and have a wonderful, creative day!

June 21, 2009

Blessings from Fathers

This is my husband. Can you tell what he loves to do the most. No, it's not working, nor is it gardening all though he does like that. He loves to fish. Is there anything else in life?!? He is always catching fish even when the other guys he goes with don't. He's got the touch. The man below is my father. He passed away two years ago. My grandfather died on Fathers Day 16 years ago.

Do I missed them, you bet. But I have such wonderful memories of both of them. My dad loved to horse around with the kids. He would play ball, cowbows and Indians, even barbie and all babies, bar none, bounced on top of his knees. My grandfather was a story teller and quite a good one. He always new how to bait and hook you in a story and bam he'd get you at the end of the story. Everybody would always laugh. He used to tell the same story to my dad over and over but tell it a different way each time and always have the same ending. My grandad and father always had a great sense of humor.

Here my dad is playing monster. You can't hear the roaring from him, but my kids and all adults alike would laugh and run!

This is my family when we went to Hatteras Island. It was wonderful. I want to move there. Can we go now.

This is what all fathers should be doing with their kids today! Not necessarily fishing, not all like to fish, but spending time with the blessings God gave them. This is a father's opportunity to share what he knows, enjoy the laughter of a child and ask God to help him grow in wisdom and grace. My husband is very smart. He is good at anything he puts his mind to! He loves his kids. Happy Fathers Day!

June 14, 2009

How Many Ways to Mess Up a Blog


How many ways can you mess up a blog? Well I have become an expert at that. I originally had a wonderful designer create my blog for me. She did a lovely job. See the banner above. But I found free blog templates and wanted to try it out. Little did I know that my blog was very well programmed to stay the way it was. I entered my newly found template, very excited to see my new look for kicks and walla!!! All that hard work GONE! What did I do??? I didn't want to change anything but the background to see if I could. Oh brother, everything was gone, gone, gone. I slumped over in my chair horrified at what I had done, terrified to approach my wonderful web designer. So off I went to fix it myself. Do you hear the song "We're off to see the wizard" playing in the background? That's what I heard.

I looked at several different blogs to see where they got their graphics and researched each and every one. Checked out how to load them into my blog. Contacted anybody who would listen and bombarded them with blog questions. Everyone was wonderful! I finally ate crow and told my web designer (Kim, Craftisan Graphics) what I had done and how I messed it all up. She was so sweet. Thank God for folks who just know that some of us should NEVER be computer designers, maybe we should never go near computers. LOL!

Next I tried several different backgrounds on and finally settled on one. I contacted my banner gal (Deena Davis) and asked her to create a matching banner for my current blog color at the time. She did. It was wonderful, I love those fairies. Aren't they sweet. But my blog looked too busy. Well I wasn't gettin' rid of those fairies, no way now how. I found yet another blog background to fit with my new fairy banner. Yep! I think it finally looks groovy. Hope you all like it because I'm a to tired to fix it again. LOL!

June 8, 2009

She's Just Seventeen


Her Passion


Cheerleading 2007


Prom 2009

Yep. It's true, Lauren turned seventeen today! I can't believe it. My baby is now a big girl. Beautiful, lovely and smart as a whip. She is amazing to me, her wit, intelligence, its overwhelming and sometimes sad. I know that sounds odd but I am mourning the loss of my little girl but enjoying the new experience of my teen daughter.

Above are the pics that say it all about Lauren. She LOVE's horses, always has, always will. Her skill on a horse is amazing. She was the student all instructors went to to put on the bad horse. The unruly horse. She now rides a horse that no one can ride because she has what they call a "horse whispering" skill. She gets on the horse and listens and takes her time to understand how this horse ticks, what makes it work and then rides. All her instructors used her for that very purpose. Amazing.

Her prom pic is with her boyfriend. They look amazing. She has a figure anyone would die for. I have never seen her look so gorgous. Sparkles in her hair and the color of that dress was perfect for her. Simply stunning.

She also loves cheerleading. She is very personable. No matter what my girl does, she is good at it. Now if I could just get her to clean her room, that would be the icing on the cake.

Happy Birthday my beautiful daughter.

June 4, 2009

The Little Mouse that Could!

Watermelon Sally!



What an amazing mouse she has been. She is my number one best seller! This little mouse has been made into many forms. She originated as "Betsy Mouse". Then "Auntie Em", soon she had cousins, friends and then her "Uncle Sam" came to town. It has been an amazing ride with this wonderful little mouse. Her pattern is also a best seller for me as well.

What causes folks to fall in love with such a little object, I don't know. Is it her face, that gentle little smile. Her willingness to always share what she has (as long as you don't mind her taking a nibble first).

Uncle Sam Mouse!

Both of these mice sold right away. One never made it onto one of my sites for sale. Silly huh! Greatful yes. So I want to thank Lyana, my mouse lady, for loving these little darlings. I hope she is well stocked with cheese.

More mice are sure to come. New ideas for them are whirling around in my head and will start creating new ones soon. But I need to get some more cheese in my fridge first. LOL! Have a great day!

May 23, 2009

Dirty Ole' House, God's always on time

This is my bedroom, it had a kitchen in it. All gone now. Pic below is of my scary house. Was white now green with flowers abounding.










I started out melancholy today, feeling a bit sorry for myself. boo hoo I say. My house is very old. 150+ years old. To make matters worse, I live on a corner with two streets. One in front of my house and one beside my house. The dirt and dust from living here is unbearable. It's not gray/white its brown/black dirt and dust and no matter how hard I clean, it NEVER LEAVES!!!! We have been renovating for over 4 years and I'm sooooooooooooo done. The main bathroom has a very, very old nasty shower stall in it. Yep I haven't had a bath in 4 years. Scary huh!

But even in the mist of all this there is blessings. I was afraid to move into the city and fought my husband tooth and nail. I was worried for my kids safety and we have had some problems. But God has kept us safe. I have 130lb Rottweiler and she has already protected us from a drug frenzied girl. This girl came into our house high as a kite and laid on our sofa to sleep her drug high off. My Rottie simply laid on top of the girl and would not let her move. I still laugh about it to this day.

As I sat in my chair starring at one of my many wonderful magazines, a woman knocked on the door. She thanked me for giving her granddaughter my daughter's old mattress. She started talking to me about the Lord and I just smiled. God is so good. He knows just when to bring an angel in your day doesn't he?!? I asked her about her bag she was carrying. She had made it herself. I was just looking at bags in my magazine and was thinking about offering those in my soon to be updated selling blog. She asked me if I new how to help her sell them for extra cash. I just smiled again. How does God do that????? He is amazing.

God has blessed me with wonderful neighbors. My neighbor on the left is now my best friend. My neighbors on the right are of a different race and they have become good friends as well. God doesn't care what color they are does he, why should I? God is so good.

So I am now out of that dark, self brooding pit I woke up with and am blessed and thankful once again. Thanks so much Lord, you are always on time.
Pics by: Lauren Gray, age 16.

May 20, 2009

New Listings on LPS for May


OK, so I'm a little late telling ya'll about my listings on Lemon Poppy Seeds. Well I do have a life, LOL! At least that is what I'm calling it these days. This first listing is my Liberty Lady. She is made from Osnaburg fabric and is nice and prim.

She is a Snugglebug Blessings original, created by me, Cathy Gray. Okay, enough of the blah, blah blahs. She's a cutie for sure. Lighting the way for Liberty for all.












The next one is Americana Kitty and her crow. Pattern design by Tennessee Ridge Primitives. I just love how this kitty came out. Really meowing I love America!!! Don't you?!? She's made of muslin and has some of that wonderful Sweet Annie tucked inside her pocket. I shot this pic in my new garden bed. Creating that bed has put a crick in my back and neck. But the garden turned out really nice! I'll have to take some pics of that later to share. The wind was whipping when I took this pic, it was impossible to get a shot of the kitty's whiskers laying flat. But the pic still came out pretty good despite the wind. Hope you get over to LPS's for a gander. Lots of goodies there for you to see. Have a wonderful, creative day!

May 8, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!



Well it's been a very long time since I have blogged. My computer had viruses and it was very sick. The computer doctor did fix it thank the Lord. So many unhappy things have happened to me lately but I will not go into it. It is Mothers day soon and it is time to celebrate a wonderful gift God has given us, Motherhood!

I have 2 wonderful children, a 16 year old daughter and a 8 year old son. They are truly a blessing to me. Now I have to tell you my daugther is 16 going on 25. She thinks that she can move out now and still go to school, hold a job and head off to college. Is anyone heeheeing yet? We know as mothers that it is wayyyyyyyy to soon for her to do that. She is putting the cart before the horse so to speak and she just isn't ready. Now convincing her is another story. It doesn't matter because she is under age and we won't sign for an apartment for her. NO WAY, NO HOW!!!!

My son still holds that sweet inocence and wonder. I love when he comes home and runs to tell me how his day went. Sometimes I forget that this is very important to him and am busy. That is a big no, no for me and will try harder not to put stuff in front of him. My favorite saying of his is Mom, Mom, you know ............ then he proceeds to tell me what wonderful thing he has discovered or learned. Can't I bottle that????? I love that so much, that sweetness.

I know that many of you have similar stories to tell, many are happy some are sad, but God is with us and has given us these wonderful treasures. So I say to you treasure them, hold them, love them, then let them go......when they are really ready. Happy Mother's Day!

April 17, 2009

What Buzzes and is Yellow and Black



These little bees are buzzing on in and will soon be an e-pattern. She and her brother will help her collect the pollen for the honey they like to make for their momma. They are approx. 6" long each and are made of Osnaburg fabric with burlap wings. They are a fun and easy pattern to make and is coming soon!

April 8, 2009

What does Easter Mean to you

What does Easter mean to you? Is it a time of celebration, a gathering of friends and family? A day of relaxation, a religious day or does it have a more significant meaning? Many people will only darken the doors of a church for Easter and Christmas as to pay homage to God and maybe gather some brownie points with him on judgement day. Or to teach their children that we honor God at these times, well what about the rest of the time?

Easter to me means total reverence to God. Complete respect and humility for dieing on the cross for me, for my sins. Lately, I have been awakened to the Lord calling me. I don't mean with an audible voice but in my heart, in my spirit. He is trying to awaken me to get my heart right with him. No, I'm not out robbing banks, but my heart has become way to comfortable in this world, I have unforgiveness in my heart. I judge people and look down at them to myself and with friends sometimes. I lust for things I shouldn't. I want $$$ so I can get something for me that I don't need. I flip the channel to a mindless show when the "Feed the Children" commercial comes on. I have a hard heart.

All these things are hard to admit to you. I want you to think that I am perfect. I am such a Godly Christian woman. I do little sins, but doesn't everybody? Not ones that will send me, well you no where. God is calling us to become holy, not next week, or month or year...NOW. If you haven't noticed, everyone is talking about the end times...everyone, in all nations. God is preparing our hearts for his coming, which I believe is soon. So I write this not to rebuke anyone but to encourage you to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord, it is soon. Are you ready? May you find rest in His love, forgiveness from His cross, hope for His coming.........soon! Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins today! He loves you and is waiting to take you in His arms. Amen

April 2, 2009

A Flower, a Mouse, and Big Ears


A flower, a mouse, and big ears?!? She was dancing in the sunlight, giggling and scampering through the field. Then suddenly, a drip here, a drip there and before you know it rain drops. She scattered towards the undergrowth in the woods and came upon a wonderful group of yellow flowers. They were big, big enough to cover herself all the way home. She tugged, she pulled, she fell on her tush twice. That made her giggle, but with a few chews of her teeth, she managed to loosen and pull the very large flower umbrella, as she called it, from its root. The flower was a surprisingly light, she was glad about that because she had a long way to go to get home.

The rain continued to fall as she scurried home, but she wasn't worried. She had her beautiful flower umbrella and that's all she needed. So you are asking yourself what do the big ears have to do with it? Well, nothing really. Except they sit on top of her head and make her look really adorable. HeeHee!

March 30, 2009

It's later than you think, April 1st at Humble Arts



Is it time to love? Who would you love if you could? Your husband, children, precious pet? It's later than you think, so hurry and visit the Humble Arts.com on April 1st and take a look and see what this chain of love is attached to. Could it be you?

Flutter on over to Arts a Flutter April 1st

What flys and has eggs in it's pouch? You can find the answer to that question on April 1st at www.artsaflutter.com. Flutter on over and take a look. You only get to peak today, but this Wednesday the question will be answered. Shhhh!!! It's a secret. Can you guess?

March 29, 2009

Humble Arts April Offering

This is my offering for the Humble Arts for April. She is approx. 26" tall and very light for as tall as she is. I hand stitched her face and shaded around her eyes. You can't see her bag (gotta go to HARTs on April 1st) but lots of vintage buttons attached and it has some lavender potpourri tucked inside. Polka dots adorn her torso and she has been antiqued with my coffee dye mixture. Her skirt is made from an old pillow case with hand crochet lace. Made from lots of vintage lace finds, she will look fabulous anywhere or in any styled home you may have. This is a "Hootin' Annies" pattern, created by me, Cathy Gray. So come visit us April 1st and see what wonderful offerings we have for you there. God bless.

March 17, 2009

Give CREDIT where it is due


Okay I'm not one to complain but today I am. I have noticed lately when I browse some of my favorite sites that gals are not giving credit where it is due. When you use another designer's pattern, you need to give the credit for that designer who originally created it. Now I am one to totally understand forgetting to do that. I had created a doll and forgot to put the designer's name. Even though I had sold that doll, I went back when I discovered my error and placed the designers name in the description.

Folks, creating a doll pattern from scratch takes a long time, a lot of work and a great deal of thinking. Not only does it take time but sometimes we designers have to go back and redo the pattern over and over to get it right. Some of my patterns have taken a week to create because I was not satisfied with how it came out and most of mine are simple, not as complicated as many of the others I have seen and used.

Above are some examples of dolls and items that have been made without credit given to the designer. Venus Mercantile created that wonderful bunny pattern and I created the nosegays. My nosegays were copied on a site that I am on and even though they are not copywrited I thought it was in poor taste to be so obvious about it. I have had several of my creations being sold and copied with no credit given to me. I have also found on other sites dolls that I new who the designer was but the creator of that doll made no mention of that designer, therefore inadvertently taking the whole credit.

I encourage you to not be afraid to give the credit where it is due. Why you ask, because it shows that you are a professional, that you respect your peers and that you would not want this to happen to you if you became proficient enough to create a doll pattern. I do understand that we all take bits and pieces from other artists, many are my muse for certain. One doll designer, Kentucky Primitives (one of my many favs) makes mice, I LOVE HER MICE ( I own one of her mice) but my mouse that I created after purchasing hers, does not look like hers at all. But she is my muse, my inspiration.

So, let those of you that you admire, inspire, not copy or take all the credit for a piece that you made, if you used another designer's pattern. Thank you!

March 11, 2009


Blessings are the gifts that come free! Photo by: Lauren Gray, age 16

Being Thankful

Just a few minutes ago I read about a woman who was getting married and how all the details had gotten the best of her. How she worried about what her husband would think about the dress, if he would like it or not. She stressed and stressed over that. Her husband replied that none of that mattered. What really mattered to him was that if she really loved him and would stay faithful and would continue to work on what really mattered with the Lord and their marriage. (see "Internet Devotions on the right for more)

This was such a wake up call to me. Because I have stressed and stressed over this and that and have forgotten what really matters, not my business, not getting kudos from my customers (although I really appreciate it really do), not getting everything I think important done in my day, but focusing on what really matters...the Lord. I run to and fro and forget what He has done for me and sometimes I treat Him like "what have you done for me lately kinda God". But when I give it to Him and realize how much He HAS already done for me, I am thankful. I have been so blessed. I can't say that things here at my home are good all the time. Sometimes they are very rough. Living with an unsaved husband is very, very hard. We ARE on OPPOSITE sides of the fence most of the time. But God has my best interest at heart, no matter what my home situation is or business outcome is. He is blessing it for sure. He has brought folks into my life to help me along and they have. He is blessing my life even though it is hard here at home sometimes.

So I say take a moment and reflect on His wondrous grace, gifts, love and salvation Stroll outside and look at the sky, the trees, the wildlife and even the weather, warm or cool. It is all a gift. Thank Him. God bless. Photo by: Lauren Gray, age 16

March 1, 2009

Make a Wish!


Fairies are a skittish lot. They are not prone to being found out in the open. They have been captured and stuck in a jar to be viewed for only a moment then left on someones shelf for days until their fair sisters with wings comes to rescue them. Others have been captured for their special magical powers. Then once the captor has finished with them, they are tossed aside like last night's trash. Never to be seen again.

It is by this fairy's wish that she came to me. I did not capture her, she came willingly. Fairies know your heart, they can tell by the way you treat your animals and children if you are worthy of meeting them. Then they are willing to share the gift that they were born with. This fairy is a "Make a Wish" fairy. She has come to me and offered me a wish. I am glad to know that my love for my children and animals has given me this blessing. "My wish must be happy" she says. So that is what I will do. My wish is for you to visit her at the "Humble Arts" today and see all the wonderful offerings that have been listed there. It is a special place full of wonder and delight. Won't you come over for a visit?!? You are always welcome there! God bless.

February 26, 2009

Visit us at the Humble Arts

Good morning world. Still no Spring. I think it is hiding under a rock somewhere don't you. Hum....where oh where could it be?!? I'm still looking for it. But until I find it, I thought I would invite you to visit me and the gals over at the "Humble Arts". We too are looooooooooonging for Spring and I think our offerings show that. I have created a "mixed media fairy bird house" and a whimsical little fairy called "make a wish". My wish is to have Spring hurry up and get here!!! We want to do some plantin'. I can just feel the dirt between my fingers now. Sweet inpatients, daffodils, holly hocks, and lets not forget those adorable, always smiling back at ya, Pansies. Oh, was I supposed to be talking about the Humble Arts? Whoops! Yes, these gals have worked their fingers to the bone, one broke her finger and she is a hair dresser. Ugh, poor dear. But they have fabulous, wonderful, and even groovy offerings for you to see. So get yer but.........over there and take a gander. You won't be disappointed, I promise. Our new offerings can be viewed Sunday, March 1st. Have a glorious day!

February 22, 2009

Spring Herb Bunnies


Good morning! Aren't you longing for Spring and gettin' to do some plantin'? I am so longing to get out side and feel the warmth on my face. These little bunnies are feeling the same way. They are longin' to plant some herbs, carrots and cabbage but Winter is determined to hold on. These bunnies are for sale at "Lemon Poppy Seeds" and so is their pattern. They are easy to make and you can make quite a few in a short amount of time. Loads of bunnies for everyone. So hold on and hunker down, Spring is on its way.

February 17, 2009

Meet Iva Mouse

Good morning. Meet Iva mouse. She is my latest prim mousy that has sold just recently on Lemon Poppy Seeds. Everyone seems to really like these little gals. I was looking through some other sites and saw how fast these mice were selling and just loved their sweet little faces, so I new why. So off I went to my attic to create Iva mouse. Iva mouse is cousin to Betsy mouse, who sold just as fast. Hum....I think I will be making more mice. My next mouse will be a birthday mouse, clown like. I want to offer that one on my Humble Arts site. So I will keep you posted. Squeak, Squeak, does anybody have some cheese? LOL!

February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Hi Ladies,

Today is the day of Looooooooooove!!! Do you feel it?!? We should be kissin' and a huggin' everybody we know today! It's time to show all those that matter in your life how much you care. It's not that we don't care more for them today, it's just that we get to be really mushy with the ones we looooooove especially today! I like that. It's a great option and I plan on smoochin' everybody I can, especially my son who tells me regularly "no kissy, no huggy". Yep, that's my boy. He doesn't like that mushy stuff but he is not gettin' off the hook that easily today, no sir!!! I wll be kissin' him all day long and stealin' a hug or two.

My daughter is just the opposite, she is very huggy and kissy even at 16 years old. Well, not as much as she used to be, but still lovey for sure.

My dogs and cat are always lovey and I get plenty of licks from them especially when I have food in my hands. LOL! So I hope your day is wonderful and you get plenty of "kissys and huggys" and be full of the looooooooooooooove thing. Happy Valentines Day!!!

February 10, 2009

Can my business grow?

This morning as I read through "Where Women Create" and processed how these women became so successful I pondered my plight, "can I too be as successful"? I want to know if it is possible for me. It seems that every time I push to get my business off the ground something major happens in my life and I get side tracked. Last year I lost my dad, this year my mother is very ill and in the hospital. Dare I say "what next"? If I can't be up in my craft room working, then nothing is getting done, therefore no chance of my business growing. Feeling a bit frustrated today.

The how, what, where, why and who's are running through my mind. How do I move my business forward, what do I need to do to make money to help my family, where do I begin, why can't I get this business moving and who's shop or magazine or on-line site should I advertise on? I know I'm not the only one who has contemplated these questions. But it is constantly running through my mind. God seems to be increasing my skill level, thank you Lord, but if I can't move my business out of the attic, so to speak, then what good is this new found skill?

It is true, I am inpatient for sure. I want it now but I have viable reasons for that. My husband is out of work and has been for some time. My mom is in the hospital and now my daughter has the flu. I am needed home not at work somewhere. But I need to make the cold hard cash $$$. So time to stop complaining and hit my knees and talk to the Lord. These are hard times and many people are in my boat. So I'm not rowing alone for sure. So it's time to trust that God has my business in his hands and it will move forward in his time not mine. Lord help me to trust you and believe this love for what I do and these new skills are not in vain. Amen.

February 7, 2009

God is good!

Good morning world. God is so good. He has helped my momma get help and she is feeling better. She is not well but getting the treatment she needs to get better and that is a blessing.

This morning I am enjoying listening to the birds sing even though it is still cold here in West Va. Today it is supposed to be 50 degrees or more and I am looking forward to that. I can't wait for Spring!!! How I long for flowers, birdy's tweeting, and the smell of fresh cut grass.

I hope to get crafting some dollies and photographing some of the items that need to be posted on my Etsy site. A new dolly is on her way, but we will see, the day is still young and I have to return to the hospital to check on my mom. I am so thankful that my family has rallied to help me but I do most of the running.

As Dori on "Finding Nemo" says, "just keep swimming, just keep swimming" to find their way, I will do the same today. Spring, please come soon!!! God bless all.

February 3, 2009

Getttin' old ait for sissys! Betty Davis

I think that statement is so true. I am adult sitting my mom now. She is 75 and having severe back problems. It is so hard to sit here and watch her in pain and taking medication that doesn't seem to help, even though it is some of the strongest pain meds on the market. She can barely do anything and it is breaking my heart. This is a very sufficent woman, she was very capable of doing just about anything and smart as a whip. But the pain is winning. We are taking her to the specialist for the back pain, she has a compressed fracture. She is getting an MRI Thursday and we will see what happens from there. To watch someone you love in so much pain, the feeling of helplessness is just overwhelming . You want to do everything for them, even take the pain away if you could but this is life.....sometimes.

I don't mean to be so blue today, but I feel if I don't get it out, I may explode. So as I get older and my aches and pains start, I try to remember that one day they will be no more. One day I will be with my heavenly father and all those hurts, phyiscal and mental will be gone to be remembered no more. That is the hope I have for my mom. She is not ready to go, she just wants to get well. So if you have a moment today, please say a prayer for her. Have a beautiful day!

January 29, 2009

New Name change for Snugglebug Prim Blessins

Please check out the new dolly I am offering on www.thehumblearts.com on Feb. 1st.


I have wanted to change the name of my business for a long time. I didn't want it to be so drastic that no one would recognize who I was. So I opted to just remove one word "prim" out of Snugglebug Prim Blessins and add one letter "g" to Blessings. Since I have been moving into a slightly different venue of dolls I thought it was the right thing to do. I will probably always keep Snugglebug because I named it after my daughter. Not because that is her name, but because she has always been very a huggy girl and when she will little just loved bugs. So that is the reason I came up with Snugglebug.

You will see changes in my company title on my website, Lemon Poppy Seeds, newsletter and Etsy and any other sites that I might be listed on. I appreciate your patience in this new name change for me.



January 20, 2009

New Blog and under construction. Please be Patient

Hi everyone. Just wanted to let you know that this blog is under construction and it is a brand new blog. I am hoping to have it up and running in the next few weeks.

I have just been accepted at the Humble Arts. I am so honored to be in the presence of such great designers, such as: Soft in the Head, Mustard Seed Originals, Birch Berry Farms and Prim and Proper Folks just to name a few. Wow, what a great cast of designers and artists listed there, so please stop on by February 1st for our new offerings.

Please come visit me at:
www.snugglebugprimblessins.com
www.lemonpoppyseeds.com
www.patternmart.com
and soon to be showing my offerings:
www.thehumblearts.com

Thank you Lord for the many blessings and wonderful people you have brought into my life.
I am grateful for them all.

Thanks for stopping by, you are always welcome here!

January 1, 2009

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About Snugglebug

I have been a crafter for about 15 years now. It all started after many days and hours of playing Barbie for the millionith (is that a word? LOL!) time with my daughter. I thought to myself, wow, I need to do something that might help my brain return. So off I went to the fabric store and bought a silly bear pattern and fabric. That was the start of Snugglebug Prim Blessins.

It wasn't long before I found Country Marketplace (miss you) and ordered lots of patterns. How that helped me learn to create wonderful dolls. I am still thankful for that magazine. So now I am designing and creating my own line of dollies, Santa's, snowmen, kitty cats and more in the folk art, primitive, vintage and whimsical styles.

Hey, thanks for stopping by here at Snugglebug, you are always welcome here!

PS. Thanks Lord for the many talents you have given me, without you, none of this would ever be possible.

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