Thursday, August 30, 2012

Autumn Offering for TDIPT'S September Update

Tomorrow evening TDIPT will be updating for September. So if you get a chance, please take a peek at all the artist's offerings.

I have created a pumpkin guy made from a pattern from TFC folkart. He has a dried sweet potato chunk necklace and he is holding a pumpkin pod garland. He is wearing a (pumpkin leaf colored) wool jacket. He stands by himself and is partially rag stuffed.

May you all have a great Labor Day weekend ! Where did summer go ? I want it back !


Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Tisket a Tasket.. Some Great Baskets

The Blue Ribbon Pie Basket (2005), never used, complete with pie plate, protector, liner, as shown, also comes with a dark red liner, still in package,
and collectible decorative berry lid. The basket is 13 1/4" x 13 1/4" x 4 ".
$ 55.00 or best offer plus shipping to your zip code in USA.

The Serve around basket approximately 14 inches in diameter ( 2005 ),never used, ( has been in a cupboard all its life ), comes complete with protector, liner, deviled egg tray, and lid. It is a nice deep basket. $ 50.00 or best offer plus shipping to your zip code in USA.

Serve it up Basket , 9 x 13 inches, comes complete with liner, protector, and another protector with lid. Never used and never saw the light of day ~ also kept in cupboard. $ 35.00 or best offer plus shipping to your zip code in USA.

These are all Longaberger baskets, made in Dresden, Ohio.

If you may be interested, just email me at

Hugs and Blessings,

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Liberty, Justice, and Freedom..........

This lady is just a sight to behold in person. She puts a funny feeling in the pit of your stomach.

In June, my friend and I went on a boat cruise around the harbor. It was a great day as you can see by the sky.

Above is the new Freedom Tower being built on the 911 site, as seen from the water.

The famous Brooklyn Bridge..built in 1883, I believe, if memory serves me right. I want to walk across it one day.

The skyline of Lower Manhattan from the boat.

Read caption above to explain the sphere.

A flame near the sphere that is burning in memory of the lives lost in 911.

This is in Battery Park near the harbor in Lower Manhattan. Battery Park is just beautiful. You can sit under the trees on a park bench and look out at the Statue of Liberty.

May you all have a safe and Happy Fourth of July..

Blessings and Hugs,

Saturday, June 30, 2012

July Updates on TDIPT Mercantile and it has been a hectic summer !

It has been a hectic month of June.. I have been busy making these three offerings for July , walking and walking some more, making time for friends and even a trip to NYC thrown in there somewhere. Oh, yeah, that was last Saturday. I will have to have do a post with photos of my trip.

For tonight's update on TDIPT I have listed a simple early doll with her puppy dog, an October Owl and a Pumpkin guy. Lots of time involved in making these goodies !

If you get a chance , please stop by TDIPT Mercantile to take a peek ! If any questions, please email me at

Hugs, Linda

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ye Olde Chimney Shoes Or Concealment Shoes ~ a little history..

It was the custom way back in the 1500's or so in Europe to place an old worn out shoe or maybe another article, near an opening of a newly built home , most often a chimney.

The tradition was thought to ward off evil spirits. Oh course, the churches frowned on this pagan belief, so in the most part, was kept secret.

This belief was carried over here to America. Shoes and other articles such as a child's wooden toy, spoons, coins, etc. have been found.

Shoes that have been found during renovations or of tearing down of old homes and buildings were mostly children's shoes and secondly, women's shoes.

So, if you are ever fortunate enough to renovate a historic home, you just may find an old concealment shoe or other articles.

Archaeologists say to photograph the shoe where you discover it and to please keep it or give it to a museum. I , for one, would probably have to keep it in its place. :o) Since I am part Pennsylvania Dutch. :o)

The shoes I have made, shown above, are available on TDIPT Mercantile this month from a pattern by Dee Duncan.

Enjoy your day and don't walk under any ladders and don't open an umbrella in the house and if you spill any salt, throw it over your it right or left shoulder ? Heck, I forgot !

And when you are walking with a friend or relative, do not split any poles .. you both have to walk together around it. I could go on and on..


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Early Look Chimney Shoes and More..

The pair of sock kitties are priced separately from the early look dollie and her sock kitty.

One of the tavern lights shown displayed on my breadboard with the plum pudding I made.

All of these five different offerings will be up for your consideration tonight after 9 p.m. on TDIPT Mercantile.

If interested..
29.99 plus shipping for early look chimney shoes with mouse
tavern lights only 20.00 plus shipping
set of two barn sock kitties 14.99 plus shipping
simple early dollie with sock kitty 45.99 plus traveling fare
pin keep dollie 19.99 plus shipping

All are at special summertime prices.

just email me at

Click the link below to take a peek after 9 p.m.

The old sewing studio has been hummin this month ! I even managed to somehow clean my house during this time and go outside and walk ! Amazing.

Sorry I haven't been able to visit some of my fav blogs or leave comments, though.

Have a fun sunny last of May day !


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Early Look Tavern Lights

It has been a busy month here at this homestead. Cleaning for one and I am sure not through with that since I have also been making new goodes for my shoppe in TDIPT Mercantile, plus out walking enjoying the warm weather.

I have just finished up a set of three early look tavern tea lights with a design from witchy hollow. They were very time consuming to make but it was worth the effort.

They are so prim looking and would look really great in the old homestead on a shelf in a buttery, pantry, on a desk, windowsill, or with fall and Halloween decor.

You can turn them on and off by the switch on the bottom of the candle. They will be twenty dollars for the set of three plus a little traveling fare to your homestead.

May you have a wonder filled day ! I am finishing up another offering today and hopefully taking some photos if the sun cooperates.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

A New Creation

I have just finished a prim simple early doll with her sock kitty. I love how she turned out.

She will be offered in my TDIPT Mercantile Shoppe for the first of June.

It sure has been warm here today. Not a good day to buy ice cream at the store unless you took a cooler along ! :o)

A Happy Memorial Day weekend to you !


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Look What I Made.... one has more cinnamon ....

The one on the left has more cinnamon and is a whole lot sweeter...yep, I am a tad biased, I suppose. But the one on the left is not edible :o).

I made the Simple Mornings Apple Cinnamon Muffins today. If you happen to make these muffins... the mix could use about 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, a few dashes of nutmeg, and about two tablespoonsful of sugar or a little more if you like them a little sweeter. Please trust me on this. :o)

I don't like using a lot of oil, so I used a little applesauce with the oil to make the 1/3 cup it called for. I also added some extra diced up apple.

I had a 75 cents off coupon for it, so I thought I would give it a try.

Most of the muffins I made today will probably go in the waste can. This mix has no artifical ingredients and comes with a granola packet to sprinkle on top of the muffins. So basically they are good for you , but please add the sugar, cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg or two for some flavor. They are so bland, they aren't worth the calories that you consume when eating one.

I just finished this little darling coffeedyed and aged pin keep doll.. Of course, I added my own touches. A TFC folkart pattern was used, but I added real arms and improvised here and there. She is 6 1/2 tall and aged for a timeworn look. The pin cushion is a piece of a favorite cutter quilt I had bought at an antique store.

If you might be interested in her, $ 19.99 plus travel fare to your zipcode. Just email me at: Update ~ the pin keep dollie has been sold ~ Thank you, Diane.

Two posts in one day... must be the rain :o) !


A Little Part of Pennsylvania

This is the view that is across the road from a quilt shop ( Mary Beth's ) I went to on Saturday. It is in Belleville, Pa on Rt. 655 off of Rt. 322. Their prices are reasonable for their good quilt fabric.

A lot of Amish live in this area, so you have to be on the look out for their buggies.

Along Rt. 655 you will find a wine shop, a place called Woolen Mills (that I have not been to as of yet nor the wine shop either ), and an antique mall called Dairyland. Also, right in Belleville, there is another little antique store, but it closes early on Saturday it seems.

My friend and I had lunch at Duffy's Tavern in Boalsburg. Since I have already posted numerous photos of the tavern on my blog in other posts... I did not take any on this trip.

Anyway.. the Pennsylvania landscape looks sorta like this from Harrisburg over to Somerset and Tyrone, PA. area. Their are views like this outside of State College and Tyrone and between Altoona, PA and Bedford, Pa.

Big expansive views of farm land mostly.

Looks like another rainy and cloudy day here in PA !

Have a fun day !



Monday, April 30, 2012

Psstt.... TDIPT Mercantile Update Tonight and the remedy for posting photos on the blog posts.

April went by in a blur it seems.. but I did manage to get this dollie made with her church dollie.

She will be listed tonight around 9 p.m. on TDIPT Mercantile.

The photos of her do not do her justice. She has been coffee dyed/ cinnamon / sanded for a timeworn look and also her outfit has been coffee dyed but the light makes the photo look lighter than what it is.

I think I figured out the placement of the photos on the blogs now since they called themselves updating blogger.

As you write your post.. if you leave some space ~ about seven lines or so ~ where you want to add a photo.. click on that first line as if you were going to start typing something and then click on the photo image. If you click on the photo you want to place there and wait till it says done, of course, it should go in the space
where you wanted it.

Also to make a space inbetween paragraphs when writing your post.. click options to the right of the page and click on enter for line breaks and hit done.

I can't believe I figured something out on my own when it comes to computers.

It looks like a nice day here so far. The sun is shining , the sky is blue and it is warming up .. which is fine with me !

Have a fun day !


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

This Last Saturday.. I r u n n ...... o f t .....

My friend and I r u n n o f t to N Y C on a bus trip just for something to do and to get out of the sticks for a while !

Shown on the above photo is a screen outside of the M & M store. This store is huge.

The next four photos are taken on Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. It was really hazy on Saturday morning in NYC. It was a nice warm sunny day, though. Where I live in West Central Pa.. it was really cold and rainy on Saturday , so I picked a good day to go to N Y C.

A bird's eye view of the ball at Times Square.

Central seen from Top of the Rock.

My friend, Bonnie, with the Empire State Building in the background.

The Empire State Building and lower Manhattan with a very hazy view of the Statue of Liberty.

The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center. The gal shown below skating is a very good skater and also the man shown near her. In place of the ice skating rink, they will be placing a dining area there probably next month for the warmer weather.

Grand Central Station above.. an old and huge building. Not as crowded as I thought it would be. I nabbed the interior photo from the internet. I took the outside photo of Grand Central.

Radio City Music Hall. We missed the tour for the inside of Radio City.. their tours run from 11 to 3.

Times Square above and below a photo of the outside of the Hershey's Store.

Macy's Department Store is undergoing a renovation and it was a mess inside with areas blocked off.
Below is a sight .. have you heard of the Naked Cowboy..well, here he is in the flesh.. he does have tighty whitey's on, though. He is usually seen at Times Square.
I don't know who the lady is with him.. For a little money donation, you can have your photo taken with him. He has a degree in Political Science. Type in Naked Cowboy in your search browser..

Above is a photo of the American Girl Doll Store. You can purchase a doll of any color skin, hair and eyes and any accessory you can imagine is for sale here . A lot of folks were shopping with their little girls buying them anything their heart's desired.

Above and below are murals at the Main Public Library. This library is made from marble and it is gorgeous !

My friend and I had a fun day and got plenty of exercise walking around a part of Manhattan.

Now I have to get something completed for TDIPT next Monday evening..

Have a fun day !