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December 27, 2012

Drum roll please... The Winners are.....

Ho ho ho! Thank you soooo much for all the lovely comments!

My girls just finished picking the random numbers from the comments and here they are!! I will need each of you listed below to email me at swest@buttermilkbasin.com by Monday 10 am (Central) with your name and address so I can put you on the list for the club! I will mail out your gift the week after the open house in January - the week of the 21!

Congrats and thanks a BUNCH for following along!

(3) Meredith said...

Love this very cute ornament! However i cannot seem to download it - don't know what I am doing wrong. My favourite Christmas memories are all around decorating the tree with some of the beautiful handmade ornaments sewn by my late mum - they are very precious and bring back such lovely memories.

December 21, 2012 3:51 AM

(7) Darlene D said...

I've enjoyed the hop so much! Thank you for taking the time to organize. I love your little ornament, I'm planning a quilty/wool tree for next year, so that one will definitely be on the list. Looking forward to having family here for Christmas, being together and sharing the celebration of our Saviour's birth with them! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

December 21, 2012 5:13 AM

(37) Kathy said...

Thanks so much for organizing this blog hop. I have found several fun things to add to the "to-do" list. And some great recipes, too!

Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2012 9:03 AM

(27) Denise Wailgum said...

Thank You for hosting this blog hop, it is always sad to see things end! When I was a child I always loved to hear my father Hum to the Christmas Music, he has past away now, but when I hear Christmas Music and find my~self humming, it always make me think of my father! Happy Holidays!


December 21, 2012 8:13 AM

(46) WoolenSails said...

I have enjoyed following the hop and visiting the blogs.

With the free patterns and ornaments, I have been making small items that I can pass out at the nursing home, for those who do not get visitors and need some cheer.


December 21, 2012 10:07 AM

(75) Can'tstopQuilting said...

Your daughters are beautiful. The ornament is adorable. I enjoyed the blog hop! And I was blessed with a new grandson on the 18th! Happy Holidays! Pam

December 21, 2012 1:51 PM

(77) Prim Gal said...

One more wonderful wooly ornament to addd to my must do's. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to offer this blog hop also.

December 21, 2012 2:21 PM

( 89) Cathy W said...

I really enjoyed the blog hop. Thank you so much for all you do. I like the ornament patterns. Wool applique was my new discovery in 2012. How great it is. Thanks to all for the patterns. Merry Christmas to you and your family

December 21, 2012 5:52 PM

(103) The Wooden Acorn said...

Hi Stacy,

Oh my gosh. The end of your posting is beyond touching. You have to know how much you touch our lives too with your incredible talent. You are a wonderful mom and a wonderful daughter. God will take care of all of you. Merry Christmas dear and thank you for being you.

Christmas Memory: On Christmas Eve, we would get into the car for a Christmas "Light" ride and when we came back home, the presents were magically under the tree. We missed Santa coming down the chimney every single year due to the car ride. It took me 10 years to figure it all out. :-)

December 21, 2012 10:35 PM

(111) Robin C said...

Merry Christmas. I really enjoyed the blog hop. And love your wool ornament.

December 22, 2012 7:33 AM

(124) Mary said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the blog hop and want to thank you for organizing it. Your ornament is very cute. I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas season.

December 23, 2012 3:26 PM

(137) CJ said...

Oh my -- you have no idea how I have enjoyed your blog hop. I am just getting back into life this year after years of caring for my senior family and then battling breast cancer. The internet and quilting have been my saving grace. I have been able to dream of all the beautiful fun items I plan to make. Thank you for sharing.

December 25, 2012 7:03 PM


December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Please feel free to leave your comment through tonight!  I will announce the winners tomorrow when I am back in town!

December 21, 2012

A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop sadly comes to an end...

Merry Christmas Everyone!
First off, I want to thank each and everyone of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to follow our A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop!  I hope you have enjoyed the recipes, pictures, stories and ornaments designed just for you!  During the Holiday Season, is it important to sit down, relax and get caught up in the magic of this delightful time of year!  My hope is that our hop helped capture that "magic" and inspired you to give handmade!  If nothing else... give yourself the gift of making an ornament just for you each Christmas!  I love to make an ornament each year to give to my girls... It is something that they will have for years to come...

Secondly, I would like to give a HUGE thank you to all 11 gals who made this possible!  Each one is over the top talented, kind and such a pleasure to work with!  It is always fun to join together and share our talents and give back to each of you!  Without each of YOU, we would not be following our hearts and making our dreams come true!  On to my post... Enjoy! 

Supplies: Scraps of Black, Cream, Red, Gold & Orange Wool * Coordinating Floss to match wool selection plus brown for arms * 10 inches of thin black ribbon * small cream beads * 2 -1/4 inch black buttons * Pinking shears

Instructions: Trace and cut out each wool design piece. Glue-Baste each piece in place on black wool.  I left a 1/2 inch all the way around the heart to trim later with the pinking shears. Use 2 strands of coordinating floss to blanket stitch around each piece.  Sew cream beads on for snow, 2 black buttons down front of snowman, use 6 strands of cream floss to stitch snowflake on if you would like making a plus sign and then adding lines as shown on picture for snowflake, use 6 strands of brown floss to stitch arms on snowman, use 6 strands of black floss to make French knots for eyes. Once your stitching is complete, use your pinking shears to trim around the entire edge of the black wool.  Tie on a black string, hang and enjoy!
This year we are scrambling to redo the upstairs while my mother went back home for a couple of weeks... The ceiling guy, the painter and the electrician have just finished up... hence NO Holiday decor!  GRRR!  SOO to share a little Holiday decorating, inspiration and ideas with you - I headed up to my FAV shop, Round Barn Potting Co.  Words can not describe how cool her shop is!  It is in an old red barn.  It is always one of my fav places to do some Holiday shopping for those "creative" people in my life!  Here is her blog - stop over and tell Lori I sent you her way!  You will not be disappointed! http://roundbarnpottingco.blogspot.com


My Holiday Cookie Recipe!
I LOVE to bake and cook!  Each year I bake cookies for those far and near!  Too me, there is nothing more exciting then giving!  So I spend hours checking out new and old fav recipes... I make my list, gather my ingredients and put on my new handmade apron (gift from a special friend!) and start in!  This year the theme is simple and quick as I am out of time and my youngest daughter Grace is assisting me!  Today I (Mrs. Claus) sent out these tins full off cookies... Then I came home and baked a ton more for round two which is for all the teachers and helpers at Gracie's elementary school!  And yes... there is still more to do!!!  :)  PS ~ The cookies are the white powdered sugar coated ones to the bottom right in tin!

For those of you who do not know... George and I are blessed with two darling young girls that we are always excited to be with during this magical time of year!  From Orchestra concerts at the Mall of America, to volunteering for parties, band concerts for Grace to Holiday Sing Alongs at the elementary school... We manage to get it all in!  I rarely miss an event or special time in their lives... So without further ado... My two lovelies...  Grace and Hannah
In closing, I want thank you for helping me be able to follow my dreams, do something I enjoy everyday and most importantly... be present to raise my two young gals and be a care taker for my terminally ill mother who needs a double lung transplant but has opted not to get one at this time... My handwork is my saving grace... It helps ease the mind when I worry mom will not make it thru another challenge and keeps me busy while I am at the doctors with her for hours on end... It helps pass the time while I am waiting in the car pool line at the girls' schools... and one thing I will always treasure is that it has connected me with each of you!  Whether I see you at a show, across the country at a class I am teaching... or through an email - I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to be a tiny part of your life!  I wish you and your family a blessed Holiday Season filled with much love, laughter and memories! 
I look forward to spending 2013 with each of you!
My gift to you.. Please leave a comment about your Holiday or Holidays past and I will draw 12 lucky gals name and give them a month membership to my Wool N Needle Club for January!  I will ship it directly to you! How fun is that!
Merry Christmas from the Wests...
George, Stacy, Hannah & Grace 



December 19, 2012

Countdown is on!

Happy Wednesday!  
It's hard to believe we are down to the last two gals... This hop has been so much fun...it's hard to see it winding down... :(. Today is Lisa's day!  Not only is she a designer, she has one of the Fav quilt shops for many!  I'll keep it short and simple so you can head over and read her post!  For all you wool/sheep lovers... Her ornament is perfect for you! 
Lisa Bongean * Primitive Gatherings

December 17, 2012

Monday's blog hop....

Happy Monday Everyone!
So did you all get a chance to check out Kathy's post?  Did you see her darling Christmas photos?  I love, love, love old photos... Too cute!  Her project was adorable!  It is so fun to see what everyone comes up with... Here is a sneak peak:  (and I think we should all take a trip to France just to find that awesome rick rack that she used on the project... anyone game!!!)
Today is a another exciting day!  I am very excited to see what Jeni from the Woolen Willow has came up for us all!  This is just like Christmas every M-W-F...  And the cool part is that you get ideas, recipes and projects that you like!!!  Grab your coffee (or Diet Coke) and head on over and check in out! 

Monday Dec 17 * Jeni 
Woolen Willow - Primitive Quilts Magazine

December 14, 2012

Happy Hop Friday!

Happy Hop Friday!

Two things then I'm off to work and to bake for a cookie exchange I'm attending tonight!  So excited!

1.  You can go check out Stacy Nash's ornament!  She was able to get it posted after a computer crash!  Poor girl!  But many thanks to Stacy for pressing on!!!

2.  Today is Kathy's day and she is super talented.....and I am looking forward to checking her post out while sipping hot chocolate and nibbling on a cookie or two later tonight after a busy day!!!  Here is her link:

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  :)

December 12, 2012

Ali Strebel's Day!

Good morning everyone!  We are hopping right along!!! 
Today is Ali's day and she has the cutest owl ornament that is rug hooked and it is holding a needle felted ornament!! Talk about combining different techniques!! How fun is it to be getting all these great ornaments and in different mediums!  Too cool!  She also has a great blog post with lots of great Holiday decorating ideas!  Hop on over to her blog and get inspired! 
 Here is a little sneak peek! :)
Ali Strebel * Ali Strebel Designs
Monday Nov 26 * Tara Darr * Sew Unique Creations
Wed Nov 28 * Debbie Busby * Wooden Spool Designs
Friday 30 * JoAnn Mullaly * JAM – Wool Crazy
Monday Dec 3 * Lori Brechlin * Notforgotten Farm
Wed Dec 5 * Lynda Hall * Primitive Pieces by Lynda
Friday Dec 7 * Cheri Payne * Quilts By Cheri
Monday Dec 10 * Stacy Nash * Stacy Nash
Wed Dec 12 * Ali Strebel * Ali Strebel Designs
Friday Dec 14 * Kathy Schmitz * Kathy Schmitz
Monday Dec 17 * Jeni Gaston* The Woolen Willow/ Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine
Wed Dec 19 * Lisa Bongean * Primitive Gatherings
Friday Dec 21 * Stacy West * Buttermilk Basin

December 10, 2012

{Glitches} Keep on Hopping!

Hey!  Just wanted to thank you for your concerns and let you know that Cheri did have download issues (which happens all too often!!) which held up her post this morning...  We are designers and can draw and create... but sometimes we just can't figure out the specifics when it comes to computers! 

Anyhow... Cheri's ornaments and recipe were well worth the wait!  Here is a sneak peek... Please head over to get the full scoop! 
 On a side note - I am sorry there was no complimentary ornament for you from Stacy Nash... I am just hoping all is well with her and sometimes things come up!  I sure appreciate her doing what she could during the Holidays for you!  And remember, I do this for fun (as do the other designers), to brighten your Holiday, to say Thank you & give back a little and to have fun working with the other designers...  I have no control over what each designer posts or offers you... I am the "make it happen girl" who provides them with the graphics (and whatever else they need) and keeps things rolling!  So thanks so much for following along... I hope you still continue to enjoy the blog hop!  It really is more work for each of us then you see on "our day"!  (But is SOOO worth it!) :)

December 9, 2012

SNOW day/Blog Hop Cont...

Today was our first SNOW day of Dec!  It was a great day for us!  I can't tell you how many times the girls where in and out and drying their snow gear in the dryer!  It literally snowed all day... and is still snowing!  We have hit the 17 inch mark!  I wonder what the winter wonderland will look like tomorrow!
This weekend has been lovely!  I took time out for my family...  Yesterday we had brunch together, then the girls had their hair cut/styled for their Holiday photo shoot for our annual Christmas cards!  I tried a new gal this year andI can tell it is going to be stunning!  I am so pumped we got the shoot in before the big snow storm we woke up to this morning! {WHEW!}  Then today I caught up on some much needed cleaning and time with my girls!  And you know what goes good on a cleaning day?!?! A HOTDISH, of course!  So yes..  I was even Miss Molly doing some cooking too!  Then we winded down the evening with my husband shoveling (LUV him!) and the girls and I watching Holiday movies!  Good times! :)
Tomorrow I have a painter coming... I typically do all the painting in the house myself - but I am plum out of time and energy!  So we will see how it goes!  He is starting with the ceilings tomorrow!  I hate painting them so he can have at it! :)
Here are a couple of pics I snapped while watching my little bug slide down the mini drifts... 
Please continue on the hop!  We had a brief glitch... so please head over to Stacy Nash's blog and see her darling new project and tasty cookies!  She has a darling post too!  So sweet!  I forgot to change the date with Cheri and Stacy on the list... So to be sure you don't miss out on anything... you better just go visit them both again!!!! :)  (You can never get too much of a good thing - right!?)
Stacy Nash * Stacy Nash 
Cheri Payne * Quilts by Cheri
Monday Nov 26 * Tara Darr * Sew Unique Creations
Wed Nov 28 * Debbie Busby * Wooden Spool Designs
Friday 30 * JoAnn Mullaly * JAM – Wool Crazy
Monday Dec 3 * Lori Brechlin * Notforgotten Farm
Wed Dec 5 * Lynda Hall * Primitive Pieces by Lynda
Friday Dec 7 * Cheri Payne * Quilts By Cheri
Monday Dec 10 * Stacy Nash * Stacy Nash
Wed Dec 12 * Ali Strebel * Ali Strebel Designs
Friday Dec 14 * Kathy Schmitz * Kathy Schmitz
Monday Dec 17 * Jeni Gaston* The Woolen Willow/ Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine
Wed Dec 19 * Lisa Bongean * Primitive Gatherings
Friday Dec 21 * Stacy West * Buttermilk Basin

December 6, 2012

Blog Hop - St. Nik from The Voice :)

OOOPS!  My blog post did not post last night for Lynda's "Big Day" and I am back in the studio and getting calls and emails about the link- so I am going to post it right now for each of you who needed the link... Have fun!!!
Lynda From Primitive Pieces by Lynda
Speaking of the blog hop... How cool were the pictures from Lori's open house!  I sure wish I lived closer - it would be great fun to join in!  Here recipe is printed off and I hope to add it to my Holiday baking!  If you have not checked hers out... Please do!  And you get the first cross-stitch pattern of the blog hop!  Way cool!  I will be head over to Lynda's shortly!!!
On a personal note... This morning I decided to head down to the Mall of America and show my Minnesota support to one of the final 4 contestants on The Voice (which I LOVE)!  Even tho I am a rocker girl.. I have fallen in love with a very unique, humbled and talented artist... Nicholas David from Minnesota!  He came to town for a guest appearance (PR for The Voice) at the Patio in MOA!  He sang two songs, shared heartfelt thanks and received a gold microphone from Eagan (a burb of the Twin Cities).  He was shy, quiet and oh, so humbled!  What a swell guy! I was so honored to be a part of his special day and wish him so much success in his journey! 

Tomorrow we have another talented primitive designer- Cheri from Quilts by Cheri!  I have seen a pic of her yummy recipe - perfect for this time of year!  I'm so excited.. Let's hop on over and see! 
Cheri Payne from Quilts by Cheri

December 2, 2012

Barn Sale/Blog Hop

This past week I was able to sneak a quick trip to a barn sale thanks to my pal Michele!  We met at Caribou and headed out into the country until we thought we could go no farther! 
And then -
 there is was...
this big old (new build) barn decorated with twinkling lights and fresh cut greenery! 
For those of you who don't know me - I am a VINTAGE PROP addict!  YES!  I have a shed FULL of some darling props!  If you look close at the checkout picture - you can see my new red tool box and vintage woolen blanket!  That was just a start to my pile!  I also scored vintage ornaments, tinsel trim, jars, an old rusty garden trellis and even a couple of Christmas gifts (if I can part with them!!) Oh, and the coolest old tins... I will have to post them another time - too cute!

  Also the HOP is going FABULOUS!  SO how cool was JoAnn's post?  I totally want to move right in!  Her house (and decorating) is to die for!!!  Then just when you don't think it can get any cooler... she comes up with a Holiday bag idea (that I so am going to add to our tradition) and a stickin cute ornie!  This blog is rockin!  That's all I'm saying!!!  Here is a sneak peak from her post...

Tomorrow is going to be another spectalular post and project from a very talented hand work gal.. Lori from Notforgotten Farm.  Her designs are sooo unique and reminisent of days gone by.... Hope tomorrow comes quick!  Keep enjoying the hop!!!!

Lori Brechlin * Notforgotten Farm
Monday Nov 26 * Tara Darr * Sew Unique Creations
Wed Nov 28 * Debbie Busby * Wooden Spool Designs
Friday 30 * JoAnn Mullaly * JAM – Wool Crazy
Monday Dec 3 * Lori Brechlin * Notforgotten Farm
Wed Dec 5 * Lynda Hall * Primitive Pieces by Lynda
Friday Dec 7 * Cheri Payne * Quilts By Cheri
Monday Dec 10 * Stacy Nash * Stacy Nash
Wed Dec 12 * Ali Strebel * Ali Strebel Designs
Friday Dec 14 * Kathy Schmitz * Kathy Schmitz
Monday Dec 17 * Jeni Gaston* The Woolen Willow/ Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine
Wed Dec 19 * Lisa Bongean * Primitive Gatherings
Friday Dec 21 * Stacy West * Buttermilk Basin
And special guest....

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