Friday, February 29, 2008

March anniversary!!!

Yay!!! Our March stuff is up, at The Humble Arts y'all come visit!
This newsletter is by our esteemed leader Blondie and I think she said everything much better than I could, I hope she doesn't mind that I took the liberty to do this!

MARCH 2008

Happy Anniversary to The Humble Arts!!!!!!!

We are celebrating our first anniversary this month. It is difficult for us to contain our joy - it is overflowing so much that we are having door prizes being given out for the ENTIRE month. We so much want to share our JOY with YOU. Please make a note to visit us on March 1, 2008!!!

We will be doing the drawings each week ~ the first drawing will be held on March 9. To be entered into the drawings you must be registered through our new mailing list. If you are receiving this newsletter, you may not necessarily be in our new mailing list. We have chosen to use a Bravenet mailing list - it is not sold or shared any other person or group. It also has the option to remove yourself in the future. We promise not tofill your inbox with weekly trivia.

Each of the Harts members that has a blog will be announcing the winners - as well as it being announced on our website each week. If you haven't visited our individual blogs or if you weren't even aware that we were bloggers too ~ well, below is the list of our blogging sites. Each is as different in personality and style as each artist! Please come and visit! We love company!

Bonehead Studios ~~ "http:/"~~

Countryfolk keepsakes ~~ "" ~~

Crabby Gabby ~~ "" ~~

Curds-and-Whey ~~ "" ~~

Greeneyez ~~ "" ~~

Magpie Feathers ~~ "" ~~

Momma's Goodies~~ "" ~~

Sympletymes ~~ "" ~~

Tattered 'n Torn ~~ "" ~~

Vermont Harvest ~~"" ~~

Vintage Primitives ~~"" ~~

As a group we like to share our ideas, our lives and swap recipes. One recipe we shared recently, we thought we would share with you. It is YUMMY!!





1 - 9 inch double crust

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast

1/4 cup soy sauce

oil for cooking

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 cup chicken broth

1 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks

4-6 tablespoons honey

1 heaping tablespoon prepared Dijon mustard



ground black pepper

1 - 2 tablespoons cornstarch



Cut chicken into bite-size chunks, and marinate in soy sauce.

Pour enough oil in saucepan to coat the bottom of the pan.

Saute onion and garlic over medium-high heat until onion in

soft but not brown. Add chicken pieces, and saute until

chicken is cooked through. Stir in chicken broth, carrots,

honey, mustard, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix cornstarch with

a few tablespoons of water to make a paste. Bring chicken

mixture to a boil, and stir in cornstarch mixture. Cook,

stirring constantly, until thick. Mixture should get pretty

thick: add more cornstarch mixture if necessary. Pour chicken

mixture into pie shell. Top with crust, cutting small slits

in top to let steam escape. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

Reduce heat to 350 degrees Bake 30 minutes more, or until crust

is golden brown.

Yield: 1 9-inch pie

As always, we appreciate your support of Handmade in America honest to goodness Folk Art.

Thank you for sharing your time with us!

The Humble Arts Team

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


As I have been mentioning in my previous posts, my selling site " The Humble Arts " is having an anniversary this March 1st and there will be doorprizes!!! Starting this week we will be giving away 2 prizes, the drawing for them will be done on Sunday March the 10th!!!!! So get on over to " The Humble Arts " and sign up, so you won't get left out of the chance to win some lovely treasures from wonderful Artisans!!! Just click on either of the links and check on any one of the " The Humble Arts " group members blogs...mine included... to see if you've won! We will all be posting the winners on our blogs, so keep an eye out.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


Bailey! She didn't like being nekkid, so I made these bits of clothes for her.
She is my new offering at The Humble Arts for our Anniversary on March 1st. There will be door prizes, so go and sign up for the prizes you want, and you might be one of the lucky winners!

We got her done just in the nick of time, this is my very first bear, And I am extremely happy with her cute little face! I'm goung to try and make another one soon,but I'm going to try and add a gusset next time.
I think she needs just a bit more dimension on her side view, she'll look so much better with a nose job!
I do want to see what she'll look like in mohair, but I better not say that too loud I wouldn't want her to start putting on airs!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Beary cute...

I've been working on a bear design and decided it was time to make it, of course I didn't have any mohair, but I did have vintage camel hair fabric and little " Bailey" was "born". I designed my own pattern so I guess she is an original girlie too!
Usually I try to make my creations as close to my drawings as possible, but as you can see "Bailey" decided otherwise. She can stand on her own with just a little positioning and I've made her jointed with cotter pins and discs at her neck ,shoulders and hips.I also needle felted the whites of her eyes with some cream wool roving, wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but still I'm not sure I would want to make felted creations like my friend Teresa what a talented lady!
I'm also in the process of making a dress for her, her shoes are almost done as well, cause a little girlie needs something to protect her paws!
These are a few pic's of Bailey, from the start and in between.

All in all I'm pleased with her and I think she is a beary cute little bear.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Humble Arts ...

My selling site is having an anniversary this March and to celebrate this event, we are donating handmade items, these two are my offerings, in keeping with the Irish theme of the month.

This one is called "Kiss Me I'm Irish"

This one is called "Irish Lassie"

Both are made of small ornamental gourds, just like my " Valentine Cuties", but these don't have poems just the little ditty/saying on hangtags and my logo, all embellished and done up "prettily".
Come by and visit and sign up for the gifts you would like to recieve, when your name gets drawn, (I think it's only one item per person though!)
Just so there is no confusion ask Blondie, she'll set you straight! So don't forget!