Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Christmas went over extremely well this year! The kids were overly happy with their gifts and our family dinner was excellent. We stayed over at my brother's house until 3 in the morning playing WII, cards, PS3 and computer games. We had such a blast! I hope your holiday was just as wonderful!
If you haven't noticed yet, we will be featuring a new set of graphics each week or so at a discounted price. These graphics are complete websets and can be used for everything from your blog, website, etsy, ebay and more! All graphic sets will be exclusive to you and no one else will have them!
This week's special is a vintage cat webset. So cute!
The pattern for the rose bud ornies is now available. You can find the epattern here
We've got more great Valentine ideas in store so keep your eye out!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thankfully, all of my shopping is complete and even wrapped! Can ya believe it! I think im on the ball this year. With my kids being older now, its MUCH easier to shop and less to get for them. And with Zoey getting part of her Christmas present early....she was a breeze to shop for!
Now that I'm ready for Christmas, I decided to work on more Valentine items. I know...shoot me for even mentioning it! But, you have to admit, it will be here quick once the first of the year hits!
Ok, enough babbling...I finished up some rose ornies. If you would like to read more about the, just click the photo. They smell just like roses! MMMMMM
So...who's got a Christmas shopping horror story? I would love to hear it!
Happiest of holidays to all!
Friday, December 19, 2008
This year is a bit longer than normal since I had over two hours of raw footage to compact. It's just over 13 minutes long and of course the quality isn't as good on the web.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I got it finished up and ready for sale. You can purchase it on Patternmart and receive it via email or get it through eBay as a mailed CD.
All images are included in this oh so easy pattern!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I love how these turned out! I think I'm likin these Valentine love letters more than the Letters to Santa!
These letters have been dipped in my special Rose scented wax. Very fragrant!!!
Click either of the photos to read more about them.
Friday, December 5, 2008
I decided to stop and take the time to make something new. I needed a break, so to speak. So I concocted this little fella below. He is another musical snowman too...plays "Frosty The Snowman"!
If you are interested in him, just click on any of his pictures!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Our Holiday sale has been extended! Now through Sunday, December 14th we are having our biggest sale of the year!!! Patterns - 5 for $25 - NO LIMIT! Christmas Ornie Sets - Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off! Now Available - SINGLE Christmas Ornies! PLUS - Spend $75.00 or more and receive 10% off your order! Gift Certificates Now Available As Well! Check out our special holiday sale page below!
Our Holiday sale has been extended!
Now through Sunday, December 14th we are having our biggest sale of the year!!!
Patterns - 5 for $25 - NO LIMIT!
Christmas Ornie Sets - Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off!
Now Available - SINGLE Christmas Ornies!
PLUS - Spend $75.00 or more and receive 10% off your order!
Gift Certificates Now Available As Well!
Check out our special holiday sale page below!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I am happy to announce that it is FINALLY finished! You can click the photo below to go to the auction. I do apologize for the delay but am happy I could get it done for you!
On another note...we have added a new addition to our family! This was my early Christmas and anniversary present. Today marks me and Alan's 15th anniversary!!!
His name is "Twinkie" and is 2 months old today. This is just a quickie pic but I'll get better pics taken this week. He is such a ball of fire but a bucket of love at the same time. His first night here was last night and he slept in my arms the whole night!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
I have several new auctions on ebay now and you will see my newest items over to your left. A photo of each and a link to their auction. I got the new stump doll listed, various colors of Christmas ball ornies and much more!
My two favorite projects are the Christmas ball ornies...
and the letters to santa...
Also, I have my oldest daughter's homecoming pic that I will be scanning tonight and give ya'll a peek tomorrow!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Well, my oldest daughter was not here for trick or treating last night. So, I decided that I would go trick or treating with Zoey (is there an age limit on trick or treating or is it all about what's in your heart?)
She was a girl from a 50's sock hop that never got a date. She's back from the dead for revenge...lol. While trick or treating she would ask people if they wanted to go to the sock hop. The younger kids didn't quite get it but the older crowd loved it. She got lots of comments.
Here are a couple of photos of us just before heading out.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I got this cutie finished up today but he won't be listed til later this weekend. I'm not sure if I want to add a few more details or not!
He is another one of my musical dolls. Push the cover of his book and it plays 3 different christmas carols.
We are getting ready for our first night of trick or treating. We go to my mom's town the first day then our town the second. The kids have such a blast and lots of candy with going two nights!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I even managed to get some Vintage Image Christmas Ball Ornies finished as well!
I completed two sets so far but there will be more to come.
They come in sets of three. The red set can now be found in my WSOAPP shoppe!
And the green set will probably be listed on ebay tonight (I think).
Friday, October 24, 2008
I know there were some of you asking if the "Ice 4 Sale" snowman would be a pattern. I had been working on the pattern before I got sick and FINALLY got it finished up today. You can click her to go to her ebay auction.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Saturday took a turn for the better though. I was finally able to eat and it's gotten better every day since. Im now feeling 100% better! Maybe I just needed time to adjust to the new med.
I got orders caught up yesterday and I even managed to finish a snowman stump doll that I had started before all of this happened. He is now listed in my WSOAPP shoppe!
This little guy had a hard time stringing the lights up on his Christmas tree...lol.
Thank you to Pam of Prims*by*Pam for the Fabulous Fall Decor Award!
I will be nominating 6 people as soon as I get a chance! What an honor!
A special thanks to Kaela of Sunshines Creations as well, for tagging me!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Zoey is not currently working on anything. She did sit down with me to make some icicles this past weekend and she mentioned she might want to do something with gingerbreads.
I think she has spurts where she REALLY wants to make something and then she is just more interested in playing with her friends and cousins than anything. So I'm just letting her work at her own pace. I've got some gingerbread ideas so i'm going to give her a couple of them this weekend and see if she is interested in them.
I know that the ghosts were pretty time consuming and difficult for her first piece so I figure if we go back to basics she may be more apt to want to create more. Kids have minds that only like to be occupied with something for a short time and then its time to move on. I know that if I offered her up the chance to make her own rag quilt she would do it in a heartbeat. She has helped with rag quilts before and she really liked it. I plan to run that by her as well. It's time consuming, but she can work on that in between other things and it isnt too complicated.
Im also hoping with fall upon us and the colder weather setting in, she will want to craft more as well since she won't be outside much. Iowa weather can be horrible in the winter months and according to the farmer's almanac, we are in for a doozy this year.
The sun is already setting before 7:30 and before too long, it will almost be set by the time she gets home from babysitting after school. I know she will definately be wanting to do more while cooped up in the house.
I know there are quite a few waiting to see her next creation and even some that have been emailing back and forth with zoey! She really appreciates that too. She always gets excited with new emails and when people compliment her. She does one of those "I can't believe people really like what I make!" lol. It's so awesome for her!
When she starts a new creation, I will be sure to post about it and this time, I hope to get pics of her making it and the progress she makes each time she works on it! So stay tuned...
Sunday, October 5, 2008
It was homecoming last night so I spent hours curling my oldest daughters hair and she was so beautiful! She then dashed out the door before I could get pics! I've got a bone to pick with her still...lol.
Anyway, I got some old time icicle ornies made up with a pattern to follow shortly...
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Oh...and they are scented with gingerbread fragrance and they smell wonderful!!!
The pattern will be available soon!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Anyway...I have to chuckle everytime I look at them because their beards just kill me. I dunno why...they just do!
There will be a pattern to follow shortly.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
ETA: This is my altered version of a Sweet Meadows Farm pattern.
Just wanted to share my excitement with you all!
Friday, September 26, 2008
So I thought I would give you all a heads up to make sure you check your paypal account daily and compare all transaction.
While making a bank deposit today, I discovered that my account was off by over $400! And not in my favor!
So I get home, check my bank account online and there is a charge pending for $417 and some odd cents. It says that it's from paypal.
I go into my paypal account looking for the $417 charge and find a UK charge for $230 yesterday. Knowing that I did not purchase anything from the UK, I clicked on the details link. The conversion from 230 UK dollars ended up being $440!!! $417 of which was coming out of my bank account!
It showed that it was an ebay auction so I clicked the link for the supposed auction. It was for a nokia phone, there was 1 bid and the winner was NOT my ebay ID. On top of that, it asked me to log in, but I was already logged into ebay.
I immediately called my bank, filed a claim through paypal and changed all of my passwords and security questions.
By the time I got done with all of that, the seller sent a full refund. He said that he was thinking that the payment was fraud because the shipping address was in Lithuania!!! THANKFULLY, I had a seller that was very compliant and quick!
So now I have a full refund pending. I just couldn't believe it!
Please beware and pay attention to all of your transactions!!!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I really wanted to make a witch with it but the black and white just wasn't appropriate. So, I stained the fabric into an orange & black...much more suitable for a witch! I finished the witch but had no clue what to make for her.
Running with a combination of mine and Zoey's ideas, I decided to make her a jack. I have this wonderful pattern from Sweet Meadow's Farm that I have altered and used for several projects and thought it would be just great for this one! I always wanted to make a jack like this only I never thought of shrinking it down for dolls. So I tried it and I LOVE it! A little time consuming but well worth it! I'm wanting to make a set of ornies like them now! LOL
Anyway...this was my end result and maybe I can finally get a go on Christmas items.
Meet Sydney & her jack...
I should also add that I did up another 5 dozen apples for another round of apple butter! It should be done and ready to can tomorrow evening! Most of the last batch was given away...LOL So I figured we needed more because there are some family members and friends that still haven't gotten theirs yet. And of course we need some here at home!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Let me tell ya...three 5 gallon buckets is NOT a few dozen...more like 10-12! So I used 5 dozen to make up 4 batches of my slow cook apple butter this weekend. It made just over a dozen pint jars. We love to eat apple butter with pork chops! Ever try it? Oh it's sooo scrumptious!
You can find the recipe in the September issue of The Olde Prairie Register.
I'm still debating on if I should make more with the ramining 5-6 dozen apples...lol.
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I finished up a snowman yesterday. She is musical just like my last snowman (who is now back on ebay due to a nonresponsive/nonpaying bidder). She has some ice for sale! I love the colors and found the fabric this weekend and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! I will be working on the pattern for her in the near future.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I have been tagged by Gina of Cat Nap Inn Primitives and I have to give you 6 things you don't know about me. This is gonna be kinda hard but i'll do my best...
1. Like Gina over at Cat Nap Inn, my phobia is water. I can swim but im terrified of water. And not just any water, it has to be a certain something that I haven't figured out yet. I cannot even LOOK at the tv if there is a photo of a submarine going down or coming up out of the water. In fourth grade, our social studies book, chapter 4, had a photo of a Christopher Columbus type ship sailing in the water and I couldn't even look at it. While in the Virgin Islands years ago, I refused to do anything in the water...LOL.
2. I have had an undiagnosed health condition since April 29th, 2007 and have developed Fibromyalgia due to it.
3. I started "Aunt Mannys Creations" in 2000 and my main product then were candles. The name "Aunt Mannys" came from my now 16 year old niece who couldn't say "aunt mandy" when she was little.
4. I have two associate degrees (computer programming & network administration) and a certificate in Crime Scene Investigation and a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice.
5. My passion used to be modeling. It took years and a lot of work to get there and I finally signed with OTM in North Carolina. As soon as I signed, modeling didn't appeal to me anymore. I now believe it was only the thrill of the hunt that kept me going!
6. I live in Iowa. Always have and probably always will...lol.
Ok....now I need to pick 6 others to send this to. It's so hard because there are soooo many wonderful people I have met. Let's see...
1. Lily of French & Country Chic - She is a WONDERFUL supporter and so very kind!
2. Carm of Shweet Potato Designs - She is a hoot, does the CUTEST graphics and she has even been inside my head before! It was kinda eerie...LOL
3. Dena of Piney Woods Primitives - She has been one of my biggest supporters. She is such a wonderful gal I can't even begin to express how great she truely is!
4. Kathy of Palmetto Prims (otherwise known as chatty kathy) - She has been a true friend for many years. She is one of the few online that I can trust in and talk to just about anything!
5. Jen of Prairie House Primitive - OMG I can't say enough about her! She is so witty and comical and a genuine friend & supporter! And I would love to be able to afford to buy all of her prim wood furnishings!
6. April of April Harres Artwork - I have known April since back when I first started my business and she is a true friend. She pays attention to detail, always makes you feel welcome and is all around very genuine.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
She's actually a candy dish! Her head is hollow so if you lift her hat, you can store lotsa goodies inside! Her new home will be with Gina at Cat Nap Inn Primitives!
I just got the approval on her and will be shipping her out this week! She was so fun to make!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
First, CONGRATULATIONS to Doreen of Vermont Harvest! She was the winner of our witch potion bottle giveaway! Thank you to all who entered! Keep your eye out for another giveaway in the near future!
I got my Witchy Witch and Crabby Pumpkin pattern finished! Boy was that one a toughie with all of the details! It is now on ebay!
I also got a couple of Halloween pattern collections together on CD! They are also now on ebay!
Whew! I am hoping to be able to get an old world Santa made up this week but we'll see how time goes.
Zoey has not had time to get anything new started yet but she's definately brewin up ideas!
Until next time...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Those victims and their families certainly have been and will continue to be, in our thoughts and prayers.
In response to Zoey's post below, all I can say is that she sure didn't get her chatter skills from me!
Kidding you not, she sat here at the computer for almost 20 minutes typing that up! Next lesson...typing! (at warp speeds like her mamma!...lol) She did put a lot of heart and thought into it and that is what counts!
Oh, and the candles she is referring to are the lil tealights :)
Monday, September 8, 2008
So...last I left you, my youngest had sewn and stuffed her ghosts. HOWEVER...it didn't go so easy after that...LOL
And the story goes...she proceeded to ask "Mom, can we put the cheesecloth on now?". "No, we gotta grubby the ghosts first then the cheesecloth then we can put the cheesecloth on". So she grubbies up the ghosts and puts them in the oven. Tapping her foot (or was that mine?) the entire time...and listening to the crickets chirp.
Ghosts come out of the oven..."Mom...can we put the cheesecloth on now?" No, we need to grubby it first." She QUICKLY grubbies the cheesecloth and throws it in the oven, flips on the oven light and watches through the window. She is bound and determined to hurry up and get the cheesecloth on!
While waiting, she sparks a bright idea! "Hey mom, can we put a spooky ghost sounds button in one of the ghosts?" AWESOME idea! So she opens one of the ghosts and puts it in and sews it back up.
"So what do you think I should do next?" The smell should have been a clue...lol. "Ummmm...don't you have cheesecloth burning in the oven?" "OH CRAP!" she says and flies over to the oven.
Cheesecloth wasn't really burnt though..just smelled like it. But I want her to learn to remember she has stuff in the oven while doing other things.
Ok, cheesecloth is out and we proceed to put it on. Well apparently I wasn't doing it right because she fixed everything I did almost. "Mom, ghosts have draping stuff coming off their arms!" "Well excuse me crypt keeper, I'll just sit back and watch then", was my reply!
I let her work for a bit on getting eyes on and figuring out what kinda detail she wants to do.
She seems frustrated so I told her to take a break. She said she was going to ride her bike around for a bit then come back. SHE DIDN'T COME BACK!!! LOL She ended up at her uncle's house playing with her cousins and just left me hangin. I asked her if she was going to finish her ghosts and she replied, "I'm kinda dead from working on those today, can I finish them tomorrow?" Of course she could. If she doesn't want to work on them, that's fine (although my heart was broken and I felt I lost my li'l prim crafter already!
Next day, I waited for her to come to me when she was ready to work on them. She didn't once mention them until about mid-afternoon when she came in the living room and grabbed a witch potion bottle and says "Mom, c'mere! I have an awesome idea if we can get it to work!"
And oh was that idea awesome as ever! Even better than I could have thought up! I helped her put it all together and boy was she thinking right! Look at what her bright idea evolved into! I am soooo proud of her!
We put it on ebay tonight and she is absolutely excited about it! But not as excited as her proud mamma!!! Click the photo below to see her auction.
She named it "Keeper Of The Souls"... they are souls escaping from the bottle...
Saturday, September 6, 2008
My youngest daughter (the one that made the front page), asked me this week if I could spend the day with her teaching her to sew. She wants to make things to sell like me. So of course I was just tickled to hear that! I think what prompted her is because they just started sewing in school. Except they are doing it all by hand! She has helped me with orders before but mostly paint and putting details on.
Anyway, so she picked out her first solo project. A set of 3 ghost ornies. She has sewn rag quilts before but nothing too complicated with curves and such. So we worked together on the first one, mostly her on sewing the second one and the last ghost, I left the room. She asked "Where are you going?". And my oh so mommish reply was "you can do it, you don't need me!" She came and got me about 10 minutes later (yes 10) and showed me her finished ghost...i think she did better than I would have done! LOL She may have had the sewing maching sewing 1 stitch per 3 seconds but she did awesome!
So, they are sewn and stuffed now. I will be teaching her how to make grubby sauce to grubby up her ghosts. She hasn't decided what kinda detail she wants to put on the ghosts so I gave her some ideas to work with. I will post a picture of her finished product.
And on that note...I will be teaching her how to take photos too. I don't know how long she will stick with this but I am gonna savor it and suck it up as much as I can while I got her in the mood for it! LOL She's almost 12 so of course she has "a life" and may move on to other things...until next time (when we post her pics)...I hope everyone has a marvelous weekend!
p.s. - as I was typing this, she got her first real order for a set of pumpkin ornies! she knows how to make those from last year so she is even more excited and so am I!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
OOOOOOHHHHH LOOKIE LOOKIE! I just finished her up tonight and the rain let up long enough for me to take pics of her. I have been working on her all week long...again with no plan in mind for her. She just evolved!
Can't get enough of those witch potion bottles...I had to make her some only they are charm size. Only about a half inch tall...LOL. But oh how fitting!
She is now on ebay! Just click any of her photos below to view the auction...
Monday, September 1, 2008
I've been busy all morning making more and different witch potion bottles and also getting auctions ready for ebay listings tonight!
I was huntin for more witch potion bottles when I came across these. Oh my gosh I LOVE the different shapes! My favorite is the round bottle. I am getting a set up on ebay tonight so be sure to look for them there!
And along the lines of witch potion bottles, the last set on ebay went very well and I'm very excited about it. There will be more to come! Also, don't forget to get entered in my mini witch potion bottle giveaway below! Drawing is September 15th!
Friday, August 29, 2008
So, you will read in a post below about a certain fabric that I savoured for a masquerade doll dress and how it wasn't what I thought when it was finished. On top of that, I made the dress too long and really didn't want to tear it all apart again...so developed my bat doll.
The fabrics are great! A sweet orange courdoroy and a vintage orange/white/yellow shimmery paisley. I really love the both of them...especially together!
Well i finally sat down this week, tore the dress apart and put it back together again. I had no clue what I was going to do with it now but knew I was due to make a snowman. I ended up making one but totally different than what I wanted to (imagine that). I just made it as i went with no plans. Seriously...up until the last detail went on her, I still did not have a plan for her! And I changed things on her a gazillion times...lol.
She ended up being the snowman/angel/wing fairy...LOL. you all know the saying..."Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings"...
Her outfit and garland turned out really bright in the photos but really they aren't that bright in person. My favorite features are her halo of bells, her angel wing wand and that she plays three different Christmas songs...Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, and We Wish You A Merry Christmas!
REMINDER: Don't forget to get yourself entered for the Witch Potion Bottle Giveaway!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The verdict is in! I have decided to give away a set of my mini witch potion bottles to 1 lucky winner! Drawing will be held on September 15th so you have plenty of time to get entered and entered often!
My witch potion bottles have become very popular and I'm excited to be giving a set away. They are wonderful displayed as is, use them as accessories to your favorite prim dolls, add them to a spooky witch garland or use them as cupboard tucks! Each bottle measures 2.5" tall without the cork! They will be similar to those pictured above.
By now you are probably asking how you can enter to win! There are three ways for you to get yourself entered.
1. Leave a comment to this post.
2. Join Aunt Mannys mailing list.
3. Advertise the giveaway on other sites.
The rules are simple...
Post a comment to our blog about the giveaway. You automatically get one entry. If you post as anonymous, please be sure to include your email address! I will need some way of getting ahold of you if you are the winner!
Join our mailing list to be the first to find out about discounts, what's new, and more! Worth 1 entry.
If you advertise this giveaway on another site, please leave a comment to this post giving us the link(s) to where we can find it. Each link is worth 2 entries (1 link=2 entries; 2 links=4 entries; etc.)
So, tell all your friends about it and let them know there is no limit on how many times you can enter! Again, winner will be announced on September 15th...spread the word and good luck!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Shrunken Head Ornies...
Scrarecrow Kids (gonna sell seperately)...
I made up some new witch potion bottles (on ebay and ending tomorrow) and really like them. I've got more bottles so will be getting some more made up this week!