Saturday, September 27, 2008

Featured Crafter--Aunt Manny's Creations




Aunt Manny is a 32 year old WAHM with two daughters ages 11 and 16. She has been crafting ever since she was a young'un. She says she can remember selling her wares around age 12 or 13. She was born and raised in Iowa, and started her business, Aunt Mannys Creations, in 2000. Originally, She did some crafting, but her main products were candles and the like. Since she missed sewing and crafting in general, She got further involved in it and it pretty much took over. She recently added a candle line back to her business, but crafting and sewing is truly her calling!

She enjoys networking with crafters all over the world and welcomes anyone to exchange links!

She will also be the donor of our October drawing...a set of 6 of her Cinnamon Apple Ornies! More details on that after October 1.

You can find Aunt Manny here: Blog
Website, Ebay, Etsy, and PatternMart

New Items Posted For Sale

We have some nice new items from Celene's Treasure Chest, Kittredge Mercantile, KKL Primitives, Aunt Manny's Creations, and Cranapple Christmas. Please do yourself a favor and check out their websites or blogs. Fabulous crafts, Fabulous women.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Featured Crafter--Long Cane Primitives











Terri was born and raised in the country right outside Opelika, AL. She formed Long Cane Primitives in 2000. Her hope is to provide the strongest scent throwing soaps and realistic looking bakery style candles, by using the finest soap bases, wax blends, fragrance oils, and wicks available. She's even ventured off into selling her own hand sewn prims, recipes, and patterns, but handcrafting candles and soaps is her first love.

Every offering is handmade, designed, and created by Terri out of her own home, just as they were in simpler times gone by...one at a time, with lots of love and attention to detail.

Terri is a very simple person, and her faith in God is the driving force in her life. She loves her family, friends, home, work, and her critters! Please stop by her site. I am sure that you will find a prim to call your very own :)

Long Cane Primitives

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Just a Reminder....


If you have a button or link on this blog, you need to make sure the Prim Friends Network button is on your site. You may copy the one off the sidebar and link it to:
http://primfriendsnetwork.blogspot.com

All this is free to you, but we need to make sure the "network" part doesn't get left out! LOL!!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Featured Crafter--Kittredge Mercantile

I would like to introduce you to Kittredge Mercantile. When she says she'll paint a flag on anything....believe me, she will! Her art is fabulous. Be sure to visit her site: Kittredge Mercantile and her blog: Kittredge Blog

I sell a combination of old, new and handmade. A general line of antiques, repurposed items, street finds and one of a kind. Specializing in primitive handmades. I love Americana! I'll paint a flag on anyhting from baseballs to babyshoes. I have been making primitives of some sort for more than twenty years. I also have a brick and mortar shop by the same name Kittredge Mercantile located in beautiful Kittredge, Colorado. Do come by!

September Issue Now Out!



View here:

Primitive Times Magazine

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Featured Crafter--Cinna Minnies



The beginning of my business is the result of me falling in love with a man . . .

A gingerbread man that is . . . at a Relief Society Homemaking meeting. One of the craft projects involved decorating some little gingerbread men that were made from cinnamon. That little guy made my heart race and set my mind into a creative frenzy! I thought about it, and the very next day I phoned my friend, Carol, to ask for the recipe she used to make these gingerbread men. She shared it, and I was off!

Twenty-two years later I'm still in love with that little gingerbread man, and still in a creative frenzy working up new ways to design dolls, ornaments and home decor items made from the cinnamon clay that I worked so hard to develop from that initial recipe. I found that original cinnamon dough was too primitive in nature to work well for permanent ornamentation -- it crumbled, cracked and curled up when dry. So I did a little kitchen experimentation with various ingredients until I came up with my own secret recipe for a cinnamon clay that would roll out smoothly, mold well, would dry hard and smooth in texture and appearance, and wouldn't crack or curl up. It took several months of experimenting, but I finally accomplished my task and now had a very pliable, highly-scented cinnamon clay to bring all of my creations to life, and last for years!

When my friends and family saw my gingerbread men, their positive reactions spurred me on to continue to create other characters. That led me to teach myself how to make cutters for all of the designs that were running around in my brain! Soon I was creating bunnies, cows, pigs, geese, dolls, and ornaments of all kinds! People seemed to be impressed and a friend said she would gladly take them to a craft show she was doing and see if people would buy them. I couldn't wait for her to come home after the show, so I went to it myself to see what kind of reaction my little cinnamon ornaments would get. Well, almost every one of them sold! I was so thrilled -- I was absolutely hooked on these now, and continued to send items to all shows that she attended. After almost selling out at each of the three craft shows, I decided to visit some craft shops to see if they'd buy them wholesale and sell them through their shops. To my great surprise and delight, they did!

I kept working on this little hobby of mine, and the next year, I participated in my first craft show in our small town of Owosso Michigan, and made $300. I loved the wonderful responses from people who bought my cinnamon items. They made people smile and they loved the cinnamon smell. From that point on I decided that I wanted to see if I could build a business, and that was the beginning of Cinna-Minnies™ Solid Cinnamon Collectibles .

That summer, fate stepped in and our daughter Christy entered into a local beauty pageant. During intermission I got up to get a drink of punch and slipped on a wet spot on the floor, injuring my right arm. My first thoughts the next day were "what will happen to my business, and how will I ever get ready for my next craft show?" It was only a month away. I took my concerns to my family, and true to their supportive, loving nature, they decided they should all participate and learn the various tasks that would contribute to making Cinna-Minnies™. My only job was to teach each one of them what to do while my arm healed. Everyone learned to do several different tasks and discovered and developed talents as they helped produce Cinna-Minnies™. John took over the cinnamon clay management, and has perfected the rolling and cutting out of the dolls, and ornaments to near perfection. The girls learned to dress the dolls, make bows, sew, paint, and make miniature clay accessories, which added greatly to the charm of the finished dolls.

Time marches on . . . our children have grown-up, gotten married and some have children of their own now. So these days, John and I work as a team to produce Cinna-Minnies™, with periodic outside help from dear friends as needed. We each operate within the realm of our talents, which compliment one another well. In August of 2001 we launched our company web site and have been busy ever since filling orders. I have purposely kept my business small so that I can maintain the quality of our Cinna-Minnies™ Collectibles. Part of the charm and attraction to our customers is the fact that all of our dolls, ornaments and home decor items are handmade by a real Mom and Pop operation . . . truly a dying breed these day.

Thank you to one and all for supporting us and blessing our lives with your kindness and friendship.

Scent-cerely,

Rochelle and John

Mention that you read my Featured Crafter article at Prim Friends Network & receive 1Free Bottle of Cinnamon Oil with your order.www.cinna-minnies.com

Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Candle Buzz Marketplace



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Where the buzz is all about YOU!



GRAND OPENING SPECIAL!


The Buzz is offering you One Month Free advertising on the new Marketplace.

Just email them at: info@thecandlebuzz.com to get you ad going.



There is a limited number of Feature Shoppe and In The Spotlight Ads available. They will be first come...first serve. But, the banner categories are unlimited.

There is no obligation after your first free month to continue advertising with them. They will automatically send you an invoice for the ad and you can accept or decline.

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Check them out, you'll love it!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

This Week's Featured Crafter






Denise ( Neenee) Bailey was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She's the mother of 3 grown daughters and has 3 grandchildren ages 8, 5 and 20 months. Denise has always had an interest in art and crafts and it's only been the past four years that she's been selling her products. All items are 100% handcrafted by Denise in her smoke free and pet free home. Denise started out by participating in local area craft shows, but found there was not a lot of demand for primitive crafts in Pittsburgh, so went online in the hopes of attracting primitive lovers everywhere. She opened an eBay store and did fairly well. From there opened an EzShoppe called KKL Primitives. KKL stands for KrazyKraftLady as that is what her daughters refer to her as. Krazy Kraft Lady Primitives didn't sound very professional so she used the initials instead. Denise uses plugboards, networking, banner exchanges, topsites, and her craft blogs to promote her website. You can visit her blogs at:

http://thekrazykraftlady.blogspot.com
http://kklprimitives.blogspot.com,
http://primpatternsnhandmades.blogspot.com

Mention that you read her Featured Crafter article at Prim Friends Network & receive 10% off your total purchases ( does not include shipping).