Crafting With Lillie Mae's November 2009

Pins & Needles

Social Crafting Network


Lillie Mae's Crafts is pleased to announce our new Social Crafting Network


"Pins & Needles."


A forum and crafting network for crafters of all kinds. So...please join in the fun. Make new friends who share your love of crafts.

Hope to see you there!!!

New at Lillie Mae's Crafts


Lillie Mae's Crafts

Pattern Mart



Cotton Candy




An adorable little prim miss, busy eating her cotton candy. Quick and easy with minimal supplies needed. Pattern includes color picture and full-size pattern pieces so no measuring needed!! Templates and instructions for facial features makes creating the face so incredibly easy. Pattern also includes template for her shoes and socks as well as the cotton candy.  $5.99



Kountry Kitty



A darling Little Prim Kitty perfect for any decor.  Directions include easy templates for her facial features as well as for her socks and tennis shoes.  A quick and easy pattern with clear and precise numbered directions. Stands approximately 15-1/2 inches tall.  $5.99


Santa's Good Girl



This sweet little miss is busy writing a letter to Santa. The directions include instructions for letter and pencil. All patterns have full-size pattern pieces so no measuring needed at all. Templates for the facial features make painting and embroidering the face so easy. Pattern also includes templates for shoes and socks.  $5.99


Poinsettia & Snowman Pocket



Makes up quickly and easily, such a fun pattern. Supplies needed are limited and the pocket is actually made from a washcloth. Approximately 10 inches tall. $5.99


Christmas Stocking Garland

A sweet little prim garland with so many possibilities; approximately 25 inches long and 8-1/2 inches tall. Add more stockings to make your garland longer. Instead of adding the bows and bells, embroider family member's names on the cuff. Use the candy canes for ornies and fill the stockings with small stocking stuffers. Omit the garland and you have wonderful ornies with the stockings and candy canes. A great pattern for craft fairs as they are quick and easy and require few supplies. My own rusting recipe is included. $5.99


Vintage Chenille SnowLady


A Lillie Mae's Crafts original design. This set is so much cuter than the picture. This pattern has many possibilities; make just a the snowman or tree and you have ornies for your table or better yet make both and add them to your ornie bowl. Add jute or ribbon and you have peg hangers.   $5.99


Ima Good Witch

I love the way Ima came out. She's absolutely gorgeous and was so much fun to make. Her head and body are not attached as in most of my other patterns, and as such this gives you so many options. Complete full sizes patterns, no need to measure, and easy to follow step-by-step directions are included. Any templates needed such as for shoes, socks, etc., are also included. My facial feature box will guide you through creating her face. Pattern also includes a tag which is not shown.  $5.99

Tidings from Brenda....

Even though it is usually just me and my hubby for Thanksgiving dinner, I always make all the "fixins."  Our dinner usually consists of ham since Bob doesn't care for turkey.  A friend of mine years ago told me a quick and delicious way of fixing ham in the crock pot.  You simple put the ham in, fill it up with 7-Up and let it cook slow for about 8 to 10 hours.  It is yummy...and s-o-o easy. 


Although it's true that a delicious meal and football are the hallmarks of the Thanksgiving holiday, it is also a time for family and friends.  A time to give thanks for life's many blessings, and a time for reflection on past accomplishments and successes. 


Here are several ways to express your gratitude:


Giving Thanks




Staying Positive




How to be Thankful



How to be Thankful, not Fearful




How to be Thankful - Instructions



 "If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get."
Frank A. Clark]



When you catch yourself thinking self-defeating thoughts, take a deep
     breath, first exhaling deeply, and ask yourself "What can I be thankful
     for in this moment?"



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"Birthday Club"  



**NEW**  I'm starting a subscriber "Birthday Club."  To be included, here are the requirements:  The month before your birthday, you will need to send me a brief note about yourself.  This can include just a little bit about yourself, what you hope this birthday brings, what crafts you enjoy, a note about your family, children, pets, etc., or anything you would like to share.  If you would like to include a picture, that would be great too.


This will be published in the newsletter during your birthday month and in return for this, you will receive a "free birthday gift."


If you would like to join, just send your name, a brief note about yourself (as above) and date of birth to - lilliemaescrafts@yahoo.com



If you include the "year" of your birth, I WILL put your age in the newsletter...lol.




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Thank you all very sincerely for your many prayers for my husband Bob.  He's had a few complications, but is recuperating well and hopefully will be back to work soon.


Wishing you all many blessings,




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Unfortunately I've noticed that some of the free patterns I have posted on my blog are being stolen.  They are being changed slightly and put back up for sale by a different designer.  Because of this, I am going to be removing some of those patterns. 

Free Pattern in This Issue:

Prim Pilgrim & Indian Topsy Turvy Doll



Gobble Gobble Gobble Pillow



 Click on pictures to download patterns.



These patterns and graphics will eventually be offered for sale to the general public, but were originally designed and created for the subscribers of this newsletter. They are the original designs and remain the property of Lillie Mae's Crafts and are copyrighted as such.

The First Thanksgiving



In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. This harvest meal has become a symbol of cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans. Although this feast is considered by many to the very first Thanksgiving celebration, it was actually in keeping with a long tradition of celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops. Native American groups throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Creek and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America.

Historians have also recorded other ceremonies of thanks among European settlers in North America, including British colonists in Berkeley Plantation, Virginia. At this site near the Charles River in December of 1619, a group of British settlers led by Captain John Woodlief knelt in prayer and pledged "Thanksgiving" to God for their healthy arrival after a long voyage across the Atlantic. This event has been acknowledged by some scholars and writers as the official first Thanksgiving among European settlers on record. Whether at Plymouth, Berkeley Plantation, or throughout the Americas, celebrations of thanks have held great meaning and importance over time. The legacy of thanks, and particularly of the feast, have survived the centuries as people throughout the United States gather family, friends, and enormous amounts of food for their yearly Thanksgiving meal.

What Was Actually on the Menu?

What foods topped the table at the first harvest feast? Historians aren't completely certain about the full bounty, but it's safe to say the pilgrims weren't gobbling up pumpkin pie or playing with their mashed potatoes. Following is a list of the foods that were available to the colonists at the time of the 1621 feast. However, the only two items that historians know for sure were on the menu are venison and wild fowl, which are mentioned in primary sources. The most detailed description of the "First Thanksgiving" comes from Edward Winslow from A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, in 1621:

"Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, among other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed upon our governor, and upon the captain, and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."

Seventeenth Century Table Manners:

The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers. They wiped their hands on large cloth napkins which they also used to pick up hot morsels of food. Salt would have been on the table at the harvest feast, and people would have sprinkled it on their food. Pepper, however, was something that they used for cooking but wasn't available on the table.

In the seventeenth century, a person's social standing determined what he or she ate. The best food was placed next to the most important people. People didn't tend to sample everything that was on the table (as we do today), they just ate what was closest to them.

Serving in the seventeenth century was very different from serving today. People weren't served their meals individually. Foods were served onto the table and then people took the food from the table and ate it. All the servers had to do was move the food from the place where it was cooked onto the table.

Pilgrims didn't eat in courses as we do today. All of the different types of foods were placed on the table at the same time and people ate in any order they chose. Sometimes there were two courses, but each of them would contain both meat dishes, puddings, and sweets.

More Meat, Less Vegetables

Our modern Thanksgiving repast is centered around the turkey, but that certainly wasn't the case at the pilgrims's feasts. Their meals included many different meats. Vegetable dishes, one of the main components of our modern celebration, didn't really play a large part in the feast mentality of the seventeenth century. Depending on the time of year, many vegetables weren't available to the colonists.

The pilgrims probably didn't have pies or anything sweet at the harvest feast. They had brought some sugar with them on the Mayflower but by the time of the feast, the supply had dwindled. Also, they didn't have an oven so pies and cakes and breads were not possible at all. The food that was eaten at the harvest feast would have seemed fatty by 1990's standards, but it was probably more healthy for the pilgrims than it would be for people today. The colonists were more active and needed more protein. Heart attack was the least of their worries. They were more concerned about the plague and pox.

Surprisingly Spicy Cooking

People tend to think of English food at bland, but, in fact, the pilgrims used many spices, including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pepper, and dried fruit, in sauces for meats. In the seventeenth century, cooks did not use proportions or talk about teaspoons and tablespoons. Instead, they just improvised. The best way to cook things in the seventeenth century was to roast them. Among the pilgrims, someone was assigned to sit for hours at a time and turn the spit to make sure the meat was evenly done.

Since the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians had no refrigeration in the seventeenth century, they tended to dry a lot of their foods to preserve them. They dried Indian corn, hams, fish, and herbs.

Dinner for Breakfast: Pilgrim Meals:

The biggest meal of the day for the colonists was eaten at noon and it was called noonmeat or dinner. The housewives would spend part of their morning cooking that meal. Supper was a smaller meal that they had at the end of the day. Breakfast tended to be leftovers from the previous day's noonmeat.

In a pilgrim household, the adults sat down to eat and the children and servants waited on them. The foods that the colonists and Wampanoag Indians ate were very similar, but their eating patterns were different. While the colonists had set eating patterns—breakfast, dinner, and supper—the Wampanoags tended to eat when they were hungry and to have pots cooking throughout the day.




Happy Birthday to Sandy, aka AwtemNymf


October 29th

My birthday is October 29th, almost a Halloween Baby. And I've got to tell you - I AM a Halloween bumpkin :). I'm a Wife since 1999, Momma to one dd since 1994, Momma to our Boxers who we rescue with love, and loyal friend to many! I love to craft and be creative. I've dabbled in many craft mediums, and sewing is my main passion and painting unfinished wood comes second. I also enjoy working with polymer clay! I love to sew Raggedy Annies - mostly Prim style! Glitter, Ric Rac, Polka Dots puts an extra spring in my step. I collect Pumpkins, Crows, Vintage Halloween goods, Cookie Cutters and Faeries! I love to cook and bake! Autumn is my favorite season and of course I go big on Halloween!

What do I hope to happen on my birthday? That I have a steady clean bill of health. Because without these lungs to breathe with- I can't do much *lol*. I'm happy to be alive! I take one minute at a time. I love Random Acts of Kindness, Pay It Forwards, and I hug trees!


Happy Birthday to Ronda

November 23rd

My most favorite birthday was actually just two years ago.  My parents and three brothers came for Thanksgiving.  One of my sisters-in-law and the kids came as well.  My birthday was the day after Thanksgiving that year.  It was awesome having my family here, as they are scattered about.  The phone rang.  It was my son.  He was calling from Kirkuk Air Base in Iraq.  This was his third tour.  He said for me to check my email.  So, while I am talking to him, I am pulling up my email.  Attached are a dozen photos of my son.  He had one  of the other guys follow him around the base to take pictures...of him holding a sign that says "Happy Birthday Mom."  I cried, of course.

My mom taught me to sew when I was ten.  In 7th grade in Home Ec  class, I was the only student in the entire school (Jr. High) who got to sew on the "special" machine the entire year.  I have a Pfaff 213 I bought brand new when I was pregnant with my son (he is now 26).  When my son was four, I made him a dinosaur.  He picked out the fabric and wanted it to look just like the one on the pattern envelope.  We ended up loosing the dinosaur, and for years I felt guilty because of the circumstances surrounding the loss of this favorite toy of his.  About five years ago, I found the pattern on Ebay.  I made him a new dinosaur that looked as close to the old one as possible.  I took a photo of him holding the new dinosaur.  He used that photo to post on an on-line dating service.  That was the photo he used to meet his now wife. 


Birthday Gifts


For her birthday gift from Lillie Mae's Crafts, Ronda has selected the Lillie Mae doll pattern.  She's special as she was designed in memory of my grandmother whom I named my site after.


Sandy has yet to pick out her free pattern so I will share that will all of you in the next issue.



If anyone would like to wish Ronda or Sandy a happy birthday just drop me a note at lilliemaescrafts@yahoo.com and I'll be sure to post it in the next newsletter.


Crafting Tips & Tricks - On the Prowl



Crafting, doll making, pattern design, etc., have all become a large part of my life.  In fact you could say I'm happiest and feel a great sense of satisfaction when I'm designing my craft patterns. 


I love every aspect of this process from the design, which I complete all on my computer by the way, to the actual finished product.  I never really know how its going to turn out.  Many times its perfect the first time out, but more often than not to get the "perfect" design that I desire the pattern is remade and remade and remade. 


This process can use up a tremendous amount of crafting materials though.  So I search in some unlikely spots for the items I need.  Goodwill, Dollar General Store, flea markets, antique shops, etc. are just a few of the spots I love to shop at.  I have found some great finds such as antique quilts which have a few spots or tears that are sold very reasonably and vintage chenille.  These are two items I'm always on the lookout for.  Different types of yarn are always fun to find.  Plastic canvas yarn, cords, rug yarn etc. all make for delightfully diverse types of doll hair designs.  Other items to keep on the look out for are threads, paints, brushes, material, markers, stuffing, etc. 


Once I purchased an antique sofa cover that I just fell in love with.  Unfortunately though when I got it home I discovered there were a few spots and tears I had not noticed before.  When throwing it out though, I discovered that the white lining was in excellent shape and actually resembled the muslin which I, of course, use for most of my dolls.  So I ripped out the lining, washed it all up, and since this was a "big" couch cover I had material for my dolls for months.


So....keep your eyes open when frequenting these shops.  You never know what "treasures" you'll go home with.


**If anyone has any tips or tricks they would like to contribute, send them to me at - lilliemaescrafts@yahoo.comhttp://www.artgalleryfabrics.com/index.shtml



I have a very special Thanksgiving I would like to share :) I had just purchased my home out here in the country. I had been in it for almost a year. I was so thrilled I had my very first garden in my new home that summer.  I planted everything under the sun. Green beans, corn, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, green peppers, jalapenos, snap peas, and asparagus.  I even planted berry bushes and fruit trees. Oh what a wonderful productive harvest I had that summer.


I had made friends in the neighborhood.  I asked one of the women to teach me how to can up my harvest. She was delighted to show me how to do it. So I spent several days making stewed tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, pickled beats, canning beans, and blanching corn. I had a really nice store house of food. It was a blessing in its self having such nice veggies for the long winter months.


This year was an especially nice Thanksgiving, as I had family show up unexpectedly, and they came to my house for their Thanksgiving meal. There were 14 family members that came and join in with my family at this memorable dinner. We had a house full. I think we had about 22 persons that day for dinner. I always say the more the merrier.


My family was amazed at what I served. The only thing on the table that was store bought, so to speak, was the Back Yard Bird (the turkey).  The ham was even raised as a piglet here on the farm. They could not believe all the wonderful food that I put out on the table was grown and canned by me. We had corn, beans, pickled cucumbers, pickled beets, and of course home made bread with my home made jams. Also there were cakes, cookies, and pies that I made. They were in awe that everything on the table was either made here or grown here... as they are city slickers.  I loved it. All 14 of my family members had such a wonderful time and enjoyed the offerings that the good Lord provided for us on that very special day together. I have not had such a wonderful family meal since. Everyone has either moved on to other states and some flew back home to their own homes.  But I will never forget that one very special Thanksgiving. I am continually reminded of it when I get to spend a holiday with one of the people that attended that dinner so long ago. They'll always say something like "Do you remember the Thanksgiving you had with all of us at your house? Where you made that yummy Back Yard Bird??? Do you know that your Uncle doesn't like turkey and he always tells me how good your turkey was when we have turkey for the holidays?" I just sit there and grin and feel very blessed as I do remember that awesome and great day we shared so many years ago. One is truly blessed when they are surrounded by family :)

Marcel at Aunt Pitty Pat's

I am thankful to live in a country where I can worship the Lord, without fear of being thrown in prison (pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who live in China and Muslim countries).  I am thankful for my husband who cherishes me.  I am thankful for my children.  I am thankful for parents who have been by my side, through all the trials and tribulations I have brought on myself through the years.  I am thankful for my job - I may not always like it, but I am so thankful for it.  I am thankful for my online bloggie (as Marcel says) friends who support me and encourage me and pray for me.  And this year, for Thanksgiving, I am most thankful that my son will be stateside for the holidays, the first time in five years - he has been in Iraq during the holidays for the past four. 





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