Crafting with Lillie Mae's August 2010


Hello from the very sunny...and very HOT (85 which is hot for us) Indiana,


I want to thank those who voted on whether or not they wanted this newsletter to continue...and the kind and encouraging words.


As many of you know, I hurt my arm several months ago, had surgery, but the surgery did not work.  There is a lot of pain associated with this stupid arm and working on the computer, of course, really aggravates the pain.


However, I do love working on the newsletter so I have decided to continue with it for the time being anyway.  I will just have to see if it's really going to be something I can do. 


Thanks again  everyone,




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Prayer Requests




My husband, Bob, had some abnormal lab tests recently and has to go back for more tests to help clarify and pinpoint the problem.  He just had coronary artery bypass surgery.  I would appreciate it if everyone would please add him to your prayer list.



 UPDATE:  Perhaps this is a man thing, I'm not quite sure, but getting Bob to the doctor's, even though he has had one heart attack, is almost impossible.  Therefore, getting him to the lab for tests is even more so.  So...please add Bob to your prayer list, that he will eventually see that it is necessary to have the tests that the doctor wants him to have.


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Crafts Defined



Primitive Crafts Defined:

Primitive crafts are all the range now as more and more craft artists are turning to creating "primitives."  But...what is "primitive?"  

The Webster dictionary defines it as:   Characteristic or imitative of the earliest ages; crude; simple; rough; uncivilized; primary; basic.  Some simply categorize primitive as an art style representative of an earlier time period. Others define primitive arts and crafts as those that are rough, simple, basic and even uncivilized.  Most primitive arts and crafts pieces have an antique look to them. Modern artists use new materials, of course, but they often use various techniques to make the materials look old or antique. 


Primitive crafts and home decor items look as though they were made years ago but are actually new.  This genre of crafts is open to many forms of interpretation, which allows the artist a lot of room for free will and personal taste.   Even though some primitive crafts look like they are tattered, this is all part of the style. Careful skill and construction is still important to the artists.

Folk Art Crafts Defined:

Folk art is the product of some particular and identifiable region or community and is dependent upon the traditions and materials in that region, rather than artistic "movements" or "schools." Folk art tends to involve things like pottery, woodworking, and fabric work (like weaving) and are all organic products of the needs of the people in the community. Thus, folk art also tends to be applied art - artistic objects which also have some practical use.

Difference between primitive and folk art crafts:

Primitive Crafts are usually more rustic. Rusty metal and worn paint areas will appear on most items. The older and grungier looking the better. Items such as primitive craft dolls will look old, worn and aged. Often times even appearing dirty.

Folk Art Crafts think Pennsylvania Dutch. Items may be rustic but often will have painted whimsical patterns such as the Pennsylvania Hex Designs.

Colonial Crafts are more 1700s designs and usually are done with black iron. Like something a black smith would have made. Include lighting, pans, etc.


In this issue:

Tidings From Brenda

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Contact Me

New @ Lillie Mae's Crafts

Prayer Requests
Crafts Defined

New Free Patterns
Wax Dipped Toilet Paper

Primitive Fixins
Prim Vintage Spools

Perfection Re-Visited

Over the Rainbow Bridge



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New Patterns

Vintage Chenille Shabby Tulips

These sweet shabby tulips are not only gorgeous, but so easy to make.  You will absolutely love this pattern. They make up quickly.  Each tulip is made from vintage chenille, color washed and baked.  The color washing is a little bit messy, but they are certainly worth it.  You, of course, may choose any container you like for your tulips; the one pictured is actually an antique table runner that I've sewn into a pocket, and have filled with 12 shabby tulips.

There are so many possibilities for these gorgeous tulips; put them in a vase, add them to a wreath, make just 1 or 2 and have your Annie carrying them, etc.

This pattern is free, as are all of my patterns, so jump on over to Lillie Mae's Crafts and download "Vintage Chenille Shabby Tulips."

New Free Patterns

I have just completed a new E-Book that's packed with fun patterns and projects.  Download it for free below.

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  Wax Dipped Toilet Paper




The minute I heard of wax dipped toilet paper, I knew that I would have to experiment and figure this our for myself. 


The first picture is of a wax dipped roll of toilet paper that I let as is and wrapped with a bow.


The second picture is also of a wax dipped roll, and then I whipped up some wax and applied to the roll with a rubber spatula.  I applied the wax in a "grubby" way to mimic a grubby frosted cake.


I keep it in my bathroom and almost every time a guest visits I get a compliment on how cute they are and how wonderful they smell.


For more information on how to make these delightful wax-dipped rolls, visit my E-Book page and download my "This 'n' That E-Book #2.

Perfection Re-Visited

Those of you who know me well, know what a perfectionist I am.  It is not unusual for me to continue to improve a pattern, even after it has already been uploaded to my site.  I have changed a pattern as many as 5 times within a few hours of posting it in the first place.  Below is such an example.

Here's the original pattern:

And here is my 3rd attempt at perfection.  Hopefully that's it, lol.

I decided the tulips needed to be grubbied up and made more "primitive."  I have several techniques that I could have used, but here's the one I chose and is by far the easiest. 

Simply apply brown paint and quickly wipe it off.  It leaves just enough residue to create that most beloved "prim" look. 

The trick is though, paint only a small section at a time and wipe off quickly with a clean dry rag.  If you attempt to paint too much at a time, you will end up leaving the brown paint on for too long and you will end up with brown splotches instead of the prim look.

I then added some dried flowers to the mix and I love it, lol.

If you like this pattern, you can download it on my "This 'n' That" page.

Primitive Fixins


I'll have a steak with all the "fixins." What are "fixins" in the prim world?" defines "fixins" as the necessary ingredients; the appropriate accompaniments; trimmings.  So it is with prim fixins.  Anything that is necessary and appropriate is added to the ingredients. 


Used as bowl fillers, "fixins". or potpourri, may include just about anything including dried flowers, leaves, cinnamon sticks, and dried berries.  These ingredients are then all mixed together for a primitive aroma.  A fragrance oil may then be added.

Prim Waxed & Scented Vintage Spools


I absolutely love the look of these.  You can display them in so many different ways, baskets, tins, mason jars, baskets, wooden bowels, etc., or make a garland with them.  And...they smell so wonderful.






Supplies Needed:

Vintage wooden thread spools

Scraps of various material


Something to melt wax in (double boiler, crock pot, electric cooker, rice cooker, etc.)

Old cookie sheet

Wax paper

Fragrance of your choice

Brown crayons


Old towels


Preparing Spools:


1.  I remove all the thread off of the spool.  I've never tried to leave the thread on, but if you wish you could try just leaving the thread on the spool and tying the material on over the thread.  It's strictly up to you, but I myself remove the thread.  If the spool still has the labels on them, I leave them on.  This is strictly a preference decision.  If this bothers you, you could remove the labels with "Goo Be Gone."

2.  Stain your material with the recipe and instructions given at the beginning of this E-Book.

3.  Tear the material; don't cut.  I will usually just put the spool on top of the material I have chosen to use, just to get an idea of how wide I need to tear, make a small slit in the right place and tear off a strip at the proper width; tear off another narrow strip (for tying).

4.  Wrap the material around the spool.  This is to mimic thread.  You don't need much, but the material will also soak up the scent of the wax.  Place the narrow strip around this and tie tightly being sure that you are leaving enough tail to enable you to hold the spool in the wax.



1.  Put your wax in your cooker (or whatever melting device you have chosen to use).

2.  While your wax is melting, prepare your cookie sheet by lining it with wax paper.

3.  When wax has melted, add your brown crayons.  Depending on how much wax you have chosen to melt, add one brown crayon at a time.  This will not color your items brown, but add to the prim charm with just a slight amount of color...but very pretty.  To get an idea of the color, drip a bit of wax on wax paper.  If you want more brown, add more crayons.

4.  Add your scent.

5.  Stir.  Be sure everything is melted before you start dunking your spools.

6.  Dunk your  spools into the wax and hold down in the wax with your tongs for a few seconds.  Pick up and allow to drip.  I will even shake the spools to get as much of the excess wax off as possible.

7.  Lay on wax paper.



1.  When spools are done, check them for any white excess wax.  If you find any, here's what you need to do.  With your fingernails, scrape off as much of the excess (white) wax as possible.  Rub the spool with the towel in that spot; this will help rub and melt the wax into the material. If you still feel it looks "white" scrape off a little more wax with your fingernails and rub a couple more times with your old towels.

2.  Trim tails.


TIPS:  For a different look, you could try painting the spools, perhaps even different coordinating colors.  Match the  paint, or coordinate the paint, with whatever material you decide to use.  During holidays, try sprinkling your spools, right after waxing them, with mica or glitter.

My Fur-Baby Ben

Ben (top) & Wilbur (bottom).

Over the Rainbow Bridge

Within 6 months of each other, I lost two of my beloved fur-babies. 

My husband and I do a small amount of animal rescue here in our own small hometown.  There are times when we have not been able to find a home for a pet and have adopted it ourselves.  As a consequence of this, we have, in our 27 years of marriage, had to say good-bye to so many of our "babies" that you would think it would get easier.  It doesn't. 

But you do what is in the best interest of that pet; this is a time when you cannot follow your heart.

We found Wilbur when he was just a baby, so he spent most of his life with us.  Ben though we had for only about 7 years.  He was a senior and was deaf when he came to live with us.  They were both terribly spoiled...and terribly loved.

We know though that they lay in wait until the time when we can join once again.

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