primitive ornies

Primitive Christmas Ornies and Bowl Fillers

by Margo on Thursday, November 17, 2011

The holiday season is quickly approaching. This is my busiest time of the year but I love the season. Be sure to contact me if I can assist you with my handmade ornies and bowl fillers. Primitive Christmas stars, snowmen, gingers and candy canes are a very popular item for decorating your holiday trees and for tossing in your bowls and baskets. Send me an email if there is something I can create for you. Remember, my items are handmade and will last for years. Make them a keepsake for yourself or something to pass on to your family and friends.

Here are some samples of my Primitive Christmas Ornies and Bowl Fillers:

Primitive Christmas Gingerbread Men

Primitive Christmas Gingerbread Man

Primitive Christmas Snowmen

Primitive Christmas Snowman

Primitive Christmas Stars

I hope that you and yours have a Very Merry Primitive Christmas and a Happy Primitive New Year!


Primitive Christmas Decorations: Snowmen

by Margo on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It is not too early to be thinking about those primitive Christmas decorations. And back again from last year are the personalized snowmen. These sold like primitive hotcakes last year and they have already been selling this year. Nothing says prim Christmas quite like a primitive personalized snowman. Get one for every member of your family and hang them on your tree. Of course they can be used in many other ways. Let your prim imagination run wild!

Each snowman ornie is made from osnaburg fabric which has been stuffed with a double layer of quilter’s batting and then placed in my special prim grunging solution of coffee, vanilla and cinnamon mixture giving them that prim look that we all love.  Each prim snowman is about  7 1/2 inches tall and 1/3 inch thick.

The primitive snowmen eyes are two small black craft beads and the nose has been hand embroidered. Your choice of names will be hand sewn at the bottom. There is also some blush on the snowmen cheeks painted on. Rusty vintage looking jingle bells are used for the buttons.

Finally mica flakes are sprinkled on each snowman. They can be left off if you like. A cotton string has been attached to the back of the ornament for ease in hanging on your holiday tree.

Free personalization is limited to 12 letters.    The personalized name will be hand embroidered using black embroidery floss.   You can get anything that you want on them. You could get a Christmas word or two instead of a name. Such as ” Ho Ho Ho”, “Primitive”, “Christmas”, etc. Get a word on each one and make a sentence!

I have tied a piece of homespun fabric for the snowman’s scarf.  I have several homespun colors available too.  Colors available are : hunter green, burgundy,  navy blue, and red and green check.   You are more than welcome to request a particular color scarf.

To purchase these or to see other Primitive Christmas items visit my eBay store at : Choose Moose Primitive Designs.





The prim world has all sorts of people, just like anywhere else. Some are looking for primitive Christmas items and others are looking for primitive Valentines items. So I just never know what will bring people here.

Today I would like to get you ahead and get you ready for Halloween. Seems like I am always running short of inventory, so I am trying to put some things in early. You would be wise to get some while the selection is good!

As always these items are always changing, so they may be sold before you get there. If you have special requests or just missed an item that you really wanted Contact Me and I may be able to help you.

First, and new for this year, are Primitive Grungy Witch Potion Bottles.

Primitive witch potion bottles

grungy prim halloween witch potion bottles

Since these are new this year, I am still working on the sets. As of now you may get 3 or 4. And they are a little different so be sure to read the description on the item you are purchasing. They are made with muslin and stuffed with polyester fiberfill. They have been painted black and grunged in my special solution to make them look and smell “Oh so prim”! You may see Lizard Toes, Snake Juice, Frogs Breath, and Spider Legs! All important ingredients, but hardly interchangeable!

And here is a Spooky Witch that can be a shelf sitter, bowl filler or hang it anywhere.

primitive spooky witch

This Spooky, Grungy Primitive Witch is not for the faint of heart!

She has been made from muslin fabric, stuffed with polyester fiberfill and painted with black craft paint.  Antique white hair has been needle felted and she comes complete with a cheesecloth cape, a broom, and a jingle bell on her witch hat.  I have used black craft beads for the eyes and embroidered the eyebrows and mouth.  I’ve blushed her cheeks using some red craft paint.  A rusty wire has been tied around the witch to secure the broom.  This witch has also been lightly sanded to give her that prim spooky look!  A prim hang tag is included which says, “Spooky Halloween”.

Primitive Hang Tags.

prim hang tags

Primitive Halloween Hang Tags Vintage Altered Art

I have been busy making all different kinds of hang tags. Make sure that you visit My eBay Store to see them all! Here is a short list of some things that you can do with them:

  • Dress up your primitive dolls
  • Tie on goodie bags, fixins bags, etc
  • Use with scrapbooking projects
  • Hang on wreaths, holiday trees, swags

And I am sure that you can come up with many more!

Nothing says Halloween quite like candy corn, and I have got you covered!

prim vintage grungy candy corn

I have several different varieties so be sure to check them all out before you decide. Most were started with a muslin fabric that has been machine stitched and stuffed with polyester fiberfill. I then applied craft paint in colors of orange, mustard yellow and antique white and then a good dark grunging solution of coffee, vanilla and cinnamon to each candy corn and oven baked them to prim perfection.

Some have a rusty safety pin and jingle bell. Lastly, a primitive hang tag may be included. A homespun fabric tie may also be found on the tag. Most smell “Oh so prim” with cinnamon rubbed on them!

Primitive Halloween Spooky Ghosts Ornies Bowl Fillers

primitive halloween ghosts

Perfect for tucking in your cupboards or on a shelf but especially nice to display in bowls, baskets and crocks during the fall & Halloween season. Just make sure that you leave a nightlight on. You wouldn’t want to see one of these in the dark.

Each one of these ghost ornies have been made from warm and natural batting.  After each ghost has been meticulously machine stitched, I have stuffed them full of polyester fiberfill and then they get placed in my special grunging solution with additional cinnamon hand rubbed for added prim fragrance and finally oven baked for that prim perfection!

Black craft paint has been applied to the ghosts eyes and mouth.  I have also painted an outline on the outer edges of each ghost in brown craft paint just to give some added dimension.  Each ghost is different from the next and no two are quite alike.  I have placed a rusty safety pin and jingle bell and a homespun tie on each one and also attached a metal rimmed prim hang tag on one that says “Spooky”.

Primitive Pumpkin Headed Stars ~ Ornies ~ Bowl Fillers~Tucks~ “Pumpkin Thyme”

primitive star pumpkin heads for halloween

Starting with muslin fabric, I machine stitched each pumpkin headed star ornie~bowl filler. After meticulous stitching I then stuffed each one with polyester fiberfill.

I then used craft paint on each pumpkin star with the pumpkin head being painted a dirty orange color and the body painted black.  They get placed in my special grunging solution to make the look old and finally cinnamon gets rubbed on each handmade treasure.  They get a light sanding too to add to the olde thyme look.  I have hand painted the eyes and mouth with black craft paint.  Little rusty stars have been added on the front for buttons and a grungy cheesecloth scarf has been tied around each pumpkin’s neck.

Each pumpkin star measures 6 inches tall and 6 1/2″ in length. Also included is a prim hang tag with your purchase which says “Pumpkin Thyme” and has a little orange pumpkin hand drawn on the tag.

Place these festive little primitive guys in an old wooden bowl, basket or crock. There are so many things you can do with these ornies. Maybe you want to sit them on a shelf or place them in a Halloween wreath. They would be perfect scattered on a table with some greenery underneath.  Perfect for hanging on the Halloween holiday tree too!

Wow, I didn’t realize how many new items that I had for Halloween. There are many more in My eBay Store. Visit it to see them all. You will also see Halloween pillows, prim wheels, Jack O Lanterns,  and pumpkin stars, to name a few.

Hoping that you have a very Prim Halloween!



Adopt a Primitive Moose Ornament

by Margo on Friday, June 5, 2009


These Primitive Moose Ornaments are one of a kind. They are designed and handmade by myself. This particular Primitive Moose Ornament is named “Marcella”. However, if you are the one to adopt her, you can certainly change her name. And of course I will make you a new primitive name tag with your special name!

These Primitive Moose Ornaments are machine stitched from chenille fabric body, stuffed with polyester fiberfill and painted with a mixture of paint and grunging solution. Their heads are made from warm and natural batting with black beaded eyes and hand embroidered eyebrows.  They have cinnamon stick legs and a unique decoration hanging from their necks. A primitive hang tag with the name will be attached to each moose.

They measure approximately 6 inches in height and length. A hanger is also attached to each Moose. There are many different ways to display your Primitive Moose Ornament. Put it in a bowl, sit it on a shelf, hang it from your tree or other display, or whatever else your little primitive mind can come up with!

And as always, special orders don’t upset us. So let me know if you have a special request, or maybe you want a little primitive moose family!

So visit my eBay store today at:  Choose Moose on eBay to see if Marcella is still available. Or perhaps there will be another primitive moose ornament just for you!


Primitive Decorating Ideas

by Margo on Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Here is a video with some primitive decorating ideas!
This is my first video. So it is a little “primitive”!

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Primitive Decorating Ideas

January 31, 2008

Today I am going to give you some very easy tips for primitive decorating ideas in your home or office.   For starters, rose hips are very easy to find and can sit in a bowl or basket and then just add some of your favorites ~ perhaps some primitive bowl fillers or even some rusty […]

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