April 9, 2010

I don’t know about you, but the quiet in the morning when everyone is in bed is just heavenly.  Of course I’m not talking about  the 5 a.m. morning, but 9:30 a.m. during Easter Break.  The cats are running around, the TV is off, hot tea is at hand– ahhh…..

I have lots of catching up to do- and I will!  I think I will even try to schedule posts for publishing on subsequent days—ooooh!

First up- those Christmas gifts I said forever ago I was going to post.

For the kids I made Christmas quilts and matching pillowcases. The quilts are just a simple checkerboard of 2 fabrics. Flannel on the backs.

 girl quilt

 boy quilt

Sorry for the bad photos!  Bad lighting and all…

For the grandparents I made silhouettes of the kids. Easy-peasy, looks fancy- just takes time.   I photographed the kids’ shadows (or you could photograph a side view of their heads on a light background) and then printed them on regular paper in black and white.  [Mind you, I don’t have Photoshop or such, or this could be a LOT easier] I outlined the heads in pen, cut them out, and then scanned that into the computer again.  I did this so I could print the silhouettes directly onto nice paper in the future.  I printed these onto blue paper in this case, cut them out, and mounted them on scrapbook paper in frames (all cheap, from Michaels).

Lastly I made a doll for my daughter!  I used the Mimi Kirschner pattern on purl bee.  “Virginia,” as she was named on Christmas day, was not hard to make- just time consuming.  It took me probably 6 hours to do the doll itself. (I’m sorta guessing- I started after the kids left for school and finished right before they got home. I DID have lunch and all in there too…) The dress and embellishments took a few more hours.

I used a combination of purchased wool felt and wool I felted myself.  I really like her hair- it’s plaid! I thought that was cool to infer highlights and shades and all instead of plain monotone brown.

I have 2 more partially done- well, one started and one planned in my head!!

And lastly I decorated these houses (for ME!)- bought at Michaels. I wanted them to look vintage, and they came out more Mary Englebreit. Still very cute!  I used those crazy cheap Christmas picks for decoration- I thought I was smart to use them for trees and bushes.  The only problem was that they melted easily in the hot glue- made it tricky.  The other decorations were tiny tree ornaments and pipe cleaners.

That’s it for now!


September is Here

September 1, 2009

Hello all!

I can’t believe August is gone….. school starts next week and Fall is just around the corner.  Today was quite chilly- maybe only in the 70*s.

I’m trying to figure out where to start. Ok- UFDC Doll Convention- amazing, hectic, took a while to figure out, aspects I didn’t like, but it was very good. I learned a lot.  I’d love to say I bought loads of dolls, but that is FAR from the case!  There were SERIOUS dolls and serious doll collectors there- I went to a Theriault’s auction and saw a doll go for $345,000. Plus tax and buyer’s premium….  Yeah……….

I did get a doll I wanted- Sew for Me Toni- a repro by Effanbee, but SO cute.  I have the brunette.

I also bought some vintage Toni patterns- well, 16″ doll patterns.  I’m hoping to make some clothes for a vintage Toni I have and for this new girl too.

doll Simplicity pattern

dollAdvance pattern

I love the Advance pattern- it’s a ‘Learn to Sew” pattern for children.  Anything to make it easier on me!

Here are some of my best photos from the doll show:

1920s boudoir doll

1920s boudoir doll

Beverly Walters doll- modern artist

Beverly Walters doll- modern artist

1950s/60s fashion doll

1950s/60s fashion doll

I need to get to bed- this uploading takes along time!  Angry Chicken and the other mega bloggers must have mega computers…..

I will say that I’m making scarfletts from this pattern by Fig Tree Quilts. Easy peasy gifts!!  I’ll try to take a pic of one of my finished scarfletts- I’m starting with the plain corduroy one, not the pieced and quilted one.

I’ve also been making loads of jam, but I’ll leave that- and the recipes- for the next post.

Here is a coleslaw dressing recipe that I devised MYSELF!!!  Well, I changed a recipe so much I can claim it as mine now, right?  Very simple and cheap compared to buying it pre-made.

Cole Slaw Dressing

  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • A couple big pinches of celery salt (which is about 1/8 t.)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Finely minced sweet onion- @ 1 t.
  • Finely shredded carrot- @ 1-2 t.
  • Pre-shredded cabbage slaw (in the salad section of the grocery store)

Whisk all together. Let rest in fridge until chilled. If you like it thicker, add more mayo (and possibly adjust other seasonings as needed).

Toss with slaw to coat and mix well. Refrigerate.


P.S.- Check out the Craft Talk link over on the right side- under “Lovely Places”- it’s a hoot!

Bye for now ~S

Say it Ain’t So!!

April 21, 2009


Hallmark Magazine, which I really like, is no more.  This sucks.  Too many good magazine are folding.  And WHY don’t they keep their websites up?!?!  Mary Englebreit, and now Hallmark- all the templates and recipes and stuff are gone.  They are big companies- can’t they just stay there, static??

Moving on……… I’m glad Easter is over. I mean I love Easter, but all the hoop-la of the past month is done, and I’m glad.  We had a quilt raffle at church (no I DON’T know how much we made yet, thank you for asking- we are counting this week!) and it is over.

Right now I’m working on a project- very cute.  I’m going to the UFDC convention in Atlanta this summer (my 1st time), and one thing they ask for is donation for their “helper room”- technically NOT a raffle.  You can buy chances and put your name in the hat for whatever you like. Well, I saw a doll bed at the Salvation Army and decided I’m going to fix it up and take it.  This is what it looks like now:

doll bed- before

Why did everyone paint everything that yucky brownish- yellow color anyway?  I’m going to repaint it, sew a mattress and pillow and linens.

And on top of that- (literally)- will be what I’m currently working on- a bed spread or quilt of some sort.  I sound so wishy-washy bec. I have a few irons in the oven at once- I’m not sure which will get done first!  I have daughter working on a yo-yo coverlet- she’s really taken to it and can make them from knotting the thread to the end. (I love to see kids sew!) 

I myself and doing what I said I’d never do, unless I was incarcerated for life- English paper piecing, or Grandma’s Flower Garden.  It’s all by hand. Yup.  And for a doll bed, the pieces have to be pretty small.

little hexies

I have more than just these made- this is just an illustration of what it will look like.  I’ve estimated that I will need over 200 of those buggers- HA HA HA!!!  And not just basted, as shown, but actually sewn TOGETHER.  And going full circle, this is why I say I have a couple irons in the oven for the doll bed covering.  But it’s fun.

I need to get some things done today, but I did make this soup last night- Spinach Lentil soup.  As always I kinda followed the recipe.  More lentils (about 1/2 lb.), more sausage, added garlic, cumin, garam masala, more broth than water, etc.   Mine turned out very thick- less a soup than just a dish.  Daughter amazingly liked it and asked for it in her lunch tomorrow!

Till next time!



April 20, 2007

All kinds of stuff is going on right now- Cursillo is next week, my MIL is in the hospital with a blood clot, little boy has a touch of stomach “thing”- if it’s not one thing it’s another.  And the ultimate sadness across the state at VA Tech.  We all need to be grateful for the blessings God gives us.

I did get the McD Wizard of Oz dolls-the good news is, besides just getting them is that the manager gave me the WHOLE display background too AND sold it to me for $5!!! (I think it was under the table- just a hunch- whatever)  Unfortunately Glenda the Good Witch is missing, so I’m inquiring at another McD to buy their display.  I want a complete set!  I did a quick Google search- people are crazy for them….. I saw a single doll on eBay for $9.99!!!

Here are a couple of diversions-

printed linen fabric– I’m a sucker for pansies- the clover looks like crown vetch to me- very pretty too

Beautiful site– whether you know French of not

Sugared flowers– I say I’m going to sugar my violets every year- maybe this year

Off to face the day!

Dolly Dolly

April 10, 2007


Ok, so I’m weird (like you didn’t already know that..), but I collect the McDonald’s Happy Meal Madame Alexander dolls.  They are cute, affordable, and well made. (And the value shoots right up!!  Doll people are nuts.)

Usually they come out in October- I always watch for them.  We rarely eat at McDonald’s so I’m not in there often otherwise.  Well what do you know- this year they came out NOW!!! And they’ve been out for weeks- grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

The theme is Wizard of Oz (isn’t everything this year?? Have you noticed? This is the 3rd thing I’ve seen.)  I’m all out of sorts because the last 2 dolls are currently out, and I had to go to three McD’s to find THEM.  I’m gong to ask to buy the display models today…….. I’m determined!!!!

One doll I DID get- the Angry Chicken rag doll patterns.  After she made and showed the doll on her blog last year I did my own version- not bad I think for making from scratch with nothing but a picture to go on! As soon as I can find the disk with the picture on it I’ll post it.

 I’m off to return a movie and try to buy McD’s display dolls!! [Side note: I did ask, and I was successful!! I’ll get them when the promo is over!]