Category Archives: Dolls

My New Christmas Doll

Happy New Year! Sorry, I know it’s a little late; the days in this new year are already full and flying by. I am trying to catch them before they’re gone…

Big news! I have a new Christmas doll. She is the Ruby Red Fashion Friends 2020 Holiday Stella, and I’ve been wanting her in my collection since I saw her over a year ago. Stella is the holiday doll from 2020, so she is pretty much sold out everywhere, however, she was found for me at FAO Schwarz, and I am so happy she was! She has such a sweet face! I LOVE her!!! She is a most special gift!

I think I was drawn to her because she reminded me of Holly in one of my favorite stories, “Holly and Ivy”. Therefore, I am renaming Stella. She is now Holly. This is a first; I don’t think I’ve ever renamed a doll that has come to me named, but she is definitely Holly.

Maybe for Christmas 2022 Holly will be dressed as Barbara Cooney, the book’s illustrator, envisioned her.

Last year I took some video paging through this book on Christmas night. Here is a link to that video. It’s 1:32 into the video. I first came across this charming story at our local library when my daughter was young. That book was the 1985 version with Barbara Cooney’s illustrations. (This story, text only, was originally published in Ladies’ Home Journal in 1957.)

After checking the book out a few years in a row it had become an absolute favorite of mine. I found the illustrations cozy and charming, and the story heartwarming–perfect for Christmastime. I was thrilled to find the book on Amazon in 2009. “The Story of Holly and Ivy” had been republished in 2006. Now, over 10 years later I still look through, or read, this story every year.

Holly looks so sweet in her Christmas fancies, but I am currently working on something a little more for every day, and warmer, for Holly. I’ll show you soon.

I hope you are starting off the new year healthy and happy. Sending you a big hug for 2022. ūü§ó

Little Bits About Not Much (a.k.a. Rambling)

My goodness it’s been a long time! ¬†Summer is flying by! ¬†Here in northern Illinois it has been hot and sunny pretty much every day and we are loving it.

Yesterday I celebrated another birthday. ¬†It was a beautiful, slightly cooler day, and after a neighborhood walk my husband and daughter and I meandered around the nearby antique mall. ¬†Of course, we all had masks on that I had made for us awhile back. It was quite empty and felt safe to us. ¬†Later on, we had a little Zoom party with my siblings and nieces and nephews. ¬†We all live too far apart to get together and because of the pandemic we have discovered this new way to enjoy each others’ company. ¬†So, that’s something positive about this crazy time.

I purchased a few things because one cannot shop on one’s birthday without picking up some tiny things, right?

My hair has been getting in my eyes and bobby pins have been slipping out. ¬†I remember this type of barrette from when I was younger and they always worked perfectly. ¬†I’m not sure how old these are, but they are already working as I remember them to, and they will go with everything. ¬†I love them! ¬†But, they were NOT 5 cents; I paid $12! ¬†A little pricey, but I will use them all the time, so worth the money.

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I saw this little plaque and remembered I had had one too. ¬†It’s long gone… who knows where. ¬†It true, right?

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I love Holly Hobby, but rarely see anything Holly Hobbie. ¬†I didn’t purchase this, but it was cute, and another truth.

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And, I wanted to purchase this stand for hanging up my little doll hats, but the price wasn’t right.

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These past months of spring and early summer I’ve been knitting socks and a cowl. ¬†My daughter and I dyed some yarn in May and I’ve also purchased some from independent yarn dyers (bright pink sock yearn and peach sock yarn below are from Spun Right Round, the Tizzy and Tangie¬†color ways). ¬†The top sock in the photo below is knit from the middle skein, photo above, and was dyed by me. ¬†The red/yellow skein on the right produced a sock that reminds me of a cheese pizza. ¬†It even has those black corn meal flecks that are sometimes on the bottom of the crust. ¬†(lol!!!) ¬†It made me hungry for pizza while I was knitting it–kind of dangerous.

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I always want to knit what we love to wear and socks are number one.  Cowls come in second place.  The purple yarn that my daughter dyed (purple skein on left) I felt was too pretty to hide on our feet, so it became a simple eyelet cowl.  I know it will get lots of wear.  Do you like my model?  Pebbles is such a good sport and loves to help out whenever he can!

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What else? ¬†Oh, I finally finished up a doll outfit for a friend’s mom’s doll. ¬†I’ve had this doll embarrassingly long, and it’s been weighing on me. ¬†Like that old Nike slogan–“Just Do It”, so I did! ¬†I think I was putting it off because I didn’t have patterns and that takes mind power which is mental work, something I’ve been short of lately.

Toni actually almost fit into a Little Darlings dress that I had made.  I had to lower the armholes and I made the skirt a little longer.  That was easy enough.  The cardigan pattern, however, was a bit of a guess and could now use a little tweaking.  I wished the neckline was up higher and the cardigan all edged in rib stitch, not garter stitch.  It also may be a little too roomy in the width.  But, for a first knit for this doll it looks fine, I think.  I hope my friend thinks so.

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For my next dolly make I am feeling ‘blue’. ¬†The color blue that is; blue is so cool, crisp, and summery. ¬†I pulled out these four fabrics from my stash. ¬†I like them all equally well–after all, I purchased them all, but I cannot decide. ¬†Any opinions? ¬†I asked on my Facebook page and there was a definite winner. ¬†I want to ask you too–in case you don’t see my Facebook page. ¬†Please comment on your favorite.

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Last but not least, I want to share with you a new space in our house. ¬†Well, not new, but newly cleaned and so now newly loved. ¬†We’ve had this little screened in porch since we moved into our house 12 years ago, but never bothered to fix it up. ¬†A couple of months ago I had the carpet cleaner out to clean the cushions for our patio swing and my husband said he wanted to clean the sun porch carpet while it was out. ¬†I did it for him, and thought the sun porch felt nice–no more icky dusty feeling in there. ¬†I got it into my head to fix up this space–little lights, a sisal rug, newly chalk painted wicker chairs, a thrifted wicker table, houseplants and a table top fountain from inside, shells from Florida vacations, driftwood from Lake Michigan’s shoreline. ¬†It was all so simple and inexpensive! ¬†I love this space now and we all use it regularly for relaxing and quiet time and exercise (my daughter). ¬†The view and the sounds are wonderful: ¬†trees, flowers, birds, wind chimes, and water–and no bugs! ¬†I also found out that it’s a nice place to enjoy a good thunderstorm!

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So, that’s my little bits about not much. ¬†My life isn’t too exciting, especially these days. ¬†Perhaps soon I’ll have one of those blue florals sewn into a doll dress.

I hope you all are staying healthy and safe. ¬†Thank you so much for visiting with me today. ¬†Sending hugs to you! ‚̧

 

 

Good Morning!

Good morning and Happy Sunday, friends! ¬†I was up to see the first light of the day this morning. ¬†Although with these shorter days one doesn’t need to get up very early to see the first light of the day. ¬†I took this a little after 6am. ¬†I love being up before it is light, do you?

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Yesterday morning, however, I was up a bit later, and instead of the first light I caught the sun welcoming the day.  It was a very frosty morning.  The landscape looked as though sugar had been sprinkled upon it.

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When we start getting snow I start filling the bird feeder.  This is the second fill which is almost gone.  Hmm, maybe the squirrels could answer that question.

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Here are my three girls in the other sweater dress ensembles I’ve recently made. ¬†Don’t they look festive and warm?

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A couple of weeks ago, and while we had snow on the ground, I visited the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  They were very busy setting up for Lightscape, so some places were roped off.  I walked around the Dwarf Conifer Garden which is the perfect place when there is snow on the ground.  It feels so very Christmasy.

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I also visited the greenhouses. ¬†I wanted to ‘feel summer’ again, and I did. ¬†The warmth and humidity in the tropical greenhouse felt so nice.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. readers!  Wishing you safe travels if you are traveling.

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