Category Archives: Dolls

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.

2019 fall squirrel feeder 0902I have finally finished up this blue sweater dress ensemble.  I would like Gina to model it, but she is wearing another that needs photographing, so that will have to wait a bit.

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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.

 

 

Mother’s Day Bouquets for You from Us

Hello, my friends.  Tomorrow is Mother’s Day in the U.S.  It is a day for pampering our moms and those who care for us.  Even if you don’t celebrate this day take a moment to receive some flower bouquets from my sweet girls.  They’ll pamper you just because…

Patience (from Tonner/Wilde Imagination) has picked a little bouquet of bright pink and ivory blossoms.  She’s tied them all together with an even brighter pink ribbon.  Patience is wearing an ensemble from 2017 called “Happiness in Pink”.  Her hot pink mohair cardigan is knit with my Classic Cardigan for Patience.  (The pattern can be found here  and purchased on Ravelry.)

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Patsy has picked a bouquet of pure white long stemmed blossoms for you.  She’s tied the stems together with streamers of warm pink ribbon.  How sweet she is!  Patsy is wearing an ensemble from 2017 titled “Blossom for my Love-ly”.  Her mohair cardigan has also been knit with my Patsy knitting pattern.  More information about the Light Cardigan for Patsy can be found here and purchased on Ravelry.

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My Little Darling, Lucy, (#3 sculpt painted by Helen Skinner) has picked a pink rose with ivory blossoms and tied them all together with a lilac ribbon for you.  Lucy is wearing a summery sweater dress from 2016.  The ensemble is titled “My Favorite Roses” , more photos and info. can be found by clicking the title.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a pattern for this one.  The sweater dress pattern I have for these girls uses a slightly heavier weight yarn.

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Next, is my Little Darling, Gina who is the #1sculpt and painted by Geri Uribe.  Gina has found spring daisies and arranged them in a cute sprinkling can for you.  Gina tied a warm pink bow around the blossoms.  “Daisy Chain” is from 2016; more photos and information can be found here.  Her mohair cardigan is knit with my Light Cardigan pattern using the short sleeves and long version instructions.  This pattern has 3 sleeve lengths and 3 body length versions (all can be mixed and matched for 9 total possibilities).  The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry.

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Gracie (Kaye Wiggs MSD sized BJD) has really gone all out!  She’s put together a basket of mauve roses, pink blossoms, and a little teddy bear holding a “made with love” charm.  Tied on the handle is a pink bow.  Gracie’s ensemble is from 2017 and titled “A Springtime Garden Stroll”.  Her cardigan was knit with my pattern for her.  More information on the pattern can be found here and purchased on Ravelry.

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Lucy is my Little Darling (#1 sculpt) painted by Nelly Valentino.  She has picked a full bouquet of ivory and peachy pink blossoms for you.  Tied around the stems is a bow with beaded ends.  Her ensemble is from 2017 and titled “Princess in Peach”.  Her cardigan pattern hasn’t been published as shown.  I think I may have used the Lace Cardigan pattern using only the lace panel for the sleeves and made it one repeat shorter, but I cannot remember for sure.  Also, the Aunt Lydia’s #10 bamboo thread (discontinued by Red Heart) knits up as wide as fingering, but with a different row gauge, so you get a shorter sweater. I’m not sure if I re-spaced the buttonholes for a shorter sweater.

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Here is Penny (Linda Macario BJD).  Penny has picked a tiny bouquet of ivory blossoms, tied them together with pink satin ribbon, and added a pink heart because she loves you.  Penny wears a sweater dress ensemble from 2016.  It is titled “Pastels in the Garden”.  This is another style I haven’t published, but I love sweater dresses on Penny.  BTW, I do have one pattern for Penny, Polly, and Patty.  It is a Classic Cardigan and can be found using the link and purchased on Ravelry.

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Last, by not least, is Millie (11″ Kaye Wiggs BJD).  Millie has picked a lush bouquet of light pink and ivory blossoms.  She’s tied the stems together with a bit of beautiful lace and pink ribbon just for you.  Millie wears an ensemble from 2016 titled “Cutie in the Garden”.  For more photos and information about her ensemble click the link.

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I hope you all are enjoying the weekend.  For those moms who celebrate Mother’s Day–Happy Mother’s Day to you! ❤