Category Archives: Work in Progress

New Year–New ???

Hello, hello, hello!  I have been waiting to write a blog post for you for when I had some doll clothes making progress to show you.  And it’s not happening…  I am going to blame it on…

Our new puppy!!!

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Two weeks ago we drove 4-1/2 hours south to meet this 5 month-old chihuahua puppy and, well, we decided to make him a part of our family.  He has a wonderful temperament–is as sweet as can be and loves to cuddle.  Our 10 year-old chi does a lot of grumbling at this little guy, but he tries his hardest to put up with him and his crazy energy level (when he isn’t sleeping that is).

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My lap is full of chihuahua loves!

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I cannot believe Christmas has come and gone along with New Year’s, and now we are over the halfway point in January!

Christmas Day here in northern Illinois was sunny with a blue sky and 55ºF!  We enjoyed a walk wearing light coats or no coat at all.  So, Halloween felt like Christmas, as it was snowing all day, and Christmas felt like an ideal Halloween!

Even though we never did get to the tree farm to find a real tree we made our little artificial tree look sparkly and festive.  On Christmas Day we all took part in making dinner: baked salmon, green beans with mushroom gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, and cookies for dessert–simple and yummy.

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We visited the Volo Antique Mall during the holiday break.  My daughter saw these Ideal Love Mate cards; I thought they were a hoot–my how things have changed, thank goodness.  The copyright on them is 1941.  I wanted to know more about these.  I found the original machine they came in on eBay.

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New Year’s Day morning found me starting my new planner and knitting on a pair of socks which I completed this past week.

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The colors are kind of wild, but they kept my feet warm while shoveling the snow this afternoon.

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Since I finished one pair of socks I started another!  These will be for my daughter.

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Cannot forget about the birds and how they get so hungry when the snow is falling.  Yesterday afternoon I layered sunflower seeds with a basic bird mix and headed out to the feeder which had been recently cleaned out by the squirrels.

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Last night was all blustery and snowy and cozy.  It was nice being indoors!

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It’s been an easy winter so far.  Even the snowfall last night, the first since early November wasn’t much, although if you ask Morris he would disagree.

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We all helped shovel today.  Thanks to physical therapy my back is so much better; I am very thankful that I can help out!  Notice the little chihuahua potty patch we shoveled.  Ha ha.

Our older chihuahua loves loves loves soft blankets!  This pure white blanket is as soft as can be.  Whoever manufactured it though failed to close up the hole that was used to turn it right side out.  Look who found it… and got in it!  He’s a funny dog.

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I thought I’d show you the list of puppy names we came up with for our new addition.  Can you guess which name we chose?  Naming this guy took days for us all to decide.

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And one last photo–this gorgeous sunset during the first week of January 2020!

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Our new puppy’s name is Pebbles!

Sending you all the warmest wishes for a happy and healthy 2020!

BTW, maybe if you all put thoughts out in the universe of me creating things for my dolls it will happen!  I am really missing it, but cannot seem to get down to my studio. *sigh*

 

 

Winter?Autumn? and WIPs

Winter has bullied its way in, and pushed our beautiful autumnal season out! 😦

*sigh*

It doesn’t seem like our 7-inch snowfall on Halloween was a fluke either.  The snow did melt (none too quick though–took a few days!), however, we are still colder than normal and the rooftops are dusted white once again this morning.

I took these pics the day after our big Halloween event!

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You can see autumn didn’t get to finish its ‘work’ this year.

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Even our front porch squirrels got Halloween snow dumped on them!

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So, anyway…  Hello!  On a positive note, with this weather comes more time to spend indoors and create, right?  I’ve got lots of things in progress.  (Probably too many, as my head is starting to feel a bit jumbled–better get some of these things moved to the ‘completed’ list.)

I showed you this dress as it was being knit.  I finished it, blocked it, then tried it on my Little Darling.  The sleeves were too long and a little too wide. 😦  I figured out where I wanted to decrease the sleeves, and then ripped back to that row.  Two decreases and four rows less on each sleeve did the trick.  It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.

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I spent the day on Sunday sewing dresses for Gracie and Talyssa, my Kaye Wiggs MSD girls.  I quickly realized that I am out of practice sewing for them–the first dress came out too tight around the waist–no room for the added bulk of a pair of snaps.  If I add a bead and loop closure it could work, but going to put it aside for now.

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After this ‘fail’, and so I wouldn’t ruminate over it, I quickly made another and the second dress worked fine.  Yay!  It turns out my skirt width for the first dress was too wide and added too much bulk (with the gathers) to the waist.

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While in my studio sewing I snapped a few photos of my dolls and their ensembles that were pretty-ing up my view.

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Today I’ll probably do some knitting on the cardigan that will accompany the red snowflake dress and start weaving in ends on my three sweater dresses that are waiting to be completed.

I might also brave the cold and go out for an invigorating autumn, or I should say wintery, walk in my neighborhood.  Also, a pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove would be perfect today.

How about you?  What are your plans for the day?

Thank you for stopping by!

 

Merry Halloween!

Hello my friends, and Happy Halloween!

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However…,   I must add that it looks like Christmas here in northern Illinois.

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It snowed last night, is still snowing, and will be snowing for trick-or-treating.  The way it’s blowing around as it comes down makes it look like a little blizzard out there.  I cannot remember a Halloween with snow.  Trick-or-treating in a snowstorm seems like a novel experience.  Maybe it will be fun for some–at least I hope so; we have lots of candy.

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It is beautiful, as all first snowfalls of the season are!

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Many trees still have leaves on their branches which are being weighed down by the wet snow!  I hope they don’t break.

This is what Patience thinks of all the snow.

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To see more of this ensemble from 2013 click here for the blog post.

I plan to stay home today and sew!  The dresses for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are coming along.  I worked many hours on them yesterday getting the pockets sewn on and the neckline ties made.  All I have left to do to finish them is to sew up the back seams, stitch the neck casings/insert the ties, and stitch hems.

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I’d also like to get started sewing a Christmas dress for one of my girls today.  Up to now my 2019 Christmas dresses have all been knitted sweater dresses.  I just finished this blue one for the Little Darlings which is blocking.  I changed up my sweater dress pattern slightly by nipping in the waist and rearranging the increases for the a-line skirt.  I added thin mohair bands of ‘fur’ for all the edgings.

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Thank you for visiting with me.  Wishing you all a Happy Halloween, not too spooky, just fun-filled and sweet!

Bye for now! ❤

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