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Hello to You!

Hi there! I hope you are well… and not too stressed if you’ve been in the midst of holiday preparations. It’s a busy time, that is for sure.

I am doing fine. I still have presents to wrap and some still to arrive in the mail, but my shopping is complete. We did a big grocery shop this morning, so the cupboards are far from bare, and all ready for holiday cooking and munching.

Today does not feel wintery and Christmasy at all. It is sunny and in the low 40s. Having grown up in Chicago (Illinois) suburban areas (and and still here) I am used to it being cold for Christmas and somewhat snowy too; many years it is also cloudy. Although I am hoping the sky stays clear as getting a glimpse of the Christmas star tonight is very intriguing to me.

I’ve been making YouTube vlog videos weekly since Advent started. I really enjoy catching clips of video throughout my day. The latest video is from last week. It includes some of what we’ve cooked, sewed, dolls getting dressed, pets looking cute ūüėČ, walks in the neighborhood, and the start of ’12 days of holiday movies’ (something new we’ve begun as a family and are enjoying). Oh, I included (in the description box underneath this YouTube video on my youtube.com page) how to make a new snack–Super Simple Baked French Fries–they are DELICIOUS!!! and rival those fried potatoes at fast food places. For my daughter and I these French fries cure any French fry craving that might arise.

I am going to be making my 10″ Boneka Rose a new ensemble. I found seven fabrics that I like and cannot decide. Which do you like?

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Do you have a favorite? I cannot decide. Rose would probably look beautiful in any of them–she’s such a cutie. Her Little Darling sisters are looking forward to Rose joining them all dressed up in something new, so I want to get started soon.

My little Penny (by Linda Macario) has a dress in the works. She loved this girly bow print, so she helped me with the picking out of the fabric. Penny loves how the blue bows match her eyes.

Wishing you a beautiful week ahead. I plan to be back soon to share some holiday moments with you. Thank you so much for visiting with me today! Sending hugs ūü§ó and ‚̧ԳŹ!

Wanna See My Fabric, etc. Haul?

Who can resist a sale of fabrics and notions? ¬†Not I! ¬†Not I…even in a pouring down rainstorm. ¬†You all who are sewers or makers know exactly what I’m talking about. ¬†A sale of fabric and notions doesn’t come around often?

I met this woman at a nearby garage sale this summer. ¬†She was helping out at her friend’s garage sale and had some of her ribbons, buttons, and quilt kits there. ¬†I bought lots of her buttons and ribbon by the way. ¬†Tiny mother-of-pearl buttons and silk ribbon spools for 20 cents each! ¬†Come on… are you kidding me?

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I asked her about small scale fabric and she told me how she had bought out her friend’s quilt shop in Texas and had tons of fabric to get rid of¬†sell over at her house, but it probably wouldn’t be until September, so of course I gave her my email.

I haven’t made any dresses for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes yet and I really want to. ¬†I needed some one yard cuts for these, so that was my main reason to venture out in the rain this morning. ūüėģ and ūüėČ ¬†(As if I needed a reason.)

It was so much fun. ¬†It was like a fabric store in her basement. ¬†And she had a beautiful basement (with a kitchen) at that–a most gorgeous house from what I saw! ¬†She had a cutting table set up where she had a helper cutting fabric. ¬†At another station her sister (I think) was in charge of adding up purchases and collecting cash. ¬†All the while she kept bringing out more fabric!!!

Her quilting room was painted the most wonderful shade of lilac. ¬†She said the color was called muddy lilac or something like that. ¬†It was a very rich color of lilac and very calming, I felt. ¬†It didn’t look muddy at all, simply perfect.

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Here’s what I found for the girls’ dresses.

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The first two fabrics (below) are my favorites for my doll ensembles.

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I found these buttons–$1 for all! ¬†The carrots for Easter bunnies and baskets, the apples for fall outfits, and the candy canes to use now.

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Below are the rest of the fabrics for doll clothes. ¬†Some are only fat quarters, so I’ll need to sew side seams on the skirt, but it’ll work fine.

I love yellow and the tiny bits of lavender and grey are really pretty with these shades of yellow.

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This fabric is a very pretty light powder blue. ¬†I hope the scale isn’t too large. ¬†Maybe it’ll at least work for my Kaye Wiggs’ dolls.

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Lily-of-the-valley!  My favorite flower!  Maybe this will become a pincushion.  The print is a little large, but I love it!


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I just realized that these look like daffodils, don’t they? ¬†They are very tiny.

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Very soft and delicate. ¬†Isn’t it sweet?

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I wish you could have come with me! ‚̧


Hello To You

I don’t have anything finished to show you; I simply wanted to say hi, share a few photos, and let you know what I’m working on. ¬†I have a very optimistic “to do” list for today, so this will be short. ¬†Whenever I feel things are taking too long to get finished I bring out my pad of paper and break down, into steps, what I hope to get done in a given day.

Today, I plan on finishing a dress for Patsy/Ann Estelle. ¬†The skirt is all gathered and pinned to the bodice; I just need to sew the two pieces together. ¬†Then, I will hand stitch the facing, sew on the snaps and buttons. ¬†Next, the sweater needs to be sewn up at the underarm and I’ll weave in the ends. ¬†I really want to complete the embroidery for the sweater. ¬†Not sure that will happen, but it’s on the list.

As for my weekend, that involved bringing my daughter back to school. ¬†My “baby” is all tucked in at college to begin her second semester. ¬†I guess it was easier leaving her there this time than in August. ¬†But, it was still by no means easy! ¬†I’m not sure it will ever be easy. ¬†I keep telling myself that to miss her so very much means that I love having her around so very much, a blessing that is. ¬†Yes!

We are still in the thick of dreary weather.  Yesterday morning we had freezing rain which, thank goodness, turned to rain as the temperature warmed above freezing later in the day.  We are experiencing temps this week which are warmer than normal for this time of year.  Yay!  We even had a thunderstorm during the night!  It sounded like springtime!


This was taken yesterday morning. ¬†I’m glad the bird feeder was empty; those icicles look dangerous.


There’s nothing like orchids starting to bloom to lift the spirits.


In my studio Tulah is still playing Barbies, and has adopted a little chihuahua. ¬†We’re currently working on names for her poodle and her chihuahua. ¬†She’s quite an indecisive little doll.


I think I’ve shown you this doll¬†(pattern here) before as I’ve made her years and years ago. ¬†She is made from a free pattern by Emily Martin (Black Apple). ¬†She is a calming presence in my studio, always relaxed with a little smile on her face. ¬†Dolly is all decked out in a Big Ann Estelle scarf and a crocheted rose brooch¬†by Alla Koval (My Little City Girl), both also made years ago.


This¬†crochet hook¬†set was a¬†Christmas present, and I can’t wait to use them. ¬†They are the tiny sizes for use with crochet thread. ¬†I’ll use them for crocheting flowers, purses, and other accessories. ¬†Those handle colors are ‚̧ !


Sitting around my studio is a beret for Patience which never got used (yet, anyway) and Little Darling fingerless mitts. ¬†This fabric is something I purchased late summer (I think) and can’t wait to use. ¬†It’s not Liberty fabric, but that is what the prints remind me of. ¬†Sorry, I can’t remember the name of the collection. ¬†I am sure it’s a Japanese fabric though.

Well, I had better get to work on my list! ¬†I’ve enjoyed chatting with you today. ¬†Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Thank you for visiting!  Bye for now.