Category Archives: Nature

Dresses for Special Little Girls

In the last few weeks I’ve completed 5 dresses for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes I will make this year.  I am getting into a rhythm; my fourth and fifth were completed in only one day!

When I first started thinking of making dresses, I made a Pinterest board with ideas.  You can check that board out here.

 I’m first digging into my fabric stash and using half yard pieces of fabric that I purchased for doll dresses, but are too large in scale for the little dolls.  I can piece two 1/2 yard cuts together and make a dress.  Then, I can use scraps to make the pocket, shoulder strap ties, and bias armhole binding.

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As I write this I am inspired and thinking of Eva, the 101 year-old  gorgeous lady who sews dresses for these shoeboxes; she makes 3!!! a day.  I saw her video last year and her story has stuck with me all these months later.  Would you believe almost 10 million people have watched her video!  She must have inspired so many.  Now that’s the way to do things!  Way to go, Eva!

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I’ve included a tutorial for the dresses I’m making under the tutorial tab at the top of this page.

On a different note, I want to show you this beautiful sunrise from a couple of weeks ago!  The colors in the sky took my breath away.

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Have a great week, my friends.  If you make any dresses, I’d love to see them.

 

 

 

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This and That for Saturday!

Hi all!  Did you have a nice Groundhog Day?  Yep, he saw his shadow—another 6 weeks of winter.  I’m betting winter will extend past that 6 week mark, maybe 10 weeks!  What do you think?

My husband and I spent yesterday evening watching the movie “Groundhog Day”.  It was filmed in a nearby town that we frequently visit.  We had fun trying to pick out the filming spots and what is there now.  The filming probably took place in 1992, so things have changed.  My husband is really good at spotting the areas, not me so much.  The bed and breakfast that  Bill Murray stayed in was recently sold.  In case you are curious as to what it looks like you can see that here.  I don’t believe they filmed inside, but definitely outside.  I think it operated as a bed and breakfast for a while, but not sure what it is currently being used for.

This little orchid blossom is just opening this very morning!  She’s itty bitty, and is one of three buds on a short stem.  This is my last remaining phalaenopsis orchid plant. 😦  I must say that that’s a very good reason to visit a somewhat local orchid greenhouse.  It’s huge (4 acres!) and makes you feel as if you’re on a tropical vacation.

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My stack of cowls is growing.  I just finished the white one.  My next cowl will be the Bobble Cowl by Joji Locatelli.  It is much longer than these three, so will be on my needles for awhile.  I want to dye a skein of fingering weight merino single ply in a very light tonal or barely there gradient.  Sorry dollies, I know this skein was meant for you.

As for dolly stuff, I will be embroidering today.  See, I’m all set up and ready to go.  Once I get started I will be fine—no more procrastinating.

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Oh, one more thing… I didn’t start out collecting doll books, but as you can see it is turning into that.  I don’t think I can pass up a book with the word “doll” in the title or a doll illustration on the cover.  “House of Dolls” just arrived last week, and is my tiniest book yet.  A few of these books have been recommended by some of you.  Thank you!  I’ve enjoyed them all very much and reread them often.  Any more suggestions? 🙂

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I still have to share my heart sachets with you.  Tomorrow, I will try.  This post is already all over the place.

Wishing you all a great Saturday!

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today. ❤

Busy, But Beautiful Time of the Year

My daughter got home last Friday night.  This fall she has been flying home from school as her “ride” graduated in the spring.  It’s super quick which makes up for the increased cost.

It’s so nice to say that it feels like she’s been home a long time and it hasn’t even been a week yet.  I’m hoping her entire break passes this slowly.

So far we’ve done Christmas shopping, baked cookies, watched movies, and caught up with news.  Yesterday evening we baked Birds’ Nest and Snowball cookies; last Saturday I made Snickerdoodles.  I think we’re set with cookies, don’t you?  If you’d like to see our Christmas cookie baking from 2014, it is here.

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We’ve properly tested the cookies; all are delicious. 😉 Our favorite—the Birds’ Nest cookies with peach Bonne Maman preserves.  The peach flavor adds a tiny bit of tartness, yum.  This is a recipe my mom made from when I was a little girl.  If anyone cares for the recipe let me know and I’ll include it in a blog post.

The morning light was magical this morning.  The light changes so quickly, and my camera was right here!  Got it!

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This (above) turned to this (below) in a matter of minutes.

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And out our front window…

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Maybe some day I’ll dye a skein of yarn called “Winter Sunrise”.  The colors in nature are ever changing and beyond beautiful.

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My last phalaenopsis orchid plant has produced a stem of buds.  It’s still pretty tiny; I can’t wait until it blooms.  This is the orchid we had found in a broken planter at the end of our driveway a couple of years ago.  We think someone put it on the roof of their car and took off; it looked like it had been a gift.

A great way to start the morning—coffee, a cookie, and a little knitting.

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I hope you all enjoy this last Wednesday before Christmas.  Geez, cannot believe it!  Other than me going for a walk, we are staying home today (I think) and will most likely do some gift wrapping.  I’m going to try and finish knitting this little merino cap for the Little Darlings too.  Not sure what else we’ll do today.

Thank you for stopping by today, my friends! ❤