Monday, August 22, 2016

Dolly, Come Out & Play With Me

My sis came up with 
an ambitious idea...

Let's have a doll exchange
at our summer sewathon.

This was our inspiration board.

Here are her quite specific guidelines...
cause let's just say,  
we've had exchanges go awry.

So listen up ladies.

1. This needs to be a DOLL. Not just a stuffed animal/doll. It can totally be an animal but it needs 2 legs, not four. NO monsters, nothing goofy, no crazy sock bizarr-o faces. No ninja's, clowns or grungy tea dyed. A sweet "doll" done in the cutest fabrics/felt and embroidered or safety eyes.
Ask yourself: "What would Martha make for her grandchildren?" I've read a lot of Living Magazines over the years and I'm pretty sure I have a good handle on that! :)

2. I don't want to squelch your creativity. HOWEVER, we are going for sweet. And we are going for EFFORT. Do not throw together something in the final days. "Ahem".

3. They can be simple, but simple darling-ness.

4. Preferably no removable clothes. Something attached is okay but I've seen too many naked dolls running around.

5. They can be knitted or crocheted (but I'm thinking that will take sooo much longer to make, yes?) But they must be DARLING, not 1979 grandma crocheted this.

6. They can be boy or girl. But even boys can be DARLING.

7. They need to be AT LEAST 10-12" and no more than 18".....because that's a great size for a DARLING doll.

8. If you aren't sure if your idea meets the Martha standard, just ask. I have opinions.

That might have scared a few players away.

Luckily, everyone didn't join in, 
because that would have been
a lot of dolls to make.

I made Little Red out of my
that I love.

As someone who doesn't make softies much, I thought linen might be nice for the bodies and the whole doll, since it's thicker, and I wouldn't have to be so gentle when stuffing.
Worked out great.

This pattern is from Revoluzzza.

The girls were pretty easy.
A bit of embroidery, felt and stuffing.

Put my tags on. 
(It's a girl carrying a sewing machine.)

Packed them up to meet their new friends.

Three of us participated.

Des made the kitty, and 
Leela made the mermaid.

I think they turned out DARLING.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ready, Oh Yeah, I'm ready!

Headed out this month to sew
with my sis and friends.
And I'm ready,
let me at it.

 My bobbins are full. 
Getting together my table caddy.
Here are
my projects?
Do I need more?
I'm sure I'll just whip these out.
I'm doing a big Denyse Schmidt
mixed with linen,
(Thanks to Leona and Marlene for this awesome collection of 5" squares.)
and a 4th of July
 Pam Kitty Tribute,
and a Tall Tales
I've got my Pop-Up ready
and my Bagette.

The Rowenta is packed.
And I'm pretty sure
I'll need a coaster.
A travel pillowcase,
because I've left my pillow
one too many times in hotel rooms.
Hopefully I'll notice this on the bed.
No, Des, I don't have one for you.
But I did pack a coaster for you.
Generous, I know.
Late one night when I was making this,
I assured myself you don't
travel with your pillow. lol
And these gals are packed. 
More on them later.

I'm ready, about a week too soon,
but that's okay.
I'll go pack the car. 


Monday, May 16, 2016

Vintage Goodness

What a weekend!
Started it off early
with Stacey
 Pickin' Boise
Antique and Artisan Market.
Look at this line --
how excited and
happy are they?
 I have lots of pics for you to see,
because it was all awesome.
Handmade treasures,
vintage goods
even a diy area to
make your own signs.

Wish I would have
bought one of this vendor's signs
before they disappeared.  
I first met Brenda at 
(I must say, I've met the
greatest people there.)
Brenda, who runs her
 lives on the prairie in Spokane
and is a busy gal with
Barn Sales, a Vintage Sale
at her farm each year,
and now she's doing shows
in the Treasure Valley.
From what I saw,
the show
was a huge success.
Well done.
I'm looking forward
to the next one!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Home Sweet Home

Time flies...
Last year, we built a house.
My husband was the general contractor and
he did so well.
He's a good communicator, and
he made what was supposed to happen,

Most days, I wanted to pull my hair out.
Sooo, I didn't blog about
any of it.

We moved in
the week of Christmas. 

(MaryAnn, these pics are for you!)

Here's our before picture.

And after.

Welcome to our brief tour...
My antique doors
that I adore had
to come with us.

Boys' Bath
Son's Room

Powder Bath

My room

Family Room

And my favorite room...
the kitchen.

Especially love my sink!

And there you have it.

There are a few rooms you didn't see...
still working on the dining area,
 office, other son's room, etc...
didn't feel like making my
closet picture ready. :)

We're so happy to be here,
and looking forward to summer.
Our current project
is sprinklers...
someday we'll
have grass!
It's good to be home.