February 27, 2015

Sew much to sew. Sew little time.

Link to  http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2015/03/sew-darn-crafty-linky-party.html

It has been cold and snowy here. I have a great sewing room and did a bit of sewing. I can watch the birds and when the sun is shining one can pretend it is spring. I had some children's cloths I picked up at good will. I decided that the skirt would make a good skirt for the American girl doll. I cut the skirt waist band off. Took off 9 inches from the side. folded the top down to make a casing for the elastic. sewed up the side and it was done

. I tried it on Bonnie but it was to long so I cut off the original hem. Serged it the edge then put in a new hem. Good to go.
I had made another skirt, 2 vests ,a shirt and a pair of leggings. I made it all mix and match. The first vest is wool. It needed something to jazz it up so I did a bit with buttons and embroidery. The lace skirt is a bit to fu fu for my taste but the kids will like it. The vest needs something . Maybe some beading. I will be using the other parts of the skirt for another shirt and maybe a head band.

Sew much to sew.-----Sew little time. Have a good weekend. j

February 23, 2015

Waiting for spring

I have been doing some sewing. Just waiting for spring. Doll dresses, baby quilt, and hand work.The American girl doll dresses were fun to make. I needed to tweek the pattern to make it easy for Justine to sew.

 This doll has been waiting for a dress for over a year.
 The baby quilt is made of flannel.It did not machine quilt well but after it is washed it will be better.
 I found this vintage bonnet in my stash. The edges were frayed. I had some vintage trim that matched in color really well so I hand stitched it on the edge. Perfect.

Making more hexes. Hoping to do at least one a night. Ziva keeps me company while I sew.

 She is ever vigilant at the window or door watching for those pesky squirrels. Hope everyone has a good week. j

February 9, 2015

A bit of spring.

Just some pictures of my flowers years past to bring a touch of spring on a cloudy day.Have a good week. j

January 27, 2015

Found picture

Linking to

Looking on line I found this picture. It is so sweet. I hope to get back to making dolls and maybe use this for an inspiration.

I love old pictures with dolls in them.

Maybe you didn't even know I make and collect dolls. Dolls in the doll room.

Did you ever have a doll purse?I did. Not this one. Mine is long gone. They zipped open in the back.

 Some of my tiny dolls in the china cupboard. It is true I will never outgrow my love for dolls. Hope your week is going well. j

January 24, 2015

Yummy new recipe

 This is delicious. Better after it sits a day. A pinterest recipe. Enjoy j

 new recipe

Apple Praline Bread 

1 cup sour cream 

1 cup brown sugar 

2 eggs 

2 tsp vanilla

 2 cups flour 

2 tsp baking powder 

1/2 tsp baking soda 

1/2 tsp salt 

1 1/2 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and finely chopped (2 large apples)

1 cup nuts (walnut or pecan or a combo), divided 

For the praline sauce: ¼ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup butter 

Micro wave 40 sec. stir micro wave again stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in 1/2 the nuts. I used 2 smaller loaf pans and baked for 40 min.

In a large loaf pan bake 1 hour 350 then glaze with praline sauce when cooled.

January 2, 2015

New nativity made in Poland.

As a gift we received a new nativity from our children. They were living in Germany and did some traveling while there. Iris is a shopper and she found this, nativity, in Poland. It is all hand made by villagers. You can find more information about the mission on line at,

I wish you all good health in 2015. j

December 30, 2014

Hand made Christmas gifts

Christmas is over so I can share some of the things Justine and I worked on for gifts. They were not quite finished when I took the pictures.the stem buttons were added. We went shopping at goodwill for frames.  Took out the glass, covered the back with burlap, glued on the buttons. Merry Christmas to the grand parents.
 The strings on the cinnamon ornaments were added and the cords on the washer necklaces were added. Last was the sock monkey for her brother. We will start working on the 4H projects for 2015 after the first of the year. I am looking forward to more fun in the sewing room. Have a Happy New Year. j