August 31, 2015

Shopping in my basement

For years I had my sewing craft rooms in the basement. We then had a flood in 2008. The rooms are now used for storage. Every thing is on shelves above a flood stage. I had a request for information on a doll I made and needed to go down and search for that information. I did not find it but I did find a few things I had forgotten I had. I found the yard sticks I want attached to the edge of my new cutting table. I also found a sweet dress and a doll purse.

The dress is one I bought somewhere 2nd hand. It had never had the closures put on. I pressed it and added snaps to the wrists and back. It is perfect for the china I recently gave a new body. She needs a broach or bead necklace. I will work on that soon.

 I also found a doll purse I bought off e-bay. Don't even remember buying it. It was still in the shipping box, said it was from NY state.
 I had a doll purse as a child. Not the same as this one. A good memory. Making salsa today. Lots of tomatoes off those 6 plants. Have a great week. j

August 30, 2015

magazine rack into a doll bed

I found an oak magazine rack and had an idea to turn it into a doll four poster bed. I think it turned out great. I made the ticking mattress to fit. Soon I will make the bedding.Thanks to Mr. T for helping with the cutting gluing and clamping. One more project done. have a great week. j

August 29, 2015

Our Ziva

 This is our Ziva. She is a joy everyday.

Watching the squirrels.

 Look at those ears! She finally grew into them.
Just thought I'd share. Can't believe she is 2 1/2 already. j

August 28, 2015

Table toppers done. Picture of the moon

I tried again to get a good picture of the moon. This is better than the last time. The clouds and the nearly full moon were beautiful.

I made a few table toppers. i made the pumpkin from a woven napkin. It had to be lined but turned out cute. I found the leaves at Carol Ann's 2nd hand shop.It was perfect.

We have done quite a bit of canning and freezing garden produce. The tomato crop is very good again this year. Mr. T dug potatoes,carrots and picked the last of the green beans. There are more carrots,and beets to dig. We will not go hungry. Thanks to God for the abundant crops this year.
We traded in out motor home and bought a new travel trailer. A 2016 bullet. It is shown here. We have been doing some fall camping. Looking forward to more.
 On this rainy day Mr. T has the right idea. There will be time to make salsa this afternoon. Hope you all have a good weekend. j

August 10, 2015

August already.

The tomatoes are producing about 25 every other day. Nice big tomatoes. Around 12 qts. frozen so far. It is a bit frustrating that I can not fine the qt boxes I have always used. I re use but the boxes seem to disappear. May be when I send food home with family or freeze something else in them. Time for an on line search. I try to buy locally but no luck finding them.

It is getting time to bring out my pumpkin decorating stuff.  My favorite time of year.

I like to have cut flowers in the house and the Zinnias are beautiful. I have a few glads but not as many as I thought I'd have.Over a few days the glads opened up. Makes the arrangement much better.

Not much sewing going on right now. I have 2 doll size quilts I need to finish up the binding. Hope everyone has a great week. j

August 7, 2015

A busy time

This time of year it gets busy with garden produce. We have canned 21 qts. of green beans and 7 pints of pickled green beans. I started on the tomatoes yesterday.
They will be producing more each day. 4 1/2 qts. in the freezer so far. The beets are doing well, we will freeze some of them also. the cucumbers are producing but not enough to do any pickles. We will just eat them.
My flowers are doing well this year too. The Solidago(goldenrod) got tall.Mr.T. cut it off this morning.  I have a beautiful bouquet on my table. I did not know it was in the aster family. I loved using it when I was, making arrangements, in the flower shop. This bouquet is 33 inches tall. The vase is 12 inches, tall 8 inch across the top to give you an idea of how large it is. It is beautiful. So much for today.Hope you have a good weekend. j

July 24, 2015

Past due post, Bears, sewing room, flowers

Wow it has been a while since I posted anything. It is a busy summer.
The bears won blue and purple ribbons.

We have been working on a new cutting table in the sewing room.
 Using 2 sets of shelves on the ends and a 1/2 of a ping pong table I have a bigger better cutting table. Mr. T added height to the bottoms of the shelves to make it a comfortable height.

 On one side he added sliders and put a table in between the shelves to make a place for my sewing machine. Works great.

The one set of shelves were on this wall.It is now a great place to hang the doll models.

 Things keep growing.

 June 16 2015 the beginning

This is today July 24 2015. God blesses us every single day. Have a great weekend. j

July 6, 2015

Bear finished.China doll body

Justine finished up the chenille bear. She added a bow tie and a woo
l vest made from her great grandmas things.
I have had several china dolls in need of bodies. I completed one yesterday. It is hard to guess the size needed.i made up a pattern. It will work but isn't really right.The body is too long and the legs too short but it is what it is.She will look fine when I dress her. For now she is happy sitting with the others waiting for their clothes. Nice rain today. Have a great week. j

June 29, 2015

Bear for fair

Justine finished her 3rd bear.It is ready for the fair.
I found a quilt block on line and tried to duplicate it.

I found I needed to do something called a partial seam to make it come together. Usually I can figure out a block from a picture but this one had me stumped. There was a tutorial that helped a lot.
So easy when you know the tricks.

Summer is speeding by. The old saying "If you don't get er it done by the 4th of July you ain't gona get it done." is so true. Have a great week

June 19, 2015

bears,doll bed quilt,flag quilt

We have been busy working on a few projects. Justine is working on her memory bears for the fair. The clothes bedspread were her great grandma's. We have put 13 hours in the blue bear. The chenille bedspread bear has had 7 hours so far . Justine learned to do the ladder stitch for closing the bears and is doing a great job. That is not the easiest stitch to do. Eyes,nose and closing  the back of the arms and legs yet to do.

The small doll bed quilts center is made from some flag quilt scraps. The rest was from my 1 1/2 inch strips box. Love making this kind of quilt. Just sit and sew no thinking about matching anything.
I saw a flag block on a blogger site and decided to make it into a small quilt.

Alden Days this weekend. All kids are coming home. Will be a fun time. Have a great Father's day. j