Saturday, January 30, 2010

Craft Show at Bob Evans

Barb brought her latest creations to our breakfast at Bob Evans. These are little picture frames, with her iris folded hearts in the photo slot. I think they are just the cutest, and all of us want to buy one. She is working hard and hoping for a good spring show, altho all she would have to do is set up at Bob Evans and invite friends to breakfast.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Cheryl's Valances

I hope you are checking out The Farm's blog, it's
These are some recent pictures made at Cheryl's home. She is one of the staff at that wonderful place. Today there are more pictures there of the bath, bet you never thought of using a bedspread and a bedpan like this!

I can't wait to meet Cheryl and see Gail and the rest of the gals at the Farm. Hurry up Spring!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

More January Birthdays

Stella is only 97 today. We've talked about her before. She's Jackie's Mom and the lady who crochets all those beautiful afghans. I know she's having a fun birthday, going somewhere special. Happy birthday to Stella.

Here she is giving some tips to her customers.

AND....yesterday was Barb's birthday but our Betsy got first billing, but I know she understands. She's like that, our crafty lady, social event organizer, driver, resale guru and all around friend. She deserves a big shout-out, ( I always wanted to say that like they do on QVC) and I hope she has a wonderful year.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Happy Birthday to Betsy, from Great-Grandmother, Peggy

Happy Birthday Betsy, this is my favorite picture that your Grandmother Kynda sent to me this year! You are so busy here, checking out the flowers and picking your favorite ones, just like she does.

I am so happy to see the pictures your Mom sends. I am so far away that I don't get to visit you, but that way I can see how you are growing and learning things and having fun with your sweet family.

I think you are just beautiful!! Have a wonderful birthday sweetie. I love you.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Bears are back

My little quilt bear is a mixture of magazine patterns until I got him to look like I wanted.

The mama bear is a very old Country Stitches pattern. I added the rusty wire glasses and I also ordered some extra rusty wire to have in my booth at Town Peddler. It is impossible to find it in a store around here and I thought someone else might like to use it occasionally.

Yesterday we had 20 children in Children's Church!!!

Charlie won his hockey game.

PJ and Jeff have a new golden, her name is Joy.

Happy Monday everyone.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Two Annies

These two wanted to be on the blog but were passed over. They said what is more important than home and family. So here you are girls. Look pretty.

Happy Saturday, I got to see the Lansing Capitals play, not winning, but tomorrow they will. Charlie is my favorite hockey player of course. He skates fast and shoots hard.

P. S. Oops, forgot to tell you, these are made from a Sweet Meadows Farm pattern.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Special request post

A nameless friend says I have been lazy lately. I guess I have those winter blahs so many of you have. Anyway, here is Riley, and he wishes you a happy weekend.

I'm going to have a good one, I get to see Charlie (grandson) play hockey in Trenton. Yea!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Tattered Quilt

I have saved these pieces for so long I don't remember who gave me these. These two pieces are tattered but have beautiful embroidery and silk pieces. The one has the names Flossie, Vic, and Rosa. The other one has the names Emma and Fannie, and those are my mother's name and my mother-in-law's name, so I will have to do something special with them.
I used one small piece for this heart, you can see my humble endeavor at embroidery on the sleeve.
Then I patched a few more pieces together for her wing. Also used some really nice crochet for her collar and trim. My favorite thing to do is to give new life to something that is not being used.

I wondered if Vic and Flossie were an item.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Quilt for Haiti Lady

Years ago I used a clunky old quilting machine to put quilts together; it was certainly not a successful endeavor, as it was before all the nice machines we have today, so it was back-breaking work that I soon gave up. BUT, I did meet some awfully nice people along the way.

One of these was a lady whose son is a pastor of a church that has mission schools and churches in Haiti. When I spoke to her last week, she thought they would be all right because they are a distance away. I am hoping to hear from them this week.

Last year my friend Barb collected spoons for this lady to send in her shipments (yes, whole skids, she sends). Now in her eighties, she stays busy making quilts of any type of fabric and collecting clothes to send. The spoons? She asked for those because she says the children take the spoons because they have none at home.

She tells of desperate need, they have nothing, she says. And this was before the earthquake.

Not many of us can help in such a personal way, but it is the spirit in which the gift is given and people are being so kind to offer what they can. My favorite quote from this wonderful lady is "Peggy, nothing lasts except what you do for the Lord."

We won't tell Mrs. H. that we talked about her gifts this morning, she would be very embarrased. I hope you enjoyed hearing about her, and I hope your Monday is happy.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sweet Meadows Farm giveaway

I'm passing this along so you all can enter the Sweet Meadows Farm giveaway on January 21st. Check it out at

I use a lot of Maureen's patterns, they are all very sweet. Isn't it nice that she is doing this?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Kitchen Gift

Well, we're starting out looking at the bottom of the thing.......

But here it is, it was something new to me and I thought very clever, you could tuck some things in the pocket and have a nice little gift. The price was less than I could make it for at the Town Peddler, but for those of you who aren't close enough to go there, you can easily make your own.

Snow melting days in Michigan, pretty ugly in some places but warm enough the birds are chattering about it. Be happy, it's Friday.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Doll Hair

This is angel vine hair.

And the pink hair is from What do you think about pink hair?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Town Peddler Tuesday

This is a classy booth at Town Peddler, just down the aisle from me. It's called Liz Hill Collection. She has designer beauty products and more and she's so nice. Check it out.

Well, it's not exactly like the pattern, but I like her anyway. My dolls don't always look like what the designer intended. She's a brand new pattern by The Olde Country Cupboard.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Zinnias

Starlight Zahara Zinnia (above)
Knee High Profusion Zinnias

I am so ready to turn into a gardener. These are two zinnias I have ordered this year. Both are new, we will see if they do as well as the Magellans. I won't be doing any gardening today, it is near zero degrees here in Michigan.

Ray brought me a morning paper and one of the headlines says Ford will be hiring 1000 people. That is some good news and we are hoping for more all over the country. That makes it a happy Tuesday.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Newly made Old Favorites

A combination of a Raggedy Old Annies doll and a Sweet Meadows Farm bear.

The bear is made of osnaburg and the dress is Joann fabrics, except I dyed it with coffee. Button eyes on both.

Everyone likes these little reminder hearts.

Today I am making cookies for Jordan who is in Iraq. Jordan is my grandson (for those of you who are new). I am making Sandra's (In this Small House) chocolate crinkle cookies. It has become my go-to cookie recipe.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Betsy and Her Snowman

He is just the right size for her I think. If you haven't seen her before Betsy is my GREAT granddaughter. She lives in Kentucky but if she was here today, we could make a whole family of snow-people. But the sun is shining beautifully on this very cold Saturday. Stay warm.

They love us

Can't you see how much?

Sweet Meadows Farm pattern.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Decor Hunt at Town Peddler Mall

I love to visit this booth at the Town Peddler. Last week when I was there I met the artist and asked if I could have her permission to show her booth here. She is very talented and has some very unique ideas.

I think what I like the very best is the old coffee pot decorated for Christmas. Also I like the Santa face and her pillows with the vintage needlework. Be sure to stop by next time you are at the Town Peddler.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

How Many Did You Make?

Yesterday, Kathleen (Eggs in My Pocket, A Needle in my Hand) asked me how many dolls I have made. It would be so much fun if I had an answer, but I was always so caught up in the making I never considered how the number would pile up over the years.

The first thing we made was a curved neck duck (remember those?)When I say we I am including my mother, who made doll dresses for me and cute little pigs too. My friend Dorothy was coerced into sewing dolls and doing craft shows with me, and other friends like Jackie and Barbara experienced some arm-twisting as well. That was in the 70's.

We went on from there to make RABBITS (for years) that was a craze that seemed to last forever, then it was Bears, Santas and Snowmen (oh my) .

My mom died in 1996, but I still think of her as stitching along with me even now.
Most of our crafting friends have dropped out , we go to the shows and know very few when we always knew everyone. Barbara has gone to iris folding ; Jackie is a new grandmother but she still crafts and her mom Stella crochets afghans at age 96. I think Dorothy thinks we are all crazy.

Anyway I couldn't for the life of me even guess. For 32 years, even 3 or 4 a week, it is a huge number. So, if you are just starting out why don't you keep a little book and when somebody asks you, thirty years from now, you can say "Oh I made XXX as of today."

Won't that be fun?.

Oh, the bear, she is a pattern by Sweet Meadows Farm, I just put a simple dress on for Valentines Day.

Monday, January 4, 2010


I have made Angie before, she has long skinny arms and legs and a long face and nose. My friend says she should be named Hope, because she hopes she gets a new nose soon.

She is a Chestnut Junction pattern if you want to try her.

I always coffee-dye all the body parts and today they weren't quite dry when I started stuffing. I found that it went really well having them damp, the seams filled in well and they came out really smooth. Maybe you would like to try it. I use Soft and Crafty fiberfill. It is my favorite.

Thank you all for visiting our blogs, and also all you who are writing one for us to read. Happy Monday evening.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

"A Blog is your own personal online art project."

Today, my daughter, Kynda, describes for us her journey through blogland, celebrating 1500 posts.

I was a little teary-eyed reading it, because it is so sweet and thoughtful.

I think you will enjoy visiting her at Just tell her that her Mama sent you by.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hello 2010

Only a day late, this is my first post of the new year, so I chose this friend doll made from a pattern by A Stitch in Time. I like making things that have a "friend" theme.

I have great friends, yesterday I found a big bag of canning lids and rings hanging on my gate. Someone thought of me and I don't even know who it was. I'm sure that happens to you too.

Yesterday, through the site I printed out a really neat calendar from I think you would really like looking at her site, she has some lovely art. And if you don't get the Tipnuts by email you should sign up, but don't get sidetracked by all those projects!

It's a beautiful sunny but very cold day in Michigan. Enjoy!