Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I know it has been awhile since I have blogged...and I must look like the ghost of Christmas past...but I wanted to tell you about a pattern sale for the upcoming holiday season I am having on Ebay and within my Etsy shoppe....

THE PICK 3 SALE. That’s right… 3 patterns of your own choosing for $21.00. That’s only $7 per pattern. A savings of $12 on three! And YOU don’t even have to print them…I do…and they come to you via your postman in plastic pattern bags which help keep all your pieces in one place. Shipping on 3 is $2 saving you yet another $1…for a total savings of $13…it is like buying 2 and getting one FREE! International customers…you save almost $3 on shipping!

Here is how it works. You will ONLY use the 2 specific listings to purchase your 3 pattern choices. DO NOT purchase patterns separately. Browse thru my pattern listings for your 3 pattern choices...you DO NOT have to purchase the ones shown in the photos...They don't even need to be holiday patterns...it is all up to you. You will then place a note into your purchase…or message me as to which patterns you would like. All I will need are the 3 pattern numbers. It’s as simple as that! So no more wondering what you should make this holiday season for your upcoming craft shows and bazaars…there are plenty here to choose from...and now is the best time to get them!!

So plug in those sewing machines and get your foot on the pedal to begin creating some unique items for this holiday season!

Here are the links to get you there....

Friday, July 29, 2011

Tamales and Frankenstein...?...

Sounds like a heck of a combination...right? Well...that is what I have done today...

I have my tamale meat cooked, shredded, and seasoned and in the fridge soaking up all those wonderful flavors. Tomorrow...I make, cook and eat tamales!!! I haven't made these in over 3 years!! About time!

And Frankensteins!! I finished up 2 of these and listed them on Ebay this afternoon.

They are created using a My Darlin' Dolls pattern with a few of my own twists...like the eyes...the quilted nose for more definition...the pennant...and those hi-top sneakers!!

This guy looks more like a frat boy than a frankenstein...except for those stitches on his lower chin.

He is still absolutely cute in my book! I just love his ears!! So funky!! And that expression on his face...makes me laugh!!

Here is the link on ebay...He also has a "twin"...so once you get there...click on sellers other items...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Just listed...and what I am working on today...

These are the 2 dolls which I just listed on Ebay. The one is blue is made using fabric I found at a garage sale UNUSED AND UNCUT...I purchased an entire box of very nice, clean, unused fabric for $5....I almost felt bad walking away with it for that cheap.

This heart print...I swear has been around since the late 90's...but I haven't seen it too much lately...so when I noticed it in the box...I HAD to HAVE it!!

Didn't know what I was going to use it for...but I like it as a pinafore apron on this dollie.

I will put a link at the bottom for more photos.

This one...The apron is a cloth dish towel...with the phrase HOME IS WHERE YOUR STORY BEGINS embroidered onto it.

I found it at a gift shoppe nearby. I knew I wanted to use it for an apron...and the fabric I had at home matched perfectly with it!!

Today I am working on 2 Frankenstein dolls...new pattern...but not mine...it is by My Darlin' Dolls. Really cute....!! Can hardly wait to see how he turns out.

Here's the ebay links for more photos...

Friday, July 15, 2011

1800 style Prairie Bonnet

So...I tried my hand at making one of these 1800's Style Prairie bonnets...a pattern I recently purchased from Backside of the Moon... Excellent pattern.

But as per my usual...I make things alot harder for myself than they actually are.

I read thru the instructions first...like a good little crafter...I mean...that is WHY they take the time to write them...right? And I couldn't make sense of them...my brain...not the creator of the pattern. Lol!

I just figured if I actually did it...maybe it would all come together for me and make sense as I go along???????

So...I cut it all out...and sat at the machine with directions by my side. I opted NOT to put in the interfacing...Why?...well....because I just don't have any of that...I thought about using some quilt batting instead...but shoved that out of my mind just as quickly as it came in.

As I went along...going step by step as written...it all started to make sense...I got kinda excited that I was actually doing it...Lol!

Naturally....my excitement prompted me to list it on Ebay. I don't have a clue how much these things go for....or if they go at all. But I started it out at $12.99....good price? I don't know!

Just thought I'd share this.


First I want to say that I have tried several times...typing until my fingers bleed...LOL..and I STILL cannot leave a comment on peoples blogs....anyone know why that is? I was going to leave a comment on Pats blog...Kats Designs and several others...but gave up after 3 attempts...SO...what I am trying to say is...I am reading them...and I want to comment...but it is not allowing me to do so.

SO....Dinner tonight....MEXICAN FIESTA!!!...I love mexican food. And I think I would rather make it myself than pay to eat somewhere just for the atmosphere. And it is HONESTLY just as good if not better!!

Which reminds me...I once spent 3 days with my Aunt learning to make Tamales...I haven't made those in forever because they really do take about 2 days to make...I used to make them 5 dozen at a time...true story...they freeze nicely and my husband would take them for lunch...and I would give alot of them to friends who enjoyed them but didn't have the time to make them.

Tonite...on the menu is: *insert drumroll here*

Steak Fajitas with green, red and yellow peppers-Homemade Refried Beans-Mexighetti-Homemade Tortilla Chips-Homemade Salsa-Homemade Guacamole El reeeee bah!

The key ingredient I have found....ADOBO seasoning....yep....works for me...I put it in all of the dishes above mentioned! No I am not a marketing rep for Adobo...

And of course cilantro...I used to really hate the smell of it let alone the taste...but now...I use an entire bunch of it for the fajitas, a half a bunch for the salsa and the remainder in the guacomole! In fact...I love it so much...I am growing it in my garden!

What's on your menu?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Last Sunday...July 3rd...I tried to surpress a sneeze. I felt a sharp pinch in the left side of my neck...and it suddenly felt like I had slept on my pillow wrong. I had been awake quite awhile and just knew it was from trying to hold back that sneeze. I figured it would go away...like a crick in your neck usually does. Little did I know that 5 days later it would feel the same and the pain would travel down to my middle and ring fingers....with most of the pain being in my shoulder, neck and elbow. I finally decided to stop trying to suck it up and went to the Dr the day we were supposed to leave to go finish up the remodeling of the camper. The nurse practitioner gave me anti inflammatory pills along with steriods...woo hoo. The 3 hour ride to Tomah was unbearable. I used the "dogs blanket"...he NEVER uses it...so why let it just sit in the backseat....as a neck brace and kept repositioning my arm every 2 minutes. It was terrible. And I even wondered WHY I had gone to the doctor in the first place if I weren't going to see some sort of immediate relief? I mean...I told her I was popping Ibuprofen tablets 3 at a time and they just weren't cutting it! Why didn't she deem it necessary to give me some sort of pain medication? And I wanted the good stuff...not some 800 miligrams of tylenol! Which she didn't give me anyway! And I mentioned that we were going camping and hopefully have a day of pleasure to ride the wheelers. She suggested that I "Absolutely NOT ride any 4 wheelers"!! Boooo...way to ruin my weekend...surely I could ride one handed...afterall...the throttle is on the right side! So...by bedtime...the pain still hadn't gone away...and needless to say I kept my husband awake AND the dog...by tossing and turning in the camper! LOL! I swear I woke up every 2 hours to view the clock and turn over. I was up at 5:30AM making coffee and taking more pills. By midday...the left arm and neck area were starting to feel pretty good. Not 100% but good enough to help Randy and his Mom put down the new floor and ceiling in the bump out of the camper. Finished it! YAY! I helped move the couch back into its position in the bump out and threw my arm out YET AGAIN!! By the next morning...the arm was feeling 80%...and I decided I would help carry wood from the wagon to the side of the shed. Not just a piece at a time...oh no! I was carrying armloads of 10 pieces...just wanted to get it done y'know! Well...needless to say...I pinched the nerve again! Later that day...about noon...my husband decided we would just go home...since I couldn't seem to behave myself. And at least at home...I would just be sewing...how hard could that be to behave? I have been a good little sewer for the past 2 days...LOL! My arm is still NOT 100% and sleeping is still not a relaxing event...but I have not thrown it out since I have been back home. I have been concentrating on making a pumpkin head doll...and she is finally finished. I will be working on pattern for her soon.

Hope you all had a better weekend than I had!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My son is home from surgery...

Well...as I reported last...Ryan did not have cancer...or a tumor...it was a fluid build up. He had 3 options...live with it...and it would eventually swell to the size of an orange then a grapefruit...then a cantaloupe. Have it drained in the office...and within 3 months it could come back. Or have it surgically drained and the blockage removed. He opted for the removal. I was glad that he chose to do that. But what an ordeal he went thru.
He had the surgery yesterday...the day after the 4th of July. His surgery was supposed to begin at 8:45...so we had to be there for check in and prep by 6:45. He didn't eat or drink since after midnite.
We arrived there on time...it was a 45 minute drive to the hospital...and the Dr. had an emergency so we got sent home until our next arrival time of 10:30 with surgery scheduled at 12:30. We were once again on time....but surgery didn't happen until 1PM. Did I mention that this kid hadn't eaten or even had a sip of water since before midnite?...

I heard from the nurse that the minute he woke up in recovery...he asked where the nearest KFC was...LOL!! And that is exactly where I took him once he was released.
Of course he didn't go inside...he could barely walk. He is getting around a bit better today and I have fixed up the guest bedroom so that he is more comfortable than going downstairs to his room. I just don't think he is ready for stairs yet...unless they are equiped with a chair.

The doll to the left is what I worked on while waiting at the hospital. The anesthesiologist did a double take...asked me if that was a doll. LOL! I explained that I am not really good at the grungy black folk art dolls yet...but the effort is there. So...naturally, she and her little chicken and the basket of eggs are listed on Ebay.

I have named them "Had a Lil' Chicken" which for some reason...I was sitting at the hospital, stitching the chicken footprints...and putting the chicken pocket onto the apron...and THAT SONG popped into my head that my husband used to sing to the kids when they were little...IT WOULDN"T GO AWAY!! It lingered til this morning when she was finished...so I gave in...and named this set...and pattern Had a Lil' Chicken.... Below are the links to the doll and the pattern.

I am leaving for vacation tomorrow...and I won't be back until July 11th...so if you purchase the pattern for this set...I will be adding a bonus pattern to your envelope for waiting....my choice of course.
Click these links to view more photos


Friday, June 24, 2011

Today's DO list...and update on my son...

It looks like I may actually be able to mow today...maybe. Wednesday, I picked up the backyard...we have everything off the deck in an effort to waterproof and seal it...started this project last weekend...but of course it didnt get finished because that is when the rain began. So now the gazebo is off in one corner...the chairs are all under the big tree...the bench is under the smaller "Grandma" tree...and all the plants that are in the copper boilers are by the big bench....all "the boys" toys are tucked into the shed. I pulled the mower out of the shed on Wednesday and made it all the way to the side gate...in my attempt to mow the front yard first...and it started pouring!! I just left the mower there and ran inside....as if I got too wet I might melt. It hasn't really let up since then. Just misting rain most of the time...making the grass too nasty to mow. In fact...I hear a mower from my window now! And once again...it has clouded up...UGH...my lawn will be like a hay field by Saturday!! Not going to be a fun experience mowing...but then again...when is it? I used to enjoy mowing honestly....of course that was before the self propelled belt mechanism broke on this mower and my husband converted it to a PUSH MOWER...all I had to do was follow happily behind....it was great exercise...probably about a 3 mile walk! NOW...it requires effort to push the dang thing!
It is so cool here this morning...about 62 degrees...perfect for mowing. Well...if I cannot mow today...maybe I will have help on Saturday? Maybe I can hit some garage sales today instead!! That sounds like a better way to spend today than pushing some mower across the yard...LOL!!

I also want to mention that I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers people have been sending me for my son! I found out yesterday from the results of the ultrasound that it is NOT cancer! Yay!! It is a fluid build up! I can deal with that! I am going to google some answers as to how they get rid of that or what even causes it for that matter. I'm sure it will require some type of surgical procedure...

So thank you everyone for keeping him and his situation in your thoughts and prayers..it is appreciated more than you know!!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Siddalee & Teensie

Let's try this again shall we....yep...I had this all typed out...and ready to go...and bloooop....it was gone!!

Anyway....this is 28" Siddalee and her 12" baby Teensie. They are currently up for grabs on Ebay.

I had made a set similar to this last week and was asked when pattern would become available.

I liked the other set...but wanted to make a few changes to the nose on Siddalee...I really wasn't happy witht he "skinny" nose the other set had...and the clothing I wanted more of a homespun. So....I purchased this fabric to make my daughter some pillowcases for her NEW chenille bedspread in her Colonial bedroom...and purchased a bit more of it to create clothing for this set!

And I had to decide upon a name for this set. I have used up all the "family" names on various other dolls and decided upon these names.

It will most likely take me the usual 3 days to type up the instructions for this set.

Today I am off to babysit my grandson, Brody...in his NEW home!! So, I won't get anything done today...LOL!

I really miss being able to see him every day. They used to live just across town...but now it is a 20 minute drive to visit. Booooooo!!!!

You can view more photo's of this set at the link below. Just click the words.

Thanks for takin' a peek!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Long time NO blog....

Yes, it seems as though it has been FOREVER since I last blogged.

And I am going to use the standard MANDATORY excuse of being busy!

I planted my garden on Mother's Day...and had to replant some things 2 weeks later. We had a cold snap and I think it just made things not want to come up....or I had bad seeds...

Even the Sweet Annie I tried my hand at planting this season has yet to show any signs of growth. I am thinking of going to the nursery to see if I can find some live plants. I would just love to have some to add to some dolls this fall/winter!!

I know this may be too much information...but I am genuinely concerned. My son has a growth on his testicle...they have ruled out a hernia...which is what I was thinking it may be. Tonite we go for an ultrasound and will know by Thursday if it is a fluid lump or cancer. I am really hoping it is not cancerous.

Anyone who is reading this...please say a silent prayer that the outcome will be good. Thank you!!!!!

Here is my new witch for fall 2011. I really love these round head dolls with the slated eyes. So realistic looking. And simple once you get the hang of it.

The pattern cover doll is up for grabs on Ebay. Click HERE to view more photos of the actual doll.

Pattern is available on ETSY or EBAY. Click the words to view.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Have to share some photos....

Thats right!! The carnival was in town this past weekend for the Milk Days Celebration!

This year...the boys went on every ride they were tall enough to ride.

And they even went by themselves on some of them....well....they went together without adult supervision!

Austin just won't let go of that BINKY ...even for a train ride!!

This photo reminds me of GREASE where Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta are taking off in the flying car at the end...LOL!!

They just couldn't figure out that the black bar they were holding onto actually made the bumble bee go up and down...

Brody was really excited to go on this one...it looks like he is saying...OOOOOhhhh YEAH!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Been awhile since I last posted...

I have been busy...and yes...I know everyone says that..but I REALLY was!!

I have been painting like Picaso! Many things around the casa have fallen victim to my paint brush.

With the help of my daughter...who is a decorating genius by the way...has helped me paint my living room from a boring basic white/off white to a woodsy green and whisper of buttery yellow. It doesn't sound like the two colors would go well togethe...but it looks so homey not HOMELY...and inviting!

One room even took a dose of vanilla brandy on the walls and ceiling.

My kitchen is...well...a brownsh gold. We threw some brown into some gold and came up with a different gold tone to coordinate with the barn wood I have as wainscotting.

I have even painted my jelly cupboard a flat black and gave it a drybrushing of cinnamon for a grubby worn look. My daughters idea of course!
I really wanted to paint that old Hoosier...but hubby told me it would loose its value if I did...I said..."SO, WHO'S TRYING TO SELL IT?"
I am going to paint my kitchen chairs to match the jelly cupboard...and he was worried about that too! He said, "THAT'S GREAT!! EVERYONE WHO SITS AT THE TABLE WILL HAVE A BLACK BUM!"

I replaced my vintage metal bread box with a simple wooden tool carrier box...it is barn red and I think it may have to be painted mustard color...not sure on that yet.

Even my barstools got hit with a whammy of black paint...now to find the right fabric to reupholster the seats!

As you can see to the left...I have still found time to create a few dollies during my painting quest!

Yep yep...all of them listed on ebay...Check them out when you get a chance.

I have been working on some dolls also...can't seem to run from that either...Here is what is new...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pay it Forward

I just cam from The Rusty Thimble's blog. She is participating in a 2011 PAY IT FORWARD...she came from Dees blog...Icehousecrafts!!

I have NEVER participated in a PAY IT FORWARD...but here is how it goes...

The first 5 people who comment on this post will recieve something from ME....BUT...1st you have o write a blog post explaining what pay it forward 2011 is all about. Then you will send out your chosen gifts to the 1st 5 people who comment on your blog! Your items don't have to be in the mail tomorrow...take your time creating them...This is an AWESOME way to meet new friends and share a bit with others!

These will be small gifts...in fact...mine will be choice of one pattern...but the first 5 to respond here just need to tell me which pattern you want and type up that blog about YOUR PAY IT FORWARD.

In your comment...let me know that you have made a post about it...and that you will ALSO send out handmade gifts to the first 5 who comment on your post and sign up for this.

Pass it around and PAY IT FORWARD....giving gifts handmade with love!!

Talullah~Pattern Cover Doll

This is Talullah....the doll that is the pattern cover. Currently she is listed on Ebay.
She is a 26" fancy folk art doll.
She is completely painted...Baked...sanded...stained...and baked again!
Included in the pattern is a recipe to mix up your own skin tone paint.
Included in pattern is my source for hair.

I haven't listed her pattern on Ebay just yet...but probably will by next week sometime.
The pattern is available here and in my Etsy shoppe.
PatternMart will be another location for this pattern.

I loved Talullah BEFORE she had hair....and absolutely love this side view photo of her.
I think she almost looks real in this one.
If you have a minute and would like to view more photos and a detailed description of Talullah...click the link below to get to the Ebay listing for her.

Friday, March 11, 2011

New Lady Elaine with Blonde Braids....

Just listed a new Lady Elaine on Ebay last nite. This one has long blond raw wool hair that is pulled to both sides and braided.
Her eyes are a bit farther apart and placed more on a slant. I like them better this way.
She wears a trio of coordinating browns, gold, cream, beige, blue and green fabrics.
There are 8 photos of her within the listing.

Each braid is tied at the ends with sage green ribon which coordinates well with the green center of the dots.
She is trimmed at the sleeves, underskirt and bloomer legs with scalloped edge cluney lace.

Her hat as a grossgrain satin ribbon in deep chocolate...you will also notice it is also used as her waistband...and the hat has a large coordinating floral spray topped off with the chocolate ribbon bow in the center.
You can't see it in the photos...but her leg stripes are cream and chocolate and her shoes are chocolate too.
Check out the other photos of her if you have a minute!! Click the link below to go to the listing!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Doll give away!!

That't right....I can't even believe it myself.....The Vintage Polka Dot is giving away Harvey Harvest on Handmad Art Fair. Click the button to the right and it will take you directly to the sign up sheet....
WooWhooooooo!!!! This guy is super dee duper cute!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

I am totally lovin the extreme prims

I have been busy making these extreme prim dolls. The first one is my own creation. I named them Prissy and Pork. I may even write up a pattern to them...

I had a hard time with that pig. I had to ask my husband if my pattern piece looked like a pig.

His answer....Nope...looks like a dog. UGH!! Back to the drawing board...he did tell me that the head was further down...and should be even with the front shoulders. So...I scrapped that piece of paper and ended up with this lil Pork.

I just think it is so exciting to see something go from a piece of paper....to fabric..and then to something that is 3-D....it amaze me all the time.

Prissy & Pork are available on Ebay at the moment. Check them out!!

This is Opal....dangit....she looks scared!! But this one is my favorite...I loved making this one.

Pattern is by Olde Rustic Prims. I get my raw wool from her also...and she is right here in Illinois.

She has sisal rope hair that I drybrushed with black acrylic paint.

And my daughter couldn't have picked a better day to give me a baggie FULL of various buttons...PERFECT for mismatched eyes and vintage accent buttons on the bodice!

Thank you honey!

This one is Pearlie Mae...but I like plain old Pearl better...
I drew up a melon slice for her to carry and tied it to her at her wrists with some jute rope.
Her dress is also a melon print and is a drop waist style.
Both of these dollies are listed on Ebay also.
Go sneak a peek!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

2 NEW Bunnies for Easter

I just listed these new bunnies on Ebay last nite. I didn't realize how dark the ribbon looks in these photos. It really isn't that dark...just the lighting. The green ribbon is actually a sheer transparent ribbon. And it matches with the dark green in the center of the flowers on her dress.

She has a massive floral spray on the side of her hat...and her neck ruffles have more flounce!

What will I make when Easter has passed? I will miss making these bunnies.

This one done in a blue tonal paisley also has a massive floral spay on her hat. This one is the one I would keep if I could. She is my favorite bunny so far.....

I love her fabric...love her leg stripes...and I like the laces I gave her up her boots rather than the rusty jingle bells! She too has more ruffle flounce at her neck.

Parting with this one is gonna HURT!!

I wonder if whom ever wins her auction will allow me visitation? LOL!!

Here are their links to the listings on....where else...?...Ebay.



Wednesday, March 2, 2011


As you can see on the right side bar...I have finally typed up the instructions to Nellie & JoJo...She is available by paper pattern only....because that is all I know how to do...LOL! You may purchase her here...ebay or etsy....and patternmart very soon.

I may need to purchase more space on PatternMart...I have room for only one more pattern...boooooooo!!!

Monday, February 28, 2011


That is correct. You will notice on the sidebar to the right...paper pattern...because I don't know how to do anything else...is now available for Henrietta Hare. The cost is $11.00 plus $1.00 postage. She will NOT be available on Ebay just yet. I have her listed on PatternMart and am going to list her on Etsy also. Feel free to check her out any of those places. I really wish I had a patternmart button...that would simplify things...wouldn't it...?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just finished another Lady Elaine!! I think this one looks sad...or angry...not sure which or why...LOL!

I won this raw wool from an ebay auction and could hardly wait to use it.

The color is chocolate nougat...LOVE IT... I think it is pretty neat how the tips are a blonde tone and are rippled.

This lady is done in a chocolate with multicolr polka dot bodice and matching hat. Her dress skirt is a pink, sage, and cream paisley. The under skirt is a coordinating tiny floral print.

I had ran out of satin ribbon and went digging in the cabinet for anything I could use. I found a brand new spool of white sheer satin ribbon in there...

I had to tea stain it to make it match with the fabrics... It is at her waist and at her hat band.

The sleeves, bloomers and underskirt are trimmed in a jute mesh ribbon. Her hat band is also the jute mesh ribbon.

To view all 8 photos of her and the entire description...you can click the link below to go to the ebay listing.


I am working on another rabbit~Henrietta Hare this evening...YAY...I love those....I am thinking of using the chocolate and teal stripe with yet another polka dot print for the rabbit...NOTHING says Easter like Polka Dots...LOL!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Nellie Jo and Grungy Baby Bunny

All day yesterday...while it rained and the winds whipped outside...I sat and drew up pattern for Nellie Jo and her Grungy baby bunny.
She is 26" tall...which was larger than I had initially wanted her to be...but....she is actually a nice size afterall. Her baby bunny is 14".
I gave her a seperate nose and mouth piece that was added to her face once everything was painted and grunged.

I actually like making this type of doll too. And honestly...if you would have asked me about Black Folk Art grungy dolls about a month ago...I would have told you I WOULD NEVER make them.

It is weird how my tastes have been changing lately. And it isn't because this type of doll is easier to make...THEY ARE NOT!! I just think they have SO much character... I will still make the Annie type dolls....but...I think these will become a staple in my desire to create. And I may even type up pattern to this one also.
She is listed on Ebay and there are 5 photos of her and a detailed description as well.
You can click the link below to view the photos and read about them..