Bits and Bobs

That is what I have been doing the last 2 weeks. This week I have been hampered by pain. Pain seems to mess with my mental abilities as well as my physical ones.
I have done bits and bobs of things though.


I got a Barbie Bed together. All these wicker pieces seem… sideways… I still haven’t got any covers made. Need to find my sewing table again!(It is buried in Barbie stuff!)


I made bread. I made it egg bread. I liked that it ended up softer than usual for bread!


Beloved took me to dinner. We went to Stango’s which is a cross between a coffee place (Think Central Perk in Friends) and 50’s diner. They make their own ice cream and it is awesome!


We got to see the Stango’s cat. Looks comfy doesn’t he? (or she)


Katie slept.


Katie guarded the new doll house. Somebody parked Barbie’s car in the cat perch…


I began experimenting with flooring for the new house. I also experimented with blocking the old elevator hole. I think I finally figured it out.

That is pretty much it for the last 2 weeks.

Here is hoping things get back to normal soon!

Hugs y’all

Well…

Ladies this post is a pre post. Why? Because there has been a large influx of stuff!
Both doll and house craft related.
I finally have some paint for the furniture. My original plan to spray paint it was a flop because the paint just rain right off.


I used up a 2oz bottle of my acrylic to get 1 headboard done. Then I bought a quart of satin latex. We will see how that goes. What do you think of the painted one? They are a little warped, not sure how to fix that, even the beds are. Comes from being played with I imagine!


Then as if I didn’t have enough work to do to refurbish 2 doll houses… I got a third…


This is the house from the webisodes Life in the Dream House. I do not plan to fix the elevator. In fact I plan to remove it and cover the holes. Still working out that plan but have the materials I hope will work!


Check out the bathroom. No tub, no commode but…

Tada, at least they get a tub!

In order to make this house playable in my office it needed a table. With rollers.This is because the only space left is in front of my outside door. I never use this door, but sometimes in the fall I like to open it.



My solution? A garage sale table, that Beloved put casters on! This baby took up the whole of my cargo area. It rubbed against my driver seat!
I put a tablecloth on it but I may have to just take it off. It got all twisted around while I was taking pictures.


I also acquired a Barbie yacht. It is not complete, but what do you want for the grand sum of $1? It will be cleaned up and I will decide what to do about deck chairs. I might get some more beach chair sets, if I can find them. I wanted 4, I found… 1, so far! That blur is Katie getting into the shot!


Now there are bags of craft or Barbie items all over!
New play sets, a pool, clothes, I REALLY want to get some stuff done and put away so we can play fashion show!


Plus, several new play sets.

Some tiny Fairy dolls to talk about.


Plus, I don’t have any pictures yet but… on the Doll not Barbie front, my sister sent me some of my baby clothes. When I came home from the hospital at 7 months, they went to thee toy shop to get me some clothes! I plan to put some on my German doll (fitting since the clothes were bought in Germany) and if I can figure out how to reattach this doll’s head, I will display her with some too!

My plan for this week is to work steadily in my office, fitting in homekeeping here and there, and take pictures of each step and write up several posts so I have some ready to go. I also need to tidy up the shelves to make room for several of the dolls I already posted about to find a home. In a bag on the floor is no fit home for a Bride doll!

Which project would you like to read about first?
Furniture?
Elevator?
I don’t have space for fashion shows until I get some stuff fixed and put away in its place!
I am itching for the pool party shoot! I think I will need to clear off my big table for it though, I must have 20 bathing beauty dolls!

Hugs y’all!

The day after…

So today I finished one project for my Barbie house. She now has a shelf on which to put dishes and things. I like the Barbie house kitchen but it has no place to put things but in the fridge, oven or dishwasher.

So… Tada!

Yesterday I got an accessory pack for the Barbie house.

Here is what it contained.

The hardest part about using the pink paint was it is the same color my polish turns when my hands are cold. I think I got it all off…

Here it is in the house, staged with dishes.

See this sushi tray? I am not a fan but it was the only accessory pack I knew what to do with!

The sushi of course goes into the fridge.

Here is the trunk for her bedroom. I am thinking of making a pink cushion on top so it can double as a seat. What do you think?

here it is in the bedroom. Does it fit in?

OK I have been mulling the blog post where I told about my sister’s doll and I think those pictures were not the best. Actually, if it were not for the beauty of the doll, I would say they stunk!
So today after cleaning up my paint area I set it up to take better pictures.

Here she is.
She is defintely a look at don’t play with doll. There is no way to see inside her dress to look for a makers mark.

I do love the lace lingerie.

Isn’t she beautiful?

For some reason when I look at her face I think of Clara Bow. So, I am going to call her Clara. I intend to see if I can find more information on her some where!

My sister says This doll and a pink one were given to our mom. Mom gave her this one, the bride’s maid. I don’t know, she could have been a bride too!

Then I took better pictures of Sarah Rose. This is her new dress and shoes. I can see why Z wanted to dance with her. She is a very pretty lassie!

This one is with G’s Spiderman hat. He left it here yesterday.

Well I need to be up and out tomorrow so I am going to wish you all a good night!
Hugs y’all!

My Birthday

Today was tiring and fun.
I began a project for the Barbie house just after putting in a load of wash.

Remember this shelf?

Well now it is white. It will have pink shelf paper and pink dots on it tomorrow, I will post a picture of the finished item.

I found a wooden chest at hobby lobby, it is now white.

Before grand boy (G) arrived I got my dolly ready. She and I had a shopping trip planned, and decided to take G along!

We began our trip at the SA thrift. Where G said sadly, “I’m sorry there are no toys here’… at least 3 times!

We went to my friend’s shop. There were toys there, plus a new dress for dolly, and more!

Elizabeth’s son Z stopped by and wanted to dance with dolly.

G wanted me to take pictures of his toys. That blur, is from G’s arm. That boy can not be still!

While there dolly got her name. I have had this doll for several years. I don’t like Barbie as her name because Barbie has become generic for a type of doll. So She is now named, Sarah Rose. After my grandmother and Beloved’s mother. I will post a new picture of her tomorrow, I forgot to get one earlier.

Then G and I went to McDs. That was a bit of a fiasco. They no longer carry his Hi-C orange and he did NOT like that blue gatorade stuff (I can’t blame him there).
Plus they didn’t have the Luigi toy he really wanted. Then his apple juice squirted his clothes… he ended up eating 2 sausage patties, and he drank about 1/2 his juice.

In these pictures, you can see where he was when I got out the camera…

Then he came to sit and eat and said mimi take a picture of me eating and drinking… I tried!

After McDs it was off to the carwash to get my free birthday wash. G loved it! He laughed and called out the colors. When we were in the drying area he said, lets do it again! I promised to take him next time I get my truck washed.

Then it was home to Mimi’s house with Katie licka nose and a nap. No G doesn’t always take them anymore but today his highness needed one. He was restored to his usual princely self afterwards.

When G went home Beloved took me to IHOP for dinner. Which confirmed for both of us that they do breakfast really well, but not much else!

Ladies I am tuckered out so I am going off to bed!
hugs y’all!

I know I said I wasn’t going to post on Saturdays but….


OK so I read yesterday about a community sale. I decided to go to it first.
The very first stop I saw this:

A Barbie carousel with 3 Disney princesses in it, in their original dresses. Elsa even has 1 shoe… On looking closer after I got home Tiana has a chewed hand. Still, I didn’t have her yet! The other 2 dolls are in great shape. Now the only Princess I do not have is Aurora. The others I have multiples of. I plan to compare them in a post. Just to see if they are identical or have some differences.


Elsa, is even a Disney store doll! My first!

I found apron fabric! (Like I need more fabric!)

Beads for a project I am thinking about.

A book of funnies… I almost didn’t get this. The gal at the sale told me they were only dealing with dollars no change… I offered .10c for the book. Fortunately I found something else. I bought that and she gave me the book for free.

This cute little squirrel had to come home with me… literally… he was freaking out the lady hosting the sale. When I took him from her he began moving and squeaking and chirping… She said he is definitely yours… he likes you!

I also found another beach barbie. I have her already but, the more the merrier! I also found this lass, she needs hair help but the crown might make figuring out who she is a bit easier!

For ebay, or etsy, I picked up this Bunnykins set.

Actually to be truthful, I got a lot more than just this. However I stopped by my friend’s shop and she bought the rest of it!

I ended the day with more money than I started with. This is an extremely rare occurrence but a welcome one!

Did you go saleing today? Find any treasure???

Hugs y’all!

Something a Little Different…

OK I have been super focused on my dolls lately. I realized this morning though that I have been neglecting one of the hobbies that started me blogging in the first place.

Aprons!

So today I have decided to be crafty. Plus, I have a lot of apron stuff around that I need to clear out. Of course… to make more room for doll stuff…

Besides I read someplace that crafting helps fight off depression. Since I have bouts of this affliction now and then, I need to get back to my crafting!

So My plan is to take this:

And make a cute little apron out of it.

It should be easy, I won’t have to do all the seams, the ties are already done. I will have to move the waist ties but the neck ones are fine.

So here we go. First I snip the neck straps. I will cut off the ends with the metal on it and the neck ties are only in need of a quick hemming.

Next cut out the back zipper area. I may use part of this for a pocket. However since this apron is one I will use mostly for serving table, I may ditch the pocket.

Ta Da!

Finished in less than an hour. It went much faster than I expected.
One thing I didn’t count on was the skirt was actually a slip and a skirt. Hemming the sides got a bit messy. However I like the idea of the double layer in case of spills. My skirt will stay clean.
I like it. What do you think?

Now, just because I feel the need to do something dolly…

This young lass is getting a bit of work.

Not all she needs but at least now she doesn’t look drunk or hung over! I admit… her gloved arms are freaking me out. They always seem to turn backwards… eep…

Now I know I got some new clothes yesterday and some how they have disappeared. I thought I put them in my dolly drawer but no I did not. Only the shorts were in there…

This young lass donated her blue ball gown to Ella. Sooo she needs something! I noticed her earrings were pink… Ah ha! The pink dotted dress from my cheap China clothes stash will do for now.

I had this little romper thing… I thought it was GG. This is a Ty Kid… Her name is Princess. No the romper doesn’t say princess to me either. However it does better than neekid…
When I bought her neekid my goal was and is to make clothes for her. Perhaps my crafty gene will kick in and inspire me!

Now a while ago I bought a doll who, after she came home lost her head. Apparently her neck was cracked and I didn’t see it. It broke and her head fell off.

So I bought these dolls yesterday, thinking of one as a body donor until I fix the neck…

I chose the lighter toned one because the original body is really pale.

Well… now I have 2 headless dolls. These dolls are NOT meant to be donors… At least they were cheap. Live and learn!

Hugs Y’all!

New Year Goals

New Year goals.
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With 2014 being over, and Christmas for the year done, I have decided on 2015 that I will set some goals.

My number 1 goal is to get off the couch and move. Beginning Monday I will walk 1 mile per day, minimum.
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My second goal is to buy nothing new. There is nothing we need to get. I have most kitchen appliances known to man as it is. We have computers and tvs and such and do not need any. Could probably get rid of a few if we really wanted to. We need no clothes, if we lose weight, at least mine can pretty easily be taken in.
My exceptions to this challenge are under things and gifts for others.
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My 3rd goal is the most important of the 3. More Bible reading and study. I already read a chapter each day for a month (January it is Mat. 5) in the morning and at night. My night chapter for January is Phil 4. I will add in the book of Ephesians, at noon each day. It is a short book and so can be read daily all month long.
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I also need to get back to blogging and crafting. My goal is to blog at least once a week. More if my life grows in interest!

I think those 3 goals will keep me busy for a while. I intend to add in other things along the way as I master these.

While 2014 was not a bad year, it was busy and full of ups and downs.
My Beloved father in law’s estate was finally settled. Enabling us to pay cash for our home. We have been in the house 7 months now and other than a few small things, I dearly love it. It suits us.

The fall for me was filled with sickness and pain. It seems as soon as I get one issue taken care of another pops up. My hope is I am done for a while after this last allergy attack, which has lasted now just over 2 weeks. I discovered Zyrtec and Mucinex in combination allow me to breathe without coughing fits.

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November saw Drew get a new car. A family gathering for Thanksgiving and fun Christmas prep and shopping.
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December began with Chris shopping for a motor home. I went with him and his girl Courtney on the search. We saw a Tesla car on the road and took pictures (yes we are like that).

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Once the motor home was purchased, picked up and set up on location, Chris and his girl and Spazzy the cat moved in. Just in time for a winter storm, the likes of which are rare here!

Christmas was fun, it lasted almost a whole week this year! The Houston brother came in on the eve and stayed over the day. then on the Friday after Chris and his girl came and stayed until Sunday. We had our big family doings on Saturday.
I was also blessed to get to spend 2 weeks getting to know my nephew. He is 4 and a very smart youngster. My only regret is that I have been sick the entire time and unable to play as I normally would have.

Well my friends that is all the news I can think of. Stay warm!
hugs
Melissa

PS. Just because they are cute…

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Thursday Things


Since I have been under the weather all week I have not been able to sew. I have however done some digging in my sewing room. I discovered a few dish rags I knitted this winter. I knit in winter when it is too cold to go out and do other things.
I knit when I need quiet and prayer time too. There is something calming about picking up the needles and a skein of pretty yarn and just letting my heart talk to God while the needles do their work.
I was told I should put these on Etsy too. So I took pictures. They are very cheery. 

 
I have small hands and while sometimes I want a big dish rag some times I want a smaller one, easier to control too. They measure 5in x 5in. They take a shorter time to knit and less yarn too. I only use sugar and cream yarn for these. I do intend to make some bigger ones too, once I have more empty time on my needles!
I hope you like these!
Keeps sewin’ (er knitting?) y’all!

Fun Friday: Altered Apron

Well I did not get any serious sewing done today. I really should have. However my brain just could not handle it. My Beloved was ill last night. A call to his Dr resulted in reduced medications and he was ok this morning. Still I spent a sleepless night expecting to take him to the ER.
Once he was safely fed and off to work I laid back down and slept for… 5 hours! I never do that!
Then I had to tussle with my sewing machine, Baby, which I LOVE but she did not want her new needle put in. I guess she was tired after yesterday’s apron and mending too.
Finally after about 30 minutes of fussing the new needle was installed and threaded. By then my brain needed something fun and quick and so an altered apron was born.
I do not know if you are like me or not. I always have too much stuff I want to keep next to my living room chair. To the point where I recently downsized my table from a 2 shelved rectangle to a small no shelf square. Just enough space for my lamp, tissue, note pad, Bibles and a drink. Some days that works, others not so much. What do I do with the magazines? What if the kitties knock over my drink on my Bibles?? Such great problems needed a solution.
Here dear ladies is that solution.
You will need
1 pocketed 1/2 apron
scissors
safety pins
some method of sewing
and a wooden dowel about 12 inches long.
This is my beginning:

The apron was made for me by a dear friend, but as you already know I just don’t do 1/2 aprons. I also have very limited storage space. So if I am to keep it it must have another use. 
 

Cut cut cut:


Pin Pin Pin:

Sew sew sew:
Now to put it in place
Slide the dowel end between the cushion and the arm:
Hang it over the side:
Put the cushion back:
Fill it with things you do not have space for on your tiny square table. 
 
In my case I have a Country Living Magazine (new one!) Penzey’s Spice catalog and one of my Bibles. I also put my back scratcher in there.
I hope you enjoyed this diversion!
Keep Sewing y’all!

Retro Style Apron


This finish was harder for me. Mainly because I began this one over a year ago and it has been sitting partly sewn in my to make basket since then. Things I thought were ok then, kind of pester me now! LOL
I like this one for its full coverage. It is almost a jumper! One thing I have decided is that any new aprons that have the facing will also have material to cover it. I am just not giddy with the facing.
Here I go again:
Iron the rumpled pieces


Sew some seams


Oops broke the thread! I really dislike those nicks they put on the thread spools. When hand sewing they are ok but when one stops your thread when you are machine sewing everything goes all wonky!

Get the magnifier out for rethreading…
Ok off again sew sew sew

Place the pockets
Pin the bodice

The facing I am not giddy about:

The collar I am not really sure about either

The skirt

Tada! I will get some pics of a person in the aprons this weekend.
Keep on Sewing y’all!