Tuesday, December 29, 2009

THANKFUL FOR OUR BLESSINGS



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I love the daily inspirational message on my calendar for December 28th:

"BLESSINGS
brighten
when we
COUNT them". - Maltrie Babcock


My husband and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary yesterday and I am thankful. Counting my blessings of the past twenty four years reminds me of the cute little advertisement on TV when a little child is reminded to:

"Pick stars and name then for all things you are thankful for".


I also find yesterday memorable as I finished sewing the top of my Uneven Star Quilt using the celestial fabrics I had collected almost ten years ago. I am happy to have used some fabric from my already too large stash!!! I had started sewing a paper pieced star quilt in 2000, however misplaced the blocks and patterns in my basement 'stash'. I can now count the millions of shining in the fabrics of my 2009-2010 quilt.


And I will share with you more of my quotes:

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There is no need to reach high for the stars. They are already within you - just reach deep inside yourself. - Tas Soft Wind
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"We CaN't AlL bE sTaRs, BuT wE cAn AlL tWiNkLe"...
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS...


My cousin just sent me this picture of me and my precious parents...(just taken recently...(C:)
If only time stood still. Here is another picture of my Dad several decades later.
It is almost two years since Dad passed away and I miss him immensely especially at this time of year, however Mom made this tribute to him with this wreath when she was decorating her home in November. Dad would have celebrated his 95th birthday December 3rd. I took the photo of him holding our puppy Marlee, and the bible verse on the frame reads:

"He shall be with you wherever you shall go."

Dad memorized this verse and I feel Dad is now in heaven with God whom he loves.

WE MISS YOU DAD AND LOVE YOU FOREVER!!!!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas for those of you who can share the magical wonders of the season and to those who are alone. If you are alone, I wish you comfort in your knowing that you are never alone (if you believe). My friend, Tatting Chic expresses her Christmas message very beautifully. I hope you will also visit her blog to view her beautiful tatted ornaments. Did I tell you I am registered for five tatting classes in January 2010, so hopefully I will be able to share some of my future tatting projects as cherish those lovely tatted items my blogger friends make?
My Christmas tree is too small to share with you, but I want to share these pictures of Christmas tree displayed at our conservatory had last year. Please notice the hand crocheted snowflakes on the tree below; this tree was my favorite of course!





AND FOR OTHERS WHO LIKE ME DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN TO CELEBRATE THIS SEASON WITH, BUT I LOVE TO SEW AND QUILT, WE KNOW WE NEVER WILL BE ALONE IF WE QUILT. Here is a poem you may enjoy.
The Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
The only one sleeping was a Quilter's dear spouse.
The Log Cabin stockings were almost completed,
"Just a few stitches left," our sweet quilter repeated.

"Then I can hang them and head off to
finish the pillows I'm making, fulfilling Mom's wish
For something quilted to put on her couch",
as she pricked her poor finger,our quilter said,"Ouch!"

When from out in the kitchen there arose such a crashing,
she sprang from her work, and she dropped all her sashing.
Away to the doorway she flew like a plane,
wondering just what was happening and who she would blame.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
but Old Mrs. Claus and her bag of quilt-gear...
With her elves bearing gifts, through the kitchen she came,
she directed and pointed and called them by name.

"Now Elna, now Pfaff, now Bernina and Viking,
the Hoffman and Mumm should be just to her liking.
To the sewing room - there, it's just back of the hall, now dash
away, dash away, dash away all!"

"My Dear," said The Claus (as she liked to be called),
"There really is no need to worry at all.
Your projects will all be completed this night,
I'm terribly sorry we gave you a fright."

"Sit down. Have some tea. It's relaxing, you'll see.
My friends and I've come a long way to help Thee."
She thought she was dreaming, our dear Quilter did,
In fact she quite feared that she near flipped her lid!

But the flash of the needles and twist of the thread soon gave her to know
she had nothing to dread.
They spoke no more words, but went straight to their sewing.
How the work went so quickly she had no way way of knowing.

The stitches, how fine! The corners, how straight!
This Claus-woman's talent was awfully great.
They finished the pillows, then started to quilt.
Before they all knew it, the whole thing was built!

Now old Mrs. Claus, she knew quilters real well,
and she knew they'd need help on this night most of all
So she said to our quilter, "Just move over dear,
I've brought my own needle. We'll get done, never fear.

I told dear old Santa about what quilters do.
How they plan all these projects but have other work too.
So he taught me his magic for doing things fast.
There, that pillows done. Now this is the last.

They tidied their thread snips, and picked up the scraps
and chased our dear quilter's six cats from their laps.
As they scurried away with their thimbles still gleaming
dear Mrs. Claus paused, her cap ribbons streaming.

"Merry Christmas, my dear, now just have a ball!"

Author Unknown - if YOU know, please tell us so we can properly attribute this poem

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Uneven Star block Tutorial


I started collecting blue fabrics with stars for my Millennium quilt in 2000, but the pattern and blocks were misplaced (yes, in my 'stash' in the basement), but having used a couple of the fabrics in my "A Tisket a Tasket" BOM project, I did not want to pack away these fabrics and found the perfect project to use up some of my fabrics, well at least one quarter of them! I did use a couple of fabrics that had floral print because they just seemed to work. When I started using this 'easy' Uneven Star TUTORIAL HERE for one block, I could not stop! I just LOVED the technique and kept sewing. In just five days I have assembled 32 blocks and am delighted with my results!
You can view more versions of these star blocks and quilts HERE.
Hopefully I will be able to start assembling these blocks soon to a quilt top and add to my WIP list for 2010!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Merry Christmas December block finished...now for the quilt!





Oh Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs, I am so happy to have found you back in March, 2009! I really feel sad to see this wonderful project come to an end and am almost in tears as I view your December block. With tears of sadness, yet of excitement, I wish to extend my sincere thank you, Anne for your fun designs provided to us so faithfully and generously this past year. As I expressed before, my participation in stitching these blocks forced me to discover the wonderful experience of hand applique! I have enjoyed your designs immensely, rewarding both mentally and therapeutically. I especially enjoyed sharing my last nine months with all the other talented and friendly members in your Flickr group... Flickr now seems to be just part of my daily survival mode as making these blocks has been the highlight of 2009 for me. Meeting all these wonderful and talented members who share their comments and ideas has introduced friendships which I hope will last my lifetime. Words seem inadequate to express my sincere appreciation for all the time and effort you have faithfully devoted to this project. Thank you for providing such a life enriching experience for me and I am sure I must represent many others also. I will now cherish my completed quilt for many years and forever, I hope. You are a very talented designer and I eventually hope that I will continue to stitch many more of your designs from your website when my financial situation improves.

May you and your family be blessed with the most wonderful Holiday Season and Happy New Year.

Monday, December 7, 2009

GNOMES, PIXIES, ANGELS, DOLLS AND MORE





Pay attention to your dreams - God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep. ~ Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

A beautiful Serenity Angel posted on my sister's website.

This angel portrays serenity. Made from weather resistant polyresin, and will bring years of enjoyment.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

GNOMES, PIXIES AND MORE




My sister just phoned me and she is all excited about her new website "GNOMES PIXIES AND MORE" featuring gnomes, pixies, dolls and more! Please check it out! This website is AWESOME! and I am very happy for her!

LISTING READS: Cast in quality, long lasting designer resin,this gnome will add whimsy and charm to any garden setting! Measures approx. 10' tall X 6 inches wide. They are often given as gifts for the home. Perfect addition to your garden decor. Excellent gift item. Made from resin. Every garden needs a little personality!

She has items from A to Z!!!! listed as follows...Do your Christmas shopping now!
Anthony Fisher Fairies/Faeries
Anthony Fisher Pixies/Elves
Candle Holders
Christmas
Clocks
Collectibles
Dragon's Den
Eden's Angels
Fairies/Angels/Faeries
Fairy/Faerie/Gnome Doors
Garden Decor
Garden Gnomes
Glass Sculptures
Latest Arrival Garden Gnomes
Metal Art
Moose, Bear, Wildlife
Nautical Decor
Photo Frames
Porcelain Dolls
Ring Holders
Victorian Doll Carriages


Friday, November 20, 2009

MY TEAPOT "OBSESSION"





...when I joined the 2010 Quilt Along, Jeanne did not know about my teapot collection!!!...hm...this is just a few of the teapots I have collected. Many are miniature (so my dolls can have tea of course). Many teasets are still in their boxes, as I just have too many and I am running out of display area.
My love of teapots has existed for many yeas...need I wonder why I am so excited about this teapot quilt along, as I not only love teapots, I love quilting. What an excellent idea to add a teapot related wall hanging to my collection. And I guess you must have noticed all these teapots have roses on them. Perhaps now you will understand where my inspiration for this quilt along is coming from.

Thanks Jeanne for inviting me to your group. What a joyous Tea Party we are going to have!
PS...now I hope my maid does some dusting soon as those 'killer dust bunnies' are multiplying just like rabbits.

...take care,
cheryl (C:

QUOTE: Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company. ~Author Unknown

Thursday, November 19, 2009

2010 QUILT ALONG - TEA AND COFFEE RELATED

It's official. Jeanne's 2010 "Quilt Along (subject Tea/ Coffee)" has started! And we now have 17 members signed up on Flickr. Discussions have started and our creative and talented administrator is recruiting many wonderful members, comments, free patterns, inspiration and exciting plans for the group!

I have been collecting teapot designs for years and I am very excited about this project, I just may have to make two quilts! I can't wait to see all the buzzing and excitement ...you know what all us quilting coffee and tea lovers can chat about while we are sipping our favorite beverage. Yes we can quilt and drink tea at the same time...(well almost). If you have an idea or are interested in joining this group, please feel welcome to check us out! Drop by for a cuppa!

Many of the members have been posting links to wonderful inspirational websites and patterns...yes one can enjoy EYE CANDY here too!

Just wait to see WHO, WHAT AND WHEN the first teapot block will be posted! Finish up your 2009 WIP's and start something NEW in 2010.

And my saying for the day is:

"A great way to warm up those cold winter days is QUILT and sip a hot cup of tea...?"
~ ~ ~ ~
"Tea is liquid wisdom." ~Anonymous

I have already learned lots about `high`tea and hope to learn more!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

ANYONE INTERESTED IN A TEAPOT RELATED QUILT ALONG



Would anyone be interested in doing a quilt along? Another member, Jeanne in the Flickr "A Tisket A Tasket" Block of the Month was asking me if I would be interested as we both found we love teapots! As an invitation to other members who may be interested in joining the Flickr "All About Applique" group, Jeanne provides more details HERE:

I have some ideas to design my own teapots and there are some wonderful teapot (or coffee pot) patterns available online. Some great links to teapot pattern sites are here:


LINKS TO TEA RELATED APPLIQUE PATTERNS:

1. Bunny Hill - Cream and Sugar

Nine blocks of tea cups and sweet things.

2. Kay Mackenzie's Pattern site is: http://www.quiltpuppy.com/bookshop.html

A photo of Kay's teapot patterns is at the top of this post. If you want to ORDER, please click the photos.

Please join in the fun. I can't wait and may even design my own 'cup of tea' block while I am waiting...stay tuned.

QUOTES OF THE DAY:

A nice cuppa to warm away the winter blues.
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CHOCOLATE, COFFEE, MEN...some things are just better RICH.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
A tea bag is just like a woman....the longer you keep them in hot water, the stronger they get.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Block 11 - Bunny Hill A Tisket A Tasket Block of the Month




I'm exhausted...but let's GIVE THANKS!
PS DH, Tom made me do it! I really intended this turkey's wings to be praying (with his eyes SHUT..) but my DH, Tom (yes Tom is a turkey too sometimes) wanted me to add the eyes instead!
I don't have blanket stitch on my sewing machine so used zigzag. This block was a 'learning' experience for me, but fun. The basket is hand applique, but the turkey and gourd are fussy cut and fused, then machine stitched. Now back to my 'boring' hand applique...
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Jumping in with both feet?

I was checking my favorite blogs this morning, and something attracted me to Gerry's blog. I am always inspired by her work and needed inspiration to start something new. I was feeling my Block of the Month was drawing to completion and I needed another project to motivate my insatiable creative juices?

Well, I guess I jumped in with both feet! I wanted to join Robin Atkin's Bead Journal Project ever since I saw a beaded project posted on the internet several years ago. I was consumed with beads when I started CQ embroidery and another member purchased the last book on beaded Embroidery! I also heavily embellished my hand applique block in August and felt a compulsion to pursue this hobby. I really needed another hobby! but the weather here is already cold and I intend to hiberante through the cold! Surely I have time for another WIP!

Please check out these beaded projects here:

http://www.beadjournalproject.com/

I enjoyed checking out the gallery and drooled at several of the projects members completed during the years. Well worth the time to go browsing through the gallery...now I am keeping my fingers crossed my registration will be accepted.

MY FRIEND SAID THIS ABOUT HER HOBBY:
"I don't believe you choose your passion, your passion chooses you."

Monday, November 2, 2009

Dreaming with my eyes open?




As I turn the calendar to a new month, I ponder what my posts for the month will be as I am sure you must grow weary of my craft posts.

I have been anticipating a new project for my quilting class on Friday. I had some custom orders to fill and have left my quilting aside. The pattern everyone is doing is really nice, but I have such outdated fabrics and wonder if my fabris will be 'worth the effort'. Then do fabrics ever outdate themselves? I still love the 30's quilt fabrics!

My stash includes 'numerous' blue celestial fabrics I had collected for my Millennium Quilt and what ever happened to that quilt...I wish I could find it! I had assembled approximately five blocks for my Millennium Quilt, but that was TEN years ago! I must admit, I have too much fabric and really need to organize it better. I had all my colors sorted and stored in my cupboard here in my spare room, but the cupboard literally fell apart, the fabric too heavy for the construction of that lousy cabinet! I have since been moving all my fabrics to another cupboard...a slow process. Perhaps my dream of having my own sewing room will come true.

Alas...I decide to wait 'patiently' for the release of our FREE pattern on November 5th for 'A Tisket a Tasket' ...THANK YOU ANNE SUTTON FOR THESE WONDERFUL DESIGNS!

Out comes my mystery cross stitch project closest WIP nearing completion!
QUOTE:
"What we do is less than a drop in the ocean. But if that drop were missing, the ocean would lack something". - Mother Teresa

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Completed NEW Fashion Doll, Eve




Another two dolls assembled!

I painted these dolls last month and finally assembled their bodies over the weekend. Two doll club members are interested in taking doll classes with me. This doll, Eve is 'doll-ightful' as she has an all porcelain body and a very nice doll to dress, display. I costumed both these dolls for Halloween. One Eve wears a leopard outfit and of course I wanted to make her 'purr-ty' so added the maribu to simulate a fussy cat tail...I only wished I had used GREEN eyes for her instead of the blue, but the blue ones are the only color I had in stock.
The other Eve is in a black dress, my 'good' witch. These dolls will be on my display shelf, but if anyone is wanting to purchase them, I will part with these and just have to make more.




Love is a sign
from the
heavens
that you are here for a reason. - J. Ghetto

Friday, October 23, 2009

NEW "Baby Blue" Blythe FLAPPER Dress Completed

Oh how I wish I owned a Blythe doll to display this outfit properly. I made the above outfit as a custom order for an online friend. I do not own a Blythe doll however I used two different dolls as models to complete. It took me hours to figure out the pattern to crochet this dress, but viewing the completed project is so rewarding.
The first PINK dress I sold for this doll is posted on Flickr here:
I am now working on my 'red' flapper dress. I have to string 'thousands' of beads and sequins for each dress, therefore I MUST get busy. Have a wonderful day...take care.
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QUOTE FOR TODAY: "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." - Anatole France

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

BLock 10 - October's Bunny Hill "A Tisket a Tasket" Block of the Month

L@@KS like the spider has hypnotised Ms Kitty or is it the other way around?
All pieces are needle-turned hand applique (except for the teeny weeny spider that crept down behind her...).
I wanted to add an owl...but after stitching those teeny weeny paws, I 'PAWS-itively' had enough..what a HOOT to do!
Thanks Anne.
Colors are dark 'rust', but looks more reddish here...sorry

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This makes the most sense of anything I have read regarding H1N1..please READ...

Good Morning,

Just performing my 'rounds' this morning. Since there were few emails in my INBOX, thought I would do a different post, however of a very common, concerning topic, that is H1N1 Flu.

My sister is a registered nurse who works in HEALTH LINKS, a local Health Care Center, and she sent me this list with the SUBJECT : "This makes the most sense of anything I have read regarding HINI..."

Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial etc.. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).
The following message given by him, I feel makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know . The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensiveand powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6.* Drink as much of warm liquids as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

All these are simple ways to prevent, within means of most households, and certainly much less painful than to wait in long queues outside public hospitals.

Happy breathing!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

SNOW for Our Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend!


I am Thankful:

FOR YOU MY BLOGGER FRIENDS FOR VISITING!
FOR MY HUSBAND WHO IS ON THE SOFA BEING A COUCH POTATO, BECAUSE HE IS HOME WITH ME AND NOT OUT AT THE BARS.

FOR THE TAXES I PAY BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM EMPLOYED.

FOR THE MESS TO CLEAN AFTER A PARTY BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.

FOR THE CLOTHES THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.

FOR MY SHADOW THAT WATCHES ME WORK BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM OUT IN THE SUNSHINE

FOR A LAWN THAT NEEDS MOWING, WINDOWS THAT NEED CLEANING, AND GUTTERS THAT NEED FIXING BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE A HOME.

FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE IT MEANS WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH..

FOR THE PARKING SPOT I FIND AT THE FAR END OF THE PARKING LOT BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM CAPABLE OF WALKING AND I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH TRANSPORTATION.

FOR MY HUGE HEATING BILL BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM WARM.

FOR THE LADY BEHIND ME IN CHURCH WHO SINGS OFF KEY BECAUSE IT MEANS I CAN HEAR.

FOR THE PILE OF LAUNDRY AND IRONING BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE CLOTHES TO WEAR.

FOR WEARINESS AND ACHING MUSCLES AT THE END OF THE DAY BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN CAPABLE OF WORKING HARD.

FOR THE ALARM THAT GOES OFF IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM ALIVE.

AND FINALLY, FOR TOO MUCH E-MAIL BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE FRIENDS WHO ARE THINKING OF ME.

Live well, Laugh often, & Love with all of your heart!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Super-Easy Peanut Butter Cookies


Yes, I do have a 'life when I am not doing crafts'. Since it was a dreary and cool day, I thought having the oven on would warm the house. My DH had just bought four jars of Kraft Peanut Butter and the perfect recipe came to mind: "Super-Easy Peanut Butter Cookies" or here is the recipe.

What You Need!
1 cup KRAFT Smooth Peanut Butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
NOTE: There is absolutely NO flour in this recipe, therefore wouldn't this recipe be excellent for those gluten-free diets?


Make It!
HEAT oven to 325°F. Mix all ingredients with large spoon until well blended.
ROLL into 24 balls; place, 4 inches apart, on baking sheets. Flatten with fork. (I used a tumbler dipped in flour). I also found leaving the mixture sit for a couple of minutes made it easier to form the balls as it can be quite sticky to work with.
BAKE 20 min. or until lightly browned. (Do not overbake.) Cool 5 min. on baking sheets; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.

I doubled this recipe as the jars we bought were equal to 500 g or 2 cups.
Your children will love these cookies! DH adds "CRUNCHY...tell them!" DH also said he preferred the ones using Kraft 'CRUNCHY' Peanut Butter...he should have been a cook! (C:
The cookie with the crack in it (bottom right) was caused by the Cookie Monster who tried to steal one before they cooled.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Flapper dress for Blythe doll









Ain't she sweet...see her walking down the street.
Here is the dress finished...made her a full string of pearls too, but have turned them to her back so the dress will display better. The hat that goes with this dress is on another doll because I did not have a doll with head as large as the doll for whom I made the outfit...therefore had to use two models.






Wednesday, September 30, 2009







Here is the latest doll orphan I adopted and dressed. I crocheted this outfit while I sat in the gazebo with my favorite friend, my puppy, Marlee ...well Marlee is not exactly a puppy but all you pet owners out there will understand why I always will call my bichon my 'baby'. no matter how old she is..my love!
I love pink as you can tell. In creating this doll outfit, I was thinking of my dear friend who suffered from breast cancer. Therefore, I am naming the doll Dianne in her memory. Dianne also loved collecting Barbie dolls, and it was so sad her life was shortened at 50 years old by this dreaded disease..
I enjoyed every minute of designing this outfit and styling the doll's hair. Ain't she pretty?
QUOTE:

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Crocheted Flapper Doll Outfit


Busy crocheting a flapper outfit for a Blythe doll...please visit again soon...I have some new photos coming soon of another outfit I have completed.

I am using a Skipper doll, Barbie's little sister with the same measurements as the Blythe doll I am crocheting the dress for. Here is the top completed...I have to add the beaded fringe yet. I think outfit is turning out pretty good, however the hat is much more work than the dress...just have the beaded fringe and embellishments to add. The purse is already made front and back and only needs the chain and embellishments added. I want to complete this order as my main priority for this week.

I know this doll is really quite funny looking, but has the same size body so she is okay for using as a model.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Leo Mol's Sculpture Garden


Let's go for a walk to view the amazing works sculpted by world renown sculptor, Leo Mol. Our city proudly represents Leo Mol's wonderful sculpted works and his legend.
Let me show you some photos of statues this remarkable sculptor contributed to us.


...oops, this is my DH and my baby bichon, Marlee...let's follow them...

"Walk a little slower Daddy", said a puppy so small,
"I'm following in your footsteps and I don't want to get lost".


..."Mommy I am tired...can you please carry me...then you can put me down to chase that squirrel I hear over there".


" ... but that girl does not have any clothes on!"



".... what are those little piggies doing?"



"Seeing all that water is making me thirsty...they have yucky stuff in the water that even chased away the ducks. Look, all the ducks have gone South for the winter. Mommy, I don't want winter to come here and cover all this stuff with snow."


"Everyone is eating around here...I am hungry...."


This is my favorite statue...Moses as God makes the Ten Commandment tablets.


Leo Mol loved nature as he sculpted animals, Mother Bear and Baby bear cub being one of his most popular works.

...oops, this photo should have been cropped.

Thank you for sharing some history with us. We had a wonderful time.


Copied from Wikipedia: Leo Mol, (January 15, 1915 – July 4, 2009) was a Ukrainian Canadian artist and sculptor. Born Leonid Molodozhanyn in Polonne, Ukraine, Mol studied sculpture at the Leningrad Academy of Arts from 1936 to 1940. Following the German invasion of the Soviet Union he moved to Germany where he was influenced by Arno Breker. In 1945, he moved to The Hague, and in December, 1948, he and his wife, Magareth (whom he married in 1943), emigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba. More than three hundred of Mol's works are displayed in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park. The garden was unveiled in 1992 and has been expanded twice since. It is supported by private donations, and Mol personally donated most of the sculpture. In 2002, his sculpture Lumberjacks was featured on a Canadian postage stamp. He was always known as a particularly prolific artist and some of his most famous works include likenesses of three different Popes which stand in museums in the Vatican. He also has a sculpture of Taras Shevchenko on display on Washington’s Embassy Row. Mol died July 4, 2009, at the Tache Centre medical facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was 94.

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