Monday, November 05, 2018


In an earlier post I said I was making a set of reindeer.  An hour after I listed them in my Etsy shop they sold!  Now that's what I like!!

I just listed this Prim  Black Christmas doll in my shop.  I love her!  If she doesn't sell, I'm going to keep her for myself!!

This is the prim black doll I made for my sister-in-law.

Now to look through my patterns to see what I want to make next.  Can't decide if a Santa or a Snowman.


Monday, October 29, 2018


Hubby Tom and I just got back from a 3 weeks vacation in SUNNY depressingly cold and rainy weather in Pittsburgh.   We had a great time, our first and 3rd week we went to the La Brea tar pits, was in the audience for Last Man Standing and Man With a Plan, The Price Is Right, went to an Octoberfest at Alpine Village in Torrance, CA, Universal Theme Park and to Knott's (Berry) Scary Farms for their Halloween event - loads of fun!
Our 2nd week, daughter Nicki and her hubby Bob flew out to go on a Carnival Cruise with us to Catalina Island and Ensanada, Baja Mexico.  It was awesome!  Such a great time.

So now it's back to work for me, making new items for my Etsy Shop.  I finished this Crescent Moon Santa today (it's listed)

Tomorrow I hope to have finished 2 prim deer.  The legs & Antlers are drying tonight.

My sister-in-law put an order in for a prim black doll so that will be my next project before getting back to Christmas stuff.

At Universal Theme Park


Rodeo Drive

Carnival Inspiration Cruise Line

Monday, September 10, 2018


I was cleaning and reorganizing my craft/sewing room the past few days and 'found' a few items I had totally forgotten about.  One was a vintage flour sifter and the other a vintage cinnamon/nutmeg grater.

This is what I did with them

One of these will be part of my daughter's b'day gift - I'm going to let her choose which one she wants.

I've had the mini indian corn for about 2 years now and never knew what to do with it, I'm happy with them attached to the grater.  I like how it turned out.
The sifter looked too new, so I painted it to look rusty.

I will definitely be on the lookout for more vintage stuff the next time we go antiquing.

Friday, September 07, 2018



I forgot to take a frontal photo before I took these curtains down, but found these photos in one of my albums.  

I've had these up for about 12 years.  I was ready for a change.  The blinds are 1 inch, aluminum and a yellow/green color.  UGLY.  They came with the house when we bought it and they were brand new at the time (34 years ago) so as much as I would have liked to, I couldn't bring myself to take them down and replace with white blinds.  Until last week.  They were in dire need of a good cleaning.  I got out a bucket of soapy water and a soft cloth and started to clean each slat one by one.  I got halfway down the right side and said "this is bull crap!".  So I had Tom help me take them down, and carry them into the tub.  This should be easier.  It wasn't.  They were too big for the tub and scratched the porcelain.  I still tried to wash them and used cupfuls of water to rinse them.  They just wouldn't come clean.  The dirt/dust was coming off, but several of the slat ends were bent (due to Tom not being careful opening and closing the sliding window) some were scratched and were still ugly as hell.  I threw in the towel, literally and had Tom put them out for the garbage this week.

I purchased new drapes and blinds from J.C. Penney.  The drapes are grommet topped, lined (light fabric) and ivory in color.  The blinds are dark faux wood 2 inch slats.


In late fall we plan to repaint ( I'm thinking of going a light brown - a fawn color) and install new carpeting.

What I currently have is far too light.  We've had it since Tom retired 8 years ago and we just can't keep it clean.  We have no pets, but we do have grown children/their spouses and the grandkids and sad to say, they can be messy.  Spilled food and drinks, 'forget' to remove shoes when they come in.  They've only had to do that for the last 34 years, how can you forget?  Just plain lazy. 😒


Thursday, August 23, 2018


I just listed these two pumpkins made of white faux fur in my Etsy Shoppe.  I think they look a bit whimsical and are suitable for Holiday decoration and also an adorable table decoration for a Fall wedding.

These are made out of a vintage chenille/hobnail bedspread.   These have sold.

Mummy on spool bobbin.  Still available.

Pumpkin and mouse pull toy - this has sold

I plan to make a few more things and then move on to Christmas.  It's been a busy summer and I took a break so I could spend more time with the family.  

Hope everyone had a great summer!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


This Memory Bear was made for my good friend and next door neighbor Nancy.  Her eldest son passed away last year and she asked me to make this bear from a shirt and tie he wore to his young daughter's First Holy Communion.  It smells of the aftershave he always wore.  His daughter Sarah is now 9 years old and she did not know I was making this.  When Nancy gave it to her she said 'Daddy'!!
You can't tell, but the tie is patterned with mallard ducks.  Sarah named her bear Duck Tie Daddy.


Friday, May 25, 2018


Last week my middle daughter and her husband took a trip to Banff, Alberta in Canada.  I stayed at their home with their 8 yr old and 4 yr old.  for 6 days.  I really enjoyed spending that time with the grandkids.
While the kids and I were keeping cool in the house with the AC on, my daughter sent this photo from Lake Louise.  She's glad she took a jacket and hat, and said it did snow a bit.

Last night was my eldest grand daughter's senior prom.  She's not dating anyone, and neither is her friend Jermaine, so they went to the prom together.

Today I dusted off the sewing machine and started working on another fabric teddy bear.  This one I will be listing on Etsy.  
It's going to be time to start working on Fall items...and we are just now getting ready to open the pool. . . . but ran into a problem with a part breaking in the pump and the company we bought it from may have gone out of business.  😨

Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial weekend.


Friday, May 11, 2018


Not having worked with faux fur before, I found this project quite messy. There was fur flying through the air, landing in my hair and all over the carpet. 😛
 I had picked up some fur at a yard sale a while back and after making the fabric bears, thought I'd give this a try.  I need practice, that's for sure!  This was a free 2 piece pattern that you can find HERE.  Scroll down the page to locate the pattern and directions.

 My Finished Bear

I goofed on the ears a bit, but still think it turned out pretty cute.