Thursday, January 31, 2008

Buttons and Bows

I receieved this adorable collage from Becca, the lady who works part-time in our office. I have played bunco with her for years and now that she works in the office, I get goodies from her too! Yay!! She does all kinds of beautiful shadow boxes with baby names and collectibles. Very cute stuff!! In case you can't read the little card (I couldn't get a close up without shadows or bright flash spots in the reflection), it says:

"Families are like quilts
Lives pieced together
Stitched with smiles and tears
colored with memories
and bound by love."

I put it in my sewing room of course! And it looks mahvelous dahling!!!!! :o)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Danbury Mint meets Ideal!

It's all my sisters fault!! She told me before Christmas that she found a Shirley Temple doll on ebay and that I should go look. She sent me a link and the rest is history. Two Shirley Temple dolls, seven outfits and a doll trunk later, I decide that my older sister has more influence over me than I thought! hehe

Here's how it happened. I bid on a 14" Danbury Mint (DM) Shirley in a Wee Willie Winkie outfit and won. I'll post her pic later. A week or more later, I found 6 outfits in one lot but they don't say what size doll they fit and I assume since they are also DM that they would fit my doll. Wrong! I won that auction, got the package but they look a little big. My poor little Shirley was swimming in her clothes. Interesting. I called my sister and she tried an outfit she had gotten on a vinyl Shirley doll she had from the 70's and wah-lah, they fit her perfectly. So back to ebay I go, this time with a search of a 16" Ideal Shirley Temple doll. Once again, I won!! Doesn't anyone else bid on ebay! Somebody stop me! lol

The "Ideal" Shirley arrived yesterday and is pictured here. She said she likes the name "Ideal Shirley". :o) By the looks of her hair, it must've been a rought trip but it combed up nice and the curls came right back. She had on a different dress when she arrived so we put her in this lovely little DM outfit from the movie Curly Top. It is a perfect fit, as are her undies that came with this outfit. I'd show you but Shirley said I am way over the top with my camera. hehe

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Late Christmas or Early Birthday?

Is it just me or is red the best color in the world??? :o) After Christmas I went on-line and found this great set of 4 dishtowels at The white pitcher was $14.99 before Christmas and I bought it thinking I'd use it for a gift for our family gathering but found something else instead. Of course, I wasn't going to send the pitcher baaaack! I would've had to pay shipping. I threw away the box. Um, I had grown attached. lol

Now, can you see that adorable little crocheted red dress? That was an early birthday gift that came today from a sweet friend of mine, Angela at Isn't it cute? And doesn't it just fit right in? I LOVE it! She is so talented. She does all kinds of prim stuff so I'm not sure if making this was taking her outside of her comfort zone or not..........but I'm so glad she made it!

My sis is coming in tonight on the train to stay the night and tomorrow we're off for Road to California, our biggest quilt show. I've got my loot in my wallet, my camera charged and my sneakers dusted off and I'm ready to go. (Most people don't have to dust off their sneakers but mine aren't used for anything resembling exercise so you get the picture.) I'll take lots of pictures so check back soon.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Letting go and moving on...

I'm embarrassed to say that I only finished two of my ornaments for my family this Christmas. Today, I came to terms with the fact that I didn't finish them on time for our family gathering and packed them up in a box. I keep telling myself not to put them too far away and I can be REALLY early for Christmas 2008!!!! I'm trying to let go of the guilt. lol

To move onto the new year and projects, I ordered these beautiful batiks. Anyone who knows me, knows this is NOT my favorite kind of fabric but I am hosting a Batik Storm at Sea swap and just "had" to participate. hehe I can't wait to dig into these fabrics now. They've grown on me. :o)