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4/02/2014

April and it is looking like SPRING!

Wow!  Finally the flowers are coming up and it is looking like spring.  The sunshine sure warms our hearts.  Beautiful!  Busy as usual here and getting more busy as time goes by.  I love my little Nolan and he is the sweetest little bundle of pure joy and smiles.  He is always smiling and loves to be kissed and cuddled by Granny.  Watching him is a great pleasure.  I have been busy with orders and keeping up with my grandson, mother and other things.  NO time to dilly dally!  I will be making some treasures for Chagrin Valley Antiques in the near future and I hope the mohair arrives soon.  I finished Elouise, Axel and Annabella and they are waiting on their forever home at the antique shop now.  I still have other obligations I have made making and selling my creations.  It sure keeps me hopping and that is good.  I do admit with the sun popping up now I am feeling the need to get outside and work on a few projects for summer.  I plan to make a  new patio on the side of the house, a gazebo roof over the basement doorway, a raised garden, two more fences and a flower garden near the new patio complete with a scarecrow like the one I made at the other house.  Painting the deck will not be as much fun but fun when it is finished.  I still think Miss Kitty should learn to sew.  She could whip up a few CATastrophes if nothing else.  I always ask her every morning if she wants to go outside and she will say, "Yeah" but she says that to everything.  I think she is just waiting until she can go outside and lounge around.  She will go out for a little while but pops right back inside to her comfortable fur blanket inside her fur bed on top of her love seat.  She is Queen Cataberious! Her royal name but she also has a few others.  Have a wonderful month of April and enjoy every minute God gives us! 

3/12/2014

March Lion


I hope everyone is thinking about Spring flowers, gardens and warm weather!  Sure has been a cold winter and it is still snowing here in Ohio.  I have been working on a baby bunny, Boston Terrier and another one of my new designs a long legs bunny.  I hope to start on a couple larger bears for an order when these are finished.  I am watching my grandson and he is growing like a little weed.  So cute and smiles all the time.  He is a happy baby.  What a miracle!  Stay warm and think Spring!

2/24/2014

Looking Forward To Spring!

Can Spring be far away??  I hope not.  I am ready for it!  Chirping birds every morning and sleeping flowers waking up and peeking through the soggy soil.  I cannot wait to get started on my projects this summer.  Another long list but what would I do without a long list of things to accomplish?  Last summer was our first here and we worked to make this house into our home.  This summer I have a lot of projects still to accomplish.  I have gotten back to creating my creatures over the winter months and my latest new mohair bunny creations make me smile.  I am finishing Lilly Jo's overalls today and hope to have her listed on EBay tonight.  Her sisters Laura Jo and Lexy Jo were a lot of fun to make. Spring orders are picking up and I love orders!  My little grandson is so much fun and a joy to watch.  He brings such amazing joy!  He smiles all the time and before long he will be getting into grandma's primitives but that is ok.  We will enjoy them together.  I hope you are looking forward to Spring and everything new and wonderful.  Spring is my favorite time of year! God blesses us with an abundance of miracles and Spring is a miracle to me!  Enjoy every minute!
Lilly Jo on EBay:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/301106408468?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

2/17/2014

Freezing February!

Brrrrrr!  It has been another cold month so far and I am hoping March will be warmer.  We definitely need to thaw out.  There is a lot of snow on the ground and it snowed all day yesterday and we have a winter storm warning today.  I love the snow...I love the snow...I love the snow!  I keep telling myself that!  The temperature has gone down this morning and with minus 2 degrees it can be difficult to stay warm!  I have been busy sewing and also watching my grandson.  Nolan is always smiling and he is a joy to watch.  Trying to sit up already and he isn't 4 months old yet.  This granny has had to get use to a young one again.  Chase is 9 and that is a long time in between grandchildren.  I managed to finish Max, Gretchen and Miles and Max was sent off to South Carolina.  Gretchen will be on her way this week to Michigan and I have another bunny finished and ready to go to Hartville and working on another bunny today.  Hope for everyone to have SPRING weather and feel the sun on your face!  Stay warm and have a nice week!  ~Carol

1/29/2014

Another frigid morning!



We continue to have below zero temperatures here.  I am thinking how good spring will feel and seeing the flowers this summer will be a real treat!  I finished Lexi the mohair bunny yesterday.   Lexi will be traveling to The Boston Road Collection soon.  I hope you have a warm day today and enjoy some sunshine.  It is very anemic but beautiful!  Happy Wednesday!

1/26/2014

Old Man Winter is still hitting us hard!!!!

More snow and low temperatures in store for us.  This weekend mostly was a white out.  Saturday the snow kept coming all day and there were times I could not see the road in front of our house.  The usual six deer ran down by the lake as it was nearing darkness and they were not wasting any time.  I do hope they can find some food in the fields.  I would love to get a truck load of corn and make sure they have a full tummy every day.  Poor things.  They come and eat the berries on the tree by the house every night and that is fine with me.  I have been working on 5 animals and slowly are finishing them one at a time.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and stayed warm and cozy.  Have a nice week! 
I finished Amelia and she is on EBay:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/301080893995?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 

1/22/2014

OLD MAN WINTER

Old Man Winter has hit us this month in old Ohio!  It has been FRIGID!  -9 with wind chills of -20 to -30 degrees!  Seems like the old guy doesn't want to let his hold on us slip too much!   The same is coming back and it will hit us with more below zero temperatures.  I usually don't say too much about winter since there really isn't much you can do but complain and pray.  This month of January has been very difficult.  Time to think SPRING!  I am feeling like everything is dreary and most days are without the SUN!  I do still have two Christmas trees up and light them every day.  They always make me smile every morning.  While taking down the other decorations I replaced them with Valentines and Easter.  So now we have Christmas/Valentine/Easter decorations.  Who cares what others think is my new motto.  I love the lights and when Christmas is over it always seems like the plug has been pulled and we are in for the long dullness of the gray winter.  Maybe in a few weeks the trees will be retired until next Christmas!  Time flies!  I do love the holidays and it is a bit depressing after they are all over.  I always work for Christmas 12 months out of the year!  I miss Christmas!   I have been working on two bears and a pup and am cutting out a giraffe for an order and a bunny.  I really need to finish up something!  With a lot of other things to take my time and mind away I have to get the fur to cooperate this week.  I hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy every minute of life!  Think Spring!  (Sorry I cannot upload pictures again to my blog)

1/06/2014

Brrrr! This first week of January has been crazy weather!

Like we say in Ohio, "If you don't like the weather now stick around it will change in a minute!"  It has been a crazy ride this winter!  We have had a lot of snow and then pounding rain in the middle of the night.  A week or so ago I woke up thinking we would surely float away with snow on the ground and rain pounding the house.  I am about to start on an ark!  Last night after warmer temperatures and rain that melted the snow, we are taking a dive and have snow again this morning.  I hope everyone is careful on the roads!  With the rain and melting snow I am sure there is black ice covered with snow this morning.  Tomorrow the high is suppose to be -1.  That is the HIGH from the weather report yesterday and the low -13 with wind chill at minus 20 or lower.  Winter is making a statement!   I remember COLD winters and a lot of snow when I was young but we never had rain or freezing rain.  My mind always turns to the poor animals outside trying to survive.  Wish I could bring them all in the house!  Sad they have to suffer in the weather!  I finished Desarae the Mohair Panda and listed her on EBay last night.  She was fun to make with her Valentine Heart.  Have a great week and stay warm and safe!  Bear Hugs!    http://www.ebay.com/itm/301061012187?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


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1/01/2014

HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Happy New Year 2014!  I hope everyone is enjoying he first day of the New Year!  Wishes for great health and above all LOVE for the New Year!  Enjoy every minute of it! 
 

12/23/2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you have had a great year!  Sad to see 2013 come to an end but time waits for no man and this year certainly has flown by.  The new year will bring some changes for me and I will be more busy than ever.  Since I so called "retired" I have not had a spare minute.  I thought I would be bored but I don't ever remember being bored my whole life.  If I don't have something to do I will conjure up something.  I have been working on a Panda and I am planning some new creations for the new year.  Our family has grown this year and we are so happy to have our second grandson Nolan Frederick.  He is a sweet little guy who can steal your heart with his precious smile.  Nothing like little ones to melt your heart.  We are so blessed with two grandsons!  I wish the best for you and your family this Christmas season and hope you have a wonderful New Year!  Remember the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas is the birth of Christ.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Bear hugs and blessings, ~Carol
 

12/11/2013

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!!

Merry Christmas!  What a beautiful sight to see the Christmas lights twinkling on a snowy night! It has been very cold and we are having a lot of snow too so that adds to the Christmas spirit.  In my mind I am wrapped in a big warm blanket, watching a movie, cuddled with my sweetheart and drinking some hot chocolate.  But maybe tomorrow on my birthday that will happen.  Today I have a lot to do.  Cleaning the house, wrapping gifts, delivering cookies to neighbors, finishing up Christmas cookies and making my favorite chocolate fruit cake!  That old family recipe is like no other!  Not a lot of fruit but a lot of nuts and most perfect of all chocolate!  I doubled the cocoa in the last cake so it is amazingly good! Blake's birthday is the day after mine so I will be making pumpkin pies for his birthday.  I think that man has taken after his momma and anything that has pie at the end of it is good!  We both love pumpkin pie!  I really think Mr. P. likes a little bit of pie with his whipped cream.  Christmas is always a busy time of year and with our family we throw in a bazillion birthdays to make it even more sweet! Baby Nolan is growing so fast and he is a little cutie.   I am also working on a Panda bear today and hope to have her finished soon.   I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and always remember Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. 
 

12/04/2013

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This year quickly danced by!  I guess the old saying holds true, "Time flies when you are having fun!"  It has been a busy fun year and never a dull moment.  Blake and Mindy have been very busy and they are happy being parents now.  Our sweet little grandson was born 6 weeks ago and he is a real joy.  He is growing so fast!  I flew to visit my Tobias and his family and had a wonderful time.  Got off the plane and went directly to a wonderful wedding in SC.  I also had a wonderful time at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.  They always take me some place special while I am visiting them and I was truly amazed the whole time we toured the largest home in America.  It was built in the late 1800's but still remains the largest home.  One of the first to have electricity.  Chase is growing up too fast and he is the sweetest little guy around.  Love my grandsons!  Tuesday we drove back to Ohio in an ice and snow storm and arrived safely thanks to my son's expert driving.  Jumped right into Thanksgiving and having the family here for dinner is always a special treat.  We celebrated Christmas with them while they were here.  It was a whirl of a week and before we knew it they were leaving to drive back home.  Nothing like having family home for the holidays!  I have finished the mohair Christmas bear Chrissy and she is on EBay.  Have a great week and enjoy the holidays remembering the true meaning of Christmas always.    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=301034311258&ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123
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11/20/2013

The Holidays Are Upon Us!

Thinking of holiday traditions this morning and how important those traditions are.  Each family should have a few they can look back on and feel sweet happiness.  I hope my boys can do that.  I have always loved Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Christmas I have to say is my favorite.  We celebrate it because we are celebrating Christ's birth.  Thoughts of preparing for a Christmas program at church was always fun but a but very nervous to me.  I never liked to have people look at me.  There was always a part to remember which was not so good but singing all the Christmas songs was the best.  I usually start playing Christmas music November 1, every year.  The holidays still seem to make even the grumpiest person and little nicer when you smile and tell them "Merry Christmas!"  Giving gifts is the best feeling!  For as long as I can remember our holiday tradition was to have Thanksgiving dinner at my house.  I think it has been 36 years now.  There have been a few Thanksgiving dinners recently that we have had at Blake and Mindy's house or at Tobias and Andrea's house.  I am always in the kitchen no matter where it is and I love Thanksgiving especially the part about eating pumpkin pie.  Christmas has always been a whirl of excitement for me. For months I prepare for that one day.  We would go to church Christmas Eve and when the boys went to bed we would read The Night Before Christmas.  Christmas morning was always the best when the boys were young.  They were not allowed to open gifts until morning and there was always a flurry of little boys wanting to get up at 3 am or before.  We all had to be around the tree before anyone could open a gift and they would wake me up all night long with a little voice, "Is it time yet?"  My favorite was to open my eyes to see someone very close to my face looking at me hoping I would wake up and give in just this one time.  Tobias I have to say was the worse.  He never could wait until Christmas to see what he was getting I found out later.  He told me he always knew where the gifts were hidden and would peek and tell his brothers what they were getting too.  He is my middle child and always VERY motivated!  Looking back on my childhood and their childhood was a magical time at Christmas.  Little boys wearing pj's gathered around the tree with that great look of excitement only Christmas can inspire early on a Christmas morning.  I do miss those days of excitement when the boys were young.  Enjoy every Magical moment! 
 

11/05/2013

Time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas!

It has turned cold but still sunny and that makes a difference.  God blesses us every day and good weather is a great blessing!  Never a dull moment here and I have a feeling it is going to get even more busy.  I finished Marcella Jane yesterday and hope to send her on her way today and cut out another bear.  There is also Miss Kitty's bench that I have wanted to make and have not had time to start.  I have to start making my regular 4 batches of home made noodles to freeze for Thanksgiving.  My family loves noodles!  I started decorating for Christmas November 1.  We had a lot more room at the old house so I will have to incorporate 13 bins and 2 boxes plus 12 trees into this house.  Probably time to sort more for the spring garage sale.  Time to start on cookies today too.  I hope to get one batch of something made and in the freezer.  Well, I must get started.  Seems there is always a lot more to do on my list at the end of the day than I accomplished.   I hope everyone enjoys their day.  Remember to thank God for your blessings.  We have so many.
                                                             Marcella Jane - Adopted 

11/02/2013

HAPPY NOVEMBER!

Can it be possible that this year has flown by so quickly?  Time to put Halloween decorations away and start decorating for Christmas.  I love this magical time of year.  I  think it would be so nice to relax and enjoy the holidays but for as long as I can remember I never seem to have a spare minute.  Then January 1, comes and it is gone.  My boys would always laugh at me when they were young because I would keep the Christmas tree up until Valentine's Day and sometimes longer.  Always seems sad to take down the tree before I was able to fully enjoy it.  I have a lot to do this holiday season and now is the time to start on it!  In my mind I remember when I was very young going to the nearby town of East Liverpool during the holidays and seeing all the magical decorations.  What a beautiful sight! Wow!!!!  Santa was amazing!  Even then I loved Christmas!  I think I believed in Santa until I was age 14.  Well, I guess I still believe in Santa come to think of it.  There is a magic in Christmas that makes everyone feel a little better and be a little kinder.  I have been working on a black bear for a sweet lady and when she is finished I hope to work on decorations, a quadruple batch of home made noodles to freeze for Thanksgiving, fruitcake and a lot of cookies for the freezer.  Little boys and BIG boys like cookies around here.  One year I made 126 dozen cookies for Christmas and two large fruitcakes.  Don't know why I counted them but must have been my OCD.  Christmas morning there wasn't a cookie in the house so I had to make cookies.  Seemed to always have a lot of extra little boys who would come to the house and they all loved cookies.  I hope you all enjoy this wonderful season and remember the true meaning of the birth of Christ and celebrate His birth.
Black Bear ready to stuff

10/28/2013

Ginger the Mohair Giraffe

The month has quickly slipped by.  I always start decorating for Christmas the first of November and that will be here very soon.  We had our first frost this morning on October 28th.  That is amazing to me.  I remember times when we had frost the first week of September.  The remainder of my flowers were hit and we cleaned them up today.  Only 6 months until we can plant again.   I look forward to next spring and a couple projects Fred and I are already planning.  Our new grandson is growing fast and he is a joy in our lives.  Our first grandson Chase had his 9th birthday last week.  Time has a way of flying by and those 9 years certainly have passed quickly.  He is a handsome young man who loves to play baseball.  We are so proud of him and it will be so much fun to see him at holiday time.  Nothing like grandchildren to fill our hearts with love!  They are blessings from God.  I hope you all enjoy the fall weather.  This is Ginger the Mohair Giraffe on EBay:  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=301003334144
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10/25/2013

Time Flies!

It has been a while since I have written anything and time sure has a way of flying by us.  I have been more busy than usual and I am not complaining.  We have a new addition to our family, so sweet and amazing!  His name is Nolan Frederick, born last weekend weighing in at 7 lbs. and 4 oz.  He is such a sweetheart!  So much hair and a mix of his dad, mommy and cousin.  Amazes me how you can see different family members in the sweetness of a little one.  Still amazes me that God gives us the miracle of a child.  He does have his dad's feet!  Looking back through photo albums this week remembering the births of my three sons and my grandson Chase was a treat I haven't done for a while.  We are totally amazed with this new little one and cannot get enough of him.  Thank you Mindy and Blake for bringing this little miracle into our lives!  I have been wrangling with a hooded coverlet for him and now tore it apart completely after it was finished except for the edging.  Gauge was perfect but finished it was too large for a new born.  It would not do altering just the hood and I don't think a two year old boy would appreciate a hooded cape.  Back to the grind and quickly making a baby afghan.  I finished Esther and after she sold on EBay is on her way to California.  Hoping to finish up a few things this weekend and on to more bears.  The trees are changing and some have dropped their beautiful leaves.  We have been so blessed with wonderful fall weather.  Yesterday we had some snow flurries and it does make me feel more excited about the holidays coming quickly.  I hope you enjoy life and grab on to it with everything you have!  Love you all!  Esther on EBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300992868854&ssPageName=ADME:L:COSI:US:1123
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10/05/2013

HAPPY FALL

Happy Fall and Happy October! We have enjoyed beautiful weather for a couple months now. We are so blessed to see the sunshine every day. I have been super busy as usual but I always say I don't do bored. If I don't have something to do I will make something to do. I did finish the cat Hallie Katt and took her to The Boston Road Collection. She was fun to make! I also listed the mohair bear Noelle on EBay and she is on her way to California. My first Christmas bear this year. I am also working on a brown bear this weekend and hope to have her finished soon.  Fred and I made a table for Mindy for her front entry. Dropped the table off to her yesterday. Miss Kitty has been a real help with my wood work and she has the wood set up for two more benches. One for us and the other for Mindy and Blake.  Miss Kitty is such a sweet cat!  I have a shelf cut out for the living room and need to finish that today. When I have a spare minute I have been working on the hooded coverlet for our grand baby who should arrive within the next 3 weeks. I cannot wait to see what it is and hold him or her for the first time. Fred and I still have plans for the roof over the outside basement entry but time is flying by and we might have to wait until spring to start that project. It has been a matter of what I want and what Mr. P. thinks we should build. I am going with a gazebo type roof and he wants a boring hip roof. I love the look of wood and I want to use it wisely. Who will win? If I can dig the holes and put the posts into the ground I will as he says he cannot be done because of rock close to the foundation. He MIGHT be right. We shall see Mr. P. I hope everyone enjoys the month of October and all the sights and sounds of fall. Have a wonderful week!


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Puddie Pie Slide Show

Looking back at winter!

Looking back at winter!
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CoCoMo Joe and CoCoMo Dakota Joe

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Marcella and Kristina

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