Looks like snow for Christmas! I know my grandson will love it when he visits. I finished my doll but have not found a name for her yet. I used an antique doll head and antiqued it further. Her body is made from cloth and her legs are wooden dowels inside the cloth and attached to the wooden base I made for her. The clay I bought this time did not work as well so instead of my own creation for her face I used the antique head. Her pinafore and hat are antiques. She was not pleased with the dress I made for her so I made another one. Dolls can be tempermental it seems. I am working every day on the new house to prepare it for our move. There is a lot of work to do there and Blake has been helping me since he is on vacation. How did I get so lucky to have such a sweet loving son? He never stops until the job is done! I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope this time of year is a reminder of all our blessings we each have. This is a giving time of year and we should extend our loving giving hearts to every day of the year. God blesses us with many gifts and Jesus the greatest gift, is the reason we celebrate this Christmas season. With all the sadness in the world around us it is sometimes difficult to find happiness. Our hearts break for the 26 people who were killed this past week. What a sad and difficult time for the families of those little children and educators who died. I pray for the families. Sometimes our difficulties seem endless in our own lives but there are always others who suffer more. Have a great week and celebrate Christ's birth every day.
In a few days it will be December. This year definitely passed quickly. I put little Bell on eBay last night and she will be headed for her new home today. Back to cleaning and packing today. We will be moving before the first of the year. I was hoping we would be moved before the holidays. I am hoping we will spend Christmas Eve in our new house. Christ's birth is the reason we celebrate and it is a magical time. It seems people are a little kinder this time of year. I recall the sweet times when the boys were young we would go to church and then drive around to look at the Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. One Christmas Eve while on our way home we saw a Santa near our house looking into someones window. It was perfect timing!! The boys all squealed and said to hurry home. Santa was just up the road and they better get to bed before he reached our house. It was so funny. Tobias and I were remembering that night just the other day. Simple times but so sweet and innocent. The boys were always the best part of my life and my special blessings. Remembering their sweet faces on Christmas morning is still amazing! I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas season and enjoy the little blessings in life. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
It is looking a lot like Christmas! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. We are enjoying some snow in Ohio this morning. It is beautiful! I have been letting the packing go for a week or so and getting back to sewing. I finished Rosemary last week. She was fun to make and I found the pink dress and her beautiful bib at an antique shop. Her dress is hand made with tiny tucks, embroidery and lace. The bib is hand made cotton and so beautiful with the pink trim. I am finishing an elephant today and maybe I will pack a few boxes. We are waiting to hear when we can move into our new house. I am sure the young couple buying this home are just as anxious to move into it as we are anxious to move into our new home. We didn't think we would be moving in the middle of winter back in June when we decided to sell our house but all things work out for the best. Patience has never been easy for me. Have a good holiday season!!!
Is everyone getting ready for the holidays? Thanksgiving is next week! That doesn't seem possible! I better get busy making noodles for 17 people TODAY! Next week I will be making pies. My sweet son Blake has decided he is going to cook Thanksgiving dinner for 17 people. It will be fun and he enjoys cooking. I miss the days when he would tell me he would mix up cookie dough for me after school. I would come home from work to 3 big bowls of cookie dough in the refrigerator. What a help that was! All those years of teaching the boys to cook and bake paid off! They are good cooks and show me up! Mindy's family will all be there for Thanksgiving and it will fun to spend time with them. Last year we traveled to South Carolina for Thanksgiving. I had cooked Thanksgiving dinner for 35 years so it was nice. I made pies and noodles and helped in the kitchen but change is always good and we enjoyed the trip. I cannot wait for Christmas this year too. Tobias, Andrea and Chase will be home for a few days. Not too sure when we will be moving but it is always good as my boss at Summitville Tiles use to tell me, "Stay light on your feet and have your checkbook ready." I hope you all have a great week and enjoy the holiday season! I finished and listed Noelle the Christmas Panda Bear on eBay yesterday. Noelle the Christmas Panda on eBay
Looks like fall has set in. Sending prayers for the east coast and the people who lived in the path of Hurricane Sandy this past week. How terrible for each and every person who lost loved ones and others who lost every earthly blessing they had. We were lucky in this part of Ohio with high winds and rain. I have been busy packing and keeping busy as usual. I will be taking my latest creation Marry to The Boston Road Collection this weekend. She was fun to make. We are hoping we will be moved into our new house by Christmas but things move slowly it seems. Packing all my Christmas decorations might not have been a wise thing to do but we will enjoy the holidays with friends and family even if we have very few decorations. Enjoy your weekend!
Whew! What a long 4 months it has been. Thanks to our sweet dedicated realtor Bobbi Seguin for selling our house and finding another one for us! Thank you Bobbi! She is certainly one of a kind and we could NEVER have done it without her! She keeps her nose to the grind even when we are ready to give up. Just at the moment when we were ready to buy a lot and she showed us a few, we contacted a few builders and were determined the only way was to build a house but then she found a perfect house for us. I could not even imagine it has a beautiful chandelier in the dining area. Just the icing on the cake! This room in the picture will look so different after I take off the wall paper and paint it. Add the table we made and our decorations. Can't wait to start!!! There were a lot of other people looking at this same house and wanting it. Bobbi who I think never sleeps and never eats but puts in 8 days a week was determined that was our house. Sunday afternoon we nervously signed the papers and were sweating thinking someone else would get in their bid before us. An hour and a half later I got the call from Bobbi saying they accepted our bid. Bobbi deserves far more than the roses I sent to her for putting up with us and our roller coaster ride. I will forever love the house we have lived in since we were married but I am excited thinking about our move now. There are a lot of things to do there like paint, remodel two bathrooms, new cupboards, carpet, and did I mention paint? But what would we do without another house to work on the next 22 years? I know God has plans for us and it will all work out if you let Him be your guide. We have looked at endless condos and more houses than I care to remember. There were mostly houses I never want to think about again! No description would be fitting!!! Thank you Bobbi!
What a beautiful fall! The weather has turned cold! Brrrrr! We have had frost every morning this week. The trees are turning and I hope the rain does not bring them down before I can snap some pictures. We are busy as usual and are in the process of getting this house ready for the new owners. The inspection was completed Monday. We have found a few places we like but none that we love yet. Some of the conditions of the houses we look at are just unexplainable! We have learned to appreciate all the hard work we have done to this house the last 22 years and the houses we look at cost a lot more and of course are in need of a lot of tender loving care. Why did we decide to move? We ask that question a lot. We really wanted to move into a condo and not have to worry about mowing and yard work. We decided we could not live with all the rules and regulations associated with condos. You cannot imagine the board can make so many demands. The list is long and so happy we did not sign papers before we read the association books. I have never been so busy and so tired mentally and physically. Our real estate agent is one of a kind and keeps us looking at houses. She does remind us with her little laugh, "You are homeless." She is a great person and when we do find that "perfect house" she tells us we will find, I will miss her after spending months with her through this process. I did manage to finish Christine in the midst of all the chaos. She is my first Christmas bear of this year. Have a good remainder of the week and stay warm!
It has quickly turned cold at night but it is September and fall is in the air. Beautiful sunny days and chilly nights. Looks like I will need to add a winter blanket soon. Cleaned the house this morning and will be off to last minute preparations soon. Mr. P. and and I are having a garage sale this weekend. Oh I do not like them but we have been clearing out our house and hope to sell it soon so we must get rid of what we don't need. No more antiques and prims everywhere. There are a few left but I decided to de-clutter the house. Worked in every room except my sewing room so far and there are bins of things I kept that I will have to decide later what to keep and what to disgard. I hope to tackle my sewing room in the next week. It will be a long week of tearing off wall paper and painting, cleaning out my craft and sewing closet, maybe...just maybe re-upholstering the love seat, clearing off and cleaning out. This has to be done anyway so now is the time! I finished Louise the Mohair Halloween Bear and she will be on her way to California. When Mr. P. returns from work today I hope he can man the garage sale so I can cut out a new bear. I hope everyone is enjoying their week! Bear hugs to you!
What a beautiful wonderful week! I have a heavy heart this morning thinking about the people who merely exist and have no joy. Sad that people become stagnant and without joy for anything. They are satisfied to be deaf and blind to humanity, bored with life. Maybe they have always been that way it seems. "If you have used a PERFECT day in a perfectly useless manner, YOU have learned NOTHING." That is sad. We should use every day God gives us to his glory. The weather is so nice and it is starting to look and smell like fall. There is nothing like the crisp smell in the air this time of year. We canned more tomatoes this week and I think that is the end of canning from our garden this year. I will continue to share what remains. I always amazes me the beauty of everything around us. If you truly look at even a tiny moth there is always beauty to behold. So perfectly amazing! Even the old dried out shrub that I removed the other day was beautiful in it's own way. I hope you have a wonderful sweet day full of beautiful surprises. This is the elephant I finished yesterday and listed on eBay. Her name is Evette. Evette eBay link: Adopted
Fall is just around the corner! What a beautiful hot summer we had here in Ohio. My flower garden and vegetable garden did great and we have enjoyed the beautiful flowers all summer. We have been canning everything we were blessed with to prepare for winter. It is always nice to have a stock of pickles, beets and tomatoes on the shelves. I took a week off from sewing and turned my blue country decorated spare bedroom into a Victorian bedroom. I painted cupboards, shelves, tables and cedar chest, cleaned, sorted, made new curtains, pillows and the new bedspread arrived and looks perfect. I recently bought some beautiful antique clothes and they look perfect added to the room. All the work because of a beautiful antique pitcher I bought at The Boston Road Collection. That inspired me to make a beautiful place to put it. It was a busy fun week and I enjoyed taking a week off from sewing. Now back to getting my orders finished and on to new adventures. Have a great Labor Day holiday!
It is a gloomy Saturday but still a beautiful day. We had a nice day traveling to Hartville to The Boston Road Collection to deliver Daniela the elephant and Foster the Giraffe to Brenda. Her shop is filled with the most delightful things! I had to buy an antique Victorian pitcher. It is large and so beautiful! Can't wait to fill it with roses or an arrangement of flowers. I am working on the extra bedroom changing it into shabby Victorian. I hope the bedspread arrives Monday. I still have a couple things to paint white and antique them. I also visited Helaine's in the Hartville Marketplace. Helaine is the sweetest lady and we have a connection since we both sew seven days a week. It is always a treat to talk to her and I LOVE her curtains and beautiful Victorian furnishings. We enjoyed the day out. I hope everyone had a great weekend!
I finished Daniela and Delilah Sue for orders. Today I have 4 more creations to cut out for orders! I have been painting the barn, doors in the house and finished them yesterday! Great to have those things crossed off my list. Canned tomatoes with Fred's help. This was another crazy busy week! This weekend we are going to an antique show and I am ready to have some fun!
Another beautiful Saturday! Hot and humid but it is so nice. Summer is slipping by. I took the elephant Beulah to The Boston Road this morning and by the time I returned home Brenda called to say she was sold. Great! I am working on a bear and hope to have it finished soon so I can take it to The Boston Road Collection next week. She did say she has it sold too as soon as I bring it to her and wants two more critters... yesterday. I did tell Bailey that he might have to learn to sew. His little Yorkshire paws should be able to hold a needle. He can be my elf sewing in the middle of the night while his grammy sleeps instead of getting me up every couple of hours to go outside because of course he slept all day while grammy sewed. NEW RULE! If grammy doesn't sleep...Bailey doesn't sleep...
The first day of the Friends Of Teddy On Line Show starts today at 4:00 pm! www.teddiesworldwide.com I cannot wait to see all the creations everyone came up with for the show. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and will have a nice weekend. I have been busy sewing, cleaning, taking my mother shopping and to appointments and looking at condos. Getting rid of things we don't need when I get a chance is at the top of my list. I definitely need more time for that chore! I finished Gavin and Zeon and they are on their way to Virginia. Zeno will be on the way to California and his new mom Lucy. Today I am finishing Beulah the elephant and she will be at The Boston Road Collection tomorrow. The next bear is waiting to take her form from my hand stitching. I hope to machine stitch her some time today. I am NOT bored and that is a good thing. I wouldn't be good at being bored. I think I do CRAZY better!
www.teddiesworldwide.com Please vote. Thank you. Funny thing with all the heat and lack of rain three spots of daisies sprung up in the back yard. I water my flower gardens and vegetable garden every day and some are not looking good. I have had to dump several pots of flowers that I carefully fed and watered. The sun is just too powerful for them and they dwindle in the heat. Amazing to me to see wonderful daisies growing and beautiful in the middle of the burned out grass. Sent from heaven to remind us that anything is possible! I really need that right now and as I look at these little beauties every day God reminds me that no task is too big and he takes care of us every day. He answers our prayers in His time and we must have patience. He is always with us and guides us if we allow Him. Have a great week!
Liberty's eBay link Adopted
I hope everyone is enjoying summer and the beautiful weather. We have been busy and finished the shelf over the weekend and hung it Sunday. I planned to paint another picture for that spot but the shelf looks good there. It is always fun to switch to another hobby for a while and enjoy spending time with my great husband. We are planning to change locations and if all goes well will be putting our house for sale in the weeks to come. Now to look for a new place and clean out the things I have collected for so many years. No time to dilly dally. I have finished my entries for the bear show in July and started on a new bear for The Boston Road Collection. Hope to finish him in a day or so and then finish an order. Fred took me away over the weekend for a day at The Bluebird Farm http://www.bluebird-farm.com/#.T8qABGopkvI.facebook in Carrollton, Ohio. I always spend most of the time at the toy and bear museum after we have a delicious meal. Wow! I could stay there all day and look for hours. What a wonderful place! It truly inspires me! We were not able to take a walk to the amphitheater because it had rained but it was a beautiful day and we needed a quiet day together.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. I enjoyed the day and the cards and flowers from my husband, sweet sons and friends. Tobias sent me a beautiful bouquet of tulips. Thank you Justin, Tobias and Blake for being wonderful sons! They are always the best sons anyone could have! Love you guys!
Has everyone been busy this week? It has been a busy week for me. I hope everyone is enjoying the first week of May. My sweet husband sent me flowers for our anniversary in my favorite colors, red and purple. He has always been so thoughtful for 22 years now! Happy Anniversary Mr. P. You are my one in a million dream come true!
Every day on this side of the grass is a great day! Amazing thinking back on stages of life and what is important. I guess it does take some maturity to realize what is most important in life. Looking back I would not want to be young again. I have tried to always think things out but that doesn't always work either. Maybe I think too much for my own good and analyze every aspect. Looking back at photos last week at my mum's house made me realize what do we really know about people we are suppose to be the closest to? Strange thinking I guess. I was always a happy child and mostly through life I cherish every moment I am given with my family and friends. I didn't realize we were so poor growing up at that time. My parents did what they could to feed us and give us the necessities. I never remember my dad being well but he didn't let that stop him from working every day. He never missed a day of work. I remember him waking me up for school at 5:45 every morning. I would say after a few attempts I didn't feel well. He would always say, "Get up and get ready. You will feel better after you get there." I would always grumble in my mind and think, "NOT really!" The best part of the day was putting on the dress I had just made and fixing my hair. If I could have had an all day art class I would have loved school. I did like Home Economics class but we were not challenged to make our own dress patterns or come up with our own recipes. I was already making clothes from my own designs by that time so I was bored. I quickly learned to take what I was given and be happy for it. I have a wonderful family and have been so lucky to have them in my life. There are a few who are very questionable and I try to avoid them after many lessons realizing I cannot heal their sad soul. I cannot stand dramma and that is what some people live for. I feel I must "fix" everyone who is broken and that is not possible. Some people glory in dramma and being sad or wanting to be unhappy about everything! They are content to be unhappy and draw you into their web of constant hatred. Some people are not happy by nature. Their personality does not allow for happiness. I would rather stop and smell the roses and glory in the flowers in our life that God has given us. He gives every day without ceasing! We cannot change the past but should strive to be loving, kind, humble and more like Christ for the future. I am thankful for my family and wonderful friends. I am very thankful for my abilities and talents. I could clear a room if I tried to sing but I have been blessed with other talents I cherish. I whistle all the time and that fills my being with thoughts of my dear Uncle John and hearing his beautiful melodies float through the air. I remember from a very early age hearing him whistle. He always filled my life with great memories and I still can see him in the garden working and hear him whistle beautiful tunes. My intent is to always make others happy. Put a whistle in your heart and spread God's love above all else.
"Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest. It's about those who came and never left your side."