Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Brown Hair and a Blue Sweater

Just a little sketch using my new pen tablet. :-)

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Sorry I have been missing here. I am terribly frustrated at the moment.
We are having doggie problems.
Gizmo chewed on his own tail while at the kennel 4 weeks ago until it required surgery.
He has been a mess ever since. Not sleeping thru any of those nights since, despite medicines.
He whines continually, chases his non-existent tail and pouts about his Elizabethan collar.
(I don't blame him there. those collars are cumbersome)
We are still hoping it will get better.
It is a wee bit better recently--only up once each night and able to spend some time without the collar, so maybe there is hope.
We were surprised this morning to find that our hollyhock,
planted this year had shot up and bloomed.
When did that happen? Must have been in the recently groggy days.
Doesn't this poor guy look sad?

Friday, August 19, 2011

40"s Doll Quilt

A pretty doll quilt that I found on an Etsy shop HERE
I love the hand piecing--all hand stitched and slightly wonky. 
The edging has a lovely rosey pattern.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chop, Chop

It will eventually be cold enough to use all this lovely, newly chopped wood.
Won't it?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Too Early for Sock Knitting

The moon got me up in the early morning today and I had the crazy idea to start decreasing for the toe on my second sock to finish it up. I must blame the moon for starting the decrease too soon.
At 4am I decided I must rip the toe back to just before the decrease.
The sock was simply turning out way short.
I could either leave it open to allow for my toes to pop out or rip it back.
By 5am I did not want to wish anyone a good morning. Uggh!
The picking up of loose stitches was a mess. All turned the wrong way and dropping through.
At one point I had four needles and two crochet hooks all picking up stitches at the same time.
Happy am I that it all came out OK. 
Braving a third pair. :-)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Second Pair

Still practicing. 
I am feeling more assured in knitting this pair. Not so many thumbs or needle-fumbling.
The yarn is Red Heart, Heart & Sole in Toasted Almond. 

Friday, August 12, 2011


Bowl of yumminess!
A group of us went to a warehouse yarn sale today and I for one am exhausted.
We walked into the warehouse just after lunch and the area where the yarn was
looked like ants on a sticky sweet.
The boxes of yarn, covered in people.
Mostly nice, polite grabbing of yarn,
but I was clearly out of my element.
I got some colors but with no plan I ended up with quite a mish-mash.
The bowl above is some other yarns that I have short pieces of in my art area.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bed Pocket

I just made this bed pocket for Em.
She has gotten a loft bed for her birthday
and now has a place to stash her book, flashlight and journal at night. ;-)

Morning Sun

Beautiful Cleome in the morning sun.
While we were gone on vacation the weeds took over and lots of flowers flopped over from being hit by heavy rain and heat but these beauties are going strong and forming seed pods just below the flower heads that will be ready for me to collect and plant next year. Hurray!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hearts Game

Vintage cards from a 1950's Hearts game (Whitman Publishing).
Love those big earred elves.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Bears & Monkeys

A lovely endpaper illustration of Blueberry Hill
where Little Brown Bear, his family and friends live.
Love the otter family all swimming in their pond.
This is Little Brown Bear, his parents and friends, 
the peddlar and White Rabbit having a picnic.
Both of the above illustrations are from the book
"Little Brown Bear and His Friends"
by Elizabeth Upham (1952).
The stories are cute but the illustrations
by Marjorie Hartwell are heart-stopping. :-)
I would like one of those peddlar carts, wouldn't you??
Same author and illustrator for this story.
"Little Brown Monkey" is the title (1949).
This picture book seems very familar and I love the monkey momma's dress.
Yum, coconut cake!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Comforter and Pillow

Just a little project while I was at the lake.
Here you see the gingham quilt and pillow on a nice doll bed. 
Here is the little embroidered pillow I made of felt.
I just plopped down any old flower shape in my favorite colors.
And here is the same quilt and pillow in a little fairy home near the lake.
I fashioned a little twig bed and two acorn lamps
for the fairies as well as a wee broom.
The acorn lamps were made from a small acorn
turned upside down and glued inside a larger acorn cap.
The broom is just a pine needle cluster and a stick
with a little bit of string wrapped around them both to hold them together.
The twig bed I am not happy with--I used wire to hold the twigs together
and it got really unwieldy. I'll need to try again.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Vintage Finds

Shopping around a variety store that was going out of business after many, many years
I found a bag of quilt scraps for 1/2 off the $3 tag.
I can't say that I would have picked the fabrics from the get-go
but it will be a nice snap of change to add depth to a project.
Not that I have any project planned--yet. :-)
I found two of these dry paint transfers that I hope will work.
They were probably from the 80's.
Lots of little finds in this store,
10 yards of 100% cotton ric-rac for 50 cents,
cocoa brown cross-stitch fabric for 75 cents,
and some ribbon from the 80's with strawberries, tomatoes and cherries on it.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cottage Bed

I wish I could transport this room back home.
This is from our cottage by the lake in Michigan.
The light in the morning is soft like the slight lapping of water on the dock outside 
and in the afternoon the sun slants in to warmly wake you from a nap.
The bedcover is an old pink calico that has a wool blanket in the inner-lining that has been yarn-tied.
Just scrumptious!

Monday, August 1, 2011


When I was a kid there were still lots of stores like this (Woolworths, Kresge, Murphy's) with a candy counter and everything all displayed on tabletops, in their own little glass box.
I wandered around this store up in Michigan feeling very nostalgic, 
admiring all the old-fashioned stock of hairnets, shower caps, pink foam curlers 
and the old-time displays of hard candy and saltwater taffy,
to be purchased by the pound and packaged in small white paper bags.
This is the kind of place to find small kites, water pistols, sand toys,
embroidery floss, Flair markers and Dennison star stickers.