Photo Mask #10 Freebie

Here is the freebie mask for this week.  I was in the mood to doodle and zentangle, so I whipped out my notebook, and drew a zentangled frame.  Personal Use only – Enjoy!




Nest Swap!

I just seem to be joining one swap/challenge after another these days. Anyway, I had joined a “Nest Swap” hosted by Viv of Viv Out On A Limb.  I was partnered with a most unique and sweet person; Kai Naconi of Celebrating Christmas Year Round.  We were to make a nest that we liked so much that we didn’t want to give away…  Kai made me this very special nest in colors I like – pink and more pink!


Kai is half Comanche, and lives a Comanche life.  This intrigued me, so I did some research about the Comanche people.  I stumbled on this book, Empire Of The Summer Moon.  This is how my mind works: Hmmm… what a nice looking man… click… Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History…click…Son of an Indian Chief and a White Settler abducted as a child… Greatest Comanche Chief… sounds interesting… Click… download to my Kindle.  Whew, I generally do not read non-fiction, but this book is so far very interesting.  If you are a history buff, or just want to know more about the early days of our Country in regards to the American Indian people, this is a good read.


Ok, back to the swap.  Thank you Kai for a very special nest! Your care and thoughts in creating it are much appreciated.  And thank you Viv for organizing this swap, and partnering me with your very special friend.  Here is what I made for Kai.  Earlier this year, I challenged myself with making one doll a month.  Well, I am going to count this Fairy ( Felt Wee Folk by Sally Mavor) as doll number 1. I just need to make three more to catch up 🙂


Vintage Supply Swap!

I recently participated in a vintage supply swap hosted by Elizabeth of Creative Breathing.  Elizabeth partnered me with Nancy of My Crafty Little Page.  It’s always fun meeting someone new, and Nancy was no exception.  Reading Nancy’s blog made me laugh at times – she has a fun way of writing.  Anyway, I found that we had things in common; Nancy lives in Texas, and we lived in Texas, we both love vintage, pink, and everything Elizabeth creates.

When my package arrived, I was so excited! I had to first take in all the prettily wrapped packages, and admire before I dared open them. One of them even came wrapped in a pretty pink embroidered baby blanket:


The first box I opened had all these wonderful scrapbook and paper supplies – it even has the word “Wonderful” in it:


A roll of vintage wall paper. And look at this adorable little “Japan” girl! Nancy sent her to me because she knows I like Blythe dolls, and this little girl reminded her of Blythe – how thoughtful:


Some vintage ephemera, and a Wedding booklet with programs that Nancy made for her nieces wedding – so creative!


More lace, and even word cards – love the words :). Another package contained this cute pipe cleaner animals kit. I came across an old pipe cleaner character leaflet at a thrift store recently, and as usual, started to amass supplies (pipe cleaners & googly eyes) to “create”, so this kit came at a perfect time:


This pretty tin contained a doily, rosettes, cute little teddy, crinkle ribbon, more lace, vintage birds, vintage paper rolls, labels, vintage snowmen picks, and a pretty button bouquet:


And here is the cigar box that Nancy decorated and filled to the top with more goodies.  I’m just starting to work with paper crafting, so this wonderfully decorated box was much appreciated. Nancy is so talented with paper craft/altered art. The box contained even more lace and ribbons, tags, beads, and vintage clothes pins. Also included were vintage Naval aircraft ephemera – I appreciated it since I used to work on military aircraft designs:


Vintage scrabble tiles – yay!  Look at the pretty glittery vintage beads! Nancy knew that I have been on the lookout for a doll house.  Well, she included these precious tea cups and saucers – I just love them!


Well, I think I am ready to tackle any project. Thank you sooo much Nancy for being my swap partner! It’s been great fun getting to know you. And thank you again to Elizabeth for coordinating this swap.

Blythe Physical Challenge #75 “Blythe Loves MTV”

I missed the last Blythe Physical Challenge, so I decided to make an effort to do the current one.  The theme is “Blythe Loves MTV”. We were to pick an MTV video and depict Blythe in it in public.  It’s been forever since I watched an MTV video.  The one that came to mind first was “Mr. Roboto”, the song written by Dennis DeYoung of the band Styx, and recorded on the album Kilroy Was Here.  I am giving away my age 😉

Here is the link to the video, if anyone is interested:


And here is my rendition for the challenge.  Pinkie is getting ready for her “Mr. Roboto” performance at our local Bowl.  The woman in the background kindly blessed us and wished us a nice day:


Prom 2013!

Well, DD’s last Prom went wonderfully. After the usual mini-dramas and such, DD and her friends went off to their last Senior Prom… bittersweet, but nice.




The dress was a hit :).

Photo Mask #9 Freebie

I was in a mood for Spring, so I made a mask with birds, flowers, and lace! Personal use only – Enjoy!



Spring Doll Challenge!

At the beginning of the year, I had the best intentions to make one doll every month – a personal challenge to myself.  So far, I have yet to make a single doll, and it’s already April… Well, the other day, I came across Wendy of Ravenwood Whimzies.   Wendy is hosting a Spring Doll Challenge. It’s a no pressure challenge.  Wendy provides the pattern on her blog, and we make dolls from it – simple! So, if you are interested in joining, hop on over to her blog.


I used to make all kinds of dolls.  Most live in the homes of my family and friends now.  Here are a few that I have around the house that I took photos of.  The first is my Izannah Walker doll that is still “in progress”


A hand painted cloth doll:


A porcelain doll house doll:


A Bye Lo porcelain baby doll:


Photo Mask #8 Freebie

Here is this weeks photo mask. Personal use only – enjoy!



April 2013 Garden Part 2

I know I blogged about my garden already this month. But, after my gardener did his MAJOR clean up of our front/back yard and groves, I was inspired to plant some flowers in the front garden.  I planted gerbera daisies, gazanias, tea tree plant, calla lilies, and a daisy bush. Some areas of the garden, it is a constant battle with the gophers and raccoons.  Hopefully, some of these flowers will take and proliferate.  Every year, I find myself getting slower and slower in the garden. And when the sun breaks out, I’m pretty much done – it is already getting kind of hot around here.

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I’ve included this photo of my Easter decorations. Sometimes, I stop in my tracks, get distracted by something else, and put off what was at task. They are gathered on my dining table. Here they are, chatting and partying before I get around to putting them away in boxes for storage until next year:


Wool Felt & Craft Projects!

Woohoo! My order of wool felt finally arrived! Now, I can make all the felt projects I have been dreaming of.  Some are new, and others, I have had planned to make for a very long time.


Elizabeth, over at Creative Breathing has the most adorable characters! She not only shares her patterns, but has a very fun way of telling stories.  She has so many wonderful projects, I’m not sure which I’ll start with:


Holly, over at Cotton Pickin’ Fun has the cutest characters too! This has got to be the cutest George Washington I have ever seen.  Holly is also very generous and shares her patterns  – I think if I start him now, I may have him done by the 4th of July 🙂


Here is a book that I have owned for quite some time,  Felt Wee Folk by Sally Mavor.  I had the best intentions to make some fairies.  I even bought acorn caps for hats on-line from the East Coast! Now, I ‘m  going to break out the supplies and finally make them.


And finally, some really sweet felt dolls from Noialand.  I will make at least one of these girls:


These are but a few of the projects I have in mind.  My shelves are full of books with lots of ideas…

Photo Mask #7 Freebie

Here is the photo mask for this week. I made two masks, one with the word “Bloom” and one without. Personal use only – Enjoy!



Triton Day!

Yay!!! DD finally chose her school.  We spent a day this weekend at UCSD.  The morning started early with Breakfast with the Dean, followed by several seminars, and a tour around campus.  She loves it, and we are very happy for her.  The campus is vast and hilly – I was exhausted by the end of the day.  I don’t think she will have a problem with the Freshman 15 :).  This is her home for the next four years (hopefully…  we can’t afford a super-senior on our hands).  Of course I forgot my camera, so I had to make due with my iphone:


I don’t get the house on top of the building… I guess engineers do these things, just because they can?