Thursday, March 15, 2018

celebrating . . .

I tend to take very few pictures at weddings . . . especially when it is someone I love.  I want to enjoy and celebrate.  So I have very few pictures of Sarah and Daniel's wedding, but will share a few that I  do have.  This is Sarah and her Uncle Whitney . . . an emotional dance . . . with Sarah missing her father on her wedding day.  Sarah was such a beautiful bride!
There were these two "Bridesmen"
 . . . and these three characters.  
How they make me smile!
. . . and always some crazy Grandma love!
Beautiful wedding!  Fun night . . .  celebrating love and family!

Monday, February 26, 2018

hey doll face . . .

I ended up spending more time reading this weekend than making dolls - which was not my plan, 
but I did get a little bit done on these two. 
The doll on the left is another doll that I started awhile back and am finally getting around to finishing.  The doll on the right is new and my original idea just wasn't working for me . . . so finally decided to just throw that idea out, not think so much about it, and go with something else.  I now am excited about working on them again.   
I think they are going to be fun when they are finished. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

birthday card journal . . .

 A card from my Aunt Hess usually includes a rooster stamp . . . I love these colors!

Every year I take my birthday cards and turn them into a journal.  This year I included some Valentine cards as well.  I used washi tape and simply taped the cards together.  It isn't the sturdiest thing, but makes a cute journal and this way I get to enjoy the cards again.
I also received this great journal with wonderful family photos from Brent, Ashley, and the boys.  Ashley ordered it through Shutterfly.
 I LOVE IT!  I can't wait to fill up the pages!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

enjoy the little things . . .

Another doll that was stuck away before it was finished.  
This little doll is very special to me.  It was created with the help of my granddaughter Charlotte.  Charlotte asked me if she could help . . . so she drew the face and picked out all the fabrics and yarns to use for this doll.  She was three years old at the time. Original post here.
It really only needed a few small touches in order to be finished.  I am not sure why it got stuck away . . . but glad she is finished now.  
If my grandchildren have taught me anything, it is to take the time to enjoy the little things.  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Believe . . .

"When is a monster not a monster?
Oh, when you love it."
                                               ~ Caitlyn Siehl

These two are finished and I love how they turned out.
I especially like the little one.
Slowly but surely I am getting some unfinished projects completed.
That always feels good! 
I started these dolls at Christmas time, but got busy with things and didn't get them listed in time for the holidays.  Christmas is a long way off . . . but it is always a good time to "believe" . . . so this little set will be for sale soon.
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

just for fun . . .

. . . because button rings are fun!
I may wear that purple monster one myself.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Life is good . . .

 My birthday crane!  
Avery's first visit to the zoo.  
Birthday wishes . . . . 
The kind of silliness that makes you smile . . . and touches your heart. 
An eye popping zombie toy . . . because my desk needed one.
(Some people just get me.) 
Getting a whole bunch of wishes from Charlotte!
Life is Good!

Lil' Rose Monster - Halloween Bride

 OOAK Lil' Rose Monster Doll - Halloween Bride

This little Halloween bride may be a bit unconventional . . . but she still believes in tradition - (something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue). She knows that no matter what - her wedding day will be something special.
 She loves being a monster . . . and she loves being in love!

I have posted pictures of her before . . . but this time she is finished and for sale
in my ETSY shop.  I know it is way past Halloween . . . but I think she is an adorable little Halloween bride and like any bride needs plenty of time to plan before her big day.  

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

working on dolls . . .

I found a little time tonight to add a bag to one of the dolls that I am trying to finish.
I like adding the details and small touches that make each doll different. 
Now . . . what to fill the little bag with?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

random tuesday . . .

It was the kind of week where a guinea pig invaded the house . . .
. . . because I am a grandma and babysitting guinea pigs goes with with the territory. 
It was the kind of week where having a blast just seemed like a good idea!

It was the kind of week that makes me believe in monsters . . .
. . .  doodle monsters anyway.  :)
It was the kind of week . . . where we found out that the end of Deuce's tail was damaged more than we realized
and he now has a whole new look.

Adopting a kitten . . . . $25
Getting the kitten's tail fixed . . . . $125 
His new look . . . . priceless

(The vet had to cut off a piece of bone from the end of his tail that was preventing it from healing properly  - then stitch it up.  We are hoping it heals this time - or he may have to have part of his tail amputated.  
Hope you had a happy Tuesday!
Make tomorrow a great day!

Monday, January 29, 2018

feeling motivated . . .

Oh, hello week . . . let's do this!
Once again my time is getting spent doing things other than making dolls . . . but on a positive note I am heading back in that direction.  Sometimes life just gets in the way.  Sometimes I simply need to regroup and get organized again.  Sometimes I get doing other things.  (Lately I have been writing and that seems to have filled up my head and time more than enough.)  
Doll making is pulling me back in though . . .  and these dolls all need something.  It doesn't help that one of them was made for Halloween and another for Christmas . . . so with those holiday behind me I just set them aside.  Charlotte and I made the one with pink hair a couple of years ago . . . she also got set aside.  I guess I need to try to break that habit.
 I also don't like to start any new dolls without finishing any that I may have started . . . so let's see what happens this week.
Happy Monday!

Friday, January 26, 2018

flashback friday . . .

This photo popped up in my Time Hop app this morning.  It made me laugh and it made me remember me - back then.  I was probably 21 or 22 . . . quite a few years ago and a lot of life between then and now.  Sometimes I look in the mirror and wonder what happened to her - but when I think a little more about it . . . I was me then and I am me now . . . with some changes of course.  Life and time have a way of doing that.

My word for the year is CHANGE and this photo got me thinking about that also.
I'm still working through what changes I need to make.  Some of them are simple . . . some of them not so simple.  In fact, some are extremely complicated.  Wish me luck with those.  :)

I am feeling the need for change . . .
. . .  but maybe I am just becoming more myself. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Once Upon A Time . . .

I love that she likes books!
I love that she likes to pose for pictures like this!
I love her legs!

lily love . . . and Deuce

 It is impossible to keep a straight face 
in the presence of one or more kittens.
~ Cynthia E. Varnado
 Love, love, love this girl!  
. . . and meet Deuce.  
Lily was with me one day after work a couple of weeks ago . . . and it just seemed like a good day to adopt a kitten.
This little guy was found by some police officers at a DUI check point right before Christmas.  The officers named him Deuce, but we tend to call him Dui.  I do believe that Lily would just like to move in with us and hang out with him full time.  
It has been years since we have had a kitten in the house.  He is a kitten . . . so of course he is entertaining . . . full of energy (most often in the middle of the night) . . . and adorable. 
We find ourselves awake in the middle of the night laughing at him.  Well, I'm laughing . . . Richard does something more like grumbling.  He saves the laughing for the morning.  :)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

happy new year . . .

I love new beginnings . . . big or small.
I love starting a new school year at work . . . using a new journal . . . moving into a new house.  (I haven't done this in years, but the first few years of our marriage - Richard was in the Navy - so we moved often).  I always liked unpacking and making a new place our home.  He accuses me of recreating this feeling on a regular basis by rearranging or redecorating . . . or reorganizing closets just because I get in a mood. He's probably right.  So a NEW YEAR . . . I have to love it - right? . . . I do, but to be honest this New Year hasn't really felt like a new beginning to me.  Maybe because I had my mom visiting me for a couple of months and I had to say good bye to her . . . and right after that I got sick.
 . . . or maybe some years are just like that.  
So I find myself 17 days into this year without the usual feeling of a new beginning. 

A few years back I started choosing a “Word for the Year”.
Now that I am feeling better, maybe that is a good place to start my new year . . . choosing a new word. 

Last year I chose the word FAITH.  I was feeling like I needed to worry less . . . and let my faith get me through things.  It may have been a case of “be careful what you wish for” 
. . . because I definitely had to draw on my faith.

I watched my son deal with some things in his personal life which hurt him and tested him.  I am happy to say he got through it and because of his own faith he keeps moving forward.  It is hard for me to watch my children hurt – even if they are adults and I know that life can be hard and I know they will get through it and life will eventually get better for them again.  Sometimes all I can do is love them, let them know that I am there if they need me, and pray!  I prayed a lot last year!

Then there was Richard.  A few years ago he was diagnosed with throat cancer.  Unfortunately he had a recurrence this past year . . . and according to his doctor, “It came back with a vengeance.”  
Did I mention I prayed a lot last year!
Two rounds of chemo and 45 radiation treatments later . . . beardless, weighing 30 pounds less, and not being able to taste anything . . . he made it through that.  His scans continue to come back clean and we are thankful each and every time they do.  His strength and determination through his treatments was amazing.  He has gotten a little wacko since his treatments ended . . . we are dealing with that.  I am finding that the hardest thing about dealing with him having cancer has come after the treatments.  This seems to be true for both of us.  Life can be hard and I know we will get through it and life will eventually be better again . . . WAIT!!  Life is better again!
Let’s see . . . after that Richard tore his rotator cuff and had to have surgery.  In light of the cancer – this seemed like a small thing, but it is has been a little trying not having him able to do the things he normally does.  It was during this recovery that he made the comment that he hopes this next year is better than this past year.  I have to agree, but . . . This past year ended with Richard being cancer free, we have a beautiful new granddaughter, his beard grew back, I have amazing children and grandchildren who I see regularly, and in spite of whatever life throws at me I have a faith that gets me through.  Now more than ever I realize we have to celebrate the good days and love each other through the bad ones. 

So my word for next year . . .

I have some very personal reasons for choosing that word . . . and if I get in the right mood I may just tell you all about them.