Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Peace Tree


I absolutely love my Christmas tree this year. 
 I didn't get everything made that I wanted to put on it - so it isn't quite as full as I would have liked it to be . . . but I will add to it next year.  I will also start a little sooner.  
This was sort of a last minute idea and I still was in the process of making pom poms when we brought the tree home.  We got it in the stand and Charlotte was ready to decorate the tree right then . . . 
. . . so we decorated the tree - ready or not.
For me decorating a tree with my 5 year old granddaughter is mostly about letting her decorate how she wants.  This tree is so kid friendly . . . and we had so much fun!  
We added a few ornaments that I had to fill it it and set the tree in front of this tapestry . . .  I LOVE IT!
We are calling it our PEACE tree!

If you notice the little doll toward the top.  I won her in a Giveaway on Instagram @ b3twixt.  
Check out her dolls in her ETSY shop - B3twixtByJessi 
I like the idea of a WISH doll . . . now what to wish for?

Skeleton and Elf days 9-12


Monday, December 4, 2017

one more thing . . .

 She was a little hesitant to walk through this shed.  
. . . then she did this. 
 I guess it reminded her of something spooky.

great day for a GREAT day . . .

 We took Charlotte to pick out a Christmas Tree on Saturday.
The weather was beautiful.  It was a great day to be five!
 She wanted to do everything and go everywhere . . . 
and if you let yourself enjoy a day through the eyes of a five year old - you can have
nothing but a great day!!!




 I am thinking Richard looks a little bit like Santa? . . . 
or does Santa look a little bit like Richard?

I just like to smile,
smilings my favorite.
~ Buddy the Elf. 

Skeleton and Elf . . .

The first four days of Skeleton and Elf . . . 
My mother is visiting and she was laughing and asked me, "What did I do to raise such a weird daughter?"  I responded that I wasn't weird . . . just different!

Being different isn't a bad thing.
It means you are brave enough to be yourself.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Skeleton & Elf ornaments . . .

I found this little Elf ornament at Jo Ann's the other day . . . so had to buy a few of them and put them together with some skeleton ornaments.
 I think I am going to have to decorate a small Skeleton and Elf tree this year. 
My Skeleton and Elf tradition starts Friday.
 It's silly . . . all in fun . . . and I have a lot of fun coming up with ideas.
Follow along here or on Instagram or Facebook.
Here's to a great Tuesday 
and a very fun day!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

little shabby charlotte doll . . .

“The doll making journey begins 
decades before you even know it, by 
gathering a lifetime of seemingly unrelated skills, 
which one day collide, 
causing complete and total harmony!” 
― Gayle Wray
I'm finally posting pictures of  the latest doll that I finished.  She was created from a drawing that Lily made.  She is only about 7 inches tall and has the skinniest little legs . . . 
. . . and the cutest little bloomers under her skirt.  
Not exactly like her drawing . . . but close enough to make Lily smile.
Fun little doll for a special little girl in my life!

a butterfly and some ornaments . . .

There was a very unique butterfly in my yard this week.
One of a kind . . . very colorful . . . and prettier than any butterfly I have ever seen. 
I think this is the beginning of what is going to be my Bohemian Christmas tree this year. 
 I have a lot of pom poms to make . . . and ideas for other ornaments . . . and a week to get enough done to fill up a good sized tree.  Wish me luck.
I am going to use these God's Eyes, pom poms. some painted sticks, tassels, paper cranes (because I have a lot of them).  Any other ideas are welcome. 
I should have taken a picture of bits of yarn all over my floor . . . it's only going to get worse.  

It's November?

It's November . . . and I'm starting to get ready for Christmas, but I guess I have rubbed off on this guy over the years . . . there are still skeletons lurking about.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

A day with Avery . . . Best Day Ever . . .

 I watched my youngest granddaughter Avery over my Thanksgiving break.
The day started off with crazy hair and a big bear . . . .
 . . . being a unicorn was next . . . 
. . . sleeping . . . 
. . . SMILING . . . 
BEST DAY EVER!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

some leftover Halloween weirdness . . .

To remember who you are, 
you need to forget what they told you to be.

 . . . or maybe some "pre" Skeleton & Elf fun.   :)

It has been a random couple of weeks . . . days are busy and going in every different direction.  I am enjoying time spent with my mom . . . getting just a little bit of time to work on dolls . . . enjoying my beautiful granddaughters . . . reading . . . working . . . playing . . . 
Some things are really really good . . . some things not so good, but then life is like that.
I'm feeling silly . . . yet serious, but then I'm like that.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Halloween 2017


This is why I love Halloween . . .

. . . because I have a Mom who will dress up like a witch.
. . . because these kids just make life amazing!
. . . because there is nothing cuter to me than a 7 month old Minnie Mouse.
. . . and because Cinderella comes with her own fairy godmother and Jaq.
When you love what you have,
you have everything you need.

Monday, October 23, 2017

new little Shabby Charlotte doll . . .




 I finished this doll yesterday.  There is just something about her that makes me smile.
Maybe it's her skinny little legs . . . or her crazy red hair . . . or her simple smile . . .
Whatever it is - I just like how she turned out.
I made this doll for a little girl who asked if I could make a doll that looked like her drawing.  It isn't exact, but close enough.  Her mother had bought a couple of dolls from me a few years ago for her and her sister . . . so she was aware that I make dolls and since she has been asking me about it for two weeks,  I couldn't wait to give it to her this morning.  I wish I had a picture of the smile on her face when she opened the package.  This was fun to do.  Lily also drew a picture that I am turning into another little doll . . . she wants brown and blue hair????  I can't wait to get started. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Friday . . .

Be you.
The world will adjust.     
 This week has been busy with birthdays and appointments . . . and it seemed to fly by.  
I'm trying to get five doll bodies ready to go, but this is far as I got.  I am hoping to make a little  more progress this weekend.  I really need more hours in each day. 
I think these dolls are going to be cute . . . I love their skinny little legs. 
I am making them for a couple of little girls.  They each drew me a picture of what they wanted their doll to look like. 
 It's going to be fun to get into the details and see if I can make them look like their drawings.  
Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

doll bodies and monsters . . .

 I am working on getting these doll bodies stuffed.  I like when that part is done and I can start doing the fun stuff with them.  Although last night I got side tracked . . . 
I wanted to make Avery a monster crinkle toy . . . then ended up decorating a onesie to match.
I hadn't planned on making the onesie.  I may have gone with different colors . . . but I think it turned out cute.  I think I am going to have to take all of those ribbons and make a matching bow.