Over the past three months my life has had its ups and downs. Mostly downs!!! When you are told you have Cancer, things change. People you thought were friends turn their back on you. Family members don't know what to say to you, so they don't bother to call. You have no energy to do the things you love. You are tired all of the time.
BUT, the day comes when things start to improve. The last chemo treatment is now history. You can go out in public again without worrying about getting sick. Your energy level starts to go back up and you start doing things you love again.
I have tried very hard not to post negative things on this BLOG. I know I read blogs to get inspired, to laugh or to see what others love doing. I don't read blogs about dying or illness. It does no one any good!
Today I want to show you what I have done this week!
This is my latest batch of newborns. They are ready to be wrapped in their blankets and wait for a new home. These baby dolls will be going to my big craft show in August. If anyone is interested in one sooner, just let me know.
Meet Susie Scarecrow. She is the oldest daughter of Sam and Sally Scarecrow. She is also Sonny's twin sister. They love to do everything together.
These were made from the Scarecrow Family pattern by Jean Greenhowe. Did I mention that I love her patterns!! Bet I did!
For now the rest of the Scarecrow family is on hold. Now that my Chemo has been tweaked enough that I don't get sick, I need to sew for the big craft show I have in August. Usually by this time I have totes full of things ready. Not this year! I really need to get busy or I will be sitting in a empty booth for four days. Sonny and Susie will have to wait for the rest of their family to join them.
Remember when I told you that I had fallen in love with the Jean Greenhowe patterns! Well, this is my latest one. This is Sonny Scarecrow. He is the only son of Sam and Sally Scarecrow. I absolutely love him!
He was made from the Scarecrow Family pattern. I am working on his twin sister Susie now and plan to do the whole family.
This is the last doll for a while, I have chemo tomorrow and then I will have at least one "down" week.
This little girl was made from a Carolee Creations/Sew Sweet pattern called Faith, Hope and Gracie. I did make a few changes! She was supposed to have bead eyes, but I embroidered them. She was supposed to have craft fur hair, but I like the yarn look on her.
She has a nice long yellow pony tail.
When I was working on her, I kept thinking "she looks like someone, but who". Then it hit me. She looks like Edith, The Lonely Doll. I didn't do her that way on purpose, but that is who she came out like. What do you think?
Yes, it is really me! The last few days have been better so I have done some sewing. I have lots of dolls cut out and decided to finish one of them.
Here she is----------
She is a Baby Squeeze-Me made from a Carolee Creations/So Sweet pattern. This pattern is still one of my all time favorites. It was the first Carolee pattern I ever used and over the years I have made hundreds of them. This one is on Etsy.
I want to thank those who have sent me good wishes and asked when I would be posting again. I promise to try to do better. I may not post every day, but I will post more often. Thank you all.
It is very rare that I watch television, but one of my favorite programs is NCIS. I especially like the character of Abby, played by Pauley Perrette. I think she makes the whole show!
Back before I started all of the special orders, I had this doll started. This is MY version of Abby.
I have had a few people ask me where all of the special orders dolls went. Most of them went to Ohio to live in Hittyville. You can read the storyline here. She has given the dolls personalities and did a wonderful job bringing them to life!
This is the final set of dolls for the special order. This time the customer wanted three boys, all dressed differently. I don't enjoy making boy dolls (or men) so it was hard to come up with three different looks.
I have been extremely thankful for the special orders I got over the winter. But I doubt I will ever take on so many dolls again! It became very stressful for me, especially with so many boys to be made. In the future I will take orders one at a time!
Now I can move on the some dolls I have had started for a while.
Here is another cloth doll family that I recently finished. The customer named then the Blossom family.
I like the way the boys came out, but not the dad or mom. Dad looks like a bigger kid! And I think mom needed longer hair. But this was a special order and the customer says she loves them. That is what is important.
About a million years ago I learned to knit. Well, maybe it wasn't a million years ago, but it was over fifty years ago! At first I made things like scarfs, all straight knitting. Then, when I married; I decided to make my new husband a sweater. Great idea right? NOT !!!
I worked hard on it, hoping it would be ready for a Christmas gift. Well, it was ready on time, but it would have fit the Jolly Green Giant! My husband was nice about it, told me what a great job I did. But I was not happy. I wanted him to be able to wear it proudly.
After that I gave up on knitting. When my boys were little, my mother made all their sweaters, hats and mittens. She is a wonderful knitter.
Then last Fall Beth By Hook, By Hand posted about a little doll she knitted. At the time I didn't have time to go and look at the link she shared. I was busy with craft shows and the holidays. After Christmas I went back and looked at it again. It is adorable! I followed the link and found Jean Greenhowe. These are some of the cutest knitted dolls I have ever seen. So, of course, I had to try one.
Now remember, I haven't knitted in over 40 years!
Here is my little one, done just like the pattern says--------
What do you think? I love him and plan to make a lot more, plus I have a number of the Jean Greenhowe patterns now and will make some of the other characters.
One of my favorite things to do it to take an old doll and fix her up to be loved again! My Pastor's wife wanted this little girl redressed. It belonged to a daughter and they want to pass it on to a grand daughter.
The doll is not marked, but it says GOTZ on the dress.
I think she came out great. There are also three extra outfits that I did not take pictures of.
I have a little shadow who goes in and out with me!
Well, she isn't a shadow, but she seems to be around a lot lately!
I made this little doll on speculation but the customer wasn't sure it was what she wanted. She sat on my cutting table for the past few days. She has been borrowing clothes from other dolls, and today she told me her name. She says her name is Cinnamon and she is going to stay and be my helper. Does she look like she is helping to you!
This is another special order. I wasn't going to post the pictures because I am not happy with this one. She came out a bit bigger than I wanted her to and her clothes fit a bit tighter than I usually like. The customer asked for three extra outfits.
Meet Bea. She loves flowers, bumblebees and teddy bears. She believes that bees spread happiness when they fly from flower to flower. She loves being outside in the garden and wants spring to hurry back.