Itty Bitty GrandDolly Dresses

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I’ve been surfing Etsy lately — it’s an online marketplace for handmade everythings — a really cool site that just makes me ache to spend $$$.

Debbie’s Fabrics Etc was offering Fresh Squeezed collection by Sandy Gervais. Lovely, lovely fabric. Totally flipped my skirt. Stop by her shop and browse if you get a chance.

The pattern was fromleila & Ben, another Etsy shop, via a download PDF file called Sweet Little Dress Pattern

Prices for the fabric and pattern were very reasonable, and the pattern was very easy to follow.

So.

Ever try to take pictures of an excited 2 year old? This is what they look like.

Aren't they just adorable?

Aren't they just adorable?

Munching on a "pip" - couldn't get her to stand up

Munching on a "pip" - couldn't get her to stand up

Another sitting pic -- trust me, they look cute on her!

Another sitting pic -- trust me, they look cute on her!

The neckline was a bit big on the yellow — I shortened the elastic for the neckline in the orange dress. If I make more (and I probably will) I will most likely make them in the 12 month size. GrandDolly is a little peanut.

Poor little pine tree

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Sweet Baboo has been threatening to bring down our pathetic looking little tree for awhile — and he decides to do it on the most muggy, sultry, hot and miserable day of the year!! The fading that you see in a couple of the pics is haze, not a problem with the camera.

Click the pictures to see them full size.

Sunday Scribblings #121 Solace

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The quick and short answers to this prompt would probably be family, friends, true love, faith — and those would all be correct, of course. But solace to me means the most when it comes with no warning. For example, this picture was taken at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. I loved how this path just meandered up the hill with such a gorgeous light at the top, and as I held the camera up to shoot, I felt such a feeling of — well, I want to say calm, but it was really more than that. Does feeling at one with the universe sound just a tad corny? Yeah, that’s what I thought too, but that’s pretty much what I felt like. I don’t have feelings like that real often, but I love how such a soothing feeling just slowly drifts down over me from head to toe. Floating in unannounced that way is a gift to me.

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Unconscious Mutterings #287

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  1. Memory :: Hmmm, I had one of those once
  2. Original ::prototype
  3. Exclusively :: umm, belonging to one only?
  4. Listings ::ebay
  5. Bucket :: nice (inside joke – my co-workers and I deal with many people and we say that our “nice bucket” has a hole in it and we run out of nice before the end of the day)
  6. Knight ::in Shining Armor (Jude Devereaux time travel book, I recommend it if you haven’t read it)
  7. Dusty ::Springfield
  8. Choice ::Sophie’s
  9. Sunlight ::good/bad
  10. Change of plans ::unavoidable, some times

Information Overstimulation?????

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Is there such a thing?

I feel (and have felt for some time) extremely unfocused, distracted.  It’s like I woke up one morning about 2 months ago with ADHD.

And this is my take on it…..

I think believe know in my heart of hearts that the information highway has carved an off ramp right through my brain.  For example……

I logged on a few days ago to find a free pattern for a pair of bloomers/panties with an elastic waist and elastic around the legs to go with a dress I’m going to make for GrandDolly.

I finally gave up after 45 minutes or so and refined my search to include shorts or pants with an elastic waist and figured that I could just wing the leg openings. Then continued to search for another hour. And another. Then logged back on the next day and started again — to the tune of at least 2 hours again. The problem seems to be that I am suffering from “the grass is always greener” syndrome.  I like what I have found already, but maybe if I click on this link, I’ll find something better. I just can’t seem to flip the switch off once I find what I need.

Granted, I didn’t spend all that time searching — not when there are SOOOOOO many other sites that snag my attention and send me off into another direction. Which of course is my problem.

So what’s the best way to sort out your head when thoughts and ideas are zinging around?  Make a list!!

So.

My To Do List du Jour

  1. My craft room is out of control.  Before I can do anything in there, I need to make a path and do a little organizing.  (Update: a sleepless night while on vacation is the perfect time to set a room to rights.  Check out the pics below.)
  2. I have found several patterns for different items that I want to make.  I am saving them and trashing every other url that I have bookmarked for patterns, thinking that I might do something with them someday. It just ain’t happening.
  3. I have bought 4 bed sheets from the Salvation Army to make reusable grocery bags. It’s time I made them.
  4. I have ordered fabric for GrandDolly’s dress — which I will make as soon as it arrives.  No more dilly dallying for the luvva Mike.
  5. My knitting projects — and there are many — will stay under my craft table until I get all of these items finished. It’s an incentive to clean up my other unknitting related UFO’s.  No more knitting until the decks are clear.
  6. I have also — finally, I might add — ordered batting for the 2 little quilt tops that I finished better than a month ago.  I had hoped to have them long armed by a gal I know, but at $60 a pop, I’m going to need to find another way to finish them.
  7. Darling Daughter’s French Market Bag has been done and waiting for felting for about a month.  Ditto on 2 hot pads that I made for her out of leftover yarn from other projects. (Update: Hot pads and French Market Bag are felted and drying.  Ahh, just love the smell of wet sheep……..)

I wish I had had the foresight to take a few pics before I cleaned this room. Oh well. It honestly looks so much better now.

My little corner of heaven

My little corner of heaven

Love my computer but it's so easy to get lost in it

Love my computer but it's so easy to get lost in it

And one more angle

And one more angle

Hey, did anybody miss me????

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blog readability test

I found this test — I don’t know, somewhere out there — so I dropped in my url and voilá!  Elementary school level?????? Depending on how you view it, I either write very simply or I write so that simple minds can read it. Your call.

I had a nice month off from blogging, thanks for asking — truth be told, I was being obsessed with other things.  That’s the way my mind works — I get hung up on something for awhile and it’s all I can think of or work on until I burn it out.

I spent 2 weeks assembling a “household notebook” which essentially has every phone number and financial statement and appliance booklet and road map etc etc in it.  My lists of what I wanted in it were extensive, (read: overwhelming!!) but after putting it together and knowing that anything I want is in there, I’m pretty proud of it.  I got part of the idea for this (mostly the financial and legal end of it) from Lifehacker, a blog/website with some of the most amazing information on it. Check it out if you have the time. Not everything on the site will interest everyone, but if you scroll down to the bottom and click “archives”, there is a list of tags that you can choose from.

I also devoted a bit of time to closet cleaning (found a Christmas gift that I had put away for DD — seems that I do that just about every year and she’s always so excited when I give her the gift a few months later) and going through plastic tote boxes of fat quarters.  I seem to have a serious problem in the quilting cotton fabric department.  I have 5 totes of fabric!!! Smallish totes, but totes just the same. I’m not a hoarder (usually) but the thought of parting with it makes me quite nauseous.

Also cleaned out my (ahem) clothing that will fit when I lose weight.  HA!!  Isn’t going to happen, or at the very least, won’t happen sufficiently that I will be able to get into them.

Sissy and fabulous BIL came down to visit for 42 hours — they live on a farm with a tight schedule — and we had a nice visit and toured Old Sturbridge Village in — duh — Sturbridge, MA. Don’t let anybody ever tell you differently — the good old days weren’t even close to being good!! Sissy and I said over and over that it was such an effort to do anything back in the 1800’s.   It makes you appreciate all that you take for granted.

And of course, knitting.  DD has been patiently waiting for me to finish her French Market Bag (photos when it’s finally finished). It’s just waiting now for a good felting. I also made a few hot pads with some orphan yarn that I had — also waiting for a good felting.

My last obsession has been assembling the supplies that I need to make reusable grocery bags.  You can’t beat thrift stores for sheets — who could pass up sheets for $1.50 each??? That’s a heck of alot of fabric.  Let’s see, full size flat sheet about 80″ x 100″ — that works out to about 6 square yards of fabric.  For $.25 a square yard!!!!! So yeah, I’ve gone a little sheet crazy and will be making these little beauties as soon as I get my fanny to a fabric store for fusible interfacing.

I also saw an idea for lounge pants from a bed sheet on Creative Little Daisy’s blog that I will probably be making a stab at, and finally, just tonight, I found a Pyramid Doorstop pattern from All It Took Was Just One Stitch that is just the thing that I need for about 3 doors in my house. Heavy enough to prop the doors open, light enough that it won’t squash GrandDolly’s toesies when she picks it up and drops it on herself.

So what have you been doing for the past month?