Custom Dolls

Meet Alwina
 She is a very special gift, 
made by custom doll artist Molly B. Vehon.
 Can you believe all the beautiful details? 
Authentic Prim handpainted face.
 Check out the tiny zombie stitches!
I got to pick the white pumpkin fabric:)
You know how hard it is to get dolls perfectly stuffed like this!
Plus, Alwina's coffee stained hands and feet are scented with cinnamon,
just another extra charming detail.

What, you'd like your own custom doll?
Or maybe you now someone who needs a gift doll??
Molly can make you a doll for any/every season.
Convo with crochet artist T.Allie of 918 Girl Creations  to get in touch with Molly.


How I finally learned to crochet

This is Magical Motifs Vest designed by Ellen Gormley from the Spring 2013 #5 issue of Crochet 1-2-3 (Valu-Publishing), made with Lion Brand Tweed Stripes in the recommended #205 Caribbean, and yes, it has taken me all these 4 years to finish.
When I started working on this, I didn't even know you could "CL in ring" or "around."
I believed every crochet stitch had to be IN a stitch.
Imagine my shock when I got to the picot LOL

Friends gave me impromptu crochet lessons...but I had so much to learn.
The equivalent of learning to ski at the top of a black diamond run, right?

Finally, I found a crochet book with a GREAT illustrated glossary.
(I confess, I am old school. Video training frustrates me.)
This little Leisure Arts book by Melissa Leapman did the trick, 
Hats and Scarves:  12 Designs to Crochet
Here I even learned double treble. Plus, there's more fun projects to fit my new well earned crochet addiction.
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Vest has eleven 5-row doilies joined by rosettes.
I'm impressed with Ellen's design

The variegated "Caribbean" yarn brings it all together.
 That smile makes it all worth the finish:)

Home on the Range

I couldn't resist-  had to stitch Home on the Range around these kitschy Alexander Henry 2000 "from the hip" cowgirls. 

With Insul-Bright heat reflective lining AND Warm & Natural batting, they were extra puffy to quilt and bind, sure, but they turned out ideal for a giant mug-rug, hot-pad or trivet.

I went with the Sego lettering. With the variegated orange floss, I think it looks like rope. But Alex, our real artist, prefers the complimentary gold floss, and she's usually right. So I made half with gold stitchery.
Alex likes the gold floss lettering

There are five 10"  9-patchesd square-rounds, and five 12" sawtooth stars. All have hanging loops and Teflon backing fabric. So you can wash and dry (on low), but please don't microwave. 

Road Home Quilting
Teflon backing fabric so cool!

I thought these would be fun Mother's Day presents:)
There is enough fabric left, I can make a few more. So if they sell-out and you still need one, please let me know.

New Pectin-Free Jams

Lots of kitchen work this weekend, and we have 4 new jam flavors to introduce,
including pectin-free jams:

Blueberry-Limeade Jam
(sugar-free & pectin-free)

Blackberry-Vanilla Jam
(sugar-free & pectin-free)

Blackberry Brandy Jam

Hibiscus Jelly

Thanksgiving Jam

Thankfully, these are selling out. So let me know which you are interested in, and I will get cooking:)
Remember, Kitty Pearl's Jam has FREE Shipping in the US, 
and you don't need an Etsy account to shop Pattern:

Kitty Pearl's Hibiscus Jelly - Kitty Pearl's Emporium
new sugar-free Hibiscus Jelly

Handwork Lettering

I'm looking for a script suitable for lettering in slow stitching.
Do you have a go-to script for hand work projects?

This is the third time I've done this.
Although I like every project to be different.....
Let's face it, there are few scripts ideal for a quick outline stitching project.

So I've decided to go on and catalogue my favorites here.
You know, stop reinventing the wheel everytime I do this.

Bradley Hand
Eras Light
Malgun Gothic
MV Boli
Source Code Pro
Tempus Sanz
And, have you tried Jazz? It's music symbol script! very cool :)

Not a very picturesque post, I admit. Especially as Blogger won't carry any of these fancy scripts, 
so all we get is a roll call.
Hopefully, this will save us all some work later on:)

A New Old Desk

Uncle Terry shipped me his heirloom desk.

It is so huge, no one else in the family had room for it.
And it had been stored outdoors for more than a year. Alex and I spent two days moving furniture and polishing. I can recommend this restoration kit:

Look! Now I can work on 5 projects at once!

And Alex's old desk that I was sewing on, makes a perfect ironing station.

Can't hardly believe I was ever making quilts on that tiny yard sale find.
Alex made me paint it pink when she was 4 years old LOL.

So now, I guess we have two heirloom sewing desks.

Funny how things come together, So grateful to have my health back, ready to work, and now space to create in arrives exactly when I need it most:)

Thanks, Uncle Terry!

Healing Steps

Tonight, a dear friend asked me for help. I don't know why I'm compelled to tell you here, nothing to do with quilts, but for whatever it is worth to you, here is what I said:

1) Identify
Catch yourself in the act, say there I go again, X. Even if you can't stop doing it right then, it is enough to give it a name. Lots of things get fixed right here.:)

2) Replace
Next time, say prayers, read a book, go for a walk, push-ups, just be ready with something to do instead.

3) Ask
Journal, why do I need X? What does it help me prevent/control? Who will I be without it? The answer is; Lord, you'll have to fill in some of these blanks. I'll do whatever it takes. Bring it.  a coer valliant rein d'impossible

4) Grieve
Kicking out your own crutch is hard. Grieve the loss of your crutch. 
This is a good place to insert ceremony/ritual. Something to bless you and prevent yourself going backward.

5) Wait
You'll be amazed how fast this all goes. Pretty quick you'll be;  wait, I see, God is amazing, suppose I had never found out....
3 things are hard: dimonds, steel, and to know one's self

You can do it!

(that last bit was Ben Franklin, of course;)
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