Saturday, August 30, 2008

Another New Doll...Musical Tiny Thumbelina

We made a quick stop at an antique store north of here a week or so ago and look what I found. I can't decide where I have seen this collector's doll .. in what magazine... but I'm sure it's one of those you see in a mag where you cut out the order blank and then make 3 payments of X number of You know the ones I mean.
Anyway... this Tiny Musical Thumbelina plays "Jesus Loves Me" as it wriggles like a real baby. I had to remove all clothes and wash them and the netting on her bed in Woolite and now she looks as good as new. Another $5.00 wonder... :O)

I was reading a couple of the last posts and realized I never posted the outcome of the CT Angiogram... all clear. No problems.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Very Nice Few Days...DS...Michael Lee Doll

We have just had a wonderful visit from the son who lives in Michigan. What a The phone rang and the question was..."What are you doing the next couple of weeks? I'm in Missouri!" After picking my jaw up from the ground, I was too excited for words.

We went to McKinney a couple of days ago and wandered through the antique malls. It seems there is a downtown improvement project going on and the corner where our favorite restaurant is located is torn completely up ... but from the looks of all the brickwork already finished on other sides of the street, it will be very nice.

I found a doll for $5.00 that was thrown in a basket on the floor in the last antique shop we visited. DH and DS both grinned a bit and thought it was a little funny that I wanted a doll, but this turns out to be a special one. I had no idea at the time... I just knew that I had never seen one like it before. It turns out to be signed, dated and numbered by the old Chinese man who made these dolls in his 700 sq. ft. home in Hong Kong. Wow! His name was Michael Lee and was a refugee from China fleeing when the Communists took over the country. Click here for his story. It's a lovely one... he spent most of his money helping other refugees find their way out of the refugee camps.

Anyway...after I washed his face and ironed the clothes it made a really big difference. I think he's cute as a button!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Good Reads

I was reading one of my spindling groups message digests and someone had a link up to Good Reads... Well, it's now 4pm and I have spent most of the day wandering that site. Good Grief!

I have listed the 400+ books that I came across that I have read.. now I just have to come up with the other couple of thousand names ... The practical side of me says that giving my brother the hundreds of books to sell in his store was a wonderful thing...but the hoarding book worm that I am really wishes there had been a way to keep them. All of them.

There's also a place to upload books, articles, prose, poetry..whatever a person would like to write. Just click on the link that says write . Hmmm... May have to look into this...

Friday, August 22, 2008

Three Year Anniversary

As I began to think about this post and pulled up the Blogger dashboard, right there in front of me it said blogging since "August 2005". I realized I had missed my blogging anniversary by 9 days... It somehow doesn't seem possible that I have been blogging here for 3

"Sharon B's Bags of Fun" was my first post. Sharon Boggon of in a minute ago is possibly the most wonderful embroider-ist (if that is a word! ;o) ) I have ever seen and is a true inspiration to many, many embroidery hopefuls on the web. Her "Bags of Fun" was a group effort where everyone embroidered their cutoff blue jeans into a It was a really fun effort and taught me a LOT about embroidery and ribbon embroidery.

I have since branched off into many different things, but this continues to be the most beautiful area of handwork for me. I will forever be grateful that Sharon decided to become a part of the world of web information.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Cool Rain

It's been a lovely couple of days. Cool, slow rain...temps in the 70s and 80s. Lovely.

Off to the cardiologist tomorrow.. CT Angiogram.. just checking. Should know the results by the beginning of next week.

This doctor is one that when you go for an appointment, make sure you have enough of something to keep you busy for at least 4 hours. They have grown accustomed to my spinning...grin And speaking of which, I don't think I will ever get the Corriedale that I dyed spun into that sock yarn I really wanted. Of course, if I have very many more of these appointments, it may be done before I know

DH has finished his clock. It turned out really lovely and looked so good on the wall! But there is something wrong with the speaker for the chimes, so that part of it had to come out and is now on it's way back to the factory. Hopefully the new part will be here within a few days.

I found this Stephen King book on sale for $3.99. Naturally I grabbed it right up. It bears an uncanny resemblance to "The Stand" in the plot line and the characters. After learning not long ago that many authors have "ghost writers" that write the
story after the "author" gives them the outline and plot, this one makes me wonder if it really was Stephen that wrote it... This is not to say that I didn't enjoy it... it just didn't seem to be of the same quality as his others...

Monday, August 04, 2008

Catching Up

I was in my workroom the other day and all those unfinished projects just seemed to suddenly want to be finished. The first one I picked up was the pieced, appliqued and embroidered bird quilt wall hanging that I started I have no idea how long ago. I have been working on it since the last post and I am proud to say "It is now an FO!"

Another project that is now taking up the kitchen
table is another clock. This one is a little more difficult that the Banjo Clock. This is called the Kingston Regulator Wall Clock. DH is now in the process of wishing glue would dry faster.. ;O)

I've never been much of a quilter, but have decided that there's no time like the present to learn. So.. this is the first pieced block I have done that has points.. Lo and behold, I found that it isn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. However, I have decided to spend some time finished all (or at least most) of the projects that have been sitting and waiting patiently for me to return to them. So I decided to make this block into a pin cushion. I have never had a pincushion stuffed with wool before but I have read that wool pincushions will keep your pins from rusting. I used some wool I have that has more grass bits and twigs in it that I like to spin with and stuffed it fairly tightly. Having used poly stuffing for everything I have ever made, I found the wool would go into the corners and there were no lumps... it is so soft to the touch and easy to use... Love it...