Friday, February 28, 2014

For Our Beautiful Kim

Blessed are all of us who had you in our lives and were loved by you.  We will be forever thankful for that.


Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart. For as long there is a memory, they’ll live on in our hearts. - Author Unknown

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Luther The Folk-Art Doll Loves The Fall and His Pumpkins - New E-Pattern and Handmade Doll


"Lili The Folk-Art Doll Loves The Fall and Her Pumpkins" and "Luther The Folk-Art Doll Loves The Fall and His Pumpkins" are fraternal twins, brother and sister. Even though they are fraternal twins they still look alike except for their hair. Lili has beautiful raggedy orange curly hair while Luther has straight brown hair.

Like a lot of identical or fraternal twins they seem to be able to read each others minds. So much so that it's downright scary. They act alike and dress alike. They even know what each will be wearing and when and both love the bright vivid colors of the Fall season. Pus, they love pumpkins.

Their Mother always thanks her lucky stars that at least they were a different sex and had different hair. If they didn't even she would not be able to tell them apart.

Lili and Luther can finish each other's sentences and vice versa. They stick together like glue. Where there's one there's the other. And, where they are they're always surrounded by their pumpkins.




"Luther The Folk-Art Doll Loves The Fall and His Pumpkins" is an 16" folk-art boy doll. He is wearing his favorite outfit for the Fall. Everything just coordinates so beautifully.


Luther is a folk-art boy doll with a cloth body, an embroidered face, and thick straight brown hair on the top and sides of his head with the back left bare. His boots are black and criss-crossed with orange embroidery floss.




He is wearing his favorite coordinated outfit a shirt that matches the cuffs and pockets of his pantaloons. His shirt has rust colored cuffs, is gathered at the neck, and has a button accent insert. His pantaloons are cuffed and have two pockets and are gathered at the waist.

Luther is surrounded with her favorite Fall fabric quilted pumpkins.

“Luther The Folk-Art Doll Loves The Fall and His Pumpkins”, 16” Folk-Art Boy Doll E-Pattern

Monday, February 24, 2014

Lili The Folk-Art Dolls Loves The Fall and Her Pumpkins - New E-Pattern and Handmade Doll


"Lili The Folk-Art Doll Loves The Fall and Her Pumpkins" and "Luther The Folk-Art Doll Loves The Fall and His Pumpkins" are fraternal twins, brother and sister. Even though they are fraternal twins they still look alike except for their hair. Lili has beautiful raggedy orange curly hair while Luther has straight brown hair.

Like a lot of identical or fraternal twins they seem to be able to read each others minds. So much so that it's downright scary. They act alike and dress alike. They even know what each will be wearing and when and both love the bright vivid colors of the Fall season. Pus, they love pumpkins.

Their Mother always thanks her lucky stars that at least they were a different sex and had different hair. If they didn't even she would not be able to tell them apart.

Lili and Luther can finish each other's sentences and vice versa. They stick together like glue. Where there's one there's the other. And, where they are they're always surrounded by their pumpkins.


"Lili The Folk-Art Doll Loves The Fall and Her Pumpkins" is an 16" folk-art girl doll. She is wearing her favorite dress for the Fall. It's just so cheery and beautiful with it's embroidered insert.


Lili is a folk-art girl doll with a cloth body, an embroidered face, and curly raggedy orange hair along the side seams of her head with the back left bare. She is wearing lace trimmed bloomers gathered at the waist and ankles. Her boots are black and criss-crossed with orange embroidery floss.


 Her Fall colored dress eyelet lace trimmed along the sleeve hem edge and along the bottom hem edge. The dress bodice is rust colored and has a beautiful eyelet laced insert with button accent, orange lace around the neck, and a beautiful Fall flowers print dress skirt that is gathered at the waist. A large orange ribbon is wrapped around her waist and tied in a bow in the back.

Lili is surrounded with her favorite Fall fabric quilted pumpkins.


“Lili The Folk-Art Dolls Loves The Fall and Her Pumpkins", 16” Folk-Art Girl Doll E-Pattern - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Thursday, February 20, 2014

My Latest Cross-Stitch Project - Winter Chill Cross-Stitch Shadow Box Picture - Mill Hill Buttons & Beads Cross-Stitch Kit - MHCB245



Of all the cross-stitch shadow boxes I have made I realized I didn't have anything specifically for the winter season so I decided to make a shadowbox to add to my collection. I don't know why I would want anything depicting the beauty of the winter as I hate the winter - especially this winter. TOO MUCH SNOW. I can hardly wait for the spring.

However, I wanted my collection of shadowbox cross-stitch pictures to be representative of all the seasons and holidays and realized I was lacking a winter scene. So, I decided to make one.

Like the other Mill Hill - Buttons & Beads Series patterns I had bought the Mill Hill Winter Chill Winter Buttons and Beads Counted Cross Stitch Kit which included the pattern, embroidery thread, brown perforated paper, beads, button, 2 needles and instructions.

The Winter Chill pattern uses full counted cross-stitch and straight stitching as well as beads and buttons for emphasis and depth. The pattern also calls for certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched as the background. In this case they were leaving sections of the brown perforated paper background untouched.

I, once again, decided to frame my finished cross-stitch picture in a 5" by 5" white shadow box frame that is 1 1/2" deep and can stand on it's own or with its back picture stand (like the picture above) as I've been really happy with the way all my other cross-stitch shadowbox pictures have come out.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Alice, Denis, and Beatrice" Handmade Colonial Dolls and Doll E-Patterns



"Alice" and "Denis" just want everyone to know about them as they view it as a nice gesture on their part - sharing their beauty with others.

Every time "Alice" or "Denis" enter a room people gasp. They are just taken away by the sheer beauty of both "Alice" and "Denis and their big, beautiful eyes. And, then, if "Beatrice" enters to serve tea they gasp once again. Look at her big, beautiful eyes.

Alice and Denis are twins who were born during the Colonial period. Beatrice as you can probably tell from her name "Beatrice - Maid For All Seasons" works for their family. Both Alice and Denis are very aware of their sheer physical beauty as evidenced by their names: "Alice Loves Her Big Eyes" and "Denis Loves His Big Eyes."

“Alice Loves Her Big Eyes” is the epitome of a proper, colonial girl. She has manners and believes in being friendly and courteous at all times. Her one slight flaw is that she can’t stop looking at herself in the mirror. She’s just in love with her big, beautiful eyes.

Both she and her twin brother, Denis, inherited their good looks from their mother.

“Denis Loves His Big Eyes” isn’t at all proper like his twin sister, Alice. He might dress properly but he’s a rascal and the girls just love to run their fingers through his full head of curly burgundy hair.

He also spends a lot of time in front of the mirror just looking at his big, beautiful eyes.

Alice Loves Her Big Eyes!


Alice has a mass of thick, dark burgundy curly hair all over her head with two bows on the top of her head. She has a cloth body with an embroidered face, lace trimmed slip, lace trimmed bloomers, lace trimmed dress with a lace trimmed insert adorned with a floral ribbon, and high waist dress band that ties in back in a bow and black boots with ties. She always has a mirror handy.

“Alice Loves Her Big Eyes”, 16” Colonial Girl Art Doll E-Pattern - Colonial Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner 



Alice Loves Her Big Eyes! Handmade Colonial Girl Doll

Denis Loves His Big Eyes!


“Denis Loves His Big Eyes” isn’t at all proper like his twin sister, Alice. He might dress properly but he’s a rascal and the girls just love to run their fingers through his full head of curly burgundy hair. He also spends a lot of time in front of the mirror just looking at his big, beautiful eyes. He has a mass of thick, dark burgundy curly hair on the top and sides of his head. He has a cloth body with an embroidered face, shirt with collar, a double-breasted lined jacket with 6 buttons, cuff sleeves and matching cuffed pantaloons, and black boots with ties. He’s just a charmer.

“Denis Loves His Big Eyes”, 16” Colonial Boy Doll Print Pattern - Colonial Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Intermediate 

Denis Loves His Big Eyes! Handmade Colonial Boy Doll

Beatrice Maid For All Seasons



“Beatrice - Maid For All Seasons” is a proper maid and knows her place. She is very organized and keeps the household running smoothly. Don’t cross her, however. She knows how to get even. She has a mass of dark burgundy curly hair all over the top of her head. She has a cloth body with an embroidered face with large brown button eyes, lace trimmed bloomers, lace trimmed dress adorned with 3 tiny buttons, and lace trimmed apron with bib. Alice and Denis know not to cross her. If they do she hides all the mirrors in the house.

Beatrice is a 15" colonial cloth body doll with an embroidered face. She has a full head of thick brown curly hair. She is wearing lace trimmed bloomers, a lace trimmed and button decorated dress, and a lace trimmed apron.


Beatrice - Maid For All Seasons Handmade Colonial Maid Doll

“Beatrice - Maid For All Seasons”, 15” Colonial Maid Doll E-Pattern - Colonial Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner 

Trillium Blues Mini - New E-Pattern by Inspired Creations By D


In April of 2011 my baby sister decided to combine her love of quilting with her love of gardening and started designing floral wall art quilts for Inspired Creations By D. Her first quilt design was called "Trillium Blues" which I absolutely loved. It had the most beautiful blue colors to it and had my mother's, my, and baby sister's favorite color - blue.

So, of course, I dropped a lot of hints about how lovely it would look in my house. But, I wasn't the only one dropping hints. Her step-son did too. Since the original Trillum Blues was too big to fit in his house she designed two much smaller versions: one with a wood frame and one dowel hung. Since she was creating two mini versions of "Trillium Blues" she decided to create a new e-pattern so you could create a smaller version of your own.

The wood frame mini wall art quilt is going to her step-son. Lucky guy.  I, of course, keep dropping hints about the dowel hung one and how beautiful it would look in my house. My pleas keep falling on deaf ears. My sister thinks it would look beautiful in her house, too and already has a place in mind for it.

I keep hoping that she'll take pity upon her "older" "big" sister who hit a milestone "old lady"  birthday this year and give it to me.  I'm hoping........

It would look wonderful in my house.......  baby sister, hint-hint!

Come on now, you know you want to give it to me.........

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Ambrose and Theodora - With The Big Eyes" - A Pair Of Adorable Identical Twins


"Ambrose - With the Big Eyes" and "Theodora - With The Big Eyes" are identical twins, brother and sister. They are way too much alike. Way too identical. If you closed your eyes you wouldn't know who was who. Even their voices are alike.

Like a lot of identical twins they seem to be able to read each others minds. So much so that it's downright scary. One can finish the other's sentence and vice versa.

Their Mother always thanks her lucky stars that at least they were a different sex. If they weren't even she would not be able to tell them apart.

They stick together like glue. Where there's one there's the other. Plus, they just love to tease each other. Especially, Theodora who is forever teasing Ambrose. She can't help it because she's a bit of an imp.

Ambrose is just the happiest guy you'd ever want to meet. Nothing gets him down not even the constant teasing from his twin sister, Theodora.


"Ambrose - With The Big Eyes" is an 18" Country boy doll pattern who is wearing his favorite shirt and favorite pair of gray pantaloons. His hair is so gorgeous that he has a hard time keeping Theodora's girlfriends hands away from it. Of course, Theordora always puts them up to it. She does just love to tease him.

“Ambrose - With The Big Eyes” is just the happiest guy you’d ever want to meet. Nothing ever gets him down. Not even the incessant teasing he gets from his twin sister Theodora.

He is country boy doll with a cloth body, an embroidered face, and a full head of bronze straight hair. He is wearing wool pantaloons with pockets and buttons, a cuffed shirt with buttons, and black laced boots.

“Ambrose - With The Big Eyes”, 18” Country Boy Doll E-Pattern - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner


“Theodora—With The Big Eyes” is forever teasing her twin brother Ambrose. She can’t help it because she’s a bit of an imp. Can’t you tell from her smile?

She is a country girl doll with a cloth body, an embroidered face, and a full head of curly bronze. She is wearing a pretty red lace trimmed dress with embroidered bodice insert with red buttons, bloomers, ribbon tie, and black laced boots.

She is wearing her favorite red dress. It's just so cheery and beautiful with it's embroidered insert. Of course, she also wears it to tease all of Ambrose's friends. She knows she looks good in it and knows they all have a crush on her. Sometimes when she and Ambrose are playing she makes him call her "Scarlett" as in "Scarlett O'Hara!" Now there was someone who could tease and tantalize the boys.

Theodora- With The Big Eyes”, 17” Country Girl Doll E-Pattern - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Monday, February 17, 2014

Morty The Pumpkin Munchkin - Punky's Little Brother Munchkin Scarecrow Boy Doll and His Pumpkins



What you already know is that "Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow" and "Elmer's Little Boy" are best friends. Punky is a" Victorian Munchkin scarecrow who looks just like his best friend Elmer except he's a scarecrow.

What you don't know is that Punky has an adorable younger brother and younger sister who just happen to be fraternal twins. His younger brother is "Morty The Pumpkin Munchkin, Punky's Little Brother Scarecrow Boy Doll and His Pumpkins." His younger sister is "Melanie Munchkin, Punky's Little Sister Scarecrow Girl Doll and Her Pumpkins." Morty was born December 31 at 11:59 P.M. Melanie was born January 1 at 12:01 A.M. So, while Morty might appear to be a year older due to the year differences in fact he is only 2 minutes older.

Punky got his nickname when Elmer was a little boy. You see, Elmer couldn't pronounce "Pumpkin" which was Punky's Dad's name for him. So, "Punky" just stuck and it's been his nickname ever since. "Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow" would prefer to be called Pumpkin, at least it relates to the Fall and scarecrows. Elmer pays him no heed. He likes "Punky" just fine.

So, when he learned that his younger brother and sister LOVED pumpkins and LOVED being surrounded by them he was thrilled. They could sit in the pumpkin field surrounded by pumpkins for hours on end and be in pumpkin heaven. For scarecrows it doesn't get any better than that.

"Melanie Munchkin, Punky's Little Sister Scarecrow Girl Doll and Her Pumpkins" just LOVES her older brother, Punky. So, when she found out that Punky had his own line of custom fabrics she wanted a dress made out of his Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow - Large fabric. Since she asked me and since I love sewing with Punky's custom fabric line I happily agreed. And, since she had some of Punky's customs fabrics in her clothing her twin brother, Morty The Pumpkin Munchkin, Punky's Little Brother Scarecrow Boy Doll and His Pumpkins, had to have something made out of Punky's custom fabrics as well. He has a shirt made out of Punky, Elmer's Little Scarecrow - Mirror Small fabric.

Punky has four different fabrics in his line so Melanie is hoping Linda will make her 3 other dresses out of his Punky, Elmer's Little Scarecrow - Mirror Small fabric, Punky With The White Background fabric, and Punky 2 With Brown Background fabric.  She's got her fingers crossed.


Morty’s face is embroidered and he has a cloth head and body.  He has a beautiful shirt made out of "Punky, Elmer's Little Scarecrow - Mirror Small fabric" that is fringed along the sleeve hem edges and bottom edge and gathered at the neck and wrists. He is sporting an adorable bow-tie made out of  "Punky, Elmer's Little Scarecrow - Mirror Small fabric" as well. His shirt hangs out to cover his pot belly. He's also wearing a Fall color coordinated lined vest that is running stitched embroidered along the edges and a lined Sculley cap that barely controls his thick, curly, blond ash locks. His brown pantaloons with cuffs and pants waistband are made out of matching "Punky, Elmer's Little Scarecrow - Mirror Small fabric."


Melanie and her twin brother, Morty, just LOVE their quilted pumpkins and especially love their older brother, Punky. As far as they are concerned life doesn't get any better than sitting in the pumpkin field surrounded by pumpkins and Punky.

"Morty Munchkin, Punky's Little Brother Scarecrow Boy Doll and His Pumpkins”, 11” Handmade Victorian Munchkin Scarecrow Doll - Victorian Doll - Fall Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Melanie Munchkin - Punky's Little Sister Munchkin Scarecrow Girl Doll and Her Pumpkins



What you already know is that "Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow" and "Elmer's Little Boy" are best friends. Punky is a" Victorian Munchkin scarecrow who looks just like his best friend Elmer except he's a scarecrow.

What you don't know is that Punky has an adorable younger brother and younger sister who just happen to be fraternal twins. His younger brother is "Morty The Pumpkin Munchkin, Punky's Little Brother Scarecrow Boy Doll and His Pumpkins." His younger sister is "Melanie Munchkin, Punky's Little Sister Scarecrow Girl Doll and Her Pumpkins." Morty was born December 31 at 11:59 P.M. Melanie was born January 1 at 12:01 A.M. So, while Morty might appear to be a year older due to the year differences in fact he is only 2 minutes older.

Punky got his nickname when Elmer was a little boy. You see, Elmer couldn't pronounce "Pumpkin" which was Punky's Dad's name for him. So, "Punky" just stuck and it's been his nickname ever since. "Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow" would prefer to be called Pumpkin, at least it relates to the Fall and scarecrows. Elmer pays him no heed. He likes "Punky" just fine.

So, when he learned that his younger brother and sister LOVED pumpkins and LOVED being surrounded by them he was thrilled. They could sit in the pumpkin field surrounded by pumpkins for hours on end and be in pumpkin heaven. For scarecrows it doesn't get any better than that.

"Melanie Munchkin, Punky's Little Sister Scarecrow Girl Doll and Her Pumpkins" just LOVES her older brother, Punky. So, when she found out that Punky had his own line of custom fabrics she wanted a dress made out of his Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow - Large fabric. Since she asked me and since I love sewing with Punky's custom fabric line I happily agreed. And, since she had some of Punky's customs fabrics in her clothing her twin brother, Morty The Pumpkin Munchkin, Punky's Little Brother Scarecrow Boy Doll and His Pumpkins, had to have something made out of Punky's custom fabrics as well. He has a shirt made out of Punky, Elmer's Little Scarecrow - Mirror Small fabric.

Punky has four different fabrics in his line so she's hoping Linda will make her 3 other dresses out of his Punky, Elmer's Little Scarecrow - Mirror Small fabric, Punky With The White Background fabric, and Punky 2 With Brown Background fabric. She's got her fingers crossed.


Melanie's face is embroidered and she has a cloth head and body. She is wearing lace trimmed bloomers gathered at the waist and ankles and has black felt boots with laces criss-crossed with embroidery thread.  She has a beautiful dress made out of "Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow - Large fabric" that is lace trim edged and gathered at the waist, neck, and wrists. A large ribbon is wrapped around her waist and tied in a large bow in the front.

Her Fall color coordinated vest is lined with bright and cheery yellow print fabric and is running stitch embroidered along the edges. She has beautiful and thick straight orange hair along the side seams of her head with the back of her head left bald which is barely contained underneath her lined bonnet with fabric that matches her lined vest. A brown bandanna is wrapped around her neck and she is surrounded by two of her favorite quilted pumpkins.


Melanie and her twin brother, Morty, just LOVE their quilted pumpkins and especially love their older brother, Punky. As far as they are concerned life doesn't get any better than sitting in the pumpkin field surrounded by pumpkins and Punky.

Melanie Munchkin, Punky's Little Sister Scarecrow Girl Doll and Her Pumpkins”, 11” Handmade Victorian Munchkin Scarecrow Doll - Victorian Doll - Fall Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Punky and The Munchkins With Their Pumpkins



What you already know is that "Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow" and "Elmer's Little Boy" are best friends. Punky is a 10" Victorian Munchkin scarecrow who looks just like his best friend Elmer except he's a scarecrow.

What you don't know is that Punky has an adorable younger brother and younger sister who just happen to be fraternal twins. His younger brother is "Morty The Pumpkin Munchkin, Punky's Little Brother Scarecrow Boy Doll and His Pumpkins." His younger sister is "Melanie Munchkin, Punky's Little Sister Scarecrow Girl Doll and Her Pumpkins." Marty was born December 31 at 11:59 P.M.  Melanie was born January 1 at 12:01 A.M. So, while Morty might appear to be a year older due to the year differences in fact he is only 2 minutes older.

Punky got his nickname when Elmer was a little boy. You see, Elmer couldn't pronounce "Pumpkin" which was Punky's Dad's name for him. So, "Punky" just stuck and it's been his nickname ever since. "Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow" would prefer to be called Pumpkin, at least it relates to the Fall and scarecrows. Elmer pays him no heed. He likes "Punky" just fine.

So, when he learned that his younger brother and sister LOVED pumpkins and LOVED being surrounded by them he was thrilled. They could sit in the pumpkin field surrounded by pumpkins for hours on end and be in pumpkin heaven. For scarecrows it doesn't get any better than that.

Punky adores his younger brother and sister and hopes you do too. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

"Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow" - My Victorian Munchkin Handmade Scarecrow Doll and E-Pattern


"Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow" and "Elmer's Little Boy" are best friends. Punky is an 11" Victorian Munchkin scarecrow who looks just like his best friend Elmer except he's a scarecrow. So, what's a little difference between friends? This doesn't bother Elmer a bit.

Punky got his nickname when Elmer was a little boy. You see, Elmer couldn't pronounce "Pumpkin" which was Punky's Dad's name for him. So, "Punky" just stuck and it's been his nickname ever since. "Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow" would prefer to be called Pumpkin, at least it relates to the Fall and scarecrows. Elmer pays him no heed. He likes "Punky" just fine.

As we said, Elmer and Punky are best friends. The only problem with this is Elmer doesn't understand that "Punky" is a SECRET pal. As such, he's only seen and heard by Elmer. That's right. Only Elmer can see him and talk to him.   Punky likes Elmer but feels that Elmer keeps him from doing his job. After all, he is a scarecrow.


Punky, on the other hand, knows that he's a SECRET pal. He also knows that he has a job to do and Elmer is keeping him from doing it. After all, he is a scarecrow and has to do what scarecrows do - nickname and all.  And his job is to scare away the birds and the crows not to spend all day playing with Elmer.

But, he likes playing with Elmer so he's learned how to charm his way around the birds and scarecrows. And, it actually is working. Elmer is his friend. In fact, he's his best friend. Not only that, but he's his only friend. So, he'll play along with Elmer as much as he wants. For he knows that if Elmer doesn't think about him he doesn't exist.

"Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow" has on the exact same outfit as Elmer except his is a lot more tattered and fringed. And, he's allowed to have his shirt hanging out. After all, he works in a field. 

Punky’s face is embroidered and he has a cloth head and body. He has a lined vest, bowtie, fringed shirt which he wears out to cover his pot belly. He’s wearing pantaloons, lined sculley cap and has raffia for hair.

The one thing he has that other scarecrows don't is a wonderful pair of black and white shoes. If his name doesn't distinguish him from the other scarecrows then his fancy shoes will.   He also has a wooden rake all ready for the leaves. Or, maybe he’s using it to swat those nasty crows. Nope! Not Punky. His rake is all show. He is "The Charming Scarecrow" after all.

Plus, he has a SECRET weapon, his SECRET pal in Elmer. Try to top that all you other scarecrows.

“Punky - Elmer’s Little Scarecrow”, 10” Handmade Victorian Munchkin Scarecrow Doll - Victorian Doll - Fall Series