Friday, September 7, 2018

Dolls are finding me...

Here is the latest one!

She was at a neighbor's yard sale.  I passed up on her the first day...then thought about her the whole next day...  I went over to the lady's house that night and asked if she was still available.  Yes,  she was still there.  The lady was thrilled that I wanted her and gave her to me for free.  Said it was her mother's favorite doll and that she would love me to have her.  So here she is.  She needs a lot of love and attention-- hair and clothes wise...  I'll see what I can do.  She is a 1961 Charmin' Chatty Cathy.  24" tall.  Her mechanism that makes her talk,  doesn't work,  but that's OK with me.  I would need to completely take her body apart to fix it and I won't do that. So I will enjoy her as she is...

Love her cute little,  mischievous smile!
I smile when I look at her 
and that is a wonderful thing!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

More unexpected stuff...

See...  my blog is different again?  It seems when I put in the new background,  it had a gadget that was installed at the same time.  I couldn't get into my blog!  It took me a few days to figure it out!  When I tried to put my address in,  it would open the blog for a second and then flip to something called widget something... I finally found it this morning and was able to remove it and now it is gone.  I had to go in by blogger dot com to be able to get on the workings of the blog.  I am so glad to be "back to normal",  except now I have no pretty background.  Oh well,  it's OK. I'm kind of shy about putting in another one right now.

So now I have a few pictures of my little Poppy and her new clothes that I made for her.  I ordered some shoes for her and I'm waiting for them to come.  Fingers crossed that they fit her.

I didn't have a pattern to follow so I had to make a prototype of my own.  I see some things that I need to change.  I like the skirt,  the top is too high and the straps too wide.  It fits pretty good otherwise.  I think she likes it!  haha

I love my little Poppy... she looks exactly like my granddaughter when she was little.  Maybe that has something to do with it!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The unexpected...

I bring my plants outdoors for the summer.
I give them plenty of sun,  water,  and fertilizer.
They are supposed to grow a flower inside the bulb.
This flower is supposed to appear 
next winter or spring...
So I was surprised to see it growing 
among the leaves!!!
Three big flowers!
(no one told it,  I guess!)
Love it!!!

Finally put a new background on the blog,  
if you noticed...  haha

Have a great evening...

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Sunday, August 12, 2018

It's a jungle out there...

WOW!  The heat has caused everything to grow 
by leaps and bounds...
Under all the greenery is the filter barrel 
for my little pond...
It was my hope to have the plants cover the barrel,  as it is rather ugly with a big plastic pipe running down the front of it.  My mission has been accomplished!  I love how it looks now...  I just have to trim some of the grasses that are nearer to the bridge.  It looks a little "overgrown"  to say the least!  Hopefully,   the weather will cool off a little so that I can work out there for more than half an hour at a time.  I've gotten way behind with my gardening this summer.  Way too many weeds have grown up.  

Before we know it,  we'll be saying,  "it's so cold out there".  One thing for sure is that the seasons will change and we should all learn to enjoy them as they come...

I am trying to do that!  Are you?

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Friday, August 10, 2018


I wanted to show you the dishcloths that my BFF over at Our Cozy Abode was talking about that I made recently.  

My nephew and his bride-to-be are getting married October 13,  so I made these dishcloths for them.  These will go along with a monetary gift,   of course.  Just a little something extra from my heart for them.  

The white one has two wedding rings with three hearts on it.  To me it kind of looks like a Mickey head.  Of course,  you know that I am into Disney and visit there fairly often,  so it makes perfect sense to me... haha

The orange one is of a cat,  she loves cats!

The black is a raven for him...

Since their wedding is so close to Halloween,
 and they love that sort of thing, 
 I figured this would be a great gift that they would both enjoy!

The dishcloths are fun to make 
and the designs are endless!  

I love making them!

So much fun!

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Mindy's new outfit...

Mindy in her new outfit!
I am learning to do intarsia knitting.  This sweater has the dog emblem done in that method.  Believe me when I tell you,  it is not easy!  It means training your eyes to read a chart from right to left and then left to right.  Not easy!  And this is the first time that I knitted pants...  But I persevered and this is the result.

I bought the pattern off the internet and want to give credit to the seller,  but nowhere on the pattern is there an identification of who I bought it from.  Sorry!

I love how the outfit came out!  I hope the next one is easier!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Thursday, July 26, 2018

My garden today...a panoramic view...

Good morning,  Everyone!
It's amazing that we have been in a drought 
and the perennials are still looking pretty good. 
 I did notice that the flowers are not
 lasting quite as long
 as they would with a normal amount of water.  
I'm trying not to water as much as I used to
 in summers past.  
It has become so expensive over the years,
 with the cost of water and sewage
 rising every year.

The annuals that I planted 
in the Spring have suffered.
The bunnies ate a lot of them 
and the others have not done well at all.
Except for the orange marigolds...
I guess they don't like them very much.  
They loved the yellow ones!

I am thinking that I will forget the annuals
and just use the perennials from now on.
We'll see.
I may have a weak moment 
and succumb to all the pretty flowers 
that I see at the garden centers next Spring! 

For now:  I am content with what I have...
Enjoy the pictures...
and you can make them larger 
by clicking on each one.

So that's it for today.  
It is raining a little bit this morning...
Thank you,  Lord!  And my garden thanks you,  too!
'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean