Monday, November 28, 2011

Such a doll!

Do you know who this is?  
This is Felicity.  She's an American Girl.  
I thought she needed to update her look, so here she is sporting some gingham.  
Felicity was given to my daughter when she was really young, say five or six.  
Felicity got so much love that she started having really bad hair days.
Did you know that American Girl can replace hair when their dolls start having really bad hair days?
Thankfully the loving grandmother who gave Felicity to my daughter sprang for the hair transplant.
Because of said hair transplant I was a little nervous about handling Felicity, 
but, as I said, she needed a new look!

My friend, Sandy Hillis, made the doll clothes, 
and I made the coordinating headbands. 
Sandy sells the dress and pinafore sets for $20. 

 Here's Felicity all ready for the fall.  

 Here are a few more dolly and me headband sets. 
These make great gifts!
  The one above shows a one-inch headband and sells for $9 a set.

This one shows a half-inch headband and sells for $8 a set.

Several of these sets are still available,
 but I am always happy to make a set in whatever colors you need.

 If you have a child who is too young for American Girl 
or you really don't feel like forking
 out a hundred bucks for a doll who will one day have bad hair days,
  Target sells 18 inch dolls that can wear clothing made for American Girl dolls.  
So does ToysRUs and Vision Forum and probably many others. 

I'm off to make more dolly and me sets that have been ordered for Christmas. 
Please contact me if you're interested in clothing from Sandy 
or headbands from me.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Camera strap covers

I believe that I mentioned on Facebook that I had gotten a ruffler attachment for my sewing machine.  It arrived around the time that debate season hit and I didn't get to play with it like I wanted. You see, I don't just drop everything and play.  Carolina Ribbons happens when all my other responsibilities have been met.  Except for mopping the floor.  Sometimes I put playing in my studio above mopping the floor.   

I had a request from a sweet new mother for camera strap covers about this time.  Finally I had a good reason not to mop the floor to sit down and play with the ruffler.  I ruffled grosgrain ribbon.  I ruffled knit fabric.  I ruffled cotton fabric.  Now I was ready to make ruffled camera strap covers.  

I love this color combination!  I originally ordered the grey fabric to see if I wanted to make a shower curtain from it.  It's lacy and feminine and makes me think of this new sweet mom.

Here's the center.  I also added a handy little pocket for the lens cap.

This one was a gift.  I like these colors too.

Monday, May 23, 2011


I just added photos of the new dog collars to my facebook page.
Now I want to make leashes!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Laptop bag

So I finally made myself a laptop bag.  I had made a linen one for my daughter's new laptop,  
but I knew when I made mine it would be colorful.    
The background is a dark grey.  I wanted grey zippers, but apparently 
this is a hard color to match, so I opted for boring off-white zippers.

Here's the interior fabric.

I'd show you how great my laptop looks inside it but I can't.
Somehow I managed to make it too small.  That's right-too small.
Sigh.  I'm not really sure how that happened.  
I measured twice and added the required two and a half inches.
I was too irritated with myself to go back and look at the directions 
once I discovered that it was too small.

Monday, April 11, 2011

For Lindsay

The last time my faraway daughter came to visit 
she noticed the travel duffel that I made her sister.  
[How many links can a girl throw in one sentence???] 
 I took note when she said she liked it and wanted one for herself.  
I don't know why but when one of my girls likes something that I make I feel very honored.

I have never had a hard time buying stuff for Lindsay, 
but for some reason I couldn't make up my mind on fabric for her bag.  
So in the end I bought the fabric that I had been eyeing for myself!

The one thing that I didn't like about Becca's bag is that the cool burlap cannot be washed,
so I altered the pattern to make Lindsay's machine washable.
The lighting isn't the greatest since I was rushing to get the 
birthday box in the mail before the post office closed.

Here's a side view with the zippered pocket.  
This is a great pattern from Studio Cherie. It's very easy to follow.
 Or if you don't want to make your own, 
Cherie has some ready to purchase.

Friday, April 8, 2011

I'm back!

I'll warn you now, this is lengthy.

In case you haven't noticed, I haven't been around much.  In a six week time frame my son has competed in four debate tournaments.  I accompanied him to three of them and did a one day visit to the other one, a total of fourteen days.

When people hear that my son is competing in team policy debate they tend to assume that his parents forced him into it.  I'll share the story in the hopes that it will encourage parents.

Last spring my husband and I found out that he won a trip for two to New York City.  Scott, my son, did not want to stay at home while we were gone and asked some friends if he could accompany them to the NCFCA National Championship in Virginia Beach.  They agreed to let him come because they expected that he would want to compete after seeing what happens at a tournament.  I knew better.  There is no way that anyone could get that boy to stand in front of people and speak.  No way!

I really don't know anything at all.  Scott came back and wanted to participate in NCFCA.  He thought it would be fun to do a humorous duo speech.  Scott is the baby of the family.  He grew up thinking that his role in the family was to be the humorous one.  At the time we were reading the book Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris.  Scott was about to start his freshman year of high school and I had been praying for God to  make Himself real to my son.  I had also been praying that God would give Scott a purpose and direction for his high school years.  He is a great kid, but I wanted to see him lean on God like he never had before.  Since we homeschool I needed the Lord to make the path clear.  A year ago I had absolutely no idea what the direction of our high school years should be and I was diligently begging God to show the next step.

I wasn't crazy about the humorous duo speech idea, so I asked Scott to consider doing something that he couldn't do in his own strength, something that would require him to lean on God.  I remember his response was, "Well, I thought about doing debate but I don't know if I can do it."  Perfect!  I encouraged him to pray about it.

Here's the part where I get honest.  I did not expect Scott to actually compete in debate.  I've had friends who had kids who debated in this league.  Those kids were really good students.  Learning came easily to those kids.  Those kids liked school.  Scott was not a really good student.  Learning was difficult for Scott.  Scott did not like school.  Scott took what seemed like forever to learn to read.  Scott was really, really smart but it wasn't showing up in his academics.  He can fix anything.   He is a problem-solver.  He is Mr. Survival and MacGyver all in one.  With Scott, a knife, and a piece of duct tape- all things are possible.  All things but communication.  And spelling.  And reading big words and explaining them to a judge.  For that kind of stuff God would have to come through.

But Scott did compete.  I had been praying at the first tournament that God would encourage Scott and his partner with wins.  But they lost every round.  And Scott was the last place speaker in every round. Being ranked last speaker was hard for Scott.  It broke my heart.  On the way home from that tournament I asked God why didn't He encourage my son.  Scott had put hours and hours of research into his case.  Why couldn't God come through and let Scott win?  The next day I learned a powerful lesson.  Scott woke up and the first thing he did was start researching.  The next thing he did was ask if there was going to be debate practice on Monday.  I learned that I was asking the Lord for the wrong thing.  God wanted to teach Scott to be diligent, to work hard and to persevere; I had wanted Him to give him an easy victory.

And so it went.  It wasn't so much about winning rounds as it was about leaning on the Lord, working on weak areas, persevering, and being diligent.  The Lord did bring encouragement.  He used other people to do that.  People like Mr. Mark who encouraged Scott at every tournament.  He used the other competitors who encouraged one another by praying together, sharing evidence, and including the new kids.  I have come to love the people of NCFCA.  They have become another family to us.

I love how the Lord was so faithful to answer every one of my concerns about my child.  He made Himself very real to Scott.  He showed us the next step.  He gave Scott a purpose and a direction.  Scott had to lean totally on His heavenly Father.

I have such respect for this kid who is willing to work so hard on things that do not come easily to him.  He has lots of strengths and it would have been easy to find some activities where he could excel.  Instead he chose something that is totally his weakness.  I've been asking the Lord to show me how I can grow in this area, to go out of my comfort zone and lean more on His strength.  I know He'll be faithful to provide!

One area is the written word.  Ew.  I start editing after the first words are typed.  Next thing you know I have deleted everything.  I really wanted to share this story, but chose not to go back and edit.  Forgive the mistakes....I hope to grow in my communication skills.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


February is here!  While a third of the nation is experiencing crazy cold temperatures, my little corner of the world is so warm today that the windows are open.  Love it.  It won't last long.  I understand that tomorrow is supposed to be cold and rainy.  Well, I'm enjoying every minute of sunshine and warmth while I can.

 February is a lovely month.

Friday, January 28, 2011

I can take a hint

In case you've wondered, the most popular item for women
 that I make is the key fob.  
People have given them as gifts for Christmas, birthday, 
Valentine's and Mother's Days.
Sometimes they buy them for themselves.
I'll let you in on a secret.  
Whenever someone orders one as a gift, 
they comment that they wish someone would buy one for them.  
It's true.    Every single time! 
Sometimes they'll even let me know what fabric they like. 
Well, people, I can take a hint.  
If you want to know what to give her,
Even if she already has one, she's ready for another one.  
Trust me. 
They're machine washable too!