Friday, January 29, 2010
This is part of my back deck that doesn't have a cover. That ice is there and hard. I was able to sweep off the steps as it's still slushy there (Frosty has to be able to go down those steps to do his business). He loves to go under this picnic table when something is falling out of the sky. He's not crazy about bad weather.
I know it's not hitting us nearly as bad as some parts of the country, but ice is ice.
And, speaking of Frosty, he's been acting very strangely today. We worked at the cross stitch shop today (as usual on Wednesday and Friday) and everytime I moved, he barked. He wanted to go outside, then he didn't want to go outside when I got bundled up. He shivered and shook all day, and has been doing that since we got home. I know he gets cold easily, but he's wearing his sweater as he usually does when the weather is cold. I'm wondering if it the change in the weather. My previous poodle would go nuts when the barometer started dropping.
If he is a little weather man - I hope he's wrong about the severity of this winter storm in Alabama.
Monday, January 25, 2010
I just mailed this cute 'garden charm bracelet' to a customer, so maybe someone is getting ready early.
Decided to go and remind myself just what I have listed in my little online jewelry shop . Here's another 'spring like' bracelet. This one features lampwork beads and fruit. Quite colorful.
These bracelets and more are available - all offer free shipping.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
There are so many interesting yarns today, there's really a wide choice. And, different yarns yield totally different results.
Then, there's the ever popular feature boa - not quite as much fun to make, but sure looks great on Barbie.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Now, when I say vintage - I don't mean the 70s or 80s (that's just a few years ago). These are from the 1930s or 1940s - certainly no newer.
At first I thought it was silk - but I'm not sure. The inside looks handmade, but it does have tags, one is a heavy paper tag, so it hasn't been worn. The color is a peach with cream lace trim.
Now to figure out what to do with it. It's a "large" size (40), so who's going to want to wear it. And anyway, why would one want to wear a slip that's 70 plus years old??? Offer it on Etsy maybe? We'll see.
Most of the hankies are stained - mostly from being folded for so long. Some of them are handmade, others just old.
Then there are a couple with full designs. I'm thinking I'll try a vintage hankie Barbie dress with one or both of them (wish that was an original idea, but it sounds like a good one anyway).
I really thought I'd gotten rid of all this old stuff, I'm not usually a 'saver'. I'm thinking my DH stashed this away at some point in time being sure I'd want it eventually :)
Saturday, January 16, 2010
...and if I don't see the 'inside' of a blog template for awhile it will not hurt my feelings. I'm sick of them.
But then, they does anyone in their right mind have 4 blogs. Just sort of happened, though I can't say they're all real current - will try and work on that.
Friday, January 15, 2010
And, if you're a frequent visitor here you might not even see the difference - but I surely do.
I still don't have my post titles looking the way I want. I tested this out on another blog (also on blogger) and it looked perfect, then when I loaded it here where it's going to live - it's different. I have no idea why, and my brain won't wrap around that at the moment.
I've actually worked on these changes for days (when I could spare the time) and am ready to move on to the next one... I'm 'updating the look' of all of my blogs.
So, my goal was to post on at least one blog each day - didn't make it yesterday, but maybe the future will hold more writing, and hopefully in the future you'll find something at least quasi interesting to read on one of them.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
A few years ago, I started talking about Barbies and how cute they were. My hubby (always on the lookout for an easy gift for me) decided to start giving me Barbie dolls. After awhile, "I" decided to make a Barbie dress. My sewing machine was old and failing so we went on my birthday that year (the last year my sweet hubby was alive) and I got a new sewing machine AND serger (which I have a love/hate relationship with). One thing led to another and I've been making Barbie outfits ever since. I have so much fun designing and making elegant gowns and accessories. Then, almost as much fun dressing and photographing them. I've recently gotten a new "chair" to use as a prop - but haven't taken any photos with it yet.
This dress for Silkstone Barbie is called "Simply Red" and sold over the holidays. It included the custom necklace and handmade boa. More pictures of a few of my sold dresses can be found at: http://www.dollfashionsbyiris.com/photosgallery/index.php
Many times I'm designing as I go - and sometimes I'm more pleased with the results than others. This one was particularly fun and I love the outcome.
And this one didn't turn out 'exactly' as I'd planned - but definitely different and cute.
Sellling these fashions in my online doll shop and my Etsy shop are sort of a by-product of my hobby and do help support my 'habit'. If you're interested, you can see more outfits here:
Hope you have as much fun looking as I've had creating :)
Friday, January 1, 2010
Haven't been around much lately. Was sick from about the middle of November till after Christmas. Broncitis and flu - not much fun - and when I don't even feel like being on the computer - I'm sick.
Better now and enjoying the new year with out of town family - and a special visitor.
My son & his family from St. Louis are here - and a local friend has gone to Gatlinburg for New Years and I'm dog sitting with her little Pomeranian - Teddy. Frosty and the cats are not particularly impressed. However, at the momenet it's working out quite well as Teddy has decided he loves my son & his family (and they're pretty impressed with him too).
Even my grandson (who is NOT a dog person) has made friends with him and thinks he's cute (he's really adorable).
As I type this, he's sitting next to my DIL with his head resting on her laptop.
I think they'd take him home with them if they thought they could get away with it.