Monday, December 27, 2010

Finally Finished!

They're finally finished! It only took over a month to get them completely done. Ugh! Here's a couple of close-ups of the dolls. So cute!

The lighting wasn't the greatest. Actually, it started to rain today. Which is always nice ... sitting at the craft table while it's raining. Anyway, I have to figure out what project I'm working on next. Maybe a couple of pouches, I don't know. Or some flower accessories. I only have a couple more days of admin leave, so I have to make the most of what's left. We'll see what tomorrow brings. I'll have to get these dolls photographed and posted in my Etsy shop.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. The hubby and I spent it at home, alone. We went to Mass. Then spent the afternoon watching holiday movies on Hallmark! Since I did NOT want to spend the day in the kitchen, we ordered one of those holiday meals from the grocery deli ... you know, it comes with the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, etc. Umm, will not be buying that again. The turkey was okay, but everything else was "pre-fab," as my mom would put it. I think Stove Top Stuffing would have been better. But, at least I didn't have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Maybe the $100 choice from Whole Foods might have been better. Maybe the best thing is to bite the bullet and cook the meal myself. Next time I had better go home to Kauai to enjoy my mom's cooking. Hahaha!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


They're bald and legless, but I'm making progress. Slow progress. I think the yellow strawberry dress doll is my favorite of the bunch. Here's a close up:

I think she's sweet. Tomorrow, her hair goes on and her legs get attached. Oh, and I can't forget about her bloomers! Stay tuned for tomorrow's update, and maybe a new project.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I spent all day yesterday in the kitchen whipping up some holiday treats for my Kauai family. It rained all day and it was just great being at home (as opposed to work)! Unfortunately, all that rain meant no light for photos. So just imagine a huge batch of Chex Mix and some Peanut Butter Cinnamon Pretzels. I packed everything up and sent it off in the mail today. Hope the family likes it!

I spent a portion of today with two friends. We had a nice lunch, as is our annual tradition. Can you believe we get together only once a year, during the holidays. What a shame. We live on the same island. We had so much to catch up on. And knowing that I would be seeing them today, I put together a little gift for each. In addition to the snacks I made the day before (I had LOTS, I still do), I gave each a pouch I made:

I had two of these that I had made a few months ago. I followed Skip To My Lou's tutorial found here. It came together so quick and easy. And since I've been on a baker's twine, kraft paper and paper doily kick, here's how I packaged the pouch:

The doily was a little small for the package, but it still looked cute. And it matched the snacks, which were packed in its own kraft paper bag with red tissue. Pretty! And quick (believe me, I was up past midnight getting everything together).

So the last two days of admin leave have been pretty busy for me. Thankfully, tomorrow is all mine! I will be sitting in my craft room finishing off those four Annie dolls and perhaps starting something new. Maybe something for the Guava Girls line ... I have got to get that going. My fabric closet is so chock full of fabrics that are all meant for little pouches, clutches, etc. And there's always more fabric that I'm always drooling over. But I'll save that post for another day. Until next time, happy crafting!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hi! It's been a long time.

Hola! It's been far too long. My last excuse for not blogging was my move to a new place. Well, that took place back in September! And we're pretty much all settled in. Sadly, there hasn't been much crafting going on here. But, like last year, I'm on furlough for two weeks. Wonderful! And I hope to get some crafting in somewhere in there. My poor Etsy shop is almost empty. Oh, wait! I am working on 4 Tiny Annies ... remember her? See her here. So perhaps I'll finish them up within the next couple days and get them in the shop. A bit late for Christmas, but better late than never!

And speaking of dolls, here's the last crafty thing I worked on. Very old and vintage-y looking. I have a few more to sew and stuff, but I need to tweak the sewing around the neck area ... I think I followed the outline too much, resulting in a small neck, which doesn't stuff well. So these 4 will sit on my bookshelf and keep me company!

That's it for now. Hopefully I'll be back sooner than 3 months!