Sunday, June 14, 2015

Got sticks?

Next one will be better. Pinterest is full of great things to do!

Sweet summer romper

Oh to have had white eyelet lace to trim this with!   Nice tutorial here:

Fabric is very soft cotton that I got last year at Walmart (sorry to those Walmart haters out there) for about $5/yard.  And this took almost the whole yard.

Just happens her child was the perfect size!  Now I can't wait to see Scarlett in it.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Picture Knitting

This was done a while back, but I neglected to post it.  This is my husband's sister and niece and her children (brand new baby!).  Doctoring up the picture before knitting is much more work than knitting it!  I used Img2Track to get this into my knitting machine.


For some reason I'm infatuated with samplers. Certainly I cannot do them by hand. It took some searching but I finally found some machine samplers.

More to follow I'm sure.  Here is one site with some nice samplers:

A little expensive.  

But here, the mad woman (lol) has some nice ones reasonably priced:  I didn't quite get this lined up perfectly, but good enough for me.  It's an "overlay" design.  How the heck do you line that up perfectly?   I think I'll even give it a go to make up my own.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Bathing suit update

Bathing suit

Hoping this fits Scarlett. Used free download for pattern

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015


Oh my gosh, I love these cute travel slippers. I tried making slippers before and always it was a disaster. This time I zigzagged individually the two quilted sandwiches and then stuck in some plastic grid and zigzagged all the layers before machine sewing  on binding to front and then hand sewing on bottom. 

Travel bags


Making rag dolls is addicting. This is Violet. She needs more clothing. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

American Girl Flip Room

This isn't done yet, but it's coming along.  Please don't mind that Samantha's hat doesn't "go" with her outfit.  I was just trying on to see if it fit. The kitchen chairs are the BEST find of my neighbor!  For Christmas we both received (neighbor gifts) the metal thing with ceramic insert.  Well, remove the ceramic, and Sam slips right in and it's better than her sitting precariously on a flat chair!  I just need a better table.  Updates to follow!

Bread products are made out of salt dough.  Mini Oreos were made by sandwiching a white flat button between two black ones.  Cotton candy was colored with ground up street chalk on batting glued to sucker sticks.  Birthday cake is out of a sponge.  Clear plastic cups that are glued together were from Dollar Store.

It's not Grace's sweet shop, but it also didn't cost $500.  Total including fabric, shoes, walls, wall paper, clay, and puffy paint, etc., is about up to $30.  $1.67 in leopard print made a maxi skirt and pants.  Shoes are from Hobby Lobby (4.99 full price) minus a 40% coupon.

This item below is a perfect chair - remove the ceramic insert.  Doll sits perfectly.

This is a work in progress


The half body has a machine embroidered face on it from  And the face on the fabric was quickly drawn with permanent markers, 
This doll turned out a bit homely. 

This dolly has a box from Michael's as her room.  Her bed is a piece of poster board with medicine bottle lids glued on for legs.  The table is a top of a water bottle with edges melted a bit and a lid to Lysol wipes for the table top.  Lamp is again a solar lamp from the Dollar Tree with a tea light replacing the solar light.  To keep the box from falling flat open, I hot glued ribbons and buttons to hold it straight up.  This doll is crocheted from this pattern:   Her little jeans have a faux fly.  Hair was easy to just crochet straight onto the head - no need to make a separate wig.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring has sprung

Dollar Tree decoration. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

American Girl Sewing

I guess I never got over my love of dolls. Now that I have a granddaughter, I can indulge in play without embarrassment.  When the big box patterns went on sale , I grabbed a couple American Girl patterns. Finally I whipped up a few out of scraps. Nice that you don't have to tweak around to make stuff fit!  It's just perfect. I used an old t-shirt for jammies and placed pieces so I didn't have to hem. Slippers pattern was from

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dollar store remake

I could not believe my luck when the Dollar Store had green t-shirts!  I grabbed a white one, green one, removed the neck binding, cut them up, reapplied the neck binding.  Hope it looks okay on the little munchkin!  Copied some design I saw on Pinterest a while back.  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Machine knit gloves

Machine knit mittens

These were done with this Ravelry pattern: on my Brother KH930 knitting machine.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Machine knitting gloves

First attempt. I got to pinky finger and with great difficulty transferred stitches so as to knit finger in the round. Much to my surprise when I was done, I had this!  I did end up with full needle rib instead of a tube. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Machine embroidery luggage tags

Downloaded a luggage tag in the hoop design from  This took me a lot longer than it should have.  First I combined all the stitching color - well, duh, that eliminates the stops to add the backing, etc  And I wanted the clear plastic back as well to slip an address card in if they choose.  These are perfect size to fit in with the gift card in the bride box.