Sunday, May 27, 2012

Yard sale and estate finds

Hubby and I have always enjoyed yard and estate sales. Lately they have become a weekly adventure.  Many times we come home empty handed but we love the treasure hunt and time spent together. Even though this is a holiday weekend there were a number of both, estate and yard sales. Many times the estate sales items are unrealistically priced. I understand they are trying to make money for the estate but rusty screwdrivers are not worth $2 apiece. Of course, I'm not looking for rusty screwdrivers anyway. I'm looking for a sweet little treasure. The pink leather baby shoes were purchased at an estate sale. The wood doll house furniture, doll, and little metal train were purchased at a yard sale for 50 cents. I also picked up a great distressed leather jacket for 50 cents....maybe some aviator caps for some critters....
My preview piece for the Friend of Teddy show is finished and photographed. It took longer than expected but it is more detailed than anything I have made in quite awhile. The preview starts June 29 so you will have to wait another month to see it. Now, I am working on another critter for the show but really want to find the time to work on my little plastic bjd.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Making progress

Finally, I feel like I am getting somewhere on my preview creation for the Friends of Teddy show. After decided which mohair to use and designing the pattern the sewing began.  Luckily I have plenty of the mohair because the head didn't turn out right and I had to make another.  It's almost ready to accessorize and that might take the rest of the week. 
Saturday, at a rummage sale, I purchased this leather coat for $2. It will be used for the accessories. Fingers crossed that it turns out as I have envisioned.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


This little green monkey is for my, yet to be born, great niece. Kylie Noelle is due the first week of June. She will be my sister's first grand child. I saw this picture of the room my niece has prepared for the baby and after learning monkeys were her theme, decided she needed a green monkey. It's the first monkey I have made. I printed a special sew in label so baby Kylie will know it's from her Aunt Nancy.

My sister is doing much better. She was moved to a rehab facility and hopefully will be going home soon.
 This baby is the grandson of a blogger friend. This little baby needs lots of prayers as he will be born will several congenital problems. You can click on the link to read about him in her blog.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


The idea for this creation started to take shape a couple of months ago. There is even a rough sketch somewhere.  If it turns out as I see it in my head it will be my preview critter for the Teddies Worldwide Friends of Teddy show in July. Having gathered several accessories, I am now committed to making it. Here is where I have run into trouble. The preliminary pattern has been drawn up and I have become very indecisive. Should I make the legs longer? the head bigger? Is the short mohair the right choice or should it be made with the slightly longer denser mohair? I think I am having trouble deciding because this critter is a little more involved than usual for me. Challenging ourselves is what artists should do....right? I'm not the only one that goes through I?
Boy! I think that is the most question marks I have every used in a post. Since I can't reveal the creation until the show preview I put a photo of a sunflower from our backyard. Sunflowers always brighten the day!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

I took part in the Greater Orlando Doll Club show yesterday. Only a few sales but a good time EXCEPT right before the show I missed a step coming down a small flight of stairs. Besides the embarrassment factor, I twisted my ankle. Everyone was very nice and I spent most of the show with ice on my foot. Today it is very swollen and I am scooting around the house in an office chair. One good thing that came out of the show...I got my first petite Blythe. I have to think about what to name her. That's something I can do while sitting with ice on my foot.