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A New Year

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I know it’s not the 1st of January, not even the 2nd…

It’s the 3rd.

But now that the new year 2017 has officially begun,

I just want to say…

I truly pray that this is a very blessed year for you and yours!

Love,

Daisy

 

It’s so much fun making little things for my granddaughters!

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I made each of my granddaughters a soft doll, with a mini quilt and a little pillow.

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I have to tell you, I kept smiling while I was making these!

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I still smile when I see the little doll’s face!

And her hair!

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The pantaloons were easy, quick, and fun!

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I wanted the doll quilt to look like an 1800s quilt.

I used scraps from two different fabric lines – Buggy Barn/Henry Glass and Bon Voyage by French General/Moda Fabrics.

The borders I chose from my fabric stash.

The doll quilt measures about 12 inches long.  Perfect size for the doll 🙂

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I made a “mattress” for the basket bottom, and a little pillow to go with the quilt.

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For the doll’s hair, I used strips of scrap fabric cut with pinking shears, strips of lace, ribbon, twine, muslin, whatever I could find …

I wanted them to stay secure, so instead of gluing them, I sewed them on.

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I wasn’t sure how each granddaughter would react (they’re still very young and haven’t really been playing with dolls yet).

One of them was here, visiting us for Christmas, and the other granddaughter was on FaceTime.  Modern times.  I’m so thankful we can talk everyday and see them and our kids!!!

I handed the gift bag to the granddaughter here and when she pulled the basket out with the doll, she looked at it, took everything out, put it back in the basket, and walked around the living room doing the same thing over and over.  It was so funny!  She didn’t want to open any other gifts, she just wanted to keep playing with her little doll.  Then she came up to me and gave me a big kiss!  It’s as if she was saying, “I know how much time and love you put into this for me!  Thank you!  I love you!”

Well, that certainly made it all worth it!  Sewing all the tiny half-inch squares, hand stitching the dress, bow, button, hair… it was worth it!!  🙂

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Have a blessed week-after-Christmas-before-New-Years!

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Daisy

Christmas Gifts

Every year I tell myself I’m going to start early on Christmas gifts next year.
And I do.
I really do.
I start.
But somewhere along March or April…
other things begin to crowd out the unfinished gifts list…

Sooooooo………..

I’ve been working hard on Christmas gifts for friends and family…

Some I’ve made using photography, some are sewn, some are quilted, and some are beaded…I can only post a few pics from the ones that have already opened their gifts, but I can’t wait to show you in the coming weeks, all the different fun projects.

For now, here are a few beaded gifts I had fun making…

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This green and gold set was for a friend.  I just loved her reaction when she opened her little gift box.  That’s really what makes it all worth the time and effort – knowing they liked it and will enjoy wearing it.

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This pink & silver & clear set was fun to make, too.

I use glass beads because I like the feel of them.

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I tie them together with some ribbon and tulle.

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These blues feel great…they’re a nice heavy glass and have the look of stone.

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I’ve made some others, but those will have to wait because they won’t be opened until Christmas day, along with other sewn handmade gifts which I can’t wait to show you as soon as their recipients have opened them!  🙂

The rest of this week I won’t be working on crafts or gifts any more… Now it’s time to stop and enjoy the friends and family that come to visit, and to cherish the FaceTime calls with precious ones that live in other places.  I’m so thankful that we can see them even if it’s on the computer screen.  Their dear faces, smiling at us.  We’ll soon see them, too, in the next few weeks and months.

Take time to enjoy your loved ones this week.  Time is the greatest of gifts, anyway.

Happy Christmas week!

Daisy

 

Thanks Giving

This whole Fall has been a season of Giving Thanks.

I have so much to be grateful for.

Twice this year I had to deal with some health issues.
They could’ve been very serious…
But I thank God for restoring me to good health
and I feel better than I have in years.

I’m also thankful that my family, my kids, grandkids, and extended family
are doing well.
I can’t put into words how wonderful it is when everyone is healthy.
After several years of different ones going to the hospital and experiencing
such serious problems… I cannot thank God enough for the blessing
of good health in our family.
It is a gift not to be taken for granted.

Every thing else is just an added bonus.

I thank Him many times every day.

I have much to be thankful for.

Have a blessed Sunday!

Daisy
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“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; 
His love endures forever.”  
1 Chronicles 16:34

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I’ve been experimenting with some basic ingredients and healthy foods…

This dish is surprisingly easy and light, but so tasty!

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Thinly slice 2 large potatoes, and half a small onion.  Fan out the slices of potatoes in a tart pan or pie shell.  (You can add 1/4 cup of water if you like).  Place the sliced onions over the top, and add a drizzle of olive oil over all.  Sprinkle some fresh chopped rosemary (or dried), salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Bake at 375 for 30-45 min, until potatoes are tender.

This is a delicious and light alternative to most potato dishes we see this time of year, (especially if you’re watching your fat or caloric intake).

You can easily customize this to fit your family and tastes – add more potatoes, more onion, or anything you fancy.

Enjoy,

and Happy Thanksgiving week!!

Daisy
xo

A Sunday Walk

I’m in Wisconsin…

This morning I went for a walk and took some pictures as I marveled at the beauty around me…

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There are still a few trees left with colorful leaves

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Even the rocks looked picturesque to me.

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I sat on that dock for a while, enjoying the quiet, praying, thinking, listening to the birds.

I saw deer tracks by the water.  I might come back early tomorrow…maybe I’ll see deer!

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These were crab apple trees.  Not much fruit left, but I had one for breakfast and it was delicious!

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I borrowed some boots so I could walk in the muddy and swampy areas.  I wasn’t sure I needed them, but I was so glad I had them when I got down by the lake.

I’m hoping to see more of Wisconsin within the next few days! 

A blessed Sunday to you all!

Daisy

I’ve been away from my blog for way too long… hurricane, working, traveling, . . .

All good reasons, but I must say… I miss you!

I finished the quilt for my youngest grand baby and wanted to share it with you.

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I used the fabric line Princess Rose by Lecien.

And made the Flower Garden pattern shown by Jenny Doan in a MSQC tutorial. 

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I made a standard-size pillow cover so she can use it when she gets into a bigger bed.

I just did it in my own square patten…it was actually a mistake, but when it was finished, I thought it looked nice.

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The fabrics are so soft and beautiful!  I loved the way they looked together!

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This little pillow was just one of the squares, small enough so she could use it anywhere.

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For the binding, I used a pink gingham…tiny squares….I love gingham of any color, but this one was just right for this baby girl quilt.

I hand-quilted it in a petal pattern.  I actually cut a piece of cardboard in a petal pattern and traced it inside each flower petal.  Then I quilted around each petal on the outside to echo the flowers.  I was really happy with the way it turned out.

As I quilted, each evening, I’d pray for my baby granddaughter.  She is a joy and a gift from God.

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The pillow case has a zipper in the back so my daughter can just take it off and wash it whenever it needs it.

I just hand-quilted across each square…sometimes simple is best.

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This is not a good picture, but it’s the only one I have of the whole quilt top.

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And this is the back.  You can really see the quilted pattern here.

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I think she liked it.  🙂

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She loves to “read”!

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I’m thrilled that I was able to give each of my granddaughters a quilt for their first birthday!

Now to work on Christmas goodies… 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, everybody!

Daisy

Xoxo