Friday, July 29, 2016


I had to push myself to get dressed and walk the dogs this morning, and I realized that I really deserve those staycation rewards, by gum! It was 67 outside and 78 in the house at 5:30. By 6:15 I was walking the dogs. We were home by 7:00. I closed the house and turned on the AC.

Then, without further ado, I ordered the redheaded “My Imagination” doll by Robert Tonner. Tonner Dolls makes beautiful collector dolls, but this doll is supposed to be a play doll. She has an all-vinyl body (as opposed to the stuffed cloth body of the American Girl). I ordered her through PixieFaire, a website specializing in doll clothes patterns. They offered an additional incentive of three free patterns. In the back of my mind, I’m wondering if this doll might wear those mid-century “slim doll” patterns. (I tried to copy and paste a picture of the doll, but Blogger didn't like it.)

Oh! And let’s have more rewards. My friend Chris recommended the most recent issue of BHG’s American Patchwork and Quilting, which is evidently focused on old quilts, so I subscribed. I have an antique quilt at the farm that is very heavy, undoubtedly carrying a century’s worth of dust, and taking up too much space. Since it’s tied, I’m thinking of removing the top, which would make it more practical for storage. Disposing of it another way is not out of the question, since I don’t even know who made it.
Pretend glass slippers
Finished dress

Amongst the cooking and cleaning (not much of either), I finished the Cinderella dress for Emmy’s doll. My latest AG doll, Maryellen, was pleased to model the dress. After struggling to sew hooks and eyes on the back closure, I didn’t like the way it looked, so I removed them and used Velcro (no easy feat). With attachment of the collar, the dress was finished. It was a fun and rewarding project.
Back view

Mike called late afternoon from Truckee, I think. He sounded better. The day had been less strenuous and he arrived at his motel, a nice place with amenities, at 3:30.

Tomorrow – shopping. (And it will be a Diet Coke day!) KW


Chris said...

Oh how I loved this post! First, the dress is absolutely gorgeous!! Emmy will love it. When I saw your shoe order, I wondered if those would be the shoes for the dress. Perfect match. And tell Maryellen she did a fabulous job of modeling. :-)

Second, YAY for the staycation rewards!!! You do deserve them! Can't wait to see the little red-haired doll when she arrives. Hooray for you!!

Be sure you buy the October issue locally. That will ensure that your subscription will start with that issue; if you don't buy it, your subscription will start with December. Murphy's Law. At least that's the way it's always been with me--unless you were able to specify which issue you wanted to start with. I've tried various quilt magazines and always come back to this one. Great patterns and each issue features a designer. I love reading about them and seeing their sewing spaces. Last issue featured Jenny Doan of MSQ.

Kathy said...

Thanks for the affirmation, Chris.

Undoubtedly good advice about buying the October issue. I had the same thought and briefly looked for it when I went shopping but didn't find it. (I didn't go to Jo-Ann's.)