Thursday, January 29, 2009

Who am I?

So, I'm a Doris Day, huh? I guess I'm not surprised. She was neither glamorous nor exciting. Oh well, what was I thinking? Did I really think I would be a Jackie or a Marilyn ? After all I am a granmomma/teacher type. I'm happy with that.

I can't imagine Marilyn or Jackie with an iron in her hand. Doris, yes. This is what I've been doing for the past hour and a half. The sad thing is - I like to iron. It's a good time to think, and oh! how much fun it is to see those wrinkles go away. Yeah, I know it's pathetic!

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You Are a Doris!


You are a Doris -- "I must help others."

Dorises are warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive to other people's needs.



How to Get Along with Me
  • * Tell me that you appreciate me. Be specific.
  • * Share fun times with me.
  • * Take an interest in my problems, though I will probably try to focus on yours.
  • * Let me know that I am important and special to you.
  • * Be gentle if you decide to criticize me.



In Intimate Relationships
  • * Reassure me that I am interesting to you.
  • * Reassure me often that you love me.
  • * Tell me I'm attractive and that you're glad to be seen with me.



What I Like About Being a Doris
  • * being able to relate easily to people and to make friends
  • * knowing what people need and being able to make their lives better
  • * being generous, caring, and warm
  • * being sensitive to and perceptive about others' feelings
  • * being enthusiastic and fun-loving, and having a good sense of humor



What's Hard About Being a Doris
  • * not being able to say no
  • * having low self-esteem
  • * feeling drained from overdoing for others
  • * not doing things I really like to do for myself for fear of being selfish
  • * criticizing myself for not feeling as loving as I think I should
  • * being upset that others don't tune in to me as much as I tume in to them
  • * working so hard to be tactful and considerate that I suppress my real feelings



Dorises as Children Often
  • * are very sensitive to disapproval and criticism
  • * try hard to please their parents by being helpful and understanding
  • * are outwardly compliant
  • * are popular or try to be popular with other children
  • * act coy, precocious, or dramatic in order to get attention
  • * are clowns and jokers (the more extroverted Dorises), or quiet and shy (the more introverted Dorises)



Dorises as Parents
  • * are good listeners, love their children unconditionally, and are warm and encouraging (or suffer guilt if they aren't)
  • * are often playful with their children
  • * wonder: "Am I doing it right?" "Am I giving enough?" "Have I caused irreparable damage?"
  • * can become fiercely protective


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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My grand dogs are UT fans

 I thought you might enjoy seeing my grand dogs (I have 2 others now, but I don't have their photos).  I made these University of Tennessee jackets for them a year or so ago.  I wove orange and white ribbon together to make "fabric" and went from there.  The dog with the baby is Boomer.    He was born on the 4th of July, but his name really fits him.  He is the funniest dog I've ever been around.  His "sister" Emory sure does have fun with him.  
The Pekinese belonged to another daughter.  She and her husband got him very shortly after they were married 10 1/2 years ago, so she, Gizmo, was very much a part of the family and very loved.  All three of my daughter's little girls loved her so much.  She died a year or so ago.  It was very sad.  I'm glad I have this photo of her.  Now, my daughter's family has a new dog, Patches, that I will need to sew for soon.  
I have made my other grand dog, Sissy,  the same jacket, and need to get her photo, too.  

Monday, January 26, 2009

Thank you,  Angelia

I am so excited about being nominated for this award since I am a fairly new blogger, and because I was nominated by someone as talented as Angelia at Sew Much to Sew.  Hers was the first sewing blog I ever read.  I was so inspired by her blog that I decided to start my own.
I had to learn how to link things to my blog!  Fun!  I had been planning to learn how to do this, anyway!
I have read so many great blogs since getting into this venture that it was hard to nominate just seven, but these are some that I especially enjoy.

Thank you, ladies, for giving me a place to go for inspiration and ideas!

Here are the directions for passing on this award.
1.  Copy this award to your site.
2.  Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3.  Nominate seven other bloggers.
4.  Link those to your blog.
5.  Leave a message on the blogs you nominated.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

2 Posts in one day? Just trying to catch up!

Hi, again.  Yes, this is my second post today.  I'm just trying to make up for deleting my old posts.  I really thought I didn't have time to be blogging, and I was probably right.  I haven't gotten much done today except for reading other blogs and posting 2 of my own.  

For those of you who didn't see the little outfit that I made for my grandson (we call him "Little Man")  I'm posting a picture of his jeans, jacket, and hat.  I made a label to put in his jacket and one for the pocket.  The one on his pocket says, "Heartbreaker" because that's what he is.  His outfit is made from the Simplicity 3582 pattern, at least the jacket and hat are. This was the simplest hat I've ever made.  I had to make up the pants to make them into jeans.  The pattern had elastic waisted pants.  I put in a zipper, side pockets, back pockets, and made the double stitched seams that real jeans have.

Now for my pink and brown  polka dots, paisleys,  stripes, butterflies, and flowers.  The jumper that has the butterflies flying across the front is the reverse of the brown with the big butterfly on the front.   This is for my 3 year old grand  daughter.  Pattern 3662 from Simplicity is what I used to make this dress.  

Our 17 month (as of today) grand daughter is getting reversible pants and vest.  She can wear the vest and pants in any combination she and her mom decide on for the day.  I can't get the other photo to post.  The reverse side of the vest is fuzzy pink and has heart shaped pockets with bows on them.  The reverse of the pants is polka dots.  I used Simplicity 3582 on hers, too.  It was not supposed to be reversible, but with very few adjustments, I was able to make it so.

Next is the jumper for our 6 year old.  This is  McCall's pattern 5694.  Jenna is also getting a vest which she can wear with this jumper or maybe with a pair of jeans.  Her vest is not reversible (I didn't have enough of the polka dot or flower fabric)  and is the pink fuzzy fabric with a turnback lapel made of the flower fabric like her jumper.

Kellen's (our 8 year old) dress has a "Y" yoke.  Hers is paisley and polka dots. It has a draw string in the back to gather it with.   She has a vest, too, which is reversible.  Pink fuzzy and paisley.  She'll probably want to wear it with jeans, too.  Hers is made from a McCall's Easy stitch 'n Save (and it was easy!)  5685.  I made the top and just lengthened it.

Now, what to do for Easter!?!  I have some heirloom ideas in mind.  The Sew Beautiful ( magazine has some very pretty dresses that I may take bits and pieces from for our girls.  I don't know about Little Man's outfit yet.

Recycled From The Past

I posted some of these before, but when I decided not to blog anymore they were deleted.  Since I really missed blogging (in just two days away) I decided to repost a few of the children's garments I had posted before that show what I like to do best.  The white and beige dress has antique lace sewn together for the bodice and on the sleeves.  There are antique lace medallions inserted in the madeira applique around the hemline.  The embroidery is a combination of shadow embroidery and a variety of stitches.  The antique buttons on the back, which you can't see, are hand crocheted and beautiful!  The collar is trimmed with antique lace, as well. 

The blue bishop style dress, has no antique anything in it.  It's the first bishop style dress I ever made.  I've done lots of smocking, but just not this style.  As you can see, I really like madeira applique. 

Here you see dresses that incorporate pillowcases, handkerchiefs, linen napkins, and crocheted place mats.

These two outfits show the use of huck towels as a collar and a bodice. 
 Remember huck toweling?  It is a type of woven fabric
 that has a weave that is conducive to hand
 weaving a design into it.  My aunt made
 these all the time and taught me how.
  I don't know if you can still buy huck
 toweling anywhere.  Does anyone know?

The last two dresses are made using antique fabrics.  I really had fun embellishing these 
fabrics and using all kinds of heirloom techniques in these dresses.

Friday, January 23, 2009

I'm starting over.  I decided I didn't have time to blog, but in just a couple of days I realized I missed it too much to stop.  So, I'm starting again.  I don't know if my previous posts are gone, or if my links still work, but I guess I'll find out soon.  
This is our cat, Vanilla Ripple.  She is almost 18 years old.  She's been sick some in the past year, but for the most part is still going strong.  She still runs around like a kitten trying to catch a spool of thread, etc.., just not as often as she used to.  
This is all for today.  I want to check to see if all I had before is lost, etc...  I also want to see if my old links still work.  I'll probably be back tomorrow.    

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