Friday, December 23, 2011

Paper Doll Set for Miss R

When our oldest grand, Miss K, was about 3 (too young for paperdolls) I made her a look-alike paper doll set.  The doll looked somewhat like her, and most of the clothes were things that she actually had.  I had made lots of them.  So, a couple of years ago, I made Miss J her set.  So now it is Miss R's turn.  I was late getting this to her for her birthday, but I let her know that there would be one more gift on its way.
                                                     Here is the princess herself.                                                                
 Easter 2011
 Ballet practice
 Christmas 2011
 Christmas 2010
 Easter 2010
 Fourth of July 2011
 Bumble Bee outfit
 Birthday 2011
 Birthday 2010
 Hair accessories
 UT fan, summer fun, a cool leggings outfit, and pjs
 Fall and winter
 Miss R ready to dance and twirl
 All dressed up
 Ready for a swim
 Going to a game
 Cutie pie - This is one outfit she really doesn't have, but I may have to make one like it.
 Magnet strips on the back

Monday, December 12, 2011

Boys are outfitted for Christmas!!!

As you can see here, I didn't make the shirts this year.  I just didn't have time.  I couldn't find one in a store in Little Little Man's size, so I ordered one to be sent to his house.  So, I just photographed his outfit without a shirt.  I forgot to tuck the tie in.  Oh well.                           
 The pants are a very, very soft houndstooth check.  I'm almost sure it is the same fabric, except in brown rather than black, that I made Big Little Man's coat from last year.  The coat is brown fake suede.  I lined the coat with a satin lining that I had in my stash.  The sweater vests are made from an XL man's sweater that I bought for $14.  I couldn't find what I wanted already made, didn't have time to really look, and didn't have time to knit
The above photos show Little Little Man's suit. The photos below show Big Little Man's suit.  LLM is one now, and walking!!!  BLM is 3 1/2, almost!  They are growing up!!!

Our little Miss R is 6 today.  She's the one who got the pink ruffled dress for Christmas.  I posted about it a couple of posts back, if you want to see it.  I posted about some other things I made for her birthday in my last post.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Reversible Christmas "and after" jumpers

Here is Lil' B's dress.  Hers has a tiny polka dotted background and Santa Buttons.  I guess the tree speaks for itself!                                                               
 The reverse side is fine welt corduroy with a big B and a bear.
 Lil'E's is a bit more standoutish.  I suppose that isn't a word, but I couldn't think of one that would work.
 The reverse of hers is also the fine welt corduroy with her initial, an E.  Hers has a butterfly.
I guess they'll wear these with white turtle neck shirts and big white bows in their hair (or green or red or black?????)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Three dresses done, and.......

.........2 more that just need buttons.  The boys' pants just need hems, buttons, and button holes.  Next will be boys' jackets and ties.  I'm not making the shirts this year.  There is not enough time.
In my last post I told you that I got on the Justice website and so did my three grands in Connecticut.  These are the dresses that they liked and the versions that I came up with for them..

The first one I'm showing is for Miss J.  She liked the ombre effect of the Justice dress.  She didn't really care about having the sequins.  She also wanted sleeves.  So, this was the only ombre fabric that I could find other than some that was orange, rust, yellow, etc.....  She loves purple, so I'm hoping she'll like this fabric.  The fabric is very shimmery.  Can you tell in the photo?

Next is Miss K's dress.  The one without sleeves is the Justice version.  Miss K wanted sleeves.  It's hard to tell from my photograph, but the fabric is very much the same as the Justice dress.

And then there is Miss R's dress.  She liked the black ruffled dress from the Justice website, but she wanted it to be pink and with sleeves.  I have made it with a tulle sash and I also make a chiffon sash that I didn't show here.   It looks wonky hanging on the dress form, but in real life it isn't.

 Miss R has her 6th birthday in a few days.  I borrowed another idea from Justice.  At school the other day, a little girl had on a dress that came from Justice.  It was a long sleeved tee shirt with a chiffon skirt sewn on the bottom.  I used sequined fabric for Miss R's skirt.
 I found these tights to go with this dress.  I sure hope Miss R likes all these sparkly things, since I also
 bought her this shirt to go with some gray jeans that are trimmed in pink.  I added these tulle and sequined butterflies.
You might remember these dresses from last year for our Lil'B and Lil'E.  They have moved from AZ to SC, so the people in SC haven't seen them yet.  I just let down the hem and added the green ribbon back into Lil'B's.  Her mom took the ribbon out after Christmas last year so she could wear it for Valentine's, etc....  Thank goodness, I put in a very big hem.
 For Lil'E, I had put in a deep hem and a growth tuck.  She may be able to wear this next year, too!  This is the Christmas side of the collar.
 Here's the Valentine's side.
So, this year, I am making them jumpers that are reversible.  One side has a Christmas applique, and the reverse side has an E on Lil'E's and a B on Lil'B's.  Lil'E's also has a butterfly and Lil'B's has a bear.  I'll show them as soon as I get the buttons on and take some photos.
The boys things are about half done, so I need to get busy!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I'm off to see the..................

fabrics and patterns, of the wonderful Hobby Lobby and maybe JoAnn's.  Since those are really the only two stores in our area that carry fabrics.  Well, I take that back, there's also Gina's and Katy's, so I may visit those, as well.  I've talked with my daughter, who is the mother of Misses K, J, and R.  They have looked at the Justus website and these are the dresses they like for the holidays and band/chorus concerts.  The first one is the one that Miss R, who is almost 6, likes best.  She wants it to be pink, however.  I will probably put sleeves in the dress, though.                                                                                    
 Below is Miss K's favorite.  She's 11.  She does want cap sleeves, though, so I'll need to look for a similar pattern with sleeves for her.  I probably have one already.
 Finally, this is the dress that Miss J likes best.  This is very similar to the one she liked best last year.  Finding the ombre fabric was the hard part, so I had to compromise.   I hope I'm able to find it this year.  Miss J does want sleeves, too.
 These bolero sweaters are pretty and practical.  I don't know that I'll try to make these, but I might keep my eyes open for possibilities.
Lil'E and Lil'B don't live where they did last year, and they are both able to wear the dresses they had then, with adjustments to length.  So, I'm just going to make them cute little holiday jumpers that are reversible, maybe.

The boys, Big Little Man and Little Little Man, both need some dressy clothes and not much else, so I will be on the look out for patterns and maybe some houndstooth fabric for jackets and coordinating fabrics for pants, shirts, and ties.
I'm on my way!!!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Santa and the Nativity

These are my latest paintings in store windows.  I painted these same windows last year, so I was happy to be asked to do them again!  The owner of this furniture store wanted one Santa picture and one  of the nativity.                                                                               

I enjoyed painting these except that I fell off the ladder and bruised my hip and elbow, but at least nothing was broken. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Winter Wonderland???????

On Thursday night of last week, we were at our daughter's house in MA.  It snowed, which we thought was pretty incredible, seeing as how it was only October 27th.  That evening we drove in snow to our daughter's house in CT.  It was pretty scary driving in all that snow!  Our MA daughter ended up with about 4 inches, and our CT daughter had about 2 inches. Amazing, right? WRONG!
 On Saturday, which is actually when we planned to leave up there and head back toward TN, this is what started happening!  This is our daughter's back yard after only an hour or so of the snow beginning to fall.
 This photo was taken from our hotel room in Hartford, and it's actually on it's side.  The snow was not falling to the ground, it was blowing horizontally because of the blizzard winds!!!  We were in a hotel, because our daughter's power went out, trees were falling and breaking everywhere, and we were afraid we wouldn't be able to make it to the interstate the next morning.  We had decided by this point to wait out the storm and drive straight through on Sunday.  Our daughter and her family went to the hotel with us, because they were afraid a tree might fall on their house during the night, and like I said earlier, they had no power.
 Following are some of the photos I shot on the way through Connecticut and New York.  Interstate 84 was closed near Carmel and Kent, NY.  We had to detour, and of course had no idea where we were going.  We ended up getting back on 84 a mile or so before the detour began, so we had to detour again.  This time we turned the other direction, and ended up on highway 50, which was also closed.  We spent an hour or more at a Blimpie's until the interstate opened back up.  The entrance ramp was right next to this Blimpie's.  We drank coffee, ate a biscuit, and listened to lots of comments by lots of other people who were also stranded!
 Some of the sites were beautiful!

 See the fall colors peeping out from under the snow and ice?  Weird!
We made it home, though, with only a couple of hours added to our normal drive.  We both had to get up and go to work yesterday morning, and even though we are tired, we managed okay.  Our daughter in CT still has no power, her children haven't had school so far this week, and it's been called off for tomorrow already, but worst of all, Halloween was called off in CT!!!  Our daughter in MA fared a lot better.  Her power is still on!

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