Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hello!

The Princess is dressed - accessories and crown to be added later - and the dust ruffle is on the bed. I have started making the mattresses and pads and she is sitting higher now on 4-5 of them! Photos tomorrow.

In the right hand corner of the photo you can see a beautiful handcrafted pillow and afghan. My aunt Sally crocheted this for me over 25 years ago. I had used it for a doll at that time but kept it when that doll was sold as I could not part with it. My aunt has since passed and when Sally crocheted this beauty her eyesight was failing and this has made this gift even more special. It is perfect for a princess and now will be showcased on this finished creation.







Asleep on my photo background.


Oh Oh ! Busted!


Well, you weren't using it!

Thank you for visiting my blog today! We have rain here in this part of WI - good for making everything green! Our tornado season has begun but I am so happy that winter is over - it seemed like the longest one known to man! Wishing you a good day today!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Princess Has Pantaloons and My First Applique

Hello!

The Princess has her pantaloons - and is sitting by my first applique. I have taken a class and this is the piece we are making - mine will be a wall hanging. I now have to add a thin border, a large border and the edging. It has been fun but with my poor eyesight I need to sew at my workdesk with my OTT lights as the stitches are VERY small! :<) Tomorrow I will share photos of the Princess in her nightgown and sitting on her bed that now has a dust ruffle and two mattresses!




Some photos of Jimbo playing with one of his favorite - and cheap - toys. Empty plastic bags! He is so funny! I have to put them away when he is done so he won't hurt himself as I saw how easily one of the handles could get around his neck as he jumps in and out and under so fast!







Thank you for visiting my  blog today! Wishing YOU a fun day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bed For The Princess Doll

Hello!

The Princess ha a bed! My son Jim helped me make it while he was here for Easter weekend. I started with wood but had no small saw that worked. So I used one of the 3-sided display boards that I had here - as I could cut that with a utility knife -  and assembled it using a hot glue gun. I wanted a whimsical look to go with the style of doll so painted it a bright Kelly Green with acrylic paint. The board took the paint really well and only had to use two coats. Now I am working on the dust ruffle and mattresses. The Princess is now dressed also so will share those photos tomorrow.



I had not created for so long that Jimbo was used to my workdesk chair being "HIS" chair from the time he came to live with me. He is very good about sitting in the window or on the cat tree when I am in the chair but he is long suffering and as soon as I leave to do something else (like laundry) he is on the chair. When I return to work again he turns to me and has that look like "What, again?" I wish there was room for two chairs. :<)


Thank you for visiting my blog today! We have beautiful sunshine today in this part of WI - everything is green and Spring flowers are blooming. I can't wait to see the flowering trees! Wishing you a lovely day today!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Monday, April 21, 2014

Princess And The Pea Doll Progress

Hello,

At long last the little Princess doll is on her way to be completed. She is quite different in design than the dolls I have done in the past. A bit stylized whimsy. Jim and I made her bed to fit this style - will share those photos tomorrow. I am now working on her clothes and then will start on all of the mattresses and bedding needed for this princess.






Thank you for visiting my blog today! We had beautiful weather here in this part of WI for Easter weekend - 78 degrees! I had the windows wide open and it was wonderful to feel the warm air! Jimbo was in his glory of course - both window seats were filled most of the day. :<) Isn't he getting big?


Today it is still very warm at 62 degrees this morning - but guess a thunder storm may be in the forecast. Wishing you a happy day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Greetings!

Hello!
A few more cards to wish a Happy Easter wish to everyone!




Thank you for visiting my blog today! I have been working on my applique, my "Princess and the Pea" doll and Jim helped me make her doll bed yesterday so will have creations to share next week! Have a good Sunday afternoon!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Perfectly Pinkalicious

Hello!

My Easter cards this year are using one of Mo Manning's new images "Easter Bunny Bo" - he is a cutie and I love all of the little chicks! I am entering this card in Mo's current challenge with the theme of "Perfectly Pinkalicious". You can enter your PINK creation at http://mosdigitalchallenge.blogspot.com/ - join in the fun! 


Jimbo has a new favorite place to watch me while I sit at my workdesk as "his" chair is in use during the time I am sitting in it. Since he came to live with me as a 6 week old kitten - these past many weeks when I haven't been creating - he came to know this chair as his favorite resting place. In the afternoons I would be resting in my recliner and he would be taking a nap in this chair - where he could see me. He follows me to whatever room I am in and so when I started working at my workdesk again, he started sitting in the window. But at night, when the blinds were closed, he no longer wanted to sit there and so would try to sit on my machine table or the cutting table and it didn't work out very well. So, moving his small cat tree to the corner made it an option and now he loves to sit there whenever I am working.



Thank you for visiting my blog today! The weather here in this part of WI has been very on and off - trying to decide if it will be Spring or not. First we had a week of  temperatures in the 60's and then SNOW again! It is still much colder - 35 degrees right now and rain - but hopefully warmer weather is again on the way to stay! Wishing you a happy day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Friday, April 11, 2014

Brothers Are Blessings

Hello!

It has been such a long time since I have posted to my blog. I didn't even realize until friends and followers asked after me that it had been over a month. It has been a difficult time with daily pain/medical issues since mid December and a past year of seemingly never ending issues concerning my oldest son Jim who lives in an AFH - all of the above leaving me defeated and without motivation to create. 

One day in the mail I received a package from my brother Richard. When I opened it and saw what it was and read the note attached I started to cry. What a thoughtful and unexpected gift and the message reached my heart to know that he was thinking of me and knew how close I was to doing just that. He created this lovely pendant with a topaz stone - my birthday stone as I was born in November. He has just been working with wire and creating jewelry this past year and I am amazed at his works of art. Isn't this beautiful?

Thank you Richard for your kind thoughtfulness. You are the best! 





Another blessing of course has been my new kitten - now growing into a big cat - Jimbo/Buggy Bear. He is so beautiful and although his fur is silky like a rabbit, he still does not shed! I cannot believe how lucky I am with that! I have taken so many photos of Jimbo and will post some soon. He follows me from room to room, sleeps by me at night and is my constant companion.



Thank you to all who have written to ask me how I am doing - it is very kind of you to check my blog and good to know that you are there. Wishing you a happy day today! We have 62 degrees today in this part of WI - finally Spring is in the air! It has seemed like one of the longest winters known to man and I am so happy to feel the warm sunshine! I hope to make some Easter cards to share and I have taken applique classes and am working on a wall hanging project so hope to show my progress soon!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Friday, March 7, 2014

Jimbo's Sleep Dancing

Hello!

Jimbo's sleep times are as funny as his awake times. He is completely relaxed when he is sleeping and although he looks like he is stretching sometimes, he is sound asleep in that position. He loves to sleep on my bed when I am working on the computer or watching TV and when my son Jim is visiting he is always saying "Mom, this is a cute pose!" and I have to take another photo. :<)





A BIG yawn . . . .

and back to napping.

Not too long ago he was this size!

Thank you for stopping by today to visit my blog! It is a nice day here in this part of WI - gives one hope that there will be Spring weather soon! Wishing you a happy day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jimbo's Growing SO Fast

Hello!

Jimbo has grown so fast! It's like all of a sudden he has had a growth spurt! I don't think he is a 'teenager' yet - more like nursery school is over and he is in grade school. :<) He is still small but I realize how much he has grown when I compare the photos. He is so inquisitive and funny!

February 2, 2014


March 3, 2014


January 27, 2014



March 2, 2014

Thank you for visiting my blog today! Wishing you a happy one!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane
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