Monday, December 5, 2016

My Dollhouse Curtains are Done

I have finally finished the curtains for my dollhouse. I found it a very difficult task.  The bath and kitchen curtains were easy because I used a ready made lace for then. I used shrimp skewers for the curtain rods and bent straight pins to hold them up.  For the nursery I used scrap book paper with embroidery floss for the tassel.  I glued them in place.  My fat fingers had a terrible time getting into that corner.  The living room curtains are my least favorite. I had a hard time with the skewers and the pins with the bay windows.  The last one I finished was the bedroom.  I had a rubber pleater that my sister-in-law had given me. It doesn't work on polyester fabrics, but once I used cotton,it worked all right.  With the valence I could just glue everything in place and not worry about curtain rods. Now I just need to tackle some of the furnishings.                                                                                                                    


living room 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

An Autumn Quilt

Carole and I have been working on a quilt pattern that I bought several years ago.  It involves a lot of paper piecing.  Progress is slow.  We aim to finish it by next fall. Out of 161 squares we have finished 12.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Visitors from the South

Yesterday we had dinner with my mother, brother and his wife and their son and his family. Also my son, Jim, was there.  It was a fun occasion at the Dearborn Olive Garden.  Mike and Julie have their hands full with their handicapped child, Miles. He sure is the cutest, happiest little guy ever. Avery, their daughter, is as smart as a whip and besides that she likes the bunny quilt and dresses I made for her.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Getting Ready for Christmas

I have all my Christmas gifts sewed.  Placemats and napkins and  pillowcases to put the gifts in.  (I don't like to wrap presents.) All except for a satin one for Molly. I finished the christmas dresses for the little girls. I liked them.  I wonder what I should wear.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving Day

We went to small town Ohio for Thanksgiving.  Mary had a delicious dinner. I brought the pumpkin pie and hubby made the green bean casserole and Jim made a chopped salad that was so good I intend to have him make it for Christmas too. We got to meet Mary's puppy,Pepper, who couldn't be any cuter and so affectionate. Mary looks really good.  I am sorry I didn't take a picture of her beautiful table setting or to show how good she is looking.

Friday, November 18, 2016


My four year old grand daughters asked for dress-ups for Christmas. I had several pieces of taffeta and satin that great grandma had in her cedar chest. The fairy costume has a rainbow of taffetas in the skirt and a satin bodice.  I got the wings from Amazon. They came today.  I still have to make the headbands.  I bought flowers and a butterfly to glue on the headband.

      The princess dress is an orange satin.  The material was all in small pieces but I had lots of it. The hat is made of a tall party hat, ribbon and left over tulle from Mary's wedding veil.  It was really fun to do.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Annual Sewing Machine check up

Yesterday Hubby and I went to Ann Arbor.  I bought my Bernina sewing machine at the Ann Arbor Sewing Center. So even though it is quite a distance I take my machine there every fall to be cleaned and checked over. It makes for a nice drive and yesterday was a beautiful day. We went to lunch at our favorite Indian restaurant, Shalimar, We even drove out to look at the Palmer house.  It is a Frank Lloyd Wright house which we had just attended a landscaping lecture about.