Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas at Casa de Carreon

Translation - Christmas at the house of the Carreons. 
All three trees are decorated.

 My pot belly cabinet decorated with some Jim Shore things.
 The Three Wise men

Several small vignettes through out the house using my Jim Shore collection.

Can't forget the jolly old fellow.

Traditional Christmas tamales made and ready to be steamed cooked Christmas morning.  Shopping and most of the baking just about completed.  I'd say we are just about ready to join in the fun with family coming to Texas from California, Minnesota and Canada.

This will be my last post until 2014.  I'll be spending time with family and friends.  After the holidays I'll get excited about creating some new dolls.  Hope you'll come back and see them.

Here's wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.  Enjoy this time with your family and friends and make some wonderful memories with them. 

Warm Christmas hugs,

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Holidays!

 The holiday craft show is now over and I'm happy to report that it was a wonderful show.  This year my sister-in-law and I shared a booth and happy to report it was a big success for the two of us.  Great team work!  

I know the pictures aren't that great, but I forgot my camera and had to use my phone camera.

This is the last batch of dolls for the year.  They are all going to one customer - hope she likes them.  I won't be creating any more dolls until after the holidays.  I want to take this time to prepare and enjoy the holidays with my family, my ailing 90 year young Mom and Dad and my dear friends.  Thanks to all my customers who bought my dolls and a special thank you for your wonderful, sweet comments.  It always brings a warm smile to my heart when hearing your nice comments. 
This is by far my favorite time of the year - Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Both of these holidays means being thankful for all my blessings, for my family and friends and most important of all the birth of Jesus Christ.
Have a wonderful, safe and blessed holidays!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Still a crafting...

Just got back from the International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas.  It's an annual event that my two sisters and sister-in-law make each year.  Lots of laughter (cause each one is crazy silly), shopping and some wine.  All a great time.  The santa pillow (sorry a little fuzzy) is one of the patterns that I bought.  Actually I bought the kit that included the frame.  But that is going to be for me!  I made the pillow for my craft show.  He is so cute. It has seed beads on his hat, brim and the bottom white border.  Then add a little rusty bell at the cap end.  This is a new pattern by Little Bits by Joan - pattern #337 A Visit From St Nick, in case you are interested.

How about some glittery white Christmas star ornaments.

Or a falling star right into a rusty bed spring?  This idea came from a picture I saw in Pinterest. 
Don't forget to change your clocks this weekend - have a wonderful week.
warm hugs, 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Still working on the holiday show

 Hello friends!  It's been a while since I last blogged, but as you can see I've been busy hustling with crafting for the week long show mid November.  Everything from Santas, snowmen, holiday dolls, ornaments, pillows you name it - I've had my hands in it.
The snowman above is the largest snowman I've ever done.  He measures 24 inches and feels like he is almost as wide!  Cyndy from Crafty Stitches made one and I loved it so I asked her where she'd gotten the pattern.  It's from Crooked River Mercantile.  Their snowman was a little more primitive.

I love working with wool so I always have plenty of pillows (small, medium and large) with wool appliqued.  I made 5 of the smaller Santa that is shown.  I normally only do about 5 or so of the same kind. I like mixing it around.

 I always have plenty of ornaments.  I made a dozen of the angels and a few of the fal la la la la.  I also like mixing up the ornaments - I have a tub full already tagged.  I didn't want to pull them out for photos.

More pillows and some stockings.

And last but not least a Merry Christmas wool wall hanging.
Hope you enjoyed viewing some of my work that I've been working on for the show.  I have some wonderful customers who are patiently waiting for the show to be over so that I can start working on their custom dolls.  My Etsy shop is empty too :(
Until next time - have a safe and blessed week!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

My very first doll....

This is my very first attempt in sewing raggedy dolls with painted faces.  Wow - I certainly needed a lot of practice!  She is sooo funny looking, but she brings a smile to my heart each time I see her.  Her color is uneven (my attempt in the tea dying department).  I baked her so long that she has dark streaks on the arms and the back of her head.  As for her hairdo, don't know what I was thinking about!

Most of the time she likes hanging out with me in the craft room while I create other dolls.  Of course I always reassure her that she is still the most beautiful one! 
Sometimes she will hang out in the kitchen up on the bread box as the first picture shows or she likes sitting outside by my fairy garden pot.  Love her!
This is one of a few dolls I've managed to finish for my Holiday show.  I loved this fabric (which was purchased last year) and couldn't wait to make a dress for a Christmas doll - only took me year!

This Raggedy Annie and Andy stocking is from a Sweet Meadows Farm pattern. 
Thanks for stopping by.  Getting ready to sew more dolls for the show.  Have a wonderful week and until next time, take care. 


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

From Witches to Santa

Took a little time off from Christmas crafting to make these little witches.  I had a custom order for a Halloween doll and I'm giving her an option from orange or black haired witch.  These little witches aren't a bit scary - just sweet and ready for some trick or treating. 

 This Santa is a little different for me.  I normally do the traditional red outfit and thought I'd change it a bit.  I'd say like a little primitive.  His gown is tea stained osnaburg fabric. 
Well, I shall continue the sewing.  Thank you all for stopping by and visiting my blog.
Until next time - have a wonderful week and a safe Labor Day weekend!
sweet hugs,

Monday, August 12, 2013


 A new doll added to my Etsy shop.  Staying busy, but had an urge to make another raggedy doll.  
 Casey comes with her house-trained kitty kat.
Happy Monday!


Friday, August 9, 2013

Believe it or not - I have finally started my crafts for the upcoming show in late November!
Lets start off with some Santas.
 Then we can't forget a snowman.  This little guy is made out of wool and will become a pillow when finished.
 And besides doing the holiday crafting I took some time to make these adorable little hanging pillows.
 The cute kids are my granddaughter and my great nieces and nephew.  I just took some photos from instagram and printed them using photo fabric paper.  Stuffed them with some potpourri and added a ribbon - ready to hang.  Those were fun. 
 Here is my version of a fairy garden.  I read a post from a blogger friend who had started a fairy garden early spring.  When I saw how pretty her garden turned out I wanted one.  The only problem  I had was starting too late in the season and I couldn't find any fairies to add to my garden.  If you look close enough there is a gnome peeking out from the left side.  I think it came out alright considering it was my first one.  Have any of you tried putting together a fairy garden?
 What a hot summer Texas is having - can you believe 102-104 temperatures!  With heat like this it's kinda hard thinking about snowmen and santas.  At least I'm trying.  Until next time.  Have a wonderful weekend and be safe!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Finally a finished doll... meet Marlee

Here she is - Marlee and her raggedy annie doll.  She was supposed to be finished way before the 4th of July, but things just got in the way.  Like a master bedroom makeover, new floors in the bedroom and the walk-in closet.  So when one paints and adds new flooring in a closet guess what else happens?  Sorting out old clothes (plus those small sizes you once bought and just knew you could fit in after shedding a few pounds!) and shredding old papers that are not needed anymore.  I swear - cleaning the closet out was at least 5 days of work!  Glad that's all over with!
Now I can seriously start some Christmas crafting - like the saying goes "Christmas in July!"
I better hurry, July is just about coming to an end soon - where does the time fly when your having fun!
Have a wonderful weekend - until next time!
Sweet hugs,

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Working on my Block of the Month

I'm back, although no new dolls to post, just working on my BOMs.  As posted a while back I started a class that meets once a month.  This is the pattern: 
This is block # 3.
 and block #4
I really enjoy working on this project.  Can't wait until it is all done.  It will measure 50" x 52" when completed and I'm still not sure where it will hang.
Meanwhile I've been busy redoing our master bedroom.  Hubby and I painted this weekend.  Wow, I forgot I'm not 30 anymore!  Had a bit of a sore back the last couple of days.  Moving furniture will do that!  In a couple of days we will tackle painting our walk-in closet and then the bathroom.  We would like to have it done before July 6th when it is estimated our wood floors will be installed.  Yes folks, time to rip out the carpet!  You really don't need it here in South Texas weather.
Never a dull moment and who said retirement is retirement? 
I haven't given up on doll making (yet).  I have a pair of striped legs that just needs a body to attached itself to!  Hopefully soon.  I really had in mind for a patriotic doll, but I don't see that in my crystal ball for this 4th of July!
Until next time - take care and have a wonderful and safe 4th of July with your loved ones!



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