I've been thinking this but not typing it...for fear of jinxing it...it's nice to be writing. I used to blog daily...yes...Live Journal. I'm older than you may think. A lot of things squelshed it. Depression hitting new lows after 3/11 the Tohoku quake and everything at Fukushima. The great NEED to write for emotional reasons … Continue reading Gratitude and pictures.
Let me start with corrections and omissions regarding this passage from the last post: “Oh, ancestors go-to-China!” exclaimed Emery Bag. “We live in the present, and I demand—I demand justice. I leave it to anybody if it’s fair to have twenty needles stuck into your heart at once!” A friend of mine contacted me to … Continue reading Chapter XII & XIII: Mary Frances’ Treasure Box & Making a Doll’s Apron.
Chapter XI begins with Mary asking grandmother for a piece of white lawn cotton. “Why, certainly, dear," said Grandma. ''You are such a good child. I am sure I never saw a little girl who was so able to amuse herself." "My, I wish I could explain about my little friends," thought Mary Frances, but … Continue reading Mr. Silver Thimble is the worst.
I debated skipping this chapter. I didn't make Mary Frances's Laundry Bag because I am awash in handmade things to put things in. It's where I started my self-taught machine sewing journey while in Japan...even before I owned a machine! I used a high school's home economics machines in my down time between teaching. You … Continue reading Chapter IX: A Doll’s Laundry Bag
After instructing Mary on hand stitching techniques, the Sewing Bird starts her on a grand sampler on canvas. I don’t intend to make one. Cross stitch doesn’t interest me much. I have no need to depict a small house terrorized by a giant black rabbit. Then the Sewing Bird reveals more about herself. ''Dear little … Continue reading Chapter VIII & IX: Sewing Bird Fairy Lady & Magic and Mystery
Where did we last leave Mary and her Thimble people? Background: Mary’s mother has never been very strong so Father has taken her to California for the summer while he’s there on business. Mary’s brother Billy, who is a first-class scout, is at scout camp where he is presumably learning about scouting with his peers … Continue reading Sewing Basket
I'm doing a no-buy November. If I were better at planning I would have thought ahead on what projects I'd like to work on and stock up on what I might need...but that's not who I am right now. The dark months of winter are coming. Despite being on a higher dosage of medication for … Continue reading Turkish Thrown Together.
I brought Snow home and I set to making a dress to check to make sure the patterns worked for the doll I'd bought. Unfortunately this meant skipping ahead in the pattern order. The Mary Frances sewing book comes with a series of inserted patterns and mine magically had all...except the first insert for Night-Gown, … Continue reading Making the Morning Dress