Sunday, August 31, 2008

Easy Breezy Backsack

I've finished this Easy Breezy Backsack for my show next weekend, it turned out so cool, I really like it. I quilted the outside of the backsack and the pocket. It has a bunch of pockets inside too. I'm going to make another one of these today but out of different materials. We're going to pack up our trailer today too with our display for the show. LOTS to do before next weekend, wish me luck not going crazy, lol. Have a wonderful Labor day weekend everyone, I'll be laboring!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I got these dollies finished today!

I got these 3 dollies finished today. I have named them Cherry Annie and her kittens. I really like how they turned out the pictures don't do them justice though. They were lots of work, I think the cat lovers will like them, I know I sure do, lol. The hours and minutes are counting down now so it's hard to decide on what to make next. I started a backpack purse today, I am making it with really fun colors, brown, green and purple so it's gonna be cute. Well take care, gotta go now.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Two sets of dolls done!

I have finished these two sets of dolls for my show. The Annie's on the top are holding little sock monkeys, they turned out so adorable! The dolls on the bottom are holding Scottie dogs, they also turned out adorable! Now I am making some Annie's that are holding an armful of kittens. I need to get busy now so have a great day!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Song Tag!

I've been song tagged by Jenny from Wonders of Whimsy.
The rules if you want to play along are:
1. Post the link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 songs you are embarrassed to admit to others that you like and tell why.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post.

1. Baby Got Back - Sir Mix Alot (kinda nasty but I have a big butt so it is fun to dance to)
2. Low - Flo Rida (it has a good beat and makes me whanna dance)
3. Forever and Always - Shania Twain (don't really think she is a good singer kinda cheezy)
4. Songbird - Kenny G
5. Breathless - Kenny G
(everyone that knows me always makes fun of me cause I love him so much,
it makes me feel like I'm floating and is relaxing)
I'm tagging the following people. Sorry about the tagging I also need more blogger friends.
1. Renee from BirchBerry Farms
2. Cindy from Cynthia Lee Designs
5. Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
6. Nicole from Raggedy Old Annies
7. I can't think of a 7th one sorry!

My highlights of the state fair.

We saw Rissi Palmer at the state fair in the Leinie Lodge Bandshell, it's free. She was so good I really enjoyed her singing. This is her website Rissi Palmer if you want to check it out.

We also saw the Hypno-Chick De'Anna. Hypno-Chick - Hypnosis, Hypnotism, Hypnosis Download, Downloads for Hypnotism, this is her website if you want to check it out. She hypnotised people from the audience. It was hilarious! She had them talking Japanese, or at least they thought they were and they could totally understand eachother. We laughed our butts off. This show was also free.
We saw so many great free shows that day but these two were the best. Also ate lots of great food. My sister and two brothers went with us they are all from out of state so it was their first MN state fair. They loved it. One of my brothers and my sister ate bacon on a stick, they said it was pretty good. They had to try it since it seemed like one of the weirdest things to have on a stick. We saw one lady there with shorts overalls with only a lace purple bra underneath, not good, lol.
So now I've had a few days off I need to get back to work so today I'm gonna start the doll making again. I have to get a lot done this week it's my last full week before Little Falls so wish me luck staying focused. Have a GREAT Sunday!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Our 33rd Anniversay!

It's our 33rd Anniversary today! I am one lucky woman, my husband is amazing! Each year keeps getting better and better. I'm so glad I get to spend the rest of my life with this man. We started out young and a lot of people didn't think we would make it but we did and are more in love than ever. It wasn't always easy but we had each other to get through the tough times and have gotten stronger because of it. I can't wait for the next 50, lol.

I got a blog award!

I got a blog award! I am so excited! I recieved it from Cindy from Cynthia Lee Designs . How cool is that! I haven't been blogging for too long and have so much more to learn but it has been so much fun! I love connecting with people all across the country that are all trying to make a living with there artist talents.
Here is how the award works:
Proudly post this award on your blog. Pick seven other blogs to give this award to. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know you have given them this award. Put them on your link/blogroll and link list the person you recieved the award from.
These are the blogs I have chosen:
- Cindy from Cynthia Lee Designs
- Renee from BirchBerry Farms
- Jenny from Wonders of Whimsy
- anniescupboards
- Tonya from ~Back Porch Pickins~ Thoughts & Tid-bits From My Heart...
- Nicole from RaggedyOld Annies
- Heather from HELLOmynameisHeather


Thursday, August 21, 2008

One of my brother's collages

This is one of my brothers great collages that he makes out of found objects and antiques. He has such a wonderful imagination. He will have his great collection at my Little Falls art fair booth this year.
I started some more dolls yesterday so that's what I'll be working on today. Hopefully I can get a lot done, the clock is ticking on my big show, YICKS!
I have to go train to be an election judge tonight, that should be interesting. Not sure if I will get to be one but have to train just in case.
Tomorrow we're going to the big MN state fair. Hopefully we will have nice weather they are talking about possible severe weather later in the day to evening. I sure hope not that wouldn't be too fun, ewww.
Well I gotta go now have a great day!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Two more Annie's done

These are two more Annie's that I've gotten done. I'll be finishing up 4 more Annie's today then I'll be on to the next batch of dollies. These round headed dolls are all the rage right now, I wonder what all my doll ladies at the craft fair will think. I have to get a lot done today and tomorrow because I'm gonna be taking the whole day off on Friday to go to the MN State Fair with a whole group of family members. Three of them have never been to a state fair before so it should be fun, they'll get some real MN culture at it's best, lol.
I best get crackin then so have a awesome day!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Can you believe I finally finished some dolls!

These are two of the dolls I finished last night. I love how they turned out! I needle felted their noses and hair, what fun, it was the first time doing that for me. I have 4 of the Hallows Eve Annie's (a Back Porch Pickins pattern) that are in the top pictures and 2 black and 6 white Annie's that are in the bottom picture. I put lots of detail in each one. I made one black and one white of the Annie's with pumpkin treat baskets. I am going to start another batch of dolls now, some will be Annie's with Scottie dogs and some will be Annie's with sock monkeys. It feels so good to be productive, I am loving it! Have a great day!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Bountiful Harvest!

I just LOVE being able to go out to my garden for fresh veggies! My garden isn't very big but wow does it please! It makes me spoiled to be able to just decide on what to make for dinner according to what is available in my garden that day. I wish I could have a garden all year long! Well I gotta get back to doll making now, hope you all have a productive day!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Basket full of dollies!

I have this whole basket full of dollies to finish today. They will be getting a coffee bath in a minute. Four of them will be Halloween party girls and some will be Raggedy Ann's . All of their dresses have tons of detail in them, I worked on them all day yesterday and didn't get done. I am going to be making dolls all this week so I'll have a lot of dolls by the big show (Little Falls). I hope all of my doll lovers are there this year, hehe, you know who you are! It's so hard to be inside working, our weather has been gorgeous this weekend. Hope you're all doing something fun today!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

New purses done!

I just finished these purses yesterday. One of them is sold already. It was an order from a girl my daughter works with, I think she is picking the one in the bottom left picture. I LOVE them all and can't decide which one I like the best. The work on these is never ending, lots and lots of pieces but they turned out awesome didn't they! I carry one like this myself and it is the perfect size, my favorite purse ever so far that is. I am working on a batch of dolls now I have all the bodies done they just need staining and the dresses cut out I will be sewing my butt off today then staining tomorrow then the fun part starts when they become real with the finishing, that's my favorite part when I get to give them character.
Well I'm off to work now I hope you all have a happy and safe weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New purses!

These are 3 of the new purses that I've made. I took a picture of the inside of each one so you can see what the inside looks like. I always try to make the insides special too. They are SOOOOO cool the pictures don't do them justice, I think they will be a hit. Real stinkers to make but love the way they turned out. I will be finishing up 5 more purses today that are a different style. I had an order for one so thought I would make multiples instead of just one so I can sell them at the show. I also have lots of dollies started for you dolly lovers. Well I better get to work now, byeeeeeeee.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sunrise and sunset when we were on our way home from Colorado.

This was the sunrise the morning we left Colorado last week. It almost looks like a sunset but it is the sunrise. It was a beautiful drive leaving Steamboat Springs until we got to Nebraska which was boring.
This was the sunset on the same day, in Nebraska. Isn't the sky pretty. This is my favorite part of the day. Hope you are all having a great week. I am getting lots done, yippee!

Monday, August 11, 2008

I ordered these new business cards today.

These are the new business cards I ordered today online. I hope I like them when they get here. I only ordered 200 so I can make sure I like them before I order a bunch. I worked on a ton of stuff today. I was hoping to work late with no interruptions but that never works does it. The interruptions that I had were good ones though. My parents stopped by, it's always GREAT seeing them and showing my Mom all the new things I'm making, she is always so good for my self esteem. Also one of my husbands dear friends that is suffering from brain cancer and his wife stopped by so it was so nice seeing them. Well I better be off to bed so I can start fresh again tomorrow.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

We'll have some of these for our show.

My husband Gordy has made more of these for our upcoming craft show. They were a big hit last year so he has made more, some of the new ones are a little differant, it all depends on what cool things he finds to make them out of. I have one in my yard and I get tons of compliments on it, it's a great conversation piece.
I've been working on lots of new stuff so I better get busy now. Gordy and I have to work at the Benton County Fair in the Sportsmen's wildlife building from 2:30 - 6:30 today. It's always nice to see lots of old friends there. Hope you're all having a nice weekend, the summer is getting shorter, that's sad huh.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

My brother Al's pillows!

This picture is of some of the pillows that my brother Al has made. Aren't they beautiful! They all have leather backs on them, each one is totally differant and so unique. Look for these at the show in Little Falls MN in Sept., or email me to buy them.
I got a lot done yesterday even though I don't have a finished product to show for it. I had to do lots of prep work to get things started. I am working on about 10 differant projects at once. The big push is on! My head is spinning so look out......

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

OMG, it's only one month till my big craft show!

Wow, can you believe it's only a month until my biggest craft show! The summer has flown by hasn't it! It's the 36th annual Little Falls arts and crafts fair in Little Falls MN. The dates are September 6-7th.
My booth space is I-6 & 7 kitty corner from the police station.
This is the website for all the info on it:
I hope you can all attend. I will have LOTS of new and unique things. Yicks, it sure makes me nervous to think I only have a month left to fill my booth, no pressure or anything, lol. I need to get creating now so I'll see you at the arts and crafts fair.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Check out my slideshow with some of my pics from my trip last week to Colorado!

Last week my husband and I were in Steamboat Springs visiting my daughter Rochelle and her husband Kevin and of course my granddog Roxy. We had a terrific time with them. They are awesome hosts and took use on an amazing hike up by Rabbit Ears pass so most of the pictures on the slideshow were taken that day. I also got to see my sister, brother in-law and nephew, and also another nephew from my husband's side was passing through so we got to see him too. We had a lot of great quality time with my daughter and her husband, which we needed since we don't get to see eachother enough, maybe enough for them though, lol. It's so hard having her so far away but they sure have a wonderful life there in Steamboat Springs. There are so many great things to do in that town anytime of the year. This picture was taken at the top of the mountain in Steamboat Springs, you need to ride the gondola up to this spot. We had a delicious lunch up there with this GREAT view, can you ask anything better.
I did get some work done while I was there, that helped me not stress out too bad about being gone. Now I have tons to do so best get going. Hope you enjoy the slideshow.

My Steamboat Springs Colorado trip.

Friday, August 1, 2008

New bags!

Hi, everyone! Happy TGIF! These are two of the new bags that I finished yesterday. They can be used as overnight bags, carry on bags or if you like carrying a big purse for everyday. They are so roomy and have 2 large pockets inside with one of them with a separation in it so there are actually 3 pockets. I've pre-washed the material so they can be easily washed which to me is a HUGE plus. I have 4 more all cut out and ready to go so hopefully they will be a good seller. Best get busy now so have a happy and safe weekend everyone!