Monday, February 8, 2016

Dressed In Her Sunday Best


Hello, Dear Ones. Well this is the last crocheted dress for Marion that I have to show you, for now. I'm getting a bit bored and am a little tired of crocheting so we'll see. But she is very happy to be dressed in a cute little dress with her purse and shoes. These are her clothes and she is not passing them on to Carter's doll.
I love to show the backs of her dresses too. They turn out pretty cute and this one has two little buttons.
Now we all know any little outfit for church needs a purse so I whipped one up with crochet thread. It's just the perfect size for a tiny little mirror, comb and a tad of lip gloss. She's too young for lipstick, ya know! ;)
And of course shoes! I know, I know, it's a little too early to be wearing white shoes but this is what Marion wanted and I aim to please. This is her outfit.
Well, I guess that's it because Marion is tired and has sat down and she is not looking at me! :)
If you'd like to see all of the clothes I've crocheted and sewn for American Girl sized dolls and Bitty Baby dolls, you can look at my side bar on the right and click on Midweek With Marion and you can see all of the clothes my dainty talented fingers have made. You know I'm kidding. Not about seeing the clothes but about my fingers! :)

 Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you a little Note Song ~

A Sunday Kind of Love

 I want a Sunday kind of love
A love to last past Saturday night
And I’d like to know
It’s more than love at first sight
And I want a Sunday kind of love
Oh yeah, yeah

I want a, a love that’s on the square
Can’t seem to find somebody
Someone to care
And I’m on a lonely road
That leads to nowhere
I need a Sunday kind of love

I do my Sunday dreaming, oh yeah
And all my Sunday scheming
Every minute, every hour, every day
Oh, I’m hoping to discover
A certain kind of lover
Who will show me the way

And my arms need someone
Someone to enfold
To keep me warm when Mondays and Tuesdays grow cold
Love for all my life to have and to hold
Oh and I want a Sunday kind of love
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah

I don’t want a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday
Or Thursday, Friday or Saturday
Oh nothing but Sunday, oh yeah
I want a Sunday Sunday
I want a Sunday kind of love, oh yeah
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday kind of love 

~ sung by Etta James



Sunday, January 31, 2016

Baby Doll

Hello, Dear Ones. Well I thought I would crochet a little doll for Carter's American Girl Doll. Gotta have a little toy to play with. So off to Pinterest I went looking for a pattern and I found one!

 Introducing tiny little Dolly! She is crocheted with thread and I hate to admit it but it took me almost all day to crochet. But she did turn out pretty cute.
 I did use a baby yarn to make her hair! I wanted her to have pigtails so I made curly ques!
 I just made up my own hair and made yarn buttons and sewed them down to her little bitty head.
 Here you can see how tiny little Dolly really is. Notice her cute little pink dress too!



I packed Dolly off with Carter for her doll, Blossom! Now Blossom has her own little doll.
But to keep busy I went ahead and used up some of my yarn to make a little cover. As you can see my doll, Marion, put it to good use before it went to Carter. I have one more thing to show you as I'm almost crocheted out! :) Can't believe I'm saying that. 

Thank you all for your sweet comments on  my previous post. You don't know how much I love you all and your encouraging words and prayers are getting me through this time.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

New Kid In Town

There's talk on the street, it sounds so familiar

Great expectations, everybody's watching you
People you meet they all seem to know you
Even your old friends treat you like you're something new

Johnny come lately, the new kid in town
Everybody loves you, so don't let them down

You look in her eyes, the music begins to play
Hopeless romantics, here we go again
But after a while you're looking the other way
It's those restless hearts that never mend

Johnny come lately, the new kid in town
Will she still love you, when you're not around?

There's so many things you should have told her
But night after night you're willing to hold her
Just hold her tears on your shoulder

There's talk on the street, it's there to remind you
That it doesn't really matter which side you're on
You're walking away and they're talking behind you
They will never forget you till somebody new comes along


Where you've been lately? There's a new kid in town
Everybody loves him, don't they?
Now he's holding her and you're still around, oh my my
There's a new kid in town
Just another new kid in town

Oh oh, everybody's talking 'bout the new kid in town
Oh oh, everybody's walking like the new kid in town

There's a new kid in town, I don't want to hear it
There's a new kid in town, I don't want to hear it
There's a new kid in town
There's a new kid in town

There's a new kid in town, everybody's talking
There's a new kid in town, people started walking
There's a new kid in town
There's a new kid in town
There's a new kid in town
~ sung by The Eagles


Friday, January 29, 2016

Continuing...

Hello, Dear Ones and I want to thank you all for sticking with me. I wanted to tell you about my doctor's appointment yesterday. It went well and I didn't have any panics in the car trying to get there. Mr. Precious has been trying to get me out for a little ride each day and that has helped so much. I'll show you a few snaps of my sewing room that I'm missing creating in at the moment.
 The doctor says I'm right where I should be with my healing and he said I could take off the huge immobilizer and they put me in an open knee one so I can bend my knee. It's hurts! I'm so tired of 'hurt'. I've been doing the 'drop and dangle' at home with Mr. Precious holding my leg. I'm not really dangling but am bending  my leg to about 50% and the goal is 90% bend. So...he wants me to go to a rehab center a couple of times a week now and they will continue to help me. I've had a pt tech coming twice a week to the house and that has helped me.
 Any way, I'm going to bed early each night and working on my Bible Study. I can't attend my actual group right now so I'm just doing it at home and we're study Proverbs and it has been such a blessing and God has been really speaking to me and giving me special scriptures. I use the NIV version of the Bible but I have to say I really like the King James version better when it comes to Proverbs 31 of the virtuous women. I cross stitched the above in 1987 and I just can't get rid of it! I did paint the frame pink to match my new sewing room.
I have often wondered why these kinds of things happen to us. When my little granddaughter is going through so much right now with her health - my daughter needs me. It was right before Christmas time - so busy. God has shown me that He allows these things to happen and it could have been much worse. But I have come to trust Him more, I'm in the Word more and I think this is where I needed to be. I thought I was there but I'm more sincere in my worship to Him. Does that make sense? It's something to feel so vulnerable but then to know where my real strength comes from. Enough of my preaching. :) 
I'll leave you with a little snap of my new knee brace. My bummy looking knee sticks out through the hole and this thing does hurt me! Hopefully the pain will get better. Did I tell you I've become a baby?  Thanks for sticking with me and I love you all for your comments and your prayers.

Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Healer

 You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease

I trust in You
I trust in You

I believe You're my healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe Lord

I believe You're my portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need
My healer

You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease

And I trust in You
Oh, I trust in You Lord
I trust in You

And I believe You're my healer
I believe You are all I need
You are, I believe Lord

And I believe You're my portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need

For nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is impossible
Nothing is impossible for You
You hold my world in Your hands
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For nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is impossible
Nothing is impossible for You
You hold my world in Your hands

For nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is impossible
Nothing is impossible for You
You hold my world in Your hands

And I believe You're my healer
I believe You are all I need
Oh, I believe, I believe Lord

I believe You're my portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need

And I believe You're my healer
I believe You are all I need
Jesus, Jesus

And I believe You're my portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need

You're more than enough
You're more than enough for me
You're more than enough
Jesus You're all I need
You're more than enough for me

I believe Lord, I believe Lord
I believe Lord, I believe Lord
I believe Lord, I believe Lord
I believe Lord, I believe Lord

~ sung by Hillsong


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Midweek With Marion

Hello, Dear Ones. I have another little crocheted dress to show you today and of course our model, Marion, is wearing it to the nines!
 Just a little straight dress with variegated yarn and a flounce at the hem.
 Like I said before, sometimes the patterns are either too big or too small. In this case the neck was just too wide even when I used a smaller hook. So...what to do? I just gathered up the neck and tied it with a little bow and hopefully it looks like it was meant to be this way.
 Here's the little flounce or soft ruffle at the hem.



Here's the back which I think looks cute too. The buttons are from my little mother's button jar.
Every nice outfit needs matching shoes. So here are some little Mary Janes. I love making these, so easy and the pattern for all of these little outfits are on Pinterest. 

Thanks for always popping in to see me. I go to the doctor tomorrow so say a little prayer for me. I've had a few problems: getting off the powerful pain meds really has done a number on me. I've been in the house for 3 weeks and got out in the car yesterday and almost had a panic attack wanting to get back home. I'm not a wimp but feel like one now. I just need to vent a little bit. My emotions are so tender and I cry at the drop of a hat. I hate that. It's still scary going downstairs and it takes me about 10 minutes to get in the car. I'm still in the immobilizer and maybe will be able to take it off if the doctor says I can. That's scary too since I feel like the immobilizer is my crutch, keeping my leg straight. Forgive me, I don't like to bring doom and gloom but happiness to my blog, but sometimes I just have to confess ~ I'm human! :) Love to you all.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Songs ~

Love Is Blue

 Blue, blue
My world is blue
Blue is my world
Now I'm without you

Gray, gray my
Life is gray
Cold is my heart
Since you went away

Red, red
My eyes are red
Crying for you
Alone in my bed

Green, green
My jealous heart
I doubted you
And now we're apart

When we met
How the bright sun shone
Then love died
Now the rainbow is gone

Black, black
The nights I've known
Longing for you
So lost and alone

Gone, gone
The love we knew
Blue is my world
Now I'm without you

When we met
How the bright sun shone
Then love died
Now the rainbow is gone

Black, black
The nights I've known
Longing for you
So lost and alone

Blue, blue
My world is blue
Blue is my world
Now I'm without you
~ sung by Al Martino



Monday, January 25, 2016

Almost Midweek With Marion

Hello, Dear Ones! I've thought of so many of you who were hit hard by this winter blizzard and hope all is well. We're about 200 miles north of New York City and we didn't even get one snowflake! Mr. Precious was so disappointed. He had the snowblower all gassed up and ready to go!

Well, I'm ready to show you another little crocheted outfit I've made for my granddaughter, Carter's doll. Marion is always so excited to be my model. So here is a very nice little winter number I've crocheted
 Any 18" doll would be warm and toasty on a cold day if she were wearing this outfit. I guess the only thing missing is a pair of gloves.
 Let's break it down. First you'll see this sweet little sweater/coat. I had this lovely variegated yarn and I thought the little coat worked up so pretty. The buttons came from my mother's button jar. She would be thrilled to know some of her old buttons ended up on her great granddaughter's doll clothes.
 I just love this and as you can see, so does Marion.
 I got a little too ambitious and made the sleeves a tad too long but I'd bust a gut before I'd take it all out. So, being the most talented one that I am, had an idea! I just turned up each sleeve and wove in some ribbon and now it looks like it was meant to be this way. Yay me!
 
 Of course every wintry outfit needs a little hat to keep your head warm so I had to make a little cap with a brim trimmed with a little flower. I'm sorry again that I don't have patterns to share with you but they are all on Pinterest if you look up crocheted clothes for American Girl Dolls.
 Okie  dokie! Marion is most toasty and warm underneath her outer garments too. I crocheted these cute little slacks and top and trimmed the top with the same variegated yarn. Don't you just love it?
Lastly I crocheted these little black boots. I messed up on the pattern and kinda did my own thing so these have turned down tops. Again, I love to crochet and this really helps me pass the time. There's only one downfall...after I give the outfits to Carter for her doll, Marion is as nekked as a jay bird! :)


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Baby, It's Cold Outside

 I really can't stay
(But baby, it's cold outside)
I've got to go away
(But baby, it's cold outside)
This evening has been
(Been hoping that you'd drop in)
So very nice
(I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice)
My mother will start to worry
(Beautiful what's your hurry?)
My father will be pacing the floor
(Listen to the fireplace roar)
So really I'd better scurry
(Beautiful please don't hurry)
But maybe just a half a drink more
(Put some records on while I pour)
The neighbors might think
(Baby, it's bad out there)
Say what's in this drink?
(No cabs to be had out there)
I wish I knew how
(Your eyes are like starlight now)
To break this spell
(I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell)
I ought to say, "No, no, no sir"
(Mind if I move in closer?)
At least I'm gonna say that I tried
(What's the sense in hurtin' my pride?)
I really can't stay
(Oh baby don't hold out)
Ah, but it's cold out side
(Baby, it's cold out side)
I simply must go
(But baby, it's cold outside)
The answer is no
(But baby, it's cold outside)
Your welcome has been
(How lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm
(Look out the window at the snow)
My sister will be suspicious
(Gosh your lips look delicious)
My brother will be there at the door
(Waves upon the tropical shore)
My maiden aunts mind is vicious
(Gosh your lips are delicious)
But maybe just a cigarette more
(Never such a blizzard before)
I've gotta get home
(But baby, you'd freeze out there)
Say lend me a coat
(It's up to your knees out there)
You've really been grand
(I thrill when you touch my hand)
But don't you see?
(How can you do this thing to me?)
There's bound to be talk tomorrow
(Think of my lifelong sorrow)
At least there will be plenty implied
(If you got pnuemonia and died)
I really can't stay
(Get over that old out)
Baby, it's cold
Baby, it's cold outside
~ sung by Dean Martin and Martina McBride
(she sang this with Dean after his death by music studio magic)


Thursday, January 21, 2016

UPDATE! Prayer Request and Almost Midweek with Marion

 Dear Ones, I just had to let you know the doctor has just called my daughter and said he is going to lower Carter's steroid dosage! This is answered prayer! How I appreciate you continuing to pray for her! She still has a journey ahead of her but she is in God's hands and we continue to pray for her complete healing. Thank you all so very much for praying for my little granddaughter. I send you my love!!! Praise Him!

Hello, Dear Ones! Have I told you how very much I appreciate you? Your support, your kind words, thoughts and prayers for me as well as my little granddaughter, Carter, and all she is going through now.
I come to you again with a prayer request for my little Carter. Most of you know she is only 5 years old and has a rare autoimmune disease. Her doctor decided to wait on giving her another chemo treatment for a while and if the numbers are lower in her blood work, which she had done today, he will lower her steroids. She is on a really high dose of steroids and you know the ugly things they do to a little child's body. Please, please join me in prayer that her numbers will be lower. I still have every confidence that our mighty God is going to heal our baby! Thank you all so much for praying for her and for me.

Okay, I have no pretty pictures of after Christmas decorating to show you. None of that has happened around here. God bless Mr. Precious! He has been my rock, my love, my nurse, my cook, my housekeeper, my personal maid! :) He took all of the Christmas decorations down and took them into the basement for me. I may not be able to fine everything next year, but that's okay! :) Any way, I'm doing well. Had a few rough days as I had some withdrawals from the Oxycontin the doctor had put me on for pain. But the anxiety has almost left me now and I am taking some 600 mg Ibuprofen.

So... to shorten my long story. I'm still in the immobilizer and have to use the walker and I'm doing my exercises. I have a physical therapist coming by twice a week to help me. I'm still pretty much down most of the time. I didn't want to read and got tired of watching TV so what did I do? Grabbed my crochet hooks and yarn and went to town making crocheted doll clothes.
I got little Carter an American Girl Doll for Christmas and you've seen all of the clothes I made for her through last year. I waited until I got home and had her come over so I could see her open the doll and all of the clothes. She named her doll Blossom and loved the clothes and we had a fashion show.
Here are the things I've crocheted for Blossom. I lined everything up on the table in the dining room and asked my daughter and Carter to come over Monday morning for some girl time and gave her the crocheted clothes.
 Of course I had to have Marion model all of the clothes first before we could give them to Blossom. This is a cute little outfit with red Mary Jane shoes, dark green pants and a cute little top trimmed with a multicolored yarn. There are little gold buttons on the back of the shirt.
 This was so much fun to crochet. Sorry I don't have a pattern to give you. I've looked all over Pinterest and would just use a pattern from here and there.
Oh, I just had to finish off her outfit with a little crocheted headband. Cute as can be, I think. I have more things to show you in a few days.

Thank you again for your prayers for my little Carter.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Great I Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me
 
~ sung from my heart

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Well...

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, that's right. I'm not doing any decorating now since I'm kinda lying on the couch or sitting in my chair most of the day. Thank you all for sticking with me. I'm healing well and doing good with my physical therapy sessions. I'm thankful. I have been doing some needlework and will show that to you soon but in the mean time I thought I'd get nostalgic with you.

I got an email from one of my childhood friends. We went to school together and were in the same youth group at church. He sent me this old snap and since I love you all so much thought I'd share it with you.
Now don't you laugh! I heard you! :) Well, this was probably around 1969 or 1970. First of all I have always loved 'hair' so I had the falls, 'member thoses? Hair pieces and a few wigs that we gals in the late 60s or 70s wore. All those curls on my head belonged to a hairpiece. I would poke my hair up in a bun and then bobby pin the hairpiece on. I did my own curls and fixed other folks hairpieces sometimes too! I've always been so talented like that, you know! ;)

With that out of the way, I've always been musical most my life. Besides playing the piano I used to sing and play my ukulele! Yes ma'am I did! I sang Peter, Paul and Mary songs, Linda Ronstadt songs and Harry Nilson songs. The best I can remember this was a sweetheart banquet for my youth group from our church and I was the entertainment, y'all! :) Never been too shy ya know! For the life of me I don't remember what I sang that night. I couldn't play a uke now for the life of me. I don't remember the chords at all but at that time I could plinkity plunk those four little strings to pieces.

As you can see, besides all that hair, I'm in a little double knit empire waisted dress that my mother made. It should have been pink or red, don't you think? Do you remember double knit fabric? She made most of my clothes back then. I'm wearing a corsage that my sweetie gave me. No, it wasn't Mr. Precious. Shh...this was before I had met him. My legs just look huge here! They really weren't that big! Maybe I should have cropped, oh well, too late! ;)

I do remember that the place was provided by the local electric company. You could reserve this room with tables, chairs and a kitchen which you can see behind me. Look at that spot under my chair - looks like someone spilled a can of grease. I can remember attending lots of wedding and baby showers for my friends in this room. I wonder if it's still there. Probably not.

I can also remember the most fanciest of food that we were served back then. Don't know if it was served that night but all of the youth banquets from school always served it ~ a hamburger patty with a slice of bacon wrapped around it - a fake filet mignon! Teenagers back then didn't know any differently! After all this was in west Texas. Odessa.

Well there's just a little snippet of my teenaged years. I had a great time during my teens. We attended a wonderful church with lots of kids my age and our youth group was just fantastic. I'm still in touch with most of the kids. Too bad no one taped the sound of me singing and ukeing. I'm sure I would have amazed you all! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Different Drum

You and I travel to the beat of a different drum
Oh can't you tell by the way I run
Every time you make eyes at me
You cry and moan and say it will work out
But honey child I've got my doubts
You can't see the forest for the trees
Oh don't get me wrong
It's not that I knock it
It's just that I am not in the market
For a boy who wants to love only me
Yes, and I ain't saying you ain't pretty
All I'm saying, I'm not ready
For any person, place or thing
To try and pull the reins in on me
So goodbye I'll be leaving
I see no sense in this crying and grieving
We'll both live a lot longer
If you live without me
Oh don't get me wrong
It's not that I knock it
It's just that I am not in the market
For a boy who wants to love only me
Yes, and I ain't saying you ain't pretty
All I'm saying, I'm not ready
For any person, place or thing
To try and pull the reins in on me
So goodbye I'll be leaving
I see no sense in this crying and grieving
We'll both live a lot longer
If you live without me
~ sung by Linda Ronstadt