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Monday, October 31, 2016

Dress Up Doll Blanket

Quote of the Day:

Few things are more delightful than grandchildren fighting over your lap.

Author: Doug Larson

Dress Up Doll Blanket

I started with 2 yards of pre-quilted material. I finished the edges with quillting bias tape, double fold. I used poster board to draw my doll template. I cut out the doll shape from felt. 

The doll was permanently attached to the blanket. So was the hair and eyes. The mouth is just black yarn and I used a darning needle to sew the mouth. 

Then I started to make it's clothes. The night gown is made from left over material that I have. I attached felt to the back so that it would stick to the doll. I did this with all the outfits I made.

I considered Velcro, but when I tried it, it pulled on the felt. I was afraid that it would end up pulling the felt apart with too much use. Knowing my granddaughter, that's a strong possibility. I hope she likes this Christmas present. What is not shown here are the bows and shoes I made to match each outfit. The pattern from Pinterest made the shoes permanent. My daughter says that Lily loves shoes. So I made her's interchangeable.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Personalized Nursing Pillow Cover

Quote of the day:

Elephants and grandchildren never forget.

  Author: Andy 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Campsite Decoration

Quote of the Day:

Do you know why children are so full of energy? Because they suck it out of their grandparents

 Author: Gene Perret

Campsite Decoration
When we were camping, we noticed that people that do this on a regular basis would put out little signs saying who they were. So I wanted to do the same thing. 
This summer my husband built a deck with railing to go around our pool. We had a lot of the railing boards left that he cut off. I wanted to do something with them. 

I started with the left over railing and glued them together. My husband secured them with these clamps. I used E6000 glue. I swear by this stuff. You glue what you need and let it sit for 24 hours. 

Once the glue was dry, I had him saw down the edges and sand them to make them smooth. In this picture I just laid out what I would be using to decide what I wanted to do with it. 

I ended up spraying it lightly with in this case yellow spray paint and then smoothed it around on the board. I bought the letter D from Michael's craft store. It is also made of wood and came with the blue color. I did paint the number and they represent the year we got married. I thought it looked a little plain, so I added some greenery that I had left over from another project.

It is our intention to put it out when we go camping to identify our camping site. I can't wait to use it.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Fall Porch Decoration

Quote of the Day:

By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it

 Author: Unknown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fall Porch Decoration

At Christmas last year I found a thing on Pinterest and I decorated an outdoor pot for Christmas. It had lights Christmas balls, holly and pine cones. I normally through the summer keep a fern hanging in this spot. Now that summer is over and it's looking rather sickly, I disposed of the plant. But I didn't want that spot to be bare until Christmas, so I decided to do the same thing for the fall season. I used the pot the fern came in and had my husband paint it brown.  Then I went shopping. I bought most of the items either at JoAnn's Fabric Store or Michael's. The total cost was about $50. I think it fills that spot nicely. 

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Storing those Patterns

Quote of the Day:

...blessed be the ties that bind generations

 Author: Unknown  

I have all my patterns in rubber maid plastic shoe boxes. I don't have room for another shoe box. So I found this idea on Pinterest.

The above picture is everything you will need. 

After you have removed the pattern material itself from the package and set it out of the way, start by cutting down the long side of the package.

Next cut down the bottom edge of the packaging. 

Next you lay the packaging out flat on the file folder and tape each side to the folder.

I then documented the name of the company and the pattern number at the top of the file folder. 

Then all you do is put the pattern itself in the file folder. 

Not all of the packaging was the same size. McCall's is a little larger than Simplicity. So I put the picture on the front and the side with needs on the lower side. 

I created folders for approximately 15 patterns and then filed them in a milk crate in numerical order. 

This will be my new standard for storing patterns. So much easier and such easy access to them.
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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

Quote of the Day:

Between the earth and sky above, nothing can match a grandmother's love.

 Author: Unknown

I tried this recipe to clean my jewelry and I think it cleaned my rings and necklace up pretty good. I found this on Pinterest.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cute Halloween Marsh-Monsters

Quote of the Day:

Being grandparents sufficiently removes us from the responsibilities so that we can be friends.

 Author: Allan Frome

There are several cute ideas to make "monsters" with marshmellows. You will have to go to the link to see them all.
Just click on the link below and it will take you to the site to see how it's done. I couldn't find any directions in text. You'll love it.

Cute Halloween Marsh-Monsters

I have now reopened my Etsy Store. I have not completely stocked it yet, but please take a look. Right now it's geared toward babies and toddlers. I plan to add other things as well.

Gammie's Corner on Etsy

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