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Pillows for Frances

I made these two pillows for my grand daughter, Frances, for Christmas.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2015

How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2015

Hello Kitty - Christmas 2015

Hello Kitty – Christmas 2015



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Fleece Throw for a Friend’s Birthday

My friend and I made this fleece throw for her partner. It’s his birthday tomorrow but I think she is probably going to give it to him tonight because she can’t wait to give him something that she made!

I loved making it with her. Wonderful to create something where you end up with something tangible–and warm and practical.

Yup. He is a geek!


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Happy New Year 2014

let it snow 2013

let it snow 2013

This kitty cat candle holder was a Christmas gift from my son in 1993. That was 20 years ago. I love lighting a candle in it every year on Christmas. There is a bow and holly leaf on his neck that can not be seen in this photo. My son was 14 at the time he gave it to me. Such a wonderful memory.

The pillow below is what I made him this year for Christmas. I quilted the cover for a throw pillow. It was the first time I had been in my work room for a very long time. I plan on spending more time there this year.

pillow quilt

pillow quilt cover



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Happy Halloween – 2013

Happy Halloween to All –

My very creative neighbor carved these pumpkins and added little hands to some of them. The pumpkins came from an accidental pumpkin patch (one vine) that grew outside her front door steps when a seed from her last year’s pumpkin seeded itself. Then proceeded to grow completely on it’s own to the delight of the neighborhood.

madly eating it's own vine

madly eating it’s own vine

the four pumpkins

the four pumpkins



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crochet baby scarf

I made this scarf for a little friend and neighbor of mine who is turning one on January 30. I hope she likes it. It is made from 100% Chilean alpaca yarn (white) that a friend brought back from Chili. I blended it with  100% US made rayon yarn (salmon) that I have had in my collection for about 36 years. The blend is very soft. I washed the scarf in Caldrea dish soap liquid and Calgon and used Calgon in the final rinse before I blocked it and air dried it.

My friend will see that I put the alpaca yarn to good use. She is actually in Chili right now and promised to bring me back some carmel this time.

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Christmas Stocking

I made this stocking for a little friend of mine who is celebrating her first Christmas. It is my first time making a Christmas stocking. I created the pattern and learned a lot in the process. It was a challenge.

I am working on one more craft item to be completed for Christmas. I am almost finished with that but will have to wait until after Christmas to post it.

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November 9th


November 9th is my favorite day of the year. It is my son’s Birthday.  This year he turned 32. I made him a pumpkin cheesecake and a linen chef’s apron.  He had requested that I make him something since I like to sew, knit, and craft.  I surprised him with the chef’s apron.  He is a very good cook so it should come in handy. He was also a good sport to model it for me.

I also gave him a copy of an essay he wrote in October 1992. It is a beautiful piece that he dedicated to our first cat, Belle, who had died in August of that same  year. He had known Belle his whole life and they were best friends. The essay is entitled The Death of a Friend.  It is a very touching and moving piece written by a very special 12 year old boy.

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