Wednesday, April 15, 2009


So a few months ago I found this book on Amazon. It was a real budget buster at $3.99 and it was in almost perfect condition, although now the dust cover is a little worse for wear.

My first project, was to make this sweet girl below. Being the only girl in a house of boys, I wished I had a little girl to make her for - but mostly as an excuse so I wouldn't be questioned as to why I was making a doll :-) She sits in my 'junk' basket on my sewing table and helps me with my projects. Occassionally she is 'kidnapped' by Little J who's intentions require me to save her from a boat load of playmobil pirates. Anyway, she was pretty simple to make. She has more 'pieces' than I thought she would have, her hair isn't quite what I would like it to be and she could do with a bit more 'stuffing', but I don't have the heart to take her head off (although I am sure Little J would love to help with that). Her shoes were way easier to make than I thought, although I have had no success with any of the many patterns for her other outfits as yet. Regardless, the book is jammed packed full of patterns for every creature under the sun, along with numerous dolls and patterns for their clothes. Best investment I have made in a book in a long time.
Last night I opened the book and thought I would tackle another project. The hippos looked like they would be fun - WRONG - biggest bugger of a time with darts that I couldn't figure out, and legs that wouldn't match up. Project status :: ABANDONED
Quickly I scanned the pages for a quick project as the evening was getting late. Ah! Owls! How hard can they be? They weren't, they were super simple. Of course mine turned out to look like what? I couldn't figure it out. So I brought in my chief project consultant - Little J, age 7. What do you think he thought it was? "Oh cool Mum! You made me a monster with fried egg eyes!....I love it!!!"
The book is now back on the shelf for the time being.....

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

All Wrinkly.....

I worked on this for a few minutes last night. Stippling sure is hard on your hands and i feel like I need some gloves to help grip the fabric - it seems like it slides through my hands too much. Anyway, I love the wrinkly effect it makes, especially after a trip in the washer. This one still isn't finished....but tonight I got distracted and started working on another little project, which I might share later....

The weather today was cold, wet and miserable. So even though it is light until 8pm, I still couldn't get outside to finish planting these...(and Mr. VW hasn't been able to work on his little baby peeking out from behind the hedge there)
Or plant more of these...

Hoping for more sunshine and warmer days....L

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday Sunshine

There is no real reason for the time between posts. I see the little ticker thing has turned over a couple of times, which I think is not generated by me. Quite a bit has happened since my last post - Big J turned the big 17, spring has gotten underway with only a one day threat of snow, which did not materialize and I got my drivers license (on the same day as Big J turned the big 17). I think I would post more often if I could figure out a faster way to load photos to blogger. It is painfully slow. I have tested on all three of our computers - big old desktop, mini laptop and don't tell him, but Mr. VW's shining new laptop when he was off fishing one day...but they are all slow. Mr. VW's shining new laptop out performed all of course, but I might be in the doghouse if he catches me.... So if you happen to have any quick tips, I would appreciate them!
Anyway, its a beautiful day here today at the Gephart, breezy which makes it a bit chilly, but the sun is shining and there is barely a cloud in the sky. A perfect day for the EB to hop into town with a basket full of chocolate and of course a perfect day for Mr. VW to sneak off for some fishing! We have had a lovely 3 day holiday, with a trip to Fort Frederick and Antietam on Friday (unfortunately the camera opted to stay a home!), a lazy day on Saturday with the hook in hand and a new movie and a Sunny Sunday with some planting in the garden.

Beautiful blossoms on our street...

Granny squares nicely joined thanks to a helpful tutorial from the marvelous Lucy at

Some sweet daffodils that have not been destroyed by Little J or the four hounds.....

Rescued daffodils whose fate was doomed at the hands and paws of aforementioned destruction crew!
The sewing machine is warming up for some action this afternoon before tea. There are two or three quilting items that require some finishing and have been hanging around too long...hopefully these will be ready for sharing later in the week.
Toodles and Happy Easter......L x