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29 January 2012

...Dotee! Have You Seen or Heard?

~ I visit MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection often and check out many of the the forums. I peek in the "Farmgirl Barter" or the "Farmgirl Swap" and see if there is something that I might want for barter or even make to swap. For a quiet awhile now, I have seen "Dotee" for swaps but had ignored them mostly.

~ That is until recently! I could not ignore it any longer. I finally bit it when I saw a forum thread titled "Dotee Adoption". I should have ignored it like the rest but noooo, I had to be nosy. 

           Here is the first post in that thread:
Here's how it works.
I will offer up the first Dotee for adoption. If you want to give her a home, post that you will take her, and offer up the Dotee you made for adoption. You will then send your address to the person adopting the Dotee out.Please adopt the Dotee and immediately offer up your Dotee, so that the adoption process can continue, without delay.If you don't have one made, offer her up as a mystery dotee.If you want to send your Dotee overseas, say it in your post, otherwise, we'll keep it domestic. Please send your Dotees out within a week or so.If you don't receive a Dotee, please let me know, but be sure to include your email address in the body of the email, as I can't log on sometimes.For example I might post:Dotee for adoption. Her name, or a hint, brief description. You might even offer up a mystery Dotee.

           Next post in that thread read:
Here we go.Dotee Fairy for Adoption.She's not dirty, she's tea stained/dyed.
~ So, she got adopted and the gal who adopted her, offers up a "Dotee"  for the next adoption.

~ Well, I got so curious to what this was all about! First of all, what in the world is a Dotee? Someone on the forum asked about the size of these "Dotee". It was said that they run about 3-5 inches. Huh? That little? Okay! Enough is enough! I had to know!
What is the next best thing to do when you want to find out something and have a computer on hand?  It is Google time! I googled Dotee and went to Flickr: Dotee Dolls!

~ Oh my gosh! I really should have ignored this! 

There even  is a YouTube of how to make these things! 

~ For me, this was way beyond easy peasy! I ran through my dis-organised craft-room and grab a bit of this and a bit of that. I created my very first "Dolee".  As she was being made with this and that, her personality was forming.

Just look at her! Isn't she adorable?

~ This is her story. She wishes to go by the name of Maggie O'May. She had chased some rainbows, hoping to find some pot of gold and with no luck. Then she saw it, but this rainbow was different than all that she had seen in the past. This rainbow danced! She had to get closer to it! She did get too close to it. Her own hair became the colors of the Areola Borealis.  Every since Maggie discovered these dancing rainbows, she delighted herself as she danced with them! She may look all frazzled but she is very happy and carefree! 

~ I had so much fun with Maggie O'May, that I am in the middle of making another "Dotee".  Here it is... a work in progress! The personality is still in the forming stage.

"I should have ignore all of this Dotee business!"

...oh yes, I should have.

Please take my advise.... ignore these attention suckers!


13 January 2012

...Donations for Dr. Von Threadmore's PTG's Tat Days Travel Fund

<~~~ As you can see. I am begging and shamelessly too!

Thank You so far, to the contributors!


The Full Story About Dr. Von Threadmore's Travel Fund  (a.k.a. Kyrstledawne)

With that note, I would like to share something that would be 
totally wonderful for the coming year. Many of my readers know 
that I LOVE to attend the Palmetto Tatters' Guild 's Tat Day and 
any other Tat Days! I hope to teach a class or two. I also dream of 
my daughter Kyrstledawne from Kyrstledawne ~ Fine Lace 
Jewelry, to come to Palmetto's Tat Days held in Toccoa, GA.
(Sept 7 & 8, 2012) I have lived here since 2004 and she has yet to 
see my home or the "South"! Wouldn't you Tatters also like to 
see and meet Krystle too? *gasps* Even Dr. Von Threadmore? 
Maybe she.. err they would teach a class or two at Tat Days? 
Wouldn't you like that too? Well, I know for fact that she would 
like to come and be at Tat Days with us too but as many of you 
know, she is a busy stay-at-home mom of two cutie pie girls with 
limited funds. (Who isn't these days!) She will try to apply for 
teaching at Tat Days and maybe the Scholarship Fund too. The 
Scholarship Fund if granted would cover her room & 
board but NOT the travel fees. She said would come if there is a 
way! I am hoping that maybe my friends, readers and tatters would 
like help and contribute to the Dr. VonThreadmore's Traveling 
Fund! I have set up a "Fund Raiser" widget at the upper left hand 
corner for anyone... anyone and everyone who would like to 
partake in helping Krystle to make it to the Tat Days sponsored by 
the Palmetto Tatters Guild! 

The donations will be going to my paypal account and I will 
purchase her plane tickets as soon as the funds are available for it  
I promise to keep a record for in case this plan does not workout 
for unseen reason and refund back. Thank you in advance for 
your generosity!.I will create a list the gracious contributors by 
first names only, unless anonymity is requested. 

By the way, I attended her classes last year at the Shuttlebirds' Tat 
Days. What a wonderful and patient teacher!
I learned to make this! (this is Kyrstle's picture and work)
Swarovski crystal bracelet - berry purple and fresh blue - tatted lace

10 January 2012

...A Recent Quilt That I Made

Past October, I was approached by an online friend, Debbie, about making a quilt for her granddaughter.  I said that I could do it so I asked few her some questions about color choices. Debbie desired a quilt that had a definite "girl" look to it. The Mom liked everything in beiges, browns and neutral colors and she disliked anything pink.  I worked with Debbie via emails and messages on Facebook. I spent some time searching for fat quarters of fabrics in various Etsy shops. I was staring at this piece of fabric. It had the elements that I was looking for, the browns and pinks. 

I learned something through various design shows and art classes of my youth about colors. My Mom even played an important roll in my life with colors. She was an interior designer and I learned many things by watching her work her magic. With these lessons in life, I learned that when you want to bring colors that are pleasing to more than one person which in this case are the grandmother and the mother of the sweet baby girl. The Mom preferred browns and grandma wanted some pink. I brought the two colors together because when the Mom sees it, she'll be drawn to the browns and grandma will notice the pinks while neither will notice the other color! 

Try this yourself sometimes, pair up with someone and find out the colors that each of you like the most, find color elements of those colors and see what you notice more!

Take a look at this example of pink and browns! It has that girly look but not over-powering!
This was the next pick to go with the first fabric.

I needed more choices still! For a decent quilt, you would like to have several combination of colors and prints in fabrics. So, in the first fabric I picked up the brown and pink then expanded it with green and sorta of an orange. Then I found the fabric shown below. Things were coming together! I was so excited! I told Debbie that I will find the color combination that she and the mother would be happy with. And THAT I had to also like it too, for I find it very difficult to sew or make something that I totally dislike!  I needed to be in a happy mood while sewing! 

After bringing the top three together, I was on the search for more possibilities! 
This piece had the browns, greens, white and also the orange, adding the various shades of the blues into the mix. Fabulous, huh? Also it has smaller flowers than the one above! That is important also to mix the sizes of the prints, to give it a balance!

The blues have been added in, now what? Well, how about a bit more of the dark blue (yes, I am aware that it is turquoise) to balance the darkness of the browns? Perfect! and it also has the white! Look at that! I was so excited as these were coming together! One more thing to find! It is what is known as "magic" fabric. I forget the actual explanation of it but anyhow, I am the one who is creating this masterpiece! 

Aha! The Magic! Look! Without knowing, this magic was the icing! After I showed these examples to Debbie, she had told me that the mother always called her grandmother, Butterfly, in Russian! This was when I knew that all the pieces of the fabrics were meant to be!

See if you agree with the following pictures!

Isn't that beautiful? I am awe struck with it myself. I really do not give myself enough credit at times, but I have always gone with my instincts. I am amazed that I can do stuff like this.
One last thing that I needed to finish this quilt was the backing! I kind of do things a bit backwards and take a lot of risks doing this! Good Grief! Where was I going to find the backing to go with this beauty?
Something else that you should know about. I have been making these type of quilts lately with fleece for the back and no batting. It is just something that I started doing for making scrap quilts for doggies and kitties. It is sturdier and I machine quilt the fleece backing to the quilt top.  Okay so now, to find the perfect fleece backing! 

Well, I did FIND it! I kid you not and I barely believe it myself. Unfortunately I cannot recall what  online fabric store it was! Remember what I said about the butterfly? Take a look at the next picture!

Click on the picture to enlarge!

It was meant to be, huh? Ah, did you notice how the pink kind of disappeared away? Well, the pink was only meant to be a hint for the girly bit of the quilt!

I am pleased to say that Debbie LOVED the quilt for her granddaughter!

I am looking forward to making more quilts this Spring and Summer to add them to my Etsy Shop "Yesterday's Scraps, Tomorrow's Treasures". In case you wonder, I do not make any quilts for sale that is bigger than crib size. Anything bigger takes away the fun of sewing quilts for me.

Thank You for your visit to my blog!

06 January 2012

...Why is the 4th of January Important To Me?

I am glad you asked!
Long ago on the 4th of January, I was exhausted from having 72 hours of HARD labour! I kid you not!
Then finally, I became a Mom for the first time. A beautiful girl was born onto me. My life had changed forever on the day of her birth. I fell in love! I held her firmly with my love.

Even now, many years later I still have tears of joy.

I did not know then what life would be like for me as her Mom. I loved her and taught her my best to love God. I prayed for her back then for her future husband. I prayed for strength and patience for me. I watched that sweet baby girl grow and transformed before my very eyes!

I was inadequate and helpless to raise her without God. He sustained me and guided me as this little girl's mother. She, herself has become a wonderful mother with two little girls of her own. 

Now I see her as I was so long ago, a young mother of two beautiful girls. There are no words for the amount of pride that I have for this beautiful woman who once was my little baby. 

My Daughter, 
I look at you today and it takes my breath away for you have become an amazing woman. I could not be more prouder of you than I am now. It was and is still is worth being your Mom. I dare say that you are becoming one of my favorite friend! I know that there are miles between us now but our hearts will always be together in spite of that! I look forward to your continuing maturity!
                                                            Love Always,
                                                                      Your Mom Forever!
P.S. Lord, I am truly blessed!