Sunday, January 31, 2010

Plush Toys, Softies and Dolls

Some people will wonder why I have all these dolls and critters at the top of my blog. As a child I loved dolls. Charlotte was a fabric doll made of red fabric with white hearts. Some of the hearts were outlined in white and some were filled in with white. She had white yarn for hair and if I remember correctly buttons for some facial features, like eyes. You won't believe it but she is somewhere in my attic and when the weather thaws here in Rochester, NY I will go up to my attic and try to find here. She has patches all over her now when she began to tear so she's not very recognizable, but she is to me. My parents bought her for me on a trip to Nantucket Island in Massachusetts on a day trip there from Cape Cod. They usually didn't buy things so "special" so she meant a lot to me. Butterball was a doll I got for my tenth birthday. My twin sister told me I was too old to get a doll for my birthday but she was the last doll that was ever bought for me. She was a typical baby doll from the '50s and '60s and her bottom lip curled under like she was going to cry. When I got into my 30's I started buying collectible dolls. They weren't porcelain vintage dolls but very high end vinyl dolls that were being made largely in Germany and Spain. I stared at one for months before I spent a ridiculous amount of money on her but each year after that I bought myself one. My husband bought me an armoire to store them and there they sit with a couple of Steiff animals I bought on a trip to England. I haven't bought one in many years but I'm sure I will again. I'm going to try my hand at making some. I admire them on Etsy all the time and have bought several from there but they stay hidden, for my grandchildren someday.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Winter in Rochester

Today it is snowing and cold. Although this is a typical day here we haven't had one in a long time. My first appointment at work cancelled but instead of using the time productively I sat in my pajamas at the computer staring with amazement at the blocks and quilts on Flickr and some of my favorite blogs. I got another wonderful bundle of fabric from Fabricworm, one of my favorite places to buy fabric on Etsy and I'm so anxious to dive in and decide what I want to do but I can see that I'm already doing what I do when I knit. I get so excited about the next project that the one I'm working on never gets done. So I'm going to get dressed for work or I'll be late and come home and finish cutting out all the pieces for a baby quilt I'm making for a friend who had a baby and finish that first. This weekend I plan to hang some of he quilts I've bought on Etsy so I can finally look at them on the wall instead of folded up in tissue paper. Baby steps I keep telling myself but the sewing room is calling me and I have to plug my ears and wait until later.

Finally started!

Last night I finally laid out the scraps for one of the blocks and I'm really happy with the way it looks. Next step is sewing the pieces together to make the block,