Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, May 23, 2011

HELLO DOLLY!!


One of my very favorite things to make is a DOLL!! I realized the other day that it had been quite some time since I had created one, so I began searching through my old books, magazines, and patterns for some inspiration and ideas!! I have quite a collection of wonderful patterns by some amazing designers and after sorting through some choices, I finally settled on a wonderful stump doll from Hootin Annies! I have had this for a long time and have just never made it, so it seemed like the perfect one to use!!

There are 2 different sizes, a large one, and a smaller one, and both are made without arms or legs, hence the name STUMP DOLL!! They look wonderful grouped together, with all of their different dress fabrics!


The smaller ones are grouped together on a primitive twig bench, each with her own personality. The face patches were sewn on randomly and the dress fabrics are old ticking and quilt scraps to make them each have their own one of a kind look!


Here is the larger doll with a dress made from some old turkey red fabric that I found inside and on the edge of an old quilt. I just LOVE this shade of red!!




All the bigger dolls grouped together!!


Here is a close up of the hand stitched patch on one dolly!! Each one is added to look just a bit different!!

All of these dolls remind me of a close knit group of special friends.....just like all of you who share your encouragement, concern and kindness with me and each other!! I am so thankful for all of you who let me know you were thinking of me and for your notes and comments concerning my last post!! I am doing much better and it certainly helps that the sun is finally shining here too!! I am also grateful for all of you who have chosen to follow my blog and thank you for taking the time to visit!! It warms my heart!!

All of these dolls have been added to my picture trail with detailed descriptions, so if one of them is speaking to you, please stop by for a visit! If I can answer any questions, please let me know!!

Thank you for taking the time to stop in today! I hope you enjoy my new dollies as much as I enjoyed making them!! I don't think I will ever be too big for dolls and I hope you feel the same way!!!

Wishing you DOLLY HUGS~~

Julie

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A GIFT OF KINDNESS!!!


If you're alone, I'll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I'll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I'll just be me. ~Author Unknown

The other day I received a wonderful gift!! It did not arrive by UPS, FED EX, or the USPS, even though I would certainly have welcomed anything from any of these wonderful organizations!! No, my gift came in the form of a kind comment, left by a sweet woman, who has since become a special friend! She gave me the gift of KINDNESS and FRIENDSHIP!! Let me introduce her to you!!



Her name is Carolyn Lee Hosier, and she lives in Des Moines Iowa! I first met Carolyn when she became a follower of my Blog, and in turn, I began following hers. Recently, she left a comment for me and for some reason, it really struck a cord with me so I in turn responded to her! What happened next truly astounded me! In my response to her, I shared with her that I had been feeling a bit down, (well, MORE than a bit, actually) and before I knew it, I even shared that I was considering closing my Blog! Not only did Carolyn respond back, almost immediately, but also shared how she would HATE to see me close my Blog AND that she would like to CALL ME!!! I was SO SURPRISED by this, I have to honestly say, I cried, plain and simple!! I can’t describe to you how very loved and cared for I felt by this gesture!! And true to her word, she DID Call!! She sounds EXACTLY like she looks, KIND, compassionate, loving and caring, and we chatted as if we had known each other for years!! She has a lovely Blog called Lee Prairie Designs, and I know she would love to have you stop by for a visit, just to say hello!!

http://leeprairiedesigns.blogspot.com/

Her call was such a blessing to me, and since then, she has emailed me several times, just checking in to see how I am doing and to offer encouragement!! Wow!! Talk about a wonderful gift!!! It reminds me of three things:

1. KINDNESS IS POWERFUL!!!

2. KINDNESS ISN’T EXPENSIVE!!

3. KINDNESS IS SO NEEDED!!

I want to THANK Carolyn from the bottom of my heart for her kindness to me, her caring heart, and her listening ear!! She gave me a wonderful gift that I will treasure!! I am so happy she reached out to me and hope that I can learn from her example and be that kind of a friend to someone…… “I’ll just be ME!”

Wishing you ….Special Friends~~

Julie