Welcome...

Grammy's House is a term affectionately used by our grandchildren, and it has become a haven for them. Our youngest grandchild, Sophia, resides here with us, along with Scout, the 2 lb Yorkie, and Lucy Maud, the kitty cat. We named our 100 year old Victorian home Rose Water Cottage when we moved here, in June of 2011. It is quite a haven for grownups who are weary of being grownups. So, welcome to our storybook world...where magic happens every day.
Blessings,
Christie

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Drumroll please…..

Well, it is time… finally!

..time for a drawing…

Let me get Sophia, with her tiny little fingers…

Oh no… she's plum tuckered out from all the excitement and has fallen asleep…


What shall we do?

Heading back to the sunroom to confer with the girlies…


They've been guarding that hat …making sure no one tampers with the names. They take their jobs very seriously, you know. Just look at those faces! All business.

Hitty Rachel Rose offers to hold the hat for the drawing…


Eliza pokes her little nose in as if to say…"ummmm…excuse me…but do you think I could draw the name?"

"…cause…I could do that for you, you know…"


Hitty can tell straightaway, that this is simply NOT going to be an option… 
She has NO FINGERS…for goodness sake!


So it is decided that Grammy will have to reach in that basket with her waaay to long…waaaaay too large fingers…

Oh wait…what? 
Tweezers?  
Why, of course! Tweezers!
...those tiny-tipped craft tweezers…
..they'll be perfect for this job!

Hitty keeps an eye on this Grammy…making sure I'm not peeking at the tiny strips ..
Yes, I'm looking away… 

..and Eliza is keeping an eye on the tiny hat filled with names… you know..making sure I don't accidentally pick up two or three names at once...


…and there it is…a teensy WEENSY little paper…Ha!  and only one! 
(Just so you know, it is not as easy as it looks!)


Miss nose-y rose-y has to be the first one to see who won…. 
(And it's just because she's so adorable that we let her have the first peek at the winner;)


There it is…plain as day!  Our winner is…


LaVonne,  aren't you glad you decided to join in on the fun?


Eliza thinks we ought to include your tiny slip of paper in with your gift…so you can remember us here at Rose Water Cottage and how fun it was to play at Grammy's House.

Please email your address to me at christieray07@yahoo.com or message me on fb, our new-to-the-blog friend! We're so happy to have you here, and we hope you'll come visit often!

And to the rest of you who played along and joined in on the fun…A HUGE hug and a kiss and a great showering of blessings on your day.!

I have received word that the shoppe will open, officially, tomorrow!! YAY! 
Stop by for our "ribbon-cutting" festivities!

Always,

Christie

Have you entered the drawing, yet?

Alrighty, sweetums….
I've been writing out names…


on teeny tiny bits of paper ..
...folding them
..and placing them in the teensy tiny hat…



that tiny chapeau, with that tiny Green Gables silk ribbon…

…and writing even more names of the dear sweet girlfriends who have visited and entered...

and adding them to the little hat, as well…



This afternoon I will be drawing one of your names for the giveaway. 

You remember...that sweet little silk ribbon embroidered piece you see every time you come for a visit;)

Go to the post entitled  "How about a giveaway" and leave a comment...it can be short, long, two words...although, I find it hard to say anything in just two words;)

I'm not picky. I know some of you aren't used to posting comments on a blog. It can be scary. I know this, because once...long ago...I was scared, too.  Very intimidated.  But we're all girlfriends, here...we don't bite AT ALL;))

Now...wont you just say hello? That's the way to start...and then you'll see ... You could EVEN be the very one whose name is drawn from one darling little hat!

I will check the post after 3:00p.m. this afternoon, add the extra names to the tiny hat, commence with the drawing and posting of the winner, and give you an update on our Etsy shoppe!

But in the mean time…
there are tiny little stitches to make…


So Holly~Anne might have a pretty pinny….


for spring and summer frocks and petticoats…


(Petticoat…courtesy of aforementioned French doll, whose shoes and socks and pantaloons have been passed down, as well;)

We will be heading to Orlando in just a week or so, to visit the Edible Schoolyard at the Orlando Junior Academy for their annual event Art in the Garden.  I am honored to be a guest, again.
Hence, the need for lightweight attire…for it can be very warm there, this time of year.

I'll see you here at 3:00 or so (CST)

Best wishes and luck and good fortune and blessings,

Christie

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Holly~Anne (with an "e") Reveal

An early morning cup of coffee,  and I'm ready to get this dolly a head for her body…and some hair for her head.

Sophia says, "Awe, Anne of Geen Gables."  She knows this little dolly is heading into something involving scissors and needles and thread. So she gives her sweet hugs...


…and wouldn't mind if I took a picture of her, as well.  Cutie Patootie:)



And so (sew;) it begins… a girl's sock will be the head…


Wool roving…so very soft…will fill the head..I mean…sock…


I think I have stuffed enough….uh..no……  her head has to be just the right size to fit the size of the body.
More stuffing…more roving…


Two fabric-covered buttons found. Can't believe my good fortune..


This marking pen comes in handy for making sure I get the placement right …




Everything ties off in the back…


I used this heavy thread for the basting stitch and the eye placement…


Now it's time for the french knot nostrils and lips (not too crazy over french knots for the nose…hmmm…we'll see)


Then, to match some thread for eyebrows, to the mohair that will be her hair...


So, I'm not happy AT ALL with the pink nostrils and mouth.  No need to panic…it's thread…and a sock….adjustments can be made;)

I search for a better color, and Sophia pops around the corner to show me the colors SHE likes. 
ummmhmmmmmm….


The nostrils are changed out to the brown of the eyebrows, and I'm trusting it will all come together…


The needle and thread think they need to add some of those sweet little eyelashes in the outer corner…


The perfectly perfect shade of pink is found for pretty little dolly lips…


Another hug from Sophia sure helps after all this stitching and restitching…



Pink sidewalk chalk with bring some rosy-ness to her cheeks...




And I have just GOT to get those little button eyes painted…I want to see her… (a very very important part of dolly face creating)

Her eyes should be a hazel/green sorta shade…
I play with paints.


It's at this point that Sophia decides she wants to make a puppin, too.  A puppin?  Yes. For puppin Shows in a Puppin Feeter. You know, the place you go to watch Puppins:)
This door is to be her bedroom door when the sunroom is turned into her very own room, but for now, her clever little self has decided the open space will make a perfect stage/theatre for a Puppet Show!
Grammy is very impressed!


She has found an old sock and cut it with her preschool scissors, all by herself, and colored her Puppin with the crayons at her tea/craft table…
Again…Grammy is quite impressed …

Now,  the Puppin is an alligator crawling away…
(Just telling you in case you weren't sure what was happening here…;) 



It takes a few colors…
..a bit of mixing and swirling…


a few freckles made with a brown colored pencil..


 She's ready for some hair…some mohair…

Commence winding…winding…..and….more winding…


I do a lot of guesstimating, but if you're not a seasoned guesstimator, then stick with the directions. They are quite thorough.

Sew a center part…


Place on top of her head and begin the adjustments, finding where it looks best…not too far back on her head and not too low on her forehead.

Just right.  With a length of the mohair on a needle, make a running stitch to cover the white seam stitch.


Cut through the loops…

and then an all-over trim to even up the lengths…


A bit more blush and a few more freckles...


…a pair of pretty socks and kid leather, buckled shoes….hand-me-downs from one certain French doll who met with an unfortunate series of events…


And our dear dolly, Holly~Anne, is ready for adventures.
Although, I think she might need a sweet bonnet…and maybe some bloomers.  Oh…and a pretty little nightgown …a shawl…I could knit her a cottage shawl, just like Eliza's!


I declare, I do not remember having this much fun back in 1973 - 74, when I created my first Holly Hobbie.  40 years of life and crafts and projects and babies and dreaming has proven to be just the right amount of time to get it just right!
Don't you agree?

(and in case you were wondering…I have seen this vintage pattern on eBay…not pricey at all:)

Tomorrow, I will announce the winner of the drawing for the giveaway, so be sure you have left a comment on the post "How about a giveaway"for your chance to win.
We should also be ready for the launch of the Etsy Shoppe, as well!
Exciting days here, friends:))

Blessings,

Christie