Sunday, January 25, 2015

Welcome To The Party!

A big thank you to Vicki for hosting this party and inviting each of you to visit.  I can't imagine how much work must be involved in putting on such  a fun party!  Vicki is one that is always thinking of and doing for others.  She is someone that I am proud to call my friend.  There are givers and takers, follow Vicki's example, be a giver... give til your hands are empty, but your heart is full...."2 Bags Full".  

Welcome to my blog, I hope you will visit often.
I have been blogging since 2010....a look back reveals a variety of interests.  I am envious of those that find their niche,  the one place where their heart heart must be composing a symphony with all the things I like to do.

Crazy Quilting seems to be one of those things, with some staying power.  I am currently working on a Mother of the Bride bag.  

The copper frame is so beautiful, I think I could stitch a plastic bag to it and it would be stunning.

The embroidery thread I am using is from years ago, I bought it with the intentions of doing a counted cross stitch picture of my tabby cat, Pooh.....that salmony color was the exact color of his nose.  Funny to remember such a thing.

Another interest is basket making:

I asked my daughter's boyfriend if he had any deer antlers I could make a basket with...he brought me the antlers from the first deer he shot as youngster.

How could I do anything other than make him a basket with those special antlers.


I had a friend that taught me the art of basket making.  It is nice to think back on those that taught us and those we have taught...each sharing our love of using our hands and hearts.

Smocking is a way to use your heart and hands to create small "Wee Care Gowns"...tiny gowns for tiny angels.

These gowns are donated to hospitals to dress sweet infants that are stillborn or die shortly after birth. I pray for the mother, of each child the gown goes to...may she find some comfort in knowing someone cared.  Making these tiny gowns, has led me to my next interest.
Recently, I have become obsessed with doll making. Waldorf dolls, with sculpted cloth faces and stuffed with wool.

 My friend and I ordered a kit from etsy and  we look forward to getting started.

 I say, I am  obsessed, as I have a Pinterest board devoted to these dolls and I have watched every You Tube video I can find.  Do you do that with a new interest? 

 Another doll interest I have is half dolls...the bottom of the doll is quite often a pincushion.  I have an antique reproduction mold to make a few of my very own. 

As a "Thank You" for visiting me during this party I will be giving away one of these half dolls.  Please leave a comment telling me which color you prefer and I will draw a winner on February 15th.
Drawing was held on February 13th due to 
unexpected circumstance!  Congratulations to the winners!!! There are never enough hours in the day to do all I want to mind and pinterest boards are full of ideas of new things to create!  

                                            Love to all,



suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Deb,
My sentiments about our dear friend Vicki are the same. She is a shining star in my life!
Your little patchwork bag has come along since I last dropped in. It is so very sweet.
Bless your sweet heart for creating those magnificent smoked gowns for those dear little angels. They will be cherished dearly by a few deserving parents or mother!

Your little half dolls are so sweet along with your new dolls you have created.

Enjoy the party Deb!

Maggie said...

Hi Deb,
Lovely to meet another of Miz Vicki's friends and learn abiut your interests and pastimes. The baby gowns are so beautiful and their purpose very, very special.
Enjoy the party and I look forward to showing you my little corner of France soon.

Colleena Burnsides said...

Hi Deb,
Love your little patch work is giving me inspiration for making my own.
I think the purple half doll is so pretty.
Have a wonderful day

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi friend! I go in spurts with Pinterest. It's a great place to find and store ideas. You know I love your stitching. Not sure I would use a 1/2 doll so I'll pass on the give a way to give someone else a better chance.
Have a great hop!
xx, Carol

Karen B. said...

Dear Deb,
so nice to see you take part today.
I love your creations and especially your little gowns for angels have touched my heart. I can't wait to see the finished project for a mother of a bride. I am sure it will be stunning again.
Many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

gpc said...

How nice to meet you, you've given me so many new ideas of things I could learn to do! :) I love your work, all so beautiful. I would love to make a little pin cushion doll, and any color would be lovely. :)

Suztats said...

I hope the blog party is a blast!

Karen H said...

Love the bag you are working on - it is a beauty! I like the blue half doll although all three are very pretty!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Shauna said...

Hi Deb, I'm one of Vicki's helpers checking all the links for the Grow Your Blog Hop. I love the bag you are making it is awesome, and I know that the gowns you make are very special and much appreciated by the parents. I never seen the half dolls before but they are so cool. Have a great day.


It's so nice to visit you again Deb! I've enjoyed following you on Facebook, but I see I've been missing out by not visiting your blog more often. Thank you for so loyally visiting and commenting on mine! Your stitched bag is to die for, drop dead gorgeous! How did you learn to do that? I seem to recall your FB post about taking a class or something? Anyway I've always wanted to learn, wish you lived next door! I love all of the half ladies, being the vintage ceramic lover that I am, but I have not anything like her. The blue lady would look lovely among my own handmade porcelain pieces! Cindy from

Birgit said...

Dear Deb,

Thanks so much for visiting my blog earlier today and leaving such a lovely comment -- so very much appreciated.

Like you my interests are somewhat eclectic -- and that's especially what draws me to your blog! :) Your dolls are just lovely, and those half dolls were completely new to me. I like the one in lavender/lilac colors -- so pretty.

Thanks again for your visit!

Lots of greetings from Munich, Germany,

barbara woods said...

following you now , came over from Vicki's list

Sheila said...

Such lovely creations , the bag will be stunning and the wee gowns are a gift from the heart , how precious . I can see we could be kindred spirits , I too love dolls and have made a few over the years but never one like these , so cute . Pinterest should be my second name lol , love the ideas I can find there . Following by email so I don't miss anything :-)

Wendy Sylvestre said...

Hello dear Deb, so nice to read a little bit more about you. You're a sweetheart to make the gowns and pray for those who suffered a great loss in their lives. That is truly inspiring. As is your work, but that inspires me on a whole different level of course. I'm in awe of your embroidery and stitching skills. And those dolls, love them all and wouldn't know which one to choose if I was forced to. They're all beautiful and in my favourite colours. Sending you big hugs, happy smiles and lots of GYB party fun!

Mary Ann said...

I always enjoy coming over to see what you are up to:)

desertskyquilts said...

Blue, and thanks for the chance! The cq bag is just gorgeous!

"my heart must be composing a symphony with all the things I like to do" - I didn't know you were such a poet! I loved that line and read it several times because it's beautiful and resonates within me, too. Thank you for sharing that.

Createology said...

Deb you are such an inspiration in all you do and give so generously from your heart and soul. Those tiny Wee Gowns are as precious as you are my friend. GYB is such fun and allows us a glimpse beyond the postings. I love that your heart is composing a symphony. Creative Bliss Dear...
P.S. Lavender...for my dear sister.

Linda H said...

Hi Deb. I am slowly making my way along this long list of blogs! You are a lady of many talents! The Mother of the Bride bag is going to be gorgeous!! I'll be checking back to follow your progress...
Have fun on the GYB Party...

Marilyn said...

Nice to meet another crazy quilter. I live in Alberta Canada and I do crazy and sane quilting. I am grateful that I can still manage those two but over the years I have done many other crafts as well. I like the purple half doll best :)

Thearica said...

Hi Debbie! Your mother of the bride bag is going to be fabulous! Those Waldorf dolls are precious and remind me of some dolls made back in the 80's that were similar. I need to ask my girls if they still have theirs. I love Half Dolls and was floored when I saw what their value is for the very vintage ones! I need to keep a look out when I go to auctions and antique sales. Thank you for the chance to win one!

Debbie said...

Hi Deb,
Beautiful photos!
Your Mother of the Bride bag is lovely.
Always enjoy reading your blogs.

Threads of Inspiration said...

Hi Deb, I too love dolls and have a bit of an addiction to Pinterest! Your stitching is beautiful. Enjoy the blog hop!

Carla Fiedler said...

Deb, what fun projects you've done! I'm working on some Wee Care gowns here, using up fabrics and laces that were given to me for this purpose. Have fun with your Waldorf dolls; can't wait to see what you end up doing!

The Quirky Homemaker said...

Awww, how sweet that you make the gowns for the angel babies. My heart breaks for those families. It's nice to meet you via the GYB hop. I'm following via Bloglovin' now.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You talk about Vicki and how giving she is - well, my friend, you need to take a step back and look at yourself. I'm so very happy that I have you among my online friends - you are an inspiration.

DeeDee said...

Hi Missy.. You know I love Pink and these dolls are fabulous.. My Birthday is the 18th hint hint hint.! I always love to see what you are up to .. Your work is Amazing as are you and Sweet Vicki too.. I just got the net back not long ago and trying to catch back up.. Hugs..

Laura Quaglia (Fun With This and That) said...

Hi have been gone a lot nice to see what you are doing the dresses are so sweet.
Have a fun GROW YOUR BLOG.

Maureen said...

The little angel gowns are a wonderful idea and what a nice thing for you to do!

I love the CQ under the purse clasp. I'll be back to see how you finish that. As for the half dolls, they're all pretty but my favorite is the blue one. Thank you for giving me the chance to win her!

nicolesender said...

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! I think your smocked gowns are so thoughtful and I'm sure give comfort to the parents. I think a half doll of any color would be perfect.

Sheryl S. said...

So pleased to have found your blog and beautiful work, Your lovely embroidery interests me and I will have to return with more time to look through your blog properly. Very generous pretty giveaway, Perhaps mine will interest you too.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Have a lot of fun at the party, dear Deb:) Lovely post.
Hugs to you,

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Everything you put your heart and hands to turns out beautifully. I'm just stopping by to say hello so don't enter me in the giveaway. :) Best wishes, Tammy

Shirlee Fassell said...

I always enjoy your posts! Hope you enjoy the party!

KimM said...

Wow! So glad I popped in to visit via GYB party. Love your blog, I'm now a follower. I've never tried crazy quilting, but your Bride Bag is so appealing....CQ may be in my future.
Warm regards

Sarah said...

Such beautiful smocking, and I am also enthralled with doll making! My favorite of the 3 little half dolls shown is the blue. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

Sue Kosec said...

I've FINALLY made it to your blog, Deb. And so glad that I did - everything I see is just beautiful!!!!!

You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

Happy crafting!

Crafty Gardener said...

Hello Deb, I'm visiting from the Grow your blog event ... so many wonderful sites to see and new friends to meet. Your needlework is gorgeous.

Vicki Boster said...

My beautiful Deb--- finally made my way here! Am amazed-- I'm learning new things about your talents. I had no idea you make beautiful baskets and dolls. You are one of the most talented people I know--- and so giving of your precious talents to help others.

Your little smocked gowns are a priceless gift to those who are deep in grief over the loss of a child. I know firsthand how appreciated they are --

I'm honored to call you my friend-- and am just thrilled that you are part of this party so that others can meet you and see your beautiful creations:)

Sylvia Anderson said...

Hi's a pleasure to meet you through your blog, and I would like to tell you that what you are doing for those little angels is so special, and in so doing, makes you a special person as well. I also love your dolls, all of them, and thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Visiting from GYB, beautiful baskets and I am in awe of that purse! Will be looking around a bit more.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Oh, gorgeous work! I am your newest follower!

ShirleyC said...

Deb, your talents never cease to amaze me. It's so good to have friends who share the same interest too.
I love the half dolls, and I like the lavender one best, but they are all pretty.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh WOW Deb, your stitching and beading is exquisite!

We all know about your darling smocked baby gowns, you are such a kind giving soul. I'm imagining the welcome you will get in years to come when you eventually enter heaven - there will be a chorus of little angels waiting just for YOU Deb to say thank you!

I always love popping into your blog to see what's new - I still remember the most amazing vintage photo album you put on your etsy but by the time I got there it was gone - c'est la vie!

I haven't heard of half dolls before - they're lovely and look like collectables.

Have fun at the party Deb - I've just got in from work and I'm trying to catch up with everyone.


liniecat said...

This is always a delightful blog to drop into. That bridal purse is going to be a gem Im sure and those babies gowns are pure heaven.
I have to ask mind you, why would you need antlers for basket making?
Love the little dolls you've made too, I tried making one once and it looked like something Stephen King might have written about!
I know my limitations lol

Sarah Aldrich said...

I am so happy to have found your blog. We were recently in Kathy Shaw's class together. I love the purple doll and think it would be fun to do the skirt for her. That purse you are making is lovely.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

HI, I'm a textile artist, visiting, via GYB, from St. John's, NL Canada. Enjoyed my visit to your blog . I like the blue lady.

Chantal said...

Hello Deb. Found your blog via GYB to which I'm participating for the first time. Still not done looking at all of them lol. I do agree about the copper frame of the bag. It is GOOOORRRGEOUS! as is your embroidery.

Carol D. said...

Enjoyed looking at all your projects. I feel the same about not having enough time to make all the things I have gathered ideas for.

Sandy Campbell said...

I enjoyed my visit to your blog very much! You do so many wonder things, the little gowns are awfully sweet and a lovely thing to do for parents that have lost an infant.

Stop by and say hello sometime, I am from the Grow Your Blog 2015 event!


Beedeebabee said...

What a lovely post! It was fun to read about some of the many talents you have Deb. I can't wait to see that CQ mother of the bride bag all finished. It's going to be gorgeous! xoxo

Angela Perez said...

Hello, Its a pleasure meeting you, knowing about you and your passions. I've became a new follower. Thanks for giving us a chance to win the giveaway. I like all, so it wouldn't matter which one I won if I did. I would be happy. My email is

AFistfulof Lemons said...

Your Mother of the Bride bag is gorgeous! I'm sure it will be a jaw-dropper when complete. It's so nice to see your blog thanks to Vicki's blog hop!!
- afistfuloflemons @ gmail.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

wow. that boyfriend sounds like a keeper! visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog. Vicki is a lovely woman; she's blessed my life in untold ways.

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