Sunday, April 19, 2015

Paper Dolls and Silk Sewing




Just a few paper dolls from a friend. I love to collect the vintage ones.

This sweet selection is from the same friend. I bought this darling German wooden 8" doll from her and she sent the other items knowing I would like them.
This is my new student Emily who has been coming for a month now and she has made a set of napkins, pillow cases, and this simple apron with pockets and also started her table topper with 4" squares.

This is what I'm working on in Dupoini silk. It's a pattern called a Flounce About Jacket. This silk is gorgeous I bought it while in France. I am trimming this out in black velvet. It's coming along. That is some bead work you see on the inside. The hem called for machine stitching but I used Petersham Ribbon and hand work. I can't see machine stitching on silk!




This is a taffeta silk bolero lined in 100% cotton silk like fabric. It has vintage green buttons. Lots of hand work on the lining.

The boys say thanks for the visit and come back soon. 
Nan

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Valentine Wreath


My student Autumn was crafting today with me and made this wreath for her Mom for Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Crafting & dog show Continues


Just a few photos for you this month. 
We have Pan and Kalen in their cute matching coats. We've had temps in the teens so when they go in the car they must wear coats. They are helping my student Autumn sew here. She put ties on their necks. She is making a cherry Valentine dress to wear on Valentines day. 
 This project is from my friend Rena she made as a Valentine gift. I love this!
I made this little bunny, he has a felt heart you can't see here.
Some older photos of my Nancy Drew collection.

Betsy McCall
A Toni doll I made clothes for.
Happy Valentine's Day.
Nan

Thursday, January 8, 2015

January 2015

Late last year I was talked into going in a senior fashion show at the Senior Center in town. I wore a vintage outfit I had made. My friend on the right is Kathy and she wore a wedding dress that was made for her. She was so sparklie in this stunning gown she won the award for the most glamorous. 
Right now I'm working in this.
This is a pattern I've been threatening to make since 1966  when I bought it. A Jackie Kennedy coat. No kidding that long! I've also had this periwinkle blue cashmere wool fabric for 20 years. It's so special I was afraid to cut it but decided what the heck what do I have to lose at this late date! It is going to be lined in the same color of silk. 
I'm working on the under collar right now after a nightmare of putting in those welt pockets. 
My hens have been doing so well and laying on their best days 6 eggs. One is a very dark green and those two beside it are a light bluish green. I take very good care of them, keep the coop clean and provide all I can for them since they have to stay in a fenced yard due to predators in the area. 
This is a photo from Paris my DIL took, framed and gave me for Christmas. That's my daughter Ingrid on the left, her brother Bobby on top left, and my grandson Michael there in the middle. That's me in the yellow.
I leave you with a sleepy photo of Kalen sleeping on his Dad's pillow. He knows comfort when he sees it. 
* Thanks for all the old and faithful readers of my blog to check in every so often and leave a comment I appreciate you still remember me. 
Nan

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 
Bob, Nan, Kalen and Pan
December 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Crafts and Chickens


 Well I love colors so I had to order colored egg cartons! Since they will not ship to Alaska it took some round about ways but I got them. I'm having enough eggs right now to sell 2 dozen a week and eggs for us to use. I get shades of brown, blue, and green eggs.
 Taken this morning in the frost. We have no snow here yet which is a bit unusual. It was in the 20's and during the day in the 30's. 
 My girl St.Mere a Buff Orpington
 My girl Dotty a Silver Laced Wyandotte. They are all so tame but for one Easter Egger who had trouble laying her first egg and I don't think she has laid one since. Perhaps she will be a late bloomer or a non layer. 
The coop this morning. I have a red 40 watt infrared light in the coop. We had a pink sky. The water is inside the coop sitting on a tin box heated by a bulb inside so it doesn't freeze. Below the view this morning at 9:13am.

 This shelf Bob made me for my Xmas vintage items to get together all in one place. I really am happy with this. The shelf will come down and be stored after Xmas.
 A close up

A couple felt peacocks I made. I've been doing a lot of crafting here for Christmas. 
Below a few more things I've made lately.



Nan

Friday, October 24, 2014

Trip to Paris 9-11-14


Flying out of Anchorage on Icelandic Air to Iceland then onto Paris. Free food in Economy Comfort. There were only 5 seats here. My son and his wife flew from CA and my grandson from VA. 
 Our Paris apt was right down the street from the Eiffel Tower. We needed room for 5 so an apt worked the best. 

This is my grandson Michael who is in the USCG in VA checking out if the window opens in the tiny shower, it did not. 
 The best restaurant ever was Cafe Constant a Rick Steves recommendation.
Beautiful fruit stands!
Ingrid and Michael my daughter and grandson at the Seine River Paris. We walked here from the apt.
 Botticelli Fresco in the Louvre Paris
 Ingres
 My daughter there in the room with all the big name artists displayed with so much light coming down on them including the Mona Lisa she is at the end of the room. I can only guess that they are reproductions or the lights have no damaging rays coming from them.
The famous Napoleon painting where he crowns himself as emperor. It was hard to get close to this one and also the Mona Lisa so many people from all over the world crowding into see.
Winged Victory at the Louvre.
I will end this here and write another post soon on the trip.  There are just so many photos to go through. 
We spent 5 days in Paris then drove up north to the Loire Valley and Normandy.
Nan

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