18″ Doll Dress


I bought my seven year old a sewing machine for her birthday. I went with a full size Brother Project Runway Limited Edition LS2300PRW. Basically it has more features than my dinosaur Singer. I wanted a mini, this full size was on sale for $20. So I created this simple  pattern for Ruthie. I thought it would be much easier for my daughter to sew straight lines. So together we made Ruthie’s first dress. I sewed the strapes in place so I wouldn’t have to help her restring them every time she dressed her. The photo was taken with my favorite Retro Camera application Little Orange Box.

After nearly a year….

After nearly a  year I found my WordPress password.  I was ready to just start from scratch, but then I would have to change my weblog name etc….I didn’t want to do that.  I’ve had this name for years and I have a blogspot account also with the same name.   I want to begin my new and improved blog by creating a new painting…I haven’t painted in years and thought you could watch step-by-step.  Since the new upgrades I can even add videos to my blog.  This is my third week of bedrest so I’ve had a chance to create again.  I’m also catching up on scrapbooking and my drawings.  I’ll keep you posted with all that I’ve been working on.


Yes, it is already time to go back to school.  I started back Tuesday of this week.  Too much to do and no time to get it done.  So far all I’ve done is arrange my tables………now I just have to decorate my room and print out some lesson plans to get me ready for Monday.  Today is the only day that I will have a chance to work on those things.  I have soooooo much to do.   Hope everyone’s ready for a great school year!


Hey thanks to everyone that participated!  I’ve  really enjoyed reading everyone’s suggestions from this giveaway and the one I offered through the Bloggy Carnival.  Now I just need some time to sit and do all the suggestions.  Congratulations comment# 20 Jo you are the winner of my personalized Princess Bracelet Giveaway! You may thank my beautiful three year old for drawing your name!  I’m not familiar with Amity Mama at all so that’s a great starting point.  I’d love to have an Etsy store as tons have suggested, but without the funds I can’t invest tons of money nor another monthy payment.  Maybe at a later date.   

Thank you everyone that entered and followed the directions. I really need all the help I can get to get discovered. I can’t wait to try out some of your suggestions.

Princess Galore

I’ve been working on some really cute personalized children’s bracelets, but I don’t have a high quality digital camera so I could post the picture, but it really does not do it justice. 

Okay I’ll let you see it although it may be a bit blurred, but at least the colors are accurate.  The letters are printed around the entire block and are appropriate for elementary age girls and toddlers.  I’ve even made some baby ones for my expectant cousins.  Everyone has totally adored their Princess Bracelets including my niece and daughter.  They are personalized with their names and the beads are chosen based on their favorite colors.  The clasps come in either gold or silver depending on which you prefer.

Now on to the good part………………..I will be offering one lucky person a Princess Bracelet of their own to give to their special little girl whether it is a daughter, niece, granddaughter etc… If you would like to win one of these darling personalized name bracelets, just leave me a comment. Please no I want to win stuff, but instead comment about my portfolio on flicker or give helpful advice on how to get discovered. You MUST have a U.S. address to be eligible for this contest. Be sure to leave me an email to contact you if you win… make it easy on me.  Anonymous comments without an email will be deleted.

OPTIONAL: I would love for you to write your own post, inviting your friends to check out this site. Spread the word because everyone can benefit from this giveaway! Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this contest let me know and you will be entered for this contest twice.  For a third entry sign up for my RSS feed.  Deadline to enter is August 9th at 5:00 PM.  Winners will be notified via email as will be announced here on my blog. Winners have 72 hours to reply or will forfeit their prize to an alternate winner who will be drawn at random.

If you are  not the lucky winner and choose to purchase one of these beautiful bracelets they are only $10 plus shipping and handling.  Just leave me a comment.


This is It!

I’ve been searching for Weblog to better represent my art.  WordPress has introduced me to a few new ideas that I really like and it is also challenging me to learn more.  I quess that’s the educator in me…….I’m always learning and discovering new things/ideas.  My only problem is there are not enough hours in a day to get everything done that I would like to do.  As a teacher I have my summers off, but unfortunately they fly by.  I’ve found that WordPress is very user friendly and think I’m going to give them a try for while.  Those of you that have been to my other websitelet me know what you think of this one and offer me any advise or suggestions on what to do next.