Doll: Finally Finished!!!

This doll is the story behind the title of this blog. I started it before my daughter’s first birthday and have dreamt of finally finishing it. Soon! Now, a little more than two years later, it’s FINALLY FINISHED!

My daughter, Juni, is very particular about what she gets attached to, and so far, she has not been too interested in this doll. But that’s okay! I was preparing myself for that while I made it, and I believe that even if she never attaches to it, it will be a wonderful family heirloom that her children can fight over.

(I do think that this doll is more of a friend doll and right now, Juni is really into having a baby doll, to mimic the way I take care of her baby sister. I think friend dolls come later in development.)

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Bag Gifts

I figured I’d better post these because they will be given away very soon! I should point out that this tote is the same project that Frances made several posts ago, and I’ve loved it so much that I made it for someone else!  It’s the perfect size for almost anything! Although the directions and the actual sewing was easy, it was a bit more difficult than I anticipated…I cut ever so carefully but for the life of me could not get the lining and the outer section to not pucker as I sewed them together.  Oh, well…it’s the thought that counts and it still looks pretty cute.

This next gift was one for my sister in law and I got it from a pattern here. And, I tell you, I’m pretty adept at reading patterns (with a little help from my mama) but this seemingly easy pattern wasn’t so simple.  I will say, whatever mistakes were made are somewhat invisible, so this is definitely a very forgiving pattern.  I put a little gift card in here which fit perfectly!  (and the envelope matched the bag, double points for artistic expression!)

Finally close to getting finished

So, a long, long time ago, over a year ago, I started to make Juni a doll, as you know. I got pretty far with it:

However, I hadn’t done any more work on it. In fact, when we moved this summer, my husband saw it while we were unpacking and suggested I let Juni play with it. Because seriously! So I gave it to her, still intending to finish it.

Every once and awhile, Juni brings me the doll and asks me to give her a face. 😦

So, I decided that I would give Juni this completed doll for Christmas! And I have actually ACTED upon that goal!

Now this doll has a blouse! Here it is!

I told my husband that it was no wonder I was having trouble sitting down to finish the doll: it’s hard! He laughed, of course.

Now I’m off to do the jumper.

(By the way, I bought the pattern online from Wee Wonderfuls, run by a woman who makes amazing dolls and toys.)

Sweet Sleeves Ipad Case

I made this for my mother-in-law for her birthday (so don’t share this blog with her before then!) because she recently purchased an Ipad.  She has a cover for it but I thought it would be nice if she was traveling to be able to tuck it into something and bring it along. This onlytook me a total of 3 nights to do, so the pattern was extremely easy.

I actually found the pattern on Etsy and liked the simplicity of it.  By the way, Etsy is a great place to find patterns.  There are many you can find free online but sometimes just by spending a couple of dollars, you can find a more complete pattern (and sometimes more of what you’re looking for).  I’m very pleased with how it turned out!

(Please excuse the coffee table ruffle :))

In process: Jesse Tree ornaments

I’m excited to be making Jesse Tree ornaments for a new family tradition! I bought the template here. Here’s a picture of what I’ll end up with:

And here’s my workspace:

I thought Juni might be able to help make some of the ornaments but they seem too complicated and her attention span is nil today.

I’d better clean up now. I have to finish my Bible study homework and pack for our trip tomorrow.

baby shower bag

I made this bag for Gloria last September, just before baby B was born. The pattern is from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoversen (gorgeous book with gorgeous projects but Mom and Gloria, you are not allowed to make them because I have dibs). I had the women at her shower write encouraging notes on fabric and made that fabric the lining of the bag so my sister would see the tangible evidence of just some of the people who love her and believe she’s a great mom. I’m proud of this bag and want to post photos because it’ll inspire me to make more things!