Are We Walking to Alaska

Are We Walking to Alaska
Are We Walking to Alaska - A True Story

Saturday, July 13, 2019

A Surprise

Another re-run - haven't these been fun?  This is from 2016.

I have a friend
Her name is Candy
She is as sweet as her name!

A while back she said she was sending me a package - with a few glasses in it

And they would be wrapped in a few pieces of fabric

Wellllllll - I told you she was sweet.
 Sweet as gingerbread and hearts
 I separated the stacks of fabrics she sent - sorted them into matching/coordinating groups - get ready for some fabric fun!
 checks and plaids
 dots and stars - these are vintage fabrics.  I used to buy the same fabrics in Calexico, CA  (right on the Mexican border) in the 1980s at the huge outdoor swap meet.  I made doll and bears clothes using these fabrics - and now I have the same fabrics to use for my current dolls - Little Women dresses?  Little House on the Prairie clothes?  So many possibilities - I feel rich!!
 Ginghams - so many ideas for doll clothes!
 Oh right - the pretty glasses.  I adore these pink swirl glasses - they will be featured in many table settings to come.
 Candy also sent pretty florals and garden prints - summer aprons for the dolls?  Sunsuits?
 And lovely woven plaids - Autumn is coming - I'd better get out the patterns - so many ideas.

I haven't sewn anything from these fabrics that Candy sent in this latest box - but she had sent me another box of fabrics about a month before  - and I've made some pretty dresses from some of them.  I've posted about the first box of fabrics - but let us review
 These are some of the fabrics she had sent me.
And in that same box - these five patterns 
A new doll - Kyla.
I told you Candy was sweet!!!!
Kyla loves her new sisters and brother - and they are all so happy to have her in the family.
The dresses are from some of the fabrics in the first box from Candy - I used the pattern in the lower right corner to make dresses - just different fabrics for each doll - most of the dress fabrics are from Candy
 I've shared the dresses before but I know you want to see them again - I just love the combinations of fabrics

It is a happy time in the summer with fabrics and patterns - and pretty glasses - from Candy. (The paper doll fabric on the dress in the lower right corner came in yet another box from Candy) Thank you so much my dear!!!!

And visit Candy's doll blog this afternoon - she is one of the most creative people I know.

And speaking of creative - have a visit over at Diane's - she always has something new, clever and fun for us to explore with her many dollies and projects.

I love my doll friends!  Do you have any special friends that you share fun times with, making doll clothes, choosing fabrics for doll clothes, etc?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

New Dresses

Another re-run of my dolls - come along as we celebrate a past spring time.

I've been crocheting doll clothes most of the spring - and finally finished outfits for everyone.  Long dresses, like we used to wear in the early 70s.  The dolls think they are great fun - and enjoyed a day in the sunshine on the deck.

 Sunshine and flowers - and pretty new dresses

Abby, who is standing behind you?  Is this a new sister in our group?
It is me, Candace Diane, your new sister.  I came from a yard sale - and I didn't look this good to start with.

Someone got loose with some scissors - and look what they did to my hair - oh my, I was a mess for sure.

But look at my new do - I'm a Ginger and I think it suits me so well.  Don't you agree?

Poppy Sunshine and I are going to pick some fresh flowers in our little pails.  We are so fetching in our summer hats.
 Look. Abby, I have some cute kitties!  Oh Kyla, they are just adorable.

Samantha, Sally Jo, Poppy Sunshine 

Abby, Kyla, Candy D. 

 Summer straw hats are perfect for our new crocheted dresses.

 Sally Jo, let's play catch with the beach ball!

Oh Samantha - what a nice tray of sandwiches - let's share with the other girls. Wasn't it fun to spend a nice day on the deck?

Friday, July 5, 2019

Dress Up Doll Party

I'm STILL recuperating - this is going so slow, so thought in the meantime I would share a few of old posts of my dolls, maybe they will cheer someone up.  I know they make me feel happy - so let us revisit some doll stories.

More pretty clothes - all of them are going to Denmark with Clara, to her new home.  Clara and her wardrobe will be winging their way soon.
 Abby is showing off her new red and tiny white hearts skirt, blouse and froggy vest (and hearts on her shoes) - Sally Jo has a purple fairy bubble dress and matching bag and Clara is in a pink/black cat bubble dress with matching bag.

 Switch dresses - don't we all look so pretty?
 Abby - pink bubble dress and purple bubble dress
 Poppy Sunshine
 Sally Jo
 Hi girls!
 It looks like you are all ready for a party - would you like me to bake you some cookies in this pretty bumble bee apron?
 Donnie wants to join the party too - Donnie loves cookies
 We love pink dresses and bags
 And purple fairy ones too
Here's an extra bag of cookies to take on your trip to Sweden, Clara - you will have so much fun in your new house

Candy has an amazing post about dresses and dolls - you must see it.

And don't miss our lovely Diane and her sweet dolls.

I hope you enjoyed your visit.  

Friday, June 28, 2019

Twenty Thousand Days

Today - June 29, 2019, we have been married for 20,000 Days, or   480,000 hours, or 28,800,000 minutes, and finally 1,728,000,000 seconds

That is 54 years, 9 months, and 4 days -
14,286 weekdays and 5,714 weekend days -
 2,857 weeks and 1 day!

Because I'm not ready to be going out to a restaurant yet - still recuperating from that long stay in the hospital in March and April - we are going to use an Uber Eats gift certificate from our son and daughter-in-law, and have dinner brought to us for our celebration. As always, Don will have steak, and I'll have fish.

Below is a repeat of a blog I did for our 50th anniversary - with a few changes to update it.

I was 17, working in a drug store in Sitka, Alaska the summer before my senior year in high school.  He was 19 and had come to Alaska with his buddy, to work in the newly opened pulp mill to earn money for his sophomore year in college.

It was love at first sight - for both of us.  And now, almost 56 years later, we are celebrating our life together - it is almost our 55th anniversary.  We have had adventures, learned a lot from each other, moved back and forth across the country, watched our wonderful kids grow up, gone on vacations, celebrated events, welcomed great in-laws into our family and been blessed with three grandsons.  It has been the easiest thing we've ever done - these almost 55  years of marriage.

 We've lived in several states, in many houses.  I have pictures of most of them.

 There's a bit of gypsy in us and we've loved all the houses we've lived in - but we love our current (and last) home the very best.

We even have a house cookie jar.
We've enjoyed every stage of our kids growing up 
With birthday parties along the way
We've moved in, and moved out
And been sung funny songs to by our friends who laughed during their performance for us at our going-away dinner - and cried when we moved on.
We've celebrated holidays and events
Cheered at graduations - and cried a little too.
 Halloween was a fun time for pumpkins and funny costumes

 Our 25th anniversary - celebrated with family and friends
With matching sweatshirts to wear on the train trip back to Wisconsin (the trip was a gift from our kids - the sweatshirts were a surprise from Don)
We've gone on vacations - near and far - with family, friends and the occasional bear
These two pictures were taken the same day - one on vacation in the mountains, where there was still snow - and the other back at home in the desert - where there were roses blooming.
We've danced in the rain
Celebrated Halloween as only our youngest daughter can.
Welcomed in the new year with fun and silliness.
Visited the old jail in Yuma, Arizona.
Baked a few pies (oops)
And enjoyed ourselves royally!
It's been a grand trip - with more adventures and celebrations to come.

54 years, 9 months and 4 days and counting!!