Monday, December 4, 2017

AnnaLee Felt dolls

I started collecting AnnaLee Felt Dolls when we lived in St. Joseph, Mich. back in the late 1970's. I would add one or two a year. Some were given to me as gifts. I think I have enough now ...LOL! These  are on the mantle... Santa and Mrs. Claus and an elf with loads of reindeer!! Even one with a red nose...Rudolph.
There are others displayed around the house... lots of mice, little and a really big one I found at an antique mall. I also have angels... naked, pink and with white wings. Everyone has one, even the grandchildren!
Every year I have to figure out who should go where!!

When Christmas shopping yesterday I found another fawn to add ... very small, all spotted with a wreath around its neck!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Four women

I finally have a picture ( whether it is a good one is debatable ) of me, my two daughters and my granddaughter!  We are all stuffed with Thanksgiving turkey and ham .... no room, till much later, for pie!
Thanksgiving was good... a few hiccups... but nothing that couldn't be over come.

Next time I'll try and corner my DH, son, two sons-in-law and grandson for a five men picture.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Interesting Thanksgiving

We all ( Bob and I, children, spouses and grandchildren) managed a great Thanksgiving dinner at Robb's!! Lots and lots of food which meant lots and lots of leftovers for people to take home.

One interesting part had nothing to do with Thanksgiving dinner....
as I was getting things from Robb's cupboard one of the shelf supports let go!! Managed to get things down and try to find SOMEWHERE to put them in a kitchen already full of stuff for the holiday dinner. Added good thing ... nothing was broken. Bob and Robb removed the broken part and replaced all 4 supports today.
Thing #2 ... when I got the thawed turkey out of the cooler to get it ready to roast, I found Robb and I had read the label wrong. It wasn't a 16 - 18 pound tom turkey BUT a 26 pound behemoth turkey. Luckily we had enough time to roast it . It fit in both the roasting pan and the oven and TASTED great.
Thing#3 ... the ham was too tall for Robb's smaller oven ( the turkey was in the bigger one). So Robb had to cut some of it off!!

So Thanksgiving was not without hiccups!!

Trying out the tree ( Tigger - orange - and Jack -Tiger striped) ... here's hoping they will have tired with it by the time we add the ornaments !

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


I keep track of all the bears I make... logged into a book. Well, many books.  This one is number 6700 !  If I was making as many bears yearly as I used to ( the years when bear sales paid for extras like flute lessons, weddings and so on) I would be up to 7,000 by this time next year. I never thought I would make this many!  But even at my current rate, 7,000 is in the near future!!

My youngest still has number 1!!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Singer Featherweight

Bob fiddled with my Featherweight yesterday.... and didn't put things back together quite right!! I tried sewing... no go. Loops on the bottom, snapped threads etc. I tried adjusting the tension. Tried re-threading and on and on. Bob and I finally discovered that when he has taken out the ring holding the bobbin in place to clean and oil the area but he hadn't put it back in quite right.  The ring wouldn't hold the bobbin firmly ... When he fixed that.. it started sewing like a dream. This little machine was made in the mid 1930's... that means it is over 75 years old!  The gold decals show the machine was well used. I have the case and all the accessories too!
And I now have another bear ready for stuffing and accessorizing for the Bright Star show in December!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Another Singer sewing machine

I know that old sewing machines are hard to get rid of in parts of the world... but old black ( or green ) metal Singer machines are still a sought after item her in the US.. Today Bob and I made a trip out to the library (  we needed more !! reading material) and decided to stop at the Habitat for Humanity Restore store. For those of you unfamiliar with this, its a great place to find all sorts of used building materials, tiles, lights, tools etc and some furniture and household items... all donated. The $$ made goes to help Habitat for Humanity build new or revamped homes.
I found a Singer 99K with table and  thanks to Bob's online search ... we found that this machine was made in Scotland in 1957. The 99 model is a smaller version of the well-known 66 -
the quilt makers favorite machine.
I does need oiling... cleaning of the side that was up when closed in the table and a new belt.
Best of all... it was only $30.00.
It will join my Featherweight, a green 15, my Mother-in-law's square top 301 ( left it to me in her will) and several others.  Luckily my husband is a great one for refurbishing things plus I have a local sewing machine repair person when Bob is stymied!!
Think I will check out eBay for a case so I can take this one when we are away from home!

Today Bob has all the little accessories out... plus the sewing machine oil. Soon it will be "up to his standards"! Plus he is looking online for a new belt!!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Home and tired

Bob and I just spent a hectic weekend at the Prim Folk Fest Teddy Bear show up in Des Moines, Iowa. Des Moines is about 200 miles north of Blue Springs ... all interstate 4 lane road through farmland . The cows are still out. The soybeans are drying in the fields and the corn is almost all harvested. Large trucks passed us full of corn going to granaries where the corn waits to be taken by truck or train for processing.
The bear show was small but it was great to see all the other bearmakers and the bear collectors (of course). Edinburgh Imports was also there with tables full of mohair, alpaca , wool and synthetics. I had a wonderful time stroking the furs, choosing colors and so on... and brought home some wonderful new stuff!!

Pamela did not find her "forever" home ... but I am sure she will soon!
We are both tired but we had a really good time!

Here's my table...