Bathing the dog

I was finally brave enough to bathe the dog. Her eagle talon wound seems to be healing remarkably well, but the shedding is intense. It is that time of year, but when she was younger she didn't shed at all. It wasn't until she passed the ten year mark that shedding became an issue. Now it seems that I'm finding her hair everywhere. I'm not, actually. I've had hairy "real" dogs in my home and she's nothing like that. It's just an "in comparison" kind of thing. Anyway, she's cleaner and for the most part, hasn't any lasting trauma from the eagle encounter.

I may end up traumatized by this tax season, however. I'm trying to figure out exactly what I'm supposed to do with this health care issue. And I'm discovering that the ludicrous scenario of in order to fill out A, you must first fill out B, and in order to fill out B you must do worksheet C, and in order to fill out worksheet C, you must do worksheet D. And it doesn't stop there. If you had insurance for all 12 months of 2015, you're golden. but if your application got misplaced or simply didn't go through and you thought it had, (we have both of those cases to deal with), you weren't covered. Through no fault of your own, this is a case of an overburdened state health care system and you have no proof of your attempts to apply in January. Now you have to figure out what to write on line 11 and it's not EZ or straightforward.

I finished my organic french terry cotton pants this evening. Those should be cozier than the thin cotton pants I've been wearing. Both pairs of satin pj's have bit the dust. Fortunately, I was able to salvage the flannel lining on both for simple flannel pants, (read: long johns ). I'll miss the satin. We'll be flannel graphing from here on out.

I found a picture from Halloween 1989 of me and the kids. Most people we met that night didn't realize I was in costume, but Batman and Robin were a hit.

Blog posted on Tuesday February 23rd 2016 00:00:13 GMT -08:00

Yule hat

yule_hat.JPG It seems a little strange to be working on this now, but it's a nice evening project. I plan on blanket stitching the Da Vinci design and then repeating it on the other side. I will be placing small brass bells on this side with a tassel and/or bell at the point. I think it will be a very festive hat.

I'm also working on a birthday present that can't be discussed here until after birthday season. Yes, we have a birthday season. Three in a row. It's almost a Yule repeat but low key. That's not Loki, or maybe it is sometimes, mischief and all.

I tried taking some photos yesterday and discovered my "good" camera is not working right. It is about eight years old and may just need to be replaced. Something I really didn't wish to contemplate.

One of those birthday babies wishes me to duct tape their head now. Such odd requests from my offspring.

May blossoms abound!

Blog posted on Saturday February 20th 2016 12:50:20 GMT -08:00

Dolls and Valentines

The girls are getting ready for Valentine's Day! Vday_girls.jpg
I must confess that I'm not ready.
Over the past week I've been watching Shirley Temple movies. I would love to make the costumes Shirley wore for my Shirley. As you may already know, I've made replicas of the doll's clothes that Ideal produced for the dolls, but I'd rather put in the details of the actual costumes. For obvious reasons, Ideal simplified or completely altered the costumes for the dolls, as in the Blue Bird dress pictured here. It would be fun to research and design the slightly more complex dresses in this small scale. One of many projects that will need to wait for another time.
Toni, one of my Bleuette sized dolls, is dressed in a western ensemble inspired by our Nevada trip with Clarice, (another Bleuette sized doll of mine). When we were in Nevada we acquired cowboy hats for ourselves and I looked for a miniature one for Clarice to no avail. When we returned home, I had to figure out how to make one. The western shirt soon followed. We have a little six shooter but I haven't fashioned a belt for the holster. Shirley will want it for her Texas outfit and in truth, that was why it was acquired, but I guess she'll need to share.

The dog seems to be doing well after her eagle encounter.

May blossoms abound,

Blog posted on Saturday February 13th 2016 09:53:10 GMT -08:00

Eagles and small dogs

My chihuahua had a very traumatic afternoon. At about 2:30 my son let her outside and a few minutes later there was a bald eagle diving after her. The eagle managed to pick her up, but then dropped her on the deck from only two to three feet in the air. My son had rushed out the door when he saw the eagle's intent and that might have contributed to the dog being dropped. She was howling and didn't stop until I'd been holding her for a few minutes. When she had calmed down enough for us to be able to inspect her for injuries, we initially found nothing. She is mostly blind and partially deaf and we figured she didn't really know that she was almost dinner. She was moving fine and acting normal but about an hour after the incident my son picked her up and discovered a puncture wound on her back. She's bandaged and we haven't found any other injuries. We're hoping for the best.

Here's a photo of her from her youth when she often served as G.I. Joe's horse. PeiPei_and_Joe.JPG

And one from last year. Her appearance hasn't changed much in her 14 years, just cloudy eyes and no more teeth. peipei_dragon_copy.JPG

I guess she'll have an escort from here on out. One close call with a violent death is enough for any chihuahua.


Blog posted on Thursday February 11th 2016 17:52:12 GMT -08:00

Dragon Hat

dragon_hat_2.JPG I just finished up this hat last night and Liam is already threatening to abscond with it. As you can see, I haven't worked out a viable photography solution as yet. I tried taking photos after dark and the hat glared, you couldn't see any details. In the daylight we have sun glare. And for those who are saying just move away from the window, there's no place to go or it's too dark.dragon_hat_1.JPG
That's why there's a problem taking photos for my pattern instructions.:)
I have a new apron awaiting the finishing of seams, but I seem to be distracted by an unfinished Bleuette dress. I started it in October, but set it aside for Yule creations/gifts and it's been waiting patiently for me to pick it back up. Maybe I should.

Blessings of blossoms to you!

Blog posted on Wednesday February 10th 2016 12:29:59 GMT -08:00