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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Jane has clothes!

Considering she's been waiting about a hundred years for something to wear, I think she's probably pretty happy, even though she looks PO'd. I named her Jane after one of the dollhouse dolls in Beatrix Potter's children's book A Tale of Two Bad Mice. That was one of my daughter's favorite books when she was little and I just bought a copy for my granddaughters at Powells Books in Portland a couple weeks ago. It's a great story! Audrey loved it and I read it to her twice (at her request) and LaMont read it to her again.

Kids love repetition of stories they like. I so much prefer interesting stories like Potter's to some of the later Dr. Seuss. The first Seuss books were good: Bartholomew and the Five Hundred Hats, To Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, etc. The later ones got a little boring (for me) to read and read and read, although I did like Green Eggs and Ham.  When my daughter was ten and having a birthday sleepover, we heard all this ruckus in the kitchen at 4:00 a.m. There they were, six little girls fixing green eggs and ham  for their (early) breakfast!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

New Blog: Thursday Morning Knitters

Lots of our knitting group members wanted a place to post pictures of their projects, so I made a Facebook Page for us. However, most don't DO Facebook, so I made this blog for them: thursamknitters.blogspot.com

Come on over and take a look.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Not Pleased with Big Screamer, plus Caroline

I've decided I'm not that crazy about Big Screamer. He looks like one of those T Day balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade--you know: those big ones that float over the parade, on long wires?

So I'm rethinking if I can change him some way to make me like him better, or if he will reside in the "parts" basket until I think what to do with him.

In the meantime, I have acquired two sets of real dentures, and I think I'll try a paper mache head when I get the time. I have Dan Reed's Screamer books, and I think I'll try his method. I think maybe it's the huge eyes I don't like on Big Screamer, besides the roundness of his head. I want something a little less predictable.

And on another front, I finished a Hitty head/torso from a piece of turned pine, that was originally destined for a railing or something, I guess. I bought it at a yard sale. It was difficult to carve--it wanted to splinter every time I made a move, but I eventually prevailed:

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Two Toy Society Drops near Ocean Shores, WA

Did these two drops Saturday on the way to Ocean Shores to see the Sea Pals Quilt Show. Left Little Striped Guy at the Gull station at Hogan's Corner and the Little Raggedy Girl at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, where the quilt show was held.

I have made probably 40 toy drops for the Toy Society, but have only heard back from one finder. The finder does not write to me--he/she sends an email to the Toy Society. Sometimes finders even send a picture of themselves, or their kids, with the toy. However, only a few actually send an email. It really doesn't matter whether they do or not, but when they do, we appreciate it.