Friday, December 26, 2014

AG Backpacks

I made backpacks for my nieces American Girl dolls.
When I was visiting them, I asked them what they wanted me to make 
- and they both said:
 (So, how could I NOT make them??)

I was a little overwhelmed with Christmas, and did not get them mailed out until the 22nd.  I don't think they are going to get them in time for Christmas... but, maybe the next day.

The whole pattern set is a back pack, hat and vest.  I want to do the hat and vest.  I think that might come int he spring sometime!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

2014 Ornaments

I was involved with an ornament exchange this year, through the internet.
I made a crocheted a snowman (similar to the one below)
And, I received THIS one in exchange!!!
I was "over the moon" with excitement!!!!
I mailed this "Cali-Girl" ornament to my niece.  She was raised in California, went to college out of state - and now she is married and lives out of state.  She is the only one I know that says "Cali-girl"!

I made these 3 ornaments for my sweet little grandchildren.  
2 snowmen for the grandsons.
 1 angel for the granddaughter.

This is an ornament that I picked up this year. When I was in Virginia earlier in the month we toured a turn of the century "mansion" that was all decorated for Christmas. 
They had a Christmas Tree with a pickle ornament.  They shared the German tradition of a pickle ornament hanging on the tree on Christmas morning - and the first child to spot it, would get a special present.  We looked all over VA for a pickle ornament.
When I got back to California, I found one, and bought one for me and one for my nieces.
They were so excited!!!

These are my ornaments for this year.  It was fun to give and to receive these!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sweet Sweater for Indiana

 Here is a sweater that I made for my sweet little one year old Granddaughter.

I just fell in love with these colors, and followed the directions EXACTLY.
(Which is something that I don't always do)
And, it actually fit her!!
She turned one earlier this month

Then, after I made it (and I still love it)
 I saw other ones made with different color combinations. They are soooo cute.   

I think I might need to make another one?????
Here is the link to original pattern from the Moogly Blog

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday Finds

This Commercial Makes Me laugh so much!!
These gift tags are just too cute!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

He's Closer Than You Think!

nativity siloutte080
I have loved podcasts for quite some time. I listen to LOTS of different things.
For the past few months I have been listening to Louie Giglio. 
It is the podcast of his church service: Passion City Church.
I listened this morning.....
I thought I had heard every aspect of the Christmas Story...... but, not this one!!
It was A-mazing the light he shed on the Christmas Story. 
I would HIGHLY recommend it!!! 
Let me just warn you.... He goes DEEP - but it is well worth your time.
I know this is a busy time of year, and there are lots of things vying for your time and attention -
But this will make you think about the true meaning of Christmas!
Here's the link:

If you end up taking the time to listen - come back and let me know what you think!!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

I LOVE this bed!!!

I would so love to have this bed.....
I think this is a dog-lovers dream!!

A doxie would fit PERFECTLY in there!!!

Friday Finds

Doesn't this just make you ooooo and aaaahhhh????

I just love here attention to detail.

Here is the post where she talks about designing her holiday banner

Then, here is her lastest post.....

These are EXACTLY the kind of cookies that I need to have this season...

I am going to make a whole plate of them.....

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Throw Back Thursday!!!

Here is a twist on "Throwback Thursday"

I made this craft kitfor my nieces.
I'm visiting them in Virginia.

8 & 10 years old.

It turned out to be a big hit!!

We are making friendship bracelets, and beaded safety pins and ribbon barrettes.

(had a little problem with the supplies for the barrettes making it all the way from California)
(We are making a run to the store later today!!)
Here is the blog I got my idea from

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


My sweet nieces need a puppy!!!
So, their FAVORITE Aunt (ME) made an American Girl dog. 
It turned out better than I thought it would!!
Now my next project will be an American Girl dachshund!!!!!
Thank you to Red Heart for the free pattern.
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