Thursday, January 29, 2009

Doll Quilt for my niece

My beautiful Niece Autumn will be 5 years old! I wanted to make her something so very special. I so wished that I lived near her to give her all my love, hugs and kisses. But for now I will have to put my love into special things that I pour my heart into and ship them to her :) I love her so much!

here is a special doll quilt that I made for her dolls to keep warm.
This is my very first doll quilt that I have sewn, and I have made a little pillow to go with it too.

I was at work today when I received a phone call from her. She received the box of goodies from me and she was so happy! I so wanted to talk to her longer.
It was so wonderful to hear her little voice on the other end. She told me she loved me :) I wanted to just jump through that phone and squeeze her!


I love being an aunt to a beautiful angel,

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Quick Easy Delicious Recipe! :)

Ok, so I tried something new last night.
I am at my wits end of trying to come up with new stuff for the family.
They are so tired of the same meals all the time! (Don't blame them, me too!)
Dear Nancy at work told me to try this new recipe. I tried it and it was just wonderful , and easy too!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Chicken Cutlets (I sliced them in half so they were thinner)
French's Fried Onions in a can (I put them on a tray and crushed them a little with the side of a glass)
Eggs beaten

spray cooking sheet with nonstick spray.
Dip the chicken cutlets in the beaten eggs, then in the French's Fried Onions
Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until done

here is a picture of my food last night, notice the fancy paper plate!, after 23 years of being married we are slowly running out of dishes...they have been breaking one by one! I think it is just about time for a new set!

Take my word for it, this chicken was moist and delicious!

Raggedystitches and happy cooking,

Monday, January 12, 2009

Adventures of Raggedy Ann

While I was shopping with my husband on Saturday, we had visited some local antique shops downtown. I had seen the most beautiful vintage Raggedy Ann sitting in a little chair in this one shop. In my mind I wanted to purchase her, but knowing I had just purchased the framed needlework from the other store, I thought perhaps I should wait.
My husband knew I wanted her! She was the most beautiful Raggedy I had ever laid my eyes on. We had left that store and headed home at the end of that day.
I just could not forget that Raggedy, and the more I thought about her, I knew that my heart was wanting her even more.
I called the store the next day, with no answer..for the store was closed.
I wondered if "Annie" would still be there?
I was able to make the trip to the shop today, being as I was off from work this Monday. As I approached the door of the antique shop, there was a sign that the shop was closed due to a power outage!
The sign said that they would hopefully be able to open by 11am.
I had arrived at 10:30am. I thought perhaps I would just wait outside till the door would be unlocked.
I didn't know if I should peek or not inside the glass door..for if Raggedy Ann wasn't in there, I know my heart would be broken. I so wanted to see her still sitting there waiting for me!
I never felt so strongly about a certain doll like this one before.
There was something about her. I just knew she had to come home with me!
I approached the glass door, and peeked inside...
My heart filled with joy!
There she was, sitting on her little chair, so happy and just waiting..
I could just burst, "would that lady just open this door already"! I thought to myself..

Finally! The owner came and let me in...
What a nice lady she was (Her name was Connie)..although the electric was not on yet, she told me I could come in and look around. I told her what I was there for. She had told me that an antique dealer had brought in the Raggedy Ann doll, and they really don't get many Raggedy Ann dolls in the shop.
The owner let me take pictures of her shop too.
I purchased Annie and thanked the owner for her generosity.

Raggedy Ann is now in her new home and very much loved.
I have searched this very doll on the internet and have found out it is indeed a very old Annie. She is a Georgene doll from the early 1960's.

I don't think she could be any more loved than in this Raggedy Lovers home!

Raggedy Stitches,

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Consignment Shop Find!

I had a wonderful day with my wonderful husband today.
He had been away with his job and I was so looking forward to
his arrival back home. We spent the day out to lunch, then
browsing some local shops. We went to a consignment shop and I was
quite surprised with all the wonderful treats I found inside!
What really caught my eye was this lovely cross stitched piece that I could not leave the shop without purchasing. I know how much time, patience and love must have gone into stitching this piece. If you look at the top of this work of art, you can see the stitchers name "ERMA". Wherever you are Erma, thank you. For now your talents from your hands, grace our home.
You just never know what you might find second hand ...
for someone elses trash, just may become your treasure!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Quilt in Progress

I have started a new quilt!
I received a fat quarter bundle from my dear sister Nicole, and have finally decided to make a pretty quilt of it.
The fabrics are such pretty delicate designs,in beautiful shades of green, pink and blues.
This is just the beginning of a new lap quilt. Hopefully more to come soon!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Peter Rabbit

Our bunny has grown!
He had a grand time roaming the house this morning.
His favorite spot was behind the couch :)
I took some photos while I had the opportunity.
We had a major bunny chase to catch him after his travels were through. :)

It is a rainy day here today in North Carolina.
So glad to be off from work. I am thinking I will be up to something, spending time with my daughter and maybe get some sewing time in.
Wishing you all a beautiful day,
Raggedy Stitches,


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Bedpost Pillow

My first project for 2009 is this Bedpost Pillow I created today.
I found this free chart on the internet CLICK HERE
It is a lovely little bird, and it was calling for me to stitch it!
I searched through my bag of fabric scraps, and found the most suitable fabric to go along with this stitched piece.
I have added the most beautiful lace that was so graciously given to me by my dear stitching friend Jackie. She sent the lace to me from Slovenija. I think it added such a nice touch to my little pillow.
I have used DMC threads, colors 470, 304, and 322. This was stitched on evenweave.
I have also added some pretty old buttons that I had purchased at a local garage sale. Click on my picture to see enlarged detail of lace and buttons. :)

Wishing you all a New Year filled with Many Wonderful Blessings!
Raggedy Stitches,