Monday, July 27, 2015

Still Looking for a Band Name

From left to right: Chris, Deanna, Ariah, Acadia (guest singer), Julie, JD
Last week was busy, right up through the weekend. Our band played music at yet another very successful summer party at Julie & Pat's house. And we still don't have a band name. It seems next to impossible to get five people to agree. And when we do like a name, a quick Google search tells us there's already a band with that name. It's a bit frustrating.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hoffman Challenge winner!

I'm so excited! While in my PALS class yesterday (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), I found out that my Hoffman doll Milena won first place! I'm absolutely thrilled. They should be posting the 2016 fabric soon.

The photos of winning dolls aren't on the site yet, but here's the link:

Be sure to check out some of the other Hoffman participants, too:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A Last minute doll for ODACA Day

I'm leaving for the airport in just over 12 hours, for ODACA Day in Kansas City. Much to my satisfaction, I was able to finish one more doll to take to sell. This one is about 18 inches tall, and is a hybrid of a pattern by Cinders and my own design.

As you can see, my cat had to get in on the photo shoot.

I just wish I had a few more dolls to take with me.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

I'm off to work in a bit. I know it's going to be a busy day in the ER - it certainly was yesterday! I heard an estimated 30,000 people were coming to the north Oregon coast for the holiday weekend. Let's hope people make good choices this year.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hoffman Challenge 2015

Just finished my Hoffman Challenge doll!

If anyone out there has a Hoffman doll, I'd love to add your photos to my Hoffman pages (even if you missed the deadline). The more the merrier!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Plea for Hoffman Challenge Dolls

Morning, everyone. I've been busy with life, work, grandkids, music, and making a few dolls to take to UFDC/ODACA Day in July. I've also been working on my Hoffman Challenge doll - a bit here and there as time allows. I think all I've got left is hair and costume details and accessories. That actually sounds like quite a bit left to do.

I've been working on getting my Hoffman pages set up as well. Now I just need photos of the dolls to make it worth looking at. So far, I've only received Patti LaValley's fantastic doll. I hope more of you are participating (or know of someone who is). Please consider sending me a photo or photos of your doll. Plain backgrounds are best, but I'll work with whatever you have. Send to and be sure to include the name of your doll, pattern you used, links to your sites, etc.

I'd be ever so appreciative. I know I'm not the only one who wants to see the dolls :)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Welcome, Lorenzo!

We're happy to welcome a new addition to our home ~ Lorenzo.
I thought I wasn't ready to fill the void left by our beloved Arthur, but this handsome guy needed a home. A friend who volunteers at the local animal shelter told me about this feisty fella (apparently he was a bit of a handful there). He seems to be fitting right in at our place, though our dog Cooper is very selfish for our attention. He'll get over it. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Couple New Quilts

As I recently had the house to myself, I decided to finish a couple quilts. The first was made for the young daughter of a friend. I used (for the most part) fabrics I had on hand. I used a pattern I purchased for an online benefit:

The second was a quilt made from a charm pack I started sewing together in December of last year. I'd intended this one to be for my sister, but it goes so well with my living room that I'm keeping it for myself. She'll have to wait for hers, which will be made from the fabrics I'd originally intended for myself (see them here:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

RIP Arthur

Today we had to let our kitty go. Arthur was a wonderful cat. So much personality, and loyal to the end. May he rest in peace.  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Life Book 2015 May Lessons
I used acrylic paint, acrylic ink, stabile pencil, china marker, Tombow

I'll be scanning my page soon, but wanted to share what Ivan (age 6+) did the other day... his is the one on the right. He did a fantastic job!
A couple finishing touches, then scanned:

See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE