>Part 1: Russian nesting dolls


all the mothers of the doll
All the mother dolls above .
All the dolls out of their mothers below.
all the dolls together

This is one of our collections at our house. This post is for my MIL; she wants to know which ones we have because she likes to add to this collection at holidays, and is forgetting what she has given us. My children also collect these dolls, so there will be three more posts; one post for each daughter’s collection of dolls. This collection is mine. I own 7 sets

Newest Set
(7 people in this set) the only wood-burn set I have
mother of newest set
newest set
This set is porcelain ,and I have two identical of this set
(6 people in this set) ( 12 between the two sets)
a duplicate set made of porcelain
a duplicate set made of porcelain
This set is Little Red Ridinghood, but no woodsman; just Red, wolf, grandma, and cottage
(4 people, sort of; one is a house)
little red riding hood
A sort of Nativity
Joseph, Mary, Wise man, Shepherd, and baby Jesus (5 people)
nativity sort of
The largest set I have (12 people)
all in a row large set ( 12 people)
all togetehr large set
close up large set
My oldest set (this set is from before the wall fell) (5 people)
image 2 first set
1st set ( 5 people)

>Turkish lace new site

>I was left a comment on one of my oya/turkish lace posts from a lovely person who has a blog all about this type of lace. The patterns are passed down visually, so her patterns are posted in the form of pictures. This means you have to know how to do crochet and special stitches first. I think I can duplicate all of them and make patterns, if the owner of the other blog is willing to let me do this. I will work on this in what little spare time I have to save these patterns into a written language for those who don’t know how to pull a pattern visually. I am hoping she will let me. If not, sorry, but please look at her site as there are a lot of lovelies there.
In case the link breaks, here is the site address below:

>Making Petal People

>So what happens when you are in a car for about four hours every day with your kids in the middle of commute rush hours? They get board and want things to do other than just their homework. So I told them that when I was a little girl growing up in my Vavo’s flower shop, I used to make dolls out of petals and wire/pipe cleaners.

They wanted me to explain how this was done. I told them, nope they had to figure it out for themselves and I would bring them petals from work every now and again so they could work on them in the car. My boss said this was fine, that I could take the girls petals to play with. This is just a few of the dolls they have come up with using nothing but dead headed flowers and guard petals of roses and pipe cleaners. I think they came out pretty cute for a first attempt.

Incase you don’t know what guard petals are, they are the petals a florist takes off of every rose, usually two or three petals per rose. These are the ones that are usually greenish or damaged from growing. Most people who don’t work in a floral shop have never heard of guard petals. Everyone who works in the business knows a rose is usually only pretty to a customer once these are removed.

>Crocheted Chapeau for Baby

>This pattern comes from the early 1940’s: Woolies for Babies ( it has been brought up to date with changes by me in red)


  • Chadwick’s red heart baby wool, 1 ball (3/4 oz) (ie.. baby yarn wool) fingering weight yarn
  • steel crochet hook, no 2/0 (double zero) steel hook
  • 1 1/2 yards ribbon, 3/4 inch wide organza or double sided satin
  • 2 ribbon rosettes (these you make yourself) you can buy store made flowers or make your own easy to do on a flower loom

GAUGE: (pattern stitch) 3 shells make 2 inches

This pattern has been moved to Ravelry for free in pdf form.

My store

>Flower bonnet

>I actually worked yesterday; just didn’t take any photos. Fridays are our crazy-busy day, we have shipments come in from the airport which take a lot of work to get out of the boxes and into buckets so the blooms can open up for use. We got some real pretty hydrangeas in; oh, so pretty. But like I said, it is our busy day so no photos.

bonnet progress

I do have a picture of another bonnet I have started, the red striped one I have finished crocheting, it just doesn’t have its embellishments yet. This new bonnet has a flower on it. Not just any old flower; well I guess it is any old flower. I found this flower inside a ball of thread while junking. The flower wasn’t even in the same color thread as the ball it was tucked into. As a result, I don’t have matching thread to make more of it. So, I set it aside ’till I could figure out what to do with just one flower. I just love little found treasures such as this.

With all the flower posts and bonnet posts lately, it seamed fitting I should combine the two. So I pulled out this random old flower and gave it a few green rows to look like leaves, then started to work on it with cream. I decided I like the back of the bonnet with a hex look, so that will be carried on into this bonnet, too. I also like the stripes of the other bonnets so, that will be carried on into this bonnet, as well. The stripes will be cream and green. The same green I used for the leaves in hopes it will pull the back of the bonnet and the sides of the bonnet together.


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preciouspet, originally uploaded by sunshine’s creations.

I am wondering how many would be interested in this pattern. I am thinking of making it available in my store for purchase after I have finished revamping the pattern a little bit to make it a little more modern in length. That is because in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, little girls always wore bloomers and such, and so dresses were a little shorter to show off the bloomers.

Just an FYI my husband (and a tiny tiny bit by me) did all the twiking on this picture and added all the touches of color to it. Red ribbons, yellow pencil, and, hard to tell, but green eyes, too.

>I know Easter is over

>But I had to work that day. So here are a few little photos. I took the one of the tree and the one of the girls on the sofa. My husband took the rest so I could see what fun our kids had.
They got the bunny ears from their great grandmother. The hat (visor) kits from their grandma. I also got the wood bunnies and flowers for my Easter tree from the same grandma.

Looks like they had fun.

>More Floral

>Guess this might be a regular thing on days I work, to show a few of the arrangements I make. I have never really made a good example of my floral work because it is such a fleeting thing. I start to make an item and, five to thirty-five minutes later, I am done with it and pretty much and hour later I never see it again. Funny thing about florals is even the people that receive them don’t have them very long, either. Usually within five to ten days all flowers end up in the garbage or as potpourri or something similar. Worse is true for funeral flowers; they are usually tossed away in two to five days from the care-taker people at the cemeteries.

The floral to the right is a silk that I made; it’s on display in the front of the store. Above is what is called a big hug mug; an FTD thing. the flower is called a lizianthus (I think I spelled that wrong).

baby birth little girl
The above arrangement is for a new a baby girl and her mom; it came with 3 mylars. This was a gift from the new mom’s boss and co-workers.
Below is for a funeral for a woman and another
funeral for a woman
funeral for a man. There was more funeral stuff today for that little 5 year-old boy. I think I posted about that before; I always hate doing baby and kid funerals. They are just so sad to me because they have not had much time here and all that goes with that.
funeral for a man

>Waiting for kids


still working on caps

When I am in the car waiting to pick up my kids and husband from work, I have been trying to do a little hand work. The red and cream one is my current project. I don’t feel like I am making much progress on these at all. They will be cute whenever they finally make it to the complete state of being. Most of the thread in these is vintage and some have a little age in their color; I personally think it adds to their charm of looking like something made in days gone bye.

>Todays floral


I only took two pictures today.
This is one of the funeral pieces I did; this is actually much brighter in real life. Hey look! A good photo! Nothing like taking a real camera with you to work instead of a phone camera. About $150 arrangement.
funeral for a man

Also, a little girl’s birthday flowers. I like this just because it is simple and sweet and for a little girl. It also had a little stuffed teddy bear that went with it; about a $45 arrangement.

little girl birthday
I also made other things, of course, but these two are the ones I liked the most. I made some silks that I really liked, but I forgot to take a picture of them. Maybe I will take a picture another day and show.

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