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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Scrap Book pages of Mum's Dolls


More Little Dolls
Mum's estate was finalised last week. I'm sorry I wasn't able to visit anyone last week, as I felt very  flat. I still find it surprising that I miss (??) my mother even though we had a very "fraught" relationship.



I have 93 gifts made so far. I have several more sewn, stuffed and ready to embellish BUT I have to take my beloved machine to the Sewing Doctor!! It has a strange noise, and not sewing so smoothly!!
New little dolls for charity, plus pin dolls.


Mum's sewing machine all set for new works.When I get my machine back after its service, I'll get Mum's machine serviced. Mum's manual has a record for the last service was  in 1986!! Poor old lady will get some T.L.C. from now on.I am going to leave it set up. so it gets used. I found a very nice service mechanic, and I'll be going regularly. 

                                                          I bought a kit
I've made a few Cat Cards for "Animal Welfare" thrift shop.I felt a bit uninspired this week, so this kit was great!



New pages for Scrap book

I've got a few more "tiddly bits" to add to these pages, but they are ok for now.

Little Miss Books etc

I found lots of packets of Little Miss, and Mr.Men books at my local "Thrifting" Warehouse.Most of the books were pristine, so able to be used. 



Now I am off to play with my Geli Plate. I bought one.If you have ever thought about getting one, just look at the You Tube video I posted at top on my sidebar.

18 comments:

  1. Yes,it is a strange feeling, that all settled estate thing.. hope you get back to sorts soon.. you have still made lots! Helen #5

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    1. Thanks Helen. It's strange that isn't it? I feel like Wendy Craig in the series "Nanny"- where she says " I wonder what that was all about"..when she was thinking back over her life and all the happenings, and dramas..I will never be able to work it out either I think!

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  2. Happy WOYWW. You have been so busy. I love your cat cards. Just noticed your video below with a Cloth Doll Introduction Tutorial. I don't have a sewing machine now, but perhaps I could manage a small one with handsewing? Will watch and give it a go. Ali x #7

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    1. It would be great to get a little machine and have a go at doll making.Molly Fitz is Irish, and you'll love her videos.She has several.I haven't made any in her style yet. There are just SO many things I want to do!!
      Have a great week Ali .
      Judy xx

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  3. Sending a big hug your way Judy and hope emotions level out soon. Xxx
    Lynn 2

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    1. Thank you Lynn. I have a lot to be thankful to my mother for. She was so clever. I am glad I was exposed to such a capable person, and both Mum and Dad did lots of art/craft works. A lot of people have never had that opportunity to see art as a natural part of life. Take Care dear lady!
      Judy xx

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  4. Gorgeous little dolls and loving the cards too. I still believe that the Bernina is one of the best sewing machine ever produced. The one you have is the same model that I had when I was teaching plus several others too, they must have been years old when I took them over and they were still going strong when I left (of course I looked after them well too Lol!). Happy crafty woyww, Angela x21x

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    1. Thanks Angela. Oh yes, most Art teachers/Textile teachers always plump for Bernina machines.They are so tough aren't they? I am missing mine already, as I had been making yarn bowls, and have been wanting to make more. Still, it's not as if i have nothing else to do in the meantime. Love your journal page.Good idea using the tax tickets.

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  5. Once again I am wowed by the breadth of your talents. I love my gelli plates of all sizes, they are such fun to work with. Hope nothing is too wrong with your sewing machine and that it returns to you fit and healthy. Sarah #22

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    1. I hope sew too!! I was afraid to take it to our local Bernina dealer.He is an excellent mechanic, but he is just so rude and brusque in his manner.
      I heard this new man was good from a friend, and he seems good .He put a globe in Mum';s machine for me.

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  6. I read once that if we can see our parents as flawed ( like all humans) and love them anyway it is a real mark of adulthood, and like many things we are taken by surprise by the things we miss..it is often not the most obvious things...I just got one of my machines back after the third attempt at repair - it now 'sounds' right and is sewing beautifully, have a lovely week, and continue to take the time to miss your Mom whatever the reasons... Dxx 27

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  7. Hi Judy. The number one spot this week - congratulations! I'm not surprised you find little moments that act as triggers to find yourself suddenly missing your mum. You may not have had an easy relationship - but you spent a lot of time with her.
    I just got my machine back from servicing as well - It had completely ground to a halt! poor thing!
    Lots and lots going on your end - you have done so well with all those little gifts and cards. Good stuff!!
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #9

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    1. Yes Margaret. She was 92 when she died. I just can't accept that I am going thru this process at my age! I suppose the Queen and Prince Charles had/have old mothers too- same issues.I suppose mothers don't stop being mothers, and daughters, being daughters no matter how old they get, Caw life's funny! You just have to laugh.

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  8. Donna's comment above is very wise and much better than what I was going to say about your mum...it's ok to miss her even though your relationship was fraught.
    I completely get why the cat card kit helped you out of the crafting doldrums - I have really enjoyed the lack of thought needed to sew up those jelly roll strips this week. It doesn't always have to involve lots of design process!! That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it, lol :-D
    You're not wrong about the year whizzing by...I'd quite like it to slow down a bit!
    Hugs, LLJ 18 xxx

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  9. My own relationship with my daughter has often been strained and very difficult - but we have a saying: I may not always like you, but I will ALWAYS love you. I understand that sometimes I expect too much from my children, and they in turn are sometimes disappointed or upset with me - but mutual love is always there - and we respect each other. Clearly you both love and respect your mum too - and can we ever expect more? You'll always miss her - she helped make you the person you are today... and I guess in that way, she'll always be a part of you.

    Your dolls are always so lovely - do you draw/paint the faces yourself? I love their expressions :)
    Sorry this comment was so long!

    Bubbles #31
    http://patchworkapples.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/woyww-417.html

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    1. Thank you so much for your honest feedback, and admitting to a difficult mother/daughter relationship too. Many people just don't understand that mothers( and daughters), can be quite horrible sometimes- esp people who had soft, sweet- natured mothers. It is such an intense relationship, that it's bound to be felt more deeply.It has been a relief to admit this.I mostly had to keep things to myself, as Mum looked sweet, and she was pretty.Most people just couldn't believe she had another side. She did affect my confidence, and this has always been a huge battle- my feelings of being not good enough.However, it makes me try harder!

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  10. Hi Judy, it isn't until an estate is sorted out that there is time to sit and think so not at all surprising that you now find yourself both missing your mother, despite your difficult relationship, and in the doldrums. We don't always get the parents we want, or deserve, but they make us what we are. You can now be open about how you feel and that can't be a bad thing. Your dolls are fabulous - very quirky - and the cat cards lovely. You've reminded me that I have a Gelli plate tucked away. I should get it out again soon. Have a good week. Elizabeth x #33

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  11. Someone once told me talk to your parents every day and visit as much as possible, or you will regret it. How true but you don't realise it till it is too late. Love your work keep busy. Anickoana

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