Monthly Archives: June 2008

Annabelle’s Has a New Family

Okay, my kids are somewhat settled and we have chosen a winner for Annabelle…. Allison Bloom– you are Annabelle’s new family! Just to let you know how we did this. We made it WAY more complicated then it needed be. John hand-wrote, yes hand-wrote, everyones name on pieces of paper. We went through all the […]

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lisa - June 30, 2008 - 7:34 pm

Fingers Crossed ๐Ÿ™‚

Naomi - June 30, 2008 - 7:56 pm

ooh, i hope it’s us!

Leanna - June 30, 2008 - 8:17 pm

me me, pick me!!!

Monica - June 30, 2008 - 9:09 pm

Congratulations Allison! You are one lucky lady! I hope Annabelle is well loved in her new home.

Thanks for such a fun contest Christina (and way to go Christina’s hubby!)

admin - June 30, 2008 - 9:12 pm

Thanks Monica! I think I’m going to do this contest every month or so.. what do you think? It was so much fun to do ๐Ÿ™‚

Monica - June 30, 2008 - 10:26 pm

I’ll play! ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol
Your blog is inspiring me…I think I need to start using mine too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sebrina - July 1, 2008 - 9:01 am

Congratulations Allison!!!!!

Alicia Wilson - July 1, 2008 - 10:36 pm

Congratulations Allison*
Thank You to John, Christina, Benjamin and Jasper for a great contest.
All the best to your family.

Ninny Noodle Noo - July 2, 2008 - 2:35 pm

Hi, thanks for dropping by my blog – glad you found my post (spam filters can be a pain sometimes). Yes Melissa’s illustrations are wonderful :0)

I really must add a link to you from my site!

Your Sister - July 14, 2008 - 9:12 am

Oh Christina, the things you make John do. Next time, if you put all the names on an excel worksheet you can use this website to choose a number for you and just pick the row that corresponds with that number.

Thanks for not posting the pan flute videos, that was so embarrassing!

[…] Annabelle arrived at the post office while we were on our vacation.ย  I finally got to go pick her up today!ย  I was so excited, I opened the box in the car and didn’t think even for a second of letting my daughter open it.ย  (And Christina put in this teeny tiny clothespin holding together her business cards, cleaning instructions, and a super-cute little mushroom fairy card!) […]

feels good to be back..

Win a Bamboletta! Please see June 15th’s post. Even though I was only off for about 3 weeks from making dolls it sure does feel good to be back making them! I’m almost finished these ones that are up for sale tomorrow on Etsy. The red headed guy is a custom, but the girls are […]

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Monica - June 26, 2008 - 10:14 pm

Oh gosh! I love them all! Chistina, you never cease to amaze me. I think it’s really cool that you’re dying your own hair now too. Is there anything you can’t do? lol
Have fun loving on your new little family member…I need someone in my family to have a new baby too….I want to do tiny knits. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your travels!

Meike - June 27, 2008 - 3:27 am

When I get back from my holidays, I’m going to give that whole dyeing thing a try too! I’ve been disappointed with the availability of mohair in good hair colours too. Have fun in Vancouver!

Christine - June 28, 2008 - 3:32 am

Those dolls are too cute! And can I just say I’m amazed you take care of your little one, travel so much and still find time to make these dolls and dying yarn too? I thought I was a busy bee! Perhaps it’s the name. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Christine from the NL

Berrie - June 29, 2008 - 6:27 am

Hey there Christina – Yeah for dyeing our own yarn. I am liking it more and more. Which dye have you found most to your liking? I am still bouncing around there. I love the red hair in the bottom photo! I am buying my yarn from Catnip Yarns as well.

xoxo Berrie

admin - June 30, 2008 - 9:18 pm

Hey Berrie!
I like the natural dyes over at Maiwa, but I think with the scouring, pretreatment and then fixing, there may be more chemicals then a low impact dye. I’m working with one called Ciba tonight- I need some black mohair and do not want that to not grab. I’m still experimenting. It is fun though.
Meike, it is so fun to dye and very satisfying! I can’t wait to learn more! I had a great time in Vancouver- thanks. My family live there so it’s nice to hand the little ones over to Grandma and get an afternoon ‘off’!
thanks Monica and Chirstine ๐Ÿ™‚

a dream come true

Ever since we moved here I’ve wanted to have chickens.ย  I love eggs and I love little Bantam chickens- like this little guy. They are so fancy looking. John has always opposed the chickens knowing that he’d get stuck with most of the cleanup and maintenance. And he doesn’t like eggs.ย  Tonight is my lucky […]

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Meike - June 24, 2008 - 7:09 am

Yay! When we ever get to move away from here to a bigger place (and a bigger garden), I am SO going to get some chickens too! You will post pictures when you get them, won’t you? ๐Ÿ™‚

Leanna - June 24, 2008 - 9:54 am

How exciting! I have had my chickens for 4 years now and I love them so much. I actually just got a bunch more. Check out for pictures and lots of information on any breed you could ever imagine. My favorite are bantams too, Cochins are wonderful, japanese, and silkies are great! All of them come in regular and bantam. If you ever need anyone to geek out with about chickens, I am your gal!

Beth - June 24, 2008 - 5:28 pm

Congratulations! Bantams always remind me of Margaret Wise Brown’s, The Big Red Barn… “There was a bantam rooster and a little bantam hen with a big clutch of eggs. Count them. There are ten.” I hope yours does as well. Thanks for inspiring tonight’s bedtime story!

admin - June 24, 2008 - 9:31 pm

I’m glad to see that you guys don’t think I’m insane! I found out that my good friend Con’s family has a line of Banties from 1974! I’m hoping that she can hook me up. I also found out that there is a ‘Chicken Swap'(!) going on this Saturday at Buckerfield’s. Chicken Swap! Ha! It’s like a whole other world just opened up.

Leanna, I will be in touch for some chicken advice! This is so exciting.

I will post pics!

Trish - June 25, 2008 - 6:18 pm

First, I have to say I love your blog, dolls, and how you have brought it all together while LOVING what you do (and the love shows). Congrats on the chickens, you have given hope, as I have been trying to convince my hubby that we NEED some too. I am obsessed with getting an Eglu by Omlet as soon as I get my new house with the big yard (August is the move date). The Eglu is originally from the UK but here is the US site I know at one point I had found a Canadian distributor but just can’t seem to find it at the moment.

Nice to know someone else loves the simple things in life!


Leanna - June 26, 2008 - 11:29 am

No problem, just email me if you have any questions. Good luck at the swap, they are a great place to meet chicken folks and get some really good birds. Get your hands on the banty line if you can! I am jealous

admin - June 30, 2008 - 9:22 pm

Thanks Trish! Good luck on the chickens. I think I will need to start a new blog on chicken love. Wait, that sounds weird.Ha! You know what I mean ๐Ÿ˜‰
Okay Leanne, you are my lady on chicken info. It looks like I jumped the gun a bit on time, John wants to do this next Spring.

Deer 2 – Platts 0

Win a Bamboletta..see June 15th post below! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you will know about my love/hate relationship with the deer in the ‘hood. We have lots of deer around, we live basically in the forest with farmland all around us. Last year we grew a garden that was demolished […]

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Monica - June 21, 2008 - 11:46 pm

Ugh…that’s horrid! We have an infestation of bunnies…but not deer.
Try to have fun raising the height of your fence… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Is there anything that can be grown to deter them naturally? I’m wishing you luck…and us too…we need those veggies this year!

Christine - June 23, 2008 - 3:16 am

So they just jump the fence? Good luck making it deer-proof! And I thought the plant lice on my blueberry bush was a problem. But then, I only have a balcony. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christine from the NL

admin - June 23, 2008 - 9:50 pm

Yes, they just jump the fence. Isn’t that insane? They can do it from standing apparently.
We started on the wire project this weekend, I’ll keep you posted.

Last day of school..

Win a doll! See here.. Today was Ben’s last day of school. We were treated to a beautiful puppet show and then a potluck snack time, what a great time. These moments remind me why I’m at this school. Ben’s teacher had asked if I could make the children each a doll as a goodbye […]

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Naomi - June 20, 2008 - 7:14 pm

that was so thoughtful, all of the kids must have been so thrilled with their dolls!

Meike - June 21, 2008 - 2:04 am

Well, that pie may not look like it’s in a food magazine, but boy, would I like to taste it! I’m very partial to lemon meringue pie. ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S. The dolls are precious – as usual! ๐Ÿ™‚

Christine - June 21, 2008 - 2:35 am

Great pictures, I love how that pie looks a bit rough on the edges but soooo tasteful! Did you use a specific recipe you might want to share?
So you got over a 100 people who want the doll, wow! What a lucky winner that will be.

Christine from the NL

admin - June 21, 2008 - 11:20 pm

Naomi- the best thing was the collective gasp that came from the kids as the teacher took the blanket off that was covering the dolls. This is why I do what I do ๐Ÿ™‚
Meike and Christine.. Lol, it may not look like much, but it was a good pie. I don’t even really like Lemon Meringue pie. I think it would be better with a somewhat creamy lemon filling, I think I’ll look for a r ecipe with cream used. I’ll try to find us a recipe. Have a good Sunday!

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