Bee's Hive

Friday, September 27, 2013

Coming to the end...

Yesterday I finished up 4 outfits. Two I won't show you yet because they need me to finish the "accessories" that go with them. But I did get the garden outfit finished...Oh look, a butterfly sat on the spout of her watering can! These boots should have gone with a rain coat but I didn't find the right fabric for that so now they are garden boots. Of course the boots come in many I'll be looking for the fabric to go with another pair!

The next outfit was not in my plans until I saw these hiking boots. So for a fall hike you need to wear your hoodie too! Those boots are just too cool!

When I started out I intended to use buttons, hooks and snaps until a friend told me she had to sew all the button holes shut and sew on Velcro because her 10 yr. old granddaughter hated the little buttons she had to struggle with to dress her doll. After thinking about it I realized this doll will not be dressed and displayed but will be played with and the fun of that is changing her clothing a I've used the Velcro on everything except this jacket and a suit jacket that is just to dressy for Velcro. 

Today I am working on a fur jacket and finishing up the bath robe. I also have to hem the prom dress and I'm not looking forward to that. Many of the outfits are 2 & 3 pieces that can be mixed and matched. I also made extra leggins that I haven't shown that can be used with a lot of things. 

I was feeling a little sad that after making a few hats and shoes I'll be done but then I looked at the stack of outfits I still have cut out that won't be going this time.  When I am feeling better I'll be able to send off some of them from time to time as a special surprise. Reading this I just remembered I didn't get a Christmas dress made. I'll have to think about that!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Just wanted to drop in and let you all know I'm still kicking. I am confused and depressed. Did you ever hear of a specialist throwing in the towel on a patient? I went to the best Urology group in Lancaster for help. Eight weeks later and a little surgery to explore the problem and I'm worse...and the doctor told me he could only put me on an antibiotic for the rest of my life so I better find someone else.  What?  He gave up?

There are doctors who go through medical school, set up shop and collect, collect and collect, never up dating their knowledge because they don't have to as long as they have a hoard of patients who continue to knock on the door. These "doctor's" are no more doctor's then a hairdresser who wants to give you finger waves.

Then there are doctor's in University hospitals, professor's who are learning and teaching daily. They want to know why you have this and find the way to fix it...So, I'm headed to The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Oct. 8th.  I just can't except in 2013 someone telling me you'll have an infection inside your body somewhere for the rest of your life, doing nothing about it and saying come back in 6 weeks...for what?  And when questioned about cancer he said antibiotic's won't do anything to it...What?  Are you for real?

So that's where I am with my life for now.  Since I have that settled now I can finish up the last outfits and get this doll stuff mailed off.  Coming soon the finished outfits!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Not a clear picture

Slept all afternoon. Nothing to tell at this point. I have to see my Gastroenterologist now. Looks like the problem includes my intestines. Not a surprise with liver disease. I'm thinking maybe I don't want to know.

I did get to finish the pajama's last night. Tomorrow I'll finish up the robe. I have about 7 more outfits to sew and shoes and hats. Then I'll set all the outfits out and add the trims to them. After that,  this project can be packed up and shipped to the grandma who will keep it until the birthday in early November. I have a lot of outfits swimming around in my head that will be surprises in the mail from time to time. New outfits are always good.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September 18th

Tomorrow I will be having a biopsy for possible cancer. My thoughts can only go to my son who lost his life at age 27 on this day. Cancer seems so small when I got to see the sun, rain & life while his life was snuffed out so early. I miss you Mark, your funny jokes, your smile, your compassion for others. If it's God's will I know you will be waiting for me to lead me home. I love you....Ma

The first year I went to the grave several times a week. There was no marker on the grave. I made a wooden white cross with his birthday and date of death. People visit the cemetery on Sunday's and walk around looking at the headstones. Three times that first year I was asked if he died from outraged me to think his age would allow people to put him in the druggy category. When I ordered the stone I was angry and wanted it to yell out that his life was snuffed out and not by DRUGS. I'm still not sorry. When I'm gone and forever no one will use his age as a drug death. I still feel like screaming, "People do die for other reasons, even if they are young".

Monday, September 16, 2013

When you go skating.....

You need to wear your funky fur vest and take along your favorite Pal...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Tutu

Of course this outfit needs shoes

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

More doll clothes from recycled kids clothes

Finally got the red top to the skirt done. It's made from a kids OP tank top.  The sequin dress is also made from a kids tank top.

Tomorrow I'm working on PJ's and a robe, a tutu and top, and a furry vest set.  It was 90 today and  will be again tomorrow. Since I'm trapped in the air conditioning maybe I'll get a lot more sewn!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

End of Round Robin

I almost forgot to post this photo. My neutral monochromatic block is finally home. It's beautiful!  At the top of the photo are some gifts sent to me by one of the swappers.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Before & After

I bet Barbie is jealous! Maybe she can grow into an 18 inch doll.  Here is the new bed for Aidan's doll plus she also has the Butterfly quilt.

Love the Satin mattress...

Saturday, September 7, 2013

On to the weekend

Looking ahead to up coming surgery this month I decided I better get a move on with this doll project...just in case.  This girl needs a bed and I had a suitable one that would be "okay". While going through boxes for last weeks yard sale I came upon a bed I forgot I had and it fits this doll perfect. It's a great country bed but not good for a modern today's girl.

This weekend I'll be painting it and turning it into something with glitter. I've already made pillows and a blanket. The mattress will need to be recovered.

Every time I go to a store it sends me into a new outfit to make...of course I'm enjoying every bit of this! Here is yesterday's find...just too cute to walk away from!

Well here's the painted sparkles...can't see them to well in a photo but the bed has gold sparkle paint on it

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cooler days ... more progress

The days are finally cooler. Not the 90 degree's of last week. Today I started early on sewing doll clothes. I have so many outfits partly finished. Today I decided to try and finish pieces so I have outfits.

Every girl needs jeans with a little bling on the legs and a tie dye tee
 This skirt has a different top. The plan is to finish it before the day is over!
 This one started out as a sundress but was a little short so I added leggins
 Finally I got the fold over elastic sewn on the underwear

Now the garden is calling me. I'll put in a few hours of fall preparation and then back to the sewing. I also have some painting to do for this doll so I might squeeze that in today!