Wednesday, January 23, 2013

We're gettin' close!

January BOM
The month of April will be the completion of the Carol Doak BOM Mystery (yahoo group).  The February block has just been posted (early!)  I could be wrong, but I think Carol will post one more block for March and the "big reveal" for setting instructions will be in April.  I'm nervous and excited all at the same time - Carol's mystery instructions were for a 2-color quilt, and with me being on a "fabric restriction diet" (I've banned myself from buying any more fabric), I didn't have enough of any one fabric to do the mystery.  It only occurred to me recently, I could have done a scrappy red and white or scrappy blue and white quilt....since I've always wanted a 2-color quilt I feel like a loon for not thinking of it!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Aint nothin’ Bitty about it!

When my middle granddaughter asked for an American Girl Doll for Christmas, I nearly went into spasms.  Ok, sure….they’re adorable dolls, fantastic accessories, but slightly on the pricey side.  I cringed and wondered how in the world I could justifying the purchase.  Low and behold, about a week later I get a call from my sister-in-law saying the Today Show is offering a discount code to order Marie Grace discounted to $50.  Now we’re talkin’!  I can certainly justify that!   The internet was abuzz that morning with people talking about the discounted dolls and patiently waiting for the release of the secret code.  Thankfully, I had my order filled out to the point of entering the code and completing the check-out process because later I heard the dolls were sold out by the time the West coast received the code (which is really too bad for them).
Two weeks later, I had Marie Grace in my hot little hands.  By the time Christmas Eve arrived, I could hardly wait for Shells to open her new doll.  Oh, but it gets better – not once did I think about how my youngest granddaughter would react….oh no, not once did I wonder if she’d want an AG for Christmas as well.  I was smart enough to order 2 Marie Grace’s, but Beezer is a tiny 3 yr old.  So my plan was to hold on to the doll a couple of years, then give to her.  Not a bad plan, unless little Beezer wants a baby doll sooner.  With her birthday the first week of January (turning 4), I decided to purchase Beezer the Bitty Baby.  Again about a $50 purchase, but I’ve already set this expensive ride in motion.   
I knew I should have ordered on-line, but nooooo I figured it was just as easy to run to the AG store (you know, save on shipping), plus I was wanted to see first-hand what all the hubbub was about.  Omgosh, it was like I drank the pink koolaid when I crossed the threshold of the store.  I went nuts, not only did I purchase Beezer the Bitty Baby, but I added the accessory pack as well.  And the madness didn’t stop there….I also purchased the Kid size matching pajamas.  I totally lost my mind and I’ve decided I'm never going back to that store…’s bewitching.

Once I regained my senses I decided the AG’s needed doll quilts.  For this, I went to the scrap bins….
My niece Em has a set of bunk beds for her AG's. 

 Shell's Marie Grace will get to snuggle with this one.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Happy New Year! sorta.....

All through the month of December, I told myself I'd blog more often - it would be my New Year's resolution if you will.  It seemed a whole lot easier than saying ......I'd lose weight, exercise more, etc.  Right?  Well, here it is the 16th of the month and I'm just now getting around to it.  Not only did I lag in posting, but my BOM's have suffered as well.  With all the Holiday festivities, it was hard to stay on track with anything (that is, for me!). 

Carol Doak BOM for October
Carol Doak BOM for November