Posted by: tgonzales | February 14, 2011

February 12-13, 2011 Weekend

We had picked out The Notebook to watch this last weekend and chose to do that on Saturday night instead of Friday night. That meant getting to bed early on Friday night and getting up early on Saturday so that I could get some things done before I started my busy schedule for the day. In the wee hours of the morning and while my laundry was going I decided to make a cloth dress for my crocheted doll instead of a crocheted dress.

I ended up using 2 different patterns and combined them. I used the bodice and skirt pattern from the McCalls doll clothes pattern and the sleeves and bloomers from the Simplicity Holly Hobby pattern but made them shorter. The patterns are 30 years old and I can’t believe the pattern was $1 and I’m sure that I got it for ½ price. It even has a stamp on it saying it was from TG&Y. I loved TG&Y stores, because they had fabric, patterns, band aids, clothes, and cosmetics; just to name a few things. Does anyone else out there remember TG&Y? Anyway, back to the dress.

I finished the bloomers, sewed the elastic in the sleeves, and sewed the skirt up before my KS My Stitch monthly officers meeting. I always make lunch for the other officers and Saturday was no different. I love to dump things from my refrigerator into a pot and let it simmer. I think this makes some of the best soup ever. I used some chopped up leftover meatballs, chuckwagon steak, corn, peas, some blended tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, water, garlic powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasonings, a dash of curry, oh and 3 brussel sprouts. I thought it was really good and so did Susie and Steph. I just love how our meetings are a little personal and a little guild related. It’s always fun catching up with everyone’s daily life situations and learning all about what projects they’re working on.

After our meeting I was off to meet my niece Wendy and her two children to give them their hats, since I was scheduled to meet my sister at 1:00 I had Wendy come to my sister’s house.

Here’s Brooklyn’s hat

and Hunter’s hat.

It was fun watching them try them on and

showing Hunter how he could pull the earflaps up and tie the strings at the top of his hat. I think he liked it.

After Wendy and the kids left we went down in the basement where Jackie creates, I love to look around at her creative space. She is designing fabric with Benartex again and she had her paper samples for me to look at.

I couldn’t help but add a little crochet texture to one of the new designs and I can’t wait to show you her whole new line of fabric as soon as she says I can. We had a good discussion about what she needed to make with her new fabric as soon as they can get it produced. It’s always fun bouncing new ideas off of each other. When I got home I even had time to lie down and take a little nap before dinner and a movie. We chose to go out to eat and then when we got home we watched the movie. I loved The Notebook and a lot of the things in that movie really struck home; as my parents and a lot of my friends’ parents are getting to be at that age too, anyway it was another crying movie for me. Update on my Dad; he’s still in the hospital but they have moved him from ICU to his own room and they are trying to stabilize his medications so that they will work with his pacemaker. Thank you to everyone on your encouraging words about my Daddy.

Sunday morning I started back on my doll dress and I thought the dress was cute like this,

but also thought it would be even cuter with a ruffle around the bottom of the dress.

Of course she still had to have a little crocheted pinafore to top it all off. I love her crooked smile, her weird nose, how one of her arms is a little higher than the other, and how one of her legs and foot are a little bigger. Since none of us are perfect, I think she turned out just right and I named her Emma. I would love to hear all about your weekend and I hope you have a terrific week. It’s going to warm up here and be in the 60’s by Thursday. Yippee!!!!


  1. Wonderful post, Tamara. Leave it to you to add an extra special touch by sewing her dress over crocheting it. Stuff like that just doesn’t occur to me. Yet, when I see what you’ve done, it’s so perfect! That’s why you design stuff and I don’t. LOL Fabulous work.

    Have a Happy Valentine’s Day.

    • Jeanne,

      Thank you so much for liking what I do. I know everyone thinks that I have to crochet everything, but I like the different textures of cloth and crochet too. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day too. I’m so glad that your girls loved their little boxes that you made them. I haven’t had a chance to comment on your blog entry about the Cinderella Ball yet, but I loved hearing all about it.

      Love and Hugs,

  2. HOW CUTE! I really liked the doll… and the flower! Could you tell us how to make it?

    I am glad that your Dad is doing well. I was praying for him!


    • Maegan,

      I’m so glad that you like my doll and the flower. I’ll see what I can do about doing a tutorial on the flower, when my husband can take pictures while I’m actually doing the crochet.

      Thank you for all your prayers, they are appreciated.


  3. The doll clothes turned out so well and she looks great.
    I think Jackie’s new material sounds great.
    I passed out Valentine flowers yesterday like you did your hats. I will finish up my fetish of flowers (Jackie’s pattern) today, so I can move on to some over due baby gifts, for some new mom’s at my little church.
    BTW, the soup really was yummy.

    • Susie,

      I’m so glad that you like the clothes for my doll. I had fun making them. It sounds like you had a lot of fun passing out the Valentine’s flowers and Jackie sure was excited that you couldn’t stop making them.:) Thanks for liking my cooking too.

      Love you,

  4. Your doll and dress turned out so sweet! I can’t wait to see what you make from Jackie’s new fabrics.
    I cleaned out junk drawers this weekend while doing laundry and visiting with Lauren, we dumped the drawers on my bed and sifted and sorted and threw away and donated!
    It’s amazing what we keep as moms, collectors, artists. Can’t wait to see you at guild.


    • Steph,

      Sounds like you had a full weekend too and don’t you feel so much better after organizing like you did? Thanks for sharing with me and stopping by to comment. I can’t wait to see your presentation at guild. See you at TJ’s?

      Love and Hugs,

  5. Ohmygosh!!! My kitty Emma has a namesake crocheted doll. How awesome is that!!! =^..^=
    You did such a cute job with her outfit. Such a talented lady you are!
    And both our Emmas have ‘red’ hair — yours being much redder than my girl’s, tho. tee-hee.

    • Kat,

      I’m so glad that you like my doll and her name too. She just looked like an Emma to me and what a coincidence that it’s the name of your kitty:) Thanks for stopping by and Happy Valentine’s Day.


  6. Fun projects!
    I read The Notebook years ago. I haven’t had the guts to watch it! 😉

    • Mindy,

      I’m so glad you stopped by to comment. I haven’t ever read the book, but I bet it’s a tear jerker too. I really liked the movie and the young Allie and Noah are very cute actors. Hope you have a good Valentine’s Day.

      Love and Hugs,

  7. i’m glad you enjoyed the notebook! it’s just so good, even though i haven’t seen it in a long long time. woop woop. i love emma, she cute. it’s valentine’s day, you know. best believe i’m doing nothing tonight. ahahaha. love you!

    • Yeah I liked the Notebook and I especially liked the clothes and the hair:) Thanks for setting that up for us. You should do instant viewing. HAHAHAHAHAHA I hope you had a good day even though you didn’t have any plans for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for liking Emma. I love you too.


  8. I remember TG&Y! (Kind of.) What I remember is going there with my grandma, and she would buy me a coloring book. They had the best coloring books!

    Some of the sewing notions I inherited when she passed away have a TG&Y tag on them.

    • Lara,

      That’s neat that you have those memories of your Grandma and it’s fun remembering. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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