My website was down for a few hours last night, while my web provider changed servers. It was a smooth transition and everything is back to normal.
My blog was off line for a while yesterday. We had problems updating WordPress. Technical support (husband) woke me up at 11:30 last night to tell me he had fixed the problem.
Now that I can post again, I can tell you about our new feature.
Check out my pattern page. We have a pick three special. Choose any three patterns for seventeen (USA) dollars and save up to nine dollars.
If anyone besides Delese has noticed, I only had one entry for my contest. At least I did not have to spend hours writing names on slips of paper for the drawing. Delese, thank you for entering. If you will contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell me the pattern that you have chosen, I will send a pdf file to your email address. I might try another contest in early October. If anyone is interested, make a comment or send me an email.
A few tarantulas live in the wooded areas around our neighborhood. They are not large for tarantulas and not dangerous. Last week my husband and I saw one while we were walking. I usually don’t like to examine spiders closely. I even avoid looking at photos of spiders. That day I kept a close eye on the tarantula. I wanted to make sure that she continued on her way and had nothing to do with us. She was probably hoping that we had nothing to do with her. She was really very pretty in a creepy, hairy sort of way.
Yesterday at our Halloween piano party one of the ladies play a tarantella. The piece was a fast dance intended to keep spiders away. Earlier when I arrived at the party, I had been decorated with artificial cobwebs, because I had forgotten to wear a costume.
Because I had been thinking about spiders and had some comments earlier about Halloween pin cushions, I decided to let a friendly spider take over my pin cushion for the day. My thanks to my husband for drawing the spider and my piano teacher for the artificial web. Happy Halloween.
When my daughter was about three years old, she developed an affection for my glass head silk pins. She also had a fondness for my tomato pin cushion, but that is another story. She called the pins “sticky pins.” I think that the name came from the constant warnings that she was given not to stick her finger. I let her play with the pins when I was around to watch her, although I worried that I was a bad mother for letting her play with something that could hurt her. For her the pins were little people that had adventures as she took them out of the pin cushion and then replaced them.
I have written about learning to sew from my grandmother. Unfortunately we were not able to continue this tradition with my daughter. My own mother passed away before my children were born and my mother-in-law never lived close enough to give consistent lessons. My daughter did have at least one sewing adventure with her grandmother, however. My mother-in-law stayed with my daughter and her older brother, when my youngest child was born. Weeks later, when I had time to look at my sewing things, I noticed little triangles pinned to many of my pins. I ask my daughter about them and found out that Grandmother had made dresses for some of my sticky pins.
Here are some dressed “sticky pins.”
This is their close up shot.
John Nicklaus knew the name of the book that I was looking for. (I thought he would know.) Tik-tok of Oz reveals an interesting secret about Toto. I had no trouble finding the passage that I wanted. Thank you so much, John.
I have been thinking of all the dolls that I want to make. I will never have time to make them all, but someday I hope to make a doll to represent Mozart as a child. One time I saw a Madam Alexander doll that I thought was a young Mozart. It had a powdered wig and wore a brocade coat with knee breeches and long socks. Alexander dolls are fairly expensive, so when I discovered that the doll was Prince Charming and not Mozart, I was able to resist it. I have been wanting to make a Mozart doll since then. Someday I will work through the complication of Rococo design and make my Mozart doll. Meanwhile I have a Mozart action figure to inspire me.
I have only had four people to comment on my blog during February. Since I have enough copies of my book to send each of you a copy, I am declaring everyone a winner. My piano teacher would have enjoyed drawing the winners, but she is very tenderhearted, so she will be glad that everyone has won. John Nickolaus, Send me e-mail You can also find the email link at the bottom of my main page.Melissa, and Annette, If you will email me with an address, I will send you each a copy of the book this week.
Thank you for all your comments. I hope that you will continue to read my blog and comment. Next week I hope to write about decorating eggs with tiny scraps of fabric and Mod Podge. Be sure to check to see if my eggs turned out okay.
A few days ago the UPS person rang our door bell while my husband and I were eating dinner. We had a brief conversation about outstanding orders as I headed to the door. Neither of us had ordered anything recently. I held my breath for a second. When I saw Dover Books on the return address of the box, I knew that my book had been published. I have loved books all my life. I was thrilled to see my name on the cover of a published book.
My husband has redesigned my website to include a page about my book. Take a minute to click the My Book button at the top of the page and check it out.