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We had an important birthday this past week. Daphne and Zachary had rehearsals for their dance recitals on Tuesday, so she had her cake on Sunday.



Opening presents came after rehearsals, so it was already bedtime, but the doll was a hit, as you can see:



"Marie" was immediately renamed "Elizabeth." The little wardrobe was a hit, too.


Elizabeth got her pajamas on when Daphne was ready to go to bed.


It was a big thrill for Daphne to have a doll who is also a dancer, and the fairy costume is delightful. Meanwhile, Grandma continues with her second childhood.

It was a busy week, with trying to get some walks in while the weather was nice and taking the pups to the groomer.

The cardigan I was working on for Jolena turned out to be a bit snugger than I had planned. (Did she grow?)


Since this is a pattern I plan to share, I decided to go up a needle size and make another one.


It's hard to tell the difference, because it still needs blocking after the rest of the body is finished, but it's going to be a bit bigger.

We have been looking at colors for our house, which will be painted in August. We picked a colorway from a house a block away (right) and found a paint combo online that was similar (left). Now we just need to find the paint samples to go with it.


I'm trying to get a bit ahead on the stories in The Doll's Storybook, because DS2 and his family plan to come for Memorial Day. I hope the weather is nice again. It has rained all weekend. The story from Friday involves an experiment to show how the sun works to move water from the oceans to the clouds, so it can rain, and a useful way to use the sun to get fresh water from salt water.


I also set up a Facebook page for The Doll's Storybook, so people who are on Facebook can find the stories easily.

The H-word is in my plans for this week. (It's OK to feel sorry for me. It has to be done sometime.)

What's on my needles: The blue cardigan, pattern in development

What's in The Doll's Storybook: "Sunshine in the Rain." Mandy explains how the sun causes it to rain and using the sun's power to take the salt out of salt water.

What's on my sewing machine: Wardrobe items for the cast.

What's in my hoop: The Whole Cloth Quilt.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished listening to The Lost Heiress: Ladies of the Manor, by Roseanna M. White. Then listened to the finale of Dean Koontz's Jane Hawk series, The Night Window and Roseanna M. White's The Reluctant Duchess. Now listening to the sequel to that book, the third in the series––I have to find out how it comes out––A Lady Unrivaled.


What's in my wine glass: Motto's Backbone Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. A new one for us; very nice.

What's my tip of the week: When hiking in the heat, a spray bottle with plain water can be useful. Spray it on yourself if you get too warm, or on the dogs if they like it.


Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Barbara Graham on May 22, 2019 at 12:36pm

Daphne is definitely a cutie. She loves her doll and her grandma. You can't go wrong.

Comment by Pam/NY on May 21, 2019 at 2:43pm

Daphne is a cutie and lucky to have such a talented grandmother!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 20, 2019 at 9:40pm

Indeed! I’m one lucky grandma!

Comment by Janet/MO on May 20, 2019 at 4:09pm

Daphne is just a lovely young woman.  There really is nothing better than seeing a grandchild love the gifts we make for them.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on May 20, 2019 at 2:10pm

Ah yes, "Regency", a la Georgette Heyer!  I knew it was one of those "R" periods!  

I'm glad Daphne was so happy with her new doll and accessories!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 20, 2019 at 1:26pm

Bonnie, I agree!

Carol Ann, it was Regency, and I haven’t made it yet but still plan to.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on May 20, 2019 at 1:03pm

In gramma's second childhood, did she ever get around to making that doll-sized Renaissance dress/costume you mentioned a long time ago?  With your considerable skill, I was looking forward to seeing that one!

Comment by Bonnie on May 20, 2019 at 11:50am

Your granddaughter has such a lovely smile!  

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