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Monday, September 30, 2013

Learning Cursive

I just heard the other day, that some schools are doing away with Cursive writing.  Too old school....everything is in type print now....so no longer needed....I beg to differ.....Cursive is a way to put your best foot forward.  In Samantha's time...that was all that was taught.  Children were never taught to print.  It must have been very hard, learning to read print, but having to write it in cursive.  Appearance was all important in Samantha's time....The more fancy you could write...the more important.  .  In school most everything was taught in drills.  Students practiced writing over and over, as with everything else.  They had to learn all the different lines and curves that went into writing.  School was so much more regimented...they had to sit a certain way, hold their pencils a certain way....No wonder penmanship class was so disliked.  I remember getting my knuckles wrapped with a ruler because I held my pen too tightly....and that was a whole lifetime later!!!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Socks, Socks, and More Socks!!!

I think I went a little crazy doing socks....Varigated yarn is addicting....gotta do one more row to see how the pattern plays out!!!  Now I need to get this written up so that I can get them on Eetsy, Ravelry and Craftsy!!!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Patterns up on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy!!! WooHoo!!!

Got Kirsten's Mini Meet Outfit Pattern all put together and up on Etsy.  Also got the rest of Molly's meet outfit up on Ravelry, and I am working on Craftsy!!!  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ally Wanted to Say Hello!

Ally was getting cold in her Tennis outfit...so we switched her out to her running suit!!!!  Weather is turning here in Colorado....sweater days are here!!!! I love the sneakers they make for these guys...wish my feet were smaller!!!! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hello Molly Pattern

Finally got the patterns for Meet Mollly up...and they are on Etsy, and Ravelry!!!!  Need to work on Craftsy!!!!  It took me all day to figure out the Ravelry site.....

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Addy's Quilt

More of the girls quilts on my Etsy Shop
When Momma and Addy left the plantation and ended up in Philadelphia....everything was so different. Everything was bigger, faster, and more. There was the ocean...that fascinated Addy...and when winter came...they were so much further north...and it was so much colder. BRRRR.....Mrs. Ford let Momma keep scraps from the Dress Shop, and she may have made Addy a warm quilt like this one for her bed. The pattern is Window By the Sea.  

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hello Molly!!!

Finally...designing patterns is alot of work.....You knit a row...see how it looks, then right down what you did....takes about 3 times longer then a regular outfit would take....but this one was oh....so...worth it!!!! 
See more of Molly's outfits on my Etsy Shop  www.etsy.com/shop/prairiewindsgirls
I was worried about the argyle pattern, but it came out great...and I think I can see how to do it for Mini Molly....just put the paper pattern up on Etsy, and will get the downloadable one done tonight!!!  I'm off to can tomatoes from the garden....I love eating fresh stuff all summer....but hate it when it all comes in at once...and then I have to scramble!!!  Spaghetti sauce here we come!!!! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Marie's Photoshoot

I purchased 2 knit patterns, one was an A-line skirt, the other an Argyle sweater so that I could make Molly's Meet outfit....well, they were from a home-made site, and they were so poorly written...The sweater, was only half the instructions....so back to square one.  I've done my own pattern, the Skirt is done, and I must say it came out really cute, I'm working on the sweater...just the front neck area and collar to finish up....so in a day or 2, stay tuned.  I will have the outfit on my Etsy shop when it is finished...and also the pattern....I'm thinkin on Craftsy and Ravelry also!!!!

In the meantime...Marie has a new outfit, that I purchased for her for the end of summer.  It is really cute, I love that hat and shoes....I guess I'm an accessory gal!!!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Felicity Get's a New Spring Dress For Her Birthday!

See more of Felicity's outfits on my Etsy Shop  www.etsy.com/shop/prairiewindgirls
Felicy kept looking at Kirsten's and Samantha's birthday dresses...so we knew we would have to make her one also.  this is a pretty pink gown with a pinner apron.  They didn't put neck ties on aprons in 1774, so they were held up with tiny straight pins, because safety pins hadn't been invented yet....She has a flower pom-pom on her head that momma gave to her. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Samantha's Birthday Teddy

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Awww....he's so cute!!!! 

It was 1904 and Bears were all the rage They started in Germany, and then moved to America, and took on the name Teddy after "Teddy" Roosevelt. Agnes and Agatha got one for Samantha for her Birthday. This one has a bright pink bow.Samantha loves playing with him and her Doll Clara. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Kirsten's Birthday Quilt

Quilt is available on my Etsy Shop www.etsy.com/shop/prairiewindgirls
After Momma had Baby Britta, Kirsten didn't have time to play with her friends.  She had so much work to do around the house.  But Momma and Papa did plan for her to have a special day for her birthday.  All of her friends were there, and they surprised her with a friendship quilt, like Miss Winsten's family and friends made for her.  They each brought leftover fabric from their own dresses and pieced them together for Kirsten's quilt.  She was so surprised!!! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pattern # 2 is Up!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!

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Got another Pattern up on my Etsy Shop...this one is for a full sized dress for Samantha...Back to work on more outfits!!!!