Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Playing Dress-Up

I'm still recuperating from an insanely busy holiday season, and thought since I'm playing catch-up on my sweet lil' blog, I'd start catching you up on new items that I've made over the past several weeks!

One of my favorites is without a doubt a new American Girl dress, requested by super fabulous Etsy customer!  She requested that I make this dress for her sweet little girl, customizing the color to match the dress she would be wearing on Christmas day from Gymboree:

Rosette Taffeta Dress

It turned out SOOOO adorable......the pictures actually don't do it justice, as in real life the colors look richer and more vibrant.  It is honestly one of my favorite new items ~ the cuteness factor is just over-the-top! ; )  Wish I could have seen them both on Christmas morning, all dressed up!!

Constructed of a beautifully rich brown satin and accented with a vibrant red sash and ribbon flower, this dress has a Velcro closure in the back, making it easy as pie to put on and off for quick wardrobe changes. =)

It really is even prettier in person.  After I finished it, I was going from room to room in my house, making all of my children & my husband look at just how adorable it was! =)

All of Sweet Diva's doll clothes will fit any 18" doll, not just American Girls, and one of the top things on my to-do list this year is to add more to my shop.....anything that turns out so cute is just too fun to  make!

Happy Crafty Tuesday!  Check out some of the link-ups below to find other amazing crafty creations from some of my favorite blogs.....and link up your own!!

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And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~ Colossians 3:17

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Multitude Monday: Gifts 363 - 387

"If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily." 
~ Gerald Good 

I'm slowly but surely getting started on my New Year's Resolutions, one of them being getting back to my blog. =)  What better day to make a come-back than Multitude Monday & adding to my ever-growing list of thankfulness, which is actually much bigger than any number could ever reach.

Picking up where I left off......

363.  the holidays are OVER!! maybe sad, but true.....they exhaust me & stress me out!

364.  sore muscles {another NY's Resolution ; ) }......perhaps it's weird, but I've always liked the feeling of sore muscles when I haven't worked out in a while or push myself to a new level.  Makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something! ; )

365.  a new sewing machine =)

366.  chilly nights

367.  mild days

368.  healthy meals 

369.  that moment of realization that a long-ago prayer was answered, one that was prayed for / pleaded for repeatedly, over & over again until I finally gave up, stopped asking and moved on......

370.  ......and being struck with the knowledge that He didn't forget even though part of me did, that He heard my cries, and gave me double of what I asked for ♥

371. knowing that forgiveness was granted in response to the remorse I felt at not recognizing it sooner

372.  friendships that come into your life at the perfect time, bringing with them

373.  that feeling of kindred spirits,

374.  laughter,

375.  silliness,

376.  prayer partners,

377.  accountability,

378.  and someone who understands so completely that you know without a doubt that it was all His doing

379.  exasperating, frustrating, heart-breaking, hurtful, judgemental, maddening people...... because in the end, they are blessings, too.....

380.  for they send me running straight to Him, who

381.  calms my fears,

382.  dries my tears,

383.  renews a right spirit within me,

384.  and brings to a closer, more intimate walk in order to keep my 

385.  Joy,

386.  Peace, 

387.  and Faith.....regardless of what 2012 throws my way ; )

Did you make any New Year's Resolutions?  Have you started them?  If not, I'm a firm believer in the philosophy that it's never to late!! ; )