Monday, May 16, 2016





This is my latest ;
He is a most proper
Uncle Sam doll.
  27 in. tall with weighted body.
He is presently listed in my Etsy shop.









Summer time

 "Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
   The very clouds move on."
          - Heinrich Heine



Summer will soon be here once again.
  As we make our journey through life; many good memories from the past surface once again.
 As I grow older, I cherish those times with family and friends more each day.
  I make family DVD's with family photos and mail out once a year at Christmas time. Our family is scattered now as many others are with their jobs and interests.
  We must hold on to our family ties and cherish them.  That's what makes us who we are. We must move on as time passes and make our own memories but never forget where we came from.
 I have a few of my mother's things that she cherished but with 6 siblings; things left over were few.
 I made a dress for a doll with a beautiful tablecloth she left. I think of her when I look at the doll.
 The family gatherings on Sundays after church or the fourth of July cook outs were very special as we  reminisced  and laughed as the children played.
  We knew we were nearing the day when those special times would end as they will for all of us.
 It is time for the next generation to take their turn and make changes they think will make this earth better for them.
  I am glad to be alive. The world is such an interesting place. God is good.


Friday, March 18, 2016

My latest original Americana doll. (Sold) 



 
                                               


                                      Collectible 12 inch black doll I named Polly with her
                                        bunny named Wiggles.
 
                                                  Listed now in my Etsy shop
               https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/Dumplinragamuffin/tools/listings/286334803



Monday, March 7, 2016

Spring and Easter 2016

I was awaken with the wonderful sounds of birds outdoors today. They are so melodious in the early morning hours. I am looking forward to an early walk by the river each morning and enjoying a cup of coffee with a favorite magazine on the porch.
  A burst of color will soon be appearing in my garden with spring daffodils already popping out and showing their beauty.

" Spring makes its own statement, so loud
 and clear that the gardener seems to be only one
      of the instruments, not the composer."
                   Geoffrey B. Charlesworth



                                       Here are some of my creations for spring and Easter.
                                                          (Sold)

https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/Dumplinragamuffin/tools/listings/269701879

Friday, February 19, 2016

Feb. 2016

Weary from the dreary snowfalls this winter; I am looking onward to the days becoming warmer now with rays of sun shining through my kitchen window. Of course that brings out the dingy places that need some brightening.
  As the lavender springs up and pretty little girls twirling in their Easter dresses takes me back to my childhood and happy days in the sunshine.
  I now have daffodils springing up and there will soon be flowers growing again.
  I thank the Lord for all the beauty I have to enjoy each and every day. Light up a rose scented candle and dream of warm days in the sun.
 
                    Meet Kendra Rose 'My great granddaughter' will turn 1 yr. old next month.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Winter will arrive soon with the holidays

Our hearts turn to the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Hearts are full of gratitude for beautiful family and friends that have graced our paths this year and before. Some are passed on but we gather around the table with thanksgiving in our hearts to cherish those with us today.
May your holidays be the most memorable you have had.
  Nostalgia is with us when we open the little boxes that have been stored away all year for the holiday. There is always a special meaning behind each one of my Christmas ornaments as each one were purchased with a beloved friend or family member or received as a hand made gift.
   The following dolls have been made this year and listed on Ebay and in my Etsy store. Please visit my shop on Etsy for more of my dolls and patterns. www.etsy.com/shop/Dumplinragamuffin









Monday, August 31, 2015

More Fall and Harvest creations

Holy moments come to us daily if we will ask for eyes to see. It may be the sun streaming through the window as you fold laundry. Or maybe it's lifting your friends to God (in prayer) while you vacuum.  We can't always withdraw to quiet hillsides to pray, but Christ will meet with us in the quiet places of our hearts.  ---Sheila Walsh.

                           This is my latest harvest dolls listed on Ebay now.  Sept 1, 2015


Sunday, August 9, 2015

As fall gently arrives

                                                    Autumn burned brightly,
                                        a running flame through the mountains,
                                                    a torch flung to the trees. ~  Faith Baldwin

     This wonderful primitive pilgrim set will be a symbol of times in the past when families treasured their blessings with the bounty of fall and gathering of fruits and vegetables for the winter.
                                                      'SOLD'

Autumn burns brightly

   This sweet pumpkin shelf sitter is just 13 in. tall and will be a wonderful addition to your fall decor.             'SOLD'

                                                           August 9,2015

                                              No spring nor summer Beauty 
                                            hath such grace as I have seen
                                                 in one autumnal face
                                                                       ~John Donne

                 
           

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Quiet pools of refreshment

God want us to move steadily forward on our journey through life (Ps 84:5-7), but rest and refreshment along the way are an integral part of his plan. He makes us lie down--in verdant, nourishing  "pastures"of his presence.  He does not leave us in the desert, but leads us directly to the banks of quiet pools of refreshment--if only we will follow.

My latest creations

                                              Sweet little flower girl with her guardian.


Creativity belongs to all of us.

                                                           A favorite quote
                                                         
                                                             Don't let the fear
                                                            of failure prevent
                                                          you from being the
                                                           creative genius
                                                               that you are.
                                                           Creativity belongs
                                                          to all of us----claim it.


                                                       Lady Blue listed in my Etsy shop

                                                 



                                     Welcome Summer
 Like the end of another season, so the circle of life continues.
A new generation blooms, and the old fades away. A new season comes around and the old sleeps. Rejoice in the new and mourn with a joyful heart the old. but always remember. 
                                                                                       ~Mary Ellen Young


Here are some of my beautiful flowers. They are here just a little while then fade away. 

                                              
                   Beautiful Daliahs with pink tips. The first time I planted these. 

    My garden or jungle. Not sure what plants they are. I just threw some seeds down and this is what came up. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Miss Lady Bug



 

Sorry!  This lady bug is sold.