Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Victorian purse

I found this old Victorian purse pattern and just had to crochet it.  It is crocheted out of size 10 cotton thread in single crochets.  Took a while to get it finished.  Here are some pictures of it during the process.  I just love it!  I don't know when I will ever use it.  I just love purses and bags, though.

It looked really neat turned upside down like this when I was working on it.  It would have made a pretty decoration just like this! hahaha

Then I flipped it over the other way.  Look how it just stands up by itself!

Here I added the rings to it.  I wound up crocheting over plastic rings twice as they were too large to begin with and I had to go buy some smaller ones.

I think this is pretty just like this!

Here it is all finished.  I had a hard time getting a good picture of it.  I hung it in front of some scrub pants where I work.  Hahaha

I then laid it on the counter on a piece of white paper so you can see what the straps look like too!  Hope you like my little purse!  It's definitely not big enough to hold everything I carry in my purse, but I can use it when I just run up to the store for a minute. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Daddy's brothers

I could just kick myself!  My Daddy's brother's came to see him on Sunday and I totally forgot to take any pictures of them with him!  How insane is that!  He did recognize them, though, and that was so great!  He also recognized my cousins, Sandra & Janet.  He had not recognized them on their past two visits.  Since we got him off this certain drug he is much more alert and clear headed!  He is still somewhat confused about things and will say off the wall stuff, but that is not hard to deal with now.  This morning he did not say anything that was off the wall.  He was totally clear headed talking to me.  We were even discussing the fact that my daughter, Tara, is a carhop at the Sonic here and my Mama was a carhop at Shaw's Drive-In in Gulfport, Missisisspi when she and my Daddy met back in 1950!  It's hard to believe that has been 61 years ago!  He was telling me once again how she would tell him he owed half a dollar and so he would take a dollar out and tear it in half and give her half!  He was always doing this and Mama had told me her boss bought a roll of tape for her to tape the bills back together!  I have always loved this story!   My Mama had a half of a dollar bill in her jewelry box when she died.  I have it now in an album I made of my life.  Daddy used to have a half of a dollar bill  in his wallet, but when he was robbed once and his wallet stolen then it was gone.  That is sad. 

Here is a picture of Daddy & Mama on their wedding day - 1951!

Since I did not get a picture of Daddy and his two brothers on Sunday here is an old picture of them!  Actually this is Daddy and 4 of his brothers.  Two of them are dead now.
Left to right:  Daddy, Uncle Tom (dead), Uncle Bill (dead), Uncle Goat, and Uncle Junior.  Uncle Goat and Uncle Junior are the ones who came to visit Daddy.  Uncle Goat lives in Miami, Florida now and Uncle Junior lives in Orange Beach, Alabama now.
This was when they were first starting their furniture making business called Dumas Brothers.  Next time they come visit Daddy I am gonna get lots of pictures!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Doll, Reunion, & Brother's visit

I have a doll that I have had since I was 7 years old.  I can still remember when I got her.  My brother, Freddy, and me were going to spend a week with our grandparents in Gulfport, Mississippi.  Our Mama gave us each $5.00 to buy something for ourselves.  I bought this baby doll.  Freddy bought a little radio.  My doll must have been under $5.00 cause I remember Grandma making me give Freddy some of my money to finish paying for his radio.  My doll had light auburn hair, blue eyes, a cloth body with plastic legs and arms.  Sometime during my young age I cut her hair.  She lost eyelashes through the years and her clothes.  Her cloth body was really stained and wearing out.  I made her a new cloth body and glued on some new eyelashes.  I crocheted her some new clothes.  I cut out all her hair and ordered her a wig.  In the photo below I crocheted her a hat to wear while she was waiting for her wig to arrive.
Here she is with her new wig!

Now that I have made these clothes for her I am not really liking them.  I think I want to make her something more pastel looking.  These just don't seem right on her.

Our local high school here had a reunion spanning 10 years (1970-1979).  I had several cousins to graduate during this time span and my brother and I both graduated during it.  My brother did not get to come to the reunion and quiet a few of my cousins did not get to come.  Below is a picture of the ones who did come including me!
Left to right are:
Me, Mike, Janet, Sandra, Anita, Donnie, Jeff. 
It was like having a small family reunion along with a class reunion!  It was great!  Some of us got together for lunch earlier that day.  I just love having my cousins around.  We all grew up more like brothers and sisters then cousins.

This is a picture of my cousin, Anita, and me.  We are the same age and were always playing together growing up.

This is a picture of Janet, Me, and Sandra.  They are sisters.  I think I was over at their house more then anyone elses.  They only live a couple hours away and I have been so blessed to see them more in the past few months then in several years.

This is a classmate of mine.  I had not seen her since we were in grade school.  I did not even recognize her! 

This is lunch with my cousins!

Janet & Jeff

Shelia & Me (Shelia is Jeff's wife)

Sandra & Janet
We really need to have another family reunion soon!  I just love all my cousins, Aunts and Uncles and miss seeing them!

My brother, Freddy, came to visit this past weekend.  He got here late Saturday evening after a very long drive up from Florida.  He spent all day Sunday and Monday with our Daddy in the nursing home.  I made his favorite cake for him.  In fact I wound up making two!  My son, Keith, helped me make the first one on Saturday.  It was gone by Sunday night.  So Monday we made another one!  It was nearly gone by Tuesday morning!  They love that cake!  It is a Coca-Cola cake.  My brother had to leave Tuesday morning and go back to Florida and work.  I sure miss him!  We had a great visit and Daddy really loved having him with him.

Here is a picture of Freddy & Daddy.

I had carpal tunnel surgery on my left wrist two weeks ago.  It is still sore and there is still some numbness in the end of a couple of my fingers, but it is getting better every day.