Monthly Archives: November 2011

!!Craftivus Is Next Friday And Saturday!!


     Stacked Presents  If you don’t enjoy Black Friday, and you’d rather buy things that are hand made and unique,this is a reminder that Craftivus is next Friday and Saturday.  I will be working there on Friday, from 9:30-12:30, and on Saturday, from 12:30-3:30.  So please come by to see me and all of the great things we will be selling.  This will be our groups third show together.  It’s so exciting to work with such artistic and talented people.  I always learn something new from them!

After you’ve checked out our sale, check out  Duniway Elementary School’s Holiday Home Tour, and the boutique that’s held in the school gymnasium from 10-7:30.  The kids always have a wonderful bake sale going on there too!  Duniway’s event is a one-day thing, so make sure to go on Friday.  The address is 7700 SE Reed College Place, Portland, Oregon

Last, but certainly not least, there’s  Snowflakes in Sellwood Holiday Bazaar. It’s being held at the Sellwood Community Center.  The hours are 9-4 on Friday, 10-3 on Saturday. There are over 60 vendors there.  The address is 1436 SE Spokane Street, in Portland, Oregon.  I plan on visiting them myself after I get off of my shift, and after I check out Duniway’s boutique. 

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Our Thanksgiving Day Feast


Hi everybody!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and didn’t overindulge in the turkey and pumpkin pie! 

Our Thanksgiving guest list included myself, my husband, son, and daughter, my daughter’s boyfriend, his mother, father, and brother!  I bought a folding banquet table and a cinnamon colored tablecloth for the occasion.  Then I realized that my everyday dishes would clash horribly with all of that!  So, what to do?  I couldn’t go out and buy  a new set of dishes, and paper plates were out of the question! 

Then, I remembered, down in our basement there was a box of dishes that I had inherited from my parents.  I hadn’t seen them or used them since 1987!  But, I thought, let’s take a look and see.  So I got my husband to carry the box up the stairs and I unpacked the dishes and washed them up.  They were stunning!  They were my parents wedding china, purchased by my mother’s mother  in 1945 for that special occasion.  I don’t think they’ve even been used a half dozen times in all these years, and they are 66 years old now!  They were made in Sebring, Ohio, at the Sebring China factory.  They are the Yellow Daisy pattern.  The edges of all the dishes are scalloped and trimmmed with 22 Karat Gold.  Here’s a photo of them. 

My Parent's Wedding China, circa 1945 They are so pretty, but rather delicate, so every piece was hand washed by me. There are 8 place settings, with 7 pieces per setting. Plus there's a gravy boat, creamer and pitcher, salt and pepper shakers, two serving bowls, and a platter, plus one extra coffee cup. That's 73 pieces! That's a lot of dishes to wash! But, I think they really made our Thanksgiving special, and they made me feel close to my parents, who are both deceased. Here's a picture of our little feast. We set the table up in our living room, because that's where we had the most room to move.


Our Thanksgiving Feast, November 24, 2011

I hope your Thanksgiving was as special as ours was.  I also hope that you enjoy all the days leading up to our next holiday. 

Check Out Peculiar Crochet


      Crochet        My daughter’s blog is full of beautiful things that she crochets, knits, designs and cooks!  You need to check it out and see how cute it is!  She’s the one that showed me how to set up my own blog (thanks Sweetie), so that I could show everyone all the things that I make.  Anyway hers is  She and I do a lot of crafting together.  We’ve done craft bazaars together for the last twelve years! 

 It’s a lot of fun.  We both really love it.  Knitting

Free Hello Kitty Giveaway On Plush Pussy Cat Blog!


If you like Hello Kitty, you should check out the free Hello Kitty giveaway on my friend Jennifer’s blog.  Just go to and follow the instructions on how to enter to win the giveaway.  While you’re there, check out her blog.  It’s extremely creative and very, very cute!  I have the priviledge of getting to see her create some of her little characters at Craft Circle at the Sellwood Library. 

If you are interested in joining Craft Circle, we usually meet on the second and fourth Sunday of every month (except December), at the Sellwood Library, in Portland, Oregon, from 2-4pm.  Any craft, any age.  Just bring your stuff and craft with us.   There is no fee to participate.  KnittingCrochetScrapbookingQuilting





Japanese “Princess” bride doll


A friend of mine came up with the idea for this doll.  She asked me to make a doll for her nephew’s new wife, who just happens to be Japanese.  My friend wanted a special doll with an upswept hairdo, a red dress, and she wanted it to have a tiara.  We had been shopping a few weeks earlier and found these adorable tiaras at Coco and Toulouse Go Shopping, a little shop down by the Bybee and Milwaukie intersection, in Portland.  Well we both started thinking of ideas on how one could incorporate a tiny tiara into a craft project, and this is what she came up with.  Then it was my job to bring it to life.  We named her Yoko, after the woman she is intended for.  I hope she loves her as much as I loved making her. 


“Yoko” and her tiara


Here is a full-length view of her and her dress. 
“Yoko” in her red and gold dress





Hi Again!

Just a couple more weeks until the next craft event that All Dolled Up will be involved in.  It’s called Craftivus.  A bunch of us crafters got together last December for our first ever craft show.  We called it Festivus, after the Seinfeld program’s Festivus.  But we have now changed the name to Craftivus, because it represents us better, and is a little more original.  Anyway, Craftivus will soon be upon us, and I hope that all of you will come and also will help us spread the word.  Thanks again for all your support!


Here's our flyer with all the pertinent details

St. Agatha Bazaar Photos


  Well, the St. Agatha Bazaar was a great success.  I feel extremely lucky to be able to participate in it every year.   In fact, this was the twelfth year that my daughter and I have been involved.  Every year we have a great time, and every year we meet a bunch of new people.  I think that’s why I like to do it so much. 

   The Bazaar started at 9am on Saturday morning.  This is what our table looked like at that time.  I think it took me a couple of hours to unload everything and get it set up the way I liked it.  Here’s a photo of me and my daughter on Sunday.