Monday, October 27, 2008

Stitchers needed!!!

Hi! If you a regular follower of my stuff you know that I have a regular stitcher named Kristi who does absolutely fabulous work and sends it to me but I kinda put myself in a jam time wise AND need something a little differant.I need some volunteers to do some pattern testing/stitching for me.I will email you a pattern that will be coming up in one of several new sets and all I need in return is a good photo of your work.I have am in need of probably 10 people.Color choices are yours all I ask is that it be on a white or off white background and that it be done by the 25th of November. All you need to do is email me and let me know your interested and let me know if you'd like to do some little pieces or a full page piece. My email is
If you know anyone else who maybe interested please pass this on,I have ALOT of new pattern sets that I need to get done alot sooner than I expected (that part is a surprise) Oh and I almost forgot,I maybe using your photo for the cover of the printed patterns so let me know if you are interested in that.

On a lighter note,my youngest daughter asked me an interesting question the other day,she said "mom are we aristocrats or democrats?" I said if those are our options we are aristocrats! lol have a happy day all!

Saturday, October 25, 2008


pumpkins, originally uploaded by annieoakleaves.

Fall is my favorite time of year. I really miss all of the color changes and it always seems like with the passing of each new season you get to start off with a clean slate. Now that I live in sunny southern California it's hard for me to get that feeling of renewal and being able to wipe the slate clean.Im thinking maybe every season we should take a drive north to experience it.
Anyway I thought Id leave you with my most favorite cookie recipe ever. Whenever I make them they are gone quickly and we never seem to have enough. I like to put them in the fridge after I make them and then have them with a huge glass of milk. Let me know if you try them!

* 1 cup canned pumpkin
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil
* 1 egg
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon milk
* 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
* 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

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1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
2. Add vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts.
3. Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.

Friday, October 24, 2008


S5030729, originally uploaded by illusioncrystals.

Theres a new dollmaker I have discovered on etsy.
Sariah is just killing me with all of the cuteness. Im not gonig to tell you which one is my favorite because I want her to come live with me! If you get a chance stop by her flickr or etsy and say hi. She is new to everything and Iam sur she would appreciate it. xo

Friday, October 17, 2008


eenies, originally uploaded by annieoakleaves.

I feel like Ive been off of flickr for way longer than I have been. I leave and come back and its all new! I guess Iam an old fuddy duddy and hate change because I dont like it and cant figure it out.I plan on spending a good hour trying to catch up on all of my contacts photos!

How I grow a Eenie

How I grow a Eenie, originally uploaded by annieoakleaves.

I feel like I've been away from here forever! I thought I would show you what my softies start out like before I come up with the final pattern. I have to tell you that when I finished the first one I was so proud and amazed with myself I couldnt take it. I also couldnt understand why my family wasn't as excited as I was. Now that I look at him I feel quite sad for him as he is the ugly duckling compared to his brothers.Iam having a really good time making these,they whip up really fast. Iam thinking of maybe putting the pattern in the shop.I put lentils in their bottoms to keep them weighted and made backpacks so the could forage for food and wouldnt starve when I forget to feed them. LOL Ok enough rambling.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Can you believe this?

Cone_Gnome_06, originally uploaded by goldenrusset.

Too cute huh? I found him on flickr just now. Such inspiration,Ive been working on a gnome all day .hopefully he will be finished tomarrow and I can show you. I dont think he is this cute though!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Wren and friend

Wren and friend, originally uploaded by annieoakleaves.

Meet Wren! I have alot of new creations going on but I wanted to show you this one. I love her so much. she is made from a Edith Flack Ackley pattern,modified of course because I cant leave anything alone.She has a felted wool sweater for a sweater and had,a vintage fabric scarf,tibetan lambskin hair and a little vintage mushroom bird on top of her hat.I just love her to death and cant wait to make more.she was totally inspired by Mitty who makes the most beautiful dolls.Sorry I havent been blogging,Ive been really busy getting things ready for the shop and adding them to it.Im finally making a trip to the post office tomarrow,I ment to do it on the 1st and here it is the 7th already.(sorry) How is the weather for everyone? One day its cool here and the next day its really hot. I almost turned on the air today,in October!!! yikes! Ok Im going to go put her in the shop now before I decide I cant part with her! xoxoxoxo

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