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MS Gulf Coast, United States
I am a Christian wife, mother and grandmother. I love to sew and create new and innovative items to share with my customers. The most popular area of my store is my Walnut Grove section which features clothing reminiscent of "Little House on the Prairie". Please take a moment to visit my store and see my latest creations. www.pattisoriginals.etsy.com

Monday, February 28, 2011

A Bunny Opens A Door

A couple years ago I made this dress and included a bunny dressed to match.


A customer, Kristi, who lived in California bought this for her youngest daughter-and here the story begins. What a joy it was to discover that Kristi is a Christian. We both rejoiced in a new kinship we could share.

Kristi has 4 daughters and she loves to dress them in modest clothing, so, over the years she has become a very good customer and friend. You can see Kristi's girls on my About Me page-they are the adorable blondes.

A year ago her family moved from California to north Alabama-a lot closer to me but not close enough for us to ever meet. Still she continued to call, email and buy things for her daughters and we enjoyed many hours of each other's company. We have been through many trials and joys together over the years.

A few weeks ago Kristi's family moved 30 minutes from my home and today I got to meet her face-to-face. What a joyous time we had as we visited and talked and talked as only friends can do. I am so happy to have this family close by and look forward to many more chances to get together with my sweet friend.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Phunnies

From an email sent by a friend:

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter
This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings
before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!!
They put in a correction the next day.

I just couldn't help but send this along. Too funny.
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Really? Ya think?

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far!

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!

Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works any better than a fair trial!

War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?!

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!

Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they fat enough?!

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste just like chicken?

Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!

And the winner is....
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that right?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Raggedy Ann Museum

A few days ago I wrote about a customer who ordered some bloomers and a pinafore for her Raggedy Ann. She sent me some photos to share along with her story. This is a quote from her email. . .

Monday, February 21, 2011

Doing Dishes in Style

A few years ago a friend gave me a crocheted dishcloth made out of yarn.  I love it but it is a little thick when I need to get inside tight places.  I thought I would try to make some dishcloths out of #10 cotton thread.  This thread is what is normally used to make doilies.

I have been using these cloths for several years and absolutely love them.  I now visit my local yarn shop and select a color I like and get to work creating these cloths.

These are my latest creations and as you can see the thread allows much room for creativity.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Phunnies

Childhood Wisdom

The teenage son was having trouble mastering the fine points of
balancing his new checking account.

"The bank returned the check you wrote to the sporting goods store," his
mother said.

"Oh good," he replied, "Now I can use it to buy some stereo equipment!"

One day, a little girl is sitting and watching her mother do the dishes
at the kitchen sink. She notices that her mother has a few white hairs.
"Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?" she asks.

Her mother replies, "Every time you do something wrong, one of my hairs
turns white."

The little girl thinks about this for a moment, then asks, "So how come
ALL of Grandma's hairs are white?"

A father and his small son were standing in front of the tiger's cage at
the zoo. The father was explaining how ferocious and strong tigers are,
and junior was taking it all in with a serious expression.

Dad," the boy said hesitantly, "if the tiger got out of his cage and ate
you up..."

"Yes, son?" his father said expectantly.

"What bus would I take home?"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Grammy's Revenge-A Poem

Grammy’s RevengeWhen I'm an old lady, I'll live with each kid,

And bring so much happiness...just as they did.
I want to pay back all the joy they've provided.
Returning each deed! Oh, they'll be so excited!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids). . .

Monday, February 14, 2011


According to Wikipedia, amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. . .

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Phunnies

Childhood Wisdom

For weeks, a six-year old lad kept telling his teacher about the baby
brother or sister that was expected at his house. One day his mother
allowed him to feel the movements of the unborn child.

The six-year old was obviously impressed, but made no comment. Furthermore, he stopped
telling his teacher about the impending event.

The teacher finally sat the boy on her lap and said, "Tommy, whatever
has become of that baby brother or sister you were expecting at home?"

Tommy burst into tears and cried, "I think Mommy ate it!"

A little boy watched, fascinated, as his mother gently rubbed cold cream
on her face.

"Why are you rubbing cold cream on you face, mommy?" he asked.

"To make myself beautiful," said his mother.

A few minutes later, she began removing the cream with a tissue.

"What's the matter?" he asked. "Are you giving up?"

A three-year-old boy went with his father to see a litter of
kittens. On returning home, he breathlessly informed his mother that
there were two boy kitties and two girl kitties.

"How do you know?" his mother asked.

"Daddy picked them up and looked," he replied, "I think it's printed on
the bottom."

Friday, February 11, 2011

Taking Measurements

Whenever I get a custom order I have to ask for measurements. It is very important that the child be measured correctly or the customer will not be happy with their purchase. With that in mind I thought I would explain how to get accurate measurements. . .

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Inventory 2011

I have finally found the time to start working on pioneer outfits to be put in inventory for my busy season.  Last week I worked with a young lady who will help me develop more inventory outfits for this year and we made this new creation.

The fabric is called Dizzy Bandana

Monday, February 7, 2011

English Muffins 101

I have never tried to make English Muffins before, but this recipe looked so easy, I just had to give it a try.  The results were fantastic.  My first surprise was that English Muffins are not baked-they are cooked on a griddle!!  How strange!  But they sure do taste great.

English Muffins

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday Phunnies

More Childhood Wisdom

One day the teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs.

She said, "...and so the pig went up to the man with a wheelbarrow full
of straw and said 'Pardon me, sir, but might I have some of that straw
to build my house with?'"

Then the teacher asked the class, "And what do you think that man

One boy raised his hand and said, "I know! I know!"
"He said, 'Holy smokes! A talking pig!'"

Five-year-old Becky answered the door when the census taker came by. She
told the census taker that her daddy was a doctor and wasn't home
because he was performing an appendectomy.

"My," said the census taker, "that sure is a big word for such a little
girl. Do you know what it means?"

"Sure do! Fifteen hundred bucks, and that doesn't even include the

A second grader came home from school and said to her mother, "Mom,
guess what? We learned how to make babies today."

The mother, more that a little surprised, asked fearfully, "That's
interesting. How do you make babies?"

"It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and
add 'es'."

Friday, February 4, 2011

Aprons, Aprons

Everytime I put on an apron it reminds me of old-time tv like 'Leave It To Beaver' or 'Father Knows Best'.  I love to search for patterns that bring back the styles from these old shows.

I found a pattern with the large ruffles over the shoulders, gathers attaching the bodice to the waistband and shaped pockets trimmed with lace.  The I found the most beautiful dark blue flowered fabric and this apron was born.

The waistband is bordered by gathers on both sides-the bodice on the top and the skirt on the bottom.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Baking Bread

I spent a lot of time in the kitchen this week and took the time to try a new bread recipe.  This new recipe has gotten lots of praise in my house.

Whole Wheat and White Bread