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D is for Do NOT Door Knock

This summer I got so sick of all the solicitors interrupting our days that I quickly printed off a Do Not Solicit sign.  It was very effective…however, I got to thinking it’s terribly cold and I don’t want the folks we DO want to knock on our door to be frightened off, so I embroidered this little number this week. I used the house pattern from Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching book.

I’ll make you one for $20, if you contact me via email – meganmmc@yahoo.com or Facebook to purchase this item, you will receive a 10% discount.

As with all Pearl Girl items, 10% of my profit benefits a mission trip for Haiti Teen Challenge.

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So, I did it.  I started making dresses for 18 inch dolls (aka American Girl Dolls).

Owner Annie at Mish Mash Studio  asked me to make some doll dresses and I finished them hopefully in time for holiday gift giving.  I made them specifically to celebrate the holidays so they have soft white velveteen and smooth satin fabric.

The cost per dress is $20, however, if you contact me via email – meganmmc@yahoo.com or Facebook to purchase this item, you will receive a 10% discount.

As with all Pearl Girl items, 10% of my profit benefits a mission trip for Haiti Teen Challenge.

Yesterday I downsized a prom dress from 1990 into a dress fit for an 8-year-old doll.

Humility aside, I believe the photos do the dresses no justice, they are adorable and the new dress is so much prettier than the prom dress although I must admit, the prom dress was much better sewn.

Style aside, my friend Julie’s mom Janna is a much better seamstress than moi.Perhaps some day I’ll be good enough at sewing to make a prom dress for one or both of my daughters.

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This is the perfect gift for grandparents, God parents, aunts, uncles, or anyone who takes care of a child.  Ask your child to doodle a drawing for you. I will embroider it and make it into a 10 x 10 pillow for a cost of $22.

If you contact me via email – meganmmc@yahoo.com or Facebook to purchase this item, you will receive a 10% discount.

As with all Pearl Girl items, 10% of my profit benefits a mission trip for Haiti Teen Challenge.

Our Home Made for the Holidays Craft Fair is today from 9 AM – 12 noon at 6030 James Avenue South in Minneapolis. Please come!

AFTER you stop and shop…there’s a bunch of other cool crafty things going on around town:

My friend Michelle and several of her friends are hosting their own Holiday Boutique in South Minneapolis also at 4423 Cedar Avenue South from 11 AM – 7 PM.
The Linden Tree is having a Holiday Doll Party from 10 AM – 12 PM.  Bring you 18″ doll (aka American Girl Doll). There will be tiny treats, cider, and the shop will be bursting with new creations just for 18″ dolls.  You will find fancy schmancy dresses;arm, fuzzy coats, hats, & scarfs; wooden beds & bunkbed sets; doll bedding; nightgowns & more.  And it is all discounted during the event! *  FREE GIFT for every 18″ doll that joins the party!

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is having a craft sale also at 4557 Colfax Avenue South.

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I’m a little behind on posting again but that’s because we’ve been busy having a crazy busy fun summer.  I started D and T week off by getting a truck to drop off a yard and a half of dirt to fill in all the holes in our now empty and grass-less front yard.  I spread the dirt all over the yard and have been seeding and watering it like crazy in hopes of having a respectable yard again. It’s nice to be taking back the yard and watching all of the transformation going on.

I haven’t had much of a chance to sew lately, but I did receive an order for upcycled jeans for a pair of twins, so I made these with a cute little heart and bow. I really hope they like them and wear them often!

On Monday morning, we picked up our buddies Elsa and Carol and attended Tale Time at the Wild Rumpus book store in Linden Hills. I love their tiny door for toddlers.

I took a little time off on Tuesday and met a friend for coffee and a walk.  She and a friend just started making these fabulous painted shoes and cell them under the name Funky Cinderella. On Tuesday night we caught up with Elsa and her parents for a little DQ action. On the walk home, the girls jumped on their dad’s shoulders and the baby wanted in also so Elsa’s mommy obliged. I love the desperate look on Ernie’s face. They all looked doggone tall to me!

Wednesday night we finally got to do something I’d been trying to do since last summer which was to ride the trolley over by Lake Harriet. We ran into some friends at a local restuarant and asked if they wanted to join us and the obliged. Despite having a horrible migraine, my friend and her two children joined us. It was a quick little event but very fun. Unfortunately, the migraine turned ugly and my friend had to throw up a bit in the car ride home. We were all so grateful for the bucket I carry for just such an occasion having two super pukers for kids. Not to worry, I won’t post any pictures of that. I’m happy to report that she felt much better after the incident and that I had to hang my head out the window to keep it from turning into the pie eating contest in Stand by Me, a movie that still gives me nightmares to this day.  Fortunately, the children were all too wrapped up in their happy little worlds to ever notice anything was happening in the front of the van.

On Thursday, we had a really great craft camp and were lucky to have our three neighbor girls (who are triplets!) join us. I took the kid’s to our local professional drum shop just a few blocks from our home. Unfortunately, we had to do a little detour because of all the construction on 76th Street. Steve performed for us a bit and showed us many drums and percusion instruments including a triangle and a tamborene.  He showed us a wall of drum heads signed by famous drummers from all over the world who had visited and purchased items at their shop.

On the walk home we noticed a detailed mural done by many local artists including the baby’s daycare provider Denise pictured here which got Maddie to thinking about when she was in daycare, so we stopped by the center where she used to go to catch up with her provider Laurie.

Ok, back to craft camp. For lunch the kid’s wanted to have a picnic in the park (which I told them was a bit premature given that “P” week was next week but I obliged and packed up a bunch of sandwiches and made a big jug of Tropical Punch and we loaded up the wagon and had a picnic at the park.

This week we made decoupaged treasure trunks out of shoe boxes that I painted gold. I started with the idea last spring when we made Maddie a Harry Potter trunk.

The kids picked out lots of pictures that they liked or inspired them from various magazines then we used Modge Podge to stick them on the shoe boxes.  We also made dream diaries (an idea we got from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix).  I also painted composition notebooks gold and the kid’s labeled them with their names and we Modge Podged that onto the little journals. We listened to the CD of the Tale of Despereaux. We talked about dreams, nightmares, and daydreams and the importance of having dreams in all respects and setting goals. When it was time for pick up,  the triplet’s mom surprised me with this beautiful bunch of Gerber daisies which absolutely made my day!

On Friday morning, we set off bright and early for a little weekend traveling and a trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to visit our friend’s who just moved a few weeks ago.  We had a wonderful time playing with their daughter’s and their dog.The girl’s loved playing with their DS games and now I guess we all know what Maddie wants for her birthday.

The first night we arrived we attended a wonderful concert in the park and spotted this strangely deformed tree and kept trotting right on past a “danger” sign.

The next day we got a tour of Milwaukee which is a beautiful city on Lake Michigan. We played at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum for a really long time and enjoyed the toothbrush exhibit where they suggest humming Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to yourself to make sure you brush your teeth long enough.

The girls loved the theatre and driving the bus. Maddie played with the drum set in the toddler area while the baby climbed through a tunnel that looked like a tree.

at the end of our day trip to Milwaukee, we were all very tired, epecially the little one.

A few side notes about this week: the country finally reached a debt deal, Maddie twisted her ankle and sprained it a bit, the baby ate a bunch of tomatoes right out of the garden and enjoyed brushing her own teeth with her sister. She is teething big time and chewing on everything. Angie got a brand new toy helicopter from our friend Pat and her family when they came over for dinner last Saturday night. They brought Maddie a game about telling time too. All in all, it was a terrific week!

Last year for our D and T weeks we: got to spend a lot of time with Daddy during his day off, spent time with our friend Darcy, her daisies and went to DQ, visited our local drum shop for the first time, saw a great big rubber duck at a garage sale, went downtown Minneapolis and visited Target headquarters in downtown Minneapolis.

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D is for Daddy

Today we celebrated the letter D by meeting Daddy at work for lunch and seeing where he works.

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D is for Diapers

I’ve been going a little overboard with the diaper acquisition process lately because I’ve been finding great deals on diapers that average 9 cents a diaper instead of the 14 cents for generic Target and Walmart brands and 22-28 cents a diaper for Huggies and Pampers. In addition to following the sage advice of Carrie Rocha, I was able to take advantage of a sale at Target this week on Huggies and used both store and manufacturer coupons to get an awesome deal. Guess what the baby nieces are gonna get for Christmas?

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D is for Downtown

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