Strawberries, Yarn Dolls and Pink Napkins

I just joined a new Etsy Street Team called “EtsyBloggers” and I’m very excited! Among the many things they do to keep things exciting is a Blog Carnival – a kind of blog magazine. Someone picks a topic, the team members blog and post their link and then someone hosts the links on their site (it changes every month) so you can enjoy everyone’s input. I’ll be sure to add the link later, but in the meantime, you may peek at my entry below! 🙂

The current topic is, “Something You Did When A Child That You Will Always Remember”. As a small child, I lived just four houses down from my grandma and papa’s. They had a tiny bridge (over nothing) in their front yard surrounded by strawberry plants. You have to know, I LOVE strawberries. They would be my last meal if I had to choose. So as a girl, I would bend down to pick those tiny, sour strawberries, go inside to grandma’s to wash them and gleefully eat the small handful I had harvested.

Another thing I remember is an odd shaped 1970’s craft book my aunt gave me. I would pour over it in the summers searching for something wonderful to make. One project I made several times was a yarn doll – you know, the type where you take a piece of cardboard or book or something similar, wrap the yarn around it forever and ever, then tie one end and cut the other, wrapping it around a tennis ball for the head and and then making other ties at various points for the neck, arms, etc? That was great. I wasn’t much into dolls, but more into the creative process, so sadly I don’t think I ever kept one.

Lastly, my grandma taught me to crochet (oh it was scary! lol) and I decided to make a calico kitty for my sister to look just like the one we had for a pet! With knowledge of only one stitch and no pattern, I concocted a cat body, head, legs and tail and stuffed it with (you guessed it) PINK NAPKINS! HA! My sister still has the cat and has asked me to repair it. When I get it from her, I’ll have to post pictures – it is hysterical!

Well, hope you enjoyed that little rant. I really am (PROMISE!) finishing Maya’s pillows this weekend and hope to start on a shirt for another customer next week. Maybe someday I’ll get to work on Etsy items….some… 🙂


13 thoughts on “Strawberries, Yarn Dolls and Pink Napkins

  1. Pink napkins! LOL I can’t wait to see the cat!I remember making yarn dolls…I think my dad still has this (horribly ugly) green one I made when I was about 8. LOL

  2. That was so nice to read! My grandparents had a garden and the strawberries were the best part. She tried once to teach me to knit but I wasn’t interested at the time and she had a sewing machine, which where this all started for me! Thanks for sharing! I am looking forward to seeing the cat.

  3. Wow! And look at you today, still crafting & craving strawberries! We are all still children…. Thanks for the story. Tara

  4. those sound like a lot of sweet memories. Please post a pic of the rag doll – that is so nice, that your sister still has it!

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