Dec 12, 2012

Still here, still alive...

Not lots of time to blog lately, given all the up-in-the-air goings on at Chez Conwell.  But I wanted to pop in, post a couple of pictures, and then get back to my not-so-regularly scheduled program.

We had a blast at the family's house in Arizona.  It was just as good as I knew it would be--relaxing, rejuvenating, and sooooo good to catch up with Gabe and Mary Jo.  I have the very best in laws in the world.  I got to help Gabe prune the Palo Verde and Palo Blanco (blanca?), as has become our annual tradition, I think.  Phil and his parents and brother played poker while the sis-in-law and I yabbered (and I sewed unders for Izzies).  We were having such a good time, we stayed an extra day!

When they're not playing golf, they can watch it out the patio doors!
Mary Jo is kicking butt.
Sis-in-law gets, um, quite a few more phone calls than I do.  Maybe I should wonder about that.  Nah.
We arrived home in time for Phil to get to a couple more days' of realty school, and at some point later that week we headed up to see Edyth and Jo Anne for a doll party.  I got to meet Hannah, Edyth's original Izannah Walker doll, and to see her beautiful collection again.

It's a doll party! 
Then home again, home again, but not for long.  We hope.  By that I mean we love home, but it's time to move back into town, so we're changing homes.  So we have to fix it up HGTV style, packing up LOTS OF STUFF, because as creative people, we have tons of clutter.  We'll move stuff to storage to show the rooms at their roomiest.  Then we fix, patch, paint, and stage.  The doll room will get packed up--a fact which has caused me an unexpected degree of anxiety--leaving out the sewing machine and some (only some) fabric, because I have a doll show in February.  And naked tables are just sad.

Four years in the same house is a record for us.  Red walls...great color, but not exactly neutral.

This is Eve, who will be my first Izannah Walker type doll for 2013.
She already has a home...but not so far away I can't visit.

Hope everybody is having a lovely holiday season, spending more time with loved ones and less money on "stuff"...hope you are able to slow down, breathe and reflect.

And if you don't hear from me in a few weeks, send a search party to our mini storage, just in case I accidentally got packed in a moving box.  Thank you.


  1. Sounds like you're keeping busy and enjoying what life sends your way. I'll try to remember about the search party if I don't see any activity here by the first of the year. Merry Christmas~

  2. I'm glad you had a great trip. Its nice to have relatives like that you can enjoy spending time with. Eve is a beauty and it is exciting to have a mold of her. You will have a great experience making a cloth head. You chose well, Eve is a perfect little Izannah.

  3. WOW ... Looks like you had a wonderful family get together. They are always such Fun and lots of Enjoyment.
    Your New 2013 IW Doll is awesome. Is she a keeper or???? Anyways I love her.
    Hope all is well wishing you a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year with much Peace & Love, Barb

  4. Merry Christmas, Jan.
    I know it's busy move for you. So my best for a Happy and healthy New Year.
    lots of hugs.

  5. Hi Jan! Sounds like you had a very merry Christmas! Moving to the city? Does this mean no more garden envy for moi? Moving anywhere is just a ton of work, so you have my sympathy. Love the new doll and can't wait to see what you dream up in 2013. Happy New Year, my friend! xox

  6. your doll is a real beauty !! xxx

  7. Jan, I had to come over here to leave you a note. I received my doll today. She is the sweetest little doll in the world. I was so happy with her. She has the prettiest fine hands. My email is down, we are changing hosting sites on my website, so I might not be able to respond for a few days. I just love her to pieces. I will write more to you later. Love, Martha

  8. Hi Jan, I am still not able to email, but I wanted you to know that I love my girl. I am wavering between Janette and Sweetie Belle for her name. Her hands are a marvel. they put my dolls hands to shame. I am going to have to take my hand making to another level. I thought they were pretty good until I saw yours. She has fabulous long fingers. Email is still down, but i wanted to tell you this. I like her clothes. fine sewing. Talk to you later.

  9. This must be the time of year for clearing up doll rooms. I don't envy you moving house and I understand about the anxiety, especially about the doll making gear. Good luck and good luck with the Doll Show in February.

  10. Jan, My email is back up, but I lost my email addresses. I am sending you a package in the mail. I mailed it yesterday. It is not a doll, but something I think you will enjoy.


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