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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

On My Camera Card This Week...




Millie (of course)...




A Regular at the Feeder... (I don't have a cat.)






The Finished Doll's Dress...









22 comments:

  1. great pictures.the dolls dress is so pretty. I love the color and style. You did a great job making it. Love the pockets too.

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    1. Thank you, Martha. I thought I would never finish it. Do I need to put something in one of the pockets?

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  2. I have some doves who stay near our house. So sad yesterday seeing a dove sitting on our grass. Just seemed out of sorts. Then later the dove was gone and there was what looked like an egg on the grass. My husband went out for a closer look. Seems like all the winds we have been having knocked an egg from its nest. It was broken and open. Hopefully the dove couple had more in their nest and they can still have a family. I love the doll dress. Perfect color and design. One of your dolls will be so happy to have something so special to wear. I see some tiny tucks, as well as tiny buttons. The plaid cut on the bias is the perfect finishing touch.

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    1. Sandra, I really think the dove is my favorite visitor. I keep thinking "she" but it may well be a "he," for there's never a pair that comes together. She is a beauty, for sure! It is interesting that the dove you saw was sitting on an egg that had fallen from the nest.

      I remember all those beautiful dolls' dresses that you made. Sewing is fun, but tedious work, as you well know.

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  3. Such a pretty little dress. You do such wonderful work. Hugs, LJ

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    1. Thank you, Lady Jane. I think I could have made myself a dress faster than I made this small one.

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  4. I believe this dress is my favorite of all you've made. It just has to go on a prairie woman. :) Will she have a bonnet, or, a hat?

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte. Yes, she does have a bonnet, but it may not be quite right for life on the prairie. :~)

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  5. That is the most beautiful doll dress I have ever seen. I love the earth tone colors you pick for your dolls and their clothes. You are simply amazing! And your display...the wood floor, the scarf, and that beautiful cabinet! Oh my gosh! Your home must be beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Henny. Actually, the little cabinet and scarf are on the dresser in my bedroom. The old belt thrown across the cabinet is Dan's from his cowboy days.

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  6. Ohhh that dress is so beautiful!!! Love the details!!! -happy sigh-

    Luna Crone

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    1. Thank you Luna. Maybe not quite up to John's standards...but, my best effort.

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  7. I love your header photo and the doll's dress is gorgeous. Your home must be beautiful. You are so talented.

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    1. Thank you Brenda. I love to sew, but there's so little time for it. I love your writing...now that's talent!

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  8. Oh wow that dress is gorgeous. The plaid trim is beautifully done. The colors remind me of autumn.

    Millie looks quite contented to be near the lake (pond).

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    1. Thank you Bethann. I have spent way too much time on this doll. I'll post pics of the finished doll soon.

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  9. Hello Millie! She looks like she's really on to something, with that alert posture. That doll dress is magnificent. I don't normally use words like magnificent... The combination of fabric colors, textures and cut--some doll is going to be very happy.

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    1. Jan, I wish you could come walk with Millie and me. You really would love her! Honestly, I can't wait to set this doll on a shelf, dust off my hands, and walk away into the sunset...with Millie, of course!

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  10. Your camera card sure has some beautiful photos.
    Millie is so pretty next to the water.
    The dove is a quite lovely in the feeder.
    The dress is amazing, pretty colors & great details. Your heart shows in your work.

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    1. Thanks E.C. This doll dress has been a bit challenging, but fun. Now, about Millie and the water...She learned to swim last summer, and each day would plunge right in for a swim, until...a turtle bit her! Now, she just wades in a bit and laps up some water, but never swims. Darn it!

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  11. Gorgeous dress. Love the colors!

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  12. Hi Chip Butter, the dress is just lovely! Such perfect work. The colours work so beautifully together.
    Millie looks adorable.
    Enjoy your week!
    Robin

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