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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..."


Monday, July 30, 2018

A Summer Party...






The girls were ready.  (Note, a few revisions were made...new eyes, hair, and bonnet.  The farther I got into this thing, the more I expected of myself!)







The table was set...



Each girl took her place...







And, one special guest waited outside the door...




After the other guests arrived, there just wasn't time for pictures.  It was a luncheon affair, followed by a punch party (some of the young attendees preferred punch over tea).  

For my part, it was good practice working with needle and thread.  And, now, I am remembering what a tiring thing these family gatherings can be.   And, to think, Christmas will be here before we know it.


  




31 comments:

  1. The girls all look glamorous! Their clothing is spectacular! What a lot of fun!
    I'm missing your sketches....

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte. I kept wishing you were here! I almost missed stitching yesterday, but then the youngest granddaughter asked me to help her with hers, so I ended up sewing a seam for her. That counts! My sketches have been rather crude lately! :~)

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  2. Oh what a lovely table, Chip Butter! The girls are darling and your needlework is beautiful. What a great luncheon you have prepared. Complete with a special guest! ♥

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    1. Thank you, Martha. The little building is unfinished, but the girls didn't seem to mind. We all had a good time.

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  3. Those are lovely and I imagine gave you so much pleasure in the making. You have it all set out beautifully for your guests.

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    1. Yes, I did enjoy the making, but even more the pleasure in giving to the granddaughters.

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  4. So sweet. Love all the little ladies. They have such beautiful outfits. and what a lovely table for a party.

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    1. Martha, I enjoy sewing when there are no rules to follow. For these little dolls, the clothes were just sewn on with no buttons, hooks or snaps.

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  5. Such fun, a really wonderful uplifting post. Those girls were a delight, such intricate outfits.

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    1. Thank you. And, now I am thinking how much fun it would be to sew Christmas figures in the same way.

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  6. Such beauty in each of the girls. So tiny, yet you have added so much detail. The table looks lovely! I am sure it was a fun celebration. Best of all is the memory you gave to all who attended the party!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. It was a fun, but tiring, day. Our family has so many birthdays in July and August, so we kind of combined all of those into one big birthday celebration. Now, on to Thanksgiving! :~)

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  7. Your girls look so beautiful in their new outfits. And I love your special guest. What a fun celebration! I must do this at some point. My girls are waiting patiently for their new outfits, too!

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    1. Thanks Jean. I will be watching for your girls' new outfits. What fun we have!

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  8. Lovely post! Your girls are so pretty. You have a wonderful way with needle and thread and fabric. The table is lovely too. One of my nicest memories as a child was using the little dish set my mom and step dad gave me. I still yearn for little dishes and would have a few sets if I had the room. I love your special guest at the party!

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    1. Debra, I actually bought a small set of six punch cups at an antique mall just for this affair. Just wouldn't have been right without them! That special guest really enjoys being in on all the action, and loves all the extra pats she gets.

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  9. I love that fourth photograph down, the one where it looks as though those young ladies are taking a leisurely stroll around your tea table. Simply wonderful. Lucky, lucky girls.

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    1. Yes, I see that now...a leisurely stroll. And, now those young ladies have gone to live a new life in a homemade cardboard home. I'm sure all is well with them tonight! :~)

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  10. Gorgeous girls! They are lucky to have such a talented seamstress. Love the addition of the special guest!!

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    1. Thanks Chris! It was fun to sew these little dolls. I loved best embroidering the hair, but it was a bit hard on my fingers. That special guest is such a darling!

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  11. I love your charming party decor. I know a good time was had by all.

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    1. E.C., it all started out to be a garden party, but that didn't work out because Sunday was a rainy day. So, we had to set up inside the little garden shed. The granddaughters have already asked if we will have another party next summer...

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  12. You are amazing! I love how you've dressed the ladies. Oh, if only I could create a doll's face like you do. I love their eyes. All your dolls look real. I love the table and chairs too. That must be inside your Shanty. It's all so pretty!

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    1. Thanks Henny! With each doll I made, I learned. The eyes started out just being dashes of thread. Hopefully, if we do this again next year, we will have finished out the inside of the shanty. But, who knows...

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  13. Three girls looks cute with their colorful dress!

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  14. Beautiful artwork.What a charming summer party!Hugs!

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  15. Such a darling posting and these sweet dolls- amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. You're very talented. I have no skill with needle and thread, I'm strictly a machine sewer!

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  17. Your fabric girls have such personality. i am sure the real girls will treasure them.

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  18. Cherish the family gatherings (I know you do) even if they're tiring. Love the wee dollies!

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