Friday, July 17, 2015


This is the first time posting in 2015.
Ha...ha....this is the most sporadic blog I bet you've seen.
I wonder if anyone comes to visit?
I no longer have access to my Picture It Publishing program; it died the death of old extinct items on the computer. That's because we bought a new computer two years ago this summer.
It's a Toshiba and it couldn't install the Picture It program due to its extreme antiquity.
So now I use a free program called Picmonkey.com which is marvelous and super easy to use. 
My latest hobby is finding free images on Pinterest or elsewhere, and adding them to collages which I create using my own photos. Here is my original Chatty Cathy doll, Catherine, hard at work in her little kitchen.

I'd love to hear from anyone who read this. Please leave a comment.
By Loretta Houben

Friday, March 8, 2013

Celebrating St. Paddy's Day!

I took this photo 10 years ago. This was one of my first Chatty dresses I made.
It's really hard to believe that it's been that long I've been sewing for Chatty Cathy!
I've always had success at selling my dresses.
My friend Morgan created a Chatty photo show displaying many darling Chatty dolls wearing their green finery for St. Patrick's Day. Please CLICK HERE to view it.

Here is a 18" doll I recently bought at Michael's store; she is from the Springfield collection and I used a 50% off coupon to get her, so she was only $16 Cdn compared to $110 US for an American Girl doll. Now of course, she came without shoes, socks or underwear and her dress is very skimpy, but her face is really cute, her body is OK, and her limbs are great, so if you can't afford an AG doll for your little girl, you could certainly afford the Springfield dolls at Michael's!
Some of my 18" and 21" dolls in 2013.
Aren't they sweet?

Friday, January 4, 2013

A fun project!

Happy New Year 2013!
Alas, I didn't post at all last year, because of my sieve-like mind!
But I remembered this blog today because I was playing with old photos due to getting tired with hand sewing. I love to play with my old computer software program, Microsoft Picture It Publishing Edition 2001! 
It's ancient but it works. I'm getting brave and poking about in it more in my old age.
I love how this turned out.
What do you think?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A very cute Chatty Cathy website...

I love to browse websites with cute doll photos!
These photos are borrowed from this adorable website:

I love how the owner dresses her dolls!

Aren't they all adorable?
It makes me wish to sew some new clothes for Chatty!

Monday, June 6, 2011

An old fashioned Chatty Cathy paper doll!

Here is Catherine, my original childhood Chatty Cathy doll, re-dressed as an old fashioned paper doll!
What do you think? Please click on the picture to see it large sized.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

First post in 2011

I haven't posted here in years, so you now know that my mind is truly like a sieve!
I think I'll change this blog to my Chatty Cathy blog. They are feeling really left out of things since the Bleuettes came here to live. However, on Monday night I sat down and finished 2 little pairs of jeans for 2 dolls; here they are with cute Canucks tops from the Build a Bear shop.
We are all rooting for the Canucks in the season finale.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas!

The month of December has whizzed past, and here it is, December 23rd. I'm embarrassed that I haven't blogged since October. I was quite sick for 3 weeks at the beginning of this month but I don't know why I didn't visit my blog in November. I can't even remember what I did during that month. (hence the reason for the name of this blog)


I love Christmas! We put up our artificial tree at the end of Nov. We have to have a fake one because of my hubby's allergies and asthma. Let me see if I can locate a picture of it:

This was taken in 2005, but it's the same. Exactly. We put on all blue mini lights, silver decorations, and white snowflakes, with silver tinsel. So far the tinsel has lasted since I was married in 1982. The tree just doesn't look the same without tinsel.

I've been visiting many blog land homes the past few days, and staring at their Christmas decorations. I've decided our tree is about the best. Ha...ha...You would have to see it lit up in all its blue splendour at night in order to agree with me. Many of the homes are beautiful, though. I can't get over how much energy some people possess. I don't have one quarter of it.

I put up a nativity scene on our mantel, and a miniature village on top of our entertainment unit. I'll add pictures here later. I also decorate the master bedroom with Christmas scenes involving my Chatty Cathy collection. This year it looks really cute.

The top photo on this post is my parent's nativity scene. Each Dec 6 we go out for St. Nicholas' Day Dinner, then to their house for tea and goodies. We've been doing this since 2001. It's a fun tradition.

Tomorrow evening is Christmas Eve. I've done a fair amount of baking, and the presents are just about all wrapped. I love to leave some things to the last minute. We open our gifts on Christmas Eve. It's a German tradition. We usually go to a church service, and have a carol sing-a-long here at home afterwards, with some of that baking to be sampled, and hot chocolate to drink.

This is one of my favourite times of the year. I believe in the Christmas story with all my heart, and know the tiny baby in the manger as my Saviour and Friend. I trust that you do too. Have a wonderful Christmas!