Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Midweek With Marion

Hello, Dear Ones and welcome again to Midweek With Marion! I've been sewing my dainty fingers almost off but first off I want to wish all of my Canadian friends a Happy Canada Day! Woo Hoo!
Okie dokie! Today Marion is sporing a sweet little long sleeved dress. I'm really into combining fabrics right now but I think the outfits are turning out good. What do you think?
 This little dress has two lined pockets, one on each side.
 I used the same pink fabric for the bodice and the trim on the sleeves.
 Marion looks pretty cute in this little dress and we're about to go shopping for more doll clothes patterns! :)
The second view is the little dress I've just made and soon I'll be making the top and slacks.
Well, toodaloo! Marion's is calling for me to hurry! Oh, I'm not sure she'll fit in the car seat! What's a doll mommy to do? ;)
 If you'd like to see some more doll clothes cuteness, pop over to my friend Diane's blog "Welcome To Lavender Dreams" she is fantastic with her sewing machine.

Remember to pop back in next week.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

It's So Easy

It's so easy to fall in love
It's so easy to fall in love

People tell me love's for fools
Here I go, breaking all the rules
It seems so easy
(It's so easy, it's so easy, it's so easy)
Yeah, so doggone easy
(It's so easy, it's so easy, it's so easy)
Oh, it seems so easy
(It's so easy, it's so easy, it's so easy)
Yeah, where you're concerned, my heart can learn
(It's so easy, it's so easy, Ooooh)
Oh-oh-oh

It's so easy to fall in love
It's so easy to fall in love

Look into your heart and see
What your love book has set aside for me

It seems so easy
(It's so easy, it's so easy, it's so easy)
Yeah, so doggone easy
(It's so easy, it's so easy, it's so easy)
Oh, it seems so easy
(It's so easy, it's so easy, it's so easy)
Yeah, where you're concerned, my heart can learn
(It's so easy, it's so easy, Ooooh)
Oh-oh-oh

It's so easy to fall in love
It's so easy to fall in love

It seems so easy
(It's so easy, it's so easy, it's so easy)
Yeah, so doggone easy
(It's so easy, it's so easy, it's so easy)
Yeah, it seems so easy
(It's so easy, it's so easy, it's so easy)
Oh, where you're concerned, my heart can learn
(It's so easy, it's so easy, Ooooh)
Oh-oh-oh

It's so easy to fall in love
It's so easy to fall in love
It's so easy to fall in love
It's so easy to fall in love
It's so easy to fall in love
(Wa-uh-oh)
It's so easy to fall in love
~ sung by Buddy Holly and Linda Ronstadt


Saturday, June 27, 2015

No More Disco Ball!

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm so excited to share this post with you today. Now don't get ill when you look at the snap below...
This was the realty snap of the dining room when we bought our new/old house. Lord, have mercy!
Well, to each his own. I think we've done a pretty good job of redoing the dining room and making it ours. We still need to find a rug for under the table. Oh, and how can I forget the disco ball! We've lived with this beauty since last August. We wanted to change it out but other things took priority.
Then one day, not too long ago, we were in Lowe's and I saw a simple light fixture and I wanted it. Now Mr. Precious is wonderful and all but he doesn't do wiring and the such. My son in law is a Mr. Dr. of Chemical Engineering and can do almost all things. So...who did we call to remove the disco ball? John Travolta? No, guess again! :) Yep, son in law. In the background you can see my gals doing the John Travolta disco move! I love those little gals! ;)
Ta dah!! No more disco ball! Just a simple light fixture that I'm in love with. I only have eyes for you, simple light fixture! My eyes adore you, simple light fixture! For my eyes only, simple light fixture. Okay, okay, I can't help poking in a few song titles! You know me.
It ain't fancy, just simple and we can still use our dimmer to brighten it up or dim it down!
I didn't want a crystaly chandy as I had had one for the past 20 years and twice a year I cleaned A.L.L.   O.F.   T. H.O.S.E.   C.R.Y.S.T.A.L.S! Sorry for the flash, it's so cloudy outside.
I hope you like my new simple chandy. I guess you've figured out how I love it! Do I miss the disco ball? Naw! But when it was taken down, little Carter said, "Shesho, the disco ball is so beautiful. Can I have it?" Of course I said the right thing, "You must ask your mommy." Guess what mommy said, "NO!" Ha ha! I love this stuff!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Stayin' Alive

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk
I'm a woman's man no time to talk
Music loud and women warm
I've been kicked around, since I was born

And now it's all right, it's okay
And you may look the other way
We can try to understand
The New York times' effect on man

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother
You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin'
Stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive

Well now, I get low and I get high
And if I can't get either, I really try
Got the wings of Heaven on my shoes
I'm a dancin' man and I just can't lose

You know it's all right, it's okay
I'll live to see another day
We can try to understand
The New York times' effect on man

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother
You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin'
Stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive

Life's goin' nowhere, somebody help me
Somebody help me, yeah
Life's goin' nowhere, somebody help me, yeah
Stayin' alive

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk
I'm a woman's man, no time to talk
Music loud and women warm
I've been kicked around, since I was born

And now it's all right, it's okay
And you may look the other way
We can try to understand
The New York times' effect on man

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother
You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin'
Stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive

Life's goin' nowhere, somebody help me
Somebody help me, yeah
Life's goin' nowhere, somebody help me, yeah
I'm stayin' alive
Life's goin' nowhere, somebody help me
Somebody help me, yeah
Life's goin' nowhere, somebody help me, yeah
I'm stayin' alive

Life's goin' nowhere, somebody help me
Somebody help me, yeah
Life's goin' nowhere, somebody help me, yeah
I'm stayin' alive
Life's goin' nowhere, somebody help me
Somebody help me, yeah
Life's goin' nowhere, somebody help me, yeah
I'm stayin' alive
~ sung by The Beegees


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Midweek With Marion

Hello, Dear Ones and welcome to the second Midweek With Marion! If this is your first time to visit, I'm on a tangent sewing doll clothes for my little granddaughter's American Girl Doll knock-off. I'm using my AGD knock-off, Marion, who will be my little model. So each Wednesday I'll share with you another outfit.
 I thought this little play outfit turned out pretty cute, don't you? I combined a small floral print with a matching soft red and white checked fabric and then added a little bit of rick rack.
 The pattern had a pattern for a cute little heart shaped applique and I just had to put it on Marion's outfit. I just pinned it down and zigzagged around it.
 Here I used the tiny little red and white check to make her some little bloomers. She is not shy at all about showing them to you either.
 Okay, here is where I winged it! I just thought a little hat of some sort would be so cute and at the time this was the only pattern I had ~ no cap or hat pattern. So what was I to do? Make it up! Yep, I'm so talented like that. I cut a circle for the top using a little bitty plate and a bigger circle for the brim or flipped up part. I lined it so when the brim was flipped up there would be the coordinating fabric showing. I really don't know exactly what I did but it worked! It came out looking like a little hat. But since the brim was kinda strange, I had to fix it.
 I flipped it up on one side and added a little flower and button. I just cut a long rectangular strip, folding it in half, sewed it and turned and fabric back out to the right side and gathered it up tightly and voila, I had made a gathered circle. I sewed a button in the middle and then hot glued it to the little hat.
 Hey, it's not perfect folks. Do I care? Heck no! Will little granddaughter care? Double heck no! :)
Here you can see the brim flipped up where I had to 'adjust' the brim to make it fit with the crown part. I wasn't going to give up just because I didn't have a pattern. I'm a little stubborn that way. But I think it's pretty cute. Marion likes it and I don't know for sure she'll give it up to Ruby Sparkles (granddaughter's doll).
 This is the same pattern I used for last week's outfit. This time I used the first view. You see there was a little head scarf but Marion refused to wear one. So now you know why I just had to make her a hat.
Hope you've liked the little play suit Marion is modeling today. Please come back next Wednesday and I'll show you another outfit. I'll continue Midweek With Marion until I tire of making doll clothes. I wanted to make these for my little granddaughter's Christmas but I don't know if I can last that long. Shoot! I've already given her the outfit I made for last week! ;) I'm a sucker for that little girl.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Time In A Bottle

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty, except for the memory of how
They were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go through time with
~ sung by Jim Croce


Monday, June 22, 2015

When You Wish Upon a Star

Hello, Dear Ones! The weather has been simply glorious here! Cool with a slight breeze. Most days we don't even turn on the air conditioning! Can you believe it? Do I miss those hot humid days on the Texas Gulf Coast? Shoot, no! :)
 My sweet daughter gave us those light green chairs and we poked them in the front yard and enjoy sitting here so much. Our front yard is bigger than it looks here in this snap and the grandchildren have a ball running around and playing while we watch and supervise!
Look how our hostas have grown.
 Here's how this same area looked just about a month ago! Notice that yucky stump on the left hand corner - gone! :)
 We have our Cracker Barrel rocking chairs on the front porch and we sit out here so much. Mr. Precious sits out here and drinks his coffee and reads the paper. Again, how blessed we feel to be here.
I forgot to tell you, our yard usually looks like a Disney movie! Really! There are usually three or four squirrels scampering about, little chipmunks and tiny little chipmunk babies, lots of Robins and we can hear a woodpecker but haven't seen him yet! Here I go...when you wish upon a star...

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

When You Wish Upon A Star

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you.

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Suddenly, it comes to you
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

When a star is born
They possess a gift or two.
One of them is this
They have the power to make a wish come true.

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you,

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing.

Like a bolt out of the blue
Suddenly, it comes to you
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.
~ sung by Jiminy Cricket and me :)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Last GE Plot Home Tour - I promise

Hello, Dear Ones and this is the very last Historic GE Plot Home Tour. I want to thank you all for coming along with me on these tours. It's been fun learning about the new area we live in and I just had to share it all with you because I love you so much.
 This is the 1900 Edwin Wilbur Rice home and is a Queen Anne Shingle Style home. It sits on five prime lots and is right in front of the Union College. Again, I'll give you a little info about Union College from Wikipedia:
      Union College is a private, non-denominational liberal arts college located in  
Schenectady, New York, United States. Founded in 1795, it was the first institution
 of higher learning chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. In the 19th 
century, it became the "Mother of Fraternities",[6] as three of the earliest  
such organizations were established there. After 175 years as a 
traditional all-male institution, Union College began enrolling women in 1970.
Y'all, that's an olden college!!
Edwin Wilbur Rice was the second president of The General Electric Company. He served as president from 1913 - 1922. He was also the President of the Schenectady Realty Company which later became known as the GE Realty Plot. This house today is owned by Union College and is called Abbe Hall home to the Office of College Relations.
Okie Dokie! Let's go inside. Look at the lovely leaded glass in the door's window.
The restoration of the house was made possible by a gift from and an alumni. Very nice! The house was decorated with Mission Style furniture that go very well with the style of the home. Have you ever seen sofas like this before?
I've never had any Mission Style furniture but I do like these sofas.
Can you imagine all of this lovely space just used for meetings and such? Love those chairs by the way.
The wallpaper in the dining room was so unusual. We learned it was original and had been carefully taken down, sent to the Art Institute in Williamstown to be restored and then reinstalled. It looked a little like painted on canvas.
More of those cool chairs. We were only allowed to tour the downstairs so that's all I have to show you.
But as we walked out the door, there was the old carriage house. Couldn't go in there either. Poop!
Did I just say poop? Yep, I did, sorry. But the plantings were gorgeous.
The home was surround by huge trees, bushes and flowering bushes.

Well, Dear Ones, that's the last historic home to show you. Hope you've enjoyed the tours. I want to wish you all a very happy blessed Father's Day weekend.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Reach Out, I'll Be There

Now, if you feel that you can't go on
All your hope is gone
Life is filled with much confusion
Happiness is just an illusion
And your world is tumblin' down
Darling, reach out
Reach out
I'll be there to love and shelter you
I'll be there, I'll always see you through
Wait a minute girl
When you feel lost and about to give up
And your best just ain't good enough
And your world is growin' cold
And you keep driftin' up on your own
Take my hand baby
Darling, reach out
Reach out
I'll be there to love and shelter you
I'll be there, I'll always see you through
I'll be there to give you all the love you need
I'll be there, you can always depend on me
I can tell the way you hang your head
You're alone and afraid
Through your tears you look around
There is no peace of mind to be found
Take my hand baby
Darlin' reach out
Reach out
I'll be there to love and shelter you
I'll be there, I'll always see you through
I'll be there to give you all the love you need
I'll be there, you can always depend on me
I'll be there, whenever you want me
I'll be there, whenever you need me
I'll be there, whenever you want me
I'll be there, whenever you need me
~ sung by The Four Tops

Friday, June 19, 2015

GE Plots Historic Home Tour - The Emmet-McNaughton House

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I'm back again with another home tour, the 1914 Emmet-McNaughton House. I have one more home to show you after this one and I certainly hope you've enjoyed these tours. I've loved showing them to you and loved reading all of your comments.
 The little info book we were given with the tour said this house was "a stunning example of an English Butterfly home". Well, that sounds nice but I didn't know what that meant so I did my research. This design was adapted from a traditional English country house with hints of Medieval English  Tudor style in its overhanging second story and the chimneys that interrupt the roof line.
The original owner, Herman L. Emmet, was a GE Production Manage in the Schenectady GE Plant from 1920 to 1929, but he only lived in this house for a year before selling it to Mr. Archibald McNaughton. Mr. McNaughton was the president of the Clark Whitbeck Company and this house remained in that family for many years. The current residents are only the 4th owners.
 Okie dokie, let's step inside. Here in the entry was a sweet little secretary. Now I hope none of you know the owners of this house and please know I'm not being disrespectful but folks! this was a messy house! I didn't even take a snap of the kitchen because of all the clutter and the dishes were right out on the counter top drying in the dish drainer! Wouldn't you have picked up just a bit knowing lots of folks would be walking through your house? That's all I'm going to say about it so just look around! :)
 See? I had a really hard time trying to see the architecture of this lovely home for seeing the clutter! Yikes!
Now this was a lovely spot. The kitchen is over on the right hand side. Look at all of the marvelous light and the pretty upholstered pieces.
 This is a little bit of the butler's pantry. This home owner loves dishes as so many of us do.
 I got sidetracked and didn't take a full on snap of the dining room. But, look at the lovely mirror and the china cabinet with all of the pretty dishes.
 I LOVED this table. We were told it had been in the home owners great grandfather's hunting lodge to hold the food for dinners and then was in the grandfather's office. He was an attorney.
 Here we go upstairs. Now this house was huge and had nine bedrooms! I didn't snap each one though.
 It was a glorious day and I snapped Itsy parked outside while touring one of the bedrooms. :)
 This looks like a nice little bedroom for some little grandchildren, don't you think?
Each bedroom was so different from the next. Some rooms were small and some large. This was a rather small bedroom filled with Frenchy furniture. See the radiator to the right of the bed?
Coming on back downstairs, we walked through the TV room. Put on your shades! Now I just want to point out the nutcracker on the windowsill. Do you see it? Um, it's June y'all! :)

Hope you've enjoyed seeing this home with me. Like I said, I have one more to show you in my next post.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Songs ~

Messy Girl (parody - sung to the tune of "Jesse's Girl" by Rich Springfield) I know, I'm bad! :)

Mess is my best friend
Yeah, I like to lead a very messy life
But lately it's been lonely - trying to survive
I just gotta find a woman - I just gotta find a wife

But I want a very messy one!
One who's sure she has a bedroom floor, she just knows IT!
I wanna trip on stockings - as we wade through her mess
Y'know I wish I had a messy girl
I wish I had a messy girl
Where can I find a woman like that?

Then I saw the perfect girl
She was digging up potatoes next door
Y'know she looked so filthy, she started looking cute
wanna tell her "dig down deeper" and she'll find herself a root

and she's wallowing in that grime
and she's comfortable in that mess, I just know IT
I wanna wallow with her, in it, late late at night
Y'know I wish I had that messy girl
I wish I had that messy girl
Can't take my eyes off a woman like that!
That messy girl
I wish I had that messy girl
The Queen of Grime - is a woman like that!

We could look - in - the mirror the same time
to see who's messier - her or me
we could rub spaghetti through our hair
aint that the way love's supposed to be?

Tell me! Where can you find messy women like that?

Y'know I wish I had that messy girl
I wish I had that messy girl
Can't take my eyes off a woman like that!
That messy girl
I wish I had that messy girl
~ written by Stuart McArthur