Thursday, January 11, 2018

Granny's Moved In!

Happy New Year, Dear Ones! My wish is you are all starting off this new year with a bang. I'll apologize right up front for not getting back to you who have commented - I've been lazy and I'm sticking to it, but I will get to you. We are still covered up with snow and have had below zero temps for two weeks but it has warmed up a little bit today.  Okie dokie.
 I showed you this doll house last fall that I brought from Craigslist for $40. We had to drive to Massachusetts to get it but just made an adventure of the day! It looks good on the outside but look at the inside...
 This is the snap from Craigslist - it was filled with furniture! Yay me! Did I tell you I only paid $40 for it? As you can see, it's old and the insides are dark and dingy but it was filled with furniture! It will get a makeover in time.
 Furniture! Just look. Three beds, living room furniture, kitchen furniture, old timey bathroom stuff. There are also some mirrors, pictures in frames and little doo dads! Well, granny has arrived now. She didn't want to wait until her house is renovated, construction has to stop in the winter. You know, snow and all. So Lola has been very gracious to move her things out and let granny set up house in the dollhouse shelves. It's going slowly but I wanted to show you what granny has done to date.
She likes to live pretty cozy so she wanted her formal dining (these pieces are also Lola's) to be with the living room. Lola left her fireplace so granny could enjoy the fire and a few pictures (these aren't granny's style). Granny hung one of her paintings over the sofa.
 Here is the sitting room. The two red velvety chairs also have a little loveseat but it just didn't look right in here so granny used her fancy sofa. There is also a pretty light blue tufted chair there in the corner by the fireplace.
 Granny was complaining about the little country looking lamps that Lola loaned her but heck, she didn't have any of her own. She needs to take a trip to the furniture store.
 Here is the little formal dining area...Lola's rug, table and chairs, buffet and accessories. That Lola is a very giving little gal.
 Now to the kitchen - granny's favorite place! Again, Lola let granny use the rug under the table and the canisters.
Here is the working part of the kitchen. Granny doesn't like upper cabinets and didn't want the sink under the window. She just wanted the painting hung up over the sink.
 Look at this little stove! Is it not just the cutest little thing you've ever seen? It is a retired Hallmark Christmas ornament that is all decked out for Christmas and granny will leave it just like this all year long. You know how granny's love to bake cookies! I looked online and there was also a little refrigerator too but alas - they don't make these any more. How happy I was that this little stove was in the kitchen!
Here is granny's sink. You can tell she has had this a very long time. It has been used a bunch. Granny fell in love with Lola's little green pitcher and guess what? Lola gave it to her. Gotta love that little gal.
Granny is olden and stuck in her ways. She wants nothing to do with one of those high falutin' refrigerators! just let her keep her old ice box. Okie dokie. But it's heck trying to find a block of ice to keep her perishables cool. See those jugs? Yep, she loves to keep her cream in there and she swears it doesn't go bad.
 
 Granny brought her baker's rack since she doesn't like upper cabinets. She didn't know that I have a baker's rack just like this! Anyway, she borrowed Lola's canisters since she doesn't have any. I crocheted those baskets for her and she keeps her potatoes and onions in them.
 This is the only dining table granny had so since the kitchen is so large she thought it would be nice to keep it in here for her meals. She always has some fresh bread since me bakes her own and fresh creamy butter that she also makes.
 Granny loves her succulents and wanted them to be under the kitchen window.
So granny has moved in the dollhouse shelves for now. I still haven't seen granny yet but I do love her furniture. 

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

I Know An Old Lady

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly
I dunno know why she swallowed the fly
Perhaps she'll die

I know an old lady who swallowed a spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly
But I dunno know why she swallowed the fly
Perhaps she'll die

I know an old lady who swallowed a bird
How absurd to swallow a bird
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly
But I dunno know why she swallowed the fly
Perhaps she'll die

I know an old lady who swallowed a cat
Imagine that. She swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly
But I dunno know why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she'll die

I know an old lady who swallowed a dog
What a hog! To swallow a dog!
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly
But I dunno know why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she'll die

I know an old lady who swallowed a goat
Opened her throat and down went the goat!
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly
But I dunno know why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she'll die

I know an old lady who swallowed a horse
She's dead of course
~ sung by Burl Ives



Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A White Christmas and Little Home Tour

Hello, Dear Ones! I pray you all had a Merry Christmas. We certainly did and I feel so blessed. I realized I haven't shown you my house dressed for Christmas this year. Well, I'm a little ashamed as I didn't go all out like I usually do. I went simple and poked stuff here or there. I'll let you take a peep and then I'll show you our snow!! Oh, it's marvelous!











 My daughter, son-in-law and babies came over around 3:00 pm for Christmas and I decided to have finger foods instead of a big meal. It was a hit. I threw down a runner on the island and filled it with goodies. 

We had the desserts on the kitchen table. My daughter makes this traditional gingerbread man each year and now the babies are old enough to decorate it. So here it is! :)
I didn't get many snaps of the actual Christmas gifting as the babies were having so much fun and wiggling!

 Now to the snow! Look at the sun room windows!!
 Looking out the front door.
 It is so pretty and it's cold outside.


 Here is Mr. Precious with his Christmas gift "The Beast" - his new snow blower! He is like a kid!
As the sun sets on the freshly fallen snow I'll bid you adieu til next time.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

I Wish Every Day Could Be Like Christmas

What time is it baby, is it that time again

When snow will be falling, friends will be calling
You know it's time when, there'll be carolers singing Silent Night
I love when they sing, the feeling it brings
It's warm as a fire is bright

Soon there'll be toys for good girls and boys
And reindeer are heading our way
Yes, and Santa will come down the chimney above
There's one thing I wanted to say

I wish every day could be like Christmas
And if I could have one wish come true
I wish every day could be, full of peace and harmony
I wish every day could be like Christmas, I do

I saw a child sit with old Mr. Clause,
Looked him in the eye and he asked old Santa what peace on earth was
Now the old man grew cautious, on how he would say
That it's the greatest gift what you could give, every day

I wish every day could be like Christmas
And if I could have one wish come true
I wish every day could be, full of peace and harmony
I wish every day could be like Christmas, I do

Now the mistle-toe and the house aglow
All the world seems at ease tonight
And all that I ask when these precious moments pass
Is why can't every day be so bright

I wish every day could be like Christmas
And if I could have one wish come true
I wish every day could be, full of peace and harmony
I wish every day could be like Christmas, I do
Honest I do, yes I do now
Very merry Christmas
~ sung by Brook Benton 






Friday, December 15, 2017

Busy, Busy

Hello, Dear Ones! Hope you're all doing well. Are you just about ready for Christmas? I'm getting there. Well, I was getting a little bit jealous of all you southern ones with your snow. I didn't have to wait very long though and now we're white and cold! Very cold. It was 9' this morning!
 I peeped outside the other afternoon and saw the reflection of the Christmas tree lights in the window glass and it was so pretty so I just had to snap for you!
 My little granddaughter, Carter, used her mommy's phone to text me and asked me if I would please post this picture of her on my blog. Well, of course, Darling, I'll post your handiwork and sweet face. She has had a tummy bug and has been out of school the past few days. When she started to feel better, she put this great puzzle together! It's awesome, don't you think?
 Last Friday, Mr. Precious and I along with some friends took the train to the City to see the Rockettes and their Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall! And it was pretty spectacular.  We love riding the train to the city and walked around a bit in Rockerfeller Center to see the ice skating rink and the tree! So beautiful. We saw the show a couple of years ago but I believe this years version was better. Then we popped back on the train after a bite of lunch and headed home. We took the dinner train so we had a great time visiting and eating and got home around 7 pm. It was a fun day and we'll do it again soon.



Now back in my den, I've put together a little cross stitch corner. Last year you saw the little cross stitched ornies I made for the little tree. I've been busy stitching for over a year now and just love it so. I no longer put a finished piece down that I don't pick up an other one to start! Any way here you go...
 This is a Prairie Schooler for the month of December. There is a cute pattern for each month. I've finished probably four. Now I found these wood pieces and metal pieces to use as frames. I want to be able to change out my finishes with the seasons so I learned a great trick from Priscilla from Priscillas blog who is a cross stitching Wonder Woman. She uses magnets and little pieces of sheet metal. Glue down a few little pieces of the sheet metal to your base (frame piece) then glue the magnets to the back of your finished cross stitch piece. I mount my cross stitch on foam board and then use cardboard that's covered with fabric behind it and that's where I glue my magnets. Any way that makes it so you can change out your pieces. Thank you Priscilla!
 I'll go through and let you look. Now I didn't have a pattern for this one but just looked at the picture and winged it. Does any one else do that sometimes? I'm crazy, I know. I just fell in love with the sweet design.
Here's another little Nativity. Sorry about the picture quality - I used my phone and shook a little I guess. I love this one too. I need to learn how to finish my pieces a little more fancy. Maybe Priscilla could give me lessons! :) I wish.
 Oh, this is another one that I just love! It turned out really cute I think.


This little one is stuck on a metal piece I found so I just needed magnets. It's one of the little seasons from Prairie Schooler. I've already completed the Spring, Summer and Fall so I'll be switching them out accordingly.
Now I thought I would do a bathroom snap for you. I haven't done this in a long time.
 Isn't it a pretty bathroom?
 This lovely bathroom is located in the historic Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga, New York, which has just been recently remodeled. Mr. Precious and I had a late breakfast here and of course the bathroom was calling me. If you're new to my blog and are wondering what is going on you can go up under my header and click on Bathroom Beauty Snapping and read all about it. I would love you to join me anytime.
If you have stayed with me this long - help yourself to a cookie! I baked them just for you. Well, maybe Mr. Precious and me too! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ the following song has nothing to do with Christmas but I love it and wanted to share it with you...

Love the One You're With

If you're down and confused
And you don't remember who you're talking to
Concentration slip away
Because your baby is so far away

Well there's a rose in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can't be with the one you love, honey
Love the one you're with

Don't be angry - don't be sad
Don't sit crying over good times you've had
There's a girl right next to you
And she's just waiting for something to do

Well there's a rose in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can't be with the one you love honey
Love the one you're with

Turn your heartache right into joy
'Cause she's a girl and you're a boy
Get it together come on make it nice
You ain't gonna need any more advice

Well there's a rose in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can't be with the one you love, honey
Love the one you're with 
~ sung by Stephen Stills