Sunday, June 26, 2016

Getting Serious

Hello, Dear Ones. Well today I am letting you see that I am serious about miniatures. I've made some furniture to show you.

Little chair!! Do you like it? Oh, there are so many tutorials on Pinterest and I've just been going crazy looking at so many things that you can make. I found this wonderful website called 1 Inch Minis by Kris.  Click on over and check it out! My little chair really doesn't sit crooked, just my wonky photo skills! :)
 Kris is good at making almost anything you would want to make in miniature. And...she is so kind that she has these great tutorials up where she literally walks you through step by step on how to make things for your dollhouse. I jumped on the band wagon and followed her tute on this little arm chair. It's not perfect but...still cute.
 Tang seems to love this little chair. I also spiffed up the back. You know how talented I am and all! :) You know I'm teasing.
 After I made the chair I felt so accomplished that I tackled making a little sofa with my own pattern for the back! Cute? Oh, it's sweet. I guess it's really more love seat size but it's perfect for my tiny little living room.
 Gotta have pillows so I really cheated here and did not sew at all but just glued the pillows together with stuffing in the middle.
Here you can see my new furniture sitting in the little living room. Yes, that little Tang is making herself totally at home here. My little hobby is coming along! But alas! I have to keep the grand babies out of it all! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

I'm A Believer

 I thought love was only true in fairytales
Meant for someone else but not for me
Love was out to get me
That's the way it seemed
Disappointment haunted all my dreams
Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind
I'm in love, I'm a believer
I couldn't leave her if I tried
I thought love was more or less a givin' thing
But the more I gave the less I got
What's the use in trying?
All you get is pain
When I needed sunshine I got rain
Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind
I'm in love, I'm a believer
I couldn't leave her if I tried
Love was out to get me
Now that's the way it seemed
Disappointment haunted all my dreams
Oh then I saw her face, now I'm a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind
I'm in love, I'm a believer
I couldn't leave her if I tried
Yes I saw her face, now I'm a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind
Said I'm a believer, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
(I'm a believer)
Said I'm a believer, yeah
(I'm a believer)
Said I'm a believer, yeah
(I'm a believer)
~ sung by The Monkees

Friday, June 24, 2016

On the Porch

Hello, Dear Ones and I'm so glad you're here and I'm going to show you the little porch of my 'make do' dollhouse today.
 I have tried to set up the front porch so it would be a comfortable place to sit in the early mornings and evenings. Tang, my cat, just loves to sit out here and watch the squirrels, chippies and birds.
 I am trying to make as much of my mini furnishings that I can, but as I was walking down the aisle of the craft store I saw these darling little lawn chairs and just had to have them. They seem just a little small as I'm trying to do 1:12 scale furnishings but I still couldn't resist. You see the unfinished table? I made it from a hunk of wood I found in the basement and a little round piece of wood that came in a package from the craft store. Oh, the the little bowls? Hobby Lobby! They have lots of wood pieces you can buy and do whatever with and I just had to paint these.



Here is another little homemade table from more little pieces of wood from the basement (the previous owners had a work area with a box of little pieces of wood and I'm finding lots of uses for them, thank you!). The little top rectangle came again in a package with other pieces from Hobby Lobby. The flower pot, I found three in the basement, is porcelain, and I'm not sure what they are but they have a little hole in the top perfect for poking in a plant! Instant flower pot! 
 There's Tang sunning herself. Isn't she cute?
 Now I know I'm not fooling anyone with that blue pot but just so you know, there are trillions of mini printables on Pinterest and I thought this was so cute and just had to print it out, fold it and glue together so it could sit by the front door!
 Well, hope you've enjoyed seeing my little porch area in my 'make do' mini house. I'm having fun getting it all set up.
Yes, Tang, I see you. I guess she wants to go inside now and scratch on some furniture! ;)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Sittin' On The Front Porch 

 I remember the time when the bloom was on the cotton
When our hearts chased the clouds like the swallows on their wings
Winter cares which we're already few or soon forgotten
Just sittin' on the front porch swing

Oh we sit every Sunday and watched the married ladies
And we dreamed of white dresses and church bells in the spring
And they talked and painted their nails while they let us hold their babies
Sittin' on the front porch swing
Where was I when the time came to join the married ladies
Why did I paint the nail when the finger had no ring
Why do I sit at night at my age to hold their baby
Sittin' on the front porch swing
When the mind longs to follow but the memory erases
And the lips form the words that the heart no longer sings
When the leaves in the hollow have been died to match our faces
Sittin' on the front porch swing
~ sung by Dolly Parton  


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ain't Got No Home

Hello, Dear Ones. Well, as promised I told you I would start to share with you my new hobby. I think it all started when I found this marvelous dollhouse for Carter at a garage sale and then went to Toys R Us and bought her all the furniture she needed from The Happy Family line. I couldn't wait to unwrap the furniture and place it in the house before she came to see it. I don't wanna grow up. I'm a Toys R Us kid! :)
Then as I was looking through my bloglist there were all these posts on miniatures from my friends. You know who you are...and I began to get excited! I wanted to start miniaturing. Is that a word?
Mr. Precious said he would get me a house but I told him to wait as I'm a bit fickle. You know how I start something and just go crazy like when I started making glitter houses and couldn't stop. But I stopped and never made another one. Then I was on to making Tilda dolls like crazy and couldn't stop and then I stopped and didn't make another one. Then Barbie doll clothes, American Girl Doll clothes, collecting milk glass, Pyrex. I'm fickle I tell you! Well those little miniature houses cost more than a few dimes and I wanted to make sure I was going to stay with this hobby. So what did I do? Went to Pinterest and found this great idea to build my own 'make do' house from foam board. Here is the link if you'd like to see it! I'll warn you now, this is a long post with lots of snaps. If you want to stay grab a Dr. Pepper and a cookie and we're good to go!!
 I cut my foam board just like Amy did and grabbed some paper and went to town. I first tried gluing the 'wallpaper' down but it didn't work so good. So, being the most talented one whom I am :), I grabbed my double sided tape and taped the paper down. Worked just fine. Now remember I'm just trying out this new hobby so if things aren't too perfect - it's okay!
I wanted a front porch so I found some cute board paper online and printed some out. Even found some tiled paper for the porch floor. 
I wanted windows and a front door so those were cut out with my craft knife. As you can see if you're into perfection you'll be laughing right now, but that's okay because I know you love me anyway. I added card stock as my white trim. It's not all straight and perfect but we're pretending this is an older home. You know how things settle. :) Now isn't that a pretty pink door? I found the image of the pink door online and sized it to fit my door and printed it out as well as the pink shutter. I used a little bead for the doorknob.
Now here you go, you can laugh. How in the world was I going to have a front door that would open and close using foam board? Ah ha! I grabbed some bias tape to use as hinges I glued it to the door and then glued it to the walls before I covered them with wallpaper! Works for me!
Okay, I have adopted a little pet, a cat! Mr. Precious is allergic to kittys so if I wanted to have one the kitty would have to be in miniature. I want to introduce you to Tang. I grew up drinking that most tasty powdered drink Tang, did you? This little kitty reminded me of the color of Tang...so there you go! She says, "Come on in, y'all."
Now you know how it is, before you buy a property you have to have a 'walk through' and I'm taking you along with me. This is the living room. I love the pretty flowered wallpaper but somehow the previous owners have one wall that is board. You can see, since this is an old place, some of the boards need to be renailed down. You are going along with my imaginational story aren't you? :)
Here is the inside of the pretty pink front door. It is the same wood as the nice wood floors. There's another bead for the door knob.
Oh, goody! The previous owners left the drapes here in the living room! Now I'm a cheater and didn't know how to make drapes yet, well, I do but I'm impatient so I grabbed some scrapbook paper and cut them to size, accordion folded them, used a hole punch and punched a hole in the top of each pleat, slid them on a little wooden dowel and glued down a bead at each end for finials. I cut a little piece of foam board and glued the drapes to it and then glued this to the window. It works fine for now.
Oh, before I glued the drapes up I cut a little piece of lace up just to soften the look. Looks like a little lacy shade, don't you think?
Okay, this is the bedroom and it has a sweet wonky blue and white wallpaper but there's another wall with the wood boards. I've got to remember to bring my hammer and nails over to nail those loose boards down before I move in!
Let's go check out the kitchen. Oh! I see there is a little wear and tear in here but it sure is cute with that cherry covered wallpaper. What? Another wood wall with loose boards. I'll fix it. Looks like there was a little trouble in taking the cabinets off the wall. Hmm...I see I'll have to have new cabinets installed and buy all new appliances. Well, that's okay because the house was cheap inexpensive.
There is a nice little window over where I assume the sink was. I don't even see any plumbing! Now I love shelves but these are pretty primitive looking. You can laugh, it's okay. I glued little Popsicle sticks together and then glued them to the walls for shelves. It's okay, I'm going to poke stuff all over them. 
Oh, and there is a cute little kitchen door but it's stuck and won't open. That's okay because it does have a little window in it so I should get some good light in here! Another sloppy looking little shelf.
Oh, the door knob looks like one of those olden glass ones! I love it. 

Thank you for coming along with me on the 'walk through' of my new little house. I assure you it will look so much better when it's furnished. Do you think I'm silly? Well, you know I am but I sure love to have fun. Hope you'll continue my little journey with me.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Ain't Got No Home 

Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ain't got no home
A-no place to roam
Ain't got no home
A-no place to roam
I'm a lonely boy
I ain't got a home

I got a voice
I love to sing
I sing like a girl
And I sing like a frog
I'm a lonely boy
I ain't got a home

Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo

I ain't got a man
I ain't got a son
I ain't got a daughter
I ain't got no one
I'm a lonely girl
I ain't got a home

Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo

I ain't got a mudder
I ain't got a fadder
I ain't got a sister
Not even a brudder
I'm a lonely frog
I ain't got a home

Oh, what you say to me
Please say to me
Oh, what you say to me
Please say to me
I'm a lonely frog
I ain't got a home

Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo

Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo
sung by Clarence "Frogman" Henry


Saturday, June 18, 2016

I'm Back! Sort of...





Hello, Dear Ones! Have you missed me? Well, I have certainly missed you and can't believe it's been over a month since I've posted last! Life has gobbled up my time! So I thought I would catch you up with what's been going on.
 We have a peony bush out back and last summer it had one bud, I touched it and it disintegrated! So this year I thought it is not getting any sunlight so it's just going to sit there agan. Not so! It bloomed it's tiny branches off giving me the most beautiful white ruffly blossoms.  This bouquet is a week or so old and beginning to get the little brown spots, but oh how I've enjoyed my peonies and the heavenly scents!
 Then we bought some Cracker Barrel chair pads for our Cracker Barrel rocking chairs. So comfy!
 I just have to share this with you. My most beloved Mr. Precious had a couple of very scary episodes and we ended up in the ER! He is so healthy and just never gets sick or anything but began having horrible stomach cramps. He spent his very first ever night in the hospital(and I slept in the chair right in his room) and they decided something was wrong with his heart and did a heart cath on him. Are you ready? He had NO blockage of any kind! They sent him home and told us - we don't know what it was but we know what it wasn't. Okay. Back to life, we thought. The very next week he started to have the same horrible cramps. It was getting so bad he couldn't stand up and he said call 911! I did and was giving them the info and he passed out! I thought he had died, Dear Ones! The ambulance got here and the pain came again and he passed out again! I was scared to death and praying with everything I had. They did an MRI on his tummy - no intestinal blockage. Long story short...they determined he has gastritis, an inflamed stomach. They told us it was a virus and would take 6 to 8 weeks to heal and he probably got it from one of our grandchildren! They put him on Prylosec each day for a month and a very bland diet and he is doing wonderfully. They told us the reason he passed out was from the intense pain. Boy, that was scary. So I'm being very careful what he eats and as we look back, we see he ate some very spicy oriental soup - the next day - the pain. Then pizza - the next day - the pain. He's never had acid reflux before but the spicy food and the marinara sauce just set this stuff off. So we're eating very bland, he's had no more problems and has lost 7 pounds. I've lost a tiny bit myself! Thank you, Lord, for letting my Mr. Precious be okay.
 Then here is my little heart, my little Carter. She is 6 years old now and the 'whatever' that tore up her immune system has left her little body and she is no longer on any meds and is just doing great! I bought her mommy that shirt in Bath, England when we visited the Jane Austin museum and Carter wanted to wear it to school because it was 'favorite book day'. My daughter fixed the tee shirt in the back so she could wear it and she was a hit with all of the teachers! :)
 Then there is our little Campie. This little guy has the cutest personality you've ever seen. He smiles constantly and loves to come to our house and when his parents come to take him home after a visit, he screams and cries! We love it. He is not quite 3 but his vocabulary is just amazing. He can say anything and is really into cars and machines. Mr. Precious was walking him down the street the other day and our neighbor drove up in her little convertable and Campie asked her, "What kind of car is this?" She couldn't believe he had asked her that! We brought my exercise bike up to the sunroom so I can get exercise for my leg. He saw it and said he loved that machine and wanted to know what it does? :)
 Oh, and our yard and plants are just so beautiful right now. It took F.O.R.E.V.E.R. for the weather to finally warm up but everything outside has truly benefited from it. Now don't slap me but here it is, mid June, and we've not even had to turn on the air conditioning! Can you believe it? I love it.
 Out in the back my hosta garden I planted last year is looking so pretty and has even filled out a little more since I took this snap.
I told you I had started a new hobby. Yep, miniatures like in dollhouse and furniture! Don't get excited as that is not my dollhouse...I don't have one yet. But that is not stopping me from having some mini fun. I've made mini rooms from foam board and am trying to make a lot of  my furniture. It may not be completely the right size but I' m having fun and will show you soon what I've done.

I just wanted to check in with you and and fill you in and then let you know I probably won't be able to post anything for over a week because our daughter and son-in-law are taking a trip to Portugal and we are keeping the babies! I know I'll be busier than a bee with them here and we do plan on having a lot of fun so I won't be able to post. But when their mommy and daddy get back, hopefully I'll get back on schedule! 

Just know I love you all and thank you so much for all of your sweet visits and comments to my blog. Thank you also for all of the sweet emails checking up on me, I so appreciate you.
So until next time...

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

I'll Be Seeing You

 I'll be seeing you
In all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces
All day and through


In that small cafe
The park across the way
The children's carousel
The chestnut trees, the wishing well

I'll be seeing you
In every lovely summer's day
In everything that's light and gay
I'll always think of you that way

I'll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon
But I'll be seeing you

I'll be seeing you
In every lovely summer's day
In everything that's light and gay
I'll always think of you that way

I'll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon
But I'll be seeing you

~ sung by Billie Holiday




Sunday, May 15, 2016

Busy, Busy

Hello, Dear Ones! First of all I would like to apologize for not responding to your comments on the last couple of my posts! I'm sorry, please forgive me. I've just been so so busy!
 I cut some beautiful lilacs from my bush for you. The blooms are gorgeous and the color is 50 times deeper than it was last year I think I'm doing something right! Not to mention how these smell ~ heavenly. Do you forgive me?
 Spring is finally here and everything is popping up and looking very promising.
 Except today. It was 43' this morning and only got to about 50' this afternoon.
 Also it has poured buckets of rain, rain, rain.
 But the weather promises to get back to being spring about the middle of the week.
We've been sleeping with our bedroom windows up and it feels so good. These little wind chimes are just below our bedroom so we hear the sweet chimes when the wind blows. I love that. 



 I wanted you all to know our little Carter is doing so well. She is totally off the steroids and almost each day her little body is getting back to her normal size. She is enrolled in softball for the very first time and she is loving it! Of course we had to go and see her first game. They only played for three innings. I think that's what you call it because I know knowing about sports! :) Again, thank you for all of your prayers for her. God certainly answered. I would remind Him each time I prayed that we had 'armies of prayer warriors lifting her up'. I know He knew that, but I just felt like I needed to say it, probably for myself. He's good.
 We have the very nicest of neighbors. My neighbor across the street was cleaning out his ferns and asked if we wanted some? Shoot yeah! I was going to go to the nursery and buy ferns just for this spot! I think they'll spread pretty fast. I love ferns. See my makeshift birdbath? I turned a pot upside down and placed the bottom on top and filled it with water. The little birds don't care. You all know I'm just talented like that! :)  Oh, I was thrilled ~ I saw an eagle the other day. Not at my house but as I was driving out in a rural area! I almost cried as it just touched me so. I thought of the scripture that says those that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength and they will mount up with wings like eagles! 
 As for me, I'm doing well and I appreciate you all who have asked about me and prayed for me. Having the hardware taken out of my knee has set me back a bit and I will be going back to physical therapy this Friday. I'm bending my knee as much as I can but it still hurts like the dickens when I try to do 'normal stuff'. But I can walk using my cane, even if I do walk like Frankenstein! I am able to get out though and I can drive, just takes me a lot longer getting in and out of the car.
We've been busy watching our little grandbabies. We love that! We had both of them Friday night and had so much fun with them. All this being said is to tell you that I need to take a little break for a bit. Between the babies, me, spring and gardening (I've learned to crack that whip and tell Mr. Precious what I need done) and a new little hobby I'm starting, I just need a little more time for me and my thingys for a little bit.  I'll be back and I love you all ~ don't forget me.

You are all my bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

What A Wonderful World

 I see trees of green, red roses too

I see them bloom for me and you
And I say to myself
What wonderful world
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
Bright sunny days, dark sacred nights
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow are so pretty in the skies
Are also on the faces of people walking by
I see friends shaking hands saying
How do you do?
They're really saying
I love you
I see babies cry, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself
What a wonderful world
And I say to myself
What a wonderful world
~ sung by ME