Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My Joy

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm a pretty happy gal these days knowing we're moving to New York to be close to our little grandchildren but I found a couple of little things that just put the cherry on top of my joy!
 Ta dah! Some more Jadeite!
 Just feast your most gorgeous peepers on these two pieces.
Do you see that darling little chicken on her nest? I have a collection of these and she is going to love being with her sisters in New York! She's a little on the small size. I guess she was the runt of her bunch. Are there runts in chickens? :)
Then this lovely olden bowl! She's gorgeous! I do believe this is a bowl for a mixer and it has a little indention hole on the bottom that would have sat on a mixer stand. Wouldn't it be cool to find a Jadeite mixer? Well, I'm happy with another bowl.
I told myself I would not buy anything while we lived in The Little House, but hey, Jadeite! That's all I need to say. :)
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

I've Got The Joy

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart,
Down in my heart,
Down in my heart,
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart,
Down in my heart to stay.
And I’m so happy,
So very happy;
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.
And I’m so happy,
So very happy,
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.
 ~ sung by all of God's little children in Sunday School

Monday, July 21, 2014

I Love Barbies

Hello, Dear Ones! Thought I'd take a little departure from showing you our trips in Kiki with some more fun.

Oh, and do you like my new header? Some of you had mentioned it earlier and thank you. I've seen so many headers that are more simple and hey, I do like to copy cat so I had a little time and played. I made it myself. I used to belong to a little graphics club and each month would receive cute images in the mail and this little wreath came from there. :) So thank you for noticing.

Okie dokie...as a young girl, I loved my Barbies and was a closet Barbie doll player til I was 13 years old! Girl friends would pop over to visit and I had my mother working with me to make sure she came and told me first before letting in my friends so I could stash all of my Barbies into my pink polka dot suitcase and poke it under the bed! Whew! I did that a few times.

I passed my love for Barbies on to my daughter. I made zillions of Barbie clothes for her dolls and was kinda reliving the fun I had as I made them. She took care of her Barbies and then she passed them down to little Carter. That's my daughter's Barbie she's holding.
Carter is all into the animated movie "Frozen". If you haven't seen it you really should. It's great, even for grownups. She all 'Elsa' and 'Anna'. Here is Carter with my daughter's Barbie and she braided Barbie's hair into a braid like Elsa's and put on a crocheted dress I had made for her when she was little. Carter took Barbie Elsa to Show and Tell at school. Well, school for 3 & 4 years old. That crocheted dress is almost 30 years old, y'all! Can you believe it?
That's my girl! I love this little stinker.

Well, I'll do just about anything to make Carter happy. I'm a grandmother and that's my job! So since Carter is into her mommy's Barbies at the moment, I thought I would make her some Barbie clothes and bring her a new Barbie too when we arrived at her house. If you know me, I get rather carried away and get on a binge and so I made lots of Barbie clothes. I'm telling you I mean LOTS OF BARBIE CLOTHES! Of course I wanted to share them with you. I made so many that I have enough to show you an outfit a week for 6 months. I know, I'm obsessive. So bare with me and bring out your love for Barbie and each Monday I'll show you an outfit. I'll call it "Barbie Mondays".
Okie dokie. I headed out to Walmart to purchase a Barbie. I needed a model after all! I didn't realize Barbie's had changed so much. This is called a belly button Barbie. Yes, she has a belly button, smaller bust, more normal hips that pooch out and she seems to be a bit shorter than the older version. She's built more like a real gal. I never had a hang up with the Barbie image thing. Did you? Heck, I knew she was a doll and never even thought anyone really looked like that! I could tell the difference between reality and 'play like'. Oh, well. I did have some friends whose mom's wouldn't let them have a Barbie. I felt sorry for them. Barbie did not hinder the image of myself or make me anorexic or anything else. After all, my first sewing project was for my Ken doll - I made him a shirt on my mother's old peddle sewing machine.

I'm getting side tracked here. So just love Barbie with me and the making of some clothes. Now I had packed all of my material up and it was in storage so I had to go shopping for a little more. It's wise to use a small print for Barbie clothes. I used to have many Barbie clothes patterns but through the years got rid of them. So I went online! I found a gold mine of Barbie patterns and probably searched for days for free patterns! Fun fun. Sometimes I had to adjust the pattern to make it fit.

So this was my first outfit. I love this sweet fabric. Oh, I made several outfits out of the same fabric because that's what I did! :) So you'll see repeat fabrics some.
Isn't this sweet? A little top and skirt. I trimmed the top with tiny lace and thought Barbie looked so pretty.
I forgot how small the seams needed to be on Barbie clothes and messed up a couple times and had to toss the outfit. Oh, well, I'm very talented but I ain't perfect! I say with tongue in check and a great big ole smirk! :)
 Now I was on a roll and made Barbie some matching slacks. Cute huh?
 What nice long legs she has and the little slacks fit perfectly.
Then I made a pair of shorts so now Barbie has a complete set of interchangeable clothes to take on a long weekend somewhere. She may want to bring along some strong deodorant since she'll be wearing the same top! :) I had to position Barbie like this and send this snap to my daughter, who at 39 years old still turns cartwheels! I try my best to get her to stop - scares me to death!

As you can see, I love to play and I think I enjoyed making the clothes as much as Carter loved receiving them. When we go for a visit, each day we're there, I give her a 'Special Surprise'. It might not be much of anything, but she loves this. So she received about 3 or 4 Barbie outfits each day while we were there. What fun. 

Here is the free pattern for the shirt
I used the pants pattern for the shorts, just cut the legs shorter
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Hello Dolly

Hello Dolly,......well, hello, Dolly
It's so nice to have you back where you belong
You're lookin' swell, Dolly.......I can tell, Dolly
You're still glowin'...you're still crowin'...you're still goin' strong
I feel that room swayin'......while the band's playin'
One of your old favourite songs from way back when
So..... take her wrap, fellas.......find her an empty lap, fellas
Dolly'll never go away again

Hello Dolly,.....well, hello, Dolly
It's so nice to have you back where you belong
You're lookin' swell, Dolly.....I can tell, Dolly
You're still glowin'...you're still crowin'...you're still goin' strong
I feel the room swayin'...while that ole band keeps on playin'
One of your old favourite songs from way back when
So...golly, gee, fellas....find her an empty knee, fellas
Dolly'll never go away....I said she'll never go away
Dolly'll never go away again 
~ sung by Louis Armstrong



Saturday, July 19, 2014

On The Table

Hello, Dear Ones!
Well, I had to have just a couple of yardbirds with me here at The Little House. So these two won out!
I just had to set up a little vignette on the table.
My neighbor has a few rose bushes and she shares a few blooms with me from time to time! Just poked these into a little creamer.
Aren't these pretty and oh the smell is marvelous! I just love how big they've opened up. Stop and smell the roses y'all.
 Isn't he handsome, so bright and beautiful?
 Isn't she beautiful, all coy and flirty?
 They truly love each other so I couldn't separate them.
No rhyme or reason, just a little set up on the table.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Let's Stay Together

I'm... I'm so in love with you
Whatever you want to do
Is all right with me...
'Cause you... make me feel so brand new...
And I... want to spend my life with you...

Let me say that since, baby
Since we've been together
Ooo...
Loving you forever
Is what I... need...
Let me... be the one you come running to...
I'll... never be untrue...

Ooo baby...
Let's, let's stay together...
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad
Ooooo... Oooo... Yeah...
Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad

Why, somebody, why people break-up
Ohhh, turn around and make-up
I just can't deceive
You'd... never do that to me... (would you, baby?)
Stayin' around you is all I see

(Here's what I want us to do)

Let's, we oughta stay together
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad... Come on

Let's, let's stay together
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad
And if you mess with me, you can't set me free

Woman let's, let's stay together
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad
And if you mess with me, you can't set me free

Woman let's, let's stay together
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad
And if you mess with me, oh woman, don't go away

Let's, let's stay together
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad
And if you do me wrong, I just might leave you alone 
~ sung by Al Green


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Time For Some Travelin'

Hello, Dear Ones! I will be posting at my traveling blog for a while. I'd love it if you would come along with me.


Continue to be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;) 


Monday, July 14, 2014

Did You Miss Me?


Hello, Dear Ones!!! I've been gone from Blogland almost a month! Did you miss me? Oh, I did miss you all so much. I think this has been the longest I've been away from Blogland in the entire time I've been blogging! We were gone in Kiki for almost a month and covered around 4,000 miles! We were in nine states! I'm a bit pooped but did want to drop in and let you know I'm back.
If you follow along with me, I know it's no surprise that we took Kiki to upstate New York to see our little grandchildren! Oh, how I love these two little ones. My heart was just so happy while we were with them.
Carter is four now and is quite the little character! You don't suppose  she could take after her grandmother do you? :)
Little Camp is nine months old now and crawling like everything. He cut two teeth while we were there and cut another one after we left. He thinks he is so big for now he wants to completely feed himself. No more poking the spoon in his mouth - he wants to pick everything up himself! This is the sweetest little boy. He will tilt his head to one side and give you the biggest smile. I taught him to say 'Da Da' while I was there. I really did! ;)
Of course Chloe Dawn went along with us. She got a little jealous and pouted and peed all over my daughter's hard wood floors - more than once! She never does anything like that at home. Mr. Precious poked her in the bouncer for a moment and I think she actually liked it.

I have so much to share with you and just can't do it all at once. I'm so behind on my You, Me and Little Kiki blog and will try to get caught up on our travels. So for the next little while, I'll be posting over there to share our journys with you.

Now, guess what? We did look at homes while we were in New York and we put a contract on one! Yes, we did! It's only about 3 miles from our daughter and son-in-laws and those babies! 
I. AM.  ESCATIC! 
Things don't move as fast in upstate as they seem to down here in Texas when it comes to buying a house but if all goes well, we're supposed to close on the house in late August. Can you believe it? I'm just walking around in a fog. I'm so excited. Houses are a little different up there and have basements! Yea! This basement is not finished but oh the possibilities of storage! It was built in the 80s but feels much older to me. Anyway, the bones of the house are good but it needs a lot of attention - like pulling down 1980s wallpaper - all over the place! It has nice oak hard wood floors too. It's not as big as our other house but that's okay. It's on a beautiful lot with lots of trees and hostas, y'all! Hostas so big you could hide suitcases under them. Not that you would want to do that.
Anyway, we have another busy road ahead of us and when things are finalized I'll show you the house. Lord, have mercy! God is so good. I have been praying that He would find us a house at the right time and really didn't think it would be on this visit. But we had done our footwork (internet work) as I was looking at Zillow every day for any new house that had come on the market, so we already had our favorites and that helped the realtor tremendously. The house we picked was actually one I had toyed with over and over thinking - nah, then okay, then nah. 

Anyway, I've blabbed enough and can't wait to start our new journey. Man, we've been on a journey since we put our old house on the market in January, sold it and moved over here in May to The Little House and now we'll be moving again. Pray I have the strength to do all I need to do. God is good and I know He'll give us the stamina - I'm so delicate, you know!

Love love to you all and I hope you'll come along with me as I share our trips with you on my other blog in a few days.

You are all my sweeties!
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

For Once In My LIfe

For once in my life I have someone who needs me
Someone I've needed so long
For once, unafraid, I can go where life leads me
And somehow I know I'll be strong

For once I can touch what my heart used to dream of
Long before I knew
Someone warm like you
Would make my dreams come true

For once in my life I won't let sorrow hurt me
Not like it's hurt me before
For once, I have something I know won't desert me
I'm not alone anymore

For once, I can say, this is mine, you can't take it
As long as I know I have love, I can make it
For once in my life, I have someone who needs me 
~ sung by Stevie Wonder


Monday, June 23, 2014

Blowin' In The Wind

Hello, Dear Ones.

Mr. Precious and I are out traveling in Kiki and if you follow me on Facebook you already know that! So just a little post today filled with a song...
 How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man ?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand ?
Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned ?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

 Yes, how many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea ?
Yes, how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free ?
 Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn't see ?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
 Yes, how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky ?
Yes, how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry ?
Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died ?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
~ by Bob Dylan

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Been Blog Tagged by Uptown Acorn



I’ve been “tagged” by my friend, Ron, who blogs at Uptown Acorn. I haven't done anything like this in forever and thought it would be fun. Mr. Precious and I am out traveling and I was hoping we'd have an internet connection so I could play along ~ I do and I will! Okie dokie, here goes:

1. Are you named after someone? Yes, my Aunt Gladys. Now don't you laugh!! Gladys is my middle name and I certainly don't share that much, but since I love you so and want to be honest I'm telling you. This was my daddy's sister and she adored me and I adored her. She even bought me my first bicycle. In grade school, kids did laugh though when the teacher said, "Shelia Gladys", which name do you want to be called? I cringed!

2. When was the last time you cried? Two days ago. Chloe Dawn, my little mini Schnauzer, had an upsetting afternoon and when I picked her up she just went limp in my arms and since she's 14, I thought her 'time' may have come. I cried and prayed for God to spare her and He did! Thank you, Lord!

 3. Do you have kiddos? Yes, a son, 44 and a daughter 39. I also have two babies in heaven. I miscarried my son's twin and miscarried before my daughter was born.

 4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? Like Ron said ~ Of course! I'm a pretty nice ole gal! :)

 5. Do you have a guilty pleasure? Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper and of course, chocolate.

 6. Do you like handwriting? Well, when I finished high school I decided I would never write cursive again and began printing. I still print today, but it's kinda pretty I think! Like Ron, I try to send handwritten notes too.

7. What's your favorite cereal? Fruit Loops! Love those sweetie pie cereals.

8. What's the first thing you notice about people? Their 'realness' and humor. Just don't have time for 'put ons' if you know what I mean. :)

 9. What's the color of your eyes? Blue. I'm as blind as a bat but thank God with contacts or glasses I can see as I'm legally blind. I'm told I have pretty eyes. Oh, in high school choir, I was voted 'The Prettiest Eyes". I had forgotten about that until now.

10. Scary movie or happy endings? I like happy but I have to tell you, I love me some Alfred Hitchcock kind of scarey! Ooooo

11. Favorite TV shows? I don't really watch anything faithfully, except Fox News with Mr. Precious. But I do love to watch Turner Classic Movies.

12. Summer or Winter? I love all seasons and have missed them so much since we live tropically!

13. Hugs or kisses? Hugs, except I want kisses from Mr. Precious, my children and Chloe Dawn.

14. Do you have any special talent? Well, don't know how special it is, but I've been playing in church since I was 12 years old and the pianist of most of them. I only took piano lessons for a year and my desire was to play in church. My piano teacher was a retired southern gospel quartet pianist and started teaching me to 'embellish'. Then we moved from Alabama to Texas and I just listened to others and tried to copy what I heard them playing. But when it comes to theory, I can hang it up! :)  I have a very keen sense of discernment about folks and places. I think I'm pretty crafty too.

15. Where were you born? Fort Payne, Alabama.

16. What are your hobbies? Crafting, decorating, traveling (is that a hobby?) and of course, blogging.

 17. Do you have any pets? My little 14 year old mini Schnauzer, Chloe Dawn.

 18. Favorite movie? Ummm...I think "Imitation of Life" with Lana Turner and Sandra Dee.

 19. What color is your car? Navy Blue

 20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Shoot! I don't want to grow up! I'm old, but I'm very young at heart and hope the Lord will let me stay that way.

Thanks, Ron, for tagging me. If you don't know Ron at Uptown Acorn, pop in for a visit. He is an amazing decorator and is always having a give away!

I'm not going to tag anyone but will just leave this open for any who would like to do this!
Go ahead, tell us your deep dark secrets!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Do You Want To Know A Secret


You'll never know how much I really love you
You'll never know how much I really care

Listen
Do you want to know a secret
Do you promise not to tell, whoa oh, oh

Closer
Let me whisper in your ear
Say the words you long to hear
I'm in love with you

Listen
Do you want to know a secret
Do you promise not to tell, whoa oh, oh

Closer
Let me whisper in your ear
Say the words you long to hear
I'm in love with you

I've known the secret for a week or two
Nobody knows, just we two

Listen
Do you want to know a secret
Do you promise not to tell, whoa oh, oh

Closer
Let me whisper in your ear
Say the words you long to hear
I'm in love with you

~ sung by The Beatles