Monday, October 14, 2019

My Dining Room Has Fallen

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I'm still falling! Are you finished with your Fall decorating now? I am getting there. So today let's go into the dining room...
 The other evening we had our first dinner guests! I was so excited and Falled up the dining room a bit just for them. They were so impressed with my menu - TACOS! Hey, this is Texas. I did make brownies and home made ice cream! It was yummy. Okay there I go getting sidetracked about food.
Here's the table. I tossed down an old Fallen tablecoth and grabbed some white dishes and put little golden colored ramekins on top - perfect for my pinto beans.
 But most of all I wanted to show you my centerpiece. Easy and sweet! I did buy this trio of pun'kins this year at Ross. They have little cutouts in them and they light up! I love it. I also poked down a few little Fallen leaves garlands.

Got all fancy with my paper napkins! But I did use my real silverware.
 Even though this was pretty minimal, my guests were impressed and it made me proud. You really can have a nice dinner even if you're just having tacos, homemade pinto beans, guacamole and chips. Not to mention home made ice cream to top it all off! :)
 Okay, on over to the buffet. I didn't do much here except poke down a few pun'kins and Fall leaves.
 I did add a few Fall colors flowers to my floral that I had already made.
Hope you all have enjoyed seeing my simple little dining room. Now go on out to Taco Bell and get you some yummy tacos! :) or maybe a been burrito.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Bread and Butter

 I like bread and butter
I like toast and jam
That's what my baby feeds me
I'm her loving man

He likes bread and butter
He likes toast and jam
That's what his baby feeds him
He's her loving man

She don't cook mashed potatoes
She don't cook T-bone steaks
Don't feed me peanut butter
She knows that I can't take

He likes bread and butter
He likes toast and jam
That's what his baby feeds him
He's her loving man

Got home early one morning
Much to my surprise
She was eating chicken and dumplings
With some other guy

No more bread and butter
No more toast and jam
I found my baby eating
With some other man
~ sung by The Newbeats




Friday, October 11, 2019

Just Have To Play!

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, no matter what I just have to take a little time to play. You know how I go on my tangents. I go crazy for a while making one craft thing until I get tired and then go on to something else. So I think I'm on a Tilda tangent like now.

 I did go a little crazy, can you tell?! I discovered how to make little clothespin Tildas and just fell in love with them. I saw a video on Youtube but I didn't save the link. If you'd like to see it I'm sure you could just look up clothespin Tilda doll. I sent the above picture to my daughter and she said the Tildas looked like a gospel choir with their little hands raised in praise! I love that!
 You're probably wondering what in the world am I going to do with 26 tiny Tildas? I'm going to give one to each member of my United Daughters of the Confederacy. Our chapter color is red so that's why I dressed them all the same in the red fabric. I made little blondes, little redheads, little brunettes - black and brown. I left off gray or white hair - :) Just saying.
 Looks like they are line dancing here! Here you can see some of the little hairdos. I made a little yarn wig by wrapping the yarn around two of my fingers a few times, cut the yard end so I had a circle. Put the pinched circle at my sewing machine and sewed down the middle to make a part. I glued the part down to the head and then the fun began! I hand sewed little buns, curls, just whatever happened happened and they all turned out really cute. Or I think they did. Then I glued down a little ribbon rose to her hair. I used fine tipped Sharpies for her eyes and mouth. Being that some of the clothespins were a little rough - some eyes and little lips ran a bit. So hopefully they don't look too bad! They also got blushed cheeks.
 More hair and more dancing! Look how they are all in step!
It is obvious that this little Tilda doesn't use night cream. Look at her complexion!
Oops! Lipstick runs! Well, these little Tildas are cute but they ain't perfect! I'm hoping the ladies will like them and I hope you do too.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The Lady in Red

 I've never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight,
I've never seen you shine so bright,
I've never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance,
They're looking for a little romance, given half a chance,
And I have never seen that dress you're wearing,
Or the highlights in your hair that catch your eyes,
I have been blind;

The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek,
There's nobody here, it's just you and me,
It's where I want to be,
But I hardly know this beauty by my side,
I'll never forget the way you look tonight;

I've never seen you looking so gorgeous as you did tonight,
I've never seen you shine so bright, you were amazing,
I've never seen so many people want to be there by your side,
And when you turned to me and smiled, it took my breath away,
And I have never had such a feeling,
Such a feeling of complete and utter love, as I do tonight;

The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek,
There's nobody here, it's just you and me,
It's where I want to be,
But I hardly know this beauty by my side,
I'll never forget the way you look tonight;

I never will forget the way you look tonight...
The lady in red, the lady in red,
The lady in red, my lady in red,

I love you... 
~sung by Chris De Burgh


Monday, October 7, 2019

Falling on the Tables in the Living Room

Hello, Dear Ones! I just wanted to say Mr. Precious and I have been on an RV trip for the last two weeks and that is why I haven't gotten back to you. Then...I came down with a horrible sinus infection that hurt so badly the pain was all the way down in my teeth - thought I was going to die! I called my doctor and was sent a Zpack to Walgreens ( we use Walgreens for our prescriptions and had no idea no matter where you are you can get a script there! ). We cut our trip short and just got home last night. I just wanted you to know since I appreciate you all so much for visiting with me. 

So...on with the Falling...
You've already seen my fireplace in the living room so today I'm going to show you my Fallen tables.
 Here's my coffee table. It's a big round one and lots of fun to decorate. I poked down the orange and cream colored crocheted piece my grandmother made, it's very old. I Falled all over the top of it.
 First of all I had to have a floral arrangement. I love to make them. I am certainly not a professional but I think they turn out pretty good. For some height, I placed the container on a faux book. I love those things.
With Fall comes pun'kins! I bought these probably 10 years ago from the dollar store and they are still as cute as ever.
 Of course being in the living room there are Staffies and these two jumped up here on the coffee table. I couldn't refuse them because they are the perfect Fallen color. What cute little stinkers.
 Now I'm going to show you the vignettes on the two side tables on either side of my sofa. You know how I love my Milk Glass and just had to use at least one piece. I filled it with little bitty pine cones, some berries and leaves. I also used a blue and white piece here with two little baby Staffies. Aren't they sweet and the perfect Fallen color again.
 I really didn't do anything different on this table except exchange a green moss ball with a pun'kin! Done! All three of my Bibles have their own sweet stories. I'll save that for another day.
This may be my most beloved and precious vignette - not a Staffie on my sofa but my little Willow Dawn!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

How Much is That Doggie in the Window?

How much is that doggy in the window
Woof woof
The one with the waggely tail
How much is that doggy in the window
Woof woof
I do hope that doggy's for sale

I must take a trip to California
And leave my poor sweetheart alone
If he has a dog he won't be lonesome
And the doggy will have a good home

How much is that doggy in the window
Woof woof
The one with the waggely tail
How much is that doggy in the window
Woof woof
I do hope that doggy's for sale

I read in the papers there are robbers
woof woof
With flashlights that shine in the dark
My love needs a doggy to protect him
And scare them away with one bark

I don't want a bunny or a kitty
I don't want a parrot that talks
I don't want a bowl of little fishes
He can't take a goldfish for walks

How much is that doggy in the window
Woof woof
The one with the waggely tail
How much is that doggy in the window
Woof woof
I do hope that doggy's for sale

~ sung by Patti Page

Monday, September 30, 2019

Falling on the Piano and Side Table

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm still getting my living room decorated for Fall. So come on over to my piano area. I love how my piano just fits in the little windows, not quite bayed windows but rather bowed windows. This is one of the reasons that sold me on this house - a place for my 'gift'! My piano.

This is a very simple vignette on my piano - three glass pun'kins. There is a little Majolica dog figurine over to the left side but I forgot to take a snap of it! You can see it a little in the other snaps and the dog is clothed in Fall colors! Perfect. See the floral on the top of my piano? I know you've seen it many times. Well, don't tell any one but I made that over 20 years ago and still love it! Sometimes I poke in some seasonal flowers or little fairy lights for some sparkle but to me it just always looks good. I guess I'm patting myself on my tiny back a little. :)
Now I can play my Note Songs surrounded by a little Fall. Now on to the side table behind the piano.
My little mother gave this to me probably 40 or so years ago and she always called it 'the six legged table'. So I do too!
 I made a floral arrangement for my blue and white containers.
 Pretty flowers all poked in together.
I poked a little pun'kin on the blue and white short candlestick and gave it a companion pun'kin so they could fellowship together. Behind is a cross stitch piece that I have had sitting here since we moved in.
Okie doke! My piano area is as Falled up as it's gonna get! Go ahead and sit down and I'll play you a little Note Song or two.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

September Song

When I was a young man courting the girls
I played me a waiting game
If a maid refused me with tossing curls
I'd let the old Earth make a couple of whirls
While I plied her with tears in lieu of pearls
And as time came around she came my way
As time came around, she came

When you meet with the young girls early in the Spring
You court them in song and rhyme
They answer with words and a clover ring
But if you could examine the goods they bring
They have little to offer but the songs they sing
And the plentiful waste of time of day
A plentiful waste of time

Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December
But the days grow short when you reach September
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
One hasn't got time for the waiting game

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few
September, November
And these few precious days I'll spend with you
These precious days I'll spend with you 
~ sung by Frank Sinatra




Monday, September 23, 2019

Still Falling!

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm continuing to Fall up the house. This house is different than any other house I've ever had. The living room and kitchen is not completely an open concept but almost! I know that the open concept is a very popular style of house now but I had rather have my kitchen hidden behind a wall. Well, I got a half wall in this house and to me it's better than no wall! So let's decorate it for Fall!
 Here we are in the living room looking at my half wall. I think I should give my half wall a name. Don't you? Any suggestions? Now the sofa is not sitting up against the wall. There is a wide walking space behind the sofa.
 I began to poke pun'kins, leaves, sunflowers and even some fruit on each ledge - there are three.
 Feast your most gorgeous peepers on my ledges...my half wall.



I have to admit it was rather fun poking stuff up here on my ledges, my half wall! 
 Lovely Fallness.
 Even an olden glass raised dish got poked up here!
Oh, my Lord! Where'd that pun'kin head come from?

I'm so silly, I know. These are pretty long ledges on my half wall and I'm going to have to really decide with the seasons what to poke up here. I'm beginning to think of them almost like mantels! Three mantels but they have to co-ordinate! Now, I have always thought of these ledges as female but I'm leaning more toward male. So maybe I'll name my half wall Wallace!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Hello Walls (did you know Willie Nelson wrote this song?)

Hello walls, (Hello, hello.)
How'd things go for you today?
Don't you miss her.
Since she up and walked away?
And I'll bet you dread to spend another lonely night with me,
But lonely walls, I'll keep you company.

Hello window, (Hello, hello.)
Well, I see that you're still here.
Aren't you lonely,
Since our darlin disappeared?
Well look here, is that a teardrop in the corner of your pane?
Now don't you try to tell me that's it's rain.

She went away and left us all alone the way she planned.
Guess we'll have to learn to get along without her if we can.

Hello ceiling, (Hello, hello.)
I'm gonna stare at you a while.
You know I can't sleep,
So won't you bear with me a while?
We gotta all stick together or else I'll lose my mind.
I gotta feelin' she'll be gone a long, long time.

(Hello, hello wall.) 


~ sung by Farron Young



Friday, September 20, 2019

Stop the Falling - It's Tilda Time!

Hello, Dear Ones! I had to stop all of my falling because I was getting tired but I can't sit still, well, unless I'm cross stitching. I went to my very well organized sewing/craft room and started pulling out supplies to make a Southern Belle Tilda doll! I made a Southern Belle Tilda in 2013 (has it been that long?) and put her in a pink ball gown. If you would like to see her just go HERE.
This Tilda is dressed up in her very lovely lacy day dress. I tried to dress her in correct period style. I'll share my steps with you. A lady in the 1860s during the day, was covered from neck, to wrists to feet. Showing a little bit of skin came in the evening. This is really a fancier day dress that would be appropriate for 'tea time'. See how informed I am? :)
Let's take a peek at her little face. Now don't look too closely at her little eyes. I didn't do a marvelous job on them and the ink bled on the fabric! I have decided I'm going to use little seed beads the next time for her eyes. Well, she is a cloth doll and all are a little different. She has sweet pink checks and freckles! My doll is fashioned after Marie "Bell" Boyd. She was a rebel spy and had auburn colored hair and freckles.
 Here you can see her auburn yarn colored hair! I love how her hair turned out. I made her hair very long with two braids and twirled them around each other on the back of her little head. Three red roses adorn the left side of her head.
 The back, and now that I'm looking at this snap I think I should add another red rose to the part where you can see my stitching! Live and learn.
Moving right on down to her long slender neck  - I made her a lace collar and placed a pearly button down to fasten it. I took my little wire cutters and removed the raised part on the back where you thread the thread through and glued it down.
 Look at her sleeves. Ladies in the 1860s didn't have lots of clothes and they had lots of little tricks to change up a dress. One thing I've learned is lots of the ladies used 'under sleeves' that only went half way up their arms to add a different look to the sleeve and they would turn under the bottom of the dress sleeve to make it shorter and this gave the dress a different look. You can see where I added ribbons, bows and more red roses to her sleeves. She is all fancy!
 I think her skirt turned out really cute. I don't know if you can tell, but the very bottom of her skirt has a ruffle then it's topped with the pretty lace with three roses. I added two more strips of lace each with three roses. She also has an 'over skirt' which opens up in the front and is gathered up on each end and a red bow was added. You can see the 'over skirt' better in some of the other snaps. Her waist has a red ribbon around it and a ribbony bow.
I crocheted her a little reticule with red string. Every lovely lady of the time needed a nice little bag for a hanky and smelling sauce.
 Moving right along - her little black boots with red flower bows and a little bit of bling. Gals in the 1860s loved bling too!
 I told you I wanted to stay as close to period dress as I could so she got some little frilly pataloons with red bows! Instead of ordinary white fabric, I decided to use a light cream with a tiny little white print.
I couldn't forget her slip with a ruffle. I used the same lace as on her pantaloons.
She was feeling very comfortable at this point and is showing how dainty she looks underneath it all. Now I did not make her a corset as Tildas are very thin and sleak at their most tiny little waists.
 Here she is in all of her glory! I forgot how much I enjoy making these little dolls. Well, they aren't so little probably about 24 inches tall. I do use the pattern from the Tilda books but just wing it on making the clothes. I go to town when making these as they are quite time consuming. But Mr. Precious understands and baby's me. He went to Costco and bought some alfredo chicken for dinner.
Yay, Mr. Precious!

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Paper Doll

  I'm gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own
A doll that other fellows cannot steal
And then the flirty, flirty guys with their flirty, flirty eyes
Will have to flirt with dollies that are real

When I come home at night she will be waiting
She'll be the truest doll in all this world
I'd rather have a paper doll to call my own
Than have a fickle-minded real live girl

I guess I had a million dolls or more
I guess I've played the doll game o'er and o'er
I just quarreled with Sue, that's why I'm blue
She's gone away and left me just like all dolls do

I'll tell you boys, it's tough to be alone
And it's tough to love a doll that's not your own
I'm through with all of them, I'll never fall again
Say boy, whatcha gonna do?

I'm gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own
A doll that other fellows cannot steal
And then the flirty, flirty guys with their flirty, flirty eyes
Will have to flirt with dollies that are real

When I come home at night she will be waiting
She'll be the truest doll in all this world
I'd rather have a paper doll to call my own
Than have a fickle-minded real live girl
~ sung by The Mills Brothers