Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trying To Come To A Decision

Hello, Dear Ones! I can't believe I haven't blogged in two months! I have been so busy and have to admit I've enjoyed my long blog break and have almost decided to say goodbye to Note Songs blog. I've been blogging for a very long time since June of 2008. Can you believe it? I appreciate all of you who have followed along with me on my little blog. I have never wanted to set the world on fire or become a famous blogger or do it yourselfer, but just to put a little smile on your face occasionally. I am not into having ads or all of those annoying pop ups on my blog. I guess I really don't have a certain 'theme' for my blog as I'm always all over the place with my posts and you if you follow much you know I go crazy on my crafts and the stop a while and then start something else. You know how I love my family, like you all do, and love showing you my grandbabies. So, I'm praying about what to do for now but since you've all been so sweet and some of you have emailed and asked about me I certainly didn't want to leave you all hanging. Just know how I love blogland although so much has changed from when I started, but life, or blogging goes on.



I'll fill you in on a lot that has been happening around here. The weather was perfect on Easter afternoon to fly a kite with our babies!
 We had our little bunch over for Easter lunch after church! There is our little miracle Carter. She is strong and healthy and how we praise God for her and she loves her grandma! :)
 It's really hard to get a snap of my little Campie as he is always on the move! He is such a little comedian and keeps us laughing most of the time. He loves his grandma too!
 The babies taking a ride in Sybbie with Mr. Precious. He is doing wonderfully. Most of his doctors have said they don't need to see him anymore, just the endocrinologist for his thyroid. Praising God! He is back to running his four miles every other day and is now on the Elder board at our church. Thank you all again for your prayers for him.


Our little man flying the kite with big sister running up in the background.
 I have been stitching. And stitching. And stitching! I can't top. This was Easter on the dining room buffet.
 Here's just a quick cute little stitch for spring.
 Another one.
This is a more detailed stitch from Prairie Schooler Designs. I just love this style. You can see when I mounted my piece on some foam board, I just left in the pins as the heads looked a little like colored eggs. Yes, I'm so talented like that! :)
Then one more positive decision...
We're getting a new puppy in a couple of weeks! Can you believe it!! We're so excited. Meet little Willow Dawn (all of our girl dogs have had the middle name of Dawn as that is our daughter's middle name). She is a miniature Schnauzer and her coloring should be the salt and pepper look. We picked her out a week ago and she was only five weeks old so in a couple of weeks we'll see if she is ready to come home with us. I know our little Chloe Dawn, who is in heaven, would be happy for us. 

So there you have it. I'm still not sure if I'll continue blogging yet or if I'll just post occasionally. I just need to make the right decision for me at this stage of my life.  Just know how I love you all and you've made an impact on my life all through these years. 

You're all my sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

How Can I Be Sure 

 How can I be sure
In a world that's constantly changin'?
How can I be sure
Where I stand with you?


Whenever I
Whenever I am away from you
I wanna die
'cause you know I wanna stay with you

How do I know?
Maybe you're trying to use me
Flying too high can confuse me
Touch me but don't take me down

Whenever I
Whenever I am away from you
My alibi is tellin' people I don't care for you
Maybe I'm just hanging around
With my head up, upside down
It's a pity
I can't seem to find someone
Who's as pretty 'n' lovely as you

How can I be sure
I really, really, really, wanna kno-o-ow
I really, really, really, wanna kno-o-ow

(Oh oh oh ...)
How's the weather?
Weather or not, we're together
Together we'll see it much better
I love you, I love you forever
You know where I can be found

How can I be sure
In a world that's constantly changing?
How can I be sure?
I'll be sure with you.

~ sung by The Rascals





Monday, March 20, 2017

Hey There!

Hello, Dear Ones! Well I haven't posted in a while and I wanted to thank you for your comments, prayers and good wishes for my Mr. Precious. We have found out that he has thyroiditis which is an inflammation of his thyroid. It is caused by an upper viral thing which he had. We were so thrilled when the endocrinologist told us the thyroid will heal on its own in three to six months! Praise God! We do know he had some little strokes and possibly the messed up thyroid caused them, we just don't know. Anyway, I'm taking a small break for a bit as we are going to follow up visits to this doctor and that doctor. I have to admit I've been a 'helicopter' wife'. You've heard of helicopter parents who hover constantly over their children? Well, I've been doing that with Mr. Precious! He's just my life and I've had a hard time letting him leave my side. I'm trying and doing a little bit better! Shheesh!

 So, I've been stitching - a lot! Trying to keep my dainty fingers busy as Mr. Precious recovers. Well, he's feels so much better and is getting bored. He's a runner and is even trying to do tiny little laps around the house! Pray for me that I can sit on him!! I'll be back in a little while and know I love you all. Life has to come first some times.

You're all my 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
~ sung by Billie Holiday
 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Some Happiness

Hello, Dear Ones! I wanted to report to you that my Mr. Precious is doing well. We went to church today and it was great to be surrounded by our church family. Thank you all again for your prayers and well wishes. He still is recuperating and resting. They inserted a Loop Recorder into his chest and so far, no hiccups. We will go to the endocrinologist tomorrow afternoon and hopefully get some meds for his hyperthyroidism. I know the meds won't work immediately but in time he'll feel much better. Oh, how I love you all and appreciate you.

Okay, now for a little fun stuff. Our little Carter will turn seven years old on March 15th, but she had her birthday party Saturday at a place called 'Flight', a fabulous trampoline jumping place. Now Mr. Precious was able to go so I could snap a few pictures and then we went home but Carter assured me this was the best birthday party ever.

 Carter wanted a Shopkins theme for her party. Shopkins are tiny little plastic 'things' with cute little smiley faces and my grandchildren love them. My daughter made these darling cupcakes and if you look closely there is a little Shopkins in the center of each cupcake for each guest. This was a 'girl' party except for one little brother, Campie! :)
 There was so much movement, a lot of the snaps are blurry. Here is Carter blowing out her Seven candle. I can't believe she's seven years old!
 The party girls and my silly little Carter sticking her tongue out! For those of you may not know, Carter is a miracle! We've gone through a lot in the last year...Carter with her auto-immune disease and chemo treatments and me with my broken knee. Carter is healed and me too! Praise God!
Nothing like a line up of all the party goers with their Shopkins. Can you believe the different sizes of all these little girls who are all around the same age? Carter has on her Shopkins t-shirt and little Campie doesn't mind at all posing with the girls either.
Here's a peep inside the jumping area! It was amazing! No, I didn't jump. :) 
 Here's Carter about to blow me a kiss...
 ...then a blurry jump!
 A blurry Campie on the move.
 After a kiss and a hug, Carter was zooming off to join her friends.
Oh, I have to show you this...my 42 year old daughter jumping and turning a somersault! I can't believe she can still do this. She flipped four times for me! I did capture her perfectly upside down, didn't I? I will not tell you I almost wet my pants when she did this. No, I will not tell you that! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Jump

 I get up, and nothin' gets me down
You got it tough, I've seen the toughest around
And I know, baby, just how you feel
You got to roll with the punches and get to what's real

Ah, can't you see me standin' here
I got my back against the record machine
I ain't the worst that you've seen
Ah, can't you see what I mean?

Ah, might as well jump
(Jump)
Might as well jump
Go ahead an' jump (jump)
Go ahead and jump
Ow oh, hey you
Who said that?
Baby, how you been?
You say you don't know
You won't know until you begin

So can't ya see me standing here
I got my back against the record machine
I ain't the worst that you've seen
Ah, can't you see what I mean?

Ah, might as well jump
(Jump)
Go ahead and jump
Might as well jump (jump)
Go ahead and jump
Jump
Might as well jump (jump)
Go ahead and jump
Get it in, jump (jump)
Go ahead and jump

Jump
Jump
Jump
Jump
~ sung by Van Halen

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Prayers Please! UPDATE

 Dear Ones, Mr. Precious wanted to send out a thank you for all your prayers on Facebook so I wanted to share it here too. He is doing so well and we thank you for your prayers.

From my husband, George:
I want to thank everyone for your prayers and well wishes. They were definitely heard and honored. My Jesus is so great! I had a stroke but the only effect was my vision was a little off. It's believed this all happened possibly from a hyper thyroid and I will see an endocrinologist on Monday for medication to treat it. I'm doing great and I'll be back running my five miles every other day very shortly. Again, I say thank you!


And I say - God bless you all and I send my love to you.


Dear Ones, I just wanted to put up a very quick post. If you follow me on Facebook you will know my husband has had some strokes. I took him to the ER Saturday morning after him being dizzy, seeing double and being a bit confused. To make a long story short they discovered he has had multiple little strokes in the area that affects your eye sight. There is nothing else - thank God He has has a myriad of tests and they have all come back with normal results showing no afib. He is in the neuro ICU area and they have been monitoring him constantly and still see no irregular heart rhythms. Just prior to all of this happening we found out he has hyperthyroidism and were waiting for an appointment to see an endocrinologist. He had another test this morning for his thyroid something with iodine. They told us it was possible that the hyper thyroid could have caused the heart to race and cause the stroke. They don't really know. So, they've inserted into his chest a Loop Recorder that will save and send data from his heartbeats to a cardiac place and if there is something irregular, they'll contact us and we'll go from there.

He is in good spirits and may get to come home this afternoon or tomorrow. We go Monday to see the endocrinologist and hopefully get him on some meds to get his thyroid back to normal.

I know I have so many prayer warriors out in Blogland and we would certainly appreciate your prayers. I know nothing is too big for our God.

Just know I love you all and appreciate you so much. Just forgive me for not visiting you for a while till things settle down.

You're all my sweeties,
Shelia ;)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Been Doin' A Little Quiltin'

Hello, Dear Ones. I found this post in waiting that I had forgotten about. Since I'm still a little under the weather I thought I would share it with you since I don't have anything else. This was before Tang moved into the dollhouse shelves with Lola. Just so you'll know!

Now don't let it ever be said that I'm a quilter. I am not! My little mother was and she really enjoyed it but it's just not what I liked doing. Well, my little homemade bed was kinda screaming out for a quilt. So since I'm loving making tiny little things I thought I'd try to make a quilt. If you're a true quilter, leave now or at least cover your most gorgeous eyes!
 One of my blog friends makes beautiful miniature bed linens and quilts. She has a tutorial for making them and I followed her tute. Pop on over to see what all she makes. Her name is Debbie and she blogs at Ribbonwood Cottage. HERE is her tute for the quilt. Debbie said don't worry if your squares don't match perfectly! Good! Because mine don't! :)
 The quilt is lined with the same fabric as the border. I also made a long pillow for the bed with this fabric. You know how we love pillows on our beds and mini beds are no different! :)
 I am learning if I measure my bed linens and then iron the drop down section at the sides, it will drape like it should. If I hadn't have ironed the sides down, the sides would just stick out. I didn't like that look so I ironed it down! See how talented I am? :) Then to make the corners of the quilt at the bottom sides of the bed lay right I folded it the way it should hang and used a little dot of hot glue so the corners would stay in place. Works for me!
Peeping down from above because I am a giant and I can do this! I see Tang loves the pillows! She is a photo hog or should I say a photo cat?

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Dreams

While riding on a train goin' west
I fell asleep for to take my rest
I dreamed a dream that made me sad
Concerning myself and the first few friends I had
With half-damp eyes I stared to the room
Where my friends and I spent many an afternoon
Where we together weathered many a storm
Laughin' and singin' till the early hours of the morn
By the old wooden stove where our hats was hung
Our words were told, our songs were sung
Where we longed for nothin' and were quite satisfied
Jokin' and talkin' about the world outside
With hungry hearts through the heat and cold
We never thought we could ever get old
We thought we could sit forever in fun
But our chances really was a million to one
As easy it was to tell black from white
It was all that easy to tell wrong from right
And our choices they was few so the thought never hit
That the one road we traveled would ever shatter and split
How many a year has passed and gone?
Many a gamble has been lost and won
And many a road taken by many a first friend
And each one I've never seen again
I wish, I wish, I wish in vain
That we could sit simply in that room again
Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat
I'd give it all gladly if our lives could be like that
~ sung by Bob Dylan

Saturday, February 25, 2017

More Stuff

Hello, Dear Ones. I know it's been over a week since I've posted anything but we've been sick over here so just to fore warn you, this is a long post! Mr. Precious served for three weeks as a juror and there were sick ones who gave their bug to him and since he loves me so much - he gave it to me! So...I've been trying to get well and rest. I don't do well trying to rest. I couldn't rest in bed so I sat in my chair in the den. Well, I can't just sit and do nothing so I made things for the doll house.
Come on and I'll show you...
 Little jugs or should I say little pitchers. I found the pattern on Pinterest, of course, and just couldn't stop making them!
 As you can see, Lola is so very pleased with all of the little pitchers and is deciding what to do with all of them. She got a new hairdo and is feeling pretty self confident and I see she's already put a couple on top of the little hutch and on the baby's high chair.
 I found out a little genealogy on Lola. I was thinking I needed to make her some shoes and just happened to look at her little bottom and there was a name embossed on it 'Chelsea'. So on line I went and found out Lola (Chelsea) is actually Barbie's little sister. Lola was so excited to know she has such a famous sister and said she will have Barbie come visit after she gets her house ready.
 There's more jugs, em, pitchers. I made some from scrapbook paper and others from printed cardstock. The paper is just too flimsy and probably won't hold up but I persisted any way. The cardstock jugs seem pretty fine. I painted the inside of the spout and then painted a gloss finish on each one. Aren't they the cutest little things?
The kitchen window got installed (just glued on the wall) and I made a little valance for it.
 Then...I made some new canisters to match the kitchen. I used the little wooden spools again, painted the bottom lip and top lip, covered them with the same paper as the kitchen walls and added little labels and a pretty little bead on top! Cuteness again!
 I couldn't stop there so I made a bread box too! I made it out of mat board. The lid doesn't lift up but we're not tellin' any one! ;)
 Here they all sit on the corner cabinet. I see Lola added another jug!
 The kitchen got some lights! I snapped these pictures at night so they are not as nice as they should be but I wanted to show you my ceiling lights. These are little touch lights from the dollar store. I just added batteries and stuck em up on the ceiling. Voila! I have to admit I just love the size of this kitchen! I have to watch out for Lola as she wants to display everything she has all at once.
Then...I know...I grabbed my crochet thread and hook and made a rug. I really didn't make it for the kitchen since there is no red in it, but pink. Lola said she didn't care because it was nice to have a warm rug to poke her little tooties on when she sits at the table.
 Next I crocheted a rug for the living room! I bought a new coffee and end table before I was on my death bed...well, my sick chair.
 Got all smarty pants and painted a little vase for flowers. It's one of those wooden pulls for fans. I know, I got carried away painting with my toothpick! :)
 Then I made another rug! I was on a roll y'all! I was sick but I was on a roll.
Just a simple blue granny square in the round rug edged in cream. I plan on making some curtains with some blue in the fabric - one of these days - maybe when I get sick again! :)
 Pictures were hung in the dining room. They're just printed out on cardstock and glued onto foam board and the frames are bent a little. I did dry brush a little gold paint onto the frames.
 I love the little flowers flanking the china cabinet. I hang the pictures up with that tacky glue stuff so I can take them down if I want to change them. I'm so talented like that you know! :)
 Lord, have mercy, y'all I'm a little bit crazy! I thought I would crochet a little doily using an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini, um, no crochet hook and sewing thread. Yes, that's what I said - sewing thread. I've seen some on Pinterest and they were just so cute. I'm just stubborn enough to say, 'Hey, I can do that!' Well, I did it, but not very well I'll add and I probably won't make another doily out of thread. Heck, y'all, it was hard! You can see where I messed up but I went ahead and starched the heck out of it with hair spray
I threw that spool of thread away and grabbed some crochet thread and made a little runner for the sideboard. Now that was more up my alley!
I made one more little doily and poked it on the piano. Well, you'd think I'd be worn out wouldn't you? I guess sickness becomes me! :)  We're getting well now but kinda weak but as long as I can move my hands I'm good. Thanks for popping in to see me.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Time Is On My Side

 Time is on my side, yes it is.

Time is on my side, yes it is.
Now you all were saying that you want to be free
But you'll come runnin' back (I said you would baby),
You'll come runnin' back (like I told you so many times before),
You'll come runnin' back to me.
Time is on my side, yes it is.
Time is on my side, yes it is.
You're searching for good times but just wait and see,
You'll come runnin' back (I said you would darling),
You'll come runnin back (Spent the rest of life with ya baby),
You'll come runnin' back to me.
Go ahead baby, go ahead, go ahead and light up the town!
And baby, do anything your heart desires
Remember, I'll always be around.
And I know, I know like I told you so many times before
You're gonna come back,
Yeah you're going to come back baby
Knockin', knockin' right on my door.
Time is on my side, yes it is.
Time is on my side, yes it is.
'Cause I got the real love, the kind that you need.
You'll come runnin' back (I knew you would one day),
You'll come runnin' back (Baby I told you before),
You'll come runnin' back to me.
~ sung by The Rolling Stones

Friday, February 17, 2017

More progress

Hello, Dear Ones! I hope you are enjoying seeing my little house. Well, it's actually not a real house but shelves. On the top of each set of shelves I've added two foam board rooms. I'm taking full advantage of having lots of rooms. I needed a front entrance so I made one. Now you can't actually enter the door but Lola and Tang can have lots of fun on the porch. So let me show you what I've done.
 Here is it! Do you like it? Now, like I said this is made of foam board with the front porch on the right side and I'll show you later the laundry room on the left as they are connected with a wall in between. Now if you are a true miniaturist, you might want to leave now as I am not and I'm just learning but having so much fun. In other words, it ain't perfect, y'all!
 Here is my tiled porch and steps. The steps are made from foam board and covered with gray paper to look like cement. Did I fool you? Probably not! :) The same thing on the floor of the porch. Then I made a little railing for the porch. Oh, I didn't want to have a roof overhang because it would make the space too dark so I made an arbor like overhang. We can grown vines across it this summer and hang up some plants. Now the front door is a real dollhouse door but I can't open it because it opens to the inside and it's glued to the foam board. Oh, well, it's just for looks. I wanted a yellow front door and I like the way it turned out. The window is a dollhouse window too that I sawed off the sunshine top and painted it. Lola thought the white trim of the window looked too white so she grabbed some pink paint and painted on a little cuteness.
 Then I made a little mail box! It's so cute. I made it from mat board and glued on the 'Post' to make it look more official.
Then the laundry room! I took the pictures with my phone so...I guess that's why the white chair looks rather ghost like!
I made the shelves with mat board and painted them this pretty blue. I need to get some more laundry room items to poke on the little shelves. Those boxes are printies and you just cut them out, fold and glue together. Oh, Lola shops at Costco so her boxes of laundry detergent are huge!
 Here's the sewing area. I need to make a wall shelf to hang over the sewing table, paint the table, you know - on and on. I found a pretty wallpaper for the walls and a cute little black and white tiled floor. All are paper printed from the computer. The window is also from the internet and printed out. I made the cute little balloon shade curtain topper.
I need to add a table to fold the laundry on under the window and a few other things - art and things. Oh, I did crochet some little baskets to add to the very top of the shelves but I'll have to show them to you later. And where there is laundry, there's has to be a place to iron a bit. So the ironing board and iron. Now I'm thinking this ironing board is just too plain for Lola's liking so I think a little spiffing is in it's future. 
There you have my front porch and laundry room for my doll house, um shelves. I don't have any more room for rooms unless I go up. I think I'm done with rooms but still have lots of decorating to do.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

She Works Hard For The Money

 She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
Onetta there in the corner stands
And she wonders where she is.
And the rain still hurts,
Some people seem to have everything.
Nine a.m. on the hour hand
And she's waiting for the bell.
And she's looking real pretty.
She's waiting for her clientele.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
Twenty-eight years have come and gone.
And she's seen a lot of tears
Of the ones who come in.
They really seem to need her there.
It's a sacrifice working day to day.
For little money just tips for pay.
But it's worth it all just to hear them say that they care.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
Already knows she's seen her bad times.
Already knows these are the good times.
She'll never sell out, she never will, not for a dollar bill.
She works hard
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
Works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
~ sung by Donna Summer