Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Little Bitty Dollhouse Furniture




Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I come to you with much excitement again today! I found some little dollhouse furniture on Craigslist and got it! Do you love Craigslist like I do? Of course, I never go alone to a viewing and always take Mr. Precious with me.


One more time I want to invite you to follow my new Instagram for my minis and crafties! If you would like to follow me there just click HERE. Okie dokie...on with the show.
 Look! Are these not the cutest little pieces you've ever seen. They are little. The man I bought them from told me they had belonged to his mother and she was born in 1937 and played with these in the 1940s. I asked if he had her dollhouse and he just laughed and said if he did he asked $100s for it. Alrighty then!
 These little pieces are all solid wood and are beat up a little - they were played with. The pieces were also pretty nasty and dirty so I gently gave them all a little bubble bath. So if you'd like to see them a little closer up here goes...
 The living room. Now the sofa and chair are flocked and I can see the lint from the towel where I tried to clean them up a bit. I think these two pieces are my least favorites. But look at those little lamps! And the grandfather clock and the radio! That radio reminds me of old movies where the family would gather to listen to "The Shadow".  Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men?  :)
 Here is the dining room table and it's really in good condition but only three little chairs. Also in great shape.
 The bedroom furniture. Now I can tell the little dolls were in this room the most because it was the dirtiest and most banged up. Oh, but it's cute. I'm sure they did a lot of jumping on the bed.
The bathroom pieces. They're a little banged up too but we all know how busy a bathroom gets. But you want to know what? These little furniture pieces are the perfect size for my 1st dollhouse I bought!! The one I thought was so off scale.
The furniture is the perfect size for this little dollhouse! Oh, joy! I would have never guess the furnishings for this house would be so small!
 See? I'm not finished at all with the backgrounds of my house but couldn't wait to show you how the furniture fits.
Here's the living room. Oh, someone suggested on my Smiles by Shelia Instagram to rub in some brown paint to fill in the the grout between my slats! What a great idea and yes, I will do that.
 The dining room! See, I can add a tiny little hutch in here. All of the rooms need work. I'll get there.
 The cute little bedroom pieces! Of course I'll make bed linens and maybe a rug and yes, curtains.
Again, I'll rub in some brown paint for the grout in here too. The little bathroom pieces are just darling. I'll add a little more flooring for the sink to sit on.

Now the million dollar question is - would it be a dollhouse furniture sin to paint all of these vintage pieces? I didn't buy them as a collector but because they would work in my dollhouse. I know some of you are purest and don't like to paint wood pieces but heck, I could make these so much cuter. I'll be anxiously awaiting for your answers. 

Oh, by the way, I won't be posting for over a week because we are going to keep the grandbabies while my daughter and son in law go on a trip. So I'll be busy. Pray for me! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

In Dreams (because I love Roy Orbison's music)

A candy-colored clown they call the sandman
Tiptoes to my room every night
Just to sprinkle star dust and to whisper
"Go to sleep, everything is alright"
I close my eyes then I drift away
Into the magic night, I softly say
A silent prayer like dreamers do
Then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you
In dreams I walk with you
In dreams I talk to you
In dreams you're mine all the time
We're together in dreams, in dreams
But just before the dawn
I awake and find you gone
I can't help it, I can't help it if I cry
I remember that you said goodbye
~ sung by Roy Ordison


Monday, September 11, 2017

Another One!

Hello, Dear Ones! First of all my heart goes out to all who have been affected by hurricane Irma and hurricane Harvey. It just breaks my heart seeing all of this tragedy happening.

Well, I have to tell you...I found another dollhouse! Mr. Precious and I were off on a drive and came upon a yard sale. We hopped out of the car and started looking. And there my most gorgeous peepers spied this DOLLHOUSE! Lord, have mercy! I looked down at the price tag and it said $125. I thought, oh well. I peeped again and it didn't say $125 but $25!!! Woo Hoo!! It's old and beat up a bit, filled with yucky wallpaper and maybe a few dead bugs but hey - I can clean! Mr. Precious goes up to the man at the sale with his cutest smile and says, "Since I'm such a nice fellow, would you sell this dollhouse to me for $20?" Sure will, says the man and he even carries the dollhouse to our car! Thank you, Jesus! Another dollhouse!

 Here she is! She isn't as detailed as the one I bought earlier but she is still so very cute.
Look at the little windows and I believe they actually have thin panes of glass! There are little holes in the window boxes so you can poke flowers in there! Clever!
 Upstairs windows.
 There are even a couple of windows on each side of the house! There's a cute chimney too but no fireplace inside but that's okay I'll add one. I think I'll paint her yellow!



And a red door just for me! There's a cute little knocker and doorknob. I know nothing about it. I asked the man if there was a story that went with the house and he said just that he picked it up off the side of the road. What? That is certainly a dollhouse sin, don't you think?
 Here is the insides. Now I was so excited that I yanked all of the wallpaper off the walls before I started taking snaps. There are some little lights hanging down but they aren't hooked up to anything - just for looks.
 There is an attic. At one time there was a roof top that closed over this as the little hinges are still up on top. Anyway, I can make a couple of rooms up here!
 Here is the second floor.
 Then the first floor. See where the front door is open? Well that wall is in the way of making a nice big wonderful room. Do you think I could remove it or at least try to saw it out and leave 'pillars' on each side? That little middle area is just too small for a living room. Anyway...
 No, no, Nannette, that is not snow on the stairs - that's leftover white felt that had been glued on the stairs as the carpet runner. I'll try to get this off so I can paint them. Maybe use a hairdryer? I've heard that can soften up glue.
Well, poop! I bragged too soon about the ease of yanking off the wallpaper. This wallpaper is stuck. I'm telling you - stuck! I wet it a little and thought I could get it off that way but it didn't work. You can see where I just messed it up. Any suggestions? See that little opening? Well, the bathroom is behind that wall. There was a square tub, like something from the 1970s in there, plastic and all. Well I got out my hand saw and took away both sides to open it up. Now if I can get Mr. Precious to help me saw the main wall off so I can have a big bedroom.

Am I crazy or what? Until I started making little miniatures I never saw dollhouses or anything. Certainly wasn't looking for any - until now. I guess I'm on a roll again! Oh, this house is a 1/12 inch scale and all of my dollhouse things I've bought an made will work in there! Yay!

Oh, I almost forgot! I've created another Instagram account just for my crafts and miniatures. If you're interested I would love for you to follow me there. If you want to check me out just click HERE.


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Lean On Me

Sometimes in our lives
We all have pain, we all have sorrow.
But if we are wise,
We know that there's always tomorrow.

Lean on me when you're not strong
I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on.

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won't let show.

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on.
I just might have a problem that you'll understand,
We all need somebody to lean on.

Lean on me when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on.
I just might have a problem that you'll understand,
We all need somebody to lean on.

If there is a load
You have to bear
That you can't carry
I'm right up the road
I'll share your load
If you just call me.

Call me if you need a friend
Call me, call me, uh-huh
Call me when you need a friend
Call me if you ever need a friend
Call me, call me
Call me, call me
Call me, call me
Call me, call me
Call me if you need a friend
Call me, call me
Call me, call me
Call me, call me
Call me, call me
Call me 
~ sung by Bill Withers




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Real Nitty Gritty

Hello, Dear Ones! Again my thoughts and prayers are with our Texas bloggers and our other friends and family who were hurt by hurricane Harvey! This just breaks my heart.

I'm almost ashamed to be having fun with my new dollhouse after watching all of the devastation in Texas.



If you hadn't seen her before, here is my new dollhouse. I've had her almost two weeks and I've repainted the outside and gave the inside a nice coat of white paint. Nice and clean.
Now I loved the fact there was a little sun room, you can see it on the left there, but the only way to get into it was through the other room. Now that wasn't going to work. So I grabbed me my little electric saw and went to town chopping out the outside wall. Mr. Precious had to help me a little bit. 
After sanding around the edges my little sun room was open! Yay for me! I painted the walls a soft yellow. Curtains will come later.  You do not see little bits of damaged with the electric saw places on the eaves. No, no Nanette, you do not!! The sun room leads right into the kitchen. So the sun room will probably become the breakfast room.


I really like wallpaper in little mini houses and there are lots you can download from Pinterest. Pinterest is just my best friend forever!! You know how I love my Roosters and found this darling Rooster wallpaper. I adjusted and matched the pattern up and just printed away. Now I'm not a real miniaturist but I'm just learning and having fun. So to hang my wallpaper I used Mod Podge and it seemed to work really well! Yay me, again! 
 Here's what I chose for the living room. I'm going to add some trim later on to my little windows so that's why the wallpaper is bare around them.
A pretty floral for the dining room. I found some beadboard (paper again) and printed that out too. It's also on the opposite wall. I'm going to add a little strip of wood where they meet. Oh, please excuse my misspelling of 'strip' up there. I think I was just so excited to show you that I missed the 'r'. 
 Just a sweet little floral for the bedroom. I also plan on putting some little white baseboards around my rooms too.
 This will be my laundry/sewing room. Must have a room for my crafts! Now the little door leads out to the upstairs deck but it's so short!! It's really too short so I'll just ignore it.
Here's the bathroom. I decided to just paint it white and add a border, printed off Pinterest. I don't know what room this was supposed to be originally but it has a fireplace. I decided I would use the fireplace surround to house a little bathroom sink and mirror.  Now that I'm looking at my snap I realize I should have continued the border around the top of the fireplace. Oh well, live and learn.
 I was so happy how the wallpaper turned out using Mod Podge so I decided to use it to put down my floors. There are lots of patterns for floors you can chose from on Pinterest too. I glued down all of my floors and the next morning - bubbles!! POOP!!! Did I just say POOP? Well, that's my little grandsons favorite potty talk word and I'm sure I learned it from him. Well, um, he may have learned that word from me, but I'm sure he didn't. Just sayin'. Anyway, POOP, horrible bubbles all over my floors!! Trust me, it looked must worse in person. What was I going to do? POOP!! Go to my best friend of course - Pinterest! Pinterest to the rescue!!
I found a couple of pins where folks had used these self stick tiles you can buy from Lowes. They used them for wood floors! Bingo! Go to Lowes!! I grabbed a few of these tiles and cut each one into four squares. You can see the different shades and grains of wood. I'm loving this!
Then I flipped over the squares and measured off 1/2 inch lines for my boards. I used my craft knife and it took a few cuts before it went all the way through. You can use scissors and I did for a few cuts but they weren't as clean a cut as with the craft knife. I must tell you that my right arm muscle is so big and strong now! :)
 Excitement = fuzzy snaps! Here are my boards. I left some the full length and cut up some to short and medium lengths.Then I went to town laying my floor.
 Ta dah! What do you think? I think it turned out pretty good and there are no bubbles.
 I just love it and can see my little living room furniture (which I haven't made yet but have to because the scale of this house is off) sitting on it.
Like I said my arm muscle was getting big and strong but at this point my arm was pooped! That word again... So I cheated and laid down two squares in the middle of the bedroom floor and just added little slats around it. Done!

I can certainly tell I would never want to put an entire dollhouse together piece by piece. I'd probably just grab my hot glue gun and go to town! :) Anyway, thanks for sticking with me and as soon as I get some more things done here - I'll show you.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The Nitty Gritty

Yeah, mmm, yeah
Do you know that some folks know about it, some don't
Some will learn to shout it, some won't
But sooner or later baby, here's a ditty
Say you're gonna have to get right down to the real nitty gritty
Now let's get right on down to the nitty gritty
Now one, two nitty gritty
Now yeah, mmm, nitty gritty now
Ooooowee, right down to the real nitty gritty
Ooooowee, can you feel it double beatin', I keep repeatin
Get right down to the real nitty gritty
Say it again double beatin'
Get on down, we gotta get right down to the real nitty gritty
Let's get, let's get right on down to the real nitty gritty
It's all right, it's all right
Get on down, get on down
Get right down to the real nitty gritty
Listen to me now
Oooowee, ooowee
Come on and let the good times roll
Let the music sink down in to your soul
Double beatin', keep repeatin'
You gotta get right down to the really nitty gritty
Get on down, get on down
Talkin' about the nitty gritty
Get on down, get on down
~ sung by Shirley Ellis



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Redoing the Front Flower Bed

First of all, my thoughts and prayers are with all of the friends and family who have been hurt by hurricane Harvey! It just breaks my heart to see all of the devastation that has occurred. We've been moved from Galveston for three years now and it almost seems like I'm dreaming seeing all of this tragedy. 

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm almost embarrassed to show you these next few snaps because you just may decide to laugh! I know so many of you are wonderful gardeners and have the greenest of thumbs. Well, we decided to spiff up the front flower beds.
 Yep, bare as a baby's bottom. We've lived here now for three years and have just let this big ole bed lay bare. Wonder what the neighbors think?
 Yep, just a nekked (that's transplanted Texan to New York for naked) flower bed except for the weeds! See the dirt spots? Well, we had a little visitor last fall - a MOLE and he did his job of wreaking our yard! We had it treated and he's gone now but you can still see his damage. The grass is surely but slowing filling back in. That little booger!!
 Ta dah! Isn't this much better? I dug up some day lilies from the back yard that didn't get any sunshine and divided them up and planted them here. This bed gets dappled sun throughout the day.



I grabbed a trio of shepherd hooks and hung some pretty coleus plants from them. Always nice to hear a little wind chime singing when the wind blows.
 Here we are a little closer. I bought some hostas and meant to go back and buy some more to border the front but just never did. Then some pinks and some white daisies and hope they survive the winter and come back up next year.
 I bought three little boxwoods and put them at the back. Everything has grown since I took these snaps. The boxwoods need to be trimmed and the day lilies and standing up nice and tall now. You're not seeing weeds...no, no Nanette! :) I just love my little copper water sprinkler. She's so cute, I just leave her in there all of the time.
Here's a look from the driveway when everything was nekked. Well, except for the weeds.
 It's such a nice view now. There is always something to do isn't there? I keep telling myself - one step at a time. Oh, do you see that tripod looking things over in the right hand corner by the tree? It's a sprinkler. Mr. Precious got so smart and bought a timed water sprinkler thingy he hooked up to the outside water faucet and has sprinklers hidden around the front yard to water it automatically. Now I wasn't really keen on looking at a tripod on  my front lawn but I've gotten used to it and it's kinda hidden by the tree. But it all works and we don't have to pull around a water sprinkler all day long just to water the front yard.
I lost a few hostas from last winter but this painted Japanese fern has taken over and I forgot what the feathery blooming plant is. Is that an astilbe? Shoot! I don't know. My thumb ain't green, y'all! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Rose Garden

 I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine there's gotta be a little rain sometime
When you take you gotta give so live and let live and let go oh oh oh oh
I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden

I could promise you things like big diamond rings
But you don't find roses growin' on stalks of clover
So you better think it over
Well, if sweet talking you could make it come true
I would give you the world right now on a silver platter
But what would it matter
So smile for a while and let's be jolly love shouldn't be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine there's gotta be a little rain sometime
I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden

I could sing you a tune and promise you the moon
But if that's what it takes to hold you I'd just as soon let you go
But there's one thing I want you to know
You'd better look before you leap still waters run deep
And there won't always be someone there to pull you out
And you know what I'm talking about
So smile for a while and let's be jolly love shouldn't be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine there's gotta be a little rain sometime.....

I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine there's gotta be a little rain sometime..... 
~ sung by Lynn Anderson