Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Little Crochet

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I just can't leave well enough alone. I pulled out my little crochet hook and some thread and went to town crocheting a little bedspread for my little home made bed.
 Do you like it? I think it's pretty cute.
 I know the square in the middle is not quite straight and that's because I haven't blocked my piece yet. Blocking crocheted pieces helps them lay flat and look as they should. I'm just impatient and I knew you all were holding your breath to see what else I was up to. Right? :)
I do need to continue and make some crocheted pillows to complete the look. Well, I guess I'll have to say 'good night' because little Tang is about ready to start kneading the pillows. She needs her beauty sleep!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

Goodnight, My Love

 Goodnight, my love
(Wah, ooh)
Pleasant dreams and sleep tight, my love
May tomorrow be sunny and bright
And bring you closer to me

Before you go
(Wah, ooh)
There's just one thing I'd like to know
(Wah, ooh)
If you love is still warm for me
Or has it gone cold?

If you should awake in the still of the night
Please have no fear
For I'll be there, darling, you know I care
Please give your love to me, dear, only

Goodnight, my love
(Wah, ooh)
Pleasant dreams and sleep, sleep tight, my love
(Wah, ooh)
May tomorrow be sunny and bright
And bring you closer to me

Goodnight, my love
Pleasant dreams and sleep tight, my love
May tomorrow be sunny and bright
And bring you closer to me

Goodnight, my love
(Wah, ooh, wah, ooh)
Goodnight, my love

~ by Paul Anka

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Good Ole Summertime

Hello, Dear Ones! Another break today from my miniatures! I really am living my life and not just playing with dollhouse furniture. I wanted to share with you some of the wonderful times we're having this summer!
 There's been lots of swimming! Our daughter has a huge pool and the little ones are having a ball. I can't swim but do enjoy getting into the shallow end, but my knee won't let me climb up and down the steep pool steps this year. Maybe next year.
 Not to mention the Slip 'n Slide! There have been so many improvements since my kids had a Slip 'n Slide. I love the pillowy part at the front so you don't have to plop down on your belly to start. Then the end has a little 'pool' area! Needless to say, they are enjoying this.



My little Carter has been taking swimming lessons for some time now and she was asked to be on a little swim team - The Wild Turkeys. She is the youngest one and we're so proud of her. The above snaps were taken at one of her meets. That's her little head on the right and this was a 'free' swim where she could use any stroke but had to swim across the entire pool.
 Here she is at home practicing her backwards dive. She's up in the air here!
 Little brother Camp is always ready in his floaties!
 I forgot to show you this - my little grandchildren made this for me for mother's day. I will cherish this with their little hands poked down!!
My plants are doing so well! For the longest time our temps were so very nice and cool. It is hot now but we have so many shade trees that help protect our yard and plants from the hot sun. My hostas are truly huge! I planted foxgloves this spring (well, Mr. Precious did) and they were gorgeous and bloomed their little hearts out but I forgot to take any snaps of them. He also planted some little Fushias for me too. Don't they look just like little ballerinas? Just a little peep into a little bit of my summer. I hope you are all having a good time. I think we'll be going on another trip in Kiki pretty soon! 

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Summertime, Summertime

 It's summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime summertime...

Well shut them books and throw em away
Say goodbye to dull school days
So come on and change your ways
It's summertime...

Well no more studying history
And no more reading geography
And no more dull geometry
Because it's summertime

It's time to head straight for them hills
It's time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball
A regular free-for-all

Well are you comin or are you ain't
You slow-pokes are my one complaint
Hurry up before I faint
It's summertime

Well I'm so happy that I could flip
Oh how I'd love to take a trip
I'm sorry teacher but zip your lip
Because it's summertime

It's time to head straight for them hills
It's time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball
A regular free for all

Well we'll go swimmin every day
No time to work just time to play
If your folks complain just say,
It's summertime

And every night we'll have a dance
Cause what's a vacation without romance
Oh man this jive has me in a trance
Because it's summertime

It's time to head straight for them hills
It's time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball A regular free for all
It's summertime

It's summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime

It's summertime
~ sung by The Jamies



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Grocery Shopping

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, you know how it is when you're moving in...if you want to eat you must go grocery shopping. So that's what I did! ;)
I've piled everything on the kitchen table so I can sort through and and put it all up in the right place
 Now I see this is fuzzy, but just pretend it's not! ;) There are lots of little printables on Pinterest for boxes of groceries and that's what I did. I printed out some little boxes, folded them and just used a glue stick to seal the deal! I did want you to see how tiny this little box is. As small as it is, it shouldn't be fuzzy...but hey. Now, have you ever eaten Digestives? These are cookies and my favorite is covered in chocolate. My daughter fed them to me when she lived in the UK. So yumminess! I know, I know, my fingers are all crinkly. Honey, those dainty fingers do just too much stuff and I guess that's why they're crinkly. It couldn't possibly be because I'm old! :)
 Canned goods! Is this the cutest or what? Now I didn't make these although you can if you want to...just cut a tiny wooden dowel and then print and glue a label on it. They're all over Pinterest. I got these little canned goods at A. C. Moore, 12 for under $5!
 I'm finding out that sometimes it's a bit hard to poke these tiny little things where you want them when you have crinkly fingers so I have some handy dandy tweezers that help me so much! I told you I was talented! :)
 There, the cans are in their places and I can see exactly what I have. The little sweet blue and white casseroles on top of the cabinets came from Hobby Lobby! Love them! There are my canisters I made and the little bowls I painted. The kitchen is shaping up.
 Here on my pitiful shelf I've placed the boxes of food! Don't tell but the Digestive box is completely empty! The cookies didn't last very long! :)
 Getting ready to cook.
 On this other pitiful shelf I've placed some of my little cooking pots and pans. The dutch oven is simmering some beans right now. Even though I live in New York I still have to have my beans and cornbread from time to time since I'm a southern gal.
There's my little kitchen. Hey, where is the table and chairs? I do believe that silly Tang drug them outside! Tang...

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Eat It - sung to the tune of Michael Jackson's "Beat It"

 How come you're always such a fussy young man
Don't want no Captain Crunch, don't want no Raisin Bran
Well, don't you know that other kids are starving in Japan
So eat it, just eat it

Don't want to argue, I don't want to debate
Don't want to hear about what kind of food you hate
You won't get no dessert 'till you clean off your plate
So eat it

Don't you tell me you're full
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Get yourself an egg and beat it
Have some more chicken, have some more pie
It doesn't matter if it's boiled or fried
Just eat it, eat it, just eat it, eat it
Just eat it, eat it, just eat it, eat it, ooh

Your table manners are some cryin' shame
You're playin' with your food, this ain't some kind of game
Now, if you starve to death, you'll just have yourself to blame
So eat it, just eat it

You better listen, better do what you're told
You haven't even touched your tuna casserole
You better chow down or it's gonna get cold
So eat it

I don't care if you're full
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Open up your mouth and feed it
Have some more yogurt, have some more spam
It doesn't matter if it's fresh or canned
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Don't you make me repeat it
Have a banana, have a whole bunch
It doesn't matter what you had for lunch
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it

Eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
If it's gettin' cold, reheat it
Have a big dinner, have a light snack
If you don't like it, you can't send it back
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Get yourself an egg and beat it (oh lord)
Have some more chicken, have some more pie
It doesn't matter if it's boiled or fried
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Don't you make me repeat it (oh no)
Have a banana, have a whole bunch
It doesn't matter what you had for lunch
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
~ sung by Weird Al Yankovich


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Been Traveling

Hello, Dear Ones! I thought I would give you a break today from my miniatures and show you a lovely bouquet of flowers from my front yard.
They look creamy in this snap but trust me they are snowy white! My hydrangea bush that I planted last year is just doing so well. We've had quite a bit of rain and maybe that has helped but I just had to cut some! 

I wanted you to know that Mr. Precious and I have been traveling in Kiki. We left and drove to Niagara Falls and then came back to Michigan to tour The Henry Ford Museum. Now if you're new here you might not know that I have a travel blog and I would love for you to visit it and come along on our travels with me. My travel blog is called You, Me and Little Kiki. You'll see it on my sidebar.

       You, Me and Little Kiki
If you're keeping up with my travels you can start HERE 
for our recent trip and just keep going to the previous post to follow along.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;) 

I'll leave you with a little Note Songs ~

Traveling Man

 I'm a travelin' man
I've made a lot of stops all over the world
And in every part I own the heart
Of at least one lovely girl

I've a pretty seniorita waiting for me
Down in old mexico
If you're ever in alaska stop and see
My cute little eskimo

Oh my sweet fraulien down in berlin town
Makes my heart start to yearn
And my china doll down in old hong kong
Waits for my return

Pretty polynesian baby over the sea
I remember the night
When we walked in the sands of the waikiki
And I held you oh so tight

Oh my sweet fraulien down in berlin town
Makes my heart start to yearn
And my china doll down in old hong kong
Waits for my return

Pretty polynesian baby over the sea
I remember the night
When we walked in the sands of the waikiki
And I held you oh so tight

Oh, I'm a travelin' man

~ sung by Ricky Nelson

Friday, July 15, 2016

Night Night

Hello, Dear Ones! Oh, no! Somehow this post came up earlier than it was supposed to! So, if you've seen it already please excuse me. I'm trying to get it back in order. Okie dokie...

Just to let you know, if I haven't responded to your comments, we been on a trip and have just gotten home. I'm slow, but I'll be by to visit! On with the show...

 I thought you may be tired of seeing the kitchen so we'll go into the bedroom and I'll show you my progress.
 Looking kinda sweet, don't you think? There's that Tang being her lazy little self in the middle of the bed.
Like I've told you, I'm trying to make as much of my minis as I can because what's the fun in buying them all? I know there will be some pieces I'll buy but if I can make some I'm going to try. So I made a bed!
 I stripped the covers off and thought I would show you how I did it. You may see a little line of light blue between the mattress the the headboard. Well, I was going to be so smart and make a padded headboard. It just didn't look very good so I cut it off after the headboard was glued down so some of the blue fabric stayed. I'm so talented like that you know!
Here's how I made the headboard. I cut a piece of foam board a little smaller than I wanted my headboard to be and started gluing down these little wooden slats that I bought in a package. They are very easy to cut with scissors too. I arranged them like steps up and down Then painted it all white.
Then I cut four rectangles from foam board the size I wanted the bed to be and glued them together. After they all dried I took some white fabric and wrapped the 'mattress' with it like a package, not too neatly either, and hot glued down the ends. You see I added some little wooden beads for the feet. I glued down some sweet lace for a bedskirt and then glued the headboard to the bed.
 Kinda cute, don't you think? I guess I could have added a little stain to have more definition to the slats but I like crisp and white.
You know you can't have a nekked bed (that's transplanted Texan to New York for naked) so I had to made me some linens. I used some of my little bitty print fabric and made a bedspread. I measured the width of the bed and then the length and added about an inch all the way around and cut out that rectangle. Then I measured around the bed starting at one side next to the headboard, measuring all the way around the foot and up the other side to the headboard for the length of the skirt and sewed this strip to the top rectangle. It fit just right!
It worked. Well, I sew quite a bit and can do some things on my own without a pattern! ;) 
 I made one long pillow for the bed and added a little lace on each end. So cute and it's little too!
Since this is a full sized mini bed, I needed two pillows for our tiny heads to lay on. So I made two pillow inserts and then two pillow cases.
 See how little? I added the sweet little decorative stitch to the pillow cases so they would look more fancy! I'm talented like that you know! :) Oops,  I've told you that already!
 Then I printed out a couple of sweet little art pieces and took some of the same wood slats I used for the headboard and made frames. Rustic, but cute and they work. I just cut the lengths I wanted with scissors!
 Oh, this is a long post! Sorry! Back to A. C. Moores I went again to check out their wood section and look what I found!! A cute little dresser with a mirror. It was unfinished and not fancy but hey, it was only a dollar! So I painted her up and painted the little knob blue!
 The little drawer opens too.
 Mr. Precious surprised me with a little tiny lamp. Isn't it sweet? Since I love milk glass so much I just know that glass shade is milk glass, don't you ? Mr. Precious pays attention.
 There's more! Then...I looked and there was this cute little end table with drawers that open up! Get down from there, Tang! I painted it up and guess what? Yep, it was only a dollar! Winner, winner! Chicken Dinner! ;)
 Okay, one more. I made another lamp. It's a bit wonky but it's cute. I really need to try and follow a tutorial on make a 'good looking' lamp. I'm just using beads, wood and paper.

Okie dokie! I'm done. Uh Oh! There's Tang looking out the window. I think she heard
 her boyfriend calling! What am I going to do with this mini kitty?
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight

Goodnight, sweetheart, well it's time to go,
Goodnight, sweetheart, well it's time to go,
I hate to leave you, but I really must say,
Goodnight, sweetheart, goodnight.

Goodnight, sweetheart, well it's time to go,
Goodnight, sweetheart, well it's time to go,
I hate to leave you, but I really must say,
Goodnight, sweetheart, goodnight.

Well, it's three o'clock in the morning,
And baby, I just can't do right,
Well, I hate to leave you, baby,
I don't mean maybe, because I love you so.

Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do

Goodnight, sweetheart, well it's time to go,
(Do-do-do-do-do)
Goodnight, sweetheart, well it's time to go,
(Ba-do ba-do)
I hate to leave you, but I really must say,
Goodnight, sweetheart, goodnight.

Well your mother and your father,
They won't like it if we stay up too late
Well, I hate to leave you, baby,
I don't mean maybe, you know I hate to go.

Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do

Goodnight, sweetheart, well it's time to go,
(Do-do-do-do-do)
Goodnight, sweetheart, well it's time to go,
(Ba-do ba-do)
I hate to leave you, but I really must say,
Goodnight, sweetheart, goodnight. 

~ sung by The Overtones



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Settin' Up House

Hello, Dear Ones. I'm using an expression my little mother used to say when someone was getting settled into their home. They were 'settin' up house'. So that's what I'm doing today - settin' up house in the kitchen.
If you've been following along with me, you can see the little pink appliances I've made have all found their places in the kitchen.
You know you have to have some cabinets. So what did I do? Go back to A. C. Moore craft store and buy some more little boxes. I painted them white and added some foam board to the insides of them for shelves. Hey, this will work! I still don't know what to do with the lids and they are piling up! ;) Now you know how creative I am :) so I just got my hot glue gun out and glued those two top cabinets to the walls! You do what you have to do! ;) Oh, I think I've forgotten to tell you that these little boxes only cost $1 each! Yep, that's pretty neat huh? I may have cleaned that store out of these little boxes!
I needed a table and what did I do? I glued a round piece of wood to a decorative one and painted it white! Again, easy peasy and I think it's pretty cute. You can buy these little pieces of wood in packages and that's what I've done and they are certainly coming in handy.
If you have a table you must have chairs. Now I would love to tell you that I made these but I can't tell you a lie - I bought them at Hobby Lobby for $3.99 each, I think. Cute as a button and I painted them white. Now we can sit when we eat dinner.
I also found this cute little unfinished cabinet at Hobby Lobby and spiffed her up! I painted her a pretty blue and papered the backs of the shelves and added little stickers on the bottom doors! Ain't she purdy?
I found a bag of these little wooden spools and an idea stuck me! Canisters! Yes, I would make canisters of these little puppies! And of course I did!
I could have done a better job now that I look back at them. I should have cut the words and flowers out all together in a rectangle and then glued them on. But being the talented one that I am, I printed them out a little too large and had to adjust! Well, I adjusted and now it is what it is, but they'll do and when you're far away you don't really see my oopies! Well, I painted the spools white and the lid part pink. I painted clear nail polish on them so they would shine and added a pearly little bead on top for a knob! They're not perfect but they are cute. I'm beginning to learn minis don't have to be perfect as long as they're cute. And...the main thing, I'm having so much fun!
I'm joining Poofing the Pillows for Thoughts of Home

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Return To Pooh Corner

 Christopher Robin and I walked along
Under branches lit up by the moon
Posing our questions to Owl and Eeyore
As our days disappeared all too soon
But I've wandered much further today than I should
And I can't seem to find my way back to the Wood

So help me if you can
I've got to get back
To the House at Pooh Corner by one
You'd be surprised
There's so much to be done
Count all the bees in the hive
Chase all the clouds from the sky
Back to the days of Christopher Robin and Pooh

Winnie the Pooh doesn't know what to do
Got a honey jar stuck on his nose
He came to me asking help and advice
From here no one knows where he goes
So I sent him to ask of the Owl if he's there
How to loosen a jar from the nose of a bear

Help me if you can
I've got to get back
To the House at Pooh Corner by one
You'd be surprised
There's so much to be done
Count all the bees in the hive
Chase all the clouds from the sky
Back to the days of Christopher Robin and Pooh

It's hard to explain how a few precious things
Seem to follow throughout all our lives
After all's said and done I was watching my son
Sleeping there with my bear by his side
So I tucked him in, I kissed him and as I was going
I swear that the old bear whispered "Boy welcome home"

Believe me if you can
I've finally come back
To the House at Pooh Corner by one
What do you know
There's so much to be done
Count all the bees in the hive
Chase all the clouds from the sky
Back to the days of Christopher Robin
Back to the ways of Christopher Robin
Back to the days of Pooh
~ by Kenny Loggins