Sunday, November 17, 2019

A Fascinator and a Recipe

Hello, Dear Ones! Hope you're all doing well. A couple of weeks ago the chapter of my ancestry group had a tea and we were to all wear hats and red (red is our color). How fun it was to try and coordinate my outfit and of course since I love you all so much I had to share with you.
 I found a red dress that was just perfect for me. I'm so short I usually have to hem the length and the sleeves but this time I didn't! Yea me! I wore the strand of pearls I bought for my little mother when I was in my twenties (I'll be 68 this month) while we were on a trip to Spain. The large pendant is Belle Boyd whom our chapter is named for. She was known as 'The Rebel Joan of Arc'. That's another story.
The fun part!! I found a fascinator instead of a hat to wear and I really liked it. It was attached to a red fabric colored headband but since my hair is so tiny, I slid the headband out and found a narrow  little amber colored one and slid it in so I could hide it a little in my tiny hair. What fun I had. There were lots of snaps taken at the tea but I didn't take them so if I get some I'll show you later.

Now we were all supposed to bring some goodies to eat and I decided to make some Millionaires - yummy!
These are so good and easy to make so I'll share my recipe with you if you'd like to make some.
I brought my candy on my olden Fostoria server. Isn't it sweet?

Millionaires

Ingredients:
14 oz. pkg caramels
2 cups chopped pecans
1/4 bar parafine
4 Tbs milk
12 oz. pkg semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate) 

Melt caramels in milk over low heat. Add pecans and drop by teaspoon onto buttered cookie sheet
(you can also use nonstick spray but please don't forget this part or you'll be pulling these puppies from your cookie sheet with your dainty fingers and they will be so so sticky. I know)
Chill

Melt parafine and chocolate in saucepan over low heat. Stick a toothpick into caramel ball and dip in melted chocolate. Return to cookie sheet. I keep them covered in the fridge.

Makes abut 3 1/2 dozen.



Well, dear ones, that's all for today.

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 DeBurgh



Monday, November 11, 2019

My Old House In Galveston, Tx Is For Sale

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, today I think I have a treat to share with you. I wanted to ask you...if you've moved away from an area do you ever try to find your old house online to look at it? Sometimes your 'for sale' snaps are still there and sometimes you learn your old house is back on the market. That is exactly what I have to share with you today...my old house in Galveston is back on the market and I thought you may enjoy seeing what the owners have done to it. They have done a huge renovation on it and it is gorgeous!! So if you've followed me for many years I know you've seen it many times and if you haven't you can go to my home tours and see how it looked when we lived there. This is going to be a long post and I hope you enjoy...
Look at the living room!! Of course the photographer has used a wide lens and the rooms look bigger than they really are. The carpet was replaced with wood floors - beautiful!
Oh, the entry...and the curve of the staircase is where we always put our Christmas tree! There is a king's throne sitting in there now.
The dining room. How pretty and there is a painting of the house there on the wall. Looks like they kept the chandy.
My little old kitchen - once had red walls, then yellow and then this creamy color.
Y'all were in here a lot with me as I decorated all the countertops.
The breakfast room! How neat and clean it looks. Y'all I love stuff stuff and had this room packed with my furniture. But hey - there a Rooster on the table!!
Now I love what they did to the laundry room - the granite countertop, backsplash and new sink.
This is the front little powder room. I think they must have gutted it - it's all so different now.
Look at the den! Oh, it's so pretty! There is my glassed in 'dog house' on the left. If you've followed me for long you know that is where I kept my Staffordshire dogs. The wood flooring is so nice!
Look at those chairs and what color! You can see my 'crystal bar' is now a real bar! :)
Sit all the way down - this is my old sun room! It's so gorgeous!! They replaced the red saltillo tiles with these nice white tiles. Look at the furniture in here. So different from my craft room and wicker.
I love those pretty chairs!
Looking down the staircase.
This was our master.

We had redone this bathroom and they kept it the same.
I liked this little TV room better when we lived here. But what a pretty view from the porthole.

This was Mr. Precious' office and it still is an office.
Another gutted bathroom. Lovely.
I called this the Grandma bedroom and I sewed in here.
The guest bedroom.
Oh, the backyard is the biggest change - look at it! It's so pretty. They took up all of the grass and laid bricks and made raised garden beds. So so wonderful! I guess they didn't have a dog because there would be no place to go potty! Just sayin'! :)
Well, there you have it. I just thought it would be a fun post to show you the 'after'. We loved this home so much and lived here almost 20 years and made great memories here. I'm happy it looks so pretty and it will make another family a wonderful home. Do I miss it? You know I really don't. I've always been pretty good about burning my bridges as I go through life. Well, I do miss the entry and the place where I placed our Christmas tree! :) But as my life is today I would not go back to Galveston and live there now. We feel so blessed to be where we are now and I thank God for our little home we have now. We don't have as much storage space here but maybe I don't need as much stuff as I had - I don't have as much stuff because I got rid of a boat load or two of stuff before we left New York. And...since I broke my knee this one story home is so much better and it's so much easier to clean.

This just really got me to thinking about that old saying...you really can't go back. We change, circumstances change and we go on. Talk about changes...listen...
my daughter, son-in-law and the babies are leaving New York!!
Son-in-law was offered another job in another state and he's accepted it. 
I'll tell you more about that later. No, it's not Texas, shoot!
But see? God really has our lives all planned out for us and we really did hear His voice when He kinda pushed us out of upstate and brought us back to Texas where we really feel at home. He knew this job change was coming for our family and He got us out at the right time when our house sold in less than a week, cash buyers and they wanted possession at the end of the month! Whirlwind time!

Whew! All that said to say "I'm thankful for my life, my family, my God and you!"

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

Ill leave you with a little Note Song ~

Bring It One Home To Me

 If you ever change your mind
About leaving, leaving me behind

Baby (Oh), bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)

I know I laughed when you left
But now I know I only hurt myself

Baby (Oh), bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)

I'll give you jewelry and money, too
That ain't all, that ain't all I'll do for you

Baby if you (Oh), bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
~ sung by Sam Cooke


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Another Tilda

Hello, dear ones! Well, I can't stop making Tildas and not for me but for other people. This time I've made one for my sister-in-law. She is dressed in a smart little navy blue business suit.
 She is very involved in her ancestry groups so I made a Tilda to look like her with her banner, ribbon and pins.
 Here is her sweet little face and now as I look at this snap - there is a string on her face!! UGH! Well it's just sitting there so no problem but it kinda messed up my blog snap!  Now I want to thank Judy who blogs at Hardin County Keepsakes! She told me for the eyes on her dolls she used the little end of a paint brush and dabbed it in paint for the eyes. Well, I just grabbed one and did the same - no runs and the eyes look so much better! Thank you again, Judy! This little Tilda is named "Sissa" and she has on some sparkly little earrings to match her outfit.
 This was my first attempt at making a hat and I do need some practice or just a good pattern. The top part of the hat is a fabric covered lid from my milk jug and the brim is two pieces of card stock glued together with a hole in the center so I could wind the fabric round and round. Then I glued some white ribbon around the top part and added some flowers and I was done. Hopefully my sister-in-law will like it. She always wears a hat at her meetings.



My sister-in-law has blonde naturally curly hair so her Tilda had to have that too. This was a new way for me making hair. Don't look too closely as you can see some thread! I wrapped yellow yarn around and around my pointer finger and then tied a little piece of yarn to make a loop. Then I sewed the loopies down and made her curls. I think it turned out pretty cute!
 Next comes her suit. I didn't have a pattern so I just made it up. I put little blue buttons on her blouse and lace at the neck. There is also some lace at the hem of her sleeves. The skirt was easy to make but that jacket! Oh, I forgot to tell you the pattern for this Tilda has a skinny bum bum. Just thought you ought to know that! :)
 Now she has on the banner, ribbon and pins like my sister-in-law wears to her meetings. I just happened to have the red and white ribbon which is almost like hers!

 Next is her little shoes! Oh, I just love them. I made them from felt and sewed a pretty bead down on the toes.
Well, here you have my Sissa Tilda and you can see she is sitting on a piece of my milk glass! I hope my sister-in-law likes her. I think she did turn out pretty cute. Now, mum's the word - don't tell her. It's supposed to be a secret for her birthday.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Notesong ~

 The Oogum Boogum Song

Oogum oogum boogum boogum
boogum now baby you're castin' your spell on me
A-I say, "Oogum oogum boogum boogum
boogum now baby you're castin' you're spell on me"

You got me doin' funny things like a clown
A-just look at me

When you wear your high heeled boots with your hip hugger suit, huh
its all right, you're outta sight
and you wear that cute mini skirt with your brother's sloppy shirt, huh
A-I admit it, girl that I can dig it

Well then I say
Oogum oogum boogum boogum
boogum now baby you're castin' your spell on me
A-I say, "Oogum oogum boogum boogum
boogum now baby you're castin' your spell on me"

You got me doin' funny things like a clown
A-just look at me

When you wear your bell bottom pants
I just stand there in a trance, huh
I can't move, you're in the groove
would you believe little girl that I am crazy 'bout you, huh
now go on with your bad self


Ooh, ooh, my my my baby's got these spells on me
Ooh, ooh, ooh now mercy, mercy on me
Huh, all right

When you wear those big earrings, long hair, and things
you got style, girl, that sure is wild
and you wear that cute trench coat and you're standin' and posin'
you got soul, you got too much soul

I just say who got the blues say who got the blues
say who got the blues now castin' your spell on me
Well I say, "Who got the blues say who got the blues..." 
~ sung by Brenton Wood


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Still Making Tildas

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I'm still on a Tilda kick and wanted to show you another doll I've made.
If you follow me on Facebook you've seen her but I still wanted to share her with you.
 Meet Sandy and she has a story. I have a little friend who is going to be 90 years old on her birthday. I misspoke on FB and said she was 85. Anyway, she had called me and we were having a nice conversation and she asked me what I had been up to? Well, Tildas of course! So I went on and on telling her what a Tilda doll was. She just asked me so many questions about these dolls and I was happy to tell her.
 When we hung up our phones it hit me! Make her a Tilda doll for her birthday! And so I did.
I named the doll Sandy after my friend. When she received her doll, she called me and was so grateful and told me how she was going to display her and she was looking for a little chair for her to sit in. I just can't tell you how much joy it gave me to make her so happy. People, don't miss those moments to make someone smile.
 Anyway, look at Tilda Sandy. I think she turned out pretty cute, don't you? I used a fine Sharpie for her eyes and it seems to always bleed a little. I should have used a seed bead or maybe paint. Oh, well! I was proud of how her little hair turned out. I just never really know what I'm going to do with the hair until I get into it.
 I put little purple bows at the end of her sleeves. Oh, Sandy, my friend, is a red head so that's why I chose purples for the dolls clothes. I didn't have any appropriate yarn to make red hair. She told me how she loved purple and it was the color of her birthstone!
 I placed little ribbon roses at the bottoms of her little leggings.
 Then shoes! I've never made shoes like this before and I think they turned out so so cute! Perfectly matched little shoes with more ribbon roses to top them off.
Well, there you have Sandy! I so happy to know she is in a good and loving home. Don't forget to be kind to your friends. It's amazing how little it takes to put a smile on someone's face.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Try A Little Kindness

 If you see your brother standing by the road
With a heavy load from the seeds he sowed
And if you see your sister falling by the way
Just stop and say you're goin' the wrong way
You've got to try a little kindness yes show a little kindness
Yes shine your light for everyone to see
And if you'll try a little kindness and you'll overlook the blindness
Of the narrow minded people on the narrow minded streets

Don't walk around the down and out lend a helping hand instead of doubt
And the kindness that you show every day will help someone along their way
You've got to try a little kindness...
You've got to try a little kindness... 
~ sung by Glen Campbell



Monday, October 21, 2019

The Breakfast Room All Falled Up!

Hello, Dear Ones! Today's post is going to be be quite long so grab you a Diet Dr. Pepper and let's go.
 My little Breakfast room hutch! How I love thee! She is all Falled up and I want you to look at the very top and the vignette up there! I know it's a little gawdy, but hey!
 My hutch is sitting in front of a window that has a white curtain hung in the window frame. So from the outside you would never know a hutch is poked here!. I have placed two chicken tureens and a white Rooster up on top. They are backed by a tray. Little Fall blocks, pun'kins, garlands and sunflowers.
 If you look real closely you'll see little fairie lights and oh how sweet this looks at night.



Here is the top and middle shelf filled with my Rooster dishes that are just perfect for Fall! I love to poke in the amber colored Rooster and hen on a nest for some cuteness. Of course I love me some red too so that cabbage platter works so well.

 On the bottom shelf I've placed a doily and my Rooster tea set!


Let's twirl over to the left to the baker's rack all Falled up.
 This is another piece that I love to decorate with every season.
 My Italian Roosters are still singing their songs of Fall.
 My pumpkin tureen sits atop a few cookbooks.
My second shelf is filled with loveliness. The platter in the back of course is not of the same pattern but I like how it looks. I guess we can call this the tea/coffee shelf.

Next...the dry ingredients shelf plus a cute little yardbird couple and a napkin holder, minus napkins, to blot your most voluptuous lips after you've eaten the homemade cookies! :)
You've seen this before, but the very bottom shelf has a couple of baskets to hold the only cookbooks I kept after moving back to Texas! There you have my Falled up baker's rack!
 I've shared with you my little seasonal sign I made with the ladies at my church. I've shown you the summer look with the sunflower and now I've exchanged it for the pun'kin all painted up by me! Yay Fall! I love my seasonal sign!
 Lastly, my little kitchen table. Just a simple little vignette all poked down on a crocheted doily I made many many harvest moons ago.
I want you to gaze upon the cute little red, white and blue chick! She sits proudly here amid all the Fallness.
I hope you were able to stay with me till the end. If I could give you a cookie - I would!  Happy Fall, y'all!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

Harvest Moon

Come a little bit closer
Hear what I have to say
Just like children sleepin'
We could dream this night away

But there's a full moon risin'
Let's go dancin' in the light
We know where the music's playin'
Let's go out and feel the night

Because I'm still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I'm still in love with you
On this harvest moon

When we were strangers
I watched you from afar
When we were lovers
I loved you with all my heart

But now it's gettin' late
And the moon is climbin' high
I want to celebrate
See it shinin' in your eyes

Because I'm still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I'm still in love with you
On this harvest moon

Because I'm still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I'm still in love with you
On this harvest moon
~ sung by Neil Young