Monday, December 4, 2017

Little Ornaments

Hello, Dear Ones! Now don't faint as I'm posting again! 
I'm a little slow in getting the Christmas out this year. I came down with some sort of bug and was kinda in limbo last week but this week - woo hoo! I've been cross stitching some little ornies and in my head this is what I wanted to do with them... 
Now this is all we have as a banister on the open staircase side so I wanted to spiff it up a little bit for Christmas. I put some little cuties in the left hand corner just for you!  I poked up an old garland, added some beads and a few little balls. Oh, I used one of those battery operated lights but I should have used the set with the green wires but hey, it's done now. Then I added my little stitched ornies. Take a look at them.
 Santa Clause is coming to town...
Swish...


In the meadow we can build a snowman...
Oh, Christmas tree...
 Peace on earth good will to men. This one is my favorite. I think they turned out pretty cute. I'm not really good at finishing but I do my best - sort of! :)
 Do you like it? I hope so as I had such a fun time stitching these and want to make some more soon.
Hope your Christmasing is going well!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

Grown-Up Christmas List

 Do you remember me
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you with childhood fantasies

Well I'm all grown-up now
And still need help somehow
I'm not a child
But my heart still can dream

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list

As children we believed
The grandest sight to see
Was something lovely
Wrapped beneath our tree

Well heaven surely knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal a hurting human soul

What is this illusion called
The innocence of youth
Maybe only in our blind belief
Can we ever find the truth
~ sung by Amy Grant

 


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Has It Been That Long?

Hello, Dear Ones! Oh, my goodness - has it really been that long since I posted? Yep, I can't believe it's been over a month since my last post. Well, I've kinda lost my blogging mojo. I can't give it up completely so for now this is all I've got. Forgive me.

Lots been going on. You too? So bear with me and I'll catch you up with my life. Fair Warning! Lots of snaps.
 Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We sure did. Every seven or so years my birthday pops up on Thanksgiving day and this year I was the Thanksgiving birthday turkey! As you can see there's my cake. My daughter baked me a German Chocolate Cake (my favorite) and after she iced it she gave icing tubes to the grandbabies and they went to town  squirting on the sweet goodness! I loved it.
Since it was my birthday, Mr. Precious ordered our entire meal from a club we belong to and my daughter and I didn't cook! Yea! It was delicious too.
 Our church always has a Fall Festival and a fun Trunk or Treat. Well, of course we wanted to play and decorated Sybbie (Mr. Precious' 1930 A Model Ford). Campie loves Ghostbusters so I wanted to use the theme but keep it Christian and not scary. So I filled the car with balloons and drew faces on them. They didn't cooperate very well for me. Then I made signs saying "I Ain't Afraid of No Fear" to put on the doors. Mr. Precious and I wore black t-shirts and have scriptures about not being afraid safety pinned on us surrounding a little sign "I Ain't Afraid of No Fear". I should have taken a snap of our shirts! There are our two little fearbusters.
 Since the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is Campie's favorite, I just had to make one to sit in the rumble seat. I bought some little white stretch pants for the bottom and legs and then a t-shirt for the body and arm. I stuffed em up, made a head and embellished him and he was done. I thought he turned out kinda cute.
 Here are the babies on Halloween - a ghostbuster and a fairy princess! Love these two to pieces.
 
Moving right along, Mr. Precious and our daughter rode the train to New York City for the day and came back on the dinner train. They do that ever now and then. I love to go too but just can't do all of the walking like they do.

 Mr. Precious' birthday is November 15th and he has made it a tradition to run on his birthday. Our daughter tries to join his. They both have those shapely running legs! :) I'm so proud of him at 73 years old he is doing so well.
 We attended Campie's Thanksgiving Feast at his little preschool - First Friends.


Here's Carter showing off her hair. That gal has the thickest head of hair! She always manages to sneak upstairs and mess with my minis.

 On Thanksgiving they my son-in-law, daughter and Mr. Precious participated in The Turkey Trot run! I stayed nice and toasty inside while watching my babies. Celebrating Thanksgiving and my birthday I forgot to take any more pictures! Believe me it was fun.

I'm seeing that so many of you are getting your Christmasing on. Well, I can't do any Christmasing at the moment as I can't stop stitching!!
 I know you're all thinking Christmas but I wanted to show you some of my Fall pieces I've done. Isn't this a cute piece?
 Here's another and it's a tiny one. I have patterns for the other seasons in this line.


This is one of my favorites but in my hurridness to get it fixed to display I goofed!! I didn't allow any border on the right size!! That's terrible. I couldn't fix it so I added a trim close to the left side to try and distract a little from my goofness! Anyway, I'm attaching some of my pieces to little pieces of sheet metal with magnets. I learned this from my friend Priscilla. She is the cross stitch and cross stitch finisher queen. If you haven't seen her marvelous work go here and tell her I sent you.
 I thought this one turned out sweet! Love the lambie pie!

 This little piece is one of a series called Cottage of the Month. There's a pattern for each month. I've worked a few of these already. Love these little designs too.
 This piece is just darling. I did frame this one behind glass because I wanted to have it out all of the time. Look at the little doggie!


I worked this last spring. I found the pattern on Pinterest and just fell in love with it. It's behind glass too. I guess you don't have to guess I love to cross stitch. My minis are put on hold for now.
 With Christmas just around the corner, I started this little sweet piece. I mess up a lot. I get off a few squares sometimes and usually use my own colors instead of the colors suggested. Here is some more of my goofed upness again. See that deer? Well, I thought I'd be so cute and smart and use a variegated thread and you can see how funky it turned out. But I didn't want to rip it out so it stays.
 Oh, and this little one. I'm working on some little ornies for somewhere? and stitched this. Isn't it so cute? Look at that look on Santie's face!
I did get the tree up, lighted and decked out. I think it needs some ribbons or something else poked on it but I can't think about that right now as I must get back to my stitching.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)
I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

You Can't Hurry Love

I need love, love
To ease my mind
I need to find, find someone to call mine
But mama said

You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
She said love don't come easy
It's a game of give and take

You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
You got to trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes

But how many heartaches
Must I stand before I find a love
To let me live again
Right now the only thing
That keeps me hangin' on
When I feel my strength, yeah
It's almost gone
I remember mama said:

You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
She said love don't come easy
It's a game of give and take

How long must I wait
How much more can I take
Before loneliness will cause my heart
Heart to break?

No I can't bear to live my life alone
I grow impatient for a love to call my own
But when I feel that I, I can't go on
These precious words keeps me hangin' on
I remember mama said:

You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
She said love don't come easy
It's a game of give and take

You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
She said trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes

No, love, love don't come easy
But I keep on waiting
Anticipating for that soft voice
To talk to me at night
For some tender arms
To hold me tight
I keep waiting
I keep on waiting
But it ain't easy
It ain't easy
But mama said:

You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
She said to trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes

You can't hurry love..
~ sung by The Supremes



Saturday, October 21, 2017

What I've Been Up To

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the Fall season. It's been rather warm here so we don't have the pretty leaves we've had in the past. Get ready for a long long post!
 We took Kiki and headed to Akron, Ohio, to visit Mr. Precious' 83 year old cousin. These are leaves we saw on our way back in Pennsylvania.
 Of course my little Willow is becoming the most wonderful little travel puppy. She has grown so much and is 7 months old now. I believe she is going to be bigger than my Chloe Dawn was.
 Here is Warren (the cousin), Mr. Precious' sister (they hadn't seen each other in 50 years!), and of course you know Mr. Precious!
 Cousin Warren lives in an old house filled with lovely antiques but I was a bit embarrassed to ask to take snaps but I snuck this snap of the piano. We had a lovely visit. This trip was 1,000 miles round trip and I was tired when we got home. But...we had friends coming from Texas to ride the train to Montreal, Canada to see the leaves that hadn't changed yet. So I had four days to spiff up the house, clean the toilets and cook!! Lord, have mercy! I'm not that young any more.



But I made it, toilets cleaned and all, and here we are in the dome car. We had a great time and so enjoyed hearing Mr. Precious an our little friend tell their stories from the pasts.
Since my house was clean, I thought I'd show you a little of it and friends were coming so I had to poke down a little Fall! Here is the den. Mr. Precious and I bought new chairs almost a year ago that I haven't shown you.
 Well, this snap is out of place but here is the top of the mantel - milk glass with a little Fall poked in. And, yes, that is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man you see there. He sits on the mantel now no matter what. I ordered him for Campie last Christmas but he's a collector's item and not really a toy. So when Campie comes over he has to sit on the sofa and then he can hold and play with the Stay Puft Man for a little while. That's a grandma for you! :)
 Okay, back to the chairs. Here's mine and it rocks. Love to rock. I live in my chair and made some little arm sleeves to match my cover on the foot stool so hopefully the arms would stay looking nice for a little longer.
 Here is Mr. Precious' chair. He's a guy you know so he had to have a leather recliner. I always make him a little butterfly looking pillow like because he likes to poke it behind his neck.
 More milk glass and my dogs in the builtins.


In the breakfast room I Falled up my little hutch.
 Falled up the kitchen table.
 Falled up the kitchen window sill.
 Falled up the buffet in the dining room.
 Falled up the dining room table.


Falled up the coffee table in the living room with a great big basket I found. I didn't go all out this year as I seem to have lost my decorating mojo for a bit but with company coming...you know how it is.
 Then we took a day trip to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, one of our favorite places to go to, especially in the fall. At The Red Lion Inn there are always two huge pumpkins flanking each side of the walk to the front porch. Always have to have a Polaroid moment with the pun'kins. See how much they weigh? Oh, a little sadness...the original Country Curtains shop is inside The Red Lion Inn and I just received my catalog and it says the company is going out of business! I love their stuff.
 Of course it was lunch time and we had to stop in the restaurant of The Red Lion for a little nourishment...we had apple cider butternut squash soup and bread. Talk about yummy! Oh, here I am with my cheater glasses checking my email.
 The highlight of this trip was that I got to see the original Hitty Doll. Do you know about her? When I started researching about miniatures a littler over a year ago I stumbled up on Hitty on the web. She is a little doll that was found in a New York City antique shop around 1920 and was about 100 years old at the time. The lady who bought her started writing little story books featuring Hitty!  She is hand carved and probably 200 years old now. She resides in the Stockbridge library in their archives and museum area. Sadly the curator wasn't there and the librarian didn't know much about her. This was my second time to try to see Hitty and when we got there the museum had been closed for two hours!! Oh no! But the lady said if I just wanted to see Hitty she would take me downstairs! Yes!! and she allowed me to take a snap with my phone! She is not 1:12 scale but is bigger so she wouldn't fit in a regular dollhouse. Probably dollhouses where bigger back then. There are lots of Hittys now that you could carve yourself. I really don't know if they are available now but I've seen so many on Pinterest.
 Then...I found another dollhouse! I have got to stop this. We drove to Massachusetts for this baby and she had all of the furniture! Get this...$40, y'all! Did you hear me? $40!! I know! The outside looks great but the insides are dark and crusty looking so I will be redoing her later. One dollhouse at a time. The furniture is more of the Victorian style, which is not my style, but I'll divide it up and maybe redo some of it.
 I'm working on one house at a time. This is my first one with the home made furniture I've been showing you and she's all decked out for Fall - even little pumpkin lights!
This is my $20 dollhouse that I showed you a while back. She was white and I've painted her pink. I took off the doorknob to paint the door but I don't like the yellow. I had originally painted the house an aqua color but didn't like it. So I'm thinking maybe a blue door? The blue of the roof on my little house above. I'm open to suggestions. Actually, I need all of the help I can get.


So there has been a change in the sunroom...it's become the dollhouse room. We poked my two wicker rockers down in the basement. I've got fabric to make a table cover so I can hide things underneath. I need to get two more turnies to go under those two houses. Those things make it so much easier to go from front to back.
 We bought some mums for the front. Leaves are falling and the weather is getting cooler but we are still 10 degrees above normal.
So in the spirit of Halloween Bunny Foo Foo says, "Boo!"

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

Spooky

In the cool of the evenin'
When everything is gettin' kind of groovy
I call you up and ask you if you'd like to
Go with me and see a movie

First you say no
You've got some plans for the night
And then you stop, and say, all right
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

You always keep me guessin'
I never seem to know what you are thinkin'
And if a fella looks at you
It's for sure your little eye will be a-winkin'

I get confused
'Cause I don't know where I stand
And then you smile and hold my hand
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you
Spooky, heh, yeah

If you decide someday to stop
This little game that you are playin'
I'm gonna tell you all the things
My heart's been a-dyin' to be sayin'

Just like a ghost
You've been a-hauntin' my dreams
So I'll propose on Halloween
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

Spooky, spooky
Oh, whoa, all right, I said spooky
Oh, yeah, yeah, I said spooky
Yeah, yeah
Oh spooky, spooky
I said spooky 
~ sung by Classics IV