Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I've Been Blinded!!

Oh, Dear Ones! I have a story to tell!! I have truly been blinded! As I've told you in the past, we're doing some updating to our home. Well, at the moment I'm working on the dining room and living room and my windows have been nekked (Texan for naked) since the spring. Do you see all those boxes on the floor? Well, honies, I got blinded! I am so excited!
Do you see the nekked windows? Well, there are some mini blinds, but they just don't count! Nekked nekked windows ~ how embarrassing is that? Even Chloe Dawn is ashamed of them...see her turning her most gorgeous little black fuzzy face?

Now this shot truly shows the nekkedness!! Oh, don't fret...the carpet will be changed soon! I do love my green walls, but these nekked windows in the dining room are humiliating!

I'm almost ashamed to take you into the living room ~ more nekked windows!

I wonder what the neighbors think? I'm not going to say a word about all of this nekkedness to them!

Oh, my goodness! The utter shame of this living room's nekkedness!

What is it, Chloe Dawn? Someone is ringing the doorbell!! Who could it be? Oh joy ~ it's the blind hanging man! Oh, no no Nannette, this man is not blind, he can see very well. No no, he is not a criminal ~ and he will not be hanged by the neck until dead. He is here to hang my new blinds in these very nekked windows!

See? I told you I've been blinded! Hallelujah!

So much better? I surely think so. Next will come draperies! Dear Ones, I heard a few of you gasping at those dining chairs. Please don't hurt my feelings, these are very old ~ 32 years old to be exact. They are not my chair of choice and I've finally convinced Mr. Precious we need "new" chairs, not embarrassing chairs. That's another story for another day! Back to the nekkedness!

Here we go again! I've been blinded in the living room too!

My little chair is so happy now! She was just beside herself sitting by the nekked window! Now she is smiling! See? You would have thought she had been blinded too!

Life is good! I've been blinded! I can sit in my little chair and know my windows have been cured of their nekkedness! I can even spy on my neighbors a little, but I'll have to tilt the blinds just a bit so they won't see me!

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Look Through Any Window
Look through any window, yeah
What do you see
Smiling faces all around
Rushing through the busy town
Where do they go
Moving on their way
Walkin' down the highways and the byways
Where do they go
Moving on their way
People with their shy ways, and their sly ways
Oh, You can see the little children all around
Oh, You can see the little ladies in their gowns, when youLook through any window, yeah
Any time of day
See the drivers on the roads
Button down their heavy loads
Where do they go
Moving on their way
A driving down the highways, and the byways
Where do they go
Moving on their way
Drivers with their shy ways, and their sly ways
Oh, You can see the little children all around
Oh, You can see the little ladies in their gowns, when you
Look through any window, yeah
What do you see
Smiling faces all around
Rushing through the busy town
Where do they go
Moving on their way
Moving on their way
~ sung by the Hollies

Monday, September 22, 2008

I'm A Copy Cat!

Here I go again! I admit it! I'm a copy cat! If I see a project someone has done and I like it ~ I want to copy cat! So I've done it ~ I'm a copy cat! I've been seeing some of you cover the inside back of your cabinets with srapbooking paper and it looks sooooooooooooooo good. I did it too! See my little hutch in the breadfast room? Well, I covered the inside backs with a tiny little red and white check fabric and thought it looked so cute. Well, after seeing your projects with the scrapbooking paper I couldn't stand this!!
See what I did?
Come a little closer...

You can come even closer...

Okay! What do you think? I just love it! I think the red floral looks cute and fresh and everything looks good against red! Did I do good? Okay I'll show you what's in my little hutch. I had to take out all the little pinkness since Fall is coming.
Have you ever seen such perfect little chicken profiles? These little buddies are responsible for me getting into Roosterage! We bought these in Rome about eight years ago. I just fell in love with these guys! All three of them.
See all the detail painted on the sides and look how nice he looks up against my scrap paper background!

I just love this little face!!

On the bottom is written the town or area where they were painted. I was told each area of Italy has their own signature designs that's painted on these little puppies, I mean, chickens!

A few years ago I was searching for treasures in Tuesday Morning and look what I found! A covered dish with a little pear on top that looked very similar to my little chickens! You know I had to have this.
Then as time went on, I'm still searching for treasures, and I go into Marshall's and find this little tray that matches the covered bowl that looks very similar to my chickens. Had to have it!

Just look! My precious little rooster napkin rings given to me by my wonderful sweet blog friend, Jan, have found a nice place to roost! Do roosters roost or is it just the hens who roost? Oh, well...

Now look at this! An olive oil bottle that does look like my chickens which look similar to my covered bowl and tray!

Well, Dear Ones, the saga continues...I found this adorable little stand which looks like my covered bowl, tray and is very similar to my chickens!

Don't these fake orange slices just make your mouth water?

See how pretty this is?

Now switching gears a big. Since Fall is coming I thought some artichokes would look great with my chickens and similar pieces. See how the green looks against the scrapbook paper?
I just love these...they're little votive holders. Can you love votive holders? I sure can!

Chickens and artichokes!!! Oh, and scrapbooking paper! ;)

Hope you're not getting bored, because I'm not finished yet! Lookee! I found this teapot, again at Tuesday Morning, and it matches my little chickens and olive oil bottle which are similar to my covered dish, tray and stand!

And to top it all off...I found a large platter that matches my teapot, olive oil bottle, and chickens which is similar to my covered bowl, tray and little stand.
Now we mustn't be too matchy matchy so I've thrown in some little rooster plates that don't match anything! But look how nice the are against the scrapbooking paper!

This is Prissy! She is the Queen of the hutch!

She is thinking, " I would really love to be a Daring Darling Bathroom Beauty Snapping Diva!"
Here's Pete ~ the King of the hutch.

He is such a proud yard bird. Or is it hutch bird?

Oh, I mustn't leave out my little very inexpensive cute little chicken pitcher sitting on top of my hutch amid tall black things and hydrangeas!

Well, Dear Ones, that's my copy cat story! If I see other wonderful projects, beware...I do copy! After all, I'm a copy cat! ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~
The Copycat Song

I'm a Copycat my friend, and I do everything for you.
I am a copycat my friend, and I do everything for you,
so if you raise your hands up in the air, I'm going to do it too.
Now if you wiggle your nose, I'll be right with you;
run your fingers through your hair, I declare, I will do it too;
and if you blink your little eyes, I'll blink back at you.
I'm a copycat my friend, and I do everything you do.
I am a copycat my friend my friend and I do everything you do;
no matter what you're doing, I will follow you.
Now lean to the left, lean to the right, shake your head, with all your might,
I dare you...I will follow you,
'cause I'm a copycat my friend, and monkey see monkey do...'
cause I'm a copycat my friend...and monkey see. monkey do
~ by The Battersby Duo

Sunday, September 21, 2008

From Russia With Love

Hello, Dear Ones! Are you a collector? I have to confess I've been a collector of many different things through my olden years! :) Well, in the late 1970s, you know the time of polyester and disco dancing, I took a tiny trip to Copenhagen, Denmark and another little collection was started.

Matryoskha dolls.

So sweet. So cute. So childlike. Hey, I'm olden but I'm very childlike. Did you know that? :)

All are wearing scarves on their tiny heads. Well, painted on scarves.

These little 'nesting dolls' were made in Russia! The above picture is a bit fuzzy, but this is a paper sticker on the bottom of one my doll sets. Most have been stamped 'USSR' but this one is the only one I have that has the paper sticker on the bottom.

Here is a photo of the stamp. Oops! I took a bad picture and it's even missing the 'U"! I suppose the stamper was in a hurry! ;)

What nice posture these little dolls have.

Do these groups of dolls remind you of anything? Why of course they do! Mommies! Okay, now this leads me to the perfect spot to tell you the story of Matryoshka Dolls!

Matryoshkas are a set of dolls of decreasing sizes placed on the inside of the other! My first glimpse of these little cuties was when my son used to watch Sesame Street and these little dolls would dance around hopping in and out of each other teaching young ones to count. Oh, I got side tracked, on with the story...

The name "Matryoshka" is from a word that is closely related to the word "Mother". The name was associated with the image of a mother of a big family who was very healthy and had a portly (don't cha love that word) figure - in other words, she was rather fat! ;)

These dolls are considered to be a symbol of motherhood and fertility. A mother doll with lots of doll-children inside her! If you look closely at the dolls you'll see a line across her middle - this is where you pull the doll apart and there is another one hiding inside. Peek a boo - I see you! :) Take a look at the tiny tiny baby. Some of the last dolls are so tiny that I'm really surprised I've never lost one!

Every set of dolls is hand carved and hand painted. Some are painted very simply like these while other sets are decorated with Russian fairy tales. Some even tell entire stories.

The set on the left was my very first ones that I bought in Copenhagen. These two sets are painted in the very traditional village look with red, black and a touch of yellow.

It was rather hard to get a good picture of some of these. They're very very shiny and the glare made it hard to get a good shot. These are painted very simply.

Notice, all the dolls have the traditional scarf wrapped around her little head! This set is painted to show snow in the evening.

You don't have to go to Russia to purchase Matryoshkas. I've found them in many different countries. These precious little ones I found in Florence, Italy painted with different scenes of agriculture and the seasons.

Look at a close up of this little lovely's face! Isn't she sweet? Again, they are lacquered so heavily! Do you think it would help with the shine, if little Mother powdered her most tiny nose? ;0

A friend brought this little red set to me from India. Now they weren't made in Russia. So there are impostors in Matryoshkas just like they are in Bathroom Divas! ;)

But with a beautiful little face like this...I had to include them in my collection.

Here are my little silly faced ones and they're painted very flowery.

I think this is my favorite set of Matryoshka dolls. We bought these in the Czech Republic. Maybe I like them so much because Mr. Precious thinks they look like me! You know what? Do you think Mr. Precious thinks I look like a cartoon!!

Oh, but she's so beautiful and painted so elaborately! I'm sure this is what he sees and thinks of moi! :)

You may wonder where I keep all my little Matryoshkas! I keep them in my "Edra" cabinet (another piece of furniture which I've given a name) at the top of the stairs on the landing...for now. They do move around a bit. Next week I may have them sitting somewhere else.

I certainly hoped you've enjoyed seeing my Russian Matryoshka Dolls.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Back in the U.S.S.R.

Flew in from miami beach b.o.a.c.,
didn't get to bed last night
On the way the paper bag was on my knee,
man I had a dreadful flight
I'm back in the ussr,
you don't know how lucky you are boy
Back in the ussr
Been away so long I hardly new the place,
gee it's good to be back home
Leave it til tomorrow to unpack my case,
honey disconnect the phone
I'm back in the ussr,
you don't know how lucky you are boy
Back in us, back in the us, back in the ussr
Well, the ukraine girls really knock me out,
they leave the west behind
And moscow girls make me sing and shout
That georgias always on my mi-mi-mi-mi-mind
I'm back in the ussr,
you don't know how lucky you are boy
Back in us, back in the us,
back in the ussr
Well, the ukraine girls really knock me out,
they leave the west behind
And moscow girls make me sing and shout
That georgias always on my mi-mi-mi-mi-mind
Show me round your snow peaked mountains way down south
Take me to your daddys car
Let me hear your balalaikas ringing out,
come and keep your comrade warm
I'm back in the ussr,
you dont know how lucky you are boy
Back in the ussr
~sung by Paul McCartney