Monday, July 20, 2009

Taking a Break! :)

Hello, Dear Ones! I must tell's hot, it's summertime and it's time I must take a little tiny break! I love you all and so much appreciate all your comments and email! So I'll be gone for a couple of weeks but I beg of you...don't forget me! PLEASE!

I've been pedied and now I'm ready to rumble, well um, rest! :)
But I'll be back with bells on my tiny toes and in the mean time, I want to leave you with this song and this is my wish for you! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

Loving little Note Song just for you~

I Hope You Dance

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they're worth taking
Lovin' might be a mistake
But it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you dance
~sung by Lee Ann Womack

Friday, July 17, 2009

Woo Hoo! I Won!!

Oh, Dear Ones! I just have to share with you today what I've won in a recent giveaway! Our Dear Traci at Beneath My Heart has been having a Christmas in July Giveaway. She's having 5 giveaways for the month. I entered my tiny name ~ and I won! I was so thrilled when the postman came and left me a box!

Traci had even written instructions on the box! I love this stuff!

OOOH! Pretty! I see sweetly wrappedness in this box! :)

Aw, and her own specialness card! Hurry up and unwrap you say!

Ta Dah! Is this the cutest thing you've ever seen?! A personalized gingerbread family just for my tiny family! I love this! The guys have bow ties and the gals have ribbons! Just the sweetest thing ever! Now Traci makes these little cutie pies and she is very good at this! They actually look like gingerbread cookies in person!

Oh, my goodness! Traci's sweetness is overwhelming! Look what she threw in just because! A darling little angel ornament! So cute, so sweet and will definitely be on my Christmas tree this year.

Thank you, thank you so much, Traci, for drawing my name! I love my gifts!
Make sure you go and visit Traci to see her goodies and register for one of her giveaways!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev'ry store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben;
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen;
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.
~sung by Bing Crosby and ME~

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

Hello, Dear Ones! Welcome again to Tablescape Thursday, hosted by our Most Darling Diva of Dishes, Susan, at Between Naps on the Porch. Pop on over to see her and you'll marvel at the many talented Tablescapers!

Okay, I'm taking you into the breakfast room today for my tiny table! My overly simplistic table from last week left me shaking my tiny head. I know I must have been ill. So today I'm in my "more is more" mood!

I'll pulled out my little toile pillows so you can rest your tiny backs in comfort.

I'm so excited to share with you today my new olden dishes! Yes, I did it again. Or is it 'Oops I did it again'? ;) Anyway, last week I was on one of my little expeditions and found these lovely dishes in a thrift shop! Well, being the Dishaholic I am ~ I packed these up and they came home with me!

There were eight dinner plates...

only three salad/dessert plates :( ...

Look at the design. I just think it's so frilly and pretty. Don't you? The pattern is called Golden Rose by Lynmore and has a little gold trim. Some of the gold is gone in a few spots and some of the plates have chips. But does that bother me? No no Nannette! Not in the slightest!

So I married my new olden Golden Rose with my pink Depression glass. I'm using the bowls from a berry set I have. I don't know what this pattern is called, do you? But they are just the sweetest little pink bowls you'll ever see.

Here are my favorite pink Depression glass glasses! Married with my tablescape. I love them! Can you love pink Depression glass glasses? Why, you bet your pink wedding punch you can! :)

Speaking of marrying my pieces...these are some very olden Oneida Community Tudor Plate and the pattern is called Bridal Wreath. They were made in 1950 ~ one year before I was born. Yes, yes, I'm very olden, Dear Ones, but I'm very young at heart! I think that matters most, don't you? Anyway, here's a little story and you know how I love to tell you little stories:

My uncle worked at the Oneida factory when I was a little bitty girl and he got this set of Oneida just for me. He told my mother to put it up and give it to me when I married! I married, she gave! So it's always so special to me when I bring it out! Now if you'll look very closely you can see the photographer's reflection in the knife handle! :)

Okay, here is the precious little sugar bowl. There is a little cracked popped off piece, but I don't care. I still love it! Can you love little cracked popped off pieces of a sugar bowl? You bet your tiny sugar cubes you can! :) We must save the sugar til last! Kiss kiss!

On to the ever so lovely gravy boat with attached plate! Oh, I'm in love again!

Look at the lovely golden rose at the bottom of the gravy bowl! Isn't this wonderful? When you're all out of gravy you can gaze upon the beauty of the rose and just smile away! I love this!

Now my Bridal Wreath Oneida doesn't have a little ladle, but my Exquisite 1957 silver plate by Rogers and Brothers does! So I married the little ladle with the gravy bowl. This pattern has a little daffodil growing up the side. I love it! Can you know you can! :)

For my centerpiece, I've cheated just a bit. I've used this milk glass bowl on a stand filled with roses before, but before I pulled out all of my roses (faux, you know ~ I love my fauxs and they love me) I thought I would use it one more time. How appropriate ~ roses marrying roses! I love this stuff! Could this be the Bridal bouquet?

Now below my milk glass bowl you'll see the platter than came with my olden dishes. Oh, it's so lovely. Milk glass bowl and platter - marrying again!

A couple of scattered roses. Ever so romantic. Could these be left by the tiny little flower girl? I think so.

My table is draped with a very soft sage green tablecloth that has married with my white Battenburg Lace Napkins. Also using my tiny little salt cellars and they're married with my teeny weeny little bitty spoons!

Here's a little Royal Doulton china bouquet we bought many years ago while in jolly old England. This must be the Maid of Honor's bouquet! :)

Oh, and my cut butterfly votive candle holders ~ I'm going to get lots of use from these little darlings! Isn't she the sweetest? Did you see the candle lighter?

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my tablescape with my new olden dishes. Oh, before you leave I must tell you something. This set had two serving bowls, one little bowl and one saucer with it. I went to, or some site like that and priced all the pieces I had bought and it added up to $320! Yes, it really did! I was thrilled! Do you know how much I gave for my pieces? $25! I got a bargain, didn't I? Not bad for a wedding, huh?

Now sit down, Dear Ones and your tiny backs can marry with the toile pillow! Awww...

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Goin' to the chapel and we're gonna get married.
Goin' to the chapel and we're gonna get married.
Gee, I really love you and we're, gonna get married.
Goin' to the chapel of love.
Spring is here, theeee sky is blue.
Whooooa! the birds all sing as if they knew.
Today's the day, we'll say, "I do"
And we'll never be lonely anymore.
Because we're going to the chapel
And we're, gonna get married.
Goin' to the chapel and we're, gonna get married.
Gee, I really love you and we're, gonna get married.
Goin' to the chapel of love.
Bells will ring, the-e-e sun will shine.
I'll be his and he'll be mine.
We'll love until, the end of time
And we'll never be lonely anymore.
Because we're goin' to the chapel
And we're, gonna get married.
Goin' to the chapel and we're gonna get married.
Gee, I really love you and we're gonna get married.
Goin' to the chapel of love.
(yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Goin' to the chapel of love.
(yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Goin' to the chapel of love...
~sung by The Dixie Cups

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy-Ness ;)

Hello, Dear Ones! It's so wonderful that you allow me to come into your lovely homes and your kitchens! Today I'm thinking about my kitchen! I've seen yours and honeys, you have some wonderful kitchens! Some are huge with lots of space, lovely counter tops, lots of light streaming in the windows...oh, I try my best not to covet, but it's a little hard sometimes!

You see, my kitchen is tiny. It's little and it's olden! 1970s olden.

But I do the best I can with my tiny, olden kitchen.

There's not been a real update in here for many years. Probably not since the house was built! Now when we moved in, I did paint the cabinets white. They were a dirty cream color and I just couldn't live with that. So I painted.

We did put in a new sink and faucets a few years back. I know, I know, it could be cleaner and I've got dirty pots and pans soaking in the sink!

Yes, I let some of my dishes just air dry! My mother hates that I do this! She always would wash her tiny dishes and then she would dry them and put them away! She always had the wettest dish towels ever! :)

I've tried to put out things I love in my kitchen. Now you all know how I love my Roosters! Yes, that's with a capital "R"! And I do have one little window in here that gives me some nice morning light!

But Dear Ones, do you see my counter tops? They are not stone, or granite or even laminate! No, no Nannette! They are the real thing ~ Formica! Yep. And if you're a young one, you probably have never even heard of Formica! Well, let me tell you, for counter tops put in almost 40 years ago, they're still holding up! I hate that! I don't think you can wear these puppies out! Really! I chop on them, cut bread on them, set hot pots on them and they always look the same!
I guess they don't look so bad because they're mainly white with teeny tiny little line drawings of green flowers. You have to get up pretty close to see the green.

We were making plans to remodel our little tiny olden kitchen last year! We were not going to knock out any walls or change the shape of it, just new counter tops and resurface the cabinet doors and things like that. Well, Hurricane Ike hit, Mother had to move in with us, Mother fell and broke her arm and we didn't feel she could live by herself anymore so we moved her into a retirement home. Expenses, expenses, expenses!

Needless to say, we haven't been able to do the things to my little tiny olden kitchen that we'd planned. Maybe some day! I know this is a little bit of a different post for me, but you're all my friends and I just needed to whine a bit! I'm okay now and I do thank you for hearing me out!

So, I'll clean up my little tiny olden kitchen, scrub the sink and get it shiny clean, dry my dishes and put them away and have the wettest dish towel (Mother will love this), look at my little treasures all around me, go to Kroger and buy some flowers for myself, place them in a crystal vase and set them on a lace doily that is sitting on top of my Boos Block. Why is my big ole Boos Block always sitting in this exact spot you may ask? Well, Dear Ones, the big ole Boos Block is covering up a big old hole in the top of the Formica! Yep! There was an olden Jenn Air grill in here that didn't work and we had it taken out - hole made!

So please forgive me for acting a bit childish and please forgive me for whining! I'm going to thank my lucky stars I have a little tiny olden kitchen with one little window and Formica counter tops and be thankful! Yes I am!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Here is a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don't worry be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy......

Ain't got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed
Don't worry, be happy
The land lord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don't worry, be happy
Look at me I am happy
Don't worry, be happy
Here I give you my phone number
When you worry call me
I make you happy
Don't worry, be happy
Ain't got no cash, ain't got no style
Ain't got no girl to make you smile
But don't worry be happy
Cause when you worry
Your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don't worry, be happy (now).....

There is this little song I wrote
I hope you learn it note for note
Like good little children
Don't worry, be happy
Listen to what I say
In your life expect some trouble
But when you worry
You make it double
Don't worry, be happy......
Don't worry don't do it, be happy
Put a smile on your face
Don't bring everybody down like this
Don't worry, it will soon past
Whatever it is
Don't worry, be happy
~sung by Bobby McFerrin

Monday, July 13, 2009

Blue Monday and The Winner Is...

Hello, Dear Ones and welcome to Blue Monday! Our hostess for this very Blue event is Dear Sally at Smiling Sally! Pop on over to see her to fill your day with much Blueness!

I have a very special group of teeny little small elegant ones to introduce to you today! My collection of little figurines. I do have more, but these are the prettiest ones! Last week I thought I would take them out of the drawer and let them see the daylight for a little while. So I have some of them sitting under a cloche on my coffee table.

See? They're all dressed in their finest of clothes.

This is a very special little couple. They've been in love for a very long time! He is so thoughtful to let his lady sit down and rest. He always brings her a little red rose! This little couple, I believe, is called Dresden Lace, because that is real lace on their tiny clothes all stiffened with something!

Here we have a very beautiful couple who have also been together a long long time! They're in love and they are also musicians! She with her lovely little white cello. He with his little white flute! Oh they make the most beautiful music together. Oh, shoot! We've just missed it! They're taking their bows!

This young gentleman is also a musician and plays the mandolin. He really does think very highly of himself! Look at that smug little look! He is always trying to impress the ladies!

Which one will fall for him? This most gorgeous classy lady dressed to the T in all of her finery?

Or will it be this young maiden who is very timid. Really I think she's scared to death! Look at her eyes! :) It's okay honey, you're among friends!

Last, but certainly not the least, I will introduce you to this fine couple! They are the largest pair of my figurines! They have been in love forever and enjoy each others company so much. You've heard the old saying, when couples are in love and are around each other for a long time they actually began to look like each other! I think these two look alike, don't you? She reads her beau love poems all day long and he cuddles her and tells her how beautiful she is. Their love is endless!

Most of my tiny figurines have this stamped on them. This stamp, "Made in Occupied Japan" was printed on pottery, porcelain, toys, and other goods made during the American occupation of Japan after World War II, from 1945 to 1952. Collectors now search for these pieces. The items were made for export. Many of these kinds of figurines are stamped "Japan" or "Made in Japan", but the ones with "Made in Occupied Japan" are worth a little more if you're a collector. I'm not a collector, just love the ones I have! :)

I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of this, but I turned on some music for my little group and they danced and danced. They all love to waltz and oh, my goodness, they're very good! I got so wrapped up in the watching, I forgot the snapping! :) It was a glorious sight, believe me!

Okay, they're now all posed for a group picture! You can see all the different hues of Blueness in their costumes, Most Smiling One! Oh, as I'm looking at my group I may have left out a couple of figurines for introduction! Can you believe I have not named any of these little ones? No no, Nannette! I haven't!

Okay, tiny ones...SMILE! "Snap"! Great! I have the group picture now. I hoped you've enjoyed my tiny little ones today! Oh, excuse me one moment...

Are you ready? 1...2...3 okay take a big ole deep breath now, tiny ones before I put the glass dome back over you all! Good job! Those big breaths seem to last them a long time! There's not a lot of oxygen under that cloche! :P I want you to know, no tiny figurines were harmed nor suffocated in the making of this post!

Okay! Have I teased you long enough? Are you ready to know who has won my little bird pillow?

I used this Random Number Generator/Picker thingy.

I poked in my tiny numbers, clicked enter and up popped number 29! I wrote down each name and the blog as each person commented! Who could number 29 be?
There were 107 of you lovely ones who entered! I was so thrilled at the turn out and I have said it over and over again ~ I really do wish I could give you all a pillow! But I will give you my thanks and lots of Blogland (((hugs))) for entering! :)

Now who in the world is number 29?

Oh, it's my dear friend Nancy at Southern Lady! Congratulations Nancy! I hope you will enjoy the little pillow I have made with my very own tiny hands! Now I will poke some little surprises in with the pillow! Congratulations, Nancy! Please e-mail me with your address info!

Thanks again to all of you Dear Ones for entering my giveaway!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Tennessee Waltz

I was dancin' with my darlin to the Tennessee Waltz
When an old friend I happened to see.
I introduced him to my darlin' and while they were dancin'
My friend stole my sweetheart from me.

I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Now I know just how much I have lost
Yes, I lost my little darlin' the night they were playin'
That beautiful Tennessee Waltz

Now I wonder how a dance like the Tennessee Waltz
Could have broken my heart so complete
Well I couldn't blame my darlin', and who could help fallin'
In love with my darlin' so sweet

Well it must be the fault of the Tennessee Waltz
Wish I'd known just how much it would cost
But I didn't see it comin', it's all over but the cryin'
Blame it all on the Tennessee Waltz

She goes dancin' with the darkness to the Tennessee Waltz
And I feel like I'm falling apart
And it's stronger than drink and it's deeper than sorrow
This darkness she left in my heart

I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Cause I know just how much I have lost
Yes I lost my little darlin' the night they were playin'
That beautiful Tennessee Waltz
~sung by my little figurines