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!

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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




49 comments:

  1. Oh, what pretty weeeee ones!!!

    Congratulations dear Nancy, for being the winner.

    Thanks for the chance Shelia...have a blessed day!!

    Jan

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  2. Aw, shucks! I really wanted to win this one! Congratulations to Nancy!
    Blessings,
    Traci

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  3. Morning Shelia~

    Another beautiful display! What a sweet collection. :)

    Now, I know Nancy @ Southern Lady....I lovingly call her "Fancy" ~ this pillow will be soooo perfect in her home. It's like it was meant for her.

    Congratulations Fancy and thank you dear Shelia for being one of the sweetest here in blogland. :)

    Hugs to you~ J

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  4. Oops! You've made a tiny mistake. I am the winner. Now mail me the pillow quickly before anyone else notices the error!

    I enjoyed your little people and their dance. Yes, I did see a bit of the dance while you turned your head.

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  5. Congratulations Sally! I know that you'll treasure your little pillow!
    I love the grouping of your little people -- they sort of remind me of Colonial Williamsburg -- my most favorite place in the world!

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  6. Nancy is going to LOVE that beautiful pillow....congrats to her!!!! I LOVE all of your figurines....they are so pretty!

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  7. Congrats to Nancy! Oh Sheila, my dear one, you are so very creative! This is, without a doubt, the prettiest Cloche I have ever laid eyes on! What a magical story, I am so glad you let them out to play! Hugs, Cindy

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  8. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Don't worry Shelia, that noice you hear...well...That's just me shouting and doing a happy dance!!! I feel in LOVE with that pillow the moment I saw it on your blog! I am such a sentimental lady, so I will treasure it, hug it, and love it the rest of my little life!!! And, to know that you made it makes it all the more special! I know you put alot of love into making this sweet little bird pillow!!! Thank you so much for a sweet and wonderful giveaway! Some how, these giveaways that we all do for our blog anniversarys....should be the other way around...we should all be sending you treasures...for you have already given us so much to treasure through your blogging. It has been a pleasure getting to know you this past year and I look forward to what's coming next from NOTE SONGS! I just bought a new book at a yard sale this weekend...It's called Over Joyed and let me say...I am OVER JOYED right now!!!! I thank you!!!! Nancy

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  9. Shelia my dear...what an adorable post! May your heart ALWAYS dance...my heart is dancing too...lol...going to be a Grammy...Hugs...my heart is singing...and with a 100% confirmation that it is a girl I have had a hard time focusing on BLUE mondays...LOL! Now focus Jane....tell Shelia Happy Blue Monday...and go back to catch up on all her beautiful past posts! Hugs!

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  10. Well, I was so excited...I failed to mention...I LOVE your "elegant ones"!! They are beautiful! They were dancing to the music because they were so happy that I won the giveaway...lol ;) Happy Blue Monday! Nancy

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  11. WTG Nancy, you lucky duck! That pillow is SO gorgeous and I know it was made with lots of love!

    Cute figurines, Shelia. Some of them are a bit creepy looking though! LOL

    Justiney :o )

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  12. I love your pretty collection of figurines. Nancy is one lucky lady to have won that pillow.

    Have a great week!

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  13. Yay! I'm so glad Nancy won...she loves pillows and birds. It will be very at home at her home. :)

    Shelia, I'm also glad your little figurines came out of the drawer. They are beautiful.

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  14. Love your post and your collection. I especially love all the different expressions on their tiny faces. They really look like they have opinions on the situation! And such pretty blues for Blue Monday.

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  15. Congratulations to Nancy!

    I love your figurines. I have a couple of them, marked occupied Japan. I should put them under one of my cloches.

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  16. Oh Shelia those little figurines are so darling... I am so glad none of them were harmed in the making of this post... They danced and played their music beautifully... Thanks for the fun.

    Congrats to Nancy for her lucky win of that great pillow...

    Love YA
    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  17. Congrats to Nancy! She will be thrilled to receive this beautiful pillow. You have quite a collection there, Shelia. Gorgeous and the tiny ones are so cute!...Christine

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  18. Hi Sheila
    Congratulations to lucky Nancy.
    I loved seeing your beautiful figurines. My Mum has one of those dresden ladies with the lace. They are lovely.
    Lindsay
    x

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  19. Oh your little dolls are so cute. My mom had a large one years ago...yeah, uh, its gone!
    Anyways, happy dance for the winner...I really held my composure quite well this time! Only a few whines and tears. I told you I wouldn't win!!! Have a great week my friend.

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  20. Hi Shelia, your figurines are so adorable....so sweet and I love how you have them displayed!

    Congratulations to Nancy. Once again, Shelia, happy blogging anniversary.

    Happy Blue Monday.

    Hugs, Barb

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  21. Your collection of little figurines are all just gorgeous. They are so cute and so beautifully dressed with such wonderful detail. Be sure to save this pic for the "Cloche Party" in Sept. Congratulations to Nancy, I know she will love the pillow, it really is beautiful. Hugs, Marty

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  22. Love all the figurines, Shelia! You really have an amazing collection, and they look good "en cloche"... is that a phrase???

    And I certainly hope that Nancy enjoys "my" pillow! LOL! ;-) Seriously, it is adorable, and I know she can't help but enjoy it.
    You were sweet to do this, Shelady!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  23. Those are gorgeous. My mom used to make the porceline figurines, and did the lacey ones like you showed. It's so cool how they do that.

    Did you know that they actually dip lace in the porceline, then shape it onto the figurine. When its fired in the kiln, the lace burns away.

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  24. You silly little tiny lady..you just delight the heck out of us with every post. Your collection is just lovely. And, they all seem to get along together under glass..:)
    Lucky Mizz Southern Nancy...she will just love that pillow to pieces!!
    xo bj

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  25. Shelia, I can just see your dalrling figures waltzing the night away. Fun post!
    Dawn

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  26. Hi Sheilia, Yes you do remember me from RMS, I think my kitchen and small but spa like bath are the two rooms people will remember the most. Thank you so much for your sweet comment over at my guest post on Martys blog, I really appreciate it. I just love all of your figurines, what a wonderful and fun collection, hugs Kathysue

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  27. Like the group shot of your sweet figurines.

    What a nice collection you have shared with us in blogland.

    ~D~

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  28. What a wonderful collection! Thanks for sharing your photos of the figurines with us. Have a wonderful day.

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  29. What a beautiful collection and congrats to Nancy for winning the "coveted" pillow....

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  30. You have a great collection! Congrats to the lucky winner of your beautiful pillow.

    Carolyn

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  31. Congrats to Nancy - she's very lucky! I love your figurines Shelia. They look so pretty grouped together. I hope you have a very nice week.

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  32. May Nancy enjoy her beautiful win! Your figurines are very expensive collectors items, for sure, Shelia. They are beautifully presented & lovely. Looks like they are heading out to the dance. TTFN ~Marydon

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  33. Hey Shelia! Good morning, afternoon. What a lovely blue Monday you have posted. I always enjoy seeing your blog and what clever things you are upto! HOpe your day is wonderful!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  34. Wow these are in GREAT condition. I do love the collection. Something about those little figures are so quaint. Blessing to you on Blue Monday!

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  35. Hi Sweet Shelia,
    Those figurines are lovely ... and so talented! They remind me of the ones my great-aunt used to display proudly when I was a child. She didn't have children of her own, but she and my uncle used to host lots of family dinner. We children were cautioned (seriously cautioned!) not to run, touch things, play the piano, talk loudly, etc. etc. We had fun anyway!

    I didn't go to their estate auction (would have been too sad), but my father said "your aunt's little doo-dads sold for a small fortune!" They had owned a jewelry store, and I realize now a lot of her doo-dads she'd taken home with her were Hummels, etc.

    bye for now ....
    -bill

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  36. How beautiful and lovely stories you told, Shelia!
    Lovely collections!

    Congratulations to Nancy!

    It is so sweet Shelia!

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  37. Hello Sheila, hooray! I finally have some time to visit my dear blogging friends. That would be you Sheila.

    I do love your occupied Japan figurines. I have a few too but mostly I sold them when I was in the antique business. The one I have is still with the price tag. Woolworth Five and Dime, 15 cents. My mom gave it to me some time ago because she knew how much I loved those figurines. Yours are all so special and very collectible. thank you for sharing them. I do love your stories.

    Congrats to Nancy for winning the pillow. She is lucky to win such a prize.

    Have a very happy day.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  38. Oh Sheila...I just love this collection!!! Your figurines are gorgeous!!! They have such a european feel to them...all dressed up in their fancy clothes!!! I loved how you grouped them together and took their picture...so creative!!!

    What a wonderful post!!!

    Enjoy!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  39. I adore your figurine collection! I have a large collection in my corner curio. I finally had to stop buying them because I ran out of room in the cabinet.

    Hugs,
    Carol

    PS~Congratulations to Nancy for winning the adorable pillow!

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  40. Congrats to Nancy, the pillow is lovely.

    Your figurines are so stately and pretty. I did notice that the faces on the couple were surprisingly the same. lol You have quite a nice collection.

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  41. Oh Nancy congratulations!!!! What a sweet gift from our sweet lady friend! Oh I was happy just to see my name on your page! Ha ha...now isn't that a treat?!

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  42. I love your sweet figurines and the lovely tale you told about all of them! They look especially good under your cloche. What a great way to use it.

    Although I would have loved to win the pillow, it will be perfect in Nancy's home and I am glad she won!

    Kady

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  43. Hi Sheila , I just love little figurines.The made in occupied Japan ones are getting hard to find.

    Thank you for your prayers dear one.

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  44. Awwww poops! I missed your giveaway but congrats to the winner. She is one lucky lady to have such a sweet piece made with love from you. Hope you had a great Monday~

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  45. Been playing with dolls today, have you?? So have I, only with different kinds. My daughter, grand daughter and I went through 4 big tubs of daughter's childhood dolls today. (We're cleaning out the attic.) It was rather bittersweet, as I discovered I cared more about those dolls and the doll clothes I had made than she does. Guess I have to get over it, as they are going to our yard sale in a couple of weeks. I'm sad, but we really have to get rid of stuff; and she doesn't want them. Sally

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  46. What beautiful blue figurines with such a neat history Shelia.
    I love the way your took the photos. I was expecting them to talk to me at any time. LOL!

    Congrats to sweet Miss Nancy!
    The pillow looks just like something she will enjoy.
    You did a lovely job making it.

    Have a blessed evening.
    ~Melissa :)

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  47. Oh, what pretty things... and I'm late I'm late for your give away! ;) Well, maybe next time I can participate... ;)

    It's always fun to come here, Shelia... keep up the spirit!

    Hugs

    cielo

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  48. Howdy Sweet Lady
    Oh my this was so much fun.
    Happy Blue Monday and giveaway results day.
    Oh yes congratulations to you Nancy .
    What a delightful time I had.
    I loved every moment.
    I am so glad in blogland time stands still for a little bit longer .I had to attent to family buisness yesterday so I am a day late with my visits but it has been twice the fun :)
    Sheila dear you have such an awesome way of sharing your treasures with us.
    Your photos were all just fabulous .
    Thank you so very much for sharing.
    Blessings to you for the rest of the week.
    Hugs
    Happy Trails

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  49. Those figurines are exquisite! Looking at them and reading your description, I could almost imagine them dancing around the top of your coffee table.
    Shoot! I wanted that pretty pillow, but I know Nancy will enjoyi it. Congratulations Nancy. laurie

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