Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hi, y'all!

Hello, Dear Ones! Well I'm back after a little break. BREAK!!?? What? We were keeping the grandbabies for nine days while mommy and daddy took a trip. It was a break from blogging but not from life. :)
 Before the babies came, Mr. Precious and I went to the Great Sacandaga Lake with Kiki and spent the night because our church was having a picnic and were going to baptize in the lake! You can see little Willow has become a great camping puppy. Okay, we are there! Sacandaga Lake is most beautiful and serene. The weather was cool and cloudy with a few sprinkles.
 Y'all we were so blessed to have over 20 folks accept Jesus and were baptized! I couldn't get them all in my snap. I prayed God would warm up the water for them because it was a little cool.
 Then our local Jewish Temple was having a Carrot Festival. Well we're there too! The best carrot cake I've ever tasted among other things going on. Crafts, music, animals.
 School started for Carter. I can't believe how she's growing up.



Little Campie started his kindergarten too. He got a too short for me haircut and it makes him look too much like a little boy. Where's my baby?
Then...my daughter and son in law left for their trip. Did I tell you it was nine days?? Whew. Well, we did have some fun.
 I love this snap of my babies as they are watching intently for this...
 A bouncy house! We rented this for Campie's 4th birthday. His mom and dad would be gone on his birthday so we wanted to do something special. We invited his and Carter's best friends and the neighborhood kids and we had a great time. Now I didn't bounce, as much as I wanted to. Since I broke my knee I'm most cautious these days.
 Let the fun begin! The kids had so much fun and as you can see so did Mr. Precious!


Tomato pie (never heard of this till we moved to upstate), juice boxes and cupcakes do make a birthday party. Look at those little flushed faces. 
We enjoyed our babies but man, I AM EXHAUSTED!! The kids are up at 5 am! That means I am too and then breakfast, arguments to watch TV, get ready for school, drive to school, come home and pick up, wash clothes, go pick up from school, homework, cook dinner, more wanting to watch TV, no news of the world for Mr. Precious and me (we give in to the babies), then baths, read stories (please...just one more story! I'm such a good story teller. I even make up stories! :) ), then I need some water, I need to go to the bathroom, I'm not sleepy, I'm scared, can I sleep with you? Lord, have mercy.
We did survive but I'm spent. Went to church Sunday as mommy and daddy had picked up the kiddies Saturday, came home, made a sandwich and sat down in my chair and didn't move the rest of the day!


Campie got to celebrate his birthday over two weeks. Since his mommy was gone on his birthday, she made Ghostbuster cupcakes for his little class so they could celebrate his birthday. He is all over Ghostbuster, being too young to see the movies, but he knows the song and has seen the kid paradies of it and he is running around busting ghosts all day long. I think I'm his favorite ghost to bust because I can die so good!! :)
 Finally some time for myself to get back to my minis! I was raring to make a little sofa for my 1:16 scale dollhouse and I did! She ain't perfect but she's cute!!
It's almost twice as small as the others I've made. Now to make chairs! Minis, here I come!!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

They're Coming to Take Me Away

 Remember when you ran away and
I got on my knees and begged you
Not to leave because I'd go berserk? Well,
You left me anyhow and then the
Days got worse and worse and now you
See I've gone completely out of my mind. And,


They're coming to take me away, ha-haaa.
They're coming to take me away, ho ho, he he, ha ha,
To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young
Men in their clean white coats and
They're coming to take me away, ha-haaa!

You thought it was a joke and so you
Laughed, you laughed! When I had said that
Losing you would make me flip my lid - right?
You know you laughed, I heard you laugh,
You laughed, you laughed and laughed, and then you
Left, but now you know I'm utterly mad. And,

They're coming to take me away, ha-haaa.
They're coming to take me away, ho ho, he he , ha ha,
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile
And twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they're coming to take me away, ha-haaa!

I cooked your food, I cleaned your house
And this is how you pay me back
For all my kind, unselfish loving deeds? Huh?
Well, you just wait--they'll find you yet
And when they do they'll put you in the
ASPCA you mangy mutt! And,

They're coming to take me away, ha-haaa.
They're coming to take me away, ho ho, he he, ha ha,
To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young
Men in their clean white coats and
They're coming to take me away, ha-haaa!

To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile
And twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they're coming to take me away, ha-haaa!

To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young
Men in their clean white coats and
They're coming to take me away! 

~ sung by Jerry Samuels



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Produce Stand


Hello, Dear Ones.
Well, I had uploaded these snaps a while back and had saved them in a post.
I know I took these while we were on a trip in Kiki but I can't remember where we were!
I know, I'm getting old.

Anyway, I thought I would share them with you anyway.

We were poodling down the road ~ who knows where ~ and ran across a produce stand so we had to stop. That gorgeous olden truck caught our eye. She's a beaut!
I have to tell you, Kiki gets lots of attention. A man walked up to Mr. Precious and started asking all about her. Not bragging or anything, but I do think she's a pretty thing.
This produce stand was quite something in it's own right.
Cute huh?
It was the height of peach season. I do remember sweet and juicy orbs of peachiness! Yum.
My mouth still waters just looking at them.
I have to admit I did not know what those funny looking gourd/watermelony thingys were.
So, being the shy soul that I am, I asked the little man behind the counter. He told me they were called cushaws ~ a squash. I didn't buy one though.
Such lovely veggies. Look at the gorgeous eggplants.
Cream peas! Oh, how I love these. I bought a mess, cooked them and wanted to eat them all myself but shoot! I had to share with Mr. Precious. Wish I had bought more.
Cool old scale too.
What a pretty produce stand. It was really more than just a stand.
One more glimpse at that lovely olden truck. 
Maybe this is a truck stand? :)


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The Remember Song 

I'm looking for my wallet and car keys
....Well they can't have gone too far
Just as soon as I find my glasses
....I'm sure I'll see just where they are.

Supposed to meet someone for lunch today, 
....but I can't remember where.
or who it is that I am meeting 
....it's in my organizer some-where.


I might have left it on the counter,
maybe outside in the car
The last time I remember driving,
 was to that memory enhancement seminar.


What's that far off distant ringing,
 And that strangely familiar tone?
Must be the person I am meeting, 
calling me on my brand new cordless telephone.


I might have left it under the covers, 
maybe outside on the lawn
and I've got just one more ring to go, 
before my answering machine kicks on.

Hi, this is Tom and your call means a lot to me, 
so leave a message at the tone...
and I'll do my best to try to remember
to call you back when I get home

*Beep*

Tom, this is Gwendolyn, 
and I'm trying not to cry.
but I've been waiting here for over an hour, 
I thought you loved me, this is goodbye.
 Well...the voice sounds familiar, 
...,and the name it rings a bell
Let's see now, where was I, 
......Oh well. 
~ sung by Tom Rush 


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Little Bitty Dollhouse Furniture




Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I come to you with much excitement again today! I found some little dollhouse furniture on Craigslist and got it! Do you love Craigslist like I do? Of course, I never go alone to a viewing and always take Mr. Precious with me.


One more time I want to invite you to follow my new Instagram for my minis and crafties! If you would like to follow me there just click HERE. Okie dokie...on with the show.
 Look! Are these not the cutest little pieces you've ever seen. They are little. The man I bought them from told me they had belonged to his mother and she was born in 1937 and played with these in the 1940s. I asked if he had her dollhouse and he just laughed and said if he did he asked $100s for it. Alrighty then!
 These little pieces are all solid wood and are beat up a little - they were played with. The pieces were also pretty nasty and dirty so I gently gave them all a little bubble bath. So if you'd like to see them a little closer up here goes...
 The living room. Now the sofa and chair are flocked and I can see the lint from the towel where I tried to clean them up a bit. I think these two pieces are my least favorites. But look at those little lamps! And the grandfather clock and the radio! That radio reminds me of old movies where the family would gather to listen to "The Shadow".  Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men?  :)
 Here is the dining room table and it's really in good condition but only three little chairs. Also in great shape.
 The bedroom furniture. Now I can tell the little dolls were in this room the most because it was the dirtiest and most banged up. Oh, but it's cute. I'm sure they did a lot of jumping on the bed.
The bathroom pieces. They're a little banged up too but we all know how busy a bathroom gets. But you want to know what? These little furniture pieces are the perfect size for my 1st dollhouse I bought!! The one I thought was so off scale.
The furniture is the perfect size for this little dollhouse! Oh, joy! I would have never guess the furnishings for this house would be so small!
 See? I'm not finished at all with the backgrounds of my house but couldn't wait to show you how the furniture fits.
Here's the living room. Oh, someone suggested on my Smiles by Shelia Instagram to rub in some brown paint to fill in the the grout between my slats! What a great idea and yes, I will do that.
 The dining room! See, I can add a tiny little hutch in here. All of the rooms need work. I'll get there.
 The cute little bedroom pieces! Of course I'll make bed linens and maybe a rug and yes, curtains.
Again, I'll rub in some brown paint for the grout in here too. The little bathroom pieces are just darling. I'll add a little more flooring for the sink to sit on.

Now the million dollar question is - would it be a dollhouse furniture sin to paint all of these vintage pieces? I didn't buy them as a collector but because they would work in my dollhouse. I know some of you are purest and don't like to paint wood pieces but heck, I could make these so much cuter. I'll be anxiously awaiting for your answers. 

Oh, by the way, I won't be posting for over a week because we are going to keep the grandbabies while my daughter and son in law go on a trip. So I'll be busy. Pray for me! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

In Dreams (because I love Roy Orbison's music)

A candy-colored clown they call the sandman
Tiptoes to my room every night
Just to sprinkle star dust and to whisper
"Go to sleep, everything is alright"
I close my eyes then I drift away
Into the magic night, I softly say
A silent prayer like dreamers do
Then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you
In dreams I walk with you
In dreams I talk to you
In dreams you're mine all the time
We're together in dreams, in dreams
But just before the dawn
I awake and find you gone
I can't help it, I can't help it if I cry
I remember that you said goodbye
~ sung by Roy Ordison


Monday, September 11, 2017

Another One!

Hello, Dear Ones! First of all my heart goes out to all who have been affected by hurricane Irma and hurricane Harvey. It just breaks my heart seeing all of this tragedy happening.

Well, I have to tell you...I found another dollhouse! Mr. Precious and I were off on a drive and came upon a yard sale. We hopped out of the car and started looking. And there my most gorgeous peepers spied this DOLLHOUSE! Lord, have mercy! I looked down at the price tag and it said $125. I thought, oh well. I peeped again and it didn't say $125 but $25!!! Woo Hoo!! It's old and beat up a bit, filled with yucky wallpaper and maybe a few dead bugs but hey - I can clean! Mr. Precious goes up to the man at the sale with his cutest smile and says, "Since I'm such a nice fellow, would you sell this dollhouse to me for $20?" Sure will, says the man and he even carries the dollhouse to our car! Thank you, Jesus! Another dollhouse!

 Here she is! She isn't as detailed as the one I bought earlier but she is still so very cute.
Look at the little windows and I believe they actually have thin panes of glass! There are little holes in the window boxes so you can poke flowers in there! Clever!
 Upstairs windows.
 There are even a couple of windows on each side of the house! There's a cute chimney too but no fireplace inside but that's okay I'll add one. I think I'll paint her yellow!



And a red door just for me! There's a cute little knocker and doorknob. I know nothing about it. I asked the man if there was a story that went with the house and he said just that he picked it up off the side of the road. What? That is certainly a dollhouse sin, don't you think?
 Here is the insides. Now I was so excited that I yanked all of the wallpaper off the walls before I started taking snaps. There are some little lights hanging down but they aren't hooked up to anything - just for looks.
 There is an attic. At one time there was a roof top that closed over this as the little hinges are still up on top. Anyway, I can make a couple of rooms up here!
 Here is the second floor.
 Then the first floor. See where the front door is open? Well that wall is in the way of making a nice big wonderful room. Do you think I could remove it or at least try to saw it out and leave 'pillars' on each side? That little middle area is just too small for a living room. Anyway...
 No, no, Nannette, that is not snow on the stairs - that's leftover white felt that had been glued on the stairs as the carpet runner. I'll try to get this off so I can paint them. Maybe use a hairdryer? I've heard that can soften up glue.
Well, poop! I bragged too soon about the ease of yanking off the wallpaper. This wallpaper is stuck. I'm telling you - stuck! I wet it a little and thought I could get it off that way but it didn't work. You can see where I just messed it up. Any suggestions? See that little opening? Well, the bathroom is behind that wall. There was a square tub, like something from the 1970s in there, plastic and all. Well I got out my hand saw and took away both sides to open it up. Now if I can get Mr. Precious to help me saw the main wall off so I can have a big bedroom.

Am I crazy or what? Until I started making little miniatures I never saw dollhouses or anything. Certainly wasn't looking for any - until now. I guess I'm on a roll again! Oh, this house is a 1/12 inch scale and all of my dollhouse things I've bought an made will work in there! Yay!

Oh, I almost forgot! I've created another Instagram account just for my crafts and miniatures. If you're interested I would love for you to follow me there. If you want to check me out just click HERE.


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Lean On Me

Sometimes in our lives
We all have pain, we all have sorrow.
But if we are wise,
We know that there's always tomorrow.

Lean on me when you're not strong
I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on.

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won't let show.

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on.
I just might have a problem that you'll understand,
We all need somebody to lean on.

Lean on me when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on.
I just might have a problem that you'll understand,
We all need somebody to lean on.

If there is a load
You have to bear
That you can't carry
I'm right up the road
I'll share your load
If you just call me.

Call me if you need a friend
Call me, call me, uh-huh
Call me when you need a friend
Call me if you ever need a friend
Call me, call me
Call me, call me
Call me, call me
Call me, call me
Call me if you need a friend
Call me, call me
Call me, call me
Call me, call me
Call me, call me
Call me 
~ sung by Bill Withers