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 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'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 ;)


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

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Kitchen!

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I'm on a roll and wanted to share with you the little kitchen things I've made.
Now don't get too excited because my little pieces aren't made with wood but cardboard. Just good ole cereal box cardboard.
The kitchen appliances made with cardboard and a few little beads, buttons and such.

 I also made some little cabinets to hang on the wall and one standup cabinet from Pop sickle sticks.
 First I'll show you my little sink. I added a little skirt and some scrapbook paper as trim but really to cover up the bad seams of the cardboard. I made the faucet from a white wire I found and bent. The turn on and off knobs are little clear beads. I just drew a circle (not very well, I might add) as the drain.
 The little cardboard stove. I made the knob and door handle with little beads and a tiny piece of wood. The burners are black buttons. I need to add the turn on knobs and maybe a little clock or something to make it look more stovey. I added the scrapbook trim again.
 To sit between the stove and sink, I made a little cabinet. The little doors are stationary. I don't know how to make them open.
Here's my little fridge. I think it's my favorite. I used the cardboard again but for the rounded top I used about 4 layers of cardstock glued together and rounded it up. The handle is the plastic clip from a cheap pen from the dollar store that I popped off! Looks pretty good, right? The white border on the door is white cardstock. This door doesn't open either.
 Here are my little shelves. The top right one is made from Pop sickle sticks and is to hang above the stove. Maybe I'll add a little hook to hang a pot from. The bottom right one is made from cardstock. Can you tell? I think you can. It will hang over the little cabinet. The bottom left one is made from Pop sickle sticks and will hang over the sink.
 I also made a little standup cabinet to poke things on to.  Now time to set up the kitchen.
 This is a long narrow kitchen so it's a little hard to photograph but I tried my best for you.
 Here's my little cabinet and it's filled with jams (pony beads with a little round piece of foam for the lid), a couple of my little jugs I made and then a crocheted basket I made waiting for some raw onions or potatoes!
 The fridge sits over in the corner by the window.
The stove is also in the corner by the window. A perfect place in case supper gets burned. Just open up the window to get the stink out. I bought some new copper pots and pans and they fit the stove burners just fine.

 There's the cabinet doing it's job holding up some cake and something to drink.
 Then the sink at the end. There's nothing in the upper cabinets yet as I wanted to make sure they were good and dry. Didn't want them to slide off the walls!
Well, shoot! There's pots and pans to wash. Is my work ever done?

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

I Think I Love You

Baa ba baa ba, ba-ba ba ba baa
Ba ba-ba baa baa

I was sleeping
And right in the middle of a good dream
And all at once I wake up
From something that keeps knocking at my brain
Before I go insane, I hold my pillow to my head
And spring up in my bed
Screaming out the words I dread

I think I love you (I think I love you)

This morning
I woke up with this feeling
I didn't know how to deal with
And so I just decided to myself
I'd hide it to myself and never talk about it
And did not go and shout it
When you walked into the room

I think I love you (I think I love you)

I think I love you, so what am I so afraid of?
I'm afraid that I'm not sure of
A love there is no cure for
I think I love you, isn't that what life is made of?
Though it worries me to say
That I've never felt this way

I don't know what I'm up against
I don't know what it's all about
I've got so much to think about

I think I love you, so what am I so afraid of?
I'm afraid that I'm not sure of
A love there is no cure for
I think I love you isn't that what life is made of
Though it worries me to say
I never felt this way

Believe me
You really don't have to worry
I only wanna make you happy
And if you say "Hey, go away", I will
But I think better still I'd better stay around and love you
Do you think I have a case?
Let me ask you to your face

Do you think you love me?

I think I love you
I think I love you
(I think I love you)
I think I love you
(I think I love you)
I think I love you
(I think I love you)
I think I love you
(I think I love you)
~ sung by David Cassidy

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Living Room!

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I've been having such fun working on furniture for my little 1:16 scale dollhouse. You've seen the little sofa I made but I added a little trim to spiff it up a bit.
 Tadah!! I've really got to learn how to photograph inside a miniature house better but here it is. I did add wood trims to my little windows. Since I added my floors I can't open the front door! Oh no! Well, I'm thinking I just may add a little fireplace in front of the door. That'll work.

 I made a couple of little club chairs. The one on the left has a bottom cushion that's too low. Shh...don't tell any one! :) I also made little throw pillows.

 I also made a little side chair and half moon table.
 I made a couple of end tables out of Popsicle sticks. I'm impatient and just use hot glue and you can see it too!
I  had to have a little coffee table and went to town making one. As you can see I'm not trying to create realism just cuteness. Cuteness is much easier to achieve.
Here are all of my little pieces together and the tables are all waiting to be painted.
 Here's a few snaps for you. If you look way back in the right hand corner you'll see I added a little lace trim to the Strombecker lamp that I repainted.
There you have my little living room. There's still plenty to do. I need to make some curtains and the fireplace to go in front of the front door. Then I need to get some more accessories. Some of my 1:12 things work but most are a bit too big for this little house. Oh, I did paint some of my little Strombecker furniture. I didn't buy it for value but to use it in my little house. Now if I could just figure how to take better photos! I really don't like to use the flash but I did here so you could see everything. I'm stubborn enough that I'll figure something out.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~
Paint It Black
 I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors any more, I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by, dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a newborn baby, it just happens every day

I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door I must have it painted black
Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts
It's not easy facing up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the setting sun
My love will laugh with me before the morning comes

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors any more, I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by, dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

Hmm, hmm, hmm,..

I wanna see it painted, painted black
Black as night, black as coal
I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black
~ sung by The Rolling Stones