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 coming...you 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 sunroom...it'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 ;)

Spooky

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


28 comments:

  1. What a lovely post! Your house is so warm and cozy! It's always nice to catch up with friends and family from times past,... and those doll houses are just fantastic!

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  2. Your home is beautiful! I love all the fall decorations you have put around. That was so nice that you got to go on a road trip and see your relatives. And those doll houses are just precious.

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  3. I'm not surprised you found another doll house! It's a DISEASE. Ha ha! I started with one, but now have several. Love the fun of the hunt! Please keep posting pictures of what you do with your houses!

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    1. I'm beginning to believe you! :) I will keep playing and posting. Thanks for popping in to see me.

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  4. It's nice to be able to visit family, those are treasured times. Wow! I used to get to get the Country Curtains catalog and bought a few things years ago and I always loved their decor too. The sun room is your Dollhouse hobby room now and I think the front door will look nice with blue paint.
    On the weather channel your area will be having a cold winter because of La Nina, here warmer and dryer in the southwest. How beautiful are turning of the leaves in Pennsylvania! Your Autumnal decor is festive, love the pumpkins:). I'm happy Willow is enjoying the trips.
    Take care, Kathleen in Az

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    1. Hi Kathleen! Oh, no! I was hoping we would have a milder winter since we had such a strange summer. Oh, well, I'll stay by the fire. Hope you're doing well.

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  5. Hi Shelia...enjoyed all the pix of your trips and dollhouses. So much fun. I know what you mean about not being as young as you once were...I'm there too sometimes!! But, basically I still run circles around the other folks [mostly older than me] that live around here...but out circle even the younger ones too! Just a head up, I just started a new blog... LivingMyKaleidoscopeLife.blogspot.com - come visit me there.

    Hugs,
    Jan

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  6. What a fun post. Being from PA originally I don't think there is anything prettier than the hills of PA when they are full of autumn color.

    I love your dollhouses-they are so cute and I am glad you are having so much fun with them.

    Your home looks lovely all "poked full" of Fall goodness. It was fun to see a post from you here! xo Diana

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  7. Such luck you have finding doll houses ---- you can't have toooooo many!

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  8. Love all your doll houses .... Everything looks wonderful all decorated with your Fall items.

    Sounds like you have been busy traveling. So glad that Willow likes to travel.

    Glad your back blogging.

    Mary

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  9. What a fun post!! The doll houses are wonderful and I see you are having such a good time......and that's what it is all about my friend!!

    Love going to Stockbridge but I like Sturbridge much better. Too bad about CC, they have always been family owned, perhaps they got tired....... They have nice things but are so over priced.

    We are also way too warm for this time of year, we have very little Fall foliage. My sis and I took a day trip last week to the south of here and also no turning of the leaves. But your home looks nice and Fallish........ xoxoxo

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  10. I just LOVE that you have a dollhouse room! How much FUN you are having, my friend! I do love it. And your trips sound great. (More than once I've said to someone "stand right there, it would be a good spot for a picture" but I'm really wanting to take the photo of the thing on the wall or beside them!) Red Lion. Sigh. And your lovely house. It's all so good! Happy fall!

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  11. So glad your enjoying life, and traveling with Mr.

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  12. You have been busy! What a great time you and Mr. Precious are having. I love your new dollhouse! Enjoy it all my dear friend. Hugs!

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  13. Shelia, Your home is beautiful. Love the doll houses too. What a wonderful fun time you and Mr. Precious have been having. You both look great. I love the piano. :):) Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  14. Wow- you were in Akron - my husband's family still lives there. It's about 2.5 hours north east of us. I'd have loved to pop up and see you!

    LOVE your new dollhouses - I have been away and didn't realize you're getting such a collection of them - WOW!!!!

    As for that 1500 pound pumpkin WOW - my word, that's amazing!

    Thanks for sharing. You're so cute. Your fall home is decorated perfectly for guests!

    Hugs.

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  15. You are blessed with a beautiful home and have decorated for the season beautifully. What a delight to obtain another amazing dolls house at a bargain price.

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  16. Just wow! Shelia...this is just beautiful...I adore your home and all of your collectibles! Looks like a marvelous trip..happy for your husband and family to finally get a visit! Lovely post!

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  17. Hi Shelia, You certainly have been a busy girl and everything you style is amazing. Love your fall decor and your mantel and milk glass display is beautiful. Love the pic of you and Mr. Precious by the huge pumpkin. Incredible!!! How special for your hubby and you to meet up with family members on our travels. Your doll houses are fabulous. Like a neighborhood right in your sun room. I know you are having lots of fun.
    Have a beautiful fall season my friend and sending hugs and friendship your way. xoxo

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  18. Wow Shelia- you’ve been a busy one! That so nice that you visited family. Mr. Precious and his sister sure look a lot alike! Your fall decorating looks great- I’m sure your guests will love your home. Your little doll houses are so cute- you are growing a New England village! I wonder if a white door would do the trick for the pink house?

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  19. You have been busy Sheila! But it's always great to re-connect, especially with family and I'm sure you all had a blast! Love all the fall vignettes in your home, mine has turned black already for Halloween! Your dollhouses are amazing!

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  20. Sheila, I have the book "Hitty- Her First Hundred Years". It's been awhile since I read it, but I remember how the cat in the antique store worried her and all of her adventures. Whenever I go to antique stores, I always wonder how things came to be there. Your dollhouses are such fun. I found you through Estelle's.

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you visited me and commented! Oh, I'd love to see the little book. I was wondering how Hitty ended up in Stockbridge but the lady couldn't tell me. Please stop by again sometimes.

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  21. Que lindo el color del otoño Sheila, me agrada verlo. Siempre es importante visitar la familia y Willow está hermoso. Saludos y abrazos a la distancia

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    1. Thank you, Sweet Shirley. It's always good to hear from you.

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  22. loved this post and all the pictures of all your Fall pretties! I love looking at your shelves best--lots of pretties and knick-knacks to see, I especially love all the dogs! Glad you got to go on the trip and it was a safe one. The Fall leaves looked so pretty in that one picture. We dont get that here. Glad your little Willow did so well on the long trip! I always say just start them out travelling when they are little and they will always be happy and ready to go! (and know how to behave!) Our Gypsy has spent her whole life travelling all over the US with us and she is still excited and happy to go, it really perks her up! And our Tammie--we started her out on long road trips almost immediately, LOL--like the second week we had her! LOL So they have both been doing it all their life. I love seeing your pretty DOLLHOUSES--you do so much with them and are so creative!

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  23. Your dollhouses are marvelous, so lovely...you did good on the house work WE ARE NOT YOUNG ANYMORE ITS A HARD JOB NOW. Take care enjoy the travels.

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