Monday, September 30, 2019

Falling on the Piano and Side Table

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm still getting my living room decorated for Fall. So come on over to my piano area. I love how my piano just fits in the little windows, not quite bayed windows but rather bowed windows. This is one of the reasons that sold me on this house - a place for my 'gift'! My piano.

This is a very simple vignette on my piano - three glass pun'kins. There is a little Majolica dog figurine over to the left side but I forgot to take a snap of it! You can see it a little in the other snaps and the dog is clothed in Fall colors! Perfect. See the floral on the top of my piano? I know you've seen it many times. Well, don't tell any one but I made that over 20 years ago and still love it! Sometimes I poke in some seasonal flowers or little fairy lights for some sparkle but to me it just always looks good. I guess I'm patting myself on my tiny back a little. :)
Now I can play my Note Songs surrounded by a little Fall. Now on to the side table behind the piano.
My little mother gave this to me probably 40 or so years ago and she always called it 'the six legged table'. So I do too!
 I made a floral arrangement for my blue and white containers.
 Pretty flowers all poked in together.
I poked a little pun'kin on the blue and white short candlestick and gave it a companion pun'kin so they could fellowship together. Behind is a cross stitch piece that I have had sitting here since we moved in.
Okie doke! My piano area is as Falled up as it's gonna get! Go ahead and sit down and I'll play you a little Note Song or two.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

September Song

When I was a young man courting the girls
I played me a waiting game
If a maid refused me with tossing curls
I'd let the old Earth make a couple of whirls
While I plied her with tears in lieu of pearls
And as time came around she came my way
As time came around, she came

When you meet with the young girls early in the Spring
You court them in song and rhyme
They answer with words and a clover ring
But if you could examine the goods they bring
They have little to offer but the songs they sing
And the plentiful waste of time of day
A plentiful waste of time

Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December
But the days grow short when you reach September
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
One hasn't got time for the waiting game

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few
September, November
And these few precious days I'll spend with you
These precious days I'll spend with you 
~ sung by Frank Sinatra

Monday, September 23, 2019

Still Falling!

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm continuing to Fall up the house. This house is different than any other house I've ever had. The living room and kitchen is not completely an open concept but almost! I know that the open concept is a very popular style of house now but I had rather have my kitchen hidden behind a wall. Well, I got a half wall in this house and to me it's better than no wall! So let's decorate it for Fall!
 Here we are in the living room looking at my half wall. I think I should give my half wall a name. Don't you? Any suggestions? Now the sofa is not sitting up against the wall. There is a wide walking space behind the sofa.
 I began to poke pun'kins, leaves, sunflowers and even some fruit on each ledge - there are three.
 Feast your most gorgeous peepers on my half wall.

I have to admit it was rather fun poking stuff up here on my ledges, my half wall! 
 Lovely Fallness.
 Even an olden glass raised dish got poked up here!
Oh, my Lord! Where'd that pun'kin head come from?

I'm so silly, I know. These are pretty long ledges on my half wall and I'm going to have to really decide with the seasons what to poke up here. I'm beginning to think of them almost like mantels! Three mantels but they have to co-ordinate! Now, I have always thought of these ledges as female but I'm leaning more toward male. So maybe I'll name my half wall Wallace!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Hello Walls (did you know Willie Nelson wrote this song?)

Hello walls, (Hello, hello.)
How'd things go for you today?
Don't you miss her.
Since she up and walked away?
And I'll bet you dread to spend another lonely night with me,
But lonely walls, I'll keep you company.

Hello window, (Hello, hello.)
Well, I see that you're still here.
Aren't you lonely,
Since our darlin disappeared?
Well look here, is that a teardrop in the corner of your pane?
Now don't you try to tell me that's it's rain.

She went away and left us all alone the way she planned.
Guess we'll have to learn to get along without her if we can.

Hello ceiling, (Hello, hello.)
I'm gonna stare at you a while.
You know I can't sleep,
So won't you bear with me a while?
We gotta all stick together or else I'll lose my mind.
I gotta feelin' she'll be gone a long, long time.

(Hello, hello wall.) 

~ sung by Farron Young

Friday, September 20, 2019

Stop the Falling - It's Tilda Time!

Hello, Dear Ones! I had to stop all of my falling because I was getting tired but I can't sit still, well, unless I'm cross stitching. I went to my very well organized sewing/craft room and started pulling out supplies to make a Southern Belle Tilda doll! I made a Southern Belle Tilda in 2013 (has it been that long?) and put her in a pink ball gown. If you would like to see her just go HERE.
This Tilda is dressed up in her very lovely lacy day dress. I tried to dress her in correct period style. I'll share my steps with you. A lady in the 1860s during the day, was covered from neck, to wrists to feet. Showing a little bit of skin came in the evening. This is really a fancier day dress that would be appropriate for 'tea time'. See how informed I am? :)
Let's take a peek at her little face. Now don't look too closely at her little eyes. I didn't do a marvelous job on them and the ink bled on the fabric! I have decided I'm going to use little seed beads the next time for her eyes. Well, she is a cloth doll and all are a little different. She has sweet pink checks and freckles! My doll is fashioned after Marie "Bell" Boyd. She was a rebel spy and had auburn colored hair and freckles.
 Here you can see her auburn yarn colored hair! I love how her hair turned out. I made her hair very long with two braids and twirled them around each other on the back of her little head. Three red roses adorn the left side of her head.
 The back, and now that I'm looking at this snap I think I should add another red rose to the part where you can see my stitching! Live and learn.
Moving right on down to her long slender neck  - I made her a lace collar and placed a pearly button down to fasten it. I took my little wire cutters and removed the raised part on the back where you thread the thread through and glued it down.
 Look at her sleeves. Ladies in the 1860s didn't have lots of clothes and they had lots of little tricks to change up a dress. One thing I've learned is lots of the ladies used 'under sleeves' that only went half way up their arms to add a different look to the sleeve and they would turn under the bottom of the dress sleeve to make it shorter and this gave the dress a different look. You can see where I added ribbons, bows and more red roses to her sleeves. She is all fancy!
 I think her skirt turned out really cute. I don't know if you can tell, but the very bottom of her skirt has a ruffle then it's topped with the pretty lace with three roses. I added two more strips of lace each with three roses. She also has an 'over skirt' which opens up in the front and is gathered up on each end and a red bow was added. You can see the 'over skirt' better in some of the other snaps. Her waist has a red ribbon around it and a ribbony bow.
I crocheted her a little reticule with red string. Every lovely lady of the time needed a nice little bag for a hanky and smelling sauce.
 Moving right along - her little black boots with red flower bows and a little bit of bling. Gals in the 1860s loved bling too!
 I told you I wanted to stay as close to period dress as I could so she got some little frilly pataloons with red bows! Instead of ordinary white fabric, I decided to use a light cream with a tiny little white print.
I couldn't forget her slip with a ruffle. I used the same lace as on her pantaloons.
She was feeling very comfortable at this point and is showing how dainty she looks underneath it all. Now I did not make her a corset as Tildas are very thin and sleak at their most tiny little waists.
 Here she is in all of her glory! I forgot how much I enjoy making these little dolls. Well, they aren't so little probably about 24 inches tall. I do use the pattern from the Tilda books but just wing it on making the clothes. I go to town when making these as they are quite time consuming. But Mr. Precious understands and baby's me. He went to Costco and bought some alfredo chicken for dinner.
Yay, Mr. Precious!

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Paper Doll

  I'm gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own
A doll that other fellows cannot steal
And then the flirty, flirty guys with their flirty, flirty eyes
Will have to flirt with dollies that are real

When I come home at night she will be waiting
She'll be the truest doll in all this world
I'd rather have a paper doll to call my own
Than have a fickle-minded real live girl

I guess I had a million dolls or more
I guess I've played the doll game o'er and o'er
I just quarreled with Sue, that's why I'm blue
She's gone away and left me just like all dolls do

I'll tell you boys, it's tough to be alone
And it's tough to love a doll that's not your own
I'm through with all of them, I'll never fall again
Say boy, whatcha gonna do?

I'm gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own
A doll that other fellows cannot steal
And then the flirty, flirty guys with their flirty, flirty eyes
Will have to flirt with dollies that are real

When I come home at night she will be waiting
She'll be the truest doll in all this world
I'd rather have a paper doll to call my own
Than have a fickle-minded real live girl
~ sung by The Mills Brothers

Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Dogs Are Loose Again!

Hello, Dear Ones! I just can't seem to keep my dogs - the Staffies - under control! The living room seems to be their playground. Well, for now it's The Finn.
 Here you can see that little couple who stick together like glue. They have found a place to sit in my little dough bowl! There are nice soft leaves and pip berries for them to lay down on when they need a nap.
 Just look at those little content faces! Is that a keg of beer I see? We don't have alcohol in this house! I'll have to give them a breath check. Little boogers!

Okay, I'm getting side tracked. They wanted their own special plate so I poked down a Blue Willow salad plate and the pip berries have just started to grow all around it.
 And pun'kins! The Staffies are really getting into the Fall spirit and needed some pun'kins! Cute little ones, of course.
 The Staffies are used to picking apples in upstate New York around this time of year but alas, we can't do that here so I poked down a pretty blue and white apple vase. This will just have to do.
 Oh, I mustn't forget to show you two more little Staffies that are sitting back stage. They are very shy, young and just don't like a lot of attention. So here they sit on the back shelf. They sure are sweet though!
There you have it - my Fall vignette on The Finn. Well, my Staffies have taken control of it for now. Oh, just so you'll know, they told me the keg is just a keg - no beer. Hummmmm... :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Puppy Love

And they called it puppy love
Oh I guess they'll never know
How a young heart really feels
And why I love her so

And they called it puppy love
Just because we're, we're seventeen
Tell them all it...
Please tell them it isn't fair
To take away my only dream

I cry each night
My tears for you
My tears are all in vain
I hope and I pray
That maybe someday
You'll be back (you'll be back) in my arms (in my arms)
Once again

Someone help me, help me
Help me please
Is the answer up above?
How can I
Oh how can I tell them?
This is not a puppy love
(This is not a puppy love)

~ sung by Paul Anka

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

My Mantel Has Fallen!

Hello, Dear Ones! I am continuing with my Falleness at our new to us home! We've lived here about five months and after unpacking I just didn't want to or did I care to get down to decorating but now I'm enjoying it again. I'm learning where I want to place things. Some times it's working and some times it's not! But I think my mantel works and I wanted to show it to you!
 My mirror is still not hanging in the center of the fireplace wall and we are going to move it but I can't do it! Mr. Precious has to get out the huge tall ladder to do it. He will. So...on we go.
The mantle does extend a little bit more on the right side. Strange, huh? 
In the center I've placed this olden vase in an olden glass footed bowl that was my little mothers. I think it is a pun'kin, looks like one to me. Does it look like a pun'kin to you? Well, it's acting as a pun'kin for my mantel! Then I've placed my largest Staffies on either side of the pun'kin vase. They just love playing in the leaves.
I didn't purchase many news items this year but I did buy a couple of these glass pun'kins since this color of blue seems to be showing up a lot in my living room. Pretty, isn't it?
 Then while shopping for pun'kins I found this pretty hand painted one. So pretty. I found this and the teal blue at "At Home", formally Garden Ridge.
 Continuing with my blue and white are a set of candle sticks. The dark "Blue Willow" blue looks nice with the teal blue. Oh, that candle is a dark blue but it shows up rather purpley here.
 Here is the other little hand painted pun'kin! I love these little guys.
 I have three garlands of fallen leaves that are intertwined here and there is a pip berry garland in there too. On the right hand side which is longer, I've placed a bunch of autumn colored dark red roses to try and balance it out.
Okie dokie pokies, there is my living room mantel all Falled up! I'm having fun decorating my new to me house! I just crank down the air conditioning and go to town! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you a little Note Songs ~

Autumn Leaves

The falling leaves
Drift by the window
The autumn leaves
Of red and gold

I see your lips
The summer kisses
The sunburned hands
I used to hold

Since you went away
The days grow long
And soon I'll hear
Old winter's song

But I miss you most of all
My darling
When autumn leaves
Start to fall

Since you went away
The days grow long
And soon I'll hear
Old winter's song

But I miss you most of all
My darling
When autumn leaves
Start to fall 
~ sung by Frank Sinatra