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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Polly Put The Kettle On, Our Dresses Need Fluffing

 Hello! I am back. Sorry, it has been such a long while. Life takes over and things get in the way and then you begin to think you have nothing worth sharing, and so on. Well, after a chat with a dear friend, I have been convinced there are still a few who look forward to my posts and so the time has come to get back at it.  I hope this finds you all well and happy with all the warmth, bird song, and hope of springtime.

I have been culling collections and rearranging things as son number one is returning home next week after being away for a number of years. Lots of stuff going on, as always. I am trying to fit a little "selfish fun" into my days and this small project is just one of those "fun" and satisfying things.

  A while back, when hubby was gone much of time with work, I was reminded of the sweet tiny sleep eyes of those vintage Nancy Ann Storybook dolls. I had a few that were my mom's when she was younger. They are long gone, so I went looking for more and over that year amassed quite the collection. They were mostly suffering a little wear and much love. I enjoyed freshening their dresses and when done, they got tucked away.  It was time to take them out and enjoy them.

                                                         Yup, lots of them.

 My mom used to freshen things like hair ribbons and tiny doll dresses over a steaming kettle, so that is what I did too. It worked like a charm!

                                   My kitchen counter, covered in brightly dressed dolls.

And here they all are, tucked into the cabinet, to be seen and enjoyed.  There sure are a lot of them. Next, I might cull this group to just fill a single shelf. In the mean time, enjoy!

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Place For Everything

                              I have had three old shutters tucked away in the barn for years.

            Over Christmas Marty turned them into three shallow cabinets with shelves in them.

                                           And this evening, they were installed!

There were partial hinge pieces on them and we turned them into handles on each. I look forward to putting them to use.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

You Know Your Children Are Grown Up When....

 You know your children are grown up when they send you home with fresh baked cookies they have made.

We were visiting son number three, who was just taking the last sheet of peppernuts out of the oven when we arrived. His place smelled lovely and the cookies were great!

I used to make these annually when the boys were little but they are somewhat time consuming and tedious, unless you have some company when it comes time to roll and cut and bake. It's been a long time since I have made any of these. You can see Marty's hand in the photo. He was pretty happy to find fresh cookies when he arrived!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! Relax A Bit

 I hope that you have all enjoyed your Christmas/holiday break. We made it through another year. Addy has grown a bit over the last few months. She is still all puppy but at least there are a lot fewer puddles in the house! Aaron is sitting in "her" chair.

                                             Need a bounce partner?

                                      A little R&R

                                 A little more R&R.

                              Nap time. It's hard work keeping up with the young one.

                                            Another nap.

                                                     "Helping" change the sheets.

                                  Snuggle time.



                     Aaron came down with a cold on Christmas day. He had good company though.

                                 Joshua and Addy negotiating the seating arrangement.

                                       Compromise.

                               All tuckered out.  Wishing you all a very good 2017.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas About The House

 Sorry, it has been quite a while since I have taken some time to blog. Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend. Today, being boxing day, is for leftovers and resting up.
Here are some pics of my decorating this year.
Above is my year round angel with a glittery gold candle ring about her neck.

                                  The kitchen tree is in its usual spot on the windowsill.

 This antique pudding bowl was a yard sale find this year. I have not ever seen one with holly on it before.

 All lit up and with a new star on top. That was another fun find this year, in its original box!

                                  Tin trees and another year round angel on the Hoosier.

                      Happy greetings and a vintage plastic garland top the Hoosier.

 Swansdown cake and pastry flour tins all stacked up and a "new" to me Lebkuchen tin with a little white feather tree.

                         A big copper scoop filled with some green glittery Christmas balls.

           Not really a "Santa" person, this mobile made me smile and hangs at the back door.

 I had Marty put a small shelf partway up the wood box and now there is a safe puppy-free spot for some of the stuffed snowmen I have from many years back.

                     The wall tree is in a new spot sporting a few more ornaments.

                               My favourite old battered Nativity sits on a copper charger.



                    I tucked my bottle brush tree collection in among the items in the sideboard.

 I have had the mercury glass candles forever but this year they found a home in some glass candle holders.

 For years I have wanted to fill an old cradle with glass decorations and I finally did it this year. Tucked in is also a string of tiny lights that add sparkle in the evening.

 The puppy was good reason to go with a smaller tree and I am very happy to have it up off the floor on an end table.

                                                             All lit up.

          Up all year long, this wreath of old corsages comes into its own in the winter time.

                                                       Up close.

                                                Lights and garland run up the stairs.

              Cross stitch stocking made by me, many years ago, with my childhood angel tucked inside.

                    Since there were fewer gifts under the tree I put them all into a basket.

       This length of ribbon was a find from long ago. The embossing is still very good on it.

 I have only ever found two boxes/bowls made from old Christmas cards and the one fits nicely into the other.  The pair of Annalee dolls were thrifted a while back. They match the box perfectly.  An old box of tinsel creates a sparkly background.

What is Christmas without a little chocolate? These Stuhmmer filled chocolates are lovely to look at, as well as eat.

              A little magic arrived in the mail just before Christmas! From Switzerland. Yes, some of the bars are already gone. Note the seasonal treat of cinnamon chocolate!

            These chickens are from Sri Lanka and made from plastic bags. A cute little flock.

                                                      The real reason for the season.

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