Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Clothes for Alphonse

I’ve taken a break from painting and renovating for a while and have been spending the last couple of days working on and playing with my doll collection.

My mom started teaching me the fine art of needlework at the young age of 6. She is a saint and had the patience of Job. She tried to teach me patience, but it was easier to learn how to sew. I’ve always wanted my projects over and done with. If an idea pops into my head in the morning, I want to see it finished by the end of the day. I doubt that will ever change, but at least now I can be satisfied with an in progress project at the end of the day that is well done.

My Gram lived with us when I was growing up. She was an artist at everything she did. She was an accomplished pastry chef and seamstress. When she wasn’t baking, she was sewing or crocheting. She never used a sewing machine. Everything was hand sewn. Her stitches were perfect. Countless times I had to tear apart and redo a project because my embroidery wasn’t perfect or my sewing stitches were uneven. Of course I did it begrudgingly, but 60 years later I appreciate that she was a stickler for perfection. Proof is in the pudding… Practice makes perfect.

It’s been a good 15 years since I’ve knitted anything, and I wasn’t sure that my arthritic fingers would survive the project, but they did. They are actually thanking me today for the variation in exercise.

Here’s my latest project. Alphonse now has a new hat and sweater for the upcoming fall days.
Alphonse, Aimee and Chelle

Hubby just looked over my shoulder and said they look like tourists and I need to place them on a street in Paris. Now he's got my imagination running back to childhood days when my dolls had their own little lives and we pretended we were playing hide n seek with Gram in Great grandpa's vineyard in France.

Back to reality. The pattern for this outfit is in my head. I had a vision, I picked up needles and yarn and this is the result. Things happen with me that way... I really do hate to follow instructions and only do it as a last resort. I did keep notes though, as I'm planning on making something similar for Aimee, just different colors. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the outfit also fits her. She's 2 inches taller than Alphonse, but the difference is all in the legs. Body, head and arm sizes are all the same. Hmmm much like real life. Alphonse would be a "regular" and Aimee a "tall".  Ok... so now I'm being silly, but playing with dolls does that to me.

Bye for now. We're off to the Eiffel Tower!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bootstrap Dan

The newest addition to our Pirate theme wall. BLACK BEARD 18in Porcelain Novelty Doll ~Retired by Duck House Dolls

Hubby dubbed this guy Bootstrap Dan because he reminds him of his brother Dan. I have to agree with him.
Harr, Harr, Harr  

I think we need to get him a fishing pole!
I doubt that our home will ever be visited by the folks from House Beautiful, as we are way too whimsical and lived in. We do have quite a few fun conversation pieces though.

No matter the weather, we look forward to our monthly day out visiting little hole-in-the wall shops hoping to find yet another treasure we just can't live without.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you've enjoyed your visit. We've certainly enjoyed sharing with you!
Stay safe and have a wonderful day!

Gold N Oldies

Please excuse the play on my age old AIM id Goldnoldee but it is more fitting than ever today.
Painting the inside of my corner hutch inspired me to add color to my two knick knack shelves. Again, antique gold brightens the wall space, shows off my items much better and ties everything in with the Amish boy and girl checker board that I painted many moons ago.

I'm loving this little corner of my kitchen more today than ever, now that I can see all the details of my collections from afar. Isn't it amazing what a little bit of change can do!

A small sampling of my collections. I've collected cows and salt n pepper shakers forever. Over the last 10 years I have added cut glass and crystal.
My daughter Barbara made the ceramic cow bowls on display in the corner hutch. Of course they are my favorites!

Won't you please share some of your favorites with me.



Saturday, July 13, 2013

Goodwill finds and a facelift

I couldn't pass up this wonderful apple tea set. I'm going to have to start drinking more hot tea!

There were two of these butterfly n wheat cruets. I'm kicking myself for not getting the 2nd. Hopefully it will be there on next trip. I couldn't pass up this pot iron decorative tea pot.

Doesn't everything show up so much better on the antique gold background! I've been toying with painting the background of this cabinet for several months now. The apple tea set clinched it. Antique gold it had to be. It's so much richer looking now.
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Have a wonderful, creative day!