Friday, September 29, 2006
You know how commercial patterns are- tons of tissue! But she scanned every last piece! Such a nice thing to do and I know that Cissette, especially, is grateful. It's not nearly as nice as the original Madame Alexander outfits or as well done as the outfits done by this seamstress, but I'm pretty darn happy with it. I think the next thing will be a little bolero style cardigan to wear with the dress.
I grew up with Barbie. I never even knew Madame Alexander dolls. Now that I've discovered them, I feel slightly cheated! (Geez, Mom, when I get to heaven we'll have to have a talk about this!) They are all so lovely. The one I am now quite hungry for is the darling little Wendykin. I only want a vintage one, of course. Like Cissette, the vintage Wendykins look so much sweeter to me. Here's a very cute one from a past catalog at Lia Sargent's site:That website is serious eye candy for MA lovers! Drool city! I'm trying to snag a less than perfect girl from ebay, but everyone snipes me at the last minute. In January, I will be going to my first doll show! It's going to be right here near me in Roseville, California. Can I just tell you how exciting this is to me? And just in case any of you are worried that I've stopped loving cloth dolls, let me assure that is not the case! There is a little EFA girl in my head right now that is begging to be born.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Anyway, point being, when we refinanced last November, we know we wanted to make some changes. Here's what we have so far:
Friday, September 22, 2006
I especially don't like the homemade vanity with the beige formica counter. We added the medicine cabinet and the cabinet above the toilet. We also added the faucets and a new light fixture and towel bars. So now it's a funky mix of 50's, 70's and faux vintage!
The things I did were purely cosmetic, but they did make a pleasant change. I decided to play up the vintage look and spiff things up a bit while I was there. I replaced the old tension shower rod that was peeling the paint right off the wall with a screw in type and I re-hung the towel bar that my husband had hung neck high(!). I patched up the paint which made a huge difference! I took out all of Earl's "nautical" decor and put in my blue and white things. I love my plates. The one on top is from Goodwill and is, I think, very old. The two on the bottom are ones that my mother brought back from England. I also love my little milkglass hobnail lamp. I usually only keep the lower half lit- it's a wonderful nightlight. I think it was the glow of the lamp that drew me in to take these pictures! Anyway, it's funny how a few little changes can make you like a space. And since the rest of the house feels like it will never get done, it's nice to have one room that I enjoy!
P.S. I do have a saved post concerning the living room and if I can talk Blogger into uploading the pictures, I might actually post it someday! It's mostly a plea for help!
Thursday, September 21, 2006
This is the Santa I made last year. Or I should say "am still making" because he still needs a bit of work. This was for a VCD challenge and in my web research, I stumbled across the work of Conni Jenkins here. I love the look of her sweet Santy Clauses and decided to try that direction. I don't have a lot of experience with needlesculpting, but this turned out really well. He just needs a better coat and a stand and then he'll be something that I want to put out on display. I remember now that I was trying to make something to keep. Something that my kids could argue over after my death. As it is now, it is just another unfinished project!
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Unfortunately, I have to link you over to flickr because blogger is such a stupid butt-head. I've been trying to upload all morning and it won't do it! Anyway, it's a cute shot so I hope you'll go see it. Earl and Eric helped me set up a cute display of the potpourri on our dining room table. I also have a big bowlful on the coffee table. Danielle is generous with her portions!
I was going to give you a link to her etsy shop, but she sold out! Well, you just have to trust me on this one- it is divine. Keep your eye on her blog because if she makes any more available, you need to have it!
Thursday, September 07, 2006
See her rise before the sun!
See her get ready for the day in only thirty minutes!
See her spend the next two hours getting her family ready for the day!
What is she thinking? Is she a human doormat? Is she crippling her loved ones by not letting them take care of themselves?
And in a side note: Mama wishes she had more body in her hair and less body in her body!
Friday, September 01, 2006
I have really been enjoying my bloglines lately and have found two new blogs that I love. The first is Princess Nimble-Thimble. She makes darling things that I can only describe as Good. As in virtuous. They have an elegant sturdiness to them and there is no irony, just honest goodness. I hope you will pop over and see her beautiful work. She also sells her handcrafts and that's awfully good too!
The other good blog I have recently found is Simply Green by author Danny Seo. He is very inspiring! I found him via Alicia at Posie Gets Cozy who is also very inspiring. Between the two of them and this magazine I picked up today,
I am wanting to play decorator very badly! I don't think I've ever mentioned this before, but since I was eleven, I've always dreamed of being an interior designer. As is my way, I talked myself out of it, but I still love to design and decorate beautiful rooms in my head (and sometimes on paper). This is how I rock myself to sleep at night!
Needless to say, I've been watching HGTV's DesignStar very closely! If anyone else is as nerdy as me: aren't you glad Temple is finally gone?! Me too!