Monday, September 15, 2014

SHOWTIME...6 Days and Counting

Ever have one of those days?
Today I sewed the Hitty cape linings in backwards.....TWICE!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

SHOWTIME.....7 Days and Counting

Baking up another batch of Lucys!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SHOWTIME....8 Days and Counting

Clothespin doll kits in the making.....

Friday, September 12, 2014

SHOWTIME...9 Days and Counting

A bit more book binding to replenish my inventory!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

SHOWTIME...11 and 10 Days to Go

Apologies first for missing my post yesterday!
My laptop had a hiccup of sorts but does seems much revived today...fingers crossed.
So for a bit of catch up, I was gifted this beautiful doll's dresser from a dear friend the other day (thanks Sara!) It needs a bit of spit and polish but I couldn't wait to show it off. I've got big plans to put it to work on my table at the show so you'll see it cleaned up soon enough.
And as if that wasn't treasure enough, each drawer is stuffed with sweet little linens.

Can you believe one of them even had my initial stitched upon it?

Today now finds me back to taking stitches myself.
Not that I'm complaining, I love making bouquets of Bitty Blossom Pins!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SHOWTIME.....12 Days and Counting

Plastic Bags!
Oh how I've been waiting for these...
If all goes as planned
they'll hold some kit making goodies. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

SHOWTIME.....13 Days and Counting

Petite Patchwork Pillows on the Porch!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

SHOWTIME.....14 Days and Counting

 I am perfectly in love with these boots!
I wish they were mine but alas they belong to someone a wee bit tinier than me...
 ...Little Red Riding Hood!
My mom is coming along with me to the doll show and in the spirit of the event had some fun making up this dear little lovie. The wolf, of course, was close on her heels.
 And where would they be trotting off to other than Grandmother's house!
 Grandmother, busy keeping things tidy, is quite unaware that either of them
are on their way for a visit.
And so we are left to wonder who will get there first?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

SHOWTIME.....15 Days and Counting

Spent this hot, humid, and stormy day working on some wool capes.
Hope Hitty doesn't feel the heat!

Friday, September 5, 2014

SHOWTIME.....16 Days and Counting

A little bit of dress up fun is always entertaining!
It was decided that we would create a display area at the show where an assortment of dolls and their wardrobes could be featured and I was lucky enough to be asked to oversee the outfitting of Hitty.
What a treat!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SHOWTIME...17 Days and Counting

 I have another pincushion production line in the works...
but this one is in a slightly larger scale and intended for dolly's people friends!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SHOWTIME....18 Days and Counting

 Working to get my ducks in a row.
Or in this case perhaps I should say "ducklings" considering these pincushions 
measure less than an inch!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SHOWTIME....19 Days and Counting!

 Just because the lamp has yet to receive it's patchwork love doesn't mean I haven't had my hands piecing away. One tiny doll quilt...
 ...and a matching pillow were my contribution to one of the raffle items that will be offered up at the show!
It's been a team effort. The crib was generously donated and fitted with mattress and sheets.
I added the aforementioned quilt and pillow and then just today passed it on to it's next destination where it will receive the final touch....
a tiny china baby doll!!!
(I got a sneak peek and can assure you she is a sweetheart.)

Monday, September 1, 2014

SHOWTIME....20 Days and Counting!

 Not much new in the decorating department....the chairs have yet to be painted, the poor lampshade is still without patches, and only a token number of the items to be hung on the walls have been attended to.  
 I did find this cute little painted box at the consignment shop and thought it was the perfect cottage accessory to hold the makings for some impromptu cards games. I've been told it's a pretty lame attempt on my part to compete with the "video game super station" housed on the opposing wall.
So far I haven't had any takers but I refuse to give up hope!
In the meantime, however, I've got bigger fish to fry!
I'll be hosting my very own table at the Southern New Hampshire Doll Show and Sale in three short weeks. It's been quite a while since I participated in something like this and I'm really excited to be a part of the hoopla. I'm also feeling a bit overwhelmed about getting all my goodies together so I'll be tracking my progress along the way with a daily post both here and on Facebook.
Stay tuned!

Saturday, August 16, 2014


 I am happy to report progress has been made!
I may have not gone about it in the most logical of methods but it got done none the less.
 The best way to tackle it would have probably been to first empty the entire space thus providing ample elbow room to pull out the carpet, sand the floor, paint the floor, paint the walls, and finally paint all the trim. With several batches of company expected throughout the month and no other adequate gathering location in the house I went at it like a patchwork block at a time.
 Here's a shot mid way through on a day when company was expected...not picture perfect but at least we could sit down!
 The worst part about such a patchwork painting project is it requires a lot of shifting of stuff...around and around, seemingly over and over again. Case in point was dear hubby's bookcase of "treasures." Three times  I shifted this thing and in order to do so most everything had to be removed.
 Each time this was done in the early morning hours while dear hubby was still sleeping as he doesn't like his "treasures" disturbed. This photo would send shivers down his spine for sure!
 I was ever so careful however,
 and put everything back just so.
By the time he awoke it was locked up tight and he was none the wiser. How in the world he thinks the bookshelf shifted from spot to spot throughout the process I have idea but that's a question much better left unasked!
One of the things I kept thinking about before I started in on the renovations was how nice it would be to start fresh in this room, it was going to be my blank canvas upon which to paint a cottage living environment. As such I had early on decided to paint the walls white...easy peasy right?
One would think so but after a quick peruse of the white paint chips at the hardware store I was in a quandary. I honestly had no idea there were so many whites out there. I brought a bunch of samples home and for days haggled over the numerous variations being too pink, too green, and eventually just too darn confusing. Add to that the simply divine names they attach to these in the world was I going to choose between Cotton Fluff, Falling Snow, and Dew Drop?

Luckily, fate intervened!
I stumbled upon the most wonderful thing in the paint department at Walmart one day...

Glidden's "Grab-N-Go" paint line.
Not only is it pre-mixed and self priming but it comes in a limited palette line of colors one of which happens to be plain "white." Just what the doctor ordered!!!

After the walls I was so in love with white I couldn't stop.
The heater grates got a coat and...

...the tables legs too.

But why stop there? I had read about this amazing Bulls Eye Primer that allowed you to paint literally anything without having to strip or sand it first.
With that in mind I just kept going all along the table top...

...and up to the tippy top of the lamp!

Now when I come down the stairs in the morning this is the view I see.
So far so good....
I'm pleased and so is the rest of the family, especially the boys.

Dear hubby and the boys think they have died and gone to heaven now that the TV and gaming paraphernalia have taken center stage. Very cool and macho, huh?

Well for the moment perhaps but I've got some plans to "Selina Lake" it up a bit.

A whole list of plans in fact!

Mollie Makes might make an appearance or two as well!

Look at this patchwork chair pad for instance, don't you love it?

Or a calico lampshade?

It just so happens I've got one ready and waiting for some fun inspiration!

Friday, August 1, 2014


"If one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life
which he has imagined,
he will meet with a success
unexpected in common hours."
~Henry David Thoreau
As a Tasha Tudor fan I have read this quote many times over.
Its message is always inspiring and probably one of the many little nuggets that factored into my belief that I could transform our living room into a summer cottage retreat.
First advancing steps taken, however, have caused my confidence to drop
quite significantly and left me wondering...
what have I gotten myself into?