I found the perfect antique blue & white cotton print dress for my latest doll. I reworked a doll bonnet which has rows of ruffles which frame her face beautifully.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Over the years I have purchased many Art Fabric Mills miniature dolls. Most of them are in excellent condition and some of them are badly stained or faded. My intention when I purchased these old relics was to re-purpose by hand painting over the printed fabric. I have finished two and here are before and after pictures. They are both 7 inches tall, one is on a doll stand so she appears taller.
Doll on the left pictured above has had a first coat of acrylic paint.
Another project completed was to stitch a new body cover on a badly faded and stained cloth doll. Here are before and after photos below.
Monday, February 1, 2021
Once in a while I check out the listings on Craig's list in Vermont. My timing was perfect a few months ago when I found an antique 3/4 size spool bed with new mattress and box spring in the free ads. I thought this must be a mistake but quickly sent an email in hopes it was free and still available. It was available and free so my son Sean picked it up the next day. One of the foot board spindles was broken but the owner included it. My husband Mark is an expert when it comes to working with wood and expertly repaired it and now you can't tell which one was broken and it is most likely stronger than the rest. It is the perfect size for our small guest bedroom. I am still in disbelief that it was free and I was the lucky recipient, it brings a smile to my face every time I enter the room. My little prairie doll is waiting for my great grand daughter to visit when this pandemic is over.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
I have shown in my prior post pictures of our bathroom renovations. Pictured here is the downstairs small bedroom which we renovated at the same time (yes we were crazy). It actually made sense due to the need to rewire both rooms as they were the only ones which had not been updated in this 12 room house built in 1867. We were delighted to find that under the carpeting were oak harwood floors like we found in the dining room, win win! These pictures are unedited so color and lighting may not be ideal but you get the general idea. Click on pictures to enlarge.
Friday, November 20, 2020
We finally finished our bathroom renovation so I am posting before and after pictures here. The before bathroom had a pink bathtub which was a popular color many years ago. Unfortunately the wall for the plumbing at the end of tub only allowed about 14 inches of width to enter the bathroom. We removed the tub and relocated the vanity we repurposed in that location. We gutted an existing closet and replaced it with a shower unit. We have two other bathrooms upstairs that have bathtubs so we didn't need one downstairs as well. These pictures are unedited so the wall color is brighter than actual. It is the shade of southwestern gold but it looks like the color of a cream sickle with a cream colored wainscot surround. I have included pictures of the original wallpaper we found behind the wall and ceiling studs which indicates the bathroom had previous renovations in its history. Click on pictures to enlarge.