Monday, November 15, 2021

Taking Joy From Simple Pleasures

 A few years ago I purchased a small flowering cactus from a local grocery store at the end of the season. It was barely hanging on but I persevered and nurtured it and talked to it at every watering. This past Spring I re-potted it to a large ceramic pot and placed it in front of my dining room window where it gets the afternoon sun. My patience and loving care has paid off and she brings me great joy on these gloomy rainy days of late Fall. Happy Thanksgiving!



Saturday, November 13, 2021

Who is the Mystery Artist?

 I recently purchased an oil painted cloth doll on Ruby Lane signed by S. Foster. I would like to know more as I can't find anything on line. Do you know this artist? The doll is in the likeness of a Columbia doll and measures a tiny 8" tall. I purchased a sweet Madame Alexander outfit for her to go with a hand crocheted bonnet. She looks adorable in pink!






Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Renovations to a 1867 Colonial Continued

 We just finished another big project, enclosing the front portico to our home. Below are before and after pictures and a view from the inside which was freshly painted and has new handmade fold up benches. We were very pleased to finally have a use for two antique stained glass side windows we purchased many years ago. Tonight I will take a picture to show them off in the darkness with the light on.







Saturday, April 17, 2021

A New Izannah Walker Inspired Doll-"Libby" SOLD

 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.






Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Three More Re-painted Fabric Dolls

 I am having fun with these "little" projects which don't take up much room or time. Here are my latest re-painted cloth dolls.




Thursday, March 11, 2021

Re-purposing Art Fabric Mills Dolls

 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

A Craig's List Score

 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.




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