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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Playing House

I've been playing house today.

I spent most the morning sorting thru and ironing vintage linens.

Like many of you, I have baskets of them. Just a few are quality pieces. Most have stains, but I don't mind.

I played around in my dining room, which at this moment looks more like a vintage shop than a place to dine!

When I was a little girl, I loved to play house. My daddy built my sister and I a "real" playhouse in the back yard. It was pink! It had a Dutch door and cute little windows that opened out on hinges with little window boxes underneath.

Inside was a little table and chairs, our doll bed, and kitchen things.

I don't have many memories playing in it, though. I remember dragging my toys back into the house because I wanted to play close to my mother. I was definitely attached emotionally to my mother. I felt terribly lonely in the doll house.

My mother was beautiful. She was tall and slim with dark wavy hair. She had beautiful blue eyes and always, her lips were painted with a bright shade of lipstick. She laughed a LOT!

My mother kept a clean and practical home. It was lovely, but there were just a few pretty things. She did not collect things when we were young. No money really, for herself. She spent most of her time cooking, cleaning, doing the yard, and sewing. She sewed nearly all of my sister and my clothes.

My mother loves to visit me and my house! She just loves all my stuff!

I purchased a box of dolls recently, for a sweet little price. I fluffed up their terribly flattened frocks and here they are, so cute, don't you think?

And, here is one more. She is taking a trip to Ireland to find herself a pot of gold!

Happy St. Paddy's Day, everyone!


We had Mercy Week in kindergarten last week. I just have to share these cute pictures with you.

Piggie Cupcakes!

And we ate 3 loaves of toasted bread, with a great deal of butter, of course!


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sweet Daughter

Let's have tea!

My daughter is a people person! She has nearly as many friends as I have dishes! When she offered to host a table at her church tea she asked me if she could borrow dishes for her table. I packed up 3 bins of things for her to choose from. I think her table looks very pretty.

These dishes are the Marilyn pattern by Homer Laughlin. They were made in 1942.

The decal was popular on many items. I have even seen lamps with this decal.


Friday, March 7, 2014

St. Patty's Day Swap!

Oh my goodness! My package came today from my Secret Leprechaun!

Isn't this tag just gorgeous!

It's so me! Sweetness and lace!

This little girl is just precious!

Look at the tiny pink roses on her bonnet!

And, a little burlap pillow with song notes and a blessing!
And, oh my goodness!
A gorgeous banner!
Look how pretty this banner looks on my hutch.
Want to know who my Secret Leprechaun is?
"L" is for Lisa!

I just love my gifts, Dear Lisa!

Thank you so much for making these wonderful St. Patty's things for me.

I feel very LUCKY that Vivian gave my name to you! Thank you Dear Vivian, for hosting this fun swap!


We celebrated Dr. Seuss's Birthday this week in kinder land. We ended our week with a read-a-thon! (And, I was so happy that so many of my kids could read Cat in the Hat and other Seuss books). Look at the yummy snacks mommies and grammies made. I just had to share this with you. The kids were thrilled!


Saturday, March 1, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Swap!

Sweet Vivian of Viv's is hosting a SECRET Leprechaun Swap! I love this idea!!!

I just love her blog and the inspiration I find within her posts is LUCKY for me!

We aren't to divulge our swap partner, but we can reveal what we made for them. I had a good time making my lucky leprechaun! He can be a bluebird, can't he?

I used paper clay, styrofoam, and a toothpick to make my little bird. I think it was Viv who first taught us how to use this clay!

I let it dry for 2 days. Then, this morning I painted them Blue Jay blue.

I drew on the eyes with a mechanical pencil and painted them in. eyes aren't what they used to be! I had to close one eye to paint because I have mono- vision!

Then, I floated on some pink cheeks.

I drew my patterns on old mail! Then traced onto a favorite piece of scrapbook paper.

I glued them on with Tacky glue and embellished with St. Patrick's items.

The sweet girly blogger that I made this Lucky Charm for is sweet as pie!

I hope she likes it!

I also made a few ornaments for my holiday tree with my Cricut a few weeks ago.

And so, she will get a set, too.

I went to a church tag sale Friday after work and got a box of green ball ornaments! The ladies were laughing, wondering who would buy the bright green balls. They thought they looked more like St. Pat's than Christmas! Yep, they do, and perfect for my tree.

The little cones were cut from felt doilies from the dollar store. I am going to make a new garland, too.

Stay tuned!