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Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Dolls

I have finally finished my latest group of dolls and am in the process of sending out my newsletter to those of you who have signed up for the mailings. Click on the picture above and it will take you to the newsletter itself. Or click here too and from there you will be directed to my Dolls and Fancywork Shoppe. Thank you so much for viewing my creations.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Simply Beautiful

Every Christmas a few friends from grade school gather for a luncheon.  ~ We like to bring a gift to the hostess. Two years ago, my friend Gay, gifted this lovely, white, African Violet to me, when I hosted the event. ~ I know very little about gardening, let alone the care for indoor plants, but I rose to the challenge, and now two years later, I am so very proud of this beautiful flower. I simply bought a small bottle of African Violet Food, and followed directions. I even had to repot it, as it has  grown so well. Thank you again, Gay, for such a lovely gift!

I cannot get enough of the large, Victorian houses, many with balconies and third stories and turrets. We spotted this beauty yesterday perusing the older neighborhood of tiny, Woodburn, Oregon. This is the Settlemier House which is where the founder of Woodburn resided. There are a few other beauties in Woodburn. It was such a pleasure seeing them.

Yesterday morning, a friend in town gave to me her old twig table that was (and still is) rather rotting. ~ I placed it into our "rockery" and it is happy to be there. ~ I will place a small plant on it in hopes that it won't force the table to the ground. I do adore twig furniture and what have you, because it has a faerie-like quality to it. The faeries in my garden are already delighted!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday, Adorable and Beautiful Gracie!

Yesterday was our dear little granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth's 5th birthday.

Brigitte, Grace's mom, our daughter, made all of these delightful dollies and decorated the party with them! I guess one could call them "Party Dolls".

Beautiful Gracie, eager to begin the opening of her gifts.

And the cake...

Fun in the sun on hold until after gifts and cake and ice cream.

 Below, see Grace's handsome, brother, Alex, (who will be 20 next month!), and his beautiful girlfriend, Sarah. Such fun in that pool for all. And who is that little fish in the corner? Of course it is Emma, also 5 years old and Grace's best friend who did not want to come out of the water even for cake and ice cream. Emma calls us Mimi and Baba, for she loves us and we love her and so have stepped in to be more grandparents for her, since we also love her Auntie/Mom, Amanda. See above. I told Amanda to say "prune". She did it so nicely.

Bathing darlings having a blast.

She told me she would love to have a "pink" piano, and below is what I scored for her, along with that hot pink, velvet and diamond tufted toy box.

Looks as though friend, Layton, who will be 5 in September, is getting some water into that device.

You go, Layton, squirt your silly and wonderful father! Sorry I did not capture any pictures of the very saturated Eric.

All-in-all it was a delightful time, and there were many other people there, but I whip out my little iPhone camera only once in a while. This was all that I managed to snap. 

Monday, July 4, 2011