Saturday, June 16, 2012

Well... when I think shabby chic, I think of the Ashes

Rachel Ashwell, Laura Ashley....

I was able to get some Laura Ashley sheets and a really cute shabby chic pillow sham...  I have a vast amount of lace... antique, semi antiquish, new stuff that looks kind of old...

So here is what I've gathered so far...

Here are some of the laces:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

My Creative Juices are flowing unbelievably...

Ok, I guess my mind is wandering.... 

I suddenly (as of yesterday) want to make a shabby chic bed for my girls!  

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I got a little freaked out today

I remember someone saying "are there any original ideas?"  -- I immediately thought, of course there are.  Man has free will, we come up with ideas, of course they are "our ideas" -- I remember hearing that bands won't listen to tapes sent to them, lest they are later accused of stealing music and directors won't read scripts from "no names" for the same reason.  I thought, how ridiculous, then I had this freaky thing happen to me.

Yesterday, I bought a used book with the thought I'd like to make a fairy house/ miniature out of it.  I even thought I could put a "door" on the spine of the book....  -- today I saw something that had been posted on the internet only 5 days ago, it was a series of books, glued together and attached to make a fairy house -- how freaky is that.  I remember thinking well, there's no such thing as a book fairy, but I just like the idea,  I thought of stacking pages, gluing them together and carving furniture out of it....

There's the tooth fairy, there are woodland fairies, but no book fairy.  This brings me back to... are there any original ideas... or has someone, somewhere already thought of your idea, making it not really yours??

Monday, June 11, 2012

I feel like the cloud is lifting!

Finally, things aren't as bad.  Today I went to the post office and retrieved the package they claimed to have delivered on Saturday.  All the clerk could say was "Lucky it was here".  Fine.  I'm over it.

I've had a strange twist of desire/fate...  I have a very odd fascination with fairies.... Yes Fairies.  Perhaps it started with the making of the petal dress that I'm in the process of doing...  Maybe it was something else...  Anyway, I want to make a fairy house (of course I have more on my plate than hours in the day, but I'm just letting the idea swirl around in my head.

I don't know what's gotten into me.  Maybe it is early empty nest syndrome. 

Speaking of empty nest, I'm feverishly quilting the quilt I hope to send her off to school with but the quilting is very time consuming.... much more so than I imagined.  I want to get it all quilted and then bound before mid-August ... just before she leaves.

Back to my fairy thoughts....

I was thinking a "book fairy" -- hollowing out a book and making all the furniture out of the pages....
Then there was a seaside fairy -- make something that looks like a sand castle with shell/coral furnishings
Then I thought maybe forest fairy (traditional with pine cones, etc.) but I just can't decide.  Maybe I'll make up some rough sketches....

How fun it would have been to make a small woodland fairy house out in our backyard when my girls were young... never thought of it.  Wish I had!  (I could wait for grandchildren but who knows what my eye sight will be like by then!)

Promises of posts with pictures!!!!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

It's been a while since my last post...

As I sat here at my computer, thinking I've not posted on my blog in a while.  I thought, I really don't have too much to say.  I've been busy with family issues and I realize not a lot matters (other than health and happiness) -- I've drilled this into my kids since they could understand the spoken word.  It is more evident now than ever.

I keep saying, in September I'll have more time (when my daughter leaves for school) -- but again -- I think I should just seize the day!!!  So with a new(ish) upbeat attitude, I'm going to trust that every thing will work out for the best and that what is meant to be will be.

I'm tired of fighting with my local post office.  The post office in this country is just terrible.... I have to accept that and move on.  If I don't get my mail, I don't get it.

I did make a quilt (out of old denim jeans).  That was fun.   Very easy (I needed that).

I'm going to get motivated to finish up some of the dress ideas I had sketched out.  I realize that I've been procrastinating -- giving myself till September to finish them up.

There are so many things I'd love to do including put together a house or at least a diorama for the girls.  I don't need much, maybe a living room and a bedroom??? I've been looking at all the miniature things there are "out there" and I wish there were more that would "fit" my Agnes, Adriana, and the bunch....

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hope to have some news within the next day or two

GREAT NEWS!   I GOT ANOTHER ADDITION TO MY COLLECTION.  Her's has been a difficult journey you can read about it below.

I'll have more photos tomorrow.

I cannot believe the turmoil with this doll....  I took her out to take a photo for my blog and heart break and disappointment, her upper leg joint where the rod is inserted shot out and the leg fell to the ground, breaking..... Ugghhh.  My heart just sunk and I began to cry.  It started off as being the happiest day to being the saddest all in a few minutes...

She is now on her way back to her artist.  It seems I will again have to wait...

Her history was filled with ups and down.

I've been waiting (patiently) -- and I think I might burst when I finally get this little gem in my hands!  I'll post photos, I'm already doing some planning.  This started on May 9th or so and I had no idea it would take this long... Worth the wait...


I had started writing this yesterday.  I found out today, it was not meant to be.  It seems she will be going back to her artist and won't be coming to me.  Very sad...  There seems to be some snag in the delivery which we can't figure out yet.   Luckily today is my daughter's graduation so I have much to look forward to.

Things just haven't gone well for me, so I should just accept that it isn't to be.

I returned home very late from my daughter's graduation only to find that a slip was left by my mail lady.  (The post office arrived at my house after 5:00 pm) -- as I didn't leave until 5:20...  It is a long weekend here, so I have to wait till Tuesday to hopefully get her.  Now I pray that she hasn't been damaged.  She's been in transit since May 9th!

It was the weekend, then a holiday (memorial day).... I waited (and prayed she wouldn't be damaged) -- this has happened with my post office before and it was an antique doll.... ughh

The local post office are idiots.  They said that the package was not addressed correctly and it would have to be returned to its original sender.  I think they thought that they were sending it back to the originator -- but the only American address was mine and that's where they sent it.   That's what they put in the tracking system -- being returned to sender.

As the post woman handed over the package, she plopped it on the counter from above.   I gasped and said "it's fragile" -- she just looked at me and said "it's packaged" -- absolute idiots.  I was so afraid that the fragile/delicate fingers would be broken.   I was so relieved when she was undamaged.  I emailed the artist letting her know she was fine....  (How was I to know the leg incident was still to happen)...