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I am so happy that you have stopped by for a visit!

It is here that I will try to share with you my creations, a bit of my home, my gardens and what inspires me.

Periodically, I will feature those dolls and creations that are available for purchase on my other blog:

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Thank you for visiting!
I hope you enjoy your stay here!


Monday, February 15, 2016

SHARING SOME REMODEL PHOTOS

About two years ago we started our remodeling for the upcoming sale of our home.
It has been an uphill battle, but at times rewarding.
Unlike many people who have had bad experiences, we have encountered great contractors and people who have gone out of their way to help us.
Since hubby is no longer able to do all the carpentry etc. I have learned that there are good and kind people out there.
To them goes our heartfelt thanks.
I also learned how to deal with situations I would have put onto hubbies shoulders. I learned to do lots for myself. So far I have, caulked, plastered, painted, put up molding, and so much more.
Today our son put up more molding....and taught me how to do it myself. He gave me a small nail gun with a compressor. I put my first brads in..... I guess there is something to be said about a girl carrying a gun...if it's the right sort.

When you are competing with lots of homes for sale, you want yours to be special and hope to find a buyer who can see themselves being happy here as we have been.
I guess the show on HGTV "Buying and selling" is both a curse and an inspiration.

Anyway, here is the family room which also can become the Master bedroom since it has a full bathroom. My studio next to it has already build-in closets with room for more.
So here are some pictures..... Hope you enjoy!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We added pretty stone behind the Italien wood stove.
All the walls had to be sanded down.
They were so heavely stuccoded that you could get hurt.
What a mess!!!!
 
 
 
 
Lots of things from throughout the house
have found new places
and some of the furniture was sold.
 
 
And as the saying goes
"When one door closes another opens",
or in this instance a gate.
 
Hubby is holding his own right now, and I continue to go on getting the house ready for sale.
The middle of May will come soon enough!
 
Next month is Spring.
New beginnings!
I wish everyone all the very best.
I greatly appreciate your comments.
Please forgive me for not answering,
this last year has been stressful and time slips  away.
 
God bless,
Evi
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

OUR LOVED ONES AND MANY THANKS

First I would like to thank everyone who visited  my blog show,
and everyone who gave my babes a new home.
I know each one will have a home where they will be loved.
Making them gives me great joy and satisfaction.
As I always say, it keeps me sane.

And speaking of a home where there is love,
I would like to share a photo that has a very special place in
our hearts........The Holiday Picture of our blended family.

I think you can see the love and happiness in this photo.

Our son Pete, our grandchildren Alexandra and David and our
soon to be daughter in law Heather and  her son Jake.

We love you guys!!!!!
And we are looking forward to a wonderful holiday together.


 
 
Wishing everyone happy holidays
spend with loved ones.
 
God bless,
Evi

Friday, December 4, 2015

LATE SUMMER AND FALL

 
Hello to everyone!
It's been such a long time since I posted anything.
I had a hard time remembering how.
It has been a hard road at times,
but there have been good moments too.
I try to appreciate what is now,
not always easy.
But when you hear of all the horrible things
that are going on in this world,
you have to count your blessings and hold on tight to
what really matters, family and friends.
My thoughts and prayers are with all the families
that have been affected by this senseless tragedy.
Every time something like this happens I have just one question
 
"Why?"
 
Answers fail me.
 
 
 
As to things around here.....
I went thru pictures a few days ago and wondered
where my year went.
It is still Fall and I thought I share a few from the
late Summer 'till now.
Who knows whether we will still be living here
next year.
The house is going on the market coming Spring.
We have done so much work....
and are still not quite finished.
I hope the next family will love and appreciate our  home
as much as we have.
It will be sad to say goodbye.
 

 
 
He...or she is thinking
"it's all mine....don't get any ideas"
 

 
 
This little fellow just stuffed his cheeks.
I love them all!
Except for the very large bear we had this Summer
and a poisonous snake.
Both scared me halve to death!
The bear was bending a wrought iron bar
that hangs our bird feeders down to the ground
....scary....
I won't miss that when we move into town!

 
Ebbie found this very neat hornets nest among
the wisteria,
thank God empty.
I did not have time to sit under the arbor with the wisteria
this year.
 
 
It has dried out now and still looks really interesting.
 

 
 
I took this picture just before we closed the pool.
Love the reflection.
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
I am overwintering many plants in our house
this year.
When hubby stopped working end of last year,
 I lost my "greenhouse"
which was his office.
It had the perfect light and temperature.
 

 
I am ending with a cute little winter bunny.
Sometime next week
I will post some new winter creations
for sale in my blog shop.
I will let you know the date.
With all that has been going on here,
there has been very little time to be creative.
 
Meanwhile I wish everyone a happy
Holiday season.
 
May God bless you and keep you safe!
Evi

Sunday, April 5, 2015

EASTER AND PASSOVER GREETINGS

 
 
Wishing you a happy Easter and Passover!
 
God bless,
Evi
 
P.S. I have been very busy painting and downsizing
our household.
The outside is being painted, the garage reworked,
and all around, our home is getting ready
to be put on the market.
 
I am not rushing....just doing at my own pace.
And I am not doing it alone.
Since hubby cannot do these thing anymore,
I am hiring where needed.
 
I will share pictures when I can see my way
clear through the confusion.
Boy, Sheetrock  makes a terrible mess!!!!
 
I hope you all have a fabulous Spring!

Friday, January 9, 2015

CHRISTMAS VINGNETTS OF PAULA'S BEAUTIFUL HOME

It has been a year that we have visited our friend Paula's and Bill's
beautiful home.
So much was going on this past year, actually the past two years,
that a visit always eluded us.
And we almost did not make it again.
As our trip on the 3rd of January was coming nearer, a storm
decided to march up the East coast.
So we called it off. Since Paula is good two hours away, it seemed a good idea. Our plans also included going to Sturbridge, MA the next day.
Sad, I resigned myself to another missed visit.
The next morning sitting in our pj's, we were waiting for the storm.
When nothing happened, I took the bull by the horns, we got ready in a hurry, and of we went.
Paula, was excited that we could join everyone.
And the drive was uneventful. Flurries were starting to fall as we got there.
We have not been anywhere of late, and it turned out to be the highlight of our "non-holidays".
Christmas was spend with our son, our grand children at his fiancee's home which had a lovely surprise when her parents joined us, having traveled  up from Florida. And it was a truly wonderful day.
We had nothing at all that said Christmas in our house. And for the first time, not even a Christmas tree.
Needless to say, my mood was not the best during the season.
All  that changed the minute we walked into Paula's  and Bill's magical home.
It takes your breath away, and makes you happy.
So much to see and admire.
Being in such a hurry to get there, I forgot to charge my camera.
Lot's of pictures did not come out.
But our sweet Laura (52Flea), took the most beautiful pictures. So there is much more to see over at her blog.
Without much ado, here are some of the pictures I took.
In person, it was sooooo much more stunning.

 
 
When I drive up to Paula's and Bill's house,
my heart beats faster.
It is so charming.
 

 
 
A beautiful wreath welcomes all......
 

 
and her home is truly a
WINTERWONDERLAND!
 
 
 
 
Many, many gorgeous trees awaited us.
 

 
Everywhere something pretty to spy.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
And one of my earlier Santa's,
happy to live there.
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
A bunny by Lori Ann Corelis snuggles in the princess room.
 
 

 
And so does this perky little birdie made by her.
Cute as a button.
 

 
Who would not want to sleep in this pretty bedroom
under a heavenly canopy......
 

 
.....lit by this majestic lantern.
Swoon worthy!

 
Even one of the bathrooms enchants.
 
 
 
Pretty nooks everywhere.
 
 
 
 
Maybe for next Christmas
I get to make stockings again.
We will see.
I forgot how pretty they can be.
 

 
The kitchen and some other places in the house are inhabited
by the king of mice I like.....
not the kind that keep you awake rolling nuts around in
the attic,
and inevitably end up caught
which always makes me sad.
 

 
Paula placed this one in a soup ladle.
How does she think of that!
Cute, cute, cute.
 

 
 
Oh, and that wonderful view from the kitchen into
her sleeping garden.
 
 
 
Pretty on her dining room table,
gliding over an imaginary lake......
 

 
....while snowmen skate nearby.......
 

 
........ and one of my earlier snow gals finds
another way of transportation.
They do get around, and  many have happily migrated to Paula's
beautiful home.
 

 
What a ride!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 Shortly after we arrived, it started to snow.
Next morning it had melted and we had rain
and fog.
It was a terrible ride to Sturbridge, and a nerve wrecking
ride home.
But I got to go to my favorite antique malls,
ending up finding pretty things for future projects
 

 
When we got to Paula's, Laura had gotten there, and later in
the evening we were joined by Carole and her niece visiting
from Switzerland.
We had a wonderful time spending time together
and catching up.
Ebbie and Bill watched football,
but I loved this moment when Laura and Ebbie became
royals.
 
 
 
Here she waves her magic wand over his head.
I hope it works....at least for a little while.
My husband has been diagnosed with the
onset of Alzheimer's.
We have much ahead of us.
It is not how I thought our retirement would be.
But we take every day as it comes.
So, forgive me, when I don't post much
or  comment.
I am holding things together here,
and try to enjoy all the good moments we still have together.
My studio, and working on my creations, keeps me sane
and happy.
For that I am grateful.
 

 
 
On his last day of work the end of December
he "pruned" a tree outside his office.
Our only bit of Christmas greenery.
But, Paula's house made up for it,
and we both came away feeling happy and at peace.
 
I wish you all warm and content winter month.
 Before we know it,
it will be spring again.
 
God bless,
Evi