Welcome To My World!

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:


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

Sunday, April 5, 2015


Wishing you a happy Easter and Passover!
God bless,
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


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
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
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,

Monday, September 29, 2014


It's been month since my last post.
Life seems to throw us all kinds of curves, some good, some bad.
My eye problems are getting better, hallelujah....
but whenever you feel like you are getting back on track, something else gets thrown your way.
I get a nasty tick bite the beginning of June and have been dealing
with Babesia, a somewhat rare, tick-born illness.
It has been a long haul with fever, myalgia, really feeling unwell, constant tiredness, and weekly blood checks. Finally we are getting somewhere. I have tested negative twice. But we are now testing
again for Lyme, because I still have painful myalgia.
How can a tiny tick...and I mean TINY, create such problems.
The meds were hard to take too. And what I don't understand is the price of the medication Mepron. A 1000.00 dollars for only fourteen days, and multiply this by many weeks.
Even with insurance it is still very hard on the wallet. But you do what you have to do.
Hopefully this will be the end of this saga.

With this said, there also has been some good news:
The magazine with our home featured is out and on the newsstands.

We are in "Vintage Style" Fall/Winter 2014

They did a good job, and the writer "got" me. As some of you will know, this is not always the case.
One very funny thing though....it says "doll makers home", and not a doll to be found.
Oh, there were some dolls in our home, but for whatever reason,
be it that the photographer was a man, or that the magazine opted not to show any, I will never know....
but we all find it somewhat strange.

To house and home......
I am cleaning out everywhere.
We are toying with the idea of putting our house on the market
sometime next year. Because my hubby has ongoing health issues,
the property itself has become too much.
A small piece of property and a home on one floor would be the better choice.
We have to see. Meanwhile I am purging.
My friend Laura is coming soon to help me set up Etsy.
I have so many things to part with from antique children's clothing, to bears, and much more.
That should be interesting. Hope to get on with that in the beginning of the new year.

To some other good news..... I am working on some Fall and Halloween dolls, and will be posting soon.

And now.....a few pictures........

Love this pumpkin....unusual shape.

I am getting in the mood to do a little
Halloween decorating.

And this Harvest moon certainly helps.
So, watch out for some Fall-Halloween
goodies for sale coming soon.
Wishing everyone a beautiful Fall.
God bless,


Sunday, July 6, 2014


It has been awhile since I have posted.
Much has changed, and unfortunately not all for the better.
Both hubby and I have been dealing with medical issues.

For me, there has been a change that right now affects my vision in my right eye.
I had to have laser surgery the middle of May, (after cataract surgery a few years ago), to remove a film that had developed over my right eye.
Had the same problem with my left eye a few years ago, and the laser surgery on that eye went very well.
Not so this time.
I ended up with what is called posterior vitreous detachment.
In plain English I am dealing with a clear gel-like mass, plus a floater in my eye....like looking thru a shifting white curtain with something black swimming in it.  Yuck.
It has gotten a little better, but I still have problems sewing and doing the things I love.
From what I understand, most of the time it will get better....question is when.
I am trying to live my life normally, but have not had the desire to post, visit blogs, etc. Too much eye strain.
We are also dealing with the fallout of this last horrible winter.
The garden is VERY slowly getting cleaned up.
So much died. It breaks my heart.
Some things will come back, others will not.
A large retaining stonewall partially collapsed. The repair cleaned out the wallet.
I took some pictures over the last month and am sharing them with you....the before and after.
Hopefully we will get back to some normalcy.
Hubby and I would LOVE to forget this last year!

So here are a few pictures........

We did not get to see this beautiful view from our living room
this year,
instead this.......

We are still cutting out the dead stuff....
I see that some things are coming back from
the bottom.
Last year.....
...this year.
It will be awhile before I can cut hydrangea's again.
On the right a butterfly bush.
I loved all the butterflies that visited every year.
On the left there is a beautiful clematis...
mostly gone now.
It draped itself over arbors and fences,
and had such unusual flowers.
I spend hours cutting out the dead things very carefully,
and it is slowly coming back.
Lots of plants are gone for good,
no signs of life whatsoever.
Our big beautiful rose arbor with New Dawn.
My pride and joy.
It was intertwined with a beautiful clematis
that grew all the way up onto our front deck.
You can see the clematis to the right.
It bloomed together with the rose.
It was lovely!
This is it this year.
The roses suffered so much too.
Poor hubby is wearing his rose gloves to untangle and cut
the mess.
It is going to take forever to have it pretty again.
We also lost trellises.
Besides trellises we lost my beloved birdhouse that
hubby build me once for my birthday.
He is trying to fix it.
The only things that have been growing and surviving beautifully are the weeds.
It has taken me weeks to catch up, and my bad back does not help.
But I have planted things like geraniums,
and they are doing great.
I feel there is hope.

The one hydrangea that is doing well,
was planted two years ago close
to the house, where it got winter sun.
Just looking at these big heads makes me smile.
Here and there I tucked in herbs, but because
we have had so much rain lately,
most herbs are not at there prime yet.
I am hoping, since I use a lot in cooking.
Love this golden oregano.

And the geraniums on the front deck are
looking great.
So, I am living with hope.
Hope to use my new carrying basket for flowers or herbs.
It was a birthday gift from hubby,
We got it at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck.
My one outing.
It was wonderful, but all the looking left and right
made me feel dizzy.
Hopefully they will have it again next year
so that I can have a really good time.

And speaking of birthdays.....
mine was not celebrated this year.
I am sure I will make up for it next year!
But my girlfriend Debbie spoiled me, amongst other goodies,
with a most beautiful cake that she baked for me.
How sweet was that!!!!!

It tasted great !!!!!!
Look at all the work and love she put in for me.
And so I am ending this post.
Grateful to have dear, sweet friends,
a family who loves me,
and even with so many health issues going on right now,
I am grateful for what I have.
And being an optimist at heart,
I know this too shall pass.
I wish everyone a great summer!
God bless,