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!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


For many years, I have been collecting antique
mending clothes - embroidery samplers.

I love the idea of saving things, and learning the how-to.
When I see these wonderful pieces of "domestic art",
I can envision a young girl, being taught either by her
mother or in school, how to mend and embroider.
A hundred -or so- years ago,
things were not thrown away, you took good care
of them, and passed them down to the next generation.
When I visit many of my favorite blogs,
I see, that luckily there are still many people out there,
that give new life to things of the past.
With this post, I would like to share one of  passions,
reminders of a time gone by,
where you did not just run to the next store to replace,
but to save something.

Many of the pieces that I own, come either from Europe,
or from European settlers that came to America.
Unfortunately I could not separate these last two pictures,
oh well, you get the "picture".

This  sampler is either French or from Belgium.

Look at all this beautiful hand work.
Lovely, just lovely!!!!!

I wonder who Babetta Popp was.
Did she enjoy working on this sampler?
Did she get to use her skills in her life?
Where did she live?
Was she happy taking care of her family?
Every time I see these wonderful things,
I wonder who these people were,
and what their lives were like.

What I find special about this work, is that
this young woman was not about to just put her
sampler in a draw to be pulled out once in a while,
no, she was going to wear it!
How charming!!!!

This sampler and the 1901 Guensberg are one
of my recent discoveries.
I found them at the Elephants Trunk in CT.
They where in a box with many other
VERY "filthy" things, and went really CHEAP.
I was in heaven, and after washing them numerous
times, I could not be happier with my new finds!

I wish you happy days,
filled with new discoveries.

God bless,

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


As promised, I am doing a show and tell
of the goodies that made it home with me.

I have been wanting an old olive basket since I
first saw them awhile ago.
I even had my friend Laura@52 flea
looking for me, since she visits fleamarkets more than I do.
She had seen them while in Florida, but did not get to buy
one for me.
 I was soooo happy to see them at Lillian August,
the store we first visited.
The price, with their sale, was even better.
Hooray for me!!!!!
I have it in the entrance foyer-breakfast room
where it holds some of my favorite magazines.

Loved this chair at Lillian August, and it moves between the
outside and our family room.

I have wanted this book ever since it came out.
I love his clean decorating style,
and the wonderful teddies he makes.
If you gals own this book, you know what I mean.
His bears are absolutely charming......

....and so is his home.
I got both chair, book and all the other things I had to have on sale.
Woohoo,Yippee, hooray!!!!

The hanging "chandelier" came from Terrain.
I think it was meant to be just a wire cloche.
Since I also bought the glass jars....
(well, you know from my last post, the trouble I got into)....
the two things just went together.
The little glasses became the clappers.
I keep them filled with cut flowers and herbs.

Sometimes I put a candle in the top....

....or a fern.
It looks to me like it is supposed to hold a plant.
Anyway, I like the look over the little
round table where hubby and I eat most of our meals
in the mild seasons.

More goodies from Lillian August.
The ribbons will adorn my dolls......
love them.
And of course I have been playing with the jars.
The contents keep changing.

At Terrain I bought some unusual little ferns and plants.
In the fall I will make a terrarium.
That store inspired me so much!

My new doll is starting an Americana series,
(after all, we are in an election year)
and which I will post for sale soon.
So, my doll and I wish you all a happy and safe
Independence Day.

I am happy to be a citizen of this country,
proud of the freedom to live as we wish,
to express our thoughts freely.
 I want to thank everyone in the Armed Forces
for keeping us all safe.
My gratitude goes out to them.
 To everyone out there,
Happy 4 TH of July.
Happy Birthday America!
God bless,