Sunday, March 1, 2015

The beach is calling......

I wasn't able to copy the video.  Perhaps you have seen this.  If not, I copied to my timeline on Face Book.  I hope you can find the video.  The other photos show the clothesline and lighthouse.  Love the background music.  I want to make one of these.   I have the houses but I need driftwood.     Maybe it is the beach calling.  Our every other family vacation to Hilton Head is coming up in June.  We are all looking forward to it.
Of course it is snowing here.  I stayed over and my son's last night and watched my granddaughter and grandson and two of their friends.  It all went really well until bedtime.  That was a bit of a nightmare.  But my son came home to get something at the perfect time.  He got them settled a little.  After he left the arguing on where everyone was sleeping started again.  Everyone wanted to be on the blow up mattress.  Yes, all four.  We had a couple of meltdowns.  I finally said that if I came up the stairs everyone would be in a different bedroom.  Luckily they have four, lol.  Well they decided that they didn't want to sleep alone.  Then it was quiet.....for about 30 minutes.  Here comes my grandson crying. He had a weird look on his face and wasn't making sense.  I finally said would you like me to come upstairs and sleep beside you  He did.  He was sleep walking.  So upstairs we find the little girls on the blow up and the little boy in my grandson's bed.  So M and I went into Mable's bedroom and slept.  When my son came home he closed the blind and pulled the covers up on both of us (hah).  As he walked out of the room M. said, "Thanks."  Of course all the kids were up at 7 a.m.  I had to wait til the big guys got up and shoveled the driveway that's up a hill.  I might add that my son's overnight guest went to help him in a coat, shoes, and a towel wrapped around his waist.  No pants.  Now, I really mean no pants because I asked his wife.  I guess that it got a little rowdy when my son started throwing snow up the towel. 
I made it home at about 20 mph.  I was able to get up our hills.  Hubby made me breakfast and I took a nap.  I got to get busy as the realtor comes tomorrow.  I never listed a house covered in snow before.
Enjoy your Sunday.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Love It or List It

Here we go again.  I'd love to just rather " love it"  but we do need to downsize and it's not going to get any easier.  So we will "list it".  We are both dreading this.  I think after such a lousy experience this fall,  we are looking at it all negatively.  Hoping with a new realtor and being listed the right time of the year  and low inventory,  it will be a better time.  The snow needs to melt and it needs to warm up.  That would help so much.
Until then I will clean, declutter, and make minis.  I have probably whined before about my daughter's Betsy Clark doll furniture that went missing when we moved 30 years ago.  I have looked and looked and can't find a replacement.  But I did find this.......
A Holly Hobbie doll house.  I got it for a steal.  It's not Betsy Clark but it's also something that I have "loved" for a long time.  When my daughter was a baby I would do H.H. oil paintings on slate.  A local gift shop loved them and sold them in their store.  Thank goodness there weren't copy right police then.  I remember how thrilled I was that an artist actually bought one.  It was fun and a little extra money at the time.  I was pregnant for my second son at the time.  I wish I had kept at least one of them.

The house is in really good condition for around 1975. That's 40 years. 
The house is tiny but had all this furniture.  It had outdoor playground furniture which I didn't post.  One side of a swing is broken.  Now it came with one of the plastic dolls and the two rag dolls.  I ordered the other dolls from a different vendor.  The baby and one of the dogs came with one of those.  The dolls are so big compared to the house.   
Some of their clothes I will wash.  I even have a change of clothes.  Their hair needs spiffed up a little.  One doll is missing a shoe.  They are in wonderful shape.  Don't they have the cutest faces. 
Here are the doggies.  They even have a house.  See my new pillow in the background.   
Here is the naked baby. 
Ooops, I said two rag dolls but there are three.  The plastic doll's hat is a little flat from being stored away all these years. 
So it's LIST the real house and LOVE the play house.
(Dr. Mr. Cozy, don't even ask me.)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Basketball season is over/ A funny story about our 8 year old grandson

Our grandson is the third fro the right.  His team had a great season  It was travel basketball.  They played so many games.  Every week-end 6 games or more.  Also practice a couple nights a week.  We didn't make many of the games because most were an hour away.  Now onto the next sport.

This is Goose's team.  They played in the finals on Monday night.  They won the first game and moved on to the final and they won.  You wouldn't believe how hard these little girls play.  Their team was so small where other teams were so tall.  Our Goose is in the front center.  She and the little girl to her right were the peanuts.  That little girl with the glasses is so small but mighty.  I would say very easily she was the best on the team.  Her dad was one of the coaches.  It was so much fun to have 10 family members rooting them on.  We take up a big section of the gym, hah.

Basketball for Mabel ended a couple weeks ago.  She also takes dance lessons.  I don't know if she will play sports in the spring.  Goose has been on a soccer travel team all year  That's where she excels.  Basketball ended early for K the oldest as she broke a finger.  Goose actually has a black eye from running into a pole.  It's kinda a family issue with not looking where you are going.

Now, the Colorado kids are into dancing for E. and fishing for our Fisherboy.  I am hoping to fly out when E. has her dance competitions.  I love watching them.  I like Dance Moms for the dancing.  I sure don't like Abby.

Our grandson had a school project to do for a month.  Getting him to do something is like pulling teeth.  He had to decorate a box from one scene in the book he read.  Boxcar Kids, I think was the title.  He kept putting it off because he told everyone that Grammy would do it.  So I scanned the book quickly and suggested a scene where the mom sells pies.  Still not motivates and me not wanting to do it for him, I outlined a kitchen on the back wall.  I gave him a foam person.  He finally decorated the person to look like a mom.  He stated, "This is the hardest thing I ever did."  Hah.  All he did was cut out clothes from construction paper.  I told him he had to color in the kitchen wall.  Oh my gosh, that took another forever.  He said, "It has to look good because I got some future girlfriends in this class." He flipped his hair and said, " All I have to do is walk through my class, and I got 20 girlfriends."  I knew he wouldn't say that to anyone other than me.  All of a sudden all the wall was colored.  Yeah.  He stole a table from Mabel's house for the pies.  But Mabel through a fit and there was a big fight and she won.  I told him to take it later or I would give him a table.  I am giving him my left over pies from my swap.  So he is finished.  I have seen some of these projects before.  They have been so overboard.  His will look simple but like he did it not an adult.

I think it might get close to freezing today.  Wow, it has been bitter,  HUGS

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hobby Lobby must be reading blogs


I know these really don't look too alike in these pictures.  Overlook the glue strings above.  I made this one from a mini matchbox.  I built up the sides a little and then I distressed it to look old.
Well, yesterday I was in Hobby Lobby and low and behold they had fairy garden things out and on sale.  I spotted these wagons.  They feel like they are some kind of light weight metal;  They could be just some kind of coating over paper, I don't know.  They used nuts for wheels and even the handle resembles the handle I made.  They were on $2.99 and then on sale.  I bought the three they had.  I put it next to the other matchbox I just made.  They are very close in size.  The matchbox is a tiny bit larger.

The last time I was in there they had the books that are made into letters.  Just like these.  They had small ones and little ones.  They were made to look like they were out of old books but they were made from wood.
I also saw the burlap table runners with the lace on the ends.  I really feel they must read blogs or pinterest, don't you.  I suppose that's how they do their job. 
I got a new print from awhile ago.  I think this is the third one I got from here.  One was a gift .  I can't wait to frame these and hand them.  It's still in it's package but the bottom reads "I'm so lucky that I ended up next to you.  They look like worn out bears, or should I say aged.  She does the cutest things.  The original print was called cereal box art.  I think she painted it on a cereal box.  You can see how she edged it.

Okay, it  is like way too cold around here.  I have had to be out the last couple of days, and it's just nasty.  Schools cancelled again. 
I will be back soon.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bear's, Deer, and Bunnies

My little bears got freed from the little box.  I put some of my minis inside.  Actually these were the minis from Sweet Hilda.
Front yard guests are always best.  Except a skunk.  We saw one once in the front yard.  Oh my, so glad he left.
I took this picture yesterday before all the new snow (oh only about 8 inches more).  I used the zoom on my point and shoot through the double window pane.
A new mini that I am working on.
Hoot, hoot, We got out and went to church.  The roads were a bit bad out.  But, oh it was good being out and around "my people".  I love our little Church in the Mall.  We went out for lunch as well.  I wanted to stop at T.J Maxx and Hobby Lobby just to look.  I told Mr. Cozy I'd skip T.J.'s but I really wanted to go to H.L.  I think I heard a little snicker when I noticed the parking lot was empty and remembered they are close on Sunday.
One more week til March...............yippee.  Not complaining, as I save that for summer.  Just saying...............

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mini Swap Pictures/Doll Houses

Miss Mabel participated in this swap.  That meant I made 19 things for her to swap and 19 for me.  Whew.  Don't think I will do that again.  But look at her face.  They were all wrapped up and she took her time opening each one and lining them up.  Then they went straight in her doll house.

This was the temporary home for my minis.  I know it's not too clear.  See the cute little kissing booth.  That was a favorite of many.  E. of Tennessee made that.
This I the kitchen in Mabel's house.  I want this for my house.
This is Mabel's house.  It was her mother's.  It was put together but never finished.  Her other grandpa finished it too look like their real house.  See the mat on the porch.  That was from the mini swap.  See the flowers.....shhhhhh, there is a hidden key under the pot.
Here is my house.  I can hear you laughing.  I can't wait to put it together.  But wait is what I must do if we relist our home.
Here is what it should look like when finished.  It has some furniture to put in it, also will need to put together and paint.
Back to Mabel's house.  These are the pegs I made for her to play with in her house.  Do you see the doll on the bed.  Yep, Mabel and I aren't worried about the scale.
Do you remember this flower wagon.  I mailed the antique wagon to my swap partner in a different mini swap.  This is a one on one swap.  Well, I still had this one.  This month you are to make a food item.  Just one, nothing fancy.  Well, I adapted the wagon and added veggies and little signs.  See the lettuce.  It's just a paper rose painted green.  The carrots were Joiles.  It amazes me how the glue stringies always show up in pictures, more than human eyes.
Okay, this is a secret.  I already received my mini items.  This was all in my package  Hilda asked me to only post a couple of items so she wouldn't get in trouble.  She said she joined the site because she loves making minis and didn't have a way of sharing.  I'm pretty sure that no one from that site reads my blog.  I had to post what beauties she makes.  Unreal, I am in shock.

Here are the ones I choose to post.  Can you believe the detail.

Okay, girls, that's all I have today.  I could tell you about all the snow and ice and school cancelled for the week, and whoppie more to come.  You know I love winter and snow, but we all have our limits.
Today I am tearful, I'm missing my first friend.  My cousin that was like a sister to me.  She died 4 years ago from H1N1 on this week-end.  I know she lived her life to go to Heaven, so she is where she always wanted to, but I still miss her. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

10 Best Dynamite Day Trips

Find unexpected travel treasures in many small cities near major urban cities by Lisa Waterman Gray.

This was the article that I talked about yesterday.  I could copy the picture but not the article.  If you want to see the full article go to my facebook page.
I am surprised that out little town made this list as most of the other places are much bigger.

1.   Ann Arbor, Mich.
2.   Columbia, Mo.
3.    Fredericksburg, Texas
5.    Lake Charles, La.
6.    Las Cruces, N.M.
7.    Lawrence, Kansas
8.    Madison, Wisconsin
9.    Mason City, Iowa
10.  Moss Landing, California

Do any of you live near any of these cities.  If, so please tell us about your city.
Well, Hubby arrived home from work in the freezing cold and snowy weather, so I will get dinner on.
Stay warm and safe.