Sunday, January 19, 2014

My new wardrobe.

Ask me if I want to go antiquing and the answer is
yes! Big surprise, right?

Ask me if I'd like to go shopping for clothes at a big mall .....
mmmmm, I think I'll pass.

During the first half of my life, I loved to shop for new clothes!  I bought fashion
magazines and read them from cover to cover.  Yes I did!
Since then, I've come to dread shopping for clothes.  I buy things out
of desperation and when I get them home I wonder what in the world I was thinking!

See!  Tag still attached.  Although I will wear this...someday.
It's not my normal blogging attire.

  Thank goodness I wear uniforms to work!

During our last trip to the Twin Cities, we had some time to kill, so we stopped
 at the Antique Mall of St.Paul, just a short drive from our oldest daughter's home,
and I bought myself some new clothes!

Darling plaid coat and matching velvet beret.

Martha Stewart's doll could have worn this dress.

The next 3 items came as a set.

Candy cane stripes, polka dots and rick rack.  Sweet!
Joan Crawford would be appalled by my handcrafted wire hangers.

Polka dot party dress.  My personal favorite.

Turquoise jacket from 1962.
Very stylish indeed!

What am I going to do with all this doll clothing?
I've got two shelves filled with sock monkeys from the 40's and 50's
who would be more than happy to dress themselves in these clothes.

Speaking of......

The nurse uniform was sent to me by Little Miss Maggie a few years ago.
Isn't it the cutest thing ever?!  Thank you, Maggie!

Can you believe I found a doll cupboard in just the right size to hang my new doll wardrobe?
It was marked half-price, so I couldn't very well leave it behind.
I was standing on a chair inspecting the cupboard perched the very top shelf when the clerk
came by and asked, "May I help you?"
Oops.  Maybe that cute chair wasn't placed there for me to stand on.

Mary and her little lamb.

I found the red sewing machine last summer in the river town of Hastings, MN.
There are several charming antique shops on the main street
and casual outdoor dining on the waterfront during the summer months.
Definitely worth going back again someday!

All that shopping and I still don't have a thing to wear!

Thanks for stopping by and
please do not submit my name to Stacey and Clinton (What not to Wear).


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Saturday, January 4, 2014

I'll be cleaning 'till the cows come home.

I've kept just a few Christmas/winter decorations out to warm up
 this corner of our kitchen.  We're in the middle of an Arctic blast so cold
 I don't even want to leave the house.  Brrrrrrrr!!!!
In fact, every public school in the state of Minnesota will be closed
 on Monday due to the extreme cold weather!

As you can see, I finally got around to painting over the awful Grey Poupon color
 on my sterilizer cabinet.  I topped it with a few wintery items including poor little lambkins.
(Maybe I'll ask Tracy to crochet him a leg warmer.  He's partial to white wool, by the way.)

I'm sure you've all been busy cleaning up after the holidays and packing things
 into boxes that seem to have shrunk since you unpacked them just over a month ago.
How in the world does that happen?

As I was finishing my post-holiday cleaning, I received a package
in the mail.  In all the holiday madness, I'd forgotten about the prize I won
from Debra's giveaway at Common Ground!
 I'd just gotten rid of the faded and threadbare pillows in our living room,
and her giveaway was sponsored by Elliott Heath Designs,
a Minnesota based company that just happens to make gorgeous designer pillows.....
soooo, I signed up and I won!!!!

Here's the pillow I chose:

I love the faded red and white graphic design layered with French text!  Oui, oui!

It fits over a standard 18 inch pillow form and is backed with burlap.
It's just the ticket to update my wing chair!

Here's a very small sampling of the pillows available on their Etsy site:

To see all of the designs produced by Elliott Heath Designs, click here!

Now that the cow (I have a son-in-law who would correct me here.  Bull? Steer?)
 has come home, and I've finished my post-holiday cleaning, it's time for a little R & R.

This was supposed to be a mitten for a 2-3 year old child.....

but somehow it's turned into an oven mitt for a child with fingers
 all the same length and an extra-long thumb.   Hmmmmph.
Back to the drawing board.

Thank you Debra (Common Ground) and Elliott Heath Designs
for my fabulous moo new pillow!!!


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