Sunday, October 20, 2013

Edith Flack Ackley Dolls

It's been so long since I've shown any dollies! I had all of these girls in my booth at Vintage N More, but they didn't sell and I decided to take them home. My thought process is that if an Edith Flack Ackley collector doesn't come shopping in Citrus Heights, I could put them in cute gift boxes and sell them at Christmas. I know the world is a different place since Edith was selling her dolls in the 1930's, but I still believe that they are wonderful toys for children and it's always my hope that each doll will be loved by a girl. All of these dolls were made with the "Baby" pattern in Edith's book, "Dolls to Make for Fun and Profit".

The first is Baby Alice. She was inspired by Alice in Wonderland and was my first attempt at smocking. She also has very unique little moccasins that reference the rose bushes in the story. One is embroidered with white roses and the other with red. She has the classic little "O" mouth shown in Edith's original pattern.

This is Betsy with her dolly. This doll, along with the two below, were actually inspired by the books by Maud Hart Lovelace, "Betsy-Tacy and Tib", but when I priced them for my booth, I thought the reference might be too obscure so I named them Betsy, Jenny and Mary. I loved those books when I was growing up!

Anyway, since this blog has seen the rest of my EFA dolls, I felt I needed to add these girls. You'll notice that none of the last three dolls have shoes- shoe making is a process and I guess I was not sufficiently motivated on these girls. But you know what? They like being barefoot!

Update:  I listed these gals in my etsy shop on October 20, 2013.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Meet My Granddaughter! Jamie Quinn McLaughlin

So, on Thursday, the 18th I was in a meeting at work and my phone started to blow up. It was my daughter, Carmen. Her doctor, concerned about Carmen's non-growing belly, sent her for more ultrasounds. What they discovered was that Jamie, who should have been the size of a 38 week fetus, was actually only the size of a 33 week old fetus. Then they checked the amniotic fluids and discovered that they were low.

The doctor told Carmen and Jeremy that they were going to induce labor right away and to go to the hospital. Needless to say, we were all feeling pretty stressed out. Once they got Carmen started on pitocin and observed a few contractions, it became obvious that Jamie was in some kind of distress. The doctor told us that Jamie was going to be delivered via C-section. Boy, were we glad they did! It turned out that the umbilical cord was looped two times around Jamie’s little neck.

Jamie weighed in at all of 3 pounds, 5 ounces!

To help her fill out, they are keeping her in the NICU for now. I’m happy to report that she is doing really, really well! Carmen is recovering nicely and will be going home tomorrow. I know she and Jeremy are sad to leave Jamie in the hospital, but it will only be for a short time. 

We already know that Jamie is incredibly active as evidenced by her cord twirling abilities! She moves around a lot and is very adept with her darling little hands. She is also incredibly alert and smart (I can tell already!).

We have lots of fun adventures ahead!

 Have you ever seen such a darling little baby?

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Playing Shopkeeper

If you can't tell, I am having a ton of fun with my new booth at Vintage 'N' More! I built a large display unit from a bench and two bookshelves which I painted in happy colors. I've unpacked all the "treasures" that I had stored away. It took a week to get everything painted, assembled, prepped, unpacked, priced and displayed, but you know what? I love it! It was especially nice to see my dollies again. I think I'm going to list them on etsy too, since they are rather taste-specific. 
In two weeks the store is having a big grand opening celebration! I'm crossing my fingers that I'll do well. Wish me luck!

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Thursday, June 06, 2013

Here I Am!

Been a while, hasn't it? Life is funny. It seems to have sped up to twice the normal pace lately! So many happenings- most of them really great!
First, there is Sweet Pete, my beau. Our first date was last October and we've been pretty inseparable ever since! He's such a fun (and handsome) human being and I can't believe my good fortune.
That's us on Thanksgiving.
Then there is the impending arrival of MY FIRST GRANDCHILD!!! Pretty awesome, right? I think I blogged about this back in February, but now we're really close to the exciting event. When I started this blog, Carmen was fifteen and an absolute pain in the butt! Not really, but she was at a very "trying" age. Now she is 22 and she and her husband, Jeremy, are expecting their daughter, Jamie Quinn McLaughlin, in July. Bonus- they moved out here in March from Tennessee so I get to have a front row seat for all the cute baby stuff. 
This pic cracks me up every time!
Lastly, I am now a real "vintique" dealer! A new store, Vintage N More opened up near me and I got a booth! It's super tiny- just 4.5 feet wide and 28 inches deep, but it's all mine! That's it at the top of this post. The shop also offers floor space for furniture and does a nice consignment agreement for that. I can expand my selling area that way which I think is great because if I don't have a lot, I'm not paying rent on a big empty booth.
Sadly, I'm still in my tiny apartment which is going to make my business rather "interesting". Last year after selling at the Magnolia Marketplace I told myself I would take a break until I had a place with a garage workshop. Mmmhhmmm.... well, that hasn't happened yet, but I think I better get on it because today I bought all this:

Two solid dressers, a toy trunk, and a beautiful, but battered display cabinet that still has its original glass AND original key! Wow! Right now they are in my office at work, but I need to get them home and start working on them. We're in for tight quarters! (But I love it!)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pinterest Challenge - Custom Button Box

I'm late to the party, but I made it!!! After Plan A and Plan B didn't work out, I happily decided on Plan C which is this wonderful pin from In My Own Style by Diane. I love these colorful boxes!

And I had a real need for some organization as evidenced by my button collection below:
I had buttons in all sorts of containers, in different places. I rounded them up and came up with a plan that involved this Tony Hawk shoe box and the gingham fabric it is resting upon:

A quick coat of spray primer:

And then I covered it using Diane's very helpful tutorial:

I loved embellishing it! I used the selvage edge of some ticking and vintage rickrack.

I added a sweet little chalkboard heart tied on with more ticking selvage that hints at the contents:

And inside the box is super user friendly button storage! 

Each little cup / bucket houses a separate color of button and can easily be removed for whatever project I am currently working on:

I have to laugh though- this project contains a lot of similarities to my last project- the Valentine's Box! Completely unintentional, but amusing none-the-less!

Thank you so much to Young House Love, Bower Power, The Remodeled Life and Decor And The Dog for getting me to actually attempt one of my pins! A great exercise in getting something done!

Hugs to all!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pinterest Challenge Update and a Lesson in Boundaries!

Yesterday I was so excited about my "pinspiration" that I didn't even consider that someone else in my home might have something to say about the whole idea!

You see, my son Max is the actual owner of our bottle cap collection! A few months ago he and his brother started teaching themselves how to play poker and they were using bottle caps for chips. I thought it was so cute and called it "hobo money" and started adding to the collection. For Christmas, my boyfriend Pete bought the boys a really nice poker set so I thought the days of hobo money were past us.

When I got home from work last night, I showed Max my post and asked him if I could make him a wind chime with his collection. Imagine my surprise when the answer was no! So, there you go- a boundary! He did not want holes drilled into his caps and he has some future plan for his collection. Now its up to me to respect that boundary. *sigh*

So I went back to my Pinterest Boards and started cruising for new inspiration for the challenge, a "Plan B", if you will. So far the only thing that I'd like to try for the challenge is a birdcage like this one:
Isn't this incredible? It's between 3 and 4 inches high and the gal who made it, Jennifer, did a whole series of cages inspired by a Charles Dickens' character. I did some digging and found her blog. You can see her and her collection here. I've written her an email and I hope she feels okay with me using her work for my inspiration piece. If it's not okay, I will move on to "Plan C"!

This is the part of Pinterest that I don't like. Obviously, much that is there is there intentionally, but there are also things pinned where the original creator probably has no idea that it has ended up on Pinterest. I'm uncomfortable with copying someone's artwork without their permission. So there you have another boundary! It's a boundary that Pinterest has really blurred, I think. When is something "inspired by" someone's work and when is it just plain stolen?

Anyway, there's my update! The one common element between both of my would-be projects is the wire wrapping which is something I've been doing a lot lately. Over the last few months I've watched a lot of You Tube videos and made a lot of earrings, bracelets and necklaces- it's so addicting and fun! Just about every female on my Christmas list received jewelry this year. I'll have to show you all some photos of what I've made so far.

So... until I hear back from Jennifer, I guess I better get back to cruising my pins for another inspiration project!

Hugs to all!