Thursday, May 31, 2007

Looky LOOK.....A NEW CHERRY Heart Banner

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new banner!
The talented and beautiful Miss Heather created it for me!
Like many of yous,
Heather and I have never met in person but we have a friendship that I would never trade for anything in the world!
Thank you with all my heart sweetpea!

Being computer illiterate as I am..... {thats no secret}
I had to send a plead to Miss Natasha to insert my pretty new banner for me!
I think she has ESP....
she woke up at 4am and did it for me.....
what an angel she is!
Thank you Natasha.... sweet dreams!

As my 3 year old granddaughter would say
"you aw my bestest fwends"

Ya gotta love the internet.....

How else would we have all met such wonderful people all over the world!
How else would we be able to connect to so many people who share the same intersts and hobbys?
How else would we know so many things exisit?
Where else can you find so much inspiration in one place?
How else would we find the answers to so many questions at the click of a button?
How else would we be exposeing ourselves and homes to so many strangers? :-)
I could go on and on but you get the idea........

I treasure the many friends I have and the many people I meet everyday here on the internet!

Thanks again to Heather and Natasha...
where would I be without you girls!!!
Enjoy your day,
Hugz, Dolly

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


I am so excited....
And I just can't hide...
I'm about to lose my mind and I think I like it....
ouuuuu... weeeee

What's all the excitement about.... you ask????
I just subscribed to the reborn and exciteing VICTORIA magazine...

hitting the newstands in november!

My all time favorite of favorites...
{and I have lots of favorites}
It's coming back......

~~ Yaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy ~~

run on over and reserve your issue

Come november we will all be singing....
I am so excited and I just can't hide it.......

Enjoy your day!

Monday, May 21, 2007

It's ParTea Time

The ParTea Planner Blog
I am so excited......
Risas' partea swap starts today!
My partner is Amy @ lifebycandlelight and her other blog is craftsbycandlelight.
I can't wait to get to know Amy and create some goodies for her!
I love tea parties and everything about tea!
Yes I am an advide tea drinker....
I drink 6-9 cups a day!
I collect tea cups and tea pots, tea cozys, vintage tea towels, silver tea spoons...
yes just about anything that relates to serving and enjoying tea!
That is my comfort...
my hands wrapped around a cup of hot tea!
With a dash of french vanilla cream!
Ohhh la la!!!!!
~Won't you come have a spot of tea with me~

Saturday, May 19, 2007


Twice a year they have a flea market/quilt auction in Claire that is hosted by the amish!

It takes place in the middle of a field ... probably a cow or horse pasture!!!!
Early friday morning hubby and I
along with our 2 amish neighbor girls Sovilla and Edna...
went to see what goodies we could find!

Ahhhh.... the day was perfect,
the sky was blue... the sun was shinning bright....
a great day to S*H*O*P

In my pocket I had my list of wants and needs!!!!!
Oh yes when it comes to searching thru markets like these we ALL have our needs...
needs to rescue things that make our heart skip a beat!
My list consists of vintage sewing supplies, vintage laces, goodies for my spots and dots swap partner
STAR STAR ** be on the look out for anything with CHERRIES that is unique...
and some pretty vintage tea cups and tea stuff for the tea swap coming soon!
Also the usual.... I collect and never have enough of ... thingys!

Hmmm let me think... what was my first purchase????

Oh OH Oh down the very first isle....

I found 2 boxs of chipped and odd dishes.....
2$ a box...
the top few pieces were plates with roses and a few tea cups....
heart skips a beat!

These are MINE....
I paid for them and asked her to hold them for me!
I am thinking anything that was too damaged goes into the mosaic box...
no waste here on these goodies!
I am feeling this is going to be a GOOOOOD Day!!!!!
I will show you my goodies in future posts.
Today I wanted to show you some of the sights....
A rainbow of Fiesta ware..... lined up waiting to make someone happy!
The crowds ...the food, fresh baked bread and pies,

The sounds...

The horses naying and clip clopping down the road,

Popcorn popping in the big copper kettles,

the chug of the engine running the amish ice cream maker.

The auctioneer off in the distance!

Ahhhhhh.... what a way to spend a day!
Wish you were here!!!!!
XO, Dolly

P.S. yes that is my flea market cart.... {my kids call it my granny cart}

I painted it and made the pretty liner for it!!

It holds lots of treasures!


Our college daughter moved back home with pregnant cat in tow!
Miss Marz was'nt very big so we did'nt really expect her to have her babies any time soon!
She kept the whole house awake on monday night......
making weird short meow noises!
It was cute....
she was biteing hubbys' mustache and
sticking her nose on his nose,
all the time he is telling her to shush and go to sleep as he is petting her!!
I told hubby she is trying to tell us something.....
I said "whats wrong Lassie"?? {giggle}
Hubby did'nt think that was too funny at 5am.
Being the good man that he is
he got up and checked on everyone in the house,
all was well,
not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse!!
The next day Miss Marz was being very lovely dovely all day...
and did'nt want to be alone....
The maternal instinct kicked in and our daughter made her a bed
to have her babies in.....
the bed consists of her favorite blanket,
my cushion from my favorite chair
which Marz {the princess} thinks is her chair,
and stuffed it all nice and fluffy into a box!

Marz went into labor around 7:30ish on wednesday evening!
We sat patiently waiting with cameras in hand...
paceing the floor
I don't know who had the most pain the momma cat or the momma of the cat!
Our daughter had tears in her eyes while coaching Miss Marz!
One kitty came out and Momma was amazing...

she knew exactly what to do!!

How exciting it was for us to witness such a wonderful miracle!!
Marz only had one kitty poo......

it is all black just like the daddy!
Precious as can be with its lil meuuuuuzzzzz!

Momma and baby are doing great!!!!

Yes our new fur grand baby has a name....
its name is INK....
Hmmm.... Where did that come from????
It's daddys' name is Pinkerton,
not knowing if it's a boy or girl this name fits!

{As you can tell, daughter does not do traditional...
she is as unique as her momma is!} Te-hee

Have you hugged your fur baby today????


P.S. You can bet I will post pictures periodically!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

More meeeuuuuz

The babies are coming ~~ the babies are coming!

Our daughters' baby girl is haveing her babies tonight sometime!
Her water broke and she is in labor!


I will keep you informed!

I am so excited.... I am gonna be a grand mama again!!!!!!!!



Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I Love Presents

I do hope you all had a wonderful mothers day!
Mine was awesome!
I spent the day with all of our children and grandbabies at my mums' home!

We had a beautiful sun shiney day...

Filled with family, love, lots of foooooood and presents!

I love presents!!!!!

Who does'nt love presents right????

My daughter gave me a this pretty hat box covered with old fashion lilies!
Sooooo vintage garden chic....
inside was 3 matching candles!
Romantic rose, vanilla musk and garden lily... mmmm they smell awesome!

{sorry... I should have taken the glass out of the frame to prevent the reflection}

My son gave me a picture of him with his 2 precious lil angels!
Is this sweet or what!!!!!
They are all 3 dressed in white shirts with blue jeans!
Very casual chic!
I am into black n white pictures this is perfect for my picture wall!
And the frame is so me... shabby victorian looking... I love it!

Then when we returned home there waiting on the porch was another present..
This one was from my secret pal

Take a look at this cherry sweet set of vinegar and oil cruets


Along with a great smellin lavender sachet....

That's not all....

she also sent me two very very pretty rose covered quilted placemats, trimmed in the prettiest deliacte lace!

{great for sloppin up messes} LOL.... {sorry.... private joke}

Also a sweet lil PINK rose scented candle.... love the graphics on the tin!

plus she created a personal mothers day card just for lil ole me!

XO, Dolly

Friday, May 11, 2007

** My HERO **

To the most beautiful woman in my life!
My mum,
my friend,
my mentor,
you are my inspiration!

I wasn't always perfect, I wasn't always ideal

I didn't always clean my room, or eat all of my meal

I stayed out too late, I did things that I knew I shouldn't

I wanted to test my wings, and got mad when I couldn't

We are so much alike, my mother and I

We argued sometimes, and didn't always see eye to eye

I couldn't wait to be out on my own

To try out the ropes, to be fully grown

You were never afraid to speak what you thought

You knew what I'd done, well before I got caught

It wasn't until I was out of your home, I realized what I missed,

when I started to roam
A friend, a companion, who would always defend

Giving love unconditionally, a love that didn't end

Even when I wasn't perfect, ideal, or good

When the going got tough, I knew I always could

Turn to my mum, with her good advice

Even then I turned to you, as I became a wife

I thank you so much, for all that you've done

For what you have made me, for what I've become

Now I'm proud of the fact, that I am so much like you

I hope that I continue too, in all the things I do

These words canot express, just what you mean to me

But I will strive every day, to make sure that you see!

I love you mum with all my heart!!!


Mothers do things out of love,

Never imagining that what they do

May become unforgettable memories

In the hearts of their children.


A child sits at her window

Watching storm clouds in the sky

Knowing that she’s frightened

Not really knowing why
Maybe it’s the thunder

Could be it’s the rain
Maybe it’s the lightning

Mirrored on the window pane
But it really doesn’t matter

What fears the day may bring

If you’re safe and snug in a mother’s hug

You can face most anything

So soon the smiles of childhood

Turn Into teenage frowns
It seems so much of growing up

Consists of falling down
And through those painful middle years

I soon would come to know
The pain that seems to hurt the most

Is the kind that doesn’t show
But it really doesn’t matter

What fears the day may bring

If you’re safe and snug in a mother’s hug

You can face most anything

Now children do get older

But a child they still remain
Childish fears of darkness

Give way to worldly pain
Maybe it’s the sadness

When you lose someone you know
Maybe it’s the grief that comes

From reaping what you sow
But it really doesn’t matter

What fears the day may bring

If you’re safe and snug in a mother’s hug

You can face most anything
Now I still look out those windows

At storm clouds in the sky
At hopes and fears, joys and tears

Of many years gone by
And I thank God for the blessing

Of allowing me to be
The one who gives the comfort

When my children come to me
Cause it really doesn’t matter

What fears the day may bring

When you’re safe and snug in a mother’s hug

You can face most anything!!!

Happy mothers day to all the mums all around the world!

Being a mom is not just a job....

it's an adventure! :-)

Enjoy your weekend!

Luv, Dolly

Thursday, May 10, 2007


I am playing catch-up today!
I should have posted these pictures lastweek!

What an exciting week
I received 3 packages...
Ohh what fun when the mail gal rings the door bell and has a box in her hand for mwa!
The first gift is from my sweet friend Natasha Burns...
All the way over in Australia

I won her give away for this sweet treats trio!

First off look how cute it was wrapped...

I felt like it was my birthday.....

Are'nt they the cutest faux treats???

Natasha sells these on her website....

go order some... you will love them!

Everyone thinks they are real!

And the best part is they are fat free! te-hee!

I Love Love this cute CHERRY tag!!!!
{it's soooo meeeeee!!!!!}
Complete with her signature sweet cupcake with a CHERRY on top!
A girl after my own heart!!!!!

*~ Thank you Natasha ~* {hugz}

This next set of pictures is my gifts
from the Pink and Brown swap!

Look how cute everything was wrapped!

My heart skipped a beat when I opened this CHERRY candle holder....
at those sweet yummy cherries dangeling from the sides!
That is just sooooooo perfect!!!!!
Filled with the bestest smellin vanilla votive

I am loving this beautiful book mark too!!!!
I have'nt had a pretty bookmark in a while!!!

Now this lil gold box... made me squeeeeeellll

Oh darlin..... anyone that knows me well, knows that

To die for yummy!
Did I mention I LOOOVE Godiva chocolates???
I swear if hubby was'nt here when I opened them I would not have saved him one or shared with anyone!

NOPE....... no shareing these babies!!!!

MINE mine MINE mine MINE!!!!! giggle

Oh yes they were delish........

Here is the rest of the goodies from Kris!

A gardening magazine which I devoured with a cup of chia tea...
Raspberry cookies, a box of maple sugar candies which hubby munched on!
Burts bees lip balm... the best lip balm.. its all natural!
You know I do love all natural!!!!
Did you see the box of rose note cards???
they are beeeutiful!

And the card with lily of the vally on it...deserves to be framed!
Thank you Kris..... you made my day!

This next batch came all the way from Texas
From Jami....
My "I Love cupcakes" swap gal

Lots of wonderful sprinkles.....we can't wait to use them!
And those pastel sugars look so yummy sweet!

My grandson staked claims on the chocolate smelling pencils
and eraser and pencil sharpener!
They really do smell chocolatey!!!
Jami even created for me,
my very own personalized stationary note pads!
How cool is that?????
This girl is goooood!!!!!
We can't wait to try the markers...
you can actually write on frosting with them!
I see lots of cupcakes coming soon!
Thank you for the awesome gifts Jami
that was so sweet of you!

Thank you Natasha, Kris and Jami
for all the wonderful gifts!
You gals really did make my day
and made me shed a tear or two

I'd also like to take this opportunity to
THANK everyone
for the sweet comments yous have been leaving on my blog!
I truely apreciate all your kind words and enthusiasm!

God Bless you all!
Hugz, Dolly

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

~~To My friend ~~

Today is a very special day....
It's my dear friend Holly Doodles' BIRTHDAY

Won't you join me in a chorus of Happy Birthday

do re me fa so la te doe
fa la la la la laaaaaaa
{sorry just warming up}

Ok in OUR bestest singing voices......


Now run over to Hollys' blog and wish her a happy happy birthday!
The birthday cake painting was done for Holly by our sweet friend
Natasha Burns!
If you have'nt seen her blog and web site I recomend you run don't walk
run run run right over and check it out!
She does amazing work!
And has a super personality to boot!
{Luvs ya Natasha}

Hope your special day is as wonderful as you are Holly!

Hugz, Dolly

Friday, May 4, 2007

Tagged AGAIN.....

I have been tagged again......

Here are the rules…. each player starts with 7 random weird facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!
Ok Ele this one is for you kiddo.I put on my thinking cap and came up with 7 more "UNIQUE" weird facts about lil ole me!I don't like the word "WEIRD"... its sounds so intimidating!
Let's change this to "Unique facts about me".
1. I do not... I repeat I do not like eatting off plastic plates or drinking out of a plastic cup!It gags me! When we owned our travel trailor I had glasses and glass plates in the cupboards! Everyone thought I was nuts! They'd say you are supposed to use paper plates when camping! Not this girl!
2. When shopping I touch everything! It drives hubby nuts! I just have to touch touch touch everything I walk by!
Guess I am just a touchy feely kinda girl!
3.I have this big fear going up an escalator....I can go down with no problem but going up I get this feeling that there is some super power pulling me backwards!!!! If we have to use an escalator hubby stands right behind me and holds onto me!
4. I can't sleep without MY pillows! Wherever we go overnight I have to take MY pillows!
I wake up with a headache if I sleep without my pillows!
5.Ok now hubby thinks this is just plain weird.... I don't!!!!
I have never eatten a hostess chocolate cupcake! You know the chocolate ones with chocolate frosting and the cute lil squiggles ontop!We had them in the house growing up but I have never been interested to try them! Its not that I don't like chocolate cupcakes...
Oh I do, give me a chocolate cupcake anyday! Just not a hostess cupcake!
6.I do not do not do not like the color BLUE.... ok let me explain where this came from!Growing up our house was carpet, blue couch, blue drapes, blue bathroom, blue bedroom, and it seems like every time we got a new car it was......
you guessed it BLUUUUUUUUUUE!!!!!!
Do you think blue is mums favorite color????
Hmm..... I wonder if my kids will hate the color green?
7.Hubby bought a picture home one day.... he found it on the side of the road waiting for the trash man.... it took my breath away when I first saw it!It is an elderly lady.... wrinkely face... tiny round wire rim glasses... tinted sepia print in a vintage bubble glass oval frame!She is very unique.... It breaks my heart that a family member would not cherish this beautiful lady! When our grandson and nephew were little I had to cover her with a towel because they were affraid of her! When anyone asks who she is... I tell them she is our adopted ancestor! My dear friend Kristi calls them dead ancestor pictures!!!
Ok now I have confessed not 7 but 14 of my UNIQUE {weird} facts about me.....
if they put me in a nut will come visit me right.... RIGHT?????

Now I am tagging these 7 gals...
go read about their UNIQUE weird facts about themselves!
I appologize if you have already been tagged!

Pink faded roses
Cherub kisses
Tongue in cheek
Beachy Cape Cod cupboard

Thank you all who said they'd look for heart shaped rocks for me... I'd love to add heart shaped rocks from around the world to my sweet collection!
Do contact me if you find one!!!!
~ Enjoy your weekend ~

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Me..... WEIRD???????

This morning I got an email.....

Natasha Burns (my sweet aussie friend) tagged me for some Weird FUN!!!

>>> I've been tagged - 7 WEIRD Facts about ME <<<

Ok I am thinking... does Natasha think I am weird or what???


Well I guess some people {and family members} may think I am weird but I think of myself as UNIQUE!

Here are the rules…. each player starts with 7 random weird facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!

Oyyy this took some thinking to come up with these...... I really had to look at myself from another persons' perspective...

Come laugh with me...

1. I am obsessed with clean windows... I wash windows more then anyone I know! It drives me bonkers to have dirty windows! When my daughter moved into her first apartment the first thing I did when I walked in the door was get the window cleaner out and shine them windows! After that was done then I could relax and enjoy her cute lil abode! Do you think its weird? I don't!!!! My family and neighbors do though!
2. I like being by the water but not in the water.... Hmmm... weird??
to top it off I am a pisces... a FISH LOVES Water!!!!
3. Like my dear friend Ele I can pick up things with my toes... like toys, pens, pencils, socks, anything but a coin! I never really thought it weird though.. just talented! :-)
4. I talk to my chicken girls like they are humans and can really understand me! I spoil them with treats and sweet baby talk! I even bless them when they sneeze! Hubby keeps reminding me that they are chickens but to me they are my girls!
5.I LOVE anything CHERRY..... My friends and family call it a "way over board obsession"! My daughter says I need to see a shrink! I paint cherries on anything that does'nt move! My kitchen is filled with cherry things, I have cherry jammies, cherry socks, cherry totes, cherry undies, cherry blankets, cherry sheets, cherry pillows, cherry shirts, cherry stickers, cherry stamps, cherry stationary ... you name it.... I even buy my granddaughters cherry outfits and cherry goodies! I am constantly doodeling cherries too! WEIRD ???? NAW!!! UNIQUE YES!!!
6.I have a bottle of hand sanitizer in my truck, purse, bathrooms, kitchen, bedroom and on my desk! I am constantly washing my hands! I won't touch door knobs with my bare hands! OCD or weird????
7.I collect rocks..... oh not just any kind of rocks! These rocks are each hand picked and heart shaped! I am in my glory when I am searching through a pile of rocks, oh you know those landscaping rocks they use... like river rocks.. I LOVE THOSE.... I could spend all day looking at every rock!!!!! I get the biggest thrill searching thru rocks to find the perfect heart shaped rock...... Hubby says I am going to get arrested one day for stealing rocks from business' landscaping! I can't help myself!!!!!!

I hope you enjoyed reading some weird and embarrassing facts about me! Thanks Natasha!!!Did you shake your head or just laugh????

Think about it..... what are some weird facts about you??????

I have tagged 7 friends so now they have to expose their weirdness.... uhhhum I mean uniqueness :-)

Go see what my gal pals have to say about themselves.......
Miss Duffy

Cherry Hill Cottage

Everyday is a Holiday

Julies World

My Romantic Home

Love Boxs

Paint mine Pink

Oh My I have been tagged twice.....

Stay tuned for more weird wacky facts about mwa!

Happy Blogging!