Saturday, June 30, 2007

Tiara Swap

I am so excited to show you all my latest creation!
Miss Holly Doodle had a Tiara/ Crown swap...
for those of you whom don't know what a swap is.....
get out of the dark ages!
Just kidding...

but seriously you are truely missing out!!!
Get with it!!!!
A swap is the next best thing to hmmmm... kitty whiskers!
Anyways, a swap is hosted by someone... any brave soul!
The host comes up with a great idea for a swap..
she collects names of those willing to join the "FUN"
You are given a partner to create something for
and to swap your creations!

This my friends is what I created for my dear partner Heidi....
Heidi and I both agreed we wanted a TIARA instead of a CROWN
A crown is more for a queen Mother!
We are both not old enough for that yet! {te-hee}
We are still PRINCESS' in training!
Ok Doll get to the pictures...
I know I know... I tend to babble!

On with the show

This first picture shows what the base of this Tiara is made from...
anaglyptic wallpaper! {thick texture that looks like tin ceiling}
I have some scraps from our old house so
I thought this would be a great sturdy base!

Ok I did PINK because...
Accented with rhinestones, and more rhinestones
buttons, buttons, buttons,

OH there is lots of glitter!
Can you see the delicate Lace around the bottom....

Oh and every PRINCESS needs a wand......
Don't you agree!
So I created a wand to match Heidis' Tiara!
Don't you love it????
complete with lots of ribbons and glitter
and rhinestones and more glitter!

Heidi......says she looooves her Tiara and feels like a PRINCESS!

Holly thank you for hosting a FUN swap!

Come back and I will show you

my TIARA that Heidi made for me!.....


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Garden Goodies

Genevieve hosted a Garden Swap
Being the happy gardener that I am
I knew I had to join the FUN...

Actually.... I am addicted to Swaps...
Shhh... Hubby does'nt need to know that!!!
My Sweet partner was Rosemary...
After talking with Rosemary a few times I was even more excited
I joined this swap....
You see Rosemary and I have the same likes!

Look at all the goodies Rosemary sent me....

She painted a cherry sign for my garden... how cool is that??
I love it!

And this sweet canary yellow glittery bird strutting his gold crown is just heavenly!

Rosemary found the best cherry goodies for me too!

I can't wait to play with the Cherry stamp, note cards, buttons!

And those jadiete knobs OH LA LA!!!!!

To keep with the Garden theme Rosemary also included... flower seeds...

{when the forget me nots bloom ~ I will think of you}

a wonderful book, gloves, tags, stickers, vintage wallpaper & roses post card,

Get a good look at those vintage terra cotta pots...

just the right amount of chippy vintage chic!

Those have to be one of my favorites!
Look at all this fun stuff that arrived at my doorstep,

neatly packed in the metal lacey basket!

Rosemary... I feel like its my birthday!

Thank you soooooo sooo soooooo much Rosemary

for all the wonderful Garden treasures...

I love each and every piece!

I do hope you are as happy with all the goodies I am sending you!
Thank you Genevieve for hosting a fun swap!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Mmmm Mmmm GOOD

I was visiting with Tina the other day,
she was showing a cute vintage bowl she scooped up at Canton!
I love that bowl Tina!!!
Tina being the sweety that she is....
Could'nt leave the bowl sit empty for too long!
She made this Lorna Doone spoon puddin

Not only did her pictures get my attention...
the ingredients were all of my favorite things!
I made this the same evening!
chocolate puddin.... shortbread cookies.... banana... and whipped cream!
Everything tastes better with whipped cream on top!
{It has to be the X-tra creamy cool whip in my house!}

Oh So YUMMY shortbread cookie crust

Cookie crust, Chocolate pudding with bananas on top

Is your mouth watering???
The finished product...
YES it tastes as good as it looks!!!
Oh ladies you have to try this recipe... its easy to whip up
1 3/4 cups cold milk
1 pkg. (4-serving size) Jello Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
24 Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies
1 large banana, sliced
2 cups thawed Cool Whip
Pour milk into large bowl. Add pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. Let stand 5 minutes. Arrange 1/2 of the cookies on bottom and sides of the 1-1/2 quart serving bowl; cover with layers of 1/2 each of the pudding, bananas, and whipped topping. Repeat layers. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until ready to serve. Makes 8 servings.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Love Birds

Hubby and I celebrated our 20th anniversary in May!

That's a milestone these days!

Just as it was love at first sight with hubby and I way back when...

it was love at first sight when I saw these sweet little birds!!!
I emailed Laurie at Charming Designs and asked her

to create a piece for hubby and I as a keepsake for our 20th!

On a warm, sun shiney day a box covered in

pretty handpainted roses arrived at our doorstep!

Hubby and I opened it together!

What a wonderful present....


cotton candy pink & minty green resting on a bed of lace

upon a silver spoon

they are perfect in everyway!

~ After 20 something years together we are still LOVE BIRDS~

Thank you Laurie......

We will treasure them forever!

Do visit Lauries Etsy shop to see her other lovely creations!

While the cats away.. the mouse will play!

You Are Apple Pie

You're the perfect combo of comforting and traditional
Those who like you crave security
Hmmm...I must have been a cherry pie in my past life!
Take the tests to see what kind of pie and cake you are!

You Are Strawberry Cake

Fresh, sassy, and romantic.
You're a total flirt, who never would turn down a sugary treat.
Occasionally you're a bit moody - but you usually stay sweet!
Interesting little tests!
You would think I have too much time on my hands!
Really I should be working on my swap projects
the kids all went to the beach,
hubby is away, the cats are asleep,
so I shall play!

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Hello friends....
Won't you join me for CHERRY pie and tea
as I show you my latest goodies!

yummy home made CHERRY pie...

is your mouth watering yet?

These goodies I received from my ParTea swap partner
For this swap we had to come up with something tea related
for each letter in PARTEA
P... pretty painted TEA center piece
A... assorted teas
R... red tea cup CHERRY night light
T...tea cup n saucer
E...event door hanger
A... a collage box for teas
Don't you love this

Super sweet CHERRY tea cup night light!

Amy made this collage box
to hold my assorted teas
soooooo very CHERRY cute!

This vintage tea cup is soooo beautiful ...
I love it!
Thank you so much Amy!
Thank you Rissa for putting together this fun PARTEA swap!

Oh yes yes yes...
I have more goodies to show you......

Oh la la......
My dear friend Ele created these CHERRY sweet tags just for mwa!
I love love love them...
and they are extra special because she created them with ME in mind!
Big HUGZ to you Ele!
Thank you bunches!
{do visit Eles shop}

I was so excited when I spyed this cake stand at the resale store!
{I have a thing for cake stands}

When I got closer, I seen it had CHERRIES on it
I knew it had to come home with me!
It's very heavy glass.. and at $1.99 I feel like I stole it!

Oh so SWEET vintage CHERRY hat...
complete with millinery CHERRIES!
I bought this to display on my manniquin Veronica
but for now I have it displayed on a cake stand
in my CHERRY kitchen!

Another Ebay find...take a look at this Pretty vintage CHERRY ruffley trim.
Love the red rickrack across the bottom!
{hmmm what shall I make with all this}

Thank you for visiting me today!

:-) Wishing you a CHERRY nice day :-)
Hugz, Dolly

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Roses in Heaven

If roses grow in heaven,

Lord please pick a bunch for me,

Place them in my daddys arms

and tell him they're from me.

Tell him that I Love him

and miss him oh so much,

and when he turns to smile,

place a kiss upon his cheek

and hold him for awhile

because remembering him is easy!

I do it every day,

but there is an ache in my heart

that will never go away!

Happy Fathers Day Daddy...
You are the wind beneath my wings

~I love you and miss you very very much~

Friday, June 15, 2007

New kids on the block....

A few of my gal pals have started blogging
Let me introduce you...

Vickie...... Visuals By Vickie

Barbara... Barbra Jacksier

We all know how its a bit intimidating when
we first get our blogging feet!
The fear of the unknown....
What to write about??? Who will visit???
Will I be interesting enough to come visit often??

I invite you to visit them and give them
leave her a note to wish her good luck.
{click on each name to visit them}

Enjoy your day,
Hugz, Dolly

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Because I am the MOM

My motto for today

~ Life is short... EAT Dessert first~

This bowl of fresh picked strawberries
have been stareing at me begging me to eat just one!

Oh but can I eat just ONE?????

not with all the will in the world!

So for today I am eating dessert first....

a big bowl layered with a shortcake, strawberries,whipped cream,
more strawberries and piled high with whipped cream!

Yep BEFORE dinner!


Monday, June 11, 2007

Let the door bell ring...

I have been receiving lots of goodies in the mail
and wanted to share them with you... my friends!
Looky... Look.....

hosted a Birdie Fever swap....
sounds like fun huh!
Today I received a box full of goodies from my partner Monica Andrade

Feast your eyes upon this sweet, wonderful hummingbird collage!

This is sooo cool.... Don't you love it?

I am lovin it!!!!

I screamed with delight when I opened this sweet wonderful CHERRY tea towel...

Monica how did you know I LOVE CHERRIES!!!!!

I bet a lil birdie told you! Yep this lil guy was handmade by Monica too...

I envy all this talent!

He loves his new home.... in my cherry kitchen!
~~Tweet Tweet~~

This picture does this piece no justice...{sorry Monica}

It is a lavender sachet {it smells wonderful}

See the precious birdie in the center...

The beads hanging from the bottom spell out DREAM!

This is sooooo cool!!!!

I am going to hang it on my desk......
Oh and there is mooooore.....

WOW Monica you spoiled me girl......

Take a look at this cute birdie notebook.... I am always writing notes!

Vintage post cards... sweet birdie note cards...and an embroidered birdie tag!!!!

Too fun!

Oh and she also included a cherry air freshner for my truck...can you believe it!
Thank you with all my heart Monica!

I do hope you enjoy the birdie fever goodies I sent you!

These pretty papers came all the way from Australia!

From my sweet friend Natasha Burns!

They were made from her pretty paintings!

There are birdies, and roses, and gowns,

and cuppy cakes, and cherries,

and birthday cakes, and cherries and cherries!!!!


You must visit her website... NATASHA

honestly these pictures do her papers no justice!

they are so soooooo pretty!

I am haveing a hard time cutting them!

Think I will save them for something extra extra special!!!!

Thank you Natasha... I love them ALL!!!

Dear sweet Ele sent me A BIT OF PINK HEAVEN...

take a look at these pretty pretty handmade cards!

She calls them pocket cards ..... How unique!

Embellished with ric rac.... flowers...ribbons... tacks....
vintage inspired papers....

gosh Ele you are so talented!
I really really love these cards!
Visit Eles' shop and get some for yourself!

Thank you Ele... you are the BEST!!!!

I hope you find sweet suprises at your door!

Until next time...
wishing you many blessings, Dolly

Thursday, June 7, 2007

My Sis

A crazy patchwork pillow.... ohh la la
Pink roses, green polka dots, lace and ruffles
ohh la la

I want to introduce all my blogger friends to my sweet wonderful sis!
She is the best
and I am very proud of her!
Suzy and I are not biological siblings..
we are sisters in heart
and sisters in christ!
Suzy and I met about 3 years ago... on ebay of course!
She emailed me and asked if she could talk about
my handpainted cherry goodies on her auctions!
We have shared emails everyday since...
We know each other inside and out!
We have watched each others families grow
and have shared each other grandbabies too!
Suzy and I have been thru alot together
and I would'nt trade a second of it for anything in the world!

Take a look at Suzys' auctions.....
Sis creates pillows and sells them on ebay under the name Suedels....
these are not just any pillows....
they are the prettiest pillows one can imagine!

She searches yard sales, antique shops,
ebay and tag sales for vintage laces, and trims, vintage buttons,
tablecloths and such to use in creating one of a kind beautiful treasures!

I am the proud owner of several of her creations!
I treasure each and everyone of them...
she puts lots of love into each piece she creates!
Trust me she does quality work!

Here a few examples of her beautiful handiwork!

Not all of Suzys pillows are done in bright colors...

she also does the prettiest pastel,

shabby chic, romantic victorian ones!

If you have a color scheme or an idea for the perfect pillow

just email her thru her auctions and she will create it for you!

:-) Tell her Dolly sent you :-)

Monday, June 4, 2007

It's raining, It's pouring.....

It's been raining for two days now....
{Shall we build an ark????}

Oh but no I am not complaining!
We need the rain...
the strawberries are forming their fruits...

rain means plump juicy berries!
The corn is planted and growing...
the trees, flowers, grass,

and wildlife all need the rain!

In our little town

down by the river

they have a walking path
that runs along the rivers edge!

Hubby and I went for a spontaneous

walk in the rain!
{no umbrella included}

Singing "rain drops keep falling on my head"...

It was fun!

The rain was gently falling,

we had the path to ourselves,

No one in sight,

not a care in the world!

We felt like kids again!
Splashing in the puddles

and putting our feet in the water!

Holding hands and walking in the rain......

I even got to search thru a patch of rocks

for a few heart shaped rocks!
~~That makes my heart sing~~
{I collect heart shaped rocks}

What a way to spend a rainy dreary afternoon!

Note>You don't have to be a duck to enjoy the rain!{Giggle}

Hugz, Dolly