Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Decorations

 So I've never really decorated for any holidays other than Christmas.  But I do love vintage Easter decorations, so I thought I'd see what I could gather to come up with an Easter display.
 I basically just shopped around my house for anything Spring-y or Easter-y, and I actually came up with quite a bit!
Of course, vintage books were the perfect addition!  I was quite surprised at how many books we had that fit the theme!
 I got these nesting wooden eggs at Target several years ago, although they look like they could be from the 50's!
 The lamb above used to be a nightlight in Avery's room.
 The angel girls are probably for Christmas, but hey, angels and lambs are perfect Easter images, too!
 Sweet baby lambs!
 A collection of plastic bunny rattles...
 More lamb planters and a sweet vintage fuzzy book.
I absolutely love the bunny with the embroidered face in the back!
 How perfect is that Mr. Grabbit book?
 Doll furniture has a place in any holiday decorating, don't you think??
And there you have it!  It's a happy little display that makes me smile whenever I look at it.  And now I'll have to start keeping my eye out for vintage Easter as well as vintage Christmas-just what I need, another reason to buy things!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Little Re-Arranging

The open shelving on either side of my fireplace has always given me problems when decorating.  The shelves aren't symmetrical, they're very deep, they seem to detract from the fireplace, etc., etc.  I'm just never able to come up with a solution for them, it seems.
 At some point, we decided to build shuttered doors to cover them up (except for the TV), so that's been in the planning stage for quite a while.  So, with that in mind, I kind of decided not to worry about them until that was done.  Above you see the way they've looked for the last year or so- mostly just storage for photo albums and games, but not very pretty.  
But, I guess I've realized that the shuttered doors probably aren't going to happen anytime real soon, since there always seems to be a more important project waiting.  So I finally decided it was time to do some re-decorating in these problem shelves!
 And here's the result!  Yeah, there's still  a big, black TV sitting there and a whole shelf-full of games, but at least the rest if it looks a little prettier now!
 Lots and lots of games...
 My husband insists on the long, black speaker on that second shelf, but at least the frames on top of it detract a bit from it!  And you know I love those black cords hanging down there....!
And here it is again.  It makes me happy when I look at it.  Maybe it will actually stay this way for a while!

Thursday, February 26, 2015


 Well, here's the progress on the dollhouse from my last post
 As you can see, it's had a complete re-vamp!  Both outside...
 ...and inside!
 I purchased several sheets of vintage wallpaper from Etsy in order to redecorate.
 I know that the wallpaper is not to scale of the dollhouse, but I actually like that.
 I think it looks a little more authentic, like some mother used scraps of the wallpaper from her own house in order to furnish the dollhouse.
 This mother had "shabby chic" taste before it was cool!
Here are the before and after photos.

Otis's official report reads, "Buyer has done an excellent job of working with this run-down house.  Looks like it could be a good opportunity for a flip, or perhaps I'll move in myself."

Now it's time to decorate!  Amazingly enough, I actually already have a ton of furniture that will fit this scale, so I'm looking forward to it!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Hubby Says That I'm Insane....

(Sung to the tune of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space")
Got a long list of old dollhouses,
Hubby says that I'm insane.
I've got no more blank space, baby.
So I hang my head in shame...
So, yeah, here's another one.  Although I've got other dollhouses that I haven't shown you yet, none compare to this huge monster of a house that I picked up this weekend!
It had been up on Ebay for several weeks, and I'd been eyeing it.  I'm sort of obsessed with larger scale dollhouse furniture lately, and this house is larger scale, obviously.  It was "pick up only" in Orlando, and we had a trip planned there for the weekend.  I told myself that if it was still available, I'd buy it.  Well, guess what?  It was still available!
It was made in 1973 for a little girl's 1st birthday.  Coincidentally, my first birthday was in 1973 as well, so I took that as a sort of sign- ha ha!
As you can see, it is pretty unfinished, so I'm looking forward to painting and decorating it.  In fact, I've already ordered some vintage wallpaper for some of the rooms!
I have no idea where I'm going to put it.  Although it fits on this sofa table, I don't think Hubby is going to let it stay here, as it blocks the view of the TV from the kitchen (not acceptable!!).  So we will see.  I am truly lucky to have a husband who allows this kind of insanity from me, and rarely does more than roll his eyes when I tell him I found a new dollhouse!  Very lucky indeed!
I will keep you updated on it's progress!
(As you can see, Otis acted as house inspector once we brought it home.  His inspection report stated, "Although the house is in minor disrepair, it has very good bones, so I give it two paws up!")

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Meet Otis

If you remember, we got a puppy named Milo last summer.  Well, Milo has a new friend!  Meet our new kitty, Otis.
Otis has quite a story behind him.  We found him a couple months ago while we were taking a walk in our neighborhood, in some bushes behind a grocery store.  He was so friendly, and came right up to us, looking for attention!  But when I picked him up, I realized how absolutely SKINNY he was- just skin and bones!  I knew he must not have a home, and could tell that he would not survive on his own for much longer, so we brought him home.
We didn't necessarily intend to keep him (we have two other cats, in addition to Milo, who is a handful by himself!), but we at least knew we needed to take care of him immediately.  We brought him to a vet, and it turned out that he was disease-free, although he had two kinds of rare parasites, the worst case our vet had ever seen!  He also had a broken rib, which had already healed on its own (poor thing, was probably hit by a car at some point...).
So we decided to treat him, and hold off on deciding whether or not to keep him.
We brought him back home, and let him meet the other animals.  The other cats were pretty stand-offish (nothing new for cats, right?), but Milo absolutely fell in love!!  He could not get enough of this little kitty!  And so, we decided to keep him, and named him Otis.  If you're not familiar with the movie, "Milo & Otis", it's about best cat/dog friends named Milo and Otis!  In the movie, the cat is actually Milo, and the dog is Otis, but oh well!!
These two are absolute best friends, constantly playing and wrestling with each other, but all in a very loving way- it's so fun to watch them together!
However, Otis's story doesn't end there!  About a week before Christmas, we took him back to the vet to make sure the parasites were all gone.  The vet was listening to his lungs and got a very worried look on her face.  She said, "We need to get an X-ray of his lungs ASAP!"  He was x-rayed, and it turns out he had a hernia- his intestines and liver were in his chest, severely impeding his lung function.  Most likely, the hernia had developed as a result of whatever broke his rib at some point, and then had worsened over the couple weeks we had him.  But regardless, it was an emergency situation, and he needed surgery right away.
So here we were, a week before Christmas, with a cat we had found only a couple weeks previous, needing to decide whether to save his life with a $2500 surgery!  Tough decision, but how could we not?  He is such a sweetheart of a cat, and Milo was absolutely in love with him.
And so he got his surgery, and did fantastically.  When he came home, they told us he may be sluggish for a few days, don't let him climb on things, etc.  Holy cow, this cat was the happiest cat alive!  You'd never know he had just had major surgery! There was no stopping him, so after a day, I just let him do what he wanted!
And so that's the story of Otis.  He's doing great now, and growing like crazy- having a digestive system that works properly, and having food on a regular basis sure makes a difference! 
 We are so glad we made the decision to get him the surgery, because he has turned out to be the sweetest cat I've ever owned (and I've owned a LOT of cats in my lifetime!). 
 And as you can see, he is fitting in very well around here!! 
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