Friday, August 14, 2015

The Rest of the Summer

Well, sorry for taking a month-long break there!  The end of our summer was jam-packed with out-of-town guests, camps, and vacations!  Things have finally settled down, so I thought I'd show you some of the fun things that we did.
 We took our out-of-town guests to this wonderful beach on Big Talbot Island.  It's a beach where the erosion has caused tons of trees to slide down the banks down onto the beach. 
The trees have all become bleached-out by the sun, and their roots are all showing.  It's quite a magical place there!
 The kids love climbing on the trees and exploring.
 There are beautiful live trees there as well- with lots of cool branches to pose on!
Then, we reopened Mom's Waterpark for the summer. 
 It didn't get as much use as it did last year, but it still kept them busy for a few afternoons.
Watch out, or you may get splashed!!
We took a few trips to the beach this summer as well.  This morning was during the week, so it was pretty empty, which is always the nicest!
 Isn't this the most serene-looking photo?  There was a wonderful tide pool the day we went, and she spent most of her time in there!
Here are the boys by the tide pool.
I love the huge empty beach with little tiny Avery in the middle!
Love this one as well, with Noah running out in front- such a representation of pure childhood!
 He isn't always silly though- sometimes he can just be cute and handsome!
Digging up the clams and watching them burrow back into the sand.
 I try to periodically take photos of the three of them out in the water like this.  There's one in my blog header- in fact, that may have been the first one I did of them like that.
Then, Mom and Dad finished off the summer with a trip to Las Vegas!  We used to go frequently when we lived in Seattle, but haven't been for many years now.
Of course, we had to purchase the cheesy show photos, since those are the only times we ever get photos of the two of us!
And on Wednesday, it was Back-to-School!  The kids are starting at a new school this year, and though they are nervous, I think it is going to be a very positive move for us.  Riley had a nice attitude the first morning...
... but you can tell that Noah was not in the best mood, unfortunately...
...but Little Miss Avery Sunshine was all smiles!
I hope you are all having a nice end of the summer.  I know that we start school pretty early here, but I was definitely ready for it this year.  I need some time to get some things done!  Some craft things, and decorating things, and dollhouse things, and thrift store things, and....

Monday, July 13, 2015

Birthday Art- 43

Well, it's a month and a half since my birthday, but that's about how I roll these days!  I did this piece of art for my forty-third birthday in May.  Every year I try to do a piece- some years I'm able to do it on my birthday, and other years, it takes me a month and a half to finish it!!
 But regardless, I'm happy with the way this turned out.  You may remember the joint pieces I did with my kids a couple months ago.  If you look back at them, you'll see that I was obviously inspired by those. 
 Is it wrong that I steal my five-year-old's imagery for my own artwork??!! Ha!
This summer has been a whirlwind, and we don't even have that much scheduled.  But we've been able to fit in some fun activities amongst the chaos.  I hope you're all having a great summer!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Well, it's June!  The kids are home, and it's been a battle to keep them busy.  I can't say that I'm always successful, but here's a sampling of what's been going on around here lately!
We started out the summer with Avery's dance recital.  She was in three numbers this year- gymnastics, ballet, and tap.
 I loved her ballet costume- such pretty teal and cream colors!
And how sassy is she in her fancy tap costume?
In Florida, a lot of our free time is spent inside, since it can get so hot outside during the summer.  Off come the cushions and pillows for some flying time!
 Noah's usually the one who gets this game going.
 But of course Avery will join in.
 And even Riley will make a few flights!
 On Father's Day, we went blueberry picking!
We found lots of blueberries before the heat became too unbearable.
 It was 9:00 in the morning and already mid 80's.  By the end of our time, we were completely drenched!
 Avery bowed out about 15 minutes in, and kept herself busy monitoring the buckets!
One good way to beat the heat is with water balloons!!
 Great shot!
But Noah had his own plans...
 Another great shot!
 Avery had a hard time filling them, but had fun watching the leaks squirt out!
One more shot to the back!
 Noah has spent a lot of time folding origami characters this summer.  I gave him this shutter to display them all.
 Both my boys are pretty good at cartooning, and I love to look at all the different expressions he puts on these guys!
 Avery and I worked together to make this clock for her room!
 We were inspired by the clock I saw here on the Cakies blog.  Avery loved the idea that we could make our own pom-poms!
It's a real working clock.  She's just learning to tell time, and she wanted a clock in her room to practice!
And finally, Riley has been working on creating his own blog (with Mom's help, of course)!  He'd be over the moon if anyone decided to leave him a comment or two!!  Here's the link, if you'd like to check it out:
Well, I hope everyone's having a great summer- staying busy and beating the heat!

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Myrna's Rooming House- A Dollhouse Tour

Well, guys, sorry for the quiet blog lately, but May always hits us hard here with obligations, etc.  Add to that a nasty stomach flu that swept through all five of us within the last week, and you've got one busy mama!  But hopefully this post will make up for it with a ton of photos full of vintage dolly eye candy!
You may remember this dollhouse that I purchased a few months ago.  It's a larger scale than most, which I love, because I was able to use lots of large-scale doll furniture I'd collected over the years.  And it also is perfect for these little 8" dolls, of which I've got an abundance!
So let me introduce you to the inhabitants of this house.  It is a rooming house that's owned by the lovely Myrna.  She is up on the balcony holding her baby, Louise.  Next to them is her other child, Harriet.  Unfortunately, Myrna's husband died while she was pregnant with Harriet, leaving her with a large house and two young children to care for!  So, to make ends meet, she's turned her home into a rooming house for single ladies.
Her first tenant is Emmaline, who is standing next to Myrna.  Emmaline holds the title of "Lady Hampshire", and is a bit vain about it.  She insists on wearing her sash everywhere, but the other ladies try to just ignore it.  Second we have Margaret, who is on the left side of the front door.  She is quite shy, and tends to leave her eyes downcast so as not to draw attention to herself.  Third we have Marie, who is in the red top next to the front door.  She loves children, so wears a nursery rhyme skirt every day!  She helps Myrna care for the children quite a bit.  And lastly, we have Gloria, on the far right of the front door.  She is actually Margaret's sister, and the two of them go to nursing school together.
And here is their lovely house!
Myrna will show you the kitchen first. She does most of the cooking for her boarders, but since they are all nice ladies, they like to help her out as well.
She's a very artsy gal, so likes to decorate her furniture with decals and painted flowers, as you can see!
She also made her own curtains and hung the pretty plates on the wall for decoration.
Looks like the ladies are going to have some yummy ham for dinner tonight!
Next is the dining room/foyer.  Although it's pretty crowded with the table and chairs in here, sometimes the ladies like to have guests over, so they need the extra seating.
Gloria has come in to check up on things.  I wonder why?
Because tonight, Gloria has invited a gentleman to dine with her!  Myrna made a beautiful turkey for the two of them to enjoy.
That's a lot of turkey for just two people- I hope they're hungry!
Emmaline will show off the parlor.  She's the one who uses this room most often.
Why, you ask?  Because this is where the piano is, and Emmaline practices A LOT for future pageants!
There's also a little writing desk in here, which the ladies use while the room is a bit more, umm, quiet.
But nobody complains too much, since they are all a little bit proud of the fact that they live with someone of such "celebrity"!
Now they will come up and show you the landing.
There's another writing desk up here, if someone needs a bit more privacy, for maybe a love letter?
Isn't the hand-hooked rug made by Myrna beautiful?
It's a tight squeeze fitting between the stair rails and the desk, but these ladies are all nice and skinny!
The first bedroom is shared by Emmaline and Marie.
They chose the pink room because Emmaline felt that it was more flattering to her coloring.
As you can see, Myrna put her decal-ing talents to use in here as well!
You can't see it, but Emmaline even sleeps in her sash!!
And then we have sisters Margaret and Gloria's room.
They're very happy with their yellow bedding, since it's their favorite color, as you could probably guess from their clothing!
All the ladies have to climb over the beds a bit in order to go from room to room, but they don't mind!
Except in the middle of the night- then it can be a little annoying to be walked on!
Now Marie will show you the bathroom. 
In here, they have a toilet and a dressing table.
Unfortunately they do not have a sink or a bath, but they've become quite adept at giving themselves sponge baths in order to keep clean.
At least the room is very pretty to make up for the things it's lacking!
And up in the attic are Myrna and the babies' quarters.
This room is the nursery, so Louise spends most of her time in here.
She has everything she needs- a highchair, a cradle, a playpen, a rocker, and a soft rug to play on.  The only thing she's lacking is a window for some nice sunlight, but Myrna makes sure to take her outside for plenty of sun time!
And of course, Myrna has added some pretty decals to make things even nicer up here!
Myrna and Harriet sleep in the adjoining room.
Harriet has a lovely crib with handmade bedding.
Sometimes Myrna moves out the crib so that there is more room on the floor for the babies to play.
More fun decals and a pretty rug make things nice and cheery up here, despite the lack of windows!
And so, that finishes up the tour of Myrna's Rooming House!  This has been such a fun dollhouse to decorate- I absolutely love this larger scale!
To remind you, this is where the dollhouse started out...
...and this is where it's finished.
The inside, before Myrna had her go at it...
...and after!
I hope you've enjoyed meeting Myrna and her friends, and seeing their lovely home!  To see more of my dollhouse tours, check over on the right sidebar for a list.

Oh, and send your good luck thoughts to Gloria for her date tonight!!
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