Tuesday, August 28, 2012


 I love the pretty soap boxes and containers! The Violet Soap was given to me for a birthday from Mother. She couldn't understand why I wanted that rather than a pretty blouse or something. But violets being my Feb. birthday flower, it just spoke to me! Mother has been gone for many years but I think of her often when I look at this box.
I found this set of old  books copyrighted in the late 1800's  when Mother and I stopped at a "Little Sister's of the Poor" Thrift Store yeas ago. I have read them all I believe. My favorites as I remember were" Little Miss Whirlwind"  and " Rose Mather"  Inside on  the  first page is an advertisement listing Popular Books by one of the authors  Mrs. George Shelton listing the price as 60 cents per volume
Here is my doll "Alma Jean" in a little feed sack dress Mother made for her when I was a little girl. I should say this doll is like my doll Alma Jean! The truth is Mother took care of children and somewhere along the way my doll disappeared! I said in later years if I ever saw one like my doll at an Antique Store I would have to get it. Well I did! I didn't have enough money at the time but they let me put her in lay-a-way until I got the money. So she is "My" doll as far as I'm concerned! The picture shows me with Alma Jean and my sister and her doll too along with two little friends.

Monday, August 20, 2012


I've been collecting these old Bride & Groom Cake Toppers for years. Most have come from Thrift Stores. I'm still looking for Military Grooms or these days Bride or both.

Monday, August 13, 2012


This decoupaged suitcase was a project for us Sisters one time when Judy came down and spent a couple of days with me  in the Cottage. it makes a handy storage piece or just pretty accessory.

 I gathered  embroiderd dollies and lace pieces  and copied a picture of sister Judy and I  for both of us and then  we went to work designing our .pictures. We always have a handwork project for each little trip and this was one of them.

A couple of years ago I made this collage as an  entry for our Harrisonville Fine Art Show I called it "Marlynne Joy" It tells the story of my life in pictures.  It was great fun!

Little stuffed and decorated hearts are tucked in here and there thru out the cottage