"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Friday, March 30, 2012

Please Prove You're Not a Robot

QUESTION: Now when I go to write a comment on someone's blog, it says, "Please Prove You're Not a Robot" and it has me decipher and type not one, but two words that I'm barely able to even read. Is this a glitch in my computer or a new thing?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What Would YOU Do?

I've recently inherited some very old statues of Mary and the Infant of Prague. This statue of Mary may be too "shabby" for the shabby chic look I prefer!

I like the aged creamy white and the chips have character, but I can't help but think how much prettier I can paint her.

Would you keep her as-is, or take the chance and change her?

She'd still be old, but with a fresher appearance.

Seems a waste to let her fall into ruin.

What would you do?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Free Liddle Kiddle Paper Doll Images

After making fairies for Mary using vintage Liddle Kiddle paper dolls, I finally conquered the scanner and learned how to transfer images without cutting off half their bodies. I dressed some of the dolls so I could share them with you. Enjoy!

The baker is my favorite, which is yours?

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Time to Keep

Now that my attic renovations are done, I've spent the last few weeks ruthlessly sorting through every box, and scouring every nook and cranny of our house. I gathered plenty to donate and purge. I also took this opportunity to open a new Etsy Shop called, A Time To Keep!

Within minutes of posting these little snowbabies, a woman asked if she could just buy this one bunny, which I agreed to, but I NEED YOUR ADVICE.

In your opinion, do you think I should leave this little bunny in its original condition or try to repaint the face? I always have an inner conflict with messing with a vintage piece's integrity. At the same time, I may be able to bring out its beauty by cleaning him up. What do you think?

Have you ever gone through your things and wondered how you've accumulated so many things?!

Without realizing it, I've gotten myself a nice sized collection of vintage figurines and planters.

And bunnies....

Lots and lots of bunnies...

Have you ever felt a Napco collectible in your hand? It's like velvet. It literally feels as good as it looks!

This was a very interesting paper mache bunny I recently picked up. The strange part is, I don't think it's home-made, but the way the seams are put together, you'd think it didn't come from a factory. It's like the front part is too big for the back...or they used two different bunny molds to create it. Very, very weird.

And then of course, brown bunnies! This is the biggest of the lot.

Somewhere along the line, my "Bucks County Folk Art" Etsy Shop took on a life of its own and morphed into a vintage shop, rather than a place for me to display my folk art. Having two stores solves this problem. BCFA will go back to primitive folk art while "A Time To Keep" will focus on shabby chic, vintage, and kitschy scrumptiousness.

This musical planter is so pretty with the pastel pinks and blues. I love the little bluebird sitting on top!

The Easter Bunny used this vintage planter to hide candy-filled eggs!

Over the last year, I've become completely smitten with polka-dots! This cutie was used at my carnival-themed party last summer. After the kids won tickets, we'd use this to store them. It was much more fun than a bowl or jar.

I'm not sure, but I think this planter was made back in the 1930s-1940s. She's so different than any of the other planters I've seen because she's basically monochromatic - creamy white with gold accents. Nothing fancy, just a calming cool color.

I honestly won't be sad if she doesn't sell! I actually have a winter themed idea for her if she doesn't. White bottle brush trees, topped with white glass bulbs and glitter.

Pretty in Pink!

They just don't make things like they used to. Just look at this train. Pure innocence.

Sometimes, I come across something so sweet I could just *smack* it! I mean really - a train made from yummy sugary sweets! And an icecream cone for the smoke-stack! Who came up with this idea? I need to smack him! It's just so darn cute!

Feeling so organized! Just in time for Spring!!
Thanks for all the visits and well wishes!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

It's Finally Over!

The carpets are down and the attic renovation is finally over!

Ted was very meticulous about taking pictures throughout the whole process, but I just figured to show you before and after shots.

For 11 years, we lived in a 2 bedroom house on the first floor. It was cozy, to say the least.

The attic was just used as storage. It was such a wasted space, but we kept telling ourselves, "Someday."

Too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. The air was also constricted so breathing was difficult. It just wasn't useable space.

Even Old Blue needed some fresh air!

Paying a full mortgage for only half a house is the pits.

After years of putting it off, Ted and I finally knew it was time. The kids are older and need their own space. And the once cozy home had just become too crowded.

Mary just can't wait to see her new bedroom.

And it was worth the wait!

After all the old walls were torn down, Neil, our contractor, bleached the entire upstairs, ensuring that any old mold or moisture was gone. Brand new insulation and ventilation now makes the upstairs fresh and breathable.

Mary picked the color, "Lavender Calm." I was so proud of her for not picking out typical *loud* kid's colors.

I guess once we move all the furniture in, we'll never see her again. If it were my room, I know that'd be the case!

And let's not forget Nicolai! We converted the second room into a playroom for both to share.

In trying to keep this room for both boys and girls, Mary and I chose a "Weeping Willow" green for the walls.

This space was Neil's idea. What was once a hall closet is now an area all set for a computer desk!

As soon as we turn our backs, I just know Blue's gonna drag his butt on this new rug.

This will be our reading nook. We'll have a chair and two bookshelves my Dad built on opposites sides. Scrumptious!

A new handrail and banister replace that awful metal pipe thing that was originally created for this space. (Only Ted like it. He tried to persuade me to keep it by describing it "Shabby Chic Industrial".)

Now, a few more weeks of completely reorganizing and rearranging 11 years of living space into 2 stories and we'll finally be able to stretch alittle. This makes for happy parents.....and I think....even happier kids.