Naturally "Halloween" is the theme this week at Tag Tuesday. Since most of my work tends to be on the upbeat side, I tried to go a little sinister with this theme, but it still came out more light-hearted than I intended.
The "labels" are from a scrapbook paper that I recently bought, and they got me to thinking about a witch's spell. From there I decided to make my tag resemble a witch's journal page. Rather abstract concept, I guess, but it was fun!
See? This is becoming a habit! Below is my effort for Kaisercraft's Saturday Sketch Challenge #4 (Oct. 2012), using their scrapbook papers. This is another photo copy-- the original is a large "button" type photo. The picture is mounted on a metal button-like disc, although there is no pin on the back. Ever see anything like that? Anyway, this is my great-grandfather, a police officer (and in case you're keeping track, this relative is from the other side of my family-- not the same as the great-grandmother pictured on Friday).
I was pleased the way this turned out. I need to make some more copies of old photos! I think these layouts are a nice tribute and a fun way to remember ancestors.
With Halloween right around the corner, I decided to share this children's book, How To Care ForYour Monster. Written by Norman Bridwell (also Clifford The Big Red Dog author), it was published in 1970. This copy was a hand-me-down from some older neighbors when I was a kid; I still enjoy it, and now so does my daughter.
The helpful hints on winning a "monster show" are a real "howl."
And how about taking your monster trick-or-treating?
And while we're on the subject, here are a few more Halloween type books I like to set out; they are some of my favorite decorations.
I remember this "Haunted House" book as the must have item from the school library. It also had an accompanying record which I don't have.
As you can read, it is a (copy) photo of my great-grandmother; one of the only two photos of her my family has.
All the paper is by Kaisercraft. Did you notice the two little, tatted flowers toward the bottom, near the title? My grandmother, the pictured woman's only child, made these. And how ironic-- my grandmother lived to be 103 years old! Weird world!
I used Authentique's 12 x 12 paper "Delight" and "Richness" from their Splendid line and included both sides of each sheet. I also added some gesso to the photo's background since I thought it was too dark.
"Seed Pods and Seed Heads" is the theme this week at Tag Tuesday. I'm sure we'll see all kinds of cool colors and forms from nature, excluding mine! I just don't happen to have interesting seed pods by my house. "Helicopters" are the highlight, and when I made this tag, they had yet to start falling.
So I thought of a favorite little drawing by E.H. Shepard for Winnie-The-Pooh. Piglet is blowing the seeds off a dandelion. That counts, right?
I drew the image myself and added some fabric trims and faux leaves that I thought needed a bit of paint to liven them up.
Should be interesting to see what the other taggers come up with!
Now that you've seen the individual rooms, here is my dollhouse in its entirety. Made of plywood, nothing fancy at all. There is an attic; you can reach up under the roof to store pieces not in use-- very handy. There are also three finger-sized holes drilled on each side near the top; great for moving the house, which I have done many, many times.
So the reason I've held onto this none too spectacular house is very simple: my grandfather made it. There's a reason no one can argue with.
Thanks for coming on my "little" tour. I plan to post progress on the new house now and then.
The last room on our dollhouse tour; also the biggest room in the house, the living room. The fireplace I bought within the last couple of years. Everything else is pretty old, including the paint on the right side. The whole room was that color back in the 70s; it was my folks' living room color. I used the leftover paint. I've left it all these years because it matches the couch so well. And the wallpaper is actually a Early American reproduction.
Speaking of the couch, it's a bit off scale which kind of bugs me, but my mom made it out of an upholstery sample of the same decade as that wall paint. She also made the mini afghan.
So there you have all the rooms. Tomorrow I'll post the whole enchilada.
For you folks visiting from Mockingbird Hill Cottage, let me bring you up to speed: this week we've been touring my (old) dollhouse. If you care to, scroll down to Sunday's post and see what started all this.
So this is my dollhouse kitchen. It has been renovated, by me, a couple of times. There were two other walls on the first floor that made four rooms. Somewhere along the line I wanted the living room bigger and took out a wall. Then I decided I wanted the kitchen bigger (what woman doesn't want that?) and took out another wall.
This room has plenty of old stuff in it, but it probably has the most of the newest stuff too. And I know Quisp cereal is not period to the style of this room, but I had to have it-- loved Quisp!
This tray was plain aluminum. I painted it to look like a tole painted tray.
This sewing cabinet is 30 years old or more, and I have a soft spot for it since I have a life-sized sewing cabinet just like it. It belonged to my Great-Aunt Madge (of recent button fame).
So that makes two of my favorite things: my dollhouse and my sewing cabinet. Once again, I am linking to Mockingbird Hill Cottage and "A Favorite Thing." Tomorrow we move to the Living Room.
Here is the only bedroom in my dollhouse. Mostly older items; the pictures are the newest. And speaking of pictures, the Gone With The Wind poster is a Dover sticker that happened to fit that frame perfectly. Dover art stickers are a pretty good size for dollhouse art. My sister made all of the crocheted pieces, including the curtains and throw rug. Such teeny work!
This is the crocheted pillow on the bed. Love it!
The bed my mother made decades ago out of a box and some leftover fabric (the fabric was left over from making me a robe).
So when my daughter got a dollhouse about three years ago, I decided if Mom could make a bed-- so could I. Here is the one I made, using mine as a model. Not half bad.
Most of you knew yesterday's (10-17-12) Wacky, right? Playskool nesting blocks. I always wondered why Playskool is spelled with a "k." I mean, I know it's an advertising gimmick, but wouldn't you think products geared at children would be spelled properly?? Just one of the dumb things that runs through my mind.
Getting back to the dollhouse, here is the bathroom:
The three fixtures are still available today, but mine are pretty old, 35 years or more. The toilet is the old-fashioned type with the tall tank, but for years it kept falling over until I finally cut it short. No more falling. My sister made the rugs-- very nice!
The hamper is really old, very early 70s. My sister and I shared a dollhouse prior to me getting this one, and it was full of plastic furniture. This is one of those pieces although I painted it; it was a bright aqua blue. Cool, but it didn't match. Believe it or not, I just saw the same hamper on Ebay! It was part of a complete set sold in a blister pack (no, I didn't buy it but was tempted).
Enjoy and tomorrow we'll move onto the bedroom!
P.S. Did you notice the toilet brush moved? I don't remember doing that-- I shot these pictures a while ago. Maybe my house is haunted (by very clean ghosts!!).
"Rust" is the theme at Tag Tuesday this week. I scratched my head for awhile with this one. I don't seem to have much rust around. I finally thought of a very rusty horseshoe that I picked up at a garage sale this summer. I took a picture of it alongside a couple of fading zinnias. The little "good luck" tag is a piece of canvas I stained with coffee then stamped.
I hope everyone notices the rusty safety pins. I actually rusted those myself with a method of soaking in bleach then vinegar and salt that I found online.
I'm interested to see what the other taggers come up with.
Here is the first room of my old dollhouse. Decades ago it was a nursery, but for some reason I turned it into a playroom, attic room, upstairs parlor; what would you call it? I think it evolved because of the trunk under the window. I styled the room around that.
This rug I cross stitched about 10 years ago. Never again! Such tiny stitches!
There's nothing especially significant about this horse tricycle. It's plastic, but I've always liked it.
And this crude fireplace I made at about age 11. I just kept glueing rocks together. I can't believe it's held together so long! I guess that is why I keep it in the house-- reverence for perseverance.
So there it is: the first room. I'll pick up again Thursday with the bathroom. How's that for a tease? And remember, you can click on any of my photos to bring them up larger. This week that might come in handy!
Today I'm turning over my blog to the resident English Mastiff. He is linking to Mockingbird Hill Cottage's "A Favorite Thing."
Arthur here with one of my favorite things: my (once) white teddy bear.
I love its big size and like to play with it and carry it. Sometimes I go and get it when I want to take a nap.
Thank you, Arthur! There is something so heart-warming about a 140 pound, male Mastiff enjoying a teddy bear.
Maybe you noticed we removed the bear's plastic eyes before Arthur got to that himself. I'd also like to mention I did not stage the above photo. Just grabbed my camera when Arthur was sleeping next to the bear.
If you are new to my blog and are interested, click here to read a bit more about Arthur. Incidentally, yesterday was his birthday, and he is one of my favorite things!
Another little collage in my "favorite songs" series. "Lemon Chimes" is a great bluegrass number by a great bluegrass band, The Dillards. Ever hear of them? If you said no, you might know them as The Darling Boys on the "Andy Griffith Show." Super talented group. Give them a listen sometime if you never have (or watch an episode of "Andy Griffith!).
And a rather appropriate October post too if you read the lyrics.