Monday, December 19, 2011

Need some Pink or Clear bowls?

I think its time for a manicure.
You will be amazed at how easy these bowls are to make. It
only takes a couple of seconds. They are in pink or blue.
I only have pink but I do need some blue.
These bowls are made from the Party Favors - Baby
Rattles. You can find them at thrift stores or online.
Ebay carries them and so does some Party stores.
Just google Baby Rattles. All kinds of them pop up.
But I only like these. I like these because of the simple
handle shapes.  You could probably find a use for
the little beads on the inside if you wanted to.
 Sorry that I do not have a photo for this step.
Refer to the above photo. Bu this is
how you do it. Just put your finger nail under the clear
side and pop out the little pink bowl.. Althought you do
have to keep in mind that mine are old. I am not sure
how easy it would be to take apart if they were new.
However I found that the bowl comes away easily.
Just be careful not to chip it.
 Now you are not finished yet. Do you need some
clear bowls. All you do here is take your finger nail and
put it close up to the edge of the clear bowl. Then snap off the
handle with your finger nail. It is that quick! All of these can be painted.
I like the faded pink color of these rattles. So I might
leave them like that.
I have alot of these little bowls so some of them will
get painted eventually.
A small package of 10 of these baby rattles will make
you 20 bowls.
I have not found a use for the little plastic handles yet.
Many hugs and kisses
by Conny


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Sunday, December 11, 2011


wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
Berneice has already put up her christmas tree.
Have you?
There is a total of 6 windows that look into this top
floor apartment. It is really pretty with the doors closed
to see the tree all lit up. I thought maybe you would
like to see the christmas tree first to get you in the
holiday mood.
 The lights are on so I hope that you can see them. The
tree was bought back in Oklahoma when they were selling
these with little batteries. I had many of them but they arent
any good. I guess I stored them too long. I dont know if
you can even buy these trees any longer. On the inside of
the windows there are wreaths with red galand strung
across all 6 windows. And now that I am thinking about
it - I think that I forgot to snap a photo of the inside of
these windows.
 Here is a close up of the body of the tree thru the window.
The tree has red and gold garland strung across its branches.
The garlands are not paper they are of a thin metal
 The tree goes all the way to the ceiling. Berneice already
has plenty of presents waiting for some happy owners to
confiscate them.
 From the window you can see a red stocking that I
hung on the tree. This was a good place to hang it. Since
Berneice lives alone it didnt make any sense to hang
2 stockings from the fireplace mantel.
 This is the left side of the apartment. The massive tree]
blocks some of the living area.
 I was hoping that you could see the little red bird on
the branch. If you blow it up - its a little blurry. But it
is a little red bird.
 Some more presents are under the tree. The tree skirt
is a piece of lace from a sleeve of a blouse that I use
to own before I cut it up. Do you cut up your clothes
if you think it would look better in your mini dollhouse?
 This is the other side of the tree that faces the table. All
of these presents I bought back in Oklahoma from
hobby lobby. I am not sure if you can still buy the plaid
presents anymore.
 The dog is named Max. He found a candy cane that
was low enough on the branch for him to lick. Of
course he is missing his tongue!
 So when I had thought about it - I had to stop and glue
on a piece of red felt to imitate his tongue. Either I should
have placed Max closer to the candy cane or I should
have made his tongue shorter?? Oh well
you get the idea. The boots are Barbie boots that I glued
a piece of craft fur to the top. they are high-heels.
They do not look like they are too big - unless you pick
them up with your hands and then you know. I plan on
replacing them later when I find something suitable to use.
 Berneice really likes her comforter set with pillow shams.
Her sheets and pillowcases add just the right touch and
 A close up of the pillow shams that I made eons ago.
 Berneice has been drinking her red wine. She is going
to a company party later - so right now she is bathing.
The little basket of flowers I confiscated from a
doll a couple days ago.
 Here is Santa's coat that Berneice will be wearing. See
the black tights on the bed. She will be wearing them
under her coat along with those black boots. Oooo a little
sexy or slutty - you choose.Lol's Her Santa
hat is on the bed posts.
 This is Berneice's vanity. Later I might paint her brush
and mirror silver. But right now you can see them from
a little distance. These are Chrysbon items. I will be
making some jewelry to fit inside her jewelry chest. Thats
a later project. Hat boxes are on top. White flat shoes
are underneath. I might paint them later also.
 This is a close up of the vanity. The little pink purse
is made from a piece of pink ribbon. It was not
even hemmed on top. The strings are embroider
 As of yet I do not have any clothes in the closet. There
is another hatbox on top and a Swarvoski Carousel
that I bought from a gift shop. I think that it costed me
$35.00 but it was worth it. I have carried it around
with me every place that I have moved hoping that it
would not get lost.
 The windows behind the bed even got some red garland
hanging dow from the wreaths. The bed posts are strung
with red garland and have little bulb ornaments hanging
from the head of the bed and aslo at the foot of the bed.
 Some day I am going to recover the lamp shade and
put a rose decal on its base.
 The piano is glass and so is its stool. My ex son in law
gave it to me 15 years ago. It is so delicate and looks
pretty in this space. This is just one of the Santa bags
that Berneice has to take the office Christmas party
 The little red bag is the second bag that has to go to
the party. I hope that someone comes to help Berneice
with the presents. There are a couple of presents on the
chair also that has to go.
 Here is a close up of the Santa coat. It is a scrap-booking
item. It has a piece of foam tape on the back. All I did
was peel it off. The only thing is - is that the coat does
not open up. But thats okay - it looks real enough
for me.
 This pic shows the decorating of the small living
area.  I think that later I will have to cover that
lamp shade also. None of these christmas lights
light up.
 As you can see Berneice has another glass of red wine
on the table. She has been drinking all afternoon. Gee
I hope she istn tipsey!
Nothing like having some cheese to go with that wine.
Whenever Berneice cross stitches she always lays
back in the chaise. Its very comfortable.
 Yep - see those bottles. Yummy candy canes!
Berneice is in a drinking
frienzy. I have not found a picture to go above the
fireplace yet that I like. I dont know what I am actually
looking for?? I like the words Friends. I found the
wood word at a craft store not to long ago.
 Here are the presents. 2 bags full. Its going to be a
blast of at the office Christmas party!
 Here is the china cabinet. I keep moving much of the
stuff around. I cant seem to arrange it like I want. However
there is a lot of cobalt blue in this cabinet along with
the silver coffe and tea set.
 On top of the cabinet is still a punch bowl set that I
have never taken out of the box. It is Reutter Porcelain
and is already 15 years old.
There are 2 pairs of scissors. The purple handled pair
is plastic and will be painted later. The gold handled
scissors actually open and close. I have a charm bracelet
that my dear hubby bought me after we were first married.
Those sewing scissors were one of the first 4 charms that
he bought me. I found them the other day in my jewelry
box and decided they needed to be here.
I made the little pincushion from the feet of a tiny doll. The little
plastic shoe was attached to her leg. Since I couldn't
see very well my dear hubby cut it off of her foot for
me. (so sorry I am that she is now footless - we cut off both
of her feet!). Anyway I stitched up the
pincushion and glued it to
the shoe. Then I needed a needle. So with the help
of my dear hubby we made us a couple of threaded needles.
They are a little bent but hopefully we
get better at it. The needles are shiny.
 Here is a better pic of the black tights. Later I am
going to cut the tights and make hose out of it.
 This is the little Swarvoski carousel. I took
one of those little plastic cases and adhered
some glittery black fabric to the back and
underneath the carousel. Zoom in to see
the little horses. And the horses go round
and round.  Now it wont get dusty.
It sits on top of the little closet.
 Here is an even closer look. Beneice loves
antiques. Even though the little carousel is not an
antique - she has had it for 15 years already.
I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into Berneice's
apartment. There is still so much to make
for this christmas room. Oh well future projects
to come!
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
Many kisses and hugs to you!

Monday, December 5, 2011

It's Party Time!

And the invitations were sent out
weeks ago. All of the little guests were
suppose to dress in costumes. No
fancy dresses here except for Allie and Allison.
Little girls parties can be so cute. Today
Allie and Allison turn 5 years old.They are
dressed in their best green dresses with matching
hats. The party apartment is still under construction as
you can see. Balloons filled with air dot the ceiling.
A few of the balloons have confetti glued to them
that says Happy Birthday!
So much more work is to be done - Oh where is
Aunt Melinda and Brenda!
 As you can see a few of the balloons are already
dying. Those balloons were duds and would not blow
up properly. I used them anyway. Not all balloons
need to look the same.
 The Happy Birthday banner across the window is
the same confetti that is on the balloons. The white
string is just embroidery floss. It was easy to thread
the floss thru the words. The floss is held up at the
window corners with tacky wax. No problem if I
decide to remove it.
 The little guests are starting to arrive. Allie has her
arm up greeting them. As you are aware the little
ladies are dressed up in whatever
they wanted to wear. No special attire for them.
The first  little lady to barrel inside is named Amanda.
She is dressed as Dorothy of the 'Wizard of Oz' movie
Amanda has waited impatiently for this party. She is the
one with the white hair in case you havent seen the movie.
Amanda and the others can hardly wait to play. They have
by-passed the main dining table in favor of the play table.
Maybe those 2 want to sit there.
 The little lady that you can only see partway that is
dressed in brown. Her name is Brandi. Brandi is dressed
up as the scarecrow in the 'Wizard of Oz' movie. She is
so excited to be here!
 Here is the back of Brandi - do you see her tail. The
little lady behind Brandi is Kelly. Kelly is a cute little
pink fairy. She is wearing her Halloween costume.
 Close ups of Brandi and Kelly.
 The sweet little lady in the wedding dress is Jessica.
She is saying 'hello' to everyone. Jessica is the last to arrive.
 The 2 little children at the table are Elizabeth's
twins that you havent seen. One is a boy named
Hardy and the little girl is Lisa. No body is watching
them! Trouble could be brewing here.
 Aunt Brenda has been working very hard to get things started.
The tablecloth, plates and cake are already on the table along
with a few lollipops. Only one glass of milk is there. Surely
there are more to come. Lets just hope that Hardy does
not get hold of it and dump that milk all over the tablecloth.
So the table is not completely set up yet. The silverware
isnt on the table yet.
 You might think that the cake is upside down - but it
isn't.. It is turned so the birthday girls can stand on the chairs
while they blow out the candles. Oh my gosh - Aunt Brenda
hasn't put the candles on the cake yet!
Aunt Brenda sure is running behind.
The plates are printables from jennifers Printables
website. I looked on her blog for Barbie wallpaper but I
couldnt find it. I ended up using a flowered wallpaper for
the plates. After I cut the plates out - they looked so
flat. I bent them up on some of the sides. Still I do not
like how they turned out. I guess printies are not for
me. I do have some ideas of how to change it. But that
will be a future project.
 A close up of the Birthday Cake. It is chocolate on the
inside with white Vanilla frosting. Aunt Brenda made the
 This pic shows a country style apron just right for
Elizabeth's apartment. It works well in this space.
You can see the top of the little dollhouse of where I
sandpapered the top of it - long, long ago.
 Allison stands over by the bunk-beds. The girls
are so happy that everyone showed up for their party.Aunt
Melinda is collecting the presents. Elizabeth doesnt
feel very well and Hank is still fussy. Thank goodness
that her twin sisters Melinda and Brenda are here to
give her a hand with things.
 A couple of extra chairs - actually they are small
childrens rocking chairs. Just waiting for some
child to sit on them.
 A closer look at Aunt Melinda. She looks like she is
having fun - doesnt she. (I really do like these vinyl
dolls. They twist and turn, their legs move, their heads
\turn. I think they are better than my porcelain dolls).
Aunt Melinda thinks to herself -
Oh my where am I going to put those presents?
 Aunt Brenda still has not gotten it all together yet.
The tablecloth is pink tissue paper that I cut to size.
Underneath it I cut a piece of white cardboard. It just
sits there and its there because the table looked dark
under the pink tissue paper. The white cardboard
underneath brightens it up some.
 Here is the little table where some of the little
ladies are going to eat. Of course Pinky the bear
already has her spot picked out. The 4th chair to the
little table set broke. It is now a stool.
 This picture might be a little blurry - but it is here
for you to be able to see the inside of the little dollhouse.
See the christmas tree on the bottom floor.
 There's Aunt Brenda. Right now she is stressing out.
The cute little blond haired lady in purple moved out
of the way when she came in the door. She is dressed
as a movie star. See her pretty pink lipstick. Her name is
Marge Damon. She is hoping that someone will see
her resemblance to the actress 'Kate Winslet' - one of
her favorite actresses of the movie Titanic.
The butcher block had to be moved into the bedroom.
There simply just was not enough room.
Oh my - there are some tumblers int he sink that need
 Aunt Brenda is stressing out moreso now. Still more
work to be done. As you can see - Melinda and Brenda
are identical twins. However they do not always dress
or wear their hair the same. But they are always
there to help their older sister Elizabeth. I think
Elizabeth is a lucky woman to have such good sisters
that do not mind helping her.
 Time to get the milk out and fill up some glasses.
Hope you like the party. Come join in.
Thanksfor visiting me.
Come back soon.