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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dolly Thursday


Happy Dolly Thursday! Meet Miss Flora Erika, my newest dolly. She has a very interesting story! I absolutely love her and she turned out to be a darling.

Last month, when I went up north for our Pacific NW Tasha Tudor Society gathering, Joyce took us over to her neighbor Erika's house. Erika was selling some of her dolls and I fell in love with this German Armand Marseilla Floradora doll. Her arms needed to be repaired. Erika had new arms but never repaired the doll. She was selling her at quite a bargain price and of course, I had to buy her.


The next day, we went to the Bellevue Doll Show in WA. I bought a headless doll because she had a lovely dress that I was sure would fit my new little lady. Little did I realize that this doll had the wire and the two metal tabs that I needed to fix my doll! I have never seen a doll with this type of arm. What are the chances that this body had the parts that I needed? WOW!


The arms just needed to have a tiny hole punched in the leather and attached to the body with a wire and secured with little metal button like tabs.


I used my quilting tool to make the holes in the arms and I used my little jewelry making tools to bend the wire.


Her she is with her new arms! Yes, i know she is not 100% original, but I am ok with that.


Here's a good look at the little metal button like tabs.


She has a very sweet face with an open mouth and tiny teeth.


She is looking better with her chemise top on now...more like a little dolly lady.


The two piece dress is amazing. When I ironed it, I really got a good look at the workmanship. Lots of very well done parts and stitches.


Isn't she looking fine? I think she looks like a school teacher. I named her Flora Erika....Flora for her Floradona name and Erika for the lady who sold her to me.


She has her books on her lap!.


I took over the posting reminder on my Tasha Tudor Take Peace FB page today for my friend Suzanne. It will be my job to set up Dolly Thursday every week now. I chose this photo today to introduce Dolly Thursday. Since it is September, i thought this was so darling and perfect for the day.


PS....I had a pain free good night's sleep last night! Thankful, very thankful.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tea Time Tuesday #170


Happy Tea Time Tuesday! The weather cooled off a little today after another 90 degree day, so I felt like it was ok to have a little hot tea today.


Yesterday, I got my package of honey from my friend LaVonne! It's from her farm in Montana...Serenity Sheep Farm. It's a wonderful place and she must have happy bees because this honey is just the best! I decided to see if I could find a recipe for a healthy goodie for tea, using honey. I had some almond flour, so I went on the hunt. I am playing around with almond flour. It's fun to try something very different. I didn't want to buy a big amount until I decided it was something I wanted to use. Bob's Red Mill is always a good place to start.


The dough went together easily and formed a ball after mixing by hand.


I did make the biscuits thinner than the recipe suggested as I wanted to see if they would be more like a cookie. It worked. It only makes 12 cookies or 7 thicker biscuits. That's ok for the 2 people who live here!


Into the oven....


Out of the oven....


I also wanted to try the beautiful tea that my Gina brought back from her trip to Bali. This white tipped oolong tea is mild and very nice! Gina loves deer and this box was to support the endangered deer in Taiwan.



It's a loose tea, so you need your strainer! I love to use a pretty one. This is one of my favorite brown transfer ware cup and saucers. Fall is coming! I love slipping into it at this time of the year.



This was a bargain teapot/coffee pot that I found this summer. I just adore it. It had been in a family for a long time. The lady said no one wanted it...so sad. She sold it to me for $12.50. I told her it was going to a good home!


Two little cookies with a touch of honey. No butter for me these days. The cookies are tasty, but not too sweet.


I hope you had time for a cup of tea today.

I got the results from my test...precancerous but no cancer at this time. Another colonoscopy will be needed in 3 years, but that's ok. It's a life savor. I need to make a few more diet changes...more legumes and whole grains. No red meat or pork, but I am not eating that now anyway. I am thankful.

Here's the recipe if you would like to give it a try...

2 1/2 c almond flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 c coconut oil
2 eggs
1 T honey

Mix the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.
Mix the oil, eggs and honey in a large bowl.
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix by hand until it forms a dough ball
Roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Add a bit of flour if its sticks or appears too sticky.
Roll to 3/4" for thicker biscuits.....thinner if you want them to be more like cookies.
Transfer by metal spatula to a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until lightly browned

Makes 7 biscuits or 12 cookies

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday Monday....


Well, the dreaded colonoscopy is over. I think I am done with medical tests for awhile. It has been such a year of it all. I try not to focus on it and am so thankful that the doctors have been able to keep me healthy. We shall see what the results of this test will be shortly. I have to admit that I am nervous.

My sweet daughter Gina left me a fun package to open when it was all over. She called it.."The Post Poo Pampering Package"! So fun.


It was filled with all kinds of fun good smelling things for ladies. New products for the old mama to try. I was so thrilled with all the goodies.

I came through the test just fine. The prep is barbaric as far as I am concerned. The drugs they give you during the test are great and you wake up refreshed. I did fine and am doing fine, until night time. So I guess I am one of the ones that it takes longer to bounce back...sigh. No sleep for the past two nights. I tried some different eating patterns today but if I have another night of tummy aches, I will call the doctor in the morning.

It's been so hot here. We hit another 90 degree day and the forest fires continue up the gorge from our home. People are still evacuated after a week. We have a lot of ash to still clean up on our cars, BBQ's, lawn furniture...it's amazing. We finally saw blue sky on Saturday after a week of grey skies.
I feel so bad for people closer to the fire. Fires, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. It's been a difficult time for people. It warms your heart to hear of stories of people helping people.

Isn't it hard to believe that it's been 16 years since 911? A day will be always remember. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor! Our Pacific NW Tasha Tudor Society Gathering


Today is Tasha Tudor's birthday! She would have been 102 years old. As her fans, many of us like to remember her on this day in some special way. This year, we have a very magical weekend celebration with our Pacific NW Tasha Tudor Society group. Two of our members, Joyce and Carla, offered to have the meeting at their homes in Puyallup, WA.

Diane and Sue met me in Longview, WA at 8:30 am Saturday morning. We left my car at Diane's brother's house and off we went! We were a wee bit early, so we stopped at a thrift store and Sue got some books for her classroom.

We arrived at Joyce's darling home around 11:00 am. Robin and her neighbor Erika joined our group.  She has a lovely home, filled with antiques, toys and DOLLS! She was so eager to share it all with us.





Joyce is such a Tasha Tudor collector and has been for many years. She made this Tasha doll years ago and it is so cute. It was fun to listen to her tell us the story how she made the doll. Several pieces of the doll furniture was made by Seth Tudor, Tasha's son who built Tasha's home.



Look at all the fun items on top of the corner shelf! There is so much in these two rooms to study.


The stove is just wonderful and to die for!


I am lucky enough to also have a little spice cabinet like this one that was made by Seth too.


Of course, you need to have a corgi in the dollhouse!


I loved the crockery...especially the teapot. What a great job Joyce.


This is the doll that Marjorie Tudor, Tasha's DIL made for Joyce. It is a representation of Joyce as a little girl. She has made clothes for this doll from photo's of herself as a little girl....charming.



Joyce is so sweet...she put this wonderful redwork quilt out on her bed just for me! Oh, it is just fantastic. It is in excellent condition too.



In another room, you will  find more fun things...a little bedroom scene and more dolls!


This sweet little child's bed used to sleep her preschool children when she ran her little business. Now it is enjoyed by very large baby dolls.


I loved this story! This chair was made by Seth. Joyce had been to an event and Tasha was sitting on a chair like this. When Joyce returned home, she decided she really wanted it! When she called Seth, he said he had 2 chairs and couldn't remember which one Tasha had been sitting on! So, they had Tasha sit on it and he took a photo to send along with it. When she received it, she dressed up and had a picture of her sitting in the chair too.


She framed both photos. Isn't that fun?!


She has darling child size items in the little area where she once ran her daycare. Oh, I loved everything in that room!!!


How about this stove?


Rub-a-dub-dub....three babies in a tub!


After we got to enjoy the downstairs, she took us one by one, up to the attic. Oh my....more dolly treasures. Diane is enjoying some of the goods and hearing a good story from Joyce. Can you see the clothes behind Diane? That little red coat was SO adorable!






This cabinet was the home of small dolls and her Hitty.


After everyone had a chance to be overwhelmed by toys and dolls, it was time for our picnic. The weather was nice, a bit warm, but we were happy to be outside. The lunch was so good, cold cuts, bread, Tasha's baked beans, blueberries, watermelon, pasta salad, yummy kale salad and a great iced tea.


Of course, the dollies were invited and they also had a yummy picnic. Such a variety and so many nice dolls.






Joyce has a lovely garden with all kinds of fun things to look at.





We went down a little pathway and found the Secret Garden.


Look what was in the secret garden...the outhouse is actually where she stores her garden tools. Pretty funny.





Our sweet hosts....Joyce and Carla. I caught Carla with her eyes almost shut but I still like this photo. Carla made their aprons.


After we finished up our lunch, it was time to travel over to Carla's home...two blocks away. But first, we made a stop at Erika's home to see her special dolls. Oh my, such beauties.



She was also selling a few dolls as she is down sizing.  I did have to take one home. I will feature her at another time.


All the little ladies traveled over to Carla's home too. Our hosts had goodies very similar to our goodies...they even had churned ice cream, as we did! They also had a floating cake...a Tasha birthday must have!



Can you see the cake floating in the little tub?



Carla's garden is also amazing. She keeps chickens and has these doves that sound like the are laughing.


And here is our floating cake...so clever and pretty cute idea.



Robin and Diane are enjoying some of Carla's lovely Tasha books from Japan. I have never seen most of these.


Carla has not been a doll person. She enjoys gardening and loves Tasha's work, but has never gotten into the dolls. Now she has made two of the china dolls from the kits that were put out sometime ago. She made the clothes the dolls are wearing.


The ladies also had a craft for us. I love this photo of Diane, laughing as she was trying to separate the embroidery floss. We were all laughing with her.


Carla is stuffing her little corgi fabric dog with lavender.


Sweet Sally the corgi wanted to be a part of everything!



Our project supplies....


The finished projects.


The dollies were finishing up the afternoon visit and each had a can of pop! I had to laugh when I went back to look at them.


We packed up and said our good byes and Diane, Sue and I took off for our hotel in Bellevue. We made a stop at Hobby Lobby and boy was that fun. I have NEVER been to one, so it was a treat. Of course, we all found a few treasures. We got checked in at the Red Lion and went out for dinner. We all crashed when we got back.

We had breakfast in the morning and then went to the doll show.


Erika and Joyce met us there to join in the fun. They know a lot of dealer, so it was fun. Actually, about 6 vendors were ones that I buy from at the Portland Doll shows, so that was fun to see them  in a different place. I also met a dolly friend there from home and we were so surprised to see each other.


I just got the biggest kick out of Diane...it was her first time at a doll show. It won't be her last. Doesn't she have the best smile?




The hotel gave us an late departure time, so we went back to our room and had show and tell before we left. Poor Sue, a elderly lady needed CPR at the show and Sue stepped in to help her. It was scary. I was so glad Sue was there, but it was upsetting to her after it was all over.




We hit a Starbucks and another Goodwill on the way home. More books for Sue!


We had a full trunk and a full car! Oh what a fun weekend.



These were my party favors and my hostess gifts for my friends.



Daphne and Gretchen sure had fun. They were so pleased to have new clothes for the party.


We are hoping to plan a fall event and are thinking ahead to spring.

Well, Happy Birthday dear Tasha Tudor.