Friday, May 30, 2008
I will randomly select from comments which have been left on this post before next Weds.--June 4th.
I will announce the winner on June 5th right here on Gingerbread Cottage! Yeah!!!
Thanks for stopping by! :-)
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I have no idea where this man was made or by whom, but why the frown? Maybe he has dreams of being a dapper fellow and he just can't get it right. :-)
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The swirly blue and white bucket here is just beautiful tho--the intensity of the blue is like cobalt paint in a tray.
I guess not many of us would go back to pumping water with this hand pump but I was thinking about the high costs of nearly everything now and how the Amish have managed to stay off the power grid, grow/can/butcher much of their food still and how smart their lives seem. They have time for family, time for their children, and yes, there is the hard work, but often done together. Not ideal maybe but somehow smart in lots of ways........
Monday, May 26, 2008
As I mentioned yesterday we took a drive and poked around a little Amish town. We drove around the county a bit but the weather was not great and we didn't see many people out and about. Speaking of hardware stores and Amish at the same time reminds me of a trip to Ohio Amish country and Lehman's Hardware in Kidron, Ohio. It is the mecca of old-time hardware stores serving the Amish with a whole aisle dedicated to oil lamps for example--replacement globes of various sizes, wicks, metal parts. It's hand tool area is superb. They have a catalog and are online, here.
I really like the colors in this quilt. A small museum in this little town had an exhibit of quilts. There was a fabric store in town with lots of quilting material--not Amish but nice to wander thru anyway. ;-)
A couple of well worn dollies resting. The purply cape of the one doll is such a pretty color don't you think, especially with the lilac of her dress?
Sunday, May 25, 2008
My heart's been wrenching and swelling in turns around here lately watching my two girls mature and blossom. Meg signing up for a college class and not needing a wit of help, finishing finals and projects with finesse, when did she get so accomplished? And Emmy singing solo for her music class, swinging back and forth in nervousness but not running for cover as surely I would do even now when facing a group from stage. Yikes! Mommy pride! :-)
I found these in a little antique shop in an Amish town we drove to yesterday. I had recovered fast from the night-time sickos--thank goodness and we all wanted to go for a drive.
The man who ran the shop had a few wooden and cloth dolls in his shop but most with prices much too precious for me--I should have taken pictures--didn't think. He had two Joli dolls from Poland marked at $12 each--condition poor--and for pete's sake these dolls were sold in the 1970's! I dreamt about a cloth doll with a Hungarian/gypsy? outfit he had for $35 tho--again pretty poor condition--but a sweet face.
Anyway, I got both of these Kokeshi for $10. :-) Does anyone know about the thin necks on these kokeshi? Any websites to suggest with info. on older kokeshi?
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
And the dollies for the day are these three matryoshka beauts that hang out together at the end of a shelf in my art room. They hail from Russia, of course, except for the left-most one that is from Poland. The little polka dotted hamster in front is from the Hamtaro craze in Japan a few years ago. The girls and I went on ebay out of HongKong and ordered a huge set of these hamsters in all different outfits as well as the more familiar Hamtaro characters from the animated series, like Oxnard, Boss and Bijou. Does anyone want to see photos of these? :-)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Hi ! Thought I'd put up a quick post about this little doll head with bust. I found her in a thrift/junk shop that I loved in Clarksville, TN. It was in this old house that was filled to the gills with stuff--some really cool and some just regular stuff. Carefully stepping thru the tight aisles and the stacked shelves it was fun to stumble across little finds like the one above. I don't know what the doll's head and bust are made of, but I love how she is painted right down to her upturned nose with its chip.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
In keeping with the doll a day in May here is my final picture. Not exactly a doll, but a gnome hiding behind the rosemary, in our German garden. At the time I worried he would disappear and go visiting somewhere else. Some garden gnomes would magically disappear, maybe they would go on vacation--I don't know. (see the French Garden Gnome Liberation Group here) History of garden gnomes can be found here. :-) I don't have him out in my garden now--the backyard isn't fenced and we always have kids "visiting" thru the yard. Nice for Em but hard on the flowers and gnomes. /:-)
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Have a good, good weekend, thanks for stopping by. :-)