Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dolls From The Land of Make Believe

These sweet little nursery rhyme and fairytale characters are part of my paper doll collection.   The cards were designed by artist Vivian "Viv" Trillow Smith, and published by Hallmark in 1947-48 as "The Land of Make Believe".  Vivian was a very prolific designer and the first Hallmark artist allowed to sign her own work.  (There are 16 cards in the whole collection, but I only own 9 of them.)

I just love all the colorful details, including the sequins and feathers!   The backs are just as ornate as the front.  And each one has a little story printed on the inside.

I have other paper doll greeting cards, but they will have to wait for another day and another post.

Linking to:
Vintage Thingie Thursday  at The Colorado Lady
Friday Pretties at  I Love Pretty Little Things
Show And Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Favorite Things  at  Bargain Hunting and Chatting  With Laurie
Thank you for hosting!!

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Update- the complete collection can now be viewed here.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Godzilla and Yeti Go To the Art Fair

We went to the Plaza Art Fair this weekend.    We had a great time wandering around  in the drizzling rain,  chatting with the creative geniuses behind the masterpieces, petting everyone's dogs, munching on snacks and enjoying the music.   We love attending this event each fall.

These fun pieces by ceramic artist Doug Spalding spoke to us.

Our son was only 2 years old when he first discovered Godzilla at the toy store.   He pulled the huge, ugly, plastic, lizard thing off the shelf and hauled it around the store with him.  What's a parent to do??  It came home with us and was his favorite toy for many years!   He even slept with that prickly thing in his bed 'til he was about 8.   So,  as you can imagine,  when we saw Doug's Godzilla plate at the art fair, we thought of our son, now away at college.   And that plate had to come home with us. 

I have listened to my Dad tell jokes and stories about the elusive Sasquatch (aka Yeti) ever since I was a little girl.  So when we saw the Yeti raku tile, I turned to Mr. Garden and before I could even open my mouth he said  "You have to buy that for your Dad!!"   So it came home with us too, and will be shipped to Washington tomorrow.  I know he will get a kick out of it.  

Some of you may remember me posting about our naughty little black kitten and her tree climbing escapades this past spring.   She chased the birds way up into the huge tree and then did not know how to get back down.   MR. Garden had to climb about 3 stories high into the branches and get her out, while I was on the ground holding the way-too-short-ladder, freaking out about him falling and breaking his back!    So when we saw Doug's cat in the tree platter,  my husband and looked at each other and burst out laughing.   It had to come home with us as well.

I'm still not sure how this one artist's work seemed to be such a perfect fit for our quirky family, but it was. 

A few more photo's from that evening:

Do you appreciate art, too?
Please support the arts in your schools and communities!

Linking to:
Mosaic Monday at Little Red House

Monday, September 20, 2010

Giveaway winner!

Good luck everybody!

There were 398 entries for the giveaway drawing. 

Thank you to everyone who entered!


Cora from Heartfelt and Homemade is the winner!

Friday, September 17, 2010

May the Bluebird of Happiness Fly Through Your Door

May the bluebird of happiness fly through your door and never leave.

It seems that a whole bunch of them flew into my house.
Which is fine... 
so long as they don't leave any messes.

Linking to:
 Favorite Things at  Laurie's
Friday Pretties with Joyce at I Love Pretty Little Things
Mosaic Monday at Little Red House
Thank you for being such wonderful hosts!!

I'm thrilled to see some new faces on my blog.   Welcome!!   There is still time to sign up for my giveaway.   (Note: There are a couple of you that I have no way to contact.  Please leave your e-mail if your blog is not visible on your profile.  Thank you!)
Good luck to everyone!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quilts From Great-Grandma

My great-grandma was an amazing quilter.  My best memory of her is sitting in a chair, surrounded by bags of colorful fabric, scissors, and paper templates.   She had lots of kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  And she made beautiful quilts for all of us.

This darker green nine patch quilt was the first quilt I received from her.  I don't ever remember it not being on my bed, so that means I've had it since before I was 4 years old.  I remember laying on my bed, looking at all the different fabrics and colors.  ( I still do that now.)   Sometimes I played with dolls on the quilt, and each 9-patch block became a different "room", and the sashing became the "hallways" of the "doll house".  

This lighter green quilt came along a few years later.   Do any of you quilters recognize this block and know it's name?   I think my great-grandma found some of her quilt template patterns in the newspaper.   I should go to the Kansas City Star Quilts web site  and see if I can locate it.  They published quilt patterns in newspapers all around the country. 

Because of her, I grew up loving quilts.   Her specialty was scrap quilts and to this day that is my favorite type of quilt.    
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I decided to make today's post quilt related in memory of CC.   I was just getting to know her  through the Sunbonnet Sue patterns she posted on her blog.   Rest in peace friend.  My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to her family.

The Colorado Lady is having a giveaway in memory of CC

I'm linking to:
Vintage Thingie Thursday  at The Colorado Lady

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Polly Put The Kettle On, We'll All Have Tea.

I'm getting ready for  tea and story time with my wee friend, Little Miss.  My kids used these Peter Rabbit dishes when they were young too.

Several storybook characters are joining us.  There's Peter Rabbit, Tom Kitten, Nursery Rhyme Polly, Chicken Little and the Steadfast Tin Soldier.

We are too young for real tea.  Just warm milk with sugar this time.

And there will be cookies and fruit to nibble on.  

But if I put the milk and food out now, we will have trouble from you know who...


Don't let those innocent eyes fool you!
I'm waiting.  
Hope you take time to enjoy the little people in your life.   They grow up so quickly. 

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Peter Rabbit teacup and plate-Wedgwood
Tom Kitten Figurine- Royal Albert
Teapot, cream and sugar- Krautheim, Bavaria
Doll card- Vintage Hallmark by Viv
Spoons with gemstone handles- Brazil
Soldier and Sailor pile-up toys- Denmark
Tablecloth-  toile fabric off the remnant table
Napkin- crocheted with Sugar n' Cream cotton yarn

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Don't forget, I'm having a little  GIVEAWAY.  Click here to enter.

Today I'm linking to:
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tea  Time Tuesday at Lady Katherine's
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites

Monday, September 13, 2010

Friendship Is A Flower That Blooms In The Heart - A Giveaway!!

Hi friends!   I want to say THANK YOU  for following my blog!  I appreciate the time you take out of your busy lives to read my posts and leave comments.   I have  enjoyed getting to know you over these past months.   You really mean a lot to me.

To show how much I appreciate all  of you, I'm having a little end of summer giveaway for my followers, to celebrate the growing number of readers here at Garden Of Daisies.  As my sidebar list says- Friends are the flowers in the garden of life.

Included in the giveaway:   
2011 Herb Garden calendar by Lang 
Green/pink fat quarters to use in a quilt/craft project- 100% cotton, quilt-quality fabric 
Friendship ornament 
Crocheted dishcloth, made with 100% cotton yarn  
Two cotton pillowcases with embroidered floral garland design and crocheted lace edges 


1. Be a follower (or become one) and leave a message on this post.   (This gives you 2 chances win)

2. To earn two additional chances to win,  post  about my giveaway on your blog, with a link back to me.  (And leave  a message here letting me know you did that.)  Yes, you may borrow the photo's from this post to share about the giveaway.   

You have up to 4 chances to win.

It does not matter where you live.  I want you all to have a chance to win.   I will ship internationally if the winner lives overseas.   (Please make sure that I have a way to contact you.  If you have your blog set to private, make sure I have your e-mail address.) 

Giveaway ends at midnight on  Sunday,  September 19, 2010.    Winner will be announced on Monday, Sept. 20. 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Dancing At The Irish Festival

The O'Riada Academy Of Irish Dance.
The dancers were fantastic today at the Irish Festival!!   I hope you had a chance to watch them!

Really amazing kids!  They practice for hours to put this show on.