Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Paperdoll Wrapping Paper

Here are more of the paperdolls in my collection.
These are sheets of wrapping paper.

 Made by Hallmark, Current, Buzza, Forget Me Not, 
American Greetings, Gordon Fraser, Rust Craft and Ambassador,
some came with an attached doll card
while others were printed right on the paper along with the clothes.
I think most of these were produced in the 70's and 80's.

Do you remember receiving presents wrapped in papers like these?

Larger photos of each piece can be found on my paper doll page.
(Please pardon the glare.  Many are still inside their plastic wrap.)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


I stopped at a local gas station the other day
and just happened to notice these red roses growing next to their service door.
Wow! Beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. 

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PicMonkey recently added a few more photo framing options to their site.
(Thanks, Claudia, for letting me know!) 
These scallops create a look similar to the postage stamp I used before.
Wouldn't you agree? 
I still have to go to FotoFlexer to get the font I want, though.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sweet Snack

It's the perfect time for a sweet snack!
 Rainier cherries.
So yummy!
 I could eat a bucket full of these.
Want one?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Day In Lexington

 Today we visited historic Lexington.

It is filled with beautiful old homes, 
many of them pre-civil war era.

We nick- named the periwinkle house the "Angel House".
(Do you see them?)

Downtown is filled with lovely antique and gift shops.

We enjoyed a tasty lunch at a little tea house:
The Victorian Peddler.
I loved the amazing vintage tin ceiling.
I had a grilled chicken, swiss and avocado sandwich
with side salad and raspberry iced tea.
Mr. Garden ordered the reuben.

150 years ago, a battle was fought here. 
The Lafayette County Courthouse downtown still has a
cannonball lodged in the left column.
Oops, the Union Army didn't have very good aim.

Now a state historic site, the Anderson House 
was once right smack in the middle of The Battle of Lexington.
The battle waged for three days and many men died.
Each one of those men was someone's son.
I know this all happened a very long time ago, but
I had a hard time holding back tears when we walked out on the field.

 We stopped to take a peek inside this church.
Mr. Garden lit a candle as I oohed and ahhed my way down the aisle
to get a good look at the stained glass. 

And then we headed home.

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Do you have a favorite day-trip destination?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cut-Up Cakes

The other day I was rummaging around and found 
this wonderful little Cut-Up Cakes instruction booklet.

These animal cakes, featuring Baker's coconut, 
were so cute I had to scan a few of them for you.

I made similar cakes for my kids when they were itty bitty.
Kitty-cats, bunny-rabbits, bears, clowns...  
Those days were so much fun! 
Sigh... sometimes I wish my son and daughter were little again.

(This little booklet was published by the General Foods Corp. in  1959.)

I knew I had some other cut-up cake instructions 
clipped from magazines years ago,
 So I hunted through my recipe file and found these two:
The teddy bear was one of my favorites to make!
And you all know that I love daisies!  

(The bear cake came from Better Homes And Gardens, Dec 1968.
The daisy cake came from Family Circle, April 1971.)

Be sure to let me know if you make a cut-up cake for your family, 
and I'll post a link here.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

God Save The Queen!

I'm happily sharing my birthday with the Diamond Jubilee for this lady.
Wasn't her coronation dress amazing?

God Save The Queen!

(No, I'm not British, but I lived in Canada for several years as a girl.
If you have ever lived in another country, you will understand when I say
that the culture sinks in and becomes part of who you are.)