Welcome...

Grammy's House is a term affectionately used by our two grandchildren, Xavier and Sophia. Our sweet Sophia, resides here with us. We named our 100 year old Victorian home Rose Water Cottage when we moved here, in June of 2011. It is quite a haven for grownups who are weary of being grownups. So, welcome to our storybook world...where magic happens every day.
Blessings,
Christie

Storybook Cottage Crafts

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Storybook Studio at Rose Water Cottage

On Saturday morning, April 6th…the inside of my Storybook Studio was ready for moving in…


I couldn't believe it!

But first…a bit of cleaning was required…


Aunt Marguerite's table would be first…
this was where I wrote and illustrated the first 10 books…


…and then the first of the chippy white chairs…


And finally, this seed box filled with art supplies, could be pulled from its hiding place…
(one certain little granddaughter loved getting into Grammy's paints and things:)


The Singer treadle found its place…


This is where the stories will be written and illustrated..


Harbingers of spring…Lenten Rose and Snowdrops from the garden…and a lovely piece of gingerbread, my sweet husband had tucked away…


Wild Violets, and a lavender-filled sachet…


Potted a wild violet in a tiny teacup (my momma's Mother's Day gift to her momma, my grandma Effie Belle, when my momma was a little girl)


Slowly but surely, it's coming together.
Tim surprised me by purchasing this quilt-covered Victorian love seat, while I was in my booth with Eliza, at the Strawberry Patch Barn Sale, Fall 2012.
 I have waited so long for the day I could move it into this studio…


Really Old Bear finds her perch…alongside the bunting and lambies...


Could there be a more perfectly perfect spot for the little Beatrix Potter friends..


This photo was a gift from my very dear friend, Pam Hauser. She traveled to Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm in England, many many years ago. As I began my journey into storybook writing/illustrating, she decided the photo belonged in my studio …the photo of the garden gate Beatrix illustrated in The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck. This large Peter Rabbit sits alongside...


I remember seeing Jeri Lander's post of the little log cabin decorated for Christmas…decorated like Little House on the Prairie… it had a stove just like this one!  Finally, Jeri…a photo of ours…


I found this tea towel when we visited Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, last fall. I've been saving it for this…


And the pink lustre ware (just like Beatrix Potter painted in The Tailor of Gloucester) looks so pretty atop the stove…


Here are Eliza's little black cookstoves.
The smaller one is just like the one I had as a little girl…
 when I created little log homes out of sticks and carpeted them with moss…
after I had discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie series of books..


The old white kitchen cupboard has waited patiently. It will hold all the little books about Eliza, the Mouse in Grammy's House…


A set of the books is pulled together, and will travel (and be donated) to The Round Top Family Library in Round Top, Texas...





The Storybook Studio's signature color…




The vintage Laura Ashley dotted swiss gown is a perfect fit for "Old Gal" ..



Dear Mrs. Tiggy Winkle…


Plenty of irons and pegs for her laundering duties…
and a teeny tiny pincushion from that ever-talented Natalie Jo…


and a package arrives..on this most exciting day of moving in…


It is a floral crown from the amazing Rachel Pallas…


The millinery flowers are spectacular..
Pink Roses…for this Rose Water Cottage's Storybook Studio


…but that's not all! A surprise for one little mousie girl…


A floral crown of her very own..


She is Over.The.Moon.


 The chandelier is hung..and the studio is as cozy as I could have ever imagined...


Tim found and acquired this Eastlake doorknob set…the perfect match for this Eastlake door..


 The old beams from the barn (where the barn wood for the walls was reclaimed) add the perfect touch to the beaded board ceiling…
and dried roses and hydrangeas and yarrow and herbs and baskets will hang here


  Years ago…September of 2003… I attended a Ladies' Retreat, in the midst of a difficult season of life.  Several of us ladies went shopping in town, that weekend, and popped in at an Antique Mall. One of the booths/rooms was decorated in Shabby Chic style. I was smitten with the soft shades and florals. I wanted to purchase something (on my very limited budget) that would remind me of the way I felt when I was in that space. This little pillow…sitting there in that old wicker chair, with its fresh coat of Antoinette…has been that one reminder. All these years. And now…in 3 days…I would be flying to Texas for a Weekend Retreat…with a small group of Ladies…and I would be meeting the woman who created that style. Rachel Ashwell. The author of the books I perused and dreamed over and loved. I would meet HER! And I would share this story with her… and she would understand, for she too, had endured a difficult season.




 Blessings to all of you who are in the midst of that season. It will end. Don't lose hope. God is good. 

 And Blessings to all of you who have endured. For not giving up. God is good.



























Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Dress



This dress-making consumed my entire Saturday, this past weekend, and its "adorableness" consumed one little 4 year old.

She just could not wait till Easter …so it was worn Palm Sunday…and several times more…and it's been hand-washed and hung to dry 3 times…and she will wear it once again, on Sunday…Easter.

She resembles a creme puff.
I am overwhelmed by her sweetness, the instant this dress pops over her head.

Thank you Alicia Paulson (of Posie gets Cozy blog) for introducing us to this vintage simplicity pattern…and Liberty of London fabrics….and your example of sewing darling little dresses for the darling little girls in our lives.

I realize the number of photos is phenomenal …I could not help myself.




This is why the sewing consumed the day…the entire. day.



While I have her hold up the dress for the length..fit..etc….she breaks into singing
…ever so softly…
"Peace and Homminy…in awwww da wuld…"
and then says..
"I wearned dat fum Peppa…"


I try desperately, to concentrate…I really do… but there's this knocking and chattering at the door into the playroom/studio/sunroom…
"Hi, Miss Cupcake! I have uh da-wivery!"


Finally…the zipper installation. We're getting close..


The afternoon is turning into evening…Sophia must must have her dress for "Sunny School" in da morning.
I pop popcorn…we watch Winnie the Pooh…and I hem and add elastic to the sleeves…


And I press the seams and hems…and I remember the woodettes I rescued and repainted.
Here is Alice…
and we had to have a Huffy Dumpy!


And just like that…
It is finished…


I'm exhausted …and exhilarated…


I learned so much…and can't wait to make another…now that I have this "first" under my belt.

She LOVES it!
And she twirls…


and she plays with her Humpty Dumpty (makes me a bit sad that she's learned how to say his name properly)…


She loves how he fits just right, in her little hand…


Alice is a bit fragile…
but Phia dolly is juuuust right…


She loves her Phia Dolly...
I love My Sophia Dolly…


I have to pull the dress off of her and replace it with a nightgown.
Next morning…it's on again…and we're off to "Sunny School"


Must have "Wip Gwoss" for it's the only thing that will fit in the tiny purse…


 church/lunch/nap…and then we're ready for a walk into town…on this Gorgeous Palm Sunday.

Jesus loves this little one…this I know…


For the Bible tells me so…
Little ones, to Him belong. They are weak,
but He is strong…

so thankful for the strength in this man that holds this little hand…









As we celebrate Resurrection Day, on Sunday…I will be thanking God for the friendships and blessings found here, with all of you…and I will thank God, once again, for believing in us enough to provide the grace and wisdom and courage to raise this precious little girl.

Warmly,
Grammy Christie and Sophia and Big Daddy

P.S….Sophia loves her Miss Maggie Rabbit (softie kit by Alicia Paulson) and is finally enjoying her dress and boots and knitted shawl I made for her Christmas of 2013. Alicia has the most wonderful things in her web store.