Welcome...

Grammy's House is a term affectionately used by our grandchildren, and it has become a haven for them. Our youngest grandchild, Sophia, resides here with us, along with Scout, the 2 lb Yorkie, and Lucy Maud, the kitty cat. 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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Rose Water Cottage shoppe...

I had hoped for a Ribbon Cutting for the Grand Opening…but sometimes the fanfare just has to wait…

So without further delay, let's open this little Etsy Shoppe!

Rose Water Cottage …Storybook Cottage Crafts is now up and running.

We will have a link added into the side bar, but for now simply go to the Etsy.com site.

Type in Rose Water Cottage and click to go to shop with that name. 

You will see various categories… Cottage Correspondence, Tiny Cottage Cushions, etc…

Papa's Carvings is a collection of hand-carved wooden items, including miniatures and custom orders, by Bill Larkin, stepdad of my "daughter in love" Jenny.  He is an incredible artist, in his own right, and we are so happy to be FAMILY! We speak the same language…the language of artists…often talking to each other without having to finish sentences. (that's the true sign, you see;) 

I will continue to add items as they are completed, and if you think of something you've seen me make before, that you'd like us to make available in the shoppe …please let me know!  We're still tweaking so thank you for your patience, and we welcome your input and ideas.

Love to you, all, for your sweet thoughtful encouraging comments…your love…your kindnesses shown to me and those I love. 
                             
I just recently came across this bookmark I created over a year ago, before we traveled to Martha's Vineyard …before I met with Jan Pogue of Vineyard Stories…before I met Susan Branch in person…before a hundred more wonderful things had happened.  

God had given me the words to describe my journey…my heart…and I wrote them on a bookmark, and painted trailing ivy with my new French Watercolors.  

How amazing it is when we acknowledge our Maker…acknowledge gifts bestowed.

We witness happenings far beyond our comprehension…bigger, higher, larger, deeper than we could possibly know to dream!  
How wonderful to be on this journey…this adventure…holding on to the hand of the greatest Crafter/Creator of all… 

Thank you for joining me!


These are some of the items coming into the shoppe as soon as we can get them listed, there.  I will make copies of the bookmark, and they will be added, with your purchase, into your package... as my thank you gift to you, my dear faithful friends.

"Cherries..Rosies…and Polka Dots"




 New markers..softer shades…more options…  and the beginning stitches of "Foxgloves"


Completed Embroidery…awaiting "finishing" and posting into Tiny Cottage Cushions in the shoppe…


Such a resource for inspiring botanicals…and soft shades …and lovely lettering…


More of these favored Dog Roses to come…


 Blessings on all of you, dearest friends…

Christie

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A bit of a delay …begging for pardon...

I am hoping that yesterday slipped away without all of you realizing there was 
no Ribbon Cutting…no Grand Opening announcement... no Light shining in the Etsy Shoppe Window

..if you did..and were very disappointed..
May I beg your pardon?

Because of foul weather..which blew in like Mary Poppins…our handyman was pulled from the job on the studio to tend to that list made by the Mrs. (me) for those little jobs around the house.  One of those jobs being the mounting of the curtain rod in the living room…the living room with 12' ceilings….
(Husband gets very concerned regarding the combination of me…and ladders... ever since the "fall" of 2012 ..not to be confused with the season "fall" …the Christie "fall" …it wasn't pretty:/)



Which meant that I (the queen of the "eleventh hour" club) needed to get those cottage curtains made…and in a jiffy…for a party would be taking place in the evening!  All of our children…the 5 we have  between us…their loves..and their children/parents/grand parents/uncle and one very special friend of mine who was working a vintage marketplace nearby.


Get to sewing, girlie…

11 yards of fabric were pulled off the bolt…Yes…ELEVEN!  Remember... 12' ceilings come with very tall windows.

The key to making these in a jiffy is easy…

* Don't stress over the number of yards

* Press all seams before you go to the sewing machine

* Keep a measuring tape around your neck in order to spot check your seams. (sometimes it feels like      one of those grocery buggies that always wants to pull to one side…that's what it feels like with my  sewing of long, never-ending seams.)




This was a critical step while I was sewing the rod pocket…



When the handyman came back from lunch…the curtains were ready to hang… WHEW!



They just need hemming, but pinning them up a bit, worked…considering the time crunch.  Lace panels went into the laundry and will be rehung, directly.

Now to "fluff" the front porch….

Handyman hung the shutters that once stood inside the living room "framing" the front window. 
Now they will "frame" the outside of the dining room window…in my favored Annie Sloan Chalk Paint shade, Versailles….

Leaves swept ..

Mums brought to front porch from the goat cart in the side yard…


…and just so you know that this little thing hanging near the front door is a greeting…


…and that my sweetheart found this old mailbox with a Rose on the front that would be perfectly perfect for the front porch of our Rose Water Cottage…


…and we left the front porch lantern burning, for any goblins and ghosties that might wander by Grammy's Storybook Cottage...


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…and they did stop by…and thought it might be nice to see what Grammy's House looked like on the inside! Chloe, Ruby, and Wyatt (they were happy to introduce themselves, stopped talking collectively when Wyatt pointed his 5 year old finger up at me and exclaimed, "You are a Chatter Box!"
"Yes, I am!" I replied,
"Come on in!" (This was my kinda little fella:)

Walking right past the table filled with all kinds of family who were whispering to me .
."who are they?" to which I shrugged and answered, "Chloe, Ruby and Wyatt…our new friends we just met!
Our very first trick or treaters ever!…since we've lived in this house!"
Mommy Kristen was a doll! The children were lively! and when they all left, we said, with much empathy…
"God bless Kristen!"
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Back inside to make some goodies…
I love this little apple-shaped cheese ball! So easy and fairly quick to make…


8 ounces of Creamed Cheese (softened)
8 ounces of White Cheddar Cheese (grated)
1/8 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

Mix in a bowl and chill for 30 minutes

Sprinkle paprika all over the cheese ball that you've shaped to resemble an apple, place a 3" cinnamon stick as a stem, and place 2 bay leaves to resemble the leaves.
Boom! Cuteness on a plate!!
Add crackers of choice (Hubby picked out TownHouse Crackers)

(P.S. it was a hit with my Father-in-law:)

And those of you who have the Girlfriend's Calendar (I don't suppose it's actually called that..but most of us have one somewhere in our home. Susan Branch is the creator of the best calendar!) Mine is in our kitchen …which made it handy to read and prepare her recipe for Hot Spiced Apple Cider (on the page for October).... Note…it is not spiked apple cider! Just in case your guests get confused!
(btw…I had saved my plastic jugs for leftovers. So proud of myself.  Ha! NOT one DROP was left!)  

Husband came home and began the making of a big pot of his world famous chili…well…it's famous in our family;) and off he and Sophia went for a long Autumnal nap...

For the table…
I already had pulled out the velvet pumpkins on the silver platter, earlier in the season, but I wanted to add something fresh…

The horse apples that sweet husband collected for me, a few days ago (cause he just knows what I like:) had that perfect shade of green …and I had seen in a magazine (I'm thinking Cottage Journal) the idea of putting coffee beans in a dish with pumpkins, so I just changed it up and added Hedge Apples (as I've also heard some refer to these big green orbs.) 
One of them was so concave, where the stem had been, that it was the perfect spot to hold a short white (emergency) candle (found in the grocery stores.)


Eliza had not met some of the family, nor had they met her in person…errr….I mean…in….mouse?
Goodness…it is a quandary isn't it…

Well, alas, we found the perfect spot for her to enjoy the festivities, atop the soft beautiful pile of velvet creations…


 This photo of me and our five children was captured as the party was dying down…as their little ones were worn out from the festivities and the trick or treating…and I couldn't let the opportunity pass, as the occasions are few and far between, when we are all able to gather together. They have my heart…. 


….and so do all the ones who come with them…
in-laws, uncles, children, grandparents, spouses, boyfriends, and puppies (who stayed at home;) 


Nothing like a cottage full of love and laughter and jokes and birthday celebration and trick or treating and glorious chaos…nothing in this world!

So this is why the Ribbon-Cutting, Grand Opening, Etsy Shoppe Reveal was delayed….

cause this happened…and the world just had to stop... for a little while.

I will be back soon, when Eliza and Hitty Rachel Rose and Holly-Anne have recuperated from the parade of visitors through their quiet little cottage. 

Blessings (and to SB girlfriends…Rabbit Rabbit:)

Christie

P.S. You'll be tickled to know that sweet Xavier, a big 7 1/2 year old 2nd grader asked, 
"Where's Eliza?"
I fetched her and placed her in his hands…
"Oh, she has a purple shawl!" 
This thrills my heart…
This thrills Eliza's heart…He was her very first, very best friend…


and even though he thinks he's so big that it's time for a scary costume on Halloween, 
he still wants to make sure his little mousie girl is still around, here at Grammy's House.


XOXO

P.S.S.

Holly~Anne was so excited for Grammy to finish the tiny stitches and let her try on her new pinny made from a length of delicious pink Liberty of London fabric.  



And Sophia believes Miss Maggie Rabbit might need one as well…


You know how girls can be…
No favorites around here, though, ever…wink, wink...
Goodness…they all know Eliza's the favorite, and they're okay with that…
~Good Girls~

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Drumroll please…..

Well, it is time… finally!

..time for a drawing…

Let me get Sophia, with her tiny little fingers…

Oh no… she's plum tuckered out from all the excitement and has fallen asleep…


What shall we do?

Heading back to the sunroom to confer with the girlies…


They've been guarding that hat …making sure no one tampers with the names. They take their jobs very seriously, you know. Just look at those faces! All business.

Hitty Rachel Rose offers to hold the hat for the drawing…


Eliza pokes her little nose in as if to say…"ummmm…excuse me…but do you think I could draw the name?"

"…cause…I could do that for you, you know…"


Hitty can tell straightaway, that this is simply NOT going to be an option… 
She has NO FINGERS…for goodness sake!


So it is decided that Grammy will have to reach in that basket with her waaay to long…waaaaay too large fingers…

Oh wait…what? 
Tweezers?  
Why, of course! Tweezers!
...those tiny-tipped craft tweezers…
..they'll be perfect for this job!

Hitty keeps an eye on this Grammy…making sure I'm not peeking at the tiny strips ..
Yes, I'm looking away… 

..and Eliza is keeping an eye on the tiny hat filled with names… you know..making sure I don't accidentally pick up two or three names at once...


…and there it is…a teensy WEENSY little paper…Ha!  and only one! 
(Just so you know, it is not as easy as it looks!)


Miss nose-y rose-y has to be the first one to see who won…. 
(And it's just because she's so adorable that we let her have the first peek at the winner;)


There it is…plain as day!  Our winner is…


LaVonne,  aren't you glad you decided to join in on the fun?


Eliza thinks we ought to include your tiny slip of paper in with your gift…so you can remember us here at Rose Water Cottage and how fun it was to play at Grammy's House.

Please email your address to me at christieray07@yahoo.com or message me on fb, our new-to-the-blog friend! We're so happy to have you here, and we hope you'll come visit often!

And to the rest of you who played along and joined in on the fun…A HUGE hug and a kiss and a great showering of blessings on your day.!

I have received word that the shoppe will open, officially, tomorrow!! YAY! 
Stop by for our "ribbon-cutting" festivities!

Always,

Christie

Have you entered the drawing, yet?

Alrighty, sweetums….
I've been writing out names…


on teeny tiny bits of paper ..
...folding them
..and placing them in the teensy tiny hat…



that tiny chapeau, with that tiny Green Gables silk ribbon…

…and writing even more names of the dear sweet girlfriends who have visited and entered...

and adding them to the little hat, as well…



This afternoon I will be drawing one of your names for the giveaway. 

You remember...that sweet little silk ribbon embroidered piece you see every time you come for a visit;)

Go to the post entitled  "How about a giveaway" and leave a comment...it can be short, long, two words...although, I find it hard to say anything in just two words;)

I'm not picky. I know some of you aren't used to posting comments on a blog. It can be scary. I know this, because once...long ago...I was scared, too.  Very intimidated.  But we're all girlfriends, here...we don't bite AT ALL;))

Now...wont you just say hello? That's the way to start...and then you'll see ... You could EVEN be the very one whose name is drawn from one darling little hat!

I will check the post after 3:00p.m. this afternoon, add the extra names to the tiny hat, commence with the drawing and posting of the winner, and give you an update on our Etsy shoppe!

But in the mean time…
there are tiny little stitches to make…


So Holly~Anne might have a pretty pinny….


for spring and summer frocks and petticoats…


(Petticoat…courtesy of aforementioned French doll, whose shoes and socks and pantaloons have been passed down, as well;)

We will be heading to Orlando in just a week or so, to visit the Edible Schoolyard at the Orlando Junior Academy for their annual event Art in the Garden.  I am honored to be a guest, again.
Hence, the need for lightweight attire…for it can be very warm there, this time of year.

I'll see you here at 3:00 or so (CST)

Best wishes and luck and good fortune and blessings,

Christie

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Holly~Anne (with an "e") Reveal

An early morning cup of coffee,  and I'm ready to get this dolly a head for her body…and some hair for her head.

Sophia says, "Awe, Anne of Geen Gables."  She knows this little dolly is heading into something involving scissors and needles and thread. So she gives her sweet hugs...


…and wouldn't mind if I took a picture of her, as well.  Cutie Patootie:)



And so (sew;) it begins… a girl's sock will be the head…


Wool roving…so very soft…will fill the head..I mean…sock…


I think I have stuffed enough….uh..no……  her head has to be just the right size to fit the size of the body.
More stuffing…more roving…


Two fabric-covered buttons found. Can't believe my good fortune..


This marking pen comes in handy for making sure I get the placement right …




Everything ties off in the back…


I used this heavy thread for the basting stitch and the eye placement…


Now it's time for the french knot nostrils and lips (not too crazy over french knots for the nose…hmmm…we'll see)


Then, to match some thread for eyebrows, to the mohair that will be her hair...


So, I'm not happy AT ALL with the pink nostrils and mouth.  No need to panic…it's thread…and a sock….adjustments can be made;)

I search for a better color, and Sophia pops around the corner to show me the colors SHE likes. 
ummmhmmmmmm….


The nostrils are changed out to the brown of the eyebrows, and I'm trusting it will all come together…


The needle and thread think they need to add some of those sweet little eyelashes in the outer corner…


The perfectly perfect shade of pink is found for pretty little dolly lips…


Another hug from Sophia sure helps after all this stitching and restitching…



Pink sidewalk chalk with bring some rosy-ness to her cheeks...




And I have just GOT to get those little button eyes painted…I want to see her… (a very very important part of dolly face creating)

Her eyes should be a hazel/green sorta shade…
I play with paints.


It's at this point that Sophia decides she wants to make a puppin, too.  A puppin?  Yes. For puppin Shows in a Puppin Feeter. You know, the place you go to watch Puppins:)
This door is to be her bedroom door when the sunroom is turned into her very own room, but for now, her clever little self has decided the open space will make a perfect stage/theatre for a Puppet Show!
Grammy is very impressed!


She has found an old sock and cut it with her preschool scissors, all by herself, and colored her Puppin with the crayons at her tea/craft table…
Again…Grammy is quite impressed …

Now,  the Puppin is an alligator crawling away…
(Just telling you in case you weren't sure what was happening here…;) 



It takes a few colors…
..a bit of mixing and swirling…


a few freckles made with a brown colored pencil..


 She's ready for some hair…some mohair…

Commence winding…winding…..and….more winding…


I do a lot of guesstimating, but if you're not a seasoned guesstimator, then stick with the directions. They are quite thorough.

Sew a center part…


Place on top of her head and begin the adjustments, finding where it looks best…not too far back on her head and not too low on her forehead.

Just right.  With a length of the mohair on a needle, make a running stitch to cover the white seam stitch.


Cut through the loops…

and then an all-over trim to even up the lengths…


A bit more blush and a few more freckles...


…a pair of pretty socks and kid leather, buckled shoes….hand-me-downs from one certain French doll who met with an unfortunate series of events…


And our dear dolly, Holly~Anne, is ready for adventures.
Although, I think she might need a sweet bonnet…and maybe some bloomers.  Oh…and a pretty little nightgown …a shawl…I could knit her a cottage shawl, just like Eliza's!


I declare, I do not remember having this much fun back in 1973 - 74, when I created my first Holly Hobbie.  40 years of life and crafts and projects and babies and dreaming has proven to be just the right amount of time to get it just right!
Don't you agree?

(and in case you were wondering…I have seen this vintage pattern on eBay…not pricey at all:)

Tomorrow, I will announce the winner of the drawing for the giveaway, so be sure you have left a comment on the post "How about a giveaway"for your chance to win.
We should also be ready for the launch of the Etsy Shoppe, as well!
Exciting days here, friends:))

Blessings,

Christie