Oct 1, 2014

Counting my blessings

There's been a bit of excitement in my world the last couple of days.  I have a new little granddaughter,  Audrey Alexandra.....born September 29, weighing 7 lbs 2 oz
Our family is feeling very blessed  to have her .

Proud parents, my son and his girl.

Sep 27, 2014

My Bitty Baby

Remember Ruth Anne, the doll I reborned? Well, I sent her home with my mama the last time my parents came for a visit. I was happy to give her to mama, for one reason, it made my mama happy, and another reason was I'm still trying to downsize my dolls.

And do you remember big baby, the doll I rescued from the old junk shop and gave her.... her own little makeover?

Well,she too has found a new home.  She now lives with a friend, but before I could leave her home.. my friend sent two dolls to come live with me. Yes, I'm trying to downsize, but I just couldn't say no. One of the dolls is a AG Bitty Baby, which was in need of much TLC. A dog had ripped out her behind, and she also had some ink marks about her face. I gave her a good bath, major surgery on her rear end ;) repainted her head, restuffed her body , then got her all back together and dressed her. I have no before picture, but I'm thinking you may have a pretty good mental picture of her before situation by my description of her.

Here she is after her redo.

This is what she looks like when bought new.

Blessings friends .......do have a wonderful Lord's Day.

I'm happy with however God chooses to bless me!

Sep 24, 2014

Lessons from Life

I know I could not make it each day without Christ being the center of my life.  Everything else revolves around that fact. I am weak, but he is strong.  In my weakness,  he is strong. 

"My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9


I really like this image from pinterest. It just spoke to me. It says a lot about who I am, and what matters to me most.   Does that make sense to you?  I think art in a lot of forms is a wonderful gift from God, and when talents and gifts or used to glorify God, I believe that makes that talent all the more special.  I love to sing, not that I sing so wonderfully, but let's say I love making a joyful noise to God. It may or may not be so joyful to others, but to God I'm sure he delights in my efforts :)  Anyway, with all that said, I am interested in learning to play the guitar.  I don't even own one as of yet, but I'll see what happens with that idea, then I'll work on learning to play. Just a thought!

How do you like this picture of my "almost amish" mama and daddy, aren't they cute? I'm giving up my collection of Amish things. I guess it's all about coming to accept who I really am, and learning not to wish or desire to be something or someone I'm not.  I gave this amish made hat to my daddy and he just loves it. Mama wouldn't have my bonnet although I tried giving it to her, black isn't her favorite color ;) So I'll keep it and may even wear it from time to time. I'm perfectly happy just being simply me, almost amish Shelley.........another big smile here :) We live and learn, don't we? Life is a lesson in so many ways. Sometimes the testing is long and difficult, but the rewards will be everlasting if we endure and pass the test.

Guess, I've rattled on enough today ladies.  Thank you for letting me bend your ears.    Blessings to all

Sep 22, 2014

Happy Autumn

Today is the first day of Autumn......I'm very happy about that!

I may have over done it a bit with the images,but as I said......I'm happy for Autumn!
  Oh,maybe just one more :)

Sep 16, 2014

Give Away Winner is.............

Congratulations Denise, I'll mail the dolls out to you on Friday.  My thanks to everyone who played.  I'll have another give away in not to long a time from now. Blessings to all of you, Shelley

Sep 11, 2014


I have said a few times, or more that I was going to offer a give away once again here on my blog, as I have done in times past.  Well I'm finely coming through with my word.  Remember Pearl and Patty, they will come to live at your house, if I draw your name from the basket.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I will leave this post up until Monday the 15th, and draw the name on Tuesday morning.  Nothing else to do. Just a small token of appreciation for you my sweet blogging friends.  Now, start commenting :)  Blessings. I must add unfortunately that I'm only able to offer this give away to those friends in the US,  I'm so sorry, but I just don't think I can afford shipping out of the Country :(

Sep 10, 2014

Learning Contentment

Ladies, yes its true........I have yet unloaded another truckload of stuff from my home. I've been putting together some things for awhile for the antique shop Lady to come by and look at. She has a full time job, plus the shop and has been sick too so she hasn't been able to get by here. Needless to say my pile was getting bigger and bigger.  She finally got to stop by after work yesterday evening.  Of course she like it all and took everything with her. She and I have the same taste in stuff :) her words! My grandson helped her load it and she was on her way, happy as a lark, and I  have another $100.00 credit at her shop. This situation is working out fine for us both, as she said she hasn't had any extra time to go out looking to buy things to restock her shop with, and I am happy to unload some wares on her! Things are paring down nicely here in my cottage and making me feel much more comfortable.  Am I done yet, no....not at all. One day, maybe ;)

Lilly seems to be content in whatever place I am. All she needs from life is food, water, the outdoors and someone to love her. I think we can learn much from our pets on what it truly means to live contented in this life. They don't require much at all,  they're so forgiving, and they give without asking much in return. Lesson learned.

Blessings to you all...... Shelley

Sep 6, 2014


These words below I saved from a previous post years ago. I just thought it would be nice to share them again. Home, what it means to me.....in my own words.

Home is a bit of a nest, don't you think? 

Remember,I said I live in a humble home,but it is pleasant and gives me shelter from the heat and the cold. It is a place to come together with children and grandchildren to talk,share meals,and enjoy the fellowship of one another's company. To rejoice together when it is time and to grieve when it is time. To sleep when we are tired then wake to each new day with a promise of a new beginning...... After all isn't that what having a home is all about?
Where Christ is always the unseen guest and where friends and family are welcomed. I know there are many different dwellings in this world,big and small,mansions,cabins,cottages,mobile homes,new homes,old homes whatever they may be,if it is home then there is no other place to compare.
God bless my humble home..................and may God bless your home too.

With all thoughts of home, I also wanted to share a even greater blessing.  
Last Sunday we held our church service at our local park. It was a baptismal service, nine souls baptized.  Including my precious granddaughter, Jalyn.  My heart was about to burst with joy.  She is a sweet precious girl, a kindred spirit to me. I am so proud of this dear child.

Jalyn being baptized by Sis. Elizabeth our Children's Church Pastor.
May your Lord's Day be blessed.........Shelley

Sep 3, 2014

Ruth Anne's Photo Shoot

This was so much fun....I think I've found a hobby I really enjoy,although I can't afford to go all out with buying supplies etc....I can have fun with what I have and make do!  Blessings friends

Sep 2, 2014

Awe, September

I thought this Autumn image from pinterest was very sweet, but the poem really doesn't express my feelings for Autumn.  I love the fall season, and I'm happy its drawing near.  Our summer has been much more mild than usual,  however I'm still anticipated the first day of Autumn.  I will most likely celebrate :)

I am almost finished with my reborn baby. I searched some hobby stores for a pre make body , but couldn't find one to work, so I got brave and sewed one, using the old body as a pattern.  It took me a while, but I did it!

She isn't close to the ones I've seen on ebay , but shes my first and a cheap make do. I named her Ruth Anne......with an E. I haven't dressed her, but I'll give you a picture showing her body I made.

These were took with my tablet and not so clear. After she is dressed I'll take pictures with my camera and post them another day.

Ruth Anne....Reborn by Shelley,  Aug. 2014


Have a great week dear friends,  Shelley