Thursday, June 20, 2013

How To Make Hollyhock Dolls

My wonderful neighbor and her three darling daughters showed me how to make these little dolls! I thought they were just fabulous! It made me wish I had a daughter to share these with (even though I would never trade my son!) But I thought I would share them with all of you and your daughters, sisters, friends, nieces and neighbors! 

They are so simple to make, they would be so cute as a center piece for a little girls tea party. 

First, you (or someone you know) need a hollyhock plant that is in bloom. We cleaned off ours just to make these!

You will need one flower and one bud. The colors vary, and you can mix and match them! 

You will want to "peel" your bud. This will become the head of your little doll.

The bottom of your bud will have little holes in it. It is a bit hard to see in this picture.

You will want to make the stem of your flower pretty short, and you want to pinch off about 1/3 of the stem, this will be her neck. Then insert the "neck" into one of the holes on the bottom of the bud.

Now, you have adorable little fairy dolls. They are such a delight! I had so much fun watching my neighbor girls play together with these. They have such imagination!


The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.
Isaiah 40:8

Thursday, June 6, 2013

This Old House

Welcome to our home! Let me tell you a little about it, and give you a tour!

I wasn't super ecstatic about moving into this house at first. It began to grow on me slowly. Then a good friend and I spent two days scrubbing every inch of this house, and I liked it a little then. I began to get really excited about this house!

Jon and I had such a peace about moving in! We knew it was what God had for us.

I went to Texas to visit my sister, and my sweet husband moved all of our things into the house! Of course I had packed most everything up before I left. When I got back I had a lot of boxes to unpack. Though Jon had tackled the kitchen, I had some rearranging to do. But that's just because I like my kitchen to "flow" a certain way. But he had it really close!

Once we had most things in their place I began to fall in love with this old house. I think I love it more and more everyday! It just fits us so well, actually it's a little large, but that just means we can grow into it! :) 

It has some odd quirks, but that's why it works so well for us. We are, after all quirky people!

The front of this old house!

This old kitchen!

Living room. 

Bathroom... I think the pink is funny, maybe someday it can go away!

Our bedroom. The paneling will most definitely be painted ASAP!

This room has more than one function. It's earned the name "The Bumproom" because the floor it raised in the middle. It is Arrow's bedroom, our office, the guestroom (the couch is a pull out), and a place to hold my artwork that still needs to be hung. 

The upper floor is just one large open room, and one bedroom. They are being used as storage, and Jon has shell reloading equipment in the bedroom, that's his work shop. 


But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15