500th Metamorphosis Monday Celebration

 I'm a little late, but I want to join Susan's Metamorphosis Monday 500 Celebration. It took me a long time, but I finally found this particular blog post from 2009! It is about a childhood doll that I had restored. I think it is my most favorite Metamorphosis Monday. I posted it on November 29, 2009: Click here for more fun on Susan's Between Naps on the Porch blog!

I'm joining in on Susan's Metamorphosis Monday today to show my old childhood doll I just had restored. This doll is over 50 years old.

For more MM fun, go here to Susan's Between Naps on the Porch.

When I mailed my old doll to Naomi to be restored, it was in six pieces as the rubber bands had deteriorated. This is the way it looked before.

The doll had to be cleaned

The hair had to be washed:

and the hair had to be set:

The dress had also deteriorated and could not be saved so the doll restorer took the dress apart to make a pattern so she could copy the dress exactly.

I remember the dress as being a pink-lavender color, it had lots of ruffles on it. She found a very similar fabric in this color and texture.

Here are the yards and yards of ruffles that had to be hemmed on both sides, then stitched on around the bottom  hem.

Then the other ruffles around the hip area.

She did an exquisite job working on every detail!


Can you believe how gorgeous she turned out!

She looks like a brand new doll!

I can't remember what I named her, she is an

Effanbee Honey doll. I'm trying to think of a lovely name for her,

any suggestions?

She doesn't look like she is over 50 years old, does she?

Naomi, is the doll restorer, and she has an Etsy shop, here, she does wonderful work, a real perfectionist!  Thank you, Naomi for all your hard work! You have made me very happy!

I think you are a miracle worker! From this:

To this:

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving, we certainly did! Two of our children and their families were here and we had so much fun with them.  I'm always sad when they leave, I wish we all lived closer together.  I'm now thankful I have my blog and blogger friends to keep me company!  I'm too  tired today to start Christmas decorating, but hope to start tomorrow.

2018 - I hope you enjoyed seeing my doll transformation!

Have a happy day!

God Bless.



Lynn's Kitchen re-do

The last time I visited my friend Lynn, she asked me to help her re-do the tops of her kitchen cabinets. We only had a few hours, but did finish the tops. Here's what we did to the kitchen!

Top of kitchen cabinets, 
Left side BEFORE:

Left side AFTER:
It now has more of a minimal look.

Top of cabinets, center
 Lots of things were removed!

Top of Center Cabinets:
 What a change, huh?
That's the metal bucket in the center
(see the top first picture above.)

Top of Pantry

Top of Pantry

Do you like it better?
We do!
Cluttered look is gone!
 Lynn lives about 150 miles away from me
so we can't get together a lot, but we do
what we can when we are together!

Below is the "Before" of Lynn's house she is redecorating with a "Less is More" decor, changing the romantic decor to a more modern contemporary look. More of that to come at a later time.
 We didn't have much time left,
but we started on her living room and dining room.

Dining Room Table
 Removed the large floral centerpiece
on the table. The valance on the window
will be removed, the rod was bolted and we
had to wait for a man to remove it!

Dining Room Table
The magnolia floral spray was used as
a temporary centerpiece.
We took it from over the door here:

Top of china cabinet

Top of china cabinet
 The large centerpiece is on the plant stand, right.

 This valance in the breakfast nook may be removed:

The contemporary table below was her
inspiration piece for the new decor in the living room:

 I added the purple bottles (they had been on top
of the kitchen cabinets.) Purple will be an accent
color in the new decor.

That's Lynn and the before of her
dining room, she has new pictures to
hang and accent pieces will change.
Stay tuned to future changes
in the near future!



Paintings for Nurseries

I have started my summer with painting things for some of my granddarlings. We have a brand new great-granddarling, our third! And our third great-granddaughter! Her parents decorated her nursery with "Whimsical Woodland Animals."

I volunteered to paint some whimsical animals for the new nursery. They chose which animals they wanted. With the help of ideas from Pinterest, I designed these animals. 

Here's how they look in baby Sarah's nursery:

Do you have a favorite whimsical animal?
I think mine may be the Fox as he makes me smile
with that Foxy look on his face!

The raccoon also has a cute mischievous look:

The deer is sweet with those huge eyes

And the cutie hedgehog is sporting a pretty flower garland on her head:
They wanted flowers on the whimsical animals heads. 

The Royal wedding was going on around the time I was painting these.
I made the connection of the "Fascinator Hats" that the Royals were wearing to the Royal Wedding.
So I joked and said these flowers were "Fascinators" on the whimsical animals heads! ;-)

"The Artist!"
My grandchildren call me "KK"

Below: My husband, Joe is holding the seahorse I painted for granddaughter
Elisabeth, who collects them. She doesn't have a nursery anymore as she is
almost 12! I think she is decorating her room with seahorses.
She lives in another state.

I will start painting again soon doing more cutesy animals for
another baby nursery. These will be for my close
friend's first granddaughter, arriving soon!
I'll be using pinks and gray!
Stay tuned to see those!