Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Special Day for the Hitty's by Becassine

Beginning of the Kitchen Project
Today was a very special day because new furniture arrived. The Hitty's have been waiting patiently since they got their first room, just before Christmas, to have a bedroom and kitchen. When I, Becassine, came to live here a few weeks ago, I pretty much demanded that they hurry and finish up the kitchen and appliances that have been sitting around since early May. The appliances, all vintage from the 1920's, were dirty or rusty(or both) with peeling paint but the price was certainly reasonable so we knew there would be some work involved. Fortunately, we were able to get them sand blasted so our job was made considerably easier than first anticipated. 
All Pieces were Sand Blasted
Still, it took a while to get them painted properly. They first needed to be primed since the cast iron was completly with out paint. Then several coats of white paint were sprayed on and each coat was allowed to day overnight. Finally, a glossy appliance paint was sprayed on and allowed to dry overnight as well.
Here are the Before and After photos of the stove and sink.  What a difference! The stove is not quite finished so there is no before and after yet but you will see it in the finished kitchen picture below.
Yesterday the wonderful furniture arrived from Roy Bubbenmoyer(each piece perfectly scaled for Hitty) in PA and everyone was so excited, especially me. I quietly pointed to the exact spot each piece should be placed and in no time at all everything was in it's place and I nodded my approval of the new kitchen.
Almost Finished Project
 There is still work to be done. The baseboard trim and chair rail needs to be finished and one more piece of furniture from PA...........A Pie Safe! I will be very busy baking pies. Yummy!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lot's going on at Bleu Manor and all the girls are so excited. There are also a few new girls who need to be introduced but first Marielle wants to show off her pretty Easter Ensemble. Made by the very talented Arlene Hayes from a lovely piece of lawn with an organdy collar is LSDS 1919 #24. The hat was also made by Arlene and the wonderful matching shoes were made by Fran Quinn.
Zoe, one of the new arrivals, a Smiling Jumeau by Damaris Alves, went to visit the Easter Bunny and was given a wonderful Easter basket. She couldn't help but gloat a bit and now the other girls are pouting. Hurry here Easter Bunny!
Aimée, a reproduction Premieré by Fran Quinn,  is getting ready for Easter by making colored eggs and little Bunny is helping. What colorful eggs they have.

Last, but far from least, is our little Dutch girl. A reproduction 60 8/0 by Madelyn Baughman, she is the sweetest little girl and everyone loves her. Here you see her in a traditional Dutch ensemble complete with hand painted wooden shoes.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Is That Snow????????????

Uh Oh.......Snow is Cold!
We don't get a lot of snow in this part of Virginia so when the first flakes began to fall early Christmas evening some of the girls didn't even know what it was. At first it was only sticking to the grass and the streets were just wet. When we went to bed it still didn't look like much but by the time we got up on Sunday morning everything was covered and it continued to snow and snow and snow. At one point Suzette and Etienne, determined to wear their new ski suits and make a snowman, sneaked out and got stuck. Fortunately I heard their cries for help and rushed to rescue them.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

'Twas the night before Christmas..........

And all through the house..........
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.............                        

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...............



in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there...... 

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night