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Monday, February 28, 2011

Rainy Days and Mondays

It's only 10a, but this is how my days is going. It started storming at 3a and was up til about 6a. Wind...hail....lightening.....

thunder..the whole was a gullywasher, but thankfully no tornado. It was in the upper 60's and is now in the upper 50's, but it's to go down to the 40's by 5...yikes...they say if you don't like Cincinnati's weather just wait a'll change.

Today, I'd also like to thank all who have sent E-mails and messages inquiring about Dad's progress.
He is getting a little better each day.
It's so kind of you to check in on me. Your kindness brightens my day!

Now the real bright spot today is that it kicks off the week long

over at  I love hosting parties for this blog. Everybody is so talented, inspiring, and the best blog folk around:) The color for this month is PURPLE. If you didn't know the birthstone is amethyst and the flower of the month is violets.....both shades of purple.

Now for this post I thought I'd show off some of my vintage inspired creations.............................
I created this plate by taking a plain glass dinnerplate and basecoating it white. I then hand-painted the bouquet of violets. After it all dried I added the vintage hand-tatted rick-rack to frame the center.
Miss February(a 1952 6" platic doll) sports a dress (1940's hankie) in a violet print I hand-embroidered and added vintage habadashery violets and glass bead violet buds. Her cloak is a vintage doily adorned by glass bead violet buds.

This puple passion wedding pillow was a great find. I had the vintage doily and latex rose, but one day I came across the vintage wedding hankie in a package of like new undone stamped vogart. I stitched up the double ring pattern and flowers and added silver studs.

My Favorite Lavender Lady is Frenchy. Her satin slip is a wonderfully faded blue-purple. The satin rose fabric with the pale lavender fringe is original to the doll. I added a 1930's hankie for the skirt and hand-embroidered some of the flowers to matxch the blue-purple colors of the slip.
                          I just love her lavender iridescent wings and jaunty felt and feather cap.

This pretty in purple lass is a kitchen angel. Her skirt and apron are original, but I added the vintage rick-rack and embroidered flowers on the apron. She sports 19y60 eyelet wings. She stands atop a wodden cutting board that is accented by a 1960's recipe tin box with a few original recipes and a 1940's cookbook filled with tasty recipes and vintage doll photos! With this kitchen witch around no recipe will turn our badly :) 
These purty purples are available on my website at You can also browse for more purples there too. Now, I'm off to stroll down Etsy Cottage Style and see everyone else's color purple...we go thru Here


LADY JANE said...

Greetings Melody...I am new to ECS and trying to navigate my way around! Sharing ones purples looks soooooo fun! Excited to be a new member and meet new friends who love the things I do...and oh...your Violets plate is adorable! I do something similar but your painting is amazing! I'm not sure if I will bet to this one but look forward to participating in the future!

Daniella said...

Wonderful party! Everything is beautiful!!
I'm glad I have you on my blog roll, so I can see when you post!! Your blog is awesome!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Miss Februrary stole my heart! I adorable vintage hankies!!

ornamentsbypink said...

Your dolls are so sweet! I especially like Frenchy, with the feather on her head! The vintage doily is very pretty.

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Kaye - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Hi, I popped over from Etsy Cottage Style for the Cottage Colors Party. Wouldn't my grandchildren LOVE all your lovely vintage dolls and doll clothes. And what cute vintage clipart. Very sweet. :)

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Melody--
I'm sorry it took me so long to post--I had to make something lavender! lol

Sending (((hugs))) your way,

Shirley said...

Hi Melody, I have been thinking about you and your family. I enjoyed your post. I got John home from the nursing home this evening. He is doing better.He is walking further then I have seen him walk in a long time. It has been a very stressful February. Maybe I can get back to doing some of the things that I like to do. I might have a little more time at home and less on on the highway. You take care. Your Missouri Friend.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Hi Melody!
I love all of your pretty purples!
I hope you dad is feeling better soon. Its no fun being in and out of the hospital.

I was wondering what this month's color would be. I'll have to look around for purples. :-)


Cinderella Moments said...

Hi Melody! It's so kind of you to take the time to come by and say hello. I must say 2011 has been a trying year for me as well. I knew it was going to be one of these pesky years for me since the 1st day! And from the many blogs I follow I can see that many of us are dealing with something unpleasant. Well here's hoping things change for the better for all of us and soon. I cherish your comments and friendship! I hope your dad is making good progress and can be back home where he'll certainly be more comfortable. Lots of love and prayers to you all.


ThreeOldKeys said...

i hope all's going well with your family ... take care of yourself too.

ByLightOfMoon said...

Your Frenchie is just so cute and her hanky skirt is fabulous!
I do love your purples and yur blog is just beautiful!
Smiles, cyndi

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Hey Melody! So glad to hear from you :) That Miss February is so darn cute...and that wedding pillow is gorgeous - love it! Aren't you glad spring is finally (sort-of-in-an-Ohio-way!) here? We are too! Glad you could take a break to visit - wishing lots of well wishes to your dad!
Karla & Karrie

Debbi said...

Just getting around to visiting everyone in the party! Love the plate you painted! You have lots of really pretty lavender and purple treasures, Melody!

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