Homeward Bound

image source: flickr user Sam Wibatt

A very quick decision this morning has me leaving in one hour to visit my hometown in Idaho.
Haven't made a visit back home in about 4 years. Should be interesting...
Catch up with you all when I get back!

Dresses and Glasses

Oh how adorable was I?
This is proof that I was once a rolly polly little thing...
with crossed eyes! 
Yupp, I came into this world this way, it's a little odd family genetic bug.
Seems to follow the girls in my family. My mother was born this way, as was I and someday my own little girl may be blessed with this silly little eye disorder. 
At age three I had corrective surgery and luckily with the advances in medicine I was lucky enough to only have one surgery where as I believe my mother has had over 5.
I still have a lazy eye... and I have NO depth perception... 
along with some other silly vision issues.

But I wouldn't change my silly eyes for anything in the world. 
It's a big part of who I am. 

I've always been the scrawny little girl wearing glasses and dresses

Not much has changed...

I still wear my glasses and dresses. Always sporting my own unique look.

With Project Dress Up I have been even more adventurous with my wardrobe.
Who says you can't wear a Prom Dress on an ordinary day.
It's not about dressing for a special occasion...
it's about dressing for the type of day you want to have.
A glittery, scratchy dress is like magic
it brings about such silly unpredictable moments.
Like when you walk into a thrift shop and a little girl screams at the top of her lungs 
"Look mommy, it's a glamour star!"

Too FUN!

Looking for something...

It's a bright sunny day in my neck of the woods. I woke up to birds chirping and happy puppies ready to drive me batty all day. My hubby has been out of town almost all week and usually when he is a way I miss him terribly but have a unique energy and creative drive.
Unfortunately I seem to have misplaced my creative mojo somewhere. If anyone has any idea where I left it or where I might find it I would really really appreciate it! 

I made a happy Mosaic hopping that might help... but while it put a smile on my face it did not bring back my need to glue, paint, glitter, and cut :( 

Well what do you think of the new blog design? I really love it! 
Not perfect but pretty dang wonderful for my none computer geeky self... 
geez I sure wish I had paid more attention in html class... 

humpy dumpy

I working on trying to create a new look for my blog. Very frustrating work! grrrr.... I'll let you know when I get it put back together again. Thanks! :)

Party Favors

It wasn't easy... with all the double dipping I had to make sure everyone was accounted for in each special giveaway. 

5 friends won some Sweat Treat items for my shop

Christy of Sweet Tidings
Sophee Laroo Bijoux & Sheri too (say that 5 times fast :)
And Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist

Tina of Sweetina won Abby doll and a set of Sweat Treat Note-cards for leaving a comments about her favorite item in my shop ~ oh and how fun that she is getting what she liked most :)

Gail of Cupcakes and Cute Stuff - Gail Friend Desings
is taking home Bailey for hosting a party with me. Thanks Gail!

And the Keepsake Cake spoiler package goes to Karin who purchased 
My New Easter Chick Teacake

Thank you everyone for making this such a special event!
I will be contacting the winners very soon...

Chelsea Ann

Valentine's Day! All Dolled Up PARTY!

Not so many nights ago I fell into the most peculiar sleep. I must have been quite tired because I fell asleep while putting away my laundry. I have always been a vivid dreamer but what I dreamt this particular evening was quite unusual. It was not so much the dream was odd but, that it felt so real.

Now I know, logic tells me that it was merely a figment of my imagination, yet something in it felt so lifelike and... well perhaps I shall just describe it, still it is so vivid in my memory.

I hear a song bird. What a pretty sound to hear in the morning. 
"Chelsea Ann, open your eyes." 
"Shhhhh. Be very quiet you do not want to scare him away."
 Who was that? Am I still dreaming? 
I hear the bird again. I must wake up.

You can not possible imagine what I saw when I woke. Well I thought I had woken, perhaps I was still dreaming. There was my dear friend, Ashlee with a blue bird singing in her ear. I startle the poor creature and he flies away. Ashlee picks up a rolled-up piece of paper. "The bird carried this in, I believe he meant for us to have it."

It is an invitation of the most unusual sort. We have been invited to a magical place, a place far past the imagination, a place that only young children could possibly dream of existing.
Perhaps I did not believe myself, but what harm would there be in excepting the invitation. I was mearly having a dream, right?

I hear a familiar sound in the distance. I am so tired, I can barely keep my eyes open. A man's voice breaks the silence. "Little Misses, the train has arrived. I open my eyes. Fog is very thick in the air, like cotton candy, even the air smells of it. I wake my friend. "It is time to go, hurry we don't wont to miss our only chance." We board the train eager to arrive at our destination. I am glad to have such a good companion for the long journey ahead.

We have traveled to a place more magical than you or I can imagine. A place where neighbors gather to celebrate the smallest of occasions and children can safely play in the streets. With quaint little houses, a quiet marshmallow meadow and a bubbling soda pop brook.

It is a little hard to explain but we were invited to a place more magical than any other. A place known for only sweetness and kindness. This is the land of the dolls and for a fortnight we shall be staying on Lollipop Lane.

It was so kind of the dolls to invite us to share in their magical little world. Sadly our stay will only be for a short time. We must take in as much as we can and try very hard not to forget a single moment.

As a doll you must always look your very best. Everyday is as special as the last and never ever is sloppiness allowed. There are so many things a doll must do each day. There is fun to be had and not a moment can be wasted.

Sniff Sniff Sniff...

Oh puppy dog you can not have a cookie yet. We must wait for our friends to arrive.

Each night Dolls all come together to share a cup of tea
and tell stories of their day.
Dolls love to celebrate special occasions.
Tonight's teatime is very special because today is Valentine's Day!
We have been very busy baking goodies, making gifts and decorating the dollies home.

I think what I love most about being a doll is the frilly attire.
Knee high stockings, petticoats, bows and beads.
I should like very much to dress this way every single day.

You can play dress up too!

Dolls love to have their pictures taken.
However instead of putting their pictures in frames
they have their pictures taken in them^^

Dolls love their sweets.
As they are almost always celebrating one event or another
you would surely think they should like a break of them.



Cupcakes, Cookies, Ice cream Cones  and Lollipops

They could eat such treats for
supper time

Truly Ashlee and I were quite overwhelmed at first by all the events in a dolls' life.
They celebrate birthdays, weddings, holidays, and the firsts of almost everything!

The first rain and the early signs of spring.

Rain, rain,
go away
come again some other day
We want to go outside and play
Come again some other day

The first flower blossoms
and even when they fade away
and autumn turns to the world from green to gold

Daisy, Daisy,
 Give me your answer do!

I'm half crazy,
 All for the love of you!

It won't be a stylish marriage,

I can't afford a carriage

But you'll look sweet upon the seat

Of a bicycle made for two.

and of course the very first snow

Sing a song of snowflakes,

Secrets in the air,

Valentines are coming,

Hiding everywhere.

Some are red and

Some are pink and

Some are soft and blue,

Some are in the mailbox
On their way to you.

Nothing is as important as friendship in the land of dolls.

They are the truest of companions
and are always there when their friends are in need of help.

Most of the time you can find dolls playing
for this is surely what they do best

Dolls have wonderful imaginations!

As we grow older, not only is it harder to believe in faeries and unicorns, but its harder to see the beauty around us, the good in people’s hearts, the magic in every day happenings. Our childhood dreams are relegated to ‘fantasy’ and every day reality seems far from what we had in mind for our grown up lives.

I think its very important to keep in touch with that childlike part of us however. To keep our imaginations alive. Without that, you can not have empathy, inspiration, creativity and faith. I am not talking about religious Faith, but simply the ability to believe that there are good and kind people out there, that there is a reason for doing the right thing and that happy endings are possible.


They pretend to be mommies

When I was a child I loved to play with dolls.
I had a Cabbage Patch Doll, Cherry Merry Muffin Doll , and an American Doll
just to name a few
Perhaps you had a Chatty Cathy or Jelly Belly Doll?

They love to play house just as all young children do

They also dream of being princesses

The Princess Code

& finding their prince charming

And soon enough the day is through
And now the Valentine's Tea Party can begin!

A little cup of friendship
with a bag of tea
when you drink this
think of love from me

Dollies always behave their manners
They sit upright, say "Please, and Thank You"
and always share in polite conversation. 

This has been a splendid Valentine's and I love each and every one of you!

Puppies seem to think of nothing but cookies

At the end of each day the dollies gather for one last dance
before the moon rises and they must all be tucked in their beds

And when at last the day is through they fall fast a sleep and dream of being just like me and you.

And now I have shared my dream with you!

It was just like magic, it seemed so real.
Did it seem real to you?

Dream or not there is no question that Dolls live in magical worlds of their own.
When we turn the lights off at night their little world just begins.
And when the sun is peaking over the horizon 
they're finishing their tea and dances and heading home to sleep the day away.

Thank you for visiting!
What a great party this has been...
but wait!

What would a party be without Party Favors?
I wish I could give a little something to all of you
but I think you will see there are many many wonderful favors!

By leaving a comment with your favorite Keepsake Cake or ittybittybirdy item you will be entered to win Abby Doll and a set of Sweat Treat Note Cards. 

I appreciate your feedback ~ 
I've gone in so many directions lately 
and it's nice to know what creative paths I should stick too!

In a hurry? Just stopping by for a quick visit?
Leave a quick hello comment and even you can win a treat or two!
(5 lucky winners!)

Win the chance for the ultimate Keepsake Cakes spoiler! 
Any purchase from either Keepsake Cakes or ittybittybirdy
before February the 18th gives you the chance to win 
a set of Sweat Treat Note Cards and Embellishments,
Klara Doll, and a customized Fairytale Party Hat made just for you!

I would like to especially thank all the Lollishop venders who hosted a doll theme party with me. This has been so much fun and I couldn't have done it with out you!
One lucky Lollishop Dolls is going to take Bailey home!

(Make sure you visit all the other Lollie gals parties ~ located on the top of my sidebar)

If you leave feedback ~ you will surely be saying "hello!"
You buy yourself a little treat or two ~ well say hello and tell me why you love what you got!

Thanks Everyone!
Goodbye~ Kisses! Hugs~ 

Wait before you go...
The party will be up until the 18th when I will announce all the winners...
please tell all your friends about the party.
the more the merrier! 

P.S. Participating Lollies please add your photos to the flickr group I made just for our party pics. THANKS!