Thursday, April 30, 2009

Marie Shoe Soiree

Today is the Marie Antoinette Shoe Soiree! Hosted by Angela Harris of
The theme of this Soiree was to take on old shoe and remake it into something that Marie herself would have liked to wear!

Mom and I found a cute little pair of heels at Goodwill and redesigned each one into shoes that I hope Marie would have approved of!
Here is my shoe.

I took a black shoe and painted it pink with silver edges.

I bought a pair of vintage earrings to add a bit of sparkle to open toe shoe.

I added pearl stickers,silver glitter and a crown to the heel.

Here's Mom's beautiful shoe.

She painted it a lovely shade of blue and added blue feathers.

She used the other vintage rhinestone earring and added a feather along the front.

We both had a fun time making these! I think I would enjoy altering shoes again sometime.

I thought that I would show you my Marie Antoinette layout too, since it matched the theme of this post.

Mom and I recently found the new Somerset magazine called Marie. It features amazing artwork!

It's a fun read and is still available in stores.

I couldn't pass up this opportunity to show you another Barbie! This is a beautiful Marie Antoinette Barbie. I hope someday that I will find one for my collection that I could afford. She is a very grand doll and was made in a limited quantity.

I hope you have enjoyed visiting today! For a list of the other participants visit

Wishing you a happy day, Lindsey and Twyla

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Barbie Wednesday

Today's post is all about Barbie's best friend, Midge!
Originally introduced in 1963 as Barbie's best friend
Midge Hadley . She was introduced to counter act the claims that Barbies was a sex symbol. Like Barbie, Mattel created a boyfriend for Midge, too. His name was Allen Sherwood.

Midge came out in blonde,brunette, and red head. Depending on which color hair you chose the color of the two piece swimsuit varied. If Midge had red hair her swimsuit was yellow and orange, for blond hair it was in two shades of blue, and if she was brunette it was pink and red.

In 1965 Mattel came out with a bendable leg Midge. She had a shorter hairstyle and headband.

Mattel stopped making Midge dolls in the seventies and didn't create another until 1988.
In 1990 Mattel created a Wedding Day Midge. Her groom being Allen.

A year after the Wedding Day Midge came out, the couple appeared in a Barbie pamphlet holding twin babies. But the dolls were never reproduced.

However in 2003, she and Allen were introduced in what was to become a world wide controversy. The box featured Midge with a three year old son Ryan and new born Nikki. This was called the Happy Family line. This was also the first time Mattel had created an African American Midge.

Midge was sold pregnant with a removable belly bump with a baby inside. Some people complained that it was not kid appropriate and that Midge didn't have a wedding ring on. Wal- Mart pulled their stock from shelves and a newer version of a non pregnant Midge with ring and a cardboard cutout of Allen were added.
About a year later another version of a pregnant Midge was released with a new baby this time. It's gender was a surprise unlike the other version. This baby's gender being a surprise when you opened the box.
Grandparents were also created to go with the Happy Family line.

This is the most recent Midge. A collector's reproduction gift set of both Midge and Allen.

I hope you enjoyed reading about Barbie's best Friend!
Happy wishes to you, Lindsey

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I am a treasure hunter. You are familiar with the kind of treasures that I usually find at flea markets and antique stores, but there is another kind of treasure that I enjoy hunting for, morel mushrooms.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked upon these little treasures. My son and I were visiting a cemetery where my great grandparents are buried when we happened upon these morels.

We were so excited! We picked them and had them fried for dinner the next evening with biscuits and gravy. That's how we eat them here in the Ozarks.

Another kind of treasure hunting I did this weekend was for this set of Fire King blue splash bowls. I have been looking for them for awhile, but they are often expensive. I found the two bigger bowls at a flea market Saturday for a price I was willing to pay :)

Then quite happily, Sunday evening, I discovered the third bowl at a flea market in Branson, MO. I was beyond excited. I now have the whole set. You can't tell from this picture what a beautiful robin's egg blue color that they are. The color makes me happy!

Sunday I, along with Lindsey and my son, Jordan went to Silver Dollar City. It is an old-timey theme park located in Branson, MO. It was our first trip of the season. We usually get season passes so we can go often. It was so good to be back. The smells are wonderful as soon as we stepped into the city.

This is what Jordan and I ate for our lunch. It's called Family Feud and has chicken, corn, fried okra, onions and peppers all cooked together in a huge cast iron skillet. There are several varieties of these food medleys around the park and they are all good. There were so many different food choices that we circled the park two times before we decided what we wanted to eat.

We enjoyed the day visiting all the usual sights. The city is filled with big tall trees and beyond those are big beautiful hills. Among the trees was this Dogwood tree.

This is the Wilderness church. They even hold services on Sundays. There is also a small school house beside the church.

My favorite shop is the pottery shop. I love looking at all these beautiful works of art.

Here, you see one of the local artists working on a piece. The shop is decorated in a country style that I find irresistible.

Another favorite of mine is the basket shop. I could have picked out several! They are beautiful and some are signed by the artist.

We had a wonderful time, but came home worn out. We are already anxious to go back though!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week! Take time to enjoy yourself! Twyla

Saturday, April 25, 2009

My job at the Scrap Nook

What a week! I am so behind on my blog reading! I started my new job this week. I have been filling in for someone at our other store so I have been working full time this week. I was so tired of running around and working on inventory the first day that I just came home and went straight to bed!

I am so happy there! I love it! Everyday is so wonderful!

I love meeting all the women! I really had fun today meeting a really nice woman named Katrina. I look forward to making lots of friends!

I really feel like I am learning a lot too!

And I really love everyone that I've worked with too which I think is what makes the job so wonderful!

Of course the 30% off discount sure is nice too!

I just have to learn some control when it comes to wanting all this cute stuff!

I'm off to play around with my new paper!

All of the pictures in this post are of paper and embellishments that I have bought there and love!!!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Lindsey

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hello! The sweet and talented Elizabeth of Creative Breathing sent me an awesome package this week.

She sent me 2 vintage Barbie books. I love them so much. The one called Barbie Goes to a Party has Midge in it too!

Also this week Our Friend that sent Mom the vintage potholders also sent me a package too! She had been asking me about the new 5oth Anniversary Barbie items at Wal Mart and as it turned out her Wal Mart carried several things that ours didn't. So she was so sweet and gave me the pieces that I didn't have. Now I have the whole collection! She gave me the awesome bag, magnets, and luggage tag.

Here is the reproduction case, travel mug, and playing cards that I found.

And here is the 50th anniversary Barbie!

The photo is of the creator, Ruth Handler and her family.

I found a stack of Barbie trading cards at a flea market this weekend. Here is one of the cards. I'll show more of the cards later.

Thank you for stopping by, Lindsey