Friday, November 6, 2015

The Craftys- I am a finalist.

La Petite Maison
Doll House, La Petite Maison,  Miniatures, Mini Furniture, Quarter Scale, Printable, Dollhouse and furniture, model
You can find The Petite Maison at my Etsy store.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

1920 Paper Doll Match Box Book Find these on-

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

So busy working.

Hi, I have been working on a bunch of new items for my Etsy store.
I have a new Printable Fairy House and a Sewing Kit Match Box. I love both of them. I am also working on two new Paper Doll Match Boxes and Halloween Match Boxes.
Here is a picture of The Sewing Kit Match Box. all you add are buttons, thread, a thimble, and a tiny pair of scissors. The rest is Printable. A 4.5" x 4.5" square of felt makes the pin cushion.
This is the new Fairy Cottage. Really easy to make, believe it or not. The paper mache base is four layers of corrugated card board from a cardboard box. Just cut the layers and glue together. Cover this base with inkjet paper and paper towels, paint with craft paints and viola. Go outside and collect some twigs. Punch some little holes put the twigs in, add some moss and the Printable Butterflies and flowers. You can put a battery operated votive candle inside and the light shows through the windows. The directions have many pictures so it is easy to follow them. There is even a sign to welcome the Fairies.
Keep looking here on my Blog for new Halloween Match Boxes. These new style boxes are made from card stock. They come with .svg files so you can cut them by hand or with your cutting machine. Very easy to make. Cut them and then assemble them in a minute. Great for Trick or Treat and parties.
Have a great day. Barbara

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hi all,
I am very busy this summer making new Printable Match Boxes. I have a Sewing Kit Match Box and two new Paper Doll Match Boxes on the way. Also I am working on Fans that will have the designs from the Match Boxes on them. I have so many new ideas and so little time.
I took time out to take a picture of my lawn and flowers. I haven't done allot with the inside of the house although it looks much better than it did. I have plans for it. Perhaps I will have more time this winter.

Work comes first as I need the income I make on my Etsy store to keep going and now living by myself there will be electric and heat. I am really trying to save on electric this summer by not using the air conditioner unless it is really hot. I splurged on some flower boxes for my little porch but I used small plastic pots for allot of the plants and they are not doing well.

My lawn looks so much better and I didn't even plant grass seed. More of saving money there but the spring rains helped it along. I did buy a Bread Machine and a Crock Pot and find that it was money well spent. I make a large pot of some kind of stew, chicken, etc. and freeze containers of it for my dinners. I find that one chicken breast, some canned soup and frozen veggies will make quite a lot.
I use two sausage links for a large pot of spaghetti sauce and at the end I just cook the spaghetti right in the sauce. Comes out great.

Please notice my sign. It says Paper Cottage Printies and is a copy of my new business card. I live on an island. Smith Island is in the Chesapeake Bay.

 We have quite a few tourists here in the summer and I thought perhaps someone would see my sign and knock on my door. It is almost the end of July and not one person has knocked yet. In fact I rarely get company. I have no transportation so I can't go anywhere. I haven't been off island in over seven months. I shop online. Thank goodness for the internet.
My son visits me for a little while in the morning sometimes but he is very busy. I must get to the doctor soon. I will need more prescriptions soon and I have to have my Chemo Port removed. It has been almost eight years. I haven't had the Chemo port flushed in almost three years. It is supposed to be done every six weeks. It is a two hour trip to get to the hospital to have it done. One hour by boat and one hour by car. I have been pronounced cancer free.
Thanks to all who purchase my Printables. It really helps me to get by. Sales have been very slow this summer. It is usually slow in the summer but this is a particularly bad year. I had to discontinue my web site as the annual fee was too much for me this year. Unfortunately allot of my Pins on Pinterest go the that site and were referred to my store.
I have to tell you that I am so happy in my little house and so grateful to have it. I never thought I would have a garden again and now I have my flowers and herbs on my little porch. Life is Good!!
Take care, Barbara

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Miracles do happen !!

Hi Everyone.
I am very happy. I got my wish. I am now in my little house. It is just four rooms and is perfect for me. I am busily making curtains and decorating it. It is an old house and dated but I don't care. I will work with what I have which isn't much. I still had a few things from my house that I had to sell when I got cancer and went to live with my son. Now I am on my own again. I thank God and I know that He gave me my wish.
Here are some pictures of the house when I first moved in. It is much more of a home now and I will post some more pictures soon. Don't expect too much as I am working with little money and I need everything. LOL. I have four plates and a handful of eating utensils. A set of pots from my previous house and a few towels. My daughter in law gave me some things that she had been saving for me from my previous house and a few pieces of my old furniture that were in storage. A friend gave me a used sofa that I never would have picked if I had my choice but now I really like it. God does provide through your friends and family. Always have faith and never give up your dreams. About eight years ago I was told that I had less than a year to live and here I am still and now cancer free.
Never give up.