Monday, January 7, 2008

Old and New

I am finally getting around to showing some of the fun gifts I made for Christmas. I made this doll for my sweet daughter. Her name is Charlotte, and she is fashioned after Laura's rag doll in "Christmas in the Big Woods" from the My First Little House books. My sweet little lady just loves her. We must have read that book 50 times already. Christmas is over and she still wants that book sweet. We are going to start reading "Little House in the Big Woods" soon, my kiddos will love that.

This lineup includes most of the little rag dolls and friends I have made for the kiddos lately. There is a pair of vintage Polish wooden dolls, that I fixed up and we gave to Lisa-Marie for Christmas. The boys always want things like dinosaurs, robots, superheros, etc......I aim to please :~) Quite a fine little group of new friends.

I finally managed to get in a little treasure hunting this weekend ~ Yay!

I have been looking for a new sewing/craft desk or table for a while. I found one this weekend for a whopping $17.50........It is vintage and it is made of all real wood. A nice sturdy piece, I love it!

I am a huge fan of crochet, but I prefer to knit. So I am always on the look-out for other people's crochet handiwork. I found this beautiful wool granny square afghan. It just the perfect snuggle size.

This beautiful platter will serve us well. It is so pretty, and a little more sturdy than my fancy china.

The crowning jewel is this wool braided rug. My sweet daughter's room was desperately in need. I was about to give up on finding a vintage one, and was nearly ready to buy new.....gulp, they are a few hundred dollars. This perfect rug showed up just for me.........for $10.00! I was very excited and my sweet girl loves it.

I have always preferred old versus new. I can't remember when that began. I enjoy the hunt, and also the feeling of being transported back in time. The giving of new life to a discarded item. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Use it up. Without realizing it, I have had this mentality my whole life. I love being resourceful and a good steward of the incredible blessings that God has given us.

I pray that you all had a blessed Monday. And thank you again for all of the caring notes and all the prayers on our behalf during the last month. It is *so* appreciated.

In God's Love, Tami


  1. tami......your so talented! i love the doll you made :) she's very sweet. i love a good find too. you hit the jackpot.


  2. Wow! You scored on the braided rug! It's BEAUTIFUL!! We ended up buying ours for the "couple hundred dollars", because I couldn't find one new.

    And I love the doll. And what a precious picture of your daughter holding her!


  3. Oh Tami!
    I just love all your treasures! I love the stories old pieces can tell...Your handmade with love doll is so sweet! I like the details on her face. We are really enjoying Little House on the Prairie too. Have a wonderful day, resting in God's precious love...((Tami)) Love, Carrie

  4. Tami,
    I love the history behind things too. Who sat at that desk before you? What was their name....why did they part with the desk? I would much prefer the old to new. We moved last May and I still haven't hung things on the wall because I am still rummaging to find the right piece for the wall.
    I am thinking of collecting old plates I like and mounting those. I wish I could see your house as a whole...I bet I could get some great ideas!
    The dolls are adorable!

  5. Tami - I love the dolls you've made...they're very sweet :) I love the thrift-finds too! The crochet piece is really lovely and the rug is wonderful---you were really lucky there! I've been holding out for some thrifted rugs for a really long time and I've never been lucky - not once. Well, I can never find anything in usable condition, anyway. Lucky you!!