EHAG EMPORIUM June 30th Update

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Welcome to the June 30th EHAG Emporium update. I have THREE items to offer for this month's websale.  Please scroll down to view all three and my previous blog entry describing the inspiration for these three creations. Items will be sold first come, first served. Please add $7.00 per piece for shipping/insurance. PAYPAL preferred (paypal id, some exceptions for payment may be made. If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, email me directly at (click here to email) Thank you for stopping in and having a look.......Best Wishes to You! 

Item One   "Cat Cry"
No amount of shaking that rattle seems to sooth this crying baby. So, what's a Mama Kitty to do? Ah well, might as well smile, smile, smile. Nothing seems to concern this Mama.

Dolls are in paper clay, dressed in calicoes and black ruffles, Mama features a sculpted poke bonnet, and they stand on a base created form a vintage "made in Japan"  bellow toy.
8.5" tall, overall.... Item Sold

Item Two   "Saucy Sorceress"
With the wave of her wand, all things witchy and magical will materialize. One never can be to sure what the Saucy Sorceress will conjure up, but in this instance I see she has called up the tiny spirit of Hallowe'en joy!

Not quite your typical  Hallowe'en hag, the Saucy Sorceress is in paperclay, dressed in calico and black ruffles. Her hair is in the style of an 1830's  "milliner doll," complete with a slightly eerie skull hair ornament. A tiny half moon is painted on her handmade wand. The base is decorated with newspaper from a 1918 Pittsburgh publication, dresden sun, and gold rick rack.
9.25 tall, overall.... Item Sold

Item Three   "Mad Millinery"
Could it be so close to that most anticipated time of year?! It must be, as the Mad Milliner is in a frenzy of creativity, making all sorts of Hallowe'en hats! He has his milliner mannequin to display his most expensive Bal Masque top hat and a multitude of small party hats in progress are on the work table.
He is quite MAD, you know, so there is a twist to this piece... the milliner's head is interchangeable with the mannequin's head!

The doll in this piece is paperclay, dressed in felt and cotton. The two heads are interchangeable. Note the milliner's tiny jol pincushion. The milliner and table are both free standing, to allow versatility in display. The table is wooden and decorated with various fringes, newspaper from a 1918 Pittsburgh publication, features miniscule handmade paper and crepe paper party hats, and a milliner's bust mannequin.
Doll is 8" tall.... Item Sold

2010 UK Florence Nightingale £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Pack


A £2 coin Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Pack has been produce by Royal Mint UK to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale death as well as the 150th anniversary of the publication of her Notes on Nursing falls in 2010. During the Crimean War Florence Nightingale took a team of nurses to Constantinople to care for the ill and critically injured troops and won the undying respect of the nation. The Informative presentation folder recounting her remarkable life and achievements are strictly limited to 25,000 worldwide.

The obverse of the coin bear the effigy of the Queen by the Rank-Broadley coins bear the inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF. On the reverse show an image of an outstretched hand, with a second and third hand as if taking a pulse, surrounded by the inscription 1820 - FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE - 1910. The edge inscription: 150 YEARS OF NURSING.

Florence Nightingale, (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was an English nurse, writer and statistician. She came to prominence during the Crimean War for her pioneering work in nursing, and was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night to tend injured soldiers. Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment, in 1860, of her nursing school at St Thomas' Hospital in London, the first secular nursing school in the world. The Nightingale Pledge taken by new nurses was named in her honour, and the annual International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on her birthday.

During the Crimean campaign, Florence Nightingale gained the nickname "The Lady with the Lamp", deriving from a phrase in a report in The Times:
She is a ‘ministering angel’ without any exaggeration in these hospitals, and as her slender form glides quietly along each corridor, every poor fellow's face softens with gratitude at the sight of her. When all the medical officers have retired for the night and silence and darkness have settled down upon those miles of prostrate sick, she may be observed alone, with a little lamp in her hand, making her solitary rounds.

The phrase was further popularised by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1857 poem "Santa Filomena":
Lo! in that house of misery
A lady with a lamp I see
Pass through the glimmering gloom,
And flit from room to room.

On 13 August 1910, at the age of 90, she died peacefully in her sleep in her room at 10 South Street, Park Lane. The offer of burial in Westminster Abbey was declined by her relatives, and she is buried in the graveyard at St. Margaret Church in East Wellow, Hampshire.


Denomination: £2
Alloy: Inner - Cupro-nickel, Outer - Nickel-brass
Weight: 12.00g
Diameter: 28.40mm
Designer: (Reverse) Gordon Summers
Designer: (Obverse) Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Edge: Inscription 150 Years of Nursing

Source: Royal Mint UK, Wikipedia.

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Hey Pals,

We have some new pictures of our baby koi that we are raising indoors.  Some are growing really fast, almost 2 inches long.  Others are still tiny. (you should be able to click on the pictures to biggify them)

The big koi in the ponds have been breeding for 5 days again, so tomorrow new babies should be hatching in the ponds.

We also found hundreds of baby koi in our smaller pond.  This has happened a few other years.  The eggs get sucked up in the bottom drain of the big pond, go through the water pump up to the waterfall and down into the smaller pond to hatch.  See the baby koi circled in the photo below:

The babies like to hide under the lily pads.   Now we'll have to lower the water in the smaller pond this Fall to catch all of those koi and put them into the big pond for winter.  We only aerate the large pond during the winter.

Did we tell you that Mama has purple fingers??  Yep, Papa has been picking the wild black raspberries for a week and we have berries all over the house.  Mama already made some jam with some of them.  This is about how many Papa can pick in an hour, this is a 5 quart ice cream bucket container:

Katie wanted to use them to dye her hair PAWPLE, but Mama wouldn't let her.  Lacie even gave her some hair dying tips, but Mama just wouldn't give in to Katie.  Guess we better go help Mama wash some more berries.

Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Katie, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby & Hootie

What Is It-Do You Know


I've been told this is a cream seperator. It has a little glass window to show the milk seperating from the cream. I love the color-what will I do with it-a plant maybe? It fun to have interesting items for conversation pieces on our farm. We have an entire backporch wall of old farm tools(another post maybe).

Bib and Bibbi Bunny


I found these bunnies at a neighbour's garage sale for 50¢ each.

I recognized them as Steiff right away. They have that quality about them.  I knew they were older, but I was very surprised when I looked them up on eBay and saw the prices they were selling for.

These Steiff  bunnies are Bib & Bibbi, each about 12 cm or 5 inches tall. They are from the late 50's or early 60's, I think.
The rabbits have a heads of mohair plush, rubber hands and feet, and felt and cotton outfits. I found out that they originally carried baskets on their backs, but these are long gone.
Unfortunately, neither one has the ear button button and only Bib has his tag.

The rubber hands and feet are in excellent condition compared to those I saw in some of the eBay ads.

I saw them listed on German eBay for the equivalent of $375.00 for the two and they were in no better condition than these two with only one basket between them.

I also saw individual Bibs abd Bibbis selling for $50 to $100 each.

I think they are adorable, and the perfect size for a dollhouse, but I don't collect Steiff. I am thinking of listing them for sale. I need to support my dollhouse habit somehow.

Does anyone have an idea of what a fair price would be here in North America?


Making History Interesting and the Role of Cultural Institutions


According to the History News Network on a web page titled Teaching Kids Who Find History Boring, "Surveys routinely rank history at the bottom of students' favorite subjects." This is troubling. Cultural illiteracy threatens our civilized memory. Decisions about the progression of society -- governments we want in power, for what purpose we want to use our money, what scientific innovations we want to support, etc. -- should come in large part from a basic understanding of man's past. Without a familiarity with the laws, momentous events, and formulative decisions of a people, one cannot continue to move society ahead in an informed way. Study of the past gives us an overall perspective, a general understanding of how and why things happen, empathy, and moral intelligence.

To initiate a conversation with people about history, it is important for cultural heritage professionals to directly relate the idea that everything has a history. No matter what your interest, there is a history to it. So, if we start with the premise that there is at least some history for everyone, we immediately can make history more relevant to our audience. Are you a science person instead of a liberal arts person? Well, science has a history. Read about Madame Curie or visit an exhibit about the invention of the telescope. Do you consider yourself a theater type person? Read about stage direction in Shakespeare's time or the evolution of the film industry.

Though cultural heritage professionals generally focus on how their individual institutions present history through collections,programs and exhibits, we must also work to improve the study of history in schools. Children cannot just pick any subject they think they like as suggested above and avoid a curriculum. Students must read about the Roman Empire or the Crusades, and Ancient Egypt. But people are people no matter the time or place. The problem with the study of history in many schools, I think, is an emphasis on dates and names instead of a shared humanity. Teachers should encourage students to put themselves in another person's shoes. What if you were a child on a ship that was crossing the Atlantic to move to the New World; would you have been able to bring your favorite doll? Would you have even owned a favorite doll? What food would you have eaten? How would you go to the bathroom? These are the types of questions that awaken young children's creativity and imagination. One can allow older students to explore the topics that interest them in relation to the assignment. What sports did members of a certain culture play? How did they cook their food? What types of clothes did they wear?

One suggestion on the History Network page is to teach children backwards. Start history with the student and relate past events to the culture mankind has created today. The writer says that this seems "counterintuitive", but it makes perfect sense to me. Everyone wants to understand how they fit in. When I attend a party and ask someone how many kids he has or what she does for a living, I expect the person with whom I am speaking to ask about me. We talk back and forth figuring out where we fit into the other person's story, to see if we are compatible. Everyone wants to talk about oneself. The study of history is like a party conversation. We want to see our relationship with the rest of the crowd. It all relates back to us.

Telling history backwards also gives us permission to put a modern perspective on events, while encouraging us to gain a better understand of how our ancestors thought. If we start with 2,000 year old history, it may seem out of touch and confusing. If we start now and work backwards, we can better decipher how we got where we are today. The people and events from the past that influence us today are given an historical thread that ties them directly to the present when we study backwards. It makes past civilizations more like us and more attune with our own reality.

On HNN, an author suggested making history more "narrative." The value of an enthusiastic, well-educated teacher was emphasized. "
History is a story, thus it is essential that the history teacher be a good story-teller." Cultural heritage institutions have a great role to play in this narrative and can make themselves useful to teachers. Use of archives and artifacts can make a story come alive. Placing an object held by a person who lived many years ago can be powerful. Touching an old photo, or a diary written by a young person from a different time has the power to transport us. Walking in a place where many walked before can open our eyes to the historical narrative, giving us a part in the human story. Original resources play a different role than textual narrative. The immediacy of an old item moves beyond storytelling to give us a direct connection to our past. Reading about the American Civil War is different than holding the letters a dying soldier wrote home to his mother. The remarkableness of historical circumstances can be hammered home by incorporating primary materials into the study of history.

Archives and artifacts boost the narrative by imbuing it with stark realism. Many teachers of history seem not to put much stock in this. Others find that the necessary resources are not easily accessible within the classroom. Cultural heritage professionals are the gatekeepers to the resources, we must collaborate with our teachers to encourage an understanding of the role collection items can play and to make our materials available to students. Projects such as American Memory aim to make original resources more accessible, but local organizations have a role to play as well, to bring original items into the classroom and not just computerized images of them.

The challenges of teaching history well and overcoming cultural illiteracy are vast. It is time for cultural heritage professionals to re-examine their role related to this issue and to pursue greater collaborative efforts to make history interesting to the general populace.

Fourth of July Foyer Reno


So instead of heading to the beach this weekend, (damn oil spill!) I have decided to begin my home transformation and begin working on the first room you see in my little rental house, which is the foyer. 

 Not much to right home about but I am excited at the challenge nonetheless!

The home we just sold had a a huge, GRAND  foyer with 25 foot ceilings but no walls to hang or place furniture on.  The formal living room and formal dining room flanked the foyer so my only options were to add a rug, hang a chandelier and call it a day...

So while it was much larger, I actually prefer my new little foyer instead.  Plus I love the challenge of changing my style which before was more formal (ummm uptight) and because now I can experiment with a simpler, more modern country style that fits the "big little grey" house perfectly.  Plus my mother and my husband keep reminding me not to spend too much on a home that I will be in for a year max.  I plan to do all my decorating on as tight a budget as possible :).

Ok back to the is the picture that started it all. 

This is the adorable foyer/entry of my blog crush, Donna from FunkyJunkInteriors.  You have to check this girl out!  See her before and afters and you will be blown away.  Her space is larger than mine but I love the mix of rustic elements with soft touches of color.  And that bench??? Can you believe it was to be used or was used in the back of a pickup truck? How creative.  So stop over and say hi and tell her I sent you!!

Here is more foyer/mudroom inspiration that I also like...

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So what do you  think?  I really would like to use the two white chairs that I just picket up somewhere in the design...maybe instead of a bench?  Hopefully I will have a reveal within the next couple of weeks....

Stay tuned.




Come wander around the garden portion of the new shop -- OPENING JULY 1st!
Stay tuned for a soft opening date, as well as info on the grand opening party!

Let's Party!!!



Kick off the holiday weekend by joining fellow blogger's Centsational Gal's Red, White and Blue Link Party.  Click on the flag button at the top left hand corner and submit your creative Patriotic decor or craft. 

Have fun!!!


Hip Hip Hooray


Schools are out.....summer vacation.....happy days for the kids--not sure about for the parents, though...LOL.

I have used this In2stamps image called "Happy Cats' from their Cute Animals Collection.

This is the sketch that I used for this card. This was designed by Maggie for Sunday Sketch & Stamp Challenge #31.

A couple more of challenges that I am entering with this card:

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #65 - Stars and Stripes.

A Spoonfull of Sugar Challenge 110 - Animal crackers.

That's it for today. Keeping this short and sweet.

Have a wonderful day. Thank you for your visit. It' very much appreciated.

Stamps: Happy Cats from In2stamps Cute Animals Collection, sentiment from Studio G clear stamps set.
Designer papers: Creative Imaginations.
Tools: EK Success border punch morrocco lace.
Embellishments: Kaiser Craft pearls, Vintage Attic Treasures pearls, ribbon and button from my stash.
Medium: Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Antiques @ the Fairground Petoskey this weekend 7/3 & 4


Many of you who know me know that I love color. I wear color, I design with color and I dream in color. I grew up in norther Michigan in Boyne City near Petoskey & I loved the summer shops in the Gaslight district. Lilly Pulitzer was one of the shops that I loved, her use of color is legendary and inspiring to me.
Dan & I are on our way up north this weekend to to the Antiques at the Fairground Antique Show in Petoskey over looking Little Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan. A beautiful spot and a beautiful antique show. As we prepare, and it's summer after all, I find myself draw to taking all things colorful!

Like these fanciful fish painted on old pickets from a fence.
We have furniture in great summer colors of coral pink, sea glass blues, greens, turquoise and of course the ever summer fresh white.

Those of you who know me also know my love of anything Amy Butler! I purchased this amazing AB fabric last week and I also hope to get this skirt made to wear this weekend. Stay tuned!
Everyone have a safe a wonderful 4th of July.
Blessings to all veterans, fallen veterans, wounded veterans and their families. We are forever grateful.

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