Friday, 20 November 2009

Things I noticed today and more about the book doll

How most of the products I use around the house and on myself such as shampoo, face wash, moisturizer and cleaning products often come in pump bottles. As if people have lost the ability to squeeze. This is the kind of thing I think about when I am too tired to do harder thinking such as is required by the list of work I have to do. Maybe tomorrow. A sunflower head emptied of its seeds by gravity, birds and children. The sunflowers are all over now and, all of a sudden, lots of the kids were desperate to plant the seeds. I got pots and trowels and off they went. The stalks make quite good weapons too. A little intervention was needed there!
How yellow these crab apples are. These make good aiming devices.
How tangled this rose is. I wanted some hips to put in a vase but they are a bit sparse. It is still flowering though.
The prettiness of this dolls house door. They make me thing of Charleston or New Orleans-not that I have ever been there but they just do. I put three big dolls houses out today as we were a bit bored with the trainset. These are all donated by parents-we have two more in the cupboard. It is great having so many as you can have a mini street and lots of children can play together. I love the tiny world of dolls houses and I could see that look of fascination at the magical little world inside them on lots of faces today.
These wooden toys are pretty old but I think they are great. I wondered what situation was developing here.
As I am writing I am having a glass of wine. It is an Australian riesling. I notice that it tastes like basil-really strongly. It is strangely pleasant and went well with my vegetable based tea!
The first stage of folding.
Gluing the back on with the help of some pumpkins. I think it is finished-I say I think as I am not sure whether to add any paint or other colour. I will wait till daylight!
I celebrated tidying up the area next to the draining board by lighting some candles!
The last two things I remember noticing today were the delicious scent of a couple of rosemary plants I bought for school (along with 160 daffodil bulbs for Forest School and the nursery garden) and the equally lovely smell of the Christmas trees hiding at the back of the DIY store. It was as if they were all waiting quietly for things to really get going. I wish I could blog smells!


B said...

I really like those wooden toys too, and are you binding that book? Very impressive!

Lynne said...

I like the idea of having a few dolls houses out at once. It's great seeing your Book Doll progressing.
The sunflower looks a bit like a pinecone. I used to pick rosehips and then wrap green crepe paper up round the stems for Christmas decorations. Haven't done that in many a year.
I love the way you celebrated tidying up the draining board area with lit candles. A lovely idea!

jabblog said...

What a lovely relaxing post you've written Sarah.
Having a few dolls' houses out at the same time sounds wonderful - I can just imagine the conversations. It's a great spur for creative writing too.
Can't wait to see your book doll standing up. What are you going to call her?

frayedattheedge said...

I love the idea of a street of dolls' houses - you could have a miniature version of Coronation St or EastEnders!!

Katrine K said...

I really enjoyed reading your post about your thoughts..!

Rattling On said...

Is the folded book going to be a skirt? Or am I on the wrong track completely?
I've never got over my mum giving away my old dolls house without asking. I was at school and came home to the empty space. She has never been a respecter of privacy or ownership. It has made me very much the other way.

Vickie said...

Sweet doll houses! It's been awhile since I made a doll with books. I use to do angels around Christmas time or snowmen.

aimee said...

your first two sentences made me laugh! can you imagine the rounds of corporate brainstorming around answering the question "what's more difficult? pumping or squeezing?" there were probably millions of dollars in research and development behind that switch!

snoopydog said...

What a lovely post! Made me stop and think too. I neve spend long enough stopping to notice the simple but often most beautiful things in life. Ros

Crafty Green Poet said...

I really dislike pump action bottles too....

Liz said...

It looks like your doll is coming right along!