Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dolls I Have Loved

It is Easter Sunday evening and I am searching for old Easter pictures. I couldn't find any Easter Pictures but found a few of me and my dolls.  The pictures brought back such sweet, sweet memories, I had to blog about my dolls. As a little girl, I loved my dolls. I spent hours, dressing, feeding, tending to their make believe needs.

The first doll I fell in love with was Tiny Tears. You would feed her water and she cried. She had a really hard head and was quite heavy, but I would spend hours nursing her. Tiny Tears was never short of childish attention.

After nursing, if you squeezed her stomach she would cry.  Manufactured by American Character Doll Company, she was offered in a variety of sizes and became one of the most popular dolls in the 1950 and early 60's.

Here is a picture of me with Tiny Tears.

Dec 1959

My second favorite doll was Chatty Cathy.


Chatty Cathy was born in 1959 by Mattel. She was a huge hit. She looked like a little girl. She had slightly bucked teeth and freckles. And SHE TALKED. I would that string over and over listening to her talk. And I have to admit, I talked back.


And here is my favorite picture of all time. Chatty Cathy and me. 

Dec 1960

One year Santa brought me Casper; also a pull doll that talked. I loved my Casper to death and he became as dirty as this one. 


And of course, there is Barbie. Aunt Pauline gave me an original Barbie. She had a black & white bathing suit, tiny high healed shoes, and sun glasses. Over the years, mother made all sorts of Barbie clothes that I would get for birthday and Christmas Presents.

I don't know what happened to all my dolls. Somehow they disappeared one by one. 
But long ago, in a sweet galaxy far away, a little girl cherishes the memories of her companions.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Beautiful Beaufort, SC

 Joseph Johnson House, "The Castle" – 411 Craven Street, Beaufort SC Built 1859
Spring is in the air and I begin to think about places to visit. On my mind today is Beaufort, SC, so I thought I would just share some pretty pictures of things to see in Beaufort.

The Beaufort Inn  
Built as a summer retreat for his family by attorney and Congressman William Sidney Smith in 1897

John A. Cuthbert House is a house built in 1811

The Rhett House Inn - 1009 Craven St, Beaufort Built 1820

George Parsons Elliott House, 1001 Bay Street Built 1844

Marina at Sunset - Pinterest

Beautiful Beaufort. Can't wait to visit.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Tea to See" and Piedmont Driving Club

I just attended a wonderful benefit, called "Tea to See" that benefits Prevent Blindness Georgia. It was an splendid afternoon with tea, mimosas, tiny tea sandwiches and delicious desserts.  The best part -- it was at the Piedmont Driving Club.

Founded in 1887 by prominent Atlanta businessmen, as the Gentleman's Driving Club, it is on the western edge of Piedmont Park and has served Atlantans for many years.

I haven't been inside that building in at least 20+ years, so I was looking forward to it. I snagged a few pictures to share with you.

Beautiful drawing room off to the right when you first walk in the door.

 One of the many beautiful paintings that grace the walls. Love the blue and white.

A beautiful sitting area.

Steps going up to a dining area.

Close up of the beautiful wallpaper.

All the rooms have pretty chandeliers.

I think this might be the bar. Comfy club chairs and small tables.

In this bar, quiet a bit of duck motif going on.

I could not tell what this gorgeous room is for, but it had the prettiest fireplace and knock your socks off woodwork. All painted over with years and years of white enamel paint. 

Beautiful plaster work around the doors.

I have to take pictures of the food. 

And then my favorite room. The Ladies room.

And the best thing about this room? The makeup stations all had a can of AquaNet. A Southern Girl's staple.  (And yes, that is me in mirror)

Come join me next year.  There is a whole upstairs and downstairs to explore.
Money goes to a good cause and you have fun in the meantime.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Active Edwardian Women

When we think of the Edwardians, our minds immediately go to images portrayed in Downton Abbey or other images showing long skirts, heavy clothes, serving tea and having babies.

Despite being corseted and all bundled up with what today we would consider very restrictive clothing, these women were quite active, especially the Edwardians, who began to eschew the corset.

"Spencer-sisters" by Unknown - From the private collection of David Ball. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

So what did they do?

They hiked...


They boated...

They biked...
They picnicked...

They camped...
They rode horses...    

They demanded that we vote...  

And I, for one, am awfully glad they did.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

1848 House...Haunted?

Originally a home, then a hospital, then a warehouse, then a restaurant, and now...back to being a private residence after being sold to a physician in 2006 and remodeled by Todd Architects -- this 8 bed, 8 bath beauty is still with us.

From the book, Marietta, 1833-2003 by James Bolan Glover, descendant of the original owners and Rebecca Nash Paden:

“Charleston planter John Heyward Glovers, Jr. built Bushy Park, a Greek Revival plantation house, on his 3000 acre property in 1848. The house had 17 rooms and many outbuildings, including a stone kitchen, which still exists. Heart Pine floors and hand-hewn beams are featured in the house. William King* and his servants occupied the mansion during the Civil War battles in 1864. The house was also used as a federal hospital.”  (*son of Roswell King and Catherine Barrington)

Is it haunted? A lot of the paranormal activity is contributed to the fact it was used as a hospital during the Civil War. When it was a restaurant, many people claimed to see the rocking chairs on the porch rock by themselves. Workers would occasionally claim that there were eerie noises and footsteps upstairs after hours.

Several years ago, a dear friend and I decided to take pictures at the 1848. Accompanied by my husband and her son, we drove right up, parked and got out, ready to snap away. 

We had orbs galore!!  Because it was still an operating restaurant, we decided to go into the old stone kitchen behind the house and take some shots. Here is one. See the orbs?

"Roycatch" published a YouTube Video of the way the house looks now. You can see the gates that enclose it. In front of the gates is a condo development that encompasses what used to be the most beautiful yard and garden. We loved walking around the yard while waiting for our table.

At one time this restaurant was called The Planters and later was changed to the 1848 House.  The 1848 House was owned by former (sometimes controversial) Marietta Mayor Bill Dunaway, who opened the 1848 House in the 1990’s. An upscale Southern restaurant it appealed to foodies from all over Atlanta. Once Bill won the mayor’s seat, he got out of the restaurant business, sold the land and that was that.

But I guess I have to be happy that it is now a private residence again and has been preserved.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Lovelies

Want to get depressed fast?  
Nothing is guaranteed to bring on the Christmas blues faster than checking out blogs and Pinterest and Tumblr at Christmas. 

a friend's stairs


a friend's tablescape

a friend's tree

See what I mean?