Re: Need menu suggestions for family luncheon. Cost effective for 20 people...
posted at 10/4/2009 10:52 PM EDT
My neighbor has been making dolls for 20-30 years? She has traditionally made them for her own enjoyment, and after a couple of weeks of displaying them on her bookshelf or sideboard, they go into a box and get filed with the rest of her collection.
Being an old fashioned gal without fanfare, nobody ever really saw them, or had any idea of what she was doing with her spare time in her sewing room. Door stops, and other common types were readily seen as perhaps all she was doing. 'Au Contraire'!!, say I. It took a long time, but she eventually showed me her collection, which was incredible.
There are dolls of all sizes, shapes and themes. For example: She created portrayals of the Little Women, each complete with an entire wardrobe. This includes lined coats, night gowns and proper undergarments. All of the clothing have the doll's name on labels sewed in. She has made the Ice Queen, Methusela, and so many characters from her hundreds of novels that line the shelves of her living room.
Prior to the Obama couple, she was inspired by lyrics from songs that are printed on the song rolls from her player piano. She created a 'Barney Google' with the Goo Goo Googley eyes and one amazing story from the song, 'Among my Souvenirs'.
Needless to say, I poked and prodded and had her eventually share this collection with the world by inviting her to at least publicly show them. She had been entering a doll every year to the Fryburg Fair in Maine, and always walked away with a ribbon, which was usually blue. But she didn't make a big deal about it and no one really knew the scope of her work.
She has since joined a local group of artisans, and continues to display her dolls, but in a very untraditional setting. She prefers to strategically place them in her gardens for her annual summer tea party. There is nothing commonplace about G.G. She has also begun to sell off her collection, simply because her closets are now full and she needs the space for more dolls.
I will try to remember to share new recipes. We were living in the southwest for a couple of years and got very spoiled with regards to authentic sowest cooking.
Thanks again to all for sharing your insights.
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[QUOTE]Hi Flour Lady What an interesting friend you have in your neighbor. So creative. Love the doll. Does she make them for her and her family's own enjoyment or does she have a consignment some place? Either way, very inventive. Glad you found all of our suggestions helpful. Try the jambalaya sometime, I make it with chunks of chicken and turkey kielbasa to fit the tastes of my family members, one of whom is allergic to shellfish. Fun to have the family all together, a lot of work, but so nice. I enjoy cooking and am always glad to have an excuse to try out a new recipe. Relatives make willing guinea pigs! Nice to read your posts.
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