Happy Thanksgiving dear family and friends!
May the light of gratitude continue to shine through the coming winter.
if Lego made perfume…
Actually, there are over 100.
The Legos were dumped out on the table and the grandkids and I chatted away during many cold winter nights.
While the little ones made houses and trucks and planes, I started making perfume bottles.
I made more and more.
It became an obsession.
The rules were simple: No pieces could be forced, all the bottles had to be built like normal Lego building and they all had to stick together properly. There is just one bottle out of all of them that isn’t stuck together and the pieces fall apart if you turn it upside down. Can you guess which one?
So much color and sparkle from such a tiny source!
At one point, we counted 124 different Lego perfume bottles.
Then some got disassembled to make different designs.
And then we started naming them.
So I made a poster of 100 of the Lego perfume bottles to be named.
Some of these Lego perfumes don’t have names. Please leave name suggestions in the comments and I’ll add them to the Lego Perfume Bottles poster.
Feel free to copy, save or print the poster. If you post on your website, please link back to allsparkledup.com. Thank you!
Edited to add: I was asked what lighting I used for the photography. The photos were taken in the late afternoon, west sun through half-curtain window. The top of the arch window had plenty of sun streaming through which bounced off my white kitchen cabinets behind me like a giant white board, exactly as I hoped when we redid the kitchen. Camera- Canon 5D2, Lens Canon EF 24-70, hand-held.
The table was set with an exquisite pedestal chandelier. Delightful piano music wafted through the door. The King, the Prince and the Princess looked over the royal menus.
“What would you like to order?” asked the Queen.
“I want a fruit tray,” said the Prince.
The King watched as the Queen ducked under the table to pick up a menu.
“I will have steak, a sweet potato and peas,” said the King. “I would like Sesame Chicken, please,” said the Princess.
There was a commotion over by the door as the guests finished reading the menus.
“WHAT?” the prince and princess yelled, “There is a horse looking in the door!”
“Oh dear, oh dear!” said the queen as she rushed to the door and tried to get the horse out of the room. The Dragon was a bit distracted but he continued playing piano music to calm the diners.
“I must hurry to cook the food!” said the Queen as she entered the kitchen. “At least the cake is done. It looks great!”
The queen went up to the garden where she picked herbs and fresh oranges from the tree.
The kitchen bustled with activity as the meals were made.
Many meals were made ready for guests.
Soon the King was eating his delicious steak and sweet potato and peas. The Princess thought her sesame chicken was delicious and the Prince enjoyed his fruit, especially the watermelon and strawberries. He also got some extra food because he was still hungry.
“Would you like dessert?” the Queen asked. “Yes please!” they all said.
“I have to use the restroom,” said the King. The Prince and Princess ate all their food until there were just crumbs on their plates.
The Queen set the table with a plate of delicious chocolates, cupcakes and hot chocolate. The King had coffee.
Meanwhile, the Horse and Dragon went upstairs to the tea room because they were hungry too.
They looked over the menus and gave their orders to the Queen.
“This carrot is delicious,” said the Horse. “This is very tasty chicken,” said the Dragon. “Next time, I will order four whole chickens and skip the peas.”
Downstairs the guests finished their desserts. “Please refresh yourself in the garden,” said the Queen.
Soon everyone was in the garden getting fresh air.
Everyone had lots of energy because they ate so much dessert and didn’t want to just stand around.
The Prince was fascinated with the fountain, especially since it had fish in it.
“No, No!” said the Princess. “You must not get in the fountain!”
The Prince wanted to catch the fish. The Princess ran to talk to the horse.
The Princess fell over but then she got up and started running after the Prince and they decided to play a game of chase in the castle, going up and down the stairs. That upset the Queen because it was her restaurant so she locked herself in the secret room under the stairs so she would be safe while everyone was running around.
And there the story ended because the lively game of chase throughout the castle required all hands so no more pictures could be taken.
[I bought the book, Princess Palace by Jacqueline East, years before my granddaughter was born. It is one of her most loved books.]
We got THE coolest package from Japan from our daughter yesterday. She and her husband sent us a whole box of crazy cool treats! We’re going to try them tonight. We’re a fairly adventurous family but I’m going to need some bravery tasting dried squid meat, eggplant hard candy and beef & zucchini chips! My guess? Delicious! I’ll let you know.
The evening will be simple – playing card or board games and listening to neighborhood fireworks at midnight. Food will be homemade baguette toasts with hummus and cheeses and a veggie tray. Also those awesome Japanese treats. And we’re going to make party hats from old rolls of Christmas wrapping paper, with a prize going to first and runner up designs.
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That ought to be silly fun and I’ll be getting rid of excess old wrapping paper too. Reduce & reuse ftw!
Happy New Year to you all!
Some of our Christmas ornaments. They were all over the dining room table after Christmas last year and I dusted each one and packed them away. So many precious memories are in these ornaments! I’m looking forward to enjoying these glittering little pieces of our past again.
I made the quilled snowflake in 1976. The styrofoam ball with blue sequin letters JULIE was made by a friend of my parents in 1966. I made each of my children a paper shoe from a pattern fashioned after a vintage baby shoe in 1986.
The ship was made following the directions in The Decorated Tree, my all-time favorite Christmas craft book, by Carol Sterbenz.
My dear Grandma made the sweet sleeping baby doll many years ago. She made one for each of her grandchildren.
My sister Donna made the tiny mandolin.
I made the embroidered circle and heart ornaments from leftover wedding gown material for our first Christmas.
My sister Suzanne made the little red sled with painstakingly-wrapped teeny gifts on it.
My mom made the ceramic dove.
My sister-in-law made the real popcorn and wire wreath in 1980 and every year we’re amazed that the popcorn survived another year!
My mother-in-law gave me the vintage baby doll in a black tulle clown costume.
Not shown, but will surely be on our tree: the foil covered styrofoam ball with a little bite taken out of it by one of our babies, the plaster of paris wreath ornament made by one of the boys that is so heavy we have to hang it near the trunk on a really sturdy branch, the beaded ornament made by my husband when we talked him into joining our family ornament-making evening and many more. Themed trees are pretty but we have a small house and only one big tree. I admire exquisite decorator trees for their artistry but enjoy the old history of ours too much to ever change.
We’ve lived in this house for over 13 years. From day one, I just accepted the house the way it was. We didn’t do any painting and even hung pictures on nails the previous owners left.
I’ve lived in various places over the years. We rented a 700 square foot home for 15 years. And that’s WITH a family of 8! My husband and I lived in a tent in various State Parks with our six kids for 7 long weeks when we were homeless. We lived in a single tiny motel room with six kids for 7 weeks… Seven!… and during that time a hurricane wiped out half our belongings that were in storage. So when we bought this house, our first home, I was completely in heaven. Every single inch of this glorious house was perfect just the way it was and didn’t need any change at all.
That was until my collapsing spine kept me home-bound more and more and I became acutely aware of how dark our house was inside. I craved light. I craved light even more than I wanted to escape the unceasing pain. So I decided to paint the kitchen, hoping to brighten the space just for crafts and photography. I gathered paint chips and left them taped to the wall for a whole year because I was paralyzed at the thought of making a mistake in color. We couldn’t afford to make a mistake so I had to pick the perfect paint the first time.
The first gallon we bought from the local home improvement store turned out to be very poor quality. It was the best the store had, at over $50 a gallon, but it didn’t cover well and pooled easily and made drips, even with great care. So after all that deliberation over color, I threw out all the paint chips and off we went to a real paint store. I settled on Benjamin Moore’s Bavarian Cream for the dining room and kitchen walls, with a semi-gloss Simply White, which is almost paper white, for the cabinets and trim. The paint went on thick and perfect and was absolutely worth the expense. I won’t paint with anything else from now on, even if I have to delay painting in order to save up for it.
To be honest, I absolutely adore very dark woods and would have loved staining the out-dated cabinets dark or painting the walls turquoise. But this remodel wasn’t about choosing color, it was ALL about lightening my space. So I made the big sacrifice of giving up colors I loved just to make my work area brighter.
The kitchen BEFORE.
Notice the sunshine in the foreground. That’s from the two new windows we put in the windowless dining room. I’ll post about the windows soon. But look at this LIGHT! It was worth the incredible physical effort it took to get this remodel done.
The difference is like moving to a new house!
The kitchen AFTER.
We brushed the paint in the grooves of the raised panels and outer edges of the cabinet doors to make a glossy surface but used a roller on the raised sections to create a non-glaring surface. I love the final texture!
I couldn’t decide which knobs to use. There are so many awesome ones to choose from and it was almost stressful having to decide on just one pattern. Also, I couldn’t find any handles to match the existing old holes in the doors. So I decided to use every knob I liked! I even used knobs on the lower cabinet doors in place of handles. I absolutely adore this look! It adds color and interest to an otherwise boring white kitchen.
I LOVE my bright new kitchen, with it’s beautiful fresh white surfaces, sunshine and funky, colorful knobs!
I’ll post photos of the dining room as soon as I find suitable “before” photos. I usually avoided photographing the dining room because it was so cluttered and dark so those photos are scarce.
That had to be all caps because it’s remarkable. Ever since moving into this house 13 years ago, our dining room didn’t have sun in it. Until now. We are nearly done with the remodel so last night we moved the dining room table out of the living room and back into the dining room. And this afternoon… Afternoon, mind you!!! … I sat at the table to plan an impromptu Wine & Cheese tasting party. IN. THE. SUN. Honestly, I had trouble concentrating on my notes because of the sun. Glorious sun!
There are no windows on the west side of our house and the roof has a big overhang so our home gets very little direct sun in it. The solution was two arch windows extending as high as possible in the west wall. I’ll make a blog post with more details soon.
Just look at this!
To anyone else, that photo would be completely unremarkable. But I’m an artist, photographer and lover of sunshine. To not have sun is like Michelangelo having no paint. There are no accessories or furniture in the world as glorious as sun. I can’t believe I actually get to live here!
I hope I never get to the point of taking something so basic for granted. I basked in sun today.