Lucy and Nora’s Dollhouse




A few weeks ago we saw JJ Heller for the first time!!!! Whee!!!! Have you heard of her? She’s fabulous!  We both LOVE Dave and JJ Heller, so we were pretty excited!




They DID NOT disappoint! 🙂




And during the meet and greet? They made each and every one of us feel like we were their friend! You can discover JJ Heller HERE ,HERE and HERE.


About a week before, I decided to make a dollhouse for their ADORABLE little girls, Lucy and Nora, as a way to bless their family in return for all of the blessings they’ve given us. Hurry, hurry! So it was a bit of a rush job, but I did it! Then, two days before, my Sweetie pointed out that they may not be able to get it home. And I realized he might be right now that they live in Nashville and probably flew. 😦 I plugged away at it anyway, wrote her a message and took it along…just in case.










Aren’t their names adorable too?


So I made them a house. And when we met Dave and JJ after the event, I told them about it, presented the issue I hadn’t thought of, and…she said, “We’ll figure it out!” Yipee! Two things going through my head here: They’re as excited as I am about it, and good, because I forgot to bring Finger Puppet Stages as a backup. So I sent my Sweetie to the car to retrieve the house and the look in their eyes when they saw it made all of the rushing around to finish worth it!! 🙂


So…here’s the house. I forgot to take a photo of the entire house, but here are the individual rooms.

The Bedroom:






A dresser made out of mini nerds boxes and flower thumbtacks, The dresses the dolls came in on hangers from a Dollar Tree pack that included the doll, bed, desk, stool and nightstand. The guitar, perfect for this family, and bear are party favors from DT. The drum is an ornament and I crocheted the blanket for the bed.





I straightened out a a paperclip and stuck it into the cardboard as a rod for the hangers. The Micky and Minnie artwork came from a Valentine box. 🙂



The Bathroom:





Here’s one of the dolls. I took off the cheap, plastic dresses (but I’ve learned that the girls want them anyway) and made new dresses out of ribbon trim and lace. The dressing table, hair dryer and perfume bottles came in the pack from DT. The sink is a pizza riser, juice cap and a bit of pipe cleaner as the faucet. The bathtub is the container from fake Dippin’ Dots.



A scrapbooking sticker becomes another piece of art.


Aren’t these dolls adorable?




The Living Room:






An H for Heller! A mini paper umbrella becomes an overhead light. I made a davenport from jewelry boxes and contact paper. A floor lamp from a spool, wasshi tape, paper, a Que tip, mini cupcake liner and flower thumbtack. The other doll, a coaster as a rug and an entertainment center,grandfather clock, baby carriage, baby, baby bottles and rattle from  DT packs. I made a tiny dress out of ribbon with elastic along the side, which is now the top of the dress.





The Kitchen:




More of that contact paper, an apron made from fabric backed with Heat ‘n Bond and hung on a thumbtack. The table is made from a spool covered in washi tape with a thrift store coaster glued on top. Plates and butter churn(used to me part of party favors) and chairs from DT packs.The cake is two lids glued together with a fabric flower glued on top. The stove is made from a small gift box, stickers I cut down and Velcro circle stickers. The fridge is another small box with food stickers inside. And this time I made a MAILBOX!! I’m super happy with the way it turned out! It’s scrapbook paper and glue posted on a small box covered in contact paper. Then I made letters out of textured scrapbook paper.







The Mailbox:









The Patio “Stuff”:



An umbrella table from a Kuerig cup (with the top cut off, coffee emptied, cleaned and top put back on), a pool made out of plastic bracelets and scrapbook covered cardboard and a fire pit with sparkly pipe cleaner and twig bits.




A tire swing from popsicle sticks and a tire themed yoyo, a cupcake topper turned giraffe toy and a yogurt spoon turned shovel.






And a condiment cup becomes a toy box with more DT favors.

And here’s the outside:




The patio folds up and latches at the top for storage and transport. Here’s the front door and the scalloped roof.






I cut trees from scrapbook paper and glued them to the walls. Then added this cute owl. 🙂




So, there you have it. An adorable dollhouse for two adorable girls!! 🙂

You can also see Evie’s and Abby’s Dollhouses!




Favorite Christmas Songs


Found on Facebook a couple of years ago, not sure of the source.

Ever since I was a little girl I have LOVED “What Child is This?” Everything about this song screams Christmas, and I found no rivals to take it’s place at the top of the list {although “Go Tell it on the Mountain” has always been close} until about 14 years ago when I found this little gem at Pick N Save (now Big Lots, and not nearly as great).


I’ve always LOVED the Waltons, having grown up watching the first-run episodes in the 70’s and coming from a large family of redheads myself. So ANY reunion draws me back into their world. So now I have a tie between my original favorite and “Follow that Star” from “A Walton’s Christmas: Together Again.” Once again, the wonderful message of the messiah’s coming!

My Sweetie really likes their “All I Want for Christmas is You” poem. Awww…sweet! :>

This year, I can’t enough of Point Of Grace’s “The Giver and the Gift” and all of the wonderful things this songs says: “I’m more than just only, One night that’s holy…” Wow, what a wonderful reminder of who our Messiah really is!

And then there’s JJ Heller and her two lovely songs, “Wake Up the World” and “Star of Wonder.”

So, no song has bumped out my lifelong favorite, but these three are now my top three favorites. I also have lots of others I love, but I could listen to these three endlessly! :>

I’m planning to put some of my Christmas treats up before Christmas, but just in case I get too busy and don’t make it in time, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Choosing Joy Through Devastation

Choose Joy Conference

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

The moment is nearly here. Saturday, I’ll be attending the Choose Joy Conference for people like me who are childless and have experienced failed adoption. It’s also for those who have lost children in other ways and several different issues that are so difficult for us to understand and deal with Every.Single.Day. I’m excited to experience this level of understanding and support from others who are in the same boat, because I’ve spent 11 years looking for something like this. I’m praying that I will meet at least one person I can really relate to, and build a support system with.  Someone who truly understands the emotions I deal with Every.Single.Day. But I know that no matter who I meet, I will be encouraged and be reminded of God’s love, will and plan for my life!

No matter what people think or tell you, we never fully “get over” losing a child. Whether you lose them through death, a failed adoption, etc. We can heal and we can move on, but we will always feel their absence in our lives. Even if we could have had our own or adopted other kids, we would still feel our Sweet Girl’s absence Every.Single.Day.

I’m looking forward to some good sessions, more healing and possibly meeting someone in the same boat…because I have never met ANYONE else in the past 11 years who has been through a failed adoption while also remaining childless, like us…NO ONE!!! I sympathize with the way Sarah in the Bible must have felt…so hopeless and alone. But my God is a God of HOPE!!! Maybe I’ll meet a new friend/pen pal/supporter, as I continue a lifetime of healing from losing our precious, little sweetheart. That would be so great!! If you think of me in the next couple of days, would you please pray for me? I know God is in control and I am so very thankful to have that assurance. I also know He cares…about us and her, but sometimes it’s hard to grasp. Thank you for “listening” friends. :>

Our God is a God of HEALING and HOPE!!

Thank you JJ! I don’t know how, but she seems to truly get it.

More about our journey here and here.

The Lovely JJ Heller

jj heller

I was so excited to hear my newest favorite singer on the radio for the first time  a few days ago! JJ Heller is amazing and sweet and I just love her music and her heart. She’s fun, loves Christ and has a beautiful voice! If you haven’t heard her before, pop on over to her website and have a listen. It will be well worth your time! She also has a blog! : >