Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wedding cake toppers from the 50's...

 'Before' restoration: 2nd Step Process

'After' (...their new look!)

These dolls (in chalk) are from the 1950's and 
were saved by my mother-in-law Barbara Powell.
Oh, how I do wish she could see them now! 

This post is made in honor of my in-laws, 
Barbara and Leonard Powell. 
Our beloved Leonard, has joined Barbara 
on the other side this Saturday, past.

These dolls, with their newest look, 
will grace the top of the cake this summer, 
on May 27th, 2018 for the wedding of our son, 
Nate and his fiancee, sweet Silver.
The colors have been changed, somewhat, to match 
the upcoming couple and their wedding colors.

(In actuality, they are only 3&3/4 inches tall; 
quite demure and small!)

(Other vintage dolls I have restored 
that are a bit larger wedding cake toppers.)

To Dad:

We love you Leonard. 

We will miss your sweet smile and your ever gentle ways. 
I will sorely and (forever) miss your little wave 
 and your overall way of being...

You graced our household peacefully and with a quiet manner.

My husband will miss so many things...too many to be numbered.
From his report, you made his childhood great.

You were a selfless provider for your family 
nearly all of your days on this earth...
You were a (skilled) worker of wood and we have your table
and your well designed buffet cabinet...to prove it. 
They are lasting and precious memories (in wood) of how you,
 Dad, loved working with your hands. I remember
 the sawdust floor of the last workshop that you had...

You were a gentleman in most all of your ways, Dad 
and yet you asked so little in return from others... 

I know you loved us and you were 
a good and patient father and friend to me.

Thank you for being a part of our lives.

Your daughter-in-law,

In memory of our loving 'Dad' and father
 Leonard Chandler Powell.
Born: May 18th, 1933
Gone to heaven: March 17th, 2018; 8:35 A.M.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Picking out an outfit. :)

The girls are hard at work.


(Working on the doll diorama these days as it has been 
bitterly cold here in Wisconsin. Alas, I *just* 
found out we are due for 6-10 MORE inches 
of snow later this week into the weekend....)

Oh...how *I wish*
that spring had sprung...


Friday, November 17, 2017

Digital Art (Day) :-)

 (Beach) Houses in a Row (FL)

 A Study in Scanning; Psychedelic

 Summer Hay in Boone (NC)

 The Red Barn (Appalachian Hillside, NC)

Les fleurs (in blue, KAnniePowell, acrylic)

Lido (Sarasota, FL) 

Life in the Garden (Boone, NC)

To have a heart
means it will be

Thursday, November 16, 2017

                                                                              (My photo: Dangerously swollen river in mid-August; Todd, NC, Appalachia)

You can't hold back
a raging river.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Words to the wise (words for our nation.)

It's never too late, to do right by people.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Insight (celebrating women.)

                                                                                                           (On being a woman.)

The thing is
the thing is
the thing IS
from day one...
it seems
as if...
I was
made to feel

The thing is-
the thing is...
you see,
the thing really is...
I'm not
(really) small...
at all.

                                                                                                                        Shopping Excursion; Mother with Daughters

© KAnniePowell

Monday, October 16, 2017

Doors and more...

Milwaukee, WI

Asheville, NC

Racine, WI

I adore doors.
I've had doors shut in my face.
I lean in doorways (as I am tall.)
I wonder...what door(s) will open [for me (for us) now?]
There is often more to a door...than meets the eye.
I am aging, so now a few of my craggy doors creak.
I have shut some doors. [Some gently and some (at times) not so nicely.]
Jesus said "Behold, I stand at the door and knock..."
I've (almost) never met a doorway that wasn't my friend.
Most (if not all) doorways stand by you.
It's good to know your point of egress (which, most often, is said door.)
One can make a grand entrance, through a door(way) or simply just 'slide' on through...
(As I said) j'adore doors.
I have spent (considerable) time adorning doors.

I like a no nonsense door.
I like frilly doors.
I even like doors in the floor.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Yes, I'm still


Things I’ve Learned: 

I’ve learned to leave people alone and stand back in the shadows.

(And wait some more.)
Still waiting.

Ada Blenkhorn said it right (in 1899?!) 

Her nephew always wanted his wheelchair pushed down "the sunny side" of the street. So she wrote this... 

There's a dark and a troubled side of life;
There's a bright and a sunny side, too;
Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife,
The sunny side we also may view.
Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life;
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we keep on the sunny side of life.
Tho' the storm in its fury break today,
Crushing hopes that we cherished so dear,
Storm and cloud will in time pass away,
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
(Let us greet with a song of hope each day,
Tho' the moments be cloudy or fair;
Let us trust in our Savior always,
Who keepeth everyone in His care.)

[There’s something to be said, about that. (Keep it right.)]

 (Please, if you will…) add what you have learned to the list. 

I'm still learning.

Wedding cake toppers from the 50's...

 'Before' restoration: 2nd Step Process 'After' (...their new look!) These dolls (in chalk) are from the...