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Monday, August 14, 2017

Greek Salad

Fresh Greek Peasant Salad

This is the salad I grew up with; it was our late night snack and early lunch.  This one has home grown tomatoes, cucumbers, and banana peppers, Kalamata olives, feta cheese crumbles, oregano, salt, pepper, chopped green onions and lots of olive oil for dipping the whole wheat bread you see served with it.

It is great with stuffed, pickled baby egg plant if you can find it, any kind of olives, yellow tomatoes, Kaseri, paremsan, Romano, or other cheese.  Sprinkle fresh basil and cilantro on it, or chop up some mild red pepper.  Stir it up so the tomato seeds blend with the olive oil and spices to make a sauce.  Make over night, chill, and add the oil later.  It is a great Thanksgiving or Christmas dish, too.  Also great with crusty, home baked bread for dipping.  My uncle lights to mix in a tsp of Ouzo in the olive oil for a kick :)


Look closely at how delicate I am.  I am probably a may fly, but I am as detailed as the scarabs from an Egyptian royal tomb.  No one appreciates how graceful I am, but whatever I am, I am worthy of this portrait.  Fly well and safe, these last days of summer.

Gardening Late Summer 2017

A rabbit

Canna Lily in its Glory

Bowling Ball Planter in Autumn Colors

Regal Hostas

Rescued plants and friends, including some cabbage and hot peppers

The Dracula Celosia

This was the last, solitary pot at our local nursery, and I had to prop it up with a rock, and the little signs identifying flowers that I like to collect.  It is a gorgeous color, and I have high, spooky hopes for this late summer flower.

The Eclipse of 2017

The greatest eclipse video of all time from Atlas Obsucra:

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hummingbirds, Lilies and Dead Vegetables

I was gifted to pots of Lilies of Cana, and they have bloomed gloriously Ruby Red, the very color of July.  Two hummingbirds twitter and fly around them.  I will try to get a photo, and will up load photos of  the lilies later from my phone.

Like any good scavenger, I picked up free plants given away by our local grocery store.  They'd seen better days, but I am repotting them slowly and protecting and fertilizing them with blood meal. The week before, I bought pumpkins, tomatoes, and hot peppers for a  quarter each, with a few begonias thrown in.  These are the little surprise nuggets that make life bearable, even in the midst of its horror.  I also picked up a couple of begonias in pink and white.  My container gardens are one of the pleasures I look forward to all winter. I like to plan by color, with black flowers being my favorites, but sometimes, life plans the garden for me.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Garden Spots

Images of my container garden.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Happy 4th of July!!

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Happy 4th of July!!: The Star Spangled Banner Find all things patriotic at USA-Flag-Site.org Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly w...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Black Dolls

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Black Dolls: Self portrait if Leo Moss.  Built over a discarded composition doll. Photo by E. Tsagaris, D. Neff Collection Leo Moss Doll.  D. Nef...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Birthday to Me, and The Summer Solstice!

The solstice approaches again, Blessed Be!   Enjoy all the midsummer festivities you can, and read, or watch a film, of that most magical play by Shakespeare,  A Midsummer Night's Dream! I love the play, set in Athens, the place I was born.  I love the flowers the fairies, Puck, the sprites, so much.  I saw a magical production in Spring Green many years ago, and the sun hid behind a cloud at just the right moment in the play.  Even the heavens followed the Bard's stage directions.  It was outdoor, and that added much to the ambience.  I think Bernie Koppel played Puck, but I won't swear an oath to it.

Black Doll from Figge Museum exhibit, E. Tsagaris Photo. D. Neff Collection.

Roses, the flower of June, seem to glow with life.  Today, on this latest birthday of mine, it is cool and sunny, perfect.  If only life were. I note the day here as the Bronte sisters when they wrote birthday letters, but I have no sister, so I write to my blog.    There are wild berry vines in my back yard, forming a magic arc, and tiny flowers all over.  My container gardens hold their own, and we are struggling through and surviving the latest family medical disasters.

Jackson Pottery, courtesy Emily Jackson

I have my Dad with me as a birthday present; that is all I want.  I expect nothing, and the unexpected kindnesses that come my way are more than I deserve.

We are extolling the virtue of high fiber diets and oat meal, and cranberry juice and water.  they may have saved us.  That, and a network of caregivers and advocates in the hospital.  Never go it alone, not these days.  I plant o write a guide to help others.  Remember that no matter whose healthcare plan is out there; it's an industry.  Remember no one can force you or a loved one from your home or his/hers, and home care 24/7 is available.

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I'm at the juncture in my life where I am still young and full of plans, but weighed down by responsibility for others. Yet, the world now treats me insidiously like an old woman, as if I don't notice the snotty tone, the comments.  For these occasions, I carry a special necklace made by my friend Red at "Abernathy's," a charm that spells in pewter and silver, "F**k Off!"  Well, it's a good old Anglo-Saxon word, meant for occasions when people are rude and ignorant.  I carry it in my purse at all times.

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Thank you, Red. Happy Birthday to my birthday twins out there, including my cousin Madeleine, Brad, Bruce A., Greg S., Guy Lombardo in heaven, Evie, Constance's little one, and I think, Knox.

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Cliché though it sound, remember to stop to smell the flowers, and to pot them and water them.  Now is a good time to create that fairy garden.  Finally, we will have during the equinox, Long Night's Journey into Day, instead of the other way around.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Miss Charlotte Bronte meets Miss Barbara Pym: For Pym's Birthday, The Language of Flowers

Miss Charlotte Bronte meets Miss Barbara Pym: For Pym's Birthday, The Language of Flowers: While I'm not sure that my simple pots and fairy gardens would be up to the standards of Miss Clovis or Leonora Eyre, I offer some ph...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

We Salute the British People!

John of Gaunt describes England

by William Shakespeare

John of Gaunt:  This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,

 This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,

 This other Eden, demi-paradise,

 This fortress built by Nature for herself

 Against infection and the hand of war,

 This happy breed of men, this little world,

 This precious stone set in the silver sea,

 Which serves it in the office of a wall,

 Or as a moat defensive to a house,

 Against the envy of less happier lands,

 This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,

 This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings,

 Fear'd by their breed and famous by their birth,

 Renowned for their deeds as far from home,

 For Christian service and true chivalry,

 As is the sepulchre in stubborn Jewry,

 Of the world's ransom, blessed Mary's Son,

 This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land,

 Dear for her reputation through the world,

 Is now leased out, I die pronouncing it,

 Like to a tenement or pelting farm:

 England, bound in with the triumphant sea

 Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege

 Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,

 With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds:

 That England, that was wont to conquer others,

 Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.

 Ah, would the scandal vanish with my life,

 How happy then were my ensuing death! 



Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

Decoration Day

I recited this poem at a Memorial Day school program in sixth grade, wearing a prairie dress my mother sewed for me. I don't remember the author, or one line of the poem, but here it is for all veterans, and for my grandfather's an everyone else in my family who served, and for my students in the military:

PD image of the Star Spangled Banner

My Grandpa’s old and kind of lame,

He doses in his chair,

And when the family goes some place,

He stays and doesn’t care.


He’d rather stay at home,

He says,

Than dress to go uptown,

And when he knows there’s

Company come,

He’s always lying down.


But once a year there’s quite a change on

Decoration Day.

Then Grandpa wears his uniform and

Hurries me away,


[To see a big Parade] . . . .


The shiny cars with great folks in,

The flower girls in white,

The bands that play the national airs,

With all their wind and might,


And the boys that wear OD

Come through,

And straight and tall,

The wind a blowing

Through his hair,

My Grandpa Stands Through it

Doll Museum: Planting, and Cooking: To Everything, there is a s...

Doll Museum: Planting, and Cooking: To Everything, there is a s...: We love peaceful Sundays; no matter how bad the rest of the day is, Sunday morning should be calm, and peaceful.  Yet, whenever I sit ...

Here are some recipes and flower photos, with a narrative of this year's gardens.  Lots of pics on this one, including black irises, and more to come. Happy Memorial Day.

Monday, May 15, 2017

From the House of Seven Gables, Below

This is one of my favorite places on earth, and one of their coveted dolls is in my collection.  I also love, love the novel.  This post is in keeping with the theme of our blog.  Enjoy.

What Health Dangers Do Immigrant Laborers Face in the Landscaping Industry?
Wednesday, May 17, 6-7:30PM

Jeanne Kempthorne, an attorney mediator and founder of the Good Neighbor Mediation Project in Salem, will be joined by Jamie Banks, executive director of Quiet Communities, Inc., and Rick Reibstein, an environmental lawyer and law professor, to talk about the exposure of immigrant labor to harmful pollutants and noise in the landscaping industry. Prof. Reibstein will also address other environmental pollutants, including lead, pesticides, and mold, that affect immigrant and low-income communities.

Community Conversations are free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. If you have questions about this event, please contact Ana Nuncio at anuncio@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991, ext. 105.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Original Tips for Living Green

Greening for Everyday People with Middle-Class Incomes: These are the original tips with notes; sort of rough, but you will get the clue. This is a re-blog of some information.

1. Yard waste and leaves are good mulch; there are various methods to create mulch with them. If you live by ravines as I do, you can rake them to the edge of the ravine to mulch the flowers and plants there and to help build protection against erosion. There are also many craft ideas for yard clippings and leaves including but not limited to:
a. hot gluing twigs to make trees for doll houses nad miniature scenes
b. natural wreathes
c. ornaments from leaf prints, with a stamp made from leaves or from pencil rubbings made from the leave itself, ornaments from seed pods, or dolls and small items including baskets made from woven leaves and grasses, decorated with seeds and small rocks
d. mud pie recipes and mud pies
e. mud clays
f. Luther Burbank experiments for kids who may want to pot a few wild plants, even weeds, and create a garden to observe what they do when they grow.
g. Starbucks gives away bags of coffee grounds for use by gardeners. Take them! They are really great
h. Natural pest control: I buy dried blood at Wal-Mart or local garden centers; it keeps away squirrels who love to dig and also provides good fertilizer.

2. Some annuals, like begonias, poinsettias, some violas, can be brought inside, or have cuttings taken, or coaxed into going dormant to come up again the next year.

3. Plants with fruit and edible berries can be made into recipes. Same with vegetable and herb plants. You can plant an entire victory garden, or make a container garden. Garbage cans for planting tomatoes are popular. Gourds and pumpkins do well in sunny soil and come up more than one year. There is a lot of satisfaction in using gourds, pine cones and holly from your own yard to decorate. Pine cones or gourds in a nice basket make a very nice gift for someone, and pumpkins are great in recipes, especially pumpkin soup on a cold autumn day.
4. Recycle plastic grocery bags; you can return them to the store, or you can use them to pack things, transport things; doubled they make good transport for books and are easy to handle. There are even companies that refine and spin these and other plastic items into materials for book bags, even clothing and shoes.
5. Never underestimate the power of donating and itemizing to charity. You save on your taxes and help ensure your items are not wasted and go to good use. The Salvation Army, in particular, will pick up things, but also uses parts and even broken items to provide work and repair things for other people.
6. Eat home; pay attention to leftovers and casseroles. Recipes are cheap over the Internet, and are in all kinds of magazines, including The Radish, which is given away. Look for heirloom recipes your parents had, even grandparents and great grandparents, and practice and be creative. The American Women’s Cook Book, The magazines like Everyday Food, PBS cooking shows, Mr. Food, Martha Stewart, and Julia Child are great sources to look. The Discovery Shop and thrift stores are wonderful places to look for vintage and antique cook books, so are yard sales and antique stores, library book sales, book stores and book store chains, catalogs. Many of these are on sale before they are even out of print, including Edward R. Hamilton Books and Amazon and Alibris.

7. Invest in a good library on how to books and books on going green; don’t over look free government publications and consumer reports. Many books and magazines on these subjects can also be found at library sales, and library cafes, where they cost as little as a dime. You can also recycle your old magazines by bringing back the ones you have read and do not need any more,
8. As a family hobby, review pioneer crafts including soap making and butter making. Try making jam or jelly and using canning jars. If you are lucky and have your mother’s or grandmothers’ glass fridge containers and storage boxes, check to see if they are lead free and use them.
9. If you have wedding china, are getting married and getting china, just like china, use it. Most may need to be washed by hand, but check time honored manufacturers like Palzgraf and Noritake, Johnson Brothers Stoke on Trent. They are often dishwasher save. Take them out even on non special occasions. You cans save money by rethinking dishes on supermarket stamp premiums; there are beautiful patterns including traditional Haviland and blue willow which will go on sale for one to two dollars per pieced at the end of the promotion. Look at thrift stores and estate sales; check to see newer peaces to see if they are only decorative use or dishwasher/microwave save.
10. Rethink your wardrobe. If you have time and are organized, try consignment shopping both as a place to dispose of close, but also to find them. Invest in a copy of W or vogue, or look at the new catalogs, free promotions sent to your home, or just tour the local mall. What’s in style? What’s in your closet? What do you already have? What do you like? Rotate your clothes, think what the dress code is at work; good jewelry, fine and costume, is always in style. Consider having a necklace for everyday of the week that you can wear to coordinate an outfit. Invest in good socks, splurge on a good scarf. If you knit or weave, you can create your own very nice accessories. If you crochet, the possibilities are endless and you also have gifts on hand for Christmas, Hanukah, birthdays and other occasions. If you sew, collect sewing implements, vintage and new, and take advantage of coupons and sales. Yard sales and church sales are good places to look for materials and sewing supplies. Yarn is a good investment, and there are great stores that cater to needle arts. If you read the hobby mysteries, like the Monica Ferris mysteries about the fictional store Crewel World, you will be treated to tips and patterns in every novel. Newspapers often sill include free patterns, as do online newsletters and Internet sites. Etsy.com is a wonderful place to look for craft and sewing supplies of all types.

Also, if you sew, consider remaking old garments; use the material for quilts, or make new clothes out of old ones. Old jeans make good denim skirts or handbags, jackets can become vests, dresses can be turned into mix and match tops and skirts, all can become dolls and stuffed animals, or quilts. Some can be made into strips that can be rolled into balls and woven into rugs. My mother made miniature ones by using odd socks and hose that belonged to me in junior high. She cut them into strips, and crocheted them into doll rugs. Very cute. Some old cloth and rags can become homemade paper. [Add ideas later]

Hand me downs tried and true; consider them an honor and heirloom, especially for old class vintage items like wedding apparel, shoes from the likes of Ferragamo or Gucci, good persons, antique reticules or hats.

If it isn’t’ a sentimental item or family heirloom, you can consign it or you can put it on Etsy, EBay, etc.
 Clothing drives; if you have the time you can organize one for coats, mittens, etc. Keep a few items for them when you clean out closets. There are also places you can send clothing for needy children, along with knitted items, quilts, toys and blankets. Many church groups create quilts of various types to send to shelters and charities; your old clothing, materials, and artistic skills are really appreciated there.

11. Energy efficient cars, furnaces and appliances. Read the labels.
12. Turn the lights out; invest in energy efficient bulbs where possible, look for products that do not harm animals, do not contain unwarranted pesticides and chemicals.
13. Look for recipes on DIY sites and in books for cleaning materials and soaps that are natural, like vinegar. Do not use flammable materials, however.
14. Check furnaces, water heaters, and fire places regularly. If you have wood burning stoves or fireplaces, educate yourself on what woods you can burn so that the rest of the neighborhood is not polluted with smoke from your chimney.
15. Explore recycling possibilities and leaf disposal policies in your community. Read the newsletters in your utility bills for ideas. If there is a community forum or township meeting on Green issues, attend and get ideas, and contribute a few f your own if you can.
16. Make your own compost; but, educate yourself. A compost heap is not a garbage dump. Be careful not to attract animals and vermin that might infest the neighborhood.
17. Read others on the environment: Loren Eisley, Annie Dillard, MFK Fisher, Sand County Almanac, John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Old Grange and Farm wives magazines, William Wordsworth and all the Romantic Poets, The Bronte Sisters, especially Emily, on the beauty of the Moors and the landscape. Even vintage Gothic novels like the Castle of Otranto emphasize the importance of environment and landscape, as well as classic architecture on society.
18. Visit historical landmarks and national parks. State parks are also valuable places to learn. If you live near the ocean, lakes, or rivers, learn the riparian lore of your community. If you really love to read and want a challenge, read Hugo Grotius, The Law of the Sea.
19. Teach children to collect fossils, shells, rocks, minerals, and petrified wood. Take them to shows to show them how these natural resources helped shape life and the earth, and explain the role fossil fuels still play in the environment.
20. Join the Scouts, boy or girl. Encourage children to get badges in various areas, including those involving nature and conservation.
21. Teach about archaeology trough magazines like Archaeology, Civilization, National Geographic, and Smithsonian. Encourage kids to collect a library of these materials, and help them to organize it. They will be constantly reading and gain a respect for earth.
22. Teach children to respect animals and wildlife. If they have a favorite stuffed animal, like an elephant, have them study elephants and thei9r evolution, their role in literature and culture, where they live. The more familiar we are with something like this, and the more we come to love it, the less likely we are to abuse it or ignore it. Do the same with human culture. Encourage children to learn bout people from around the world by having them read folk tales, literature, listening to music, participating in ethnic crafts, collecting ethnic artifacts. Folk Dolls and foreign dolls are a good way to introduce all children to different cultures. Those with their own collections should learn about them and then go on the road, offering to display and lecture on them.
23. Volunteer when you can at community cleanups, book fairs, botanical centers, museums of all types, libraries, Earth Day celebrations. Teach children not to waste, but to share and to trade where possible. See the onsite community areas for barter.
24. When re-gifting and homemade gifts are good. Teach the spirit of gift giving and holidays; commercialism has been an issue since the first Christmas. Read Christmas and holiday stories and lore to see how such greed and commercialism are combated through the last two millennia. Also, you can see how people celebrated in historical times of economic adversity like War, Depression, and famine. You might be surprised at how happy and meaningful some of these celebrations can be.
25. Weddings; tips for economical weddings. I Had a Civil ceremony and church wedding for under $2500. Tell how.
26. Coupons and sales
27. Collecting is always a great way to recycle and make use of things. Collect for art materials, store inventory, personal enrichment or investment, for children, for fun. People who collect tins, baskets, and boxes use them for storage as well. People who collect vintage pens and pencils use them and sharpen them whenever they can. People who collect buttons often use them on their clothes.

Old shoes sometimes make good flower parts, and old bowling balls make interesting garden ornaments. Victory Garden and other shows have made good use of incorporating them into garden landscape. Same for old signs, old wheelbarrows and garden implements, wooden doors and fences, statutes, old tires, old claw foot tubs, milk cans, and tractor seats. They have found new life in garden landscapes. DIY scarecrows or other scarecrows as collectibles serve dual purposes as well. For one night special occasions, luminaries from paper bags are still a great effect, especially if you use LED “fake” votives which are save and effective.

28. If your VCR still works, don’t toss it. Make use of videos.
29. The radio is still a great option, so are cassette players for those of us who still have them, so are records and turntables. Vinyl records can be valuable collectibles, but they are still affordable in various types of conditions. Or, if you play an instrument, get it out and dust it off. Pay attention to the composers, to how things are composed, see what different types of genres and music the composer has written, for what instrument. These are vocations in themselves, and interest nearly everyone. Take a survey and ask friends family, students, etc., what types of music they like, and you will find we are all amateur experts in certain types of music. Sharing that knowledge is one of they joys of everyday living.
30. Unplug it if you don’t use it.
31. Crafts; consider collage and decoupage; assemblage, sue materials you already have. Making toys and paper dolls from old clothes, socks, yarns, magazines, and papers is a time-honored tradition. Same for Christmas ornaments. Repair toys that break; we need are a regular doll hospital around here, not just for collectors toys, but for everyday toys for kids. Also, check the manufacturer, toys are under warranty, too, and Mattel and other companies have been known to repair their own toys and send them back.
32. use dishwater for plants and coffee grounds as fertilizer
33. explore local farmers markets and look for local products and grocery stores
34. lo, for local bakeries
35. Cook ahead and freeze. Become familiar with what keeps for how long. Invest in a good freezer or a good refrigerator
36. Clutter can be good
37. Let it go when you have to
38. take inventory
39. Explore home remedies after consulting with your doctors. Same with alternative remedies.
40. Question if you are given too many prescriptions; look up your medicines, read the fine print, ask about alternatives and get to know the pharmacists. Get the PDR and Grays Anatomy, the book, not the TV show. Look up HIPPAA on line and read it, review hospital policies and patients bill of rights; be assertive and proactive and take someone with you. Insist on enough time to discuss concerns and take a list. Be professional, not emotional. Don’t threaten malpractice, but think it if you have a gut feeling something is terribly wrong. Ask, ask, ask, and check physicals credentials. Educate yourself and get second and even third and fourth opinions. They aren’t magicians, just mechanics of the human body. Look up some of the medical malpractice and negligence cases on court TV and other sites; try to see what they all have in common.
41. Get the Internet; the dummy books are great tutorials, and most computers come with great directions.
42. Think about what goes in the landfill. Cut up the plastic rings that hold pop cans together. If you have time, save your pop cans not just to recycle, but to give to people who need them and want e deposit money, but don’t keep them outside. I’ve had them stolen. Also, wash them in soap and hot water and organized them before you recycle.
43. Save loose change in a giant bank. Make it a family project, especially pennies. It is a good way to save money. Eventually, the bank will take it and organize and deposit it for you. If you don’t’ need it yourself for bus fare, etc., then donate it.
44. Brew your own coffee, but don’t deny yourself either. Brown bag it, especially if there are brown bag lunch events, but eat well, try to get out, even in the parking lot on a good day, and listen to the radio, or eat at a park, take a walk, ride your bike at lunch, skate. Eat out as a social event, or spend a few minutes having soup at a bookstore cafe or library cafe and browse the books. You don’t have to buy and can write down titles for future reference
45. Grow some chicory to put into your brewed coffee.
46. Take classes, finds something that interests you. There are free classes on the Internet, including free BBC language classed, but look to local colleges and community centers and groups like CommUniversity.org and Elderhostel. Never stop learning, and never stop growing, and you will never be bored. Libraries and craft/hobby groups are also great places to take seminars and publications like The River City Reader offer opportunities. Also check local park boards, and music stores for taking lessons on musical instruments.
47. Use scrap paper over as notes, create notepads, and use old announcements as wrapping paper, use newspaper, brown paper, and old fabric as wrapping paper. Also, use the backs of old announcements for community events as stationary. I once saw original manuscripts by Byron, Wordsworth, Keats, and others at an exhibit in the Chicago Historical Society. All these great writers wrote on scrap paper and along margins, in-between lines, up and down the page, etc. They knew how to conserve. Lets’ not forget Kathy of Wuthering Heights who kept her journal in the margins of her old bible.
48. Or, reduce junk mail. Check with your post office and various websites.
49. Get a library card and use it.
50. Have a doodle journal
51. Make your own binders of materials and topics that interest you. Three ring binders are great thrift shop finds and also go on sale at office supply stores and giant discount stores.
52. Avoid fast food, but if you like it, be aware of calories and nutrition. They provide this information themselves and on their websites, and there are books that count calories in fast food. Know the nutritious choices or take home your entrée and combine with healthy food like fruit and celery sticks.
53. Be patient and be spiritual, whatever that means to you.
54. Go to art fairs and craft fairs to become inspired.

Books and sources:

My book on Pym

Pym books

My book guide

My dress for success guide

Software guide

National Geographic
Consumer Reports

Collecting Dolls under $50.00

Wendy Lavitt

Harold bloom on romantic literature and poetry


Wuthering Heights

Walden by Thoreau

Jacques Pepin on fast food

Books by Pam and Polly Judd, Lane Herron, Loretta Holtz, Catherine Christopher, Mary Hillier, Evelyn Chisholm,

Make magazine

Mary Englebreit’s publications

House of White Birches doll and craft magazines

Quilt Magazines

McCall’s needlework and Crafts

Vintage craft patterns

Anthropology and Archaeology texts

Indian relics

Gems and Minerals

All doll books

Martha Stewart on Sirius

Everyday Food on PBS and radio

Martha Stewart TV shows and local TV home segments

Reruns of Gary Collins and the Home Show where you can find them.

Mrs. Beeton

White House Cook book


DIY TV and site





Yahoo auctions

Monica Ferris

Diane Mott Davidson

Dino’s articles

Books on Earth Day

Craft magazines and books

Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of crafts

Flea Market Find and Country Collectibles

Art magazines

Joseph Cornell

Judy Chicago,

Doring Kindersley books; great visual guides and informative websites.

Recycled crafts

Art from Found materials, especially dolls

Scrapbooks and collage, especially from vintage and found objects


Scavengers Manifesto

Everyday Cheapskate

Butterick and pattern companies

Singer Sewing machine manuals

Coats and Clark Patterns and publications

Godey’s and Petersen’s magazines

Harper's Magazine, old editions

Puzzles and crosswords online, can make your own and put them in a binder for a gift; don’t’ have to buy them

The Book Thing .com

In Flagrante Collecto

Mary Randolph Carter American Junk books and her site; awesome.

Hints from Heloise

Erma Bombeck

Judith Wax; Starting in the Middle

Fastfood Calorie Counters

Dennison party books

Saturday, April 22, 2017

In Honor of Earth Day; Dolls made of Plants and Natural Materials

Here is a gallery from the collection of Dr. E's Doll Museum.  Some of the dolls are photos from her archives, others are her dolls.  Enjoy, get out for what I hope is a Sunny, Beautiful Day!  Listen to John Denver singing his songs of the earth, our mother.

Terracotta, Mexico. 1970s. Dried multicolor corn is behind them.

Gourd Ornament, from O Gourdeous Day Festival

Rock adorned with wooden miniature representing different holidays.  Minis are hand made

1950s Babies with Latex Bodies and Limbs. Go Cubs!

Hand Carved Wooden Angel from Collection of the late Karen G., co founder of The Festival of Trees, QC, where
Cary Grant attended the first opening, then later died.

Out door Gnome Village

Celebrating the Harvest with cornhusk and wax dolls, gourds, and clay

Mask made entirely of seeds and paper.

Inuit Family Diorama. Life Scale; Milwaukee Public Museum.

Living Dolls

Georgia O'Keefe Print

Life Scale Diorama, Africa. Milwaukee Public Museum

Wax over composition  Doll.  All Original, c. 1880. 
Lava, Rubber, Glass, Clay, Terracotta, Ceramic
Wooden, Nutcrackers, Cloth, Bisque, Rubber, Metal, Papier Mache, Nuts, Paper
A Jury of Her Peeps, Peeps candy, rubber, cloth, paper
Dolls made from Mandrake Root, Public Domain Image
Woven from Wheat; Corn Dollies, Public Domain Image
Herb's Daughters paper doll, Lily, based on a Goebel pincushion doll, by Dr. E
Marie Gleason, Bahamas, all natural materials
Herb's Daughters, Maidenhead Fern
Wax doll heads, c. 1920