Friday, March 29, 2013

One Good Friday



This egg gives me cold chills every time I think about it and how the design came about.  Join me to see how this happened!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Put on Your Easter Bonnet


 In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.
I'll be all in clover and when they look you over,
I'll be the proudest fellow in the Easter parade.
On the avenue, fifth avenue, the photographers will snap us,
And you'll find that you're in the rotogravure.
Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet,
And of the girl I'm taking to the Easter parade.
 by Irving Berlin

Do you remember wearing an Easter Bonnet?  I remember.
Daddy would give Mama money and on the Saturday before Easter we would go shopping. 
We girls got a new dress of course, a bonnet, a new pair of white gloves to wear to church and of course we had to have a new crinoline, white tights or lace socks to go with our new Easter Shoes.
The brothers would get new shoes socks a new suit depending on the age, with shorts or long pants.

When I grew older I would make my own Easter Dresses and when I married made my little girls theirs.  You could make much prettier dresses than you could buy in those days.  They were ruffled and embellished to the hilt.

That dates me back doesn't it?  Do you have memories of Easter?

Today I thought I would Share Easter Bonnets

How about this one?




Click Here to see more Easter Bonnets at dolly's designs




And last but not least How about this show stopper
Sharing at Sunny Simple Life


Monday, March 18, 2013

Signs of Spring

It is sad when something happens and a Bluebird leaves their nest...had to clean this out of one of the houses,  I love bird nests and their beautiful eggs....

I love to decorate with nests and with these eggs in tact this one will be pretty.
These daffodils are so pretty this year too








My Favorite time of year!







 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

French Wheaten Marans Rooster Has a Name

A while back I had asked for names for this rooster and was amazed at the response...
click HERE for that post
Of the 23 names submitted one was chosen
by a young relative

"Gaston"

Thank you Tammy from Our Neck of the Woods Blog
for giving us this name!  A big thank you to all of you that gave us a name choice!

Have a blessed Sunday and a great week ahead!

If you haven't already please go to this post and enter to win the apron I have and go to the other blogs to enter for their aprons..
click: HERE

Dolly   

Monday, March 11, 2013

Spotlight: David Morrell's "Murder as a Fine Art"

Murder as a Fine Art



I must start this post off with the fact that David Morrell is a fine gentleman.  A gentleman that is very approachable and likeable.  He is genuinely a nice person.



David has an upcoming novel "Murder as a Fine Art"
I asked David if he had anything he wished to say about his new novel.
In his own words:


Three years ago, I watched a film about the nervous breakdown that Charles Darwin suffered when he was writing On the Origin of Species. The movie is called Creation, and I was fascinated when a character made a passing reference to someone named Thomas De Quincey, who (the character said) believed that we were controlled by elements in our minds that we don't understand. 

This sounded like what Freud believed, but Freud published a half century later. Curious, I remembered reading a few essays by De Quincey when I was in college. The professor treated him like a footnote. But as I read more and more about De Quincey, I was stunned by his influence. In addition to anticipating Freud by many years, De Quincey invented the word "subconscious." He was the first person to write about drug addiction in his infamous Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. He invented the true-crime genre. He inspired Edgar Allan Poe, who in turn inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes. 

De Quincey was at the start of so many things, including thrillers, that I couldn't resist making him the main character of my new thriller, Murder as a Fine Art, which deals with a series of real-life mass murders in London in the 1800s. They were called the Ratcliffe Highway murders. In the east end of London, 4 people were killed in one event. Twelve days later, 3 people were killed in another event. Perhaps there were mass murders before then, but these were the first to be publicized. Improved roads and the newly invented mail-coach system spread word of the murders throughout England in two days and paralyzed the nation. 

De Quincey was obsessed about these murders. I couldn't resist using his obsession as the basis for a novel. Murder as a Fine Art comes out on May 7. It required two years of research to make readers believe that they were truly in Victorian London.  The compelling story has a lot of information embedded in it. For example, how much did a middle-or-upper-class woman's clothes weigh?  Thirty-seven pounds because ten yards of ruffled satin were required to cover a dress that was supported by a wide hoop of whale's teeth.



Hibiscus House has done another Spotlight Story on The Father of Rambo before and you may click Here to read that.



If you would like to visit David's Facebook Page, please tell him Dolly sent you click HERE

There you will find his website links and all types of information.

Thank you very much David Morrell!


Dolly   

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Daylight Savings Time

I just had to post this one more time...Went back to the archives to post
click title to read post

The Creative Blog Hop at dolly's designs


Please visit dolly's designs and link up to The Creative Blog Hop #3
It is up and running...
Painters
Sculptors


Seamstresses
 Crafters of all kinds

Come on over and join us now to share your wonderful works of art!

Click
Here to join

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Creative Blog Hop Important Changes




Most of you probably already know that I have three blogs
Hibiscus House 
the main blog

the cooking blog of course

and 

the creating, sculpting, painting, sewing, crocheting, needle working, everything hand made blog

I would like to invite you all to the new blog hop party called: 
The Creative Blog Hop

The third party will go up tonight and I would like for all of you creative and talented people to join in if you wish and share your handmade creations...
There will be a giveaway coming soon!

dolly


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