Baskets, Bears, Books and Bunnies!

Happy Fall....Ya'll!
      I've been busy "inventorying" my collections thinking it's time to downsize both my collections then eventually the house.  As much as I enjoy looking at all my clutter treasures, I'm really feeling the need to simplify....maybe.
     One of my favorite collections of Longaberger is the All American series.  While I feel the need to downsize, I can't help but wish the company would do this series in miniature...I would become a born again customer if they did!
     This little nook has been designated to be home to the full All American collection along with some other red and blue trimmed baskets.  It is also home to some of my bears, that found their way into my heart over the past 25 years, and all of Maddy's and my books. Since I am past of the age, that a house full of teddybears probably shouldn't be,  I put most all of my favorite bears in this little room and call this "Maddy's library since she has her books in here as well.  We don't have a lot of books but enough that warrant having a miniature library.  Not sure which I favor most...the baskets, bears, bearstones, books or bunnies.  A few years back, I told Steve that I'd stop collecting bears once I owned a Steiff.  He promptly bought one for my birthday!

Also in this collection is the All-American Crisco series.  There are only three in this series, Pie, Cookie and baking; they blend perfectly with the All American. The middle basket on the top of this shelf is the Crisco Cookie. It has the blue-on-red trim band. The Baking basket holds Maddys little books and the Pies hold miscellaneous keepsakes on her shelves.  There are also a few award baskets thrown in since the colors were the same.!  The empty chair in the picture below is reserved for when Maddy comes over.  I might have to get on ebay to get a large Panda to keep her spot warm for her...hummmm....oh ya....NO MORE BEARS!  (maybe)
seated at Maddy's table is Peyton C. Hopplebuns and Hooper Q. Hugster

The group above is the Sagamore Hill Collection by Midwest of Cannon Falls. They were created to celebrate 100 years, 1902-2002, of the Teddy Bear.  Since the creation of the teddy bear was inspired by Theodore Roosevelt in the fall of 1902,  each bear is named after one of President Teddy Roosevelt's children...he had six (left to right) Quentin, Ethel, Archibald, Theodore his self, Theodore Jr., Kermit and Alice.   The picture below is of Maddy's books...she so loves a good story and is quite the story teller herself!

Top left basket is the 1987 Medium Berry, middle left is the 1991 Crisco Pie, top right is the 1993 Crisco Baking,middle right is the All American 2001 Strawberry, bottom right is another 91 Crisco Pie.

pictured above is the All American Candle basket, Tyler and Liza Glorybear, and Harvey B. Woodsley in the All American 2000 Sparkler basket.
above picture-Cindy Lou, Bobbi Jo, Sherie B., Dustin D., Mary Ann and Brianna B Bearican
Jack R. Woodsley in the All American 1999 Blue Ribbon Bread Basket and ONE of my favorite bears Eleanore Bearsvelt

All the bears with the same last name are grouped together.  This picture is some of  the Bearyproud "family".  To the left is the All American Patriot basket, to the right is the All American Carry-Along.

This room is so small, it's difficult to get a picture of the full space but this comes close.
A few close-up shots of some favorites will cap off this post.

 Been thinkin' about pulling out the Shades of Autumn collection so if I do...I'll be back soon!


Longaberger May Series with Harmony Kingdom and Boyds Bears, too!

This post is going to be a long one!  
It is to share one of Longaberger's series of baskets. The May Series was created to honor Grandma Bonnie Longaberger's love of flowers.   Each year during the month of May, from 1990 through 2002, a basket was created and named for one of her favorite flowers.
There are a total of fourteen with the original series of thirteen ending in 2002. In 2008, Longaberger created yet one more, the Daffodil, to honor Grandma Bonnie's 100th year!
Starting in 2005 and going through 2011, the Longaberger Collectors Club offered the miniature version of each May basket.  Two were offered each year starting with the Geranium and ending with the Daffodil.
I don't know when the Harmony Kingdom Company nor the Boyds Bear Co. paired up with Longaberger to make their versions of this beloved series but I am thrilled that they did!
The Harmony Kingdom pieces open up to reveal a "scene" inside the little the basket and the Boyds Bear is like a hinged treasure box that also opens to reveal a saying or quote on the lid and a teeny tiny bear to set out with the treasure box.  If anyone is interested in seeing a picture of what I mean, leave a comment and I'd be happy to take pictures of the insides....they are pretty cute!  Also, the liners in the mini's are NOT what Longaberger offered.  The liners that they made for this series are all of the same fabric.  I wanted the liners to be just like the full size ones so mine are custom made.

So....on with the show....I hope you enjoy!

(largest) 1990 Violet,  (left)  2011 Collectors Club Miniature Violet, (Front) Longaberger/Boyds Bears Violet, (far right) Harmony Kingdom/Longaberger Violet

The second in the May series is the Rose.  The fabric liner is not the correct liner for the basket.  I attempted to buy an original liner but the online seller cashed the check and never sent the liner.  Be CAREFUL with online shopping!

(largest)1991 Rose with Garden Splendor liner,   (front left)Harmony Kingdom/Longaberger Rose,  (front) Boyds Bears/Longaberger Rose, (right) 2010 Collectors Club Mini Rose

(largest) 1992 Pansy,  (back left)2010 Collectors Club mini Pansy, (front left)  Harmony Kingdom Pansy,  (right front) Boyds Bears/Longaberger Pansy

(largest) 1993 Lily of the Valley,  (back left) Harmony Kingdom/Longaberger Lily of the Valley, (front left) Boyds Bears/Longaberger Lily of the Valley, (front right) 2009 Collectors Club mini Lily of the Valley

(largest) 1994 Lilac, (front left) Harmony Kingdom/Longaberger Lilac, (front right) Boyds Bears/Longaberger Lilac, (right) 2009 Collectors Club mini Lilac

(largest) 1995 Tulip, (left front) Harmony Kingdom Tulip, (middle left) 2008 Collector Club mini Tulip, (front right) Boyds Bears/Longaberger Tulip

(largest) 1996 Sweet Pea, (left) Harmony Kingdom Sweet Pea, (front middle) Boyds Bears/Longaberger Sweet Pea, (right front) 2008 Collector Club mini Sweet Pea

(largest) 1997 Petunia, (left) Collector Club mini Petunia, (middle front) Boyds bears/Longaberger Petunia, (right) Harmony Kingdom Petunia

(largest) 1998 Snapdragon, (far left) Harmony Kingdom/Longaberger Snapdragon, (middle left) Boyds Bears/Longaberger Snapdragon, (right) 2007 Collectors Club mini Snapdragon

(largest) 1999 Daisy, (left)2006 Collectors Club mini Daisy, (right back) Harmony Kingdom/Longaberger Daisy, (far right) Boyds Bears/Longaberger Daisy

(largest) Morning Glory, (front left) Boyds Bears/Longaberger Morning Glory, (right front) Harmony Kingdom/Longaberger Morning Glory, (right back) 2006 Collector Club mini Morning Glory

(largest) 2001 Peony, (left) 2005 Collectors Club mini Peony, (right front) Boyds bears/Longaberger Peony, (right back) Harmony Kingdom/Longaberger Peony

(far left) Boyds Bears/Longaberger Geranium, (left middle) Harmony Kingdom/Longaberger Geranium, (largest) 2002 Geranium, (right) 2004 Collectors club mini Geranium.

This is where the original thirteen May Series ended.

In 2008, the May Series Daffodil was offered in honor of Grandma Bonnie Longaberger's 100th year!

I am not sure why but neither the Harmony Kingdom Co. nor Boyds Bears made their version of the Daffodil....how sad is that!

Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL Spring with tons of flowers in your home and gardens.


Havin' Troubles

Good morning!
I've been trying to do a post but without much success.  If I get things figured out, I'll be blogging about the Longaberger May Series baskets.  Meanwhile, I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Spring!


Santa is good....and early!

As you may have noticed in my last years Christmas post, I've been hoping for a puppy.  Not sure if I wanted another German Shepherd or a Maltese. 
Decision made...THANK YOU Santa!
Maddyson and new baby Annie wish you all a very JOYFUL Christmas!



Christmas in the Dining Room

It is Christmas in the house once again and Santa has taken front stage!
I'll stick with the dining room for this post with hope that the sun will shine again before taking pictures of any of the rest.  We've had beautiful sunny but COLD weather the past couple of weeks but not today when I had the time to take pictures! 
There is nothing new in this years decorating....same ol stuff...just used in different places.



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