My Whimcees

My Whimcees

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The New Bed for The Princess


The Princess had been waiting a long time for her bed, patiently sitting on top of all of her mattresses, wondering "What will it be like!" Each day her old bed became a little more wobbly and started to lean a bit too much to the right as one leg bent a bit. "Oh, when will my new bed arrive?"she wondered, this is getting a bit scary up here!"

And finally the day arrived! Her new bed was here! Jimbo was in his glory - all those many boxes to explore and investigate! 

After trial and error, this was his favorite.

We moved it to the living room - what fun!

So while Jimbo played with his box, Jim got to work painting the new bed. The Princess wanted it to be the same color as the old bed - Apple Green - so that it would match the colors in her mattresses and afghan/pillow set. You can see the poor old bed on the couch - it was a good bed but not sturdy enough as it was made from fiber board. Now she had a new wooden bed that could hold all the weight of the bedding plus The Princess!

The new bed was finished.

When it was painted, the dust ruffle back on, the bedding again on the bed, it was beautiful! The Princess was so happy!

The last to be put in place were her lovely crowns that my very talented brother had created for her. Here is her beautiful Formal Crown that she wears for royal occasions , , , , ,

And her wonderful Informal Crown which she proudly wears every day.

Doesn't she look so special now, sitting on her new bed?

After much cooler weather for a few days, we again have a sunny and warm day today here in this part of WI. We have our yearly Good Neighbor Fest here in Middleton, WI this weekend and with rain in the forecast for tomorrow and Saturday I hope that it is only brief showers. Sunday is to be sunny and nice so hope for the best. Rain or no rain there is always a good time with the festival in the park, the craft tents, music and food, the carnival. If you live near us, be sure to check it out!



Monday, August 24, 2015

Exciting News For the Princess and The Pea


Why does Jimbo have a new resting place inside an empty box? 

Why is The Princess and The Pea doll sitting on the shelf
and not on her bed? 

Why is all of her bedding sitting in the studio area?

Where did all of these many wonderful boxes come from?

The Princess has a NEW BED - that's why! 

My brother, bless his heart, has built a new WOODEN bed for The Princess to replace the fiber board bed that I had made for her - which was very flimsy. The new bed was delivered all packed securely in the many boxes and Jimbo was in heaven.

So that is why Jimbo was having great fun with his new toys and then Jim was having great fun painting the bed for me! Here he is taking a lunch break to regain his strength. :<)

Come back again to see the newly built and painted bed for The Princess and The Pea doll and how wonderful it all looks! There was also two beautiful surprises in the box with the bed - will have photos to share! My brother is one fantastic artist!

Wishing you a happy day! We are happy here! :<)



Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Sunny Day Together


Some of my favorite Mo Manning images spending time together to make a door hanging for my apartment door. I love to group images and these three seemed to be a natural. You can find them all - Oskar, Mummu and Mutt - at Just look for "Introducing Oskar", "Mummu's Laundry" and "Lazy Mutt" to start to create you own fun!

All the images were colored with markers, then cut out and popped up/layered onto the background paper - Mummu with the laundry, the basket and grass, then Oskar, then Mutt, then the laundry on Mutt's back. All layered to give a 3-D effect.

We have another sunny and cool day today in this part of WI - a beautiful Sunday to be outdoors. If I had a yard and clothesline, this is what I would be doing! :<) I hope that you have a good day wherever you are.


Barbara Diane

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Garden Lady


One of the women where I live recently lost her cat after a long illness. I know how much my Jimvo means to me so I wanted to send her a 'thinking of you' card. She loves to garden so I picked this "A Day For Daisies" image for her card. It is one of the older Daisies images that I have, but I love the simplicity of the design and it is perfect for fussy cutting. I printed the image on different patterned papers to cut out and paste on to the image. The face, hands and watering can are colored with markers. Go to find this sweet image called "Grown With Love".

We have a beautiful sunny and much cooler day here in this part of WI today! It is so nice to have the heat and humidity gone for now! I know that soon the snow will be here and I will wish again for sunny, hot days but for now I love the coming of Fall weather!

Wishing you a happy Saturday!


Barbara Diane

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WOYW? Time and A Card For Jim


It's Wednesday and time for What's On Your Workdesk? I have not posted to WOYW? for such a long time now - all of my posts have been few and far between. I hope to begin to post more often again soon as I have been working on new projects.

I made this card for my oldest son Jim quite some time ago. He lives in an adult family home and loves to get mail in between when he comes to visit me, so I try to make cards to send to him. I made this card using the remainders of the Graphic 45 "Once Upon a Springtime" paper collection. Not much left of the papers at this point, as I have used them for so many projects. But as with all of the Graphic 45 collections, there are so many things to fussy cut on the two sided papers - so the fun just keeps on going!  And I LOVE to fussy cut!

If you are not familiar with WOYW? - go to - the Stamping Ground blog - to see all of the many bloggers you can visit to see what they are working on and share what you have on your workdesk.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! We have a perfect summer day here in this part of WI today! I wish it could stay this way - but thunderstorms are in the forecast again for tomorrow. I hope that you have a good evening!

Barbara Diane

Friday, July 10, 2015

A New Door Poster For July

A new door poster for my apartment door. This time I used another of Graphic 45's paper collections called "Home Sweet Home" - reminded me of my childhood in the 40's and 50's. I wanted to make something colorful and I love the red/blue/yellow combination.

My mother always wore a house dress and apron then - the standard housewife fashion. She also cooked and baked from scratch, canning and freezing our food. I did this also when I first married - made all my bread in addition to canning/freezing all of the fruits and vegetables. Made jam, even ketchup, sauces, etc. I think the only thing we bought was meat (from the farmer) that we put in the freezer and dairy and my husband was very much into hunting and fishing so I learned to prepare all of that too. Just what we did then - plus care for three children and a home. Things have changed so over the years.

Once again I forgot to take photos until after it was already on the door. This is getting to be worrisome as I also forget to take photos before I mail or give away the cards/projects!

It is another nice day here in the part of WI but the humidity is building again and very warm temperatures on the way. Storms on the way also for the weekend.. Wishing you a good weekend and some happy crafting! I want to finish the dress form and have photos of it to share on Monday. I am also working on some thank you cards that I want to finish this weekend. They have a bit of fussy cutting so will take me some time to finish them all.



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Long Time Away


It has been so long since I posted! Life just gets in the way no matter how we feel about it! Hopefully I can post more often again soon! I have been busy - working on a doll, a dress form and a fussy cutting project. As you can see from the photos - I have had lots of chaos. I guess my studio sort of reflects my life at times. 

Wishing you a happy day! I will post some photos tomorrow.


Barbara Diane

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Peacock Glitter Card for Jim


So much has happened since I last posted. I lost all motivation to create and life issues have taken priority. I have now found a lawyer to help me and hopefully put some very wrongs to right.

I have been sending cards to Jim to cheer him up - I talk to him on the phone but have not seen him. He loves glitter and so I decided this card to be ALL glitter. The paper comes from the Graphic 45 "Artisian Style" collection and it was great fun to do. I started with adding a few splashes of glitter with Stickles - my favorite go-to for sparkle on my cards. I used toothpicks for smoothing out the Stickles on larger areas and also to apply it to small areas and clean edges.

Then I just kept adding more and more glitter and decided to add glitter to everything on both of the peacocks. Jim loves to do that when he creates his own artworks, so I thought - go for it!

I mailed the card out a couple of days ago now so he should get it today or Monday. I hope he likes it! I did tell him it was of peacocks and lots of glitter. :<) His birthday is on Tuesday so I hope to be able for him to spend a few hours here.

Wishing you a good day today. It is going to thunderstorm shortly here in this part of WI. I hope not severe and we have had so much rain and humidity so hope for the best and sunshine returns soon.



Sunday, May 31, 2015



My son Jim was found early this morning and taken to a hospital ER where he was stabilized and returned home. I talked with him a short time ago again this morning and he is feeling well and his blood sugars are coming down. No lasting ill effects we hope from 3 days with no medications. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE for your kindness and prayers to help find Jim. A very stressful time but all is well. He is home and safe.

Jimbo loves Jim! He will be so happy to see him again! :<)

Thank you again to everyone for their kind e-mails and comments and prayers to bring Jim home safe and sound. You are the best! Wishing you a very happy day! Mine will be as soon as I get some sleep!


Barbara Diane

Saturday, May 30, 2015



Those of you who follow my blog are familiar with my oldest son Jim, whom I write about often. He loves working on his art projects and I have posted photos from time to time. He is best buddies with my cat Jimbo, who is Jim's cat and I just take care of him. :<) I need you to help me locate my son as he has now been gone for over 26 hours and without his medications and inhaler, etc.

This is my posting from my Facebook page which will explain a bit more. If you could share this on your Facebook pages would be wonderful. I pray that we find him soon.

Thank you!

Barbara Diane

I am asking for your help in locating my son - he has been missing since 10:00 am yesterday morning. His name is Jim Klint and he is 55 years old. Jim has a borderline disability and lives in an adult family home and he has severe medical problems (diabetes, asthma, hypertension among others - and takes medication for bi-polar) so it is very urgent that we find him as it has now been 24 hours and he has missed his medications yesterday afternoon, last night and this morning. Jim had no money with him, no water, he may have his cell phone but it is turned off so we cannot reach him. He was wearing black sweat pants, a black hooded sweatshirt with zipper front, socks and plaid slip-on beach shoes and a blue/white trucker hat. Jim had mentioned to people that he was going to hitchhike to CA so it is my great fear that he may have succeeded in getting a ride and no longer be in the area for us to find him. Please, if you see Jim - please contact the UW police in Madison, Wi at 608-262-2957 and/or contact me here. Jim is in a life/death danger because of his medical issues and we need to find him.I need your help.

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