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Friday, December 1, 2017

Tobacco Tess and Smokey Joe

Hi friends! I finished stitching the boy poodle and I cut them both out and whip stitched around them both. I still have to make cording for the ornament loop and cut and attach the backing. That will have to wait until Madeleine works this weekend.
winking face
When we first rented this apartment, Brian painted. Then we began hanging a few of my precious "art" pieces. I looked back over my years of blogging and realized I never, ever showed you my chalkware poodles. Mr. and Mrs Poodle have always hung in our bathroom at our last home. So I naturally wanted them to hang here in this bathroom. Brian hung them for me before we even moved in.

Brian and I came one day to do a little more work, since we were working on the apartment bit by bit, and I walked in and noticed something laying on the ceramic tile floor of the bathroom. I could NOT figure out what this could be for a moment. Then I realized it was the boy poodle face down in pieces. The girl fell down also, but she fell into the sink and had only one tiny chip. Why did this happen? We used those Command picture hanging thingies this time. Each poodle has a tiny wire hanging out the back and it is a rather delicate situation. These were made in 1978! I just about cried.crying faceSo I went to ebay and I found another set for a very good price. Yay!

A half a week later I unpacked Smokey Joe and Tobacco Tess. Yes, they looked fine, but, WHOA! I actually got a headache from the tobacco scent off these two poodles. The poor things. They lived their lives with a smoker. I took Tobacco Tess' picture here with Mrs. Poodle. Tess is on the left. I guess you cannot really tell except in real life how yellow she is. Ugh. Gross. Mrs. Poodle has a pink bow and collar with rhinestones because I painted her that way.
Poor Tess went into a Ziploc bag. She is hermetically sealed for the rest of her days. Smokey Joe... he needed a makeover! Madeleine and I worked together on him. I cleaned him three times with vinegar. We completely painted him white, gave him the baby blue collar and rhinestones too. So Mrs. Poodle got a new husband, Smokey Joe got a new wife. Yes, I am a goof.face savouring delicious foodYou should have heard me giving voices to the poodles as well! I do a pretty good smoker's gravelly voice for guy and gal. HA! The kids and I were laughing at my stupid stories.
So here are Mr. and Mrs. Poodle in the bathroom hung with nails!!

The only other decoration in the bathroom I have ever hung I also never shared with you. I have always referred to it as the Poodle Display Board.
The glass front door stays shut with a magnet. The inside has a linen padded board in the back to pin things up and display. I have a GIGANTIC collection of poodle greeting cards from the '60s. The collection was selling on ebay for cheap. Who the heck else would want used cards?! That is what Brian was wondering. Ha! I have added poodle cards gifted to me over the years. The one on the top right is from June. I do seasonal displays.

That is it for today my friends. Thanks for reading my silliness. Or maybe I bored you? Or scared you?

Take care. Come back soon

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord  2Peter 1:2

Stitching and praying,


Margaret said...

The ornaments are darling! So great that you found a replacement for your broken poodle boy, but ugh! It's good to know I'm not the only one sensitive to tobacco smoke of any kind. I think I'm actually allergic to it -- I get sick from it. Glad you could fix Smoky Joe up and hope he's not smoky anymore! Love the card cabinet too!

Robin in Virginia said...

Well done on getting the poodles stitched up, Vickie! I am sorry that your Poodle Joe fell and shattered, but glad you were able to find a replacement. I wonder if you could seal Tobacco Tess in with either activated charcoal or baking soda and rid her of the smell. Your post card cabinet is lovely. Enjoy your weekend!

Parsley said...

Hey Vickie! I'm back to blogging with a new blog. I had to pop in to say hello and catch up. See you around in blogland.

MartinaM said...

Oh two golden poodles, Madeleine will be very happy.
I am very sorry about your chalk puddles, but I am also happy for you, that you have found something new, at least a small consolation. And the two look really nice.
Have a great first advent.
Hugs Martina

Maggee said...

Well, you do have a lot of poodles around your home...but, it makes you happy! Glad you were able to find a replacement poodle and complete your set. I have been considering using command strips to hang my stitched pieces -- all of them that have had to be in a cabinet till either it was the season to share them or not even then! But... I shall be extra careful about getting the right size now! MOST do not have glass... I think there is only one non-stitched favorite in the lot. Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

Lili said...

How pretty the poodle stitching! They are so cute!

So happy that you found a new set, love the makeover! The display board is also very pretty! The poodle card with blue bows is my favourite!

Have a lovely December!

butterfly said...

Love all your poodles the stich ones are beautiful .
I love how you cleaned and made the others so beautiful too.

Linda said...

The poodles are really cute Vickie.


Manuela said...

Hello Vickie,
the little poodle are very cute. I think Madeleine like them.
The new poodle are wonderful.
Have a nice weekend.
Hugs Manuela

Julie said...

Your new duo are beautiful Vickie. Great that would give then both a makeover.

RJ said...

Your poodles came out adorable Vickie. You did such a good job cleaning them up, painting them and then adding that extra sparkle. Your new home is really coming together so well. You are a great story teller too. RJ@stitching friends forever

rosey175 said...

Yuck on the tobacco smoke! I can't stand it either. I've had luck with just leaving things out in the sunshine for a few days! I use vinegar baths too, but I suppose the chalk would dissolve in that. Could you tuck a dryer sheet in with Tess? Or maybe a paper towel dampened with vinegar? It'd probably need changed fairly often.

Brigitte said...

So great to see your little poodles all stitched up and finished. Such lovely ornaments.
I'm sorry to read that one of your chalk poodles fell down but good that you could find a replacement on ebay.

gracie said...

Oh my put a smile on my face today. What a fantastic job you did with those poor poodles. They look marvelous.

Vicki said...

What fun decor! Too bad there's not some way to de-smoke that precious little girl poodle.

diamondc said...

Vickie: Oh my goodness, smokers do not know how much they stink, how lucky you were to find the poodles and refurbish them ,they are adorable.
I have bought things and put baking soda in a plastic bag and left for a week the smoky smell goes away.

Merry Christmas

Cindys cross stitch said...

The poodle stories made me laugh. I always ck when buying on ebay if they are from a smoke free home. They look cute.

Barb said...

I am so happy you were able to replace the broken piece. Things like that happen when you move, they can be very sad and disturbing. Glad you are ok with the new ones. They are just adorable.

Mary said...

I'm glad you were able to revive Smokey Joe, you are a great storyteller!! I'm supersensitive to smoke too...
Great idea on your poodle board!!

Mii Stitch said...

Glad you were able to replace your ornaments. Sweet stitching too!

Beth said...

Poor you - cigarette smoke gives me an instant headache - with your migraines I can only imagine how you suffered.

Penny said...

Those are a couple of cute ornaments! Oh, that smoke smell is the worst! I kept running into someone in the grocery store the other day that just reeked of it. I'm glad Mrs. Poodle wasn't so badly damaged that she couldn't be used. I'm sure Smokey Joe would have been lonely. : ) I would love to hear your poodle voices! : )

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a shame about your poodles and the smokey replacements!

At least the noticeboard looks good.

Angela Tucker said...

I always feel a bit sad when I break something that's been around for a while. My hubby broke his favorite coffee cup a few years ago. And where did I find the exact replacement? Ebay, of course. LOL

I am sensitive to smoke, too. I was given a smoking room once at a hotel...didn't last more than two minutes.

Your poodles ornaments are so very sweet. You are one talented lady!

Have a wonderful week!

Astrids dragon said...

The stitched poodles are so precious, such a sweet gift.
I'm so sorry your Mr and Mrs fell, but what a darling 2nd marriage for them! I think you should have recorded yourself and shown us the stories!
Your display cabinet is perfect for showing off your cards, do you change them out during the year?

moreofhim said...

I love all your poodles (of course!) and am so glad you were able to replace your poodle that got broken. Isn't cigarette smoke/oil just the worst? It's really hard, if not impossible, to remove. I'm glad you were able to get the boy poodle fixed up.

Blessings - Julie

Meari said...

You might try putting the smokey chalkware into a plastic bag with charcoal. I've had good luck with removing smoke smell in textiles that way. They are adorable, though.