I love changing up my blog headers!  When I added one of my newest dolls, Poppy, far right, to an older doll on the left, (Lizzy),  I tried another banner version first.  Then I settled on this one, as both dolls are now spotlighting books and other favorite things.

Poppy is sitting atop the entry way table with unread print volumes underneath and a Mary Engelbreit cottage next to her.

Lizzy is perched in front of copies of Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables books…and Disney figurines.

Sadly, Lizzy is no longer with me, as she was sold or given away when I moved.  It wasn’t my idea…but I am glad to have numerous photos of her. I have been looking for her online, but no luck so far.

Do you sometimes long for old sentimental objects that you no longer have in your home?


Here is one of my other versions of Poppy with things I enjoy.  She sits next to my Jelly Cupboard in the entry way with the beloved Engelbreit banner proclaiming my love of chocolate…and the little note about Nana:  “When All Else Fails, Ask Nana.”


How is your Friday so far? I think I’ll start preparing for the day…and read a little more of my book, The Smash-Up, by Ali Benjamin.



Today I am thinking about more of my special and sentimental objects, like dolls, books, and even my special dishware that I left behind.  Yes, boo-hoo, but thankfully I have plenty of photos.

The doll in the middle of the header, and below,  is one that I found in Barnes & Noble several years ago.

The books I gathered from bookstores and online outlets over the years.  The Disney characters were collected from favorite neighborhood stores.

After I moved from my foothill house in 2007, I began collecting Franciscan Apple dinnerware, and by the time I moved again last May, I had a complete set.  My daughter sold them to a dear friend for a minimal price.  In my photos, I often spotlight a few pieces, like the cup and saucer below.

Plates I used for a casual lunch at the coffee table, surrounded by books…

A mug to showcase my Madeline Hatter doll, also lost in the move…

A favorite image of coffee in the mug, alongside a miniature “days of the week doll” that often sat on my desk and next to my laptop…this image has shown up in various blog headers over the years.

My sentimental journey keeps me smiling. 


Do you enjoy photos of favorite objects or events?  Do you savor the moments they bring to mind?  Come on by and share.



My compulsion to reinvent my blogs via my headers, themes, etc., has led to the one you see here now, and (above in this post).  In the header, you can see the blog title and tagline.  A favorite thing available in this blog theme, it is also tricky when creating the header, as sometimes the title is off center…and I have to go back to the drawing board.  But it’s fun…for me.

This one was created from photos of objects in my home.  I have the Alice in Wonderland doll, and also a collection of Disney figurines, some of which you see standing next to Pippa, my Kindle.

On my favorite bookshelf, which my youngest son built, I have a potpourri of these figurines, mixed in with my books.  To see some of my other book receptacles, visit A Journey Through My Shelves.

Since the tagline of this blog is all about “life’s unexpected treasures,” it seems appropriate to share some of the physical “treasures” that constitute my collection.

In my dining room, I have more collections, like the Peter Pan images on a country cupboard filled with trinkets and books:

And then there is my Baker’s Rack:



So thanks for joining me on this journey.  Do you have collections?  Do they feel like treasures because of a sentimental connection, or just because?