Wednesday, March 31, 2010

California Trip

I was unable to find my photo loader for the lab top computer to update my blog with pictures. I used my IPhone to update my California pictures. Please join me on face book to follow my trip. Click On California Trip to get there on my profile page.

Today we are going to the park and coloring Easter Eggs. I will show pictures on FaceBook. Please come and join my family fun.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Announcing my trip to Souther California

I fly into the Burbank California to meet my son, Jerry and my two Grandsons, Conner and Owen at 5:15pm today. I am now packing. I need to remember their Kid books bought at a recycled book store in Snohomish WA, their second hand clothes bought at mommy go around and their art projects bought at an art shop by by nursing job. Hopefully the suitcase will be under 50 pounds.

I will be in California until april 4 to have fun with my family and the grandkids. I will blog my trip to share experiences to my family, friends and fans.  Keep in tune and take the trip too.

The last time I saw the two boys were at Christmas 2009 at my home. Let me introduce my boys to you.

                                                Conner 6 years old and Owen 3 years old

                                                          Conner with Betty Boop?

                                                                  Owen smiling

Friday, March 26, 2010

Junk Gypsy Co.

Junk Gypsy Co.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Seattle St. Patrick celebration Desmond Guinness and daughter Marina

A Seattle Irish Gala

For the past 3 years, my husband and I attend the Society of the Friends of St. Patrick. This was the 70th annual dinner. The historic event is one of the great Irish week celebrations in Seattle dating back to 1941.  This is a time to enjoy entertainment and camaraderie in a festive Irish meal. An auction takes place to benefit educational programs of the Archdioceses of Seattle and Seattle University. There are many who are storytelling and dancing long into the night. 

The superb dinner I chose was an organic salad with Murphy’s Raspberry dressing, shepherd McQuiad’s pie and McCarthy’s chocolate Guinness stout cake paired with Geno’s cherry kiss cocktail (bailey’s on ice). My auction paddle is a large white thick paper with a black number identifying me a bidder. I love to go to auctions-so fun.  Some of my store curios are from auctions.

I won the custom tuxedo bidding for my darling husband, Sean.  Oh much excitement. The auctioneer made me bid $50.00 more to win the tux. No hurt feelings, my husband was happy!

The double tree Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle Washington, in the historic northern lights dome room the guests sit at round tables with a brilliant crystal chandelier centered on the ceiling.  The architectural design of the ballroom is magnificent.

This year I spoke with honorees Mayor of Galway, US Senator Marie Cantwell, State Senator Paull Shin WA state, State Senator Ed Murray WA State, Brain Sullivan Snohomish County Councilman WA State, John Keane, Honorary Consul General of Ireland and Desmond Guinness and his daughter, Marina. 

Mayor Galway and Senator Marie Cantwell 

Mayor Galway, Sean O Sullivan (my husband)  and  US Senator Maria Cantwell

State Senator Paull Shin and Vicky

State Senator Murray on the left, ? middle person and  John Keane, Honorary Consul General of Ireland

      State Senator Paull Shin and Brain Sullivan Snohomish County Councilman WA State (My Husband's younger brother)

Guinness beer is my favorite beer. Wherever I travel in the USA to Hungary to Germany to China I drink Guinness beer.   Meeting members of the Guinness family members will be a cherished memorable evening.  

Marina is a lovely Lady 

Marina and Vicky

Marina eating

Marina wanted a cigarette, I replied I do not smoke.  She said the Americans do not smoke in the buildings, I said our law in Washington state is you have to smoke outside 25 feet away from the door. She thought the law was outrageous, especially when the Americans brought the cigarettes from Ireland.  She had a beautiful necklace of amber around her neck. She got the necklace in Lithuania. Lithuania is where her mother is from. She asked if I had been there, I said no. 

I found some facts about the family at

Desmond is the great, great, great, great grandson of Arthur Guinness.  Desmond is an Irish author on Georgian art and architecture and a conservationist. Desmond bough the leixlip castle in co kildare in 1958 and that same year with his first wife who was the former princess Marie Gabrielle founded the Irish Georgina Society to help to preserve Irish architecture of all periods.  He lives in the castle. He has published many publications: Georgian Dublin: Irish Houses and Castles; The White House: An Architectural History; and his latest Dublin-a Grand Tour.   Maria Cantwell won the auction for the White house book.  She was excited to win.

Desmond is a handsome fella, Marina the free spirit watched over him as he danced and had fun at the party.  Desmond and Marina have the most beautiful blue eyes. 

                                                               Desmond and Vicky

Marina and her Father Desmond Guinness 

                                                                       leixlip castle

This is a blog talking about former Princess Marie Gabrielle and the castle home.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Originally uploaded by inspirational
Inspirational beauty!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Rustie Dolls Authorized Dealer Vicky's Place Collectible Art Curio

Rustie doll Gallery

I officially became an authorized dealer for the beautiful "Rustie" dolls. The dolls are one of a kind. "Rustie" lists only one of her doll creations when someone buys the doll it is gone. The doll's are highly collectible and rare. I will be purchasing more dolls. So keep in tune.
The 2010 dolls listed below are Sold

                                "ISABELLA" 34" Artist Original   
Price $880.00 Sold
Stunning combination of blue and pink in this unique design,$250.00a yard hand beaded tatted chantilly lace in pearls and sequins.Pink underlay of bridle satin.Detailed pearled bodice with hanging beads. large sleeves with silver bead edging,she hold up her train.Match large hat with custom order pink ostrich boa,matching ostrich fan.smokey blue eyes,light strawberry long hair.Austrian crystal earrings and necklace.

"JOYCELINE" 34" Artist Original- 
Price $800.00---SOLD    
The softest of peach sequined chantilly lace over soft peach sparkle organza and white bridle satin.Over 27 total yards of fabric in this flowing ball gown.Awesome pearled bodice piece with layered effect.Lots of detail,pictures will not do justice to this gown. Super large matching hat with white wedding tulle.She has ginger with blonde highlights and ocean green eyes . Austrian crystal necklace and earrings.

"VALENTINE" 34" Artist Original - Price $800.00--SOLD
 Stunning deep red double velvet silk backed gown . White appliques have hand sewn pearls and raised design.Ruffle around shoulders and bodice in double velvet. 
Matching hat with red and white turkey ruff, matching bag. Blue eyes ,layered blonde hair.

Rustie dolls can be viewed at Rustie's gallery at: Rustie Doll Gallery

Monday, March 1, 2010

Rustie porcelain doll 1999 tori vegas lady, Rustie doll Jessie, Patricia Rose Prima Ballerina Doll, Vintage Oriental China doll and Franklin Heirloom Queen Victoria Doll

Doll lovers do not miss the 7 day auction this week.  The dolls start at $9.99 and the highest bidder wins.  Hurry and click into my eBay store and win a special collectible doll. 

            Franklin Heirloom Porcelain Doll Queen Victoria of England

On 24 May 1837 Victoria turned 18, and the regency was avoided. On 20 June 1837, Victoria was awakened by her mother to find that William IV had died from heart failure at the age of 71. In her diary Victoria wrote, "I was awoke at 6 o'clock by Mama ...who told me the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting-room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning, and consequently that I am Queen..." Victoria was now Queen of the United Kingdom. Her coronation took place on 28 June 1838, and she became the first Monarch to take up residence at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Victoria of England

The Ballerina 

Patricia Rose Prima Ballerina Doll
Patricia Rose is first and foremost a sculptor. Her love for dolls came only after a quest to combine all of her interests and skills into one profession. She considers herself very fortunate to have discovered this world of dolls which has enabled her to follow her passion for art and also express who she is.

A Vintage Oriental Chinese Doll China

A Porcelain doll "Rustie" Weldon Museum of Fine Collectibles Jessie 0222/2000

American Doll Artist Rustie was born in Chicago. She started to design gowns for her own dolls at a very young age. Rustie is an award-winning, multi-talented fashion designer and doll artist, whose illustrious career has spanned more than 25 years as a designer of elaborate, richly detailed collector's dolls. Rustie's magnificent designs have brought her many awards and many affluent collectors for her original creations from around the world.

A Porcelain doll "Rustie" a Vegas ladie 1999 2385/3000

The "Showgirl" was invented in 1907 by Florenz "Ziggy" Ziegfeld Jr. for his "Follies" show.