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February 19, 2010



Hi Sweet Kim,

Your dollhouse is looking mighty cute. I just checked my email and sadly there was nothing from you:(


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Hi LeAnn,

Check again - I just resent it.
I see that you use Yahoo too.


dotsie (aka podso)

How fun you have two houses to work on! The heart is beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing and such a great idea for Jack.

Susan Freeman

That heart for Jack is just adorable! Thanks for posting more pics of your dollhouse too. I am going over to check out Dale's Etsy shop right now. Have a great weekend Kim and Miss Maggie!

Susan and Bentley

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

People do have the kindest hearts, don't they?


You have got to be one of the most caring and wonderful people I have ever met in our blogging world. You bring tears to my eyes so often as I read your Blog or see your photos of the day. You, make my day. What a wonderful thing you are doing for Jack. I hope I can get a heart together for him. Meantime, I have been ill all week, so I am getting very little done, just taking care of me for now.

Daisy Cottage


I'm not doing this for Jack - WE are doing this for Jack.
How sweet and kind are YOU?

Feel better soon. I'm sick too. Let's sniffle together.



Kim, I would like to send a heart as well. I LOVE this idea! Could you send me your addy so I know where to send it? thanks, mary


Tammy's heart to you is adorable! I know she has a HUGE heart for coming up with this idea. Mine will be in the mail soon.


Hi Kim!
My name is Mariela and I´m from Argentina...
your idea about the hearts for Jack is so sweet .. I wanted to participate.
I would like to send my contribution ...

Please send me an email to learn how to participate.

[email protected]

Thank you!

Fay Marie Torzsok

What a cute heart that is Kim. I'm sure you're very trilled.
I have to get cracking on the one I'm going to make for Jack. This weekend I will go out to buy what I need for it. I am very excited actually to get started.

Fay Marie

Esther Sunday

Tammy- your heart is special; this one and the one inside you!!!! Kim - always love the dollhouse - and you!


How could this post not have a million comments by now. I missed the first instalment of hearts for Jack. Oh what a wonderful idea. Tammy is a genious,your amazing to put it all together. I lost a spouse in my middle 30s so I understand his pain. Life does go on and these hearts will help Jack move through the loss.
Your doll house is adorable the red cabinate too cute, and those tiny books too. do you think the mirrors ought to be red, maybe, I know it's not something you would have thought of on your own he he he.


How sweet the heart and cupboard are! Thanks for the link to Dale's shop. It's fun to know we'll get to see the hearts for Jack.

Heidi - Heart and Home

Hi Kim,
My heart is on the way! I can't wait to see all of them.
Your new furniture for the dream dollhouse is adorable, I am so ready to start a renovation on the one Santa brought my daughter a few years ago. I play with it more than she does! I've got some big ideas for it, and then I want to move in to it!!
Hope you feel much better soon. Have a great weekend.


Hi Kim, I've visited you before but it's been a while. Blogging just takes off and your in all kinds of directions.

The doll house cabnet in adorable. I wanted to do that onces. I bought a real cool victorian kit, got the outside put together, then moved and it broke all to pieces. I really do love yours.


Hi Kim, I would like to make a heart for Jack. I have never done this type of craft before, but will give a good try. I just need to know what the heart is stuffed with ?

I hope this will bring him much joy !


Oooooh look- she even stitched a lil itty bitty Maggie May on that pillow for you.


And tysvm for the dollhouse pics. You know they are just so cute I can almost not stand it I wanna explode, haha.

I need tog et on my heart making, been a real slacker lately for things I need to do!!

Have a great weekend, too.


Tammy's heart is absolutely precious!
and the one beating in her chest isn't so bad to have inspired the Hearts for Jack idea.


The heart is so charming. Beautiful work Tammy.

I love your blog! And the dollhouse is so precious..need to find out where I can find my own. You truly are an inspiration I love your colors and have adopted them for our house and it is just so cheery I love it!

Ashley Schott

I love your new dollhouse cabinet!!! I am going to go out on a limb and say maybe you're going to paint those mirrors black? Just kidding:) Red, duh!

Crystal Sparks

That heart is so cute!!! I LOVE it!!!


Oh, my! I have to get busy on that HEART! Thanks for the little reminder, I needed it! I love, love, love that little one she sent to you, it's PERFECT! And your dollhouse, oh. My. Could it possibly be any cuter?!?


Kim, the hearts for Jack was such a lovely idea, I cried when I read that entry.

The hutch looks so cute in your setting. I love the ottoman and are those slippers sitting there on top? Too cute, all! :)

Thank you, for all that you do. :)

Susan Ramey Cleveland

Hi Kim, somehow I missed your original Hearts for Jack post. Having lost my dear Vann from cancer in September, my heart is full of love and compassion for Jack, although I don't know him personally. It's such a sad journey, and I want to make a heart for Jack. I had your address at one time but might not still have it. would you e-mail me at
[email protected] with the mailing address? Thanks.


Hi! I am new to your blog! Thank you for visiting mine. I really appreciate it. I really like your blog. You are doing such a wonderful job! I remember seeing your house in the 2009 country Sampler Home Tour Edition. I love all the bright colors you use. I will be back to visit often! ~Dan~


Hello Kim,

you dollhouse looks adorable as always :) The cabinet fots perfectly :) My heart for Jack, should be ready tomorrow :) Have a nice evening:)


What a precious Daisy Cottage heart! I'm loving your dollhouse - I've had one for years. Time to take everything out and clean it all...just like home.

Deborah in NC
(now Miss Bee's Haven)


I did receive your Yahoo email. Thanks so much!

Tammy's heart is just adorable. She is so talented.

I just love all of the details in your dollhouse. How fun! I think I'll be on the lookout for one myself. I could use some more creativity and playfulness in my life! It's good for a soul!


How I have enjoyed these first few pages!! The wee books upon the bathroom chair, the impossibly-small REAL bathroom tile, the bright yellow house---how could one NOT be happy in such a cheery place?

I got so carried away with the pages of Stevenson that I had to go take down a volume and read for a while---I've been immersed in Minnie and The Flowers (I think I'll use that in a Wishing-for-Spring post in my blog soon).

I followed you from Backyard Neighbor, and now you're in my favorites list---I'll be back soon.


And now you're playing A Summer Place---makes me smell the chlorine and feel the smooth water of Eight O'Clock PE in college---they played that while we swam, to make us graceful.


Hey, Kim! One suggestion for your doll house: drink lots of Champagne! The wire twist tops make fabulous little French style stools for the boudoir mirror and soda-fountain type stools for the patio! I am a long time miniatures-dreamer-reconvertor from my humble roots. Champagne on a beer budget style....always!
I used to save wood chips from my Dad's workshop, chomp them up and paste fake "album" covers from those record club advertisements in the magazines, and book covers from the book clubs to make my own little books and albums....
It is so much fun to make that stuff.
But I LOVED your Valentine's Gift Box from "Mr. Valentine".
Hope it was really LOADED! Did they have a picnic too? ;)
Renninger's was soooooo much better this time than January. I tried to take some photos of RED things for you, alas, my trifocals fought against my digital camera and we shall see.....Fifi would have loved the abundant French influence there....Mount Dora is finally getting French. No chili there, but the corndogs were FABU!!!!
Have a warm week. Rhonda


Aw, I'm so glad you like my little heart, Kim and thank you everyone for your compliments. Can't wait to see all the wonderful hearts going to Jack...and, so many beautiful words written by all to help console him in his shows what loving hearts there really are out there & that we aren't alone.

sweet cottage dreams

Ok, I have to ask you, where on earth do you find all of the things for the dollhouse that you find just like your big house? I am in awe! That hutch is fabulous!! Did you get the mirrors on etsy, too? Can I just shrink down in size, like Honey I Shrunk The Kids, and move in? I'd keep it clean, promise!

xoxoxo you dear friend,

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