Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Sundae Lost & Giveaway! (guest post by author Heather Muzik)


I guess the problem started long ago…. You see, I have always loved miniature things. My good friend Sam would tell me that I have the “little disease.” When I was young, I collected Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Herself the Elf? Had her too. Oh, and those 80’s fashion dolls, Glamour Gals, that were like tiny mutant  Barbies—loved them! Teensy shoes, wee wardrobes, bitty brushes—I even had a palm-size baby doll. I had so many wonderful mini childhood treasures... and that brings me to the crux of the matter: a tiny doll named Caramellie and her little sundae-shaped house. My favorite toy ever and the impetus for Cat’s riotous adventure in 2 Days ‘Til Sundae. 

I am certainly not Catherine, but she is a part of me—the part that has a sentimental streak a mile wide and a penchant for the dramatic. And like her, I know how it feels to lose what you thought was safely stored away. When I graduated from high school and left home for college, I didn’t realize that I would never go back to Jersey, so I left many things behind. I hopped a plane to GA with the clothes on my back and a couple of suitcases in baggage and shipped the rest of what I truly needed through UPS. I was eighteen at the time, living in a dorm; I couldn’t bring along my younger self and all her collections! And then I was married and living in a tiny apartment; I didn’t have room for all those memories! But by the time we moved into a real house, with an attic and extra rooms, it was already too late. It turns out that one person’s treasure is actually another person’s trash—sounds a lot less hopeful and promising that way, doesn’t it?

So I can relate to Catherine’s plight. And further, I can certainly attest to getting the occasional post-auction crazies when someone snags a win out of my clutches in the last seconds, although as of this point I have never actually hopped a plane to claim what I feel is rightfully mine…. In that respect I have to envy Cat’s guts and gumption, and I sure enjoyed going along for the ride. 

To be fair to my parents, even though many of my treasures are still MIA to this day, how can I hold a grudge when 2 Days was born out of that loss?  Besides, it turns out that my Caramellie has finally been accounted for. It seems she’s been “homeless” and naked (probably since the 80’s—it was a wild time), living in a box (a Herself the Elf box) with several other tiny misfit dolls. She deserves better.

Now I find myself closer to Cat than ever, trolling the antiques and garage sale circuits and searching eBay late at night, in hopes of finding a new or used sundae house. Meanwhile Caramellie waits patiently in a place of honor on a bookshelf in my office, reminding me that sometimes a story can come from the most unlikely of places…. And that “little disease” I mentioned earlier? That is alive and well and manifests itself in a quasi-obsession with Christmas ornaments. ;-)

An EXTRA huge thank you to Heather Muzik for providing the above post for me today!   I have reviewed each of Heather's books here on the blog:  Celia's Journey, 2 Days til Sundae (via the pre-release ebook) and Apathetic (via the pre-release ebook).  I am excited to announce that 2 Days Til Sundae will be officially released in paperback on Tuesday, October 18, 2011.  (But you can totally get it now with the link I provided - shhhh!!)

Heather has generously agreed to giveaway a signed copy of 2 Days til Sundae here on Family, Scrapbooks and Coffee!!   The contest opens today and closes 10/17/11 at 11:59 p.m.  The winner will be chosen on 10/18/11 via Random.org and the winner notified that day via email.  

96 comments:

Kathy said...

I loved reading this. Just beautiful and it brought up some of my own feelings of my things that are no longer around and the need of my own children to keep their own collections that are tresures to them but can be seen as just junk to me! Thank you, great guest post!!

Anonymous said...

The last book I read in it's entirety was Game of Thrones book III. I'm was reading book IV, but I've misplaced it. :-(

I LOVED (and still do) Herself the Elf! I just found my SnowDrop doll in the basement! :-)

Karen
kmkc78 at aol dot com

Mrs. No-No said...

I agree! Great guest post! I think we all left stuff "behind" that was important to us - - and we always thought we could come back later...
stopping by from VB - have a great week!!!
carla :)
Mrs. No-No Knows

Julie said...

Thank you so much for the blog comment. I am FREAKING OUT. I have been on the same search for a doll from this collection. I loved these dolls and had one that lived in a Oreo. I loved it so much, I Stumbled the blog.

insomnia said...

The last book I read was Zak Bagan's Dark World about his adventures with the Ghost Adventures crew/bio book.

May said...

Thanks for stopping over, i really appreciate it. I love to read and i hope to check this one out. This is a great post and i hope others get to see it.

Anonymous said...

Loved this write up. Reminded me so much of all I lost forever when I left home.

Last book read was "Lady In The Mist" by Laurie Alice Eakes

Barb Kelly

Lolo said...

Talk about things left behind.... I came to live to Murcia year and could only bring 2 suitcases per person : (

Hope you have a great week
Lolo

detodounlolo.blogspot.com

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

beautiful guest post! so many memories of important keepsakes that meant the world to me and I drove everyone crazy with keeping/collecting. I guess I will have that to look forward to as a mom.

take care! new follower, coming from VB

kathryn
www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

Coffee Please!?! said...
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Judy Kelly said...

The last book I read was "The 5 People you meet in Heaven". I've tried getting thru a couple more, but never seem to make it! This book sounds like me..I'm a keeper of treasures! My poor girls when I cross over! LOL

Christine said...

The last book I read was the Berenstein Bears Go to the Dentist... does that count?? haha... no, really the last book I read was Dead in the Family (part of the sookie stackhouse series) ;)

Val Curtis said...

The last book I read was actually one that my mom shipped to me from a box of books she saved from my childhood and my son LOVES it. It is called "Splish, Splash and Splush". I think it may have even been my mom's! Thanks for the visit at Mental Chew!

Michelle said...

Great post. I have lost quite a few memories when my mom sent my stuff to goodwill. I didn't mind until now that I have kids and they seem to want some of the same stuff my brother and I had growing up.

Michelle said...

Great post. I have lost quite a few memories when my mom sent my stuff to goodwill. I didn't mind until now that I have kids and they seem to want some of the same stuff my brother and I had growing up.

Barb Kelly said...

Wonderful post! Hope this post works this time!

Barbara Kelly

Barb Kelly said...

Almost forgot, reading "Whispers from the Ashes" Patricia Hester. Fantastic book about Northeast PA and coal mining families.

Barb Kelly

Heather said...

I loved reading all the posts! So glad that I am not alone in my love for childhood treasures! Living in a house full of men (or budding men) I sometimes feel like I am! My sons are growing up so fast and when they grow out of their toys they seem to get rid of them with ease (too much ease). I find myself covertly storing some of their old things in the attic because even though I know that Bakugan and Transformers might be totally uncool to them now... someday I am certain they will want to be reminded of who they once were.

Oh, and the last book I read? Year of Wonders--a novel of the plague. Love historical fiction!

Barb Kelly said...

still reading "Whispers from the Ashes" Patricia Hester. Fantastic book about Northeast PA and coal mining families.

Barb Kelly said...

Thank you so very much! I'm looking forward to the book. Love these contests!

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