Monday, March 30, 2015

Peggy Wilson

I was so sorry to hear from a friend that Peggy Wilson has passed away. I had the pleasure of taking one online class with her, her Elder Elves. Here are some pictures of her work, starting with

the Elder Elves.



FIDGET 3 copy

Pernickity  ( I was never lucky enough to take this class, but for sure, I will find a way.) On Peggy’s blog she mentions how she enjoys doll makers adapting her designs to give the doll their own style, so I will try that with the Elder Elves design.


Dollmakers Journey has posted on their Facebook page and has provided a spreadsheet if you wish to add your name to the condolence list.

Another amazing doll artist is gone.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Brent Butt–Corner Gas

About the end of February, I saw in our local newspaper that  Brent Butt of Corner Gas fame, was coming to Sidney. I thought how cool that would be to see him. I mentioned it to hubby, so we made our plans to see him.

About a week or so later, there in the center section of our small local paper was a contest to win one of two sets of tickets for two, to see him. It was 7 o’clock in the morning, I told hubby I was going to try for one of those sets. Ran for the computer, sent an email to answer the question and later that morning, I got the confirmation that I had won the first set of tickets…so of course I had to do the happy dance all over the house. The show sold out, of course it did.

The show was last night. It started with a rising star in comedy by the name of Ivan Decker. Image result for ivan decker

So fun, a great warm up act and left us wanting more. A couple of links to Ivan Decker….

Ivan then introduced Brent Butt and off we went for over an hour of non stop laughing. I laughed so hard and for so long, I couldn’t wipe the tears running down my face fast enough to keep up.. Brent’s style of humour is just so quirky and refreshing. Family friendly and very relaxed.

Taken from the Mary Winspear Center website (in case it’s gone as soon as I post this)

Brent Butt, the creator and star of the wildly popular television sit com CORNER GAS is coming to the Charlie White Theatre in Sidney on March 25th.

Butt became known in Canada for his clean and relaxed comedic style, and after several tv specials, he created CORNER GAS in 2004, and starred in the role of Brent Leroy.   The series was an instant hit for CTV, becoming the top sitcom on Canadian television and eventually aired in 26 countries.   The final  season for the show was 2009, but the show continues to maintain its popularity today, with constant reruns on the Comedy Network and CTV.   CORNER GAS received Gemini awards, Canadian Comedy Awards, Director`s Guild awards, Leo awards and was voted the “Funniest show on TV” by TV Guide readers.      And just this past Christmas season, CORNER GAS THE MOVIE hit the big screen.  It  was originally given a limited run in select cities, but became so popular with fans that it was given a longer run with additional cities added to its distribution.

Tickets for a memorable night of comedy with Brent Butt Live and special guest Ivan Decker are on sale now at the Mary Winspear Centre Box Office” .

And here is a video with Brent and his wife Nancy (better known as Wanda from Corner Gas.

and Brent’s website

Brent, an awesome night of entertainment. Here’s hoping you make a return visit to our small town, and bring Nancy with you. ;o)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


The next project I’m working on is Serenity. This is another amazing rabbit by Sherry Goshon. This is Sherry’s version, isn’t she gorgeous.

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And this is mine, so far. From her already big rabbit feet (which might get bigger)


To the clay breast plate, which I hadn’t done before (the front and back before) I love the look of the breast plate, I can see so many ways to modify this for other dolls.


To the long lanky legs. Here she is so far, no head yet but getting ready to put her together. The body parts are all decoupaged and ready for her to become a complete bunny. Her legs are sooo long, it makes her upper body look so petite.


I’m loving the black and white theme I chose for her. Have no idea what fabrics I will use for the costume, yet to be decided, but it’ll be fun to figure that out next. And then the trims, oh my. Another creative overload coming…..back soon with more updates for Serenity.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Painting the Roses Red–done

What a ton of fun making these guys. I am so happy with how they turned out. There is a lot more to these card soldiers than meets the eye. OR, it’s just me and my fussing around. Either way, I love projects that have details that you don’t see right away, projects that challenge me to do something a little different. That’s probably why it took me longer than anticipated.

The first example is the cap sleeves. Because I did 4 of these and used different fabrics, I thought it would be fun to alternate the fabrics for the caps. One fabric matches the body, the other is one of the other three and so on. When folded over on the shoulder you get to see the underside fabric. Even though the shoulder caps don’t really show, when you see them in real life, they are a great finishing detail to the shoulders.

For the faces, rather than make them all looking in the same direction, I had two looking left and two looking right. On the top of the hat, I added a big black hexagonal style bead, a gold spacer and finished with a silver seed bead. The hair is two colours of mohair locks, needle felted on.


I used the silver seed bead on the hats, because on the back of the soldiers, I had to find a way to add a hanger. I didn’t want to add a tie of some kind but I knew I would have something that would be the perfect touch. Janet had these perfect little pewter  tea themed push pins that I bought a while ago, thinking ahead I suppose to Alice. They made the best hangers. I punched a hole in the hard board and glued the tea pots on, so that the handles could be used to hang on a picture hanger or nail. Aren’t they just so much fun.


A full view of the backs.


And here they are individually. The paint pots I made for them, came courtesy of the $ store. They were a strip of paint pots for kids, filled with water based paints. I scooped out the paint, repainted the insides with a coat of red paint, added the wire handles and snapped the lids closed. The brushes are older ones from my painting days. On the tips I made a bit of a paint drip using crystal lacquer and then painted red.


The last part of the puzzle was how to display them at Janet’s shop. So I got this brilliant idea of using a canvas board. I figured out a way to secure some hangers on the canvas and now they are all together on that and it stands nicely inside the cubby holes I use to display my dolls.. What a fun fun project. I hope you find a project to do that give you that same joy.. The link to Christine Shively is on the first post about these card soldiers if you are interested in making them.

On to the next item on my to do list. Enjoy…. ;o))


Friday, March 6, 2015

Love Has No Labels

This is your feel good moment. I hope you enjoy this, it’s fantastic. Love Has No Labels Main

The quote from the webpage, reads as follows.

There's a lot of propaganda swirling around the web these days. Videos featuring food, sports teams and household appliances spread like wildfire, raking up millions and millions of views.

But in the history of internet videos, there's never been one we hoped would go viral as much as this one. A part of the "Love Has No Labels" campaign, the Ad Council manages to give us major chills in just three minutes. Posted only 24 hours ago, the video has racked up 1.5 million views, and shows no signs of slowing down.

If you want to do a good deed today, share this video. The internet could use a little more love...and a little less of this.”


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Painting the Roses Red

Last fall my friend Janet and I were talking about what kind of things I would make for the shop this year. Suzette Rugolo has been coming out with doll patterns every couple of months or so since last year, in the ever popular theme of Alice in Wonderland.  I’ve been collecting the patterns as they come out so I suggested I make the series for the shop.

We agreed that would be so much fun, so this is the start. Suzette hasn’t come out with the Card Soldiers yet, and not sure what else she is going to do, but I have this design by Christine Shively and thought this would be a fun place to start.

These are adorable and tiny little guys, only measuring about 9” tall. As always I’ve put my own touches into the finished product. I contacted Christine to see if they are wired to stand, but she said no, they are either a wall doll or leaning against something, but she said go for it. These will be hanging on the wall or leaning, but for sure am not going to wire these little bodies.

I’ve made two changes. As you’ve read before I don’t like mitten hands or chubby hands, they drive me crazy. I feel like I can turn tiny fingers well now after all this time, so I redrew the hands and made them individual fingers. I know, I know…are you crazy, they are so tiny. But I did it, 40 little fingers stitched, turned and stuffed with not one blow out and stitched with cotton fabric that has no give... YES!!!

I’m making 4 of these little guys, each a little different fabrication and I drew out the other three card symbols as the pattern just had one, that would be the heart. This is where I’m at for now, and in a couple of days or so, I’ll have them all done.

A happy moment came a couple of weeks ago, I have a new camera and now my pictures should be much better. My other little digital has given me a few years and probably thousands of pictures and owes me nothing, but it came time for a change as I could see the quality of the images was fading and I was spending more and more time editing to make them somewhat acceptable…Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and part with old friends, so to speak.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

More Songbirds

I’ve been working on little things while watching tv at night. I made a few more of these songbirds for Christmas sales. Shhh, yes, I said Christmas sales. Don’t be alarmed, I haven’t lost it, but the ornaments I bring in are great sellers and I seem to need a few more each year.

I think it’s the way of the economy, people want hand made, but smaller hand made items and that’s fine with me. Whatever keeps the customers happy is what it’s all about. So to refresh, this is the one I did at the start of the year.


And, here are three more colours of songbirds.


That’s it for today. If you like these birds, you can find the pattern here.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mardi Gras Needlework Collection

In 2013 I started working on a tutorial. I got side tracked, sound familiar…. I do that from time to time. ;o(  However, I got back on track and put my mind to it that I had to finish this project. 

And that’s what I did. I love Jesters, Clowns, Pierrots and pretty much anything on that theme, so with that in mind, I created this needlework collection. I got it done in the same week of Mardi Gras, at least on the end of it, but done it is.

I hope if you like to do needlework, you might enjoy making this. If you’re not, don’t worry, you don’t necessarily have to be. The hat is the focal point of the set, and it’s all sewn except for the added stitched button on the top which could be replaced with anything you like.

It’s a big project, 19 pages for the instructions, then there are two other files to download that are instructions for putting together components of the set. Please click on “Free Stitching Projects” on the tab above and you will find three files to download. Mistakes happen, let me know if you find something.

They are: Mardi Gras Needlework Collection, 18th Century Scissor Shoe Fobs and last file on the page, Finishing Ornaments. To make all 5 projects, you need all three files. You will now be able to make scissor fobs, buttons (which could also be smaller fobs,


To cover the backs, I just used faces that were part of a fabric featuring Jesters and Mardi Gras specifically. You easily just cover both sides with fabric if you don’t do needlework.


a Jester ornament


A scissor case. While i haven’t embellished the case very much you certainly can. I just felt it would be handled a fair bit, so that any dangling beads etc. might be in the way.


And a Jesters hat, my favourite part of the set. This one is in Mardi Gras colours, but the one I made in 2013 is in black and white fabrics. I love these pincushions. So much fun and adds a fun feature to my worktable.



Here is the completed set all together.


This is how you can make small and medium size fobs. So cute.


I hope you will enjoy it. I’ve given you a few examples of what you could do, send me pictures if you make something with this tutorial. . I would love to see your interpretation of my design and I will feature you on my blog if you would like that…;o)

All I ask in return is that you give me credit for the projects I’ve designed and if you feel so inclined, pass along my blog link to anyone else you know that likes to stitch and/or likes Jester themes.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Good Dental Hygiene

I’m busy finalizing some details on a new tutorial that I hope you’ll like. I actually started it a couple of years ago, but in the spirit of clearing up unfinished projects, I felt it was time to attack this project.

It’s a fun theme, if you’re into this type of theme, but I’m not saying what it is just now. In a couple of days I should have it all ready to go and will let you all know… Soon, very soon…

In the meantime while you wait, I thought I would give you a little update on the status of Radar. It’s been 8 months since he came to live with us, and as you know from a previous post, it’s been a huge learning curve for all of us. I would say trust and security have been his two biggest hurdles to overcome, but he’s really done that in a big way.

A few years ago, I got to learn first hand the implications of dental care for animals. It’s one thing that as pet owners we probably don’t think about as much as we should. We just assume that when animals show us they aren’t feeling well, that it must be an external problem or just feeling out of sorts.

I found this site that explains it well, what happens when cat’s teeth are not kept in check and how very important this care is. Dental Care for Cats 

So with that and knowing I have to make sure to take care of Radar’s teeth I would somehow have to check him out. What I did was over a short period of time, I started by gently slipping my finger in the side of his mouth and massaging his gums which he seemed to really like. Okay good. So off to the pet store to get supplies.

I picked up a kit with a finger brush, tooth brush and pet toothpaste. PLEASE do not use human toothpaste, just pet toothpaste. For a couple of days I just put some paste on my finger and poked that into his mouth to see how he would respond. He liked it….YAY…

Now guess what. We’ve advanced to the teeth brushing with the finger brush and he comes running now to have it done. The brush is very soft and the whole time I’m brushing his teeth, he’s trying to lick the paste off, so it’s all good… I never thought in a million years I would be brushing a cat’s teeth, but apparently it does happen, not that every cat will allow it, I got lucky. ;o)  Check this out, cute or what..

My hand on his neck is just for support, he gets so excited he’s moving his head all around trying to get to the brush and paste, so I have to hold him still  lol  I think we’ve got the trust and security covered, don’t you. ;o) See his little tongue sneaking out to lick….


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Gracelynn Mist

My mixed media fairy is done. I am so pleased with how she turned out. Restraint was the operative word with what I added to the finished piece, it would have been easy to keep adding and adding, but in the end it would have lost it’s original appeal and looked like a jumbled mess. There is a lot of activity in the piece with the stippled garden theme, so really wasn’t necessary to add much.

For this doll, I made a name tag that is part of the final look. It has her name and information about her. I bound the edge with knitting ribbon and added a few bits and pieces of gold metal and a pretty rose cabochon I received as a freebie with an order, and as fate would have it, works perfectly with this. At the top of the tag is a bee. What garden is complete without a bee or two.


At the front is a tassel that drapes along the spine of the book. I added the same kind of dangle as the name tag, but this one is purple. A few beads strung on, and although it doesn’t show, there is a moon, a sun and some stars stitched the woven piece of the tassel. You need all those elements for things to grow. ;o)


In this picture you can see a letter F added just to signify a fairy resides here. A piece of scroll work on the opposite side, both painted with colours that tie them to the fairy. in this picture and the one above you can see some paper butterflies and flowers tucked in here and there, a dragonfly at the top of the tassel where it hangs over the edge of the book.


A view from the side shows you a better angle of how this is put together. I love this piece so much. Some things we do really are a labour of love aren’t they.


And here you can see Gracelynn Mist busy reading. What is she reading, a cookbook of course. She is finding out how to make a lemon sponge cake, her expression says to me… “of course, that’s it”…



And from the back you can how the name tag became part of the doll art piece. Thank you for spending time here watching me bring this together. I hope you enjoyed each step as I brought Gracelynn Mist to life (so to speak).

Even though mixed media isn’t what I do so much, there are a few things I shared with you that maybe will help you somehow along the way. If you enjoyed watching the books being altered, do go to YouTube and search for altered books, you really will be inspired by the artists who have shared their videos.

Back soon, have a great week.



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