Monday, October 17, 2016

Christmas Morning

This little lady I’m calling Christmas morning. She’s ready to celebrate the day but of course open her presents first. It’s hard to believe this little rag doll has button jointed  legs and arms, so I’m surprized she’s standing on her own.

The pattern and face template are from Jessica Hamilton. You can find them both on her Etsy site. HERE


Her hair started off with Tibetan Lamb, but the wig I made was a bit small. To make up for that, I wrapped the front of her head with a boa. The template choice was fun, the colour matches the blue in her pants. Aren’t the faces cute.


I made the slippers ages ago and see, eventually when you make little things and put them away, they will come back and be used sometime. The rick rack and ribbon roses on her slippers, and red bows on her pant legs help complete the look.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Raggedy Carol

The next rag doll is done. This was a special order, and she didn’t ask me for any particular colour. My customer was really happy with her and that makes me happy to see her reaction. This is going to a little girl, so that will be great.

The design is Patti Culea’s, and the face template I used is from Jessica Hamilton, available here.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Art Sea Festival 2016

For anyone in the Greater Victoria area, and more specifically, Sidney BC, the Art Sea Festival begins on Oct.14th. Next Friday, and is on until Oct. 23rd.

I will be one of the artisans doing demo’s for one afternoon. I will be at LaLoca Fair Trade on Oct 15th from 11 – 3. I will be working on dolls that will be available for purchase at LaLoca just in time for Christmas. Click on the image to see more of LaLoca.


If you are in the area, stop by and say hello. Below is a link to the Festival website, and just below the main events, is a list of all the artisans that will be part of the Festival. I believe there are 40 of them in total.

Some are at locations throughout Sidney and Brentwood Bay, and some are also part of the Studio Tour. There is a lot to see and many diverse forms of art to enjoy. I hope to see you on Saturday.

Click on the image for the website and information about all the activities. Try not to worry about the rain, it’s part of our West Coast experience. ;o)


Friday, September 30, 2016

Christmas Helper

I don’t do a lot of challenges these days, but I was getting into the Christmas mood and decided I would try and get this one done. It’s in a FB group hosted by Katie Bock. Since I was the only one who actually made a doll for the challenge, I got the gift of a free pattern by Katie, so it was worth it. ;o)

This is my version of Shashi Nayagam’s pattern, “Appleberry”. What a cute project. There are a couple of minor changes (of course, what doll do I make that doesn’t have little changes). There are no ears on him and I did add cuffs to the sleeves, that might all I changed about the doll itself.

Since it’s a Christmas theme, I thought it would be cute to have him outfitted with ornaments and wreaths to help with decorating. So here he is… I just think he’s so cute, may not part with him. Just have him join the rest of the boy dolls I have in my small collection. ;o)


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Teaching My First Online Class

I’ve been so busy over the last 2 – 3 months working on creating my first online class to teach. It’s been a labour of love for sure and such a great learning curve.

I’ve been very fortunate since I first started making dolls in 2003, to have learned from some amazing designers and creative souls, and to name a few, would be not naming others who deserve to be listed. Simply put, I enjoyed every one of them along the way. Sadly many of them aren’t teaching anymore but they have given much of their time, so who can blame them. ;o)

This doll I’ve designed is not meant for a beginner, it is more appropriate for an intermediate/advanced doll maker. The inspiration is taken from a painting back in 1902 that I just love, called “The Crystal Ball”. It’s a John Waterhouse painting and what I really like about his work, is that he always depicts women in such a feminine, gentle and simple way. By simple I mean, minimalist. He put a lot of emotion into his work, which I can feel coming through each painting.

This is what the original painting looked like. Somebody kindly made this montage of images from the original.


This is my interpretation of the painting. I hope you will like it and if you feel so inclined to want to make this doll yourself, please follow this link to my website. On this classes page, you will find all the information you need, I hope I haven’t forgotten anything.

If you have any questions, please contact me and I’ll get back to you asap. There is an email link in the sidebar to the right.

There is a link to PayPal at the bottom of the classes page.  Thanks so much, and keeping fingers crossed that I see you in class.. Romona



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