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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Humpty Dumpty Pincushion

I intended to make this later, but I was going to my monthly get together with a group of crafters. This ended up being what I worked on. It was easier and just so darn cute. It’s a design by Paula McGee. It measures just about 5 1/2” tall, even shorter if you don’t put him on a base like I did.

Sometimes when I get things in the mail that are bigger, they use interesting things to use as packing. In one case there were some wooden wheel looking pieces. They are about 2” across and about 1 1/4” tall. That’s what I’ve used for the base. I used batting and the black/white check fabric and I think it made for a great contrast for Humpty Dumpty’s prints and colours.

The rest of the doll is made with felt, cotton and organza ribbons. A bit of trim of buttons on the hat with heart shaped pins, and a bit of trim around the lower legs.

So a quick post today, enjoy ;o))


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Harmonica Boys–Phase 2

The boys have now come together, each with their own heads, arms and armatures. They will be characters for sure. They’ve been wrapped with their batting and waiting patiently to be dressed. (today sometime, that begins).

I made one of them, slim and trim, the next a little bit of a pooch, and the third one..well, let’s just say, he might try out for a part in a Santa movie. Not sure his pooch is quite big enough, but he does look kind of cute. ;o) Doesn’t show so much from this angle, but really does have a belly..

Back tomorrow or in a couple of days with more steps done.

                    Slim                              Little Pooch                             Big Belly


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Harmonica Boys

I’m working on three small dolls for a gallery show in March. I have until March 8th to get them done. The idea just kind of popped into my head and thanks to my muse for doing that.

This show is the Small Expressions. The items submitted must stay within a 12” x 12” size and we can only submit three pieces. There is no commission for this show as long as you volunteer to work during it, otherwise there is. It’s only during March, this year it’s from March 10th – 31st.

I’m really glad I ventured out and joined the Arts Council. I’m really not a joiner of groups for two reasons, I have been very hesitant to do it anymore. I feel that if you’re going to join something, you should take an active role, otherwise why join. The second reason is because of past experience with groups and those who just can’t play nice in the sandbox. They make it miserable for everyone else, I can’t stay and play with people like that.

The arts council is a good fit for me. They are serious about their chosen art form, and they encourage and support each other. I’m all about helping others, but not to the point where I am the only one doing that, and I don’t get any of those feelings with this group. I trusted what a friend told me (thanks Dianne) and jumped in with both feet. ;o)

This is just the start of my Harmonica boys.. They are baked now, so they don’t look so shiny, and today, they will get their armatures so they don’t feel so scattered. ;o)


Friday, February 9, 2018

Taste of Tulista

Just a quick post for those who live locally. Taste of Tulista is on again starting next week. If you know any of the artisans and want to see what they are featuring this year, then here are the details.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Princess and the Pea

Another doll going to the gallery show. This is a Cindee Moyer class and had so much fun making all the parts for this doll project.

This is how the bed came together, I love building the props for my dolls. I used: pieces of iron rods, wire, cardboard, wooden pegs and doll stands, a painters canvas made of balsa type wood, (found at the dollar store) a fast drying clear glue such at FabriTac, fabric and a hairy pillow fabric that I’ve used to suggest a shag rug under her bed.


The bed did not have a head board, but of course I had to make one. The other picture shows how I pieced it all together. Too long to describe here, but hopefully you get the idea from the pictures. Around her posts, I made ribbon bows, and at the base of the posts, are jeweled trims. Along the headboard and base of the bed, is a multi coloured organza daisy trim and lace.



And here is the Princess. I am so happy with her, she turned out even better than I hoped. I’ve tacked her nightgown up to be able to see her bloomers and slippers. The slippers are made with pieces of gold lace stitched to her feet. I used a cotton lace around the bloomer legs, the nightgown is silk.


Her hair is Tibetan Lamb and I incorporated some strands of pink into the white to draw in the pink tones of her bed. Her hair band is a beaded trim with pearls and seed beads, the same is used on her bodice. There are also rows of tiny white roses around her wrists, neck and shoulders.


And don’t forget the story of the Princess and the Pea. There really is a pea in her bed.. ;o) Keep looking below to see for yourself.


If you’ve thought about making this doll project, it really is fun. Cindee does give instructions for the bed she made in hers, and you get to make a stack of mattresses, a pillow and cover and finally a quilt. To say nothing of how fun the doll was to make. And your own mark…  Enjoy… ;o)



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