Friday, April 18, 2014

Meet The "Egg Muff Series" of Dolls



Meet the "Egg Muff Series" of new handmade cloth dolls and e-patterns.


"Toni E. Hawk"and Tom A. Hawk are members of the "Egg Muff Series" of cloth dolls. Toni E. Hawk happens to be "Tom A. Hawk's" twin sister.


"Nancy Dew Drop"and "Spike A Peek"  are also members of the "Egg Muff Series" of cloth dolls.


They are a fun loving group of dolls that love to sneak around and maybe, every once in awhile, drop in unexpectedly.

You might find then peaking around a corner, peaking over the windowsill, peaking through a keyhole in a door, or sneaking into your room. You just never know.

Sometimes you might just catch a glimpse of their eyes and hair as they try to sneak a peak. If you listen carefully, you might even hear them laughing, even chuckling away.

Sometimes you might even catch them doing a little jig. You just never know what they may do.

They love to laugh. They love to have fun. But, most of all they love to play hide and peak! No, not hide and seek! Hide and peak!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

One Of My Favorite Floral Arrangements


I've made hundreds of silk floral arrangements over the years and have to admit that some come out better than others. Some work out some don't. Some are just stunning color wise and some end up being re-done.  Some I don't like and some I just love.

The above is one of the latter. I created this floral arrangement several years ago and it has to be one of my favorites.


The reason is because it's a combination of silk floral stems and several dried and preserved floral stems I had purchased several years ago. It has dried and preserved eucalyptus stems, glittery garland sprigs, and navy blue dried bud stems.


The combination navy blue and natural basket and blue and silver wire ribbon bows are a good compliment for the colors of the arrangement.


Most of my floral arrangements these days are made with silk floral stems. I tend to prefer the natural look of dried floral versus silk floral but found that the dried floral just don't last.

I used to make them with dried floral many of which were fresh flowers from my gardens that I dried myself. They looked great for a while but didn't last and attracted moths so I gave up using them.

However, sometimes you can find some fabulous dried and preserved floral stems like the ones pictured above.

So far, they've lasted for several years and so far no moths. Cross your fingers it remains one of my favorites for many years to come. I'll let you know.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Time For Spring and Candy Dish Containers


I just love creating silk floral arrangements in all sorts of containers. I might use a basket, a metal container, a typical floral basin, glass vases, wooden crates, etc. Just about anything. So, when someone in the family asked me if I wanted a white milk glass candy dish they were throwing away I said - sure!


So, since I had put away all my winter silk arrangements I decided to make a small, cheery silk floral arrangement for the spring and summer using the white milk glass candy dish.


The arrangement is a combination of silk floral leaves, magnolia stems, lavender stems, and various other small spring like silk floral.


I was pleased with the way the arrangement came out. It was definitely a cheery arrangement for the spring and summer.

Candy might look be better in a candy dish and certainly be tastier - but this looked great. I was pleased with it and hope you like it too.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sometimes Saving A Few Items Is Worth It


I'm sure I'm not the only crafter that gets asked a lot if I want something before a family member or friend of a family member throws anything out that could be used for my crafts or is a craft supply.


Many years ago I was given a large glass candle cover that someone in the family was throwing away and thought I might like to keep for my floral crafts. So, of course, I took it and stored it away for that one day when I was looking for something just like it.

To understand collecting such things you have to understand that nothing irks a crafter more than to throw something away and then turn around shortly thereafter and need such an item. As a result we tend to save a lot more than we should.


Several years ago I was also sent a Christmas greenery arrangement that had a long flat basin to it. After the greenery turned brown and I had to throw it away I decided to store the basin as I thought I might just have a use for it at some point in time.


Well, a couple of years ago I decided to put that large glass candle cover and basin to good use and created a winter floral arrangement that had a white rose with silver silk twigs inside surrounded on the outside by artificial garlands, white silk poinsettias, small pine cones, and silver wire ribbon bows.

I was pleased with the way the floral arrangement turned out and every winter now this arrangement is proudly displayed.

It just goes to show you that sometimes saving a few items is well worth it.  At least that's what I keep telling myself.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Time To Put The Winter Floral Arrangements Away


Yippee! It's time to put the winter floral decorations away and break out the spring floral decorations.


I'm thrilled that the winter is over with but have to confess that I do like some of the winter floral decorations. They're pretty to look at but it's time for them to go.


Onward to spring. Yippee!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I LOVE Surprise Packages In The Mail


Nothing puts a smile on my face quicker than getting a "surprise" package in the mail from my "baby" sister.  So, the other day when my sister called and asked if I got her package I said with a huge smile on my face - WHAT PACKAGE.  DID YOU SEND ME SOMETHING.

She, of course, said she did but wouldn't tell me right away what it was.  Siblings do have to torture each other this way for a little while before spilling the beans. So, she tortured me for a few minutes before she said it was some of her hand spun alpaca yarn.

I was thrilled to hear this as I, of course, had been dropping little hints or should say BIG hints for months now that some of her alpaca yarn would be put to good use in my house.  My sister had added some of her hand spun alpaca yarns to her Rock Garden Alpaca Fiber Etsy shop and I had my eye on several that I thought would be perfect for doll hair, woodland beards, Santa hair and beards, etc.

So, when she said she had sent a package of some of her yarns I was thrilled and could hardly wait for the mail to come.  When the package came it was filled with a wonderful assortment of Navajo plyed yarns that my sister had hand spun from her own Rock Garden Alpaca fibers.

I immediately had ideas for using all of it and actually put the gray one shown below (2nd from the right in the 1st row) to use that very day.


I thought it would be perfect for the spiky hair I needed for one of my new dolls - Spike A Peek (pictured below).


I ended up using all the gray yarn for his hair but was thrilled with the way it turned out.  Spiky and perfect.  I hope you would agree.

Of course, my sister's yarn can be used for so many other things that doll hair.  It's perfect for knitting, crocheting, mixed media crafts, fiber arts, needle felting, etc.

She also sells alpaca roving and alpaca fiber carded batts and I've used both for some of my needle felted art dolls like those shown below:


If you get a chance please check out her Rock Garden Alpaca Fiber Etsy shop for all her wonderful alpaca roving and hand spun yarn products.  You won't be disappointed.

Now if she would just send me some of that beautiful black alpaca plyed yarn with the royal blue Kidsilk Haze......

Maybe some of Ivy's beautiful roving plyed yarn with the beige Kidsilk haze........

Just kidding "baby" sister...... Or, am I?   Hmmmm.........

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Colonial Madis Just Loves New England



Colonial Prudence and her brother, Colonial Madis, just love living in New England during the colonial times and love telling everyone they are from Plymouth, Massachusetts.

They are right proud to tell everyone that their grandmother and grandfather came over on the "Mayflower" and that all the members of their family belong to the "Mayflower Society" which is an exclusive club of colonists.

Life during the 1st year their grandparents arrived was difficult at best and many, many of their grandparents friends did not survive. They were lucky, and their grandparents did. For that "Colonial Prudence" and her brother, "Colonial Madis" are forever grateful.

The Fall is their favorite time of the year and during this season in New England their thoughts turn towards their grandparents, the 1st Thanksgiving in Plymouth, and what life must have been life for the first colonists.

Neither "Colonial Prudence" or "Colonial Madis" have any delusions as to how difficult it was. They have been hearing about it their whole life from their parents. They can probably recite the story line by line. In fact, Colonial Madis does from time to time when he and Colonial Prudence are alone.

Colonial Prudence is too well mannered and well behaved to ever push that envelope too far with her parents. She is every bit the respectful daughter.

Colonial Madis, on the other hand, does test them and sometimes their parents get a wee bit annoyed. Then Colonial Madis flashes his folks that charming smile of his and, well, all is usually forgotten. He can charm the pants off his mother and father.


"Colonial Madis" is a 15" Colonial cloth doll with an embroidered face. He has button eyes, a raised nose, and blushed cheeks. The inside of his mouth is colored rose. His boots are cross-tied and painted black and he's sporting white knee socks.


Colonial Madis is wearing a linen shirt with a matching linen and lace trimmed ascot. He has a flannel vest tied in 3 places with DMC Embroidery floss. His pantaloons are gathered and cuffed and match his lined jacket. His lined jacket has front inserts, front and back tails, and is top stitched along the edges. Three buttons are sewn to the front inserts of his lined jacket.

Colonial Madis has straight brown hair along the side seams of his head with the back of his head left bald.

Colonial Madis really is mindful of his family's reputation despite what his sister, Colonial Prudence says. After all, one day he will be the head of the family and will need to carry on the family name with pride. His grandparents worked too hard and sacrificed too much for him not to be mindful of that.



If you want to make your own "Colonial Madis" please CLICK HERE for his e-pattern.

If you would like to buy one of my "Colonial Madis" handmade dolls please CLICK HERE.  

Colonial Prudence Is A Respectful Daughter



Colonial Prudence and her brother, Colonial Madis, just love living in New England during the colonial times and love telling everyone they are from Plymouth, Massachusetts.

They are right proud to tell everyone that their grandmother and grandfather came over on the "Mayflower" and that all the members of their family belong to the "Mayflower Society" which is an exclusive club of colonists.

Life during the 1st year their grandparents arrived was difficult at best and many, many of their grandparents friends did not survive. They were lucky, and their grandparents did. For that "Colonial Prudence" and her brother, "Colonial Madis" are forever grateful.

The Fall is their favorite time of the year and during this season in New England their thoughts turn towards their grandparents, the 1st Thanksgiving in Plymouth, and what life must have been life for the first colonists.

Neither "Colonial Prudence" or "Colonial Madis" have any delusions as to how difficult it was. They have been hearing about it their whole life from their parents. They can probably recite the story line by line. In fact, Colonial Madis does from time to time when he and Colonial Prudence are alone.

Colonial Prudence is too well mannered and well behaved to ever push that envelope too far with her parents. She is every bit the respectful daughter.

Colonial Madis, on the other hand, does test them and sometimes their parents get a wee bit annoyed. Then Colonial Madis flashes his folks that charming smile of his and, well, all is usually forgotten. He can charm the pants off his mother and father.


"Colonial Prudence" is a 16" Colonial cloth doll with an embroidered face. She has button eyes, a raised nose, and blushed cheeks. The inside of her mouth is colored rose. Her boots are cross-tied and painted black. She is wearing gathered bloomers.

The front bodice of her dress has three layers of lace trim with the center layer being pearls & lace. Her colonial dress has lace trimmed sleeve, a lace trimmed neck edge, and lace trimmed bottom.

The apron that is tied around her waist is lace trimmed and tied around her waist in the back. She has a mass of curly brown hair which is barely controlled under her colonial bonnet, which is also lace trimmed and lined.


Colonial Prudence is ever mindful of her family reputation and standing in the community and has her hands full keeping her brother, Colonial Madis, in line.

However, she also has a secret weapon in her charming smile and knows that when she gives her brother a certain glance and then a certain smile that he knows enough to behave himself.


If you want to make your own "Colonial Prudence" please CLICK HERE for her e-pattern.

If you want to buy one of my "Colonial Prudence" handmade dolls please CLICK HERE.  

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Bridget - Nurse For All Seasons! Now She's Prepared!



"Bridget - Nurse For All Seasons!" is one of the members of the "Nurse Series" of cloth dolls and they are all getting ready for the "Emergency Worldwide Disaster Drill."

You see, you can never be prepared enough for a natural disaster or disaster of any nature - even a global one. So, they like nurses all over the world are all getting ready to do whatever is required of their nursing position during the drill.

They all took an oath to save lives and that is what they all intend to do. But, they and we all know that their jobs aren't just about saving lives - their jobs also entail caring for the patients, encouraging the patients, and teaching the patients how to care for themselves.

Nurses are vital to the health care profession and anyone who has even been in a hospital anywhere in the world knows that hospitals cannot function with nurses. They are the heart and soul of any hospital and heart and soul of the health care profession.

So, the nurses are getting ready. I have no doubt they will be. No matter where in the world they are.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Janice Nightingale - She's Always There For You!



"Janice Nightingale - She's Always There For You!" is one of the members of the "Nurse Series" of cloth dolls and they are all getting ready for the "Emergency Worldwide Disaster Drill."

You see, you can never be prepared enough for a natural disaster or disaster of any nature - even a global one. So, they like nurses all over the world are all getting ready to do whatever is required of their nursing position during the drill.

They all took an oath to save lives and that is what they all intend to do. But, they and we all know that their jobs aren't just about saving lives - their jobs also entail caring for the patients, encouraging the patients, and teaching the patients how to care for themselves.

Nurses are vital to the health care profession and anyone who has even been in a hospital anywhere in the world knows that hospitals cannot function with nurses. They are the heart and soul of any hospital and heart and soul of the health care profession.

So, the nurses are getting ready. I have no doubt they will be. No matter where in the world they are.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

How I Created My Large Silk Floral Arrangement


I just love decorating my home with large silk floral arrangements and have made several large arrangements for the various seasons and holidays to decorate the right hand side of my dining room fireplace which is 41" by 48".    It's a large area to cover so it requires a large floral arrangement to fill it up.


I was unhappy with the floral arrangement I had made several years ago to cover the spring and summer seasons and wanted to change it.  I wanted the colors to be bright and cheery and already had several dark blue, light blue, burgundy, and white silk floral I was going to re-use.

   

I decided that I needed to add pink, royal blue and some other whites to the mix so last weekend I bought several 3' to 4' silk floral stems I thought might be suitable.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Cooking For The 5-Stars - Chef Andy - Head Chef To The Stars! Can Handle It - New E-Pattern and Handmade Doll



"Chef Andy - Head Chef To The Stars!" won't be cooking for the "STARS" today.

You see, he and many other chefs are all getting ready for the "Emergency Worldwide Disaster Drill." They're job is to feed all the medical doctors, nurses, emergency personnel, patients, etc. Even the animals.

Basically, everyone and anyone who needs to be fed.

It's a tall order, but Chef Andy can handle it. He figures that if he can handle a snooty, demanding "star" - he can handle anyone. Including a 5-star general.

Well, maybe not the 5-star general. He or she might be a little intimidating.

Everyone else - no sweat. 5-star generals? Hmmmmm.....

Saturday, March 22, 2014

What Would We Do Without Nurses? Nurse Hannah Anna, Helper To All! - New E-Pattern



"Nurse Hannah Anna, Helper To All!" is one of the members of the "Nurse Series" of cloth dolls and they are all getting ready for the "Emergency Worldwide Disaster Drill."

You see, you can never be prepared enough for a natural disaster or disaster of any nature - even a global one. So, they like nurses all over the world are all getting ready to do whatever is required of their nursing position during the drill.

They all took an oath to save lives and that is what they all intend to do. But, they and we all know that their jobs aren't just about saving lives - their jobs also entail caring for the patients, encouraging the patients, and teaching the patients how to care for themselves.

Nurses are vital to the health care profession and anyone who has even been in a hospital anywhere in the world knows that hospitals cannot function with nurses. They are the heart and soul of any hospital and heart and soul of the health care profession.

So, the nurses are getting ready. I have no doubt they will be. No matter where in the world they are.

Friday, March 21, 2014

"Give Me Liberty Annie - Can't Find Her Bell! - New E-Pattern and Handmade Doll



"Give Me Liberty, Annie!" and her brother, "Yankee Doodle Andy!", are getting ready to celebrate and getting ready for the parade.

You see, they and their fellow countrymen just won the revolutionary war and are now free and independent. That's cause for celebration - if anything was.

So, they're dressed in their best primitive "patriotic" outfits and are going to the parade.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Yankee Doodle Andy - Can't Find His Flag! - New E-Pattern and Handmade Doll


"Yankee Doodle Andy!" and his sister, "Give Me Liberty, Annie!" are getting ready to celebrate and getting ready for the parade.

You see, they and their fellow countrymen just won the revolutionary war and are now free and independent. That's cause for celebration - if anything was.

So, they're dressed in their best primitive "patriotic" outfits and are going to the parade.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

And, Then There's Gypsy Annie!



While "Primitive Andy" is the shyest "dollie" on the planet, and "Primitive Annie" is the sweetest "dollie" on the planet, "Gypsy Annie" takes the prize at being the most adventuresome "dollie" on the planet. She may be a "dollie", but she is a "gypsy" after all. She travels from town to town and lives an unconventional life.

Given how much she travels it's amazing that she was even aware of all the brouhaha she had created concerning the lack of stories for "Primitive Andy", "Primitive Annie" and herself over on "The Dollie Storage Room" blog and Linda's Blog  seven years ago. You see, she was the impetus behind the letter writing and privately urged their stories being told then. She wrote the notes. If she thought seven years was enough time back then, most assuredly she thinks ten years is more than enough to wait for a story. I would have to agree which is why I decided to post the raggedies stories now.

So, here's her story:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Primitive Annie Dreams Of Being Cinderella


"Primitive "Annie" is on the shy side, just like "Primitive Andy" who is her prince charming. While he is the shyest "dollie" on the planet she is the sweetest "dollie" on the planet. And, both got embroiled in the "dollie stories" fiasco on "The Dollie Storage Room" blog and Linda's Blog. She, to, doesn't like any attention being brought to herself and knows she didn't write the notes back then. So, she was happy when Primitive Andy told her that I wasn't going to release the identify of the note writer back then.

It had been 10 years since her creation and, to date, she still has no story. Some of the "dollies" feel this isn't right. It doesn't bother "Primitive Annie." She's far too sweet to let anything like that bother her. She knows that I would tell her story in due course.

When Primitive Annie read Primitive Andy's post yesterday she knew hers was about to be released, too. It was time and Primitive Annie was happy with that.

Here's "Primitive Annie's" story:

Monday, March 17, 2014

If Ever There Was An Unbelievably Shy Guy It Would Be Primitive Andy!


There are shy people and there are really, really, really shy people. Primitive Andy is one of those people. He could very well be the shyest person in the world.

Well, maybe we should clarify that. He could very well be the shyest "dollie" in the world.

He just hates to draw attention to himself, hates to be the center of attention, hates talking before an audience, hates to have his picture taken, and hates having things written about him. The latter is why he has gone 10 years without a story.

Seven years ago a lot of attention was draw to 3 of the "raggedies" who had written notes to me demanding I tell their story.  I posted about the latest "dollie stories" fiasco on "The Dollie Storage Room" blog and my Linda's Blog back in 2011.

I never disclosed who wrote the letters.  What all the "dollies" don't know is that Primitive Andy asked me not to write a story about him. He told me he was just too shy and would prefer not to have a story written about him. So, I took pity upon him back then and didn't write his story. However, he's not a kid anymore and has grown up a lot in the last three and is just so adorable I decided it was time to tell his story.

Here's his story:

Monday, March 10, 2014

Annie and Andy Gotcha - New Handmade Primitive Raggedy Anne and Andy Ornaments and E-Patterns


"Annie Gotcha" just loves to tease her brother, "Andy Gotcha" and tease him she does. Almost incessantly. She can go on and on and on. Most of the time "Andy Gotcha" is a good sport about it. Sometimes, however, he isn't in the mood for being teased.

Sometimes he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Or so he thinks. Well, to him he feels like the weight of the world is on him. "Gotcha" do this or "gotcha" do that. What about this? What about that? The list is endless.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Penelope Pumpkin Lady - Victorian Pumpkin Art Doll - New E-Pattern


Penelope Pumpkin Lady is just the sweetest pumpkin lady you'd ever want to meet. She's very refined and loves dressing in her finest Victorian outfit and sipping English Breakfast Tea with scones. For her life doesn't get any better than that.

Penelope's pumpkin friends get angry at her because she doesn't spend any time in the pumpkin patch with them. She tries to explain to them that the pumpkin patch is not a place for a refined lady, especially one wearing her finest Victorian outfit. And, the bonnet - well, there's no way she'd wear that in the pumpkin patch. So, she tries to coax her friends into having tea and scones with her. It's not an easy sell as they like being outside in the pumpkin patch and hope that Penelope will one day come to her pumpkin senses and join them. They've got their fingers or should I say stems crossed.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

My New E-Pattern For Celia's Red Hat Society Art Doll


Celia has been a member of The Red Hat Society for a long time and thoroughly enjoys the times they get together. She and the other ladies of the club love dressing up in their purple dresses and red hats, and letting their hair down. Sometimes things get a little wild, but that doesn't deter any of the ladies. They love their lives, they love each other, and best of all they love happy fun - especially when it's the dress-up kind.

"Celia - The Red Hat Society Art Doll" is a 19" art doll with a cloth body, embroidered face with wire glasses, fully wired and bendable cloth body, and thick white curly hair. She is wearing red print bloomers gathered at the waist and ankles. Her black felt boots are criss-crossed with DMC embroidery floss for laces.