Saturday, May 12, 2018

Gotta Love Patriotic, 4th of July and Americana Crafts Home Decorations


It's almost the start of the summer season in the U.S. and around this time of the year my thoughts turn to 4th of July, patriotic, and  Americana home decorations.  Over the years I have made many, many different  4th of July, patriotic, and  Americana home decorations.  Some of my own and some based on other crafters patterns.

If you'd like to check out my 4th of July e-patterns they're in my Etsy shop here.




As you know I love BIG woodcraft decorations.  One of my favorite BIG dolls and woodcraft is a self-sitting Uncle Sam that resides in the corner of my kitchen for the entire summer. He just sits there and every time I look at him I can't help but think of the role New England played in the history of this country. In particular he makes me think of the American Revolution and Paul Revere, etc.

Friday, May 11, 2018

My 2 in 1 “Yankee Doodle Andy! and Give Me Liberty, Annie!" Primitive Raggedy Ann and Andy Americana Dolls New Combo E-Pattern


If you love making folk-art cloth dolls then you're going to love our “Yankee Doodle Andy! and Give Me Liberty, Annie!" primitive Americana raggedies 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

"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.

"Yankee Doodle Andy!" and his sister, "Give Me Liberty, Annie!" are hoping to get front row seats at the parade, but are running a little late. Andy couldn't find his flag and Annie couldn't find her bell. Do you think they'll make it on time?



Thursday, May 10, 2018

Who Doesn't Love Purses? I Know I Do! How About You?


My recent project got me to thinking about purses and totes. Now I wonder why that is?


I love making totes and have designed and made many of them for It's Raining Baby Showers collection, my Alpacas Rock collection, and my Custom Fabrics Designs collection.  They can be big, small, lined, unlined - it doesn't matter. They are just so versatile. You can never have enough of them and you can never run out of uses for them. 

I loved making them so much I decided to create a free e-pattern for the Halloween tote above here and a free e-book for the large flower tote above here.


As I mentioned in a previous post back in 2012 I decided to take my first online class with Pat Winter on Artful Gathering. The class was called Crazy Quilting 101 and I  LOVED every minute of the class. Pat was such a fantastic teacher. I only wish I had taken one of her classes years before. I made the crazy quilted purse shown in the picture above which I posted about this here.  

After taking this class I had visions of making several semi-formal and formal clutches - some for me and some as gifts.  I never had time until.......  Does this give you an idea of what my latest creations were? Come on? Really? You must have some idea?

In any event, my latest projects got me to thinking about purses, clutches, wallets, totes, etc. and all the wonderful tutorials I've found for my  Purse, Bag,Tote Tutorials, Pouch, Clutch, Wallet, Pocketbook Patterns, Video's & How-To's Pinterest board.  

I have close to 1,000 pins on this board.  All wonderful "freebies" for creating beautiful purses and totes.

I've been collecting these pins for several years now and have visions of making all of them.  For sure that is not going to happen.  Even for me that is a bit much.  Close to a 1,000 purses... really?  For sure I'd be in divorce court... lol. 

While I won't be making all of them I do have my eye on a few tutorials I'd like to try.  There's the craft organizer sewing bag tutorial by Torie Jayne here,  the boho bag tutorial by Gerry Krueger here,  the quilted suitcase tutorial by Ashley of "Mommy By Day Crafter By Night" tutorial here, the crocheted granny square purse by Lily of  "Sugar'n Cream" which I would need to learn how to crochet first here (it's on my list of to do's),  and the fold over bag tutorial by Anna Graham here.  

There's so many I want to try and make.  So, many little purse organizers, wallets, storage baskets, etc.  You get the idea.  More than I could possible make in a lifetime.  I'll just have to settle for a few.  Maybe a little more than a few..... lol.



There are so many wonderful tutorials out there for making all sorts of purses, totes, bags, pouches, clutches, wallets, pocketbooks, bags, etc.  I, of course, love them all and have collected close to 1,000 tutorials, patterns, and how-to's on my Purse, Bag,Tote Tutorials, Pouch, Clutch, Wallet, Pocketbook Patterns, Video's & How-To's Pinterest board.

If you love making purses, totes, clutches, wallets, pocketbooks, etc. then you're going to love my Purse, Bag & Tote Tutorials, Pouch, Clutch, Wallet, Case & Pocketbook Patterns, Video's & How-To's Pinterest board.

Have fun!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Do You Remember This Post From August 2012? My Crazy Quilting Passion


Back in 2012 I took an Artful Gathering class by Pat Winter on making a crazy quilt purse.  I LOVED it and fell in love with crazy quilting.  It was just so much fun and produced such beautiful results.  As with every craft I try, crazy quilting gave me all sorts of ideas for creating other beautiful items that I could make and give as gifts. 

So, of course, I went out and bought all sorts of supplies and wrote about it on the following Linda's Blog post. 

Now you might wonder why I had to buy so many supplies.  Well, the thing with crazy quilting is you just never know what fabrics you might be using, what colors, what embellishments would be best, or what embroidery designs would really enhance your creation.  So, you have to have a  large stash of all sorts of  items.  So, create a stash I did..... lol

I had thoughts of creating all sorts of crazy quilting items back in 2012 and just never had the time.  Well, you'll be happy to know that I finally found some time and decided to put what I learned from Pat to good use.  And, well, like everything else I do, create I did..... lol  Certainly more than I would ever need or be able to give away.

As I told hubby, "you never know how the creation is going to turn out so I wasn't sure which creations I would want and which creations I would be giving away."  Sounds like a wonderful excuse for blissfully creating away - right?

My creations aren't quite done yet so I can't reveal them just yet but will be doing so as they are finished.  So, stay tuned.

My August 2012 post:

Monday, April 09, 2018

My Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Saintly Angel Dolls Twins - Meet Marie Angelic and Marie Blessings


One of the wonderful things about creating angel dolls is they're appropriate for so many holidays, seasons and just for everyday.  As a result I have created many over the years.  Some come out at Christmas, some come out at Easter, and some are out year round.  

They can be made of cloth, wood, a combination of cloth and wood, paper-clay, paper, cross-stitched, needle felted, and embroidered.  

So, when I got a chance  to make some mixed media Victorian shelf sitter angel dolls I jumped at the chance.  Meet Marie Angelic and Marie Blessings.

If ever there were a saintly pair of twins it would be have to be Marie Angelic and Marie Blessings.  They are the sweetest, most angelic pair of twins you'd ever want to meet.  Both are thankful every day for their blessings and are not afraid to express their gratitude with love and compassion.  They also both share a love of  singing and are prominent in the angelic choir. 


Marie Angelic -  8" x 4" x 1/2" Handmade Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Collage Angel 

Marie Angelic is a 8" 4" x 1/2" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter  angel wood doll with a paper face,  sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted. Her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with silver sleeve cuff  paper trim and white and silver raised dots.   Braided lace trim decorates her neck and gathered lace trim is wrapped around her waistband.

Her beautiful face is framed with a full head of curly blond hair that is held back with a lace and gold trim headband. Her heavenly wings are combination of a hardened crochet doily embellished with white ribbon loops.  She is holding a Christmas carols book.


Marie Blessings -  8" x 4" x 1/2" Handmade Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Collage Angel

Marie Blessings is a 8" 4" x 1/2" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter  angel wood doll with a paper face,  sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted. Her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with silver sleeve cuff  paper trim and white and silver raised dots.   Braided lace trim decorates her neck and gathered lace trim is wrapped around her waistband.

Her beautiful face is framed with a full head of curly brown hair that is held back with a lace and pearl drop trim headband. Her heavenly wings are combination of a hardened crochet doily embellished with white ribbon loops.  She is holding a Christmas carols book.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Revisions to My Victorian Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Art Dolls - Meet Bea, Bailey, and Betty.


Bea, Bailey, and Betty are an adorable trio of sisters who are maidens. They don't mind doing their chores, but much prefer romping in the park together or collecting berries in the fields together. Whatever it is they are doing they are always in playful competition with each other.

They are mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay shelf sitter art dolls that I made back in September 2014. 

Here's how they looked when I first made them:


While I was initially pleased with the way they came out over time I decided they needed a little more height for their heads to give them a little more dimension so I decided to add bonnets to their heads.

Here's how they look with their bonnets:

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Revisions to My Mixed Media Victorian Munchkin Art Dolls - Gail, Gertrude, and Gloria



Gloria, Gail, and Gertrude are a trio of sisters who just love to have fun. They love to dance, sing, play the piano, and hope one day to become actresses.

They are pleasantly plump mixed media Victorian collage art dolls that I made back in September 2014.

I wasn't totally happy with them as I thought the faces on two of the dolls were just a little too big and there wasn't enough definition between the bodies, head and hair on all three dolls.  The proportions were all off.   So, I decided to change them and add bonnets to the top of their heads for better overall proportions with the shelf sitter parts of their bodies.

The picture shown below is how they looked then:


Here's how they look now:

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Revisions To LuLu, LeAnn, and Lidia - An Adorable Trio Of Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Dolls



LeAnn, LuLu, and Lidia are the cutest, most adorable trio of Victorian little girls. They love to laugh and love having fun. There is never a dull moment when they are around. In fact, they are so mischievous you really have to be on your toes when you're around them.

They are mixed media Victorian collage art dolls that I made back in September of 2014.  Shown below is how they looked back then.


Shown below and in the picture at the top of this post is how they look now:

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

I Had To Revise My Beautiful Mixed Media Victorian Mannequin Faced Art Dolls - Penelope, Pauline, and Page


I just love looking at pictures from museums displaying Victorian dresses on mannequins or headless dress forms and back in September of 2014 I wanted to create some mannequin dolls of my own.  So, back then I decided to combine my mixed media Victorian collage art dolls with mannequin faces. That meant they had to have the shape of a head and indentures of a face, but nothing painted.

Penelope, Pauline, and Page are a trio of sisters who are are the epitome of fashion elegance.  They are meticulous as to the details of their outfits and never leave the house without being perfectly attired.



Initially I was happy with the way Penelope, Pauline, and Page had turned out (as shown in the picture above) as I had never sculpted mannequin faces before and, as you all know, LOVE faceless dolls.  Over time and as I learned more about painting faces I decided I'd like to see how they looked with faces so I decided to revise them as shown in the picture at the top of this post.

Penelope is the doll shown on the left in the 2nd picture from the top of this post above.  Here's how she used to look:

Monday, April 02, 2018

I Had to Revise My Beautiful Trio Of Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Dolls - Meet Catherine, Chelsea, and Camille


Three of the mixed media Victorian collage art dolls I made back in September of 2014 were a trio of sisters that I named Catherine, Chelsea, and Camille.

They are a trio of sisters who are always competing with each other. Who is the smartest, who is the prettiest, who is the most dignified, who has the most handsome beau. You name it. They compete over it.

Shown below is how they looked back in September 2014.


Shown below and in the picture at the top of this post is how they look now:

Sunday, April 01, 2018

My 2 in 1 "James and Anna" Graduation Dolls New Combo E-Pattern


Graduations are always a wonderful occasion - especially if you're having a party.  And what could be more adorable for a graduation party centerpiece decoration then a graduation boy and girl doll.

If you're looking for a unique graduation party decoration then you're going to love our "James and Anna" 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.


Revisions To A Beautiful Trio Of Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Mixed Media Art Dolls - Meet Pat, Polly and Phebe



Pat, Polly, and Phebe are a trio of sisters who love spending time together. Whether it's shopping, sitting around talking, sewing, cooking, or just fanning themselves with their beautiful Victorian fans you'll find them together.

They are mixed media Victorian collage shelf sitter art dolls that I made back in September of 2014.


I was never happy with the way they turned out and thought they could be approved upon.  So, I decided to change their faces from paper faces to paper-clay sculpted and painted faces with paper and painted eyes.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Revisions To My Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly - A Beautiful Trio of Mixed Media Victorian Shelf Sitters



Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly are a trio of sisters who are as different as they are beautiful. Lucy is a delicate flower who has an over abundance of compassion.  Lacy, on the other hand, is whimsical and flirtatious while Lilly is a deep thinker who cares about everyone and everything.

They are mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay art dolls that I made back in September of 2014.

I was never happy with the way their faces looked (as shown in the picture below) because I always thought they were too big.  I didn't like how they looked with their hair as I always thought they weren't proportioned correctly.  So, I decided to change them and add bonnets to the top of their heads for better overall proportions with the shelf sitter parts of their bodies.


The one on the left in the picture above is Lucy.  Here's how she used to look:

Friday, March 30, 2018

A Revision For Peace, Serenity, and Composure - My New Mixed Media Victorian Collage and Paper-clay Art Dolls



Peace, Serenity, and Composure are a trio of sisters who do everything together. Where there's Peace you'll find Serenity and Composure. Where there's Serenity you'll find Peace and Composure. And, where there's Composure you'll find Peace and Serenity.

Peace and Serenity live in an idealized world where everything is peaceful and serene.  Composure is more of a realist and lives in a realistic world where she is always composed.  It may be a realistic world, but not one that rattles her.

They are mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay wood art dolls that I made back in September of 2014 - two with paper-clay faces and one with a paper face.


I have always loved how Peace and Serenity came out.  They're the two shown on the left and in the center in the picture above.  I wasn't totally happy with Composure, who is the doll on the right in the picture above, so I decided to revise her face and sculpt a paper-clay one instead.