Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New Handmade Animal Dolls Get To Strut Their Stuff - Here's The Bunnies

The "dollies" just LOVE showing off and never get tired of posting about themselves. Lately they've been showing pictures of some of the new handmade dolls and crafts just added to our website. Here's the new bunnies and Spring handmade dolls and crafts:

HD118A - Sticking My Head Out - Fiona - 21" Cloth Bunny In TerraCotta Pot Decoration

Fiona and Mae have been waiting for the Spring season. It's their favorite time of the year when they get to plant their favorite food - carrots. They're hoping that this season will be a wonderful crop so they'll sell oodles and oodles of carrots.

Sticking My Head Out Fiona is a 21" felt cloth bunny head perched atop a cloth carrot sitting in a terracotta pot which is adorned with green felt and a raffia bow. Fiona's face is embroidered and she has pink cloth inner ears, black bead eyes, and tea stained brushed head with pink blush cheeks.  She has a large fabric bow and raffia bow under her chin. Besides the fabric carrot there is a fresh carrots wooden sign and raffia accents within the terracotta pot. Fresh carrots anyone?

Designer - The Prairie Grove Register

HD118B - Sticking My Head Out - Mae - 21" Cloth Bunny In TerraCotta Pot Decoration

Sticking My Head Out Mae is a 21" felt cloth bunny head perched atop a cloth carrot sitting in a terracotta pot which is adorned with green felt and a raffia bow. Mae's face is embroidered and she has pink cloth inner ears, black bead eyes, and tea stained brushed head with pink blush cheeks.  She has a large fabric bow and raffia bow under her chin. Besides the fabric carrot there is a fresh carrots wooden sign and raffia accents within the terracotta pot.  Fresh carrots anyone?

Designer - The Prairie Grove Register


LW074 - Hop On In Grapevine Wreath -  7" Round Grapevine Wreath Decoration

Spring is just such a cheery time of the year with flowers blooming and Easter bunnies.  What better way to celebrate and decorate than with a cheery 7" grapevine wreath with a wood painted bunny,silk floral,  cloth wrapped garland, large and small fabric bows, colorful eggs, wooden carrot, and a painted "Hop On In" sign.


LW075 - Bunny My Heart - 6" Grapevine Bunny Wreath Decoration

Easter is right around the corner. What better way to celebrate and decorate than with an adorable 6" grapevine bunny wreath.

Bunny My Heart has an adorable wood painted bunny with a floral bow and inner ear fabric accents in the center of its heart grapevine.  A Happy Easter painted wood sign, fabric wrapped garland, silk floral, colorful Easter eggs and wood carrot, and large fabric bow add charm to the heart grapevine. Bunny My Heart makes an adorable decoration.

DI009 - Freckles Bunny - 12 1/2"Handmade  Shaggy Felt Bunny Doll Decoration

Freckles has been waiting for a long time to find the perfect home.  Somewhere not too hot and not too cold.    Somewhere he can enjoy just lazing around and being a bunny.

He's a handmade two-toned shaggy felt cloth bunny decoration with an embroidered face with black bead eyes, pink nose, floss whiskers, and pink blushed cheeks and inner ears.  His running stitch embroidered felt vest has multiple star accents with silk ribbon centers.  Freckles Bunny would be a wonderful decoration and addition to any country home.

Designer - Homespun At Heart

HD117 - Cabbage Anyone - 13" by 15" Handmade Crated Bunnies In Cabbage Decoration

What could be more charming than two adorable felt bunny heads sticking out of a "Cabbage For Sale" wooden crate?

Cabbage Anyone bunny heads are felt cloth heads with embroidered faces, pink pompom noses, print fabric inner ear accents, and tea stained heads with pink blushed cheeks.  Their heads and arms are sticking out of two silk floral cabbage heads and enclosed within a wooden crate.  Cabbage Anyone makes an adorable decoration for the Spring.  Cabbage for sale?  Anyone?

Designer - The Prairie Grove Register

Natalie just adores her twin daughters, Neena and Deena but has a hard time keeping up with them. They have so much energy and are so curious about everything. They are always asking her about this or that, why this or why that, who did this or who did that.

Plus, like mother like daughter, they want to be involved with everything and do everything she does. If she's sewing they want to sew. If she's cooking they want to cook, too. Even when she's cleaning they want to help. So, Natalie spends a lot of time teaching them everything she knows. At the end of the day she's happy when it's time for them to go to bed. It's the only chance she has to rest.  Neena and Deena have been asking her to teach them how to make their favorite chocolate candy and she agreed to do that tomorrow.

HD414 - Natalie - 16" Self Standing Handmade Cloth Bunny Stump Doll Decoration

Natalie is a self standing 16" cloth bunny doll with an embroidered face, large bunny ears adorned with a large bow, and small tuff of hair.  Her dress is gathered at the neck with sleeves that are gathered at the shoulders and wrist.  She is wearing a coordinated patchwork quilted apron with bows and ties and running stitch embroidery along the bottom edge.

HD415A - Neena - 6" Self Standing Handmade Cloth Bunny Stump Doll Decoration (Teal Dress)

Neena is a self standing 6" cloth bunny doll with an embroidered face, cloth bunny ears adorned with a bow bow, and small tuff of hair.  Her dress is gathered at the neck with sleeves that are gathered at the shoulders and wrist.

HD415A - Deena - 6" Self Standing Handmade Cloth Bunny Stump Doll Decoration (White & Blue Floral Dress)

Deena is a self standing 6" cloth bunny doll with an embroidered face, cloth bunny ears adorned with a bow bow, and small tuff of hair.  Her dress is gathered at the neck with sleeves that are gathered at the shoulders and wrist.

Designer - Muslin Mammies

Friday, February 15, 2013

My Sister's Amazing Quilt E-Patterns


I know I'm a little prejudiced but I can't help it. I'm proud as a peacock about my sister's wall or frame quilted wall art. Just when I think I've seen her most beautiful creation along comes another one. I think she's amazing. I hope you do, too.

If you'd like to buy any of her instant download e-patterns just click on the picture or link below for the creation you're interested in. I hope you enjoy sewing her quilted designs. 



 
BUTTERFLY TRILOGY



MAGNOLIA

SILENT NIGHT

FALL HARVEST

COME SAIL AWAY

FLOWER TRILOGY


Alpacas Under The Sycamore

MOMS JOY

Sunset Silhouettes


Cattails

Trillium Blues

DADS TIGER

Sunny Day Suzie


Pretty Pink Cones



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Butterfly Trilogy - New E-Pattern By Inspired Creations By D






My sister just loves sewing, quilting, flowers, gardens, animals, and insects - like butterflies.  So, I shouldn't have been surprised when she designed a butterfly quilt trilogy e-pattern.    Of course I LOVE everything she does but I have to say that she just keeps getting better and better and better.  How beautiful are they?

Here's what she had to say about her e-pattern:

Butterflies, butterflies and more butterflies. BUTTERFLY TRILOGY is my second pattern in my trilogy series. I absolutely love the Spring when the gardens are coming to life. I have so many beautiful things going on at once; but one of those things I really enjoy seeing is the Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies flying from flower to flower. Living in the North I don't get to see the beautiful Blue Morpho butterfly as it stays in the Southern most zones, but because it is my favorite color, I thought it was the right thing to include as the third item in this trilogy. 3 designs in 1 pattern; make one or all three. Keep one for yourself and give two as gifts or keep all three, or give all three as gifts - so many possibilities in 1 pattern!

"BUTTERFLY TRILOGY" is 18 pages containing a digital picture of the framed fabric wall art, step-by-step digital picture instructions along with detailed written instructions for creating the frame or quilt - fabric wall art; full size pattern pieces with both forward and reverse pages for easy tracing onto iron-on transfer paper as well as instructions for creating the wood frame. Because I quilted these particular patterns for myself, I also included instructions for hanging them on a dowel, as shown on the cover. A material list is on the back of the pattern cover, which includes pictures of the fabric used to help in fabric selection.
I hope you enjoy creating "BUTTERFLY TRILOGY".







Friday, February 08, 2013

LOVE Winter Floral Arrangements




Over the years I have experimented with different ways to create floral arrangements. One year I wanted to create miniature trees so my basement was filled with pine needle branches hanging from the rafters and drying upside down,

Another year I wanted to create dried floral arrangements so my basement was filled with perennial flowers from my gardens. The trees and arrangements looked pretty when completed but just didn't last. Plus, they created a moth problem. So, I stopped making them.

Then there were the pine-cones of all types and sizes that I and other family members gathered. They made beautiful pine-cone baskets that I've posted about many, many times. All of the pine-cone baskets I made years and years ago are still being displayed. They still look wonderful.

Then there were the dried floral arrangements that I made from dried floral I had bought that were supposedly treated so they would last. They didn't and also generated moths. So, out they all went.


The only things that have lasted are the pine-cone baskets and the silk floral arrangements I have made over the years. They're all beautiful to look at and don't generate moths. When I first started creating silk arrangements over 25 years ago there weren't a lot of silk floral to choose from and most weren't very real looking. That's why I always preferred the dried floral. However, over the years the silk floral have gotten more realistic looking and there are more and more to choose from for every season and holiday.

I've created many, many silk floral for every season and for every holiday to decorate my home and love them. Of course, I'd rather have real flowers everywhere but I'd have to be a millionaire, make that billionaire, to afford decorating my house that way. I'll stick with the silk floral.

Here's some of the winter silk floral that are decorating my house for the winter season:






I love creating with the silk floral and love shopping through the floral sections of A.C.Moore, Joanns and Michaels. If I have a silk floral arrangement in mind that I want to make I wait for the 30% to 50% off sale at any one of those stores.Never buy the floral at regular price. They ALWAYS go on sale before the holiday or season or after the holiday or season. I prefer the pre holiday or season sales several months before the actual holiday or season as you have the best selection then.

I usually create one silk floral arrangement at a time and can spend a couple hours deciding which silk floral stems to buy. I hold them all in my hand and go back and forth and up and down the aisles with different stem selections until I get the right color blends and sizes I want. I always know what size arrangement I want to create and what basket or container I'm going to use ahead of time.

Right now I have more than enough silk floral arrangements to choose from. Making them is the easy part. Choosing which to use each holiday or season is the hard part as I can't use them all.

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my winter silk floral arrangements.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Gotta LOVE Snowmen and Snowladies

I HATE snow, but I LOVE snowmen and snow-ladies. So, its no surprise that I love to decorate my home during the winter season with some of the snow men and snow-ladies I have made. Some are my designs. Some are dolls I made based on other doll makers designs.  I hope you enjoy my snowmen decorations.


On the left is a snowman I call "Charlie" and he was made based upon a "From My Heart To Yours" pattern. He stands 30" tall. His wool hat was one of my old ones and his flannel scarf was made from one of my younger brothers old flannel shirts.

On the right is Snow Go Noodles. He's one of my designs and is a 28" country snowman decoration.




On the left is Nellie Snow-lady. She's one of my designs and is a 23" snow-lady doll. 

In the upper right hand corner is "Snow Cone Sam. He's 26" and was made based upon a "Time Worn Treasures" pattern. His jeans were from my two year old grandson, Noodles. 

Sweetheart Faith is in the lower right hand corner. She's also one of my designs. 

  

On the left is "Sam, The Skiing Snowman." Hubby and I stenciled and painted his ski's. He stands 36" tall and was made based upon a "Maggie Ann & Friends" pattern. He's wearing one of my brothers old wool hats and the scarf around his neck is an old scarf given to us many years ago from someone in the family. His rolled up socks belong to my younger brother. 

In the upper right hand corner is two more of my designs - Doug The Handy Dandy Gentleman and Petronella The Birdhouse Lady.  He's a 13" Victorian snowman.   Petronella is a 13" Victorian snow-lady.   

In the lower right hand corner is two more of my designs - Brr... It's Cold Outside! Bruce and Brr... Why Is It So Cold! Laura.  Bruce is a 9" snowman doll.    Laura is a 9" Victorian snow-lady. 


On the top right hand shelf is one of my first snowman designs - Brian Snow Buddy.

On the second shelf are two more of my designs - Jerry Snow Guy and Sissie Snow Gal.  He's a 10" country snowman.   Sissie is a 10" country snow-lady. 

And, on the bottom shelf are two more of my designs -Benjamin Cross My Heart and Isabell Cross My Heart.  He's a 7" primitive shelf sitter snowman.    Isabell is a 7" primitive shelf sitter snow-lady. 

Sunday, February 03, 2013

The Birthday Flowers This Year




To me one of the most beautiful things in this world are flowers. It doesn't matter how hard you try you can NEVER capture their natural beauty - you just can't. It is perfection beyond human capabilities as far as I'm concerned.

Hubby knows I feel this way which is why every year for my birthday he surprises me with astonishing flower bouquets. Last month he got me another "Oh, my god!" arrangement.

You know, one of those floral arrangements that just cause your jaw to drop and your mouth to be wide open in astonishment. I just LOVE those kind of arrangements.









And, of course, I have to take a few pictures.  Okay, maybe more than a few.  I can't help it.  They just amaze me with their beauty.

I hope you would agree.


Thanks for the flowers and beautiful images, dear.