Thursday, December 18, 2014

Altered cards made with techniques from Mary Janes class on Artful Gathering

Links for the class and collage,s

Friday, December 12, 2014

I will see your sarcasm and raise you some sass :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Chulla babes

Back to the design board now that I have filled my backload of orders. I just finished designing these adorable chulla hats and matching sweaters.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wiksten Tova Dress

I have been looking forever for nice tunic tops to go with leggings and never seem to be able to find any that I even remotely like. I came across this pattern online---its gotten great reviews on the net and after making this I see that they are well deserved. This is an incredibly easy tunic to make and it fits like a glove. I made it in the small---it probably took all of 4 hours to make and no more than 3 yards of fabric.
You can get the pattern on

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

This doll is made from a  Veenas Mercantile pattern.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Crabby Abeline

9" cloth doll---just finished.
I love making these dolls.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Raggedy Annies

Finished these girls tonight. They are made from muslin and hand aged  with tea,s coffee, walnut crystals etc.  Faces I finished with acrylics, inks, and chalks. I used some yarn I had in my stash for their hair---needle felted as always. The legs got numerous layers of acrylics and sealed with water based varnish. I used 100% cotton for their dresses and pedal pushers.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Raggedy Annies in the works

I am working on these two girls at the moment. Faces all finished. Will let their legs dry overnight and will give them a little sanding and antiquing tomorrow.
I,m off now to pick out some fabric from my stash for their outfits.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Latest Doll

This little chap is finally finished. He is approx 20inches and really came out nice. I had to design his sweater and after one failed attempt this one fit him nicely. It took a little while to knit but once I figured out what I wanted to do it knit up very quickly. The wool is a nice DK that I think I got from Knit Picks. The scarf I crocheted from some wool I had in my stash.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Working on this new doll design

This girl is nearly finished. She is a  little taller(14") than my other art girls and I loved making her. She is all cotton(muslin) and stuffed with fairfield polyfill(love their product)
Face has been hand drawn with pencils, markers and acrylics. Dress is a shift style and as always in cotton. I needle felted her hair(fishermans wool) . My video on how to make bodies, needle felt hair and draw faces is posted on my you tube channel. Check it out.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time to do an art doll---just finished this girl

This girls has been sitting all day giving me one of those--will you please finish me looks and yes it worked. She did her lipstick hereself--I had nothing to do with it. I think she thinks she is going out on the town tonight :)

Newest member

I just need to make a shirt and give him a little hat and then will add him to my etsy shop.

Friday, September 12, 2014

More babies from my studio

I just finished  handmaking these dolls from 100% cotton muslin using fairfield polyfill to stuff( fairfield is made with pride in the USA and just a beautiful polyfill). I love cotton and really do not see myself using anything else to make their clothes.  As always I hand embroider the faces on my dolls.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Personalized Embroidered Knick-Knicks

I embroidered the knick-knicks of this doll with the name of the teenager she is being gifted to  on the left(full name with her birthday) and then her mums name, her grannies name and her gr-grannies names( first names ).

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nach bhfuil si go h'alainn (isn,t she beautiful)

I embroidered the knick-knicks of this doll with the name of the teenager she is being gifted to  on the left(full name with her birthday) and then her mums name, her grannies name and her gr-grannies names( first names ).
This was a tremendously well received present for my teenage niece(not the same doll---this dolls knick-knicks were made for the blog so that no private information is being posted :)

Doll Reunion

Doll Reunion---Class of august 2014

Classy and sassy lazy days of summer dolls

Classy and sassy, these dolls are my lazy summer dolls :)

Hmmmm, some experimenting with this doll

I experimented with this face---I went through loads of old vintage magazines and when I went to embroider the face on this girl she sort of embroidered herself. My friends think there is a vintage pierrot in there someplace

Blue doll

This doll looks pretty -----blue is such a lovely colour

Where is my bed

This doll is ready for a nap-----:)

Hippy chickie

One of my newer dolls, approx 20inch.



Group shot

More new faces in this photo. I have been experimenting with new dolls faces over the last week.

The girls

Some more dolls that I have made this last week---stay tuned as I have more photos I will post later

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Plimouth Plantation

Plimouth Plantation

This photo I took today. There were no  tourists amazingly in this shot- it was taken a few minutes to closing so most people were already checking out at the visitors center while I was the late straggler trying to take a few last minute shots.
I love the Plantation and think its one of the best places to visit in Massachusett. This is my fourth visit to Plimouth and I love it there----its gorgeous.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rags to Heirloom

This Rags to Heirloom doll will be going into my Etsy Shop  soon.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Making of a Rag Doll by Jess Brown

I got notification today from Wordery that my preorder
The Making of a Rag Doll by Jess Brown has  been shipped. I wasn't sure when it was going to be released but made sure to get my preorder in. I feel like I have been waiting forever for this book and am delighted that Jess Brown is publishing a book on how to make one of these dolls,  cannot wait to get it.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

More of the girls--nearly finished

Some new dolls added to ones I made last week. I am working on personalized bloomers for these girls. Will post when I have them finished.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rags To Heirloom Doll -one of a kind.

Rag to Heirloom doll

This doll body is handmade from cotton, her face has been hand embroidered and her hair is made from fleece cut into strips. She is one of a kind and made for my niece who just turned 21. I wanted it to be a keepsake and an heirloom in the making so I embroidered the pantaloons with her name, her birthday and then also added her mums, grandmothers and great grand mothers names. The dress is made from an old embroidered linen piece that my mum had given me before she died. The little pearl button is another vintage piece that I also got from my mum. This picture was edited by my brother and added to a photo that he had in his recent archive.

Best Friends Forever

Rags to Heirloom Dolls

These two are approx 20inches and the pattern I made up as I went along. Bodies are made from cotton and hand sewn then stuffed with fiberfill. Hair is from fleece that I buy by the yard and then cut into strips. Dolls are one of a kind
Rags to Heirloom Dolls

Some of the dolls I have been working on---all are approx 20inches and all are handmade one of a kind.
My newest Rags to Heirloom dolls.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Inspirational dolls

More Jess Brown inspired. Not sure which face is my favourite. Working now on dresses for these girls.

My First Jess Brown inspired doll finished

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jess Brown inspired dolls

Ok---second attempt at a simple doll. I love the Jess Brown dolls but finding it very difficult to go that simple and I have to hand it to her---she is 10/10 for simplicity, authenticity, style. Anyway plugging away and suppose the best I can hope for is my own unique salute to Jess Brown
My husband said get rid of the nose but cant do it---was able to take it down a little but hmmm   she needed a nose.  :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New doll in the making

I really like Jess Browns dolls--they are so simple and uncomplicated. The price for one of her gorgeous dolls though is steep-really really steep and -much as I would love to buy one my budget is set aside for supplies, fabric etc.
 I  love a challenge and decided yesterday to make one--not the same as I have my own idea,s, likes etc. This is one I drew up, cut out sewed up, embroidered and now just waiting to be dressed.

I did discover in my travels about the net that Jess Brown has a book coming out in July.
The Making of  a Rag Doll. You can preorder on Amazon.