Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Blessings

Happy New Year to my dear blog friends, Mary, Bethann, Sherri, Jan and Martha, may the new year bring you lots of blessings,♥

Friday, December 27, 2013

Ice Storm of 2013

Here are some pictures of the ice storm we got for Christmas this year. Here in Fairfax, Vermont we got 2 inches of ice which snapped trees and thousands have lost power (including us). When the ice storm passed it snowed 7 inches the next day. While the pictures are beautiful to look at, the damage to our trees is enormous.                                CLICK ON PICTURES TO ENLARGE
 Ice & snow
 Ice & snow
Ice & snow

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Holiday Blessings!

Holiday time can be so busy so I thought while I was thinking of you all I would take a moment to wish you a happy holiday. Having visitors from around the world I may not know what you personally celebrate but my holiday wish is that you are blessed with family and friends to share it with.♥

Monday, November 25, 2013

Let Us Give Thanks!

For each new morning with its light, 
For rest and shelter of the night, 
For health and food, 
For love and friends, 
For everything Thy goodness sends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Amy Sue~A Pencil Face Cloth Rag Doll

My latest doll is a round head cloth doll with a pencil drawn face. She is 19" tall made from a pattern by Maureen Mills of Sweet Meadow Farm. I love this pattern!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My Latest Project~ A China Doll

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I recently purchased an antique cloth body and German china head from separate shop owners on Ruby Lane hoping to assemble them together. They worked so perfect that you would think they came together originally like this. I had some wooden hands that I painted white to match her face color and sleeved them into antique fabric to match the doll body to make arms. Below are pictures of the doll before and after. She is dressed in antique white cotton fabrics with embroidery and lace trimmings. I made her a pair of red leather boots to match her red straw bonnet, She measures 21" tall.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Emma~ An Izannah Walker Style Cloth Doll

Emma is 19 1/2" tall made of cloth with a molded pressed cloth head and shoulder plate. She has applied ears, stitched fingers and toes and separately applied thumbs. I made her dress from antique cranberry and white cotton calico fabric with an embroidered antique collar trimmed in lace. Underneath she is wearing an antique petticoat and pantaloons which are trimmed in the most exquisite lace.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Be Still My Heart!

I was just tagged on Facebook by my daughter-in-law with a pre-school picture of our grand daughter Violet. Violet is now 3 and 1/2 years old and of course is the smartest, cutest girl in the world according to G-nana and G-pop Hunziker. I love her hair worn up like this so this particular picture warms my heart.

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Babyland Rag Doll

I just finished a rag doll using a newly released Babyland Rag doll pattern by Dixie Redmond of Northdixie Designs. You can purchase the pattern here:  http://www.northdixiedesigns.com/. My Babyland Rag doll is 27" tall made of cloth that has been stained with a tea and cinnamon mixture then baked in a 200 degree oven for about 30 minutes...15 minutes on each side. I painted her face with artist acrylics with a skin tone to match her body. She is dressed in an antique one piece slip underneath an antique baby dress. Her prairie style bonnet has a ribbon insert which can be drawn to gather around her face. I hope you like my new doll as much as I enjoyed making her. I have been searching for a large doll body pattern that is easy to use and I found it in this pattern. Thank you Dixie!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Repurposed Composition Doll Named Thomas

Thomas Walker

I recently purchased an old composition American Doll Co.doll in very sad shape with the idea of re-purposing it into an Izannah Walker style boy. Here are the before and after pictures. Thomas is 27" tall in his new cloth body which was adapted from a newly released Babyland Rag doll pattern designed and sold by Dixie Redmond of Northdixie designs. You can purchase the pattern here: http://northdixie.blogspot.com/
The only changes I made was making the waist with a curvature and stitching the legs to the outside of the body rather than inside the bottom of the body. I also added separately applied thumbs in the likeness of a Walker doll.

I removed the shoulder head from the original body which had many holes in the back which rendered it useless. I applied paper mache to form the eyeballs and a broader chin around the mouth, sanded and gessoed the head then he was painted with artist acrylics and a final coat of stain was applied to give him an antique look. I applied a paint wash (50% water mixed with 50% acrylic paint) all over his body so he is no longer a stark white color but has a warm skin tone. I like to use a wash on rag dolls as the cloth stays soft and subtle after sanding like a rag doll should feel like.

Thomas is dressed in period style clothing, a shirt with a wide lace collar and black bow tie, wool grey and white houndstooth knickers with a matching beret and very old soft leather baby shoes. I hope you like the new Thomas Walker.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wooden Queen Anne Style Doll For Sale~Laura

Laura is 16" tall made of wood with peg joints at the shoulders and hips and fabric joints at the knees. She has German glass eyes and a human hair wig. Laura is for sale, if interested please contact me for details.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fall in Vermont Means Antiqueing

I adventured out on my own today while Mark was finishing the cider making operation he has been working on all week...60 gallons and counting! There are two places I love to visit in the fall located in Jeffersonville, Vermont which is about a twenty minute drive from where I live in Fairfax. One shop is called The Village Sampler Gift Shop which is full of antiques and new products. This is where I scored the yardage of antique lace I posted a while ago. Today I scored seven lace trimmed collars which will make wonderful little bonnets and aprons for my dolls and a wall paper covered box to hold a special little doll. Traveling from the village of Jeffersonville about three or four miles east is a huge antique barn.  The business name is Rewind Time to 1829. I found a picture for you on their facebook page, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/rewindtimeto1829 . Inside the barn are two floors full of all kinds of antiques from many dealers around the state. I found two baby dresses and a lace trimmed linen dresser scarf. I love it when I find little pretties for my dolls and bargain prices to boot. The total for my purchases came to $45.00. :~)