Friday, December 27, 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
Monday, November 25, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
(Click pictures to enlarge)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
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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
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
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
Saturday, October 12, 2013
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. :~)