Thursday, December 29, 2011

A beautiful bench, embroidery, and new doll

My brother, Jeff, made this beautiful cherry doll bench for me for Christmas.   I LOVE it!  He's so talented.   He looked at a photo of a life size bench on the internet, drew up some plans, and produced this little beauty.  Mom made the pretty quilt that hangs over the back.

My dolls sit perfectly on it.

My newest adventure will be teaching an embroidery class to a bunch of girls at my kids' home school co-op this winter.  I can't wait!

I just put a fresh coat of gesso on my newest Dixie IW doll.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Dress for Thankful

The dress fabric is some sort of vintage cotton that I found at a doll show several years ago.  It's been waiting to be worn by Thankful.

For Christmas, I am going to sew her a pelisse from a design that was recently in "Antique Doll Collector" magazine.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Since she was completed on Thanksgiving, her name is Thankful.

Thankful's first Thanksgiving is warm and sunny.

She is contemplating her dress.

She is made from Dixie Redmond's Izannah Walker pattern, enlarged to 150%.  Tomorrow, I will spend Black Friday sewing her a dress instead of shopping.  I am thankful that I don't have to leave the house tomorrow!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

quilts, dolls, kids

My newest creation
My mom, Martha Rutledge, made this quilt as a birthday gift for her little sister.

The sleigh is Martha's fantastic thrift shop find of the week.  She also made the quilts in the sleigh.

My little cotton spun shard ornaments have come out from hiding to celebrate the holidays.  Here's the post on how they were made: SHARDS.
Every November, my kids make hand turkeys.  I laminate them and hang the entire collection up to ring in the holidays.  The kids really enjoy looking at the funny creations from the past.

Gobble, gobble.

My kids are almost 14 and they're still willing to make their hand turkeys.  I love my babies.      

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween 2011

Patrick's pumpkin
Allie made a feather head dress for a costume that she did not wear.
Christopher was a Czech soldier.  Patrick was Jack Pilgrim.  Allie was ????

Allie wielding a knife

Saturday, October 22, 2011

2009 doll, re-sculpted and re-painted

I never liked the doll on the left.  Here she is in 2009.
Here she is now.  I'm still not sure if I like her.

I don't like how huge and far apart her eyes are.

She doesn't want to be altered again...

...but I might not be able to resist.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Important Items

My mother, my daughter and I went to a doll show together yesterday.   I found this darling book which features photos of John Wright dolls.  I can't wait to read it to some little people!  Maybe I'll force my 13-year-olds to listen to it tonight.  They owe me.  This doll show was especially exciting for me because I got to see dolls made by two of my favorite internet doll-making buddies - Jan Conwell and Martha Bishop.  Martha's website is  Jan's is  Their dolls were SO beautiful!

Three little ladies - shards found in the mud - have found a home in my home.  I love giving life to these shards.

My newest doll - I feel so happy when I have a doll to work on.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Three plant cell models, or why I haven't had time to make dolls

My kids are taking a home school biology class this year.  For the past two weeks, they have been working on models of plant cells.  So I'VE also been working on these silly things!!!

Allie's plant cell

This one is made of cloth covered play clay.  Patrick has learned a lot from watching me make dolls.

I hope that the teacher appreciates Christopher's blobs.  I do!

Pretty little quilts by Martha, my mom

Here is one of my mom's birthday presents to me.  I love the pure cherry reds and the red work sunbonnet babies.

A few of my dolls are enjoying the other quilt that Mom made me.  I begged her for a quilt with this color combination and I just think it's gorgeous.  She embroidered the first letters of everyone in my family on this quilt - including G for Gypsy, our little rat terrier.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Plaid pinafore for little witch and feather head dress for Allie

My mom designed the pattern for this sweet pinafore.

I love how the back straps cross.

Little witch is ready to trick or treat.

Allie has been collecting buzzard feathers all summer.  She is going to make a feather head dress for her Halloween costume.  To make the head band, we're learning to do 8 strand braiding.  It's tricky!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A little feather tree and a cathedral

I just finished this little feather tree.   Now I need to make some cotton spun fruit ornaments.
A corner of the living room

Christopher brought his cathedral blocks out this weekend.  He's watching a lecture series on Gothic cathedrals and having his first French lesson next week.  So he's pretty convinced that we'll take him to France very soon.   He's a very hopeful boy.