Friday, January 28, 2011

Day #1 of Doll Class

Today was the first day of the doll making class.  There were nine excited girls there, ready to sew rag dolls.  It was great!  The kids were so eager and interested.  The only unexpected event was when Bea and Sydney (both age 7), decided to color with markers all over their dolls' faces.  Of course, they didn't like the results.  Fortunately, we managed to switch the wigs and button eyes to the other side of the head and all was well.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Small quilts made from old scraps

A friend gave my mom an old quilt that was in tatters and Mom made several small quilts from it.  Mom looked the fabrics up in a reference book and read that they are indigo pieces from the 1840's-50's.

I love this scrolling pattern.

The quilt was quilted with blue thread.  Here's the back.

Mom created this one from some old blocks.

Here's a close up.  I LOVE the one in the middle.

Another close up.


Here's what I'm cooking my family for dinner.  I hope they like it!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Red in January

Here's January Jane.  She's already dreaming of Christmas.  She's made from Dixie Redmond's Izannah workshop pattern.


I love finding surprise photos that my kids have taken on my camera.  Every picture on January Jane's card had red in it.  "Red Berries in an icy bird feeder" was taken by Allie.  It looks like the fake birdies were eating the berries.  I think it's a beautiful photo.

Another Allie photo

Allie again!

Allie was recording Pat's reaction to the taste of a new type of root beer.  Apparently, the root beer stinks.

Gypsy and Allie on our red checked couch 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New doll looks on in irritation as preparations are made for doll making class

Here's my newest doll, made from Dixie's Izannah workshop pattern.  She's waiting patiently for clothing, but she might have to wait for a while...

...because her mother has volunteered to teach a 10 week doll making class to a bunch of little girls in her kids' homeschool co-op.  Apparently, her mother has lost her marbles.  Here are some rag doll bodies for the kids to stuff and give faces and clothe.

Here are some wigs.  This is a dizzying shot.  It captures how I felt after sewing them.

Gourds for making gourd dolls.

Origami dolls to make on Japanese Girls Day, which happens in March.

I found these little guys in my stash.  They should come in handy.

Doll books - my favorite genre of picture book.

I can't tell if she looks serene or annoyed.  Here are some of my other doll making ideas for the kids: yarn dolls, corn husk dolls, pipe cleaner fairies, jointed paper dolls with brads,  spool/bead dolls, gingerbread man/lady cookies to decorate, wooden spoon dolls, wool roving angels, kachina dolls made from sticks, storyteller dolls made from clay.  If anyone has any suggestions for successful doll making projects for kids (aged 7-13...yikes!), I'd love to hear about them.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Walnut Boats

We do this project every year at New Years.  My kids still beg for it.  Cover the bottom of a tub with pretty, shiny things.  Put some holly and greenery into vases and put these in the tub.  Fill the tub with water.  Fill walnut shell halves with wax and put a small candle in each.  Set them afloat and enjoy.

Here's a little boat!