Saturday, January 13, 2018

Getting Back to Work

Wood, Mache & Glass

    It does feel good to get back to work. I havent been of mind to do much lately, everything seems overwhelming and I havent been able to concentrate like 'normal'. The children have been keeping me busy~ Emma got her first elk a bit after Christmas, and Josh has been building a forge...hes out there now hammering away and I see a nice butter knife with rebar handle in my future.... 
Got a few dollys finished.  I think the expression on Marida's face is a direct reflection of my own...kind of ho hum.....waiting for a nice cup of tea.  I wanted her to look primitive...like something Mamma would have made for her little girl from things found round the house...her clothes are hand stitched from late 18th ~ very early 19th c print from a quilt back portion
  I gave her a wig of real human hair...not my own. I have all sorts of antique hair that was saved probably for hair jewelry, but never got made up. Sometimes I use my own hair, but I liked this color, its dark but has kind of red hue to it if you get it in the light and goes well with her complection. Its stitched on over a cotton skull cap, and yes, I sat and braided it by hand.  I like how it came out, simple, but with lots of character. She will go on eBay later this week.

 My work has stacked up over Christmas,  this past Wed. was my first full day of work back out in the shop, and I have to say, it did much to make  me feel better. I love to work wood, I really do. Drilled out 17 slate frame pairs and have started to saw out the mortoises

  Of coarse I was working on my casket when lil Biskie got hit by a car, so it has been extremely difficult to get back to it since. I was working on a specific portion of the angel's gowns (where was mine & Biskie's when he needed it???) so I have added some little brown beads that are same color as his little nose in that spot.... It's been too hard for me to concentrate to count beads since,  and these are so small, I just can't see them when my eyes well up....
 But I had these pieces done, so I have gone ahead and stitched them on to finish their gowns....minus the sashes

 I don't think I like them very much, honestly, but I'm not taking them off. Perhaps when they get their hair I'll like them better....I'm not diggin little baldies...or maybe it's just angels in general.... I don't know.

But before I can do their hair, I have to make their wings....so for the next while, I'll be making feathers....well over 100 I need, of differing sizes...the small ones take me about 20 minutes to make one, so it will be a while.  I have decided to make the Quiltmania 2018 Mystery Quilt this year, because I have been feeling a need for patchwork...so am very much looking forward to that starting the end of this month.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Having a Hard Time

Oct 28 2014~ Dec 23 2017
 My precious little Prince Biscuit passed away on the 23rd Dec, and I am still having a hard time trying to keep it together. He wasn't just a little dog to me. My husband said to just say there was a death in the family, and leave it at that to avoid people rolling their eyes that I could be so upset over a pet. But I'm not like that...frankly, I could care less if someone rolls their eyes at me....and if they did, they dont know me anyways.  My oldest daughter gave me Biskie for Christmas in 2014, and hes been literally with me, by my side ever since. I just cant believe hes gone. My heart isn't broken, its crumbled into dust

  It was a horrible Christmas...husband kept telling me to find happiness for the day, and I tried, but cried the whole day, children did too.  It's not the same without him~ hearing the jingles of the tags on his collar~ him getting the zoomies and running all over the house, constantly squeeking his toys or scooting them over the floor.  Bedtime is horrible, as he always told me it was time for bed by getting up and scooping on my pillow~ he slept on my pillow(not so much room for me, but I didnt care) or between my feet...and now hes not there

This summer when we went to Yellowstone, our olde Pyrenees Yetti, and my little ferret Flick both passed away. That was hard, but they were both very old, and we expected it, they both had long, happy lives. It was too soon for God to take my little Biskie....I still dont understand what I ever did wrong, that he would give me such a blessing, and then take him away. 


Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas

 To each and every one, one and all~ from the Dollyes & me~ we hope you all have the Merriest Christmas ever, and a New Year filled with Joy, Love & Peace

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

On Stands in Januray 2018

Prims Winter 2018

 I am honored to be in the upcoming issue of Prims Magazine, and even moreso to have my name on the cover. This next issue is the best yet, and along with my little story of Minie & Moxie I am in a couple of the interview pages. I was included in the very first issue of  Prims when it came out, and it has been really fun to see the issue grow to what it is now.

 If you have a subscription to Prims, you should be getting your issue any time now,  and if not, it will be on news stands and in bookstores like Barnes & Noble on January 1st....I cordially invite you to come to High Tea with Minie, Moxie & I! 

Friday, December 15, 2017

on eBay this week!

12 Spool Flemish Spool Palette

   My last offering before Christmas~ if you would like to see more views or perhaps place a bid, you can find it here, or click the sidebar link to my eBay specials. 


Monday, December 11, 2017

Blog Only Special!

 6 Merrie Christmas Snow Angels to offer~
Merry Christmas!  I have been working like crazy to get orders out, dollys too! I managed to fit these little cutie pies in ~ they are mischievous little squirts! That number 4....got to watch that one...in every picture~ there she was, poking her head out! Hand made with love, these will sit alone by themselves (a festive little winter companion to your tea or sewing table....they will be nice and not tangle any threads)..or they can watch & sing over your Christmas tree~( I just turn up a branch and fir their cone body over it). Mache heads are painted and bathed in a thick coating of real mica flakes, each wears a white German crepe paper gown sprinkled with gold foil Dresden stars over a hand stitched card cone body.  The edging on their cones & beautiful heavy wings are German gold foil Dresden as well. 


All are trimmed in silver tinsel,  signed, numbered and dated inside the cones & on the back of their necks
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 Little Snow Angels are each a little different~ looking up or to the side, some sway or tilt~ all are 75.00 each, including shipping within the USA. If you would like to purchase one, and are not in the US, I will invoice you for half our international shipping before sending your angel on to you in a small flat rate Priority mail box.
There is only one of each available~  

Sold~ thankyou so much!

Sold~ thankyou so much!

Sold~ thankyou so much!!! 

Snow Angel 4 is the 'peeker'...while Snow Angel 5 is looking left....

Sold~ Thankyou so much! 

Sold! Thankyou so much!

Sold~ thankyou so much!

Thankyou for visiting!



Wednesday, December 06, 2017

One eBay this week!

A Posey of Roses for Christmas
I really loved the round rose thread winder I sold a bit ago so I decided to make a palette set with similar posies. I kept the red & green colours and think, tho they are roses...it looks quite Christmassey! If you would like to see it in more detail, and perhaps place a much appreciated bid, you can see it here on eBay.

Merry Christmas!