My other raggedy I am calling Candy. She is dressed in all red and white. Notice that I gave her bright red hair instead of the barn red on Suzanne. Since her costume colors are so bright, it just wouldn't look right to give her any other color.
I tea stain all of my dolls.....well, actually, coffee stain. Since we are HUGE coffee drinkers, I keep the end of the pot remnants in a spray bottle in the refrigerator. Just spray on as much as you like and dry. You can put the parts in a very low oven (I set it to 200 and then shut it off), hang on a line, or throw in the dryer. You kind of have to experiment to see which way you like best. You can also add vanilla and/or cinnamon to your stain. Your babies will smell so good!
I use the same mixture to stain tags. And when I stain tags, I do a big batch of them. I use pie plates, filling them up with the mixture. See how the tags start to curl when they get wet??? Well, you cannot very easily stamp curly tags and besides, you want them to be stained all over, right?
I get a plastic lid (I think this is off of a whipped topping container), place it on top of the tags, and weight it down with something heavy. I used a whisk here, or you can use a spatula, spoon, etc.
Then lay them on a cookie sheet and place in an oven that is about 200 degrees. But, a word of caution, STAY IN THE KITCHEN! These things will burn easily, so if you are easily distracted like me, stay close.
And since we are talking about coffee.....did I tell you that I am absolutely addicted to fat free french vanilla creamer???? Well, I am. But I am such a cheap skate, I hated throwing away all of those containers.....so, I found they make excellent canisters. You could use them in the kitchen, but I have found a dozen uses for them in my studio.
So, I thought this was going to be a short post but alas....again I am long winded. One last tip: When you are painting, make sure the cat doesn't jump up on the table.....need I say more????