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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Flora, my new Raggedy

Flora, my newest raggedy was born today.  She is headed over to my Etsy shop this afternoon.

She wears a floral print dress and comes complete with bouquet, name tag, birth certificate and adoption papers.  Her face is hand embroidered and her peach colored ribbon matches her pantaloons. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Saturday

I am just simply loving the warm spring weather that we are having today.  Though there is still some snow in the back yard, it is quickly melting.  Here in the Rocky Mountains, we cherish each spring and summer days because we have such looooonnnnnngggg winters. 

Speaking of winters....I was going through some things that were in storage and I found this old sled.  At one time, I think I had a Santa attached to it.  Well, I sanded it down, repainted and I am really pleased with the results:
Eventually, I will add him to my Etsy shop.  Or.....I may just keep him for myself!  I am now off to finish up my corn pattern, and make some more corn as well.  And I will just bet I can find more things to work on as well!

Friday, March 28, 2014

New items

I can't believe that its Friday already.  Where has the week gone?  I finished up another breast cancer doll, this one named Faith.

She is dressed identically to Hope, but their faces are different.

I also finished up this witch's broom:

This is one of those brooms that you get from the craft store and I simply wrapped the handle with Halloween ribbon.  I made the sign by painting and adhering letters that I cut out with my Cricut.  I glued on spiders and a skeleton hand and added a bow to the broom. 

I also worked on some ornies that I had started so I have had a very productive week.  The weekend promises nice weather and I am so ready for it!  Have a good one!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness

I think all of us have been touched by breast cancer.  My mother in law died from breast cancer and one of my sisters-in-law fought this disease and has thankfully triumphed over it.  So, in my own little way, I am trying to increase awareness by introducing my newest raggedy:  Hope.

Hope is about 18 inches and as you can see, is pink, pink, and more pink.  I love this fabric with the angels and pink ribons.  I have her for sale in my Etsy shop.  I have a second doll in the works, with diffent facial features.
I thought that this would be a great gift for someone struggling with a new diagnosis, a family member who is being supportive, or someone who has fought the battle and won.

In December 2009, I lost my daughter Brandi to cancer.  She fought bravely for nearly two years before the melanoma took her.  I miss her every single day.  I hope if you have a loved one that is fighting their own battle, that you will be supportive, loving, and compassionate.  It is a fight that no one should have to face alone.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pumpkins, already????

With all the fall shows that I do, I start early on my fall and winter items.  These little pumpkins are a variation on the ones I did a couple of years ago, these being more prim.

These little guys are great to sit in the dinner plate for each guest at your Thanksgiving meal.  And they are very simple to make.  There is a tutorial on this blog;  just type pumpkin in the search bar.

And I redid the lettering on my angel:

Better huh?  I stamped and then painted over the stamp to make it darker.  Both the pumpkins and the angel are listed in my Etsy shop.  I sold all my corn on the cobs this week and the carrots that I had listed.  I also sold my long-legged bunny at my friend Dawn's show as well as some of my bunny sachets on Etsy.  I always feel so grateful when someone enjoys my work.  And I do appreciate all of the comments as well. 

Have a great week, my bloggie friends.  More to come.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Feeling angelic

I sure hate to admit this, but I actually cut this angel out about two years ago.  It has set partially painted for all that time.  I really don't know what I was waiting for.  I think this is one of the first things that I ever cut out myself and I was just nervous about it.  Anyway, she turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

I didn't do a great job on the lettering, so I may just do that part over.  Maybe stamp it?

Hope your weekend was a great one!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It may seem corny, but......

So, it took a bit of experimenting, but I finally got my ears of corn the way I like them.

They are really simple, now that I have figured them out.  I will try to get a free pattern listed for you next week.  Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What 'cha Workin' on Wednesday???

I am working on several things this week, but I thought I would show you and easy way to use up your scraps.  Since I make alot of snowmen, I have numerous scraps of flannel, batting, felt, etc that are too small to use for regular snowmen.  I cut these into rectangles, sew them into squares and....drum roll get snowmen ornies!

The hats are black felt scraps....cut a rectangle and roll it up for the hat portion and just cut a circle and glue the rolled up part to the hat circle.  Glue it on to the top of the stuffed rectangle.  I hand stitch the opening of the rectangle after stuffing and put the hat brim over the stitching (that way I don't have to be too neat with my stitches)  Use the end of a paintbrush dipped in black paint for the eyes and mouth.  I had some noses, or you can use chenille stems for the noses.  (I did that too)  Add some greenery, some raffia and a rusty bell on the hat.   I stamped some little key tags and added some black embroidery floss to hang, or leave it off and use as a bowl filler. 

I am also working on some new dolls and some corn.....yes, corn.  I am really experimenting with the corn, so if it turns out, you will see it soon. 

Have a great and creative week, my friends!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Primitive Candles

You know by now that I adore primitive candles.  I had these fake, cheapo candlesticks that I bought after Christmas.  You know the white and gold ones.  I painted the candles with a mahogany paint and the base in black....I added just a little bit of cinnamon for texture.  Then I placed the candlestick inside a baby chick feeder and screwed on the mason jar and ......voila!

The trick is to take the feeder apart so that you can set the candle inside andglue it to the bottom.  Then feed the cord through one of the holes.  I added a small candle ring and I think it looks great.  I will be listing these in my Etsy shop, or you can simply make your own.  What a great bedside light, kitchen light, etc.  Change up the trim for seasonal decor. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday projects

I have finished my newest raggedy, Sunny.  She is listed on my Etsy site along with all of my other goodies. 

So bright and spring-timey, don't you think?  I have started a new promotion with all of my raggedies and bears.  They will all be sold with birth certificates and adoption papers.  Since each is one of a kind, this will be a great way to gift these items with a personal touch.  If you have a special order that you would like prepared, such as a doll with a particular theme, color, or name, just contact me either through my Etsy shop, or you can email me through this site. 

I also listed a rag garland.  This would look great in a nursery, little girls room, or over a window or fireplace. I love the sweet colors:

It is 10 feet long and has 35 little lights.  My cabin fever sale ends today so hurry to take advantage of 20% savings!

Still working on ornies and pumpkins, and even some doll clothes for my granddaughter.   I should have some more pics to share soon. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What 'cha workin' on Wednesday?

I have had a busy week since I last posted.  Friday morning, I met up with my son in law to pick up my two year old grand, Addyson.  I had a great time with her, even though she used a pen on my leather furniture, did her own make up with my eyeliner, and threw her dinner under the table for the dogs to eat.  I took her back home to Cheyenne on Sunday afternoon and spent the night with her.  Her eight year old sis and I made cupcakes and we all went shopping.  I spent Tuesday recouping.

I have had a wooden boat oar for probably about ten years.  I had painted one at a painting class that I took and I guess I had good intentions of painting more.  Well, I didn't.  So I dug it out of my workshop, and inspired by a snowman I saw on Pinterest, I did this:

All I did was cut out a hat brim from some scrap lumber and a nose.  I think he looks so cute.  Now I wish I had more paddles!

My daughter Heidi is moving and she asked me if I wanted some fabric.  She has her hands full with a full time job, a part time job, goes to school working on her PHD, and has a two year old, 8year old, and a part time four year old step son.  She makes me tired just thinking about it.

So, anyone who sews, knows to never turn down fabric.  But I didn't know quite how much she had......

Well, this should keep me busy for a while......and I have some great ideas for more things to come!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What 'cha workin' on Wednesday?

I finished up my Seymore Snowman pattern yesterday.  If you are interested, he is listed here on the side bar for only $5.  He is also listed as a finished product in my Etsy shop.

I am also working on designing and making some simple ornies.  This first one, Santa, will be available later this month on a pattern with multiple ornaments.  He is so easy!  I think I made him in about 10 or 15 minutes!
He is made of scrap fabrics and one of those flat wooden discs.  The fur trim on his hat came from a stocking that I purchased last year after Christmas for ten cents!  Let me know what you think!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Unseasonal Snowman

I have been busy working on my next pattern:  Seymore Snowman.  I still have a few tune ups before the pattern is ready but  love the way he turned out.

This little guy is made from antique white felt with a black felt hat.  The top of the hat is filled with greenery, a rusty bell and a tea light.  He sits on a grapevine wreath that has some pip berries and mini lights woven in.  It all sits in a nine inch pie pan that I spray painted with a rusty colored primer.  (Just get one at the dollar store or thrift store.)

Trim his hat, blush his cheeks and sew on button eyes and an embroidered mouth.    So sweet!  Check back if you are interested in a pattern.   I should have it posted some time this week!