Monday, November 12, 2012

November Doll Club Doll

Verna is finished for the doll club challenge.  She seems to be such an easy doll, however, with all of her parts and pieces is was difficult for me.  And the glue did not adhere to her hair so I had to do it several times.  But, taa daaaaa - here she is,  my sweet garden miss with ruby slippers:

She was kind of fun to do with the different colors and patterns.  I don't care for the bead jointed arms and legs - there is not much control of her presentation.  Her feet and hands go every which way!  And she is not very good at sitting!! 
Despite all of my complaints about this doll I did make two of them.  This Verna and my leaf fairy.
                                                        I do like their faces.

I think it is the big eyes that appeal to me.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hoffman Challenge 2013

Woohoo!  I received notice today that the Hoffman Challenge 2013 fabric is available at Quilt Kits Online and I have ordered the challenge fabric!  I have no idea what kind of doll I will make.  The fabric has not "spoken" to me from the pictures I have seen of it.  When I see it and feel it, I am sure it will SPEAK and a doll will come forth!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Dresses for a Princess

Finished my project of converting 'onsies' to be wearable for a tall girl.  The shirts were the right size but the onsie was too short.  So..................

By adding a skirt to the cut off shirts - voila!  A cute dress fit for a princess! 

And my princess loved them. 
Just add leggings and the dresses will last all winter.
I've got one more 'onsie' to convert.  This is so much fun!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Newest Project

Hmmmmmmmmm!  What does Grandma have in mind for Josie's onesie that are too short?
Josie is too tall for onesies and I just embroidered some new ones for her (in what should be her size, mind you). 

A trip to my stash resulted in these choices for turning her t-shirts into dresses. 
And Josie likes dresses.  

Friday, August 17, 2012

Summer Accomplishments

Except for some Doll Club challenges, I have not done much doll making this summer.  I have been helping to finish 'around the house' work in progess.  I have a new backyard lawn!

It is BEAUTIFUL!  Seven years in the making.  Well, it didn't take seven years to took us seven years to 'get to' doing it.  But it is done and looks wonderful. 

I love summer when my gardens are full of blooming flowers and growing green things!  Just add sunshine and water.............

The giant sunflowers are nearly ready to bloom.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hoffman Challenge Tour

My doll, Samantha Jane, was selected to travel with the 2012 traveling trunk show - Trunk C!

I am so thrilled!  It will be so much fun to track what parts of the country she will be seen. 

My fellow doll club member Diane Magnuson's Lady Lorraine was also selected.  She will be traveling in trunk B.  Congratulations Diane! 

I noticed there were four other dollmakers from the state of Washington selected to traveling trunks:

          Cindy Alldredge - Snohomish, WA
                                        Miss Lavender USA     Trunk A
          Claudia Coose - Friday Harbor, WA   
                                        Rose is Forever Wild    Trunk B
          Delaine Gately - Gig Harbor, WA       
                                       Third Times a Charm    Trunk B
          Pam Gonzalez - Renton, WA              
                                        Secret Garden              Trunk A

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the award winners and to those selected to travel!!!!
Whether selected to travel or not  the dolls that I have seen in this year's competition are wonderful!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

2012 Hoffman Challenge Entry

With fingers crossed for good luck, yesterday I mailed my 2012 Hoffman Challenge entry - Samantha Jane.  She is on her way to Colorado with hopes of being selected for one of the traveling trunks to tour the country for the next year.

Here she is in her box, packed and ready to go!

When I first saw the 2012 Hoffman Challenge fabric, I envisioned a girl dressed in the lavendar floral, however, she would be perched on a log among the bugs, bees and dragonflies .  It is very exciting to see my vision come to life in Samantha Jane.

Samantha Jane

She is sitting on a stump with critters here and there and a dragonfly on her finger. 


I used the challenge fabric in the top of her dress and in her hat.

Embellished with beads and ribbons and flowers.


She is an imp of a country girl dressed up in her lavendar, floral dress.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Small Victories

Doll skin thread

I have been spending time organizing my sewing room and it has paid off.  I went straight to my doll skin threads when I needed to sew up the back of a new doll I am working on.  Usually I spend a significant amount of time trying to find the last place that thread was used and where did I put it!  Doll skin thread and white threads are in this little case on my book shelf. 


          My fabric stash organized by use and type. 

It still does not look really organized, however, it is useful to me now. Doll fabrics are in one tote, dress and blouse fabrics are in another tote, Josie fabrics are in the big wire drawer and Briar fabrics are in the other big wire drawer.  Patterns are all together in a file cabinet drawer.  I am still working on the book shelves to consolidate notions, threads, beads and tools.   The waste-of-time presentation on 'orgainzing your sewing room' was not such a waste of time after all.  Although I did not like any of the ideas presented - I did start my own reorganization.      I actually sew in my sewing room now!! 

The other trick I figured out is to put projects in a separate carrying case until finished.  If the project is for a class, then all the materials and class information are consolidated and ready to travel.  When I first get a project idea, I start collecting the pattern and materials in the case, then when I want to work on that project, it is all together. No more searching for the parts and pieces.   I use the scrapbooking totes.  When I find them on sale I buy a few to have on hand.  I have a LOT of projects that I am wanting to get started. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Gianna Carlotta

Oh my!  I forgot to post picutures of the lovely Gianna Carlotta!  She was my May Doll Club traveling doll.  Gianna came to me in need of hair and underwear.  There is no 'before' picture of the bald & naked Gianna Carlotta.  Here she is with her new French asymetrical hair and her delicate Italian lace panties and bra.  (The lace is not really Italian - we just have to pretend!  That is part of the fun of doll making.)

Gianna Carlotta's story is that she was a successful model in her youth, however, has now developed an ample figure due to the excess of her success.  She still has a love of the finer things in life!


 Alexandra,the next Doll Club traveling doll to visit me, needs new clothes.  She has some fine new under garments and a lovely hairdo. She brought her new quilt and kitty with her.   Now she needs clothes fit for a queen so she may attend the new ballet that premiers next month.   I see a lovely, feminine dress with lots of frills. 

Alexandra's quilt was made by Suzie. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Panda Lee

Panda Lee came home with me from March Doll Club for arms and legs.  Here she is before arms and legs.

She has a gorgeous pink bag and a colorful journal with lots of pictures of panda bears.  Panda Lee is a farm girl from Southeast China. 

I researched southeast China and panda bears to add more panda bear information to her story journal.  For nearly three weeks Panda Lee stared at me trying to communicate what she needed for arms and legs.  The body material was heavy and I had no fabric that was even close.  I chose to use Kona cotton in a neutral peachy color for arms and legs.  She really seemed more of a rag doll than a gal with separate fingers. 

Panda Lee with arms and legs

Looks like she is ready to run and play with the panda bears and give them a big hug!

Oh!  I almost forgot -

 Panda Lee was signed by her originator Susie Decker.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


Happy Easter to one and all!

My orange tree lost all of its leaves so I added bunnies and eggs!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Gnome Home

Back in January our Doll Club challenge was to make a house.
Make a house, any house.  The inspiration was from a magazine article one of us had seen. 
My house was a whimsical mushroom shaped house. My inspiration was from a greeting card. 
Susie, the gnome lady, made a gnome to stand by the front door. 

He is so cute!  She made him out of wood with paint.
What fun we have at Doll Club!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

March Doll Club - Let the Doll Travels Begin!

Here are all the traveling dolls for our 2012 Traveling Doll Challenge. 
This is the start - body with head and face.  It is so much fun to see how they look when completed.

Next is arms and legs!

Panda Lee

Panda Lee came home with me for arms and legs. 
She was made by Susie Decker.  Susie has such clever ideas!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

2012 Traveling Doll

Here is the start of my 2012 traveling doll for Doll Club.

We had so much fun last year with our traveling dolls, we decided to do it again.  We each bring the start of a doll - body and  head with face.  She (he) has to have a bag to travel in, a name and a story.  For me that is the hard part!!

The patterrn "Gypsy"  is by Debbi Bain.  The pattern makes up well and should work for this project.  I don't think mine will be a gypsy but I haven't decided yet. 

I used colored pencils and chalk to do her face.  I'm pleased with how she turned out.  Feel like I am improving on faces.  Her nose is a little crooked but then no one in real life has a perfectly symetrical face.    I put her head on a bit tilted so maybe no one  will notice
................well except I just told everyone!!

Will post pictures as we go along.  The transformations are amazing.  It is such fun.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Doll Houses

Doll Club challenge for January - postponed to February due to snow - was to make a house.  The inspiration was an article in a magazine about cloth houses.  These are the houses that our talented group made.  Although there was no assigned theme, we all thought fairy or gnome house.  All different. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Yes, it is true - the Pacific Northwest comes to a stand still when it snows,  The safest place to be is home when it snows more than a couple of inches. This is the view this morning looking out to the north.  My Christmas tree, un-decorasted, is coated in real flocking. 

It snowed all day today for an accumulation of about 3 and 3/4 inches of snow on my deck railing.

No, that is not the moon.  It is a snowflake!  And yes, that is my sewing 6" measurer. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Make a House

January Doll Club Challenge:    Make a house
Inspired by Art Doll Quarterly House Challenge, our January Doll Club challenge is to make a house, any house, out of anything.  I have at least 9 family and friend birthdays in January so in my birthday card shopping I came across a card with a felt fairy house.  So Cute!  That inspired my house. 

As I contructed my house in what seemed like the way to do it, I found many things I would differently - but I'm not telling you my mistakes!
And I'm more inclined to make dolls than houses so I probably won't do another one to test out my alternate ideas - but who knows. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January First


Wishing all my friends and family
health, happiness, prosperity and
may all your dreams come true!