Thursday, January 26, 2017

Small Dolls Need Clothes Too!

In honor of my grandmom and for my sister's grand kids I have been making small doll clothes. These are 6 1/2 inch American Girl dolls. I was happy to also find a pattern book when I purchased them! 
The needle felted slippers were something that I had to figure out but as you can see below I started with a pattern shape which felted together as the slipper!



Three lovely dolls for three lovely girls.















Each doll has a night gown, slippers, shirt and pants and a kitten companion!



Saturday, November 19, 2016

Succulents on the Mantle

My husband and I go to an arboretum called Chanticleer. The entire property is beautifully kept with interesting outdoor art sculptures and garden artistry. Below is a fireplace in "the ruin garden" with a live succulent piece on its mantle. My daughter and I fell in love with it and she proclaimed that we would be making it for her home... Yikes!!!

 My sister who lives in the south let us know that Hobby Lobby carried plenty of plastic artificial succulents. She proceeded to send us what you see here.
 We bought floral foam, cut it in long pieces and doweled it together for our inside form. Some shaping was also done on the foam.
 Then chicken wire was cut to provide the outside planting structure, same as the one at Chanticleer.

 Many bags of the moss we liked went on the foam form and was wrapped and wire tightened together. The succulents were poked through the holes.
It came out better than we could have hoped. It's fun doing projects with my daughter!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Oh Christmas Tree

What do you do when the tree you want is too expensive...

make it yourself!!!




Friday, October 21, 2016

Don't Judge Gingerbread Makers

Our church makes gingerbread houses every year for a local Victorian Christmas celebration. We make the houses up and kids decorate them. In past years I've only made dough for others to bake. I used to have opinions about some of the baking skills my friends had. Broken edges, too dark, too light, no details... HOW DARE I!!! Baking these here houses is no easy feat I'll tell you. 
Dear friends please accept my sincere apologies...
I had no idea how hard this was...
But they always look good in the end!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

What Do You Do When Your Biggest Fan Passes

 You honor her life...
and her love...
her princess...
 her courage...
 her fun...
her passion...
 her loss...
her abilities...
 her neighbors...
and friends!

You will be missed my dear Florida mom.

-Elaine Siegel Estrine Smith-
(December 17, 1943 - August 28, 2016)

Friday, February 26, 2016

Been a While Without Bears

 The counter has been covered with bear making supplies for about 2 weeks now.

I'm almost done with this guy.

A couple snipped threads and embroidered claws will finish him up.

One thing I did want to mention, these are glass eyes which had been shiny. 
I didn't like the shiny look so I sanded them. Now they look perfect!

Puts me in the right spirit to visit the

Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Weekend Event

presented by the
Susan Quinlan Doll & Teddy Bear Museum
Clarion Hotel & Convention Center
Near Philadelphia International Airport (free shuttle to the hotel)
April 29 - May 1, 2016
Optional Workshops: Friday 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
Weekend Event: Friday 6:00p.m. to Sunday 7:30p.m.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Getting Hot What Should I Make?


Earth Abstract

Laying a piece of freezer paper over the drying Celluclay 
forms these great bubble pockets and smooth areas.