• My Mini-Me

    Well, she took more than a weekend, but she’s done! I managed to paint her face – with only one or two paintovers of the eyes.  I started with arcylic paints, and then I switched to pastel pencils.  The pastels didn’t blend as well as I thought they would, and, if I make another one, […]

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  • Well, Hello Dolly

    Spinning the creativity wheel this weekend – whirl! – all signs point to . . . dolls! In my cycle of painting and knitting and crocheting and jewelry making and whatever crafty thing crosses my path – this weekend I’ve landed on the doll square of the crafty board. At first, I was all internetting […]

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  • Happy Pi Day

    And, that’s enough math for today.  Or any day, for that matter.  At least on this blog.  I know somewhere in the world it’s changing the future, but not here.  Now pie is a different story, but not today’s story.  We’re on diets in this neck of the woods.  Forget that almost all of the […]

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  • One Super Girl and One . . . Something Girl

    So, this weekend, I went back to the books – or at least one book, We Make Dolls, an anthology of dollmaking edited by Jenny Doh.  This time around, I made a super cool character doll by Nichol Brinkman of Pink Cheeks Studios.  Nichol has three patterns in We Make Dolls, Mr. Strong, Mr. Grumpy […]

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  • Cloth and Clay Doll done!

    And, here’s where we left poor Dolly – stuck in a bottle while I fought with the Gunnislake Pullover. Since she was still hanging out in the bottle, I did clean her eyes up a bit, although there’s no getting around the fact that one eye is more smooshy than the other eye. But, no matter […]

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  • The Many Faces of Dolly

    If at first you don’t succeed . . . just scrape off a face, and make a new one. So, I decided to finally try to make one of Gritty Jane’s Cloth and Clay Dolls.  I haven’t provided a link (the link is just to a photo advertising the old workshop) because the workshop is no […]

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  • Jess Brown Dolly

    Finally, the weather broke – literally, the clouds finally cracked, rain poured down, and my craftroom is now, once again, a pleasant place to be.  And,  while my Jess Brown doll might be sitting around in her skivvies, I was comfortable in my t-shirt and shorts. How cute are her little pantaloons??  So cute.  The […]

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  • My Low End High End Ragdoll – Making a Jess Brown Doll

    As I mentioned, I decided that before I start winging it with my own patterns, I thought I’d make some tried and true patterns to get the hang of construction and popular aesthetic.  So, over the weekend, I downloaded Jess Brown’s Making of a Ragdoll. Before I downloaded the book, I did check out a hard copy at […]

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  • Frida Fail

    Ok, so I know that the real Frida Kahlo did have a bit of a shadow, perhaps a bit of mustache, however, on my little Frida, it looks more like an ingrown hair problem.  As I predicted, the muslin I used was too thin for this project, and you can see the backside stitching pretty clearly […]

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  • Sewer Down!

    So, here’s my little experiment from the other day.  As you can see, her head is just gigantic. Here’s a close-up of the paint/stitching: I posted on Instagram that I was going to put her away to hibernate, and someone  mentioned she did look tired.  She does look weary – as if she’s saying, geez oh […]

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