Painted wood

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So this week I am trying to finish all my painted wood projects, some lovely decorative wooden spoons and standing wood peg dolls, I’ve been playing around with ideas of how to display these little dolls and am developing some little flags and banners, the idea being that you get a choice of flags for different celebrations or you could make your own. The dolls would then make lovely table decorations or even cake topper’s and when not in use they can decorate a shelf or sideboard with a patterned flag. I’m still working out the little flags and I imagine it will be another week before these are available in my shop. The spoons are purely decorative, maybe with a tag attached for personal messages. The last three photos are of little kokeshi dolls with bunny ears, they are available here.

 

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My 2013 so far

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I’ve ignored my blog for a while!! not intentionally, I have just been so busy through January. So here is some of what I have done, lots of new designs  and ideas on the work table with some older designs reinstated with a few little improvements. Above is a mini rainbow pony and mini molly dolly bear, below are some knitted pocket animals, I used to make these a couple of years ago and have waited for an opportunity to revise the pattern and add them to my shop.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbove is a lovely new Molly Dolly with a linen and Liberty tana lawn dress and little felt fox purse. Below are a couple of new yoyo baby dolls available here. And a lovely Molly Dolly mouse in knitted pants and vintage cotton top.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe white linen puppy and rainbow pony were just completed today and will be in my Etsy shop soon. I love adding just enough kitsch details, like flourescent bling, rainbow hair and cartoon like features to contrast nicely with the linen, hand stitching and vintage cloths. I’m also working up a lot of jewellery samples, some painted clay, some shrink plastic drawings and some leather and cloth wrist bands. The last couple of photos show me half way through sorting out my workspace, with Ikea shelves and boxes, still a lot to do but it’s looking better organised already! so I hope your new year has got off to a swinging start as well, I’ve got to get back to work now, see you soon.

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Molly Dolly paper doll

 

Alongside my new cloth Molly Dollies I’ve designed a paper doll to complement them, I’m quite used to translating my drawings to cloth dolls, it’s a bit trickier the other way around but I think I’m happy with the look and feel of this doll, I think she will be a nice alternative to my cloth dolls, I just need to find a good printer!

 

New Molly Dolly, Honey Bee

I finished my third Molly Dolly yesterday whilst I watched the Jubilee on the television, she is called Honey Bee, made from a light brown linen with long purple linen hair. Her skirt is made from some beautiful vintage cotton probably dating from the 1950s, the quality of the vintage fabrics is amazing. I also started knitting some accessories yesterday and sketching ideas, I wish I had some magic little elves to help me realise my ideas, sometimes it’s frustrating that my hands can’t work as fast as my head.

Garlic Girl, Cloth Doll

 

I was aiming for a crocus bulb but as my eight year old daughter pointed out she was definitely a garlic! and since I already had onion boy it seemed she was indeed destined to become Garlic Girl!! I’m loving making these new dolls, the ideas are flooding in but I will have to stop soon as there are other jobs waiting to get done!