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.
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.
Above 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.
The 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.
I’m so delighted that my dolls made it into one of my favourite publications, Frankie!! This is issue 48 (last months but just out in the UK as this is an Australian magazine) I was so excited I took rather bad photos at the end of the day, but it gives you an idea.
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!
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.
Florence my new nurse Hoot is finished and in my shop. I have several other things to finish which I’m hoping to do tomorrow and clear the weekend for cutting out some new bird dolls. Children back from school so off to prepare food!!
This is Hilary, Humpty’s girlfriend, new in my shop today. She is no. 22 in my small doll series. I have also been re-doing some of my photos for the shop using drawing backgrounds and setting up a Folksy shop to see if a UK base will be worth exploring as well as Etsy.
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!
Two of the children came back from their Dads yesterday, Sadie is travelling with him to Glasgow to visit her Grandmother. So the house is reasonably quiet, it’s amazing what a difference it makes just removing one child from the equation. I had worked flat-out over the weekend to get as much done as possible, my brainstorming session has left me with a long to do list!!
I have nearly finished my first batch of hair bands and started listing them on Etsy today. I also listed a couple of paintings. Once items are made and packaging decided upon I then start the marathon task of photographing it all. I cleared the top of a small chest of draws in the kitchen and added white paper, this is my best natural light source. Inspired in part by a box of little toys from my childhood I decided to set up miniature scenes for all my little accessories using these dolls house toys as props. I also persuaded Rosie to model for me, she was great although I had to work extremely fast as she was bored after about fifteen minutes!