Monday, May 27, 2013

Flora is going to explore Australia!

Flora is all set to travel to her new home.
I can't believe she gets to go all the way to Australia!
What a lucky kitty, I told her to eat a bowl of Sultana Bran for me :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Jungle Jill

A very lovely friend of mine is expcting her first baby next month.
She's having a little girl and chose Carter's Jungle Jill as the theme for her nursery.
I new I had to try and make the cute little monkey.
I used Gingermelons Flora the Explorer patten 
and made a few modifications to monkify it!

She is made from merino wool blend felt and stuffed with the eco-wool i love to use.
Her pillow case style dress is made of cotton with organza ribbon ties at the shoulders.
I know she is going to love her new home.♥


Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday!

This year I decided to make cards.
I love doing origami so I thought I would combine the two.

                    Mommy and baby chick.                  

Mommy and baby penguin.

Mommy and baby cat.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Flora and Laura the Explorers

Laura and Flora are ready to go adventuring!

I really love this pattern! Designed by Gingermelon you can find it in her shop 

 I have been waiting to use it because I wanted to try it in both a woven and a non woven felt.
Up until now I have only been using the non-woven felt for my plush dolls and I wanted to see the difference, besides price. ( The woven is a bit more).
Laura on the left is made with a hand dyed woven felted wool and Flora on the right is made using the non-woven merino wool blend felt.

The non- woven felt is a little stiffer and has more of the look of what I think of when I think "felt doll".

The woven felt conforms nicely to curves and is a little fuzzier. It makes me think "plush" first, "felt" second.

Non-Woven on top------Woven on bottom

I was kind of hoping by making the same pattern with both felts I would really prefer one over the other.
But they really are different enough that I like them both!
Does this mean I will have to make all the patterns out of both felts?
Which do you prefer?

Both Laura and Flora will be available for adoption at my Etsy shop later today.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Ladder Stitch

Here is a video I just uploaded to youtube teaching the Ladder Stitch. This is the stitch used to attach ears and heads. The star of the show is Flora the Explorer. She is designed by Gingermelon and you can find the pattern here


Remember the yarn I spun back in January? Well I finally made it into a hat. It was a chunky weight yarn and with only 3 oz it wasn't quite enough to make a hat for myself so I gave the hat to Amelia.

Here it is on the spindle single ply.

Here it is after I double plied and washed it.

It was a lot of fun knitting something from yarn that I spun myself. And now I have a better idea of how much wool it takes for a finished project.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter!

Here are three little chicks I made using another one of Gingermelon's adorable patterns!

But there is something extra special about these chicks!

I made them into pins:)
My daughter and I will get to where these cute little fellas on Easter!
Happy Easter!

Monday, March 25, 2013


Julie is so happy her clothes are finally ready! 
I remember when she had trouble choosing her hair colour but everything else has been an easy choice for her. She is full of life, and just can't wait for Spring weather!
We tried to go outside for her photo shoot but being typical Upstate New York weather it was very grey and dreary. I was going to put it off for another day but Julie was just too excited and I didn't want to disappoint her.  My husband was very sweet and let me take over the kitchen and turn it into a photo studio. With the white walls and three windows it seemed like the best place. I grabbed some extra lights and we were ready to go.

Julie is 18" tall and is made from a double thick organic cotton interlock and sewn with 100% cotton thread which I use for both the doll and her clothes. She is stuffed full of eco wool from happy wandering sheep with no yucky chemicals. 

Her waist length hair is made from an Ultra Alpaca yarn that I first crochet into a wig cap and then hand sew each individual strand to the cap.
 Her features are hand embroidered with cotton embroidery floss and her cheeks are blushed with bees wax.

She is wearing a sleeveless dress with a full skirt and a peter pan collar. I found(correction, my daughter found) this beautiful Japanese floral print cotton at a local fabric store.( I like to purchase my fabrics and yarns from local, independently owned shops). It is fastened in back with two buttons and hand smocked at the waistline.

Here is a close up of the smocking.

Julie is modeling her sweater which I knit from a Worsted Merino Superwash yarn. I crocheted her Mary Janes and headband to match. 
The headband ties in the back and can also be used to put her hair in a pony tail.
She is also wearing a pair of white cotton bloomers with a little blue bow.

I used a pair of vintage buttons to fasten her shoes, and a matching one in a slightly larger size for her sweater.

Julie is looking forward to finding her forever home. She has been a delight to make and has lots of love to share. 
She will be available for adoption through my etsy shop tomorrow morning 3/26 at 9:00 am eastern standard time♥

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Julie's Ready!

Julie's finally ready for her debut! I will post tomorrow with pictures and an adoption time. I am so excited!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny

         Mr. and Mrs Bunny are all dressed up for Easter.
 They were made using another adorable pattern by Gingermelon. It's the Pocket Bunny pattern and you can find it at her etsy shop here

The bunnies are hand stitched and embroidered by me. I use a merino blend wool  and stuff with eco wool (which means it hasn't been treated with yucky chemicals) The bunnies are about 7.5 inches to the tops of there ears and Mrs. Bunny has her cheeks lightly blushed with bees wax.

These cute little bunnies will be available for adoption tomorrow night 7:00pm Eastern Time at my etsy shop

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Julie has Fabric!

My daughter and I took Julie out to shop for fabric for her dress. It didn't take long. My daughter saw this floral print and Julie just loved it!  Deciding on a pattern is taking a little longer. Before we found the fabric I had an idea. But I wasn't sure it would work with the floral print. So I drew up a new pattern and made up a mock out of muslin, but it just wasn't her style. So I'm going ahead with the first plan. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Julie has chosen!

Julie has chosen to go with the dark blonde hair and I think she is rather lovely in it.
I'm hoping to get her hair finished by this weekend so that we can go fabric shopping:)

Monday, February 18, 2013

flu tag

Sorry everyone, we have been playing flu tag at our house for the last couple of weeks. Julie has been waiting patiently while we all recover. I hope to give an update soon. Thanks.

Sunday, February 3, 2013


Here is Julie. She was all made up and it was time to start work on her hair. She was very excited to be able to go out and choose her own hair colour. The whole way there she was asking should I be a blonde or a brunette. I guess I should have realized then that she was going to have a hard time making decisions. 

After about 45 minutes at the store she narrowed down her choices.  She chose to be a blonde but then couldn't decide on the shade.

It was getting late so I told her we could bring both of them home and decide which was her favourite later.

She was quite happy. But when we got home she just couldn't sit still. She looked at the yarn in different rooms to see if the lighting made a difference. Then she preceded to put the yarn on her head and ask everyone in the house what they thought.

First the light one.

Then the darker shade.

Then she remembered something.
 She had seen pictures of Angelina's hair and thought maybe combining the two shades would work.

While she was in the dolly workshop she stumbled across a third shade of yarn and tried all three together.

What a dilemma!
Julie would like to know what you think.
You can leave your comments here or on the facebook page.
Thank You for your help!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Drop Spindle

I have always been amazed at the process of taking fibers and turning them into yarn. I did have a chance to try using  a drop spindle when I was working on a project in Mexico many, many years ago.  There was a women on the project who was working with the spindle whorls that were found at the site. They were really beautiful.
 I wish I had some pictures of them.  The pictures above are from a different Aztec site but look  similar. They are made out of clay and came in all different sizes the smallest for cotton and the large ones were for maguey fibers which come from a cactus. We were so interested in how they worked. The women ( I can't remember her name :( but she was very nice) gave us a demonstration and then let us all try.  Some of the ladies took to it right away. I was not one of them. The cotton kept breaking and I couldn't get a good spin going. I figured it was just not my thing and moved on.

Now many, many, years later I've decided to give it another try. For Christmas I got a drop spindle and some wool fiber. I think wool is much more forgiving than cotton. I also got the book Respect the Spindle   . I thought it was a very good book for a begginer, I was able to start spinning the same day.

At the top of the blog you can see my very first single ply yarn. I did end up double plying it in the Andean style. Here it is after it has been washed and set.
I still need to work on getting it even and it turned out chunkier than I thought it would but it's usable and that makes me happy :) !

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Angelina is the other 18" doll I made as a custom order at Christmas. It was requested that she have blue eyes, sunset coloured hair and freckles.  She is made from organic cotton interlock and stuffed with warm and cozy wool. Her face is hand embroidered with cotton embroidery floss and her cheeks have been blushed with a bit of bees wax.

Origianally I had planned on using Malbrigo's Rios in Sunset for her hair. The same yarn I used for Ella (who is at the top of my blog). But when I went to buy it they were all out. I went around to the other yarn stores in my area and they were all out to. One shop said that they have had it on back order for 3 months.  So I figured I would have to come up with a different idea.

I'm actually glad they were out because it made me try something I haven't done before. I blended 3 different yarns to make her hair.
The medium colour and the highlights are Cascade's Super Wash and the low lights are what I had left of the Malbrigo's Rios. I really love how it turned out and I will do more blending in the future.
Angelina is modeling the dress I designed for her. It is 100% cotton with a full skirt and a Peter Pan collar. The back is closed with a hook and eye and has a satin tie at the waist to make a bow in the back. I wish I would have taken a picture of her from the back.

I have always wanted to try smocking and she really seemed like she needed a smocked dress.  I hand gathered the fabric before I started the smocking. It was a nice process, kind of soothing like knitting. I liked it so much I did more smocking on the dress for my next doll Anna.  And I have a feeling there will be more smocking coming up!
Angelina's sweater is knit from Cascade's 220 Superwash. I had the yarn for the sweater before I bought the material for the dress and when I saw the little dots of the same aqua blue I knew it would be perfect.