March 8, 2024

I have had a couple of false starts with her.

First off I forgot to do the messy mix on her and had done a acrylic base flesh color 

So I did the messy mix and it did not make her head as firm as I wanted so I put a layer of rigid wrap on her head.

Basically I was starting over.

I then added a layer of modeling paste over the rigid wrap. That was put on with a paint brush then smoothed, and sanded.

Next I painted a base coat of oil paint.

The process was not my normal way but worked out ok.

Her head was not as smooth as I like but I am satisfied with her now that her face is painted on.

I had made her arms but find I do not like the hands on this pair of arms so I will remake them soon. 

She will then get clothes and a bonnet.

January 22, 2024

 The first picture is of a doll a friend wanted clothes for so I made her a dress bloomers and a bonnet She is * inches tall. The others are some snow people made using salt shakers. Gifts made for family and friends.

New hobbies

 I have done so many hobbies in my lifetime so far. Many have turned into businesses. I have taken up water color and acrylic painting.

My newest hobby is really fun. I have done several paintings. Some better than others.

I have found I like drawing the most. It is how this all started. I knew nothing about acrylic of water color painting.

There are many youtube videos way too many for me to watch. I discovered wash and ink. It is what I like most and think I will focus on that.

I will continue to draw. It is relaxing for me. Something to do in the evening

The first picture of a light house was a failure. I was going to cut it up and use the back of the paper for sample paint spots.

I decided to experament with different ways to fix it. It is still a poorly painted picture but I learned different ways to use paints and brushes. 

So much fun. 


February 12, 2022


 I enjoy making hearts

 I had made a memory tea cozy for a friend.

I used her mom's blouse as the memory item. 

I have been making hearts from scrap fabrics.

I had some of that blouse left over and put it with the other scraps and made some mug rugs and pin cushions. Memory gifts for other family members

February 10, 2022

Rolled doll

making the hand

 I have had making a rolled doll on my list for a while.

Today was the day. 

The one picture I did not take was the8x12, piece of feed sack rolled up tight.

 I loaded the pictures but you will have to start at the bottom as they did not load like I thought they would. 

All the fabric is tied on the rolled tube body/head

. I used raw wool for the head stuffing. 

I will add a basket once I get it made.

January 30, 2022

New rag dolls

I posted over on my other page more about the rag dolls.

December 15, 2021


 Hilde is her name.

Her wig is done. It was quite a process.

Her underclothes I did yesterday. I used the book, The dolls dressmaker by Venus Dodge.

The dress is to big I will take apart and cut smaller.

Her socks I bought at an Amish county store.

Her shoes I, recently, found at an antique store.

She is so cute in person. Makes me smile.

November 16, 2021

Maida face book group challenge, to make a doll quilt. 

I enjoyed making this coin quilt.  

I am also working on a doll. She is a wanna be Kathe Kruse. 

many steps to get to this stage. I have admired the dolls made by Kathy Krause for many years.

Because I will never have an original I am attempting to make a wanna be KK doll.
This is how she looks so far.

Years ago I bought some doll masks, for lack of a better word, off e-bay. 

On the back is says made in Briton.

Because it reminded me of the KK faces.
 I glued one onto a doll head/body from my MJ pattern.

My leg pattern----- is just sewn onto the bottom of the body like so many dolls. I wanted a movable leg on this doll.

I have looked for the wide hip pattern everywhere I could -------but no luck in finding how she did them.

 I wanted to be as close as possible what I think they look like.
This dolls hips are not wide but they are attached so she can sit or stand. The doll leg has a cardboard foot shape in the bottom then is stuffed very firmly.

The fabric covered washers were sewn to the leg holes on the body.. I then ran a heavy thread through the body from side to side. 

I attached the 2nd set of covered washers to the 1st set of washers using a long doll needle.

I had a button with the thread through the button tied very tight. I hot glued the thread ends to the button.

It was a chore but I ladder stitched the top of each leg to the cloth covered washer.

There is a tutorial I followed to do this step.

Her toes and fingers are so cute.

I will share more as I get it done.

The back of the head needs to be built up. I will be using rigid wrap to make the back of the head, and paper clay to make it all smooth. I will also attach cloth ears.