Monday, February 20, 2017

Penny and Pansy

These are the other two from April Norton, Penny and Pansy.  They are 8" tall and porcelain, and are lots of fun to dress, as they wear the same size as Kish Riley and I have tons of patterns that fit them.

Penny closeup


Saturday, February 18, 2017

8" Tiny Dianna Effner dolls by April Norton


I'm terribly behind on posts.  These cuties arrived in December.  I have two more now that I have not even photographed! These are Piper (left) and Poppy (right) and are about 8" tall. They can share clothes with Riley Kish and also with the 8" Heartstrings Dolls sold by Jo's Doll Shoppe.  These little porcelain cuties are made for me by April Norton, a Canadian porcelain doll artist who does phenomenal work!  I am looking forward to eventually ordering some larger dolls from her.  I have also gotten Penny and Pansy and very much need to photograph them, too!

Poppy's Face

Friends  Close up

I have also received Helen Kish's hand-painted Desiree Silver Froth who I will share soon and I have a new little travel trailer to talk about!  So hopefully more posts will be coming soon!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Sweater Weather

It's been a warm fall so far, but today is a little cooler, so Chloe Grace (painted by Joyce Mathews) is wearing a hand-knit sweater over her romper.  The sweater pattern is from the Etsy Shop Sewsallday and the romper pattern is from the Etsy Shop Buttonsnbutterflies.

Autumn day - sweater weather

Autumn Day

I made matching shoes!  I used Sissy Lingle's pattern and tutorial and it was great, as usual.

Handmade shoes

I will likely list this outfit in my own etsy shop in the near future!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Boneka Effner Repaint

10" Boneka Effner, repainted 

This little doll came to me with very unremarkable painting.  I repainted her a while ago (several tries before I got her just right) and have finally managed to photograph her.  She is difficult to photograph well!

Monday, August 01, 2016

A new love, Sylvia Natterer dolls!

I saw a few of these dolls on etsy, modeling clothing, and I adored them so much I ordered one from the UK. They are really hard to find in the US but I think a few shops carry them.  I ordered from Petalina and found their customer service to be great and given the good exchange rate lately, it was a great transaction.  I have since ordered a few more little sisters to go with her but they have not yet arrived.  Meet Brigitte, designed by Sylvia Natterer for Petitcolin.  She is in a dress that I made for her today, but I eventually will photograph her in her original outfit, as well, as it's very pretty.

Brigitte by Sylvia Natterer
Brigitte by Sylvia Natterer

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Dorothy, painted by Dianna Effner

I had asked for Dianna to paint me a dark haired, blue-eyed doll and she painted me Dorothy!  Isn't she perfect?  I received her in April but it took me this long to get her outfit sewed together.  Underneath there is a full undergarment made of cotton batiste and on top is a pinafore with the tiniest chicken scratch I've ever done.  I have to felt a Toto to go with her as soon as possible but I wanted to share a photo or two before then.  There are  more photos if you click through to my Flickr account.

Dorothy, so cute.

Dorothy by Dianna Effner

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Farmette Update

I haven't posted about my critters around here in a while.  I am down to just three chickens from my original 11.  Three of the Buff Orpingtons are still hanging on and still doing well and laying eggs, surprisingly, even though they are now 7 years old as of June 1.  The three remaining are Prudy, Ivy and Buttercup.  Poppy was the most recent one to die, and I just found her in the nest box one evening, after having been completely normal the rest of the day.  Once she passed on, I decided to order more chicks because I don't think that the three I have left will realistically last too long.  So here are the new girls, being brooded in the house for now.  I have three Speckled Sussex, two Black Australorps and two Buff Orpingtons. The Orpingtons are by far the friendliest!  They are all named:  Nancy Drew, George (short for Georgia in the books) and Bess are the Sussex; Anne and Dianna (from Green Gables, of course) are the Orpingtons, and Lucy and Ethel are the Black Australorps.  Lucy and Ethel came upon their names first!  These photos are from when they were just a few days old, on their first outing.  They are now about four weeks old.

New Chicks

Speckled Sussex

Buff Orpington Chick

Group Photo of New Chicks

And I have been sewing, for another niece:

Mama Hen Block - Farm Girl Vintage

Mama Hen block from Lori Holt's Farmgirl Vintage book.  :)