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.  :)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Waldorf Doll


This doll took me forever to make but was worth all the effort.  My lovely friend Laura gave me the wool to stuff her with.  I used the Little Amigo pattern in Growing Up Sew Liberated.  It was easy to follow and came out nice, so I'm happy with the result.  I'm hoping to make another doll sometime, although Olivia has way too many dolls already, at three years of age!  Her birthday was last week and she named this doll Emily Elizabeth.  She seems to enjoy her!  If you click through there are a few more photos of her in my Flickr account.

My niece turned 14 last week and I made her a zip pouch with some of my favorite fabrics.  She and I have the same favorite color.  I used Lecien Flower Sugar 2015 for this pouch and put a little bead or two on the zipper.  I stuffed it with candy for her and mailed it off.

Zip Pouch

I have a great project in the works involving a Little Darling but it has unfortunately gotten bumped to the bottom of my priorities (sadly) for a few weeks because I have been playing catch up on a lot of other things!  Hopefully I will get to work on it this week.  Today I built a whole swing set for my daughter, all by myself, so I'm proud I got it accomplished and she loves it so it was worth it!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wren in a spring outfit

Wren in her spring outfit

Wren in her spring separates outfit.  The outfit is a prize for a photo contest on Our Little Darlings and the shoes were made from a great kit by Sissy Lingle.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

EEEP, the cute

A busy few weeks of five-times-daily egg turning has resulted in some super cuteness.  For your Sunday viewing pleasure, may I present one of six adorable little fluffballs!

Little call duckling

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Thrift Store Gold...

Sometimes going to the thrift store is very unrewarding, and sometimes I strike thrift store gold!  Six vintage aprons, mostly hand-made (one entirely hand-sewn) and one vintage sewing basket:

Four vintage aprons

Left to right: pinafore style cover-up, linen with embroidered flowers, delicate yellow cotton with fine lace on hem, purple cotton with rickrack and an attached towel.

Two vintage aprons

Left: black floral with pink bias tape binding, right: red gingham with chicken scratch embroidery.  This one is all hand-sewn and beautifully done.  I'll have to take more photos when the light is better--it's very gloomy today!  There's a detail of the embroidery below.

Chicken Scratch Embroidery

And the sewing basket.  It has a box of old hook and eye fasteners and snaps inside.  It also has a top tray for organization and a green satin lining. It's very nice and in good condition.

Vintage Sewing Box

I always wonder how these things end up at the thrift store.  I imagine some old woman died and her family donated these things when they cleaned out her house.  I was just delighted to find them, and put every last one of the aprons on the shelf into my basket.  For $16, these finds made my day!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Practicing Smocking

Devon Marie in Vintage StrawberriesThis is some fabric I received in a swap on Our Little Darlings.  I smocked it with red embroidery floss.  The pattern is one I modified (resized, etc) from a Rosemary Ionker pattern.  

My chickens are still laying at age 7!  This is the first egg of the season.  I still have four chickens left from the original 11.  The remaining four are Prudence, Ivy, Poppy and Buttercup, all Buff Orpingtons. They appear to be in decent health, with the exception of arthritic joints!

This weekend I've spent a lot of time outside, clearing out the garden and preparing it for planting.  It's been unusually warm, and we seem to be having April weather in March, which is OK with me!  My crocuses are up and I was able to fill up the ducks' kiddie pool today for the first time since about November.  Hooray for springtime.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Beautiful Anne and Happy Birthday to Me

My Anne of Green Gables, painted by Geri Uribe in about 2010 or 2011, started to have slightly foggy eyes, as can happen with a few of the older dolls.  I sent her in to Geri and she touched up her eyes, but also touched her paint up generally and she's like a new doll!  I was so happy.  She's beautiful, more beautiful than before, even!  I was just stunned when I took her out of the box because she's so much prettier.  I love her even more now.  Here's a photo:

Anne, touched up by Geri

And a picture of her before her touchup job. The photo is a few years old so her eyes were not dull at all in this photo:


She arrived yesterday.  Today is my birthday, so it was a lovely birthday present!

I have had a great birthday this year!  My little Olivia has been such good company all day. We opened presents this morning (she helped unwrap them, of course) and we made a chocolate cake with raspberry filling and raspberry buttercream frosting.  After lunch we went for a walk and then played outside for a while.  It's been over 50 degrees here today, which is unprecedented in my memory for February 28.  It's usually still definitely winter.  This afternoon we had some visitors, which was a lot of fun, especially since they brought homemade cookies!  I had two different renditions of the happy birthday song over the phone sung to me and some lovely flowers were given to me on Friday night in honor of my birthday.  This year I feel very appreciated and loved by all those around me.

To make the day more unique, this afternoon we watched a mink in the backyard poking around.  It was a unique sight since I don't see them that often.  They live in the beaver pond, and sometimes when they are hungry enough they come up.  This one was digging into a chipmunk hole repeatedly, trying to get the little chipmunk.  He had no success and finally ambled back down into the swamp.

So today I am 37.  A good age to be, and a new year of life to start with my ever-present optimism.  It was a hard year last year but I've come through it better than ever.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Pipos Pang

Pipos Pang

This cute little ball-jointed cat was a limited edition of 15.  I could not resist.  She's too cute!

Pipos Pang

Saturday, February 06, 2016

A new girl by Nelly

New Girl Closeup

This little brown-eyed girl was painted by Nelly Valentino.  She has red hair and beautiful dark brown eyes and a smattering of freckles. I love her gentle little smile!  I have to make her a new outfit of her own soon!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

I'm a bad blogger lately...

But I'll try to be better.  Life has been a little bit tricky lately, and a little busy.  I haven't been sewing much or photographing my projects much.  But here are a few photos.

This is the dress I received as a lovely Christmas swap gift on Our Little Darlings.  It was made by Maureen.  So pretty!

Little Darling in Christmas Dress

And I have received two new dolls last week:  a Pipos Pang and a new #3 Little Darling painted by Nelly.  I promise to photograph them soon and share!

Made this little fox today from a pattern by Little Dear, Aimee Ray.  I have had the pattern for several years and love all the critters.  If I feel ambitious at some point, I plan on making all of the little Woodland Creatures and then a little treehouse to keep them in, but sometimes my ideas are bigger than the amount of time I have to invest in them!  :)

I've been on Instagram with most of my photo-worthy projects lately, so if you are interested in seeing what I'm up to lately, feel free to follow me there: @elizabethswhimsies.

Hopefully I will be back soon with more photos!